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System Update: November 2015
It is time to accept a little humility/shame and admit that I need to get back to the calorie tracking. I tracked calories successfully from 2008 until about 2011 or 2012. It was very successful. Then I maintained well without tracking for a yea... Read more
Gratitude is Like a Flashlight
During morning web reading I came across this quote:
"Gratitude is like a flashlight. It lights up what is already there. You don't necessarily have anything more or different, but suddenly you can actually see what it is. And because you c... Read more
GBoomer's Pre-Running Checklist
Last time I went running, I realized too late that I hadn't emptied my bladder before heading out the door. Locally, I run at a beautiful park that, unfortunately, has no public facilities AND is always populated. Ducking behind a tree is not us... Read more
State of the Boomer, Sept. 2014
Long time no blog!
September 2014 finds me alive and well. Allow me to run down the good and the struggles.
- I've been retired for a year now. I have adjusted over the year to no longer having work status to boost my "... Read more
My Recent Exercise News - June '13
I just completed a 21 day streak of walking around the block in the morning. Our block is half a mile exactly. In the morning, the air is noticeably fresher and cleaner than later in the day. One trip round the block leaves me invigorated, but w... Read more
First Time Round the Arlington Loop
Yesterday I achieved my goal of circling the entire Arlington Loop for the first time. When I set out, that wasn't what I had in mind. The plan was to go seven miles out and seven miles back, a total of 14 miles... two more miles than last week'... Read more
YouTube Videos Are Better Than In-person Teacher
On Wednesday I attended another class. This time it was a bike maintenance and repair "workshop". It is a monthly class in a workshop in which a teacher and tools are available. One can bring their own bike and do whatever work or maintenance th... Read more
Several Biking Landmarks in One Day
For many, these "landmarks" would be nothing, but for me they are little victories.
Yesterday I bought a front and rear light, a bell and a kick stand and installed them all myself. A first for me.
Then, last night, I rode my bike to a... Read more
New Fitness Goal: Bike the Arlington Loop
Last Summer I took advantage of the wonderful bike trails in my city and got back into biking after a hiatus that started with getting a driver's license at the age of 16. Wow, that's a hiatus of 35 years! Amazing that it came so easily.
Co... Read more
Back to Blogging (?)
Haven't blogged in a good while. Life has been a little overwhelming this year.
The good news is that I continued exercising and eating mostly healthily. Recently, I got my bike out and took some (free) local classes about safe city biking.... Read more
How We Married Without a Marriage Proposal
My wife and I went to a family gathering last night. My brother and cousin were sharing their marriage proposal stories. One of them proposed to his wife at a jazz restaurant, and had the band play a special song. The other secretly got all the ... Read more
New Sleep Experiment - Bedtime and Exceptions
Talking with a family member, I realized that there is another change that has taken place since adopting this new way of eating. My bedtime has changed.
Before, when I was struggling with restless leg syndrome, my bedtime had ... Read more
New Sleep Experiment - After Three Weeks
Boy did I make a mistake. I accepted a three week Summer teaching position that is stressful beyond belief. This week was the first of three weeks.
The good news is that my sleeping has been ok considering all the stress. I've been sleeping... Read more
New Sleep Experiment - Sharing a Bed
I wasn't going to post again regarding this experiment for at least a week, but I was just writing a comment on a SparkFriend's page and realized, this is important.
Several years ago, in 2006, I stopped sleeping in the same bedroom with my... Read more
New Sleep Experiment - After Two Weeks
It has now been two weeks of this sleep experiment. This is a report on the results which, to my continuing amazement, are 100% positive.
(For readers who need a little background, I suggest reading the first post on the experiment plus the... Read more