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Day 1 of the Long On the Road War - Eating Out

Monday, September 12, 2011

Well day one of my September whirlwind is over....not too bad

SWMBO, #2 son, and I arrived here in Norfolk, VA with no problems....Sept 11 and all the planes flew on time (I got the first class upgrade and gave it to her, which put her in a good mood right from the start).

We got here, checked in to our little 2 bedroom efficiency (I made arrangements so that our son would have a little kitchenette to use while SWMBO and I are at our meetings), went shopping for staples, then I hit the gym for a quick 45 minutes on the bike, showered up, then she and I had to go to the first of our 3 formal events this week; a Texas BBQ style going away party.

Now nothing good happens with me at buffets, but this one turned out not so bad. I loaded up half my plate with a zucchini/asparagus stir-fry medley, grabbed just 2 strips of brisket, a chicken breast, and my favorite....jalapeno cornbread! Skipped the dessert, and so worst case I chowed down 750 calories at dinner.

Today I had a luncheon to go to which was mercifully skimpy on the food; a Maryland Crab Cake (I scraped off the Hollandaise Sauce), a couple of red potatoes, and some veggies....there was a chocolate cake...and yes, I did eat half....then we stared each other down as the other half tempted me to stick it with my fork (cake lost the stare down), so the toll for lunch was a bearable 550 calories.

I got done with the last of my meetings at 4:00, so I hit the gym for 45 minutes of Hi-intensity work on the bike and elliptical before coming back to pick up SWMBO & son for dinner (no planned events tonight).

Well 'lo and behold but that little vixen had gone shopping and picked up some chicken breasts, salad fixins and some big Idaho potatoes for baking! All told, we ate here in the room and I figured worst case 600 calories.

So day 1 of the road war went well....but the calorie enemies are still lurking out there in the dark...30 more days to go.

Time to shine a Spark-light on those lurkers!

Good night Spark friends

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IRON_RESOLVE 9/13/2011 4:15PM

    Sounds like you did very well!

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BILL60 9/13/2011 7:39AM

    Sounds like you're holding on to your self-discipline. Well done.

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HAKAPES 9/13/2011 1:15AM

    Good work on healthy choices and portions!
I see there is some little temptation, but you do it easily - looks like a habit!
Keep it up - I do the same when traveling.

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JUNEBUG1944 9/12/2011 10:29PM

    I hate traveling because of all the food temptations...and I am sooooo weak! You do so great on the road...your willpower is amazing! You rock! emoticon

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AMEDEAU 9/12/2011 7:24PM

    Excellent post... made even better by the fact that you were able to stay focused. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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Procrastination, High Intensity Intervals, Tabatas, and Packing!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Well I'm putting off packing as long as I can....soon my procrastination will time out and I'll have to get going, but until then.....

You see I'm taking SWMBO and #2 son along, and they are not light travelers, so once they get done, I can do my customary "stuffing of the underwear and gym clothes" in a bag routine and be done with it (actually this one will be a little tougher. SWMBO and I have 3 formal events to go to on this one, so I've got to pack more and pack neatly)

Regardless, my procrastination today consisted of; laundry, finishing up a sci-fi novel (SPIN), getting a haircut (threw a manicure in there too, SWMBO has been complaining about the shape of my hands....claws she calls them), and hitting the gym for an HIIT workout.

My last High-Intensity routine was Tuesday, so a 4-day break was just right. After a 10 minute warmup, I did 30 sec intervals with 60 seconds in between. Did that 6 times and felt pretty darn good. But that was just a warmup because what I really wanted to go hardcore on was the rowing machine....

....which turned out to be broke! AARRGGHHHHHHH!

What to do? I still had some juice left and felt cheated by not being able to do my whole planned I improvised.

I didn't feel like doing the standard Lifecycle Stationary bike again, so I went over to the Spin classroom and hopped on the neat little Schwinn with a 40 lb flywheel and did a modified Tabata routines; 10 secs all out sprint with the resistance cranked up, followed by 20 secs slowed down.

Man that was tough! I pedaled like there was no tomorrow, and those 10 secs seemed like an eternity, while the 20 sec break seemed like the blink of an eye....what kind of a wormhole had I been sucked in to?!?! I can't imagine what the full routine (20 secs all out with a 10 sec break) would feel like....except for totally exhausting

But here's the beauty of it....many many moons ago, I would have easily looked at the repair ticket on the rowing machine and said "screw it, I'm done" and gone home. Today, I'm looking for reasons to workout and ways to make it excuses, I will not be deterred!

Anyway, it's almost 6:00 PM, I've got a nice post-gym buzz going and I can't put off folding shirts and jackets any longer. From this, I would like to be deterred.

Have a good night Spark friends!


Rest, a Dyson vacuum, and my road adventures begin on 11 Sept!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Well this past week was a nice stay-cation which I'll try to remember as I begin my whirlwind road adventure starting on Sunday.

Yep I'll be airborne on 11 Sept, flying to Norfolk, VA with SWMBO and #2 son...I've got meetings out the wazoo next week as does SWMBO. #2 son is our Special Needs boy, perfectly capable of taking care of himself in a hotel room while we're out during the day, but we're not ready to let him stay at home by himself for a full week.

After 5 straight days of HIIT, I took yesterday off from exercising which was just what I needed. Of course SWMBO had her gal pals over for a luncheon, so I got booted out of the house and took myself (and the Kindle) out for the afternoon and spent 3 nice hours reading and drinking coffee at the local Starbucks.

Maybe it was all that caffeine, but on my way back, I cruised in to a Sears across the street and snagged up a sale on a Dyson DC25 Vacuum Cleaner...the kind that specializes in animal hair!

You see we have a cat, Princess Lilac-tips, a pretty decent cat that I'm happy to say keeps the house free of pests. But she sheds like a demon and this has always bugged me. Well this Dyson is friggin' amazing!!!

SWMBO had just cleaned up after her luncheon, but then I ran this thing over the living room carpet, over the couch cushions, and in the folds of my favorite chaise.

Well apparently, I've been living in a dusty, hair-infested hell-hole all my life! After 10 minutes SWMBO and I were fighting over who got to drive it next. We were extending hoses, snapping on attachments, moving chairs & tables.....we're a little weird like that.

Anyway today was much calmer....especially now that I know deep in my soul that our house really is clean, I was able to relax and read some more this morning before having to go into work to put out a minor personnel crisis. Must be the times, seems like people's emotions are very edgy these days. But I mediated the crisis successfully (I told them all, "We're fixing this today....and I am walking out that door at 3:30 to get to the gym so let's get everything on the table now"...turns out that these yahoos had been talking past each other all week....once in the room with me, I asked a few questions, everyone soon agreed that there was no problem....sheesh, if I wanted this kind of crazy, I'd adopt a few teenagers!)

Needless to say, I got to the gym just in time to meet trainer guy....then life was alright again.

Tomorrow I go for a bike ride, then we're on the road from Sunday through Friday. The week after that I fly to Salt Lake City for 3 days, from there to Melbourne, FL for 2 days, back home for the weekend, off to Vegas for a week, back home for another weekend, then up to Charlottesville, VA for a week...I think I stabilize sometime around 8 Oct

Lots of potential for overeating and slacking these next 4 weeks Sparkfriends....don't let me do it....keep me honest as always!

Have a great night!

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PROT358 9/15/2011 12:05AM

    Well I know what I want for Christmas now. We have four short-hair cats, and one sheds like a demon. You stroke his back and big tufts of loose fur go flying in the air as if he hadn't been petted in a week. Once I tried brushing him nearly an hour a day - the prevention method - and even that didn't show noticeable improvement on his shedding or the furniture, not to mention I don't really have an hour a day. We haven't found anything that keeps up with Bar-Bar. Thank you for the tip!

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AMEDEAU 9/10/2011 1:44AM

    I had to laugh when I read your one comment regarding co-workers "sheesh, if I wanted this kind of crazy, I'd adopt a few teenagers!" It really spoke to me. I'm a Program Manager, and I swear I get paid to babysit sometimes, which wouldn't bother me since I get paid good... but it steals time from my life (e.g. time to go work out).

Happy trails on your travel... I'm sure you will get in some good workouts!

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MOBYCARP 9/9/2011 9:02PM

    When I first got my Dyson, I was prepared for having to empty the canister 3 times vacuuming the major part of the main floor.

What continues to amaze me is, just how much hair one domestic short haired cat can shed in one week.

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    I love my Dyson, it is well worth the price. Enjoy your road trip and let me know if you want those teenagers. I can give you a good deal on two of them.

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All things in moderation....including moderation

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I freely admit, I take things to extremes and have a tendency to push things to their limits. Most of my life that's led to a fair amount of success. Every now and then, I push a little too hard and need to re-evaluate.

After doing what research I could about Hi Intensity Interval Training, I jumped on the bandwagon and hit it late last week, adjusting my routine and loved it. Short, hi intensity intervals interspersed with moderate cardio...pretty cool when added to my Strength Training routine.

The part I blew past in my research was where they said, "These types of workouts are very intense and should only be done 2 to 3 times a week"....I did them 5 days straight, even on days when I did ST. You see the rules of mere mortals don't apply to me.....

Hence I sat in front of the laptop last night and felt like I was hit by a truck

"These types of workouts are very intense and should only be done 2 to 3 times a week"

OK, OK, it's always good to be reminded of our mortality, it helps us appreciate life, it reminds us that all our time is precious....but does it always have to hurt like that?

So I've relearned that age-old lesson that just because a little of something is pretty good, that doesn't mean that a lot of the same thing is great.

Today I did a very light warmup for 20 minutes before lifting with trainer was a lot better and much less painful.

All things in moderation, including moderation

Good night Spark friends!

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REBECCATKD 9/8/2011 9:51PM

    You felt like you were HIIT by a truck?
emoticon Sorry -- couldn't help it...

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PROT358 9/8/2011 7:11PM

    All things in moderation, ESPECIALLY moderation. At least that is what I have learned particularly as it applies to the diet. It's so easy for me to allow a piece of chocolate because I'm being moderate, but as chocolate is my kryptonite it's easy for my chocolate addiction to grow even while I'm "on the wagon," until it becomes less than moderate. An important lesson for all!

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HAKAPES 9/8/2011 4:41PM

    I've never thought about that!
As for running, several people told me that 10-12K per day is a good distance, higher than that is extra stress on the joints, and is not recommended for every day. I was doing more, 15-18K, but then I cut back.
Also, I was told to have a rest 1 or 2 days per week - now I do it.
I like this idea of HIIT, can you send me a link to an article/guide that you particularly like?
Thx - Oliver

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ZEESPARROW 9/8/2011 8:10AM

    Rest is definitely key. Sorry you had to learn it the hard way, but good for you that you learned it! Don't beat yourself up, and keep on enjoying those (occasional) HIIT sessions.


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AMEDEAU 9/8/2011 12:31AM

    I'm certain you will feel better when you wake up in the morning. I too recently learned the hard way that I need to take some time to relax between my workouts. We just have to remember that we need to build up to where we want to be.

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/7/2011 10:34PM

    What, we're mere mortals?!? Speak for yourself, I am invincible!

OK, maybe not invincible but I make sure the truck that hits me feels it too lol!

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MOBYCARP 9/7/2011 10:04PM

    emoticonYeah, some of us have to learn the hard way not to let the testosterone make us stupid proud. Never did the HIIT, but I've sat in front of my computer feeling like I was hit by a truck several times.

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Exercise: Intensity + Duration + Frequency = Goodness

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Talk about a beautiful day!

We woke up to a cool DRY morning here in the FL panhandle. Temp in the 60s, clear blue skies, and NO HUMIDITY!

Happy, happy, joy, joy

So I stuck around the house this morning while SWMBO got ready for lunch with some gal pals. I had already arranged to have the bug guy come out and spray around the outside of the house (ants) and roof guy to repair some shingles that blew off in the storm. I also tackled our home office which I've been putting off since we moved here in May. I put the whammy on some bookshelves and a closet....this will be a week long project while I'm home.

I was going to take the bike out for a ride, but made a last minute change to hit a new gym nearby. I wanted to do some more Hi-Intensity Intervals, but I also wanted to stretch. I blogged about this super-cool stretching "cage" a few months ago:

I knew they had decent cardio equipment as well as the cage so, since it wasn't too far away, I went there.

After a 10 minute warmup, I did 6x 30 second intervals on the stationary bike, with a 60 second break in between. I pumped up the intensity to about 7-8 on the Borg RPE (Rated Perceived Exertion) scale. I was drenched in sweat after the 3rd interval

I cooled off, hit the stretching cage, then went over the Concept2 Rowing machine. I knew these would be tougher (and they were) so I did the same 30 sec intervals, but took a 90 sec break in between. But during the hi-intensity part, I pushed the RPE up to 8-9.

Cooled down, stretched some more, then hit an elliptical machine for a steady 20 minutes of cardio.

In no time at all, 70 minutes of cardio were over, and they were (except for the last 2 intervals on the rowing machine) quite enjoyable. The stretching was like having a good dessert after a great meal

And here I am 3 hours later blogging about it, still feeling a burn from the exertion!

Good night Spark friends!

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REBECCATKD 9/6/2011 10:52PM

    Wow -- you're really selling me on the HIIT.

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