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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Haven't done this in what feels like forever, although I see that I did enter something in this space in Mid August. At that time, yr obedient servant could hardly bend his right arm, which I am happy to report is no longer true. Did go see a doc, and then an occupational therapist, and got things to do about it, though, both elbows still have issues. I get to try and increase grip strength in both arms, because my grip strength is "wimpy", so said the therapist lady. Also, I get to imbibe more calcium and get more Vitamin D, and need more magnesium, but not too much more magnesium, because that might cause diarrhea. Well, alright then.

At least the worst of the pain has passed, although my one attempt to play pickleball since that time resulted in a renewed loss of range of motion in that right elbow after just a couple of games. I mentioned that to the therapist, and was glad to hear that I wasn't barred from playing. She just left it up to me to know my limits. Deal.

There's been plenty of fun since that time, including a just concluded trip to Atlanta for a heavy metal festival. Now, I know what you're thinking, heavy metal festival. But, please allow me to dispel a stereotype or two by directing you to this video, of a rubber ducky flying through the air. bit.ly/2CLRVf1

A good time was had, and I only gained a couple of pounds, despite the copious eating and drinking. There was also copious walking, as the hotel was a mile away from the concert venue. That's a good thing, as the first weigh in of the new BLC round was the day i flew down, and it would have been rough to start in a 5 pound hole.

So officially, I started at 218.2, will probably weigh in the vicinity to 220 tomorrow. That give me 11 weeks to shed down to 210, my goal for this round. I'm aiming for 150 exercise minutes a week, which will be made tougher by not being able to play pickleball (I totally slacked today on going to the gym), but seems not too difficult a goal to maintain.

I've been doing decently on water during the summer (at least partially due, again, to playing pickleball in the heat of the summer mornings), and I'll try to keep up with the 64 oz+ I've largely hit regularly.

I would like to enter my thoughts in this space far more regularly again. It's a useful space for a mind dump, what with using it for far more than just the health/nutrition/exercise topics spark is all about.

Lessee, what else? I'm not going to put down specific food goals, as I haven't tracked foods in ages, and would be hard pressed to do that, and accurately track those goals.

I shall, however, endeavor to read two whole books (like, real ones, even if on a kindle) during these 11 weeks upcoming. I say this half in jest, but I realized I haven't managed to finish a book in for freakin' ever. Too much other distraction out there, what with the internet, and music, and pickleball, and netflix, and moviepass, whatever that's still worth these days (3 movies a month for the price of one, perhaps. Haven't been to one yet this month).

Them's the SMART goals, not that I remember what the acronym stands for anymore, other than the A for achievable. Wait, M is for measurable, right? R maybe for realistic? Still missing the S and T even if those are correct. (I refuse to look this up, can't you tell? It'll come to me eventually).
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  • LIFECHANGZ
    emoticon pickle ball? honestly sounds like a blast! hope your elbows/grip strength improve over the challenge! good to see your rambletudes - look forward to more :)
    5 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    glad to see you posting
    6 days ago
  • EUPHRATES
    Specific
    Measurable
    Achievabl
    e
    Realistic
    Timely (aka have a time frame).

    So you doing BLC too? I'm back with the Mustangs.
    emoticon
    6 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2018 5:00:40 AM
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