Oranges are negative calories
Saturday, October 06, 2012      15 comments

No, I'm not falling victim to the allure of the mythical 'negative calorie foods'... But it almost seems like some fruits are! I like oranges. But I avoid them. I just hate all that work to get into them! You can bite right into a ready-to-... Read more
The Great Stationary Cycling Experiment
Saturday, September 22, 2012      8 comments

In yet another experiment borne of message board discussions, the question arose as to whether your body weight actually does make much difference in stationary cycling. One poster said that it does, because Spark gives significantly different b... Read more
Why goals suck
Saturday, August 18, 2012      10 comments

Well, not so much. But anyway ... Today's Spark Coach motivation is to ask myself, about my goals, "Why do you want to reach those goals so badly and how will they change your life?" Um ... it won't. Will I be happier if thinner? ... Read more
Dr Oz
Saturday, June 09, 2012      17 comments

So I was surfing the on-screen TV guide the other day and happened to notice that we actually get Dr Oz in this country. Since he's referenced so often on the message boards, I thought I'd check it out. My assumption was that this was some ... Read more
I need pictures of me
Saturday, March 17, 2012      2 comments

Sigh. The only up to date images I have of me are at run events and ... well ... let's just say they're not flattering! It's time to be honest - that spark page photo of me is a few years and few kg's ago. There's a lot more of me to love a... Read more
Fun gym cardio @ circuits
Tuesday, August 09, 2011      1 comments

For a while now I've been meaning to throw a cardio mix into the weekly circuit class. So yesterday we did "Chorus Girls". Well, we're all girls, so there's that part! I put the ipod on, and we each chose a cardio machine. When the chorus o... Read more
Calories Burned - How my treadmill does it
Tuesday, June 14, 2011      3 comments

People often ask about the variation between treadmill (or other machine) reported calorie burn, and spark reported calorie burn. Some of the typical responses include "Your treadmill knows how hard you worked" or "The treadmill treats everyone ... Read more
Calories burned: Magnetic Machines vs Spark
Friday, June 10, 2011      8 comments

People often ask why their machine calorie readout differs so much from Spark's suggestion, especially with magnetic resistance machines like elliptical and exercyle. So, I decided to test the ones at my gym and see what was up. First,... Read more
The great ground beef experiment...
Tuesday, May 17, 2011      8 comments

I've always bought the "premium" mince (ground beef), because it comes with less fat and I felt that this was healthier. However, fat melts and drains away. What really is the economy? Is it better to pay premium rate and have less to drain or p... Read more
That was so much FUN!
Thursday, August 19, 2010      3 comments

I've just come back from standing at a major intersection at rush hour, promoting a radio contest. That was awesome!! I was a bit nervous whether I was going to get any negative comments, but nope - lots and lots of positive toots, waves, a... Read more
Vent/Whine: It's not fair!!
Sunday, August 15, 2010      2 comments

Grrrrr. I'm in a radio contest where you vote for the entrants online (no link, not permitted, I'm not asking for votes here). You can also comment on the entrants. My entry is labelled "Deb". On Saturday morning I watched in hor... Read more
Walk vs Run Test
Monday, April 12, 2010      7 comments

In a message board thread, the question came up whether it was better to walk 5 miles in an hour, or run 5 miles in an hour. One of the posters linked a Runners' World article which claimed that while running does generally burn more calories th... Read more
It's Autumn okay? Not spring!
Wednesday, March 03, 2010      3 comments

LOL! I live in the southern hemisphere, and I'm getting a wee bit sick of doing off-season challenges and reading about people complaining about how cold it is while it's hot and muggy where I am and vice versa. So I've set up a new te... Read more
Our lives have to change, and I mean NOW
Friday, January 15, 2010      4 comments

DH wants to go back to school. This would reduce us to one income. We are a professional, childless, couple. We have that mythical "disposable income". We're about not to. I think we can manage without scrimping on things like pay tv, ... Read more
Wow - Fridays can be good!
Friday, January 15, 2010      4 comments

Today I did good. Weird. Fridays are my 'day out'. I drive around the countryside all afternoon, visiting our remote offices and just letting them know we haven't forgotten about them. It's all about saying hi. Whenever I'm "free" from... Read more

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