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Monday morning

Posted: June 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hope everyone had  a decent Father’s Day yesterday… I spent some time with my father-in-law and did home repairs for my mom.

I also did some swimming.

And no one said anything about pushing me back in the water.

So, to summarize, I swam 400 yards and walked just under two miles yesterday. I followed that up with 3.19 miles this morning. The pace isn’t there yet, but I made the distance for the 5K. I think I need to vary my terrain, though. I should probably look for a walking trail near my house… something where I can be outside and feel something underfoot other than a rubber belt. That should be my next goal.

I also decided on what my next construction project will be. Supportive Partner Woman (Lego fan in her own right) and I have amassed a considerable quantity of collectable minifigures. That has proven to be a display nightmare. I was looking at repurposing a golf ball display rack, but that’s not going to cut the mustard… too much cash for too little space. So, I’m going to build my own. This will be interesting, as I’ve never done anything with dado cuts, but I think this can work and provide a nice display area for the varied figures.

I managed to take care of my mom’s downspout issues. The water was just landing right in her flowerbeds and washing away the mulch. I added some additional pieces of spouting and dragged out the pop rivet gun. I find that works much better than using the screws which corrode like crazy. The important things are 1) she seems happy, and 2) I got to use tools.

It’s funny… I’m usually at my happiest when I’m doing something that involves building or fixing. Maybe it’s just that I’m doing something tangible… that I can see results. That just tells me that I took the wrong career path and I should’ve been a mechanic or something like that. Maybe that explains my Lego fixation.

At any rate, going to call it a day.

Song of the Day: Sing Me Away – Night Ranger

Run horse, run!

Posted: May 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s another Monday after the Preakness, and I can safely announce that I didn’t win. I know… big surprise there.

It was a good weekend, though… full of friends, family and food, although not as much food as usual. The weekend commenced with our usual trip to South Jersey. It’s always an adventure, what with us usually trying to avoid traffic by taking the Burlington-Bristol Bridge over the Delaware River. I hate this bridge. It’s a lift bridge that is simply too damned narrow. It’s a lot better crossing it with the Honda rather than the big 15-passenger van I used to have to drive to Pimlico, but I still don’t like it.

We arrived at my sister-in-law’s place and the party commenced. Their house is the primary gathering point and there is much pre-race drinking and dinner, not to mention, prep of the Giant Preakness Mobile Buffet. I managed to even have my first piece of red meat since my operation and it stayed down. This makes me happy… I’m not a huge red meat eater, but I do enjoy a burger or steak from time to time. I’ll probably switch more to turkey burgers, but it would be nice to enjoy a treat from time to time.

Saturday saw us arrive at Pimlico before the first race, which is something of a rarity. I lost a couple of bets, then won one which brought me back to even keel. I lost on the Preakness, thanks to Orb doing an epic choke job. So, all in all, I ended the day down around $18. Not too bad for a day’s worth of gambling.

Most of the story is usually about the camaraderie that goes along with the day… there’s plenty of laughs and good times. I even managed to avoid the barfs for most of the day. Until the end, when I had some turkey and ate it a little too fast. I get what they were saying in support group and in class regarding how easy it is to lose track of your pace when you’re eating in social situations. I have to keep better track of how quickly I’m eating to avoid messiness in the future.

Yesterday was a fun day. Supportive Partner Woman and I left Jersey and headed back around 1:30. After the obligatory traffic snarls on the Schuylkill, we swung by the Lego Store at King of Prussia Mall to pick up some of the new minifigure series, then went to Wegman’s, because, well, we were driving by and had to stop… it’s the law. We actually didn’t do too much damage at Wegman’s, for a change. Headed home, put the cold stuff in the fridge, then went to the movies to (finally) see Iron Man 3. It was pretty enjoyable and we both had fun.

In the other good news, it seems that the Toe. That/ Will. Not. Heal. is in fact healing. It has a nice scab on it, and with any luck, I’ll be out of the Boot of Shame by this time tomorrow. If that’s the case, look out gym. Brian’s going to be back.

Going to wrap this up… paying a visit to the Friends of the Library book sale.

I’ll leave you with a photo from Saturday. As you can see, we have some pretty good seats.



Third shift made me do it

Posted: April 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

Not write, that is.

I know… poor excuse, but it’s fact. There have been days this week when I parked the car and had to take a nap before I could find the energy to walk to the door.

I’m either old, or the shift is totally kicking my ass.

I’m voting the latter.

It’s not so much the shift as it is the shift combined with my lack of desire to eat anything. I got the riot act read to me by the dietitian today because I’ve not been getting enough protein. I don’t know what to say other than the thought of a protein shake nauseates me. She did give me some tips on how to make them more palatable, so I’m hoping things will improve on that front. I also found out that in two more weeks I can start to have more solid fruits and raw vegetables. I’m looking forward to those days. I miss crunching on celery and other raw veg. There’s something about the crunch factor, ya know?

So, the toe isn’t really healing as fast as I would like. This is very frustrating to me, mainly because I’m ready to start swimming laps again. I even found that my swimsuit fits, which is a huge deal. And no, it’s not a thong or Speedo. Nor a mankini (think Borat). I just promised myself I would not buy a larger one, no matter how much I wanted to swim. I made it, which is a good thing.

So, once again, I head to the office for a Friday night. I’m hoping that I’m starting to get used to the hours… I slept for six straight today, which is pretty good. Had a bizarre dream that involved a prepaid cellphone vending machine at Sheetz. Is there such a thing? I have no idea… I think I need to lay off the sauce.

I have one more week of third, then back to second, which is a lot easier for me to write. I find I have better stuff in the morning.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Today’s weight: 317.0

Song of the Day: Dreams – The Cranberries


Posted: April 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Some days you’re up, some days you’re down.

Today is one of those down days. I’m feeling so discouraged by the whole process. I miss a regular life. I’m bored, but what I really want to do (work out) I can’t do because of my stupid foot.


I knew going in that I would have days like these. I went to the fitness center, did my non weight bearing cardio and lifted weights. I was thirsty, so I took a drink of water from the cooler. That’s when the newest wrinkle appeared. Apparently, being heated up from exercise and cold water no longer mix. They equal barfs. I know it’s the temperature, but my first thought was, “Water? Seriously? WTF am I supposed to do now?”

I guess I’ll just keep plugging away. It’s what I do.

I’m doubting the process. Yes, it’s great that I crossed the 50 pound barrier, but I miss a normal life. I realize that’s my whiny inner child speaking… if I had lived a normal life before, I wouldn’t have been fat enough to have to undergo the operation. I made tuna salad last night for dinner. All I could have was just tuna salad. No crackers or anything. It’s kind of nasty, just salad, but it’s how the cookie crumbles. I’m actually afraid to try new stuff because I’m afraid I’ll just spit it right back up.

I guess impatience is a curse of mine. I want my foot to be healed so I can work out. I want the weight to come off, and I want to get back to eating a more balanced diet.

In the meantime, I just need to suck it up.

Sometimes, that’s all you can do.

That time I wrote about the best Internet radio station I know.


Those two words are familiar to anyone who’s ever read The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a five-part trilogy by Douglas Adams.

Yes, I know…

See, I turned 42 today. According to Adams, the number 42 is very significant. It’s supposedly the answer to life, the universe and everything. Funny, I don’t feel very enlightened.

Here’s what I do know. I know that I don’t know half of what I thought I did know when I was 22.

Did I get stupid? Well, that depends on who you ask.

Did I maybe get a little wiser? I think so.

So, getting back to the title, it applies to today and tomorrow. I am panicked, mostly about the impending showdown with the Scale of Evilness. I’m afraid that I’m not going to make my target weight and I don’t have any idea of how I’m doing. They tell you not to obsess over the weight, but it would be nice to know where I stand. This being too fat for a regular home scale sucks, Imma tell you what.

So. I’d also like to take a minute to thank everyone who left me some birthday wishes on Facebook or Twitter or via text. Really made me feel special.

I promise to let you know how it goes tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed and keep good thoughts for me. Lord knows I need it.

Two for one

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Day 15 is in the books. Not a particularly great workout… the ankle was kind of stiff, so I took it easy (2.7 mph, 2% incline) rather than do the usual random setting. As Ryan once told me, “Anything is better than nothing.” Plus, I think the cold rain and general dampness really had me aching. I can only hope that when there is less weight on the joints, the aches and pains should ease accordingly.

I opted to wear my Merrell hiking shoes for the day. The offer a little more support in the ankle and heel than do the cross-trainers and thought maybe my feet could use a break. Just need to remember to take them off when I go for weigh in later today. They do weigh more than my sneakers and every little bit helps. I’m actually freaked out about my appointment today. I know I’ve been doing a pretty good job staying active, but I’ve had little success with the scale. Plus, I haven’t been the best and not grazing. I’ve just tried to keep my grazing to healthier stuff. We shall see. I’m just not going to let a poor weigh in ruin all that I have done. I know I’m on the right path… I just have to keep on said path.

Lunch today was a cup of jambalaya and some Greek yogurt. I’m not a huge fan of the Greek yogurt, but I’ve found if you stir the hell out of it, it makes it that much more palatable. I also opted for a protein shake for a snack. Breakfast was a shake and a banana.

So, enough about the impending office visit of doom. Let’s talk about what I saw last night. I had to go to the grocery store… some coupons were expiring. While I was in the checkout line, I noticed a “tween” girl in another line who was totally rocking a 1989 vintage Debbie Gibson Electric Youth-era hat. Just the fact that I used the word “vintage” in conjunction with “Debbie Gibson” made me feel very old. It was just kind of funny, though, as I remember when that hat was popular.


OK… we’re back. Turns out I forgot to save this down in a .doc format and Pages can’t read a .docx extension. Sigh.

So, I’ll just combine posts and you get two for one. It’s a BOGO post! Woot!

So, the bad news. I managed to gain four pounds. It could’ve been a lot worse, though. I had several days of not particularly healthy eating. It wasn’t so much the what, it was the quantity. One of my biggest problems is that I’ll eat mindlessly without considering just how much of something I’m eating. Before I know it, I’ve eaten an entire bag of chips or pretzels. It’s not particularly a good thing. So, my next appointment is February 11. Shauna informed me that it’s go time, though. If I don’t manage to drop another 10 pounds, then no surgery for me at this time. That’s one way to make sure I get in compliance.

One other positive change I am making is that I started journaling my intake and exercise again. I had really dropped off on it, but maybe if I really pay attention to it, I’ll get a better feel for just what and how much I am eating. Wish me luck.

Also, I did another day at the gym. For those keeping score at home, that makes it 16 straight days. Did time on the arc trainer to save my dodgy left ankle. I got 30 minutes in, good sugar results… no complaints. So, tomorrow will be Day 17… and I have no idea of how many days I’ll be able to keep it going, but I really like starting my day with a workout. Gives me the energy to get through the day. I’ll need it in the coming months. We’re going into a busy season at work where mandatory overtime is the phrase of the day, so I’ll need it.

Well folks… thanks for reading. I appreciate all your page views and I thank you for your support.