Monday, November 30, 2015

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

I heard another bungee owner offered home videos using a stability ball and more recently bands attached to her bungee.    It may be just a coincidence or it may be some of my videos inspired her to record new styles.  I guess I should be flattered that she used a stability ball and used bands on a bungee if the latter.

Having fun moving to pumping music is my focus.
Fun cannot be imitated because it has to be felt.
Also I prefer using my whole body when bouncing and not just stepping with my feet which can be done without a bungee.

I am still a people pleaser to those who appreciate the trait.
However, I quickly remove my welcome mat for anyone who takes advantage of that trait.
My generosity ends when you try to treat me like a door mat.

ETA: Tuesday 12/1
I made this video for someone who was considering buying the JumpSport PRO 370 seen on Craigslist for a really great price!

Without a doubt this mat is much firmer and smaller than my others.  Still prefer my others for more lateral movement and less high bouncing but for the Craigslist price, it is a steal.

It was a nice change of pace to bounce in another room.  After the above, I did a Leslie Sansone walk that was free on youtube using my HDTV with internet apps.  
There is a slight freeze in this routine.
Ironically I could have done a routine by my sincerest fan but find Leslie Sansone more FUN.
I have a theory that the freeze enabled the video to become a freebie.
For even more FUN, try my edited version with the cuing and freeze removed!

(now my sincerest fan will be blogging her videos with more interesting music.  OK I am officially flattered.  However, will her videos be FUN?)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

3 Types of People

There are a few who have at one time or another have belonged to each group.
Very thankful for the first group who never progressed to the third group.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Best Thanksgiving Ever!

On a personal note, yesterday was the best Thanksgiving I have ever had. 
Our son who is gay brought his vegan soulmate and everyone enjoyed the food and the conversations.  It is a blessing to see our son so happy and no longer alone.  
Too bad there are so many *parents* who do not put their child's happiness ahead of their phobias.

His partner is Mexican born and raised and he is the only one to learn English so son is trying to learn Spanish before he meets the family.   Partner's family seem to be ok with him coming out as gay but much more upset about his coming out as Vegan!  His mom just needed reassurance he was still Catholic.

(I also guilt tripped as only a mother can do that both need to contact their mothers more often so we will worry less).

ETA: sadly even *good* stress has affected my neuropathy.
However I still enjoyed working out to edited files of new Chris Freytag walks.
I cannot imagine what my physical condition would be without bouncing to music.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Bungee Sales

The Costco JumpSport 550 deal is back for the holidays!
sale expires 12/20/15

and now Amazon has it for the same price without the handlebar:

Also the site is back
here is an early peek at their Black Friday sale
sale expires 11/30/15

Personally, I would choose the JumpSport550 because of Costco's return policy and it includes the handlebar.
Wish I had bought mine from them for that lowest price and a handlebar.
Its quality has been excellent and I have the cords adjusted to their tightest tension after 2 years of use because my feet prefer the firmer mat.  Currently, I do prefer the even lower height of the PROBounce in my basement with a low ceiling.

I want to make it clear that the JS550 is 44 inches, slightly lower height and has 6 more cords than their 350/370 model.  Most customers bought the smaller JumpSport before upgrading to a larger Bellicon so cannot objectively compare the JS550 to a 44inch Bellicon.
Costco price is $400
44 inch Bellicon is $600 plus shipping.

PROBounce 48 inch sale is $250 through 11/30/15.
Bellicon 49 inch is $700 plus shipping

I am not aware of Bellicon sale prices for the Holidays.
Amazon may have sales on the smaller JumpSports.

ETA: I just finished my morning workout and feel great!
I used edited Leslie Sansone files but tweaked her moves alot being inspired by the great music.  Time flew and I am still sweating buckets LOL

Monday, November 23, 2015

Have you Done your Workout Today?

If not, it may explain your foul mood

So before you post something or do something not so nice, get moving!

After your workout, watch this

and think about how you are living your Life and how you may be focusing on the wrong cup

We are getting our home ready for our Thanksgiving dinner so I am doing my once a year dust attack.  It seems like the only items without dust are my bungee mats LOL 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Leslie Sansone 5 Boosted Miles = GREAT Bouncing!

This morning I did the first two miles with the original soundtrack from the new Leslie Sansone 5 Boosted Miles.  The moves all worked great on both the bungee and the stability ball.  I sweated like crazy but did miss having pumping music so will edit the miles and even the demo which was quite nice.
Most reps are done just long enough not to get tedious. Each move can be done at the starting intensity or boosted.   Having a bungee or ball enables even more levels of intensity.

This dvd may turn me into a Leslie Sansone fan!!!!
(or a fan of Leslie Sansone edited files LOL)

ETA: Sunday 11/22/2015
I did Miles 3 and 4 which were quite intense and loaded with moves that worked well on the bungee and even the stability ball with some tweaking.  Took a peek at Mile5 and it looks like a party-in-a-box thanks to Michael who really jazzes it up.

and don't forget to do the Turkey Trot with Jessica Smith!

my edited version:
Enjoy your holidays, create new memories, and cherish whatever memories you have of past holidays

In my attempt to avoid toxic behavior online, I had put a few VideoFitness members on ignore.
Never realized that while they were lining up to be snarky about my bungees, a few other members actually defended me!  WOW
Guess the toxic behavior was not my imagination if others also identified it.

However,  I have to say that I have much more fun on my cheaper bungees than what I have seen on Bellicon youtube videos.  That is not being snarky, just honest.  Bottomline, it is not which rebounder model you actually use but HOW you use it that counts.
Here is a short sample of my first PROBounce recording.
I prefer to bounce without shoes:

The whole clip can be found on

re-edited with Holiday music on

The website is down for maintenance while adding new features.
Soon these alternative bungees will be available through Amazon too.
I will continue to discuss bungee options in private and objectively because VideoFitness has too much irrational mob mentality against all brands not Bellicon, creating unnecessary stress for those who are in the market for a bungee.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Making Lemonade out of Lemons

I have made my own private club on WellVideo for friends and friends of friends.
Hopefully, it will be a less stressful place for everyone who has had unnecessary hurt feelings.

There are a few *friends* who have become less friendly.  I cannot be friends with people who put workout videos ahead of feelings, even though I participated in that inner circle previously because I did not listen to my heart.  There are people on WellVideo from all over the world and I hope to help them connect with one another rather than feel disconnected.    Right now there is so much sadness and madness in the World that a place where someone can see the good in others is very needed,

*Build it and they will come*
(and they are coming and coming and quite happily)

Monday, November 16, 2015


Back after a night in Atlantic City and not only does my winning streak continue but my feet did not cramp last night for the first time in years!   I had been dreading our AC trips because of the cramping.  I have been enjoying the tunes our favorite casino has been playing, many of which I use when editing workouts.

I had ordered two walking dvds from amazon just before the trip and won more than enough to cover the order.   Karma.

a couple of new youtube channels to try:
Trainer's Edge

Hip90 Fitness TV

Sara Jesperson  Trumi routines

I am really happy to see that a media company is officially sharing  OOP workouts like the Trainer's Edge series.  There are so many treasures not being sold anymore to be shared

(still enjoying edited Ilyse Baker routines)

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Just got done doing some more Ilyse Baker routines with music I had added and had a blast.  All moves worked well on the bungee and stability ball.  My heartrate stayed in perfect zones.  Endorphins kicked in quickly.

Perhaps if some unhappy people tried some fun routines, they would be happier and less obsessed with collecting routines which do not make them happy.  I know this could have been a ridiculously stressful week for me if I did not have my party-in-a-box bouncing workouts.

I workout more for mental health than physical health. Those who are only focused on vanity and do not enjoy their workouts, need to refocus and have more fun.   Experiment with new styles and new music.

Prayers for all victims of mob mentality, especially those in France.

The real world is full of turmoil and negative energy.
I am determined to focus on positive energy in the url (unreal) world.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th!

Most of my friends know our older son is gay and has finally met a great guy.  They recently spent a week in Florida going to theme parks.  Our son has an obsession with horror movies and this is a little video his boyfriend made for him while son was at work on Friday the 13th

His boyfriend really seems to care about our son and is a great guy.
So happy he is happy.

A Miracle?

I am so excited that I had to post this first thing today!

For the first time in years, the tingling and numbness in my feet and hands are barely noticeable.  It gives me hope that my body is finally healing and the statin induced peripheral neuropathy is not permanent.
Also it indicates that the PROBounce is not affecting me adversely.
I have been bouncing to mostly edited Ilyse Baker routines and really enjoying them.  She uses simply to follow moves and repeats them just enough to get into them with my music but not to the point of boredom.  Each is a party-in-a-box.

Our younger son finally had an annual exam and thankfully his cholesterol results did not need any statin prescriptions pushed on him like the older doctor tried to do 4 years ago.

We all like the younger new partner much more than the older doctor.
(don't tell our doctor but) my husband has cut back on his Lipitor at my advice and his cholesterol results have risen slightly but are still satisfactory to the doctor.  More is being prescribed than what is necessary for its anti-inflammatory effect in men.  Lower (or alternate day) dosage has that effect with less adverse side effects.

MUving on in both exercise and in my online life where I give my time freely to those who appreciate my offer.  Still detest Mob Mentality which exists in both the real and unreal url worlds.

A group of 3 or more persons, who act with a negative group conscience to show strength in numbers.

Will be making delicious apple preserves and will not let a few spoiled apples or small mob deter me.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Profile of a Sociopath

It never ceases to amaze me even though I have seen the behavior so often.

I spend countless hours helping people because it makes me feel good.
A person with no empathy for others comes along and out of resentment or jealousy or whatever,
destroys what I have tediously built.

It is so sad to see this destructive behavior.
But there is an explanation!
It is simply in their nature.

For those who are unaware, here is a profile of a sociopath:

There is a sociopath on WellVideo.
I have warned many about her but my warnings are not heard by all.
Guess those who do not listen will have to learn the hard way.

also some good advice on dealing with a sociopath:

I did most of the above instinctively:
cutting off contact and warning others.
The hardest part of warning others is not to sound crazy.
I tried, I really tried. but I failed.

I know it is not my fault but I did bring the lion into the den.
I should have known better.

ETA: another very informative article which shows how a sociopath makes the victims think they are making their own decisions:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A New Day

What a difference a day can make.

This morning I started with the edited file of the youtube video Debbie Siebers Cardio Walk:
(I had shared my edit on 11/7)

The music I had chosen was really perfect for me this morning.  Of course, I still tweaked a few moves on the bungee and had such a blast that I wished I had recorded it.

Then I did another youtube video while sitting on the ball which was absolutely wonderful!

no editing needed!
just fun fun fun
This new channel may be quite fabulous

On a personal note, today is my sister's birthday.
She has Alzheimer's but was quite sharp on the phone call I just made to wish her a Happy Birthday.
Each day is a gift
enjoy the present
learn from the past
and have faith in the future

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Taking a Short Break

I am taking a short break from the drama and stress online.

When I return, I will not be editing private videos anymore.
Just Out-of-Print or publicly hosted workout videos
Everything happens for a reason and karma will do its thing.

Feel free to drop by my Bouncin Barb channel on WellVideo:

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Party-in-a-Box Day

Even though I felt stressed and like I was coming down with a cold, I thoroughly enjoyed my workout this morning!

I had edited a few youtube walks with Debbie Seibers found on the youtube  Engine7Media channel:

sure hope hydrogen peroxide in my ears stops the cold's progress as it has in the past!
ETA: it worked!  the cold was gone the next day

Friday, November 6, 2015

I am who I am

From my first day online and hopefully till my last day, I have given my time, energy and abilities to offer help to people,  It started with a support group for parents of gay kids almost 17 years ago and now continues with support to workout video fans from all over the world.  Along the way, I have been resented by people with emotional baggage whom I have tried to avoid but sometimes too late because I have a chronic *people pleaser* trait.  Some of these toxic people have destroyed what had been built.

I have no ulterior motives other than try to help and make life better for everyone
It is quite stressful to see the destruction of good intentions.

I am not afraid of death other than leaving our younger son alone.
I do not need a false religion to guide me because my heart is good.

I am who I am and know who I am.
Just wish I could stop trying to please everyone and identify a person without good intentions sooner rather than later before they inflict their damage.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Magic Bullet Hits Target

Yesterday's Alchemy of Motion workout was not energizing because of the screaming and *whooing/whooping* of its instructor so I could not get into the music.  My mood needed elevation because of toxic people online and in the real world.  I have wasted too many workout sessions trying streamed workouts with poor audio quality and screaming instead of cuing so will not be participating in anymore purchases from PowHow Lucy Wallace which are overpriced IMHO. She does not offer a sample to see if the music is loud enough with quiet cuing.  Besides, the routines are repeated alot so why buy duplicates?

However, this morning I, thankfully, had another awesome workout.  Unfortunately cannot share it because the music I used had alot of foul language and the visual was a streamed Oula class.  However, the music definitely fit my mood this morning and enabled me to blow off some steam LOL

WellVideo has been having lots of changes or glitches which may never be reversed or fixed.  It put me back in the mindset of when these changes first started happening.  I need to let go of the past, forgive myself for allowing a deceitful person to influence me, and not let history repeat itself.  I cannot change the behavior of others but can work on my own focus and attitude.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Again I am reminded about how many people in the world will just not let others live their own lives.  Houston defeated an anti-discrimination bill and Ohio defeated legalizing marijuana.  Kentucky now has a tea party governor along with their bigoted county clerk.

Whether online or in real life, these bullies just will not let other people pursue their own happiness and it stinks.  What is legal marijuana use in Colorado is illegal in the majority of states.  If the POTUS and courts did not support marriage equality, same gender marriage would not have become legal in all of the states.  So you do not want to smoke marijuana?  Hey I hate second hand smoke, especially cigar stink, yet allow smokers to continue to ruin their health and everyone elses around them in the privacy of their homes.   I am one of the few of the hippie generation who never tried marijuana so have no real dog in this fight.  I am a woman married to a man and see no threat in marriage equality but do have a dog in this fight since our older son is gay.
Shame on religious leaders for promoting hate.
Shame on politicians for promoting hate.
Shame on all bullies who will not live and let live.

In my own small world online, I am constantly feeling victimized by bullies and toxic people.  Why can't people just be happy without trying to make others miserable?  I guess these people are just miserable and misery loves company.  I choose not to be a guest at their pissing contests.  There are lots of wonderful people in the world but it is getting harder and harder to hear them because the not-so-wonderful are so loud.  Just look at the current GOP presidential nominees.  OMG are these the best examples of what the US citizens desire in a leader?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Recording!

I recorded a video bouncing on the PROBounce to an edit of a Booya Stamina video but probably did more freestyling than actually following the video.  After warming up, I added foot to hand bands but used the legs of the bungee for anchors.  Then I did some ball bouncing then more PROBounce bouncing and finished with a short cooldown dance.  Actually I did much of the video then decided to record it so I worked out for 40 minutes LOL

I wanted to work out intensely today because I had too much candy yesterday which triggered my chronic pain condition and wanted to de-detoxify.  I seem to workout more intensely when I record.

Several hours later, I am still feeling GREAT!
A real magic bullet workout this morning.
If I could only bottle how I feel and share it.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Great Suggestion!

Besides collecting rebounders and stability balls, I have collected various kinds of resistance bands.  I liked the kind that connect a foot to a hand but I prefer not to wear shoes and most of these contraptions work better with shoes.   This morning I started with an edited video which used a large Stamina rebounder with cords attached to its handlebar.  It is a private video and the tunes I used had foul language so I will not record my action BUT when they started to use the bands, I had a light bulb moment and grabbed my bands that came with a Richard Simmons set and put the foot loops under and around 2 legs.  I may record this action because the tunes are less offensive.  Tomorrow I will try another similar video with my Billy glove band to see which band set I rather use.

I also did an Alchemy of Motion (PowHow) routine and am finding they repeat their songs way too often.  Worse yet, the one I did this morning had loud cuing and screaming so the music was too soft for me.  These subscriptions are very expensive, especially when considering their audio quality and repetitive tunes.  I would continue to purchase a new routine if it had a sample of its audio quality but unfortunately, they do not have samples of each routine which is $8 a pop.  Quite honestly, some of the free online dance routines are even better or can be made better by replacing their audio if the audio quality stinks.