Wednesday, November 28, 2012

All Over the House workout

I finally felt better this morning than I have in a long time as far as energy.
First I started moving when checking my last two blog uploads on previous posts (Denise Standing Pilates and Jenny March) which worked well on my den dinosaur pc even in full screen so I wound up pushing the chair back and doing both with the speakers blasting.  Was even able to do the March of the Wooden Soldiers two rooms away on the bungee.  I am labeling some workouts uploaded to just my blog and not on youtube as *private video*.  This way I do not have to worry about any being *blocked in Germany* like my favorite music selections usually are.  Twice videos which were probably intended to be blocked in Germany were blocked in the US instead.  It was probably just a glitch since I disputed and had both unblocked in the US but rather avoid that hassle.  I do not want to push my luck too far with youtube's generous policies.  The only negative is by choosing to upload directly to this blog, I have to keep the file much smaller.

Then I switched to the living room bungee and did a couple of songs from Body Gospel with music louder while bouncing and doing most of Donna's moves. I may capture some of one song in particular to share it

If you didn't get this Body Gospel set yet and missed out on the Beachbody Black Friday discount, I would be patient for a similar discount down the road. I am Jewish and could easily skip over the prayer segments.

Then I switched to the basement and did some of Anna's routine on The Biggest Loser Calorie Knockout with music only and using homemade XCOs.  Sorry but I cannot stand Anna's voice but the music is pretty good so works for me :)

Finished while still in the basement with the first 15 minutes or so of Nia Awareness of Joints which I had burned to dvdr. The best part of that choice was the video is sooo much better when I play it on my cheap Craig dvd player which allows me to zoom times 4.  It made an online class look like a real dvd production.  I am going to try to finish all workouts with a zoomed Nia class segment or even do some Nia sparks.  It may also have worked well on my HDTV through youtube since I can zoom my tv but probably will not bother to upload all of the Nias to youtube.

ETA: Nia Awareness of Joints was burned to a dvdr which also has many wonderful warmups/cooldowns on it that I had collected so I may upload some of them to youtube or the blog eventually.  It can be found on the Nia blog or at Nia Class Video - Awareness of Joints | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


My OOP Jingo vhs dated 1997 has been one of my favorite routines but I have hesitated to do it fearing the vhs could self-destruct in a vcr at anytime.  So I decided to capture it and upload it to youtube to share it with others since Nia no longer sells it in their store.  My man Carlos leads it and some segments are so much fun.  I was already hooked on Nia with the original workout but Jingco made me an eternal fan.

This morning I just did alittle bouncing to Michelle LeMay's Gospel Aerobics before my annual doctor's visit.  Did not get any indication of what may be causing my bouts of hypoglycemia but maybe something will turn up in the blood test results.  Was just told to eat when feeling that way.  Of course, the doctor is old school and wants me to go for a bunch of unnecessary tests like a bone density and paps smear.  I did accept the flu vaccine for the first time because having had the flu a couple of times in my lifetime, do not want to suffer through it again.

I do not like how I felt all morning having skipped even the few sips of coffee I had been having each morning as well as any food since last night's dinner.  At least I didn't have a caffeine withdrawal headache.  Now that I have eaten and had my sips of coffee, am feeling much better and may do a real workout later.  Maybe even Jingo or parts of Jingo :)

I made myself alittle gift to keep on my laptop to do in the bedroom.
It is a Standing Pilates routine led by Denise Austin found on youtube but I played some of my favorite songs in the background.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Body Gospel & Another Chair Routine

I decided to revisit some Body Gospel and wound up doing the whole Power and Praise band routine plus the warmup of the other routine Gospel Glory on the dvd.  Worked up a nice sweat and will do more of the second routine on the bungee later.  I have been worried that I have been losing stamina lately but this routine felt easier than I had remembered.

Tomorrow is my annual physical and I am hoping that my bouts of fatigue or hypoglycemia, especially before lunch do not have an underlying serious medical condition brewing.  I have cutback on my morning coffee substantially to avoid peaks and then plunging levels of energy too.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

More OOP VHS Uploaded

all youtube uploads on this post have been deleted

OOP vhs

This morning I did a Leslie Jog and Walk with pumping MUsic added which unfortunately youtube had banned.  Probably because Gaiam has downloads of it selling on Amazon and own the visual copyrights, even though Gaiam did not produce the vhs I used for capturing.  Next I did the second part of Nia Awareness of the Hip Joints.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Jogging to Movies

I added some MUsic soundtracks from movies to Leslie's Too Busy to Workout and think it is a winner!

Nia Awareness of Hip Joints 2

I did some of the Nia Awareness of Hip Joints and realized I lurved the second half.

Anywho now that I can use blogger again on our den dinosaur pc, I got an error message that was disconcerting: *system has recovered from a serious error* and this error message didn't go away till after restarting the pc but I did find a way to make it go away if it did reappear.  Hope it isn't the beginning of the end for the den pc now that it seems to be good enough for what it is used for.  Hate having to disconnect then reconnect everything for a new one.

There was a video on youtube about finding what you really want to do then do it instead of spending your life doing something you do not love just to earn money.  Problem is most of us do not really know what we want to do and even if we did, it may not be possible to support ourselves on its income.  We are fortunate to be retired and not struggling to cover expenses but we do have a lower standard of living than most people who have even less income.  Alot of businesses would go bankrupt if needing our business like dry cleaners (ironically my dad's trade), jewelers, hair dressers, etc.
Exercise has been an interest of mine for over 13 years and sometimes, it was a bit expensive because I crave variety. I became to realize the key factors to make me MUve was the MUsic as well as moving in feel good ways..
Since I can physically exercise for only a limited amount of time a day and have alot of free time, I mentally exercise and enjoy discovering other routines and adding different  music if the MUsic doesn't make me want to MUve.  I like to share these routines with other people to maybe give them a few minutes of pleasure as well.  I  am too old to consider making a living this way as a personal trainer or workout video instructor BUT I do enjoy creating and sharing thanks to my laptop and youtube.

May do some more Nia or similar soon.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Special Sale Body Gospel

Beachbody is selling the Body Gospel set at a huge discount till 11/26.
Also some of their other sets are discounted.

Team Beachbody - Holiday Offer

Also if you want to choose your coach,
I suggest choosing
Mary Crowder
who owns totalfitnessdvds
because she is really reliable
her beachbody link is
you hover over shop then choose the holiday offer

Basement Workout

Since I was doing a laundry in the basement, I decided to do the morning workout down there because I haven't worked out down there for quite awhile, preferring the bungee in the living room or the HDTV for youtube in the den.

I started with some  Jazzercise Burlesque then did some Sole Synthesis for the lower body then did some Konditioning Katami bar for the core and finished with CS.  I did miss my MUsic even though I liked one Jazzercise song and the CS music but will resist adding MUsic to any of these because I couldn't upload any onto youtube anyways.  I'll try to enjoy my youtube stuff and bungee as sparks later in the day.

ETA: To enable easier viewing of current posts,
I am now limiting the main page to 5 posts.
I was having trouble loading the blog on my dinosaur pc so figured others maybe had memory problems and/or shockwave crashes as well.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving :)

This morning I had a choice of looking at the glass half empty or half full.
Our home was the usual destination for our family on Thanksgiving, having as many as 15 seats at the table.  Today it is just three.
Some have passed away and others have moved away, including our older son in London.

BUT I am grateful for having power, heat and an oven to cook the traditional dinner and will appreciate the plentiful leftovers.
Most of all the smells.  The same smells that filled the home when I was a child.
Also have a large screen HDTV for the first time for the Macy's parade and Broadway show numbers.
So my glass is looking even more than half full.

This morning I did (on the bungee with Fitstix) the TaeBo workout with MUsic added which I am disputing on youtube for being blocked in the US and some of the newest Nia Awareness of Hip Joints.  Both videos are embedded on previous posts.

Sparks were some John Abdo walks and some Gospel Aerobics.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New Nia online!

The Awareness of the Hips is now online:

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Hip Joints | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Turkey Day video

a new Hamelin!!!

Pre-Turkey Day

This morning I did the Fitstix Fusion segment to which I had added music (mostly Cher tunes) that was led by the other two instructors and really enjoyed it :)
The gal almost looked like she was singing!
Remember you do not need real Fitstix to enjoy these workouts.
They are very rebounder friendly and you can use any hand weight or none.
However, I do like using Fitstix because they make it more fun and do not aggravate my joints.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Loving Fitstix Fusion

I am really enjoying the Fitstix Fusion routines to which I added music, on and off the bungee.  I now realize the main deterrent to doing these routines was unfortunately the instructor's voice.  It's sad because otherwise, her MUves are very creative and fun.

So this morning I produced a sweat with the 4th Fusion routine.
I am going to try to use Germany blocked stuff just for the bungee and anything I want to do using our HDTV to be Germany acceptable on youtube.  I separated the TaeBoTV playlists into Billy counting and MUsic added then put the German blocked MUsic added ones to the bottom.  Also made a Fitstix Playlist :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Some Tech Problems

For some reason, I can no longer upload directly to youtube.  It may be the size of the files but Freemake will upload them to youtube for me and break them down automatically to under 15 minutes each plus automatically make a playlist for each file broken down.  I also noticed I cannot play the files that are blocked in Germany because of copyright issues on my HDTV so may be avoiding the music that prevents this access for stuff I want to do in the den.

Anywho this morning I did the third segment of Fitstix Fusion with GreenDay music.  Alittle TaeBo then some of this wonderful Temple Dance by Karen Andes.
ETA:  I also did the Jessica Smith Thin in 10 Band Routine which was nice

Sunday, November 18, 2012

All Fitstix Fusion!

This morning I returned to the Fitstix Fusion workout to which I had added more current music that I did as a spark yesterday and just couldn't stop till I pooped.  It works so well with the bungee and Fitstix though you can substitute any light weight or do it with empty hands too.
Love the MUves
Lurve the MUsic.

and I did this one last night which I Lurved
TBTV April B& with African Drums

I am glad I listened to my own drum and marched to its own beat cuz the combination really clicked for me.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Jessica and Kim

I am feeling much better since lowering caffeine intake and trying to avoid low blood sugar :)

This morning I did a Jessica Smith Quickie Cardio Thin in 10 found on Sportskool.
I liked it enough to revisit and may eventually add music to it

Then I did most of the Kim Lyons Walk It Off with music added

The music in this one really clicked for me today!

This afternoon's spark was from Fitstix Fusion with music I added

Friday, November 16, 2012

Debbie and Kim and alittle Billy too

This morning I did Debbie Rocker's Core Walk to which I had added music, sometimes holding Fitstix and sometimes holding a band.  It was so much better than I had expected!

 Then I did a 10 minute Adv Walk It Off by Kim Lyons to which I had added music

Finished with alittle TaeBoTV to which I had added music but did it at halftime

I am trying not to do any intense workouts because I have been experiencing much worse hypoglycemic feelings since Sandy stressed me out.  Also I am cutting back on caffeine and trying to eat small meals more frequently.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Advanced TBTV May5

all videos have been deleted on youtube

Embedded Youtube Videos

If an embedded youtube video doesn't play on the blog, click on the watch on youtube option in the lower right corner of the video screen.

After a Windows update, Blogger using the Chrome browser no longer plays an embedded youtube video on my laptop.
I can play it on youtube by clicking on *Watch it on youtube*.
I can play vimeo embedded videos fine.
I can play embedded youtube videos on FaceBook.
I can play it on the blog using other browsers (old versions of MSIE and Firefox).

I cannot find any other recent complaints or solutions.
Really, really hate it when an automatic update fouls up the works.

Mystery is partially solved.  I think a security update is preventing me from playing a youtube embedded file when I am signed into Blogger.  I can either live with it or remove all of my cookies and cache data.

All Youtube

This morning I skipped the bungee and went right to my HDTV to do some youtube stuff.
First I did the first part of Fitstix Fusion

Then I did alittle of the same segment but with different music

and finished with one of Steve Maresca's Exercise TV routines but used a weightless chiball instead of a medball

They were so wonderful that I wonder if I may give up dvds altogether one day.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fabulous Workout!

I wish I could bottle how I felt when doing these workouts this morning and drink from that bottle as needed.

First I bounced on the bungee while holding Fitstix, sometimes switching to a band, with the Debbie Rocker Upper Body Walk to which I had added music

then I did the Winter episode of the Barefoot Dancer which felt completely new to me:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

BAK again

Escaped to AC for a couple of days and almost recuperated mentally from Sandy.
We recognized a couple we knew over 35 years ago at our table when playing Bingo at the Borgata and drove them crazy making them wait till Bingo was almost over before revealing our identities LOL
and DH actually won Bingo for the first time ever.  Only got $100 for a split pot with other winners but it was a nice change.  I missed the final coverall by 2 spaces with several other numbers called in the interim :(

Did alot of walking in beautiful weather yesterday.

Some aggravation today with son getting another damaged game dvd from the Blockbusters store we now have to drive to several miles away.  Really wish they hadn't closed our local one we could walk to.  They didn't even give him a discount for the week without electricity or for the last damaged game dvd he had.  He will definitely cancel the monthly game rental account before the real winter starts.  This store has terrible quality control.   In spite of the odd-even gas rationing ending, prices in gas are escalating and going to this store is becoming a real pia.

Also I wanted to embed the first of a wonderful Hamelin series available on vimeo:
Hamelin D'abell Method workout1 from Hamelin D'abell Method on Vimeo.
These have unique music and no cuing.

Last but not least, I redid the Jessica Cardio Blast to be much larger:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Here's Variety for Y'all

I did three different versions of Jessica Smith's Barefoot Sunset Walk

Freemake Audio Tip

In this picture, change the drop down menu for audio in the lower right corner to MP2 when burning a dvdr.

By doing this, you may hear the audio that seems to be missing like my audio was missing when using a Play Station2 as a dvd player.  I use the MP2 choice as my output audio for all conversions and dvdr burns.

Kim, Debbie, Jessica and ?

Here's what I did today:
the second half of Kim Lyons Adv Walk on the bungee with Fitstix

The Debbie Rocker Lower Body Walk

The new Jessica Smith Standing Abs

and a Balance Body routine to which I added the Yellow Bird Calypso song

I realize not everyone will like my quirky combos but hope many do.
Jessica's Standing Abs had decent music so not messing with it LOL

Friday, November 9, 2012

TF and Kim Walk It Off (and JS)

This morning I started with the upright segment of a core TurboFire that used a band then tried some of a 30 minute Turbofire workout but the music was too soft to keep me muving so I switched to a walking workout led by Kim Lyons to which I had added music.
This worked well with the bungee and Fitstix

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jenny and Teri

Last evening, I hurt my right foot and thought I may not be able to workout this morning but ironically, working-out actually removed the pain I was feeling!  Actually had the best workout I have had in a long time energy-wise.  The music and moves really clicked for me.
Or maybe it was the relief that we didn't lose power again during yesterday's storm even though we did have a short loss during one wind gust.

This morning I warmed up on the bungee to the rest of the Jenny Ford Latin Zoom workout to which I had added Reggae music.  Really REALLY enjoyed it!!!
Yesterday's post has it embedded.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jenny and Body Balance

This morning I warmed up on the bungee with the Jenny Ford Latin Zoom routine to which I had added Reggae music
More info about the source of this workout will be posted on tomorrow's checkin.

Then I did some Body Balance warmups found on

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

AM Walk to Steel Drums and PM Irish Walk

I just created this combination which was requested:
A Debbie Rocker Walk done to Steel Drums instead of her verbal cuing

Violet WU, Indian Clubs, Chiball

This morning I warmed up on the bungee to some boxing with Violet and RefitRev Crank It Up:

Then I did some Indian Clubs using my homemade XCO Trainers (Pringles/Lays cans partially filled with rocksalt), Swords (Walmart Bubble Wands), and Fitstix.  The moves even worked well holding nothing!

Finished with some Chiball on the beach then a short walk outside in the chill to vote while warmed up.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Persian Zumba, Violet Bar, Scottish Ballet, African Walk

This morning I warmed up on the bungee to the second half of the second Persian Zumba which I had chaptered.

Then I did the BoCore video by Violet while holding my *sword*
(a large bubble wand from Walmart partially filled with rocksalt):

Then I did the Vimeo Scottish Ballet to which I had added Classical Beetle music and uploaded to youtube and accessed through our Vizio Internet App on our HDTV
and finished with the second part of the Leslie Walk to which I had added African music

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nia Online

Do Not miss this one:
Best video I have ever seen online or on DVD

also this is a wonderful Nia routine found on youtube:

Recently some of Opal was uploaded to Nia's youtube channel!
Multimedia Production - YouTube

Most if not all of the Nia Classes online are available by scrolling through their blog:

Here are most of the individual links for the monthly classes already posted on the Nia blog:

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Muscles | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Ligaments & Tendons | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Bones | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Joints | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Feet | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Ankle Joints | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Shinbones | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Knees | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Thighbones | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Pelvis | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Hip Joints | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Spine | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Shoulder Girdle | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Shoulder Joint | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Upper Arm Bone | Nia | A sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness

Helen Terry Passion Routine focusing on the Elbow on Vimeo
or for Freemake Video Downloader forearm bone workshop

Awareness of Fingers, Hands, & Wrists Sensing Meaning Routine on Vimeo

Nia Class Video - Awareness of Nerves | Nia

Nia Class Video - Autonomic Nervous System | Nia

Unfortunately these classes are not available to share because the Nia folks want to be able to track the traffic on their website.   They do not allow sharing of their OOP vhs because they do not own the music copyrights.

 Download programs and sites keep changing their setup and various updates can affect download capability from day to day so I have to try a few different approaches if at first, I do not succeed.  I am tenacious and just keep trying till I do succeed.  Lately, it seems as though MP4 downloads work for me but flv downloads are getting harder and harder to accomplish. Sometimes using a different browser works.
I can use Freemake Video Downloader to download the newer classes because they just fixed a download glitch.  Right click on the video to copy the url then paste that url when using Freemake Video Downloader.
Freemake Video Converter didn't work and Realplayer stopped working for me. If it works for you, Realplayer probably is the most compatible download program for the older Nia classes which I used before MS updates probably disabled Realplayer for me.
Firefox Download Helper worked with the older classes but not the newer ones for me but perhaps they have fixed that bug.  They recently fixed their bug to download from DailyMotion.
You can also try download sites but avoid clicking on any advertisements.
My favorite is because I just use the top line to paste the url and click the yellow download button next to it then choose which file format I want.  The file appears in my download folder.  You do not need a special video player like the advertisement claims.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it don't.
ETA 8/12/2016 today savefrom did not work but Chrome Video Downloader Professional extension did.
What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow and what didn't work yesterday may work tomorrow.  For more info, check my *Downloading A Video* post in my Favorite Links

The Nia Groovin VHS was uploaded on their Nianow site:
Groovin ' 92 | Nia

There was a short Passion class and Move It class with Carlos in the group!
Also one of Debbie's earliest recordings Elements was shared.
All have since been removed
(I did download them!!!)

Today's Workout

This morning I did the first part of the second Persian Zumba youtube video then some of Violet's bar/sword workout also on youtube.

Violet's started with this one on one side then the next part works the other side:

Sandy Aftermath

What I really missed was having no connection to the outside world. In the old days, our landline may have still been functioning. Thank goodness, there are still radio stations a very old battery powered radio could receive even though some of the stations lacked juice to transmit. Everytime a radio announcement would give a phone number or website to go to, I wanted to SCREAM. We had no idea from day to day who had power, what supermarkets or restaurants were opened, etc. A local bagel place running on a generator has earned our loyalty forever. Amazing what a hot cup of fresh coffee and a hot egg and cheese sandwich can do. How I wish I hadn't chucked my stove top coffee maker. Otherwise, we ate well being stocked up on healthy canned and dry goods.
Wish I had the foresight to put our perishables into a doubled insulated bag with ice cuz the bag still had ice this morning but I kept expecting the power to go on in time to save them. Also wish I kept my old oven which I could light with a match.
Wish gas and oil furnaces weren't dependent on electric thermostats.
Wish I had realized we had hot water and would continue to have hot water all along instead of finding that out several days into the week of no power.

Most of all Wish power is restored ASAP and folks who lost everything enjoy beautiful new homes.
If it weren't for our amazing governor, many more lives would have been lost. I went from a Christie Hater to a Christie Lover. He showed a true leader transcends politics. It is a shame he ruined his political future with the Republican Party being a leader first and a politician second.  Still wish he hadn't vetoed Gay Marriage in NJ but at least believe if given the chance would Man-Up and admit he was wrong to do so once he realizes how he has hurt so many of his constituents in an effort to support the Republican platform.

Best part of being hit by Hurricane Sandy:
no phonecalls including robo-calls and campaign calls :)

Since youtube has proven to be accepting of my music added videos, I will eventually make them public instead of unlisted.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

BAK after Sandy

We lost power and perishables but otherwise are much better off than most in Sandy's path.  It was especially frustrating not having cell phone service most days.  Thank goodness boiling a bunch of pots of water on our gas stove top by striking a match worked to keep our home more comfortable.
and our favorite casino The Borgata has reopened!
So this nightmare is over for us but will never be over over for so many others.

Our son who lives in the UK was visiting NYC this week but couldn't get out to visit us and returns tomorrow.  He'll have plenty of stories to tell his mates.

I was able to do a few of my videos thanks to my laptop which enabled me to shed some stress, especially the Leslie Sansones with Christmas and African music.