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Sunday Nibbles: Sick & Tired

"Sheep nibbles washing" Tyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsI caught a nasty head cold this week that kept me out of work for a couple days and now seems to be traveling down into my chest. It also interrupted my first week at the gym, which was disappointing. The last time I was in the neighborhood of my goal weight, I rarely, if ever, got sick. I’m looking forward to that particular fringe benefit once I return to the old neighborhood!

  • Once I got back to work on Friday, I managed another 10,000+ step day.
  • I let myself sleep in over the weekend to help fight the cold.
  • I’m starting to get tired of apples and bananas – time to switch up the fruit.
  • My ability to breathe will determine my gym schedule this week.
  • Lunch for the week: Grilled chicken with a selection of green veggies.

Have a great week and keep working toward your goals!

Fitness Friday: False Start

Walter MillerThis week got off to a good start. I had joined the gym at work, and on Monday I spent a good 30 minutes on the treadmill and elliptical. It felt good and I enjoyed it. I was looking forward to coming back the rest of the week.

Then everything went to hell. I started feeling a little out of sorts on Tuesday night after my Weight Watchers meeting, and on Wednesday I woke up to an elephant sitting on my chest and about 70 pounds of mucous congealing in my sinuses. I called out from work and missed Wednesday’s visit to the gym, opting to rest up and drink plenty of fluids.

Yesterday I felt the same and called out from work again. Usually these things hit me hard the first few days, then are manageable until they finally fade away. That’s why I decided to ride it out over the weekend and rest up for Monday. By then I’ll be able to breathe a little better and won’t feel like I’m stuck in quicksand.

In the mean time, it’s rest, fluids, and the internet to keep me company.

Sunday Nibbles: Back To The Gym

"Sheep nibbles washing" Tyne & Wear Archives & MuseumsI’ve been looking forward to my first gym visit at work tomorrow, but instead of sweating with a bunch of strangers I’ll be with people I know. That should make it very interesting. I’ve also decided I need to find some beginner routines for the free weights. This 54 year old body is going to need to tread carefully down that road, though. I’ll definitely be talking to my doctor about what’s safe for me to handle.

  • I don’t normally worry about clothes, but I now have something to wear for my first day at the gym tomorrow.
  • My wife and I are dining out tomorrow night at Carraba’s Italian Grill with a few other people. I already know what I’m going to order.
  • I haven’t touched the vending machine at work in almost three weeks!
  • I can’t wait for the fresh blueberries to get here!
  • Lunch for the week: A nice pork loin with sauerkraut from the slow cooker.

Have a great week and keep working toward your goals!

Fitness Friday, 4/4/14


It has come to my attention that we have a gym where I work. It’s small and cramped, but it’s there and it’s cheap. I stopped by to check it out earlier this week, and today I signed up. Then I realized that I will have to run out and pick up some gym clothes this weekend; I don’t think jeans will cut it on the elliptical. The plan is to be ready to tackle my first workout on Monday afternoon after my shift is over.

My goal is simple for now. I just want to get moving again. To start, I’ll probably alternate between the treadmill and the elliptical and start to ramp up my activity slowly. Once I get it in gear, I’ll talk to the trainer (and my doctor) and see how I can improve what I’m doing.

Now it’s just a matter of showing up on Monday and getting that first workout in!

I also started to wear a pedometer this week. I managed to increase my total step count each day and yesterday was the first time I managed to log over 10,000 steps. Now I need to string a few days like that together!

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