Blubber Reduction Therapy - Lake Meditation

Written on Thursday, August 21, 2008 by Deeze

I've been slacking a bit doing my cardio. I'm still going to the gym, but out of my 2 hours 1 3/4 of the time is spent lifting weights. The good news is that I can definitely see a difference in my arms, but the problem is I'm not getting a balanced workout. I'm feeling a bit pudgy around the mid-section so I need to get back on board.

Yesterday, I limited myself to lifting weights to an hour although, I was kind of anxious to do more. Afterward, I drove up to the 31st beach and decided to run to McCormic Place and back. It wasn't a long run, but about 20 minutes each way.

I couldn't resist stopping on the way and sitting on the water for about a 1/2 hour. I sat down, turned off my headphones, and just looked at the water while I relaxed for about 20 minutes. While sitting there, I started hearing the "tiny, small voice" which was a lot louder yesterday. I felt like God was downloading a scores of instructions to my brain. Although I pray at home, yesterday while sitting on the water, felt like the first clear conversation (although I didn't do hardly any talking) He and I had in a while. Long story short, I feel like I've gotten a bit back on track now.

I did my 20 minutes back and I ran into one of my best friends riding his bike. We talked for a minute and then I return to my car. Lo and behold I have a ticket for tinted windows. Of course, I'm NOT going to pay it because I've had tinted windows on each car I've owned since 1992 CPD can kiss it! City of Chicago...... good luck trying to get that $25.00 out of me.... I digress.......

I looking to change up my workouts. I'm registering for Yoga on Mondays, and Kickboxing on Saturdays. At my gym, these classes are offered, but Yoga has nothing but women in there, and kickboxing is just about all women, and it's too slow for me. There's a place a few blocks from my place that has these classes, and I'm going to give them a try starting next week. I'm actually excited. The kickboxing is a contact class and instructed by a martial arts champion. I can't wait! My doctor told me last year that I need to work on my flexibility, but I never did. I feel like I need to now because I think my limited flexibility is preventing me from being in the best shape I can.

By incorporating kickboxing, yoga, outdoor running, and some extra crunches into my weight lifting, it will help my "Blubber Reduction Therapy." Fortunately my blubber consists of only 2inches around my waist that I should be able to get rid of in about 1 1/2 - 2 weeks of my new regimen. I think I'll do bootcamp and some other activity in about 2 months when it's time to change up my workout.

College Fever

Written on Friday, August 15, 2008 by Deeze

Lately I've been a bit disconnected from my glory days being in college. Those were the best and the poorest times.
I haven't participated in any AAMU events in over 3 years. In fact, I've missed the last 3 homecomings. Before I had a streak of about 8 or so consecutive ones (most while attending). This year that will change. Not only am I going to homecoming, but I'm also going to the Circle City Classic because AAMU is playing in it this year.

For those of you that don't know. Black College Homecoming and Football is a big deal. It's not so much the game, but it's more of the social scene, the halftime shows, the Greek shows, and the parties. For a non-HBCU school, it's usually not too big of a deal. Just one of the many cultural differences.

Also AAMU has an Alumni website that is similar to MySpace/Facebook. You create your own page and upload pictures and everything. For the last few days, I've been addicted. I've seen and emailed people I haven't seen or talked too in years. I feel like I've expanded my network a lot more now. Whoever created this I have to say great job!

Anyone who's reading this make sure you make a page.... you will be shocked by some of the people that you will see.

Here's a few links:

Alabama Live Network
Circle City Classice
AAMU Homecoming

Smallville, Illinois - Fall Idiot Box

Written on Saturday, August 09, 2008 by Deeze

Oh boy I have gotten addicted to yet another show....... Smallville
Normally, I'm not a big Superman fan, but the show is really good. The allure of the show is that it's so well written and I had an opportunity to watch it from the very first show. Last summer, HDNet played the show from day one (around 2001) every day so this summer I finally caught up to season 6 thanks to DVR.

Unfortunately, they stopped at the end of Season 5 and started back from the beginning a couple of weeks ago. Now I'm like WTF????? So being the closet geek I am, I decided to look for the remaining seasons (6 and 7) online. After a few weeks of combing the internet... I found them. Now I've obtained both seasons 6 and 7, it will keep me occupied until football season which begins in less than a month!!!!!!!

Now I'm ready for Season 8 when it starts up in the next month... Darn, something else that I have to add to my DVR schedule. I hate getting addicted to tv shows.

Here's my fall addiction shows that I'm now aware of:

    NFL Football
    Hard Knocks - Cowboys Camp
    Bill Mahr
    Grey's Anatomy
    The Boondocks
    I Want To Be Diddy's Assistant

I'll have to catch up on most of these on the weekends since I don't have time to watch this much TV during the week. I hope I don't get addicted to anymore shows.

New Tracks I'm Diggin'/ Lookin' Boy Remix

Written on Friday, August 08, 2008 by Deeze

I had been a little slack on new music lately since I had been neglecting my XM Radio and I no longer have VH1 Soul :(
I've downloaded a bunch of new tracks lately because I need some new stuff to work out to. My May/June Playlist for the gym that I compiled is no longer doing the trick.. For probably the first time ever, no ballads made it in my favorite song list.

Here's Mr. Blognificent's Hot 10 tracks of the week:

    10. Baby - L.L. Cool J f/ The-Dream
    9. Here I Am - Rick Ross f/ Nelly & Avery Storm
    8. Closer - Ne-Yo
    7. Green Light - John Legend f/ Andre 3000
    6. I'm That Chick - Mariah Carey
    5. Comfortable - Lil' Wayne f/ Babyface
    4. A Milli - Lil' Wayne
    3. Stepped on My J's - Nelly f/ JD
    2. Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson
    1. Put On - Young Jeezy f/ Kanye West

Song I'm embarrassed to like:

Lookin' Boy - Hot Styles f/ Young Joc

If you've been under a rock somewhere, that's the song that says "Lookin' Boy" after each line, and there's a break in the beat where the big punch line comes in. At first I thought it was completely stupid (I still do) but Doll had me listen to it and when I saw the video, I found myself laughing after I listened to the words.

It reminds me of how my friends and I used to Freestyle on the back of the bus (6 Jeffery Express) on the way home from High School daily (Yes Mr. Blognificent used to rap and play the dozens). The only difference was we either had someone beatbox or used a Casio Keyboard.

I haven't freestyled in many years but since this song is so easy and I decided to create my own remix.... If I hear my lines on the radio, I'M SUING!!, LOL. Here goes.... don't laugh at my silliness too hard!!!!

    Lame lookin' boy,
    Game lookin' boy,
    Sam Cassel, ATLien lookin' boy

    Boyz II Men Motown Philly, lookin' boy
    Little penguin, Chilly Willy, lookin' boy
    "Take That, Take That, Take That" P. Diddy, 'lookin' boy

    Family Matters Eddie Winslow, McCray Darius, lookin' boy
    Tight leather suit Eddie Murphy Delirious, lookin' boy
    "Whyyyyy sooooo serioussss?????????????????????" Batman Joker, lookin' boy

    Short Katt Williams broke pimp, lookin' boy
    Can't see, patch over yo' eye.. Slick Rick, lookin' boy
    I've fallen......... and I can't get up, old chick lookin' boy

    Scary beast, 'lookin' boy
    Tarter sauce on your teeth lookin' boy
    "Aaah you want to throw garbage cans, now I got's to cut ya", Della Reese lookin' boy