FIT@50 / week 60

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FIT@50 / week 60
Freedom:
 
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” Voltaire, the 18th century poet said.
 
We strap many chains about us at various times in our lives. Some are born unto us, most others are self adorned. In my quest to become FIT, I’ve worked to identify the chains continuing to hold me back, or down.
 
It’s easy to know that ice cream every night is a negative restrainer from losing weight. But it’s not always simple to see the internal chains that affect us in negative ways.
 
I’m a Mondaholic. With great intentions to start everything from being more productive in my work, to going to bed at a normal hour, it all was set to start on the next Monday.
 
It hurts a bit to look in the mirror and say, “Wow, you’ve had a lot of ice cream and sedentary living.” It hurts even more to look inside and think about the failures to break chains. Even the seemingly simplest of constraints.
 
I tried something different this week to avoid the broken Monday Promises, Liliana Hart and I started our physical training on Wednesday!
 
It may be a while before I’m clicking off 100 mile rides or wading into the waters to start a triathlon again, but I’m in no rush. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” This Wednesday, I took that first step.
 
That step includes the easy to assess exercises, but also the self-assessments of breaking chains that have long strangled me in some ways or others. It’s never too late to seek Freedom.
 
What are your chains?
 
Do Good,
Scott

FIT@50 \ week 16

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Unplugged & Replugged:
Last week was an amazing experience. I spent the weekend with my wife,Liliana Hart on a Trek Travels cycling trip through northern California. The grapes were the only things online out there. No cell or internet service, and the wifi was spotty to say the least.

So what did I do with my cell phone? Used it as a camera to capture pics of the beauty of our country and the fun with new friends.
I’d unplugged. And it was actually okay.

In the same week, I had a three book deal with Amazon’s Kindle World set for release. This was my biggest writing obligation to date, next to my doctoral dissertation. It required manuscript uploading, cover design downloading and entering keywords, metadata and marketing blurbs.
I’d replugged. And it was actually okay.

It’s the balance that we all seek. It’s the fine line between obsessive and unconcerned. It’s taken almost 50 years to not avoid it, but hopefully not another 50 years to embrace it.

So in this 16th week of rocking 50 years on Earth, here’s to cycling and reading – both passions I enjoy sharing with you.

Do good,
Scott Silverii

Not a Police Tactic

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I was once asked if this picture showed a tactic for launching officers into a crowd.

I shook my head then smiled – “No” was all I said.

But wouldn’t it be cool?

Bike Patrol wishes you an awesome summer vacation

Have fun but always be safe.

Community Policing is Compassionate Policing

 

I’m a Victim | of advertising

Just before sunrise I set out to bike through a beautiful stretch of recently paved roadway. This flat surface ribbons through a cool overgrowth of swamp and marsh that until the road was paved, remained untouched.

I regularly see birds, mammals and reptiles along the shoulder-less surface. Upon approach they either fly, hop, crawl or swim away into the thick green foliage of the swamp.

Except this time. In a particular stretch where long straight-aways surrender to sweeping, graceful curves I met an owl perched on the sloping shoulder of gravel and limestone.

Our eyes locked as both were surprised by early appearances on this otherwise scarcely travelled road. The tree canopy yielded soft refreshing drops of moisture in an otherwise unseasonably chilly morning.

I approached while heeding a cautious distance as not to startle the owl. The quiet, peaceful encounter was remarkable. Almost as though we shared a mutual understanding or respect for each other’s right to exist at that singular time and place.

Drawing even with where the owl stood, I nodded and said, “Who?”

…….and that special moment was gone.

I’m Shaping Up | Week 20

 

With Swamp People's "ZZ"
With Swamp People’s “ZZ”

I’m Shaping Up; Week 20

How to you benchmark 20 weeks of concerted efforts for reclaiming health? Just show up.

I’ve been chipping away with daily runs, yoga and cycling. Most after work rides allow about 25 – 30 mile rides through beautiful bayous and endless acres of sweeping sugarcane fields. My cycling club, Bayou Country Cyclists held the regular Saturday ride. The club president, Christy J. e-mailed me Friday and said just show up.

75 miles and 4 hours later, I had completed a distance I used to bike regularly enroute to completing century rides. After 2 years, 45 pounds gained, dangerously high BP, and begrudgingly sedentary lifestyle, I had reclaimed the healthy habits I practiced for an entire life.

It was a perfect day for celebrating 20 weeks as a long-time friend showed up for the ride, and for those of you who are fans of the History channels’ Swamp People, the alligator hunter “ZZ” was kind enough to offer us much needed water as we stopped at his swamp tour storefront.

 

75 Miler
75 Miler

Week 20

Here’s to holding each other accountable when the couch looks inviting and the snacks endless.

Weight

– Don’t know. Still not worrying about these numbers.

Exercise

– 5 days of exercise (included 3 days of 2-a-day with morning runs, and evening cycling.)

– Yoga continues to help with recovery and flexibility.

– Sooner or later, I’ll return to the pool, but I’m enjoying the saddle time right now.

Eating

– Good week of eating in moderation. King size bag of M&M’s Sunday, but after hammering the highways; I deserve it.

UNO Ring & BP

– BP has settled into a normal range and resting HR is low 50’s.

– The UNO ring slips on and off without hanging up on swollen knuckles or fat fingers.

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Enjoying another Team SKY Stage Victory

Monday – Sunday Goals:

– 5 days of cycling.

– 2 yoga sessions.

– 3 morning run sessions

– bring lunches to work or prepared meal at home.

– Increase hydration.

How are your efforts going? Don’t just read this and dismiss it. Make a commitment today. You have peer support, CopsAlive.com expertise, and a champion fitness advisor all ready to help.