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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ahhh travel.....people coming, people going, people talking loud on cell phones as they plant there butts right next to you at the gate.

So starts my blog for tonight. It's a rarity for me to whip out the laptop at the airport, but hey I'm delayed once again....go figure. I think the pilot must have seen a storm cloud on the weather forecast and decided to delay takeoff....or maybe a maintainer left his wrench on the engine intake....or maybe the flight attendants were late to the gate.....or maybe I'm just becoming a smart-ass cynic, but I keep staring out the window and there's no plane at the gate where a plane should be, how can I not be cynical?

But I'm glad this trip is over....they got their money's worth out of me this time. Smartest thing I did was to get up early and workout in the morning, because no way in hell did I have time during the day or night. Food intake was deliciously low these past few days, making up for the life of plenty last week.

So I'm on a pseudo-redeye (I get in around 1:00 AM), hightail it home, creep into bed without waking up SWMBO (it never works), then a full day tomorrow....and a full weekend it turns out.

You see we're moving this month. For numerous reasons beyond my control, we had to move our move dates up by 10 days. So now we have to start packing up the house next Thursday....or rather SWMBO is going to have to take that one on, because I'm tapped out at work.

Needless to say, I'm a deadman

I got us some nice hotel rooms while the packers box everything up, but I'm still a deadman for skipping out on this and am looking for all sorts of ideas on how to make it up to her (my snide remark that "Hey all that furniture you bought is getting delivered next week too" did not go over well)

But it'll all work out in the end....we've survived many worse things and we have plenty more to do before next Thursday anyway.

Of course my closer immediate goal is to see an MD-80 pull up to gate B6 here in San Antonio. Maybe if I give up my choice seat here by the gate and get a cup of coffee, they'll surprise me and pull up with a plane.

Ta-ta for now Spark friends!

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SAFARIBABE 5/14/2011 9:00PM

    ROFLMAO! Hmmm how to make it up to SWMBO....that's a tough one. I suppose your head on a plate is a little further than you're willing to go? Just a guess. Hmmmm.....Weekly flowers for a month or so. AH! I know....if she packs it all...YOU unpack it all. Then she can sit on the new couch directing you where to put things -- 2 or 300 times before she's finally satified with each items new place in life!! That last one will seriously get you out of the dog house for like....years!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/14/2011 12:17PM

    I always enjoy your blog, GETSTRONGRRR : ) Best wishes on surviving your deadman status!

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NEEBREW 5/12/2011 10:21PM

    Yikes... your life makes me tired just reading about it! How much of your life do you spend sitting in an airport? I'm so inspired by your dedication to keep working out and eating well under the hardest of circumstances. Good luck on your move!

Renee :)

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Work less!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Well I learned there's one sure fire way to eat your ass off for 15 hours straight!

So I was smart enough to get in an early AM workout (started back up with the 100 pushup/200 situp/200 squat ideal travel workout), because any hopes I had for evening gym time were dashed this morning when we looked at our schedule. We went non-stop all day while these yahoos brought us food "so we could have a working lunch" Thanks....I suggested they wheel in some aerobic bikes so next time we could have a "working work-out."

But I was able to limit grazing to fruit most of the day, with just a handful of peanuts & almonds mid-afternoon. I grabbed a frozen Healthy Choice dinner on the way back to the room and scarfed up a 300 calorie dinner while I got caught up on e-mail from work back in Florida that had piled up in my Blackberry.

But just like yesterday, it feels good to eat just enough to not feel full....the memories of last week's feeding frenzies are fading to black, with just an occasional shudder as I think back on plates filled to overflowing.

Good night Spark friends

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BRADOS 5/11/2011 11:49PM

    I agree with you - there is NOTHING like a busy day to distract me from snacking - have a good day tomorrow.

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SAFARIBABE 5/11/2011 6:03AM

    WooHoo!!! Going for the Tri-fecta of fitness again! AWESOME!! Hope today is less meeting filled. I love the idea of wheeling in stationary bikes to meetings. Perhaps people would actually get things accomplished and stop pfaffing around just so they could get off the thing! It's a thought!!

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JENNSWIMS 5/10/2011 11:02PM

    On occasion I have to do 16 to 24 hour shifts, so I can totally empathize.

Way to keep a positive attitude about work getting in the way of your exercise program!

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UMUCGRAD 5/10/2011 11:01PM

    Yep, it's all about today. Yesterday can't be undone, but TODAY is a fresh start. Good for you. And I love the wall. Snow covered mountains are gorgeous in photos. Wouldn't want to be on one though.

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There are only 2 times you need to work out

Monday, May 09, 2011

"I never regret working out, but I almost always regret not working out"

Those aren't just words to me. They're a constant reminder to fight laziness & complacency.

Well today was an uneventful travel day, which was good, because I'm evented up to my eyeballs from all of last week's activities. Got into San Antonio around 5:00PM (95 degrees here people!), checked into my room, changed into my gym clothes, stopped by a grocery store to pick up some water and fruit....then the mental battle began.

There I was. Bananas, apples, and an Asian Pear in my cart, avoiding the bread aisle, poo-pooing myself as I instinctively reached for a can of cashews (good God, I can't fathom the calories I'd have packed on with those), and went over to the frozen veggies to grab some Brussel Sprouts & Lima Beans to nuke in the microwave (why do all these things have place names; Asian, Brussels, Lima? Do I really have to capitalize them?)

Somehow it was almost 7:15PM and I thought...."Hmmm, could it be too late to go to the gym? Should I just get up early and go in the morning?" Madness I tell you.

I remembered the 3.5 lb uptick on the scale from yesterday, the trauma of blogging the truth, the gut-wrenching night I would spend tossing and turning in a lonely hotel room, cursing myself for failed resolve....and I drove straight to the gym!

And once on the bike...Voila! I was right where I needed to be! The tunes were right, the exertion felt great, and I realized that I really had nothing better to do tonight than to work out. So I enjoyed the ride and, as if to make up for my earlier psychic trepidations, decided that hell 'ya, I'll still get up early and sneak in a workout before tomorrow's day of meetings (another one of those all day presentations deals with tons of grazing foods at every break).

I already feel better eating under my calorie range for the day. Detox from last week feels good. I had forgotten how uncomfortable it feels to always be full (note to self, still need to blog about hunger). I don't think we were meant to feast every day.

So keep fighting complacency right along with me Spark friends....there's only two times you need to work out; when you want to and when you don't want to!

Good night!

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REBECCATKD 5/10/2011 10:54PM

    Love the blog! My best strategy when the lazy side of my conscience starts groaning is to simply get up, get dressed, and get moving. The lazy side is still complaining until about five minutes into the workout when it realizes that it's lost the battle.

As for blogging about hunger, I am there right now! (Fasting for a blood draw.)

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SAFARIBABE 5/10/2011 10:15PM

    Now where were you with these sage words last week?? If you don't want to eat cashews (one of my faves) you might try raw, unsalted almonds...healthy oils, tons of fiber...and tasty too! Give me an oz of that over bran ANY day! WTG on getting in the workout! How do you find these gyms on the road??

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/10/2011 11:10AM

    ". . . two times to exercise, when you want to and when you don't want to!" Great comment, great credo. Should tattoo that on my forehead so I see it whenever I look narcisissitically in the mirror and paint it on my bedroom ceiling so I see it first thing every morning!

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JONESINATOR 5/10/2011 12:10AM

    I was feeling totally deflated after having a bit too much Kashi cereal this morning while catching up on some shows I missed during finals and thought about skipping a workout and taking a pass day.

Nope! 23 minute HIIT session on the rowing machine! Made me feel great and curbed my hunger I often get at night!

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MMRB7111 5/9/2011 10:17PM

    You were not alone today. I also had to tell myself that yes I was going to workout. emoticon

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The Bus to Fat City

Sunday, May 08, 2011

OK, so this is going to be a tough blog.

I'm up 3.5 lbs from my low of 187....190.5 is what the all-knowing scale blinked back at me as a matter of fact.

Was it a surprise? Yes and no. I've seen my daily calorie totals creeping up since last weekend, so the math adds up. I somehow felt I was immune to their totals. Ha! The emotions don't add up and that's what's bugging me. So I blog......

Oh, I've got a million reasons...where do I start? Well I'm not going to list out a single one, because in the end, there's been no good reason other than I have given in to snacks and eating when each time, when faced with the choice, I knew better. It was the old, "I deserve it this one time" excuse. Well this one time kept adding up and up all the way to 3.5 lbs worth of up.

So I'm actually looking forward to hitting the road for San Antonio tomorrow. I need to detox and do a bit of Spartan living for a few days. No three course meals, no late night snacks, no big social eating events.....I'm filled to the gills on this week.

But just in case I've raised a care amongst my Spark friends, no need to fear. Your trusty author is ready to get right back up on that hobby horse and aerobically ride it back down to goal weight! This week has been an anomaly, and a bit of a wake up call. There is no such thing as a free lunch....or a free snack, or a free calorie.....they all add up. Ego got the better of me, thinking I was exempt from the laws of nature.

Oh and I was tempted to ignore a mouthful of pie in the tracker btw. The voices spoke to me, encouraging "the hiding of truth", more commonly known as LYING!! Did I really need to enter in those 3 Starlight mints (20 calories each)? Yes I did, because it's all about truth here people!

And because it's all about truth, I can't sit back and NOT write about going up a few lbs....for me, Spark people is not all about good news and fun times. I'm deadly serious about this stuff and getting healthy is way too important to blow off a significant event like 3.5 lbs of weight gain.

I went back and re-read some of the things I put down on my Sparkpage when I first joined, when that desire to shed the weight was at its strongest. "Track everything I eat and use the info to eat smarter" and "Tracking calories HONESTLY and using the information throughout the day to stay within my goals". Nothing has changed, I just ignored what I knew.

And ignoring all those warning bells and lights is exactly what got me to 200+ lbs in the first place. Ignoring what I know works, thinking that a small gain is not so bad, is the insidious path to Fat City. It's the express bus to Fat City! Hell it's like asking to drive the bus to Fat City, with one hand on the wheel and wolfing down a turkey leg with the other!

So much as I love you dear Spark friends, resist the urge to tell me it's really isn't. But I'm strong enough to know that this is a blip that will smooth out, centered enough to not dwell on it, and thankful enough for the awareness to catch it before packing on even more weight.

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, and good night to all!

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SAFARIBABE 5/10/2011 10:38PM

    You know my thoughts on this before I even write IS a blip. You've had extraordinary circumstances (mother arriving with suitcase full of goodies -- I TOLD you to tie her to the chair! See what happens when you don't take the sage advice of friends!). I've had ups and downs and yeah they were all my fault. But you my friend have the strength and the fierceness to get where you want to be! Of that I have NO doubt!

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JUNEBUG1944 5/9/2011 4:08PM

    Of course, it's not alright! Shame, shame, shame... emoticon

Get off that bus and RUN to Healthy City! emoticon

Seriously, it happens and we get over it. You're on your way to a great healthy week...move over, I'm joining you! emoticon (I'm the shorter one...LOL!)

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RIKKI572 5/9/2011 12:21PM

    Just remember 3.5 is only a number. With your positive attitude, you will succeed!!
Wishing you a fantastic week.

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REBECCATKD 5/8/2011 10:08PM

    I'll be mentally by your side, detoxing along with you, after my Mother's Day celebrations today. Who knew apple pie was so naughty?

You're right; it's not all right. Get off the bus and start walking back home. No Fat City for either of us.

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JONESINATOR 5/8/2011 8:14PM

    Best of luck! I'm willing to bet 3.5 is partially some water retention there, so don't fret too much over the number. It's all about the clothes fitting!

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Cinco de Mayo Celebraciones!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

WOW! What a Cinco de Mayo it was! Miraculously I think I stayed within my calorie range...mostly through sheer good luck....or maybe because SWMBO started doing the Macarena and swayed me away from the empenadas and stuffed jalapenos. And thereby hangs a tale.....

So my day started very early at work getting caught up on reports and then some team meetings. At noon, I had to duck out to meet SWMBO. We were hosting a local Holocaust Remembrance Day which started with a luncheon, then flowed into speeches by some survivors and children of survivors, then into panel discussions.

Lunch was great. Hard to accurately gauge calories, especially on this big hunk of Focaccia with some nicely grilled chicken, some artichokes, assorted spices, yadda yadda. I ate the toppings and just a little bread. I did have the Cannoli for dessert though, so lunch ended up at about 600 calories.

SWMBO and I sat by a 90 year old Polish gentlemen that had escaped from a labor camp and spent the years 1943-1945 in the woods of Poland and Ukraine working, evading, surviving, and at times fighting German soldiers. I can only hope to be as strong and as lucid as he at 90. We also had a Belgian gentleman there who kept a diary about life in Belgium during the occupation and the work he did with the citizenry to hide members of the Jewish community. He read excerpts for about 20 minutes.

We then took the crowd to a local auditorium where we had invited many of the local community, to include a large cross section of the local high school kids, to come hear their stories. It was inspiring! Much like I was able to do a few months ago with some local World War II veterans, it was incredible to see and hear living history from those who had witnessed horrific events.

From there I hightailed it back to the office to get caught up after being out for almost 5 hours, finished what I could, then drove back home to pick up SWMBO for a Cinco de Mayo celebration with some of the local community at a posh little joint in Valparaiso, a little town north of here on the Bay.

Standard mixer events (treasure hunts to go meet everyone, strategically placed gulf shrimp, jalapeno poppers, tostadas, empenadas, grilled & sauteed chicken, lots of yum yums)

But SWMBO had told me that this was date night, which is code for, "We'll go to your stupid mixer, but you're hanging out with me, we're splitting a plate of hors d'œuvres, and we're going to dance!"

I guess life could be worse....after listening to the stories today, I realized that nothing in my life is really that bad.

So we did our thing, but I realized that I have become such a creature of habit, that when my eating timing is off, I turn into a snacking mess. I cast too many sidelong glances at the stuffed jalapenos. Most of the time, I just grabbed some shrimp, which was much better than the alternative. But somehow, in the madness of the crowd, I found myself alone and side-by-side with the cheesy re-fried beans dip tray, with it's close friend jalapeno popper bowl . How did I get here? Why is my hand putting these things on a plate. Who am I?

I had a few, then felt a sharp poke in my ribs and heard a familiar voice say, "come on, we're going to Macarena!"

Oh God noooooo.........!

Is there no way a man can maintain his dignity in this world? Why am I always on the horns of a dilemma where the choice is either bad or worse?

Well at least it was like a cold slap in the face away from toxic snacking. I grabbed a diet coke, weaved through the crowd, steered SWMBO towards one of her girl friends, they looked at eachother just as the music changed to Shakira, then screeched and started dancing away. Saved by the bell! I much prefer watching her dance anyway.

All in all, not too bad. It's always a crap shoot figuring out nutritional values of bite sized snacks, so I winged it as best I could. Even worse case estimates put me square within limits for the day.

But whew what a day! Who would have thought that a rag tag army of Mexican soldiers putting such a hurt on the French back in 1862 would generate such splendid celebrations in the US today?!?

Buenas noches Spark amigos!

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SAFARIBABE 5/10/2011 10:30PM

    It does sound like you had quite the day! Very inspirational. How awesome that you could include local kids, so that these stories get passed on to those who think the 40's are anciant history.

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REBECCATKD 5/7/2011 10:32PM

    You had quite the international experience today. Your lunch with the Holocaust survivors really spoke to me. I've been doing a lot of reading and research over the last year on little-known stories from WWII, and it's just so...awful.

Don't mean to be a downer, though. Thanks for your blog -- as usual, your writing is a pleasure to read.

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BRADOS 5/5/2011 11:23PM

    Sounds like a great day....I had hopes of knocking back a few cold ones after work to celebrate Cinco myself but work reared its head and kept me late - oh well, sounds like you had enough fun for all of us - and sounds like a powerful experience meeting WW2/labor camp survivors - that would be an honor

have a great Friday

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