Sunday, February 03, 2013
Well, it's a (NEW) but humble beginning to a new running streak. I want to thank all of you for the kind words regarding the end of my running streak. I did, as you all suggested, and got right back on the horse - my new and (as I said) humble streak now stands at 8 days (a whole week LOL).
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Well, I knew it was coming sooner of later. I had a hell-of-a streak going. I ran at least 20 minutes per day for 956 consecutive days (over 2.5 years) and didn't miss a cardio workout for over a thousand days. I credit the streaks to a combination of being scared (to miss a day - it's always easier to miss the second and then the third) and luck - I didn't get hurt or sick in all that time (at least not enough to miss a workout).
The injury and sick report is the best news, I credit the good health to Spark People. But, it happened, I got the flu and had to sit it out.
Oh Well, time for a new streak!
Saturday, July 28, 2012
As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I have been deeply involved in alumni activities at my former HS. I helped found the Sports Hall of Fame and serve on the selection committee as well as being a member of the PHS Foundation. Iíve really enjoyed getting back into the swing of things and helping to move the HS forward and develop Community and Alumni Support.
A couple of years ago, two of our more outgoing and supportive alum (Proudly, theyíre members of my 1976 graduating class), started planning a reunion. Our class sizes in the 70ís only reached numbers of mid 200ís to mid 300ís, so they thought it would increase turn out and fun to invite the classes that graduated immediately before and after ours.
As they started planning, their enthusiasm increased as did the size of their ideas. At length, the reunion turned into a reunion for the decade of the 70ís (all 10 classes). They also thought it a great idea to combine the reunion with a chance for us all to give back Ė they infused the idea to make the reunion a combination fund raiser to help secure field lights for the high school (PHS is the only school in the City without lights).
Well, last weekend the reunion kicked off. Instead of a dinner-dance type of affair, they turned it into an event which reminded us of the old concert ďDAY ON THE GREENSĒ from the 1970ís at the Oakland Coliseum. They had a large stage (two bands played 70ís music and the groups included alumni) with GREAT entertainment. There was food and entertainment areas (YES, there were adult liquid refreshments), large tents to visit in, a large open grassy area to relax and dance.
The day was great. We had a turn out of over 1000 alumni, many from far flung states like NY, Florida, Kansas, and from other countries like the Dominican Republic. We rekindled old relationships, met and visited with others of like backgrounds and (all in all) I had one of the greatest days in recent memory.
The set up and take down was just as much fun as the reunion itself, with many alumni volunteering to arrive early and stay late to help.
We even made a human ďPeace SignĒ which was photographed from the air (Now; isnít that a 70ís thing to do). I just wanted to pass my experience on and suggest that those of you with small HS classes might think of trying the same thing Ė You wonít regret it.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Iím going to ramble a little, so ÖÖÖ.., Iím going to break up this blog post into three parts which Iíll post during the next three days:
Part 1 Ė Background:
Ever since I changed my lifestyle, lost weight, and began my way back to continuous good health, I have been mostly successful with maintaining my good eating habits. I occasionally cheat, but over time (Iíve gotten away from the scale, at least day to day), my diet evens out and Iíve maintained by body weight and good health for more than two years now. When I first met my weight goal, Iíd heard a safety net idea which I put into place. I have a 5 lb. trigger and if/when I ever go 5 pounds over my ideal weight (even if I suspect it might be water weight), I drop back into really good eating habits (with healthy weight loss goals), increase my workouts a little, and in about a week or two, Iím back to ďfighting weight.Ē This plan allows me to deal with potential weight and eating habit problems quickly, without letting them get out of hand. Thankfully, until recently, Iíve only had to use this plan once.
Recently however, I hit my safety net target (and a little over - 6 lbs.). My safety net plan stopped the slide, but in a monthís time, I wasnít able to creep back to my normal weight. TOMARROW, Part 2 Ė THE REVELATION
After finishing my ramble, I realized it wan't as long as I suspected it was going to be - So here's the rest.
Part 2: The revelation
Yesterday, I told you Iíd let about 6 lbs. creep back on and my safety net plan to immediately drop the weight wasnít working. When I realized my plan wasnít working, I sat and thought long and hard about why this might be. At first, I didnít come to any clear understanding of possible reasons, then it hit me: Iíd let a bad habit creep up and hadnít really even realized it. As I told you yesterday, I let myself indulge in the occasional cheat (a cookie here and there, or an extra portion occasionally), but Ė I always tracked it and, like I said, over time my good habits evened out.
A week ago, however, I suddenly caught myself (realization) Iíd just broken of my second small piece of cookie (in about an hourís time) and, since Iíd rationalized (A VERY BAD WORD WHEN IT COMES TO HABITS) as just a taste, I didnít track it. When I realized this, a revelation hit me, these little cheats were adding up on me. I wasnít tracking and accounting for them. For example: over the course of a month, eating an extra 250 calories per day (above your needs for good nutrition and health) will total more than 7500 calories Ė more than two lbs. of weight gain. I found Iíd fallen back into rationalization, the enemy mind set of any type of addiction. And mind this; I firmly believe cheating is a symptom of boredom and addiction.
TOMORROW, Part 3 Ė UNDESTANDING and coping.
Part 3: Understanding and coping
Many of you know I come from a Law Enforcement background and worked Narcotics for many years. During my time spent in Narcotics, I struggled with understanding addiction and my definition of addiction was always evolving. What I came to understand (and what I needed to focus on in dealing with my current minor weight gain) is that Addiction is: The habitual and compulsive behavior of an individual despite the knowledge and understanding of adverse results and affects.
In my current situation, I let a bad habit establish itself despite my knowledge of the adverse effects. In other works, Iíd let rationalization allow me to let a bad habit creep back into my behavior despite my understanding and knowledge of what would result.
As a result of my Revelation and Understanding Ė Iíve dismissed my rationalizations and gone back to taking things one day at a time (doing the best one can), and recommitted to exact food tracking. Food tracking is the one tool I credit with most of my success. As of today, Iím within 3 lbs. of my comfort weight and Iím confident Iíve reestablished my commitment to avoid addictive behavior.
NOTE 1: With everything said, I still also firmly believe you canít lead your life on a scale: Success is measured over time and if you commit to eating right, things will even out. Track, Track, Track, and if you overdo it here and there, your tracking will allow you to assure that things are evening out. This is something Iíll have to do for the rest of my life.
NOTE 2: My blog of the past couple of days involved eating and food Ė Donít forget ďDAILY EXERCISEĒ and ďHEALTHY LIFESTYLE PRACTICES.Ē
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Just a quick blog note here to say my thanks. Thank the lord for giving our family time together. My daughter is home from college (where she is completing a 5 year phD program) for a visit and my son is also at home. At our age, my wife and I are surely thankful for the opportunity to have our children in our home (if only for a few minutes) and for our health which allows us the opportunity to fully enjoy the their visit.
PS - We should all be thankful to whomever (or whatever) we believe govern our lives - Be it Our Lord, or simply the good luck of fate. Surely we can spare time to say thanks for any good fortune which comes our way.
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