Tuesday, January 17, 2012
My ideal day, if I were an international man of leisure, would go something like this:
- Wake-up, have some coffee, grab a book and walk out to my (balcony, porch, veranda) and read as I gaze out over the (mountains, ocean, Bosporus)
- Come back in, change, and go to my gym for a personalized strength training workout
- Return home, shower, get dressed up and take SWMBO out to lunch at (seaside cafe, mountain-top tavern, Italian bistro)
- Take a nice walk with SWMBO (along seaside, up a mountain trail, through the National Gallery)
- Come home, take a siesta, wake up and workout with (bike ride, elliptical, my yellow Ferrari)
- Shower and change, get a shave
- Have coffee and snacks on (yacht docked behind villa, Madrid penthouse terrace, Machu Picchu)
- Get couples massage before dinner to work out the kinks from the day's activities
- Stroll around before going to (opening night play in London's West End, private viewing of rocket launch, dinner for 2 cooked by Jacques Pépin in Bali Bungalow)
Oh yeah, don't worry Spark friends, I'd still find time to log in, blog, track nutrition and aerobic info....or hire a private secretary to do it for me....one way or another it'll get done!
Unfortunately I live in the real world. I work to earn a living, raise a family, balancing many shifting and competing priorities, and like many a grown up, have to constantly balance, and re-balance time, schedules, and many other demands.
Today was such a day.....
Had my gym bag in the car, looked like a good chunk of free time in the afternoon to hit the gym....and KAPOW!! All the white space on my calendar disappeared and it was after 5:00 when I realized that I hadn't even had lunch yet!
It's all good though. I can fantasize about living off of lottery winnings as easy as the next guy, but I really prefer to not waste time thinking about what could be....I enjoy life grounded in the real world....even when it sometimes means that the real world interferes with my oh so human plans
Stay thirsty my Spark friends
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Well today was a tough motivational day.....I didn't much feel like going to the gym.
I putzed around my usual Sunday routine (coffee, newspaper, Sparkpeople, Sunday news shows) and was pretty well cozied up to grabbing Mr Kindle and finishing the book I started last weekend (The Prize, Daniel Yergin), when that gnawing sensation started wiggling its way to my forebrain; "If you don't workout now, you won't workout at all today"
Damn, I didn't want to hear that, especially since it was very likely true. I had promised #2 son that we'd go see a movie in the afternoon (Mission Impossible). It wasn't very hard to plot out the timeline and realize that late morning was my only chance to make it.
Even so, I hemmed & hawed. Walking from my car to the gym, I kept having fleeting images of VERY VALID EXCUSES as to why I should turn back....none of them any more valid than that I felt tired & lazy.
My only compromise then was that I'd take it easy. A simple cardio workout, no High Intensity stuff, just a good hour of mid-range heart rate and a glowing sweat to show some exertion.
And I felt fine! No trauma, no pain, no big deal that I was making it out to be and I felt 10x better by the time it was done.
Now truth be told, I did have workout interruptus. I was 15 minutes into my routine when #1 son called needing some fatherly advice. So I looked around and made a command decision
I got off the bike, donned my fleece jacket, and headed outside to the track where I kicked into a brisk pace doing laps and listening to him tell me all about his most recent roommate, girlfriend, and pain-in-the-ass boss problems. Not sure if I helped him solve anything, but 45 minutes later, I'm pretty sure I walked at least 12 laps, logging a quick 3 miles, while also helping to shepherd oldest boy into the real world.
Once again, may favorite mantra held true; "I never regret working out, but I always regret not working out"
Have a great night Spark friends!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
So I'm kind of a fitness "Gadget Guy"
Actually, I'm an extreme "Gadget Guy"....I love 'em!!
I don't come across like an uber-geek, but I have a secret fascination with the little (and not so little) beasts. I love to track and measure, I hook 'em up to wi-fi, USB, bluetooth, dropbox, memory sticks, just about everything except pencil and paper. I like to stalk them, hunt them in their natural habitats like Amazon, fitness sites, running stores, bike stores, mega-outlets, and watch them in their natural habitat before I swoop down and capture them for my own private petting zoo.
I feel naked if I got to the gym without gearing up with a minimum of;
on weightlifting days;
and all the other regalia that gets strapped on to my weight loss machine:
At home I've had "things"...some long gone:
Some that need to go:
Some I can't yet bear to part with:
Some still in use:
Those I keep for sore muscles, post-workout;
And some I still dream of capturing for that long dreamed of "Home Gym"
So what does all this mean? I've had a lot of crap over the years. I get trapped, like many, thinking this or that gadget will make working out easier, or more fun, or I don't know what. That there is that "One Thing" out there that is the key to living a fit and happy life:
But there isn't! There's tons of them!! And I love 'em and want 'em every now and then!
Lately I've been stalking Fitbits, stealthily coveting the two folks on my staff I see wearing them:
I'm telling myself how cool these Lifeline "jungle straps" would be on my travels in faraway hotels with no gym;
Maybe I need Buddy Lee's Rope Master Jump Rope action to spice up my cardio;
I've got a digital scale, so I probably HAVE to get something to start measuring body fat too;
So will this madness ever stop? I don't know....most likely not. It's more of a hobby than anything else, which is a pretty cool way of looking at fitness. These are just motivators, rewards for good behavior rather than saviors from bad behavior.
In the end my 2 best fitness investments ever have been:
a good pair of sneakers to get my ass out the door
and a good gym bag to put all my "stuff" in on my way to workout
Have a great night Spark friends!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Ahh life on the road! You know, the great thing is, I'm not as anxiety ridden as I was this time last year, when toad trips meant overeating and no exercise.
Now there's still some incredibly long meetings to sit through, but hey, I either do it in Vegas or do it from home....pretty easy choice!
So I got in yesterday afternoon (Mussolini's ghost had the airlines running on time), got my car, checked into the room and before I could read another e-mail on the berry, I suited up and went to the gym.
It was packed!! Looks like there's been a lot more New Year's resolutions taking hold in Sin City than in Ft Walton Beach (the crowds at my home gym have already tapered off). So I looked around for a some free equipment and spotted a young lass wearing cycling shoes heading towards a room in the corner. So I tailed her and sure as hell, there was a spinning class about to start. SCORE!
So I went in pretty cocky as usual. And why not. I've upped my cardio game lately, been doing some pretty intensive cardio intervals, have almost doubled the weights on squats....time to show these Vegas yahoos who's boss! So I grabbed a bike in the front row, and smiled to the instructor at my 1 o'clock.
Of course they kicked my ass!!
Now I kept up real good, but man 'o man, 10 minutes into it and I was a sweaty mess! I felt damn good, but I got a serious resentment when the instructor shouted out, "OK one more minute, push it up!' and I pumped up my cadence hard.....then she had the gall to say, "I lied!! Let's go another minute!"....and she did this repeatedly throughout the session!!!
Now I'm all for playing hard here folks, but I demand honesty and integrity from those in positions of authority....especially when I'm out of Schlitz, and looking for a cold one. In the end, I kept having to save a little gas in the tank because I never knew how many "I lied's!" would be coming
It was all in good fun though. Came back to the room, showered, changed, then hit the convention center where they had all the hoopla and had a chance to see most everybody in my business while they served up good food and drink, snacks and tons of tacky promotional items.
The good news came when a buddy of mine I haven't seen in a while said, "Dude, you look like you've lost 30 lbs!"
Of course in my meticulous demand for accuracy I replied, "Thanks, actually, I've only lost about 15 lbs, but I've lost a lot of fat and added a lot of muscle"
He harumphed and grabbed a chicken cutlet from the blonde cutie passing the tray around.
I decided to continue the workout trend, and thanks to the 2 hour time difference from home, got up at 5:00 AM today and hit the gym for some more cardio....on my own....with no one to feed me lies!
I'm glad I did too, because the rest of the day went wicked long.....and they put the worst speakers in right after lunch....bad move....bad move....
So I'll survive this trip pretty well. Another day of speakers and some working group sessions tomorrow, then a flight home Saturday.
Have a great night Spark friends!
Monday, January 09, 2012
Well what better way to celebrate Year 2 on Spark than to eat well and exercise!
This morning I rejuvenated my smoothie routine, blending up a nice green smoothie (2 apples, a banana, fresh mint leaves, some parsley, a little yogurt, and coconut water) that tided me over nicely till lunch, where I dined on my standard sandwich SWMBO makes me in the morning
Work was uneventful, especially since I got way ahead yesterday in preparation for my trip Wednesday, so I ducked out a little early to get a haircut & swing by the tailors to.....have some clothes taken in!!
The nice, elderly Korean gentlemen took his time. He yanked & pulled, hemmed & hawed then looked at me sheepishly and said, "You should just buy some new pants & shirts"
"What do you mean, I just got these shirts last year (OK, I've had the pants for 10 years, but I really like them). Can't you take them in?"
"Yes, but you're body very different, I have to...." Then he went into a long explanation, full of slicing hand gestures meant to communicate to me that he'd have to take the shirts apart and totally reconstruct them if I wanted them to fit right....so much for a quick $5 nip and tuck at the waist.
So I left with all my garments in hand, somewhat frustrated, yet somewhat happy as well. I hate shopping, but he basically told me it would be cheaper to buy new stuff than to pay him to alter these....I think that's what he told me anyways.....I'm not sure, he lost me with the third downward hand slicing maneuver, which appeared to be the most expensive one.
I just went to the gym to work off the frustration.
Good news, the body keeps changing....bad news, I need to go shopping or risk looking like this:
Which is still better than this:
But then again, I could get creative and try to make it work:
Nahhh, I just better resolve myself into the dreaded clothes shopping routine!! ARRGHHHHH!
That's all for now, have a great night Spark friends!
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