Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Erratic post behavior

Last Wednesday I weighed in at 210.0 on the dot.  I wasn't super happy, but at least it was down and not up.  Tonight is breakfast for dinner since Penny is out of town, and hopefully I'll be mindful and not mow down too much since tomorrow is weigh-in-Wednesday.

I've been terrible about working out.  Either it's been raining, I've been lazy, or I've been busy.  I ran yesterday for a short stint, and wanted to run again today but work has me by the sensitive bits right now.  It'll be over soon.  I keep telling myself that.

I thought since I didn't really have any super important stuff to say I'd post up a quote I'm rather fond of.  It is from Teddy Roosevelt, and it is a brief quote out of a speech he delivered in Paris, France, just over 115 years ago.  The entire speech is here (PDF).  What strikes me about reading through the speech is how far the quality of our speech has fallen.  I cannot not possibly fathom a President using such beautiful verbiage today.  I guess the speech writer's are trying to cater to the lowest common denominator these days.  Seems to be an American trend...anyway before I get started on that, here's the quote.  I hope you enjoy it.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

Actually, if I look at that closer, that's one helluva run-on sentence.  For shame!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kieran pics

I had a few pics of the big cheese in my life from when we went to the Museum of Natural History at Prairiefire, and also from his kindergarten musical.  I thought I'd share them out to the family...


Time flitting by

Weigh-in Wednesday revealed a 210.2 to me.  That's pretty good.  It's not massive, but it's a trend, and I like weight-loss trends.

I haven't been very good about working out this week.  My legs have been pretty sore for some reason, but I'll get some mileage in this weekend.  I had a nice lunch ride on Tuesday, and decided to do my hill climbing route for some stupid reason.  Within the first 10 minutes of the ride I was tasting the blood from burst capillaries in my lungs.  I guess competitive cycling does give you the ability to push pretty hard, sometimes I forget how far off back I fell off the wagon.

Ah well, I'm still young-ish enough.  At least I feel that way.  I wonder why that is.  I'm not *that* active, but I still love running around with the kids like I'm 16.  Probably a little slower and jigglier than 16, but you get the idea.  Maybe I just refuse to get old.

I hope to die "with my boots on" and with a completely broken-down, worn out body.  That might be optimistic, but I think it's something to shoot for.

That's it for now.  I gotta get back to the real world for a bit.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Run like a couch potato

I've been running a bit lately.  My cycling mileage has been atrocious, but at least it hasn't been zero.  So in the meantime I've been running.  I was going out the other night while it was nearly dark, and one of the neighbor kids harassed me asking me why I'm going out for a run in the dark.  I responded "so people can't see me walk."

Running is an acquired taste.  I've grown to like it to some degree, but it always seems that once I start getting in to the groove I fall off the wagon.  There's probably some weird psychology at play there.

Anyway (sip coffee), I've been trying to run every other night, and haven't been going very far but when I do run, I get after it.  I've been rulking about 2 miles, with about 60% of that walking, 40% running.  I'm transitioning that over to 100% running, but it's slow.  I bet it'll pick up in a week or two once I get those little muscles back in shape that always hurt so bad after the first few runs.

Good news is that I was at 211.8 today, and that's with 2 cups of coffee.  Let's see if next week bears the same trend.

I'm going to try and get out for a lunch ride today, although my lunch route has been broke due to road construction a ways down Mission road.  6 months!  There will probably be delays, so it'll finish up just in time for winter.  I don't even want to think about winter rides right now.  I'm not happy as it is with the temp only hitting upper 50's today.

Not much else going on in life.  AB had a game out at Swope (my first experience) and that was a nice place, although I remember reading that one of council people swindled the money from sewer improvements to build that place.  Sure Swope will be a revenue generator, but you gotta take care of your tax base, which isn't all the JoCo teams that play there.

K has been having some great days at school, and he earned a trip to the ice cream store with his Kindergarten teacher.  That's pretty cool.  I don't remember by Kindergarten teacher, except that I farted when my parents and I had our initial meeting with her.  Must have been quite a fart for me to remember it 32 years later.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tulsa Cup

I figure I should make a post about the kids from time to time, I know that's what gets me the hit count on the site.

Actually not, but I took some pics from this weekend and wanted to post them up.

Short story short, AB had a soccer/futbol tourney in Tulsa, and his team took home the championship.  It was pretty cool to go out of town and go to town on the in town teams.  Yea, you might have to read that twice, but it's worth it.

They outscored their opponents 25-1 in 4 games, even though I believe it was their first time playing 8v8.  Go soccer!  These are generally bad pics, but lesson learned don't bring the point and shoot to athletic events.  A DSLR with manual zoom is WAY better.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Getting on about it

Forgive me if this is an odd post, but it's 6am and my words aren't super strong yet.

I decided awhile back that I need to get in shape again (other than a roundish shape).  Mainly because I see some deficiencies in my overall condition, like a core that is more like a wet noodle than a pillar of stone.  Somewhere closer to the stone is what I'm aiming for.

213.4 lbs.  I don't like seeing that look up at me from the scale, but it is what it is.  Your body is a reflection of your lifestyle.  In a perfect world, I'd be closer to 180, like when I was racing.  I still had some gut to lose back then, but I was a good bit healthier.  My face was certainly skinnier, although I think I look better with fat face.  

Of course, after I lost all that weight, I had to get a new suit.  I fortunately don't wear suits very often, so I tried putting it back on after regaining the weight.  Yeeeouch.  My neck was about 1.5" thicker, and my waist was about 3" bigger too.  The waist didn't surprise me that much, but who knew a neck would get that much fattier?  Crazy.

I'm going to break this weight-losing effort up, and try and report back my week's activities, as well as what my weigh-in is on Thursday mornings.  My "goal" is to be down to 205 by Memorial weekend.  After that, I'll set a new goal and go from there.

As for what I did this week, I ran-ish about 2.5 miles on Sunday night, and rode about 20 miles yesterday.  I need to set a real schedule, but I'm thinking 3 core workouts a week, 2 rides, 2 runs, and some amount of strength training as well.  I'll post up my workout schedule later.

I'm not really big (har-har) on sharing all this, but I think if I start being more accountable to my botnet-readers (I doubt there's any humans out there), I'm more likely to see it through.

I really need to cut back on using parentheticals as well.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I forgot how to spell my domain name

Sure...that's why I haven't posted in so long.  It actually hasn't seemed that long, but life is hauling arse on by.

This blog pops up in my head a lot, but I usually either get distracted or remember I don't have anything that great to post about.  My distraction rate is pretty high these days, so I'm not guaranteeing any sort of blog quality nor coherence.

You can't see that, but I was just IM'ing a friend and totally forgot what I was going to say here.


Penny is out of town right now, so I'm manning the fort.  The boys are on early release today, so I get to have them at home at 2pm, plus the cleaning ladies are here in a bit so I had to pick up the house.  One of the great ironies of life...cleaning the house before the cleaners arrive.

Even with all the practices it isn't too bad, at least I'm not hyperventilating.  I'm prone to do that, kind of like my boys when you change the schedule at the last minute.  It's funny all the bad traits your kids exhibit and then you realize you have them yourself.  I thought I had a refined view of nature vs nuture, but that's been nearly thrown out the window.  Nature runs wild in my house.

I just turned my music back on and now forgot what else I was going to say.  Good thing I studies ADHD in college.  Apparently all those test subjects infected me.

Work is going moderately terrible, as I can't seem to get anything done without people getting in my way.  I like to play nice, but I'm about to kick some people down the stairs.  Kind of like President Frank Underwood when he's smoking the cigar with the Russian President.