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Do You Want to Feel Good?

Why live life without a little pleasure? In the weight loss game you only get to play by yourself. There is no team effort; it's your accomplishment on the scoreboard and no one else's. We can cheer you on, but we can't do it for you!

Woody Allen said: "Sex without love is an empty experience, but, as empty experiences go, it's one of the best." I sort of feel the same way about losing weight; some of it feels really great. I want to make it clear, for me, there are other things in my life that are more important than MFP, blogs and running. Staying healthy possibly helps insure I will be around to enjoy those other things!

Do you want to keep the scale moving and get a pound closer to your goal weight? Did you want to buy some new clothes that fit better and look better? Did you want to run a 5K or a 10K - even a marathon? Did you want your ex to be mad that they dumped you? Then you better learn to play with yourself. ;)

The top of the list is staying motivated!

- The Scale (also known as that f*&^$ b@#^!: The more it moves the more we like it.

- Size Matters: The more inches the better! Make sure you measure yourself when you begin MFP. Even if you didn't, do it now!

- Before and after pics! You'll be glad you did.

- Mix it up: If this is a lifestyle, then you need to think in terms of 3-5 days a week for your exercise. Don't be allergic to sweating!

3 days cardio, 2 days of strength is a great goal! If you are new, start with 2 or 3 20 minute sessions a week. Try lots of activities: walking, biking, running, the elliptical, rowing machines, swimming and team sports are all great cardio! There are lots of ways to strength train at home without any stuff. Try push-ups, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, leg lifts, high knees, crunches, planks, sit-ups and burpees. You can find them all on YouTube if you don't know how.

- Buy some new workout clothes! Dri Fit is orgasmic.

- Try different foods! And I am not talking about fast food.

- Get some new music! Jet is a good start.

- Go to a different gym! You might need new scenery.

- Get a workout buddy! I have actually found a couple of local runners on MFP. This can be hard to do, but Meet Ups, running clubs, folks at work or church - just keep asking. Especially when they see results with you, they will be more motivated to join you. Fitness classes at the gym or at the YMCA are other good places to start.

- Set goals with rewards! Make them for inches, pounds, or other milestones - in order to get there, you need somewhere that you are going. Fitness is a journey, not a destination, mark it well.

- And the key to it all? Be consistent! I promise you, if you don't scheduled every workout and have a regular time to login, you won't do it. I highly recommend Google Calendar. You can access it on a PC, a SmartPhone and even some dumb phones have schedulers.

JUST DO IT!

I wanted to take minute and thank all of you who have expressed your thanks to me for the inspiration I have inadvertently supplied. I confess, it's all very selfish. I win by writing about fitness and health. I win by logging in every day and watching the tickers and NSVs of my MFP friends! I win every time I make a good food choice! I win every time I make my caloric goal for the day, and I most importantly I win when the doctor says "It's like your heart attack never happened."

What do you do to stay motivated?

Thanks for the votes and comments! (You can do both.)

It's Pure Madness!

I am not taking about the drama on the MFP Message Boards! No, it's me, I have totally succumbed to the pressure of addiction again. I suppose any word that has the root word "dict" is probably bad to be. ;)

I think the basic problem is that I am addicted to more. When I drank, it was gallons not ounces, when I took drugs it was enough for me to overdose, when I smoked cigarettes it was 2-3 packs of Marlboros a day and when I ate, it was always too much.

What posses someone to overdose on everything they do?

Now that I am not killing myself one fork-full at a time, I have started to listen to the doctors, nutritionists and trainers. I told my wife that the heart attack got my attention and I was actually listening to the cardiologist. She asked if she needed to get a PhD for me to listen to her. I still need work.

In spite of all the healthy things I am doing, I sit here this morning rationalizing my addictive behavior.

What do you say to some one that does the following:
- Gets up early so their actions go unnoticed?
- Stashes away money for paraphernalia related to their addiction?
- Does it in spite of the physical pain that it causes?
- Does it in spite for the health risks or injuries it has caused?
- Spends money on said activity instead of buying real necessities?
- Can't sit still unless they've had their fix?
- The kids roll their eyes and say "again?"
- The spouse asks "even on Sunday?"
- Says "If one is good, 10 is better!"

So today I admit it. My name is David and I am a runner who is addicted to endorphins. (Not Smurfs, Google it! BTW - What color do Smurfs turn when you choke them?)

I suppose that I am the worst kind - stage IV - terminal. Today is my official training rest day, and by 8 o'clock this morning I can't sit still; I needed my 7 am fix. I went to visit my running shoe collection for which I have 7 pairs. They were calling my name. I also noticed that my wife hadn't finished the laundry with all my Dri Fit apparel in it. I decided not to mention it for fear she'll put itching powder in my Under Armor.

Have I overdone it? Well in the past I got plantar fasciitis from running max inclines on the treadmill, and I also tore the meniscus in my knee; both needed surgery.

This week I had some of my longest runs ever - over 7 miles! I did notice that two of my toenails aren't looking great. I Googled "runner toenail problems" and Jeff Galloway says: "Almost everyone who runs gets a black toenail. Getting your first one is a sign that you've moved your training into a higher level."

My new badge of honor, as gross as it may be.

At 54, you have occasional aches and pains anyway. I guess a few more is no big deal.

I am pretty happy with my progress. I ran just over 100 miles in the last 30 days and have been averaging about 30 per week for the last few.

Honestly, I once thought if I could run a 5k every few weeks, I would be happy. But I needed more. I registered for two 10ks and found a 10 week training plan for a half marathon. And you know I live a mile from the Boston Marathon Route... it's next April.

Sigh... I don't think I will ever change.

How about you, are you addicted to something that is good for you?

Thanks for the votes and comments (you can do both!).

The Loss of a Friend

At 2:20 early this morning (Saturday) a long time friend left this life and entered the next. You know, I really hate cancer. This is the third friend in as many months to succumb to it. None were over 60.

Heidi was just 50-years-old. She and my wife graduated high school together over 30 years ago. They stayed friends thorough all sorts of things. Friendship is good, very good.

I met Heidi at her father's funeral in 2002. She came to our wedding, and we sat with her and her husband at my wife's 25th and 30th high school reunions. I taught guitar to her son and they used to come and hang out at the house; something no one seems to have time for these days. She made amazing blankets and bath hoodies for my youngest daughter.

Three years ago she contracted cancer and went through all the treatments. It's horrible to watch. As it turns out they over radiated her and destroyed the nerves going to her legs; she became a paraplegic. But she really was an amazing woman, she adapted as well as she could. Her high school pals bought her a special sewing machine and her husband remodeled the kitchen so that she could work from a wheel chair. Cooking and sewing were he favorite two hobbies other than being with family and friends.

Since my wife's 30th we have gotten together with her and 6 or 7 of her classmates and their husbands to have dinner once or twice a month. The last one was a cookout at Heidi's home just a few weeks ago. She served us from a wheelchair with a radiant smile. Except for a few events at church, these dinners are our social life. It was something that we looked forward to!

Today I am sad, and I am angry at cancer again.

There are no guarantees in life, not even life. Last year when I was sick, I got a different perspective on my own life. You can read about it HERE.

Since that time I have worked hard to take care of myself. Not only do I exercise, but I work really hard at eating healthy. I don't know if it will add one minute to my life, but I sure do feel a lot better.

Forum Topics I’d Like to Post but Probably Shouldn’t

It doesn’t matter how long you have been on MFP, once you are here more than a day or two, you discover the Forums. It is here that you’ll find expert advice on many topics ranging from relationships to body building and a whole lot more that you could ever ask for.

Let’s just say for all the answers you can obtain on the MFP Forums, the truth is that they are more often the life blood of controversy, drama, and on occasion, mere stupidity.

After over year hanging around this site, I am still a bit squeamish about opening myself up to the high level of potential personal assault that seems to available without end on the Forums. But if I did, here is what they would be:

-    Which magic pill do you take?
-    I shot the scale, so what!
-    The only food I like is McDonalds, what should I eat?
-    Water makes me gag, what should I do?
-    What’s that crap in the background of your success pic?
-    Does white bread cause ketosis?
-    Does channel surfing count as exercise?
-    How come no one comments on my stupid posts?
-    I lost 3 pounds this year, lots of pics!
-    Do I look like a slut in this picture?
-    What’s the best kind of fast food to eat to lose weight?
-    Expert new to MFP, how can I help?
-    Why would you ask us to solve your relationship problems? (I mean, to start with we are mostly unfit people.)
-    I’m a vegetarian, is it OK, to eat beef?
-    What are your rules for friends declining friend requests?
-    I haven’t lost any weight in 24 seconds, what should I do?
-    If God exists, how come I am fat?
-    Am I vegan because I think fish is gross?
-    How come men think farting is funny?
-    How do I just lose the fat on my belly first?
-    I’m just too lazy to do all this logging, is there a magic pill?
-    Why don’t they have a drama forum topic? Oh, that’s right, they all are.
-    I know this has been asked before, but what does MFP stand for?
-    Why the hell do I have to say something nice about the person above me?
-    I am eating 300 calories a month, is this healthy?
-    What does gay anything have to do with fitness?
-    What’s the best Heart Rate Monitor for say under $3?
-    What color underwear should I use for my success pics?
-    Should I eat my exercise calories?

So what would you like to ask the experts on the MFP Forums?

Thanks for the comments and votes (you can do both?)

WTF Is an MG? - Managing Your Macros

So you have your caloric goal under control and you are exercising. Congratulations! But are you healthy? Is your body loving you? Do you look like Jillian Michaels or Amy Winehouse?

Macros are the nutrients that are tracked in your diary. It's not a complete list, but MFP does include the important ones: Calories, Carbs, Fat, Protein, Cholesterol, Sodium, Sugars and Fiber. You can customize your daily diary, but clicking the Full Report at the end of your Dairy will show everything.

MFP sets some limits for the day, but my nutritionist found them to be a tad unhealthy - but what the heck does she know - just another freakin' expert!

So let's take a look.

Calories - this is where it's at when it comes to weight loss. 2+2=4 Too many calories, too many inches on your derriere! My nutritionist claims that a calorie is a calorie. And scientifically she is correct. It is simply how much energy it takes to burn one. However; not all foods (calories) are treated the same by our bodies and it's unique chemistry. One study showed that people who ate 400 calories of salmon lost weight more quickly than those who ate 400 calories of beef. There was another study by a guy who ate Doritos and snack food at a prescribed caloric deficit and lost weight. Aren't you jealous?!?!

BTW - There is no easy way to measure caloric consumption even with the best HRM. Just be consistent about how you measure it!

Carbs - There are good carbs and bad carbs. And for me, those mother f*#&rs are a killers. Some folks don't respond to them like I do. MFP carbs are way too high for me. My nutritionist and I had a go around on that one. I won. And I like winning!

Good carbs come from fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as whole grains. BTW - not all whole wheat bread is whole grain. Read the label. It might just be an ethnic version of Wonder Bread.

Carbs are the bodies fuel, but be careful, too many get stored very easily. Also processed carbs such as white flour, crackers, and cookies - they suck.

Fat - There is good fat and bad fat. And the bad fat I am talking about is not just something that rolls over your belt! Good fat comes from nuts, avocados and fish. It is the Omega 3s you covet. They are good for your heart and your joints.

The worst fats are trans-fats and saturated fats. I suggest you read the label and skip those - yeah, no fast food!

Protein - Proteins are the building blocks of strong muscular tissue, hair and nails. Body builders eat a lot of protein. There are lots of sources of protein, but beware, most of them do not come along with fiber which is good for helping you run your fartleks (Google it - it's really a word!) and scale down for your weigh in.

Cholesterol - Again there is good and bad cholesterol. It is a waxy fat that can clog up your arteries even if you are an athlete! The body creates it own, and there is 200-300 grams of the stuff in the average American diet. An egg is about 200g.

If you want to get rid of a lot of it, watch out for processed meats! Go easy on the red meat and make sure you check it with your doc if you have a physical.

Some folks seem to grow the stuff like weeds, and then there is me. I average about 300g a day and my bad cholesterol is very low.

Sodium - There is no good sodium. It's a killer when there is too much. It does help maintain the right balance of fluids in your body, helps in the transmission of nerve impulses, and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles.

The problem is that it is a popular ingredient in just about everything because it is cheap, and notable in taste. Again, some folks respond to it differently than others. I have too much, and I get high blood pressure. My wife empties the sea salt shaker on to her plate and is lucky to have blood pressure at all.

A lot MFP-ers claim that it helps retain water, but that is not exactly the case. Others say drink a lot of water to flush your body of it. Really, 8-10 glasses of water still only moves through at the same rate.

According to Mayo Clinic's web site: "Your kidneys naturally balance the amount of sodium stored in your body for optimal health. When your sodium levels are low, your kidneys essentially hold on to the sodium. When sodium levels are high, your kidneys excrete the excess in urine."

One teaspoon of table salt has 2,325 milligrams (mg) of sodium. Your average daily intake should be no more than 2000-2500 depending which expert you speak with on the MFP News Groups.

Sugars - There are a number of different types of sugar, but the processed ones seem to be the worst. Of course sugar is a natural nutrient in fruit and other foods.

According to WebMD "Researchers have found a link between sugar and unhealthy levels of blood fats. (Cholesterol)" The same site offered this information: "Research has shown an association between intake of sugar-sweetened beverages and diabetes."

Fiber - Makes you poop! According to the Mayo Clinic: "Dietary fiber - found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes - is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Well, that is all I have. Thanks for the votes and comments (yes, you can do both!)

Have you checked your macros lately?

I Don't Know What I Want to be When I Grow Up!

Lots of you know that I am trying to find a job and to quote Steve Miller, "But it just keeps gettin' tougher every day." The more I think about it the more I should probably create a job. Actually, if I had some material I would try being a stand up comic - but like the music industry, the hours suck.

I get all sorts of email newsletters from Ladders, Salary.com, Dice and host of others telling how to get a job. Don't they know I have been getting jobs since I was 8? Morons. I used to mow the neighbors lawn because it was fun. One day I wanted to buy a new bike, so I went over and said, "I am going to need to get paid $3.00 to do your lawn Mr. Martino." and I held out my hand. He gave me a $5 and off I went to cut his grass. I saved up $90 that summer cutting grass.

Getting jobs is easy, it's finding ones that are a good fit that I find nearly impossible.

I have been enrolled by unemployment for some stupid bureaucratic "find a job faster" class. I can't believe they wasted red ink on the letter forcibly requesting my presence. I thought red was for the words of Jesus?

I showed up early with a pen which put me way the heck ahead of the rest of the heathen who were there that day.

They talked a little bit about discrimination, which is why I thought they had me in the class. The instructor mentioned that maybe I should lose the gray. So I died my hair my previous natural color: orange  with purple spikes.

She taught us about resumes. So I passed mine in for evaluation at the end of the segment; she asked if they could use it for an IT sample.

Oh yes, and then on to LinkedIn. Sorry, by them I was nearly snoring. I wrote the original prototype in 2000. I have been a member since the first week they came online. I had to tell them LI just got hacked and gave up about 4 million user/password combinations that were published on the Internet. If you want to get spammed with job postings that you are not qualified for, LI is the place to be! It does have some networking value, but really, now I have to take an advanced class to create the perfect profile? I will be sure to accidentally take my Ambien about 2 minutes before.

Then I had a head scratcher, they told me not use Yahoo! email, only Google because it was "more business like." Ever since I gave up CutePuppies@aol.com I have been with Yahoo.com - yeah, before Google was even invented. I actually use a private domain for my email because, well I am freakin' web engineer and I know how.

LinkedIN check, email check, resume check now it's on to interviewing. "Sir, maybe you are not good at interviewing and that's why you can't find a job," the instructor suggested. I started to put on my indignant face but thought I would just smile and see where this little conversation went. After all, I got all 9 of the last 9 jobs I interviewed for.

"What do you mean?" I replied.

"Some people just don't interview well and potential employers don't get to see what they really have to offer." she responded.

"What should I do?" I asked.

"Well you need to be confidant! You need to sell yourself. And you need to focus on the needs of the company, not your own."

I am thinking, I was a radio DJ, a musician, I do corporate presentations for million dollar websites, it's more likely that I am an egomaniac than unable to be confidant. "Can I show you something on the computer, I asked?"

I took the mouse and pulled up my portfolio website. I got a few questions from the class as I was going through the samples. Then I switched to the some of he PR that has been written about me.

At the end the instructor pulled me aside. "You just need to have a mandatory touch-base meeting with me in 4 weeks if you haven't found something."

"That would be great. Tell me, so do you know any of the executives at the following companies? (I provided a list.) I would really like to get a resume to them."

Well, that's been my experience thus far. So what do I need to do to get a job?

Surviving the Long Run

Getting fit is not just loosing weight and gaining strength. It is ending up with normal blood work, a healthy set of organs, being at a healthy weight and I would add having good mental health too. Anyone can diet, but not everyone can make a lifestyle change and become totally fit.

If you have the chocolate cake and Doritos under control while hitting your caloric goals, you are heading for success. Keeping it up for a lifetime is another story. Of course there is a lot of debate of what is healthy eating, so I will leave that to the experts on the Message Boards.

Finding a cardio exercise that is good for you can be tough; especially one that is worth sweating for. Mine happens to be running, but it would be hockey if I could get on the ice everyday! I am now running 20+ miles a week.

I have gotten a few messages about getting started, getting faster and getting a date - I don't know anything about dating, but I have learned about running. Here goes - and the experts can correct me anytime.

After you are properly fitted for running shoes, then you can start something like C25K. It took this old man a year to complete with a knick-knack paddywhack plus a few surgeries. I like this site, and it confirmed what the running shoe guy said. http://www.runnersworld.com/shoeadvisor (Did I say people who recommend brands make me mad?) I also went to a podiatrist because I got plantar fasciitis from steep inclines on the treadmill. He suggested Skechers Shape-Ups with the cantilever spring.

I think the basics of a good run is posture, pace, breathing and practice. Here is what I do:

- Strength training is essential for maintaining good posture throughout an entire run. I do 20 push ups a day, 20 lunges, 20 squats, 50 jumping jacks and few 1 minute planks. (Google them if you need to - all are easy, at home sort of stuff.) That takes less than 10 minutes with some stretching. If I hadn't had rotator cuff surgery, I would still be doing this.

I like to do a 2 mile walk and finish with this routine on my "run the hills" day.

- Warm-Up & Stretch: I do a 5 minute warm-up where I walk, walk faster, do a loosening up bounce with exaggerated knees up and kick backs - on my toes. I rotate my torso and let my arms flop around. LOOSE is what you need to do. It looks like you are the happiest running drunk on the planet but my neighbors already know I am an aberration. I follow up with some stretching of the leg muscles. Side-to-sides to A-frames, lunges, calf leans, and back leg lifts. I hold each one for 10 seconds. I just stop along the roadside by the pond and enjoy the view for a minute.

- Posture: It's simple, but it makes a difference. You might gain a minute per mile just by doing the following: Stand tall (loose) extending your spine up, and making room so that you can breath from your diaphragm (why planks are important!). If you are looking well ahead (chin up), this will help. If you are looking down in front of you, you'll probably be in poor posture. (Try a school track for practice - looking well ahead and running the street can cause you to trip at curb cuts and the like.)

- Arms: Keep your arms swinging with momentum. It takes practice to give them enough push to swing so they actually pull you forward but stay loose. You want to use this energy, not just expend it swinging them. I practice on (up) hills where it is most apparent. Arms need to be loose - don't run with clenched fists! That works for sprinting, but not long distance. Your back will love you for this!

- Lean: This one is also tricky. You want lean enough so that you are striking your foot flat but towards your toes. (Heal hits actually slow you down and often mean that your stride is too long.) It takes practice to control it so that you hit flat with your weight is on your toes. If you over do the lean, you'll take off, keeping the lean too far back and you'll drag on your heals. I like to practice on the treadmill at 3 degrees incline or a hill. This took a minute off my mile times!

- Breathing: This one if tough. It needs to be done with a rhythm. I run to very specific music and breath "on time." I can't breath well through my nose, so I do both in and out with my mouth. Others do nose in, mouth out. You need to practice on a slow jog. In over a left-right step combination, and out of the next left-right combination. You can also try it with just one set, but you need to moving along pretty fast.

Breathing does a few things. One, it gives you enough oxygen to power the legs along with some carb fuel. But for the longer distances, you need to store up what is known as "volume oxygen max" or VOX for short. If you are breathing deeply you'll have more for both. That is why you need to completely fill your lungs and stretch them.

If you increase your O2 uptake, you'll run faster, bike faster, and/or swim faster. Your performance in any aerobic endurance activity would improve with an increased or high VO2Max.

- Pace: this is a tough one and everyone has an opinion. Here is what I do. I practice my pace on the treadmill with music that fits the tempo. Do 2 miles at an even pace with music that is that same pace. IE: Tom Petty's "Breakdown" at 6 miles per hour. Get a few faster songs to practice faster paces.

Miles and minutes are the building blocks of running. You build miles and add them together. Run a mile, walk a minute, run a mile, walk a minute, run a mile. There's your 5K. If you can do a 10 minute  mile you'll be done in 32 minutes. 8 minute mile? 26 (if you walk a minute in between mile 1-2 and 2-3)

- Variation: I run pace runs 2 days a week - shorter faster than my regular. I run a tempo run 1 day like I was in the 5K race. And I run a long run like twice the 5K distance. The combination of speed and long runs is what I found makes a difference.

-Practice: Break it down. Practice breathing in "time" to your steps. Go run with a good solid posture as far as you can. Keep the pace slow and even and focus on LOOSE, lean and arm swing.

When you have the  posture and breathing down, then work on the faster runs. Better to get the technique down now, and then ramp up the speed. I promise the lean (at the ankle) alone will increase your time in one day.

Ok, that's what I have. Am I telling the truth?

 BEGINNERS added later ----------------------------------------------------------------

If you have never run before, I suggest the following so that you don't get hurt. This is especially true if you are older, or very obese like I was.

For 2 weeks before you run, do this 4 times a week:
- Do some simple strength training & stretching as described above.
- Walk the distance you want to run. Say a mile in 20 minutes.

Then you can start C25K which is three days a week.

You'll have your pace, and your stride by the end of that, then enter some races!!!

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20 Reasons You Might Not Have Logged In

I read that some of my friends have not logged in for x amount of days and I wonder why? None of them make excuses online, so I can only imagine - and you know my imagination.

1. You left your Smartphone at a bar, but can't remember which one.
2. You know which bar, and you are embarrassed to go pick it up.
3. You are no longer with us because you were harpooned on the beach by Asian whalers.
4. You dropped your Smartphone in the toilet while going #2 before your weigh in.
5. You were abducted by aliens and forced to ride what you thought was Space Mountain until you threw up. Since then, anything with a screen is terrifying.
6. You didn't pay your cell and cable bills.
7. You got your headphones stuck in the treadmill and you are still there.
8. You had to move back in with your mother and there is no cell signal in the basement.
9. You actually have a job where you are required to work, and it's not near a computer.
10. You got a new PC and forgot your password.
11. The dog ate your Smartphone.
12. You couldn't type in your password on the Smartphone, so you smashed it.
13. Someone hacked your account and gained 122 pounds on your behalf.
14. You're mad because someone told you NOT to eat your exercise calories.
15. You're mad because someone told you TO eat your exercise calories.
16. You're mad.
17. You were hoping for a better description in the "Describe the Person Above You" thread.
18. You broke both your arms pole dancing.
19. You reached your goal and no longer need support, or to support us. :(
20, You gave up, which really hurts our feelings. Now you are a loser.

Why do you skip logging in?

Thanks for the votes and comments. (You cam do both!)

Holy Sheep!

Since I had shoulder surgery on July 5th, I have counted a lot of freakin' sheep! There I lay nearly alone on our castaway island bed with the love of my life. Her sheep must have been brought her a couple of Ambien because she was out like a light. Me, I lay awake waiting for the Motrin to kick in again.

To be honest, I sort of like bed. I like dreaming, reading, TV, sleep and sex in whatever order it comes in.

Sleep, better known as rest, is good for those of us who are getting significant cardio and/or doing strength training. It gives us time to recover our sore muscles and rid the body of lactic acid. In fact it keeps us from yawning all day.

The other night I was finally asleep and my 8-year-old came in because she was scared - scared of my going off because she woke up! She tip-toed in and put here face about 3 inches from mine. "Daddy, are you awake?"

"WHAT!?" You should have seen my terror face. Her eyes are so huge in the dark!

I sent her off to bed with a forced, "I love you. I'll kill the monsters in the morning..."

"But what about the ones that are there now?" she asked softly.

"They heard me scream, I am sure they went to the neighbor's house."

"Will you kill them over there?"

"I promise princess. Love you."

"Love you too Daddy."

Now let's see 1, 2, 3 ...

Then there arose such a clatter. The poodle was going nuts playing with my underwear. OMG! I need to put that in the hamper before my wife yells at me for leaving them on the floor.

I came back to bed to find the child asleep in my wife's arms, the poodle laying on my pillow, and a dozen new pillows. "I guess the pillows only reproduce at night," I thought.

There we lay like two spooning grapefruits err a fruit salad.

1, 2, 3, 4...

I am never going to get to sleep. Then I felt something wet on the back of my leg. The dog ended up under the covers and was licking me! Blech! I jumped up and tossed him out of the bed.

1, 2 ,3 , 4, 5... and then the sun peered through the window.

I went down to get a cup of coffee.

Do they make Lunesta family packs?

So tell me, do you get enough sleep to recover from your workouts?

Thanks for the votes and comments! (you can do both)

A Sign of the Times - Clothes NSV

Every generation has clothing that defines it. In the 60's it was go-go boots and miniskirts, or tie-die tees and headbands. In the 80s the boys wore long dangly belts. The gangster look was meant to show your boxers although all the other generations laughed at it. We used to see you get tackled on Cops and wonder what the hell you were thinking.

For those that hit middle age, they dressed as soccer moms and the men were in Dockers and golf shirts. You should have played golf men, and you might have been as lucky as Tiger Woods - and avoided MFP!

For this formally fat guy, I had to wear business casual and and a shirt and tie at work. It was years before we had Casual Friday. Buying fat clothes was awful. I looked like a shrink wrapped bag of potatoes in my old clothes. People would look at a white piece of lint on my shirt and ask, "Is that an eye?"

When I lived in onederland, I dressed well, wore shirts and ties and hit the gym 3-4 times a week.I love shopping and felt like I looked good.

After a foot injury, I had to stop running for 5 long years; I gained nearly 100 pounds. I would buy 5 golf shirts, 2 pairs of khaki dress pants with a stretch waist, a couple of 3 packs of underwear and socks, and that was it for a year or more. I kept thinking that I would lose the weight, but I never did. I just got bigger. The waist went up 34" - 36" - 38" - 40" and then 42"!

I was disgusted with myself.

Last year when I lost about 40 pounds in a few months, I would just make a new hole in my belt and wear the same old pants. One day the TSA had me take my belt off in the airport security line and place my hands over my head for the full body scanner. Yeah - hello Boston!

I bought a new pair of jeans to travel in.

I was still wearing the balloon waist pants to work, and because I worked at a law firm, I had to go to court one day. I'll be damned if they didn't ask me to take my belt off and place my hands in the air for court security. No one enjoyed that for a radius of at least 40 feet.

I thought about buying a new pair of khakis, but I found a slightly worn pair in my closet.

I used to enjoy buying funny or interesting T-shirts. Like "665 Neighbor of the Beast," "What Wouldn't Jesus Do?" with him on a hang glider, and all my music tees: Led Zeppelin, Fender Guitars, and Pink Floyd. I also have one from Brazil "Grupo Especial TIGRE - Polícia Civil," but I can't wear it in the airport. ;)

I saved all the "when I was thin clothes," and today, I started to wear some of them them! I still have a little bit farther to go to slip in to the 32s, but that is not too far away!

How about you, how has your body changed?

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