Friday, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016
Liverpool, NS

Roadspill is 13? Seriously? I was in my 30s when I started this?

I don't even remember 2003. Guess that's why I have this blog — to remember all the kvetching I did about the state of Canadian media. What's changed?

And to record my travels, of which there have been many.

I don't write much here anymore. That's probably because of social media, much of which didn't exist back in the day.

But it's still a place to record big life changes, like my hip replacement two years ago and my current weight loss.

So, Happy Birthday, Roadspill. You're a teenager! Time to get all responsible...  unlike yours truly.

And so it goes....

Thursday, March 24, 2016

More progress...

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Liverpool, NS

This guy has arthritis? You'd never know. And thanks, Dr. Clive Duncan for the new hip and life!

So far, so good. Much work remains!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

It Works!

March 16, 2016

I've been going to the local gym since Feb 24 and I love it!

It's so incredible to be able to move without pain. None in the old hip and none in the new hip.

As per usual, I'm probably doing too much. Workouts were running 2 hours per day, but with some changes, that's now about 1:50. Still a lot. But so far, so good.

I had been going at 9 am, but I found that this really screwed up my work day. So for the last few days I've been going at 6 am. If I leave the house at 5:50 am, the timing is perfect. And then I'm done and on my way by 8:30 am. The added bonus is that the gym is almost completely empty. Awesome!

I find this a much better schedule, although I'm still trying to adjust my evenings to go to bed earlier.

I've been keeping track of my progress and since March 1, I've cycled over 300 km (and I'm on track to hit 600 km this monyh. I've just added rowing, so my arms get a bit of a challenge, too.

The results: weight down 5.5 lbs in 16 days. And 32 lbs since January 2015.

Hopefully I'll stay motivated and efforts will continue to pay off. I'd like to lose another 47 lbs.

And So I Goes...


Friday, March 04, 2016

THR +20 Months (609 days)

March 4, 2016 - THR +20 Months (609 days)

It's hard to believe that I'm now one year and eight months post hip replacement.

The new hip (left) is still working perfectly while, surprisingly, the right hip is still showing no signs of needing replacement. That's coming, but who knows when?

I've joined the local gym and plan to attend Monday-Friday. So far so good. This was my first full week (I joined midweek the previous week). I logged 123 km between cycling and walking (mostly cycling) just THIS week. The previous week I walked 11 km and cycled 11 km.

Watching the legs go round and round...

Eventually I'll add weights and whatnot. But for now I'm going to do 25 km per day, five days a week.

Another surprise: my weight is down. 11 pounds less than when I left Ireland. Today I weighed in at 251. That's 26 pounds less than a year ago. Slow and steady...

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Meanwhile the Liverpool experience continues. The weather had been quite nice although as I write this, there's a blizzard blowing outside.

Oh yeah, it's winter!

I've been enjoying myself, thanks to a friendly local community that is always inviting me out for dinner/fire hall breakfasts/beach visits. Last night I had a couple of drinks at the local pub, which is straight out of the Prairies: a couple of pool tables, VLTs and the bar is cash only.

Club 21, Liverpool's legendary watering hole

Yeah, it's kind of a dive... but a nice dive. There's a big celebration planned for St. Patrick's Day and I'm told the community potluck dinner is to die for. Several kinds of chowders and much, much more.

The adventure continues...