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Boat time translates into boating improvement
Monday, May 17, 2010      10 comments

A friend remarked this weekend that I've improved ridiculously fast in my kayaking skills since the last time he'd seen me practice my rolling in a pool in early March. He said it was due to spending so much time in the boat(s). I was refl... Read more
Wednesday, May 05, 2010      15 comments

I've been paddling a lot lately, both flat and white water. But yesterday I got to try something new - qajaasaarneq - Inuit rope gymnastics designed to keep kayak hunters in shape during the off season. These exercises are supposed to be t... Read more
New Sea Kayak! (video blog)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010      17 comments

The new boat, an 18 ft QCC 700X. A sweet roller & cruiser. I've graduated! LOL - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Last July as a reward for losing 100 lbs ... Read more
A kayaking goal accomplished! One more step toward badass status. LOL
Sunday, April 11, 2010      9 comments

Back in September I took a whitewater kayaking class so I could learn how to roll for my lake boating. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
al.asp?blog_id=2441242 It was all well and good while we pra... Read more
iPod Touch / iPhone apps for monitoring health and fitness
Thursday, April 08, 2010      7 comments

I got my iPod Touch in preparation for a business trip in January so that I could track my food on the fly without internet access. Since then I've added a bunch more apps that I find helpful for monitoring my health and fitness. It seems ... Read more
Wednesday, April 07, 2010      18 comments

Maintenance is No Joke, as many people have pointed out. I personally am struggling with the eating part of it; the exercise is pretty well locked in, with training for a half-iron Aquabike event in July (1.2 mi open water swim followed by ... Read more
THIS is why I needed to lose the weight! (video blog)
Monday, March 29, 2010      32 comments

Tonight was the last pool practice in Syracuse. At the end of the evening we asked the lifeguards permission to jump off the diving board in our kayaks. About 5 of us went for it. I could never have done this at 335.6 lbs. Or even 235.6 ... Read more
Triathlon (Aquabike) training
Saturday, March 27, 2010      10 comments

So I'm registered for a local half-iron "Aquabike" event on July 11. www.musselmantri.com/rac
es/index.html That's 1.2 mi (2000m) swimming in open water, followed by 56 mi (90 km) on a bike. We won't get into the fa... Read more
How are Biggest Loser contestants doing, on maintenance?
Thursday, March 25, 2010      11 comments

Last autumn there was a "where are they now" Biggest Loser show that featured past contestants and caught up with how they're doing. Many said they'd gained some weight back. In my latest Second Helping Online column I take a look at how m... Read more
Join or Support us in the Tour de Cure?
Monday, March 22, 2010      2 comments

There is a diabetes fund raising ride coming up on June 26 in Watkins Glen, NY that I've registered for: tour.diabetes.org/site/T
pg=entry&fr_id=6950 If you live in the area and would like ... Read more
Saturday, March 20, 2010      13 comments

Gearing up for that triathlon swim-bike coming up in July... Started the swim workouts on Wednesday, and you know what? Going 100% in intervals kicked my @$$ big-time. At first I felt bad about that because it made me realize how far I ha... Read more
How is weight maintenance even defined?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010      7 comments

...turns out there isn't a universal definition out there, even for the scientists studying it! http://www.sparkpeople.c
ndividual.asp?blog_id=4323116 Next column: taking a look at the p... Read more
The super-sized 43st (602 lb) mother who is determined to become the world's fattest woman
Monday, March 15, 2010      33 comments

lds-fattest-woman-years.html I'm not sure even where to start. THIRTY medics were required for her Caesarean?! She earns the ... Read more
One year on SparkPeople
Tuesday, March 09, 2010      23 comments

Wow, has it really already been a year? I joined on March 9, 2009 because a wellness program at work recommended the nutrition tracker for following our food intake. It really did help to see what I was eating, because although I'd los... Read more
Kayaking burns calories, even in a pool, LOL (video blog)
Monday, March 08, 2010      4 comments

Continuing the kayak practice in pools in preparation for spring melt... Total burn yesterday for two hours: 424 calories! max HR 122 avg HR 93 I burned more while paddling around practicing my edging than I did in the rolling, b... Read more

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