Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Olympic Mish-Mash

It's time to play everybody's favorite game: "What's Bouncing Around in Tami's Head?"  There seems to be a sports theme these days.

We've been watching the Olympics nearly every night.  Love the gymnastics and track/field events, but I'll watch diving, equestrian, whatever's on - except volleyball.  I draw the line at volleyball.  In the words of a dear lady who suffered through watching many, many matches with me, "Hell is an eternal volleyball tournament."

And speaking of track and field, which we kinda were, the men's high-jump finals will be held this afternoon.  Three of the finalists - Jamie Nieto, Jessie Williams and K-State student Erik Kynard 
 are from the U.S. and all three are coached by the same man, Kansas State University Head Track Coach Cliff Rovelto.  Go Cats!  Now if we could just get NBC to devote as much coverage to high jump as they do to Misty May-Treanor's beach wardrobe.

And in the spirit of the games, I and eight friends and family members are participating in the Sister Olympics.  (You can get all the details here.  There's still time to join us.)  Here's my progress so far:

  • Dash:  Walk at 4 mph (or your top speed) for 5 minutes 
  • Marathon:  Walk 5 miles at any speed you want.
  • Javelin: Play catch with baseball/softball for minimum of 15 minutes.
  • High Jump:  Jump rope for 5 minutes 
  • Basketball:  Make (not just shoot, MAKE) 20 free throws.  
  • Rowing:  10 minutes on rowing machine or actual row boat.
  • Cycling:  Ride 10 miles (real bike or stationary) 
  • Swimming:  Swim 30 minutes (laps, treading water or aerobics - just keep moving.  Floating on a raft with a cold drink doesn't count.)
  • Weightlifting:  Bench press 50 lbs. 5 times.
  • Golf:  Play at least 5 holes
  • Gymnastics:  Do a 30-minute dance-type workout video or class  

And speaking of the challenge brings us around to Nutrisystem and my mission to get thinner and healthier.  I've lost 48 pounds in seven months.  Twelve more to make my goal of pre-baby weight, then I will re-evaluate and see if I want to try and lose more.  And in case you're new here, my "babies" are now 20 and 21.  It's not like I just had a baby and need to lose that last ten pounds.  I'm a marathon weight-gainer.

Part II of the strange and eclectic things cluttering up my brain will be posted in the next couple days.  Come back and learn about the games I've been playing with the IRS over college financial aid.


  1. A magazine one time had a cute short article on Mom Olympics. I remember one of the events as Wait Lifting, defined as being in line at the grocery store and alternately picking up the restless infant in the seat of the cart or the toddler whining at your feet. Another one was something like a parking lot dash. I wish I could remember more. They were great. Congrats on your weight loss. It takes great persistence and discipline, and time! Keep up the hard work! Plus, I very sincerely wish you luck in keeping it off. I personally have lost 43-50 lbs- three times! Ugh!

  2. I was watching almost anything that came on the Olympics too … but I did FF through volleyball! : )

    I love the idea of the Sister Olympics. What a neat idea. And I'm glad to hear that your babies are much older than mine so I don't need to feel bad about not losing my baby weight yet!!! You're doing great!