Via Curt at Flopping Aces: Obama on Afghanistan
OBAMA: You know, I’ve heard from an Army captain who was the head of a rifle platoon — supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon. Ended up being sent to Afghanistan with 24 because 15 of those soldiers had been sent to Iraq.
And as a consequence, they didn’t have enough ammunition, they didn’t have enough Humvees. They were actually capturing Taliban weapons, because it was easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by our current commander in chief.
Army Veteran of OEF ChrisG of Flopping Aces:
What a crock of outright lies and BS!!!! Platoons are not split up along theater level lines. A Platoon is the smallest tactical element commonly employed. Normal Squads, which make up Platoons, do not go out alone unless covered by something big (Tank/Infantry squad teams for example).
Units are not halved for combat!! Units in Afghanistan were not used in Iraq and the two events occurred almost a year apart!! 10th Mountain went into Afghanistan fully manned. 10th Mountain was not used in Iraq. Also, all units have organic vehicles. Divisions are not stripped of vehicles for another theater operation. We have APS fleets to cover this (pre-deployed assets in Kuwait)!!! Obama should know about this as funding for the APS fleets are in the appropriations bills.
So on this aspect: FLAT OUT LIE by Obama!!!!!!
Now, as for Obama’s military skills, exactly WHAT captain leads a platoon?????? 2LTs lead platoons with a few 1LTs who might lead one as the senior platoon leader in a company, COMMANDED by a captain. Maybe this was a captain who lead a platoon years ago, however, Obama’s lack of knowledge betrays him. Even if Obama is not slandering/making up a story by the officer, it will be the first anyone I know of has heard about this lack of equipment and ammo issue.
Now as for weapons. No kidding we use the enemy’s when we can. The same is true for the initial invasion of Iraq. Ammunition is always a sought commodity, but there was no shortage of transports getting it to Afghanistan. HOWEVER, in the midst of a fire fight, ammo runs low and many Soldiers/Marines know how to use the AK series (AKM/AK-74 and SVD). Since a majority of US Military Members are gun owners/shooters and many are NRA members, we tend to learn all we can about weapons and teach those who are not hunters/shooters in our ranks. A light infantry unit can only carry so much ammo on extended missions. Air resupply is not always available while in combat (helicopters draw enemy fire for some reason) and ground resupply is not always able to get up the goat trails that comprise Afghanistan.
However, I know a captain who commanded in 10th Mountain in Afghanistan during the most intense fighting there and he NEVER had problems with lack of men, equipment, or ammo. But then, I am an Army officer who, like a VAST, near total majority of us, supports the war so my opinion is unwanted by the left.
The more Obama speaks, the more he digs holes.
Another commenter at Flopping Aces notes:
Why then, did [Obama] vote against funding the military?
This bill also funded the war in Afghanistan. Obama was one of the 14 that voted to let our troops scavenge the battlefield for ammo instead of being properly supplied.
Either Barack Obama does not realize that Congress, not the President, funds the war effort or he is deliberately telling lies and providing misinformation and relying on (1) the mass media to not call him on it (good assumption) and (2) the vast majority of the American people being too ignorant on matters relating to military and the war effort to realize that he is lying/ignorant (another pretty good assumption).
I’m not one to blame anyone else for my problems. I’m also not one to dump my problems on anyone else. I’ve always tried to be a person who takes responsibility for myself and my actions, whether in my personal life, my financial life and my work life. If I do something wrong, I own up to it. If I am feeling down or depressed or having a pity party, I hole up like a hermit and cut off all contact with friends and family, so that I can work through things on my own and not bother anyone with my problems. I’m the opposite of ‘misery loves company’. Although I do long for company when I am feeling down and many times do so just need a hug or a woman friend to cry to or cuddle with to take my mind off things, I feel worse if I let myself go and go on a rant or a ‘woe is me’ pity venting session with family or friends. I feel like I should be stronger and I should be better than that and I should not have to rely on anyone or burden them with anything. Afterall, things could be worse and I’m not the only one with problems and no one needs to hear my problems on top of dealing with their own.
That said, reading crap like this just makes me want to scream about how un-fucking-fair life seems to be right now.
All I have wanted in life since I was 14 years old has been to get married, have a family and be a father. That’s it. I never wanted lots of materialistic things or to travel lots of places or to have a lot of money. All I wanted was to marry a woman I could call my friend, lover, true companion and mother of our children and be the best husband I could be and she deserved and be the best father I could be and my children deserved. Not too much to ask, I didn’t think. In order to be a good providing husband and father, I knew I needed to have a good career. So I worked hard in high school to get into a good college, I worked hard in college to get a good degree and I worked hard at my first job to set myself up to earn a good salary and eventually to buy my first home. Everything was working out well and setting me up well for my dream to come true.
Then WHAM! Laid off from Ford, laid off from my employer and now my life is thrown into chaos. I’m set to go broke at the end of May if I can’t find a new job by then, at which time I will not be able to make the payments on my home or my car or anything. All that hard work and acting responsibly down the damn drain in the blink of an eye.
Meanwhile, this chick has 6 kids, doesn’t pay her mortgage and so forecloses on her house, then has 8 more kids through invitro fertilization and now is set to move into a $1+ Million home.
It is times like these I just shake my head, throw up my hands and say WHAT.THE.FUCK.
Just passing on a few comments I left in reply to this post at HotAir Headlines, where Meghan McCain seems to think that the problem with the GOP is “shortcomings online”.
First, here is an excerpt from Miss McCain:
“I wanted to ask some of the people who have been doing online work for the Republican party if they could somehow explain — or even admit — what has gone so wrong. But when I started calling around asking for people to comment, I discovered most did not want to talk to me. Instead, they told me that not having enough money was a huge factor in our loss — not our misuse of the Internet. Others were just plain angry, blaming the liberal media, and not the party’s shortcomings online. Of course, there is truth in some of this. But denial only amplifies the stereotypes about Republicans being disconnected.
Yeah, speaking of denial, Miss McCain, you are participating in that yourself. Geez.
Now for my comments…
Conservatives are busy working.
blatantblue on February 19, 2009 at 11:34 AM
BINGO. Conservatives are busy working and living their lives away from a computer. Not our fault the Left has a bunch of people who seem to have no lives and LOTS of time on their hands to dominate everything on the internet from smear campaigns to DOS attacks to voting up every Leftist story on every website to voting down every right-of-center story on every website, etc.
Michael in MI on February 19, 2009 at 11:44 AM
ActBlue raises an average of $17.5 million per year. SlateCard, our closest version, launched last year and raised a total of $650,000.
amerpundit on February 19, 2009 at 11:43 AM
I understand your point, but where are the donations coming from? I thought the Democrats were a party of young college age students with either no money or money they would rather spend on beer and sex or a constituency of poor and unemployed people. So who is donating to the Left’s websites and PACs? My guess is that most of the donations are coming from rich Leftists, not from some great mass supportive group of millions.
Something to keep in mind though. I don’t remember the numbers, but Obama outspent McCain by an ungodly amount of money and all it earned him was a 53%-47% victory. He also had the mass media on his side spreading his propaganda, covering for him and working OT to smear Sarah Palin and distort everything about McCain’s campaign (not that he needed any help in his rotten campaign). He also had a massive GOTV effort with ACORN, campaign donation fraud, campaign voting fraud, massive internet campaign, etc etc etc.
And, in the end, despite all this, he only garnered 53% of the vote and the percentage of the voting population inspired to vote was not too much more than any other election in recent history.
All this tells me that it is not money or internet savvy that is keeping the GOP from victory, but rather just putting up a good, competent candidate who articulate principles and values which the base of the Party believes in. President Bush was not all that great in 2004, but despite a massive ABB campaign and facing the same smears from the mass media that McCain-Palin faced, he still won by about the same margin over Kerry that Obama won over McCain. The only thing that really changed from 2004 was that McCain was a dud compared to President Bush and Obama was a rockstar compared to Kerry. The mass media didn’t change, the internet efforts were not much different and the GOTV efforts were probably similar as well. But the difference was that Obama inspired people more than Kerry (gave them someone to vote FOR instead of just getting out to vote AGAINST Bush) and McCain didn’t inspire anyone and probably would have given Obama a Reaganesque landslide victory were it not for Sarah Palin inspiring the base.
All that tells me is that the problem is not money, it’s not the internet and it’s not the mass media or the GOTV effort. The problem is the candidate. Period. Get a decent candidate up there who will inspire the base even half as much as they were inspired for Sarah Palin and the GOP will win again.
To see people focusing on nonsense like money, internet savvy, etc instead of focusing on the core problem — candidate and values and principles — shows that many people in the GOP still just don’t get it.
Michael in MI on February 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM
I’d bet a significant chunk of the funds not raised by the GOP via the internet has far more to do with the disenchantment of the base for the GOP’s abandonment of conservatism than it does with technological competence or lack thereof.
Besides, it didn’t seem like the McCain campaign had any problems whatsoever raising funds via the internet in the days after he nominated Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Lesson: The MESSAGE matters.
thirteen28 on February 19, 2009 at 11:49 AM
Absolutely. Completely agree.
Michael in MI on February 19, 2009 at 12:02 PM
Not if that big tent includes bailout supporters, global warming alarmists, shamnesty shills, and free speech opponents.
Especially those who are all of the above.
MadisonConservative on February 19, 2009 at 12:01 PM
Exactly. When people talk about “Big Tent”, it simply tells me that the people don’t want to educate and inform and teach voters about the validity of certain values and principles and just want to give in to the ignorance of blocks of voters.
“Hmmm, we keep losing elections, because a great deal of Americans believe in global warming, believe in socialism/communism/Marxism and class warfare, believe in Amnesty and believe in silencing their political opponents. Hmmm, what should we do? (1) Try to better this nation by teaching Americans why their beliefs are misguided and gently persuade them with the facts about why our beliefs are the right way… or should we (2) just give up our beliefs and pander to the ignorant, misinformed and stupid in order to get elected again. Hmmm, I’m too lazy to do the first one, so let’s do #2 and call it ‘big tent’. Yeah, that’s the ticket!”
Michael in MI on February 19, 2009 at 12:07 PM
I blame the idiots in the primaries. The Fred would have mopped the floor with Hopey McChange.
TheBlueSite on February 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM
I agree. It would have been nice to have an actual debate on the merits of opposite policies and ideas, from two people who actually believed in what they were saying — Obama and his class warfare and socialism vs Fred and his conservatism and federalism — instead of Obama getting away with all his empty rhetoric and misguided nonsense, because McCain either agreed with him or couldn’t speak well to conservative principles, because he didn’t believe in them himself.
Sure, Thompson was a ‘boring old White guy’, but at least he was focusing on policy and values and knew how to explain them, instead of just speaking in empty platitudes and such. Plus, imagine a ticket of Thompson-Palin. The base would have been as fired up as ever. Oh well now though…
Michael in MI on February 19, 2009 at 12:11 PM
amerpundit on February 19, 2009 at 12:11 PM
I must not be getting my point across very well.
The point of Meghan McCain and some others seems to be that had the GOP’s internet savvy been better, had their campaign donations been better, etc etc, then McCain and the GOP would have won.
My point is that those things are a byproduct of the core problem: the candidate.
Donations will come with a good candidate, no matter what the internet campaign is like. Do you honestly think that Obama’s success was due to some brilliant internet campaign? His internet campaign had to do with Obama Girl and Will.I.Am and stupid, ignorant celebrities talking about Hope and Change and chanting Obama for 2 years. That’s not a brilliant campaign, that’s a result of a bunch of ignorant fools joining a cult.
The problem was that the GOP could not break through that cult message, because they did not have a good enough message of their own. And many of the GOP lost their credibility based on their past performance. McCain had no credibility on basically anything except for military matters. I would bet that 80% of his support came from people who were either voting for Sarah Palin or those who were voting against Obama.
Now, if the GOP puts up a candidate who actually has some credibility based on past experience and success AND who knows how to express those principles and values AND can back them up when challenged, THEN the GOP will win again.
But that is the point many of us are making: the candidate is the core problem, and things like donations and internet savvy and GOTV, etc are all byproducts of the goodness or badness of the candidate. Put up a good candidate, and everything else will work itself out, because people will be volunteering in droves.
Michael in MI on February 19, 2009 at 12:29 PM
Ya know, at first these articles were making me down, because it meant that my ‘special skills’ were now common knowledge to all men who read Men’s Health. But now that I think about it, it makes me feel better to know that things I have done for girls were good at giving them orgasms. Now I think back and realize that maybe all the girls who told me I was giving them amazing orgasms weren’t lying and they weren’t faking with me. I guess I can feel pretty good about that.
For the record, I have successfully done (1), (2), (3), (4), (7), (8), (10), (11) & (13).
(3) is where I had my most success during sex, with one girl saying I gave her multiple when doing this. I’ve done it for 3 reasons: (1) to drive her crazy with pleasure (2) to slow myself down from climaxing too soon and (3) because it feels unbelievably good to me too, especially when she grips me tighter, because it’s driving her crazy. (10) is something similar. I always like to tease before I go inside a girl for the first time. Coming tantalizing close to going in and then just going against her for a few seconds more. And then when finally going in, going in excrutiatingly slowly. It’s as huge a turnon for me doing that as it is for her, feeling every part of her wrap around me for the first time. Oy, amazing.
(4), (8) and (13) are my favorites. Unfortunately, too many girls don’t have the patience to just allow a man to pleasure them and enjoy touching and exploring their bodies. But that has really been part of my success in getting a girl to climax: the anticipation and build up leading up to eventual sex. And then, of course, if I can send her over the edge even before having sex (which I have a few times), all the better. heh
Now, enjoy your Hump Day!
There are millions of sex experts out there, and not all of them have radio shows. They’re called “women,” and they’re a hell of a lot more fun to talk to than your average Ph.D. They conduct all their research on their own bodies, and they’re much more likely to let you in on the experimentation. So here’s what we did: We we went to the women first, and asked them what works best. We’re talking rockets’ red glare here, bombs bursting in there. Then we consulted the smartest sex docs around, so they could tell us why it worked. Now it’s up to you to implement.
“Great lovers don’t memorize complicated techniques. They master the simple things that give women pleasure,” says Lou Paget, a sex educator and author of How to Give Her Absolute Pleasure. Here’s what she’s asking for. The more you give, the more you get. Simple, right?
“When I’m about to climax during oral sex, my husband flicks his tongue really fast along the length of my clitoris. A few seconds of that, and walls shake.”
Why it works: Most men think of the clitoris as just that little bud under the hood, but it actually extends deep inside a woman’s body, explains Paget. When you flick your tongue quickly along its shaft, you’re not only covering more territory, you’re also creating vibrations that help carry your stimulation beyond the tongue’s reach.
How to do it: The key here is to make sure that the clitoral hood is out of the way. Don’t be afraid to pull it back gently and then make quick, darting motions with your tongue as far down along the tiny shaft as your tongue can go.
“I love it when my man makes circles around my breasts with his finger or tongue before coming in for a nipple landing.”
Why it works: Like the ripples that circle out when you throw a rock into a pond, concentric zones of sensitivity radiate outward from a woman’s hot spots. “The area surrounding erogenous zones such as the nipples tends to be highly sensitive, too,” says Linda DeVillers, Ph.D., a California psychologist and author of LoveSkills.
How to do it: Begin right at the point where her breast starts to rise from her chest, and spiral slowly inward with your fingertips until you reach the nipple. Once you hit the bull’s-eye, suck and gently bite. To really tease her, try circling in until you just brush her nipple, then pulling back out for another tantalizing spin.
“All of a sudden, without warning, my guy stops midthrust. Then he goes super slow, entering me inch by inch for a few minutes. It sets me off like nothing else!”
Why it works: The key to keeping her aroused is to keep her guessing. Predictability really takes away from pleasure — not to mention that, in the beginning, too much of the same sensation makes a woman go numb, says Paget. But don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything fancy to jumpstart her sensation; just stop. “Stopping and restarting a touch or a thrust builds on the previous sensation, and it lets you skip up a few rungs on the pleasure ladder,” says Paget.
How to do it: Pick a thrust and stop — you can be inside or halfway out or just have the head of your penis touching her vaginal lips. Catch her eye, pause for a few seconds, and start again. For maximum effect, resume thrusting in slow motion and build back up to speed gradually.
“Before we make love, my husband often stands in front of me after I’ve undressed and holds his fingertips right above my skin. He moves his hands all the way up and down my body. The sensation is unreal.”
Why it works: Positive anticipation is a huge part of what turns women on, says Michael Seiler, Ph.D., sex therapist and director of the Phoenix Institute in Chicago. By levitating your fingers above the skin so they brush those fine body hairs, you’re creating a delightful shiver up her spine — and making her feel as though you appreciate every inch of her body.
How to do it: Help her undress (another anticipation stoker); once she’s naked, take her hand and stand facing her. Brush her hair back and let your fingertips hover over the surface of her skin. You’re where you should be if the fat part of your fingerpad is touching her skin ever so slightly. Now go ahead and run your pads over her arms, breasts, belly, and thighs.
“I love it when my boyfriend hums while giving me oral sex. And when he follows it up with very light finger taps, I detonate.”
Why it works: There’s a reason vibrators are so popular: Anything that shakes, rattles, or rolls primes a passel of nerves for peak sensation. “Any time you touch the skin with something vibrating, you transmit sensation to a wider area than you would through simple stroking,” says Paget. So you’re activating twice the nerves with half the work. “Top it off with a direct touch at the right time and to just the right place — in this case the clitoris — and you’ll probably send her over the edge.”
How to do it: Relax your lips (think Mick Jagger) and hum a tune (think “Brown Sugar”). Bring the outermost portion of your kisser in contact with the outside of her clitoris (the hood that covers the little nub) and her vaginal lips. Move your mouth around her clitoris — very slowly. When she can’t take any more, tap gently and in a circular motion with your fingertip on the swollen nub of the clitoris; or give it a few long, languid licks, staying in contact the whole time.
“As he’s thrusting, my guy presses hard with his hand right below my belly button. I have the most incredible orgasms.”
Why it works: On the belly-side wall of her vaginal canal lurks a quarter-size zone of pleasure known as the G-spot. The reason many women don’t think they have one of these secret pleasure buttons is that the G-spot responds only to firm pressure — and that may not occur during intercourse, explains John D. Perry, Ph.D., a sex therapist. But pressing on her G-spot from the outside while you’re thrusting inside can bring her pleasure place into fuller contact with your penis and trigger mind-blowing orgasms.
How to do it: Since the exact location of the G-spot varies from woman to woman, you’ll have to play it by feel. Start by gently pressing the heel of your hand into her belly button as you’re thrusting. When she screams with pleasure, you’ll know you’ve hit the target.
“My boyfriend has this amazing thing he does on my nipples, private parts, and neck: He licks a small area and then blows on the wet patch. It creates these sexy tingles down my spine.”
Why it works: Remember blowing on soup to cool it off? The same principle governs the evaporation of liquid on skin: Blow it and it cools. Couple the cooling trick with a warm lick, and you’ve got a contrast that’ll make her head spin. “The further apart two sensations are on a spectrum of feeling — hot/cold or hard/soft — the more intense they’ll feel done in succession,” says Paget.
How to do it: Creating a wet spot with water is good, but wetting with alcohol is better. Since alcohol evaporates more quickly than water, it creates a cooler effect when you blow. So bring that glass of wine into the bedroom. Swish some around in your mouth and lick a choice spot. (Try her breasts first.) Then blow gently, give it a second, and take a long, slow lick. Repeat as necessary.
“I love it when my man lightly bites my nipples while touching me down below. There’s something about the combination that drives me crazy with pleasure.”
Why it works: Although the government hasn’t yet ponied up cash for a study of this phenomenon, women and the sex experts who study them know there’s often a direct sensory connection between the nipple and the pleasure nub. “For many women, lightly biting or tweaking the nipples produces a tingle in their genitals, especially the clitoris,” says Paget.
How to do it: The easiest approach is to lie side by side and bite her nipple while touching her down below. Don’t be surprised if she drapes a leg over your side — that just means she wants you to go deeper.
“One night my husband and I were fooling around on the La-Z-Boy and he pulled up a footstool and knelt as I lay on the chair. Then he used the rocking of the recliner to help him thrust. Something about the back-and-forth motion heightened every sensation.”
Why it works: Adding something unpredictable, such as a rocking motion, can be highly erotic. “Surprise is almost always sexy — it’s almost as though the rocking adds a fourth dimension to the experience,” says Louanne Cole Weston, Ph.D., a sex therapist in Sacramento, California. Also, any position in which your lower than she is ups your chances of hitting her G-spot by helping to angle your penis toward her front (belly-side) vaginal wall.
How to do it: Choose a recliner or rocking chair that’s comfortable for her and a footstool or low table that puts you at the right thrusting height.
“When we’re in the missionary position, my husband gets up high so his hips are above mine and enters me at a downward angle very, very slowly. Often he pauses midthrust, and I have the most over-the-top orgasms.”
Why it works: During typical thrusting, a woman’s clitoris generally gets neglected. But when a man positions his hips above his partner’s, he can thrust in such a way that his penile shaft remains in direct contact with her clitoris.
How to do it: From the standard missionary position, just push yourself forward with the balls of your feet and your toes so you’re “riding high.” (Your hipbones should be at least an inch above hers.) Then enter and start thrusting very slowly.
“When my husband gives me oral sex, he also enlists his finger to provide firm pressure deep inside. The combination feels unbelievably good.”
Why it works: Although it seems logical that the clitoris and the vagina would be hooked up on the same nerve network, they actually activate separate pleasure frequencies. That’s why touching inside your partner’s vagina with the fingers of one hand and her clitoris with the fingers of the other hand doubles the amount of pleasure she feels, says Paget. Bonus: Many women like to feel “filled up” when they reach orgasm (having something to contract the vaginal muscles around increases sensation), so two fingers inside can make all the difference when she climaxes.
How to do it: Start by touching or licking her clitoris. Once she’s stimulated, put a finger in her vagina and give her a few firm strokes. When she’s about to climax, add a second finger to give her more to flex against.
“I was with this guy who would pucker up his lips and seal them around my nipple. Then he’d alternately inhale and create a vacuum and exhale to put pressure on my breast. It was the most amazing feeling.”
Why it works: Just as alternating between hot and cold can heighten the effect of each, so can switching between pulling and pushing. “Pushing and pulling activate separate sets of nerves, so combining the two effectively doubles the pleasure she feels,” Paget said.
How to do it: The key here is to be gentle — at least at first. Once you’ve taken a few spins, pucker up your lips and apply them so you create a gentle seal around her nipple. Then take in air from your nose and breathe out through your mouth. Now suck in through your mouth. Repeat, and keep increasing the intensity.
“My boyfriend puts me in orbit when he gives me oral sex. It’s not his technique per se, or some quirky aspect of his tongue that has me mesmerized — it’s the way he seems to savor every minute of it.”
Why it works: One of a woman’s greatest fears is that she smells or tastes bad below the belt. Allay that fear, and everything else you do will be golden. “When we know he’s totally into it, that alone takes us to another level of pleasure,” says Paget.
How to do it: Catch her eye in the midst of the action, moan, or simply tell her how much you’re loving what you’re doing.
“My boyfriend turned me crosswise on the bed the other night so that my head fell over the edge. I thought he was nuts — until I had my biggest orgasm ever.”
Why it works: Any time you turn your head upside down, you’ll feel a rush as blood pours in and oxygen is depleted. “And this head rush, combined with physical pleasure, can heighten orgasm for some women,” says Seiler.
How to do it: Have her lie on her back across the bed, with her head and shoulders dangling over the edge. (Make sure she keeps as much of her lower back on the mattress as possible, and stop if she gets too light-headed.) Enter her slowly, and show some restraint when you thrust — you don’t want to knock her onto the floor.
“My man puts a pillow under my butt before we get going in the missionary position. It tips me in such a way that every thrust feels a million times better and I climax very quickly.”
Why it works: When it comes to thrusting, angle is everything — when your penis slides in at just the right slant, it tickles her clitoris and makes solid contact with her G-spot. Since the G-spot is on the front (belly-side) wall of her vagina, anything that tips her pelvis back makes that hot-spot contact more likely. That same pelvic tilt also raises the clitoris, putting it in a better position to come in contact with your penile shaft.
How to do it: As you’re moving into the missionary position, slide one pillow (start with a fairly flat one underneath your partner, right where her lower back meets her butt. Let her fiddle with it until she’s comfortable, then thrust as usual. Don’t be surprised if your efforts produce more pleasure than you bargained for.
* So I bought a new pair of cross-trainers today. Well, I take that back, I actually bought them yesterday, but I used them for the first time this morning at the Rec Center. Since last week when I finally decided to get back to my cardio routine after over a year lapse, I was experiencing numbness in my feet after 15 minutes on the Elliptical machine. It would happen from the ball of my foot up to my toes on each foot after about 15-20 minutes of going on the machine. At first I thought it was just because I hadn’t done cardio in a while, so my body was probably taking a bit to adjust. But then after playing walleyball on Sunday night and having the balls of my feet in utter pain, feeling like I was playing in my socks, I realized that it was my worn down shoes which were the problem. So today I used them for the first time on the Elliptical trainer for 30 minutes and it felt a lot better, but I still had some numbness develop about 20 minutes in this time. I’m wondering now if it is the way I am standing on the thing or the way I am applying my weight. My back has been messed up for a while, so maybe I need to change my posture on the machine while I stride. Or it could be that my legs and feet are messed up. I have to really hope that is not the case, since I don’t have health insurance right now.
* So I have this huge hole in the crotch of my mesh shorts that I wear for walleyball and cardio. I wear compression shorts underneath, so I am not worried about anyone seeing my briefs or boxers or anything like that. But it’s still embarrassing when I am sitting down stretching. But I just can’t find a good pair of shorts that really fit me, since I have gained so much weight. Plus I have another pair that is fine, but they don’t fit me well, since I’ve gained weight. I figure that having to wear these old shorts will shame me into working harder to lose the weight.
* Speaking of not fitting in clothes, I only have 3-4 t-shirts that even fit me now that I have gained so much weight in my upper body and stomach areas. And one of those shirts is so worn out that a hole has developed in the armpit area of one of the sleeves. It’s not too noticeable (I don’t think) unless I raise my arms (which I make sure not to do). But it just means that I can only wear that shirt on the days that I only do cardio and not to walleyball and not on the days that I do weightlifting before my cardio. Again, I figure this embarrassment will force me to work harder to lose the weight and then be able to fit into my old shirts again.
That’s about all of anything interesting today that I can remember. Not very terrific or terrifying afterall, I guess.