ChrisComedy's Journal, 29 July 2014

A half hour of rowing last night while watching "Justified." I just started on the third season and I'm binge-watching the hell out of that series. Almost makes Amazon Prime worth it by itsself. Maybe by the time I'm through with "Justified," Netflix will have something worth watching. :-} If I listen to music when exercising, I'm more likely to use Pandora rather than Amazon Prime Music. They have a million songs. The trick is to find the ones worth playing... Prime Music does have a playlist, "You Might Have Missed...", 1 hr 35 min, 25 songs curated by Amazon's music experts, regularly updated.

I've decided to splurge and get a folding exercise bike with a tablet holder, twenty bucks more than the folding bike I had originally decided on. The tablet makes exercise go down easier. I'd rather get one with a built-in tablet holder rather than try to jury-rig something. It also has a built-in hand pulse LCD monitor which is probably inaccurate, but I suppose it's better than nothing. I will probably spring for a Polar heart monitor eventually. The fun part will be wrestling it up the stairs (shipping weight is 50 pounds).

Body fat this morning: 28.8 (dehydrated). I seem to have crossed the 30 percent line between fat and less fat. Got about six solid hours of sleep with dreams, another hour on drowse listening to podcasts. Great sleeping weather - it was 77 in the bedroom this morning, which is the lowest it's been in a while. Low humidity now, but I had to empty the large dehumidifier which rarely fills until it turns itself off. Looks like we're in for a week of bearable weather.

I'm encouraged by what the Harvard Medical special report, "Better Balance," has to say about the benefits of the Stick-e Beamfit Balance and Exercise Beam - given that it's one of the more expensive additions to my home gym. According to the Beam's developer, it forces you to focus on the exercise. The Beam is in Arizona and arrives tomorrow. No wonder Amazon isn't making any money. It's a multi-use tool that can be used with lots of exercises such as Pilates and Yoga. I like that it's small and can be easily stashed anywhere, given the limited amount of room I have.

I made some progress towards decluttering, which I like to think is a part of getting healthier. I'm still putting stuff on Freecycle but haven't had any nibbles lately. It may take more time. I don't know how long posts stay up there. If worse comes to worst, my junk is going in the alley. There are free-lance trucks that come through and pick stuff up.

I decided to cut back on playing "The Simpsons' Tapped Out" to 15 minutes a day. It had turned into a big time suck, at least an hour a day, and lot of the game mechanics were repetitive. I was into it for six months, but the thrill is gone. That means more time for decluttering and exercise.

Woot promises a one-day response, but it took them several days to get back to me on the missing DVD from my Lifeline TNT fitness cable shipment. On the plus side, they gave me a full refund. Let's hear it for Woot. I was hoping they would send a replacement DVD, but I can't complain. I got a set of Lifeline cables for free, and the DVD is available on Amazon for $7 separately. I still may get a book, possibly by the same author who has books on strength training for over 50 and stretching for over 50. I'm glad I did get the DVDs with the ThunderBell system because they're a lot less generic than resistance bands.

I've been wearing shorts mostly this summer. Tried on my size 34 jeans and they're at the same point the size 36 jeans arrived at a while back: they're falling off my waist without a belt. Either the exercise or the weight loss is taking its toll. Buying new clothes is a first world problem, but it looks like I'm going to have to spring for size 33 or 32 jeans this fall. I've been wearing 36 or 34-inch pants for ten years or so. I will probably drop to 32 at the rate I'm going, and 33 only comes in 30-inch length, which is longish for me, whereas the 32 comes in a 29 length. I may be freaking deconditioned, but I'm losing weight!

Diet Calendar Entry for 29 July 2014:
678 kcal Fat: 12.97g | Prot: 49.64g | Carb: 86.68g.   Lunch: Ocean Spray 100% Juice Cranberry & Pomegranate. Dinner: Ocean Spray 100% Juice Cranberry & Pomegranate, Roasted Broiled or Baked Chicken Breast. more...

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Hmmm... are you complaining about losing weight? Or bragging :) I am soooo confused! You are doing great! You have your focus on! 
29 Jul 14 by member: kattay
You are doing great, keep up the wonderful work. 
29 Jul 14 by member: LadyBea40
kattay, both. It's a variation on the humble brag: the complain brag. 
29 Jul 14 by member: ChrisComedy
Your apartment is going to be taken over by your gym pretty soon!!! Here if you have something you don't want and don't want go mess with hauling it or selling it. We put it on the curb, amazing how fast stuff disappears.  
30 Jul 14 by member: wholefoodnut
my husband is madly in love with the star of that show. he thinks hes fabulous! VERY easy to hooked on!  
30 Jul 14 by member: kristyanne3
I love Justified :) 
30 Jul 14 by member: dducharme
kattay, I'm just bitter the Diet Fairy didn't leave new clothes under my pillow. 
30 Jul 14 by member: ChrisComedy
wholefoodnut, the equivalent of the curb here is the alley. 
30 Jul 14 by member: ChrisComedy
Great stuff, Chris. You and I are right at about the same place in waist size and fat lbs. (and a love of Justified, but I have not seen it since season one). 
30 Jul 14 by member: Draglist
ah the diet fairy.. wouldn't it be great if every time you went down a size a new pair of pants were under your pillow... would certainly be inspiring too work harder :) 
30 Jul 14 by member: kristyanne3
It is good to brag! I love doing the humble brag too. You have put a lot of thought and hard work into getting where you are now. You deserve a major pat on the back and a happy dance! The Diet Fairy would probably give me the wrong style anyway... 
30 Jul 14 by member: kattay
Chris, congratulations and keep up the great job. It is exciting when your cloths get too big and you need to purchase new ones 
30 Jul 14 by member: Changingme1
Thanks, Draglist. I watched most of season one on Hulu and then FX took it off so I was pleased to start watching on Amazon. 
30 Jul 14 by member: ChrisComedy

     
 

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