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Time to Get Back in Shape (Monday, September 13, 2010)

I know I haven't posted anything in a really long time. I've been sort of busy, what with work and school and dealing with the house. But recently, I came to several realizations. One, after not having played any basketball in two years, I have come to be really bad at it. And two, there are a lot of other sporty things I miss doing, or am annoyed that I never learned to do properly. I set a goal for myself for the summer to do three things: Learning to shoot trap and skeet; learn to ride a horse (properly); and learn to golf. I failed horribly.

I went trap and skeet shooting once, and found that it was shockingly easy to do, but that when I sign up for a lesson with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, they sell (or give) your personal information to the National Rifle Association. I don't want my information sold to anyone. Especially not to an organization whose primary aim (supporting the second amendment) is one I totally agree with, but whose lobbying far exceed that scope. I really should buckle down and go to the range more often... regardless of politics, it's a skill set I feel that I should have proficiency in.

I never did get on a horse all summer. It was just too hot. Now that it's getting to be fall, the weather is perfect for horseback riding, and I'm not sure if I can muster the free time for it — but I think I'm still going to give it a shot.

I did not so much as play a single round of even miniature golf this summer. Although I did go bowling with Elaine that one time. It was not pretty. Elaine crushed me. I swear we're going to go do it again at some point.

Oh yeah, and then there's the diet I was on for so long. It was working really well, and I'd lost nearly thirty pounds. And then we went to Disney World, and I didn't so much fall off the wagon, as I did swan dive off the wagon. I'm actually a bit afraid to get back on my scale, which has been put away since my bathroom was re-tiled a few weeks ago. But I'm going to attempt to get back on the wagon, before I get back on the scale.

Which brings us up to the present. I joined Lifetime Fitness over the weekend. I discovered that my company subsidizes gym memberships, and Lifetime will give me the chance to do some stuff that I can't do at the Fairfax County RECenters. In particular, they've got rock climbing, another skill that I really want to re-acquire; open basketball courts, pretty much all the time — and I know I need more court time, if I want to ever get any better; and racquetball, something I could do in Oakton, and pay for each time, but Lifetime is so much more convenient.

So I've worked out once — made it up the wall three times before my shoulder locked up. And then I managed to get into a couple games of five-on-five full court basketball. My shooting was significantly worse than usual after the climbing, but I got a great run in, and I suppose when it comes to shaving off that waistline, the run is the whole point. Let's see if I can keep it up.

—Brian (9/13/2010 10:11 PM)


Sweet..Lifetime, I go to a gym called Verve (named after the band? or did the gym come first? who knows, who cares)...they only have 2 treadmills. Lifetime has maybe 5,126 of them. I love that place, although at certain times it gets a little crowded with the guys who think that they are the next weightlifting god. I guess you get those everywhere, though...I suppose its just as well I can max bench about 15 stone (how much is that Brian!)

-- Ben (9/16/2010 8:06 AM)

You only max 210 pounds? Is that with each hand? You guys are coming to the cookout on Saturday, right?

-- Brian (9/16/2010 9:14 AM)

We will probably be there later in the afternoon, we have our new mattress being delivered to the house on Satur..zzzzzzzzz...oh, day.

-- Ben (9/17/2010 2:44 PM)

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