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Moved in....but not settled in yet

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 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'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!

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SAFARIBABE 5/24/2011 9:25PM

    Sounds like you're almost there! In a week this will all be a distant memory. That's how we all manage to hang onto our old junk after a move -- we forget the pain of the move! One thing I do want to is the banana bread teasing you exactly...I mean is it calling you names or is it swaying seductively at you? These are important details you really should be including in your blogs. LOL Have a good one!

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BRADOS 5/24/2011 7:46AM

    congrats on a successful move (and for kepping a good atttude while doing so)....having some friendly neighbors is pretty cool

have a good week

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JUNEBUG1944 5/23/2011 8:31PM

    Although you sound organized and getting ready to settle in, I don't envy you at all. On a list of 1-100 of my favorite things to do in the world, moving is about a -1 million!

Don't overdo and just have a little of that goodie that is calling your was nice of your neighbor and, hell, for bringing all that food, I'd let her stay all day and oogle my goods!

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Moving, Moving, Moving.....

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.

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STARL_73 5/24/2011 11:05PM

    Holy! what a view. That is gorgeous.

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FANGFACEKITTY 5/24/2011 1:27PM

    I read the blog title & kept wanting to sing out "Rawhide!"...

Moving, moving, moving,
Just keep them boxes moving,

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TEXAS_GRL 5/23/2011 12:20PM

    Wow after hearing about the view from your balcony I would of been pissed if the world had ended too. As for over doing on dinner, I am sure you managed working it off with all that moving. I am with safari, when is the BBQ?

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CANYASEEMENOW 5/22/2011 2:44PM

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for the encouragement on using Spark People. I'm learning the ropes... tracked my food for yesterday. Not a great menu, and especially if it were the end of the world... my last meal of tomato soup from a can. YUCK! lol

The photos you shared on this post are beautiful! If that is in your back yard, you are blessed!

Thanks again for the encouragement... appreciated!

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SAFARIBABE 5/21/2011 11:03PM

    LOL...Told'ya SWMBO would find a way to get even for leaving her with the packing!! LOL The back yard is awesome! When are we all coming over for a BBQ? Hopefully you can get some down time tomorrow before it all starts up again on Monday. By next weekend it'll all seem like you've been there for week!! Have a great night!

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Stretch it out

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!

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NEEBREW 5/21/2011 9:52AM

    Yikes... I would be afraid someone would have to cut me out of that thing!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/20/2011 1:09AM

    Can you build one???????

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SAFARIBABE 5/19/2011 10:44PM

    ROFLMAO!! NO patience is not aerobic. If it were I'd already be a size 2! At the first photo I thought it was some sort of medieval torture device. Thanks for showing it in still looks like a torture device, just less medieval. I could use one of those tonight. I seem to have knotted up one hamstring and it's been bugging the heck out of me all day long! Did you pack all the tempting foods back into Mom's bags before you sent her back? That way she won't have to go to the market when she lands. LOL Good Luck with the move? How many trunks did SWMBO end up with for the week's temporary lodgings?

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REBECCATKD 5/19/2011 10:41PM

    What a strange-looking machine...I'll have to do some web research and see for myself how it works.

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Waiting for Quentin Tarantino's call

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 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!

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BRADOS 5/18/2011 12:12AM

    good luck with the move....and nice job on the continued strentgh in avoiding the pitfalls of family comfort food


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JONESINATOR 5/17/2011 11:00PM

    Good luck with the move! I can live out of a single duffel bag for 4 weeks, and my mom needs a suitcase larger than that for 1 week... yeah men rock. Glad to hear the fatty, oily foods will be banished very soon!

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SAFARIBABE 5/17/2011 10:00PM

    Ahhhh Family! You can pick your friends, and your dinner companions and your workout buddies...but family....we're all blessed with at birth for better or worse! LOL The best part of guests is that they do go home. In the ante-bellum era...when guests came a pineapple would be placed in the room to welcome the guest. If it was felt the guest had over stayed their welcome another pineapple was placed in their room as a hint. Just a bit of useless trivia for ya!

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Spicy Flavor in a Tube!

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 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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SAFARIBABE 5/17/2011 10:08PM

    A little sweets is not a bad thing! If it weren't for my 1 fun size peppermint patty each day, my firm would be much smaller by now!

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BOBF15 5/17/2011 4:35PM

    I use stevia to sweeten my cold drinks, it is a natural sweetener from the stevia plant, it also lowers BP, win, win, don't know if it will help the sweet tooth.

You can also use it in baking, but I think it works best in cold drinks. Check it out.


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HEALTHIERKEN 5/17/2011 11:08AM

    I've often looked at those tubes of spices and wondered if they'd be a good substitute for the dried. We always keep a little jar of minced garlic and one of minced ginger in the fridge. The tubes look as if they're the same idea but maybe more conveniently dispensible. Thanks for the heads-up :)

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BRADOS 5/16/2011 10:21PM

    your tube of spices sounds great - I'll look for that

thanks and have a great week GETSTRONGRRR

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