Saturday, January 21, 2012
So the other day, I was cruising around the app store, looking for something gucci to spruce up the old iPhone and I came across the Nike Training Club. It had 500+ rave reviews, so I downloaded it for future use.
Today was a nice, easy Saturday; coffee, news, family lunch, family grocery shopping, cruising around on Sparkpeople....which of course soon got me thinking, "I really need to go to the gym don't I?"
So off I went!
Logged some good cardio on the bike and elliptical, did some deadlifts to work out a kink in my back, then decided to do some abs.
As I set my towel down on the mat, I was about to pull up my standard 200 situps app, when I spied the Nike Training Club icon sitting there looking quite lonely, so I decided what the hell.
It's a pretty cool little app. Tons of workouts, great instructional pictures and videos, plugs into your playlists, nicely laid out, yadda-yadda-yadda. There's even a section for quick 15 minute specialty workouts; shoulders, back, legs.....ABS!
I looked it over. Seemed pretty basic. 1 minute of toe reaches, 1 minute of twists, some planks, some more twists & reaches, rest for 30 seconds, then repeat this workout 3 times and voila! a 15 minute ab session.
Now I consider myself a pretty fit guy. I like to push myself and have a pretty stubborn streak that gets me through a lot of things, so I figured I'd crush this little workout no problem and was already wondering if I needed to look for something a little more intense.
This stupid, stinkin' app kicked my ass!!!
Hubris is never an easy lesson to acknowledge, but I was humbled and plodded through as the apps un-emotional instructor kept telling me to keep my back straight, to push my hips up, all the while ignoring my impulse to throw the damn phone down a flight of stairs. It was like a never ending contraction of my entire core. All of a sudden 200 sit-ups was sounding pretty darn good!
But it's always good to shake things up. This little 15 minutes session worked on parts of my abs I had totally forgotten about, so I'll keep it in my repertoire, eventually laughing at the instructors feeble attempts to break me down!
Have a great night Spark friends!
Thursday, January 19, 2012
So these two items are totally unrelated (the idea of combining them is actually kind of gross) but they both came up today in an intriguing way.
We did a calendar review this morning and my secretary showed a "Bod-Pod" appointment for herself at the end of January. Junior 20-something front office guy also had one listed for himself that same week.
"What the hell is that all about?" I asked them.
"Oh, we scheduled ourselves for a Bod-Pod those days" they replied, grinning like conspiring teenagers (my secretary is 54).
"Don't make me get out the waterboard again; what the hell is a Bod-Pod?"
"Oh, it's a ....." and they went into this long convoluted explanation of how you put on some compression-tight clothes, and get into this little chamber after you fast, and they take all your body measurements, and that there was a local gym doing them for free and that......
I looked at one and then the other. "So when am I scheduled for this Bod Pod thing?"
They looked down at their shoes, back at each other, back at me.
"Did you want one boss?"
"You friggin' morons, have you not been paying attention to anything I've been talking about this past year about eating right and working out? Am I not the uber-geek of measurement and data collection? Hell yes I want me some of that Bod Pod thing, especially if you 2 yahoos think it's important enough to clutter up MY calendar with YOUR freaking appointments! When's the next opening?"
Jaws on floor, puppy dog eyes, "We'll get back to you on that one, boss"
"Damn right you will!"
So Spark friends, if any of you have any feedback on this "Bod Pod" thing, chime on in.....I'm obviously intrigued and about to be scheduled for one!
The avocado thing is a little more mundane....I forgot how much I love them, but I also forgot how laden in calories they are.
I'm a late avocado-bloomer....didn't have my first one till I was in my 20s in college. Loved them ever since.
SWMBO bought a few the other day and tonight, there was a wonderfully ripe half-avocado on the kitchen counter just as I had plated up the rest of dinner.
YUM! I had him and his other half-brother I fished out of the crisper drawer
It was only after dinner that I realized that little escapade cost me 300 extra calories at dinner.
So I'm trying to find an easy way to use little pieces of avocado as a garnish for some meals.....cause eating a whole damn one sure tastes good, but is a little too costly
That's all for now....have a great night Spark friends!
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!
Get An Email Alert Each Time GETSTRONGRRR Posts