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Busy next few days...

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Heading out to Colorado (Ft. Collins) to my youngest daughter's graduation next Saturday (CSU), so we're in prep mode for travel. One of the things I like to do is put fertilizer down in the back yard since the dogs will be at the kennel, so that'll happen early Thursday morning. Put it down on the front yard early this morning. And of course all of the mowing, etc, since we will be gone for a week.

Still have packing and other tasks to take care of prior to leaving. Looking forward to the trip, if for nothing else we can relax once we leave. Up until then....CRAZY!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/7/2012 1:27AM

    Congratulations on your daughter's graduation! If she hasn't seen you for a few weeks, she'll be impressed with her Downsized Dad : )

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/6/2012 5:16PM

    LOL! I've always said I don't know why we look forward to a vacation. You work like crazy before you leave and then like crazy to catch up when you get back!

I'm sure Mom and Dad are very proud of their baby girl graduating from college!!! Enjoy your trip and I'll be doing a rain dance for your fertilized yard!

xoxoxo Marg

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Remember that reward for hitting "onederland"?

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...

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/6/2012 5:42PM

    Oh my! But WHICH Greyhound Patrick? You have had so many and they are all so beautiful and regal!

I love that weekend at the beach. Those dogs are so awesome...... and so are the owners for rescuing them!

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IUHRYTR 5/6/2012 5:30AM

    Hmmm, how about a Greyhound bowling? emoticon -- Lou

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/5/2012 11:21AM

    oh, oh, OH!
I'd also clarify with the blood bank how long after having a tattoo from any source a guy is on the blood-donor interdict list. Here they screen you out for a year for an awful lot of reasons. Not that I blame them, after the terrible blood scandals of a few years ago, too much caution is fine with me.
But, as to rewarding yourself in a way that is meaningful to you, good on ya! You've broken out of your Old Self in so many ways, breaking out this way also is a Good Thing : )

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The "1" on my scale does work! :-)

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!!


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GLOMER 5/5/2012 10:56AM

    Great news! I knew it worked but it sometimes just takes awhile to show up. Congratulations on the new weight! emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 5/4/2012 5:14PM

    ONEderland...... oh Joy, oh Joy!!! You've worked hard to get there my friend.


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HEALTHIERKEN 5/4/2012 2:29PM

    Way to go, Patrick! You're right--what a great way to start a Friday!

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GJCAB09 5/4/2012 1:17PM

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SUZIEMAH1 5/4/2012 11:42AM

    Congrats on entering ONEderland... emoticon emoticon

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First 5K in the books!

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!

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MDGARDENGIRL 4/23/2012 10:45PM

    Well you're off and running Patrick!!!

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PLMITCH 4/22/2012 3:33PM

    Oh, and I was told I was 12th out of 23 men in my age group -- not too shabby for my first 5K!


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BYFTHALONE1 4/22/2012 1:37PM

    Congrats are now hooked!!!!

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DANJODEA 4/21/2012 10:41PM

    Very nice!

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SOXYINMO 4/21/2012 8:06PM

    Excellent! It's FUN, isn't it? Congratulations!

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My first 5K race is on Saturday!

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:

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!

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MDGARDENGIRL 4/21/2012 3:34PM

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I know you will do your best and that's good enough. But I hope you have that picture perfect finish you have in your heart!

If at first you don't succeed, TRY TRY AGAIN !!

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BELSNICKEL 4/21/2012 12:39PM

    best wishes, you are showing the way for one pack.

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GJCAB09 4/21/2012 9:37AM

    Best of luck with your goals in the race! Tally Ho!

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CHUBRUB3 4/20/2012 2:35PM

    Go for it!
You can do it!

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BLUENBLONDE 4/20/2012 2:32PM

    God luck tomorrow. You are doing something I only dream of right now. Wishing you the best for weather, emoticon

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