Sunday, January 06, 2013
So apparently, if you join a challenge, you have to do...stuff. Why did no one tell me this before??? WAAAHHHHHHHH!
Kidding. Mostly. Anyway.
A little confused by lack of any 'official' word that I'm allowed to play, but whatever. I'm making up a few goals regardless. And will try to hit them by APril-ish, or whenever this thing ends, regardless.
So, with much further ado (after all, if I don't provide my own ado, who will?), my BLC 21 goals.
I'm hitting 175 before the end of this 12 week period. That's 7 lbs down from current, and as such, not an aggressive goal. But, having dropped 15 pounds over the course of last year, it's faster than I have been shedding (if you ignore the part when I keep going down 10 pounds, gaining 5 back, rinse and repeat).
I'm doing 20 minutes of something or another a day. Every day. Well, unless I get the flu. But in that case, you can probably claim 20 minutes of ab workout from the puking.
Again, not an aggressive goal, but I haven't managed to do 10 minutes consistently, so...it's a thing. A thing I'm going to do.
I'm doing 10 squats and 10 lunges a day. A low bar, but one I haven't tried to do. The lunges are not knee friendly, nor are the squats, and my knee is bugging right now. But it shall be done. Whether, or how much weight is involved, that remains to be seen. Now I have to figure out for real how to properly record strength training on SP, as I've just entered the time spent doing that sort of stuff as minutes of stretching/flexibility. To be sure, I did do a fair bit of stretching stuff with the stability ball, so it's not all inaccurate. Man, I should have entered that as a separate goal, that of learning how to use the tracker right. Exercising the brain, that counts, right?
I'll do more tracking of food. I think that might be a basic part of the challenge, but it's one I'll not do well on, as tracking is an annoying chore. Sure, it's all approximation, anyway, but...still, a chore.
Think that might do for the necessities. Pictures also taken for challenge purpose, but if I'm reading the rules right, it's legal to keep those for my own eyes only. Might post them eventually anyway. Can you tell I'm indecisive on this? Maybe?
And....going to the gym, wherein I'll see if the knee is just buggin' or a REAL ISSUE. Where are my robot joints already, McFly?
Editing to add measures
Re-editing with measures from a non-metal, flat laying tape measure.
Waist = 38, half inch down from November.
Hips = 40.5, same size
Thigh = 22.5, down a half inch
Upper Arm = 12, tough to measure, dunno if I hit the same spot.
Woops, didn't do chest. Will have to dig that tape back out tomorrow.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
It's like the toy kids play with, but with an additional sofa shaped accessory that can be plugged into the backside, don'tcha know?
Didn't make it to the gym today, but that's at least partly the fault of the gym, as it apparently closes at 6 PM on Saturday, as opposed to a 10 PM close every other day of the week. Did not realize that until about 3 PM. Since I was working on a job app, and was planning on not doing anything until I got that done, I had a tight deadline anyway. That was compounded by the site where I was trying to apply being a nightmare to navigate. Maybe it's my experience as a software tester, with a focus on usability, that made me loathe the site so much, but when the potential employer is a particular university, it would be nice if you could just type the name of that very university into your educational history, and not be told "Value not found". The field insisted that the name be entered exactly as it was found in their database, which is fair enough, except for the fact that there wasn't a consistent standard of how school names appeared in the database.
And so on and so forth. You know, how, after 15 minutes of entering details, which were already included in the uploaded resume, a phantom button press suddenly made it appear as though all that information disappeared? Yeah, that was fun. Finally did shoehorn all the details into the system, and force it to admit that the app was filed. I know I won't get this particular job, I'm applying way late in the cycle, and it's got the hallmarks of one of those that are posted with a candidate already in mind, just needing to satisfy state regulation. But I needed to get started with the process, and, as it turns out, get my basic info into the system. Hopefully the next app I throw into this particular employer is that much easier for having input my information.
I've finally rescued my dumbbells (although it sounds ludicrous to refer to 15 and 20 lb weights as such...feels like only 35 and higher poundage should be considered really dumb or something) and the 5 lb leg weights from the trunk of my car and whichever box I'd packed them in, so I will do some form of something tonight, while I watch football for the next 5 hours. Rooting for the Packers later. Lions fan though I am, 9 years of living in Wisconsin, where the Packers are a religion, that made me develop a tolerance for the green and gold.
Friday, January 04, 2013
No, wait, that's not right. More like, I'm the one that is occasionally paranoid about my knees. It all goes back to when I was a wee lad of 24, and I went to play basketball, and tried to change directions while running backwards on defense, and my knee, quite independently of the rest of my leg, decided that it would rather go the other way. Ended up as a torn ACL, suffered in March, 2000, with surgery to fix it in July of the same year. Really, it cost me two summers, as the knee didn't feel *solid* until fall of 2001.
It's been 13 years since that happened, and yet, every once in a while, I feel a twinge in the knee, and the mind flashes back. That's the case tonight, as a slight misstep while playing basketball yesterday, compounded by a slight slip on ice tonight is causing a slight, sharp pain in that knee. I use both adjectives deliberately, as the twinge is brief, and intense at the same time.
Of course, having said that, I also suspect that if I didn't mention it here, I would have forgotten about it by morning. After all, it has been a baker's dozen years since the fix was implemented, and the knee has behaved solidly during that time. I'm no more worried about it than any other joint in this corporeal frame of mine. But every once in a long while...you just can't help thinking, y'know?
I did go to the Michigan hockey game tonight, and I must admit I was amused at going to a Michigan home game, and seeing everyone stand and sing the opponent's fight song. But then again, the Wolverines were playing against the kids from the US National Team Development Program, which is base in Ann Arbor. The youngsters took down the Wolverines, 5-3, and it wasn't really that close. Michigan hasn't played well to date this season, and this result doesn't bode well for the second half of the season. Michigan's incredible streak of 22 straight trips to the NCAA tournament might be in serious jeopardy. It was, however, good to see injured defenseman Jon Merrill back on the ice. Having one of the top blueliners in the country back can't hurt.
Plans for Saturday include a trip to the gym, and a run to Blimpy Burger. Those should balance out nicely, I think!
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Anyone a Detroit Pistons fan? If yes, you already know why I'm asking, and the rest of you get to wonder what the heck I'm talking about, because I'm mean like that. Sometimes. Not very often. But sometimes.*
Dropped in on a friend whose birthday is tomorrow (the 4th), and I got presents. In the form of hockey tickets. Birthday dinner beats midseason exhibition game, and I'm not one to complain. Excited to see Yost again, it's been three years since I made it to a game there.
Today, I was that guy, joining a gym just a couple of days after New Year's Day. I went with the functional, cheaper option rather than signing up with the university rec center. It has ellipticals, stationary bikes and rowing machines, and also has a weight room. Maybe I'll make it over there someday soon. To the weight room, I mean, since I did actually work out after signing up. Played a little basketball with people half my age, since I didn't know about the time reserved for kids (under 18). Half of these guys could have passed for college kids, so I did't feel bad about stealing the ball from one of 'em.
As mentioned previously, the weight has crept up since I got to Michigan, but when I went to record the 181.2 I saw this morning on the tracker, I noticed that the 12/19 weight was 182, which means that I stayed on par throughout the holiday season. One point for me!
And now to see what I can do in the next few weeks, as I try to keep up with the BLC challenge regimen. Though I've been blogging consistently, there (obviously) hasn't been any set template to these missives. Might have to adopt a structure in order to better adhere to the BLC reporting demands. Or what I'm imagining them to be, anyway.
Thinking of turning on the TV to watch football, but am also thinking that the team I'd support probably won't win. Which wouldn't be much different from the last few days. I'd have so much more respect for Oregon if they could just decide on one uniform and stick with it. Instead, backed by Nike and its advertising and design might, the Ducks pretty much have different uniform elements for every game. I'd complain more, but Michigan had hideous "special" uniforms for their trip to the Outback Bowl. Every time the sun shone on the back of the players, the yellow numbers disappeared. Even the announcers eventually complained about not being able to see the numbers.
But college football being college football, I'm going to watch this contest. And tomorrow I'll go to Michigan hockey. And Sunday, I might go see the Pistons, if my brother did interpret his e-mail correctly, which appeared to imply something about free tickets. And if we do get to the Palace of Auburn Hills to see Tayshaun Prince play, I'll be sure to spend a moment training my binoculars down on press row to catch a glimpse of longtime Pistons announcer George Blaha.
*(see, I'm not that mean after all.)
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Another blog title inspired totally by what I'm listening to at the moment, rather than any verse I might be reading while re-enacting scenes from Romeo and Juliet. I used to work in a town called Verona, and I remain disappointed that no one I know has to my knowledge visited that town, so as to have sent me a postcard from there. I'd still welcome one, but it wouldn't be as funny now.
It also doesn't refer to the copious amounts of pizza consumed while sitting around watching football all day Tuesday, getting more and more annoyed as my alma mater, my grad school institution, and a team from the town I spent last New year's eve/day in (Michigan, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, respectively) lost, one by one, in a progression of suck stretching from 1 PM on nigh 'til midnight.
The title, instead, comes from the title of the last album the band Kamelot did with their former singer, Roy Khan. I've previously mentioned writing CD reviews on line once upon a time, an endeavor through which I got to conduct a couple interviews, in addition to the free CDs and concerts I got to see. The first one I ever did was with Khan.
The site I wrote for is defunct, so I thought I didn't have any record of that. Of course, I'd failed to take into the account the awesome power of the internet, and fansites, as the site below has it archived. I just discovered that the other day, and have listened to a fair bit of Kamelot to start off the new year, not a bad thing in my book.
If you care to read me in fanboy mode, search for "Partha" on that page to find my chat with him. I like how I transcribed it, pointing out when we were laughing about something, or pausing to think up the right words for my questions or his responses. I'd like to think the typos are due to whoever copied it over to that website, and not my fault.
The following link is to the video for the song Ghost Opera, mentioned in the interview, and the title track to the 2007 album they were doing press for at the time. It's a cool vid, worth 4 minutes of your time, even without reading the other stuff.
You might say I'm on a Kamelot kick at the moment...definitely have to find the CDs, so as to rip to mp3 and have them for workout purposes.
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