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 are.....no 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
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!
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.
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 was.....sleep....nap....rest....just 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!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Hello again Spark friends!
As my Vegas adventure winds down, I realize I need to be continually vigilant....there are still abundant pitfalls all around.
Last night, the wife of one of the guys that works for me out here made us dinner. It was delicious, we all heaped abundant praises upon her. Once again, I had no idea how to log it (like I was going to ask her how much oil she used or what cut of beef she bought). I kept my portions small, knowing that they'd push seconds. Worst case on my logging was it came out to 700 calories.
Got another good workout in today (day 9 of 11 straight cardio days!) and went in to work. Today I have to do a quick body clock change to get back on a day schedule tomorrow, so it'll be a short sleep session tonight.
But it's all good, I left earlier than usual, got a couple of snacks at Whole Foods Market (see blog from 7 March), then went over to the Forum Shops at Caesar's to see if I could get my hands on an iPad 2.
Silly me....I thought they might have one or two around the Apple Store to tease the hell out of us mortals in need of more tech. But no, nothing shall be shown until 11 March 2011....way to go Steve Jobs. All they had was videos of it playing on every iPhone, Macbook, and iPod in the store and each of the "Genius's" hocking the iPad 1's newly discounted price tag (100 bucks off....so is the new iPad worth an extra $100? Well maybe if they let me play with it first....!)
Then I realized what a fool I had been. 3 hours after dinner, slightly dehydrated (even though I drank 4x 1-liter bottles of water today), I start noticing the restaurants....and the bakeries.....and the candy stores.....and I couldn't remember which way the exit was! I felt like I was in some demented 60s horror movie trying to escape the madman at the carnival...everywhere I looked, more food and fewer exits.
I gazed too long at the Godiva chocolatier and went inside. It was the chocolate covered strawberries that got to me (Captain Queeg: "Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them."......The Caine Mutiny). I went in and looked around; they had strawberries on sticks, covered in dark or white chocolate, strawberries sliced & drizzled in cocoa, strawberries the size of tomatoes drenched in a shiny coat of dark, dark chocolate.....I told myself, "hey, it's 90% fruit right? why is that a problem?"
Then I saw they were charging $9 for one of those tomato-sized strawberries and sobered up. Christ sake, I was going to eat a few 100 calories and be taken to the cleaners for a chunk of fruit?!? Hell no, not even if Lady Godiva came in serving them naked from her horse (well, yeah that would have been worth nine bucks).
So on my way out, the nice little girl behind the counter said, "thanks for stopping by" and hands me a gold-wrapped little chunk of chocolate-covered caramel. Just what I needed, a quick little 70-80 calorie jolt of sweetness. And as soon as it dissolved in my mouth, my eyes focused and I saw the nice red sign that said EXIT and calmly found the way back to my car.
So another day of healthy living, but eternal vigilance is the price we must pay for it!
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