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Tom Petty really knew what he was talking about. The waiting really is the hardest part.

R had his ultrasound appointment today. He wasn’t allowed to eat anything, and was even afraid to drink any water this morning. The appointment was at a local radiology clinic, and since the doctor’s office is only open until noon on Fridays, it will most likely be next week before we find out what the results are, and where we go from here.

I would like to take a moment to apologize to my readers. I know my past few posts haven’t been the usual humor you may have come to expect on here, but I just need to get this off my chest.

Hopefully I will soon have something funny to blog about, but until then, I hope you’ll hang with me.


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>Treadmill Games

>I started to mess with the incline. When you increase the incline, you burn more calories, and I am shamelessly addicted to watching that calorie counter climb. The first day I was able to hang on at about 2.5% for about 30 minutes. When I came back the next day I thought, “I can do better,” and I did. Day 2: 3.0% for an hour, and 500 calories were gone just like that. Day 3: I was on a tight time budget, and in 20 minutes, I did a little over a mile, but left about 250 calories on that treadmill. Today I set a new record for myself. I went for an hour at 6.0% on 3.0, and stepped off that beast having burned 650 calories. In one hour I burned off breakfast, the protein snack I was about to have and the cheese stick I would have later before dinner.

I also have a little fun altering my stride depending on the song. For example: “Rock Your Body” has a strong base line that is consistent with the exception of a few back beats that actually add a nice dimension to the game. Yes, I think of it as a game. I walk to the beat of the song, and add the few quick steps on the backbeat when it comes up. I can feel this working my muscles differently, and it forces me to take longer strides.

Another game is The Bicep Builder. With a good incline going, I lean back just a bit, and hold the position while I walk, or pull myself forward ever so slightly. It takes about 10 minutes before I start to feel it working. This is a way to work a little arm action in since the treadmill doesn’t have the “ski poles” that the elliptical does.

Next time… a high protein snack that sounds weird, tastes weirder, and why you want it after a work out.

Until then…….

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