17 April 2006

See if you can follow this.

I live in the most f*cked up state in the union. We may be beautiful but thanks to our clueless leaders there will be no ocean swimming for the foreseeable future.

Back on March 31st we had one of the worst rainstorms ever. This after 45 days of rain so the ground was saturated, the creeks and streams were high, dams were near overflowing, it was really bad. So then it rains again. At the same time one of the large sewer mains for Waikiki broke (we have the world's oldest sewer system. There is almost constantly a break somewhere). Now the powers that be had a number of choices, get pumper trucks working round the clock to pump this stuff out, let the hotels and homes back up, or dump the raw sewage into the Ala Wai canal. Guess which option they chose? That's right, dump. They released 48 million gallons of raw sewage into the Ala Wai canal which then flows into the ocean (I don't believe that number, I believe they pumped a lot more in). Now, anyone with half a brain who has ever seen the ocean can guess what would happen to that sewage. It would flow out into the ocean and then be washed back to shore by the tides - duh!!!!! They closed the beaches for a few days but they are back open now. The state Dept. of Health continues to test and the counts of bacteria are still kind of high but they are saying it's safe. The oceans almost all the way around Oahu are high in bacteria and pretty much unswimmable.

New topic. I have been trying to lose weight forever. For the last 2 years, I've been trying to lose the last 20 lbs. Since I got really into triathlon I kind of gave up lots of other exercise and focused on swimming, running, and biking. In the last 6 months I've gained almost 10 lbs. It's time to end this freaking madness. If I could lose this weight I'd be way better at running and biking. I also know that running, swimming, and biking does not work for me as far as weight loss goes. Aerobics work. I can push myself way harder at aerobics than I can at any of the tri disciplines.

So, with all of the above info, it's time to switch things up for awhile. I can't see myself getting in the water for at least a few months so this summer's tris are pretty much out. And, since I want to lose weight I'm shifting focus. Starting today I will be doing aerobics every morning. I'm going to try doing tri stuff at night. I'm starting a new WW meeting tonight at the Y and I thought I'll see what it's like. If it's not crowded I'll go for a swim before I go home. That would work good for me.

For the next few months my main focus will be weight loss. It's time to be done with this.

This weekend was busy. Saturday I took off and we did all our errands. Then Saturday night we went out with some friends. Yesterday I stayed home all day and worked on the house. There wasn't that much left to be done but I wanted to get it finished. So I was up at 6 and worked my butt off all day. I sat down for lunch around 1 and promptly fell asleep for about 20 minutes. Last night when I finally stopped moving I fell asleep on the couch watching tv. I slept very well last night :)

Okay, that's enough I should do some work.


Backofpack said...

How ironic that I got to the paragragh about weight loss just as I stuffed a chocolate into my mouth...

I'm thinking that adding the aerobics to your tri workouts is going to up that metabolism enough to get those pounds dropping off. Good luck with the new meeting and the extra exercise!

*jeanne* said...

That's TERRIBLE about the sewage! They made that decision in a state where most of the income is from TOURISM??? Happy pale tourists burning themselves beyond recognition on the BEACH? Wedding couples with beach sunsets behind them? Can't you just see them: Scampering through the s _ _ _ that the tides certainly WILL bring back to shore, just like they did the lei you tossed to find out if you will return to the island? (and it DOES come back to shore! OF COURSE, it does!)

PuddyRat said...

And a very happy, albeit belated, birthday to you. Hope you don't have to swim in too much flotsam and jetsam!

PuddyRat said...

OMG! And BUNNY TRACKS? Was that the name of that ice cream? Who makes it? I WANT some! At least to try out.

Oh, speaking of ice cream. I like the Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Low Fat Frozen Yogurt. Well, I was at the store the other day and it didn't look like they had any. But, I did find the Cherry Garcia Ice Cream in single-serve, half-cup containers. How COOL is that? It's just enough to indulge your taste buds without going overboard because, you know, if you open up a pint of ice cream, there is only ONE serving in it no matter how much the label may try to claim there are four. I just do NOT buy into that idea.

Okay, enough about ice cream. What I need is dinner.

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