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Memorial Day weekend

Monday, May 30, 2011

It's been a few days since I've blogged. Five days actually. The longest I've gone without blogging since I joined. Not a record I want to break again.

Needless to say, I've been busy. A good busy. Staying healthy busy. Non-fattening busy...which is the best kind.

SWMBO and I have spent long hours moving, arranging and re-arranging. She went on a curtain buying spree, and I went on a curtain rod hanging hangover. I paid homage to the gods of Lowes and Home Depot on at least 6 different trips in the past 3 days for various items, tools, and advanced gadgetry (I upgraded to an 18V electric drill....10 curtains rods to hang....tell me I don't deserve it!)

The place is coming together nicely. We made sure top "open up" the living room so that we could get in some Wii family bowling during the long weekend. We also took breaks at night and got caught up on some DVRed Memorial Day movies (John Wayne, some Bogart, and a token Audie Murphy flick....SWMBO has always had a crush on Audie Murphy.) And this morning all 3 of us went to the town cemetery for some remembrance ceremonies with local veterans and the community. That was very nicely done and helped us remember that moving a household is not really that big a deal...all things considered.

Of course we cooked up burgers on the grill for dinner and ate it out on our new patio. Now knowing this, I avoided a temptation trap at lunch; we went out to Ruby Tuesdays after the Memorial Day ceremony. I was dehydrated and starving.....and boy did that Triple Prime Cheeseburger look good.....1080 calories of evil goodness. Thanks for bursting my bubble iPhone Spark app!

So a few quick keystrokes later and lunch consisted of a tasty Tilapia with mango salsa, some nicely roasted zucchinis, and grilled spaghetti squash. 320 calories of yummy-yummy goodness to offset the planned burgers tonight.

Then I got the last of the wiring done, connected up the washer/dryer, hooked up the home network and made sure to set-up SWMBO's computer before heading up to DC tomorrow. In between all that, I made it to the gym and had an awesome ST workout before dinner....chest and shoulders were singing!

Well, I gotta' go. The North Vietnamese just attacked Dodge City and John Wayne and the Green Berets are about to kick some serious butt:

Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret!

Good night Spark friends!

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SAFARIBABE 5/31/2011 9:36PM

    ROFL! You're too funny! Seems only fair to me...SWMBO gets curtains so you get power tools. That's perfect quid pro quo! Here's a (late) warning about DC...we're having a heat wave! Oh yeah and the humidity is bad too! LOL Hey! Better late than never!!

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BRADOS 5/30/2011 10:57PM

    good night GETSTRONGRRR...for me the movie Saving Private Ryan always pounds home the message of what people have sacrificed for our country better than any other movie for me - that opening scene on Normandy beach is chilling

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

So today I can feel the totality of the exertion from all this moving taking its toll....I'm beat.

I lessened the load at work this week, front loading meetings in the morning, keeping afternoons free so I could duck over to both houses to arrange & re-arrange, stack & re-stack, find, store & re-wire. Today I moved piles of old boxes, shelves, and crap to the curb so that the trash guys can do an extra pickup Thursday AM. Then I hit the gym and man was it a rough workout.

Without trainer guy, I would have bagged out after my first set. He got me over the rough spots, kept me motivated, and pushed me past what I thought I was capable of doing, all the while making sure I maintained correct form (cause I kept slacking off taking the easy way out, heaving the barbell up with big jerky movements and not using the full range of motion to avoid the pain).

Also not helping my mood or fatigue factor was that I totally messed up my food planning today. I had a banana before work, then grabbed a slice of deli meat and cheese from a party platter some guys brought to the office on my way out. By the time I got to the old house and into the swing of things, 4 hours later is when I realized I had no food, or prospect of it, until after hitting the gym...batteries.....dangerously....low....

But tonight's our last night at the Residence Inn; we move into the new place tomorrow....or rather SWMBO does, 'cause I'm driving to Montgomery, AL first thing in the morning for some afternoon meetings then spending the night.

We'll spend the Memorial Day weekend getting settled in (take some time to think about what Memorial Day means this weekend's not just a day off from work), then I'm off to DC Tuesday through Friday. Then up to Virginia Beach the week after and Albuquerque, NM right after that. As hectic as that sounds, I feel more in my comfort zone of healthy eating and working out on the road than I do at home these days. I know home life will settle down soon enough, but through the help of all you Sparkfreinds, I've developed some nicely healthy road-warrior skills these past few months.

With that, good night Spark friends.

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JUNEBUG1944 5/30/2011 5:18PM

    I hope you get some rest and get your batteries are a man, remember? Not a machine! You can only do so much before you crash and don't want that, my friend! So, take some time to stop and smell the roses. A day without exercise won't kill you...but every day might! Relax!

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REBECCATKD 5/28/2011 10:29PM

    Remember to take some time off to relax this weekend!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/27/2011 9:59AM

    Have a really good weekend, and keep us posted on your fitness-while-travelling saga--you write such interesting blogs about it : )

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BRADOS 5/25/2011 11:02PM

    yeah when I think of road warriors - I think of you

stay strong emoticon

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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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