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Playoff time baby!

Monday, Jan, 9 2012

The opening weekend of the NFL playoffs saw every home team win. Lets hope that holds true this weekend in the divisional round as the Giants return to Lambeau Field on Sunday.

We'll break it all down on Pack Yak today with Rich Ratay, who by now may have changed his legal name to Rich RaTebow.

Who would have thought that among all the wildcard games this past weekend the wildest one would have been Tim Tebow and the Broncos knocking out last year's Super Bowl loser Pittsburgh?
Love him or hate him, the guy draws attention and sure is fun to watch play.

Not only did I edit together a rock-solid football open for the PhilCast on Monday, I also have a little something special in store to play for my Pack Yak co-host today. So don't miss the start of the show after the 3:00 newscast.

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Rough start to getting back in shape

Saturday, Jan, 7 2012

Well it has been a rough first week on the road to getting back into living my usual healthy lifestyle after letting that all go south during the holidays.

If you have been listening to the show you know that I added a new app to my phone in the hopes it will help me called "My Fitness Pal". Now I'm not so sure I'd call this thing my pal, but it sure is interesting to see how quickly the calories add up.

My goal (and you're welcome to join along by emailing me for "Weigh-In Wednesday's on the PhilCast with YOUR weight loss progress) is to lose 10 pounds by early March. To do this I start riding my bike indoors on the trainer and eating smarter than I have been over the holidays.

Goodby Christmas long chocolates...farewell wine and champagne.

This past week of drying out has been tough on me because of the nice weather. I hate the snow and cold, so these mild winter days with dry roads are just begging me to ride outside. But not only could I not ride outside, I couldn't even ride inside either. Bad wheel this week. I've been limping around with a bout of gout in my left foot, leaving me with too much swelling and pain to ride anything but the bench.

So I was left to sitting around entering my food intake into my new app. They've got me at under 1,800 calories a day to make my 10-lb. goal. I made it the first few days, but already failed on Friday when the day ended with a late dinner out. Pulled pork and fries ain't exactly diet food, but I was in no mood to eat a salad for dinner out. I'll leave that to the rabbits.

In other news...
Again my apologies for the phoned-in show on Friday. Behind the scenes you should have seen the scramble trying to get "HBY South" back up and running as the clock ticked closer and closer to 3:00. 

When the gear we would normally use in my studio failed for some reason we went to "Plan B" in the magic rack of electronics. Of course we also then found out that "Plan B" failed as well. "Plan C" was to just phone it in.

We hope to figure out the issue this weekend when crack HBY engineer Evan visits HBY South.

I'll admit it will be sooo nice when we finally have our cape cod sold in Tosa and are all settled in for good in Appleton.

Until then we're trying our best to keep you entertained and informed in our daily three-hour chats known as the PhilCast as we shuttle the broadcasts between locations. Thanks for your patience and support.


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Butt rub

Thursday, Jan, 5 2012

On the Thursday PhilCast one of the things I talk about is the story of a woman who got in trouble for, well, rubbing her butt up against a fancy painting in a museum, doing thousands of dollars of damage to the work of art.

Work of art?
My question is how could you tell?

Yup, this is the painting....

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Ahh, Florida

Wednesday, Jan, 4 2012

I love Florida.

Well, to be more exact, I love the beach. Take that away from Florida and there really isn't a whole lot there. Heck I was married on Sanibel Island, Florida and we try to visit there at least once a year still.

But as much as I like the beach, you have to admit, from the "Hanging Chads" to the retirees' bad driving, Florida can be flat-out weird.

Case in point: I give you Lego Man

Somehow this thing just washed up on shore, just one of the many bizarre stories that came out of that state last year.

I've got a list of goofy things from Florida as one of my stories today on the Wednesday PhilCast show.

Wow, they had no shortage of goofy stuff happening in Florida in 2011.

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...and so it begins

Tuesday, Jan, 3 2012

This feels like a Monday.
This feels like a new week.
This feels like a new year.
...and so it begins.

After the college bowl games whether or not all the Christmas cookies and candy are gone (they're not by the way) I immediately go into cold-turkey mode when it comes to eating.

Gone are the days of slamming cookies, chocolates, chips, dips and all the fun stuff that I only eat from Thanksgiving to New Year's. No more.

For the past decade I've seen the same pattern, although it is harder to achieve the goal each year. I put on about 8-10 pounds from my riding weight over the holidays, but lose it as I start to once again work out and eat smarter at the start of the new year.

Notice I only said eat smarter. This is no diet really. It's just a change in lifestyle back to being active and not routinely eating unhealthy but tasty things. It's a slow process losing this weight and getting back into shape. And it's always funny how difficult it is to start each year.

Like today...
A whopping stretching session with 15 sit ups and 5 push ups as a preamble to 30 minutes riding on the trainer at a simple and steady pace.

You have to start somewhere, then track your progress. So for the months of January and February it becomes "Weigh-In Wednesday" when we see how things went the previous week.

Last year I actually failed for the first time. The goal was to drop 10 pounds by March. I dropped eight and then just sort of got stuck there. I think it is more difficult to lose the weight with each passing year. Rather than doing a separate riding blog this season I think I'll just post riding stories here throughout 2012.

We'll see how it goes this year.
All I know is that I've just entered the most-boring and dull time of year for me. The next two months are tough, and March is no peach either. At least I have the Packers and the NFL playoffs to soften the blow through the Super Bowl on the first weekend of Feb.


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