Saturday, May 05, 2012
It hit me well after my weigh-in yesterday that I promised myself a reward if I ever got the scale into "onederland". Of course, when I made that promise initially a few years ago, part of me thought it would never happen in my lifetime!
Well, I was wrong -- it did happen!
So, what is my reward? A tattoo!
OK, don't panic SP friends! I have not done it yet! I'm pretty sure when I do get one it will be a greyhound tat, and it my not be until this fall when "Greyhounds reach The Beach" happens here in Delaware (Dewey and Rehoboth Beach) the first weekend in October. I know a tattoo artist that, of course is owned by greyhounds, and does some fantastic work! The only concern is if he meets the requirements my blood bank have so that I continue to give blood (I think the deal is he has to be licensed, etc). I believe he is from VA, so not sure what VA requires, so I need to check into it. Otherwise, I may need to check into one of the licensed shops here in Delaware.
More to follow...
Friday, May 04, 2012
What a great way to start the day -- stepped on the scale and the first # was a "1" -- it DOES work!! [199!]
I have been thinking the last time I saw a scale that I stepped on display (or spin) to a "1" as the first number -- I think at least 25 years, probably even longer!
What a GREAT way to start a Friday!!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
I did it! In spite of nerves, some digestive issues before leaving the house, and a somewhat sore right calf, I made it through my first 5K with flying colors! The official numbers:
33:20 was my 5K time, best ever!
Out of 850+ runners, I finished 350.
In my age group (55-59 males), I was 12th (not sure out of how many)
What was really great was the atmosphere of the race! I really fed off of that, and I am certain this lead to a really good 5K time.
My right calf is pretty sore, so I plan to take some time off from running (at least a week). But you can bet I will find another 5K to run in soon!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Less than 24 hours until my first ever 5K race. It is a charity race -- benefits Ronald McDonald House here in Delaware! Race info: http://www.running4thehouse.com/event_deta
Lots of good info on race prep, etc out on the web, plus some friends who are veteran racers have been of great help. My right calf is still not 100% (got a cramp last Tuesday), but I am trying to keep it stretched out and loose.
My goal is 35 minutes for tomorrow. In my training, I've hit 35:30 a few times, so I think 35 is very achievable. The calf could be an issue in getting there, but as I have read a few places, I need to keep my pace down early on and look for the big finish, which I have been working on while training, hitting close to 7mph in the final 1/4 mile. I'm sure as long as I don't get a new cramp, adrenaline will take care of any lingering soreness in my right calf.
I'll post with my results tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Monday, April 16, 2012
I'm sure many of you remember the slogan from President Clinton's 1992 campaign: "It's the economy, stupid!". It had been dawning on my over the past 200 days since my Lap Band surgery that I've been living a variation on that theme: "It's the food, stupid!"
Not that food itself is stupid -- it is important and life-giving. But it is HOW we humans (and I can probably even tailor that to humans in the US) deal with food, and I was as guilty of this as anyone For so many years, it was "how much" food could I eat (or drink). It was like wearing a badge of honor! Well that badge became a bulge in so many places, and with it came all of the issues associated with being overweight: diabetes, sleep apena, knee surgeries due to weight stress on the knees, ED, etc, etc....
The sad part is that while each of us is responsible for our health, the BARRAGE of advertising that encourages, promotes, even idolizes over consumption is mind boggling!
Thankfully there appears to be an ever so slight shift to healthier eating in the food ads, but it is moving at a glacial pace.
I am so grateful that I work for a company that provides outstanding health benefits that allowed me the opportunity to take a somewhat radical step, have the Lap Band surgery, and truly see the benefits: 64 pounds GONE! Being able to run in a 5K race virtually pain free this Saturday! Numerous inches (10 around the waist, 7 around the hips) GONE!! And just feeling good about life!
Oh yeah, and enjoying food in a whole new way -- savoring each taste, thinking responsibly about what I am eating, and making sure I eat the right amount nearly every day!
So for those of you struggling with how to get the scale to move the "right" way, to remove those unwanted inches, I offer this catchphrase: "It's the food, stupid!".
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