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Eventful last 24 hours...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

No shortage of interesting events over the past 24 hours:

- Of course all the "normal" stuff that fills up a Tuesday and Wednesday AM -- meals, workout (a great run yesterday at the Y -- 28:18 5K / 37:03 4 mile times), and bowling last evening.

- My DW was with my FIL in Baltimore yesterday for some tests, and sadly the results weren't great -- it appears he has colorectal cancer! Not sure what stage yet (we'll know more on Friday when the biopsy results come back), but he is 82 so any surgery is a risk. Having said that, at least he knows what is going on, and there is some comfort in that.

- Was taking the trash out late yesterday afternoon but the gate did not close all the way and one of my dear puppies, "Tomas", decided to come out! This is not a good thing for any sighthound, as they will take off if they see something a mile away, and being a greyhound, there is not a chance I'd ever be able to catch him if he did. Thankfully, I called his name and he came right to me, avoiding a potentially disastrous situation. While not meant to be a test, it is good to know he will come right to us when off-leash!

- More dog fun -- our youngest female greyhound, Teresa, caught and killed a rabbit in our fenced back yard late last night! Not a pleasant task to deal with at 11PM at night, but as above, this is what greyhounds were bred to do -- run and hunt! Surprisingly this is the first full grown bunny one of greyhounds has ever caught / killed (and we have had 5 over the past 9 years!).

- After a VERY long day yesterday, I wanted a good night's rest, but the dog's had me up at 1:15AM -- I think the whole "bunny" thing had them thrown off a little, as it did me! Tonight: A GOOD night's rest!

- On the positive side:
- My DW has a job interview tomorrow! It's with a not-for-profit and one of the key members of the org is on my bowling team, so hoping the connection will pay off!

- I have a spa pedicure at 6:00PM tonight, then after that sashimi for dinner!! Great way to to end the day!

- And the scale has FINALLY climbed under 180 -- 179.4!! Just 4/10's of a pound away from my goal! I can see it!!


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    Sorry about your father in law... :(.

Our dogs have accidentally gotten out twice and it's VERY scary!! One time was because someone left the front door open and the other was because one of our gates to our fence wasn't closed good enough. Glad no harm was done.

Ahhh...the bunny killing. Ours usually do it at 3 or 4 a.m. My husband gets the honors to bury them. They are very proud of themselves.

Have a good day!

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IUHRYTR 2/21/2013 10:52PM

    Definitely an eventful time. Sad news about your father-in-law but good news about your wife's interview and you not losing your dog. -- Lou

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DOUGDC 2/20/2013 11:42PM

    Best wishes for your FIL. No matter the age, or how philosophical all concerned may be, this is stressful. Hoping for a good outcome.

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/20/2013 8:16PM

    Sorry to hear about your FIL. It's tough on everybody when the parents have a scare like that. Got a chuckle over the dog stories--there's always something with pets! Ya wanna know my secret weight loss strategy? If the scale says anything less than half a pound, I round down. Kind of like staying no more than 10 clicks over the speed limit
; ). Or, now that our government has decommissioned the penny, like paying only $17.90 for a $17.92 item : )


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BBECKER1955 2/20/2013 6:54PM

    Good luck to DW on her interview.

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CASEYSAUER 2/20/2013 4:55PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! That is fantastic! Best of luck to your DW on the interview! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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DAMIENHUSTED 2/20/2013 3:50PM

    good job man and your 6 pm on sounds like my kind of time

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Up early...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Early rise this morning -- 0430!! My DW is taking my FIL to Baltimore for a medical test at UMMC. A test called an Enterscopy. Long day for them, but since I was up, took advantage and got through the newspapers early, then mapped out our home network ethernet cable lines using a cool little tool I purchased at Amazon.

The rest of today is pretty much my normal stuff -- work, a run at the Y, bowling tonight. House is just a little too quiet! Thank goodness the puppies are here!


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.

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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!)


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!


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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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.

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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:


- 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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    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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