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Last challenge was accomplished though my tracking and reporting was lacking.  Because of that I'm going to include "getting you that TPS report" in my goals this time around.

 

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I don't get back from our trip to Colombia until the 11th, and then I dive right into rehearsals for Pippin, directing the one-act showcase for the local theatre (that's easy, just three rehearsals and one performance), and work hitting the busiest time of year (start of the semester).  I'm focused on getting pre-PA classes taken care of so I'll be taking one class (though that could be counseling instead), and I'm going to try and fit some kind of workouts (cardio, strength, and flexibility) in even if it's just PT for my rotator cuff.  I blamed it on skiing at the doc's office but I wonder how much trapeze did too...  Anyway specifics are forthcoming but in a general sense:

 

1.  Hike, bike, or run, three times per week.

2.  PT four days per week, bonus points for an actual lifting session that includes the PT exercises

3.  One stretching session per week.

4.  Sign up for either Human Anatomy, Chemistry 1 w/lab, or an appropriate upper-level biology class and do all the assignments, or sign up for one COUN class at the Denver campus and do all THOSE assignments.

5.  Report into NF at least weekly. 

 

Oh, and I'll make time to go see that movie I earned last challenge with Mrs. MG.... not sure when or how, but it will happen.  Hopefully before the in-laws leave so we don't have to find a sitter too!!!

 

 

 

 

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Wow, the challenge started AND I happened to have time to look at stuff on the computer today!

 

I worked out this morning.  It's not easy here in Bucaramanga, Colombia (that's B'manga here forward).  There are no parks anywhere nearby to go running, I don't have a bike and I don't think I'd be brave enough to go out on the streets even if I did.  I've seen people riding serious bikes here, of course (anyone catch the tour de france???) but they have people following right on their tails in a car to keep the mayhem from killing them while they're out training.  

 

Went for a hike at a coffee plantation yesterday, up in the hills near B'manga yesterday, about 5K only since we were on a tour thing.  Super cool to see my favorite drug growing in the wild.  Today I went to the "gym" at the apartment building we're staying in.  I can say:  Hey, at least they have a gym.  I spent about two minutes on a treadmill before I realized it was dangerously out of repair.  The belt kept slipping and I was worried I'd end up in a youtube video or something so I got off it.  Then I went through two cycle machines (there were three total, all different and all about 15+ years old) before I found one that could be adjusted so it was vaguely ergonomic.  Did that for 20 min then did an upper body series--bench, rows, and pull ups with the rotator cuff series tacked on at the end with some therabands I'd brought with.  Finished it off with a 10 min run around the complex. 

 

Tomorrow there's likely no chance for exercise but Wednesday and Thursday I should be able to get out for a real, honest to god trail run in a town called Barichara.  Gorgeous country, no weird guerrilla activity nearby and considered very safe for doing things alone in the woods.  Friday I doubt I'll have any such luck, though our cousin's apartment in Bogota does have a weight room so I'll try to hit that on Friday.  Saturday were traveling all day.

 

I've been working on a Coursera series that leads to an EMT certification.  It's fun--reminds me of the fun parts of being a detox counselor and/or AIDS/HIV counselor (two jobs I'd had in the past).  I'm on week four now, just got started.  The whole series is supposed to be 26 weeks, plus a 40 hour skills workshop you have to do in person (and pay $1000 for) that won't be offered again until next September if I understand things correctly.  Meanwhile, there's three weeks left til I can register for my "real" class.

 

 

On 7/31/2019 at 10:54 AM, raptron said:

When do you guys take off for the trip? 

 

Ha, we left on the 27th I think :O  Sorry, it's been rough getting the computer on except for studying.  Total time in country will be about 13 days plus travel days on either end.

 

So:

 

Hike/Bike/Run:  1/15

PT:  1/20, +1 for the weights session

Stretching:  0/5

Class:  0/1

TPS Report:  1/5

 

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Seconding the "please don't injure yourself" sentiment. Kinda eh that they bill they have a gym when it's in lousy repair. Hope the running in the jungle today and tomorrow works out, that sounds awesome.

 

On 8/5/2019 at 6:49 PM, mediaguy99 said:

I've been working on a Coursera series that leads to an EMT certification.  It's fun--reminds me of the fun parts of being a detox counselor and/or AIDS/HIV counselor (two jobs I'd had in the past).  I'm on week four now, just got started.  The whole series is supposed to be 26 weeks, plus a 40 hour skills workshop you have to do in person (and pay $1000 for) that won't be offered again until next September if I understand things correctly.  Meanwhile, there's three weeks left til I can register for my "real" class.

 

Coursera is fantastic, I love the variety of classes they offer. Glad you're enjoying it - think you'll aim for the September class, or give it a bit more time to gt through the coursework? 

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Columbia sounds great.   Hope you are able to stay safe and still get in some good workouts.  No guerrilla activity along the trails is always a good thing :)

 

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Back from Colombia!

 

Sitting in the Miami airport waiting for our connection to Denver.  Kiddo and Mrs. MG went to Sbarro for a trip down her memory lane (they don't have those in Colorado).  Nothing appealed and frankly I'm so sick of eating I might not eat anything.  

 

Got in another weights workout which included the gym version of my PT.  Also ran on the treadmill.  Also the day before that we were in Barichara, which is absolutely lovely and has a "trail" run going from right at the edge of town over to the next town.  Kind of a unique thing in Colombia, as trail running or even hiking really isn't a thing there as far as I can tell.  Might just be my super paranoid in-laws.  So I got a 5 mile super climb-y run in, which felt great and left me with actual running DOMS from all the climbing.  Wow.  I haven't really looked at the numbers aside from distance, but wow.  Am quite ready to start eating veggies again.  Not that they don't have ANY down there but they're basically:  lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and avocado.  And I don't like tomatoes.  Don't get  me wrong, the meat was GREAT but any culture that serves it with not one, not two, but at LEAST three different starchy carbs is missing the point of something.  Not sure how everyone is so skinny down there... could it be just from caloric restriction?

 

Quite pooped.  Many long days, many big meals, and one day to get back to non-vacation life.  

 

On 8/7/2019 at 10:20 AM, Manarelle said:

think you'll aim for the September class, or give it a bit more time to gt through the coursework? 

 

you know, if I do it an hour a day I've got this.  Looks like they're still accepting applications to the skills class in Denver so I might actually do it!  It'll leave me a bit short on vacation time (just over a week once the course is done) but I can live with that.  Then I get to start volunteering doing THAT right away, instead of waiting a year...

 

Hike/Bike/Run:  3/15

PT:  3/20, +2 for the weights session

Stretching:  0/5

Class:  0/1

TPS Report:  1/5 (one per week counts, any more are just for fun)

  

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On 8/10/2019 at 6:54 PM, mediaguy99 said:

Got in another weights workout which included the gym version of my PT.  Also ran on the treadmill.  Also the day before that we were in Barichara, which is absolutely lovely and has a "trail" run going from right at the edge of town over to the next town.  Kind of a unique thing in Colombia, as trail running or even hiking really isn't a thing there as far as I can tell.  Might just be my super paranoid in-laws.  So I got a 5 mile super climb-y run in, which felt great and left me with actual running DOMS from all the climbing.  Wow.  I haven't really looked at the numbers aside from distance, but wow.  Am quite ready to start eating veggies again.  Not that they don't have ANY down there but they're basically:  lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and avocado.  And I don't like tomatoes.  Don't get  me wrong, the meat was GREAT but any culture that serves it with not one, not two, but at LEAST three different starchy carbs is missing the point of something.  Not sure how everyone is so skinny down there... could it be just from caloric restriction?

 

Nice. Glad the trip got to end on a good running note, if not a foodie one. When we first started dating, my gentleman's meals were 1 meat, 2 carb sides, and bread. It took forever to get him to ease back on the carbs - now he has steamed veggies and I have fruit instead. Can't imagine having three sides like that. 

 

On 8/10/2019 at 6:54 PM, mediaguy99 said:

you know, if I do it an hour a day I've got this.  Looks like they're still accepting applications to the skills class in Denver so I might actually do it!  It'll leave me a bit short on vacation time (just over a week once the course is done) but I can live with that.  Then I get to start volunteering doing THAT right away, instead of waiting a year...

 

Definitely a goal to work towards!

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On 8/10/2019 at 6:54 PM, mediaguy99 said:

Quite pooped.  Many long days, many big meals, and one day to get back to non-vacation life.  

Good luck bouncing back to regular life. :)

On 8/10/2019 at 6:54 PM, mediaguy99 said:

you know, if I do it an hour a day I've got this.  Looks like they're still accepting applications to the skills class in Denver so I might actually do it!  It'll leave me a bit short on vacation time (just over a week once the course is done) but I can live with that.  Then I get to start volunteering doing THAT right away, instead of waiting a year...

YEAH!

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On 8/15/2019 at 2:22 PM, sylph said:

How's the post-vacation re-acclimation going?

 

Oh my. Not as well as I had hoped but alright. I got back to work on Monday and immediately had to move offices. I feel a bit like Milton (office space stapler guy) because me and the other “old guy” in our group have been squeezed into a little 7’x10’ office which we now share. There’s a tiny door in our office that leads to the building section air handler—so my desk literally vibrates when it’s on. Furthermore there were three barrels of asbestos waste and three plastic bags labeled “danger asbestos” in that room.  I closed the door and tried not to think about it. 

 

I got out for two bike rides and one 3.5 mi run this week. Did my PT about three times so far (one more today and I’m good). No stretching sessions and I doubt I’ll have time today. TPS report submitted. I did make very good progress on the EMT class, and I’m nearly half way done. But, I have a TON of teaching and prepping to do this week plus the mad requests for help with the software applications I support will start this week since classes start a week from tomorrow. So I want to spend as much time as possible cranking through the material today. 

 

Rehearsals started this week too, which has been awesome. Just choral rehearsals but I gotta say I love singing in a group. And by strange luck I’ve been assigned baritone/bass instead of tenor which is great because, well, frankly it’s just easier to sing. Easier harmonies and an easier range. 

 

The in-laws leave on Thursday so I’ll get my house back.

 

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On 8/12/2019 at 6:49 AM, Manarelle said:

Can't imagine having three sides like that. 

 

It was a little much! Definitely NOT enough fiber. Glad to be back home and getting to choose my own meals. 

 

One thing I did this week was have a salad and an apple for lunch almost every day. Definitely helped with feeling bloated from all those carbs. 

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On 8/18/2019 at 12:11 PM, mediaguy99 said:

One thing I did this week was have a salad and an apple for lunch almost every day. Definitely helped with feeling bloated from all those carbs. 

 

Nice. Clear out all the mess and get the good stuff back in your system. Good luck with this week, sounds like it's going to be a little chaotic. 

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Good day so far--Yesterday I did my PT so I caught up on that.  Today I rode to work, and then rode about halfway home.  I skipped the giant 3 mile hill because it's pushing 100F out and I just didn't have it in me--the bus came, and the bike rack on the front was empty so I got on.

 

Rehearsal tonight.  Cereal for breakfast today, and an apple and bagel for lunch.  Not much really.  Need to eat something substantial for dinner but I feel like an outlaw in my own kitchen with my mother in law in the house.  Who knows what she's going to want for dinner.  I'm looking forward to my in-laws being gone honestly.  It's been too long.

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18 hours ago, mediaguy99 said:

Good day so far--Yesterday I did my PT so I caught up on that.  Today I rode to work, and then rode about halfway home.  I skipped the giant 3 mile hill because it's pushing 100F out and I just didn't have it in me--the bus came, and the bike rack on the front was empty so I got on.

Oof, yeah. That's toasty!

 

18 hours ago, mediaguy99 said:

Rehearsal tonight.  Cereal for breakfast today, and an apple and bagel for lunch.  Not much really.  Need to eat something substantial for dinner but I feel like an outlaw in my own kitchen with my mother in law in the house.  Who knows what she's going to want for dinner.  I'm looking forward to my in-laws being gone honestly.  It's been too long.

How much longer are the in-laws around?

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Oh yeah, the beginning of the semester is literally the worst.  Starting two weeks before and ending at the end of this week my life is basically overloaded.  Add to that the in-laws being here until literally the day before the semester started, and rehearsals, and finishing the online coursework for my EMT exams, and then trying to get into a chemistry class.... let's just say that if there were indeed a ball, it has been dropped.  And on top of all that, I ended up getting sick on Friday last week.  So the weekend which was supposed to be relaxing camping ended up being, "honey, can you drive me home so I can collapse in the bed for the weekend?"  She lovingly (ok that might be a stretch) obliged.  I don't think I'd be especially happy either, if I had to take half a day from my vacation to drive my sick spouse back down to the city (where it was pushing 95F all weekend, compared to the mountains which were a cool 70-75F).  But whatever.

 

So, what went out the window?  


I actually got my runs and rides in during the hell weeks.  No lifting, and as soon as official PT appointments finished, well, unfortunately, so did my home practice.  Lame.

 

I have been eating tons of salad though, hardly anything else for lunch actually.  And I'm nearly finished with the online portion of EMT training.  AND, I got into Intro Chemistry (a remedial class for those of us who haven't taken chemistry since the millennium began with a 1) so that's good and bad.  I'm sure it'll be better once I'm done with rehearsals and into production.

 

OK that's it.  It's Wednesday and I've still got the remnants of a head cold.  Won't be biking to work tomorrow I don't think.  Maybe Friday, who knows?  And the weekend holds the possibility of a family run/bike ride, though guess who's got the sickness now???

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On 9/4/2019 at 9:14 AM, mediaguy99 said:

Oh yeah, the beginning of the semester is literally the worst.  Starting two weeks before and ending at the end of this week my life is basically overloaded.  Add to that the in-laws being here until literally the day before the semester started, and rehearsals, and finishing the online coursework for my EMT exams, and then trying to get into a chemistry class.... let's just say that if there were indeed a ball, it has been dropped.  And on top of all that, I ended up getting sick on Friday last week.  So the weekend which was supposed to be relaxing camping ended up being, "honey, can you drive me home so I can collapse in the bed for the weekend?"  She lovingly (ok that might be a stretch) obliged.  I don't think I'd be especially happy either, if I had to take half a day from my vacation to drive my sick spouse back down to the city (where it was pushing 95F all weekend, compared to the mountains which were a cool 70-75F).  But whatever.

Well, that sounds awesome :\

 

And good progress on the school/class front! Almost done with the online work is great!

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52 minutes ago, sylph said:

Well, that sounds awesome :\

 

And good progress on the school/class front! Almost done with the online work is great!

 

Thanks, Sylph!  I have one more "mock interaction" to write an encounter report for, and I'm done with the classes.

 

Still recovering from the upper respiratory thing.  Definitely ready for it to be over.  Didn't run, didn't ride, didn't hike, didn't do anything but go to rehearsal yesterday and work, work, work.  Am ready for a re-do on my vacation.  I think October, maybe?

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Boo, sorry to hear about the illness and hell weeks. I'd say respiratory issues are a dang good reason to set that ball down for a while, though. Hope you got some relax time this weekend? 

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Ach, I failed at the TPS reporting.  Documentation was never my strong suit.

 

I did a bunch of running, biking, and hiking.  I did get better from the respiratory crud, and I did pass the NREMT practical exam.  Now to study for the knowledge exam.

 

The FDA announced that Zantac has a carcinogen in it so I stopped taking it for my reflux issues.  I'm back to a grain-free diet and next week I want to introduce corn and see what happens.  Right now I'm doing a modified paleo diet (not for weight loss though so I'm not shedding pounds like a person with an eating disorder) that just doesn't include dairy or grains.  I get to cheat once a week because sanity, and I'm not worried about a lot of the things I used to get hung up on with the paleo diet.  But I am avoiding those grains.  And it definitely keeps the reflux at bay.  I just don't like it.  I miss my muesli, and toast.  I'd so much rather just be "gluten free".  I'm telling you--I tried an almond flour bagel last week (cost me like $6 too) and I almost barfed.  It was like eating a cinnamon raising Birkenstock.

 

The weather has been lousy the past two days, which are usually my bike commute days.  Shades of what's to come with the approaching winter I think...  (Remember that winter in Colorado can start in August, and can go through May...) 

 

There is so much going on right now I'm pretty sure I am going to have to stay away from NF for the next 3-4 weeks.  I might try to join back in November but til then I've got my full time job, chemistry exams, Pippin rehearsals and then 17 performances, the NREMT subject matter exam to prep for... and wait, I have a wife and family too?  Yeah I'm ready for something to be over with.

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