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Monday Music Mayhem

May 2, 2011

It’s Monday.  And it’s raining.  Here are some songs I hope will boost your mood.

In the Shadows — The Rasmus

Rock and Roll — Eric Hutchinson

Dance, Dance — Fall Out Boy

I Like to Dance — Hot Chelle Rae

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ — Scissor Sisters

Monday Music Mayhem

April 25, 2011

Final installment of decade hits…this time we’re covering the years 2000-2010.  I’m sure you’re going to recognize most as they’ve appeared on a Monday music list before, but they’re so good they deserve another mention.

It’s Gonna Be Me — ‘N Sync

Music — Madonna

Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You) — Christina Aguilera

Lady Marmalade — Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk

Bootylicious — Destiny’s Child

In Da Club — 50 Cent

Get Busy — Sean Paul

Crazy In Love — Beyonce featuring Jay Z

Shake Ya Tailfeather — Nellie, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee

Hey Ya! — Outkast

Hollaback Girl — Gwen Stefani

Gold Digger — Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

Check On It — Beyonce featuring Slim Thug

Temperature — Sean Paul

SOS — Rihanna

London Bridge — Fergie

Sexyback — Justin Timberlake

Money Maker — Ludacris featuring Pharrell

Girlfriend — Avril Lavigne

Low — Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

So What — P!nk

Womanizer — Britney Spears

Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) — Beyonce

Right Round — Flo Rida

Poker Face — Lady GaGa

I Gotta Feelng — Black Eyed Peas

Blow — Ke$ha

Monday Music Mayhem

April 18, 2011

Last week it was all about the 80s.  Can you guess which decade this week’s music comes from?  If you guessed the 90s the you’re, like, totally right!  Awesome!

Step By Step — New Kids on the Block

Black or White — Michael Jackson

Baby Got Back — Sir Mix-A-Lot

The Sign — Ace of Base

Here Comes the Hotstepper — Ini Kamoze

Wanna Be — Spice Girls

Gettin’ Jiggy With It — Will Smith

…Baby One More Time — Britney Spears

Livin’ La Vida Loca — Ricky Martin

Gonna Make Your Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) — C&C Music Factory

Monday Music Mayhem

April 11, 2011

Today we’re getting in my time machine and blasting back to the days of big hair, neon and spandex.  That’s right, today’s music list is beamed straight from the 80s — Rock on!

Crazy Little Thing Called Love — Queen

Funkytown — Lipps, Inc.

Maniac — Michael Sembello

Let’s Hear It for the Boy — Deniece Williams

Wake Me Up Before Your Go-Go — Wham!

We Built This City — Starship

I Think We’re Alone Now — Tiffany

Mony Mony — Billy Idol

Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car — Billy Ocean

Good Thing — Fine Young Cannibals

Cold Hearted — Paula Abdul

Hangin’ Tough — New Kids on the Block

Monday Music Mayhem

March 28, 2011

Just finished an 11.5 miler (that’s way this post is so late today).  And although I run the risk of repeating music suggestions, I thought I’d share some of the list that kept me running past my original 10 mile mark.

Heartless — Kanye West

California Gurls — Katy Perry

OMG (Cory Enemy Club Mix) — Usher

Poker Face — Lady Gaga

Gold Digger — Kanye West

In Da Club — 50 Cent

Feel Good Inc. — Gorillaz

Pon De Replay — Rihanna

Sexy Bitch — David Guetta

Cyclone — Baby Bash

Firework — Katy Perry

Break Your Heart — Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris

Temperature — Sean Paul

Raise Your Glass — Pink

Telephone — Lady Gaga

1,2, Step — Ciara

Teenage Dream — Katy Perry

Like a G6 — Far East Movement

London Bridge — Fergie

I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) — Pitbull

Eat this, not that, except when…

February 9, 2011

Lord knows there’s no shortage of dieting advice out there.   I mean we are talking about a $40 billion industry here.  All that information is bound to get confusing at times, which is why we turn to so-called health experts to sift through the clutter and tell us what to do, right?  But what happens when the people we rely on are bewildered themselves?

Let’s get back to those health magazines.  If you subscribe to any of them for a prolonged period of time you notice it’s just the same content recycled over and over again.  Not only that, a lot of what they’re telling you to do seems to contradict what they told you to do in a previous issue.  I draw your attention to exhibit A:

I was on a popular website when this headline caught my eye: “Diet Rules That Don’t Suck”.  Catchy,  no?  So naturally, I clicked through and found a list of “rules” that women should follow if they don’t want to miserable as they lose weight.  One suggestion is to eat less meat.  The thinking behind that one is that you’re cranky because you’re spending so much money on “healthy” foods, but not shedding pounds.  Ok, fine.  Not the strongest argument for going meat-less, but we can debate the pros/cons of cutting down on animal protein at a later time.

Now, two tips later, the article suggests another way to make your diet less sucky is to make sure you’re losing fat, not muscle.  The way to do this, we’re told, is to lift weights and eat a lot of protein.  Um, what?  Didn’t you just tell me to limit the amount of protein I should be eating?  Now you’re telling me I should be eating 2-3 ounces of lean meat every day?  What gives?

No wonder people are confused and can’t stick to a healthy eating program!  They’re told to do one thing and then told to do something else that completely contradicts the first.  And sadly, I’m not sure this is a problem that’s easily solved.  With all the money to be made, constantly bombarding  consumers with the latest “advice” which keeps them always looking for the next great weight loss “thing” is probably good for business.  I’m just not sure it’s so good for us.

But are the dieting industry and media really to blame?  You can’t deny the genius of those who tap into our insecurities about our weight to sell us a magic little pill or diet program that’ll melt away all our pounds easily.  But it’s not their fault that we’re so gullible and so overweight.  Let’s face it people, we didn’t get fat overnight and we sure as heck aren’t going to get thin that way.  We’re overweight cause we eat too  much and move to little.  I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s simple math…eat less, burn more.  Diets aren’t quick fixes.  They’re actually the first step you can take towards an overall lifestyle change.  But, boy, is that first step a doozy!

Monday Music Mayhem

January 31, 2011

I’m really excited about today’s music list.  Lots of good, fast music to get you going and keep you interested in sticking to that New Year’s resolution.

Whoohoo! — Christina Aguilera featuring Nicki Minaj

Memories — David Guetta featuring Kid Cudi

Rolling in the Deep — Adele

Poison — Nicole Scherzinger

The Fame — Lady GaGa

How to keep that healthy New Year’s resolution

January 3, 2011

It’s a new year!  Odds are you’ve made a resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle.  Good for you!  Here are some tips to stick to that promise for the next 12 months.

1) Set realistic goals.  Instead of vowing to lose 30 pounds before next New Year’s Eve, focus on losing 10 percent of your body weight by year’s end.  That’ll ensure you lose the weight slowly, which means you’re more likely to keep it off.

2) Incorporate change slowly.  Quitting cold turkey is hard whether it’s giving up smoking or cutting out junk food.   Don’t swear off all of your unhealthy habits all at once , instead phase them out gradually.  If you make changes one at a time and are happy with the results those new choice yield, you’re more likely to make more improvements and stick with your new (and healthier) lifestyle.

3) Moderation is Key Too much of anything, even healthy stuff, isn’t a good thing.  Restrict your diet too much and your more likely to slip back to your old ways.  Spend too much time at the gym and you risk side-lining yourself with an injury.  As for the unhealthy stuff…indulging every once in a while isn’t going to wreck your plans, just don’t make a habit out of it.

4) Get moving!  The biggest and best thing  you can do for yourself is to get more exercise.  And I’m not just talking about hitting the gym every day.  It’s recommended to get between 30 and 60 minutes of aerobic exercise a day and that could be anything…walking the dog, running, biking, yoga, etc.  The point is to move and get your heart rate up.  Do that 7 times a week and not only will you be healthier, but you’ll also be happier — exercise causes your brain to release endorphins which in turn boosts your mood.

And to help you along with that last tip…here are this week’s Monday Music Mayhem picks.

Who Dat Girl — Akon

Black and Yellow — Wiz Khalifa

Club Can’t Handle Me — Flo Rida feat.  David Guetta

Undo It — Carrie Underwood

12 days of sporty gifts — Day 6 — The gift to top all gifts

December 18, 2010

If you’re really looking to impress that sporty person on your gift list, look no further than the Garmin Forerunner 310xt.

At it’s core, the Forerunner 310xt is a heart rate monitor.  But oh is it so much more than that!

Garmin, as I’m sure you’re well aware is known for it’s GPS navigators.  And they’ve packed that GPS technology into the Forerunner.

No more mapping outdoor running or biking routes.  All you have to do is get outside and go, the Forerunner takes care of the rest, tracking your mileage as you travel.  Not only can you use it to track your runs and rides, but it’s also waterproof which means open water swimming practices are now completely accurate to the foot or meter.  (You can set it to standard or metric distance measurements means you can forget about converting that 10k into miles).  Also, you can set the Forerunner to beep or vibrate at whatever distance interval you prefer making it easy to be track and also (and this is huge for cyclists) allowing you to  keep your eyes on the road!

The battery life on this thing is long, lasting upwards of 20 hours on one charge which means you don’t have to worry about it dying during the middle of one of your long workouts or training sessions.

My absolute favorite feature is the virtual pacer.  Set it to the miles/km per hour you want to keep up with and the Forerunner will beep or vibrate to let you know if you’re keeping up.  I used the pacer during my last triathlon and it helped me turn in my best time ever.  It’s like having a trainer there with you yelling at you to pick it up.

Another noteworthy feature is the back to start map option which means you’ll never get lost.  If you get so into a run that you lose track of where you’re going and how to get back home, simply select “Back to Start” and the Forerunner will guide you back home via the way you came. — Awesome, right?

In the few months Garmin let me test out the Forerunner, I really only came up with one con.  The thing is huge…about the size of wearing two wristwatches next to each other.  That also means it’s a little heavier than most heart rate monitor watches, but the extra weight is hardly noticeable.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.  Check out this review from a marathoner friend of mine who used the Forerunner in the final months of his training for this year’s New York City Marathon.

One run with the Forerunner was all I needed to erase any concerns I had and convert me forever. It was supposed to be a post rest 4 miler, a brush up after two weeks of pool running, but quickly turned into a 6 miler. What impressed me right off the bat were the vibrating mileage alerts. Set at a beep every half mile, the alerts made the run feel quicker and broken in down into segments, so as opposed to a 6 mile run it was more like 12 half mile runs rolled into one. The real luxury of the Garmin turned out to be the heart monitor. I never knew what my heart rate was, let alone even cared, and felt any monitor was just another tool to bog a runner down. Yeah….I was wrong. The addition of a heart monitor in the final month of training, including three 14 plus milers, was invaluable. It felt like that 3 digit heart rate was a tiny digital coach. When my rate went to high, I knew I needed to slow down. When it dipped to low, I knew I could speed up. I was now running at my goal pace and removed any post run questioning, such as did I push too hard? Did I go to slow?

 An obvious attribute is the GPS. I don’t even need to spend much time here and can sum it up with one sentence. No more logging on to ‘Google Maps’ or ‘Map My Run’ and trying to remember what street I turned down when figuring out my day’s mileage.

As race day approached, I became more reliant on the Garmin and started to realize how foolish I was for questioning anyone who spent money on one. On race day, I wish I had spent it years ago. I didn’t try do anything different from my training runs, but as mile 21 approached and the inevitable wall loomed, I caught myself staring at it every few steps. Looking back on the race, I don’t even think I was staring at my pace, but my heart monitor and became lost in it, an ultimate distraction. And in a sport that can be full of external distractions, it really helped me focus.

 I finished 2 minutes under my goal pace.

 It’s been a month of running without the Garmin and its back to Google maps and choppy paces because I can’t target my heart rate on my own. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

 I’ll end with one quick note, the watch does not feel as big as it looks. I always thought people with Garmin’s looked like Inspector Gadgets niece, Penny. It fits like an Ironman and after a few miles you forget it’s even on your wrist.”

So as my friend alludes to, the Garmin Forerunner 310xt carries a weighty price tag, retailing for around $399.  But trust me, the athlete on your list will remember the gift for years to come.

Only 6 shopping days left until Christmas!

12 days of sporty gifts: Day 5 — Feed the mind

December 17, 2010

The body isn’t the only thing in need of a workout.  Get the brain going with these book ideas for the sporty (and nerdy) person on your gift list.



 Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen– Christopher MacDougall

Yes, this is the book about barefoot running, but at it’s core it’s about the love for and love of running.  Great choice for runners of all levels.

Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks and Adventures — Editors of Runner’s World and David Willey

30 stories about runners that will capture your interest and inspire a love for the sport and those who do it.

The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete — Matt Long and Charles Butler

Matt Long, a New York City Firefighter who was struck by a bus while biking to work a few days before Christmas in 2005.  Much to everyone’s disbelief, he was able to comeback after dozens of surgeries and months of recovery to run in the NYC Marathon three short years later.  This is his story.

Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way to Swim Better, Faster and Easier — Terry Laughlin and John Delves

Don’t think you can learn swimming technique from a book?  You can. And this one shows you how.  (Trust me…I made it through 2 triathlons thanks to this book)

The Grace to Race: The Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80 Year Old World Champion TriAthlete Known as the Iron Nun — Sister Madonna Buder

80 years old.  340 triathlons.  One badass nickname: priceless.