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I have successfully imported both of my LJ journals and comments to Dreamwidth under the Kazatasupa handle. I’m fairly excited to have my online journaling life housed in one place. I wish I had acted less impulsively and waited to begin the import until I had finished my tagging/making public entries project. Now, if I wish both locations to be available, I’ll have to double my efforts. I might leave LJ alone, and just work on the Dreamwidth side of things… I don’t yet know.

I’ve been riding my mountain bike (with a few exceptions) to work every day for over a month, but yesterday was the first time in a week that I have been able to get out for any distance. I rode a bit over seven miles after work and felt great in doing so. I’ve lost 23.4 pounds thus far, and am shooting for an end goal of losing 100 pounds total. 220 has always been my “feel best” weight, and I want to be an active dad. The only way I can see myself being the dad I envision is to be fit.

I’ve had a life-long bad habit of getting into shape for backpacking season, then letting myself go as summer fades into winter. At nearly 45 years, I don’t think the yo-yo dieting is going to be conducive to long-term health, so I need to fight my old habits to stay in shape year round and for the duration of my life. That’s the goal. I hope documenting it here helps…

I’m using Strava, Google Fit and Myplate apps to document my progress. I’m a bit fan of Strava and anything google, but haven’t decided how I feel about Myplate yet – though, in fairness, it seems to do a better job at calorie counting than other apps I have used in the past. I just don’t know how useful the application is to me. My biggest issue is not the quality of foods I eat, but the helpings. I have always stuffed myself to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, etc. and a calorie counting app isn’t going to fix that. Alternative methods (ie, exercise) to dealing with the negatives in life are more necessary to my health plan than calorie counting. But, part of me gets off on tracking minute details like calories…

I told Marie that I want to hike the Pacific Crest Trail when Warrick is old enough. He’ll probably need to be out of high school, which means 18 years (that will put me at 63) until we can do it. I plan on working until I am 65, so I’ll have to take a leave of absence from work to accomplish that goal. Taking non-paid leave will be the easy part, keeping in shape for the next 18 years will be the challenge.

Day Six

Nov. 16th, 2001 10:40 am
kazatasupa: (burney mountain)
246 this morning, and I am beat (not like kerouac, more like mike tyson after buster douglas)... I feel good, though... energetic, just sore as hell. I'm at work, or class until seven, at which time (if my body as sufficiently recovered) I will decided whether, or not I will work out. I'm not coming in to school this weekend, so Day Six updates will give into Monday's Day Nine... I think I may go backpacking tomorrow night, but have not settled completely into the idea. It would be nice to sleep next to a fire, and wake up to a cup of cowboy coffee. Therapeutic, if you will... a return to myself. Megan is having a sleep over that night (Biloba will be there... i think). I know she wants me to be there also... but, I'm not sure that I want to be cramped up in a house.

Feeling a bit claustrophobic. Time to get out!
kazatasupa: (burney mountain)
Just got in from my mountaineering class.

Dallan took the day to show students how easy it is to eat well while backpacking. It was a bit excessive... pizza, cookies, burritos, pasta salad, etc (and that's just what he made). The students were assigned to groups of two, or three and had to plan, cook and eat their own meals. I took my roommate and Amber into my group. We had wild mushroom cous cous with red, green and yellow peppers and a yellow onion. For an appetizer we had cheese and jalepeno rolls with humus... not something you'd want to pack for a really long hike, but easy for a hike of a day or two. Some other groups did french toast (which was odd, because they brought a 12 pack of eggs... I'm not sure that an egg would last any hike without succumbing to the forces of a shifting and jarring pack), or rice a roni... just didn't seem too inventive to me. I think my meal was the most delicious (no contest). I'm proud.

Now, I'm waiting for it to digest so I can go run on the stairmaster. Wait, wait, wait....

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