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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pennant race baseball can be exciting or hair loss inducing (as in, when you feel like tearing it out over your team's inept defense?), but I can't complain about being a fan of a team that in recent years has been in the mix more often than not going down the stretch. The Tigers are making the blood pressure rise, though, since they were supposed to have the division wrapped up by June, and instead find themselves tied with the White Sox with a week and change to go.

In football, I'm a fan of the Detroit Lions, last year a playoff team, just a few seasons after a campaign that had the NFL's official merchandiser put a ban on people ordering a jersey with the name "Owen" and the number "16" on it. They just lost a bizarre contest to fall to 1-2, and last place in the division early on, but they share it with the Packers, who lost in even more bizarre, and certainly far more memorable circumstances, with replacement officials instantly joining Wisconsin's state Sports Hall of Shame after the Monday Night football debacle. My favorite names for that travesty are the Seattle Screwjob and the Fail Mary.

As you might be able to tell, this one's a blogging for the heck of it entry, no real reason or rhyme behind the impulse to start exercising the fingers in this particular space at this particular time. Was on the site to rest the goal down to 170, but then decided to put it at 168 for a 15 pound carrot away from the current weight. Bugs Bunny would feast for a week on that sucker. But first I have to lose it.

I'd get started on the exercise portion of the 'diet and exercise' thing, except for the little fact that in trying to do so Sunday, via playing ultimate frisbee, I managed to take a funky step, one of those little maneuvers that makes a calf go "pop!" So, needless to say, I'm moving at the pace of, say, a glacier these last three days. I can almost go up the stairs without grasping at the railing to pull myself up, but going down, that's a different story. Hopefully, by the weekend, I'll have mobility without worrying that the next step brings a searing pain to my leg.

I've been thinking of volunteering for some campaign or another (really, I have no excuse for not having done so for so long), so I finally got off the couch and wandered over to a campaign office. Did phone banking for a couple of hours, and frankly, it's tough work getting answering machine after answering machine. Land lines not getting answered in the middle of the afternoon, who knew? I did have some nice conversations with some nice senior citizens, though. Now that I've managed to get off my duff, and find the office, I think I'll try to get over there more often. I'm told that there are shifts available at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays, so I might wander over there and throw stickers at people.

One thing I realized is that even when people are at least cognizant of the top level races in the state, there's a lot of disconnect between a Presidential and Senate race (statewide contests) and the local, Congressional race, let alone state house races. I'm a reasonably politically interested person - after all, I'm going in to volunteer for a campaign six weeks prior to the election, and as mentioned above, feeling guilty for not having done so before - but I didn't know the name of the opposition's Congressional candidate until today. Even with those few people I did manage to get on the line, almost universally, they indicated that they hadn't paid any attention yet to the vacated House of Representatives seat, even if they knew that there was a vacancy there due to the incumbent running for the Senate. One person, though, an older woman, she was on top of the game, even rattling off the names of the State Assembly candidates in my district, which I didn't even know! (My only defense was that I knew who was running from where I used to live!)

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EMMAEKAY 9/26/2012 10:19PM

    I know whatcha mean about moving slow from an injury. My neck has been super horribly stiff for days from the concert. I've been pushing myself through some form of exercise everyday this week. Give your leg a rest, but work your upper body. Do some upper body lifts! Core twists. Crunches!

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365th day on SP

Monday, September 24, 2012

Actually, because of the leap year, and because on not recalling precisely when I first logged in, that's an approximation, but I think of September 25 as the date, so that's what I'm going with. Scribbled this following note on the sept 25-oct 1 class's message board, and thought I should also record it here for posterity.

Happy anniversary to us

Sparkiversary, whatever you want to call it. Anyone reading this has been peeking at this site for about a year, as I have, and I'd love to hear your tales on how the site has affected you. Successes, challenges, whatever, it's worth telling, I think.

Me, I'm down between 20-25 lbs. The initial goal was a 25 lb decrease, and I've woken up a couple of times at that mark, but I haven't managed to make it stick for three days yet, which is my marker for something that's real and not artifact. But I'm close. It's a combination of paying attention to details, whether of caloric numbers, or fat content, etc, that this site has made me aware of, that's helped me in this particular journey, whereas earlier attempts lacked for that information, and floundered when I've encountered work difficulties, etc.

That said, I don't know for sure whether this is a permanent loss, since, while being aware of those numbers, it hasn't resulted in me really altering how I eat. Sure, there's less fast food in my diet these days, but that's driven somewhat by external circumstances, and when those change, that factor may change along with it. I still feel like I snack way too much, on the wrong kinds of things. I may feel some guilt over it, but that hasn't stopped me.

I feel like I'm liable to weight gains still, since I see that I've rapidly gained 5-7 lbs (lasting gains, as opposed to reversible sodium weight) on a couple of occasions, and slowly had to regain that ground. The fact that I'm regaining that ground (meaning, re-losing that weight) is a good sign, since it means I'm cognizant of what needs to be done, and am in enough control to re-orient myself in the right direction after lapses, some of which have been from deliberate choices of a celebratory nature.

Hadn't intended to ramble on at this length, but there you have it, me at a year after first peeking at Spark People. Feel free to share your tales of triumph or woe. This team has fallen by the wayside, but I know a few of you are still around, would love to hear how you're doing.

All in all, weightwise, a good year. I'm calling 183 lb the official one year number, for a loss of 22 lbs. I'm resetting the goal for the next year at 170 lbs, think I'm capable of shedding that, despite how badly I've plateaued over the past 5 months. Gives me something to re-focus on, if nothing else.

Weird thing is, I don't feel significantly healthier....it's a thought that I want to think about more before sharing how I feel about it, so, stay tuned if you're curious, I suppose....

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LEFTHANDLUKE 9/26/2012 1:27AM

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RANDOMLY_HONEST 9/25/2012 8:04AM

    Congrats on your 1 year and your progress. You may find that some of these habits are more permanent than you thought. After I started cutting down on fast food (due to monetary reasons more than anything else), I found after a few months that I didn't even enjoy the taste anymore, or that I'd get sick when I ate it. And just by incorporating those healthy habits slowly, you're making them the new normal for your body. emoticon

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SEASONS__CHANGE 9/24/2012 11:46PM

    Congratulations on the 22lb weight loss! Even with the ups and downs that is still progress.


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CATHOLICCORGI 9/24/2012 7:44PM

    Congrats on your emoticon !!!
SP has made a big difference in my life. I did not lose the weight I initially wanted to, but I AM down. If I can do the same thing in the next year, I will be that much closer to my initial goal. The weight is important, but it is not the main important thing for me. I have more confidence in myself, I have more faith in God and others. I have learned to eat healthier and well... I even LIKE apples now! And water! LOL!
Exercise is the key to losing more weight for me. I know this! I am using my DH's strokes as a semi excuse. I can always find 15 minutes each day... I just do not do it. What is 15 minutes? I spend that on FB, so why not on the Wii?
Anyhoo... I am going to blog on October 1, 2012. Gonna be a long one, too! emoticon I haven't written in over 3 months...
Life happens! And we have survived!
This SPARKing isn't a sprint... it's a marathon, and we WILL win the race!
It's more important to enjoy the journey... and I have enjoyed getting to know YOU!
Thank you for your support, encouragement and checking in on me!
May we both have a successful and enlightening New SparkYear!
Peace be with you!
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DIET_FRIEND 9/24/2012 5:40PM

    If you stay with your new lifestyle, you will surely see more weight dropping off. Isn't it great to be so many pounds away from 200? I will be so ecstatic when I am in 100-ville!

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not crossing the line in anything approaching fine fashion

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I just updated my status with the observation that I was stumbling toward the 1 year mark on Spark, and thought that thought could stand a bit more fleshing out. I mark that anniversary probably late next week (Class of sept 25-Oct 1 from last year, so using 9/25, in lieu of more specific knowledge). I've had a goodly share of ups and downs weight wise, over those nearly 365 days, but I'm glad to not that the initial goal of shedding 25 lbs has more or less been accomplished - the 180 lb barrier has been breached a couple of times, but it hasn't quite stuck yet, so I don't consider that official. But I've been sub-185 for a good few weeks now.

As nice as that is, it also points out the barrier to any further weight loss. In a word, it might be defined as apathy. I got to certain point along the way and allowed myself to slack in the knowledge that I knew how to recover. This latest bit of apathy has struck at the point of accomplishing my goal, and yet, instead of pushing myself across that line and basking in the accomplishment, I seem content to have more or less done it. I say that, even though my weight hasn't significantly increased over the past two weeks, I also haven't done a lick of what I'd consider exercise. I have thought about it of multiple occasion, and just haven't managed to push myself into doing anything. Rather annoying,really, but there you have it.

That said, I guess it is time to figure out the next goal....I'll finish the first year of sparking down about 22-25 lbs, and while I don't anticipate a similar result the next year (had a bit of "easy" weight at the start of the trip) I think I might be able to lose another 10 to 15 lbs, and return to the 165 lbs I weighed a decade ago.

Of course, potential life changes could knock those plans way off kilter...but then again, those same factors that lead me to allow slacking off on occasion would still hold true: after a year poking around this site, I seem to have picked up a clue on how to combat those lapses, and I think I could handle even more backsliding, were it to occur.

Don't anticipate that would be the case, but it's nice to have those weapons in the arsenal!

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SIRENSONGS 9/18/2012 10:27AM

    Happy one year Sparkversary, and congratulations on reaching your goal. It can definitely be hard to stay motivated, but don't let it go for too long, lest your weight creep up on you again. It's definitely happened to me a few times when apathy has kicked in! It sounds like you're aware of all this though, and I'm happy to read that you're going to keep on going!


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ELAYNE39 9/18/2012 8:58AM

    Great blog! You've done great so far. Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated, but sounds like you are getting back on track. Congratulations and Happy Sparkiversary!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Being bad(ish) today, foodwise, Doritos and soda pop forming the staples of today's diet. Oh, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Umm, oops. I'm sure the scale will punish me appropriately next week, especially since I'm looking at what ought to be a fun weekend. A couple of friends got married back in June, and will be having their reception/party this weekend - they rented out all the campsites at a county park a few miles south of Madison! Looking forward to it, not least because as bad as I am at keeping in touch with people, I haven't seen those two nearly often enough this year, let alone other friends I know primarily through them.

But it's not just those second degree people that I haven't seen, it's also people I used to hang out with on semi-regular occasion, from the previous job, that I've lost touch with. Might see a couple of those people this weekend, hope it isn't awkward. Guess I'll find out.

Wish I'd done a few things, and few things differently this summer. But that time's done and gone, time to move on, eh? Forward we go.

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Something something dark side

Monday, September 03, 2012

Opened up this window, and then forgot why. So you get a Family Guy reference.
Spent the last few days with my brother and sis-in-law, or, more importantly, with my 15 month old nephew. Good times. Look forward to seeing how many more words he adds to his vocabulary the next time I make it back over here.

Spent a lot of the time I've been here eating, or so it's felt like. The scale is reflecting the damage, though, it's been moderated the last couple of days, as well as the fact that I seem to be having stomach issues. After not having puked without being sick for ages, I've now done so twice. Seems like the eating of juicy things at the end of a meal (cucumbers, and watermelon, the second time) isn't treating the tummy well. Will have to keep an eye out on that, it's weirding me out.

Will spend another day or two with the parents before heading back to Madison. Have been in an unsocial mood, just not wanting to catch up with anyone on this trip. Not entirely sure what that's about, but there you have it.

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LEFTHANDLUKE 9/13/2012 11:18PM

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SEASONS__CHANGE 9/4/2012 7:16PM

    Sorry to hear you've been sick and feeling a bit detached. We all go through this from time to time. If the stomach thing continues, it might be a good idea to see the doc to find out what's going on.

Until then, keep your spirits high.

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KING_SLAYER 9/4/2012 7:03PM

    "Have been in an unsocial mood, just not wanting to catch up with anyone on this trip. Not entirely sure what that's about, but there you have it."

Perhaps you're anti-social? I'm just spit-ballin' here. I totally get it though, there's a lot of times that I don't want to run into people and have that "how you been", "whatcha been up to" conversation. Of course I've been told that I am anti-social ... and a borderline sociopath. But hey, we all got our quirks!!

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