SAABSTORY's SparkPeople Blog SAABSTORY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Big things happened this week. Well what a difference a week can make in your life. Well actually a few days, I am just now getting a chance to put it on paper. <BR> <BR> First my son graduating basic training and then on Saturday, I didn’t find out till Tuesday, my oldest daughter got engaged. So two pretty big events happening in a very short period. And both very good things! I am sort of excited, but the best news is the wedding won’t happen for at least 2 years since her fiancée is still in school and wonâ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:22:50 EST I met my hero last Wednesday and Thursday I met my hero last week. It wasn’t the first time we had met. As a matter of fact I have known him all his life. I was there the day he was born. He is my son. And he is now a soldier in the Ohio National Guard. And he graduated Basic Combat Training on Thursday of last week. <BR> <BR> When he left on May 4th I don’t think any of us really knew what to expect. And I felt so bad for him at the going away party I had for him on May 3rd. He couldn’t eat, and his stomach was all me... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:40:21 EST Ready to begin again. Again. Ready to start again. And again. And again. <BR> <BR> I know I am not alone in this. I know probably most of here have been in this position before. And here I am again, ready to start this journey another time. Sadly I can’t recall how many times I have tried to start this. Most likely that is a good thing. It keeps it from being too depressing. <BR> <BR> But the important thing is, I am ready. I have had a roller coaster life over the past few months. I had a great spring bre... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 14:10:42 EST A great weekend! Well back from the weekend. At least next weekend will be a long one. Taking a vacation day on Monday. Yay! Nothing really planned, just the Bengals game on Sunday Night Football. Yay again. Lol <BR> <BR> Speaking of games, my favorite college team had a big game on Saturday night. A friend invited us over to his house. He put up a 9 foot inflatable movie screen in his back yard and we watched it from the patio with a fire going and everything. It was a great time! Crisp cool night... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:01:57 EST Feeling blah. Ugh, I have a cold that is kicking my butt. Well actually it was kicking my butt. I am starting to feel like it is breaking up. Which means it has really only lasted a few days. But it has sapped my energy pretty good. I made it to the gym last night, but didn’t actually work out. I ended up just using the sauna some. Tonight I am going to make sure to work out and then use the massage table or chair at the Planet Fitness location. I know they are open 24 hours and since I have my dau... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:57:06 EST New Gym Report Well, it was quite a weekend. Had a great time with the kids, and my son actually came over for the weekend. I hadn’t really seen him since Labor Day weekend when we went camping. So we got to watch some football together Saturday and Sunday and our teams won. Always a nice feeling. Lol <BR> <BR> What isn’t so nice is the cold that is currently kicking my butt. Stuffy nose and mildly sore throat, and just feeling blah. But I am going to push through it some and still hit the gym this ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:33:09 EST Trying a new gym! Well another week in the books and I am about to leave work. Which is super busy right now as we had someone get promoted and have not been able to fill the opening yet. Which means I get double the workload. Yay! <BR> <BR> But I am sneaking out early today to try out my new gym. Well, not the one I plan to use since that one is still under construction. But I joined a new Planet Fitness they are building. I have been thinking about leaving mine for awhile but it has several advantages ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:52:08 EST Quick update Well it is a gray day today. I hope it clears up. I want to be outside tonight walking with my youngest. She has decided that she wants to run cross country in 7th grade. She just started 6th. One thing that frustrated me when my son ran was his constant battle with shin splints. I know it was mostly his fault since he didn’t run much in the off season. And then went from no running to running 3-5 miles a day. So, I have decided that since I needed the exercise, we would start walking... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:39:15 EST Sorry to all my friends here Let me first say sorry to all my friends here for pulling a disappearing act. I can explain it other than to say I pretty much was skirting the edges of depression for awhile. I think I have pulled myself out even though I did a lot of damage to myself along the way. For the last month or so, I have been fiddling with coming back. I have gotten back on track fitness wise the last month, but have been putting this off. <BR> <BR> So, sorry for just up and leaving. That was never my intent... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:34:09 EST Touch and Go Oh what a week it has been. I did so well last week and then the bottom pretty much fell right out from under me just when I had convinced myself that I was over it. It has been a week of eating bad and not exercising and not even really caring. I was having my own pretty nasty pity party. Till last night anyway. When I pretty much decided that I can’t let what happened rule my life. Sadly it was touch and go for awhile there. <BR> <BR> So now I am paying for it somewhat. I am reall... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:41:16 EST Ready for the weekend Finally Friday. It isn’t so much a TGIF day as it is, just glad for the week to be over. It has been a roller coaster of a week that will end on a high note. I am getting in an 80 minute or so walk tonight after work. I took the bus in and walking home. Something I plan to do more often this summer, in addition to bussing and biking home. Then I will get cleaned up, wait for my son to get home with my car, then we will be off to Dave and Buster’s with a friend so our kids can play and w... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:22:52 EST Close call last night. Well last night was a close call. Got off work and went to grab a bite to eat before the gym and read. Read my book and enjoyed a black bean burrito, then lost all interest in the gym. I just wanted to go home and curl up in bed, or go out and have a few drinks. But I went home. <BR> <BR> And finally convinced myself that the gym was the better option. And so, I went to the gym and crushed 60 minutes on the bike. One part of the recumbent bike I love is the ability to pick a heart r... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:33:29 EST Almost a runner Girls have cooties and are yucky. Ok, got that out of my system. Not really, but it helps. <BR> <BR> Now that I am a day or 2 removed things are getting better. I actually slept a full night last night with nothing running through my mind. Well it did for a little bit before I went to sleep. But I have made plans for pretty much every day this week until next Monday so I will be keeping myself occupied and on the go. Mainly the plans are to hit the gym, but that is a good use of the ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:23:29 EST Silver linings. Ah well, no more clarity today after having the long talk with the now latest ex-girlfriend last night. I have to say, it was creative. It is amazing how people rationalize their behavior. I want to break up, you are too great a guy and I don’t want to hurt you later. So here, let me hurt you now instead. I was tempted to go outside and get some salt from the streets she could use on the wound, but I refrained. <BR> <BR> I am not going to let this affect my diet or exercise. It did ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:04:04 EST Rough weekend with an unintended benefit What a weekend. It was good weight wise, and thanks to for the congratulations. But it wasn’t exactly coming off for the good reasons. I had a stomach virus or something Friday, so it was nature making me drop those pounds. Lol. Feel better. <BR> <BR> But also stress. I did manage not to stress eat, but ugh, nothing was much fun this weekend. Add the weather in yesterday and while I did make it to the gym both days, I didn’t do much else. It was a pretty crappy weekend. <BR> <BR... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:13:40 EST I made 1500 minutes in a month!! Finally, after all the fitness minutes I have logged over the past year, I have finally crossed the 1500 minute mark in a month and got the award. Interestingly it was in the shortest month of the year. It seems I should have gotten that one before. Or maybe I did but didn’t pay attention? Which would be par for the course with me. <BR> <BR> Gotta love a half day Friday. Taking off this afternoon to have a contractor look at some concrete that needs to be repaired. Hopefully he gets ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:17:06 EST Sunshine! And warmth! Spring is coming! Yay! We are finally enjoying some warmer temps and everything is thawing a little. It is due to get cold again next week, but it feels good right now so I will take it! <BR> <BR> I was figuring things out. When I make the gym tonight I will have a streak going of at least 35 minutes of exercise per day for 17 days in a row. No breaks. No real rest day. I have been feeling good. Not feeling rundown. I did skip the racquetball this week though since Monday was a holiday. I just wanted... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:49:43 EST Dear Mother Nature. I just wanted to voice my opinion of the weather we are having right now. I know it is still winter so I am not asking that the temperature should be mid 70’s or 80’s and sunny. I fully like our changing seasons in Cincinnati. I love snow and even go out to play with the kids in the snow and tube or sled and have fun. What I do not like however are low single digit temperatures where even a light breeze makes me feel i have taken up residence in the freezer in the basement. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:16:59 EST Happy Monday Well this is the best start to a Monday in awhile. Down 2 pounds and feeling good coming off a weekend of healthy eating and good workouts. <BR> <BR> I did learn one thing yesterday. Even though all the recumbent bikes at the gym look the same they do not all act the same. I switched to a different one yesterday and it about kicked my butt using the same levels I had been using on one of the other ones. Level 14 seemed more like level 17. Some of it could be the legs were more tired t... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:59:48 EST Short and Sweet The blog will be short and sweet today. Busy day and leaving early. Gotta love a day that will fly by. <BR> <BR> Made it to the gym on cross training day. That is going to be my new name for rest day. I don’t want to get confused and think that rest day equals no work. Since I plan to pretty much do something 7 days a week. So, since I pretty much stick exclusively with the recumbent bike at the gym, my cross training day will be a short treadmill workout. So, last night was 35 minute... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:36:41 EST I am back, finally Finally, I feel like I am back in the zone. Back to the point I would rather exercise than sit around. Back to the point where making healthy choices feels good. Back to the point where I am looking at menus online before I go eat to make sure to plan ahead. Back to the point where I am headed in the right direction. <BR> <BR> It feels good to be back to this point and undoing the damage done in the fall. The healthy eating feels good again and while the scale may not be moving as qui... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:20:44 EST More snow, with .3" of ice? Oh boy where do I sign up? Well what a fun drive in this morning. Actually it wasn’t too bad. We sort of got lucky that we had some snow first and the ice came on top it. So while the going wasn’t easy, you could go in this stuff. Glad it waited till after the camping trip or it could have been not so much fun. Just so glad I got to scrape my car again this morning and drive in snow and ice to work. This is getting to be a normal thing. We are about 14 inches above normal on our snow this year. Getting a little... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 09:37:58 EST Going to be a fun night. Well, I survived the camping trip. Got some good hiking in and got to see lots of frozen waterfalls. As always, we had more fun than we maybe should have. Had some awesome chicken wings smoked on the grill by one of the guys. He was actually making them for his super bowl party on Sunday but bought extra for us to pig out on. Some of the best wings I have ever had, and I ate way more than I should have. Ah well, that was what a few hours of hiking was designed for right? <BR> <BR> Play... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 14:09:14 EST End to a busy week. Well this is the end to a very busy week. Had to get our pension payroll printed and our regular payroll done and then finish up getting our w-2’s out. I tell you, us accountants live on the edge. Actually if you have ever had your payroll screwed up, you likely remember the accountant that did it. Lol <BR> <BR> Well, I haven’t dropped much this past week but I will take a one pound drop. Bad thing is, I leave for a guys freeze your fanny camping trip. Lots of bad food and beer to be h... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:52:15 EST Well this just stinks! And I went and done it. Was wearing my activity tracker yesterday and now it is no longer with me. Guess idiot me didn’t have it secured very well and it fell off in all my running around yesterday. This is disappointing. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:08:32 EST Finally think I am finding my groove. Yay! Dropped another pound! Back to the gym tonight. The off day was good. I got pretty many steps and a little bit of work to raise the heart rate, but not much. I shoveled snow for a friend working 2nd shift, figured I would give her a break and not have her out in 10 degree weather when I could do it. <BR> <BR> Well, I am now set for racquetball. I went out last night to a Play it Again Sports and picked up a used racquet. I am taking it to the gym tonight and will hopefully knoc... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:30:51 EST Awesome Weekend! Good morning all! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was good. It was a long weekend that for once felt like a long weekend. Not sure why but I actually felt like I had an extra day off. 3 day weekends aren’t usually like that it seems. And my lucky kids got a 4 day weekend due to snow this morning. Must be nice is all I can say. Although they are about at their limit of snow days for the year and may end up going later this summer. Which for them means it may be mid June before they... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:07:59 EST Interesting article. I saw an interesting article on yahoo. I read it yesterday and thought I would post a link here. One thing easy to forget is that even though we all could probably do more as far as working out, the body also needs rest to actually recover and get stronger. it isn't always easy to balance things. <BR> <BR><BR>x-abc-news/exercise-addicts-pushing-ou<BR>rselves-too-far-150001058.html?vp=1 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:26:02 EST Trying Racquetball on Monday! Well, what a day already. Thank God It’s Friday. And a 3 day weekend for some of us. <BR> <BR> Well, forcing myself to blog again seems to be helping some. While I won’t say I am over the hump, I am feeling better about the nutrition and exercise again. I have gotten to the gym 4 days in a row and with a long weekend there should be no issues in continuing this. Well, hopefully there won’t be any mental issues. Those are the worst ones. So, I am feeling good and while a touch sore t... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:31:57 EST Importance of a short memory. And another good workout last night. And another good day of watching my calories. I keep this up and I might actually get back on track. If I reverse this gaining weight trend I won’t know how to act. <BR> <BR> So, in keeping with introspection and focusing inward I was thinking last night. Yep, anyone in Cincinnati smelled something burning last night while my brain was being used. So, I was just finished with a great workout. And I mean I hadn’t felt like that after a workout in a... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:17:21 EST Trying to find my center A good couple days on the diet again and a great couple days at the gym. I am now waiting on my activity tracker. <BR> <BR> The next few days will likely be pretty boring to read. Going to try to just write some things out of my system. <BR> <BR> Not sure why, but I have been pretty introverted even for me lately. I am still friendly to people I know, but I am find myself clamming up more and more. Not wanting to put myself out there so much. Which is why I haven’t been blogging so m... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:07:15 EST I bought the Spark Activity tracker. Well, I broke down and did it. I opened the wallet and bought the spark activity tracker. <BR> <BR> I am not really a tightwad. Just for some reason spending the money on health never feels good. But this is a tech gadgety, not health so that makes it sit better. Smarter people than I have wondered why that is I am sure. Why would I rather buy a fun new tech gadget than something that will help me track the healthy things I do? Why would I not want something with the potential to mot... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:49:46 EST Another boring day...thats good right? What a day. This is just going to be a busy day. Boss called in sick. One other person called in sick. Small office, then a funeral later. Oh joy. NOT! <BR> <BR> So in an interesting note, the girl from earlier who couldn’t commit is back on the dating website. Wow. <BR> <BR> Well 3 days in a row of working out. Starting out easy again, 30 minutes on the bike right now. Nothing major going on. Hopefully tomorrow will be less busy and an all round better day. I am going to see t... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:18:32 EST Just another day. Well I think I am bouncing back nicely in both diet and exercise and mentality. Interestingly, it was the same time last year this happened. Must be a new years thing for me. But the workouts are feeling good after being back a couple days. Tomorrow will be an off day since I have a funeral for a friends dad who passed away on 1/2/14. Seems like too many people I know are going through loss. Hopefully this changes soon. This was unexpected, but at the same time he was almost 70. If I c... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 11:18:19 EST Moving on. And moving on. After the sting of yesterday. Moving on with my diet and exercise. Finally made it to the gym for the first time in 2014 last night. The best part was the sauna since it was like -5 outside when I left. Actually the sauna is always the bonus. The workout did feel good and was nice and easy. Taking it slow and steady. Trying to reinforce that approach in most areas of life I think. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the kind words and support on the dating. I have faith I will mee... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:17:39 EST And I got my answer Bummer, dang that stings. And via text too. Then again we mostly talked via text so it's not too surprising. Ah well, will go ride it off at the gym. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:03:38 EST Interesting start to 2014 Ugh what a start to the new year! But I guess I am still in better shape than last year at this time since I can go to the gym tonight. I had a great new years eve. Spent the evening with some good friends. Had some beers and good times playing games. Then woke up new years day running to the bathroom. <BR> <BR> It did get better for a little while. I had a first date on new years day. It was a good time till I had to leave and go home because by then I knew I was extremely sick. I h... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:37:24 EST Happy New Year! Well we survived the vicious manatee attacks that plagued Crystal River on Saturday. I think several people were overwhelmed by all the attention the manatee were giving us humans. I know my youngest squealed with delight several times. Or it might have been getting startled by a 10 foot long 600 pound playful creature who snuck up behind her. Not sure which. I go with delight. <BR> <BR> Had a great trip even if Florida didn’t cooperate weather wise. Lots of rain and clouds and not a... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:32:44 EST Merry Christmas! I Just wanted to wish everyone who reads my blog a Merry Christmas. It has been a great year for me. Even though I didn’t ultimately reach my goal, I did lose a significant amount of weight. I faltered badly at the end, but the new year is right around the corner and I know what work I need to do. <BR> <BR> But the best part is that I am in far better shape in many ways than I was this time last year. Last year I was spending these days worrying, needlessly in the end, about knee surger... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:32:11 EST Bouncing back. Well, back at it at the gym last night. Felt good to work off some of the stress of the last few days. Thanks to all who commented on my blog yesterday. I did give the kids a hug last night and look forward to next Friday when we leave for Florida for a few days of snorkeling and diving. And I should get to watch my Bearcats play in their bowl game. I am now looking forward to this trip more than many in the past. Just some time alone with me and my kids. <BR> <BR> I think I have fin... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:27:59 EST Seems like a lot of bad news lately. I know this isn’t exactly true, but it seems like all I hear about lately is bad news. And I don’t mean in the news. I mean friends going through bad things. <BR> <BR> I have worked at the same place for 26 years. The first tenish was spent outside while I pursued my degree then the last 16 in the same office. I recently found out that one of my biggest supporters and while not officially a mentor, she was is being given only 6-8 months to live. Once she left the office for a promotio... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:05:21 EST Reboot seems to be working I think I am liking the getting back to basics plan. I feel good after what was a semi-hard but shorter workout last night. Following the food tracking seems easy again. And just plain all around feeling more motivated than I have in awhile. That may be because the shirt I am wearing is tight and it didn’t used to be. <BR> <BR> Christmas tree goes up tonight and decorating is on slate for tomorrow. I never really feel like its Christmas till the tree goes up. And doing a live tree is... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:30:31 EST Overriding a lifetime of bad choices. Well one day down. Taking it one day at a time. I did a shorter workout last night and mainly plan to just take it easy and work my way back. I feel great today. <BR> <BR> I also broke down and updated my weight. I had wanted to not touch it until I made it back to where I was, but finally decided that honesty is the best policy and if I put it down on the computer screen I would have to own the mistakes I made. That was a very hard decision. Until then, I could deny the damage I was... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:39:27 EST Trying to find balance Yep, it has been awhile. Things are going ok, but not great. Nothing really in particular other than I am just not doing anything to watch my diet. And since I am not watching my diet I am also not exercising. The 2 go hand in hand with me. If I don’t exercise I don’t watch what I eat and vice versa. I have been trying to get back and am planning to start with the basics again today. I am going to try to follow the KISS rule. Keep it simple, stupid. Going back to baby steps and start... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:11:29 EST Shout out to my son! A big shout out to my son last night. He earned his varsity letter for cross country in his senior year. I know he won’t read this, but I told him last night. I was a proud papa. He only ran 3 years and most of last year and this year he was bothered by shin splints. I know from my own experience those suck and it isn’t easy to keep running. He and the coach managed to find a training plan to mitigate the effects somewhat and he was able to race each week. A few times I had to put my a... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:30:11 EST Spur of the moment exercise, good or bad? Spur of the moment decisions. Good or bad? Right now I am thinking bad. &#61514; I went to the gym last night and just had no desire to climb on the recumbent bike. I seriously thought about not working out and just relaxing in the sauna. Went in to the cardio theater and looked at the bike. Said no way. Still debating in my mind what to do, the sauna is calling my name. So instead of the bike I climb on the treadmill. Still I climb on the treadmill with the sauna’s words of encoura... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:19:44 EST Plans, they are a forming! Another good day on the diet, although I did splurge a little yesterday. Kept it in moderation though. We had a food party for someone who we just hired as a welcome to work, and it was also a quasi baby shower since his wife is about to have a baby. He was a temp for a long time. So I had some cake and maybe went over my calorie goal, but not by much. Then did make the gym and stuck to my easy workout plan and didn’t push it due to the overeating. Trying to stay with the plan as much a... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:08:39 EST Thanks for the support First thanks to all who commented on my second blog yesterday. It was depressing to get the news. It is always a reminder how it can happen at any time to any one of us. But I will continue my work to not give my body any reason to shut down. <BR> <BR> I was flipping channels on Saturday and came across a 90 minute show on the 2013 Ironman in Kona, HI. Wow, all I can say those people are incredible. 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon. I am not sure I would ever want to... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:05:50 EST Sad to hear this. Ugh, talk about a kick in the gut. I just found out someone I went to high school with died suddenly yesterday. I played football in high school with him. He was one of the guys everyone was scared to play across from on the line. I took many a beating from him in high school as he was first string and I was on the bench. He played D line and I was O line. He was a great player and probably could have went somewhere with it if he had been a little taller. He was a beast on the field an... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:42:10 EST Motivation level climbing Wow, it is amazing how hard you can make a short workout. Last night I spent 20 minutes on the treadmill to warm up then hit the recumbent bike for my HIIT workout. So, I am not sure if I am doing the right thing, but I start with a really hard level and work my way down. The bike has 25 levels for resistance settings. So, I had been going to level 20 for 1:15 seconds on the first interval and then the 2nd dropping to level 19 but adding 5 seconds. Last night I upped the level to level 2... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:42:56 EST