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Like a drunken rat on a treadmill

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Friday night’s trip to the gym included a stop on the treadmill. Now, this doesn’t sound all that out of the ordinary, except me and the treadmill, we don’t get along. Me and running don’t get along, but there’s something about the treadmill, any activity on it, and my ankles and shins whine about it. So I’m not sure why I wandered over to the treadmill area after I hopped off the elliptical.

I suppose it might have been as a way of avoiding the stepper, which is a piece of equipment that was used in the PT clinic I went to after tearing up my knee back in 2000, and which I’ve never used since. I’ve thought about it on the occasions I’ve been to this gym, and likely would have given it a shot – after all, it’s right in front of the TVs permanently tuned to EPSN (I haven’t actually tested that theory yet) – but for the fact that Wednesday, I had a massive flashback to those rehab days, upon seeing a piece of equipment that, to the best of my recollection, I haven’t seen since that clinic. It was one of those machines for hip flexion/extension, where the bar extends over the standing platform, and you either push up with your quad, or you hitch a leg up over it, and use the hammies to pull the bar down. The flashback wasn’t disturbing, nor did using the machine hurt or really bring back bad memories, but it was enough to maybe put off the stepper until next week. Maybe.

So, in lieu of stepping out, I treaded…ummm…mill. A week or more ago, I had a thought that I might try jogging this year, maybe learn how to run a bit, so I set the treadmill speed at 4 miles per hour, a not very fast 15 minute mile pace, not much more than a walking pace. I mean, after all, there are kids who finish entire 5K races in that time. Sure, they’re freaks of nature, but if they could do three and change in 15 minutes, then surely I can do a mile in that time. Now, I wasn’t really thinking that I would indeed do this 15 minute mile, partly due to the treadmill issues detailed here, as well as fact that I severely doubt I can run a mile straight at this point. I used to play soccer as a kid, through high school, and to this day, unless I’m chasing something, I hate running. It can be a ball, or a Frisbee, but I need something to go after in order to make running worth it. I hear running types talk about a runner’s high, and I’m convinced they must be smoking something. But I plugged in 4 mph, and off I went nowhere.

For two minutes, I kept running, and I didn’t feel my ankle say a thing, and I wondered if I could make it to 5. Unfortunately, I hadn’t accounted for technology conspiring against me. Exactly 2 minutes in, the treadmill demanded that I give them a heart rate, because unbeknownst to me, I’d signed up for a program of constant heart rate on that machine. And, having just completed a spell on the elliptical, the two minutes of jogging already had my heart rate higher than their arbitrarily chosen 119 BPM. So the treadmill slowed down to allow my heart rate to relax to that standard. Since my heart was going up in the 130s, it slowed down another 3couple times, until it was convinced that I was within its preferred range. 3.4 MPH. Too slow for running. Very comfortable walking speed.
So I played its game, walking for the rest of the 20 minutes I’d chosen. But it wasn’t through mocking me, no sir. All the machines at this gym have a default 5 minute cool down period, with the elliptical, for example, choosing a low but constant resistance for that time. The treadmill scoffed at constancy, choosing instead to decrement its speed by 0.5 mph for each minute of the cool down. So, from 3.4 down to 2.9, down to 2.4 and so on. The last minute of that trek was spent at 0.9 MPH, or as the treadmill so condescendingly informed me, on a 66.5 minutes per mile pace.

Sure, I could have jumped off at any time, but I wasn’t about to let that sucker get the best of me. I was going to ride that ride the full 20 minutes plus the cool down, and by golly, that’s what I did.

So, yeah, the first running ‘adventure’ netted me about 2 minutes of running. When I got off the machine, I was a bit disconcerted to find myself wobbly, as if I’d just returned to land after being on a boat for a while. It’s been long enough that I’ve avoided treadmills that I can’t recall if that’s how I usually react.

On another note, the transparent yet mirrored glass of the cardio room didn’t much help matters, as it revealed a rather unwieldy guy lumping along on the treadmill. Despite the modest loss to date, my belly and my butt remain, well, sizable. I saw a fitness site describe my shape as “skinny fat”, where you wouldn’t say I was obese if you looked just at my arms (no problem circling my fingers around my wrist for example), but take a peek at the trunk, and you’ll see where the weight sits. I’ve always had the issue of having Medium arms, and an XL belly (XXL at the start of this trip). According to the reflection in the window, where me and my big butt were just trundling along, that hasn’t changed a bit. But hey, there’s another bit of motivation. Time to throw it on the pile, and see if it burns.

  
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CLPURNELL 1/14/2013 3:48AM

    LOL. I love the treadmill battle! that was awesome lol

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ALBATROSS925 1/13/2013 9:22PM

    Ooooh, I hate the treadmill! There is something about how fast (slow) I'm going in my mind that doesn't really work with the reality of how the treadmill is moving. I can run on, you know, the ground, just fine. Get me on a treadmill though and it's all uncoordinated arm spasms and weird little jumps.

Only the elliptical is safe, my friend.

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CATTUTT 1/12/2013 4:01PM

    This entry cracked me up. I see your treadmill problems, up them by a treadmill fear. I have never actually been on a treadmill because they scare me. God knows why.

And good job shrinking from XXL to XL!

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2BDYNAMIC 1/12/2013 10:45AM

    Histerical!! emoticon Made me laugh for sure!! How well I relate to those 'innocent appearing' machines! Don't believe it either!! I was using a 'killer machine ..... a treadmill that you could really hike UP like you were climbing Mt. Everest!! .......... At least in the mirror, you could see your face turning beet red ............. BUT here's the downsize ........... after a few killer workouts, I discovered the condition in BOTH feet worsened to the point where I had to get a 'walking CAST!!! ........... That was really FUN at work clumping along !! .......... And of course, you must wear a hideous Orthopedic shoe on the OTHER foot ......... no cute little petite shoe!! ............ Anyway, the physical therapist I was being treated by told me emphatically to stay OFF THE BLASTED treadmill ................ It got it's name KILLER cos it really WAS!! .................. I am still on the mend ....... Now when I walk by the thing, I scowl and say: "I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!" ...........

Last .......... emoticon for the cvomment on my blog ........ (Positive self talk) so don't let those mirrors tell you anything but: DANG!! I AM SMOKIN HOT!!! ............. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/12/2013 8:40AM

    Oh yeah . . . gotta hate tose darn mirrors that won't lie like in Cinderella (or Cinderfella!) **SIGH** Having had a knee replacement 5 yrs. ago and going thru that rehab, I have an allergy to many of the machines you find in gyms too. Hence, I prefer my work out DVD's, free weights, resistance banc, BOSU ball, Swiss Ball, and just plain walking!

You'll find your niche.

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ANDY_54 1/12/2013 8:24AM

    LOL Love the blog! I'm a treadmill junkie, the streets harbor all my fears of somehow racking up my knees again (I felt for your rehab session). But soon I'll have to get out there because I signed up for a race. D'oh! And the fear of wasting $$ is slightly higher than my fear of running outside. My TM (yep we own one, it's out in the barn) is called Lucy--she can be a harsh mistress. emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 1/12/2013 7:59AM

    the blog name made me smile! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 1/12/2013 1:29AM

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Sounds like you made the fateful error of picking the "Fat Burn" program. I usually do manual just so the silly thing CAN'T make me walk that slow.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 1/12/2013 1:06AM

    This made me laugh. Also, it made me realize why I despise the gym, those frikkin' mirrors. At least in my living room (I do workout DVDs) I don't have to worry about those awful mirrors taunting me and disfiguring me (more... than I already am!). Even all the times I have had a gym membership, that treadmill can go walk itself off a cliff. I hate it! I'll take the elliptical any day.

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Reality is something that you rise above

Friday, January 11, 2013

Turns out the quote is attributed to Liza Minelli. I know it from the Marillion song, “Rich”, which also posits, in the very next line, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VyCE
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And then there’s the line from “Totem” by Rush, which declares, “I believe that what I’m feeling changes how the world appears”.
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I believe both statements. How you or I feel about any given situation will usually color our judgment and action in relation to it. There are exceptions, of course, people who can truly act without regard to their personal feelings (lawyers defending criminals they know to be guilty comes to mind first). But most of the time, we act and react based on how we feel.

On a macro level, it certainly played a role in my checking out this site, finally feeling like the weight train had gone too far down the wrong track. On a smaller level, though, there are a lot of individual decisions, driven by how we’re feeling on any given day, that might help or hinder our getting to where we want to go. Things like going to the gym, or grabbing extra cookies, all affected by the mood of the moment, subject to the tone of the day, buffeted by longer terms winds.

Haven’t got the solutions; if I did, I wouldn’t have the problems, right? Just thinking out loud, brought about by one of my answers on the quizzes I posted yesterday, where I couldn’t decide which of my many self-perceived flaws I hated worst. Just made me think, not for the first time, about the impact that negative self-image might be having on a day to day basis. Writing that particular thought down in a publicly consumable manner for the first time, so that’s different.

And, as ever when I express these doubts on here, I feel compelled to state that I’m not doing this for any pity or sympathy, just to have it out there for myself to look back upon. Eventually, I’ll feel free to vent without such a disclaimer.

  
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CLPURNELL 1/11/2013 9:57PM

    You are right every decision and experience we have shapes our personal reality! Very deep blog today!

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50 Shades of the ABCs

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Saw REDDBETSY do one of these get to know me memes (The ABCs), and suggested she should have done a combo with this title. She told me to do my own, so, umm, I did!

Stealing the title back for myself, and doing both 50 questions and ABCs, since well, that’s where the title comes from, rather than any overimaginative love life.

If you make it to the end, you’ll know more about me than you ever wished you did.

A - Available or married: Available
B - Book: “Forrest Gump” and “The Godfather”, two instances where the movies do the books justice.
C - Cake or pie: Pie. Even better than death: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNjcu
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D - Drink of choice: Faygo Rock n’ Rye
E - Essential item: Computer
F - Favorite color: Blue. Lifelong Michigan fan, might have something to do with it…Go Blue!
G - Game to play or watch: Ultimate Frisbee to play, hockey to watch
H - Hometown: Ypsilanti, Michigan
I - Indulgence: too many
J - Job: none at the moment. You hiring?
K - Kids and names: Not applicable
L - Life is incomplete without: Music
M - Music group or singer: Rush, Dream Theater. A guy named Fish for a solo artist.
N - Number of siblings: 1 brother, Soumya
O - Oranges or apples: Oranges. Though…can you make a pie out of ‘em?
P - Phobias/fears: Drowning
Q - Favorite quote: “If you can’t take it with you then what’s the use? I never saw a U-Haul being pulled behind a hearse.”― From the song, “Cynical” by the band Extreme www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtlhQ
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R - Reason to smile: My nephew, Sohan. 20 months old.
S - Season: Summer. Gotta cherish the good weather living in the upper Midwest.
T - Tattoos: None.
U - Unknown fact about me: Entirely defeating the purpose of the question, but…I can claim shepherding experience.
V - Vegetable you love: love might be to strong an emotion, but I’m very fond of cauliflower.
W - Worst habit: Procrastination
X - X-rays: A few. Teeth. Knee. Ankle. Hand. Face.
Y - Your favorite food: Pizza
Z – Zodiac sign: Gemini. (Born on the border, so some hororscopes say Taurus. They are wrong.)

50 Questions:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Kind of, yes. A god. Seriously. “Partha Sarathi” (first and middle) refers to Hindu deity Krishna, in his role as charioteer (Sarathi) for Arjun (Partha) during the battle mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita portion of the Mahabharata (one of the two major ancient Indian epics). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gita

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Not sure. Movies can cause me to spill a tear or two easily enough (like when we beat the Russians in Miracle, which I watched a couple of weeks ago), but out and out crying hasn’t happened in a long time.
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3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No, not distinctive enough. And rather messy, too.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Honey ham

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? No

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? It slips out on occasion

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Sure, why not?

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cinnamon Toast Crunch

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Not if I can help it

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? No

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Mint Chocolate Chip

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Eyes, probably

15. RED OR PINK? Red – lived in Madison, home of the Badgers, for 9 years, closet has a few red items as a result

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Geez, where do I start?

17. DREAM VACATION: Egypt, perhaps? So much history.

18. WHAT IS THE SPARK FEATURE THAT HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST? The people

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Barefoot at the moment.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Fake cheez-its (store brand, reduced fat, the type that makes you wonder, “why am I even bothering with this flavorless cardboard stuff?”)

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Music on random, right now spinning the Suicidal Tendencies song, “What Else Could I Do?” www.youtube.com/watch?v=D87R6
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22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Burnt Umber – closest shade for self-portraits when I was a little kid.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Apple Cinnamon

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My brother

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? Beach House. Just not on a hurricane prone beach.

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Hockey

27. HAIR COLOR? Black. A very few grays.

28. EYE COLOR? Brown

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No

30. FAVORITE FOOD? Pizza

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Scary movies

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? This Film is Not Yet Rated, documentary on the MPAA’s arbitrary rating system

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? White…wearing the ugly t-shirt! (a highly questionable prize for checking in on facebook 25 times from my former gym…it’s hideous and I wear it with pride. Just not out in public!)

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Cookies

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO? The latter.

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? Computer. Though the tv is necessary for being a sports junkie…hmm…

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
When March Went Mad (about the Magic/Bird 1979 NCAA championship game), A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? No mouse, so, uh, nothing!

41. ANY TATTOOS? No

42. FAVORITE SOUND? The loser trombone from the price is right. Cracks me up for some reason. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ytCE
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43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Rolling Stones

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? India. The Taj Mahal is one of those places that no matter what expectations you take with you, the reality is even better.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? no

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Ann Arbor, MI

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? Ypsilanti, MI

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE? I live in a brown house

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR? Silver

50. ANY PETS? Nope. My old roommates didn’t let me steal their dogs when I moved.


If you made it all the way through, that might qualify you for a masochist badge, which would fit nicely with the title of this entry. But my life, sadly, is far, far tamer than what I've heard about those books.

  
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PUNKY100 1/11/2013 3:29PM

    Masochist badge, eh? I think I already have one of those ;-)

And your life is far more entertaining...as far as I can tell, you don't just say 'oh my gosh' and bite your lip a lot :-P

This blog was much better written than those books ;-)

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KMM1123 1/11/2013 1:09AM

    Since it's no longer a secret, I think we all deserve the story behind your shepherding experience...

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KING_SLAYER 1/10/2013 10:10PM

    Where do I get my masochist badge?? I think everyone over the age of about 15 has had to have a few x-rays. I've had too many to count! MRI's are easier to keep track of, at last count I'd had 7 of those!

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CLPURNELL 1/10/2013 4:35PM

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GARDENCHRIS 1/10/2013 10:57AM

    okay! emoticon

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CATTUTT 1/10/2013 10:54AM

    Well... aside from the Michigan thing... good blog! {I live in Columbus. :-p}

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KJDINSC 1/10/2013 8:37AM

    That was a fun read!

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ZOEANAEL 1/10/2013 8:23AM

    Made it through! I should do this too!

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FLEURGARDEN 1/10/2013 7:24AM

    Go Blue! :-)

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The perfect cookie is...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

...a mystery to me. Depends on what I'm looking for, really, doesn't it? I can name a favorite cookie (Keebler's grasshoppers, girl scout thin mints), but these days, the standard of perfection lies in a different direction. I'm looking for that cookie that is delicious, but not irresistible. One that I turn to when I need a sweet treat, but not one that I'd desire immediately when my eyes fell upon its box. One that's there for me, but won't weigh me down, hold me back...wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah, cookies!

I'll tell you one that does not do the trick, the Kroger (upper midwest grocery chain) brand peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. They're a bit too delicious, to where I find myself grabbing a couple every few hours. It's a good thing when the store brand is a buck cheaper and better than what I remember the chips ahoy pb/cc tasting like. It's not a good thing when they won't last very long.

On the opposite end, it's can't be too bland, or too blase. Graham crackers just won't cut it, not without some accoutrements. And when you add chocolate and marshmallows to the mix, you've kind of defeated the purpose. There are other cookies that wouldn't cause me to reach for the box every time I pass by, like pecan sandies, but, seriously, does anyone actually like those things? This sort of thing ain't my bag, baby. (Cue chorus of sandie defenders in 3...2...1...)

So what is that perfect cookie, delicious enough to satisfy the occasional desire, and stolid enough to withstand cursory attention?

Wouldn't mind hearing nominations, or what you consider your own favorite cookie.

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Tonight's music is Rush, the Hold Your Fire album, but I'm compelled to share this video instead...a PMV done of their classic, 2112. And if you're not familiar with PMV, as I just found out from google a half hour ago, it's like anime, but done entirely with cartoon pony stuff...so, this vid is Rush, set to My Little Pony video...and it's bizarrely fantastic...

It's the whole song, 20+ minutes, so if limited for time or not a Rush fan (blasphemy!), just check out the Temples of Syrinx part, from about 3:30-6:15.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIABaWK5_Ys

  
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CLPURNELL 1/9/2013 9:35PM

    I am an oatmeal raisin fan myself. I have a weakness for thin mints lol.

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SARAALINE 1/9/2013 1:29PM

    I haven't had Pecan Sandies in ages. My great grandmother (from Biloxi Mississippi by way of Mobile Alabama) always had a thing of them on top of the fridge. I remember them being really good. I might have to buy a box now....

Also, we've got Kroger here in Virginia, not just limited to the upper midwest anymore. Y'all got any Piggly Wigglies?

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3016DEBRA 1/9/2013 12:51PM

  CHOCOLATE CHIP, PEOPLE!!! C'MON.....nothing is better than a warm gooey chocolate chip right out of the oven. emoticon emoticon

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 1/9/2013 12:24PM

    Ginger Snaps... but they have to be soft ones, or it's just wrong. Graham crackers with a little peanut butter is delightful.

RUSH!! Love it. I just saw them a couple of months ago... amazing. A real treat for the eyes and ears!! Crazy musicianship.

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GENTLEDSOUL 1/9/2013 11:41AM

    I agree with some of the others too though. Cookies and many baked goods are trigger foods for me. I try not to keep much if any in the house. I have been experimenting with homemade healthier cookies though. Some good results over christmas, but it can still be tough when you have a whole batch just sitting there. Even healthified cookies aren't going to be good for you by the dozen.

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GENTLEDSOUL 1/9/2013 11:38AM

    I like almonettes if I want a full on cookie. I nibble around the iced part to make it last longer.

Also for small adjustable portions I like Annie's Bunny Grahams. They are like a tiny animal cracker and come in cinnamon, chocolate chip, and chocolate versions (at least). They are usually with the organic stuff at my store. A serving of 28 cookies (they are like an inch across but its still a lot! ) is only 140 calories, but for a cookie fix I can just grab 5-10 and not be in bad shape. I have also used them to add to air popped cinnamon popcorn for a sweet munchie treat with more volume.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/9/2013 11:32AM

    1. Ginger Snaps

2. Salerno Butter Cookies

3. PECAN SANDIES -- there -- I said it! LOL

4. Fig Newtons

All those nominations put forth, I don't keep these in the house anyway -- for me, it's just as the questions posed -- could be one cookie away from a binge!

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JKPONYGIRL 1/9/2013 8:41AM

    Graham crackers don't cut it, but that is the whole point! If you have something that does cut it, then you want to eat it, maybe all of it. Along those lines, 'Nilla wafers aren't so hot either but maybe just a little sweeter. I have been tryig to train myself to go for grapes or someother smalll, easy to grab fruit instead of a cookie.
Good luck with your search!
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KJDINSC 1/9/2013 7:24AM

    How about Fig Newtons? They're good, but not terribly decadent. Good luck... I'm not safe around any cookies!

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KMM1123 1/9/2013 1:35AM

    Thanks, now I've got a hankerin' for some ginger snaps (my own nomination for a solid cookie choice) and more My Little Pony videos.

No joke - when I was little, I was friends with a girl simply because she had an awesome collection of My Little Pony dolls. It's just wrong what a seven year old me would do to further my imaginative play sessions...
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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/9/2013 1:33AM

    Homemade ones are the best!

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JUSTLLAMA 1/9/2013 1:31AM

    Mmmm...cookies!

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SLIMINDOWN31 1/9/2013 1:26AM

    Tat is the question. What can we eat w/out slipping into a complete binge.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 1/9/2013 1:23AM

    Um, I friggin' love cookies.

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SNAKATTAK!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Tonight's title brought to you by KMFDM. The second half of it, anyway.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4ne0Vy2oFY
The first bit refers to a quick pit stop made at the store between the gym and home to remedy an appalling lack of appealing junk food in the latter location. Perhaps it was to be expected that the proceeds of that pit stop found themselves disappearing down my gullet later on in the evening? Well, that's what they're there for, their value measured solely in noms. Well, their positive value, anyway.

Negative values were probably counteracted at the gym today, where I experienced pickleball for the first time. As far as a description, the video from the CBS early show from a couple of years ago does it justice with, "A combination of tennis, ping pong and badminton".

www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2KNhIgOkXM

It's basically mini tennis played on a badminton sized court, so a lot less running, which is great for me. I used to play tennis, but haven't swung a racket in maybe 5 or more years. Also used to play a fair bit of table tennis, having grown up with a table in the basement, but again, I haven't played that in many years. So I went into it with a basic familiarity with racket sports. That said, the long non-participation has robbed me of any court sense, and the fact that the pickleball paddle is about half the length of a tennis racket, well, that led to a few hilarious whiffs early on.

While I wasn't very good, I wasn't horrible either, for the first time playing a sport. The competition (8-10 others, who apparently play pretty regularly) was mostly older, including one guy who I'd guess was in his mid 70s. Apparently, the game has appeal to older people for the tennis like gameplay within a smaller area. Not sure why that distinction needs to be made; I mean, after all, I like the less running part, too.

Though it does occupy a smaller space, that doesn't mean you can't get a good sweat going, as I certainly did. Playing 90 minutes, using muscles long dormant (lots of quick reflex action at the net, plenty of impromptu lunging and squatting to get to and dig balls over the net, etc), all that is a recipe for aches tomorrow. Probably didn't help that I rode the stationary bike, did some minimal strength (a few squats, lunges, and crunches), and shot a few basketball thereafter. I think I'll wait until a subsequent Tuesday to see if anyone shows up for the 7 AM ultimate frisbee session advertised on the gym corkboard.

  
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CLPURNELL 1/9/2013 9:33PM

    It looks fun!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 1/8/2013 11:31PM

    Pickleball does sound fun!!

I didn't even make it past the first line of this blog without having to go look up "Drug Against War".... thanks!! I hadn't heard that song in FOREVER.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/8/2013 10:53AM

    My kids loved pickleball! Never played myself, but does sound like fun.

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LEXIE63 1/8/2013 7:19AM

    That pickleball looks so much fun! I, too, have played both table tennis and actual tennis when I was younger. I really miss the tennis but know my shoulder isn't up to that anymore. I wonder if pickleball will make it over here. :-) Hmmm...

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