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Two! Two Miles! Ha ha ha!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Legs aren't quite happy with me, but after suggesting yesterday that I should consider going for a longer distance than one mile of wogging, I went two this evening, broken down as follows (12 laps for a mile):
walk 1 lap, run 4 laps, W1 R3 W1 R2 W3 R3 W2 R3 W1
First mile in 11:15, ran for 3/4ths of it, second one in 13:36, half run, half walk. So total run of 1.25 miles. Felt like I could have kept going, though once I did stop, I sat and read a couple of magazine articles, and then came home rather than doing anything else at the gym (played an hour of pickleball before).

Alrighty then.

Been weirded out a bit lately by the phenomenon of eating dinner, and then feeling hungry again within an hour or two. No, I haven't had any chinese food lately, so that particular is-it-myth-or-reality question doesn't come in to play. It's not my usual pattern, as the snackaging cravings used to hit later on in the evening back in the day. Wondering if the fact that I've often going to the gym in the early evening, prior to dinner, is playing any role in that? I have a couple of other suspects/theories, but that's the leader in the clubhouse for now.

And since I started this post in a Sesame Street mode, only fitting that I leave that way, too.

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BOPPY_ 2/14/2013 2:49AM

    I'm afraid to ask, but feel compelled, none-the-less; what's "pickleball"?


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CLPURNELL 2/12/2013 6:05PM

    emoticon emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/12/2013 6:03AM

    Two ... two ... two hooray for you!
emoticon job, really good times, I am afraid to "wog" yet ... fear of messing up my knees.


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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/11/2013 11:32PM

    Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street!

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KMM1123 2/11/2013 11:14PM

    Way to go! I don't know how you keep track of how many laps you do. If it was me, I just know I'd screw that up somehow. My mind tends to wander when I'm exercising. I'll oftentimes find myself accidentally inching towards the back end of the treadmill until I snap back to reality and have to frantically adjust my pace so I won't fall off. I'm surprised I haven't had a major incident yet.

Congrats on your 2 miles!

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EMMAEKAY 2/11/2013 9:32PM

    Nice! Yeah, I always work out in the early evenings before dinner and then I end up having a snack a few hours after dinner because my body just slurps that meal up due to recovery.

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ADARKARA 2/11/2013 9:31PM

    Love the Count! Ah ah ah!

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5FOOTRUNT 2/11/2013 9:16PM

    Gosh, if my little legs could carry me that far. Sounds like a job well done!

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relearning old tricks

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Played indoor volleyball this weekend, first time since early 2005. You know, before I hit my 30s? Saturday was fun. Sure, I had no idea where I was supposed to be moving on the court, but the people around me had no problem directing me, and actually letting me get involved. Today, less fun, as there were better skilled players on the less advanced court, and while they were fine with telling me where to go, they then treated that area as a black hole to never send the ball to. I pretty much stood around for three sets. Had one chance to hit the ball during the third, and I messed it up because, frankly, I was shocked the ball got sent my way, and I was slow to react. Played a 4th game, 3 on 3, screwed up often, and enjoyed it a lot.

Sorry, had to get that annoyance out of the system. Curious how I'll feel on Tuesday, the next opportunity to play v'ball, whether I'll bother.

Afterwards, went a mile alternating one walk lap and three jog laps, done in 11:49. Didn't have any issue running the quarter miles, but feel like I could string them together today. Not sure if it's mental or physical. Haven't gone beyond the mile yet, might be time to mess with increased distances.

Came home after that and watched the Harlem Globetrotters on espn. They used to get played on TV more often back in the day, and I made it to one of their games, must have been 2003 or 2004. Their shtick is still hilarious to me, even after all these years. I had to check, but. sadly, "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" isn't available on netflix streaming.

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CLPURNELL 2/11/2013 9:17PM


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ATTACKFATCAT 2/11/2013 11:12AM

    I used to play volleyball in high school and I really miss it. It stinks that the more advanced players didn't try to involve you more in the game. At the end of the day, people can't improve if they don't have the opportunity to participate. Maybe certain players play certain days, so hopefully you can find a schedule of days you enjoy playing more than others :)

And how can Netflix not have "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" but have "Killer Klowns from Outer Space." That seems like a crime to me. emoticon

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I'm counting out crack...

Saturday, February 09, 2013

…ers, that is, crackers. The two syllable word wouldn’t fit into the rhyme scheme of the song I was thinking of, “Counting Out Time”, by Genesis.

Not often a tune about oral sex gives inspiration for a weight loss related blog entry, but in this case, I happened to be reaching into a bag of cheez-its, and grabbing a handful, I found myself counting the number of crackers I had in hand. The reason is printed right there on every box, where it declares that a serving size is exactly 27 crackers, and my mind wandered off to the first verse of the song, “I’m counting out time/Got the whole thing down by numbers/All those numbers/give me guidance/oh lord I need that now.”

Instead of following Peter Gabriel to the bookstore for the manual, my brain thought instead of all the numbers we get to deal with in this journey, from the 8 glasses of water, to BMI and BMR and calorie counts, and the omnipresent digits of the scale. It’s the penultimate one that weighed on the mind this past evening, trying to figure out how much of a serving I was taking so as to properly record them in the tracker. Though a device that I largely ignored the first 15 months on spark, I’ve been using it more faithfully lately as part of the blc challenges. As with the water spiel yesterday, no immediate results have, umm, resulted, but I’ll keep going with it. The findings are interesting, if nothing else.

I'm curious, of all the digits and figures we have to pay attention to, which numbers bug you the most?

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CLPURNELL 2/11/2013 7:31PM

    BMI probably bugs me the most. Based on my build I probably will never have an ideal bmi.

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2BDYNAMIC 2/9/2013 12:36PM

    The numbers that show up on my bath scale is what bugs me the most!!! (I still swear they have been tampered with by a devious character whos name starts with an S ................ emoticon

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ATTACKFATCAT 2/9/2013 12:03PM

    I'd say the number on the scale for one. Sometimes when I've had a great week and feel great, that number just won't go down. Or even worse, it goes up. It bothers me less than it used to, because I've seen so many weeks of it refusing to cooperate that I'm more prepared for it, but it's still hard to shake it off sometimes.

Also my calorie percentage. Even if I completely obliterate my calorie intake, I still desperately try to keep my carbs under 50%. Because I know I'm going to be moody and miserable and it's going to be that much harder to accomplish workouts.

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 2/9/2013 11:32AM

    The BMI mostly. It's way too basic for all the different kinds of people out there.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/9/2013 11:27AM

    All of them.

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Sometimes you drink and drink and drink, and sometimes you fall.

Friday, February 08, 2013

And if what you're drinking and drinking and drinking is alcoholic, the two events may just be related. But I'm talking about water, a substance that I'd had, until recently, real issues with in terms of drinking 8 cups per day. Lately, I've managed to do so, even if a couple of days required a late night glass (or two!) that may or may not have led to my waking up in the middle of the night and having to take a leak. The title of this blog comes from my realization, just now, that I've only managed to put away two glasses of water by 6:30 PM.

Frankly, it's due to just not noticing. I don't actively feel thirsty, I don't drink. And maybe I'm just a naturally well hydrated person, just like Sally Brown had her naturally curly hair. Whatever the reason, the lack of active thirst is largely responsible for my failure to drink 8 cups of water for more of the time I've been on the site. Over the past two weeks, I've made it a point to drink that water regardless. Haven't really seen any difference, really, my skin hasn't miraculously blossomed, my hair hasn't turned lustrous, and I certainly haven't suddenly smashed through the weight plateau. But I've done it anyway, and plan to do so, more or less, going forward. Today's just going to have to be one of those "less" days, cuz I don't feel like facing the H2O bloat of cramming down 50 aqua oz in the next few short hours.

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KMM1123 2/8/2013 9:25PM

    Your additional water intake is probably still doing battle with your salt baby from the other day. Try and give it a little more time to focus on your lustrous locks. I bet pretty soon you'll be struttin' through town with your hair blowing in the wind and feeling like a super model.

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CLPURNELL 2/8/2013 8:40PM

    I drink out of a liter bottle which helps because all I have to drink is two of them and I have my 8 cups.

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ADARKARA 2/8/2013 8:05PM

    I try and get my 8 glasses in before I leave work for the day, that way I don't have to worry about drinking too late. But then again yesterday I had 15 cups of water... so I don't really have that problem, lol.

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RUSSELL1960 2/8/2013 7:40PM

    Been there with the late night realization that my little Spark People Tracker cup isn't full. I've become a drinker too and strangely after having done it now for several months, I do get thirsty now if I don't drink enough. It seems my body likes the water after all.

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ANDY_54 2/8/2013 6:43PM

    Oof and cramming down all that water only means you'll pee all night, or want to anyway. One of the many take home lessons from SP--don't drink too late in the evening! Good luck tomorrow!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/8/2013 6:40PM

    Your blogs always put the funniest images in my head.

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I never meant to be so bad to you

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Got the radio on, "Heat of the Moment" by Asia comes on, and that first line triggers a bit of thinking on the "how I got here" (weight wise) topic.


Little flashbacks to being a bit pudgy around the middle in high school, a soccer coach commenting on it while helping me off the pitch after an injury. Recalling back to college, and the all too infrequent trips to the gym. Remembering seeing a stat somewhere along the line that 25% of Americans eat out at least once a day, and scoffing at it at the time, and years later, remembering that info, and realizing that I totally fit the profile. Wonder what that percentage is up to now? Didn't help having a job that provided a cheap cafeteria with good (both taste and quality, if not always healthful), and using it for lunch daily, and then going out for dinner. Having an ex-girlfriend who could cook, and enjoying her efforts. All too infrequent gym trips through the first 60% of my 30s.

Yeah, that all added up. Sure, summers, I'd be playing ultimate frisbee and softball, and every now and again, I'd play a semi-regular game of basketball. But it didn't keep pace with what I was putting in me foodwise. It wasn't until I found this place that I really started paying attention to the details, rather than shoveling down whatever was in front of me. Granted, it hasn't entirely stopped me from shoveling down whatever's in front of me, but at least I'm paying attention to the details while wielding that shovel.

That said...I'm still not entirely sure to what degree the site itself is responsible. I mean, the information that's available here is also available elsewhere, whether it's the nutritional stuff or the exercise info. I just needed an excuse to do the right things, and I jumped in on spark at a point when I was ready to do so. The "FREE" nature of spark people certainly helped, as I suspect any effort at weight watchers would have been defeated by annoyance at having to pay for something that I wasn't entirely committed to. The fact that I could dabble around the edges, that certainly helped, too, letting me feel it out before deciding, yeah, this is useful.

Whatever the reason, however much of my success over the past 502 days is due to spark people as a website, I'm glad it exists. And if you're reading this, I'm glad you exist, too. Couldn't have done it without you.

Asia's version of the title song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYZq_

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/8/2013 9:04PM

    Thank you for adding me back :) ... so true emoticon 's make a whole lot of difference

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1DERLAND14 2/8/2013 6:32PM

    SO TRUE! Thanks for sharing your insight! emoticon

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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/7/2013 6:34PM

    Woohoo! You're glad I exist ?

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1CRAZYDOG 2/7/2013 6:09PM

    Exactly ! I did MANY diets (equalling feeling totally deprived! And probably a little depraved as well). I did do Weight Watchers and I had that exact reaction . . . got resentful of paying. There was definitelly nothing in the way of resources to learn like there is on SP. Honestly, too, I felt much shaming if there wasn't a loss or worse yet (GASP) a gain! Did NOT work well for me. Not at all.

So, it definitely is all about being ready to do the work that needs to be done, and that doesn't always travel in a straight line. In fact, there's many detours! But that's alright Life is like that. Keep pushing!

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KENNEDYAMBER81 2/7/2013 3:29PM

    i totally agree with you! great insight! :)

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    I can't decide if it's me or the site either. I like to think it's a combination of things. I think yourself + spark + spark community = success!!

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EMMAEKAY 2/7/2013 3:24PM

    Yeah, I'm not sure what the difference is... if it's in me, or in the site. But this attempt at health has been infinitely more successful than all the others of my life. I'm sure it's both, in a lot of ways. But the fact that there are always people here to answer questions and offer encouragement is a big part of being succesful, I think.

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PRIZM96 2/7/2013 3:16PM

    And I'm super thankful for Spark too, cause without it, I wouldn't meet such awesome people, like YOU! :-)

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