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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?

Don't 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!


Temptation....and peer pressure!

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!

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/14/2011 1:59PM

    Muy bueno!

And good job on resisting the peer pressure too, lol! Man, that soup looks good, I love chicken tortilla. And wickedly spicy salsa. I'm making some tonight actually, but the habaneros are out of stock and not yet in season in the garden so I'll have to make do with extra jalapeno & chili peppers.

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HEALTHIERKEN 7/13/2011 10:30AM

    Good work, GETSTRONGRRR, you're a real role model for us guys trying to be smart with eating and fitness!

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TX.PATRICIA 7/13/2011 8:37AM

    Mexican food is my one BIG pitfall, you did great with your choices!!

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CYBRVELD 7/12/2011 11:21PM

    That looks nummy! Way to go on being DD! It made it easier not to pack away empty calories!

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Work for your Food!

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 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!


Travel, Travel, Food, and Trouble...fat does burn and sweat does bubble

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 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 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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JUNEBUG1944 7/11/2011 8:53PM

    Boy, you don't miss a trick, do you? Glad you're getting your trip organized...and your employees, too! Your traveling schedule is brutal. I don't know how you do it and keep up with your program, too. You are awesome!

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ADAM2298 7/11/2011 6:11PM

    Many years ago, the bikes that I rented, just didn't fit the way they should. I suspect that today, you might have more choices. Also college towns seem to have a better selection.

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    I love the idea of renting a bike while traveling. I'm looking into that for my trip to Huntsville next month (even tho it's just a short business trip, not a vacation). I can tell you're really going to make the most of your trip, both recreationally and health-wise. Rock on!

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TEXAS_GRL 7/10/2011 6:35PM

    I love renting the bike idea! That is having a sparkin vacation. :)

You have come a LONG ways in such a short time. emoticon

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Wise dining choices today....road trip tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Well I had a good day of meetings with my boss today during his visit. The schedule threw off my normal eating routine; SWMBO usually packs me sandwiches that I can eat during the day. They total 800 calories, so I normally have another 800-1000 to play with for snacks and dinner during the late afternoon and evening.

Today I left the sandwiches at home because we had fruits & munchies during the morning and a catered lunch with the big guy. Everyone else had these big honking sandwiches but I opted for a salad with grilled chicken and light Italian dressing on the side. We had various munchies available in between meetings, and I was pretty good about not dipping into these too badly.

So by 4:00PM when we pushed him out the door to catch his plane back home, I realized I had barley eaten 400 calories all day....and I was starving.....and today was a weight lifting day at the gym! So I broke open a 3 oz can of emergency tuna in my desk and a 4 oz cottage cheese snack from the fridge to get some food in me before working out.

One of the things I have learned here on Spark people is that I can't get myself into a "starving" mode....very dangerous....very susceptible to uncontrollable snacking. Hence the emergency tuna cans in the desk drawer.

Anyway, I survived and had a nice ST session for legs, shoulders, & back.

Now the bad news.

I fly to Albuquerque Thursday AM and fly back Friday night. Next week Monday-Thursday I'm in San Antonio, then to Las Vegas Thursday night and back home Saturday the 16th. I should do well eating out (although my team out in Albuquerque wants to do a group dinner at some "heap-food-on-your-plate" Mexican joint....I told them I'd be happy to go to dinner.....just find someplace that encourages light-dining). And I can find gyms pretty easily. It's the strength training that will suffer.

I've gotten my routine down pretty good. I'm a creature of habit and can do my squats & presses, lunges & shrugs on the equipment I'm used to, but, call me old-fashioned, throw me in a new gym, and I just gravitate to the cardio equipment and bike it out while on the road.

So we'll see how the next few weeks go....I'm in the groove with ST and don't want to lose it.

Anyway, back on the road tomorrow.....good night Spark friends!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 7/8/2011 9:22AM

    I love the idea of "emergency tuna"...right now I am stuck at work (16 year old has my car!) & I forgot my wallet at home, plus it's raining cats & no walking to get my usual DD eggwhite breakfast.
Luckily I have some Kashi granola bars here~! Usually my afternoon snack, but makes an ok breakfast in a pinch!

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PUGRAD1995 7/7/2011 9:13PM

    Every little bit counts-so do what you can!

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