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An Update for July

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Long time since I've written anything here of substance. Sure I've put up several links, but very little about what I've been up to.

In a word: Life.

Life is complex. Three busy kids, a (more than) full-time job, and everything else. On the bright side, things are settling into a little bit of a holding pattern (at least for me) for July; almost everything has been arranged for our trip to Scotland and Iceland in August. After my (emergency) business trip to Columbia MD last week, we then went over to the island. I got in an Island Weekend to celebrate Canada Day, then got back in town Tuesday morning. My wife and kids come back Friday, then leave for the interior for two weeks of piping and dancing Sunday morning. As a result, I've got almost three weeks to myself. Time to take a bit of a breather before the craziness of August, time to turn my focus a little back to me for a bit, and be a bit selfish.

The last couple months have taken a little bit of a toll. I've been cycling to work a lot and continuing to walk at lunch time, but I've been finding myself a lot more "snacky" and making some less-than-good choices food-wise. I more or less dropped off of SP, stopped following and reading friends' blogs, stopped following people's activity feeds, and was less than diligent on food tracking. Exercise tracking yes, food tracking no.

I'm still holding at more than 100 pounds lost since my start (101.8 pounds, to be precise) but I'm up about 5 pounds since the end of May. Nothing horrible, but when I was out kayaking Monday I got a little reminder: my wetsuit was a bit snug. (As an aside, does anyone else see something wrong with needing to wear a full wetsuit and not a shorty in July????) Not really a surprise; even though my legs are solid from all the cycling my spare tire's a bit bigger than it used to be. I'm about 15 pounds heavier than when I bought it, and probably about 8 pounds heavier than when I last wore it, so that feedback was totally fair.

So, now that I've got the breather, it's time to do something. I know what to do, and how to do it, so I'm going to focus this month on doing it. Eat less (cut down on the snacks), move more (or at least not "move less" - I'm pretty good here), track everything (accurate food tracking and regular weigh-ins).

I'm also going to try to do longer run or bike trip a couple times a week. I actually find that sustained Cardio (45 minutes or more) is a little bit of an appetite suppressor and I'm wondering if even though I'm burning calories like mad cycling to and from work 3-4x a week, that each individual bike trip is too short, 25-30 minutes.



Oh, and just because I can, here's a link that I found somewhat appropriate:

spectrum.ieee.org/comput
ing/software/apes-with-apps


Why's it appropriate? Simple. While I was on my trip down South last week, I picked up two Galaxy Tab 2's, a 7-inch and a 10.1 inch. We have three iDevices in the family (an iPhone and two iPod Touches) and were contemplating an iPad, but given that there are five of us in the family that would leave someone out for airplane entertainment, and we were also wanting a GPS for driving in Scotland. Looking forward, we were also at the point where my wife wanted an eBook reader of some sort, and my son will need something for note taking in his new school in the Fall, and the 7-inch and 10.1 inch would do well for those two tasks. Oh, and yes, they are just plain cool and fun to play with - Apes with Apps indeed. I was able to get both of them for less than an iPad, and picked them up a day before injunction against sale of the 10.1 inch version. It was also a day before the announcement of the Google Nexus 7, but I learned long ago not to second-guess tech purchases; there's always something newer and snazzier just around the corner, and in any event we still would have wanted the bigger one as well.
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JENNIFER_67 7/7/2012 12:52PM

    Enjoy your breather with some time to yourself.

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LKEITHO 7/5/2012 10:45PM

    Enjoy your July! I'm sure you'll be missing your wife and kids before too long, though. I agree with you about the longer cardio being an appetite suppressant - I hope you find those longer workouts do the job for you. All the best!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/5/2012 10:01PM

    I'm breathless (well almost). You guys really have a lot going on.
Enjoy your me-time.

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CARTOONB 7/5/2012 8:51PM

    Amazing you get time to Spark at all!

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NATPLUMMER 7/5/2012 4:02PM

    You have been busy.
Good plan for the month.

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NWFL59 7/5/2012 12:34PM

    Sounds like a busy time for y'all. Congrats on the additions to your 'pads' collection. Down here where I live, this time of year, you definitely wouldn't even want to wear a short wet suit as it would be way too uncomfortable even if it fit properly
When I cycle outside it normally for 30 minutes or less and relatively short distances. However when I use my indoor recumbent bike, like this morning, I managed 90 minutes and 30.6 miles. emoticon

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