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Monday, January 07, 2013

Actually, sorry, my perversions are entirely of the non-communicable kind. You can't have them!

That phrase is from a Dream Theater song, and just occurred to me a couple of hours ago, while reading about a flapjackgina. Yes, you read that right. Blame it on the internet and comment threads. Or thank it for them (some of them, anyway) when it leads to a good laugh.

The phrase got stuck in my head and demanded to be used as a blog title, and it got its way. And now I'm curious how many people might have clicked on this blog only because of that title. Please do chime in, it's worth a spark point, if nothing else.

I did come up with an analogy for it, though you'll have to decide how apt. In this analogy, exercise is the happy disease, the wish for which spreads, ever contagious, amongst users of this site. Really, it's the model the website is built on, us egging each other on, challenging, motivating, et cetera. When we find that person or people that motivate us, their actions and words are, indeed, infectious, and if you'll excuse the extreme stretching of the analogy, do pervert us away from that previous sedentary or otherwise detrimental lifestyle.

So, yeah, sparkpeople as a site, or as individuals, are infectiously perverted. And that's a good thing in my book, not least for the barely suppressed smirk on my face as I typed out this entry.

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CLPURNELL 1/9/2013 9:30PM

    The title got me :)

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 1/8/2013 11:29PM

    I totally clicked on the blog because of the title, haha!!

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CHERRYBLOSSOM13 1/8/2013 3:00AM

    I must admit; I clicked for the title.

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FISHERESS68 1/8/2013 2:01AM

    emoticon Yes, you got my attention. LOL.. giggle giggle

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KING_SLAYER 1/7/2013 10:59PM

    Yep, title drew me in. But I have an excuse, years ago I was self diagnosed as being perversely infected, so I thought I'd check to see what the inverse of my self diagnoses was.

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ICBNIC 1/7/2013 1:51PM

    another guilty reader here - tho I do have to agree with your application of a great phrase :) Sparkers are infectiously perverted!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/7/2013 8:30AM

    Spark is ON! LOL Exercise is definitely contagious . . . NOW. Wasn't in the beginning (translation -- about a billion and one reasons why I didn't have time!) Now . . . it's more a way of life.

This blog made me smile. Love your "out of the box" style of thinking.

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LEXIE63 1/7/2013 7:40AM

    Guilty! LOL But it did remind me that I meant to put your blogs on my alert list! I like the idea of being infectiously perverted by Sparkpeople. emoticon

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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.

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CLPURNELL 1/9/2013 9:28PM

    Good luck on the challenge!!1


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JKPONYGIRL 1/7/2013 8:21AM

    emoticon slow and steady...

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EVWINGS 1/6/2013 9:07PM

    You go guy!!! Everything seems very reakistic and doable. Good on you for making such good ones.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/6/2013 9:01PM

    Hoping your knee stays in shape!

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HIKER-SQUIRREL 1/6/2013 3:45PM

    Good luck reaching your goals! This will be my first BLC, too, so I'm excited to get started.

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QUEENREAP12409 1/6/2013 1:25PM

    Good luck on your BLC! I watched that metal video you linked to on my blog. I really liked it! Thanks for sharing.

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MIDNIGHTER1 1/6/2013 1:17PM

    I wear wraps on my knees when I strength train legs. ( they are both rehabbed) I wear a knee brace too from time to time. Don't forget to do your training with very lite weights or bar to perfect your form.Warm up,that is essential. You are a bright guy and know this already.
I use the old version to track my strength training ( spark fitness)I also suggest icing the knees at the end of your workout,even if you are not sore.Good luck to you,Mr. Indecisive.

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Mr Couch Potato Head

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.

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CLPURNELL 1/9/2013 9:27PM

    I have been a QA Engineer as well and I feel your pain!

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ANDY_54 1/6/2013 7:54AM

    Good luck on the job hunt, I think I'll be joing you shortly (in a different field, so no worries!) Hard being in a new location, but it sounds like you're making the most of it. Hang in there, I've moved a bajillion times in my life and I'm not sure it ever gets easier, but it does get better--if that makes any sense.

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KJDINSC 1/6/2013 6:40AM

    Sounds like you made a great substitution, Partha! Keep it up! And good luck with getting the job... you never know! --KJD

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KMM1123 1/6/2013 3:04AM

    Applying for jobs sucks! I hate it when they preface the whole application process with a nice little note indicating the application will 'time out' after a certain period of time.

Excuse me for wanting to take my time while applying for a position within your organization. Yes I understand the real world is full of deadlines but I'm sure you're not going to be hiring me if I misspell every 6th word because I was in a rush to hit the submit button in timely manner.

Ok, mini-rant over. One good thing about getting the weights out of your car (besides the higher probability of you using them now) is that your gas mileage may improve. Very, very slightly - and probably not even noticeable - but improve it will.

Good luck with the job hunt!


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1CRAZYDOG 1/5/2013 6:49PM

    Lived in IL all my life (till 5 yrs. ago -- moved to the burbs of Milwaukee). I thought DA BEARS was a religion in IL, but NOTHING like the religion the Packers are here in WI !

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    Every little bit helps. Improvise!

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Paranoid knees

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!

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CLPURNELL 1/9/2013 9:38PM

    Hope the knee starts to feel more solid!

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CINIBINI 1/6/2013 1:13AM

    I have a paranoid calf — as soon as I feel anything in that spot I go back to the moment I felt it snap like a rubber band! Is this one of those things where I'm supposed to feel love for the injured area to help it heal? Because I don't, I just resent the stupid thing every time I feel a twinge! Hmmm, maybe I should work on this…

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1CRAZYDOG 1/5/2013 6:22PM

    LOL! Yup . . . the gym, then Blimpys (or vice versa . . . either way!) That's balance.

Enjoy. Hope that knee doesn't give you trouble.

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JKPONYGIRL 1/5/2013 9:45AM

    my ankles are paranoid! It's such an itty bitty joint, holding up my whole body. I wear an ankle brace for extra support and confidence when I run or work out. I don't want to be sitting on the bench for another season.

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AZULVIOLETA6 1/5/2013 2:57AM

    I know exactly what you mean. I tore my ACL seven years ago in a dancing mishap. One moment I was dancing the Mexican Duranguense (twisting AND spinning!) with a dashing younger man. The next, I was the center of attention as everybody in the room stopped dancing and stared at the woman whose body had snapped loudly enough to be heard over the music.

I actually never had surgery to repair my knee. I did a year of torture therapy (PT) and have mad muscles above and below the injury. I had several brain surgeries the year before and just couldn't bring myself to have any more surgery that wasn't life-and-death necessary.

Anyhow, the slightest little twinge or odd footfall...

Yes, paranoid knee indeed. :)

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MRSNOWELL09 1/5/2013 12:47AM

  emoticon Take nothing for granted and live well! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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ELISOS 1/4/2013 11:55PM

    you can do it

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New year, new gym, blah, blah, blaha

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.)

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CLPURNELL 1/6/2013 7:04PM

    Congrats on Joining the gym!!

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KRZYKAT3 1/6/2013 12:35AM

    blc reproting is not that strenuous once you get the hang of it.,With over 600 members there has to be some consistnecy just like your weight loss.

If everyone reported the information in a different matter, we would not have weekly winners I dare say! LOL

If you get in the swing of your team and the challenges, there is more fun than stress. We definitely try to avoid that as it causes weight gain!

Aloha, dance your booty off tonight!! Get down adn do 25 after that! lol

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AZULVIOLETA6 1/5/2013 3:07AM

    What's worse about Oregon's selection of uniforms is how many of them involve a sort of grid pattern on the shoulders which makes the players look as though they have been run over by some type of industrial machinery.

Then there is the use of aggressive feather motifs. *shakes head*

My undergraduate degrees are from the UO. :)

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    Way to go for keeping on track over the holidays!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/3/2013 10:28PM

    good job on the weight during the holidays. hope all the sports plans come thru.

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READY4CHANGE81 1/3/2013 9:57PM

    Great Job keeping on track during the holidays!! emoticon emoticon

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