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Healthy 1st week in Las Vegas? WOW!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Well it's the end (sort of) of my first week in Vegas....still have a lot of work to do this weekend and through next week, but I'll ease up some Saturday, just 6-8 hours worth of work to wrap-up, then Sunday is up for grabs. Next week gets kicked in to high gear and I'll be on some wacky schedule that even I don't know about yet.

The good news; this has been a very healthy trip! Cardio every day so far (4 in a row), interspersed with pushup/situp routines, some mild weightlifting (the hotel gym is more cardio oriented), and the eating, well let me tell you, I have been 200-300 under my max daily calories every day! And that's me using worst case measurements (no food scale) and rounding up whenever I'm in doubt. And that's with tons of water, 3-4 liters a day (it is pretty dry here, that + cardio = dehydration).

Plan is to maybe even do a double cardio this weekend (AM and PM), then pick a nice place to eat on Sunday (no's the law!), so I'm thinking good food, not a lot of food, but something to satisfy the palette, not to satisfy the temporary desire for buttery, cheesy, gooey, heaped-on-your plate mess that makes you regret ever having gone out to eat.

So, it's lights out time...4 straight days of cardio....Saturday will be 5!

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DAZZLINDANCER 3/5/2011 12:05PM

    Vegas is a great place to get in your cardio, so many place to walk and so many places to see. Despite all of the buffets etc, there are some wonderful restaurants to get healthy food also.

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ELISA322 3/5/2011 11:15AM

    Wow you are doing awesome. Actually it's crazy how well you're doing being in Vegas and all. Keep up the good work!

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SAFARIBABE 3/5/2011 4:50AM

    Look who's giving ME grief for working the weekend! LOL. And what are you going to reward yourself with when you drop your first 10? eh? LOL Great work on the cardio!! There are SO many great restaurants in Vegas. Craft Steak is one of my faves. But then I order the lamb chops in stead of the steak. Go figure! Stay away from the burger at Daniel Baloud's's stuffed with fois gras! LOL You'll sort it. It's awesome that you're staying so focused and controling your cals so well! Keep going!!

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FITFABME2 3/5/2011 2:20AM

    Healthy in Vegas? That IS something to celebrate...most people resume their healthful activities after returning/recovering from Vegas. Impressive! Buffets - that's a killer! Good job avoiding them!

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Mr. old friend

Friday, March 04, 2011

Well today I met an old acquaintance I hadn't seen in a while......Mr. Reluctance.

I've been shifting my body clock left and right this week going from a day to a night and back to a day schedule, which is usually no big deal, but being a member of the Sparking fraternity, I made a personal commitment to workout every day of this 2 week trip.

So this morning I got up after about 4 hours of sleep planning to go do some cardio before going in to work. And I looked at the clock, and I debated if I really needed to, I calculated how I could do it when I got back home from work, I asked if it would really be that bad to skip a day, maybe I could work out harder tomorrow to make up for missing today, and isn't getting some more rest more important than 1 day of no cardio?

Then I remembered who the hell was talking! Mr Reluctance! The voice who always says, "it's OK to slack off. Hey you're doing great, you've got a lot going on, you can afford to ease up, take today off....tomorrow too if you need it....and you probably need to have some pizza today because you haven't in a while. Tell you what, sleep in this morning, take today off (and tomorrow if you need to) from your workouts, go get some BBQ spare ribs for lunch, then see if you can hit the buffet at Caesar's Palace on your way home. You're doing great, what's a day or 2 easing up going to matter, hey you're in Las Vegas, enjoy it"

WOW! I yanked off the covers. grabbed my gym gear, strapped on the heart rate monitor, and got my ass down to the gym and burned up the flywheel on the bike for a good 40 minutes.....the alternative, well we all know where that road leads; shopping for this year's model of extra large sweatpants at Target.

To be honest, I had forgotten how easy it is to talk myself out of sticking with a plan. I have been so psyched about getting some cardio time in that I figured I could ride that shark all the way to shore.....but there are rocks and reefs and singing sirens out there that work their way into your brain and convince you to jump off and forget about all the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and plan.

I'm kind of glad I saw this one coming and told Mr Reluctance to beat it.....but I don't think he went away too far, so let me know if you ever hear me praising him or taking his advice to ease up!

3 straight days of cardio....Friday will be 4!

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ELISA322 3/5/2011 11:18AM

    Mr. Reluctance wanted you to have a little party, didn't he? Good job on kicking him to the curb.

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/5/2011 1:38AM

    Mr. Reluctance! The perfect moniker for that stinkin' insidious little varmint that sooooo smoothly gets his way far too often with me too! Thanks for giving him a name, and good on ya for giving him the boot in Vegas!!!!!

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A_ROBY 3/4/2011 7:05PM

    Wow! What an awesome way to fight an inner "demon". I loved a few things about this blog:

1. You named Mr. Reluctance to help fight him.
2. You were able to fight him so well once he was named!
3. You were so motivating as you did it. I think just reading this blog will inspire me to step it up at my next workout. Awesome!

Thanks. Just visiting from the Determination and Accountability Team.


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STARL_73 3/4/2011 2:13PM

    Wow. What a blog.. really hit a cord in me. I'm sitting here in a daze, feeling a littel guilty because I have been listening to Mr.R. One of my goals is to get out of bed at 630a. I haven't been. But a few times I woke up at 5a.. and went back to sleep. Part of me thinks I don't have what it takes to.. I don't know.. fight for what I want?
This blog - has put things into persepective. Almost a slap in the face. You're in VEGAS and you found it in you to workout. I feel a bit ashamed..
But, I'm going to take this, learn from it and use it to fight back. Thank you.

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TBID227 3/4/2011 11:03AM

    Wow, we were so in the same place this AM! Glad to hear you got on the bike and went for it! Keep it up! I know I have to constantly remind myself how I got to this weight in the first place and it was because since I had been doing so good, I deserved a break, a treat, etc. Well, this time, nope. I don't deserve to treat my body that way! I deserve better! So that is my motivation to you, you deserve better, you deserve to have a physically fit body that will do what you want it to! And you deserve to have a properly fueled body! Great blog, keep up the wonderful sharing!

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BRADOS 3/4/2011 8:37AM

    Way to go! - well said.

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    Wow, awesome determination! I am very much prey to Mr. Reluctance myself; I'll have to remember this next time he comes around! emoticon

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TEXAS_GRL 3/4/2011 8:11AM

    Wow -- you are my hero! I would of so been in the pizza buffet line. Ok that is my old me talking. :) But hey way to kick off those covers. As Safari says rest is important, the tricky part is deciphering the Mr. Reluctance voice and the real voice that tells you need rest. I am still waiting for Las Vegas to put in healthy buffet? :)

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SAFARIBABE 3/4/2011 5:11AM

    YAY!!!! Kick that bum right OUT the door and then slam it in his drooling pizza-eating face!!!

Just remember your body does need rest to repair itself. I learned that the hard way yesterday. Today I woke up and I think I saw Conquer the world on my to do list AND I'm Ready for it today!! Having that day off, even if it was riddled with guilt b/c it wasn't planned, really made a huge difference. Just some food for the grey matter.

Have a great day. Maybe an electrified fence will help keep Mr. Reluctance at bay. It works for elephants....most of the time.

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Cardio in Vegas!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Well I'm in the zone of vampire life right now, but just had to change plans and shift back on to more of a day schedule. It's wacky, I shift my body clock around pretty regularly, so I'll just need to get some sleep here for a few then get up earlier than planned. It's all good, I'm just determined to not to let it impact my new workout groove.

I have missed my cardio workouts! Ever since the doc cleared me to do some stationary biking I have been loving it! And now that I've got a whole slew of bikes downstairs, I'm determined to get some cardio in every day over the next 2 weeks I'm here, no matter how many schedule changes I get.

I forgot how nice it feels to get warmed up, get the heart rate up to a nice comfortable range (for me 150-155 BPM has been just right, but I can tell that not having done any in a while, that 145 is now "more comfortable", so have to build back to that), put on some heart pounding music and do an interval or 2 or 3 at a high cadence. One thing I need to watch while cycling indoors is that I have a tendency while running or biking outdoors to let out a nice yell when the moment overtakes me....can't really do that inside a gym, it scares off the high-paying clientele and gets people wondering if there's a crime being committed nearby.

So far not too many temptations to overeat....but I'll be freed up this weekend and it is Las Vegas......

May have to plan 2 a day cardio sessions for Saturday & Sunday.....

cheers all!

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NEEBREW 3/3/2011 10:17PM

    You deserve that yell! Would you ever have imagined that you would have evolved into a person who loves cardio, tracking your heart rate? I'm so inspired!

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SAFARIBABE 3/3/2011 5:08AM

    Behave youself out there!! No going hog wild at the buffets over the weekend! Just because youhave some free time doesn't mean you have to spend it grazing! Go down to the strip and walk from Luxor up to Fasion Square. Buy SWMBO a nice bit of Vegas chatchka -- Elvis key chain or Wayne Newton sweatshirt. LOL Either way keep up the great work on the bike. Another couple months and you'll be chasing my distances!!

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GETMOJOBACK 3/3/2011 3:20AM

    Ohhh Yes! When you get the urge to let out that nice yell, remember you are in Vegas. emoticon

Just stay away from the buffets this weekend or it might get a little scary! emoticon

Now that I am thinking of buffets...... ARIA does have a AWESOME buffet which includes a fresh salad bar and crab legs hummmm.........

Happy Thursday!

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Quick blog

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Well I made it in last night....pretty late, once again thanks to Delta for untold delays. But I got the upgrade, had a pseudo healthy meal on the plane (resisted the tray full of peanut butter cups & twix bars, opted for an apple instead).

Stayed up pretty late so I can shift my body clock on to a night schedule, then got up around 9:00 AM.....I'll be somewhat sporadic these next 2 weeks as I work nights/sleep days.

But the hotel is very accommodating. They've got a great little gym:

So 30 minutes of cardio to start the day, pushups & situps, a light lunch and I'm ready to start my vampire life-style!

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JUNEBUG1944 3/2/2011 5:15PM

    You have sooooo much self-control. It would be so hard to pass up those lovely chocolate treats! That gym looks great! I was a night auditor at a hotel for 3 years so I know what it feels like to be a vampire...

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ELISA322 3/1/2011 10:25PM

    Beautiful gym, and wow -- an apple over Twix, that's amazing!

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GETMOJOBACK 3/1/2011 10:01PM

    Wow! I think I will show my husband a picture of the gym and see what he can do for me..... in my dreams emoticon.

Great job on your nutrition choices and keeping up with your fitness goals! You are not going to let the travel get between you and your goals, GREAT JOB!

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/1/2011 8:32PM

    You've got quite the fast-paced lifestyle. Good on you for being able to stick to good fitness and nutrition practices as you live it!

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SAFARIBABE 3/1/2011 6:31PM

    That gym does look awesome! Looks better than mine even! Not sure what you're going on about vampires for. It's Vegas...Everyone is a night owl!!! And you can get breakfast 24/7 so no worries that you're going to miss out on your wheaties! Have a good trip.

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CHELAGETSFIT 3/1/2011 3:26PM

    Wow that gym looks awesome!

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Sunday Successes and a Life Lesson from The Nike Women's 1-Mile Race

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday, Sunday, usually a nice, relaxing day to recoup from the week's workouts, plan & prepare from some successes the upcoming week, and to enjoy a little bit of quiet, family time.

Not so today! Once the sun came up and I made the mistake of checking on my work Blackberry, the alarm bells & warning lights started going off.....and I had such nice plans too.

No matter, I'm an athlete remember (see yesterday's blog). I will not be deterred! So I knew I'd have to go in once everyone came back home, but this would be no ordinary Sunday at the office. I went in dressed for the gym! Because no matter how many reports my staff left me to read and sign, no matter how many e-mails I had to reply to, no matter how many Powerpoint charts I had to review and amend, no matter how many thank-you and welcome cards I had to write, I was going in stinky and ready to hit it once the day's work was done!

And I did....4 quick hours getting the Inbox moved to the Outbox, making sure everything was all set for travel tomorrow, then the express lane to the gym for my appointment with the spin cycle, Ahhhh!

What made it even better was getting fueled up (also in yesterday's blog). I'm trying to eat "just enough to get me to the next meal"....micro snacks/meals at about 300 calories each. Didn't take any food in to the office though, but, and maybe there is a spiritual dimension to this, Lo and behold, some of our folks were preparing for some official visitors in the morning and 2 of them were laying out strawberries, apples, grapes, & various nuts. I walked over cheerily and informed them that before we served anything to our guests, I'd have to grab a sample of each (I left out the nuts).

Fueled up, I took that 40 lb flywheel out for a good 30 minute spin. What was really cool was watching the multiple TV feeds. I alternated between Saving Private Ryan and the Track & Field events on ESPN. Towards the end of my ride, the women's mile race came on and it was inspiring!

One of the women had a commanding lead after the first lap....easily 20 yards ahead of #2. All the way til the 3rd lap! She ran out of Schlitz, but fought like hell to keep #2 from passing her in the corners. Then #2 just pumped up the volume, long powerful strides, superfast cadence, and #3 & 4 kicked in too while #1 petered back to who knows what place. I think I matched them stride-for-stride because I started spinning like a madman and got the HR up to 168 for a cool interval during the race that lasted only 4:31!

Of course in my mind, I quickly made the analogy that weight loss is is about finishing strong.....I don't need to make huge advances too quickly up front if I can't sustain them....hang back, at a pace that's comfortable, keep an eye on the goal, don't compare my position against any other weight loss numbers out there, but kick it in hard exactly when & where I need to.

Back home to pack for about 10 days in Las Vegas...this time I'll actually have to check a bag (BOO!) But no matter, because that just led to my second mental of the packing list; my favorite gym bag! Stuffed the bag in the bag with enough workout clothes so I won't have to do any laundry for the whole trip....this'll also be my small revenge to the TSA lackeys who decide to inspect my bag on the return.....take that for all your unemotional gropes on my person these last few weeks!

Good night Spark friends....I'll try to keep up to date these next 10 days, but I'm going to be on a whacky schedule....I'll try and not have my Spark membership revoked (I'm still waiting for Chris the Spark guy to friend me) by food mis-adventures in the land of the $1.99 Porterhouse steak and 24 hour buffets from hell!

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JUNEBUG1944 3/2/2011 5:21PM

    Don't worry, your membership won't be revoked. I'll just tell Chris you're my friend! You're safe! Just remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...although, my neighbor came back with some disease that he insisted was from "riding in the car too much"...yeah, right! Anyway, you have a good stay and remember that the buffets do have great salad and fruit bars...a little sliced turkey thrown in for protein is always good. A steak or two or three is okay too!

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SAFARIBABE 2/28/2011 6:32AM

    ROFL!!!! PEW! Stinky 10-day old gym clothes. I'd say that's a suitable revenge!! Did your staff look at you like you were nuts when you said you had to taste test the food? Have a safe trip and make sure taht Las Vegas doesn't turn into Lost Wages!! LOL

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MOM23JS 2/28/2011 12:25AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan laid out and as always I enjoyed reading about your day! Can't wait to hear about your adventure in 1.99 porterhouse steak land :D

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BRADOS 2/27/2011 10:50PM

    Oh man, Las Vegas is truly the land of landmines....I was there last summer and the buffets...whew, those were impressive and yet would be deadly to my plans now....but sometimes you have to indulge :)...fortunately everything is a mile aprt and there is lots of walking to do

Have fun, keep doing well on the road and I look forward to hearing about how your trip to Sin City goes

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