Friday, June 29, 2012
That is the title of a blog post by "swim bike mom". tinyurl.com/7ksv9yu I for one love triathlon, even if I am sidelined this year. Swim bike mom is a triathlete and she posted this photo on her blog:
"Remember when Tom Cruise made a fool out of himself on Oprah when he fell in love with Katie Holmes (nevermind the impending divorce)? Well, I did a similar thing when I came across Jackie Stringer’s race photo this morning. Not because I am in love with Jackie (well, not yet… but having just “met” her… I might be…) – but because this race photo was so incredibly awesome to me. I saw it - said “hell yes!” out loud, wanted to jump up and down on the couch… then I posted on Facebook on Swim Bike Mom. https://facebook.com/SwimBikeMom "
Jackie started her journey at 415 pounds! She is now a swimmer and triathlete.
" I would encourage anyone to watch my progress as I train for the Half Ironman in Augusta on September 30th. Many people half my size wouldn’t even dream of trying to even enter such an event. But IM DOING iT! First, last, dnf, at least I started and will continue to follow my dreams…. FOR ME."
A Half Ironman!
"FYI the day after this race, I swam the Ridges 5k open water swim from GA to NC… so anything is possible if you put your mind to it!!!"
A swim 5k! 3.1 miles swim! The swim leg of the Ironman is "only" 2.4 miles.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
My 11th grade English teacher was Mrs Margaret Burns. We all called her Maggie ... only behind her back. She was a fearful person. If she saw you chewing gum, by Jiminy, she could snag you by the collar from 20 feet away in a crowded hall.
Magie had a favorite quote that she would share with us often. In her inimitable North Carolina twang she would tell us "Do not squander time for that is the stuff that life is made of." She would of course remind us that one should never end a sentence with a preposition, but it was forgivable since Margaret Mitchell was a great American writer and she used that line in Gone With the Wind, the greatest movie ever made.
Of course Maggie Burns got a couple of things wrong. Firstly, Margaret Mitchell did not make up that line. It was a Benjamin Franklin quote:
"But dost thou love life, do not squander time ..." translated to modern English would be "If you love life, do not waste time ..."
But I have to agree with dear Mrs Burns that it is a great quote. At this stage in my life, I find I am enjoying what I am doing more. I wasted so much time, squandered it, in my youth. I look back and wonder why I never was a runner earlier in my life. I wonder why I took so much time to decide to lose the excess weight.
Her second mistake? Gone With the Wind is one of the worst movies I ever had to sit through for three plus hours PLUS intermission with a girl. I think her name was Linda or Diane or something and I was hot for her. She wanted to see this movie and I asked her if I could take her. We came out and she was just gushing. She asked me if that wasn't the best movie I'd ever seen.
I told her the truth.
I never had another date with Linda or Diane or whatever. I guess she chose to not squander any more time with me.
My dad gave me some sage advice ... women do not want to hear the truth about things like Gone With the Wind. I should have told her how much I loved it.
But She(WMBO) tolerates my idiosyncrasy or idiocy and warns me when she plans to burn off an entire afternoon. She loves it too.
I still hate it.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Glass Metaphor has always been incomplete in my mind. So I made this Motivational Poster.
As I type this I don't know if you can read the small captions, so here they are:
The Optimist Sees the glass as half full.
The Pessimist Sees the glass as half empty.
The Pragmatist Gets the right size glass.
My cousin's cousin Kevin suggested I missed one:
The Opportunist Asks, "Are you gonna drink that?"
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Have you seen Planet Fitness ads where they show the meathead the door out? "I like to pick thing up and put them down." youtu.be/PAXo3Wr_nYU
Now it seems that a few gyms are actually banning "skinny" people. I read about this new trend at The Greatist greatist.com/fitness/gyms-ban-skinny
"The only real “ban” was at Vancouver’s Body Exchange, where policy only allows plus-size women to join the gym. But Body Exchange isn’t totally alone, as other gyms have tried to cater to larger clientele. Square One in Nebraska targets “people of size,” although smaller clients are also welcome. Downsize Fitness, with locations in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Dallas, was created to cater to chronically overweight and obese individuals although it also doesn’t technically ban anyone."
Louise Green (middle) leads a fitness class held by Body Exchange, a Lower Mainland company that offers fitness programs for plus-size women, in Vancouver, BC., June 2, 2012.
The idea of only allowing out of shape people or encouraging them over "meatheads" makes some sense because as we all know here, being the only "fatty" in a room full of skinny-minnie super stars can be intimidating. We think they are judging us.
"'Many of our clients have not had successful fitness pasts so I can see the anxiety before we get started and I can see the relief and happiness after we finish,' Body Exchange founder Louise Green told The Province, a Vanvouver, BC newspaper. tinyurl.com/bqymp9w
“'It’s intimidating going into a gym setting,' one Body Exchange client told The Province. 'I honestly think some people in a gym setting are judgmental to people who are overweight or have a different body type.”"
It is my guess that this particular business decision, to concentrate on the part of the population that needs their services the most will result in a more welcoming environment for those who need it the most.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Yes, I called her.
When we grow up, we never think of our parents ever being our age, whatever that age is. Mom is in her end of life stages. She could go next week, next year, or may even see her centenary. But with a certainty, she is in her last days. Dad has been gone since before his 62nd birthday. This is not said out of fear or even mourning. We all die and Mom will soon. She and we are prepared.
And yet I still think of them in their middle forties to early fifties. Even now, I wonder what foolishness did Dad get into? Was Mom as big a pain in the butt as Dr Dani was for me? When they were adults, did they have doubts about themselves or their action like I do? They always seemed so confident. Do I seem that way to my kids?
When Dad died, Mom was about a year younger than I am today. Dad was about three years older. He knew he was dying, that his heart was giving out. But he didn't tell any of us except my sister the nurse. I can't think of my dad as being frightened at the prospect. And Mom also knew. When he went, it was a something of a surprise.
I can't imagine losing She(WMBO) and knowing that it was going to happen any time. Last Friday, we celebrated our 39th anniversary on what would have been Dad's 95th birthday.
And today is Mom's 91st birthday. That why I have been thinking about what their lives were like when they were my age. Ah, but here are some happy pictures of Mom.
Mom with her dad. I never knew my grandfathers.
Mom and Dad going on their honeymoon. November 1942. She was only 21.
My three older brothers can bee seen on the right side of the picture. My sister was less than a year old and maybe in the carriage?
The whole family as of 1962 at United States Military Academy, West Point NY.
Mom at her 90th birthday party with my youngest sister Martha (seventh daughter, twelfth child).
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