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Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Yep, Mark. me too.

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:53am PT
April 2009: 245#
April 2010: 232#
April 2011: 210#
April 2012: 200#
Today: 189#

So worth it.

Trad climber
East Coast US
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:20am PT
I thought this was a thread about kneeboarding.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Yoda can wrong be?

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Yoda wrong is never.
Captain...or Skully

Apr 9, 2013 - 11:47am PT
Perspective is All.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Edge, my congratulations. That's really great.

My curve is like April of 2010--245. Two years later last April, 185 +/-, and still there, but more minus.

My current project is to get my upper body stronger than it ever was.

We used to toss around the term strength-to-weight ratio in Camp 4, when we thought about training, which was seldom. We thought more about climbing, in general.

It's interesting that several many of the older guys hereabouts fall into the Donini mold, the Ron Kauk mold, if you will, where they never were not fit and dialed in. This includes, honorably, the dudes and ladies who have had injuries which have barred them from truly feeling fit or close to 100%.

And then there's the slobs (raising my hand, here, Zumba-boss-lady) who've dropped their guidebooks, if you will, and lost their way in fast foodism, Bud-ism, and overindulgence in BACON and other necessities. Divorce, child support, more booze, it's killer, boys and girls, so keep fit and live each day like it's your last.

The last mail Rick Sylvester sent he was on about Crossfit training and how he's now up to five pull-ups. He barely made ONE when he started, and it wasn't that long ago. We know how Rick is when he gets his teeth into something.

So, Edge, and all the rest of us fitness hackers, I don't know your ages, but Rick's like Jim's age. We can do this.

No more jokin' 'bout Jim, here. Best of weather and health for the NIAAD.*

*Nose In About A Day

"However, the young have a problem with vicarious experience, Brian."--Brother Cassian, dean of men/St. Mary's College

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Thanks Mark for the reminder. I plan on doing a change of lifestyle for the better. Now I can see the difference between eating right and good food. I am on a high right now. Sometimes called a pink cloud.

I am determined to make some healthy choices and develop new habits. We will have to see how this plays out. It really is just like quitting drinking. Food is insidious. I mean sugar! I want the benefits of a clean body so I am willing to do the work. I just need the good habits and those come with making good choices daily. I think I am on the path.

With a little help from my friends I will be standing on El Cap this fall and then have a plethora of other adventures. Life IS an adventure. I am re-inventing myself for the ump-teenth time...... It's always something...


Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Apr 9, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
Fukk Yoda! That b!tch couldn't urinate his way out of a paper sack.

Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 9, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
Fukk Yoda!

That's just twisted...
Captain...or Skully

Apr 9, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
Right on, Plaid!!6! You will keep reinventing yourself as circumstance requires. Or some such.
Now get out there and sweat. It's good for ya.

And no junk "food". Eh?

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Apr 9, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Give yourself a little time and experiment with healthy foods. Soon enough, you'll find what works for you and your taste buds will adjust and you'll prefer the good healthy stuff. Give it a few months for the taste buds to come around.

I found all kinds of things I didn't expect to like (sauteed turnip greens, for example) that are now regular menu items at my house.


Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 9, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
I am re-inventing myself for the ump-teenth time......

Dude, just tell us you're not gonna go paisley on us!

Keep up the gud fight!
Captain...or Skully

Apr 9, 2013 - 10:12pm PT
He'd have to change his name, Reilly....PaisleyMan just doesn't have the same ring to it, IMHO.

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 9, 2013 - 10:39pm PT

Thanks for posting your "getting-in-shape" adventure.

Stick to it and you will be so happy!

(I'm on the cusp----never in really horrible shape-----and never in Donini shape, with a weight gain of about 10 lbs every winter and the equal loss by late summer.)

Going to South America and doing a lot of hiking, in Feb or March, helps me a lot! I'm only 5 lbs over my last year's low at the moment, and going into outdoor exercise season!


Social climber
Apr 9, 2013 - 11:01pm PT



Something funny happened. I was going to put the caption along with these photos something like "You can do it!"

While looking for a before pic... for the first time in over 2 years... I don't recognize myself. It doesn't look like me, move like me, and I can tell looking into my face that I am not thinking like me.

Just be happy and love yourself. F*#k, man. If it was only that f*#king simple.
Captain...or Skully

Apr 10, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Dig it.

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 10, 2013 - 12:39am PT
I think I can appreciate the sentiment, although weight is not an issue I have to work on. For me it is a a bunch of other crap that adds up faster and faster these days. Change is a good thing. Keep on.

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 10, 2013 - 01:00am PT
I ain't beating myself up. Just happy I got off my ass. This time literal.
I have been working on changing my mind for a while. I am getting my teeth fixed too. That is helping with the mental crowd of voices in my head.

With eating the food I was shoveling in my face, I think I was poisoning myself. My joints were killing me and felt so bad all the time. No energy.

Now lots of energy, working out and eating right....hmmmmm...who woulda' thought.

Glad I woke up. That is exactly how it feels to me today. Like I just woke up from a coma or something.


Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Apr 10, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Plaidman, you realise it is 10:00 PM. So you just slept the whole day???

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