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One fundamental tension in my life

It seems that on most issues, I have a tension between what is “right on the spread sheet” and moral values.

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This is a good example of this.

On one hand: I believe that, for the most part, that parents are to blame for “hungry children”. Yes, yes, I know, sometimes things like lay-offs, domestic violence, accident, diseases can put otherwise responsible parents into bad situations. So, there should be safety nets. But many times, kids are the outcome of outrageously irresponsible behavior, as many studies, including this one done by a liberal, show. So the people to do something about childhood hunger are the goddamned parents.

But such sentiments are rarely expressed in liberal circles…

ON THE OTHER HAND

When it comes to school, we spend a lot of time and money trying to improve teaching and student learning. “What will help the students learn”? And we spend money on computers, books, desks, etc.

And what is one thing that will help the kids learn? Well, no. 1 is ensuring that they are fed and aren’t spending time thinking about their being hungry. So, for pedagogical reasons, school breakfasts and lunches ARE a wise investment!!!

So ultimately, I favor them and consider the money to be money well spent; the outcome outweighs any disgust that I have.

Workout notes

Weights then my 2 mile treadmill run (ok, 2.04 miles in 20 minutes): 5.2-5.6 (every 2) then 6.7-6.9 (every 2:30), 7, 7.1 for the last minute.

Prior: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 8 x 170
incline press: 3 sets with the Hammer machine (2 sets of 5, one of 10 with lighter weight)
military press: ONE rep with 50, set of 10 with 40 (dumbbell), 3 sets with the Hammer machine (2 sets of 5 with 90 each arm, 1 set of 10 with 70)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch 10 leg lifts, then headstand. Getting into head stand was hard today, but I stuck with it and got it.

My back: somewhat sore at times today; it is not quite well yet.

February 24, 2017 Posted by | politics/social, running, social/political, weight training | , | Leave a comment

When I don’t cheat…I have to cut back

Weight: 198.6? Soup last night…lots of water.

Walk after weights: 4 miles easy.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10; ok)
incline press: 10 x 135, 5 x 140, 6 x 140 (kept those hips firmly planted…what a difference)
military presses: 4 x 50 dumbbell UGLY, 2 sets of 10 x 80 machine, 10 x 40 dumbbells (much better)
rows: 3 x 110 machine
legs: lots of free squats, 2 sets of 5 x 45, 2 sets of 5 x 50 (goblet), 10 x 230 leg press
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, side planks, then headstand (not that bad today)

February 14, 2017 Posted by | walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Back topics

My back has gotten quite a bit better. Still, I cannot neglect it; it does stiffen up when I sit for too long.

Workouts:

Yesterday: I ran on the treadmill. 5 minutes each (incline 0.5): 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5. Then 2 x (6.7 for 2:30, 5.5 for 2:30), 2 x (6.8 for 2:30, 5.5 for 2:30), 4 x (6.9 at 2:30, 5.6 at 2:30); 1:01:04 for 6 miles, 1:03:20 for 6.21 miles (10K) The back was slightly stiff.

Evening: exercise class with Ms. Vickie (teacher) and Jennifer

Today: I slept in a bit (to 5:30) and went to work early; after 9-10 class I lifted and walked 17 laps (just over 2 miles) in 27:31 (13:13, 12:40 were my 8 lap splits)

Lifting: rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10…easy today.
bench: very gingerly: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (reasonably flat back), 6 x 170 (did not want to push my luck)
incline: 10 x 135 (very careful)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine.
military presses: 6 x 85 barbell, 2 sets of 10 with the machine..very careful

Bodyweight: 192.6 afterward; the lightest I’ve been in a while.

February 10, 2017 Posted by | running, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

catching up on workouts…sore back, etc.

Yesterday: 5 walking miles on the treadmill in 1:02:04.
today: weights, 33 laps of lane 1 in 49:38; 12:30/12:02/11:59/11:40/1:26. Interestingly enough, the difference between my “quick walk pace” and my “easy run pace” is close to non-existent.

Weights: yes, my back is MUCH better; I have much more flexibility in it (as measured by the “press ups”. But I still was oh-so-cautious ..and perhaps used better form with the weights.

pull ups: 2 sets of 5-5-5, 2 sets of 10 (5-5-5: change grip with very short rests in between). rotator cuff
bench press: 10 x 135, 9 x 170, 4 x 180 (very, very flat back; no arch at all; not even a “legal, hips touching” arch.
incline press: slow, slow 5 x 135 keeping those hips in place.

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Yeah, I pretended my one of my better looking workout partners was assisting me. No, I won’t tell you who. 🙂

rows: 3 slow, careful sets of 10 with the Hammer machine: 105 lbs. each arm.
military: 2 very careful sets of 10 with the machines, medium weight. NO arch.
squats: lots of free, lots of kettle style squats with 45 lb plates; MUCH better depth than before …while using a front wall to keep me from leaning forward. I am getting stronger here.

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Then came the walk.

February 7, 2017 Posted by | injury, walking, weight training | , | Leave a comment

Super Bowl Sunday Silliness ….

I started out by going to the gym to lift very gingerly for a few minutes, then I got a nice 8 mile run/walk with the lovely Mamma T. That was a lot of fun.

Back: a bit sore, but I did quite a few back stretches during the lifting portion.

weight: 196.8 prior to lifting.

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pull ups: 4 sets of 10 (not that bad), 2 sets of 5. I kept my upper body more rigid than normal due to back issues and that made pull ups harder.
bench
bench press: barbell: 10 x 135, 2 x 170 (didn’t feel good so I quit), dumbbells: 2 sets of 10 x 60, 2 sets of 10 x 70 (ok)
rows: 3 sets of 10 with the machine.

Lots of back stuff.

Then I met T and we went from the Riverplex to the place where the bike path hits the road on Bishop hill; it was about 8.3 miles total. We ran and walked and it was just right for me. I hope that T got the workout she needed.

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So, for some silliness: Tracy is coming over for our Super Bowl Party and I am looking forward to it.

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February 5, 2017 Posted by | injury, running, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

aching back day 3

Ok, so I decided to wait until the last minute (1 pm basketball game) to workout; this cut down the time I had.

5 mile treadmill walk in 1:01:30; that is a good clip for me these-a-days. I worked up a nice sweat, and this was only about a minute or 2 slower than my “slow jog”.

But the back ached…a little..had I not known I had hurt it, I would have chalked this up to a “stiff day”. And my flexibility is greater; it is on the mend. And NO PAIN PILLS. 🙂

February 4, 2017 Posted by | injury, walking | , | Leave a comment

BU women roll over Loyola 72-45

Bradley’s big center was too much for Loyola; she ended up with 26 points (18 in the first half) as Bradley screamed out to a 47-16 halftime lead and then just cruised.

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Note: in the action photo, you can see the men’s team in the stands, lending support.

It made for the end of a good day..though my back was still stiff. I was limited to .5 miles of running and 2.6 of walking on the treadmill (last mile was 12:45, with an incline), plus some back exercises.

I’ll take it easy for the next few days..it is better.

February 4, 2017 Posted by | basketball, injury, walking | , , | Leave a comment

Oh my back!

Dang it…back went on me again, though not as bad as it has in the past. BUT I was still able to run on the treadmill and do..headstand.

run: after weights; 2.04 miles in 20 minutes. Froggy in 2:30 increments: 5.2-5.5, then 6.7-7.0.

Weights: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10, went well), incline presses: 10 x 135, 6 x 160, 10 x 150
military presses: 10 x 50 dumbbell standing, 20 x 50 seated, supported (back trouble here?) 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm
abs: 2 sets each of 12 twist crunch, 10 yoga leg lifts
headstand (went well)

February 2, 2017 Posted by | injury, running, weight training | | Leave a comment

Slacking on the back exercises

Given: double header in baseball, then a tone of computer workout without teaching classes (I stand during class) plus not doing my back exercises = “restless night” where I had trouble finding the right position.

I did..I got up early and walked this route (6.28) in 1:33:44 (14:55 pace; deliberate pace but not “fast”…obviously. 🙂 )

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Lesson learned.

Protests:

One thing about the Kaepernick “controversy”: I’ve learned to spell his name.

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Ironically, the group of people who applauds Trump for saying that our country has gone down hill and needs to be “Made Great Again” doesn’t seem to support Colin Kaepernick’s not standing for the National Anthem.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has become a public intellectual since his playing days, has a good take on this here.

So, what to make of this “protest”?

1. It is silent, non-violent and non-disruptive. And yet there is a problem? 🙂
2. Trump supporters appear to want a return to 1950’s social values (no more “press 1 for English” and “get THEM off of welfare!” and quit coddling “THEM” when they commit all of those crimes) while those supporting Kaepernick’s “protest” (such as it is) want more equity (e. g. on how law enforcement treats people of different races). So both groups perceive shortcomings, albeit very different ones.
3. Christine Weick, a religious fundamentalist activist (an extreme one) supports denouncing our country for it not being “godly enough”….and says:

The controversy over the football player sitting out the national anthem, actually has me thinking the same.
I can argue that we are no longer a ‘nation under God’.
Even at this point, I wonder what god with all the pagan images associated with that slogan!
As believers, are we to show no allegiance to anyone or anything other than God Himself?
I say BRAVO! He wants a change in this nation as I do.
Maybe we should be thinking twice about honoring a God hating government.
Look at the pic closely. I think I fits well.

4. Ironically, Colin Kaepernick might well get cut…for football reasons (size of his contract is not warranted by his performance or what he can do for his team, right now). I can imagine the reaction….but hey, if he saved even a small amount of the money he made, he is set for life anyway.

Ironically, I’ve seen him play in person, several times (vs. the Rams). I first saw him on TV when he played for Nevada; his team lost to Notre Dame 35-0. That wasn’t a big surprise given the difference in talent on the teams at that time. But he didn’t show me much…but it wasn’t as if his teammates were on a level of the Notre Dame players. So, his talents remained hidden to average fans like me, though I suppose the professional scouts knew what to look for.

August 31, 2016 Posted by | injury, NFL, social/political, walking | , | Leave a comment

New office chair and

I got tired of my back hurting all the time when I sat in my office chair. So I got this one:

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Assembly was easy.

Workout notes weights plus an untimed 4 mile run with some yoga afterwards (10 minutes?)

I didn’t feel stable enough to try a head stand.

Run: Cornstalk classic to and from Markin; no stopwatch. I didn’t want to know.
Weights: rotator cuff.
Pull ups: 4 sets of 10
bench: 10 x 135, 4 x 180, 7 x 170
incline: 10 x 135
pull ups: 10
Super set: military (standing with 40 lb. dumbbells), row (machine, 110), pull down (machine, 140)
3 sets of 10 each.

We’ll see.

The run wasn’t as warm as I had anticipated.

Politics
Jeb! is running.

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Here is my favorite Jeb Bush photo:

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As Katherine Harris reminds us, it is white skirt/dress season:

(via: Danny is Back on Flickr) Click on the thumbnail to see on Flickr:

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June 16, 2015 Posted by | big butts, butt, politics, politics/social, running, weight training | | Leave a comment