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18 November 2014

Good Afternoon, FS Warriors! After noon, by 11 minutes. For some of you, it is still before noon. Isn't technology wonderful? :) There really hasn't been much to report that anyone would find interesting. The lemon pie is history, and I am the only one in the house that likes lemon. Enough said. Got up at 3:30 this morning. Been sleeping in a recliner out in the family room. DW is down with a terrible cough again; sounds like a coffee can full of marbles. I can't sleep in the same room and still sleep. Yesterday, I did not get up in time to do my workout, so I did it this morning. 6 miles all together. A pretty tough workout: 1 mile easy run for a warmup, then 4 miles of alternating threshold runs, and then cool down for a mile at a jog. I've been feeling wasted all morning. Took a couple tylenol. Something tells me that I am not going to be interested in any more half-marathons after April, and after I cross this off my bucket list. And I cannot see the benefit of subjecting my body to the rigors of a full marathon, once I'm done with the half. Too much stress on the hips and back. Perhaps if I've dropped about 30 pounds, but that's not looking too likely too soon.
Struggling to stay awake. To make matters worse, I had to call our IT Help Desk to get a new battery for my laptop. It's been going dead after ony about 20 minutes. As it turns out, my lapeop is due to be changed out, which means I get a new one. A pain in the butt, changing everything over, but hopefully it will be better in the long run. Back to the point: I was on hold for 30 minutes listening to the same stanza of elevator music, over and over, repeatedly. they never even change the song. I nodded off.
Getting a haircut tonight, and then tomorrow, it's our night for decorating the church for the holidays. I don't do much; not much of a decorator unless they need someone to go up on the ladder. I'll eat the soup though. :)
I hope to get to bed fairly early, but 9:00 is about the best I can hope for. Then I have to be at the Leadership Summit early for the next two days. I'll be glad to greet the weekend. It was 11F coming to work this morning; that's cold, but I know we are much more fortunate than a lot of the rest of the country, so I am making a conscious effort not to complain. Well, that's about it for today. May all my FS Buddies have a wonamous evening and a better day tomorrow. Toodles!

15 November 2014

Good Afternoon, FS Warriors! It's a nice Saturday, considering the cold and all. No precipitation as of yet. As previously mentioned, my fear that I was coming down with something, that seems to have permeated the entire family, drove me to rest from my run yesterday, and to get a good night's sleep last night. Although I was up and down about 4 times in the night, to practice my aim at the one dark and scarceley visible flaw in the porcelain throne, I feel I got a reasonably good night's sleep. Didn't get up to face the day until about 8:30. My plan was to be refreshed, in order to run 10 miles, hell or high water, and run 10 miles I did! I went fairly easy, warming up and cooling down for a total of about 2 hrs and 15 minutes. My calves are a little tender, but I'll live. Burned about 2,000 calories, and made up for some of it with a shrimp cocktail followed by a delicious piece of lemon meringue pie. DW hates lemon, but bought a lemon meringue pie, so I must do the only chivalrous thing, and that of course is to eat it. I shall try to limit myself to one piece a day, howbeit the size of which is still subject to some examination.
DW and I are taking the Pastor friend and wife out to eat tonight to a place that serves a delicious New York Strip steak for two. We will probably have that with a baked potato and salad. I imagine our friends will follow suit, but they have their own free will, and choose whatsoever they like. It is their anniversary, and our treat.
Leading worship tomorrow, so the only agenda for this evening is to practice some of the songs. I'm sure I will be plenty tired by the time all of the festivities are done, and will have no trouble sleeping. Knock on wood, I seem to have eluded, for the time being, the sickness that has enveloped the region. I got my truck back last night, and it drives nicely. Feels good to have it back. I much prefer to drive with my legs hanging down than to be stuck out in front like I'm trying to come up out of the water on water skis. The truck is kind of like me, vintage and not ready to be put out to pasture. I've got some body work to do on it, as well as to myself. We both run low on gas sometimes, or need a tune up, but we're still both capable of getting rowdy when we have to.
Well, hoping everyone is warm and cozy on these frigid evenings. Looking forward to another day of listening to all your experiences, and sharing mine, although I'm not expecting to have anyting all too exciting to share. In any case, blessings to all! Toodles!

13 November 2014

Good Evening, FS Warriors! Well, this is one of those journal articles that reveal my vulnerable side. I did not complete my training run today. Boo hiss! I stayed up late last night, on the phone with a tech support person in the Carribean trying to get an application (Audible - like in books) working so I could run listening to a book this morning. Well, we did get the application working, but it was almost midnight when I got off the phone. I slept in the recliner in the family room and didn't wake up till 5 this morning. This morning's run was supposed to be 6 miles: run 1 easy mile for warmup, then run 4 increasingly faster miles, and then cool down for a mile with no rests. Well, needless to say, I did not make this morning's run, and decided to do it this evening. I got up with a bit of a scratchy throat, and the whole family has been sick with one thing or another. DW keeps bringing home every affliction the grankids get. So, I thought, maybe it was a blessing in disguise that I didn't get up early enough to run. So, after dinner, I dressed out and headed down to the treadmill. I only made it about 3 miles before I felt nauseated, took a few sips of water, made it another mile, and thought, I had better stop or I won't have anything left to fight off whatever is trying to get hold of me. So, I'm going to skip tomorrow morning's easy run, and hope I feel good enough for my 10 mile easy run on Saturday. I definitely do not want to take my defense mechanisms down to the point where I will be hit hard with something. So, I weenied out.
There's a dusting of snow on the cars outside. It's in the 20's, and they say it's only going to get worse, at least up to Thanksgiving. Came in like a lion, and earlier than I can remember. I am not a big fan of the cold, and never have been. I don't mind being out on a cold day chopping wood or something when the sun is shining and you have that radiant heat, but this cloudy damp cold is for the birds. But I don't think they like it either. Even the lab is spending more time inside where it's more comfy. Well, I'm glad tomorrow is Friday. I've got to quit saying that, the time goes by too fast as it is. Anyway, I hope I'll be talking with you all tomorrow, so have a great evening, and a better day tomorrow! Toodles!

12 November 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Planned on getting up at 4:00, but DW came to bed at 3:45 this morning and woke me up. What the heck! She stays up all night on Facebook while watching those socially redeeming shows like Gypsy Weddings or Bridezilla. Thank goodness Honey Boo Boo is gone. LOL! I don't know what's gotten into that woman! If I get up in the middle of the night, I sometimes find her slumped over in some God awful position, sound asleep. I'll wake her up and say, "Why don't you come to bed?" She'll say, "I wasn't sleeping." I'm not going to argue with her at 2 in the morning over something stupid like that, so I just go back to bed. Must be her medicine or something. Maybe I'll retire so I can do that, and she can go to work.

Didn't run this morning - rest day. Went down and worked out on the Weider Body Works machine before attending to Mack the Lab. How that boy goes from a groggy sleep to jumping off all fours in a matter of seconds, I'll probably never know. He's an eight year old puppy I guess. We'll do our tradional morning breakfast ritual: a treat, breakfast, and then a big milk bone, followed by a belly rub, and then he's good until I get home. That's what's great about dogs; seems they never have a bad hair day, and they're always glad to see you.

Well, it's back to coming to work in the dark, and going home in the dark. I knew there was something I didn't like about this time of year. But then I look at other parts of the country that are getting hammered by snow and ice and think, this isn't so bad. I saw Minnesota on the news last night. My heart goes out to you folks. So early in the year, yuk! It was 29F this morning here, but after seeing the weather elsewhere, that wasn't so bad.

Had spaghetti last night with a couple of glasses of cabernet sauvignon. I only do that when the stars are in alignmnet, or we have spaghetti the night before a rest day - either one. It was very good, but I must not have been absolutely convinced on the first helping, so I had to have another plate. Why do I do that? It isn't like she's never going to make it again. Ughh! Guess that's why I'm on here. Well, that's why I first started coming on here. Now, I come on here because I just can't live without you guys. :)

Well, it's time to start on everyone's performance evaluations. It's the best of times; it's the worst of times. I have some very good people working with me. But in this economy that we are experiencing, just being good at what you do isn't necessarily enough, not if you want to move up. It has become very competitive - and political. I want to keep them all here to make my job easier, but I have to be honest with them, and sometimes recommend that they apply for other positions that give them a better shot at advancement. Nothing to do with diet here, but that never stopped me before. Has a lot to do with my sanity, integrity and character though. I still have to look at myself in the mirror, even though I haven't been shaving much lately.

Well, Buddies, I had better get off of here and get some work done. Hope you all have a wonderful and productive day; most of the time it is within your power to make that happen. But, if circumstances prevent it, then adapt, improvise and overcome. Toodles!

10 November 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Up at 3:30 this morning for a threshold run of 4.0 miles with a one mile warm up and one mile cool down for a total of 6 miles. What's a threshold run? For me, at this stage in my training, it's one mile intervals at a fast pace with 60 second rests in between. I didn't want to get up, much less run fast. I was still dragging from my 9 mile run on Saturday. The run was OK once I got warmed up. I looked at my log, and I ran 27.3 miles last week. I had to drive to work with the windows partially down to keep awake.

Yesterday's church service went great. I did the Lee Greenwood song God Bless the USA, and the people in the congregation actually sang the chorus with me - loudly and with passion. It's not often you get the pew sitters involved. LOL! The Pastor honored the veterans afterward, and as luck would have it, I was the only one there. All the other veterans were gone for some reason, and I know we have a few of them regularly attending. Maybe they were worried about being in the spotlight. I felt a little awkward being the only one standing up there. But, it wasn't too painful.

Went to lunch with the Pastor and his wife. I had a gyro sandwich, cream of chicken soup (a little cup) and fries (which I didn't eat). I did not neglect to eat the fries because I was such a good boy; I didn't eat them because apparently they don't know how to make french fries. This is about the 3rd time fries have come with a meal, and they were limp and greasy - like the oil wasn't hot enough when they put them in the pan. In any case, it was a blessing in disguise.

Afterwards, even though all I wanted to do was take a nap, I knew I needed to get a battery and install it in the little car. So, off to Walmart I went, and picked up another battery. And then I went over to the Pastor's house to help them move some rather large furniture. It was dark by the time I got home, so then I changed out the battery, which was an adventure in itself. I was almost finished with the chore, when I dropped the wrench! Nope, didn't go all the way to the ground. Bounced up and down on the little car, felt where I could feel, shined the light everywhere I could - no wrench. A few expletive deletives later, I take the battery back out, which of course had the most frustrating hold downs of any battery I have ever changed. Still couldn't find the wrench. Went and got a magnet on an extended wand and went fishing. Finally, retrieved the wrench. Took another half hour to finish installing the battery, and by then, I'm thinking I can still get to be an hour or so early. Nah, didn't happen. Dog needed walking. DW needed me to do a couple things. Got to bed about 9:50 PM. Oh well, maybe tonight.

Got on the scales this morning and I was 3 lbs. heavier. Now how the heck does that happen!? I burn 1200 to 1800 calories on a run and have a bagel for breakfast and gain 3 lbs! I know, I know. The scale is not your friend, and there are a lot of things going on in the body that don't respond like you would like them to, but it just seems like the scale knows when you've been having a bad day, and it just likes to see if it can take you over the edge. I know it's an inanimate object, but I still want to kill it!

So, with that said, I hope that all my buddies have a wonamous Monday! Is that possible? All things are possible with God. LOL! Could happen. Right? Toodles!

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