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Whither the 29th?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

On the list of blog entries I've done, I see one listed as December 29th, but others have mentioned that it's listed as on the 28th. The former software tester in me wonders if what you see depends on where you are? As in, I posted it at 12:xx am Eastern time on the 29th, so I see it as such, but those in the central time zone see it as the 28th because that was when I posted it according to their clocks?

Doesn't matter, the initial point of that particular diary was, after all, to make excuses for the inevitable day when I forgot to extend the blog streak. I suppose that I ought to keep that in mind for when I start posting things to the BLC21 challenge, which I attempted to sign up for yesterday. Suppose I'll find out soon enough if I'm cool enough to hang with those folks. As mentioned previously, I have only tried to participate in one challenge before, and didn't last long before washing out, so here's to better success keeping up in this one.

Went sledding on the hill behind my brother's house today. While it's not huge, it's decent enough for a few slides, and I decided to run up the hill on the way back to the top. Totally claiming that as cardio. If I pop back out there during the next couple of days, I might try jogging (which I never do, but am also considering messing with in 2013, a fact that is making me wonder if indeed I have gone around the bend) through the untouched snow. 5 to 6 inches of the white stuff makes can get the heart rate going in a pretty short amount of time.

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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 9:20PM

    Woo Hoo On the sledding sounds like fun!

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FITNFUNJEN 12/31/2012 1:05PM

    Sledding is tons of fun! I think you can totally count running up the hill cardio!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2012 9:04AM

    Happy New Year to you.

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KJDINSC 12/31/2012 8:57AM

    Just thinking about dealing with snow elevates my heart rate. Good thing I moved to South Carolina.

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This is only a test

Saturday, December 29, 2012

If it were a real blog, I wouldn't be starting it at 11:52 PM, and attempting to see, when I hit Post after midnight, if it posts as a 12/28 entry, or a 12/29 entry. Granted, if it's the latter, it'll also extend my streak to 21 days in a row scribbling out a blog post, a streak I'm glad to have done (assuming it does post to the 29th), but also one that's become a bit of a burden, in that I feel like I really oughta keep going, but sometimes don't really feel like extending, and then when I do decide to scribble, feel like I really oughta type out something worthwhile, rather than just bashing out something piddling for the purpose of streaking along. To credit myself, none of these posts were one liners. But as mentioned/pondered way back in the days when I lived 400 miles away, some items do feel forced, or rather (completely?) uninspired, and I fear that this is one such missive.

So, I think that if I don't really have anything to say, I won't. Maybe blurt a thought onto the community journal thingy I mentioned the other day. Maybe not even stick my head into this site, if I really don't feel like it (although, I think I'm about a week away from breaking my old record streak of at least spinning the wheel). We are all adults here, after all (actually, I don't know that...are there any kids around? I'm sure there are teens who could use the wisdom this site provide, even if they ought not to be obsessing on matters of weight quite yet).

To cop a phrase from some guy named Bill, "To spark or not to spark, is that the question?" But I guess if I put it that way, the answer's a rather unequivocal Yes. So I guess I'll keep on bothering. Just with an option to slack. If I feel like it?

Since I still have a minute or two to kill, I'll prattle on thusly: I'm not really sure what brought about this moment of reflection on the website and how I use it, and what I get from it. I've mentioned, a long time ago, about how I am with certain websites, using them regularly for a time, even a long time, and then suddenly finding myself not caring. I'm not at that point with this site. If anything, judging only by sparkpoint numbers, my usage and interaction with sparkpeople have increased over the past few months. Hoping that results follow early on in the new year. But I am also curious if that point comes, and I suddenly grow annoyed, or worse, bored by SP, whether it'll be accompanied by an abandonment of the things I learned by perusing its pages and participating with its people. It seems like there are a lot of boomerangs amongst our numbers, people who join up, initially succeed in losing weight, then go away from the site, only to come back to it, almost apologetic, professing to have slipped back into old habits, and regained what was lost (in terms of weight/good habits).

Are we doomed to such fates, if we drift awry? Will spirits visit us at some point in a dreary future, reminding us of what might have been? (In case you were wondering, yes, I've begun reading Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", available free at www.literature.org/authors/dickens-c
, a very nice website that I just discovered a couple of days ago. I'll certainly be haunting that site extensively, as it contains a decent spread of classic books, for free reading. I think "The Count of Monte Cristo" might be next once I polish off Ebenezer's adventures).

Hey, maybe a fear of something like that occurring might just keep me poling my head around here for a long time to come. Maybe, when I do finally manage to get a flipping job, that might prove detrimental to the health, in terms of limiting time to exercise, even as it would help it in terms of reducing stress. I think, the more I blather on, the more I make the case for staying interested in this site on a long term basis. But for now, I hit post, and see if it registers when I started, or where I ended. I'm betting the 29th.

Edit: I win! the bet, I mean. And now for a cookie to celebrate.

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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 8:44PM

    LOL Keep on Keeping on!!!

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AHTRAP 12/30/2012 3:08PM

    The header shows up as Saturday, December 29th for me, not sure what you guys are talking about. Sadly, none of those excuses are true. I just thought I'd fulfilled my exercise in narcissism for the calendar day!

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KMM1123 12/30/2012 2:00AM

    Seeing as there was no blog post on 12/29 - it looks like you've just ended your blogging streak with your "not a real blog" blog.

Don't you know the first rule of blog streaks is not to talk about blog streaks. And the second rule of blog streaks is you DO NOT talk about blog streaks.

Besides your obvious attempt to jinx yourself, what got in the way of posting? You landed a fantastic new job? You met the love of your life and flew off to Vegas for a quickie wedding? Your internet connection was down due to the neighbor setting up a wifi password that was harder than average to decode? Or worst of all, you wrote a self-fulfilling "not-a-blog" blog and have become bored with SparkPeople and all the wonderful creatures inside.

In any case, here's to the start of a new streak. I for one do not have enough blog ideas (or ramblings) to even attempt a daily post. So I'm going to get off my high horse and advise you to ignore my comments from now on.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/29/2012 6:42PM

    Too funny . . . " . .. to cop a phrase from some guy named Bill . . . "

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SLIMINDOWN31 12/29/2012 1:02AM

    You kill me laughing! Keep blogging.

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REDDBETSY 12/29/2012 12:38AM




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REDDBETSY 12/29/2012 12:37AM

    LOL. That was pretty good for a self-reflective circuit. Interesting to see that it posted as the 28th.
Have a good night reading classics, watching Netflix, and trying to pretend that we aren't your best friends and that you wouldn't miss us.

'Cause you know you would.
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Day 28 (of December)

Friday, December 28, 2012

I have not set hard and fast deadlines for any particular bit of weight loss, or exercise goal, other than the fact of moving making me get to the gym more often in order to score the ugly t shirt (which, for the record, works quite well for sleeping in!). I see so many blogs titled "Day XX", pertaining to the days from the start of the overall journey, or of a particular challenge, and I wonder if that's a strategy that I could employ sometimes. But I'm not sure it would work for me.

I really don't know how I'd react if I set such a deadline, and failed to get there. That's part of the reason I have only tried joining in on one challenge while on Spark People. I didn't last more than a week of the month long challenge, finding myself unable to keep up with its modest demands, before I quit that particular spark team. It didn't lead to falling back into bad habits, or anything dramatic like that, but it was a bit disheartening.

Considering jumping in on another such challenge, but really not anticipating any particular success from something like that, beyond what I'd already do without it. Will have to think about that one a bit.

In a similar vein, I'm not someone who sets any particular new year resolutions. I just figure, a) I'd just be setting myself up to fail, and b) I feel like there's nothing particularly special about the New year that demands resolutions must be set then, and at no other time of the year. A St Patrick's Day resolution made under the influence of green beer can be just as valid a motivator as one made under the last vestiges of yuletide cheer.

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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 8:46PM

    I don't make resolutions anymore. the two years I didn't I have achieved much more than ever did when I made them. I just have the resolve to pursue what I want in life to the best of my abilities.

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EJRANVILLE 12/28/2012 9:16PM

    I'm not much on resolutions on Jan 1 for the same reason, but from time to time I do try to resolve to change a bad habit. That can be due to a date (Jan 1, Birthday, etc) or some other motivator (doctor visit, friend w/bad health issue, etc.).

I feel you on the online challenges though. Hard to keep up with and can be disheartening. Perhaps we should look for an attainable challenge, yes? emoticon

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LEFTHANDLUKE 12/28/2012 9:07PM

    mine is to not make promises to myself,that i can not possibly keep,even if i did try

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1CRAZYDOG 12/28/2012 8:47PM

    I have to agree with your last statement. I don't tend to make too many New Years Resolutions either. For now, I'm content to go with the flow and take each day as it comes.

Blessings and abundance to you in 2013.

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ASHPATCH11 12/28/2012 8:38PM

    just once good choice then another :)

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The West Wing, streaming on Netflix?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hook up the IV, and say goodbye to sleep. Funny thing, I have the first season on DVD, borrowed seasons 2 and 3 from a friend in Madison, and just never managed to get my hands on season 4. Nor did I manage to return season 3 to her before I left, despite running into her on multiple occasions, and even having the DVDs in the car on a couple of those. Just kind of bizarre. On the way out of town, I left the discs with my roommates, with instructions to return them to one of our good friends, who is also friends with the owner of the dvds. Upon reaching Michigan, I went to my local library and got a card, and the first thing I checked for was the availability of Season 4, only to see the set was checked out until 1/3/13. I convinced my dad to renew a long lapsed library card in a neighboring district where he owns property, so as to be able to borrow disc 1 of season 4, which they just happened to have available at the nearest branch (yeah, I totally checked before heading out there). And so, I watch the first three episodes, and plan to go back to see whether the second disc was returned when a friend posts to facebook the momentous news that the series is available on netflix....PROBLEM SOLVED!

Funny thing with netflix is that I'm a hummingbird watcher, picking and choosing among the offerings, sometimes watching and liking things, but then failing to keep on watching, even if I really really like it. Won't be the case with the West Wing, I'll be mainlining the episodes all the way to the end of season 7. It's my pick for best TV series ever.

So I suspect I'll be losing a bit of sleep over the next few weeks. Then again, I still haven't managed to adjust to eastern time zone in terms of what hour I go to sleep, so I also suspect that it won't be that different. Guess I'm just going to have to pick one day, and just frickin fall asleep, which is sadly a lot harder than it sounds/ought to be. And then maybe, I'll wake up in time and with an appetite for breakfast. And then maybe I'll discover whether there really is any benefit to regular sleep and eating breakfast, like we're told. But first things first, cue up another episode of the West Wing.

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CLPURNELL 1/2/2013 9:25PM

    I never got into it when it was on may check it out!

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REDDBETSY 12/28/2012 1:59PM

    I do not have TV. Do not watch TV.

And yet, when I find a series I like, I will watch a whole season back-to-back-to-back-- never mind sleep! never mind life!

Which is honestly why I do not have a TV.

Have fun with the West Wing! Good luck with re-setting your internal clock!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/27/2012 5:48PM

    I loved West Wing when it was on.

Good luck with the sleep. Major project of imne too.

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Holiday tolls

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I already know I'm going to get slammed by violation on tolls blown through during my move here. I have the i-pass transponder the Illinois DOT uses, because over the last ten years I traveled through Illinois, going to, or through Chicago often enough to make it worth having. Although the balance I had in the system dropped under the $10 auto-refresh threshold after my day after Thanksgiving run to Chicago, the e-mail informing me that the credit card I had on file was expired, and it failed to add funds didn't arrive until after I moved,, going through gates worth approximately $6-7 in tolls. I didn't see the e-mail until a couple days further on. I made a good few attempt to get in touch with the IDOT folks, but their customer service phone line is pretty much useless; rather than putting someone on hold if no one is available to take the call, it seems like you're just given a busy signal, and expected to call back or something. Bottom line, here's hoping the violation fees aren't too ludicrous.

That's not necessarily the toll I was speaking of in the title, though, what with the holiday eating getting out of hand over the past week. I did a mid-day weighing today, and saw a number 9 pounds heavier than the last weight I took in Wisconsin, ten days ago. I'm not sweating it, what with a) it coming in the middle of the day, b) after a heavy lunch, c) while I was full of crap (literally), and d) with a few other, less scatological reasons involved. But it's a reminder how easily the weight can go on, as set against the knowledge of how much effort it takes to get rid of.

The fact of the weight loss over the past year gives me a certain level of confidence (tempered, of course by the paranoia mentioned often in this space about how I'm afraid the thinner me is the reality rather than the reality) that whatever portion of that excess is real will be dealt with, once I do join a gym, once the holiday and its more frequent temptations pass, et cetera. But, it's definitely a sobering thought to realize that however imperfect a measure, it's easily possible to change weight, and not for the better, by nearly ten pounds in ten days.

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FLEURGARDEN 12/27/2012 11:04AM

    I hope your fines aren't too bad, and that they show you some holiday leniency and good will.

And hopefully both of our holiday weight gains will vaporize quickly!

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HEARTOFROSE 12/27/2012 9:14AM

    Hang in there! You will be surprised at your rapid weight loss after a decent bowel movement :p

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1CRAZYDOG 12/27/2012 9:11AM

    As for IDOT . . . I am from IL too, moved to WI 5 yrs. ago and got that transponder. YIKES . . . I don't even know why they have that customer service line! They're IDOT idiots! But alas, I guess it's one way to make sure they get revenue from fines, etc.!

Yup . . . time to get back in the caravan for a healthier lifestyle after the holidays. Keep pushing!

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REDDBETSY 12/27/2012 2:47AM

    wow. dude, that is a scary blog!
tolls, fines, and gains: oh my!
here's hoping that you are right about it being a transitory state--
keep pushing back!
glad you are moved, though. moving is dreadful. better to have it behind you!
Here is to a new year and a clean slate!

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