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Back in Vegas!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Well friends I'm back in Vegas this week, only staying though Thursday though. Goal is to workout every day this trip.....maybe not quite as fierce as my 11 day cardio streak last time in Lost Wages, but just as motivated.

I'm back traveling with my fast food loving travel partner. Luckily we both left home having eaten lunch, so all we did was pull in for a quick bite when we landed (him - burger & fries, me - salad & vinaigrette....graciously declined his offer to share the fries). This will be an interesting time balancing his quest for more, more, more with my newly found Spartan dining preferences.

My body clock is whipped, so I plan to hit the sack early and will likely get up early (Pacific Time) to hit the gym for some early AM spinning before the day's festivities begin.

Cheers all.

  
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SAFARIBABE 4/4/2011 6:08AM

    I keep telling you....when he starts tempting you with the ooey-gooey...smack him with a copy of the Spark! LOL Ach...you won't even need to...you've come so far since that first trip and you did awesome then! Who knows...maybe yo can even tempt HIM to get to the gym! Stranger things have happened!

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JUNEBUG1944 4/4/2011 2:23AM

    Such self control! You are amazing! Enjoy your trip a little...do something bad...remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! LOL!

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BRADOS 4/3/2011 11:52PM

    stay strong.
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April Nightmare

Friday, April 01, 2011

So today was great...actually an ideal day.

I clambered out of bed at the hotel, put on a nice pair of baggy sweats and took the elevator down to the lobby for breakfast. I thought about getting a bowl full of cantaloupe and some yogurt, then laughed at myself and grabbed 3 chocolate glazed doughnuts and wolfed them down while the short order cook made me a ham & cheese omelet. Just what I needed to make it through a day full of traveling!

As I waited for my plane at Reagan (delayed once again), I saw that I still had a $10 food voucher from last night. So I went over to Starbucks, ordered up a Grande Americano and noticed that the fruit cup was more expensive than the cheese danish and the toffee bar combined.

Well I know a bargain when I see one so the big decision I had to make was whether to eat the toffee bar first or AFTER the danish. I'll let you imagine what I chose ;>)

Luckily, I got the 1st class upgrade, so lunch was on the Delta house. I watched the idiots around me order the salad, so I knew the lasagna would be specially prepared for me.....hell I might even get seconds! It was alright, a little salty, so I grabbed a couple of extra Twix bars when they passed the tray around to cover the taste.

Atlanta was pretty busy, but the line at the Paschal's Southern Cuisine was short and I had a hankering for ribs. But I only got a half rack (I was pretty full after the flight, but this was some mean BBQ!) and decided to be good and skipped the potato salad and baked beans....just had the coleslaw (veggies) and corn bread (veggie AND carb!)....I think I probably saved 100 calories choosing wisely and having a diet coke instead of regular. I'll use those savings to have something special after dinner tonight.....

I swung by the office for a few hours and good thing to because my secretary had brought in some Cadbury caramel filled eggs.....man is Easter that close! They were great.....between the 2 of us we cracked every one of those bad boys with our muscular teeth! It was a little too much chocolate though, so I swung by the snack bar for some potato chips to get something salty back on my taste buds. Mmmmm

I had a weight lifting session scheduled today, but I felt I deserved a break so I cancelled and called SWMBO up and asked her if she wanted to go out to dinner. She had baked some tilapia and stir fried some veggies, but I told her to save it for later or stuff it in the trash, we should do something special like Mexican or try out that new Chinese Buffet that opened up (Big Chow) down the road. (I didn't feel like Italian after those two servings of airline lasagna anyway).

Well the buffet was fantastic! You really do get your money's worth at these places, but you have to plan it out right. Like don't fill up on the green beans or soup on your first plate or you may not get around to sampling everything they lay out like the sweet and sour pork or extra crispy chicken wings. And don't waste time on the peel & eat shrimp, you can get those anywhere. I recommend the crab in cheese sauce or some salmon rangoons (the good thing is these probably have like 10 less calories than egg rolls.....I just wish I could stop after eating only 4....sigh)

Afterwards, since it was so nice out, we walked over to the Marble Slab Creamery and had a family ice cream night. I really like how they work the ice cream so hard on that cold slab, and they take the time to make REAL WAFFLE CONES, not the fake plasticy kind you get at Baskin Robbins. And the scoops they give you are twice as big as anywhere else. Talk about getting your money's worth! I admit, I cheated and had them sprinkle on some Jimmies, but it was a special night out for all of us and again I deserved something special, it had been a busy week right?

As I sit and finish up this blog, I had a real hankering for some Peanut Butter. What a great food idea! But, I'm only using a teaspoon this time, not a tablespoon as usual. I think that actually helps me lose weight because I use more energy with that arm.....in reality, I'm expending 3 times more calories to get the same amount of peanut butter....I read that somewhere.

Then Holy Christ I woke up and found myself drenched in a cold sweat still back in the hotel, no sweatpants in sight.....The ghost of April Fools past must have visited me up in DC!

Today, I chose the opposite of everything I wrote about here.....but the choices, the desires, the temptations, and worst of all, the excuses and rationales are always there.

Spark on friends!

  
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JUDYGREG 4/7/2011 2:27PM

    Even if you tried, no one could eat all that stuff in ONE DAY! Even in a week it would be hard!

I was feeling a bit ill, after the first few items.

Happy April Fool's day!


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ELISA322 4/2/2011 11:29PM

    LOL too funny, especially about the peanut butter. I used to love those Cadbury eggs as a kid, now I find them way too rich!!

Sadly I couldn't be as creative yesterday on April Fools Day.



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BOBF15 4/2/2011 9:12PM

    Yep, haven't known you all that long... but after a few paragraphs, I looked back at the day.

OK, so, then the horror movie, turned into a comedy.

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TEXAS_GRL 4/2/2011 8:51PM

    LMAO - ok so I am beginning to read this going what is wrong with him! Then when I got to the Starbucks paragraph I was like...hmm someone is having a good laugh. :) Love it! emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/2/2011 5:39PM

    As always, one of the best bloggers on here. You had me going for a paragraph or so, but then I thought, "Naw he wouldn't crash like that, he just wouldn't. He's always had it all together on the previous trips. He's spoofin', he just *has* to be spoofin'" Thank you for spoofin' not crashing! Great April Fool, my friend : )
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FANGFACEKITTY 4/2/2011 7:22AM

    ROFLMAO! emoticon
Great April Fool's blog! And the best part is, after 3 months of eating right, the food descriptions didn't even make me "hungry", just "hmmm, not very appetizing". Keep up the good work & keep the blogs coming!

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SAFARIBABE 4/2/2011 6:27AM

    ROFLMAO!!! Seriously, I'm with Brad on this one...NO WAY you would have run amok like that! I mean you're the oke who blgged about avoiding all those brownies at the conference and your ooey gooey cheese loving friend and ignoring his temptations (how is he anyway, staying out of cardiac ICU I hope!) Yeah NO WAY you'd have cracked like that! But it was a great blog!

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BRADOS 4/1/2011 11:00PM

    I knew it as well - no chance the Road Warrior would fail so badly (but yet so eloquently) - nice April Fools GETSTRONGRRR

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JUNEBUG1944 4/1/2011 10:30PM

    I knew it! As my mouth was watering, I just knew that no way in hell would you be eating all that crap! Thanks for the laugh!

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Will Fly For Food

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Well once again Delta is eating into my time....delays for who knows what reason this time (the doggie ate my flight plan) leaves me looking for electric outlets, wi-fi connections, and planning a graceful degradation of battery life....Oh yeah and having to rely on airline terminal food for what was going to be an easy day of low-end calorie range dining
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So that's why I have taken time these past few years building up my travel gear to make these oh-so happy moments bearable.

First off, I have a confirmed "no checked bag" policy (except when SWMBO and I travel together....that's when she checks the steamer trunk and sky-caps make all sorts of money). So my first love is the Tom Bihn Aeronaut:

www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/500/TB
0906


Mine is grey....what a bag! Yeah it has no wheels, but you can stuff it chock full of stuff (2700 in3) and then stuff it into the overhead of the smallest CRJ700.....no more having to tag bags at the gate!

Pair this up with the miraculously "shock absorbing" Absolute Shoulder Strap, and voila, life on the road is real good:

www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.m
vc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=001&Product_
Code=TB0505


For the truly adventurous, ditch the 1 quart Ziploc bags, and go for the permanently stylish 3D Clear Organizer Cube and stare down the TSA agent if they give you a hard time:

www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/merchant.m
vc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=001&Product_
Code=TB0917


"But, what about when you want something from your bag?" you may ask. "Do you have to get up and reach through all your stuff?" Not if you're sporting the Scottevest Travel Vest!:

www.scottevest.com/v3_store/New_Trav
el_Vest.shtml


I can hear you now, "he must be kidding, that's serious dork-style stuff, that crap never delivers"

Au contraire mon frere, let me tell you that Mr Scotte delivers! I've got Kindle & iPhone, Blackberry, Bose noise cancelling headphones, Mp3 player, glasses, a magazine, chewing gum, and more. It feels incredibly comfortable......and SWMBO says she finds me quite fetching wearing it around the house!

So now you ask, "what the hell does this have to do with SparkPeople? Doesn't he know that there are many other websites devoted to this topic?"

Yeah I do. But here's the deal. I've found blogging cathartic. It get's crap out of my brain and into the real world, and the topics happen to be whatever is hot on my brain about healthy living.

Today it's travel and spending 45-60 minutes finding pictures and cramming out thoughts and ideas has successfully kept me from going over to the Dunkin Donuts at the end of terminal B for a nice warm chocolate doughnut fresh out of the oven, or yielding to the sickly sweet smell of Auntie Annie's pretzel nightmare. It's made me grateful that I have a vest with a dedicated pocket holding a box of chewing gum and a group of virtual friends that I know will understand that temptations are everywhere, and resisting even one is declaration of victory.

Thanks Spark friends!

  
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JUNEBUG1944 4/1/2011 10:37PM

    Neat vest...what do you fill the pockets with when you wear it for SWMBO? Is that all you wear around the house?
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SAFARIBABE 3/31/2011 9:11PM

    I definitely have to book mark this blog! That vest is AWESOME and can double as my safari vest...does it come in khaki??? Olive drab works too. Actually they say blue is the best thing to wear but makes me feel conspicuous in the bush. I also like that travel bag. When you're limited to 25lbs of luggage, a small yet roomy bag is a must! Of course my camera bag weighs over 25lbs fully loaded but NOONE but me ever handles that...especially the pilots. Of course I'd leave the clothes before I left my baby on the tarmac! Thanks for all the pointers! This was one of your best blogs yet!! Oh ...yeah...and I'm sorry you're stranded by Delta again!

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NEEBREW 3/31/2011 7:54PM

    You're so descriptive, I feel like I'm there with you (but gosh I'm glad I'm NOT!) Are you ALWAYS in the air or stuck in some airport?

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BRADOS 3/31/2011 6:48PM

    Nice view of your toolbox Road Warrior - that is interesting - hang in there during this delay and avoid the Cinnabons emoticon

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TEXAS_GRL 3/31/2011 6:47PM

    I travel a lot and appreciate reviews and ideas of things to make it easier. Love the idea of the travel vest, have never seen one.

Commends you for the no check policy. After years of traveling I can pack a black 22 and be happy for a week. (Ok against the female race, but really how many pair of shoes do you really need?)

Sorry you are stuck in DCA -- but it sounds like you are well armed!

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"These Are Not The Snack Droids You Are Looking For!"

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

OK America, do we really have to be so obsessed with food that we need to be constantly bombarded with images of it every waking moment?!? Are there people playing Jedi Mind Tricks on us at every turn, trying to hide the healthy droid snacks we are looking for, cause all I have seen these past 3 days in DC is fat, fattier, and fattest!



So I'm in day 3 of this 4 day conference and, God love 'em, the guys that put it on have done great. It's easily accessible, stuff is on time, pay your "landing fee" and coffee, breakfast, snacks, lunch, all is taken care of. But I can't take a bathroom break without smelling something sweet and buttery, or seeing someone heft a puffy, crumbly pastry on to a plate, or dither and blather about whether to choose the brownie or the blondie (so they take one of each!), then I get back to the hotel and somebody's hosting a sizzling taco social in the lobby.....and I'm half-crazed trying to eat right, trying to talk myself into a workout saying "Oh great and powerful Oz, pay no attention to that snack behind the curtain!"

So why does this matter! Well it's just another indication that making these healthy lifestyle changes is a daily choice, sometimes a daily battle. Just because it may have been easy for a day or week or two is no guarantee of smooth sailing forever. Last week I was feeling right in the middle of the Sparkpeople Groove; today I feel like I've been smacking the sharks attacking my lifeboat in the middle of a typhoon!

The good news is, I can play the Jedi Mind Tricks on myself too. Somehow, knowing that I'd have to log the 400 calorie blondie and write about it in the evening made it just easy enough to reach for a bowl to ladle in some cantelope....knowing I'd have to 'fess up to Safaribabe if I blew off a workout and opted for the tacos gave me just enough energy to walk past the fiesta and up to the gym.

And of course, someone slipped an Italian Pizza and sub delivery service menu under my room door! See, it's everywhere!

So I used it later as a mat for my sweaty gym shirt!

Spark on friends!

  
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JUNEBUG1944 4/1/2011 10:40PM

    And then there are the constant TV commercials...food, food, food is everywhere. You are very strong, Kemosabe...I am proud to know you and envious! I'm so glad it's you who is traveling and not me!

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REBECCATKD 3/31/2011 4:31PM

    Ah, the dark side...brownies, pastries, and the like. Hold out for the fruit! One more day!

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TEXAS_GRL 3/31/2011 8:09AM

    LOVE THIS BLOG!

I love when I am in the zone and everything is not a fight, but then there are days it just seems like it is battle to make ANY healthy choice but using the jedi mind trick, accountability is definitely a help.

I am in awe of how the force is with you. I would of been able to hold out on the blondie bronwie, but skip a taco social, yup this is why I am a padawan and you are a master.

May the force be with you the rest of your trip.

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JONESINATOR 3/30/2011 10:39PM

    And yet... DC is one of the healthiest cities in America! Who woulda thunk it?

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BRADOS 3/30/2011 10:34PM

    Great job - way to go Road Warrior! emoticon emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 3/30/2011 9:47PM

    What... like I'm going to make you do penance if you have a brownie?? Not my style! ((gazes fondly up at the 8' bullwhip hanging on the wall over her desk, a small smile curling the corners of her mouth)) LOL

You're doing GREAT Sugar! But you're right...sometimes it is a daily or even hourly choice of doing what you know is healthy or doing what you know is fattiest. But I have every confidence that you're going to ace this last day of the conference.

Are you home after this or off to some other exotic locale? Don't forget to take a stroll by the tidal pool. You'll kick yourself if you don't get to enjoy the cherry blossoms. That or I will! emoticon

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Dinner with my brother

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Man 'o man it's hard to get used to freezing weather after you've been living life in the 70s for a few weeks!

I got into DC late Sunday (thanks again for the delays Delta), but at least the tower at Reagan had multiple pots of coffee going keeping the controllers awake.

Monday started off well. Breakfast at the hotel....go right by the waffles & eggs, grab a bowl of oatmeal, spoon in some raisins and add cinnamon, Voila! Then off to my conference here to watch everyone grazing on doughnuts and bagels and candies and...Arrrggghhhh! But that's the sea change in my mentality today. In the past, scarf up a bagel, lather it with cream cheese, bring a doughnut with me back to the meeting, Oh yeah!

This time I loaded a plastic bowl with cantelopes, berries, and pineapple...hell of a lot easier on my conscience and these days, just as satisfying.

During the more boring presentations (there were quite a few), I scanned my colleagues, some that I've known for years, and noticed how many of them seemed a bit....large...soft around the face & middle....frequently coming back to the conference room with handfuls of candy.....Arrrrgggghhhh! Decided I wanted to belong to the side of the room that was leaner, a little more taught around the face and chest, so that helped me resist the worst of the fat-bombs the staff kept leaving around the joint.

Well my brother lives in DC, so I had made plans to see him for dinner. The conference wrap-up went long, so I had just enough time to get back to the hotel, change, download a DC Metro app, and get over to his place.

Love my little brother! He just bought a brand new townhouse right downtown and is enjoying life. He's got 2 great little girls (at 49 he has a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old.....what the hell was he thinking!) And he's also a confirmed carnivore.

He made this this 8 lb beef tenderloin that was to die for! Cooking large roasts is his passion and I love him for it. This one was encrusted in salt, seasoned just right with herbs, and a beautiful rosy pink throughout. Yum!

So needless to say I had more than a few slices. but the sides were simple (love his wife too, she made plain white rice and some sauteed vegetables to ward off an angioplasty). Then of course my niece wanted me to sit with her after dinner and have ice cream at their dinky little "tea table". Oh all right!

So thankfully I had done well at the conference, but, planning for worst case, I was about 400 calories over for the day. Not too bad, it just means I'll need to add in some extra cardio this week.

And I will work out Tuesday!

  
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NEEBREW 3/30/2011 8:19PM

    I LOVE the fact that now the bagels, doughnuts, and candy don't appeal to me anymore. I use to be one of those people who'd make MULTIPLE trips to the cookie platter and sit there feeling sick and disgusted with myself. Now, I feel sorry for those people because I KNOW how bad they feel. I wouldn't worry about those extra calories for one day. You'll be FINE!

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JUNEBUG1944 3/29/2011 8:50PM

    You are sooooo strong my friend! Good for you for resisting all those temptations sent by the devil himself! I'm reaching for the fruit more often these days instead of cookies! The good news is that meetings and luncheons are now offering better choices. I remember when donuts (and the more goo on them the better) were the only option! Mmmmmm, that tenderloin sounds delicious! Glad you had a good visit!

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SAFARIBABE 3/29/2011 7:28PM

    You better get your groove on today my friend. I left at 4 to get mine in as an engagement team was putting the finishing touches on a statement to go out today. So I rushed thru mine -- only did 45 mins then quick shower and back to the office to find out...they're still putting on the touches. Gee thanks guys! As it turns out I could have stayed on that bike ALL night. They're not issuing til tomorrow now. Hope you're conference is going well. Hope you get a chance to get out and walk around the tidal basin and enjoy those blossoms!

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MOMOFJBS 3/29/2011 8:21AM

    Good job on beating the temptations at the conference. Isn't it just amazing when you are eating healthy how much you notice how much 'crap' other people shovel into their mouths at these things? Give yourself a pat on the back!



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