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Ready for a "no alarm" weekend!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Wow -- 3 days in to the new year, and I am SOOOO looking forward to this weekend with no alarm to wake up to. Even though we just had a 4 day weekend it was a busy 4 day weekend with two parties and lots of activities in between. I do have some "to do's" this weekend, but nothing that requires me to get up early.

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NWFL59 1/4/2013 10:29PM

    Enjoy the relative quiet awakening. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 1/4/2013 8:09PM

    I think it's been more than a week since I woke to an alarm. It was set, but I woke up earlier. Waking naturally instead of to an alarm is wonderful.

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RUN4FOOD 1/4/2013 5:35PM

    Enjoy your quiet time and extra rest.

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2013 Goals

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Some different goals for me in 2013:

- Weight maintenance! I'm at 180.8 right now, and my PCP and Bariatric Dr both have indicated they do not want me to lose any more weight. So my goal is to stay between 175 and 185.

- Running: At least four 5K races this year, and at least one 10K. Improve my 5K time to 27 minutes or better. For the 10K, I'll be thrilled if I finish in under 60 minutes!

- Projects: I've had this desire to build my own outdoor shed, which is something we need anyway, and my hunch is that I can do it much cheaper than if I buy one. So I'm going to invest in the plans to do such, including the ground prep, etc. The nice part is I can spread the funding for it so it does not become a financial pain.

- Financial: Continue to improve our financial house (i.e...reducing debt, contribute more to 401K, ,etc).

- Work: I started in a new position last September, so my goal here is real simple -- continue to learn and grow!

- Procrastination: I've gotten better about this, but I still procrastinate too often. Work to procrastinate less and do more!

- Live in the moment! Family, friends, events, sights, sounds, etc.

Happy 2013 to all my of SP friends!!

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    emoticon These are good goals! Good for you!

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/3/2013 12:42AM

    The outdoor shed sounds like fun! After all that landscaping you did last year, shed-building should seem like light work : ) And about procrastinating: it's OK to procrastinate when you're living in the moment ; )

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NWFL59 1/2/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I look forward to the time I'll be joining you maintainers but I don't see it happening in 2013 but I should be able to get really close. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 1/2/2013 8:07PM

    Welcome to maintenance! It requires a different kind of attitude than weight loss, but it can be done. I don't know what your experience will be, but every so often I have to change how much I eat to keep the weight from going above or below my target range. Sometimes the change makes sense in the context of what exercise I know I'm getting, and sometimes I can't tell that I've changed my activity level until the scale rats on me.

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GREENGENES 1/2/2013 7:51PM

    Great goals. I think I need to join you on the anti-procrastination goal.

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    Awesome Goals, and congrats on reaching your goal weight! I'm so excited for you. Happy Healthy 2013 my friend!

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IUHRYTR 1/2/2013 4:17PM

    Solid goals, Patrick. From your past success I'm confident you will reach all of them this year. Stay focused and determined. -- Lou

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RUN4FOOD 1/2/2013 2:35PM

    Some good goals, especially living in the moment.
Hope you accomplish all of your goals this year.

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CHUBRUB3 1/2/2013 12:09PM

    emoticon emoticon
WTG Mitch!!
Happy New Year and wishing you all the success you so deserve.

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PMRUNNER 1/2/2013 11:51AM

    Sounds like some good objectives!

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Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 was a very eventful year (aren't they all?), but there were some unique items worth highlighting:

- Lost another 47 pounds, and am at 180.8. I still want to hit 179 and even maybe drop a few more to 175, but I'm in a very good spot weight-wise.

- In addition the pounds, 7 inches disappeared around my waist (33 inches now) and 5 inches vanished from my hips (37 inches). Kinda blew the clothing budget this year, but it was for a good reason!!

- Ran four 5K races this year -- which considering I NEVER ran or even like to run, was huge in my book! Plan to run in my first winter race in February, and will likely look to run in at least one 10K race in 2013.

- Attended my youngest daughter's college graduation in May (Colorado State University). We used that even to do some vacationing in South Dakota, a first for my DW and I.

- Did some serious outdoor work around the house, including demo'ing a non-working 8 person hot tub on our back deck, mulching the entire perimeter of our house (over 100 cubic yards of mulch!), and repainting all of the shudders from a non-descript "puke" color, to black. It really changed the look of the house!

Today is the one year anniversary of my mom's passing, and we did have a memorial for her in March at my dad's home, with my brother, his wife, my son and his GF all in attendance. It was a very informal affair, but I think it captured the essence of her great life!

I'll save my 2013 goals and plans for tomorrow's blog, but all in all it was a very good year!

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RUN4FOOD 12/31/2012 8:29PM

    Congratulations on having a very eventful 2012.
Glad you got to do some things you never did before.
Hope your 10K goes well and you have a great 2013.

Thanks for leading the 50+ Males SparkTeam.

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MOBYCARP 12/31/2012 4:57PM

    Congratulations on your success in 2012. May you have as good a year in 2013!

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IUHRYTR 12/31/2012 12:58PM

    It was exciting and inspiring following your success, Patrick. Wishing you much more in 2013. emoticon -- Lou

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/31/2012 11:00AM

    Congratulations on all your successes! We can do whatever we make up our mind to do. Getting fit is something that only we can do but you can get some help along the way.

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Lack of sleep sucks!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

So for those of you who followed my extended stay in the Denver airport, we finally made it to Philadelphia at 12:30AM Tuesday morning (we were supposed to arrived at 9:00PM the day before!). Our flight was not the only one to experience a delay, so baggage claim was crazy! Finally got my bags shortly after 1am, then was fortunate to quickly hop on a shuttle to the parking lot my car was in. Rolled out of there at 1:22AM, and thankfully no traffic on the road and was home being greeted by two of my puppies at 2:42AM! Took me a few minutes to ramp down and was asleep by 3am, but being a creature of habit was awake at 7:30AM! SIGH!

4+ hours of sleep just does not cut it for me! 7 is really the right amount. Tonight my goal is to be in bed by 10PM, so with my alarm set for 6AM, I should get a nice 8 hour rest! I have a hunch that if this plan goes as expected, I'll feel like a new person tomorrow!

As I said in the title - Lack of sleep sucks!

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WENDYSPARKS 12/22/2012 12:29PM

    Sleep is good! I had a cold also and it kept me up coughing and coughing...wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Wendy emoticon

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/13/2012 6:14PM

    It sure does.

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IUHRYTR 12/12/2012 7:26PM

    Yes, it does! As I fight a bug this week I feel so exhausted but can't sleep without coughing. Just want to stay asleep one night. Hope you get back on track soon. emoticon -- Lou

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GREENGENES 12/12/2012 3:03PM

    Oh. I hear you loud and clear. I used to THINK I could function well on little sleep but boy was I wrong. Somehow I need to convince Junior of that fact.

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BRENDAGAIL9 12/12/2012 11:42AM

    What an ordeal you went through. Am glad to hear you finally got home to your puppies.

Sleep tight!

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MOBYCARP 12/12/2012 6:42AM

    Yes, lack of sleep DOES suck! The funny thing is, I notice this a lot more since the SP discipline got me to get enough sleep most of the time. Pre-Spark, I'd run chronically short of sleep and not even be aware of how sucky it made life. Now, I don't want to go back there.

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GETTO140 12/12/2012 6:32AM

    I hope you can catch up on some sleep. That is rough and on top of it, there is the time change. Isn't it wonderful to be greeted by our puppies??!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/12/2012 1:11AM

    Here's to feeling like a New Person!

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CHUBRUB3 12/11/2012 11:12PM

    Glad your home safe and sound.
Hope your snoozing soon.

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NOMORENOMORE 12/11/2012 9:48PM

    There's nothing like being greeted by the puppies emoticon

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BEEPERP 12/11/2012 9:41PM

  Lots of us wake up early no matter how late or early we get to sleep.

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Fun times! Stuck in the Denver airport...

Monday, December 10, 2012

There is nothing quite as fun as being stuck in an airport when flights are delayed! I happen to be stuck in Denver as I blog due to the weather on the east coast (specifically Philadelphia). The current delay is 3:10, and hoping it does not grow any longer. As it stands, my flight will arrive around midnight, and after getting my bags, taking the shuttle to my car, etc, I'll be home close to 2AM! Thank goodness I had already planned to take tomorrow AM off from work!

In the meantime, always a fun sport to people watch. So far nothing out of the way of unusual, but with multiple flights delayed to the east coast, there is bound to be one or two folks who may start to sound off (as if the airlines can do anything about it!).

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MRE1956 12/17/2012 7:14AM

    Good coping strategy! I've never had to deal with airport issues (swear to whatever swearable, I have *never, EVER* flown - honest truth!).........however, I have, sadly, had my share of *car-related strandings* - no fun at all.......and I didn't even have the option of "people-watching" to fall back on.....


Hope all goes well for you!

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ALDEBARANIAN 12/11/2012 8:50PM

    I suppose security would complain if you ran around and up and down the stairs.

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HANSBRINK 12/11/2012 11:52AM

  Ah, the tales of travel. Happy people watching. Have a safe drive home.

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IUHRYTR 12/11/2012 6:07AM

    people watching anywhere is fun and does help pass the time when just waiting. Hope you get (got) home safely. -- Lou

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GREENGENES 12/10/2012 9:47PM

    Yes, people watching at the airport can be so much fun which can be distracting when you plan on getting some work done while you wait.

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CHUBRUB3 12/10/2012 9:23PM

    Hope your on your way soon Patrick.
Fly safe, be safe.

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HDHAWK 12/10/2012 6:58PM

    I hope your wait isn't any longer than it already is. At least there is a lot to do in the Denver Airport.

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GINNABOOTS 12/10/2012 6:51PM

    I love airports & all the action in them. Have fun!

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SUNKAT 12/10/2012 6:44PM

    Hope you have/had a swift successful flight!

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THOMS1 12/10/2012 6:39PM

    Many years ago my family and I were stuck in the Denver Airport coming back from a vacation to Disney We had to stay overnight in a hotel because of the weather. The rest of my family was upset because they had not taken an extra day off of work but,I thought of it as an adventure and had a good time. I wish you success with all of your goals. emoticon

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