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
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Well today is the day I've been waiting for for 5 months!
I rode my bike. For an hour. It felt great!
I picked it up from its tune-up at the bike shop yesterday on my way home from work (of course I was subject to a late night rainstorm on the way back, drenching it's freshly oiled chain and soaking my new lizard-skin handle bar tape! (not real lizard-skin for any reptile sympathizers out there, btw))
For those of you who don't know my story....hmmm, how far back to go? I'll take it back 9 months, that'll still leave some mystery and excitement anticipating future blog posts about my past.
I started riding bikes in September '10 after my supposed running injuries were diagnosed as bone on bone contact between my left femur and hip joint. I loved running. I came to it late in life, but really got into it. Marathon running into it. But that left hip and femur kept telling me to stop already. So I bought a bike and changed tribes. (this biker tribe wears much stranger clothing than the runner tribe, btw)
And then I began to love biking. I felt like a kid relishing his freedom, zooming down hills at 30 MPH, whizzing around corners, leaning heavily to the side scraping my foot on the road for stability, and standing up on the pedals pumping for all I was worth going up hills and bridges.
Then I had the surgery.
You see I had to have the surgery. There was no other way. My femur and hip had to have a buffer, they just weren't going to get better on their own. So in December, just before Christmas (I actually spent Christmas in the hospital...Feliz Navidad!) I had a hip "resurfacing" done and it was a miracle. I woke up in post-op and for the first time in almost 2 years I was pain-free. Of course I was also on morphine, but even so, I knew the pain was gone.
That's also when I joined Spark people. Recovery was supposed to take about 4 months. Four months of no running, biking, or any other aerobic activity that I had become accustomed to, so I had to do something or I was going to pork up fast. And Sparkpeople has been great...I've dropped lbs and inches while feeling great and meeting friends like all of you.
And now I can ride again! And it feels great!
I made a point of making this a joy ride. No heart rate monitor, no GPS, no worries about cadence, speed or distance. I was out there to move and enjoy the day. And I did. For a whole glorious hour!
So today I feel totally back to normal. All these weeks of spinning on stationary cycles have been great. But today I felt free, the wind rushing past my ears, taking corners at high speed, and the knowing I had the ability to go anywhere I wanted based on nothing more than leg power. I let out lots of victory cries, scaring the neighborhood dogs, but I could tell what they really wanted was to run alongside me. Maybe next time muttley.
It was a welcome break from this morning's travails as we start sorting our stuff getting ready for the movers this Thursday. But there's nothing like a good workout to make life's challenges easier to bear.
Good night Spark friends!
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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