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On Sticking it Out
Sunday, August 24, 2014      19 comments

Today I am proud of myself. I went on a bike ride and was in over my head. I was ready to bail, but the man biking with me was great in helping me get through it. As I have talked about in the past, The Hubster and I organize a Sunday after... Read more
Summer Summary
Monday, August 04, 2014      15 comments

Hi Sparkers! I've missed you. I spent some time reading recent blogs. I'll continue to read. If I don't comment, don't take offense. I want to get back in with the community and will pick up from here. So, since my blog in June, I spent lot... Read more
Hey. How are ya?
Wednesday, July 30, 2014      19 comments

Very quick post. I've been doing massage, PT and yoga. No running. No swimming. No biking. Tremendous reduction in back pain. Next week is the last of PT - at least at the therapist's office. He'll give me a plan to do at home on my own. It... Read more
On Admitting There is a Problem
Tuesday, June 03, 2014      16 comments

First off, a caveat. This is definitely a blog for me to sort out where I am. I'm not looking for advice or sympathy. It's OK if you offer it, but that's not why I'm writing this out. This is where I'm writing down where I'm at so I can measure ... Read more
Mad Dog is now Happy Dog
Monday, June 02, 2014      17 comments

In the space of an hour I went from starting with a new trainer, leaving the new trainer and finding a new trainer. I think I told you that Lenny wanted summer evenings off. Who doesn't? So he set up a Monday/Wednesday night training sessio... Read more
Is There A Runners Anonymous?
Thursday, May 22, 2014      14 comments

I've been running, Sparkers. Well... it's not really fast enough for running. It's really waddling. But it feels good. (queue up James Brown.) What is it about running? It's worse than the glass of wine or evening cocktail. Both of which I ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts On The Complexities of Being Human
Tuesday, May 20, 2014      80 comments

I find myself commenting to my friends, here on Spark and in the "real world", to take it easy on themselves. We are complicated creatures. I find myself struggling to stick to plans that were much easier a few months ago than they are now. Jus... Read more
Mental Toughness, been better
Monday, May 19, 2014      11 comments

I know you all want to ask, So how's the Mental Toughness Part 2 going, Dogster? Meh. Exercise was tough last week. Wednesday and Thursday were impossible to get to the gym. Board of Directors meeting Wednesday night and Thursday nigh... Read more
Ready for a New Day
Wednesday, May 14, 2014      15 comments

I made it through Day 1 of MT2. Barely. I wasn't feeling very good for most of the day. Two colleagues asked me to go out for lunch. So I did. I ordered chicken and brocoli ziti.I will never order it again from this restaurant. This was ch... Read more
Mental Toughness, Day 1
Tuesday, May 13, 2014      18 comments

Today is Day 1 of a new 90 days of Mental Toughness. It is so easy to slack and I don't like it. You know if I announce it to you, it will happen. So here it goes. Another 90 days of whole grain foods, very little refined sugars (enough for my t... Read more
Bike Rides
Sunday, May 11, 2014      15 comments

I have heinie-itis, Spark Peeps. Yesterday I biked 40 miles round trip. Today I biked 20 miles round trip. My sit bones are well aware that they have been sitting on a hard bike saddle. This weekend was ideal biking weather: temperatures i... Read more
Good Sore
Tuesday, May 06, 2014      12 comments

Quick post. The Bruins are losing to the Canadiens. Boo! Sore post Lenny but in a good way. Only one bad "sore" at work. Baby steps. Wish the Bruins defense would have shown up tonight.... Read more
Who Let the Dawg Out?
Monday, May 05, 2014      16 comments

Who let the Dawg out? Dr. Bhat, that's who! Just in case you need a reminder on the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=
Qkuu0Lwb5EM If you watch the video, right around minute 2:01 - the dance party... yeah... that wa... Read more
Bike Lane Democracy
Wednesday, April 30, 2014      19 comments

When I am not on Spark, I have been pretty engaged in a local issue: bike lanes. Rather than rehash this, you can read the article in the local rag. www.lowellsun.com/breaki
review-father-morissette-b... Read more
Follow Up on the Whine-O-Rama
Monday, April 28, 2014      19 comments

Woke up feeling weepy and sad. Got out of bed anyway. I'd much rather distract myself at work where we try to help people with real problems. Helps me keep things in perspective. I was buoyed by all your supportive, loving prayers, comments... Read more

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