Saturday, March 05, 2011
What a great day! Had all the makings of being a pain in the ass, but I was not about to be deterred. I knew from the start that I could have gotten bogged down with work this afternoon, but I just decided early on that I would power through it no matter how long it took, still getting in a workout, eating right, and relaxing some, even if it meant another long day.
So I rolled my cloudy head out of bed, suited up and hit the hotel gym for a good session on the bike. 10 minutes into it, I was cruising along and all of a sudden, no matter what happened with the rest of the day, I was OK, because being right here on this bike was right and true. Another half hour and the world was a much better place.
Fast forward through the rest of the day (work, reports, plans, yadda-yadda-yadda), a quick cruise through the REI store on my way back to the hotel (a guy actually gave me a lesson on how to adjust and use my cane then tried to sell me an Alpine walking stick with a spring loaded suspension on the tip. Thanks buddy, but another 4 weeks and I'm ditching this thing once the doc clears me), Once back at Mr. Marriot's palatial hotel, I suddenly realized, I could take a nap! I was out like a light for 2 hours. The world could have rotated off its axis and I wouldn't have noticed.
Once I got up I realized, "Hey, I can get me in another workout!" So I did a quick re-mix of the playlist, got on the gym clothes (I might actually have to do laundry this trip....Nahhhh, let the TSA guys grope into my sweaty gym back...take that you gloved perverts), and staked my claim to Spin Cycle #3.
That's when the good ideas started coming!
What I loved about running long distance was the clarity of ideas, the ability to work through problems that occurred during my runs ("feed mayo to tuna fish, THEN put them in the can"). No problem was as bad after a run as before it. My guys would hate it when I cam back from a lunch time jog; I'd be full of new ways to solve world hunger and get them to stepping....I loved it!
And today I felt right back in that groove. I used to like doing "body checks" as I fatigued (are my shoulders relaxed, breathe deep, abs tight), these would help me focus and feel refreshed. It's similar on the bike, with a few changes, and it really helps the workout become a mentally focusing event, targeting specific muscles, strengthening the core, being able to take up the pace without straining for breath....just great I tell you.
So walking back through the hotel I was tall and proud. SWMBO says everyone should go through life with their own personal soundtrack playing in their ears (I love her), so I strolled through the corridors and casino on my way back, playing "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" (look up the Kill Bill soundtrack). I had my cane in rhythm, chest out, shoulders back, ready to club any baby seal that gave me a sideways look. And as I took a quick glance at the corridor full of mirrors, I was pretty impressed with the flat belly dude that stared back (I didn't club him, but I was ready). I haven't weighed myself in a couple of weeks, and will have to wait till I get back home next Saturday, but for today, the clothes are loose, the belly is flattening, and I'm digging life!
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!
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