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Gettin’ Back into Volleyball!

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In the first half of the 90s I played a lot of volleyball on the sand at the Franklin Mint sand volleyball courts. That was back when the Mint was, as was its namesake, based in Philadelphia.  Nowadays, they’re a shell of their former, volleyball-loving selves, and I digress in the way that all old men do.  Point is, they had great courts and I had a great time playing on them.

vball_glamorNow, 20+ years later, I’m playing whenever I can on the beach in Southern California.  Whenever I can isn’t nearly as often as I’d like, but it’s often enough that I can say that I play again.  It’s fun!  Sometimes I even play well, but not as well as I would if I were in better shape.

I figure it’d be fun to post a couple pics here of the current iteration of the games look like to me. I’ll probably manage to post another photo or two here, and if I can figure out how to refresh this post to the top of the site. Maybe the “Aside” post format will do it for me?

Anyway, after the break are a couple of photos to show off my almost-40 prowess.

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Caloric debt or, why am I so fat?

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In order to lose weight (and I certainly have belly fat to be losing), you have to operate at a caloric debt.  there’s a lot of science going on that I don’t understand, and a lot of pseudoscience that I’m not qualified to debunk, but at the root, the rule is Lose Weight: Caloric Debt. Build Strength: Exercise.  You can basically never exercise away eating too much, so I’ve just got to stop eating too much. Especially since I don’t exercise much.  I haven’t changed my 12,000 step “goal” on Fitbit, but I also almost never get anywhere close to it (last Monday-Friday: M:4647, T:6107, W:1504, T:13780 F:18.518). Keep in mind on Thursday I played 3 hours of volleyball and on Friday I hiked and was generally active with a couple friends, hiking, hill climbing and wandering around much of the day.  Today I’ve done just north of 3100 steps and it’s not looking like I’ll do many more.  I’m the laziest, is the moral of the story.

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a hike i just did

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I just did a hike. click on the read more link to see the details, straight from the Endomondo’s mouth.