Life is about learning. This weekend I learned that a derecho is a violent, convectively induced straight-line windstorm associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of a bow echo. [Ref: wikipedia article]
It’s late and I was at training all last week and have 100+ e-mails waiting for me at work tomorrow, so I’ll just add in the photos and youtube video and call it a day. Thankfully nobody got hurt by this tree, but the storm definitely claimed a couple lives in the area. Twas a crazy night.
Ergo I’m going to make myself a little safer, by losing some weight. My plan is to attempt progressive goals each week, which avoids the shock treatment that I scurry from by easing into better habits. But yet it has an expiration date (the end of the month) so my long-term radar doesn’t freak out.
I’ve put on 10-15 pounds (depending on the scale I stand on) in the last three months. Without proliferating as to the psychology behind it, it’s time to reverse that trend. The point is to start out relatively slow but stay consistent and improve.
The fitness/diet gurus out there will balk at my goals, but here’s some advice: buzz off . These are intended to be truly* realistic goals with cheat options built in, fully customized to my psyche.
* 60 minutes on the elliptical
* 40 crunches
* 6 sets of PT ankle exercises
* 6 cheat meals
* Track 80% of food, incl. all cheat meals
* 100 minutes on the elliptical
* 60 crunches
* 12 sets of PT ankle exercises
* 5 cheat meals
* Track 85% of food, incl. all cheat meals
* 140 minutes on the elliptical
* 80 crunches
* 18 sets of PT ankle exercises
* 3 cheat meals
* Track 90% of food, incl. all cheat meals
* 180 minutes on the elliptical
* 100 crunches
* 24 sets of PT ankle exercises
* 2 cheat meals
* Track 95% of food, incl. all cheat meals
In summary: increase physical exercises and tracking of food (via my MFP profile) while decreasing number of cheat meals. I’ve left them as weekly goals because that means I can choose to spread them out over the week and chip away at the goal or wait until the end of the week and go all Hercules. One option is wise, one option is lazy, and I think I’m kind of both of those. Actually, LazyWise is my 90′s Grunge Rock cover band. #rimshot
FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Help! Egg me on! Leave me comments here, or text me, or e-mail me, whatever. Or track me on Fitocracy. Ask me for a current weekly goal status: I’ll be able to brag or have to humbly admit my slackitude, but either way it will help motivate me!
* I’m not counting things like a cup of coffee w/ sugar and skim milk in the morning or a hershey kiss or slice of cheese a few times a week. I’m just not that anal.
@mrdrcapt and I headed out yesterday to a new frisbee golf course we found online: Giles Run at Laurel Hill Park. I was impressed with the backdrop and the other things we found so I wanted to post a few pictures and comments.
A quick search only find a little of the history I was looking for, but suffice it to say that any time you can play frisbee golf on land that used to be part of a DC Correctional Facility, as well as the first and largest Nike Missile Site in the 50′s, you should do it.
The one downside is that we didn’t get to play a lot of actual Frisbee golf. The course itself is well maintained, but if you’re like me and don’t always keep your disc on the green, you should be decked out in long pants, sneakers, bug spray, and the drive to check for ticks later. Needless to say, jorts and sandals didn’t cut it, so after losing a disc down a wooded ravine we just explored and still had a great time. I’ll be going back soon.