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31 August 2014

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Set the alarm for 6:00 and got up to run. Looked out the window and saw that it was still dark and very very foggy. I was afraid that my flashlight would just make some driver think he was on the wrong side of the road, and run into someone else or a tree or something. So, I waited until after sunrise to run. As soon as the sun came out, the fog burned off and it was just hot and muggy again. Oh whoopie, more humidity! I ran my 5 mile long run, which I guess isn't such a long run, but I'm just embarking on this training for the half. Next week's long run is 6 miles, and it just goes up pretty quick from there. Anyway, the idea is to run the long runs slow, and do some shorter speedwork during the week. I'll see how that works out.

The diet was kind of a bust today, again. I did well at breakfast, just a couple eggs and V8 juice and coffee. After church, we all went to Boss Hogg's buffet, and I started off with a salad, figuring I wouldn't indulge much after that if I feasted on a salad first. Then I went back for a slice of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy. and corn, which wouldn't have been all that bad for a day where I'd run 5 miles. However, they had some catfish fillets on the line, and then there was the little strawberry shortcake mini cakes, and we hadn't even made it to the granddaugter's birthday party, where it would just not be right for Grandpa to not have some cake and ice cream. Oh, Brother! Well, tomorrow is another day. Hoperfully, a more disciplined one. I'm not going to say I failed, to fail you have to attempt something, and fail at achieving it. I think I decided from the start that Labor Day holiday was not the time to get serious about a diet again.

So, I can't wait for what tomorrow brings. No run, but I'll work out on the body works machine. Got lots to do, just got to stay out of the kitchen. Well, I hope you all have a great holiday, and if you don't celebrate the holiday, have a great day anyway! Toodles!

29 August 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Up at 4 and out the door. I have determined that the old guy is not going to be the last one to cross the finish line in that half marathon. We went to a seniors potluck last night. It's for everyone over 50 from the surrounding Nazarene churches. It only happens once a month. Of course, all the food is always fantastic, but I did better than I usually do, and that, almost through no fault of my own. We have a lady, probably in her early 70's, that wears a leg brace, and really struggles to walk, but doesn't ask for help until she needs it, and doesn't want you to help until she asks for it. So, I asked her last night if she wanted me to carry her plate for her, and she said yes. So, I go through the line with her and put things on her plate as she indicates she wants this and that. Well, she wants just about everything on the line. After a while, I asked her if she wanted another plate, but she said no, and just started layering when the plate got full. This woman is fairly thin, and kind of feisty, but it takes a long time for her to take a step, and then, when she does, she kind of has to drag her leg from the back to the front. So, I have no idea where she puts all this food, but I get her and her plate back to the table and go get in the back of the line again. Now, they never run out of food at one of these potlucks, but they do run out of the favorites right away. The fried chicken was gone, as was the spaghetti, scalloped corn, deviled eggs, you get the picture. But, for some reason the meatloaf was hardly touched, and there was a big bowl of goulash yet. Well, I took a slice of meatloaf, a spoonful of goulash, and a little potato salad and it was delicious. Now, that alone probably put me near my RDI, but did I tell you these ladies make fabulous desserts? Well, I did try a piece of raspberry pie. It was a little tart, but you know how it is, you can't waste food. And there was some kind of lemon pie mixed with angel food cake that I was real curious about. Curiosity satisfied, it was pretty good. One thing I just can't get over; these women (can't say I saw any men doing this) carried plastic food bags in their purses, and would put chicken, desserts, breads, anything they liked in these bags down in their purses. And they were kind of sneaky how they did it. Now, maybe some of these women have meager earnings, but I know some of them are fairly affluent. And none of them lived through the depression, so it kind of surprised me. I guess they figured they brought food for people to eat for free, so they were going to get their share. Believe me, they ate their share - before or while they filled their purses. You see it happen at buffets now and then also. Interesting. Am I the only one that has witnessed this phenomenon.

Good thing I decided that today is the day I get serious about my training. Did a pretty intense upper body workout last night - after dinner. I know I have a six pack under this fat suit. We may never see it, but it's nice to know that it's there. It's my story and I'll tell it any way I want to. The Ultimate Body Works machine is really paying for itself. You have to learn just how high to sit or lay on the backboard for things to work together smoothly, but once you get the technique down, everything just seems to fall in place, and moves right along. I'm huffing and puffing when I get done, so I'm getting some cardio out of it for sure.

Warmed up pretty well this morning and did some speed workouts. I had quit doing intervals a while back, and paid for it in my 5K times. I figured if I just kept increasing my distances, I would just naturally get stronger and run faster. That dog don't hunt. The only reason I got even a bit faster doing that, is because I was increasing my endurance, and wouldn't have been able to do it at all otherwise. I have found that if you want to run faster, you have to train to run faster. Worked on my form, shortened up my stride some, increased my leg turnover, and found I was running a lot faster with less effort already. My plan is to make the workouts count, but decrease the number of running workouts each week, giving myself more time for recovery, and cross-train on the non-running days. It's about 8 months to the half-marathon. Even if I lose only 5 pounds a month during the course of my training, I will be below goal when I get to the starting line. Notice I said will and not would. I'm going for it! Hoo Rah! Toodles!



28 August 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Another glorious Thursday. I did not get up and run this morning. I am unorganized with no direction, trying to find my way. Haha! Actually, I guess it's just laziness. Now that I've run that 10K, I have been shopping around for another. I thought I had found my dream race, scheduled for just the right time to allow for adequate preparation, and for a good cause. I'm talking about one of the Save the Ta Tas events - Trotting for Ta Tas. It was going to be mid October in the town right next to mine. They decided not to do it this year - must be a money thing. It's always a money thing. I looked up the results for last year, and it looked like they had about 15 participants in the 10K and about twice that in the 5K. So much for that race. So, once I crossed that hurdle of despair, the seed to exceed had been planted. I started looking for another race. I think I'm going to go for the half-marathon in May 2015 in Galesburg, IL. It's about a 45 minute drive from where I live. I know nothing about the terrain, but it shouldn't be that hot or humid that time of year. Of course, with my luck, it will have the hills from hell, but I've got over 8 months to plan for it. Only problem is, going back to my original point, I don't have a plan yet. I don't want to just run junk mileage, and I don't want to kill myself either. It will take me a little while to work up a plan that fits me, but flexible enough to adjust, if I actually improve along the way, which is the idea.

Yeah, Eddie, stop reading here if you don't want to hear about lack of discipline. I'm sure you've heard the old adage, "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day; teach him to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime." Well, teach a man to pay inside instead of at the pump, and he'll find the pizza. Yep, blew it last night. Stopped to get gas, and went inside and got one of those little personal pizzas, that have a whole day's worth of calories, and ate it on the way home. They come already cut into 4 equal pieces, almost bite size - well, maybe two or three. Anyway, the point is: the enjoyment does not last near as long as the consequences, or the regret. I vow to never do it again, as I toss the empty box on the floor in front of the passenger seat, where I will again be reminded of my weakness when I pull into the driveway, and deposit the empty box in the trash.

The nursing home gig went really well last night. I did a new solo, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" More of the Jim Reeves version than the Elvis one. They really seemed to like it. I also did one of my regulars, "Heartaches by the Number." We've started closing our show with the "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" number which gets them all clapping and singing. They keep inviting us back, so we must be doing something right. After the Pastor gives a little devotion, in the middle of the gig, we have made it part of our routine to go into the group and make sure we shake everybody's hand or give them a hug, or just squeeze their hand and tell them we're glad they came out to see us, and we care about them, and such. Even the rough looking old characters that act like they don't want to be bothered, seem to warm right up. It's kind of a special time for everyone.

The weight loss has been pretty stagnant. You'd think I was in the maintenance mode. I've got to get serious about this. I just don't want to do anything radical that will be a departure from the lifestyle change. I know I can run my a$$ off and eat 1500 calories a day and drop the weight like crazy, but it will just come right back on if I do that. Believe me, I'm am a veteran at that routine. I just have to be more disciplined about eating in moderation. I've shown that I'm conscientious enough about it to keep from adding weight; I just have to go a step farther and watch the portions, and keep from binging. That pretty well sums things up for me right now. If you made it this far, then I thank you for allowing me to occupy a segment of your precious time. Until next time, Toodles!

27 August 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Well, I really didn't have anything to say, but I have kind of gotten to the point where I feel guilty not coming on here and telling my most innermost secrets. Ha! I won't anyway. LOL! You guys thought you were going to get some juicy stuff, I'll bet. Nothing earth shattering going on in my life. I've got a whole family of drama queens, so I've learned to tune out most noise, unless I hear the sirens coming. Well, as I mentioned previously, I did sleep in this morning. Didn't get up until 5:15. I had planned to get up at 4 and do an upper boddy workout, but I hit the snooze button a few times, and the rest is history. I will probably do the workout tonight, after I return from the nursing home gig, change clothes, and feed the big dog again.

Well, you know, that idle hands are the devil's workshop - or in this case, I guess it's feet. After only 3 days since the 10K, I started searching for other races that occur before the end of the year. I found "Trotting for Tatas," a Breast Cancer awareness benefit run that has been put on in the neighboring city for the past two years. I couldn't find any evidence that it is scheduled again this year, somewhere near mid October, but I'm hoping. I found the name of one of the people that I believe helps organize the event, and I messaged her to find out if the event will be held again this year. She hasn't answered yet. Benefits go to support Fulton County Pink, Inc., a local non-profit organization focused on providing support to Fulton County residents in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. As you can tell from the title of the race, they try to take a light hearted approach to addressing the serious issue of breast cancer. As you know, DW had surgery, chemo and radiation, and is now cancer free. The first race was held in 2011; I hope they keep it up.

Nursing home gig tonight. I haven't gotten any wind of any talent scouts in the area. :D Since we don't have a lot of time between the time I get home from work and the time we have to be there to set up, we are planning on pulled pork sandwiches for supper. They're not exactly dieters' delight, and really, I could live forever without a pulled pork sandwich, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do. DW likes them, and if I start complaining about any of her meal choices, I'm liable to find myself eating squash and eggplant every night, and finding something I like about it.

Anyway, like I said, I don't have anything to say, so I wish you all a great Thursday, and an even better day tomorrow. Toodles!

26 August 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Well, I woke up this morning at about 2:00 for some reason. So, I decided to just get up, see what the weather was like, and then go back to bed. So, I walk out into the foyer and I can touch the mugginess; just so heavy. So I thought, "I'll probably never get back to sleep, why don't I just get dressed out and go torture myself?" So I put on my running clothes and went for an easy 3.2 mile run. First run since the 10K; I was afraid to go too long without running, or I might loose too much ground. It really wasn't that bad. Acutally cooler outside than it felt when I was inside. But it was humid. I ran jogging and accelerating intervals, and still felt rather good, howbeit wet, when I got back. I'm probably going to regret having gotten up so early, about mid-afternoon, but a man's got to do what a man's got to do. Haha! I'm already wishing I was back in bed, but it's time to go shower. Hope everyone has a great day! Toodles!

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