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Thursday, March 17, 2011

So today's cardio session was interesting......

I usually insist on unplugging from work while working worst I'll have the Blackberry handy in case I get an emergency phone call.

Well today got busier than usual, and my best laid plan for a lunchtime workout got superseded by the crisis of the moment. That plus I had to get home early for #2 son's birthday (he's our St Paddy Day's surprise) started getting me peeved around 4:30, when I finally said, "knock it off" kicked everyone out of the front office for the day and hightailed it over to the gym for a 30 minute spin session before going home for a 6:00 dinner and B-day cake. You see I HAD TO WORK OUT TODAY....WE WERE HAVING CAKE AND ICE CREAM (Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate)

Well I just got suited up, sized up the bike, and plugged in my headset, when the Blackberry starts flashing it's annoying light; "You have mail!"

So I read it.....and got pissed off....and replied.....then they replied back with another dumb answer....and I got pissed off.....repeat this 3 or 4 times.

10 minutes later I got on the bike and started my warmup routine....heart rate cruising up through 120, almost at 130......and the red light flashed again...see previous paragraph....

Well I continued biking, kept pace as well as I could with my usual tunes, but it wasn't my most vigorous routine. Usually I'm up about 110 RPM around 23-24 MPH, gusting up to 27-28 MPH during some especially hi-tempo tunes, heart rate settling in around 145-150, peaking to 165-170 during same tunes.

Today was mild in comparison. Pedal, up the cadence, see flashing light, read e-mail, slow down, type & send e-mail, pedal, blah-blah-blah.

In the end it was a workout. I felt better having gone than if I hadn't and I'd have just been more pissed communicating with these people if I had not worked out, so it was probably better for them and for me.

Lesson learned: Be unreachable for those few precious moments of ME TIME to exercise!

Spark on friends!

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SAFARIBABE 3/18/2011 10:00PM

    First off...dump the Crackberry...the iPhone doesn't flash at me. Next...set it to pull rather than to push the emails. That way you choose when you pick them up!

Come on've conquered a bum conquered kicked butt in telling me you can't conquer a little metal fruit??

WTG on getting in that ride tho! I'm going to try the bike tomorrow. Walked almost 6 miles today including round trip to work and home! Tomorrow's another day and if I saw your posts right, you are planning some serious R&R! And well deserved it is!

PS Hope you saved me some ice cream!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/18/2011 7:02AM

    Nooooooooo not the flashing red light. HMMM mine is flashing right now. :) Glad to see despite the crazy day, you got your cardio on. It wasn't what you would normally do, but most people would of blown it that is a an accomplishment in itself. Important lesson to have learned ~ Your time to exercise is for you, not to share with the company.

Keep on bikin.... emoticon

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ELISA322 3/18/2011 4:57AM

    LOL at Crackberry. Don't you love that blinking red light? Good job for still getting a workout in, you still burned off some Haagen Daaz (love that stuff).

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GETMOJOBACK 3/18/2011 12:53AM

    Good lesson learned! We all need the ME TIME to exercise!

It is hard to avoid getting worked up when "they" do things that have you saying to yourself, "what were they thinking, oh yes, they weren't thinking at all!" So yes, it is best to get that power workout in after you are done conversing. My treadmill really gets cranked up when that happens!

Great job getting some workout in even if it wasn't the one you had planned!

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KARIRDH3 3/17/2011 10:42PM

    Yes. It is SO important to set time aside for YOU. YOU DESERVE THAT. emoticon

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What's up with the PLANNED cardio numbers? Do they really permit us to eat more?!?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

So not a lot to write about today. I'm back on track with my home routine, which includes 3 days a week at the gym to lift weights AND now trying to add more cardio 3 days a week as well....I think I can find the time....juts need to find the energy.

I feel a little beat today, mostly because I just finished my most difficult weight routine; chest, shoulders, triceps. And I picked up right where I left off 3 weeks ago, which isn't too bad.

It's the food I need to keep an eye on. I can tell that home life is not like life out of a hotel room.....there's always food around here and it's too easy to get to. I'm focused on portion control at meals (everything shall be weighed!) and making sure to stay in the low end of my range.

Now the odd thing I noticed on my nutrition tracker is that once I adjusted my planned weekly cardio up (from 10 minutes/day 3x a week to 30 minutes/day 3x a week) my calorie limit jumped up by about 250 calories a day.

That's what I need, permission to eat more. Yeah, I know, more cardio means more calories to replenish, but really?!? REALLY?!?

So I'm going to ponder that one. I don't need my subconscious making things any more difficult than they already subliminal messages saying, "Hey it's OK, remember Sparkguy said you could...."

If that means fudging the PLANNED numbers in the cardio tracker, then so be it

cheers all

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JUDYGREG 3/20/2011 1:45PM

    Sparkpeople sugguest a range of calories for the time and amount of weight you want to lose. If you want to lose quickly that range will be lower than if you want to lose slowly.

But still that range is a few hundred calories. Eating at the top fo the range the days you exercise a lot, and eat at the low range when you rest or have an off day.

If you shorten the time for which you want to lose the weight the calories will decrease.

I find the estimates of calories are a bit high, so maybe you need to eat a little bigger portion, maybe you don't. If your weight loss stalls, it might be too few calories for your activity level.

I know if you eat 900 calories a day, and exercise 60 min. a day, you will NOT lose the weight you should. Your body goes into starvation mode, and conserves all our fat. Raising those calories to 1200 will cause you to lose FASTER!

Ripley's believe it or not! TRUE!

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STARL_73 3/18/2011 11:24PM

    My problem with the SP calc is the part where they put in your exercise. If I put in I'm going to do 45 minutes cardio 5x a week, it expects me to burn xx calories through exercise. But when I actually input my workout - before the end of the week, I get warnings that I'm not eating enough - because the calculated calories burned in the tracker is way more than their initial calc.

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JUNEBUG1944 3/17/2011 8:46PM

    Wait until you change your cardio to 60 minutes a day...whew, you can eat a whole cow and still stay within your calorie range. I'm not sure about such a drastic increase! I'm sure you're so glad to be home...even with the food hanging around...I need the food police at my house! I baked chocolate chip cookies again...sob...

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SAILSCALL 3/17/2011 7:56AM

    This just means you get to drink more beer! emoticon

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

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SAFARIBABE 3/17/2011 6:48AM

    It's all true. As your cardio goes up so does your calorie requirements AND you still see results! That's why when I hurt my back the first time I was so quick to adjust my cardio time to nil so that my calorie tracker would adjust as well. I know it's counter intuitive b/c we think like a diet...workout hard and eat less and that will get us to the goal but that's WRONG! LOL Try it for a week and see what happens. Have faith in the got you this far didn't it?

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/16/2011 11:29PM

    You mean you didn't get the message about how eating too few calories in relation to your calories burned will result in your losing *less* weight? It's quite like havning a school marm tell you to straighten up and fly right : ) : ) : )

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 3/16/2011 10:29PM

tis article helps you figure out how many calories you need to consume to continue to lose weight as you increase the number of calories burned through exercise. I recently calculated caloric need based on calories burned during reulted in the need to increase calorie intake by 125 calories per day. prior to that I had been trying to stay near the bottom of my range. as a result of the calculations I set my calorie tracker so that it would reflect the minimum number of calories I need to eat to continue losing at a rate of 2 pounds per week.

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JONESINATOR 3/16/2011 9:58PM

    No no no you DO need more calories! When your calorie deficit grows larger, you do need to compensate by eating more. Sounds like the perfect amount for some almonds, greek yogurt, and maybe a piece of fruit if you ask me.

Also, I recommend eating at your mid to upper range on weights days. We may not feel as though we burned as much when we lift, but the afterburn effect actually leads us to burn more during that overall day compared to if we just did cardio.

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Back in town and on my routine...Hmmmm

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ahhh....the pleasure of being back on my regular routine at work....NOT!

What a hectic day....this was my payback for being out of the office for 2 weeks....tons of reports piled up, stuff I expected to be finished were barely started right, missed deadlines and e-mails by some of my folks....sheesh, this is what I get for delegating.

Not all bad, just busy getting caught up and filled in on details that people "didn't want to bug me with" while I was on the road....thanks people, save it up and bug me all at once when I get back....I'll have to work on that before heading out next time.

Which was the only good news. I've been able to reschedule a few trips, so I'll be in town these next 2 weeks, then off to a few different places at the end of the month and into April.

And I was able to get back to the gym to lift again....nothing atrophied too badly these past 2 weeks and I was able to pick my back, biceps, & shoulder routine at the same weights & reps as when I left....meaning I'm nice and sore as I type.

My real challenge will be to eat as disciplined at home as I did in Vegas. Just due to the sheer madness of the schedule I was on (and determination to avoid "crap") I ended up doing pretty well. Home and work actually have more temptations.....actually just more food all around. Some folks had a birthday party in their section today and kept plowing me with a slice ("No thanks, I'm trying to be good", "Yes it DOES look delicious, but I've got to limit sweets" when what I really felt like saying was, "Sure, let me fill my cake whole with with 500 calories of sugar and frosting , then sit around and complain about being overweight like the rest of you?!? No thanks!!"....but I was nice)

In Vegas I moved around a lot, different buildings, people, offices, etc. I was like a shark...just keep moving. Here, I'm a little more sedentary and graze a little more frequently, but I'm still at 1600 calories today, the low end of my range, so we'll see. Will hit some cardio tomorrow as well

The ramblings are over friends....Good night!

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ELISA322 3/18/2011 5:23AM

    There has been so much crap at my work everyday for the last couple of months. Pazckis, donuts, girl scout cookies, brownies, cake.... it's unreal!!! At first I was ok with allowing myself to have a treat (just a couple of cookies or one tiny piece of cake), but now that the crap keeps coming in, I'm just going to have to say no.

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GETMOJOBACK 3/16/2011 12:42AM

    Darn work fairy is such a slacker! I swear my fairy has been mia for years......

Good job resisting even with pushy peeps!

Have a great day on Wednesday! Good night. emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 3/15/2011 10:00PM

    Yeah see I could have told you that delegation only works if you have an 8 foot bull whip hanging over your desk. Oddly I find I can go on vacation for a month and leave that thing behind and everything is sorted when I get back. My mail is even sorted into folders -- junk, bills, mags, ads. Just a thought! emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 3/15/2011 7:13PM

    Welcome home. I'm so glad I'm not working anymore! You are so strong! I know it's possible to eat healthy when traveling and I'm so glad that you did! You are amazing!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/15/2011 7:18AM

    Oh no the office sugar trap -- I love how even after you refuse, they keep offering. Or with me, they just leave the stuff by my desk. Way to be strong in the face of temptation.


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Back home and 3 pounds lighter!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hello Spark friends. Today I blog from the comfort of my Florida Room easy chair, rather than the confines of a Las Vegas hotel suite. Life is good, even if we've all been shorted an hour today, thanks to whoever the brain surgeon was who invented Daylight Savings Time!

So it's my favorite kind of lazy Sunday. Slept in, got up, grabbed a cup of Joe from SWMBO's morning brew (she gets up at 4:30 AM every day, so it's pretty well supercharged by the time my butt rolls out of bed), cruised the Sunday news shows, surfed with laptop, got caught up on e-mail, snail mail, RSS feeds, etc. during my 2 weeks away from home, unboxed #2 sons plethora of gifts I had delivered last week (got him the Wii complete package for his birthday; Wii fit, extra controllers (for me of course!), balance board, etc.) and asked SWMBO to wrap them up (my opposable thumbs oppose all attempts at gift wrapping). Tonight we take him out for his "Birthday dinner" (actual birthday is 17 Mar....yup he's a St Patty's day baby) which, as usual, is the local Hibachi grill for an evening of flying knives, onion volcanos, and shrimps that dive-bomb into open mouths.

I was incredibly happy this AM to do my weigh-in on our home scale and see it register an ego-boosting 187.2! That made me do a modified Snoopy dance (I'm still walking with a cane, so it was more like a wounded Gene Kelly). With truth in advertising laws still enforced in this country, I moved the Spark ticker down to 188 and declared victory.

As happy as the moment was, minutes later, I began to wonder, "OK, can I sustain this? Was this just an anomaly from 2 weeks of being in a hotel on a crazy schedule? Does this mean I have to do cardio EVERY FRIGGIN' DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?!?!?"

Who the hell knows. I'm resolved to slow, steady weight loss. So far my 9 lbs in about 10 weeks is pretty decent, but truth be told, I'd be happier if the rate was slower, only because I'd be more confident that it was sustainable....I'm suspicious of drastic results, mostly from past experience. But I also love the instant gratification, so my inner schizophrenic is happy with the dilemma.

That's pretty much it for now....I'm back to lazy Sunday mode. Will curl up with the Kindle on the easy chair and get caught up on some much needed reading before Teppanyaki chef singes our eyebrows later tonight.

Cheers all!

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JUDYGREG 3/14/2011 2:17PM

    One pound a week IS sustainable.
Yes you DO have to cardio for the rest of your life.
You body was made to move, and you have to move EVERY day.
Use it or lose it.

If course, it doesn't have to be the planned exercise you have been doing. Soon you will find other ways to do cardio, and enjoy it more. Playing is cardio too!

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GETMOJOBACK 3/14/2011 1:14AM

    What a wonderful day at home in your easy chair.. Such a marvelous feeling! emoticon

Great b-day gifts for son! I held out for 13 minutes to be born on the 18th! Cheers and a happy b-day to my fellow pisces emoticon

I hope the b-day dinner was wonderful and everyone has bushy eyebrows!

Have a fantastic week!

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TIFFGETSFIT 3/13/2011 9:26PM

    Way to go this week!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, losing weight while out of town is NO walk in the park!!!!!! Hope you enjoyed this lazy Sunday, with eyebrows intact :)
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SAFARIBABE 3/13/2011 8:58PM

    Welcome Home!! Way to go on your loss -- you DO know that the tracker takes decimal points right? How much longer before you can Snoopy Dance properly? So much more celebratory. Sounds like those gifts you got your son are just as much toys for dad as for son. LOL Hope you enjoy playing with them! Have a great and restful night. I'll be praying for your eyebrows!!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/13/2011 7:05PM

    Woohooo! Congrats on the weight loss! Most amazing your conquered Las Vegas buffets and came back lighter. WTG on finishing up your streak! You are an inspiration. Sounds like you have a fun evening planned! Enjoy!

P.S. thanks for the laugh on my feed... I hear the govt will give back the hour in November. Do you think we should charge them interest? :-)

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NEEBREW 3/13/2011 4:42PM

    Congratulations! You're in "skinny" range! That is awesome!

I did an 8 mile run today and I actually thought "Man, I'd rather be doing that than sitting on the couch ANYTIME!" And then I wondered what stranger jumped in my head and said that. But the truth is, even if you DO have to do cardio every day of your life, it sure does beat being a potato that letting life pass by. You're an incredible inspiration!

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BRADOS 3/13/2011 2:43PM

    Welcome back home, my Kindle is charged up as well for a long day of reading (by the way - have you discovered Calibre - the website to setup automatic (and free) delievery of RSS-feeds of your favorite blogs and other periodicals like free Wall Street Journal, etc to your Kindle-free-email account - Love it.

Congrats on your hard work and welcome back


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DONE!!! 11 day cardio streak and bye bye Las Vegas!

Saturday, March 12, 2011


So my adventure in the Entertainment Capital of the World is winding down. I powered through a long, long Thursday, quick turned for another long Friday, and called it a wrap around 4:00 PM this afternoon. Huzzah!

My first thought when I got back to the hotel crash until 5:00 AM, get up, pack, get in the rental car (no curb too high, no gas too cheap), and hustle on over to the airport for an 8:30 AM flight back to Florida. But the beauty of adult life is the ability not to act on our first thoughts and impulses. SWMBO always tells me, "You've got no power over the first thought that pops into your head, but you do have control over the second" What a dear!

Yeah I said to myself, "Just sleep a few hours, get up, hit the gym, get some dinner, then pack" and all sorts of variations that started with, "Just sleep a few hours...." But I knew that was a slippery slope....we humans have brains for a reason, we have memory that allows us to remember and learn from past experience.....and sometimes we actually DO learn from past experience, but most of the time not....seriously, if we all learned from past experience would we really ALL BE HERE ON SPARKPEOPLE!!!! I know my track record is spotty.....

Anyway, I knew if I conked out I'd be down for the count, so I hydrated on a liter bottle of Evian (thanks Mr. Marriot), changed for the last time this trip into my stinky gym gear and hit the spin bike. 45 minutes is all my bum hip could take, but that was just fine with me...I was revved up and ready to finish up this crazy 11 day cardio streak I somehow managed to think was a good idea 11 days ago.

It's been good, I was on a real high for the first week, but 3-4 days ago, I started questioning my sanity. But I'm a stubborn SOB and a man of my word and really didn't want to tell myself "Oh, you really could have done this if you wanted to numbskull, why did you quit?" It was pretty much how I got myself to do my first marathon. At some point thinking about it and planning it never got me any closer to doing it. Only when I declared publicly to family, friends and workpeople that "Yes, I will do this!" did I start to get serious, plunk down $100 buck in registration fees, and marked the date on the calendar.....there was no backing down after that.

So, I hope to get back on to a normal life schedule in the next few days and will be a bit more diligent in blogging (logging has been fine, blogging not so much), hitting the boards, and catching up with friends on their newly designed Spring Sparkpages!

Good night from Glitter Gulch y'all!

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SAFARIBABE 3/13/2011 8:57AM

    I am amazed that you made all 11 days -- not because I ever doubted that you had the will or the heart to do it -- but because of your crazy work schedule -- night day night night day night. From that point alone it really is an awesome thing tht you've accomplished!! WTG!! And remind me to kick you in the butt for it later! Now what excuses do I have for not working out! I can't say work kept me from it b/c while I may work long hours they are the same hours every day! So thank you SO much for stripping away the last of my excuses! Remind me to return the favor some time!


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STARL_73 3/12/2011 3:01PM

    I'm about to finish up a 7 day cardiothon. It wasn't easy, but pushing through taught me something about myself. This blog hit on some of that.. it's so easy to put perfectly valid items you have to do before working out - especially when you don't really feel like it. But you know what - it's not the end of the world if you do put the workout first.

I also liked the saying at top about first/second thoughts. It's a good point!

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    Nice job on keeping yourself committed while you were out there! Hope you get some rest now that it's over! emoticon emoticon

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BRADOS 3/12/2011 10:27AM

    way to stay with the exercise regimen during your stay in the Crazy City, I am always happy to go there, have a great time, and then happy when its time to go - havea safe trip back and congrats on your discipline there - I could only hope that my next visit there I will be as resolute.
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