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Record low weight!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Well it's nice to be back on the home front....it was a whirlwind September....I've had only 7 days at home since Labor Day.

All in all though, they were quite successful, professionally and personally. Last week especially could have been disastrous....tons of great food, great desserts, and lots of it...all day long. But chock it up to mind over matter, triumph of the will, good Spark friends (oh yeah!), or an innate stubbornness and determination to keep losing weight as part of this Fall 5% Challenge (have I mentioned that I'm a little competitive), but when I weighed myself this morning I saw the number 184.8, a number not associated with my weight since the mid-80s!

Today was a recovery day at home. Thanks to the buffoonery of US Airways, I had to spend an extra night in Charlotte, NC after their maintainers failed to fix a broken jet. I got home mid-afternoon Sunday and relaxed with the family (watched "Chased by Dinosaurs" with #2 son). I took today off from work and SWMBO and I went out to lunch (I had 2 fish tacos and a bowl of French Onion Soup). Then we went shopping and she came up with the great idea of roasting up some fall veggies.

We picked up a couple of acorn squash, some big red onions, and a few giant carrots. We spent some prep time cutting, slicing, peeling, and dicing, then she drizzled them with olive oil, cracked some black pepper and sea salt over them and slid 'em in the oven. A little while later we had some quite savory little veggies to eat with our pork tenderloin.

Before dinner I hit the gym and got in about 70 minutes of cardio. I had a great 8-day cardio streak this past week. That plus smart eating definitely helped get my weight down to 185. Now the challenge is to keep it there and drive it down some more.

The other thing that helped was that I did little to no late night snacking. That has potential to mess me up at home.

I mentioned in one of last week's blogs that one of the nice things the Darden School did was to give us a 2-hour block on fitting fitness & nutrition into busy life-styles. One of the things they mentioned was that instead of trying so hard to change your behavior, work on changing your environment. Yes, throwing out those fattening snacks & cookies does make a difference. Having healthy choices around vice fat-pills works. Hmmmm, do I really have to get rid of those jars of peanut butter at home.....?

Food for thought!

Good night Spark friends!

  
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AMYLONGHORN 10/12/2011 8:23AM

    You are truly an inspiration!! You are very focused and determined and it is paying off!! Keep up the awesome work! We Starfish love having you on our team!!!

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PUGRAD1995 10/11/2011 11:08PM

    Well, the price of peanut butter is supposed to go up. But I use soy butter! Always nice to take time and relax.

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PROT358 10/11/2011 10:59PM

    Well I've found there's a difference between a luxury food I can control and those I can't. I can (and do) stop at one Lindt truffle. But other things like trail mix and sugary cereals I just don't stop eating. So when you're cleaning I think you have to be honest with yourself about how strong the particular food lures you. Not to say you should write it off entirely, but maybe make it a little harder for you to access. Congrats on your new low weight!

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JUNEBUG1944 10/11/2011 9:36PM

    Keep the peanut butter...it's good for you! Congrats on your weight and your great perseverance and self control during your trip...YOU ROCK!
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HAKAPES 10/11/2011 4:24PM

    Hi man, I donated away all the chocolate, candies, biscuits, fats, stuff from my kitchen. Actually, it was not very nice from me, because all that weight went onto my friends, but that's it.

Yesterday night, I was craving for sweets. I went around my kitchen several times, and all I found was some grapes, banana, oranges... no choice, so I had to eat fruits.

Congrats for the week in Darden School! That was a hard run!

And congrats for the low weight! Did you give some reward for yourself?

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BEATLETOT 10/11/2011 10:16AM

    I think peanut butter can be a healthy food if used in moderation and not covered in chocolate...I say keep it!

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FLORIDAGHOST 10/11/2011 5:26AM

    Great job! Keep at it!

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/11/2011 12:21AM

    Excellent!
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ERIKO1908 10/10/2011 11:06PM

    you had a great week & your number shows it...WOOOHOOOO!!! Keep up all of your hard work!!

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REBECCATKD 10/10/2011 9:59PM

    Congrats on your new numbers!!! That's fantastic! (And just have SWMBO hide the peanut butter.)

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/10/2011 9:35PM

    emoticon emoticon. Congrats on the weight loss and your contributions to the Starfish (even though Cats are inherently superior).

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Darden day 6....Gym streak day 6!!!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Ahhh, soon Groundhog Day will come to an end.....tomorrow I will demonstrate that I am worthy of ending these endlessly recurring days by having fought off my demons, by experiencing a rebirth and an ability to manifest deep compassion; that I am in this world but not of it, suffering with a special knowledge that I can use to save those around me through this week's wonderful program of education and reflection.

Blah-blah-blah! On to the good stuff!

Groundhog Day breakfast included oatmeal with a spoonful of raisins & brown sugar, tons of coffee to get through AM classes, then a working lunch that served up wafer-thin slices of flank steak and some Jamaican jerked chicken, and iron chef outdid himself with the most awesome home made potato chips! I could have eaten nothing but these thinly sliced, perfectly crisped, lightly-salted wonders of nature!

We had to waddle through a "company restructuring" computer simulation all afternoon which mercifully ended by 4:00 PM. That left 3 hours to kill till dinner, so I got caught up with e-mail back at the office, then hit the gym for day #6 of the exercise streak....Hi Intensity Intervals!

10 minutes of steady warmup, then 9 intervals of 30 second bursts with a 60 second break on the stationary bike. 3 minute cool down and water break, then on to the rowing machine for 6 intervals of 30 seconds with a 90 second break. These were quite a bit tougher; the rowing machine is a full body workout.

Came back, showered, changed, then off to our last formal dinner; surf & turf! 3 oz of New york Strip steak, 3 oz of broiled halibut, small scoop of mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus. Then I got week in the knees....Iron Chef brought out Chocolate Devil's Food cake!

I know it must be time for me to go home....my willpower has steadily diminished with the constant bombardment of good food every single friggin' day, all friggin' day long. So I dove into the devil cake and sipped my coffee while we extolled on how the company restructuring sim was rigged

But overall it's been a great week with good lessons and good company and a hell of a professional staff that has definitely given me tons of tools to use back at the office.

4 more hours of class tomorrow, with my flight departing at 5:30PM. I requested a late check-out, so when class is done, I'll get one more workout in before heading home.

I've got to do a Fall 5% challenge weigh in tomorrow, so I might have to wait till I get back home to do it

That's all for tonight Spark friends!

Go STARFISHES!

  
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HAKAPES 10/9/2011 5:03AM

    I got a lot of motivation from your weekly challenge!
Well done, Man!
If you're kicking it like this, you get there in no time!

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JULIAMOONCHILD 10/7/2011 11:18PM

    Man, I broke into a sweat just reading about your exercises. Imagine what would happen if I dared to emulate you ... emoticon

Anyway, I don't think that devil's food cake hurt ya one little bit. I mean, it was burned off long before you ever got to the dinner table.

You are like an exercise MACHINE!!

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PROT358 10/7/2011 10:33PM

    That does it. We need our own iron chef. Like a Pavlovian dog you have trained my stomach to growl when I read, "And then the iron chef outdid himself." I have a weakness for chocolate the size of the Grand Canyon, so I would have enjoyed that dessert right with you! Overall you have made very impressive choices this week. Bravo!

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BEATLETOT 10/7/2011 10:21PM

    I'm so happy I got to go to Charlottesville with you this week! Very much looking forward to your weigh-in....go Starfishes!

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ERIKO1908 10/7/2011 9:57PM

    You are doing awesome!! I've enjoyed following your week!!

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Darden day 5....Gym streak day 5!!!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Another Darden Groundhog Day it was...with just one teenie-weenie exception....but first the recap.

Just like yesterday, got up, got ready for class, had some oatmeal & fruit before we debriefed last night's negotiation session. Lunch was a vegetable extravaganza for me. Iron chef had sauteed up a bunch of succulent zucchinis, asparagus, shallots, & native tomatoes, whipped up some nicely spiced lentils, then created a very tasty/tangy couscous....with big fat couscouses (is couscous plural? Is just one grain a cous?)

Back to class where it was all I could do to keep drinking coffee as Professor Quaalude droned on and on about present/future value calculations! I felt like an undergrad and just kept asking myself, "How the hell did this class sneak into our curriculum"? My critique was ruthless.

Finished up at 4:30 and mercifully, there is no homework for tomorrow. So I came back to the room and got ready for the gym. That's when my teenie-weenie Ground Hog Day exception occurred.

All of a sudden I felt beat. I could tell I was in a slightly foul mood all day (even before Professor Quaalude's class). So all of a sudden, I felt like taking a nap. What to do?!? There's always the danger of falling fast asleep and blowing off the workout....the old reluctance sneaks in with all sorts of rational reasons not to work out...but I was tired.

So rewind memory to day #1 of this Darden School Boondoggle and a nutritionist/health professional gal gave us 90 minutes of good advice on taking care of ourselves while we're on the road and working 14-16 hour days. In the back of my memory I heard her voice, "Yes, sometimes a 15-20 minute nap in the middle of the day is exactly what your body needs to rejuvenate"

Could I do it? Could I rest for 15-20 minutes and not succumb to full blown REM sleep that would take me into the darkest of night? Would I just get crankier if I worked out? Could I face myself in the mirror if I blew my exercise streak on this trip?

Cautiously, I set the timer on my watch for 20 minutes and placed it on the nightstand, right next to my ear. Then I laid down on the big soft duvet, closed my eyes, and just relaxed.

In no time at all the 20 minute timer went off and I felt refreshed and recharged. Without thinking twice, I donned gym regalia and bolted out the door. Warmed up on the elliptical and burned up my chest & shoulders in the weight room for an hour!

Dinner was OK, a weirdly broiled halibut in some curry concoction, pork loin with some mustardy sauce, steamed (and very crunchy) veggies, but quite possibly the best tabbouleh I have ever had. We all fought over it and demanded the staff bring out another bowl! The rest of the crowd had some blueberry pie while yours truly asked for and received a wonderfully sweet plate full of crunchy, seasonal watermelon.

One more full day of classes tomorrow. Saturday we have 4 hours in the morning and they cut us loose around noon so we can catch planes back home....the exercise streak will continue every day till departure!

That's all for tonight Spark friends!

Go STARFISHES!

  
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FANGFACEKITTY 10/7/2011 1:07PM

    Naps are awesome, repeat as necessary.

RAWR! Go Cats Go! Cats eat (star)fish!

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BEATLETOT 10/7/2011 8:34AM

    I can so totally relate to the concern about the nap. My friends get a kick out of the fact that I can take an 8-hour nap, wake up for an hour, then go to bed for the night. My naps are epic.

As I was reading your dilemma, I was thinking, "NO! Don't do it! Don't succomb! It's a trick! It's a trick!!!" When you lied down, I got nervous...but you did it! How nice is that!

Congratulations! Enjoy your final days of college! =)

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BILL60 10/7/2011 8:03AM

    Keep it going cause you're on a roll.

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GOODGETNBETR 10/7/2011 1:25AM

    emoticon on listening to your body and still making it happen.

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ERIKO1908 10/6/2011 11:18PM

    impressed by your on-the-road streak!! way to keep it alive!!

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JONESINATOR 10/6/2011 11:05PM

    Hope you're able to enjoy some of the beautiful grounds! I'd recommend places to eat, but, well my expanded waistline during college would attest that those suggestions would be of the detrimental variety to continued fat loss :P

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Darden day 4....Gym streak day 4!!!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

OK, just another quick blog to keep on my streak.

Pretty much Groundhog Day....up early to finish the readings I didn't get to last night, light breakfast of oatmeal & fruit, classes all morning, lunch of mostly sauteed green beans and some pork with Polenta. Turns out I bumped into a kid that worked for me back in 2006 that is now up here at UVA, so I invited him to lunch with me.....in honor of his presence, I had a blondie for dessert (yes, some days it's just that easy to cave)

The snack bastards laid out some artichoke dip and pita crisps during our breaks this afternoon....the stuff is like kryptonite to me! So I made up a small plate to help me make it through the afternoon case studies.

Hit the gym for my 3x cardio session (20 minutes on bike, 20 minutes on rowing machine, 20 minutes on elliptical....highly recommended routine for anyone who gets bored at the gym). Showered & changed for dinner....tonight iron chef outdid himself....thin slices of perfectly cooked Morrocan lamb, grilled Marlin (never had that before....yum!), big hunks of sauteed broccoli, and some cannellini bean salad (big yuck).

Then they brought out huge, fat slices of banana cream cake, but your humble author was able to stay the course and requested a fruit plate (my plump negotiating partner looked at me like I was a leper and cooed at me in her little southern drawl, "Honey, aren't you goin' ta haave any of this here delicious pie?!? Bless your heart" (It took a long time for this Boston born youth to realize that "Bless your heart" roughly translates to "You stupid loser")

Afterwards we had to break off into our groups and do our "multi-party, multi-issue" negotiating exercise. This took way too long and now I've still got 50 pages to read....this is getting a little old...if I wanted to to work this hard, I'd have stayed at the office.

Anyway, that's all for tonight Spark friends!

Go STARFISHES!

  
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PUGRAD1995 10/6/2011 8:11PM

    Sounds like you are doing well in spite of the temptations. Keep on plugging at it!

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PROT358 10/6/2011 4:40PM

    I work with some Southern ladies. I'm born and raised from the midwest myself, so there is a distinct difference in dialect. They always use "learn" as a verb when they mean "teach." (Ex: he learned me how to read). And they always say to me, "Why bless your heart," as though cooing over me. I've gradually come to the same conclusion! By the way all your descriptions of food make me very hungry. I want my own iron chef. And that bean salad sound very tasty ;) Congrats on staying the course!

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BEATLETOT 10/6/2011 8:58AM

    I love the Southern lady! And your translation!

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JECKIE 10/6/2011 8:24AM

    *laughs* I can relate to this post so well!

I love that phrase "bless your heart". It can mean so many things, none of them terribly nice! I don't think I've ever heard someone in Boston use that phrase, either. After all, it doesn't go with "wicked" very well. ;)

I do the same thing on non-run days with the cardio. My knee can't handle more than a half hour on the bike, so I start with that, then on to the elliptical and finally to walking inclines (we don't have a row machine. I wish we did.)

And your dinner sounds FABULOUS. Lamb is one of my all time favorite foods.

Keep up the great work!

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AMYLONGHORN 10/6/2011 7:59AM

    You're still on a roll this week! Man, posting about all the food makes me hungry! It all sounds so yummy, but overall you have done an awesome job making smart decisions! WTG on getting to the gym everyday. Are you almost finished with this trip yet or what?! LOL! :)

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ERIKO1908 10/5/2011 9:50PM

    I can so hear the southern lady!! Thanks for the translation of "Bless your heart" - I myself didn't know that... ;) way to keep your streak alive!!

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Darden day 3.....gym streak day 3!!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

So just a quick update.....I've actually got homework to do, so my fun meter is definitely not pegged tonight! (good news is when I called home and talked to #2 son, who complained about his homework, I was able to express my disdain for his plight with authority)

Overall a very good eating day, certainly under my limits for the day. I've been using the "plate design" concept as I look for food (all of it looking and smelling great) during lunch & dinner. Basically, I try to load up the right half of my plate with veggies (this awesome zucchini, artichoke, plum tomato, & onion stir fired in olive oil & garlic), 1/4 with a protein (a 4 oz piece of Jamaican chicken breast), and 1/4 with a starch (couscous). Dinner was a mozzarella & tomato salad, followed by a 3 oz piece of salmon, a 3 oz piece of filet mignon, and some green beans.

I decided to tone down the primal diet thing a little....I really was starting to feel like a caveman (I think I noticed some hairs growing on the back of my knuckles), and I really do love bread and rice too much.....I'll just tone down these portions to something under a cup.....the calories do add up.

The evil school marm here gave us a work assignment after class that left us with only 90 minutes till dinner, so I fit in a quick session of HIIT on the bike & elliptical....I really do like the flexibility I have with these exercises....very intense, but I feel great for hours afterwards.

Anyway, things are going well here.....while still tempted to snack on crap, I've been able to resist very successfully. The Fall 5% Challenge has got me revved up to do well, so the cost of eating junk has gone way up for me.

Hey maybe I can sound like a genius in class tomorrow if I can relate eating crappy food as a causal factor leading to an unacceptable future-value proposition with downstream consequences affecting not just my supply chain dynamics but all of my stakeholder relationships as well!

That has GOT to be it for tonight! Good night Spark friends!

Go STARFISHES!

  
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/5/2011 1:35PM

    lol you were morphing to a caveman! I could NOT do the primal thing, but I know others who love it. Not for me! I think watching your portions will help and you'll still be able to enjoy rice and bread - my faves!

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HAKAPES 10/5/2011 9:11AM

    And you tell me workout animal, when you are a gymaddict. ;-)

Good strategy with the plate, I copy that from now on!

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JECKIE 10/5/2011 8:24AM

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BEATLETOT 10/5/2011 3:36AM

    Oh, man, your blog is making me hungry! Always a pleasure to read, too!

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ERIKO1908 10/4/2011 11:43PM

    way to stay on track!! well on your way to achieving your current goal!! keep going strong!!

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KELLYJOSUNSHINE 10/4/2011 11:32PM

    Love that you're keeping with your goals and ditching the junk! I felt more motivated by 5% challenges, too. A body can stick to something for eight weeks, surely! Seems like it's working well for ya. Keep on keepin' on!

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