Thursday, April 28, 2011
Well it felt very nice to have a "normal" food day today...yesterday's burger blowout still makes my brain reel. But I stuck to my well-spaced meals throughout the day and had a nice dinner that kept me well within my calorie range for the day. Plus, I made a point of ducking out to the gym at lunchtime and had a good 40 minute cardio session mid-day.
As if to reward disciplined living, I got a nice package in the mail today; some shirts I had ordered a while back...they are very cool!
Now for the record, I really hate shopping for clothes....hence the mail order. SWMBO provided some much needed advice, counsel, guidance....critique ("no purples, no pinks!"), and took the proper measurements to make sure I didn't talk myself into a 14" collar.
Well they look great and I feel great in them! And what do they make me want to do next? Buy some new pants of course!
But I don't quite think I'm there yet. Yeah, I've lost weight, yeah, I'm slimming down, yeah, I'm adding muscle....but whereas shirts look better, pants are a different story. The ones I have definitely feel looser, but I'm not ready to take it down a size there yet....I'll just be back in the "these feel too tight" category....not a happy place.
The time is coming, I can tell, I'm about 7 lbs away from goal weight, but I'm thinking of shaking things up a little and actually shooting for a goal waist measurement instead. Not sure Sparkguy has configured the site that way, but I haven't dug into it yet either.
In any case, another nice NSV today with the shirts.
On a whole other front, this is going to be a wild & whacky weekend. SWMBO and I put the finishing touches on our guest house.....the family hordes descend on us this weekend!
More to follow....
Good night Spark friends.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Cheeseburgers are just plain evil...I think some sect in Ouagadougou view them as harbingers of doom that will precede the end of the human race.
Of course I had one today for lunch.
One Thousand Sixty calories! That's right 1060 calories of beef, cheese, and bun.
Oh it was good! And I knew what I was doing the minute I walked in the restaurant. I tried to look away on the menu, pretending to eye the salads on the right, but my hands kept turning the menu over to gawk at the burgers. Meanwhile, the penguins in my head kept squawking , "Go big or go home!"
So apparently today was "Administrative Professional's Day"....I didn't get the memo. The young guy in our front office asked what I had planned for our secretary today.
"Don't F#*@ with me today kid, what are you talking about?"
"It's Administrative Professional's Day....didn't you get some flowers or something?"
"Sheisse! Why the hell didn't you tell me about this yesterday God damn it! OK, find a place we can all go out to for lunch, I'm buying"
So he picks Ruby Tuesday, home of The Triple Prime Beef Cheddar Cheese Burger! I'm usually pretty good about this kind of thing, months of discipline on the road, with wise travel and restaurant choices. Maybe it was the sudden change to my routine (SWMBO had packed me a lunch, didn't plan on going out to eat mid-day), maybe it was the festive atmosphere ("Boss is buying lunch!"), or maybe it was just a craving for finely char-broiled meat with a tangy cheddar after-taste. Maybe it just doesn't matter.
Needless to say, it chowdered up my whole nutrition plan for the day. Even with a mini-dinner of only 350 calories, I'm 500 over for the day. (Luckily I barely ate any fries with the burger. Fries....yet another incarnation of evil!)
No need for alarm though. I worked out harder at the gym, and added in some extra cardio to make up for the 1060 calories of USDA Prime. It was good, I don't have to eat like that every day (been there already....that road takes you to sweatpantville), tomorrow I pick right back up with my regular routine.
But who the hell invented Administrative Professional's Day anyway?
Good night Spark Friends
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Got in a workout today even though the scheduling gods conspired against me.
I packed a gym bag before leaving the house anticipating a quick duck out to the gym to ride the bike sometime in the day. Driving in to work I checked my calendar on the Crackberry and saw almost zero white space! Argghh.
Staff meeting, budget meeting, IT meeting, security meeting......Arrgghhhh. I looked at my secretary first thing in the morning asking her, "why do you hate me so? Have I done something to offend you?"
"No you asked to see all these people last week."
"Arrgggghhh! OK, here's the deal, we're whizzing through the staff meeting, budgeting gets an hour. I only want the lead IT guy, not the gang of forty, and he gets 30 minutes just on our tech re-fresh plan. Push the rest of these guys till after 2:00" With the usual questions and breaks, that locked me in solid from 7:30 till 12:30.
Yay, a 90 minute block where I could duck out to the gym, get a quick 30 minutes on the bike and some situps at the end, shower, and back flushed and refreshed for the security meeting!
I hard-schedule my weight lifting sessions with trainer guy on M-W-F when I'm in town. I decided yesterday that I have to hard-schedule cardio in as well....I'm too haphazard about it. I'm taking my road bike to the shop this weekend for a tune up and will start riding again once it's back. Until then, I want to get in at least 3 cardio sessions a week....no matter how busy I get.
Whew, nothing like a public declaration to get me committed!
Monday, April 25, 2011
You know, after this whirlwind weekend, it almost felt good to go back to work.....almost.
I actually like my structured eating regimen during the week. SWMBO makes me sandwiches to take in that I eat throughout the day, half a sandwich every 3 hrs or so and some fruit. That keeps me at a pretty predictable 900 calories till dinner, where I add about 500-700 more. The key for me is to limit calories between dinner and bedtime, or worse, getting up in the middle of the night and popping a snack (a few spoonfuls of PB usually). These can up the calorie load by 300-400 easy.
I really like the progress I've made these past 4 months, the physical change is there, the scale readings are coming down, people are pointing out the weight loss, I feel lighter & tighter and much more in control of food portions and cravings.
But my late night snacking is starting to bug me. It's not necessarily sabotaging my nutrition tracker...by careful planning throughout the day (I log everything almost as soon as I eat it), I know when I'm getting to the Red Line limits. It's more the idea of eating so late that gets me.
I used to be worse when I was traveling, eating with abandon at restaurants, and loading up on snacks in the hotel room. That has stopped. I'm at the point where I snack much less on the road than at home.
So my dilemma is tapering down this last (well almost last) food vice. Tapering down is the key. My initial thoughts are to substitute fruit for PB, or to have some cottage cheese late at night to avoid the even later snacking.
We'll see....it's a work in progress.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Well as nice as it was to wake up and watch the Sunday news shows in 50" HD, I had to get off the dime and tackle the final preparations for a truckload of friend and family we have coming in next week. This is the weekend I've been dreading.
My first order of business though was to get SWMBO some new tires for her little Mazda Tribute. She picked Easter Sunday to get a flat after church, and after looking at how worn her tires had become (she hardly puts any miles on the thing. It's a 2003 model with barely 65K on it) the only guys that could fix it today were Wal-Mart. So I filled the tire with a can of "fix-a-flat" and drove over to Wally World and hung out at their McDonald's drinking coffee for an hour. Luckily the greasy smell of those artery-hardening fries didn't appeal to me and I surfed on Amazon to see if I needed any more gadgets for the new plasma (did I mention that I love my new HDTV?)
Back home, made a quick lunch of some chicken breasts, sauteed with fresh spinach, endames, cilantro and lemongrass....just enough calories (500) to tackle the afternoon's mission; thin down the library.
I love to read. I'm also a book hoarder; I buy them, but hardly ever get rid of them. My contribution to the household are tons of bookshelves brimming with reading material. I've got classics from high school (Hemingway, Salinger) now yellow and flaky on acidic paper, textbooks and hardcovers from college (Riverside Shakespeare, Feynman Lectures) lugged all over the planet since 1981, mystery series collected and read once, histories of ancient Greece & Rome, maps of the Civil War, monographs, Nabokov, Mailer, Orwell, Vidal.....and now I have a Kindle.
I haven't read a hardcover or paperback book since December, but I've devoured e-books on this little baby by the ton and love it. So this decision point has been building....inexorably, relentlessly, impatiently the idea has been nagging away at my brain that....it is time.
Aside from the upcoming visits (my mom, our older son, my nephew, & a family friend), we're getting ready to downsize and move into a smaller house in June. There really can't be any clearer sign to shed the baggage other than an archangel blowing a trumpet to the tune of "Burning Down the House"
I was merciless. If I hadn't read it in 5 years, it was going. If I planned to read it again, I'd buy a Kindle version. I asked myself if I honestly thought I was going to get around to reading the Tale of Genji, then put it in the box. Yeah, the Great Crash of 1929 could be compelling reading, but I’m over that phase now, in the box you go. Penguin classics, waddle on over to that box. Forget the old saying, "always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it", my Kindle powers down after 10 minutes.
By 4:00 PM I had filled up 16 standard moving boxes (1.5 ft3) with every imaginable size & topic….and still had plenty left on the shelves. SWMBO’s task this week is to get the Goodwill folks or Salvation Army to swing by for a pickup…and while they’re at it, they can haul off our old TV cabinet as well. While I was at it, I looked at all of those jewel box CDs I hardly listen to anymore. Three years ago, I went on a tear digitizing everything….have hardly played them since. They’ll have to go sometime soon, but you know, it was only 4 years ago that I gave up the ghost and got rid of that box of LPs I’d been lugging around for decades.
Losing weight is a whole person concept….I’ve got just as much clutter adding baggage to my life as the love handles around my waist. Clothes in the closet I haven’t worn in years (I might get into those 32 pants again, but that doesn’t mean I’ll like the style), running shoes that have some weird superstitious value (the pair I did my first marathon in) but I know they’re good for nothing but yardwork, file folders filled with crap that I couldn’t find if I had to (yeah, where is the warranty on our 10 year old dryer?)
In the end it felt good to de-clutter, not the emotionally traumatic event I had made it out to be. If I spent more than 5 seconds deciding to keep or chuck, I kept it. I paid #2 son $10 for helping me sort and haul, then we jumped into the pool to wash away the sweat and tears.
Now if I could just get SWMBO to do something with all those shoes…..
Good night Spark friends!
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