Wednesday, January 09, 2013
"Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you
and help your SparkFriends get to know you"
I got this from Dudedrak www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DU
who got it from Debbyfrommt my spark friend www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DE
Where is my cell phone?
I have no idea at the moment.
She doesn't want me to use her name on line … as if that will preserve her privacy. But after being married for 39 1/2 years, I obey, hence I refer to her as She(Who Must Be Obeyed -- WMBO).
Grey, conservative cut. White close beard.
91, hanging in there, but running her last laps.
deceased since 1979
Your favorite thing?
Your dream last night?
I rarely remember dreams. But check my blog for the craziest, most detailed one I remember: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
What room are you in?
A room we call the dry kitchen. It's a room that we never used because it's an off size and shape so I did it up like a kitchen sans sink or stove. Very useful.
Running. I am trying for 50 states half marathons.
Close spaces. MRIs terrify me.
Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Retired to … where She(WMBO) wants to be.
Where were you last night?
At home watching Homeland.
Something that you aren't?
Patient with stupid people. You know who you are. And if you don't I will tell you.
Are you trying to get fresh with me?
Wish list item?
recumbent touring trike and a cross country tour.
Last thing you did?
Cleaned up after dinner
What are you wearing?
Just a black thong … what are you wearing? ("Oh my GOD! Quick give me some chopsticks so I can put my eyes out. That mental image is burned into my brain!!!!")
No, really, Jeans, a running shirt from last year's Celtic Solstice 5 miler and trail runners.
Two dogs … on a big dumb lummox and the other a sweet little foundling.
Not a lot. A few.
It's cool. I just wish we could get all the kids off the payroll.
Flippant (Can't you tell?)
Miguelito … he went back to LA last night.
2004 Toyota Avalon … perfect getaway car … it looks like every other car on the road and has a two body trunk.
Something you're not wearing?
A black thong
Your favorite store?
Staples. And I don't know why. The bike store. Lowe's
Your favorite color?
When is the last time you cried?
I don't remember. I'm a guy!
Favorite place to eat?
Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
Savannah GA. I love Savannah.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
And I might add Christmas Day.
And a gratuitous picture of my grandson in his Ravens gear:
Monday, January 07, 2013
I saw my doctor today. He was satisfied that I was maintaining my weight ... more or less ... and that I am not satisfied with any give-backs over the last year. My blood pressure was up some, but what with age, added weight, heredity -- both Mom and Dad -- it is to be expected and it can be controlled. We're going to keep an eye on it.
I have a new rotator cuff issue, now on the right side, but it could just be tendonitis in the cuff. It's not a blow out tear like I had on the left side.
A lump on/in my right quadricep is probably a cyst. We will do nothing. If it changes any way other than go away, I will address the problem.
It is so cool to go in for my annual and not hear, "Please, you need to lose about 25 pounds."
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Someone asked my what was the one most important habit I developed for weight loss. That got me to thinking.
Clearly I exercise. I work out at the gym. Strength training has become a very important part of my regimen. I look at my arms, my abdomen, my legs and I see the changes. Buff would be too strong a words, but I am getting into shape.
But that wasn't it.
I have become an avid runner. I started out walking. Just walking 10 minutes around the block. The trick was not in doing that the first time. The real trick was to go out and do it the next day. And the day after that. I walked a little, then a little more. By winter I was walking for an hour. Then I hit the treadmill over the winter. In the spring I started to sprinkle in runs on my walks. Finally there was no more walking. Now I run. I run for a long time and I do it often. I never intended for it to happen. I even told She(WMBO) that if I ever uttered the word "marathon" in any context other than to buy gasoline, she was to dig a shallow hole in the back yard and shoot me in the head because I'd gone stark raving mad.
Along the way I also began to bike and swim. I even did a triathlon. I became an accidental athlete.
But that wasn't it.
I write down nearly everything I eat. At first I did it to keep a lid on how much I eat. But now it's more of a reality check. It help my awareness of *what* I am eating. I may only eat my prescribed caloric allowance everyday, but if it's all cookies and milk ... well that's not such a good thing.
Even so, that's not the most important new habit.
Water, lots of water, is a good change, but that's not it.
Sleep has never been my strong suit so I can't claim that as a secret of success.
My number one most important habit that I claim for my success has been eating breakfast. Every single day. And not a bowl of cereal or a muffin. I eat breakfast as a meal. Just like any other meal with half my food as fruit or maybe a vegetable, a quarter protein, and a quarter some kind of carb. For example egg white sandwich and an orange.
If I don't do it, I find myself getting hungry around 9:30 and I start to hit junk food. Why does that stuff look good when I have a basket of fruit? I have no idea. But if I have breakfast, the hungry hits later, closer to lunch and a bunch of grapes will be very helpful. And if I miss lunch or it gets pushed back to 1:00 or 2:00, having breakfast makes that event easier to tolerate.
Number one is something so simple. And it's something our mom's all told us.
Eat your breakfast.
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