Saturday, December 07, 2013
Thank you, SparkFriends, for your encouragement following my last blog "Facing Facts . . . ."
The Fitness Tracker and the Nutrition Tracker hold no fear for me today. Fitness tracker: die, you demon! I shovelled snow for a good hour and a half. The lake is frozen and I laid out and cleared off the skating rink. It was rewarding and vindicating. I wlll lose these excess avoirdupoids!
Nutrition Tracker? I'm hovering at the bottom of the caloric intake for today. Take that, Beer Barrell-on-Stilts-Boy!
Weight Tracker? For what it's worth, the scale shows me down 2 lbs. today. I'll take what I can get : )
The journey to GOAL begins well. Thank you, SparkFriends, for the encouragement.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Digital Rectal Exam, your PSA test and, perhaps, your colonscopy.
Movember is a world-wide program focusing on prostate cancer and men's mental health. Check out www.movember.com
My new profile pic shows my gone moustache as I join the Movember campaign and start over with a new moustache beginning November 1.
Man-up, guys. Get checked. For prostate cancer. *And* don' be reticent about addressing potential mental health issues. We've got to stay healthy, physically and mentally, for all those we love who depend on us to be our best for them.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
. . . to the SuperHero Challenge 2013.
Back in November of 2012, a number of us 50+ Males started challenging one another to achieve physiques to match the Superhero of our choice by Hallowe'en 2013 and to dress accordingly to honour the occasion. I thought I could look like Conan--my avatar as a Teacher-Librarian lo these many years ago having been "Conan the Librarian".
Easy-peasy, I thought back last November. Lose 5 or 6 pounds and work like blazes with weights and core training, and be a shoo-in by Hallowe'en.
HA! Not only did I *not* lose the 5 or 6 pounds, I've gained an additional 8 or 10--leaving me with about 15 pounds to lose to be back at my desired weight.
Physique? What's a physique? It's a beer-barrel on stilts, right???? Well, at least that's what mine seems like just now. Witness the new profile pic.
And so, b0000000! to me as of Hallowe'en. Maybe I can be a skinny Santa by Christmas : )
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
My wife's a Girl from the Coast. Douglas Fir grow *everywhere* on our coast, but don't do well here in the interior. For our 25th wedding anniversary, 13 years ago, I planted 5 Douglas Firs, one for each 5 years of our marriage, so my wife could look out the kitchen window and see the kind of trees she loves from her childhood. Sadly. over the years, all but one of those firs succumbed to drought, deer grazing or just plain bad gardening practices.
Flash forward to today. I went down to the woods and dug up six new Douglas Firs, ranging in height from about 3' to 6'. I bought them home to restock the 'Anniversary Forest', which now that we've been married 38 years, needs a total of 7 trees. Let me tell you, digging holes for 6 new trees in our rocky, clay-ey soil is hard work; digging up 6 fir trees is very hard work; hauling them to the truck is heavy work; planting them is exhausting work.
But man, oh man, does the Anniversary Forest look good again : ) Light was too poor for photos by the time I was done, but I'll get some shots in the next day or two and post them on a future blog. Feels good : )
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