Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Show me a smile then,
Don't be unhappy, can't remember
When I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you've taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I'll be there

Cyndi Lauper

I certainly have so much to be grateful for, it's been an amazing year filled with new friends, new adventures, a few volleyball championships, so much great music, and lots of love. No complaints from Jimbo.

Spent Thanksgiving morning in the gym under the tutelage of my new personal trainer who made certain I would remember the work out all day by absolutely pummeling me. Started with some 3 on 3 full court basketball and finished with me running receiving routes around well spaced cones and catching footballs. In between was running up some steps, chest presses with 50lb dumb bells, seated and standing rows, some treadmill work, and of course over a 100 sit ups with the 15 pound medicine ball. After hoops he asked me if I would rather do more conventional work and I said the main reason I work out at all is so I can do things like play basketball.

Have spent such time in the sand pit they have at the gym. We all know I love being in the sand however doing the tires and running the ins and outs of ladder carrying the orange heavy bag is a very long way from from playing volleyball. I really love the so called cross training routine of this gym. I don't love treadmills, will never love pressing iron, or moving machines. But I really loved playing hoops and catching footballs brought me back to my playing days. Not that I ever touched the ball back then except for a fumble recovery or two. It's still fun and gets the heart rate going without tedium.

There were a good amount of people working out at the gym Thanksgiving morning. Funny thing is they all had one thing in common. They were all in pretty decent shape. My guess is they realize that holidays aren't excuses to skip workouts and they knew that they were going to eat more than normal that day.

I hope everyone had a great fun filled holiday. Sorry Canadian readers ( Sabine). I spent today at my shop ringing some black friday sales. I don't really get this phenomena that really seems to have grown in the last few years. I don't for a second believe that most of these people are using today to shop for anyone but themselves. But long lines at the big box stores around the area seem to say some people are willing to spend. Does it help small local businesses? In a word No, but if you want to line up to save a few bucks on some stuff..... have at it. Used a Cyndi Lauper quote to honor the very first celebrity shopper to spend time in my store. Cynthia Lauper on her credit card. We have seen a few others over the years mostly musicians like Chris Robinson shopping for then wife Kate Hudson, Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band who spent a few hundred dollars and passed on a handful of backstage passes for the show, All of the Goo Goo Dolls, and Michael Franti. However one of my favorite celebrity shoppers, who makes a yearly stop to buy Phish merchandise for his children, is Senator Russ Feingold.
I hope everyone is ready for the 28 remaining shopping days til Christmas and remember tie-dye makes an awesome Christmas gift. Peace, Love and still no real snow, jim


Yertle said...

The gym looks awesome. What an inspiration you are! We are finally signing back up (at the gym) tomorrow. Keep it up :) Still no snow? Boo! :(

Sabine said...

Hi Jim
Thanks for your blog, again. And for your consideration regarding the Canadians reading it. We have Thanksgiving in October (I guess the temperatures have something to do with it).
We are taking off for Florida next weeekend, trying to avoid as much winter as we can.
I am planning to run the Disney half Marathon 1/9/2010.
No snow so far this side of the border. Actually have been out in shorts till 2 weeks ago. Lousy summer, amazing fall.
I am trying to get my life and my body ready for my next FR adventure in June. Chances are I'll miss you again.....
Keep at it...a free week at the Ridge is what I am waiting for.
So far no posts as to your weight loss. What's up with that?????
Be good to yourself

mam said...

Russ Feingold was just coming into the political arena during the end of my time in Madison (my god, 15 years ago!)...I thought he was great then and have ever since. Tell him hi from a fan in Oregon!

caroline said...

Your gym looks WAY more fun than mine! Keep Strong. C