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The universe might have just given me a giant middle finger...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

...and I might be enjoying its joke. Crazy, huh?

Still not counting chickens, mind you, but there be cracks in the shells.

The title refers to my War Nerve post (should have titled it that, but instead went with the "I look at my reflection and I see an enemy"). You know, the one from last Saturday, where my attitude was spitting out the lyrics of the Pantera song by that name, "F*** the world for all it's worth/every inch of planet earth/f*** myself, don't leave me out/don't get involved/don't corner me".

That's last Saturday. This is how this week went:

Monday, the 18th, I submitted resumes to two potential employers. One, I haven't heard anything from. The other, as stated on the resume submission web page, responded within one business day. The e-mailer asked me to let them know when NEXT WEEK I might be available to talk about stuff. I said, any time but Tuesday, referring to the 26th. On the afternoon of the 20th, the very next day, I get another e-mail, saying essentially, tight time lines, can you talk to someone today? I replied yes, and within a half hour, talked to someone from that company. That very night, I get a templated version of my resume back. with the kind of flowery language I'd never have come up with on my own. I add specific details and send it back the next (Thursday) morning. That day, I hear from them a couple of times, get to tweak the resume again (the document awaited in my Thursday blog), and I hear that their client was interested. On Friday, I'm talking to someone at the client site, hearing that they like what they see, and they'll make a decision early next week. Three or four hours later, an e-mail saying congrats.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy. But my head's spinning a bit. I'm wondering whether or not I should have waited until the middle of next week to post this recap, just in case I wake up and it was all a dream (I suppose I could still change my mind, and you'd never know). But I seem to have a new e-mail address, and a couple of documents that I need to sign and send back to make things all official like.

The work itself is consulting on the software made by the company I used to work for. First time doing something of the sort, so I'm apprehensive and excited all at once. The place I got hired on to, a friend and former (and future!) co-worker is posted there, and he referred me. Now I've got to live up to whatever he said about me, too. No pressure there. Nope, none whatsoever. I might be buying the first 20 rounds or so.

One big concern of mine has to do with the fact that I'll be on the road, living out of a hotel 4-5 days a week. Wondering how that might affect the weight, and suspecting strongly that it won't help. As in ripe for disaster potential. I ain't going back to the 190/200/205+ ranges I've left behind, so I'll have to figure out some way of taking care of myself for as long as this particular adventure continues.

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CLPURNELL 2/23/2013 8:33PM

    I am an IT consultant. Have been for many years and living on the road is hard. What would help is get a national. Gym membership. Also have the spark app or fat secret app on ur phone so you can make good eating choices out. Don't be shocked by how quickly things happened I went from initial contact to being in Hawaii in 11 days. I once got a gig in a 17 min interview. IT moves at lightspeed sometimes!!! Congrats!!! Enjoy the new gig!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/23/2013 8:22PM

    One step-at-a-time. As for the diet, yeah, travelling makes it difficult to eat properly BUT with patience you'll figure it out.

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KING_SLAYER 2/23/2013 6:13PM

    Grats on the job!! As for not gaining weight, you can do evening or early morning jogs, calisthenics in your room or nearby park while on your jog / walks. Eating healthy can be accomplished by just avoiding the things that you know are bad at take out / dine in restaurants. You can do it!

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    How frickin' cool is this?!* And eating on the road is going to be a culinary adventure. Hey; maybe you can be a new blogger for how young up and coming single professionals traveling for work can successfully lose and be fit!

Way to go!!!!! emoticon

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PRIZM96 2/23/2013 3:48PM

    This is sooooooo exciting!!! I'm so happy for you!! :-) And what a whirlwind! But thrilling nonetheless!! It may be a little more difficult while you're on the road, but you got this!! Hey! Now you may be working out in a fitness center instead of on an exercise bike from the 80's, listening to Whitesnake in your Rents' basement!


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KMM1123 2/23/2013 12:17PM

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Please excuse the preemptive strike of congratulatory emoticons above. I swear I'm not trying to jinx you but I can't help it - I'm genuinely happy for you!

And I have no doubt you'll be able to navigate around the diet and exercise road blocks this job will come with. You're a smart guy - you'll figure it out.

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GARDENCHRIS 2/23/2013 10:29AM

    emoticon GOOD Deal! Bring a cooler with you and pack up good things to eat into it... they even have those little things you freeze so you won't have to contend with wet ice. You CAN do this! Eating lots of Salad in restaurants lean fish and protein...totally doable! emoticon

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NANCY-GIRL 2/23/2013 9:57AM

    Congrats Partha!
I actually envy your travelling. Sounds like an adventure.

I actually lost weight on the road. And we went to some fun places!! 10 days straight of hotels (7 hotels in 10 days) - southern California, Arizona, wonderful, warm, fun places. 10 days of airport and restaurant food. - and I lost weight!

You have to be really intentional about what you do and what you eat. Egg white omelets are actually pretty good after a while (and if not, there's always hot sauce & catsup!). Some quinoa burgers are better than others... That's for sure! I'm on a quest now to find the best and will order it if I see it on the menu (hard to beat the one in Aliso Viejo, Cal, tho!). Most hotels (I think all!) have at least a treadmill (of varying quality), so use 'em. There are Subways in almost every city, too. Walk as much as you can. Check out the local rec centers as part of your trip planning. Don't get lazy. That's about it.

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JEWELMAKER1 2/23/2013 9:50AM

    Yea! For YOU! I hope you enjoy your new job and give the "universe" the one finger salute right back!

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SARAALINE 2/23/2013 8:57AM

    Congratulations on the job! And, who knows? The stress from travels 4-5 days a week might actually cause you to lose more weight.

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ZENXB! 2/23/2013 8:49AM

    OH, I hear you! Living on the road is not always easy! But you can do it! When I did it I had to set rules for myself like make use of the hotel's treadmill and pool if they have one. Promise not to turn on TV until a certain time. You see where I am going with this. (I was not always successful, but trying hard is better than giving up in the very beginning.)

CONGRATS on the job! That is so exciting. You will be successful AND maintain your will to be healthy! You can do this!!! Keep us posted.

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ADARKARA 2/23/2013 8:09AM

    Congrats!!!! You can do this. Planning will be your best friend. Hopefully you will be in corporate style hotels where there are mini kitchens and gyms, then it will (almost) be like home. Just don't forget to visit us here on Spark!

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DAJAMOGU1 2/23/2013 6:24AM

    Congrats on the job! You CAN follow healthy eating on the road, but it isn't as easy as unhealthy eating----it's just . . . well, healthier! I used to be on the road and it about killed me. I finally started taking a small cooler of fresh fruit for snacks and I'd pack healthy wraps for meals. In every town I stayed I found a grocery store and went there instead of to restaurants.

Good luck! You can do it because being healthy is worth the work!

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Poisoning Pigeons in the Park

Friday, February 22, 2013

Before you call PETA on me, do take a look at this video:

Ok, maybe if birdy-cide makes you squeamish, maybe you better quit after the first 30 seconds, when life is still skittles and beer.

If you're a baseball fan, like myself, you might know why I'm posting a song that starts with the words, "Spring is here, spring is here" - today's the first game of spring training, and the Detroit Tigers start their quest to defend the American League crown, and maybe take that next step for the first time since 1984. Heck, even Cubs fans are probably feeling optimistic as the practice games begin, although I suspect theirs will be short lived..

I didn't get around to jumping on the bike last night, but I did do about 30 minutes of varied strength training, as per the blc's tnt dictates. Didn't fall off the exercise ball tonight, though 15 lb tricep pullups did threaten to pull me overboard. If the gym does happen tomorrow, I'll try to make it in the morning, see if anyone is around for pickleball. And if not, I run. And then when I'm done, Tigers baseball (not that I've checked whether that first game of preseason is even being televised. But hey, I'm in over the air radio broadcast range!).

The unemployment thing is certainly a drag. But I suspect there might be a thing or two, as GIRLALLIN commented on my previous post, that I might miss about the free time, whenever it does come to an end.

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BEATLETOT 2/23/2013 5:53PM

    LOVED this song....still hum it to myself sometimes. =)

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CLPURNELL 2/23/2013 4:34PM

    Hey don't knock the Cubs!!!

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MSPATOOTY 2/22/2013 10:36AM

    The blog title made me laugh! I actually OWN the original Tom Lehrer album that that song first appeared on!

How about this song, too ... http://youtu.be/4BVVm2IL1oE emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/22/2013 8:48AM

    Wishing you luck in the job search.

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Call me slug

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm having a lazy week. Well, kind of. I mean, I made it to the gym Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. I meant to go this afternoon, but then had to wait by the phone for a call (or by my laptop for a document, but that's much less Hollywood), which didn't end up coming until 4:30 or so. And then I was hungry, and then I shouldn't exercise because my stomach will blow up if you play after eating, and then I got lazy. May or may not hop on the exercise bike later, leaning towards "not" at the moment, as I'm sitting on the floor next to the bed and wondering why not just jump in and snooze?

Tomorrow, surely, I'll wend my way gymward. Surely. Unless I need to wait for another call, of course. You'll have to excuse the crypticness (crypticity? Crypticality?). Maybe a story to tell next week, but no chickens are being counted, nor would they be counted if they existed. Whole different flock of chickens from yesterday blog comment, at any rate.

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CLPURNELL 2/23/2013 4:33PM

    I understand blah days we all have them. rest up and attack tomorrow!

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RABBLERRABBIT 2/22/2013 12:18AM

    I set my laptop up on a shelf so I can walk on the treadmill and type at the same time. Honestly, how does one get through their am email without it?

I'm a nerd, yes, why do you ask?

PS. I kid now, but I wish I could tell you I didn't used to have a job where I felt the need to do that: rise, shine, hit the treadmill, read email, think about email in shower, respond via cell phone on the way to work. Was never so happy to get laid off in my life. If you choose to take a day off, do it - wallow in it - rest up and hit the gym when you're ready!

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GRANDMABABA 2/21/2013 11:41PM

    I like chicken!

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KMM1123 2/21/2013 10:13PM

    Hey! I just found you making your way across my kitchen floor not 10 minutes ago! No, seriously. I really did find a slug in our kitchen. Now that I think about it, it's the first one I ever saw inside our house. Your welcome by the way that I didn't alert the dog to your whereabouts. While the sight of most creepy crawly things usually sends me fleeing silently from the room, I'm proud that I was able to 'keep my cool' in this case and lift you to the relative safety and security of a paper plate. After all, you were a slug, I wasn't expecting any sudden movements to startle me.

You should have spoken up and introduced yourself - maybe then I wouldn't have tossed you out the front door. Sorry that I was too lazy to put my shoes on and walk you out to a more habitable environment. I did try and aim for a soft grassy landing though... sooo... good intentions and all.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/21/2013 9:16PM

    Aha . . . so you're going to keep us in suspense about those chickens!

Well, hope you end up gymward tomorrow! Sorta helps cure the "slugs".

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Step by step....by step

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I've been listening to the "Twisted Into Form" album by the band Forbidden today. They're an 80s thrash band that I wasn't familiar with until a couple of years ago. The first time I saw them play live (late 2010), I went because I won free tickets and had a friend who really loved the band (it just happened to be that guy's birthday, too!). Only knew a couple of songs I'd scoped out on youtube, but afterwards, I recall really liking the song "Step by Step." Didn't catch much of the lyrics that night, but by the time I caught them again, nearly a year later, I was gleefully screaming along with the chorus:

Don't you feel as if your walls fall in?
The way you live could put you underground
Step by step, by step
Surviving hanging by a thread
Step by step, by step
It's time to turn the table
Step by step, by step
Society's not done with you
Step by step, by step
It just gets worse until you - pull through!


There's been a couple of events this week that may make the sentiments expressed in the song relevant to me, but really, it's already relevant to us all, isn't it? I've always taken the song to be about alcohol or drug abuse, but it's applicable to food, too, what with eating ourselves into shapes we hated, shapes that have the potential to "put (us) underground"?

The last chorus of the song adds a couple of lines, after the "society's not done with you" bit. Useful context, an acknowledgement that the damage can't be magically undone, that it requires a plan, and a focus on what, and more specifically, WHO matters.

Step by step, by step
It just don't stop
Step by step, by step
Don't try to run before you walk
Step by step, by step
Do it for yourself kid!
Step by step, by step
It's just the way you have to learn
Step by step, by step

The rest of the lyrics can be found at the youtube page linked above. They're pretty bleak, painting a picture of last resort desperation, before offering the hope found in the chorus.


For the record, the scale, which I certainly don't trust, read 173.8 lbs this morning, a loss of 2 pounds since last Wednesday. As I said yesterday, I'm not celebrating the unexpectedly large movement, as I'd be forced to cry about it when the scale went the other way next week (or even tomorrow). Better to keep a blase attitude about it. Don't count chickens until they fly south for the winter or something like that. Step by step...by step.

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    emoticon ....and about that # on the scale....celebrate it this week and if next week not so much know that it is what it is a # on the scale and does not define YOU or own you.


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KING_SLAYER 2/20/2013 7:48PM

    Step by step, by Step could be the subtext to Spark People. Just doing things one step at a time, baby steps even, will get you to where you want or need to go. Even the South flying fried chicken breasts with a side of potato wedges can understand that!

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CLPURNELL 2/20/2013 7:47PM

    Great job! celebrate the pounds lost!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/20/2013 6:03PM

    Just take it for what it is . . . today's scale reading!

I like the lyrics ad it could very well be applicable to food and addiction to food!

Thanks for sharing this.

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KLMEIRING 2/20/2013 5:59PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Almost kept up with the kiddies today

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Third time going out and joining in on a high school team's ultimate practice. Way too early in the morning, at 7 AM, a time I don't usually like admitting exists. I met the modest goal of actually completing the warm up run, 6 laps of the gym throwing a frisbee back and forth with a partner. Managed to keep up with the drills ok, until late in the hour, when their coach exacted his punishment for the couple of kids that showed up 5 minutes late. The hammer came down in the form of suicides, sprints from one end of the gym, first to a cone half the width of a basketball court away, next to a cone on the near sideline of the second court, and then to the opposite end of the gym. I was lagging behind the kids on the first couple of runs, snuck in ahead of a couple after the third one, and then couldn't answer the bell for the last couple. The entire right side of the body just rebelled, the low back/glute that I tweaked playing volleyball Saturday, that side of my neck and shouder, they all said no mas.

So I have 2 or 3 more chances to actually make it through a whole practice trying to keep up with humans less than half my age. A little depressing, but I suppose I'll keep getting older and they'll stay the same age, so I better get used to it.

The lack of stamina is an issue I've had since I was a kid myself. Asthma had something to do with it, as the allergies and breathing issue of my youth limited how much I could physically do. After the worst of that passed, laziness limited putting in the work needed to build up wind. I guess that, for me, could serve as a basis for any running efforts, the attempt to build up stamina, not just for running for running's sake, but so I can keep going (however slowly, for I have no speed, either) when playing other sports.

Of course, all of that is contingent on the body holding together in general, and allowing me to keep pretending I could possibly keep playing games against those youngsters. Oh, who am I kidding, I'm totally planning on being that old guy out there on the court or field emoticon

I took a nap after I got back from the gym in the morning, that stitch in the neck leading to a bad headache a while after. Woke up refreshed and pain free, so a few hours later, I went back for pickleball. Had a good night at that tonight, although, strangely, it had something to do with having to tweak my game a bit to avoid hitting in a manner that would hurt my wrist. I'll have to explore that the next time out - whatever I was doing was working nicely!

Did nosh on way too many cheez-its this evening, but it's been a decent week since the last blc weigh in. Not expecting much of a difference in either direction for the Wednesday number. Kind of in a "Won't sweat a gain, won't celebrate a loss" mood this evening.

Music tonight is Arch Enemy, after hearing the PA at the Nashville-Detroit game play "Enter the Machine" prior to the third period. That instrumental intro the the Doomsday Machine album is what lies behind the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=59_-S

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CLPURNELL 2/20/2013 7:49PM

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ATTACKFATCAT 2/20/2013 10:50AM

    Suicide runs are brutal at any age. I was in pretty decent shape as a teenager, and that was a popular punishment tool for my basketball and volleyball teams. I think it's awesome that you jumped right in and did at least some of them!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/20/2013 9:48AM

    Lots of activity! Good job.

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COOKIE_AT_51 2/20/2013 7:01AM

    emoticon with hanging in there with the "youngsters"!!

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