Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas from Willow Street, Port Monmouth, New Jersey

Drăgo December 2020
Port Monmouth Home December 2020
Drăgo December 2020

Drago is actually a very friendly boy who is trained well. In the photo above he was just responding to the “speak” command. He is passing along best wishes to everyone for the holiday season and new year.

Sister Visit

Sister Visit

A few weeks ago I visited my sister Diane in Maryland. She wanted to get a tattoo and since she was with me when I got my first, I was excited to accompany her. We had a great lunch with Cosmos and then headed for Flesh Tattoo in Fallston. She got a beautiful blue and purple dragonfly on her wrist as a tribute to her son Steve who passed a few years ago.

The following week I went back to Flesh Tattoo and started on my DNA-themed watercolor sibling tattoo on my right forearm. Pics coming soon.

All the time deal with it up!

All the time deal with it up!

This isn’t a busy site and there certainly isn’t any reason for anyone, including bots, to spam my posts with comments. It still happens. Fortunately the Askimet plugin catches 99% of them and they never even make it to me for review. Some of them do slip in and they are always a delight to read. Here is the latest example:

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Interesting eh? I love the last sentence: All the time deal with it up! We can all embrace this. It’s the spam way of saying get your shit together; put on your big girl panties; handle it; face it; suck it up; get real, shit happens.

So go about your day and All the time deal with it up! Thank you kind stranger edmundobrock.

Reached some goals…

Reached some goals…

IMG_0597I‘ve been trying to lose some weight since I moved to Florida in April and I finally hit my first goal. I started at a whopping 277 and set a target on 230, which I reached today!  47 pounds shed!

The trick for me was to exercise regularly. I began tracking activity with Runkeeper, first walking and then running/walking intervals. I ran my first 5K on June 14, and have done 2 more since.

In addition to losing the weight, I also ran a personal best pace time yesterday!

I’ve now established a second weight loss goal of getting down to 199 lbs. If I’m dedicated it should happen between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I feel good!

I’m also tracking calories using the iPhone and web app LoseIt. I tried myfitnesspal which is now owned by Under Armour, but found it more cumbersome and slow to enter nutrition informationmfp.

Even though the graphic above shows my progress using myfitnesspal, I don’t ever actually log in or use it to track anything. It receives automatic weight updates from my Fitbit Aria scale which tracks my weight daily, and automatically generates the cool progress graphics.

Another great benefit of all this activity is that my Withings Blood Pressure monitor has confirmed that my BP has been dropping steadily.