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"What Is A Workout?"

Monday, December 15, 2014

emoticon What is a Workout?
By George Allen, former Washington Redskins Coach

emoticon A workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started.

emoticon A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit. When you work out regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows.

emoticon A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It is the badge of a winner - the mark of an organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his, or her, destiny.

emoticon A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life's challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary.

emoticon A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it.

emoticon A workout is a form of rebirth. When you finish a good workout, you don't simply feel better, YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF.

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THROOPER62 12/21/2014 5:33AM

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2BEEANEWME 12/20/2014 9:52PM

    Well written...thanks for sharing.

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BLUEJAY1969 12/19/2014 5:13AM

    I love this! This is so true and I love the part about it being 75% determination! Thanks for posting it!

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BA5454 12/16/2014 8:53AM

    Wise words! emoticon I really like the rebirth part.

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_LINDA 12/15/2014 10:49PM

    emoticon This an awesome definition!
Love the we are all Wonder Woman. emoticon
You find the neatest things on the net.
emoticon for sharing it!!

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GREENEYES_42 12/15/2014 11:30AM

    Loved it and it is all so true!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2014 7:04AM

    Love it and liked it... this deserves a wide audience. Love the background photo, by the way! emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/15/2014 5:51AM

  thanks for sharing

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The Wisdom of Dr Seuss & The Grinch

Monday, December 08, 2014

And the Grinch with his Grinch Feet ice cold in the snow,

Stood puzzling and puzzling:
How Could It Be So?

It came without ribbons!
It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes, or bags!

And he puzzled three hours
Till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

Maybe Christmas, he thought
Doesn't come from a store.

Maybe Christmas ... perhaps
... Means A Little Bit More!!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/14/2014 7:46PM

    Well said!

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SHARON10002 12/13/2014 1:26AM

    emoticon and I love Dr. Seuss!

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BLUEJAY1969 12/8/2014 4:19PM

    Love it! Our focus on CHRISTmas is the Lord and family! Of course we get the grands a couple of things but we don't go hog wild anymore! Thanks for the reminder!

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SNOOPYLINKOS 12/8/2014 7:33AM

    Nothing like alittle Dr. Seuss wisdom on a rainy cold Monday morning. Nothing worse than rain and cold wind in December. Thanks for the warm up!

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NASFKAB 12/8/2014 1:42AM

  beautiful thanks

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Squat Challenge From HelloHealthy!!

Monday, December 01, 2014

I read about this Challenge on another Web Site this morning, and I thought I would share it with you all. I believe I will start this tonight!! Are you joining me?


I’m a huge fan of bodyweight exercises for the reason that you can use them for a great workout anywhere. And perhaps the king of all bodyweight exercises, is the squat. Squats are awesome because they provide a great workout for multiple muscle groups, including the butt, thighs, and core.

It’s for that reason that 30-day squat challenges have become increasingly popular over the past year. There are hundreds of variations available online, but generally they all involve squatting almost every day for a month, starting at 50 reps on your first day and finishing at 250 on your last.

As much as I love anything that gets people moving, particularly squatting, that kind of challenge simply won’t help you reach your goals. 50 squats in one day is too difficult for most beginners, and even if you could do 250 squats with perfect form, you will be training for muscular endurance rather than strength (which is what leads to the toned look). It’s the same reason you wouldn’t do 50+ reps of an exercise in the gym.

Instead, the focus should be on fewer, quality reps that get tougher over time (like using heavier weights in the gym). I decided to use this principle to create a different kind of squat challenge that will give you the best possible chance of safely getting a toned butt and thighs, along with improving your technique. Here’s how it works:
•You will do a different squat variation each week for a month. The variations get more difficult as the month progresses.
•Each day has a target number or reps for which you should aim. You can do them all in one go or spread them out throughout the day.
•If you fail to reach the target number of reps with perfect form you must go back to the beginning of that 7 day period.
•You may not have heard of each variation, so how to do them properly is explained below.

This is the beginner challenge. Once you have mastered the basic bodyweight squat there are two more challenges for intermediate and advanced squatters that you can find on Travel Strong.


* Counterbalance Box Squat:
•With your feet shoulder width apart, keep your chest up and arms out in front of you as a counterbalance.
•Sit back and down onto a surface, such as a chair or stool. Let your butt touch the surface, but don’t sit down.
•As you descend make sure your knees are tracking over your toes.
•Return to the starting position by pushing through your heels and squeezing your glutes.

* Prisoner Box Squat:
•Keeping the tips from above in mind, place your hands behind your head rather than out in front of you.
•Use a lower chair or stool than before to make sure you are squatting deeper.
•Over the course of the week keep lowering the surface until your thighs are parallel (or lower) to the ground when in the bottom position.

* Counterbalance Air Squat:
•Remove the chair or stool and put your arms out in front of you.
•Squat down as before, ensuring that your thighs are parallel to the ground (or lower). The deeper you squat the more muscles you activate.
•Remember to keep your torso as upright as possible by keeping your chest up.

* Prisoner Air Squat:
•Put your hands behind your head once again and continue squatting as low as you can.
•Remember: chest up, feet shoulder width apart, knees tracking over toes, sit back, and push through your heels.
•By the end of the month, you should be able to do a basic bodyweight squat with great form.

So what are you waiting for? Take on the challenge and share it with your friends! We can’t wait to see your results!

You can read more about this squat challenge, and get the intermediate and advanced challenges at Travel Strong.

Will Owen

Will Owen is known for helping every one from backpackers to businessmen stay healthy on the road. He has been featured on a number of websites as an expert bridging the gap between travel and fitness. You can stay up to date with him by visiting Travel Strong, or following him on Google+ or Twitter.

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BOHEMIANCAT 12/2/2014 12:09PM

    Good luck with this one, not sure I could pull it off! emoticon

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_LINDA 12/1/2014 11:09PM

    I don't think i do many workouts that don't have squats, everyone from Zumba to step do them, the toughest being boxercise as they do squat jumps, nasty little leg and butt burners... Great idea! you ought to suggest this to one of your teams for a challenge!

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NASFKAB 12/1/2014 8:56PM

  great idea but broke my femur in January this year & have a steel rod from hip to almot knee so its not easy

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The Importance Of Getting To Know Each Other

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I think this quote from Chief Dan George holds True whether we are talking about Animals, or about the other Humans we share this Planet with.

"If You Talk To The Animals, They Will Talk With You And You Will Know Each Other.

If You Do Not Talk To Them You Will Not Know Them

And What You Do Not Know, You Will Fear.

What One Fears One Destroys"

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_LINDA 11/30/2014 6:32PM

    Very interesting! I had just watched a Clint Eastwood movie that featured Chief Dan George, The Outlaw Josey Wales. He spoke words of wisdom in that movie too. I also think your background is too true as well.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/30/2014 6:02AM

    Profound thought. And LOVE your current background photo! emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 11/30/2014 4:24AM

    This is true! I love animals!

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ALICIA214 11/29/2014 11:50PM


So very True..

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NASFKAB 11/29/2014 11:46PM

  so very rue thanks for sharing

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Ringing In The Christmas Season In Oklahoma

Saturday, November 29, 2014

It may be hard from someone who never lived in Oklahoma to understand Our Love for a Jewelry Store Commercial. But we know that it really isn't "Christmas" until we have heard the Familiar Jingle.

Hopefully this link to one of the MANY YouTube versions of the Beloved Jingle will let my Friends all over the world get a Taste of Oklahoma Christmas Spirit.


For me personally, I also have to hear "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas." It is another song that originated in Oklahoma and has been around for Many, Many Years.


Merry Christmas from Your Oklahoma Friend!!!!

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HISTOGUY 11/30/2014 1:39AM

    emoticon for sharing. cute emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/29/2014 11:44PM

  all the best

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_LINDA 11/29/2014 9:24PM

    I remember you posting this from last year, they were indeed fun songs!
Enjoy your holiday season!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/29/2014 5:20PM

    Merry Christmas! May you have a blessed advent season! emoticon

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