Manifolds

February 23, 2010

Wow, I’m really dense!

Filed under: health,sports,technology — origamifreak @ 8:00 am
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Yeah, we already KNOW I can be dense in the mental arena, LOL.

But what I’m talking about is my mass/volume ratio.

Because tonight I was swimming my laps after water aerobics and wondered why, sometimes in the shallow end, when I was slow on my flip turn, why I would sometimes find myself sitting on my butt on the bottom of the pool after exhaling.

So once I finished I did a little experiment. I laid on the surface and let out my air. Woosh. I landed on the bottom. I held my breath down there for a little bit to see if I’d come back up. Nope. So I stood up.

And then I told the lifeguard I was going to try this in the deep end, just to find out if I really was sinking. And I went down there over by the ladder and did the same thing. And I sank like a stone. It was so fast I actually got a little scared and started swimming back up before I hit the bottom (12 ft). My ears were even feeling the pressure.

Dang. Now I think I understand why some people are afraid of water, especially deep water. It would be kind of scary to find myself at the bottom down there and what if I didn’t have the energy to pull myself back up to the top and wanted to breathe? Yikes.

Last time I was that deep (about 18 months ago) I swam down to retrieve a piece of the underwater vacuum for the lifeguard. I was so buoyant that they had to put down a pole so I could pull myself down the last few feet using my arms, because I just couldn’t swim against my own tendency to bob back up.

This time I think if I went down there again, I’d ask for a pole so I could pull myself UP, if necessary! Heck, if I could hold my breath long enough, I could probably walk around down there.

Bizarre. This whole physical metamorphosis is just bizarre. In some ways it’s almost as surreal as waking up one morning shaped as a cockroach. LOL

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February 11, 2010

House update

Filed under: home improvement — origamifreak @ 9:28 pm
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Finally – FINALLY, it looks like the nightmare is over.

The new contractor came and worked a lot with a helper over the past week, rebuilt the crappy stairs that the ex-con ex-contractor built (where every tread and riser was a different depth and height), finished putting the floor down, installed the shades I ordered, finished all the painting, fixed the broken wiring that the last guy left (grr), swapped out the ivory outlets and switchplates for white, installed closet doors, etc etc etc.

They officially finished yesterday but he’ll come back on Saturday to give me my key and get the final paycheck.  He will also do any last -minute things we forgot (and I’ve found a couple – some switchplates and outlets that need to be replaced/installed, etc.)

I can finally finally finally breathe a sigh of relief, and consider this long, long, long, frustrating and painful chapter of my life CLOSED, and set my house back up and MOVE ON.

There are some things left by the last guy which aren’t worth trying to fix – semi-gloss that sloppily ended up on the ceiling when they painted the walls and shines weirdly when there’s lots of light, a small hole in the wall in the bathroom and a poorly-cut frame on the pocket door that I’ll have to fill, but it’s done as it’s going to be, and I will live with it.

This guy is everything the last one was not.  He showed up when he said he would, did the job, did it well, and GOT IT DONE. No personal drama, no lies, no crap, no bullshit.  No children at the job site.  No calls from his wife at 3am.  No requests for advances to pay for vehicle repairs.  No joint ashes in the bathroom or laundry room.  I am very very grateful.  This was a thankless job to get, cleaning up someone else’s mess, and he did it professionally.

I’m already talking with him about redoing my kitchen next winter.  It will involve gutting the whole thing and chopping out walls and putting in cabinets and replacing the walls with an L-shaped island.  It’s going to be awesome.  My neighbors have done this to their houses that are just like mine and it really opens up the space.

Kudos to my friends who recommended the replacement guy, and hooray.

New BMI = 23.99

Things are moving much more slowly in the weight loss department now.  And I’m OK with that, after finding out a month ago that my body fat percent was 19%.

I hit this milestone last Saturday but I’m out of the habit of even looking to hit those weight loss milestones, anymore – I’m more focused on figuring out how to adjust my macronutrients and calories for burning carbs rather than stored fat (since there isn’t as much of it, anymore!  LOL).

I’ve noticed that when my average calories drop below 1500 I tend to get really strong cravings – much stronger than I’ve experienced over the past year.  And they’ve sometimes led to binges over the past month.  Grr.  So I’ve adjusted my calories up and added some apple, citrus, and wholegrain crackers back into my diet.

The next milestone will be in 1.2 lbs when I’ll have removed 55% of my original body weight.

I’m getting really close to my goal weight of 150 lbs.  This morning I was 152.4, which is within the 3 lbs above and below that I would like to use as my maintenance bracket.

I’ve been increasing my swimming distance, too.  Last night I swam a mile (32 laps in the metric pool).  The total swimming distance for the aquabike triathlon is 1.2 miles = 2000m (the equivalent of 40 laps in a metric pool).  I’d like to get to the point where I’m swimming that distance fairly regularly before it’s time to jump in the lake and practice in open water in a wetsuit, because I know those things will slow me down and add to the difficulty.

The training program I’m using will start on March 1.  Since I’m technically doing a duathlon (aquabike doesn’t include the running), I’ll substitute my regular exercise for the running bits.  My aim right now is to have a strong base fitness going into the start of the training program.

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