Monthly Archives: March 2013

Day 83

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

I was looking around for a cycling mileage spreadsheet that I could plug into Open Office in the unlikely even that the temperatures would go above 45F.   It’s on the League of American Bicyclists site.  You can check it out HERE.  It does all I will ever need if the snow leaves the ground.


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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 82

I don’t trust doctors. It’s not to say there ain’t some good ones, but on a general level, no, I wouldn’t trust ’em at all.
Keith Richards

It’s 28F outside my window.  Hmmm.

I went to the doctor yesterday for my quarterly visits.  He seemed surprised by my twenty-five pound weight loss and slightly disbelieving that I can lose the rest of the weight that I want.  He didn’t take a blood test as he does every other visit to check my thyroid level.  When I go back next time I will be a total of fifty pounds lighter.  That will surprise him.


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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day 81

Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny.
Alfred A. Montapert

Brought the bicycle into the house last night and cleaned it up.  I made it sparkle and then gave it a good wax.  I lubricated the chain and checked out my supplies.  I have my extra tubes, co cartridges, patch kit, tire irons and everything I need to ride.

I then gathered all of the cycling gear I had, jerseys, bib shorts, water bottles, helmet, helmet cam and more.

This morning I awoke to a sunny 19F.  Damn.  I looked at the weather app on my phone and it’s going to be this way for at least another week.  Should be in the fifties in nine days.  I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas to come.

Here is a picture out my back door this morning.  Cold with snow.  Ha!

snowy backyard

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day 80: Spring Arrives

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see rather results of their love!
Sitting Bull

Today is the first day of Spring and I took my mother to McDonald’s to see her friends.  I go three days a week and play chess, write, or play the banjo while she’s in there for her two to three hours.  Today I played the banjo.

This blog is not just about my weight, it’s about my overall health, including my mental and emotional health.  My mother is ready to die.  She is in pain a great deal of time and tired all of the time.  She has already survived two husbands and three of her children.  She’s ready.

It’s been too long since I’ve felt warm sunshine on my face.  Today sitting in the parking lot it was 30F with dark clouds and snow falling all around me.  Spring will come.  My spirits will lift.


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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 79

You can’t get mad at weather because weather’s not about you. Apply that lesson to most other aspects of life.
Doug Coupland

Frustration.  Woke up this morning to high winds, bitter temperatures and a blizzard!!  Damn.

I went to a retiree breakfast that ex-UPS guys do.  It’s odd.  I’m only 56 and retired.  I don’t feel old.

I was good and had an egg white omelet.  I so want to get on the bike.  Last St. Patty’s Day it was 80 degrees.


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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day 78:

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
Mark Twain

Woke up this morning to a Winter Weather Advisory.  Snow and ice accumulation.

It will be Spring in three days!

I shouldn’t complain.  It looks like we will be getting some warm weather in a week or so.  I’m regretting my decision to wait on buying the winter cycling clothing.  It’s tough being frugal, or as the wife calls me, cheap.


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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day 77: St. Patty’s Day

 A goal without a plan is just a wish.
 Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Corned-Beef-1We will be having a party today for St. Patrick’s Day.  Lots of corned beef and such.  I will be monitoring my portions.

Monday I will be lowing my calories and increasing my exercise in an effort to break this plateau.  My clothes are a lot looser and it is working but I need to get the scale to reflect that.  I really want to reach my 8 pound weight loss goal for March.


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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day 76: Weekends

In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale.
Stephen Phillips

I’ve been on a plateau for about ten days.  I really can’t complain because I’m not gaining weight but I’d love to see that scale start to move down again.

We went to Olive Garden yesterday for their endless salad, soup and bread sticks.  Love their gnocchi soup.  Ate lots of salad and kept the bread sticks to a minimum.  They seemed so salty.  I can feel my taste buds  evolving.


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Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 75: Burning the Candle

To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
Ursula K. Le Guin
candle9I played in my weekly club poker tournament last night at seven and then played a cash game until 3:30 in the morning, getting home at four in the morning.  The game is so soft it is impossible to walk away.  It’s like being handed money.

Earlier in the day I spent a few hours playing chess. while my mother was at chemotherapy  Plus I had practiced my banjo and guitar.  I may be doing too much.

Spring is nearly here and I’ll be on the bike in the mornings.  It’s important that I find more balance to my activities.

It’s been hard because of my mom’s cancer.  I am with her four days a week.  I’m not complaining.  When I retired back in 2011 my brother was dying of colon cancer.  I took him to doctor’s appointments and out and about.  After his death we found my mom had lung cancer.  The routine continues.

I’ll be on the bike soon, in the mornings.  Things are only going to get better.


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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Uncategorized


Day: 74 The Biggest Loser

You need to find your OWN purpose. I cannot BUILD desire.
Jillian (Biggest Loser)

the_biggest_loser_lisa_rambo-004There has been a few days gap in posting here and that is a first.  Hopefully it won’t happen again.  My mother’s lung cancer is getting worse and taking more of my time.  I’m still losing and look forward to my next summary. Now on to the blog.

I have a fried that I play poker with who is well over four hundred pounds.  He wanted to be on The Biggest Loser very badly.  So badly that he actually told me he wanted to gain weight to help his chances.  Whenever we play poker he drinks an entire two liter bottle of Mountain Dew.  I feel bad for him as he’s a really nice guy but the weight is going to kill him.  I suppose that when it is time he will do something about it.  I hope it’s  not too late.

Now, on to The Biggest Loser.

I’ve never watched the show so I put on Hulu and started the first season.  Essentially a group of fat people go up against each other in weight loss.  Since half were men and half women it seemed unfair since men lose weight faster than women. Hmmm.

The first week one of the guys lost 22 pounds!!!  Others lost in the teens.  It was obviously a lot of water but what the heck, weight is weight.  The next week the guy who lost 22 pounds gained two and he is depressed and everyone is disappointed in him.  Hellooooo!  He still lost 19 pounds in two weeks.

Others lost weight in their teens and when one of the bigger guys lost 17 pounds and the leader of the group said how disappointed he was.  “I though he’d lose more.” he said.

I was unable to watch most of it.  I found it so offensive.  People were judged just on how much they lost.  It wasn’t until they were down to the final group that they started using percentage of weight.  At least that made sense.

I couldn’t stand Jillian and only a little less the other trainer.  I didn’t like anyone on the show and found the entire concept offensive.  The winner lost an astonishing amount of weight but has since gained it all back.  One season of skimmed through watching was all that I could handle.  As far as reality shows go I’d rather watch Hillbilly Hand Fishin’.


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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


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