Category Archives: Dealing With Challenges

What The Heck Is Wrong With Me?

I don’t know what’s wrong with me? I am tired, stressed, light-headed, irritable, lethargic, depressed, confused and I cannot stop overeating. I am not sleeping well. I have no drive to do the things that I need to get done … Continue reading

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Trying To Get Back Into The Swing Of Hitting The Gym

I went to the gym today for the first time in two weeks. It was hard. But, I got it done. While there, I did four sets each of the following: Bench Press Hammer Strength Rows Hammer Strength Shoulder Press … Continue reading

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Starting A New Exercise Pledge To Myself

I think I have now hit rock bottom in terms of feeling like someone who does a good job at exercising on a regular basis.  A month of being a slacker will do that do you. At this point, I … Continue reading

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Mega Cravings

This morning, I took the Mega Millions plunge. (Why not? Everyone else is doing it.) I know the odds of winning are one in 176 million. But, I also know the odds of losing are one of one when you … Continue reading

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My Own Fitness Plan 2.0 – Cycle 2 – Day 11

It’s been 6 days since I’ve been to the gym.  And, it’s been 8 days since I had a good weight-lifting session and 3 days since I had any exercise at all.  My back is better – but not 100%.  … Continue reading

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Acupuncturist To The Rescue!

I went to an acupuncturist for my back troubles yesterday. And, while I am not 100% cured, I think her treatment helped me a lot. I have some pain this (Sunday) morning – but, nothing like what I had on … Continue reading

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I wanted to go for a run and test my knee this morning.  But, right now – which is 8:15 AM – by me, it’s 20° F with a RealFeel® temp of 7° F. Yes, seven degrees. So, I think … Continue reading

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My Own Fitness Plan 2.0 – Cycle 1 – Day 22

I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and take some action.  Related, I went out to my local Costco and bought a pair of Snow Trax – and then I went out for a 5K run. The Trax did … Continue reading

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What To Do When The Cold & Ice Won’t Let You Run?

At his moment, outside by me, it’s 25° F with a RealFeel® temp of 18°F.  And, while I have run in those conditions in the past, it feels much colder out there – probably because of the snow and ice … Continue reading

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Getting Through A Snow Day

Today’s good news is that I got on my bathroom scale this morning and it read 172.5 pounds.  (It’s always good news to see I am on track in terms of maintaining my weight.) Today’s bad news is that it snowed … Continue reading

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Achoo, My Aching Back

I really thought my back was better when I woke up this morning.  Maybe it wasn’t 100%?  But, it was closer to 90% than it’s been over the last five days or so. And, then, I sneezed this morning.  Oh, … Continue reading

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Closing The Year On The Shelf

The rib cage thing has now spread to my back.  I can’t even get out of a chair or turn while standing without screaming out in pain. I’m loading up on Naproxen Sodium and have covered the entire area with Zheng Gu … Continue reading

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2011: A Good Workout Year With A Bummer Endnote

I’m in a bad place right now. I did something to my left rib cage. I’m not sure when and how it started. I want to say it was at least a week ago where I felt like I tweaked/pulled/strained … Continue reading

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Work Is A Four-Letter Word When It Comes To Getting In Your Workouts

I am still dealing with the fallout of that bomb my boss dropped on me at work ten days ago.  My life in the office has become hell.  It’s been that way all week this week – and probably will be … Continue reading

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Brain & Hormones Work Against Weight Loss

Via the Seattle Times – When you’re trying to shed more than a few pounds, chances are pretty high that both your brain and hormones are conspiring against you, even when you’re not facing a groaning holiday table. Researchers have … Continue reading

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My First Ever 5K Race

The day after turning 49, I ran my first ever 5K race (today). First, my early fears about the weather conditions were a waste.  It was perfect out there this morning – high of 54° F and partly cloudy.  (And, … Continue reading

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Will It Rain On My Parade?

Just 9 days until my first ever race.  And, the long range weather forecast says that it will be raining with a high of 48° F – ain’t that lovely? Hopefully that forecast will change between now and then…

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My Own Fitness Plan – Cycle 3 – Day 15

Yesterday was supposed to be a run day for me. But, it was raining cats and dogs last night. Plus, I was wiped from a terrible day at work. (For a second, I considered running in the rain – even … Continue reading

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Unwelcome Surprise Back Attack

Yesterday, after work and dinner, I was prepared to hit the gym.  In fact, I was minutes away from leaving when I stopped to pick something up, off the floor, that my 7-year old son left (misplaced). No biggie.  I … Continue reading

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Over The Hill?

Before this year, I’ve never run in my life.  However, thanks to C25K, I’ve now been running “personal” 5Ks for the last eight-plus months.  And, about a week and a half ago, I joined a running club. After joining the club, … Continue reading

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Wish My Cold Would Take A Hike Too

I took my kids to one of our State Parks yesterday for a hike in the woods. We chose the 3 mile/90 minute trail. About an hour into it, the kids started to get gassed so we broke off the … Continue reading

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My Own Fitness Plan – Cycle 2 – Day 55

Still carrying those unwanted four extra pounds, and given the way I have been stuffing myself lately, I wanted to get back in the exercise swing today. But, my neck wasn’t going to allow me to go to the gym. … Continue reading

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Diet Apathy

For the last four days, I have been over-eating. It started with dinner on Friday night. And, that was repeated on Saturday evening. Yesterday, I over-ate at breakfast – and somewhat at dinner. And, today, I over-ate at breakfast again. … Continue reading

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Rhomboideus Pain

I did something to my rhomboideus minor. Not sure if I strained or pulled it last time I was in the gym? Or, maybe I slept on it funny? Or, it could be from bad posture using the PC or … Continue reading

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Catching Up

It’s been a week since my last post here. All sorts of Word Press issues were behind that one…among other things. But, really, for the last two weeks or so, I have not been keeping up with this journal. Between … Continue reading

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