Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Well predictably, today's meetings held all the eye-poking excitement of a turtle race. Lots of slides, but as usual, most of the work gets done in the sidebars during the breaks.
Snacks and food were pretty skimpy and none overly healthy, mostly pretzels, dried out mini-bagels, and what looked like trays of cookies from Sam's Club. Lunch was sandwiches & salad, not too bad; it was the mid-morning and mid-afternoon grazing that was tough.
Actually, what was tough was the icebreaker afterwards....I didn't read the agenda close enough, so right as I thought we were done for the day (and me free to bolt over to the gym) they announce that the icebreaker would start at 5:30 and they'd have buses taking us there in 10 minutes.....damn the luck!
I was torn. The icebreaker was an opportunity to do some serious networking and schmoozing with some folks that have the ability to greatly simplify my life or to make it a living hell in the coming months. But an icebreaker also meant fatty fried foods, lots of drinking, and me likely to be too tired or too full to work out later.
What to do?
So I did a little risk/reward calculation in my head. Risk of going to ice-breaker.....miss my workout. Risk of not going.....life is hell next few months. Reward of going to ice-breaker....life is simplified next few months. Reward of not going to ice-breaker.....I log 45 aerobic minutes later in the day.
But wait....are these my only choices.....am I just a dumb ape, or can I use these frontal lobes to solve higher order problems?
What if I go for the daily double?!? What if I get in, corner the folks I need to see, grab a table where we can seriously pow-wow, scarf up a few scooby snacks, eat, but don't fill up, knock it off before 7:00, come back to room, change, and hit gym before 8:00 PM?
Crazy, sure it was crazy, but maybe it was just crazy enough to work!
And it did! Turns out to have been a great move actually, because these 2 dudes were about to cause me some serious ass-pain, and after hearing each other out over some chicken wings and beer (they had the beer, I stayed sober...but did have about 6-7 wings), we're closer on a way ahead than any of us thought beforehand.
Fast forward in time, and by 7:45 I was up to 110 RPM on the Lifecycle! Since it was late, I opted for a little higher intensity and cut the time down to 30 minutes. Thankfully I was smart enough to choose a bike in front of one big-ass fan (use those frontal lobes), but even so I was soaking in sweat after 10 minutes.
Besides, I'm in a hotel room for the night and really have nothing better to do. SWMBO called and told me that the furniture we (she) bought back in March ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4120710 ) just got delivered to the new house....as did the "cozy conversation" patio chair set she bought the other day (is there really a category of furniture called "Cozy Conversation"?? Really, this is a category?)
Another day of meetings tomorrow, then an 8:00 PM flight back home, getting in around midnight...maybe I can squeeze in a workout before hitting the airport!
Good night Spark friends!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Now how weird is this....today I feel more in charge of myself on the road than I do at home. Now "home" has had a very transient feel to it of late, what with house guests, boxing and unboxing, 7 days all 3 of us and 1 cat in a hotel during the move, yadda-yadda-yadda. So arriving in DC today, I had a nice smile on my face as I departed Reagan and pulled into a grocery store to stock up on bananas, oranges, yogurts and water for the hotel room on this 3-day trip.
And I kept smiling as I drove to the gym and let loose with 40 minutes of hardcore cycling!
All of a sudden 3-days of mind-numbing meetings seems blissful in comparison to the mind-destroying quest of opening cartons and dish-packs, trying to find the one that contains a hammer, or the toaster oven, or SWMBO's favorite egg-timer (I finally just bought her a new one!) Oh yeah! Bring on your worst Powerpoint presentation, drone on in a monotone voice, pitch me your worst idea....I moved 15,000 lbs of "stuff" this past week, I can stand any conference lackey these next 3 days! Hell, I even joked around with the TSA gropers as they slithered their blue-gloved hands on me at the airport!
Even when I realized that I had no silverware after I got back from the gym and grabbed my little Healthy Choice dinner out of the microwave, nothing bothered me. I dug in with my hands like a Clan of the Cave Bear Neanderthal and put my opposable thumbs to good use!
The only bad thing is that my hopes for some cool dry weather were dashed as they opened the aircraft doors. WHOOSH! Hell I could have stayed in Florida if I wanted this kind of humidity!
All seems right and true with the world right now though, so good night Spark friends!
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!
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 people...it'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.
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!
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