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PhillyDude 2019

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by phillydude, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    :wave:. Welcome back.

    I saw an invite for this from you on FB (I think, maybe it was youtube). I didn't realize it was your new venture. Please resent the invite and I will subscribe.
     
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    This journal is lame. :rolleyes:
     
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  5. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    I'm thinking of re-starting this journal and posting everyday in Seltzer's typical style. Except with my (current) non-fitnessy life.

    Where have I been? Finally motivated to finish the renovation/restoration of the cottage here in MD, all of my spare time (which is sparse as we are in the height of the season in my little tourist town, and working in the hospitality industry, I'm logging 50-80 hours a week at work) has been focused on completing projects which will allow me to move into the house as soon as possible. I've already rented the apartment I've been living in for the past six years starting October 1st, so between packing everything up and getting it ready for a tenant (including a deep cleaning and re-furnishing - we are renting it all-inclusive) and doing all kinds of basic construction (and supervising contractors) on a daily basis, eat sleep work has been my mantra.

    Of course, my Low Roller Lifestyle channel has ceased production as a result, but I do anticipate filming season two this fall, as I will be visiting Las Vegas and New Orleans before the end of the year, and should be able to return to my monthly trips to Atlantic City during the winter when work slows down and the casinos start offering comp rooms again).

    As for the rest of my life... dear wife (who moved from the Surgery department to the Neurology department in a virtually identical senior role earlier this year) is starting her five year plan to retire (or semi-retire) and move here, allowing us to sell the house in PA and live without a mortgage. This will permit us to support both boys so that they can complete college with no debt... at which point we have made it clear to them they are expected to be able to live on their own and finance any graduate school upon graduation.

    #1 Son is now on the Dean's list at Franklin and Marshall after a rocky start to college life which resulted in him taking a semester off. To come back strong the way he did after the challenges he faced has made us proud. He's joining a fraternity (and will be living in the frat house) this coming semester, and has declared a major of Cognitive Neuroscience. He was able to intern at UPenn hospital (in my wife's department) this summer, and prepared for the fall with a well-deserved week in Los Angeles visiting his best friend from high school.

    Son #2 is headed off to Gettysburg College tomorrow, with an intent to study American History/Political Science thinking a law degree is in his future. The triad of Prom, Graduation, and Senior Week, followed by the Firefly music festival, and the process of saying goodbye to his high school friends at various parties and social events has kept him occupied for the past few months. Thankfully, with both of them getting full academic scholarships, having two kids in college won't be a financial crisis, but with room and board and books at both schools coming in around $20k a year each, having the new income source from the apartment will be a big help.

    Update

    Several rounds yesterday of:

    Applying primer coat of paint to new drywall.
    Applying finish coat of paint to already primed areas of drywall.
    Wiring and installing light fixtures throughout the cottage.
    Assembling and connecting bathroom fixtures to completed plumbing.
    Visualizing, measuring, and designing the kitchen area before demo commences.
    Consulting with drywall guy, tile guy, plumber/electrician, and general laborers on schedule, timing, and priorities for upcoming projects.

    Dinner last night was an frozen dinner entree intended to feed a family of four (beef patties with mashed potatoes and gravy), plus a half jar of peanut butter. (for the record, I am only drinking alcohol about once a week, and only smoking cigars about once a month)

    Have a great day!
     
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    Glad things are going well and it's very nice to hear from you again. Best wishes for a fine semester to both boys.
     
  7. phillydude

    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    OK the Labor Day weekend is over, my 55th birthday is in six days, and I'm leaving for vacation in six weeks. Time to start... something.

    I set a goal of walking 100 miles in September... and by walking, I mean "dedicated" walking and not just the walking I would do anyway.

    Sunday night I walked about two miles, but that was to get more wine at the liquor store (too far gone to drive)... still, it counts as two.

    Monday morning I walked three miles before work. I just got back from doing it again this morning, so #momentum three days in a row.

    Once I get through this week, I'll add another behavior... probably some weight training to go along with the walking.

    Down the line, I'm going to take a break from drinking, and clean up my diet. I'm barely smoking cigars at all these days, so that's done.
     
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    Wishing you well with reaching your goals.
     
  9. macdiver

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    Wow, walking 100 miles. That is a lot of walking. I'm sure you can get it done. Just leave the car at home.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Thanks Paul... it may not be much, but at least it's something.

    Actually, it's only a little more than 5k per day (3.33 miles x 30 days).

    I like the idea of leaving the car at home, but it's too hot and sweaty right now for me to walk to work and be presentable when I arrive. I'm actually doing a couple over-nights at the Inn this week, and woke up this morning at 5:45 hoping to get my walk in before I had to start preparing breakfast for the guests, but it was still dark and the country road from here to town does not have lights, so I slept another hour instead. :D

    I just got back from walking to town and back, however, and since that was 3.5 miles, I'm at 11.5 miles in four days.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    About 4.75 miles today... temps were cool and there was a slight breeze, which made for a pleasant stroll.
     
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    Happy Birthday.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Thanks. It was a fun-filled adventure, as detailed below.

    I got out of work around noon on Sunday, jumped in the ride (I have my younger son's sports car - a 2010 Genesis Coupe) and headed north towards PA. I listened to the first half of the Ravens game and with them winning by like 40 points as I lost the signal, I switched over to the Eagles... at which point they started to make their comeback. By the time the score was close, I was just getting off I-95, and rather than rush right home, I stopped at the Harrah's casino by my PA house to watch the rest of the game and have a couple cocktails and cigars. Then home.

    On my actual birthday, I hopped a ride to West Philadelphia with my wife on her way to work, and then - to get my miles in - walked from there to Chinatown (about 2.5 miles) and after an hour delay, took Greyhound to Atlantic City. Instead of heading right to the boardwalk and casinos, I did some shopping at the outlets, and then once I got back to the gaming floor, started in on White Russians and cigars for a few hours. My sister-in-law showed up a few hours later, and I took a break to have some lunch with her, and then we cranked up the video poker machines for a while. Around 5pm, we headed out onto the boardwalk and went to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville "5 O'Clock Somewhere" beach bar for a Landshark Lager... totally kitchy, I know, but kinda cool to celebrate 55 years at 5:55pm in that way. Over the course of the day, I made two trips from Bally's to Resorts and back, which added up to another two miles.

    We gambled for a little while longer, and then I headed for the bus and back to home, transferring to the train that comes to about a half mile from my house, so I logged five miles... I guess I could have walked around the block until I got 5.55miles, but after being drunk all day and having smoked about ten cigars, that wasn't going to happen. Woke up the next day with a nice hangover and had to drive back to MD, so I didn't walk at all, but I did get in 4.5 miles last night, and I'll be out and about again tonight once it cools off a little.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Today is the 15th, and despite walking at least three miles for thirteen of the fifteen days so far this month, I'm only at 46 miles. :bang:

    I did a double session yesterday... three in the morning and three in the evening. The latter was with the wife, which was nice.

    Still so much work to do, house-wise... tenant is moving into the apartment on the 29th, so I gotta be out of here by then. It will happen.
     
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    Well, I busted it out this week, and did 4 five mile walks as well as 3 three milers. That puts me at 76.75 miles so far, with eight days to go. So even if I only do three miles a day from here out, I will hit my goal. I'm sure I will do a couple five milers though... it's a nice walk along the bay.
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Time to set another goal. The ability to do 100 pushups by the end of the year (New Year's Day, to be exact). I plan to do this by doing one pushup today, and adding one to that total every day for the next 100 days (as of today, there are 99 days left in the year). I know I can do about 50 pushups right now, but the aim is to build consistency as well as gain the cumulative effect of continuous addition of work, even though it is only one more rep per day.

    edit: one pushup is in the books. :lol:
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    So today is the last day of the month, and I completed my challenge this morning, ending September with 100.25 miles under my feet.

    I also moved permanently into my cottage over the weekend, and moved the new tenant into my old apartment. Plus: pushups.
     
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    Congrats on a solid month.
     
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    You walked farther than I ran last month :bow:
     
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    phillydude Don't Never Give Up.

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    Thanks. My math skills suck. Actual total was 101.75 miles.

    Maybe... but you ran yours without shoes. There are so many jokes that would be appropriate here.
     

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