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Taxes done!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Submitted both ours and my dad's last evening - earliest EVER! That feels good!

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IUHRYTR 2/21/2013 10:54PM

    I've been waiting for my refund for two weeks. Soon, maybe. Doesn't it feel terrific having them finished? -- Lou

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MOBYCARP 2/18/2013 5:10PM

    I had everything I needed to file my tax return before the end of January, notwithstanding the fact that some of it didn't have to be provided before February 15. But I have an energy credit this year, and the IRS won't take returns with the home energy credit before the first week of March.

Good thing I can wait for the refund. Return is done, waiting to be able to file.

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/18/2013 1:41PM

    Wow! I haven't even received my tax package yet, or all my T4's (what we call our income and tax records from employers, pension-issuers, etc.) I filed our 2011 returns mid-November of 2012. This year I'm going to file as soon as I have all the documentation. Gotta put those refunds to work right away!
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CHUBRUB3 2/18/2013 12:43PM

    Rub it in!!
I have to do mine don't know when yet.
Good for you.
Hugs,
Angela

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BBECKER1955 2/18/2013 12:19PM

    Better man than I am! Suppose I need to get busy.

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The love/hate relationship with the scale!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I'm sure I am not the only one who feels this way, but there are times that either I wish I could "choke" our bathroom scale (assuming it has a throat to choke!), and give it a BIG hug! I had such a situation in the past few days....

Thursday: Normal Thursday breakfast with eggs, etc (I love to cook breakfast for my DW and I!). Had a light lunch knowing for V-day we were going to do fondue. And we did pretty darn good at dinner -- shrimp and beef in the fondue using vegetable broth and a 1/2 of a twice baked potato that had a cauliflower / broccoli along with the potato mixed together. Ah, but since it was V-day, splurged a little and had some GS cookies and fresh strawberries, and had them pretty late.

Friday: In spite of, for the most part, eating well om Thursday, the GS cookies cost me on the scale, as I came in at 181.6. (This is the "hate" part of the relationship, as if the scale was responsible for the less than satisfying reading!)

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Nothing bad, but I have been at this plateau for the better part of 3+ months now, and really want to lose that last 2+ pounds to get to my "normal" BMI range. So, I started a challenge with the 50+ Males team -- a two week "you pick your challenge", and of course mine is to lose those 2.6 pounds.

Normally, I am a once a week weigh-in person, but since I am focused on these 2.6 pounds, I've decided to do daily tracking for the next two weeks.

Saturday (today): Stepped on the scale not expecting anything big, and what do you know -- DOWN 1.6 pounds to an even 180!! What was the difference: Lighter dinner Friday evening, no cookies, and a darn good interval training workout on Friday (30 minutes of running / 20 minutes of strength training). This, of course is the "love" part of the relationship!

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I'm sure there will be a few more ups and downs over the next few weeks, but now I'm very motivated and excited to get that last pound off and join the ranks of "regular"!

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SISMAC 2/18/2013 7:08AM

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IUHRYTR 2/16/2013 10:58PM

    emoticon on the loss. Eager to read of you reaching your goal. -- Lou

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/16/2013 8:30PM

    Great! Hopefully that last pound will come off easily!!

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MOBYCARP 2/16/2013 8:13PM

    That's why I like daily weighing. I can see a one-day spike for what it is, a one-day spike. I can see a one-day abnormal drop the same way. What matters isn't the reading on any given day, but the trend.

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BBECKER1955 2/16/2013 4:16PM

    You went up and down so quick you made me dizzy! Great work. BB emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 2/16/2013 3:43PM

    Awesome Patrick!
You are doing great and there are so many factors to do with why our weight may be up or down in a day/week/ or sometimes an hour.
Keep focused and you will continue to be a success.
Hugs
Angela

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CHUNKIMAMA 2/16/2013 2:40PM

    Great job!! I get pretty frustrated with our scale too... I'm surprised it hasn't hit the wall yet. lol

Have a great weekend!!!!

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Weekend Highlights

Monday, February 04, 2013

Where do these weekends go?? Well, I guess it is better than the alternatives! So, here's the highlights of my busy and fast weekend:

Saturday:

- Ran my first cold weather 5K race, and boy was it cold! 30'ish at the start of the race, and the sun got behind the clouds as well, so it made feel even that much colder. Taking advice from veteran cold weather runners, I had my 3 layers on -- moisture wicking under layer, thin fleece middle layer, and a windbreaker outer layer. Plenty warm, but not too warm. There were some "crazies" out there in t-shirts and shorts, but my guess is that some of them had come straight from a local tavern! The very good runners seemed to be wearing maybe two layers up top, but either just shorts or some sort of thin, tight leggings. I need to investigate this a bit further...

Here was the picture I took of myself just before the race started:

Anyway, my time was 30:31, but unlike any other race I have run in, that was based on the gun start with no time for when I actually crossed the starting line (as I tend to head to the back to avoid the crush up front). Unfortunately I did not start my watch (sigh) but my guess is that my real running time was just a tad under 30 minutes. Not my best time, and I really struggled in the 1.5 to 2.5 mile area with being winded, so my guess is that the cold was causing that, as I have not had those issues in my indoor training runs. Which is what I think was the problem -- I did not train enough outside! Also, I want to see if I can modify my running gear for less layers. Lots to work on for the next cold weather race.

This was a charity race for Special Olympics Delaware, and I am proud to report I raised $305, good for 3rd place! And really, this is what it is all about!

- I normally run on Sundays, but since I ran Saturday, took the opportunity to swim laps yesterday! 2x750M in 44:45! Besides just being great exercise, one of the things I really like about swimming is being totally disconnected! No iPod/iPhone/etc -- just me and the water!

- Nothing more nagging than having a "to do" list and not getting things done on it for weeks at a time, so on Sunday after my swim and before the Super Bowl, I plunged into my to do list, which consisted of some real fun stuff like cleaning my office, hanging some pictures, etc and got them done! Felt good!!

- DW and I really thought through our Super Bowl menu yesterday, and really did quite well. Was a little over on my total calories for the day, but only by 47 calories! I am so pleased that my DW is "into it" (eating healthy and losing weight!).

Back to work...have a good day everyone!

  
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LOVEROFANIMALS 2/6/2013 8:00AM

    Great job!! Congratulations on the run and a nice donation to the cause! It's nice that your wife is into it, too, and helping to plan healthy choices! That always helps. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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PAPASMURF1957 2/5/2013 12:09PM

    Well done!!! I'm not quite ready to run yet. But this is an inspiration!!! Thanks!!!

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IUHRYTR 2/4/2013 11:39PM

    emoticon on your success! -- Lou

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MOBYCARP 2/4/2013 9:25PM

    You look overdressed for running at 30 F, but that's typical for someone new to running in the cold. The cold part isn't the running, it's waiting for the gun to go off.

Do some training outside, and you'll figure it out. Temperature, sunshine, precipitation, and wind all figure in to the decision on what to wear to run in the winter. The best answer for what to wear when it's 30 with light wind will vary a bit from one runner to the next, and I'm told it can change over time for the same runner.

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/4/2013 12:10PM

    Congrats on your 5k, Patrick. You look like a real cold-runner pro in that pic : )
I'm finally back in training for the 10k event I'm running in April and I might even run outdoors this afternoon. It's a beautiful day out there today.

Good work on your contribution to Special Olympics! Great cause.
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Wednesday Musings

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Some random events going on in my life:

- Hit a low water mark on the scale this morning -- 180.2! Exactly 86 pounds lost now, and just a scant 1.2 pounds more to go to hit my target and officially "be normal" on the BMI scale! Can't speak for the rest of me, but that part will eventually be normal!

- Each day the weather forecast for this Saturday keeps getting colder! May not even break 30F, windy, chance of snow! Yes, I know it is winter and this is all normal, but I am running in an outdoor 5K on Saturday! Glad I have warm running attire! Today: mid 60's!!

- My DW's stepdaughter is having some major financial struggles. Won't go into all the details, but she and her 2 children are at risk of losing the roof over their heads (a double wide trailer they are renting). When my DW told me this yesterday, I gave it some serious thought as to what we can do, and have proposed they come live with us if they are evicted. The one challenge is that the space we can let them use needs to be renovated a little. The one room that the previous owners used as a bedroom, which was carpeted, got flooded out in the winter of 2010 (worst snow year EVER!), so I would need to get it carpeted (the reason for the flooding has been fixed), and the bathroom ceiling needs to be repaired, as we had a pipe leak last year.

- Saw my dentist this morning. Chompers in A-OK shape!

Well, gotta get back to work....

  
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IUHRYTR 2/2/2013 6:41PM

    Sure a mixed bag of news. emoticon on the weight loss. emoticon -- Lou

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RUN4FOOD 1/30/2013 8:00PM

    Good on the weight loss. Good luck with DW's stepdaughter.

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HANSBRINK 1/30/2013 4:49PM

  - Saw my dentist this morning. Chompers in A-OK shape!
Well, gotta get back to work....


Chomping at the bit huh? (Sorry, bad pun.) Congrats on the weight loss.

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MARSEEYA 1/30/2013 3:30PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss! We have a very similar issue going on with our oldest kid and the living situation, down to the flooded room that needs to be renovated. LOL Just happy we have a big enough house to accommodate them, although it's going to be tough with 3 more animals and a 4-year old. I'm wondering how it'll all affect my weight loss. Good luck with it. :)

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BRENDAGAIL9 1/30/2013 12:05PM

    emoticon on your progress so far. I hope the weather cooperates for your run this weekend.

Has your daughter checked with any of the agencies about low cost housing? People with children get priority. It's good that you have a place for them to stay until things get better. It's really hard on the children to be uprooted. I've been there, done that but I did survive.

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BEAUTIFULLYMADE 1/30/2013 11:36AM

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Congrats on the good Dentist visit! That's very good news!
Awesome about being so close to your goal! If you don't mind, I have a thought. I'm not an expert because i'm still basically at the beginning of my journey (6 months with the band) and I'm still getting to know you. Is extra skin an issue maybe? or at least 1.2 lbs of it. Just a positive thought, you might already have a healthy BMI medically speaking.
Sorry to hear about the bad news, hope all is well. Have a great day!


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CHUBRUB3 1/30/2013 11:06AM

    Congrats on the good news.
Hugs and prayers on the bad news.
hope all works out well.
Angela


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PMRUNNER 1/30/2013 10:36AM

    Way to go! I know with your focus you will get that pesky last 1.2 off and maintain at a healthier weight.

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A small step back....

Friday, January 18, 2013

Went to see my PCP today, and I was hoping that my hemoglobin A1C blood test was finally going to be in the "normal" range (5.6% or less). My last test in October was at 5.7, so I was THAT close!

Unfortunately, not only had it not gone down, it went UP! Back above 6%!! Not back into the "diabetic" range, but close enough that I need to more closely monitor my eating, especially in the evening.

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Thankfully, my PCP reassured me that it was likely due to the holidays, and then it hit me that in addition to the holidays, I was on the road twice during the past four months! Not making excuses, just a reality check!

Also thankfully, my weight stayed in check, so at least I won that battle!

So...a small step back. Just a reminder that the fight never ends! Vigilance is the key!

Looking forward to refocusing my efforts to get my blood sugar in the "normal" range!

  
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LOVEROFANIMALS 1/22/2013 10:29AM

    Keep up the good work! Don't let that little slip set you back. You have accomplished so much. emoticon

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CATHOLICCORGI 1/20/2013 3:42PM

    You've some so far! it is just a reminder, as you say. My DH has managed his diabetes now with diet for the past two years. His A1C was 6.0. When he was diagnosed 5 years ago it was almost 8. Even with the strokes, he has handled it well. I have to be extra vigilant, too, to make sure he stays on track.
It's a reminder for me, as well. I must think before I put anything in my mouth!! It ALL counts!
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GREENGENES 1/18/2013 9:48PM

    Maybe a small step back but you are still doing great. Sounds like there may be a simple explanation and you'll soon get to where you want to be.

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/18/2013 9:20PM

    It's all good, Patrick. A step back is what we take when we want extra power to push us forward!

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MOBYCARP 1/18/2013 8:08PM

    Even without the blood sugar challenge, I have to monitor what I eat and make corrections from time to time. It sounds like you have a tougher task, requiring constant vigilance rather than periodic monitoring. I hope you can do what you needs doing to get the results you want.

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RUN4FOOD 1/18/2013 7:58PM

    Sounds like vigilance is the key.
Just a few more of those small steps.

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SOFT_VAL67 1/18/2013 5:35PM

    you have done so great, just keep working hard and take care of yourself emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 1/18/2013 2:54PM

    emoticon That's very good that your weight stayed in check. Good luck and enjoy the journey!

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LJCANNON 1/18/2013 2:52PM

    emoticon A SparkFriend of mine has the Motto "Be Ever Vigilant" and it is REALLY True!! We will FOREVER be on this Journey and it is an Ever Changing One at that! We may have 'Up & Down' times, but we Never Stop Learning and Moving!!
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CHUBRUB3 1/18/2013 2:33PM

    You are still doing excellent! I can only wish for an A1C of those numbers. I am still up around 8.
Yes we have an ongoing battle, but it will be won!
Hugs,
Angela


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IUHRYTR 1/18/2013 2:23PM

    A step backwards to prepare you for further forward progress. -- Lou

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