Friday, March 18, 2011
I've got to tell you, I'm glad it's Friday!
I don't often feel that way....I'm professional enough to be past TGIF living, but today, I've been looking forward to the weekend.
And it's not because I have any big plans. A few Honey-Do's around the house, a cardio session, some reading to catch up on, yadda-yadda-yadda.
Mostly I think that my body is wanting a pause. Two and a half months into Spark living, I've had many successes and been on Cloud 9, changing patterns, diet, activity levels, dropping weight, re-adjusting belt notches, feeling baggy in my clothes, etc.
And now, my body, mind, & spirit are realizing, "Hey, this might not be temporary, he's still pushing, what's up with that?" I'm still determined and motivated, but there's definitely a little voice that has started to weasel its way in to the conversation, like an annoying puppy trying to hump your leg that you have to keep pushing away.
Of course I could just be a little tired tonight, which I am (nice weight session tonight on the back & shoulders), but I've also learned to be vigilant to these signs....remember, they're sneaky, they use salami tactics to slice away at your determination, to get you to give up a day or 2 here and there, add an extra spoonful every now and then, sneak a treat or two every so often "because you really have been working hard lately". That's led to many a downfall for me in the past where I regained weight and lost fitness fast.
And I've read about it on a good many other blogs too, and so I'm not sure if it's the crowd of us that joined 2-3 months ago that are heaving a collective sigh, or if I'm just noticing it more....but there's something in the air, and so I'm wary.....Mr. Reluctance snuck up on me out of the blue a few weeks ago and surprised the hell out of me with temptations of laziness and plump living. It surprised me by how natural it seemed to backslide to old habits....what a bastard he is!
So I don't see any real difficulties ahead, just a little tingling of the spidey sense that alerts me to signs that my old habits are not really that old and I may never be rid of them....which makes it even more important for me to check in regularly on this SparkPeople site, log those calories, chalk up those cardio points, blog some of this crap out, and make sure to remind all of you that if you see me backtracking, shout it out clearly so that I can hear you above the yelps of that puppy who is humping my leg!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
So today's cardio session was interesting......
I usually insist on unplugging from work while working out....at 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!
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.
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