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Yeah Me!…

August 16, 2013 Leave a comment

So as some of you may know in late September I am competing in my first ever Spartan Race, it is a 5km Sprint. So in getting into better (not enough time for good) shape and so I had set myself a goal at the gym: get to 5km on the treadmill.

Now for those that partake of the MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) or other gaming genres I would fall under the Tank Classification: Big & Strong but not so great at distance or speed. Add in some previous knee(s) & hip damage and the task becomes all that much harder.

But today I did it! 5kms in 38 minutes and 21 seconds.

Okay I will wait for all you runners and other healthier people to stop Rolling on the floor laughing. …3…2…1…and give myself a pat on the back.

I feel quite good about this, and the best part is now that I have hit the target I can only get better and I know I can do it. So I hope to see that time drop as I continue working out before and after the race. For a guy my size I think I’m doing pretty well.

Might need some deep cold gel for a few of the other muscles used tonight and I drank my new après workout drink: HoneyMaxx – Orange. See if your local health food store carries it. HoneyMaxx is a honey-based sports and exercise drink, and it’s very good. Now if I could only get them to pay me for saying that…LOL…no seriously… 😉 They also have a Lemon-Lime flavour.

But time to get to bed, considering how much lifting & carrying I do at work all day, and then go to the gym, I should be looking like a Mr. Universe contestant, but no such luck…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

 

Yes, I am still alive…

August 9, 2013 2 comments

If anyone is still following this blog I just have to say once again, sorry,  a daily blogger I am not…

I tend to find that life gets in the way of posting more often than not. That and I tend to not have much to say, at least not much that won’t get me in trouble… I have been posting a few photos over on my Flickr page instead of on here as of late. So if you want to see some of the new pictures head on over there for a peek:

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Other than that it has been all work and some play. Big car show tomorrow in town so I am hoping to fill up the memory card(s) on the camera. Don’t know if the 37 Celsius weather will be all that fun on the blacktop, but you gotta do it now and then. Considering I work outside most of the time now I think I’m getting use to it.

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Still trying to get into better shape for my Spartan Race in September. I’m doing better than I thought I would so far, but… I see many Burpees in my future…

Doing some push-ups here at the house and all I can hear is my elbows crackling as I work out…I’m getting old and those dang Glucosamine / Chondroitin supplements that I am taking are not doing a damn thing. Sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies® in the morning when I stretch…SNAP! CRACKLE! POP!

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Just my luck…

August 28, 2011 Leave a comment

So after many tests and doctor visits it seems I finally have the answer to what ails me; I have an non-operable (unless it gets really, really bad) Sliding Hiatal Hernia up near the esophagus and top of the stomach. This thing even accounts for my wonderful Pseudo heart attack that started all the tests in the first place (from what I understand it put enough pressure into my chest cavity to squish the lungs and heart). So after the doctor and researching online there is not much to be done for this thing. Mainly one is stuck with it and has to adjust accordingly. One of the big issues from what I am reading is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) which means the old stomach acid gets into the esophagus and starts burning holes through it. So for that I am on a new medication; Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), which will be for the rest of my life it seems (need to keep good  medical coverage as this stuff is not cheap). At least I am not a lover of spicy foods so that is one dietary change I won’t have to make.

So as with anything the doc recommends the normal things, eat right, 6 small meals a day (Sound familiar Mom?), lose weight, take meds, and no heavy lifting. Now this last one  is where I am having an issue, neither the doctor or what I read online can tell me what weight is too heavy to lift. Do I need to stop at 25 lbs, 50 lbs, 100 lbs, 200 lbs. Do I have to stop lifting my kids, stop taking the groceries up the stairs, how much is too much at the gym? Or in general? So far I’m not finding an answer anywhere, and so I’m most likely not going to change my life aside from what I do at the gym; guess I’m stuck doing more boring cardio and no more of this…

So until I can get a definitive answer it seems to me that life will keep moving along as normal. Still waiting on the pulmonary tests but seems like this would be the issue there as well, not enough room for the lungs to fully inflate as one of the hernia’s symptoms can be misdiagnosed as Asthma since it affects the diaphragm.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Not much Happening…

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

I have not posted in a few days so here are a few things that are rattling around in my old mind… 

Kids now a days…

We are currently trying to entice Little Miss A. into her big girl bed, alas so far it is no dice and luckily we have one of our travel cribs here as she will not sleep in her bed. She loves playing on the bed, but as to sleeping in it she has no desire. I think she is feeling a tad out in the open and prefers her crib walls to keep her in place as she rolls over now and then at night. But she best get use to it because the old crib is in pieces and at the storage locker, and her travel crib will have to go back to daycare.

Bringing the Pain…

I am still at the gym on a regular basis and all I can say at the moment is: Leg Workout + Treadmill = OUCH! Tad stiff after all that and my distance on the treadmill over the last two visits are down, not by much but still down.  Strength levels are still going up but as to the body shape and the hope of slimming down in appearance I am not seeing much if any change.

Old vs. New…

I found my old Palm Tungsten E and it still had my old workout program on there so I can record my gym visits and it is pretty easy to customize the program. For all of those out there too young to know what a Palm device is, it was the precursor in my opinion of your iPhones and other smart phones. All touch screen and icon driven too, and it even plays MP3’s. I was in the apple store the other day and was talking to one of the “geniuses” (term used very lightly) and was disappointed to hear that you can only use an SD card on an iPad for photos. not as extended memory. So if I was working on a text document I would have to email it somewhere to save it rather than just save it on the SD card. Really?, you mean my ancient Palm device has something up on the newest and greatest? I can store, music, pics, documents and even applications (which will be run from the SD card) but the new iPad and iTouch devices can’t (not that the iTouch even has an SD card for expansion). Ah well not a big thing, I think I will still be waiting on a number of things to buy mainly due to the fact that once you buy one they turn around and come out with something better. As an example they have a new version of the Kobo E-Reader that I was looking at earlier this year. But as I listened to the sales woman talking to a customer there was no point in buying the newest one either; as according to her there was a number of new items scheduled for release on the next version.

Imagekind…

I have had a number of views at the site, no purchases but that was to be expected. What I didn’t think would be such an issue in today’s technology driven world is the difficulty in finding a local shop that can scan my art into digital format. Taking a picture of a piece is okay but it is far from perfect. best I can find is a local drafting company that can scan a max size of 11X16 at high-resolution. Maybe any new art work or drawings will have to be that size…lol.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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