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Fun on wheels!

Monday, September 26, 2011

I had forgotten how much fun roller skating is!

My daughter talked the wife and me into skating with her. I was just a little frightened by the idea. It has been over 30 years since I have been on skates. I put my skates on and watch while Morgan takes her class. She is skating backwards through the cones and gliding down on one skate. When her class is done she comes over to collect us. It is the moment of truth, I have to step out on the floor. I am a little wobbly, but within moments I get the feel of it and and am flying around the rink and zipping between skaters. I look around to find my missing family and spot them in the middle of the rink skating backwards and spinning around in circles. I once again feel like an amateur as my wife nails a little backwards jump and spin. After about 3 hours my daughter lets me know Mom is hurt. I go and collect my wife who has thrown out her knee doing tricks like she is a teenager. She gets her knee cap back in place and all had a great time even if she is going to be sore for a few days. So for the foreseeable future it looks like skating every week is going to be a part of my cardio routine.

Now I remember why we had another child, they keep you young. Now if I can just stop this one from becoming a teenager :)

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CTUPTON 6/26/2012 8:54AM

    Skating is great exercise. But for me...dunno! Knees and legs are pretty fragile. I'd better stick with water exercises! Chris emoticon

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JLITT62 9/27/2011 4:30AM

    When I first moved here I would go ice skating, which I hadn't done in yrs. Skating is great exercise!

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PARKERB2 9/26/2011 2:53PM

    Great! I used to love roller skating, and I probably would again with a little practice. Have a good day.

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SUECHRIS50 9/26/2011 12:48PM

    Good for you buddy but,no wheels for me!

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VIBRANTVAL 9/26/2011 11:23AM

Now I want to go roller skate! emoticon

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ENGLISHWIFEY 9/26/2011 11:20AM

    Sounds like you had a great time! Well done :-)
I want to buy a pair of ice skates when we relocate, and outdoor skating will be part of my routine :-) emoticon

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No more weight loss.

Friday, September 09, 2011

I have finally given up and removed my weight tracker. I got down to 162, within 2 pounds of my goal weight, but it was not meant to be. I am back up to 164. Don't worry this isn't a bad thing my waist got another half inch smaller and I can see all my abs again for the first time in decades. I was going to post a picture without my shirt to show off my hard work, but when I asked my wife to take it she got a little miffed. I think her words were " Hell no your not posting that picture!" I don't see any difference from posting a picture to going to the beach and having no shirt on, but hey who am I to argue. Anyway, I have added a fitness tracker instead and am more motivated than ever to work my butt off. I am hoping to get back into the 170 range by adding all muscle. Maybe I'll take the family to the public pool just so I can take my shirt off. OK, got to run I need to do some more bicycle sit ups.

Have a great weekend!

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PARKERB2 9/12/2011 5:50PM

    You are doing great.

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JLITT62 9/9/2011 7:15PM

    LOL at your topless obsession.

I'd say within 2 lbs is fabulous! You might just drop it when you don't focus on it so much.

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All things must come to an end.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Once the ride stops, no matter how long it goes on, it always seems to short.

My Father in-law Walter was a wonderful man. He always had a smile on his face and was quick with a joke. Even when he was fighting cancer he kept a positive attitude and a smile and wink for my wife or the kids. Sadly early this morning he lost the fight.

I will be away until probable Monday. I drove back this morning to pick up some cloths and now I have to make the 3 hour drive back to start funeral arrangements.

Keep on sparking

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CHEVY63 8/25/2011 9:31AM

    I'm sorry that I didn't see this until today. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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SUECHRIS50 8/23/2011 10:40AM

    Rob,my deepest sorrow at your loss!I hope all is well!! emoticonSUSAN

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REBECCATKD 8/17/2011 10:04PM

    Take care.

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RESOLUTE-MOOK 8/17/2011 11:34AM

    So sorry for you and your family's loss. Sounds like he was a wonderful man.


=Mook=> emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/17/2011 11:35:27 AM

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ENGLISHWIFEY 8/17/2011 9:25AM

    Take care of yourself and your wife. My thoughts are with you.

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MRSAKINS2005 8/17/2011 8:41AM

    I feel the same. I lost my brother (who's name is also walter) 2 years ago. Around this same time. I feel for you. He was in Florida. I in OH. I did not find out until a few months later. My prayers with you and your family.

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Make the ride stop, I want to get off!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I have been scolded for not blogging. (You know who you are emoticon) So I thought it was time to write something down.

Life has been very busy and I have been having a hard time working in my strength training and eating. We have been going to visit Melissa's Father as much as possible. He can no longer get out of bed and his periods of waking up and talking are getting smaller. We spent the whole weekend sitting by his bedside. This week his hospice care will start 24 hours. They do not think he will make it until the week end so we will try to go back tonight or tomorrow.

To make thing more complicated my wife has jury duty this week so I am having to run the kids to meet the teacher night and to pick up their schedule, then I have to go get my wife because she refuses to drive into down town. Of course I am swamped at work and getting calls on my cell all evening with someone needing the servers worked on or wanting me to fix a problem. At what point did job in the US become 24 hours 7 days a week with less pay?

OK, enough crying. Time to eat a banana and start getting some of this work done.

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CHEVY63 8/16/2011 9:10PM

    Sorry to hear that things are so tough - you have a lot on your plate. It's hard to deal with the potential loss of a loved one, even when you know it's coming.

I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.


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PARKERB2 8/16/2011 3:46PM

    Glad you are finding time to Spark. That makes me realize what an extra effort you are putting into making comments on my blog. I do appreciate it. Sending warm thoughts your way. Hope all works out well. Remember to rest. and eat healthy. emoticon

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ENGLISHWIFEY 8/16/2011 1:58PM

    Wow I was sorry to read all this, well, except for the banana part. ;)

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REBECCATKD 8/16/2011 1:32PM

    Rough week. :( This too shall pass.

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Taken down by the master.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Yesterday I blogged about wanting to get rid of the last of my fat that is living happily around my belly button. I thought it was a valid goal for my 50th birthday. Apparently I have been going on about it around the house and looking at myself in the mirror ( it's a guy thing, we like to see our muscles flex) far to much. This was enough to get my wives devious mind churning.

My perfect little wife has never had an ounce of fat on her. She was a star athlete all through school. Swim team, volleyball, running, you name it and she was on it. I have never seen her over eat. She eats small amounts all day long and never eats when she is not hungry.

Yesterday it was 110 degrees and my wife was running around the house in a pair of tiny shorts and a half tank top. Her hot flashes have been getting worst so she wears as little cloths as possible and wraps herself in a blanket when she is not having one. Her Dr. can't get her hormones straightened out, and I'm not even going to talk about the mood swings.

Last night we were relaxing on the couch after dinner and Melissa lays her head in my lap and tells me " I am getting so fat". I laugh and say very funny Dear. I rub my hand over her belly and tell her see no fat, just skin over muscle. She just keeps going on about how she needs to go on a diet. By this time I am starting to get worried, she is under weight and the Dr. is always trying to get her to put on some pounds. She goes to the full length mirror and starts looking at herself and complaining about all the fat and how terrible she looks. I am trying to talk her down from the edge when she just starts laughing and asks me if she reminded me of anyone.

The light bulb goes on. I have been exposed as a fool by the master. I always forget that she was an actress, and her sweet little face makes me take the bait hook, line, and sinker. As my mind races back over the last few weeks, I realize I have been obsessing on the negative and not enjoying the accomplishment I have made. I must have looked ridiculous staring at my flat belly and complaining about the fat and then running around the kitchen counting out each raw almond I ate and making sure everything I ate was exactly one serving.

While I am standing there like a deer caught in the head lights. My wife reaches over and pinches me and then takes off running down the hall laughing hysterically. We chase each other all around the house and end up having a water fight in the kitchen and across the dinning room. Thank goodness we installed all ceramic tile. We have a wonderful evening together, but in the back of my mind I am wondering what is going on in the dark devious corners of that creature I call wife. I guess us men will never know.

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CHEVY63 8/9/2011 9:39AM


Congratulations on all you have acheived so far, though! You are doing great.

emoticon You and your wife sound like a wonderful couple!

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JLITT62 8/4/2011 5:11AM

    Your wife has definitely got you figured out!

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REBECCATKD 8/3/2011 1:28PM

    Your wife is a wise woman! She got you good. :)

On a serious note, be careful of how much body-image-talk happens in front of those sweet little girls of yours. My hubby and I try to keep our vocab limited to "lean," "fast," "strong" instead of "fat" or "skinny." I don't want to unintentionally brainwash my kids into being too body-conscious.

Keep up the great work -- and wink at your reflection next time you catch yourself flexing in the mirror. :)

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LAURIE-RN 8/3/2011 10:34AM

    Love your blog! You HAVE come a long way. Congratulations on your accomplishment! And kudos to your wife for helping you see through her eyes :)

Laurie emoticon

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GRAMLORI 8/3/2011 10:11AM

    I love it!! Terrific blog!

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KESHIAG 8/3/2011 10:00AM

    That is toooooooo cute!

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MJRVIC2000 8/3/2011 9:44AM

    AH! How others see us when we fail to see ourselves as we truly are. Laugh about it! Your eyes have been opened by someone who loves you. God Bless, Vic.

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SDTALLY 8/3/2011 9:42AM

    Your last line sums up women!


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