Saturday, December 31, 2011
Didn't even feel like standing on the bungee and healthbouncing so Gusto and Grace was a very pleasant surprise and perfect for this morning, offering pretty much everything in one package (cardio, strength, and flexibility) without aggravating my knee. I wound up doing the whole standing routine!
Finished with Jill Miller's Knee Rehab (prehab) ballrolling and first level of strength (Rehab 1).
Friday, December 30, 2011
While away, new workouts arrived so I will be quite busy trying them. Right knee still iffy after sitting a long time but otherwise, managing walking painlessly.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Didn't have much energy this morning but kept moving and worked the lower body alot. My knee is much better at night but still feels like something isn't quite right. However, I can live with whatever it is indefinitely, just as long as it doesn't get much worse like it was.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
This morning I warmed up on the bungee to Christie Taylor's online dance workouts then did some of Joannie Greggains Holiday workout. Usually am in AC on Christmas so it was nice doing some of the Holiday workout on the holiday. May do the rest as a spark later. Then I did some of the gliding in Cathe's Cardio Supersets which was a mistake because my knee twinged again after really feeling almost normal then some BBL Rio Extreme and finished with Classical Stretch and ball rolling my knee.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Just discovered the photo on my blog as well as all other media taken on our laptop were with the protective cover over the webcam lens intact. LOL
Oh well, future photos and videos will be much sharper.
ETA: Just changed my previous photo to a newer one
My knee was 95% better last night and so far this morning so it looks like the worse of it is over and it may even heal completely.
I got a great bonus gift yesterday when our Aspie son finally cleaned his room out of the blue, a first in his 26 years. Previously, his OCD was directed towards keeping his room a mess. There is hope for him yet.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Freemake Video Converter
It is so much easier and faster to use than other free programs and seems to do more than some expensive programs.
Only problem is be careful when downloading and installing to avoid accepting the toolbar and other stuff you probably do not want.
I even skipped the plugin options for Chrome and Firefox which I later included when upgrading.
They have *how to* video tutorials online to demonstrate what to do by clicking on help
Just go directly to www.freemake.com to download the Freemake Video Converter.
Getting a new laptop has opened a whole world of free workouts online for me. Also I like to edit some of my workout dvds and online clips to make them function better for me, skipping moves I do not do (like burpees) and chaptering what I do like to do into accessible sparks.
Have to give another shout-out to filemail.com which enables friends with similar workout preferences to share our creations.
ETA: Freemake Video Converter is beyond amazing
I just burned 6 large MP4 files to a dvdr in less than one hour, a task that took almost 4 hours on DVDFlick and ended badly. I now know if I want sound when using a Play Station2 as a dvd player to switch the burn sound setting to MP2. The sound setting drop down menu is next to the dvd region drop down menu (PAL OR NTSC choice).
I am losing measurements off my hips, thigh and waist even though my weight is the same so guess I am losing fat while building muscle which is a good thing. One thing that is definitely helping to burn fat is substituting oatmeal in recipes calling for bread crumbs. Oatmeal has become a wonderful substitute for breadcrumbs in meatloaf, oven baked chicken and in what we used to call Italian Matzoh Ball soup.
Last night I made a soup that looked like Italian Wedding soup but substituted small balls made out of oatmeal (about 1 1/2 cups), egg, Parmesan cheese (about 1/4 cup, alittle lemon juice and other seasonings for the traditional meatballs. I add alittle olive oil or more oatmeal till it feels like the right consistency for handrolling into balls. First I boiled some Cottage Inn low fat chicken broth (2 cans) with equal amounts of water then dropped the balls of the oatmeal mix into the broth and boiled it awhile then added alittle canned spinach chopped up and alittle of those tiny pasta beads/balls. Alittle of the spinach and pasta go a long way. Not only was it the best tasting Italian Wedding soup we ever had, it was so much healthier!
We get huge containers of whole oatmeal at Aldis for less than $2. Also the canned spinach.
ETA: just did a nice CS spark :)
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Will be uploading the TA Inspired video below and the Christie Taylor routine can be found at http://www.youtube.com/user/ChristiTaylorFIT?feature=watch
Then I did BBL's Bum Bum Rapido which I liked alot and even the Rapido Abs while holding a kettlebell. Then I did a bunch of different Essentrics and PT type moves for my knees and hips including some ball rolling. Still have stiffness in the knee after sitting but am able to move it in many ways painfree once it is warmed up.
Our last Saturday night stay at Showboat was horrible. Drunks shouting in the hall and banging on the doors all night. This behavior has been happening at almost all AC hotels on partying nights since they stopped offering comped rooms to their regular moderate gamblers and rather sell a room to a gang of young adults instead. However, The Borgata rooms, both Classic and Water Club seem more sound proofed. Also since Showboat's casino was so empty, the potential criminal element stuck out. Both my husband and I felt like we were being stalked for possible voucher snatching or whatever. The only place I felt safe was the elevator area and elevator because just one was working so always a crowd waiting and a crowded elevator. Safety in numbers. Other disappointments were that the Diamond Lounge was closed on a Saturday night and we really wanted to try Showboat's DL on a Saturday night hearing good things about it online. Also the maid only left decafe coffee packets in our room, making me use an old packet I had brought from home instead. What is the $13 a night for? That extra room assessment charge should include making sure each room has real coffee packets.
DH is already Platinum this year and since the Diamond lounges now charge $10 comp each and it is much harder to earn comp for inferior food compared to The Borgata, I prefer for most of our gambling to be done at The Borgata, earning those delicious meals as we play. I have practically stopped playing my card at any CET casino, not even bothering to go for Platinum, myself, even though I was over halfway there in March. I had every intention of going Diamond this year until I discovered just how much better The Borgata does everything, even before the sudden charge for Diamond Lounges started. I will only play my card if there is a promotion worth playing for like a free buffet. CET's stupidity was really exposed when Diamond players couldn't earn a free buffet at Wild West this spring while Gold and Platinum could. Bad enough they started charging for the Diamond lounges but not allowing Diamonds to earn a free buffet just was a totally ridiculous decision.
The Borgata besides offering so many more bonus downloads even costs just $5 a night in fees compared to Harrahs' inflated $13 a night. However, as much as I love The Borgata, I find I feel like playing slots less than when we went to 4 other casinos for diversity so have been traveling to AC less often. Between not losing as much at CET and saving on traveling expenses and The Borgata's generous bonus downloads, our AC trips have actually become profitable!
Now that The Borgata is renovating its Classic rooms and is still upgrading all Diamond players to Black Label, I think most regular AC slot players will see how much better The Borgata does everything and will stop pursuing CET Diamond status and will earn Black Label instead like we have the past 2 years. I cannot imagine The Revel offering more than The Borgata either. Just hope that The Revel's opening will make the weekend and summer comped rooms more available at The Borgata (and the Amphora Lounge line shorter).
ETA: Found out we may be offered the Harrahs buffet for free since their DL is closed tomorrow night but still not going. Last Saturday night at Showboat left me not wanting to stay and play slots at any of their properties.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Today in spite of being gloomy weather-wise has been a great one. My knee is definitely improving and our son who works in the UK is switching to an internet focused company that sounds absolutely amazing. Guess we will all be applying for passports because it looks like he will be permanently living in the UK.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This morning, I warmed up with the last two songs of Andrea's Keeping Fit then did the bonus Violet's Cardio, both of which became a nice combination on and off the bungee, using homemade XCO trainers for weights. Then I did some standing Essentrics with music only and Strong Knees, both the full routine and the massage (tennis ball against a wall). After Strong Knees I did alittle more ball rolling on a Miracle ball around both knees.
We had ended our Blockbuster store Combo Pass and found out the store was closing soon after Christmas anyways which was sad to hear because we really liked the store Combo Pass which was only recently offered and may have increased their business substantially as customers tried it. Only reason we ended it was because the store stopped getting newer games and we had caught up on the dvds we wanted to see. We definitely would have tried it again in a couple of months. Right now I am still using Amazon's instant watch during a Free Prime trial which is ok but still prefer access to newer releases. Guess we'll next try the library and Redbox since Blockbusters will no longer be convenient. If we really fall far behind, will join Netflix for one month for 2 or 3 dvds at a time to catch up.
Monday, December 19, 2011
AC CET hotels were a bit depressing with so many restaurants closed and empty casinos but The Borgata was still hopping. They did recently close the buffet for a couple of weeks so we didn't go then even though the Amphora Lounge was opened. Now that the buffet reopened, the Amphora Lounge is closed till Friday afternoon. Showboat's Diamond Lounge and buffet are completely closed and Harrahs DL has only been opened Saturdays and Sundays. We had reservations there this Friday but canceled since the club is closed and no point pumping their machines cuz DH is already Platinum and neither of us ever plan to be Diamond again.
Showboat offered us LFB (Limited Food and Beverage) status this trip but only for their coffee shop and snack bar. To get the food comped, all of the reward credits (earned comp) in the customer's account get used first so it was not an enticing offer. Maybe if offered LFB when our earned credits are low, we will try it in the future.
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Really do not care about any other goal or result except that I keep moving safely.
More and more studies are supporting how exercise can boost the immune system to defend against cancer and heart disease as well as help alleviate depression, insomnia, and stress. However, the wrong kind of exercise can actually have an adverse effect.
Dread, boredom, and injuries are obstacles I have avoided successfully for the past 12 years since making regular exercise a daily part of my life. I have seen others lose interest or get injured trying to do what their mind and body do not want to do. Not getting the temporary, sometimes unrealistic result one is seeking can totally derail all exercise.
Bottomline, the best personal trainer is the voice inside of one's own head. Stop searching for the *magic bullet* and start listening.
Monday, November 7, 2011
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LesMills Body Balance (or Bodyflow) 39
Thursday, November 3, 2011
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Teachers are supposed to open minds, not shut them.
Teachers are supposed to help their students feel more confident about themselves and their future opportunities and help them gain the skills needed to succeed.
Teachers are supposed to Teach, not brainwash their students based on the teacher's own personal belief system or religion, especially in public schools.
Gay couples pay taxes and have the right to the pursuit of happiness and being equal under the law of this land.
What exactly are folks against Gay Marriage giving up by enabling Gay Marriage?
It seems as though most folks who want a ban on same gender marriage believe homosexuality is a choice. I cannot imagine anyone consciously choosing to be gay after witnessing our own son's coming out. Even if being gay were a choice, then why are these people against gay marriage when whom a person marries is a personal choice? How many married straight couples *chose* to love their spouse or had that choice made for them? Choice is Thinking and making a conscious decision. Feeling is a totally different process. Nobody should have the power to choose who another person can or cannot love and marry.
Most gay couples would have less children to be covered by the employer's plan as well.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
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In May 2012, The Revel will finally be open for business. Meanwhile CET has decimated their AC business after being the only real game in town other than The Borgata.
The only advantage CET had over The Borgata was its nonAC properties and 4 different properties in AC all being a part of the same Total Rewards system. Revel will have the same disadvantage as The Borgata in being a single AC only property. Cannot imagine gamblers from all over flocking consistently to the Revel as they do to CET properties, especially in Vegas. Oh Revel will be very busy its first summer as was the Trump's Taj when it first opened BUT will it make the generous offers necessary to attract gamblers the rest of the year?
There is no guarantee that the Revel marketing will be able to compete with The Borgata as far as comps for the consistent AC gambler. Who expected CET in AC to make so many poor business decisions within the year of The Revel's opening? Guess Revel cannot make as many bad decisions as CET but can they make as many good decisions as The Borgata? Only time will tell. Being a NJ taxpayer and owning 20% of the Revel's revenues, I sure hope the Revel is a huge success. However, unfortunately, I believe The Borgata will be the last AC casino still standing when the duel is over and the dust settles. Too bad our governor didn't invest in our racetracks instead and convert them to racinos which seem to be doing incredible business in PA, DE, etc. Heck even the NJ off track betting parlours called Favorites have been a huge success without slot machines!
ETA: Sadly just heard another bad decision by CET. Sunday is the last day for Harrahs Reflections restaurant. Breakfast will become available at their buffet which is overpriced or Bill's Burgers. Think we have spent more comp at Reflections than any other CET restaurant so we will miss it, even though most of our comp is gone. At the same time, I have heard complaints of way less comped buffet offers from folks who gamble alot more than we do. Looks like we will pretty much be eating all of our meals at The Borgata. About the only decent lunch option for cash at Harrahs will be McCormicks $10 lunch menu.
Sammy D's which took Reflections place doesn't seem to be doing nearly as much business as Reflections did. Food is ok with huge portions but those portions cost 200% more than smaller portions could have charged. An average breakfast for two, including juice and coffee could cost close to $50!