Thursday, October 22, 2015


Today, I will be flying to Houston, Texas for International Quilt Market.  Each company that I represent will have their own booth at this very busy tradeshow.  For no particular reason, I just felt like posting an old picture of myself from the mid 1980's taken on a day when I was 'flying' in New York's Central Park.
This is a digital representation of an actual photograph taken with 35mm film.

I  recently found this photo taken in the 1980's.  One day my friend Bob and I walked over to Central Park (Manhattan) from his west side apartment with the intention of taking pictures of ourselves 'flying' in mid-air. No special effects were involved. We were testing our physical limitations as well as our photographic limitations. Landings were hard and painful. That is my shadow that you see directly under me. My friend, Bob took this picture of me and I am sure that he still owns an equally cool photo of himself that I took of him. This was years before the days of digital photography. So we had to take multiple photos with the hope that one or two would be good. I can remember that after our photo session ended, we went to a one hour photo shop and anxiously waited for the results. We were both pleased. (I wonder, do people of today even know what I am talking about when I say we went to a one hour photo shop? Are there a large percentage of young people today who have never taken a photograph using actual film?)

As I look at this 'flying' picture, I wonder how much I weighed back then approximately 30 years ago when I was in my mid 20's.  If I had to guess, I would guess that I was approximately 230 lbs. Which is less than what I weigh at this time.  The thing is, even now I only recently slipped out of obesity into the category of simply overweight.  In other words, I have always been overweight.  I was overweight in the mid 1980's and I am technically overweight right now.  Believe me, when I look in the mirror these days, a thin person stares back at me, as it was not too long ago that a 309 lb person was staring at me the few times I dared face a mirror.  This old photograph really captures my current spirit.  Recently I have been flying.  I am still flying high over the Half Dome accomplishment that took place earlier this month.  I am still flying high over the accomplishment of successfully walking the 26.2 miles of the Chicago Marathon.  I am flying high over the resumption of actual weight loss after months of stagnation and even backward momentum.  As a guy who will be celebrating my 58th birthday in less than one month - I am fairly certain that my physical 'flying' days are long gone.  In contrast, spiritually, I have never flown higher or more often.  

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I had had a streak of walking a half-marathon 13.1 miles for three consecutive days: SUNDAY, MONDAY, and TUESDAY.  Technically that streak was broken yesterday as I did not walk 13.1 miles - I walked 15 miles in the morning and then I walked 11.2 miles in the evening.  In essence, yesterday, I walked the distance of a marathon, 26.2 miles.  Yep, I am flying high.    
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I zoomed in the the part of my 11.2 mile walk in and around the Lincoln Park Zoo

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This is one of the two lions that guard the entrance to the Chicago Museum of Art on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

one of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers: JOHN HANCOCK CENTER
    The John Hancock Center
    875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, United States. 
    Height1,128', 1,506' to tip
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After walking 26.2 miles yesterday, I would be 'LION' to you - if I said that I was not exhausted by the end of the day.  Today, my biggest obligation is to get up early and get on an airplane headed to Houston, Texas. There will be plenty of time to recover from the small amount of weariness I am feeling this morning. I am arriving in Houston early enough to walk around a bit  in the afternoon before meeting up with my colleagues in the evening...
This lion guards the East entrance to the Lincoln Park Zoo
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Your Food Diary For:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 c

John McCann Steel Cut - Oat Meal, 1 cup60010801600
Roundy's - Center Cut Bacon, 3 Slices700472200
Alive & Radiant Foods - Kale Krunch - Quite Cheezy, 2.1 oz210191585462
Kashi - Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar, 2 bar240427810014

Omaha Steaks - Beef Hamburger, 1 Burger29002319750
Healthy Choice - Chicken Noodle Soup, 2 Cup (243g)180242167804
Butter Kernel - Whole Kernel Corn - Canned, 1.75 cup245394484014
Kashi - Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar, 1 bar1202144507

Lundberg - Loki seaweed organic rice cakes, 13 cake78018271397513
Campbells Home Style Soup - Italian Wedding Soup, 2 cup200265128208


Your Daily Goal7,9929992664002,300299

Your Exercise Diary for: 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 
CardiovascularMinutesCalories Burned
Walking, 5.0 mph1893,092
Walking, 5.0 mph1402,347
MFP iOS calorie adjustment Ic_iN/A623
Add Exercise
Daily Total / Goal330 306,062 590
Weekly Total / Goal732 21012,381 4,130


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fitbit day 49
51268 steps
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*You've earned 6,062 extra calories from exercise today

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