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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Though politics can be a tricky subject on line, I think I can offer this thought safely - as someone who is usually a political junkie (reading multiple blogs from both sides daily, etc), I'm shocked at how very sick I am of all the advertising on television and radio in the gubernatorial recall election we have going on in Wisconsin. Doesn't really bode well for the 'ol sanity when the onslaught of advertising really gets going in advance of the general election.

If you're in Wisconsin, too, please do vote...unless you're voting for the other guy. In which case, ummm...

(if you've been paying attention, you probably who who I consider "the other guy", and if not. or you don't live in Wisconsin...never mind!)

As mentioned before, May hasn't been the kindest month, scale wise. It's coming to an end 5-7 pounds above where it began, and though I'm not worried about the weight gain, per se, what is sobering is how easily it returned. Yes, this was a event/celebration heavy month, but seeing that scale go up continually, rather than the gradual downward path it's been on these prior 7 month was pretty annoying. Here's to correcting the directionality.

Now playing: "Tell the world the new order's here!" (Testament - The New Order)

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    I'm very glad June is finally here... I have been up and down 3 pounds every other day. Proves it is fluid, but it is still annoying...
I'm doing a Wii BT if it kills me every morning. I am tracking every morsel that goes into my mouth. The pounds will level out again.
As to exercise, I am doing nothing but a Wii AdStep occasionally. Best I can do. Do not need to get in over my head.
DH was declared mentally incompetent on Friday, and is approved for total Disability benefits. He is only 60. The strokes began around 57.
I do not care how long it takes you to get into a semi regular exercise routine, YOU DO IT! If you smoke, QUIT! Just keep going forward, slowly but steadily!
My DH did not take care of his health until it was too late. He started WW when he was 58. He lost weight, but he didn't quit smoking. He has now!
SP is the greatest tool anybody can have to gain control over your health and fitness in a sane manner. But we all have to commit to using it!
I know I do!
You've come so far! You've done well, and are going to continue to do well!
I am very proud of what you have accompplished with SP!
As to politics, I am SO tired of all the mud-slinging on all sides! I will vote... my Dad was in two wars so I could have the right to vote. I may choose the lesser of two evils, but I WILL cast my ballot! It seems my rights are being slowly chipped away, and I refuse to go down without a fight!
Let's rock June... get these extra pounds GONE by July! Let's recommit to doing something good for US! Let's SPARK it!!!
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AHTRAP 6/1/2012 1:10AM

    Nothing specific. Summer league frisbee gets going here next week, so I'll have that twice a week, and whatever trips to the gym I manage to get in besides.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/31/2012 10:12PM

    Roll on June indeed... Are you starting any specific exercise program?

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So much for that plan

Monday, May 28, 2012

Didn't end up going to play ultimate because I looked at the weather report for about the time that game would have started, and there was a line of thunderstorms bearing down on Madison. The storm did hit...but it was relatively brief, so I guess I could have gone anyway. Wasn't completely bereft of frisbee action, though, what with spending the afternoon watching the USA Ultimate finals (college championships) streaming on line. Wisconsin's mens team lost in the open division to Pitt, unfortunately. Washington's women beat Oregon in the second game, for which I was glad, since Oregon defeated the Michigan team in the semis.

So, yes, I've largely been a lump on the log known as my couch all day, simultaneously watching the d-I lacrosse championship on ESPN. And though I just had the thought that, hey, it's Monday, maybe I can try to remedy that by going to the gym, looking up the gym's hours reveals that it closed today at 3 PM. Granted, I could certainly go for a walk, but, it's wet out there; after all, we just had a thunderstorm. (I'm running out of excuses here, but it looks like it's going to rain again.)

So it's Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. You'd think the opportunity to go out and be active would help keep weight even, or even shed weight in the summertime. But one big fly in that ointment is the fact that, even though I've played ultimate in Madison's summer league (one of the biggest in the nation) for the past 8 summers, that league happens to be sponsored by a brew pub (The Great Dane, worth checking out if you're ever in the Madison area), which offers two free pitchers of suds for each team per game. So, run around for a couple of hours in the summer heat...and then go for beer and a burger. Yeah, kind of counterproductive.

I'm playing with a new bunch of people this summer, so I feel like I ought to be social. Guess I'll just have to be careful when hitting the Dane. not overdoing it, so as to actually get through the summer ahead, or at worst, even. Still, looking forward to meeting these folks (although, looking at a couple of names on the list, I wonder if I haven't met some of them before!).

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/29/2012 8:27PM

    Sounds like you've got some fun times ahead of you and glad to see that you're trying to avoid going to places where overeating may be a problem. You could always eat a small salad and some soup before going to the Dane so you won't be so hungry to give into temptation.

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94 degrees out there right now

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Glad I didn't decide to go out and even casually play frisbee today. Been out there plenty already, what with starting the day helping a friend move her stuff into her new place. What with her dad and boyfriend also assisting, the process only took about 45 minutes, but it was already 85 degrees at that point, so we all good a decent sweat going, and I'm counting it as exercise!

Thereafter, went out and pounded a bit of pavement, knocking on doors regarding the recall election we have coming up in Wisconsin. It wasn't a huge area I had to cover, but again, 88-90 degrees, noon time, with a not particularly shady neighborhood (in terms of trees, not sleaziness :) , all that adds up to being a bit tired this afternoon, with one more trek out into the heat yet to go. This one will be for Bratfest, catching either Madison County or Lords of the Trident (I'm leaning towards the metal, rather than the country, LoTT are my favorite local band), and the fireworks thereafter.

The weight stabilized at 190. Hasn't fell below yet, but it didn't really get past that. Time to send that number back down. A bit of ultimate in tomorrow's 83-85 degree heat should help.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/29/2012 9:00PM

    The heat has been super high lately. Glad that it should be getting cooler soon.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/27/2012 11:01PM

    Enjoy the day tomorrow (and hopefully it stays just cool enough to allow for a great tiem).

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DIVEMASTER01 5/27/2012 6:01PM

    Sounds like you had a productive day despite the heat. DH and I are riding our bikes to Bratfest tomorrow (I worked all weekend). Have a great Memorial day tomorrow!


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So much for chattiness

Monday, May 21, 2012

Penned a number of blog entries in a short span, and then, boom, two week gap. When did that happen?

Is it fair to blame a 1 year old child for weight gain? The child in question is my nephew, who did just turn one last Monday, the 14th, and his parents threw a birthday party for themselves surviving the first year of parenthood. Bunch of people, tons of yummy food, and I partook well, since after all, it's not every year the young man will turn one. Without a time machine, I suspect it won't ever happen again. Unfortunately, at present, the weight's crept up over the 190 mark again, which will make the goal of reaching 180 by the end of June an interesting challenge.

Oh, well, I'm not going to worry about it today, what with it being my own birthday. And tomorrow...maybe I'll worry about it tomorrow. Definitely Thursday, which is when I *think* I'm heading back to Madison. But that's the beauty of having driven, and not having any particular plans until Sunday, I'm free to roll when I feel like it. A certain liberation in not needing to hew to a plane/train/bus schedule.

Watched the first 'series' of Sherlock...more like the first mini-series, as it's just three episodes long. Gooood stuff, I can see why the hype is there, more so than with a lot of TV shows that similarly get raved about. But maybe that's because I grew up reading about those particular characters.

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CATHOLICCORGI 5/26/2012 7:08PM

I've not been on the blogs much myself... DH's stroke issues are making me crazier than usual... but I AM NOT EATING my way through it! LOL! I'm Sparking even if you guys don't see much of me until I get some help here.
I really am sorry I missed your birthday! You are doing the best you can Sparking, so just get back into your SPark mindset, and begin anew. emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 5/22/2012 7:43PM

    A belated Happy Birthday to you!

A 1-year-old nephew can be great motivation if he's near enough for you to visit regularly. Be that active uncle who shows up and runs around with him, giving his parents a break now and then.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/21/2012 10:03PM

    Sorry to hear about the weight gain but glad you had a good time at the party.

Happy belated birthday by the way.

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WINNIE1978 5/21/2012 8:53PM

    Happy birthday! Don't stress too much about the weight gain... you'll probably lose some of it after drinking lots of water for a day or two.

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GOIN4GR8 5/21/2012 11:45AM

    Happy Birthday!! You're right about driving--it's very freeing. :-)

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Going to sleep well tonight

Monday, May 07, 2012

In fact, can I go to bed already? Between illness, injury and apathy, and a dose of less than ideal weather, I hadn't done any running in a month. I don't mean running running, since I've never done much of that for its own sake - I need a ball or a frisbee to chase to make it worth putting in the running effort! But I hadn't managed to play basketball or ultimate for the past month, though I did get in a decent bit of exercise the last half of April. Today, I went out and played ultimate, or a horribly steamy field - the storms of the past two or three days left the artificial turf on which the University of Wisconsin Marching band practices, where we play, completely soaked, and the sun breaking out from behind the clouds raised the temperature enough to make steam rise. We were running through an eerie floating fog.

Then again, running is a relative term, as the month of relative inaction, or of non-running based exercise left my legs pretty much shot early on. Add in the various complaining joints, and I wasn't exactly moving very well. It didn't help that I forgot to take my hands, either...I was dropping discs left and right. Funny thing, I hadn't thrown the frisbee very well the first few times I played with these guys, but today, my tosses were beautiful, I could drop discs in right where I wanted them. Helped that there was no wind.

I've played summer league frisbee 7 of the 8 summers I've been in Madison, but so far, I hadn't figured out who I was playing with this year. And now, all of a sudden, I have two invitations to play. The first includes some people I played with last year, and a bunch of newcomers, most all associated with my former place of employment. The other is with a friend, a first time player, and a team that her new boyfriend has played with the last few years. I'm kind of leaning towards the second option, with an eye towards meeting new people. I've been playing basketball with ex-coworkers, without that feeling at all awkward, but I don't know if that would still be true when dealing with more people that I don't know, or don't know all that well. Might come down to flipping a coin.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/7/2012 10:05PM

    Glad you got in some fitness minutes and it never hurts to expand your friendship circle. There's nothing wrong with making new friends and keeping the ones you have.

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DEBADEAU 5/7/2012 9:54PM

    The only way I run is if I pretend Michael Myers is coming after me.

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