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May 05, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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The  good news is that my poison ivy is almost all cleared up.  You can still see some dark areas where the bumps were...but that's about it. 

Last week I wrote about my experience with shoe shopping at Try Sport.  After that went over so well, my lovely wife, Heather, and I went back to get her fitted for a good shoe as well.

So we walk in and the same salesgirl was there.  She smiled and told me that she'd gone to my web site to check it out after I had been there the week before.  Suddenly it it hit me..."Did she check it out BEFORE or AFTER I posted that she was a hottie?"

Oh well...its not like she doesn't know she's a hottie.  But I wonder if her coworkers tease her about that creepy old guy with the website. 

Anyway...we are doing great in our new shoes.  And I've gotten a surprising amount of comments and emails from people wanting to know more about TrySports and getting properly fitted for running shoes.  So TrySports is getting more business thanks to me. 

NOTE TO SELF:  Start charging for endorsements $$pflolcat

Speaking of TrySports, they have me totally hooked on compression gear!  I asked about it as I wanted something to help my 'shin split' from acting up again.  One of the salesmen pulled up his pant leg and showed that he wore compression cuffs on his calves all the time.  He even wore them at his wedding.  I thought back to my wedding and all the standing I had to do....yeah....I could have used some help.

So I got a pair...wore them on one leg for a week.  Wow..what a difference.  They aid in a couple of ways.  First they help hold the muscle in place so it isn't bouncing around so much when you run.  This is a big concern for me as my calves are on the large side. trisports_1998_18928254  But the big benefit from it is increased blood flow...and keeping blood from pooling in the legs.  This technology was originally developed for people that have circulatory issues and was adopted later by athletes.  Now it is pretty common to see people wearing this stuff. 

In addition to the cuffs, I got some compression shorts too.  I wish I'd started earlier with these things...they keep the thighs from rubbing together....so chaffing and rashes aren't such an issue. 

NOTE:  I used to get HORRIBLE rub rashes when I first started doing serious cardio.

So mad love for the compression gear! 

Progress Report

Dropped another 2 pounds this week.  This is big news because it puts me at 209 pounds.  Bye bye to the 2-teens...hello to 2-single digits.  And a couple of major milestones in the near future.

Also, I did my measurements this week.  Lost 1.5 inches from my waist and 1 inch from my hips...since last month.

Now that I'm running again, I started keeping track of how far I'm going...

  • 4.25 miles treadmill
  • 3 miles outside

Running outside is much more difficult.  I'm not entirely sure I'm ready for it yet.  But for now I'm going to keep it in the mix.

Tip o' the Week

Along with hitting the major muscle groups when I lift, I throw in a couple of what I call 'randoms'.  These are exercises that hit muscles that I normally don't concentrate on.

One of these that I'm currently working is the Standing Hip Abduction.

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Standing Hip Abduction with ankle weight

(Click on image to view this exercise...)

This targets the gluteus medius.  That is the muscle in your butt right below the belt line.  While this will not spot reduce the fat in that area, it does build the muscle and help to spread that fat out so it looks less like a fat roll.

You can do this with an ankle weight, cable machine, or resistance tubing.  I do it using my Bowflex.

Well, I guess that's it for this week.  Hopefully I'll get to post this some time today (Monday).  But it might have to wait until Tuesday if those bozos at Time Warner cable don't get my Internet connect working soon.

Me - "I'm calling to report an outage"

TW - "Yes, we know about the outage in your area"

Me - "Do we have a ETA on when it will be fixed?"

TW - "No"

Me - "Come on!  Even the power company will lie to us and tell us SOMETHING"

TW - "I'm not going to lie to you"

Me - "Oh please...comfort me with your sweet sweet lies"

TW - "Excuse me?"

Me - "Never mind...I was hoping you had a sense of humor.  No ETA...no sense of humor...so far I'm really disappointed in the service I'm getting."

TW - "Would you like to speak to my supervisor?"

Me - "Why?  Is he more funny than you?"

TW - "I don't understand why that matters."

Me - "I need zombies and stick figures!  When will my Internet connection be running again?"

TW - "Zombies?"

Me - <click>

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Murphy says get out and walk your dog!

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Bridge said...

YAY Murphy Man! :) He sends his love.. me to :)

May 5, 2008 at 9:11 PM  
OpenID odetosandf said...

Keep it up TFG!
You're doing a great job.
Its pretty sad about the fat kids. Its really just parents that don't want to raise their kids...shove em some food, and shut em up.
REal nice.
Think of the crap they'll have to overcome at our age. Or, maybe it will be so ingrained in them that they'll never think of it as being wrong.

Anyways. Love the 42# blog. I'll have to go check out your 32# blog, that's where I am at. Lets go see what I've lost! lol
Hey, we should also run around with 42 lbs on us to see what it use to be like to move. That's another good eye opener.

Ode

May 12, 2008 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read your blog wow I am so thankful I am not that mother on maury IS SHE NUTS? THAT'S JUST PLAIN WRONG. I have to agree with you . I am also proud of you for loosing 84 pounds someday I hope to get there as well... But for now I will settle with 17 pounds gone forever and not coming back... have an awesome day.. jaymme ( bellingham, washington)

May 12, 2008 at 1:16 PM  

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