Monday, May 23, 2011
Wow, we're all moved in! Not settled in mind you, but our stuff is all moved from old house to new house! I'm truly amazed...SWMBO and I didn't expect they'd get done till Tuesday.
Now we're not organized & settled yet...stuff is in the right room, but it's all mixed up....my shirts are interspersed between SWMBO's dresses, books, CD, DVDs all stacked on the same shelves, canned goods in the pantry alongside dishwasher soaps and kitchen towels, etc. But it all fits nicely....it's much roomier than we expected for our 15,000 lbs of stuff. (note to self, I really have to get rid of more junk)
The weekend was rough. I logged an hour of aerobic points and an hour of strength training each for the 7 hours I put in yesterday and the 7 from Saturday. SWMBO had the bulk of the move today. I spelled her around 2:00 PM after my last meeting at work. I had to cancel my workout because I figured we'd go long tonight, which we did....I'll get in some aerobic time tomorrow and lift on Wednesday.
Then we had the first of our new neighbors show up right as the movers were finishing. She was very nice...even bought dinner over for us! Sauteed chicken breasts, a big bowl of pasta & veggies in a balsamic sauce, home made bread and a few bottle of beer! To top it off she also included 2 loaves of home made banana bread with chocolate chips in it! Who thinks of these things?!? The only way to make it better would have been to slather peanut butter all over each loaf! It was great and she was very nice (although she did linger pretty long inside the house while I was directing the movers....I think she was spying and checking out all our "stuff"....SWMBO told me to hush up and be nice)
We're still staying in our Residence Inn through Thursday. That'll give SWMBO a breather as she organizes the new place. We've been able to cook and live nicely spread out amid the chaos and turmoil at the house. It's actually been pretty nice. Dinner for me the past few nights has been a bag 'o salad with a few tablespoons of ginger dressing and non-fat yogurt. The usual snack temptations of the house are gone (except tonight I have chocolate chip banana bread teasing me from across the room).
Still have to clean out the old house, do the lawn, have the carpets steamed etc. (we were renting), but it's all coming together nicely.
That's all for now....good night Spark friends!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Well I was just a little too busy today to worry much about the end of the world. Although if cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness, then I'll be in good standing with the Big Guy...our new place got a serious whammy placed on it.
Oh we've still got a lot to do....we only got half the house moved on Thurs/Fri. For whatever reason, this moving company doesn't work weekends, so they split the move in two....half our stuff got boxed & moved last week, the rest of it Mon & Tues. Breaking it up like that actually works out nicely. It's given us the weekend to organize the new place, as well as moving some stuff from the old place ourselves (liquids, candles, all that crap they don't pack up for you)
I've got to do some emergency re-cabling with the cable guy tomorrow. Somehow I could have sworn SWMBO and I agreed to give her the big corner room with windows on 2 walls for her "studio" and that #2 son would get a smaller room for his X-box, TV, and DVR. So I had the cable guy put the cable modem in the smaller room. Well apparently SWMBO really wanted that room. Arrghhh...I try to be nice! So a few quick calls to Cox locked in a second visit Sunday AM for them to re-cable. That just forced me to move boxes upon boxes today getting everything into it's NOW proper room and freeing the wall space back up.
Luckily I got in a workout yesterday, although, I must admit Spark friends, that I overdid dinner....end of the world or not, I was about 500 calories over max yesterday. So today was salad and some fish for lunch and yet more salad for dinner to even things out. If the comet doesn't smash us to smithereens overnight, I'll lighten it up tomorrow as well.
But I will be pretty pissed if all the volcanoes start simultaneously erupting tonight. I've finally got things organized to my liking and, even with all the turmoil these past 4 weeks, SWMBO and I put our lawn chairs out on the new balcony and enjoyed the sea breeze on our faces and watched a pod of dolphins swim past our dock.....somehow it's all worth it.
Check out our new backyard:
Good night Spark friends.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
OK, so I get these crazy ideas when I workout hard. And I worked out pretty hard today. The ideas aren't always bad. But I do obsess about them....and then go to great lengths to make them happen,
After dropping my mother off at the airport this morning I found I had some free time built into my schedule before my 1130 meetings. So I did a quick blackberry check....then went to the gym...a gym near the airport that I had not been to before
I rode the bike pretty hard for 30 minutes, then went into their "stretching" room to do my pushup/situp/squats routine.
And then I saw it!
Like a cat, I wandered around the outside, poked my head in the cage, stepped inside and read instructions for the "True Stretch". My arms grabbed a bar, I twisted like the picture....and next thing you know old Jed's a millionaire!
WOW, it was awesome! Luckily, each set of my various workout routines had a built in 2 minute break, so I'd reset the iPhone stopwatch and go into the cage. The magical cage. It was like I stepped into a sci-fi movie. I felt like I should be wearing a helmet mounted laser and a flamethrower while I stretched.
After my 3rd session I was already picturing how this would look in our living room. OK, maybe the garage. More likely, SWMBO will have me carve out some space in the backyard near the trash cans....obviously this is not the time for me to bring up toy acquisitions.
But it's way cool. And I've got to tell you, you're friendly author has seriously neglected stretching as part of this health routine. 2 years ago, SWMBO and I took some yoga classes together. I sucked. It was downright painful. But this stretching cage was just right....I could have spent the whole day in it. Just grab the bars and hold the pose.
It's also upwards of $2000! What the hell?!? It's just a bunch of metal tubing....there's nothing mechanical in it. So today, I file it away with the Hobie Cat Kayak, and other dreams of things I'd like to have.....but will have to exercise patience before committing.
Can I log aerobic points for exercising patience?
Good night Spark friends!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Who says empty nesting is bad?!?
We've had a house full of people for almost 3 weeks. Tomorrow, we return to normal....whatever that might be. You see Thursday, we've got the packers coming to box up our stuff so we can move into our new place. So normal is always a relative term.
But until Quentin Tarantino makes me an offer on the movie rights to my blogs, I'll keep plodding along.
So tomorrow, I take the last house guest (my mother) to the airport. Then meetings all day, pick up the keys to our new house in the afternoon, then hit the gym for a well deserved workout before heading home to pack.
Thursday night we move into a hotel while house #1 gets packed up, son #2 gets out of school the same day and the 3 of us + 1 cat live out of suitcases for a week. No problem for me, I can live out of a shoulder pack for a month. SWMBO, however, is up to 3 steamer cases for our projected stay...and she hasn't even packed up her hair care menagerie. I'm not saying a word though....she's bearing the brunt of the move while I sit in meetings all day Thursday & Friday. She can bring an RV for all I care and I'll nary say a disparaging word.
But I will feel much better not being at the mercy of others' eating desires. I've found that's a trigger for me. These past 4 months I've become very confident that on my own (or within my nuclear family + cat) I can meet my daily/weekly goals. Other people though....sheesh! Family! God love 'em, but food fills a void that nobody knows is there. Sugary, salty, food, infused with oils, butter, and fats. I stare longingly at my cudgel...and exercise infinite patience, telling myself that soon, soon all this food will be gone....as will these loving guests who know no better.
So I've got plans....always have plans....lots of plans. I start hitting the road pretty heavy in June once we get settled in the new casa, but I've got a good workout routine, good discipline on the food, and a newly tuned-up road bike calling me to take it out for ride!
Here I come!
Good night Spark friends!
Monday, May 16, 2011
So these days I'm finding it's easier to maintain my daily calorie count by limiting starches.
It's been a long time coming (really just in the 4 months I've been tracking food on the tracker....and BTW, I'm really digging the changes these guys made to it!). I've always loved rices (brown rice in particular), pastas, pizzas, breads, you name it. One of my hobbies is to make bread...my boys and I used to start out on a Friday night, proofing the yeast, making a sponge with the flour, letting it rise slowly overnight, kneading it the next day, letting it rise a few times, then baking it in time for dinner Saturday night....some weekends bread is all we would have for dinner!
But the price in calories is so huge!
So what I've started doing is to really toss in the vegetables....which I also love. Leeks and cabbages, brussel sprouts, sauteed spinach, broccoli, or zucchinis...yum, yum, double + yum.
Tonight we had some leftover meat. I weighed out my 6 oz portion (350 calories) and looked around the kitchen. Some rice in the fridge, a baguettes on the counter...100s of calories just waiting to be eaten.
Or I could toss in tons of veggies into the mix....which is what I did. Endames, spinach, some napa cabbage, and a little bit of broccoli. One of our new favorite ingredients are these tubes of herbs and spices from an outfit called Gourmet Garden.
They're awesome! Fresh basil, ginger, cilantro, parsley you name it, all in a tube where you can squeeze out a little dab of pure flavor.
So instead of the starch, I filled up a bowl with mostly veggies and 6 oz of meat and enjoyed the hell out of it.
Now the challenge is to find a suitable substitute for sweets!
Good night Spark friends
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