Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Whew, day #2 on the long road war done.....and under the calorie zone....no small feat with the hoopla we had going on today.
SWMBO and I were tied up all morning, most of the afternoon, and an evening event where food (and good food too!) was in abundance.
All told, 4 different catered events, lots of mingling and schmoozing (it's a reality of my life, but I get a lot of work done at these shindigs), with tons of temptations at every table.
In the AM there were quiches and tarts, fruits and muffins, egss & breakfast meats (I just had coffee), lunchtime there were gooey, cheesy crab & artichoke dips, chicken cordon bleu nuggets (interesting, so I had to try 2), a Chinese appetizer station (OK I had a crab rangoon), some weird looking Mexican concoctions (it was like a world tour of fattening finger food), so I finally grabbed a few Chicken Satay sticks and a roast beef mini-sandwich and called it quits. Even so, I logged it at about 700 calories just to be safe.
We had a 3 hour break before dinner, so while SWMBO took a recovery power nap, I hit the gym for 45 minutes between the bike and elliptical (no HIIT today.....I learned my lesson the hard way of doing it 2 days in a row)
By dinner I had burned off a couple of 100 calories, because I knew that the evening menu would test my will.
Oh yeah, I'm talking about some exquisitely cooked, wafer-thin, salt-encrusted beef tenderloin, big fat shrimps decorating a few perfectly poached salmons, trays of steamed mussels & clams, platters of good old Maryland Crab Cakes, and then some catering genius had to mess it all up with a German Station of Bratwursts in saurkraut, a cheesy, potato filled tray of artery-clogging madness, and a big fat pie of baked brie with slices of baguette all around it. Desserts by the yard adorned a whole wall....I just looked away and kept drinking coffee.
I decided to go full protein on this one and so I just partook of the seafood and beef (Actually I hovered with an almost canine sense of protection over the beef tenderloin....I felt like growling whenever someone came by and asked for some...."Go eat the brie" I willed them)
Thus I avoided all the baked, fried, doughy and cheesy things (as well as the bratwurst), and it turned out that I ate quite well, left very satisfied (including a lead on hiring a very capable fellow next year) for about a 600 calorie bill, which kept me well within range for today.
SWMBO had a beer or 2 (I don't drink.....thank God, I don't think I could face logging those calories) and so she had a hoot of a time, and. except for all the standing, she's enjoying the trip too.....although tomorrow is her really big day....she's got a full 8 hours of meetings on her own
That's all for now....good night Spark friends!
Wish me strength for tomorrow!
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
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 routine....so 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 happen....no 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!
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!
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 guy....life was a lot better and much less painful.
All things in moderation, including moderation
Good night Spark friends!
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