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Music and moving

Monday, December 05, 2011

Listening to music while working out is nothing new. It's recommended far and wide. I sometimes have a soundtrack while going about my morning wake-up get ready for the day, too.

This morning's sound track is Handel's Messiah. In fact, this was Saturday morning's sound track, too. At the gym for my warmup I had the Flight of the Bumblebee and the Flight of the Valkyries. In the few spinning classes I've taken they have had these modern hip-hop and such where I don't recognize (or vaguely do) the artist or the piece, but they have a strong beat. Helps one keep the pedals moving.

Not that I am turning up my nose at more modern genres... I love working out to ABBA (although my son laughs and makes fun of them), to the Beatles and the Beachboys, or the Eagles and collections of hits from multiple artists of the 50's and 60's. Music of one's youth does tend to make one feel younger and more like moving about... it is tied up in memories.

I became aware that I'm "out of it" when I saw the Spark Survey about favorite workout tunes and I didn't know any of them! Current music has passed me by. I might hear them in the background now and then when the radio is on, but I'm past the point of actively seeking new music.

I've been infected by virtue of having lived through my son's teenage years with some from a decade ago that stick with me: Greenday, Analis Morisette, and Tubthumpin'. Even a few country ones get me going (When a God-fearing woman gets the blues?) But even his "music of youth" has moved into a stability phase. I must need grandkids!

Still, nothing matches the classics for me in getting moving. Whether it is the lift of something like Messiah, or something that makes me walk faster, like Bach's Brandenberg concerti (No. 4 and 5 are particularly fast-paced)... music has the ability to feed the soul while I'm moving the body!

What's on YOUR soundtrack?

  
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CEHALLA 12/6/2011 8:50AM

    Messiah and other works by Handel are some of my all-time favorites. I don't have an iPod, so I don't listen to music when I work-out unless I'm at the gym or using a DVD. But I love music and have plans to get one eventually.

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MILLERGIRL719 12/6/2011 6:50AM

    My tunes are so ecclectic it might make your head spin. But it is fun and keeps me moving. I need to get back at it. I've been sick since Thanksgiving emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 12/5/2011 11:38PM

    I don't know any of the modern stuff, but I do love country and anything from the 70's. Ditto what "Cookme" said! I love, love, love working out to ABBA....the soundtrack to Mama Mia, and especially "Dancing Queen." I will literally stop what I'm doing and dance to that. Kind of embarrassing since it's the ringtone on my cell phone, lol!

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DEBRITA01 12/5/2011 8:49PM

    emoticonI love any genre...and I usually have a song in my head most of the day. Nothing like music to lift the spirits and get one up and going... Enjoy!

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_LINDA 12/5/2011 7:03PM

    I am with you on that Spark list! Didn't have a clue who they were or what they sounded like. My rock musical tastes stayed in the seventies and thanks to digital TV, I can still listen to pure 70's. I can tolerate some of the 80's though, but hate this hip hop trash they play sometimes. I think ABBA has great music and love that my Curves has a Abba Friday every week :)))!! I don't mind the Latin rhythms of Zumba though. As I can't wear ear phones they make me deaf, I don't get to take my music with me anywhere :((.
Here is to SANE music!

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KARIDIAN1 12/5/2011 4:48PM

    I don't have a soundtrack, I usually walk with my husband and it's a good chance for us to talk and catch up.

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TISHTOES 12/5/2011 2:57PM

    P.S. I always have music in my head, whatever I played last (I'm a musician) or heard recently or am working on.


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TISHTOES 12/5/2011 2:56PM

    I bought a James Galway CD last year and was listening to it while driving down the freeway. When Flight of the Bumblebee came on I started speeding. Not recommended for driving, haha!

I like Gloria that was in Flashdance and an ice skating movie (don't remember which one). It gets me moving.

So glad you are sticking to classics. Whatever works for you.
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MSLZZY 12/5/2011 1:43PM

    I really don't have a soundtrack but I let my mind do it's wandering and play it in my head.
Anything BeeGees that has a good beat, basically whatever I can think of.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 12/5/2011 9:44AM

    Oh, so many: modern country, Billy Joel, Elton John, movie soundtracks (Mama Mia! & Chicago), Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, just about anything from the 70s. Nothing like good music to make you feel good and help you move!

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KALIGIRL 12/5/2011 8:02AM

    Just what's in my head emoticon

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So far, it's been a very satisfying weekend

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Sunday afternoon... potato baking in the oven, warm lunch on a chill day. Yesterday I had errands to run, despite the weather forecast. Made it to the periodontist just as the rain started to change over. Home after to change, then to the gym where I asked the personal trainer to "be nice to me, I shovel by hand". Hah! As my son said, "Good luck with that, Mom!"

Anyway, it was a great workout, and I decided to wait 'til morning to clear off the snow. Well! Those of you who live in climates like mine know that's a chancy decision. Wait too long, and in falling temperatures, wet slushy snow on the ground turns into textures ice. So this morning's workout began with that ice/snow reduction exercise. The hope now is that the sun will be strong enough even with a high of 30 to evaporate or melt the residue.

I also followed through on my "blended" training plan to start the Spark "5K your way" plan, as it just fits nicer into that plan than the Couch fo 5K I did last year. I did a treadmill rotation, longer than officially noted, as I added warmup / cooldown to the workout.

And with this level of meeting my promises to myself, and avoiding procrastination... so far, food plan is on track! First weekend in quite some time I've been able to say that for the whole weekend. Yep, "don't get cocky".

Here's to good decisions, delivered one at a time. Life's good... Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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_LINDA 12/4/2011 7:49PM

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Well done!! Way to work it!!

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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2011 5:16PM

    It's so amazing that somehow the mind just flips a switch and . . . onwards!! Good for you!! (Weight maintenance is all between the ears).

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 12/4/2011 3:04PM

    What a nice turnaround in mindset and motivation. Glad you're back on your desired path. I'm having a pretty good weekend too. Making good decisions about food choices and exercising really good portion control. Not perfect, but "good 'nuf" for now.

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MSLZZY 12/4/2011 2:17PM

    We were fortunate to get a light dusting of snow that will melt today. The snow shovel is safely tucked away for later.
Glad you are having a more back to normal weekend! HUGS!

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FITFABJENN 12/4/2011 2:14PM

    Kudos for good decisions! emoticon

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Blending training plans

Saturday, December 03, 2011

I know how long it takes to train for a half marathon - 12 weeks, once you can complete 4 weeks at a pre-training fitness level, which is what I did last year. I found a 13 week training schedule for the tri. I looked them up on a couple of web sites, ported them into a spreadsheeet with real dates. Last year's 12 week beginner's half marathon guide adapted well to speed walking, using distances for runners. This year I shall blend that with "maintenance" schedule for swimming, but save the biking training for after the half... which puts me pretty much into the outdoor cycling training weather, right on time.

The half marathon is two weeks into the training schedule for the triathlon... so I figure I will foreshorten the tri training a bit. A half marathon is a good level of fitness to start my tri training from!

The four pre-training weeks for the half would have a mid-January start date. If I can fore-shorten the Couch to 5K plan (i.e. start at about week 3) I can tuck that in before I start the pre-training for the half.

Silly Barb... this, too, is a form of avoiding uncomfy emotions. But it's healthier than diving into desserts!

  
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ANDI571 12/3/2011 12:13PM

    I can't even imangine. You go! emoticon

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MOBYCARP 12/3/2011 12:07PM

    . . . and you say that *I* plan everything out!?!

Seriously, it sounds like a good plan. Go for it!

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_LINDA 12/3/2011 11:49AM

    Well done!! Great planning!!

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JUST_TRI_IT 12/3/2011 9:01AM

    Way to go, Barb! I like the idea of the blended plan.

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MSLZZY 12/3/2011 8:07AM

    Yep, you will be busy but you can do it! I admire your dedication! HUGS!

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Yep, still crazy

Friday, December 02, 2011

After writing that blog about not overbooking myself, here I am with a registration receipt for the Half Marathon next May. And my target of a triathlon in July. I'm thinking that's going to have to be enough for next year... and to motivate me through the Winter dark and cold. For December, that means "don't LOSE fitness". For January and beyond, it means start training for TIME spent, and endurance, not just the specific sport.

There are a couple of prep races I'll probably want to fit into my training schedule, as they worked well last year in getting ready for the half. But somehow in all this, I have to squeeze in the biking and swimming.

Balance... events... motivation... and life! Spark on.

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JUST_TRI_IT 12/3/2011 9:14AM

    There is something about the booking that motivates!! WAY TO GO BARB :) When we are meeting up for a TRI???

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MSLZZY 12/3/2011 12:05AM

    Go for it!

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COMPUCATHY 12/2/2011 9:48PM

    Sounds good! Congratulations! Keep up the good work! You are doing GREAT! Hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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MOBYCARP 12/2/2011 1:48PM

    Hmm. There's a half marathon in Rochester on April 28. Lots of time till then, but most of that time is tax season. $50 entry if I sign up by January 22; I can defer to March 31 if I'm willing to pay $55.

The Rochester Marathon is September 23. Signup schedule isn't out yet, but all summer long to train . . . gotta think about doing a half next September, even if I chicken out for April.

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HOT4FITNESS 12/2/2011 9:46AM

    Same crazy thing happened to me last night too. Its training time!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 12/2/2011 8:24AM

    Crazy? great kinda crazy, I'm thinking!!

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KALIGIRL 12/2/2011 8:17AM

    Here's to balance - getting my swimming suit this weekend (forgot my old tank was a few sizes too large...)
We'll have to see how getting up @ 4:30 is going to work emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 12/2/2011 8:15AM

    Sounds like a good plan... emoticon emoticon

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Keeping the goal in front of me!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

This morning my emoticon was back close to what I consider my maintenance range... 2.4 pound over. However, the ten pounds I was talking about? Was since October 1st... and measured from top of the range. Diligence is called for here. Don't get cocky, Barb!

I am exceedingly grateful to be back in the 120's. I have made it my New Year's aim to be back to the lower side of that narrow range. Keeping that goal in front of me is what will get me there. Every time faced with a holiday temptation: how'd that work out over Thanksgiving? Uh-huh. And was it worth it? This time, really not.

Every time faced with a holiday temptation: Look where you are, compared to two years ago, or three years ago! Look at what you can do more easily: stairs at work, snow removal, wrestling Christmas trees, shifting groceries... not to mention jogging, biking, and swimming! This feels good!

Those temptations are like gateway drugs to me. I'm far better off walking on by than even taking the single bite. Because if I take that single bite, there *will* be a reaction.

And... speaking of "was it worth it"? Let's talk about was it worth the 10 months of losing and the year and a half of maintaining fitness? ABSOLUTELY worth it! For one thing, look at the speed of recovery from the regain (once I woke up). I did not go into deprivation mode ... I just went back to center of maintenance range for my goal. I went back to about 1500 calories a day. And it is coming back off almost effortlessly... and each workout feels great.

Here's to goals, keeping promises to ourselfs, and living life by choice! Spark on. emoticon

  
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SUNNYWBL 12/12/2011 6:16PM

    That attitude will help to keep you on the straight and narrow! emoticon

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ANDI571 12/2/2011 8:55AM

    This was a good one. The Christmas temptations have been playing out in my mind big time. It's like, I always make this or that, I want to do it again. Or, I want to try that because it is new.

Those fleeting temptations aren't worth the hard work it has taken to get where I am today. Hopefully I can keep telling myself that.

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SUNNY1432 12/1/2011 8:39PM

    emoticon I need to get myself back to into maintenance mode too, so hopefully I don't find myself of the wrong side of the scale. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 12/1/2011 5:56PM

    emoticon It's good to hear you're back on track. Where you are, is where I fear I could be. Oh, I'm not there now; but I lost focus in 2010 by getting into some stuff that wasn't really harmful, not really . . . except it squeezed out time for exercise. Yeah, not harmful. Right.

It's really good to hear that it can be turned around when you wake up. Here's to staying awake most of the time, and waking up quickly after those inevitable episodes of sleepwalking!

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TURTLETALK 12/1/2011 12:34PM

    Great blog. I am taking a spark of genious from this blog and applying it too my life by making an "Is it worth it?" sign to go on the front of my refrigerator. I tend to puruse the refrigerator with no real purpose during the evenings. This will remind me of my goals everytime I head to the kitchen.

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_LINDA 12/1/2011 11:13AM

    What you are describing is really yo yo dieting in miniature. Binge out on the holiday season, get back on track when its over. Fine and dandy when you can quickly drop back to maintenance range, but as you get older, daresay it will get tougher to drop back.. Its pointing up that you truly haven't embraced the healthy lifestyle of all things in moderation. That emotional eating is still a big red flag. Sounds like resisting entirely is the only way to go for your mindset..
I consider myself fortunate that I do not have so many temptations. I too, know the siren call of endless desserts, sweets, high carb, high fat, high calorie food..Been there done that too. The benefits of living alone with no social life means I can keep my eating healthy and mindful. I have a test coming up. Big turkey dinner at the bridge club I must attend as per my duties as club manager. We will see how mindfully I can eat, knowing I do NOT have that comfortable exercise cushion to work it off.
Good luck to us both..

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KARIDIAN1 12/1/2011 9:55AM

    Thank you for the wise words about staying focused. Maintenace will be an ongoing lifestyle once I meet my goal.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 12/1/2011 9:49AM

    Barb, you are so "with it." I can only dream to be as motivated and to have the solid mindset and way of looking at things one day. You rock!

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MSLZZY 12/1/2011 8:21AM

    That is a must-keep the goal in FRONT of me! HUGS!

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SUPER3800 12/1/2011 7:51AM

  You are doing great, keep it up! It is hard to walk by food, we have donuts at work and I have a hard time NOT eating them too. But, I usually do!

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