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 buffets....it'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!
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!
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.....
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!
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 victory....top 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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