Friday, February 14, 2014
I set a goal of 30 minutes of exercise EVERY day in February. So far I have made it all days but one and that was last Friday when I was on a hard deadline and then had an early evening date with my B. U. Tiffle wife. The resulting goal is to lose a pound per week for a total of four pounds this month. So far I have lost two pounds. It's working.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Wow. I cannot believe it's been almost two years since my last entry here. My weight is still to high, my stress level is even higher, and my spare time has practically vanished. I tried Weight Watchers for a while a couple months ago, but with all the travel and business meetings I couldn't stay on it. My wife has stuck with it and she has done great. I need a lifestyle turn-around. Maybe getting back on the Spark will help.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Over the past four months, my fitness has slid backwards steadily. I have a ton of excuses, but two stand out: bad weather has kept me off my bike and my start-up business has me working from early morning into the evening. I've been eating badly and drinking too much. The bottom line - or should we say the middle line - is that I've put on close to ten pounds since March.
But two developments have put that motivation back in me. Firstly, I'm going to visit my 88-year-old mother for my birthday in two months and I can't bring my beer belly and man-boobs to Colorado. Every year, I ride my bike the same mileage as my age. This year, I'm going to be at 9,500 feet. I need to get back into shape to ride 54 miles at altitude. Secondly my wife just had a health emergency - she's developed diverticulitis - and it scared me. She's okay now, but what if I'm not here to take care of her if something like that happens again?
So I'm back at it. This time it's different than in the past. It's not that I WANT to, it's that I NEED to.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
What a month here on the Southern Oregon coast. Besides snow, hail, 100-mph winds, earthquakes and tsunamis ... we've had rain, rain, and more rain. My friend who runs the County Highway Department has a rain gauge at his office and through Monday the 28th, he measured 26 inches of rain. That's basically an inch a day. Imagine that: over two feet of water coming from the sky in four weeks. Why do you think the two major colleges in Oregon have a duck and a beaver as their mascots? Could it be the rain? Oh...maybe.
But it's been a productive month. I've had great success with my novel - two separate agents have requested my manuscript. My non-fiction proposal is almost finished. A major investor is planning a site visit for early April which is very promising. I've experimented with several new bread recipes and the latest one with banana chips, dried cranberries and granola is really tasty.
But c'mon! Enough already!
I haven't been on my bike more than for just little spins in close to three weeks, and when I did get out, I was riding in rain gear and came home drenched.
Well today, it's only drizzling and I'm going for it - in rain gear again.
The new month begins tomorrow and the forecast is for sunny skies. Is it over? Can we go outside yet?
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Got out for a ride yesterday - it was WINDY and drizzling and about 50 degrees. A dark, sloppy, wild ride for sure. It was the first time out of the house since the Tsunami and the incredible storms we've had over the past three days. There were trees down, branches everywhere, lots of rocks in the road and deep pavement cracking from the ground underneath slipping away. I certainly wasn't dressed for it and I froze.
But I wasn't the only one out and about; the wildlife was out scoping out the result of Mother Nature's latest tantrum. I saw a small herd of seven or eight deer, a large herd of 25 or so elk, a pair of bald eagles, countless hawks, falcons, crows, ravens, vultures, ducks, and geese. I think I saw a pair of otters, but the river is so high, fast, and muddy, that whatever it was disappeared underwater - it might have been a couple of seals, but they normally don't go that far upriver nor travel in pairs - so I think they were otters. There were roadkill skunks, raccoons, and squirrels. I even saw possibly the world's biggest banana slug - it must have been about nine inches long!
The storm is back in full force today - gales and rain - so no riding today, but the memory of yesterday's ride will keep me going until I can get out again.
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