Sunday, December 07, 2014
but I'm not too broken up about it. I've been skating on the edge of it a while. To be honest, I'm rather morbidly amused that it happened in a week where I've made it to the gym a couple of times, as opposed to the previous few weeks where I didn't do much exercise at all for a variety of reason. Moving on back to the 1XX's in 3...2...1..., it's just a good poop away, after all!
Saturday, December 06, 2014
As far as getting those goals met, anyway. Might have gotten the 30 minutes of making noise thing, was messing with the keyboard and guitar for a while. Exercise didn't happen, as I planned to go after dinner and feel asleep instead. Didn't manage to wake before 10 either. On the plus side, I read a while book! And it wasn't a comic book! Devoured George Cantor's "The Tigers of '68", about my favorite baseball team's championship run in the wake of the devastating 1967 Detroit riots.
I'm trying for the same goals for Saturday. And since this time, rather than falling asleep at 430 am, I woke up at 430 am, I'm claiming that goal as met. I suspect I might need a nap later on, since I'm planning on being at the gym at 9am to play pickleball.
Friday, December 05, 2014
Had a groupon for a Chinese acupressure massage (fully clothed, neck, shoulders and back focus), so I finally went and used that last week. It was a 2 session deal, so I went back Thursday for round two. This isn't the "you feel very relaxed when you leave" type massage that I got the last time I tried groupon for that sort of thing. This was more of a "big dude with ridiculously strong thumbs going nuts". I mean, it was painful while it was happening, at a few points. I got up from the table feeling temporarily dizzy, which was odd. Last week, that wasn't the case, I don't think? Anyway, one difference this week is that I went in with some extant shoulder soreness, from having used the rowing machine at the gym the previous day (nothing bad, just went with with Pantera's Cowboys From Hell as a soundtrack, and you kind of have to try and keep up with the tempo.)
Tickets from the Red wings- Dallas Stars game (which is slightly ironic given my music choices Wednesday because Pantera was a Texas based band, and wrote a theme song for the Stars team at one point) got to less than ten bucks on Stubhub, so I went back to Joe Louis Arena and wandered around the concourse some more. Right now, I'm a bit sore in the shoulders, but I'm almost expecting that that will recede in the next day or two....unless it's exacerbated by going to the gym again. Guess I'll have to take that chance.
Just a fair warning for those who peruse this space regularly (all three or four of you!), I kind of liked what I did on Wednesday, with laying out three or four small items I wanted to get done. It's boring, and I ended up talking to myself in the comments, but I need to regain some semblance of routine, so I may well be boring a bit more often. For Friday, I'm going to essentially repeat the items from Wednesday
1) 30 minutes of something approaching exercise, whether gym or not
2) 30 minutes of making noise
3) rise from bed by 10 (might be difficult because it's 1:30 and I am wide the heck awake, having just returned from Detroit recently (played at the casino briefly, paid for my game ticket. Then again, since that was less than ten bucks, as indicated above, that isn't saying much! I did use comps from their to eat dinner for free beforehand, so that was useful. And parking there, and using the People Mover (75 cents in each direction), as opposed to paying 15 bucks for arena parking is always a good bet).
4) I will read four chapters, at least, of one of the library books I got when I turned in the previous two. Of course, that may be an easy goal, since I don't know how big the chapters are. Let alone remember which books I grabbed! (Looking around, I suspect I left them in the car).
ok, I'll stop there, make it relatively easy on myself. Happy Friday, everybody!
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Have strongly considered, and utterly failed to get to the gym both these past two days. Tomorrow, maybe. The lazy is strong in this one, this week. Or the last three weeks anyway. To be fair, I have been dealing with a bad wheel, but still, that stopped being a valid excuse last week. And then there was Thanksgiving, and not being in town to go to the gym, but that stopped being a valid excuse Sunday.
Gotta stop stopping myself from being good to myself. Probably would help to start caring about doing that.
Anyway. The goals for tomorrow is to do something exercise-y for a half hour, whether or not it involves the gym. I also intend to make noises on a guitar or a keyboard for 15 minutes (I can play neither, but I used to like making noises...haven't touched either much these past few months). I will finish reading the library book that is due back on Thursday, and I will return it o the library on Thursday, rather than forgetting, as so often happens. And I will wake up (wednesday), and actually get up out of bed before 10 AM.
Let's see if I can do any one of those, let alone all 4, not that that represents all that much of a challenge.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
You know how for a lot of people, there's that one picture that does it, that finally shocks them onto a path of, "crap, I really have to turn this around, starting right now"? In 2011, it was the pics from my trip to Atlanta that did it for me, the one below among the ones that got to me enough to get on spark in the first place.
Beyond the general hilarity of my friend John looking on sternly as I took a pic with Raven and Julie, I just saw this and other pictures from that trip and just felt like I was waaaay too round in the face.
Whatever that shock was, it worked, and as I've recounted often in this space, I dropped 32 pounds over the next 18 months...until I started travelling for work. Now, 20 months later, I've gained most, perhaps all of that weight back (depending on which scale I use???). That said, I might have that, "OH CRAP!" picture for the beginning of what might be another positive downturn in weight.
To you, I present what could be taken as a heartwarming snapshot of a holiday gathering with family and friends. But to me, is a horrible example of how freakin' lumpy I have become. Again.
So, my sis in law did me no favors by posting this shot to facebook, rather than another where I had my eyes open (to be fair, that one did have two other people with closed eyes, and my nephew staring off after whatever the heck might have caught a three years old's attention at the moment). But that's not the horror of this shot, for me. Nor is it the crazy hair, after all, I spent most of the day feeling sick and trying to sleep it off. Rather, it's the roundness of the face, which might exceed that which existed in 2011. It makes me feel icky, to use a thoroughly scientific term, and if any reduction is to occur in the near future, it will have been this picture that will have served as a catalyst. And now I must go and wash away the sins of the passive voice from my fingertips.
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