Sunday, February 12, 2012
I have often been told by exercise experts that I need to mix it up. Do different thing for exercise. But I do! I run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and maybe Saturday. I swim or ride my bike on Sunday; nothing too hard, it's supposed to be restful. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are strength training days.
How do I know when it's time to change things up?
1) Boredom. Doing the same thing everyday or everytime I do a workout is a sure way to lead to boredom. I sat down at my Google Maps and plotted out about eight different 3- to 4-mile routes around my town. The only problem is I have two I really like and keep going back to them over and over. A lso have about the same four sets of strength training workouts planned. I need to really mix them up.
2) Injury. So far so good. I have not sustained an injury except by an accident where I missed the car (rather the car missed me). But if you do the same routines over and over, you can sustain an injury in an overused muscle or joint. I hope I switch things up before that happens.
3) No results. Your body can get so used to the same exercise all the time that it stops responding. If you do the same type of bicep curls, at the same weight and at the same repetitions all the time, your biceps won’t become stronger. Similarly, if you do the elliptical trainer every day, you will only be training certain muscles and may be ignoring others. Fortunately, I do cross training throughout the week.
4) Unmotivated. I have been there. I know I have to go our and hit the pool, or the bike or the run or the weight machines or whatever and I just cannot convince me that I should do it. I don't wanna. It's time to do something different when that happens. What is the expression? Familiarity breeds contempt? I have been there and I try to spot ti early so I can switch things up. Fortunately I love running and biking. Strength training no tso much, but I do them to keep from hating what I love.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
What a raw day it was today. Technically not cold, in the middle 30ºF range, but nasty. It had kind of snowed last night and was damp and foggy this morning when I walked to Weight Watchers. When I got home I had to take the chill off so I lit the fireplace.
When She(WMBO) got home from her nails date, I gave her a Valentine Day gift. Disney's Lady and the Tramp (on BluRay). She has always loved that movie and so was more than happy to settle in with a bag of popcorn and a mug of cocoa. I have seen this movie so many time I could almost recite the script. But we enjoyed it together.
After that was over, we put on the DVD of Princess Bride. Now there is a movie I never heard of when it was in theaters. I only caught wind of it when I was at my sister's house and she had it.
I think this is one of the best movies ever! (Earlier this week, I spent $10 to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D ... oooh! ... and that one is still in my Top Ten of all times)
It seems like every time I see Princess Bride, I appreciate it a little more. Peter Cook as the Archbishop --- "Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam. And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva. So tweasure your wuv." Did anyone else think of this scene when they saw the royals' wedding?
"As you wish." Buttercup would order Wesley to do the nastiest thing and he would respond by saying "As you wish." as his way of saying I love you. I now use that line in the same situations for the same reasons.
That whole thing with Billy Crystal and Carol Kane with "mostly dead" and "to blave"
And who can forget "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
So glad today was so crummy.
Friday, February 10, 2012
This is kind of long, but it is a fun read. I don’t know the original author, but I found it on the web one day as I was looking to see if “O Little Children”, a Shaker melody, had words. This is what Google spat out.
Rules for Children
O, Little Children, heed these words…
Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room.
Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may eat, but not in the living room.
Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat, but not in the living room.
Of the cereal grains, of the corn and of the wheat and of the oats, and of all the cereals that are of bright color and unknown provenance you may eat, but not in the living room.
Of the quiescently frozen dessert and of all frozen after-meal treats you may eat, but absolutely not in the living room.
Of the juices and other beverages, yes, even of those in sippy-cups, you may drink, but not in the living room, neither may you carry such therein.
Indeed, when you reach the place where the living room carpet begins, of any food or beverage there you may not eat, neither may you drink.
But if you are sick, and are lying down and watching something, then may you eat in the living room.
Laws When at Table
And if you are seated in your high chair, or in a chair such as a greater person might use, keep your legs and feet below you as they were. Neither raise up your knees, nor place your feet upon the table, for that is an abomination to me.
Yes, even when you have an interesting bandage to show, your feet upon the table are an abomination, and worthy of rebuke.
Drink your milk as it is given you, neither use on it any utensils, nor fork, nor knife, nor spoon, for that is not what they are for; if you will dip your blocks in the milk, and lick it off, you will be sent away.
When you have drunk, let the empty cup then remain upon the table, and do not bite it upon its edge and by your teeth hold it to your face in order to make noises in it sounding like a duck; for you will be sent away.
When you chew your food, keep your mouth closed until you have swallowed, and do not open it to show your brother or your sister what is within; I say to you, do not so, even if your brother or your sister has done the same
Eat your food only; do not eat that which is not food; neither seize the table between your jaws, nor use the raiment of the table to wipe your lips. I say again to you, do not touch it, but leave it as it is.
And though your stick of carrot does indeed resemble a marker, draw not with it upon the table, even in pretend, for we do not do that, that is why.
And though the pieces of broccoli are very like small trees, do not stand them upright to make a forest, because we do not do that, that is why.
Sit just as I have told you, and do not lean to one side or the other, nor slide down until you are nearly slid away.
Heed me; for if you sit like that, your hair will go into the syrup.
And now behold, even as I have said, it has come to pass.
When you are sitting at table upon whatever sort of chair, lean not backwards, further and further, no not like that, else the supreme law of Gravity will overtake you and you will surely descend unto the floor with a mighty crash and don’t expect me to sympathize now you’ve actually done it. It serves you right!
Likewise, when you are requested to fetch some culinary item from the cupboard behind you, whither nobody else can reach on account of the smallness of the room and the greatness of the number of people in it, if the chair upon which you have been sitting be such a one as may easily be folded for storage at such time as it is not in use for sitting upon, stand not upon it, for its easy folding properties will surely come upon you, most likely just after you have picked up the item, and even more likely if it comprises a substance in a glass jar which is readily smashed upon the floor, whither it will most readily descend with your own person, in a manner not unlike that which pertained last week unto your brother.
Cause not any food to be thrown, neither in the living room nor anywhere else. This also is counted among those things that we do not do, that is why, and also because I say so (and so does your father).
Laws Pertaining to Dessert
For we judge between the plate that is unclean and the plate that is clean, saying first, if the plate is clean, then you shall have dessert.
But of the unclean plate, the laws are these: If you have eaten most of your meat, and two bites of your peas with each bite consisting of not less than three peas each, or in total six peas, eaten where I can see, and you have also eaten enough of your potatoes to fill two forks, both forkfuls eaten where I can see, then you shall have dessert.
But if you eat a lesser number of peas, and yet you eat the potatoes, still you shall not have dessert; and if you eat the peas, yet leave the potatoes uneaten, you shall not have dessert, no, not even a small portion thereof.
And if you try to deceive by moving the potatoes or peas around with a fork, that it may appear you have eaten what you have not, you will fall into iniquity. And I will know, and you shall have no dessert.
Do not scream; for it is as if you scream all the time.
If you are given a plate on which two foods you do not wish to touch each other are touching each other, your voice rises up even to the ceiling, while you point to the offense with the finger of your right hand; but I say to you, scream not, only remonstrate gently with the server, that the server may correct the fault.
Likewise if you receive a portion of fish from which every piece of herbal seasoning has not been scraped off, and the herbal seasoning is loathsome to you, and steeped in vileness, again I say, refrain from screaming. Though the vileness overwhelm you, and cause you a faint unto death, make not that sound from within your throat, neither cover your face, nor press your fingers to your nose.
For even now I have made the fish as it should be; behold, I eat of it myself, yet do not die.
If screaming be impossible to abstain from, do it not in the garden, as this also is not what we do and it also severely annoys the neighbours. Do it only in your bedroom, having first made secure both doors and windows.
Concerning Face and Hands
Cast your countenance upward to the light, and lift your eyes to the hills, that I may more easily wash you off.
For the stains are upon you; even to the very back of your head, there is rice thereon. And in the breast pocket of your garment, and upon the tie of your shoe, rice and other fragments are distributed in a manner wonderful to see.
Only hold yourself still; hold still, I say. Give each finger in its turn for my examination thereof, and also each thumb.
Lo, how iniquitous they appear. What I do is as it must be; and you shall not go hence until I have done.
Throw not any thing in the house.
This law is like unto that pertaining to food, but more serious, as most things are more like to descend upon someone (probably one of your parents) and cause bodily injury (not just a mess), else upon some item of furniture or decoration, usually of a fragile nature and probably irreplaceable. Such throwing will always result in severe retribution.
Also, observe extreme care when throwing things outside the house, as they may well fall into a neighbour’s garden, causing embarrassment unto your parents, which is almost inexcusable.
Remove not any thing from the shelves of any shop without the express permission of the person in whose charge you may be at the time. And when you are instructed to pick up that green bottle, argue not, saying: “But I want the red one” as it will not be given to you, no, even though you insist with ever shriller and more forceful tones.
Likewise, you shall not be entitled to take home every toy that takes your fancy, especially if you have insufficient funds to pay therefor. 17p is deemed far too little as payment for the latest electronic game, even during sales when special offers abound.
Various Other Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances
Bite not, lest you be cast into quiet time.
Neither drink of your own bath water, nor of bath water of any kind; nor rub your feet on bread, even if it be in the package; nor rub yourself against cars, nor against any building; nor eat sand.
Leave the cat alone, for what has the cat done, that you should so afflict it with tape?
And hum not that humming in your nose as I read, nor stand between the light and the book. Indeed, you will drive me to madness.
Nor forget what I said about the tape.
Complaints and Lamentations
O my children, you are disobedient.
For when I tell you what you must do, you argue and dispute hotly even to the littlest detail; and when I do not accede, you cry out, and hit and kick.
Yes, and even sometimes do you spit, and shout “stupid-head” and other blasphemies, and hit and kick the wall and the molding thereof when you are sent to the corner.
And though the law teaches that no one shall be sent to the corner for more minutes than he has years of age, yet I would leave you there all day, so mighty am I in anger.
But upon being sent to the corner you ask straightaway, “Can I come out?” and I reply, “No, you may not come out.” And again you ask, and again I give the same reply. But when you ask again a third time, then you may come out.
Hear me, O my children, for the bills they kill me. I pay and pay again, even to the twelfth time in a year, and yet again they mount higher than before.
For our health, that we may be covered, I give six hundred and twenty talents twelve times in a year; but even this covers not the fifteen hundred deductible for each member of the family within a calendar year.
And yet for ordinary visits we still are not covered, nor for many medicines, nor for the teeth within our mouths.
Guess not at what rage is in my mind, for surely you cannot know.
For I will come to you at the first of the month and at the fifteenth of the month with the bills and a great whining and moan.
And when the month of taxes comes, I will decry the wrong and unfairness of it, and mourn with wine and ashtrays, and rend my receipts.
And you shall remember that I am that I am: before, after, and until you are twenty-one.
I tell you my child, you shall always be obedient unto my instructions and laws, which are just and right (because I say so, I told you that before).
Heed what I say at all times and, above all, for goodness sake ACT ACCORDINGLY FOR THE NUMBERING OF YOUR YEARS! (what do you mean, you always do?)
Hear me then, and avoid me in my wrath, O children of me.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Competitor Group, the people who put on the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series has finally released the official routes for the Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. It's in Washington, DC entirely. No crossing bridges into Virginia like in the Marine Corps Marathon.
The race takes off in 5 weeks, March 17, St Patrick's Day. Here is the map as I entered it into my RunKeeper page:
I don't have the marathon route because even though I am registered for the full, I will running the half.
And I found out that Metro will start running at 6:00 on March 17. Normal time is 7:00 on Saturdays. That means I only have to drive to Greenbelt or Landover and take the train to RFK Stadium. This will be easy!
I really must share this one I saw on Facebook yesterday.
And I like this inspirational poster, also found on Facebook:
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