Sunday, July 24, 2011
Well, my relaxing Sunday just got quickly filled up with activities.
SWMBO pulled a muscle in her neck yesterday (I sometimes call her "Grace" for the uncanny way she has of stumbling or doing odd things that result in injury. This one apparently occurred from an awkward twist while hefting her purse onto her shoulder!) so she declared that church was off this morning and that we should go to Sunday Brunch at a local bistro.
Hmmm, Brunch....Buffet....Belgian Waffles....Baked Salmon...Crab legs....butter....what could possibly go wrong there?!?!
So here I sit, getting caught up on Sparkpeople, figuring what I need to do to time this right. If I pace myself with a few strategically eaten bananas, I can arrive there un-famished, yet able to take on a few extra 100 calories (note to self, start with the salmon & walk away from the waffles)
She wants to get there early (it starts at 1030) which works out good for me, because I need to get in a bike ride today and also need to spend about 4-5 hours in the office this afternoon to knock out some stuff before I go to DC on Tuesday.
Yesterday was my first tumble and header on the bike. Lots of good lessons learned for me on that as I replay the sequence of events that led to me unceremoniously smacking into the curb, still clipped into the pedals, and landing on all those knobby points (shoulders, elbow, knee) bringing home a wickedly shiny and red road rash that made the family gasp (I thought it looked wickedly cool, but SWMBO said it was gross)
I just bought the clips a few weeks ago and love them, but man 'o man, it's like watching a slow motion disaster replay every time I think back on what I could have done better to have avoided the spill (see curb, think "put foot down to stabilize", foot immobilized on the pedals, think "PULL UP, PULL UP", foot immobilized on the pedals, see wheel smack into curb, see sidewalk getting larger, think "This could be really, really bad", feel shoulder smack sidewalk, feel forearm scraping along same, think "Did anybody see this? If so, get up and make like you meant to do that")
Anyway, it's nothing a little peroxide and neosporin can't fix. SWMBO says she better put some gauze on it before I go into work tomorrow so I don't rub it and start bleeding against my shirt (I love her). During today's ride, I'm going to spend a good chunk of time getting into and out of the clips; I really don't like it when my brain gives body parts a direct command and to have them be immobilized like that.
Family knows I'll be in the office this afternoon, hence I didn't flinch about the brunch deal. This is going to be a fairly busy week before we head out to Santa Fe on vacation next Saturday, so I've got to knock out a bunch of stuff today. I've got a big dinner to go to Monday night, then up to DC Tuesday through Thursday night (note to self, do some rain dancing to help cool it off up there). I'm taking Friday off so I can actually get ready for vacation, especially since I get back home around midnight Thursday.
That's all for now Spark friends...have a great Sunday!
Monday, July 18, 2011
It really is too easy to slack off from blogging. Like anything else good for us, it's only as good as our dedication to making it a part of our lives.
"Well what else have you been up to" you might ask?
Just the standard life stuff, family, work, healthy living, trying to eat right (most of the time), exercise (most of the time), and all the while trying to live a purposeful and interesting life.
Last week was road warrior hell week, this week, just an overnight to Montgomery, AL, next week to DC for 3 days, then we take our long awaited family vacation to Santa Fe, NM for a week (plan is for a hot air balloon ride, some day hikes, a flamenco show, spa day for SWMBO, and a petroglyph tour in a refurbished Swiss Army truck.....what could possibly go wrong?)
I'm looking forward to the vacation, but just way too much to do between now and 30 July when we depart.
In the meantime, I've been in the mid-to-high 180 lbs for quite a while. I still see the body shape-shifting a lot (pants keep dropping when I take the belt off at the TSA lines and people keep commenting, "Hey you're really losing some weight!" "No, I think I'm losing fat and adding muscle. My weights about the same" I try to nicely correct them....maybe I should just say thanks and move one)
"So what have you been doing for fun" you might ask?
Funny you should ask.
I downloaded and read a copy of "Moonwalking with Einstein" for the kindle my last trip and read it on my way to San Antonio and Las Vegas. A very nice book about the fairly geeky world of memory competitions and the odd ducks that inhabit that world and the time-honored techniques they use to memorize pi to 2000 digits, or 8 decks of playing cards, or the names and birthdays of everybody at a party.
It's that last one that got me. I'll almost never forget a face. but I suck with names.
So I geeked out pretty badly on my return flight home and this weekend tried out some of these techniques. I memorized Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky on the plane, then a list of 20 items I had to discuss with my boss on Monday and recited every point I had to make to him without missing a beat or referring to a single note. And it was fun doing it!
So the last thing I need is another hobby, but this turned out to be pretty fun. I can see myself memorizing nutrition labels and calories on restaurant menus, spewing them out like Rainman at a casino, working a John Donne poem into casual conversation, and maybe even being able to get through a dinner party without having to ask SWMBO what the names of our hosts are.
Hell I might even be able to remember my Sparkpeople password without looking at my cheat sheet!
Good night Spark friends!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Well I can resist anything but temptation....and peer pressure.
So there are actually more people I know at this conference than I expected, some folks I haven't seen in quite a long time....and when we get together, as hard as we are at it during the day, we revert back to some juvenile state when we're all together.
So instead of coming back to my room, working out, and eating in like I planned, we piled in our cars and went to a nice Mexican joint in downtown San Antonio.
Smartly, I volunteered to be the designated driver, and watched them drink up beers and margaritas all night, but I kept right up there gulping down big 24 oz glasses of water as we snacked on tortilla chips and some wickedly spicy salsa.
I also opted for a nice big bowl of tortilla soup for dinner which was perfect....a nice clear chicken broth, with jalapenos, avocado, chunks of chicken breast, cilantro, and some tomatoes (no cheese). My slightly inebriated peers tried to steal it away from me, especially when their sauce and cheese-laden enchiladas, burritos, and chile rellenos arrived. "Back off you monkeys, the soup is mine and so are the car keys....let me know how you feel when you're done eating that slop ¡Buen provecho!"
So all told, I stayed within my calorie limits today...minus my workout. I'll see about getting one in early tomorrow AM....apparently, we're going to be working till pretty late tomorrow night, so I might not get time in the afternoon.
That's all for tonight....buenas noches Spark amigos!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Well I walked out the door of the San Antonio airport and felt like I had crawled into a convection oven!
It was a 104 and humid! What is up with that?!? I could barely remember my name let alone the Alamo.
Anyway, I made it here on time, which is fairly uncommon during these summer travel months. Stopped off at the grocery store to get some vittles (I only know a handful of the folks here at this conference, so I'm avoiding the restaurants & socials, opting to work out and eat in the room). I've grown to like these Lean Cuisine Market Creation meals in a pouch (Shrimp scampi, garlic chicken) they're all under 300 calories. I nuke it up, then add some Green Giant veggies in there, and I get a nice tasting meal for around 400 calories. Grabbed a couple of Fage yogurts, some fruit, and a six pack of water, so that should get me through Thursday night.
By the time I was settled in the room, the "I don't feel like going to the gym" tape started playing in my brain. So I just let it. I unpacked my clothes, stored the food in the fridge, setup my laptop, and heard the familiar melodies; "it's been a long day, you can get up early and workout in the morning, it's too hot, the gym's too far....and the final straw....Hey nuking up dinner would taste real good right about now!"
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah....I looked at myself in the bathroom mirror and said, "work for your food dammit!"
That got me over the top. I suited up, strapped on the heart rate monitor and made the 5 minute drive to the gym (It wasn't really that far....my lazy side feels anything that is not across the street is too far). When I was done 45 minutes later, I felt just right with the world and was very glad I didn't have to bear the guilt of not working out.
That's all for tonight Spark friends....good night!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
OK, so I'm pushing the literary allusion meter a little to hard with the title, but I'm home just long enough to do some laundry, ride the bike, get in a blog entry or 2, and re-pack, so I winged it
I was in Albuquerque Thursday & Friday. The trip went well, especially when I was able to convince my team out there that if we went to out to dinner, it had to be at a good place, which doesn't necessarily equate to a restaurant that heaps 2000-calories on an oversized plate. Last time I was there, we went to a place called Saidie's. Good food, but even the waiter kept bragging about how they purposefully give you more on your plate than you can eat.....I didn't need any of that!
So they picked El Bruno's Restaurante y Cantina where I had a wonderful grilled trout with sauteed spinach and I bought the crowd a guacamole appetizer which the nicely skilled waitress made right there at our table....kind of like a New Mexican Benihana.
It's amazing how my thinking has changed from "more is better; buttery, sauce-covered dishes are the good things on the menu; yes, add some extra cheese please". Now I'm looking for calorie counts, "clean" protein, dishes "unplugged" from sauces, cheeses, gravies and the like.
But it was barely 6-months ago that I was like the 20- and 30-somethings I went out to dinner with in ABQ (not the 20- 30-somethingness as much as the "get all the food you can for your money when you go out to eat" mentality). It's a good and welcome change.
All that being said, I'm back on the road Monday. Off to San Antonio tomorrow, fly from there to Vegas on Thursday, 2 days there, then back home Saturday. But what I'm really excited about is our vacation out to Santa Fe at the end of the month!
I'm still waiting to finalize our whole itinerary, but I got a bead on some good deals in town. Now SWMBO and I like to sample local foods when we travel and we love hot & spicy, so we're looking forward to some nice finds there. Which all means I need to make firm plans to workout....can't leave it to chance
So I'm renting a road bike for the week!
This will work out perfectly,,,,the first real payoff from the travel agent I hired. She suggested it and found this place for me after I told her my concerns. So now, while SWMBO is off getting her Aloe Vera Body Wraps and Desert Fusion Essential Oil massages, I'll go cruise around town on a nice carbon-framed bike....without the 95% Florida humidity I've had to deal with lately. (Today's ride was fairly brutal...even with the wind, today was the first time I really felt sapped by the heat/humidity combo....that's what I get for riding at high noon....it really did feel like my sweat was boiling and bubbling!)
How's that for Spark living...planning workouts into a vacation package! Now we'll still do some family day hikes and such (hell I might even sign up for deep tissue massage while I'm at it.....one place even does it inside a Teepee!), but I need an aerobic outlet or I'll go mad. SWMBO is also into afternoon naps when we're on the road, so while she's catching up on her Sonoran Siesta, your spark blogger-buddy here will crank up the cadence to make sure those Sopapillas get burned off.
Well that's all for now Spark friends....tomorrow's blog will come from San Antonio!
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