Monday, August 3, 2015

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August. How did it become August? The summer just started and now it feels like it's almost gone. All you would have to do is walk outside this morning and you will be reminded summer is still here and in full force. We have to get through the "Dog Days" and then we begin transitioning into my favorite time of year, but before that, there's still time to enjoy.

Actually, there's a lot to enjoy. Football training camps have started, but that can wait. I have a first place baseball team who is making moves to make sure they play into October. Just take a second to reread that last sentence. The Mets are in first place in August, and they went out and made some moves to upgrade to a major league lineup to go along with their tremendous young pitching.

This next month is going to be fun to watch. As a fan, they made the team better, especially after the debauchery of the Carlos Gomez trade that wasn't on Wednesday night to the terrible loss with rain delays on Thursday. To bounce back after that, to sweep the Nats, nonetheless, really shows me this team has the potential to be special. August is going to be fun.

Until next time.

Monday, July 20, 2015

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There seems to be a pattern with me and this blog. I post for a couple of weeks in a row then go radio silent for weeks. There's really no rhyme or reason behind this, it just seems to work that way.

So what's been going on? Well, for one, I've been a running fool. I've gone through basically six weeks of the couch to 5k program and can say I am up to running with no walking breaks. Tremendous progress if you ask me. Problem is, I'm still a fat guy, and it is freaking hot out. So this week might be a week off or at least a moderate week of running. There's something to be said for not running when it's 85° at 5am. Yeah, I think I'll pass.

Just because it's hot and the running will be reduced, it doesn't mean I can fall of the wagon when it comes to healthy eating. That will not happen because today, like every Monday this summer I will pick up my CSA allotment full if veggies. I honestly think I've eaten more veggies so far this summer than I have in the last three years. Not only do I get the CSA, but my veggie garden is starting to produce. We will be swimming in veggies by the end of July. I guess there are worse things in the world.

I finished brewing my seventh beer of the year yesterday. This particular one is a session IPA called Game Day IPA, because football season is right around the corner. Yeah, read that again. It's the 20th of July.

Hopefully I can build some momentum with this post and get some more out this month. We will see.

Until next time.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Well, it's been a while. In fact, it's a whole different month since we last talked. It's freaking July! How did that happen? The year is halfway over, so now would be a good time to start on those resolutions if you haven't yet.

Me, well, I have been planning and sticking to it. Within reason, of course. In fact, I was scheduled to run this morning, but mother nature and her thunderstorms had a different idea. And that's the way it has been this month with my plan. Stick to it, but be flexible. Everything does not have to be so rigid. So far, so good.

Eating right is easy when all you seem to have are vegetables. Fresh vegetables nonetheless. Our idea to join a local CSA has paid of so far. Fresh vegetables on a weekly basis means clean cooking and clean eating. As I have been reading, diet is one of the most important things in the battle to lose weight. With the fresh veggies, this part is becoming easy. And all these vegetables without my garden even coming to a harvest yet, so I can only imagine what that will be like.

And with that, July is here.

Until next time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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At the beginning of June I decided it was time to change my health and fitness habits. Well, maybe change is not the best word. I think start is a better word. Up until that point, I pretty much was a lazy, beer-bellied, beer guzzling mound of life. While I am still a beer guzzling mound of life, I am trying to change the lazy part and lose my belly.

I laid out my plan here of how I was going to accomplish the things I set out to change. Well, you should be happy to know, over two weeks in and I am still going at it. Usually by this time I have fallen off and decided to move on to something else. That was what used to happen, but not recently.

Usually by this time, I have moved on to trying something else, but this time I feel it's different. Why? Because I don't have some vague goal of losing weight or get in shape. This time I have a concrete plan and while yes, I am trying to lose weight and get into shape, I have more structure this time. And anyone who knows me knows structure is a good thing.

One important thing that has changed is, I have stopped reading and trying to analyze everything. Instead, I have come up with a plan and am sticking with it. There are daily deviations, but never a full on cancellation, which has been the biggest key. Scheduling has been a game changer.

So with that, here's to sticking with the plan and making small changes and small choices to win the big ones.

Until next time.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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We made it to Friday again, so let's do this.

-So I didn't want to admit this, but I'm becoming a country music fan. I know, I know. I started getting into it last year around this time, when the Wife introduced it. There were some catchy tunes that came out during the summer, but that died down once the fall and winter hit. I see now, that's the MO for the country genre. Release good songs during the summer. Especially considering most of the songs are about drinking and some form of water. Another time I will tell you about my country song bingo. Here's to a summer of good music.

-I own a farm! Well a share of a farm. Actually, I'm a member of a farm. And no, it's not my vegetable garden. Although that is going strong, that is not what I am referring to. I bought into a CSA. What is a CSA you may ask? You can read about it here. It's a local farm, where every Monday I can go and pick up my allotment of fresh produce and flowers for the week. And when I say fresh, I mean picked that day. And when I say farm, I mean an actual farm, not a road side farm stand. I am really looking forward to seeing what kind of new vegetables I am going to try.

-The pool is open! The Wife and I got a pool. It's not a big pool, nor is it permanent. It's an 8 foot wide pool that is less than 3 feet tall. It's perfect to cool off and relax in, which is exactly what I did yesterday. One thing I wanted to do more of, once the weather got nicer, was to spend more time outside. The hot and humid weather is now bearable because I have a pool to cool off in. I am now looking forward to the summer.

That is all for now. Until next time.