Print Story Things I'm up to lately part 2
By riceowlguy (Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 10:09:14 PM EST) (all tags)
Fishing report, tennis, etc.

As promised, I did do a lot of fishing on my birthday weekend in Austin.  I went three times, to be specific, to three different places (actually four, if you count the fifteen minutes I spent fishing in Old Settlers' Park by the Dell Diamond on my way in on Thursday, but I didn't catch anything there) - the San Gabriel, a small pond in a park near my folks, and Brushy Creek.  Total fish count for the weekend was 23, but the poundage was very low - mostly very small fish.  That's kind of the way it goes when flyfishing these skinny waters - you have a choice between tossing small nymphs that will catch you a bunch of tiny fish or chucking big woolly buggers that will only get you a few fish, but they'll be larger.  I usually opt for plan A, but then am embarrassed by all the four-inch bluegill/warmouth/shellcrackers/etc.

Turns out there's a new specialty fly-fishing shop/guide up there close to my folks, that I've got to try and get to next time I'm there (which I think will be 4th of July weekend).  It'll be nice to talk to some people who know about these rivers better than I do.  I'm also really interested in hitting the Llano River, again probably over 4th of July weekend.

More and more tennis lately, which is great, although as my shotmaking skills come back to me it gets more and more pathetic, relatively, how slow I am out there.  I need to get into a doubles league or mixer - less court to cover.

By all accounts I should have been asleep long ago.  I haven't had any problems getting up at 5am every day to get to the gym (or the river, as the case may be), but I'm still having major problems getting to bed by 9pm.  I'm usually really sleepy around 3pm, but wide awake come bedtime.

Did you know that there's a 3+ hour extended director's cut of That Thing You Do?  (An incredibly good and underrated film, in my opinion.)  My folks bought it on DVD and I'm borrowing it from them currently.  Includes never-before-seen extra footage of Tom Everett Scott and Charlize Theron making out - also, a lot of extra backstory.  I can see why it all hit the floor, since the pacing slows way the hell down, but it's fun to see once.

Started doing upper-body stuff at the gym this morning.  I am always in severe pain for the first couple of days after starting arm stuff, which is probably why I never stick with it.  I also don't really perceive a need for it - I work out for two main reasons, to burn calories and (hopefully) strengthen my legs and core to prevent more back damage.  However, I'm considering the theory that the more muscle mass you build, the more calories you will burn every day even when you're not working out, etc., etc.  Usually it's my biceps/elbows that hurt the most so I didn't do any curls, just the lat pulldowns, so we'll see if it's any less painful tomorrow.

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bodybugg by buttercup (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jun 24, 2009 at 10:52:03 PM EST
I LOVE this thing. It's pricey, to be sure, but well worth the investment.

"Too slow, Chicken Merengo!" — Cat
I have seen it by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 11:01:56 AM EST
and have been intrigued.  Do you think it's accurate?  That is to say, if you go two or three days in a row with that thing telling you that you burned more than you ate, do you lose weight?

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Most definitely by buttercup (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 12:14:02 PM EST
It's been extremely accurate for me, but I wear it almost 24/7. As long as you're good about your food diary, the deficit information is spot on over a 30-day period (to balance out water-weight fluctuations). One thing that's been very interesting is that as I've lost weight and acclimated to certain exercises, the device has clearly shown the impact on my calories burned. So I know when to mix it up or push a little harder to avoid a plateau.

The other great thing is that you get a clear idea of the tradeoffs between diet and exercise. You can eat more if you workout more, but only to a certain extent if you want to make your deficit for the day. And it shows the clear benefits of cardio vs. weight training for weight loss, but if you set it up to track lean muscle mass, you get credit for the reduction in body fat even if the scale stays the same.

"Too slow, Chicken Merengo!" — Cat
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(Comment Deleted) by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 06:59:08 AM EST

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Makes sense by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 11:00:51 AM EST
The standard saltwater fly around here is the Clouser Minnow, but it was originally designed for freshwater, and I have to imagine it can't be that hard to get just about anything to hit it.

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