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Call me crazy, but I'm off to storm chase again!

Friday, May 11, 2012

I'm doing it again! My Storm Chase/Thunderstorm Lab class is heading southwest Friday morning. We will stop at my professor's favorite restaurant, Jess 'n Jim's Steak House in Kansas City for dinner Friday night. We will spend the first few days in southwest TX, near Lubbock most likely. By Wednesday, Colorado looks good for storms. We may do some hiking in the Rockies on Tuesday, as that appears to be a down day.

Things can change with the weather rapidly, but western Kansas looks good for storm activity on Thursday. We'll probably be in Nebraska on Friday. Storms continue to look good in Nebraska on Sunday, May 20, so we may be coming home a day later than planned.

They use a lot of technology to stay connected. If the drivers remember to turn the GPS systems on, we are tracked at this website -
weather.cod.edu/chasing/tracker/

My professor, Paul, Twitters our every move - even where we stop to eat and what he's eating! I don't understand Twitter, but Paul said that he wants us to get connected with a Twitter account. He said that's how we communicate. Someone remarked, "Yeah, rather than turning his head around in the van and telling us where we're going to eat, he Twitters it to us!"

twitter.com/cod_stormchase - this account is someone in the meteorology vans twittering.
or
twitter.com/cod_nowcast - this account is the storm spotters on campus talking to us about what they see and where they think we should go.

I just got a new smart phone so that I can be more connected, take photos, upload them to Facebook, etc. Problem is, the phone is smarter than me. I had to ask someone in class tonight to show me how to answer the phone! The good news is that I'm on the trip with mostly 20-something-year-old meteorology students, so they can show me how to use the phone. The bad news is that I'm on the trip with mostly 20-something-year-old meteorology students who think this will be a 10-day party away from their parents!

I had to sign the liability waiver tonight. Death was one of the potential risks mentioned, but the professor said that we get an automatic "A" if we die! So, please keep us in your prayers for safety! I'll gladly take a "C" to live through the trip! I got an "A" last year, and didn't have to die to get it.

Check for my updates on Facebook - Nancy Leary Haines. If I can figure out how to post them here, too, I will do that. Liz suggested that I vlog. Liz, I had to ask someone how to answer the phone tonight. Do you think I'm ready for vlogging?

Nancy

  
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FREDANN 5/12/2012 10:22PM

    You are awesome Nancy, what an amazing adventure!! If I were you, I'd be more concerned about your 20-something-year-old friends wanting to party! That can create quite the storm!! Good luck with that!!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 5/11/2012 1:07PM

    Oh! I'm going to ask you now to be my friend on FB! I want to hear all about it. It sounds like a blast to me. Too bad you can't pick me up on the way and I can sit in the back with you and hang as the over 45 crowd! Please be safe, learn and see lots, but most of all enjoy!!! You're such an adventurous person! I need to be more like you. (In more ways than one!)

Hugs, sweetie and take care!!!! Keep us posted!!!




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JOYINKY 5/11/2012 9:51AM

    What an adventure! I'm proud of you out there "living life" instead of just wishing it so! No, not crazy; adventuresome! I'm not on FB; don't want to be--long story; just too much information. But you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Glad there's more than one way to get an "A"!

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THINGETTINOUT 5/11/2012 7:37AM

    I am reading this and I am getting excited. I can just imagine how you feel. You have a smart phone. I don't and yesterday I had to give my old phone to a buddy and ask him if he could make it ring or vibrate. It does neither and I only get messages.Technology is wonderful for other people. Nancy have a great trip. I will friend you on FB.

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Day 128 Accountability

Friday, May 11, 2012

Thursday --

emoticon1 - Exercise - 40 minutes stretching and physical therapy exercises. Today, I learned foam roller exercises to be able to stretch my IT bands myself when therapy ends.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,576.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 6 hours last night. Spark curfew - 11:30 tonight. Gotta go finish packing for my trip now! It'll be a late night, but I can sleep in the van tomorrow. We're driving to Kansas City for dinner.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 2 fruit, 5 veggies.


May 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Swimming class is over, so I will concentrate on walking, biking, and the elliptical machine. I may throw in a swim every now and then, but the indoor pool is pretty crowded during open swim.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1800 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10:30pm. Curfew was very difficult to keep in April, but I need it. I'm combining the two goals, since they are inter-related.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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FREDANN 5/12/2012 10:16PM

    Hope you're having a safe trip! Take care and enjoy every minute!
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JOYINKY 5/11/2012 9:45AM

    Great day! Now, go get 'em!! emoticon emoticon

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Day 127 Accountability

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wednesday --

emoticon1 - Exercise - 20 minutes on the treadmill, 25 minutes stretching and physical therapy exercises.
emoticon2 - Calories - 1,714.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 5 hours last night. Spark curfew - 11:30 tonight. G'night! emoticon4 - Freggies - 2 fruit, 5 veggies.


May 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Swimming class is over, so I will concentrate on walking, biking, and the elliptical machine. I may throw in a swim every now and then, but the indoor pool is pretty crowded during open swim.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1800 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10:30pm. Curfew was very difficult to keep in April, but I need it. I'm combining the two goals, since they are inter-related.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 5/10/2012 6:11PM

    Excellent work, rock star!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 5/10/2012 9:50AM

    The sleep one is a toughy, isn't it? I was trying for 9:30 pm again last night. Nada! I guess I should change that to 10:00 pm and see how it goes.

Have a great Thursday, Nancy! I bet you'll be packing tonight. Safe travels!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THINGETTINOUT 5/10/2012 6:05AM

    Well done on sticking to it but the sleep thing is continually short. I hope you change that. Sleep is important. I have benn doing better at it . Not sure why but it is getting a little longer.

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IUHRYTR 5/10/2012 12:32AM

    You're up late but are probably heading to bed as I am. Excited to see you sticking to your plan. I admire your dedication. emoticon -- Lou

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Day 126 Accountability

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Tuesday --

I had a follow-up doctor appt for my knee tonight. I'm doing much better. He agreed to another 4-6 weeks of physical therapy, since that seems to be really helping. I told the doctor that I really want to do a triathlon this summer. I promised him that I would walk the 5K. The doc said that I may find that even walking a 5K will cause my knee to swell again. He discouraged me from doing a triathlon and said to stick to bicycling. Doc said it's not the one day of racing that's the problem, it's the training up to that day. He just doesn't want me overdoing any impact exercise - including walking. I may turn into a century cyclist some day!

emoticon1 - Exercise - unplanned day of rest. I have no good excuse, only excuses. Doctor appt, laundry for my storm chasing trip, returning phone calls and emails... like I said - no good excuse, only excuses.
emoticon2 - Calories - 2,700+. We had a retirement party at school. I totally lost it with all the pot luck choices and desserts. I can't possibly calculate all the homemade recipes that I ate. I'm guestimating my calories at over 2,700. The couple of handfulls of peanuts was enough to put me over my fat allowance for the day. I had that awful, bloated feeling all afternoon and only had a protein bar for dinner at 10pm, when I finally started to feel hungry. Before Spark, that overstuffed feeling used to happen much more often than it has since I joined Spark. It's a rare occasion now, thank goodness. I'm so grateful for the accountability and support here.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 7 hours last night. WOOT! Spark curfew - midnight tonight. Gotta get in bed right now!
emoticon4 - Freggies - 1.5 fruit, 4 veggies.


May 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Swimming class is over, so I will concentrate on walking, biking, and the elliptical machine. I may throw in a swim every now and then, but the indoor pool is pretty crowded during open swim.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1800 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10:30pm. Curfew was very difficult to keep in April, but I need it. I'm combining the two goals, since they are inter-related.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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SNOWANGELDIVA 5/10/2012 6:21PM

    emoticonI'm sorry for the Doctor not giving his blessing, but, glad that you didn't hide it (like 'somebody' stupid stubborn I know would). After your knee heals you'll be up and at 'em!! With pics!
Hey...isn't Friday "Storm Chasin' Day"?

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FREDANN 5/9/2012 7:54PM

    Oh well, what's done is done! You did good with your freggies and sleep, that's awesome!
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JANETRIS 5/9/2012 3:41PM

    There is no test and I won't be grading your blog.....whew...what a relief! Life just happens. You will probs still have an awesome week! I hope your continued PT goes well.

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JANETSDESTINY 5/9/2012 1:47PM

  I know we have so many thibgs going on and it's warmer now for some of you but New York City is experiencing unusual wheather at this time, we've had winter coats on this week. Anyway am in it to win it! Am trying to eat right as much as possible, so I'll get to my goal weight of 160 lbs and then between 3 to 5 lbs more.WE will get there.

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JOYINKY 5/9/2012 10:02AM

    I'm sorry, I'm smiling. All that food and 5.5 freggies?

Oh well, you'll be fine and celebrations do equal temptations! But, that bloated feeling is a good thing to remember.

I have days when I go over with no motivation! I also have days when I do well at a celebration only to come home and over indulge on something not nearly as good!

Still, I'm OK. The secret is no "mindless eating". That keeps us both on track!

Accountabliltiy works! WTG!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 5/9/2012 9:21AM

    You have a lot of food related functions...everywhere! I'd go crazy! emoticon

You leave this Friday to start storm chasing? I know it's coming up. This is the first week in a while where our weather is "uneventful", but I kind of like that. Sunny and in the 70s every day.

Proud of you on the sleep! I wanted to get to bed by 9:30 pm, but didn't make until 10:30 pm because of technical difficulties with equipment and getting my workout done with Jillian's Body Revolution. I was going to get Day 1 done if it was the last thing I did yesterday! Mission Accomplished!!! Quads are telling be all about it today! emoticon

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THINGETTINOUT 5/9/2012 6:05AM

    It is wonderful that we aren't trying to attain Sainthood in eating. Sometimes stuff happens but the good thing is we bounce back. Sorry about the running but biking is really great. I am just getting back into it and the memories are very nice. Never did a century though.I hope you get a ton of pics when you go storm chasing and post some of them.

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Day 125 Accountability

Monday, May 07, 2012

Monday --

emoticon1 - Exercise - 30-minute brisk walk, 15 mintues stretching & physical therapy exercises.
emoticon3 - Calories - 1,788.
emoticon3 - Sleep - 4 hours. Spark curfew - 10pm.
emoticon4 - Freggies - 1.5 fruit, 4 veggies.


May 2012 accountability goals --
1 - Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Swimming class is over, so I will concentrate on walking, biking, and the elliptical machine. I may throw in a swim every now and then, but the indoor pool is pretty crowded during open swim.
2 - Track my food and limit my calories to less than 1800 per day. Goal weight is 145 pounds by end of June.
3 - Sleep 6+ hours per night. Stop Sparking by 10:30pm. Curfew was very difficult to keep in April, but I need it. I'm combining the two goals, since they are inter-related.
4 - Eat 1 fruit and 4 veggies per day.

  
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FREDANN 5/8/2012 10:53PM

    4 hours of sleep Nancy?! You know better than that!!
I notice you've been doing quite well with your calories lately...
That's really...
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1HOTMAMA2BE 5/8/2012 9:31AM

    emoticon What's up? Oh. You! I'm sending you a few zzzz's my friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANETRIS 5/8/2012 9:04AM

    OUCH on that sleep! I still don't know how you do that! You would make a great 3rd shift worker! Nice job on the food though!

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JOYINKY 5/8/2012 8:51AM

    Evidently it's not sparking that's keeping you up! Sleep is critical to good health; I'm so glad you have it as a goal. It's one of the tricky ones. The harder you "work" on it the more elusive it becomes. Hope you find a solution. Hugs.

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THINGETTINOUT 5/8/2012 5:41AM

    Really hope you get a good nights sleep. Four hours is not nearly enough. I go through the same thing myself though. Good luck.

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