Sunday, April 03, 2011
An Egyptian cobra was recently missing in the Bronx Zoo, and some interesting tweets started appearing... listen to the coverage by NPR and have a good laugh for the day!
P.S. The cobra has been located and apparently was never out of the snake house.
The SNL skit did not do this story justice this weekend. The tweets really are funny!
Here's the NPR link:
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Another month down, time to reassess.
I've exceeded my calorie range too many days this month, and will be adjusting my menus and spacing of meals so I won't feel so hungry. Need to continue cooking for myself rather than eating out, where portions and ingredients are less within my control.
Exercise was above average, with three events completed - a new experience for me. In the past, doing a 5K would involve a couple of weeks recovery. Now, I'm back at it within a couple of days, even after a half marathon distance. Using the 5k training programs on SP to transition from walker to runner with intervals. Looking forward to more events in the coming months.
Since I needed more help to lose weight, I've joined Duke integrative Medicine. Turns out the support far surpasses my expectations! I am going through orientation sessions, and will have lots to report in April. Took a Pilates class today, will try yoga tomorrow, and have the trainer show me around the gym next Tuesday. I fully expect to see weight loss and will practice my new skills in order to maintain the weight loss long term.
Spring is officially here, but the recent temperature drop and rain have prevented me from getting outdoors as much as I'd hoped. Looking forward to turning that around, and riding my bike more often. Will also be tending to the lawn and garden.
My daughter graduates in May, and even though I will not be anywhere near my goal weight, I can make progress between now and then so that I am not hiding behind people in the inevitable photographs. And with a huge smile on my face.
So come on, April - bring it!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Jean Auel has published the sixth novel in her series featuring the heroine Ayla!
Before Harry Potter, these were the massive tomes eagerly awaited by fans.
Starting with Clan of the Cave Bear, the major progressions of human civilization apparently were attributable to this amazing medicine woman - from using fire, communication in words and sign language, domesticating animals like wolves and horses, improving hunting tools and strategies, herbal medicine, and travel across the Eurasian continent. Ayla does it all.
And it didn't hurt that she found her soul mate in the equally awesome Jondalar, sigh!
So how delirious was I to discover the final novel has been published and was available already?!
Partly due to the extensive research required, partly due to depression, partly due to grandmother-hood, Jean Auel's novels had become farther and farther spaced out, with only a hope that she would complete the series as originally envisioned.
Even though some reviews have not been kind, the fans of the series will appreciate having the chance to enter the world of Ayla, Jondalar and the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii once again - just like visiting old friends. Thank you, Jean Auel, for these treasures!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
I'm excited March is nearly over and April is a new beginning (each month is a chance to reassess). Short term goals - get the scale to move SOUTH!
March was remarkable for doing challenging events 3 weekends straight - something new for me, and a sign of fitness progress. How much more will I enjoy it when I don't have to carry the extra weight!
Tuesday I meet with my physician at Duke Integrative Health to get started on my goals for the upcoming twelve months. I plan to reach my goal weight and maintain it. I'm sure the nutritionist and chef will both play big roles in reaching these goals. Yay, cooking lessons!
I'm turning in early tonight. Hope you all have a productive week. Spring has sprung, let's make the best of it!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
First, some background on my journey so far…
January 1, 2010 I got up and walked to Major, the bull statue in downtown Durham.
5K there, 5K back. I continued to walk, learned about Chi Walking and Running, and participated in the Komen Race for the Cure 5K in June. However, I was not seeing the progress I wanted.
So June 26 I joined SP and registered for The Oaks Half Marathon November 7. I’d never gone more than 8K in an actual race before or more than the 10K I was walking. It gave me a reason to be more consistent with my exercise.
I finished the Oaks in less than 3 hours 40 minutes despite a cold. However, I was really sick for the next two weeks, and exercise had to wait. Since then it has been a challenge to continue to exercise, and my 10K walks were a thing of the past.
So now we arrive in 2011. next week.
Last week I did a super sprint triathlon.
Sunday was my second HM. My expectations were lower than November because of the lack of adequate training, but I felt positive about being able to walk the distance. I also was at a disadvantage because I had not been able to go over the course beforehand – the day I planned to bike it was too cold. Fortunately, it was a “rails to trails” course (The American Tobacco Trail), so it would be fairly flat. I walk about 3 mph, so my goal was to finish in under 4 hours.
My chip time was under 4 hours as planned. I saw the 3:30 marathon pace group pass me with about a 5K to go and was determined not to be lapped by the 4 hr pace group. My mind and heart were ready to run, but my legs apparently did not get the memo and like waiting for an elevator, sent the “out of order” message up to the brain. More training, and I should be able to do some running in the future.
Chip time was 3:57:54 (pace 18:10) and gun time 4:01:17. I was 2259 of 2275 who completed the distance out of 2301 registered, and 74/75 age group.
For those who want to hear more, some interesting details:
After the first 5K, my “LAST is just the slowest WINNER” shirt had to come off, it got too hot. It looked like Superman’s cape draped from my shoulders the rest of the way. I had on a sleeveless red t-shirt that I knew would rub my right inner arm raw. Ouch...
Pandora kept me on pace, because much of the race I was on my own.
The areas where the HM and Marathoners shared the course were energizing. Due to a lollipop turn around, we could see various pace groups with their balloons.
My favorite shirt slogan: “Running won’t kill you, you’ll pass out first.”
One spectator had her pet goat out to watch.
Another couple were drinking from big mugs (presumably of coffee).
And there was free beer – I abstained.
There were lots of good things about the event, and a few that will need LOTS of improvement in the future planning. Shuttle buses were supposed to bring runners from the remote parking and take them back – long lines and delays both ways. I had planned to finish, stretch, and drive home in time to watch my beloved Tar Heels play, but it took over an hour and a half to get a shuttle back to my car so I only caught part of the second half. (We won.)
Porta-pottys were too scarce – I could have gone a mile in the time it took me to wait for one (men are so lucky).
But the good stuff – volunteers especially, spectators cheering with signs, plenty of water (and GU) stations, clearly marked routes with police directing traffic (most was off road on the trail), near perfect cool weather (at least while we were moving, LOL), bag drop off and retrieval, two days for packet pickup beforehand, and friendliness overall made this worthwhile.
Reward: relaxing massage this afternoon
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