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No idea how to log today's food.....but I don't care either!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Well I did something I said I wasn't going to do in Vegas....

Laundry!

Ha! You thought I gorged myself at the Circus Circus buffet or some other madness, didn't you. No, I just looked at the pile of gym clothes in the closet and realized no amount of wishful revenge on hapless TSA lackeys was worth another week of me and the maids putting up with a high school locker room in Mr. Marriot's resort.

So after my AM cycling, I looked up a drop-off wash, dry, & fold place, scooted over at noon, and on the way there, I saw a branch of one of my favorite Las Vegas Mediterranean restaurants; Paymon's Mediterranean Café and Hookah Lounge!



www.paymons.com/med_main.html

So what better way to kill 2 hours than to have some great food (Hookah Lounge closed till 5:00, but I stopped smoking a while ago). I ordered up a yogurt & cucumber dip, mixed with crushed walnuts & mint, and some pita bread. For an entrée, got a mixed kabob plate with a nicely seasoned rice pilaf. Absolutely delicious, not greasy at all, just a light film of dark green from the extra virgin olive oil was all I saw on the plate.

Picked up laundry, came back to hotel, and tried to log lunch. Well that wasn't happening. Hell, how many ounces of lamb was that? How many Tblspns of olive oil did they use? Was that a cup or 2 of rice pilaf? What was in the kibbe? So I worse cased the whole thing and it came out to about 1200 calories.

Putzed around for a while, then said hell, I might as well hit the bike again, so I did another 40 minutes in the gym, washed up and staked out dinner.

Well just down the street from Paymon's was a Whole Foods Market!




So I decided to graze upon only those things that looked really good and that consisted mostly of veggies. I ordered up 1/4 lb of roasted vegetables (squashes, carrots, and other unknown roots), 1/4 lb of roasted bok choy (not bad at all!), then went over to the salad bar, got the smallest bin they had and tossed in a tong-full of sliced & seasoned cabbage, some endames mixed with scallions, and a spoonful each of 3 different colored quinoa just for the hell of it. Finish off with a 1/2 pint of chicken & rice soup and Voila, I had a meal (OK, I guess technically you could call this a buffet, but remember, I paid by the lb)

It was great, tons of nicely spiced veggies, the roasted ones had just a hint of olive oil, and the quinoa tasted kind of nutty.

So again, I come back to Spark Nutrition and all bets are off. Could there have been 2 Tbspns of olive oil in the whole thing? How much did that quinoa weigh? Is their chicken & rice soup the same # of calories as Campbells?

In the end I didn't really care, I winged the numbers worst case and it came to around 700, making it around a 1900 calorie day, but it could be +/- 300 on either side of that for all I know. It just goes back to my idea that all these numbers are approximations anyway.

It all tasted great, was very much within my daily limits, and 2 nice cardio workouts have balanced it all out.

Goodnight friends......tomorrow will be day 7 of a 10 (maybe 11) day cardio streak!

  
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JUDYGREG 3/12/2011 4:11AM

    Glad you found Paymon's. IT IS a GREAT restuarant!
Las Vegas DOES have some healthy choices for food. Tucked away and hidden all over the city.

Glad you had a great time in my fair city, and got in some great exercise, and had fantastic weather!

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/8/2011 12:33PM

    I truly appreciate the way you write about your away-from-home food forays : ) Keep those cards and letters coming : ) : ) : )

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TEXAS_GRL 3/7/2011 6:53AM

    Ok enough already, your making me want to go to Vegas! The Mediterrain cafe looks good, will definitely have to put in my 2 do list for my next Vegas trip.

I am sure the maids at the Marriot will be rejoicing when they clean the room. No more stinky locker room smell. And as Safari says you have a whole week to get those clothes stinky for the TSA.



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SAFARIBABE 3/7/2011 5:49AM

    Sounds like you're managing to have some fun in Vegas and not just working all the time! Don't sweat the laundry (LOL), you still have a week to get it stinky for the TSA! Make sure to carry on your bag and maybe leave a bottle of watter in there 'accidently' so they have to search the bag. Mwahahaha!

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Big Ideas during Cardio

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!

  
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GETMOJOBACK 3/7/2011 12:24AM

    Right on! You are rockin'! Working out, eating right and relaxing! You are right, you are digging life!

Rock on!
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ELISA322 3/6/2011 7:20AM

    LMAO about the TSA guys and ready to club anyone that looks at you sideways. Too funny!!

Think you're going to pretty pleased at your next weigh in.

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SAFARIBABE 3/6/2011 6:23AM

    Holy Tuna, Batman! What a day you had yesterday. Are all you ideas as...unique...as the tumafish one? WTG on the two biking sessions! Isn't it a great feeling to see the changes in yourself? I find it catches me up at the oddest times.

You're doing an emoticon job! You're going to be shopping for a new name in no time!!

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SHELLY81682 3/5/2011 10:34PM

    Congrats on working out! It's great that you are still getting workouts in while you aren't at home. Shelly

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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 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!

  
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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 place...it'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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FITFABME 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. Reluctance....an 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.

Amanda

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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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UCANTTAKETHESKY 3/4/2011 8:26AM

    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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