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Slowing it Down...the key to success!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Well surprisingly enough, I had a pretty relaxing Sunday, even considering I spent about 3 hours in the office this afternoon.

This morning I solved a funky computer challenge I've had for a long time. I've been collecting and digitizing DVDs for years from this place called the Teaching Company ( www.thegreatcourses.com/greatcourses
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) and had them stored on a USB hard drive. Well I want to watch these bad boys on the big 50 inch plasma, but don't want to go through the hassle of plugging & unplugging etc.

Well this Blu Ray player I bought at XMAS is frikkin' awesome!! It connected itself to the home wi-fi, scanned every computer in the house (to include removable drives), and can play ANY type of video or audio file from anywhere direct to the TV

Anyway, short story long, I skipped the Sunday news shows and got caught up on proto-Mesopotamian civilizations for the morning. And I got a head start on my packing.

Tomorrow, I travel to Kansas City and return Saturday, so I had to go in to the office to finish up some reports and punch out a few e-mails to keep things moving at work while I'm away. Then I hit the gym to get in some cardio and abs.

Faithful readers will know about my recent struggles with the Nike Training Club abs app. Well it's getting easier because I finally realized something....I can slow things down.

5 years ago, my mid-life ennui expressed itself in a desire to run....after a lifetime of avoiding it. So with my mind set to conquer this aversion, I read everything I could get my hands on about running. I learned that running should be enjoyable, that one should run at a comfortable pace where you can conduct a conversation, that you should finish feeling strong and acclimatize yourself to running longer and/or faster only after you build a solid base.

It was like the heavens parted and the angels sang to me of God's truth! No wonder I hated running...I always bolted out of the chocks at such a high speed, I couldn't sustain it, forget about enjoying it. Slow it down, chum, ease into it....run at a pace that makes you feel like you can go on and on. Don't worry about the time, just keep moving.

So it only took me about about 10 days to figure out the same thing about this simple 15 minute abs routine. It was kicking my ass because I was going in afterburner, doing every sit-up, every twist, every "Crazy Ivan" at the speed of heat.

Today I paced myself, doing them slow and steady, keeping enough gas in the tank to get through the whole routine fairly gracefully. And it worked! When Nike's audiatrix chimed in to keep my back straight, I spat back "Keep your own back straight biyatch, mine is just fine!" and kept going through all 3 sets.

So that went well....felt so good that I came home and when #2 son challenged me to a round of Halo, I was all in....and so went the rest of my afternoon.

That's all for tonight Spark friends....tomorrow, Kansas City, here I come!

  
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FANGFACEKITTY 1/31/2012 6:58PM

    I've been trying to get my daughter to start out slowly when she runs, instead of like a bat from he'll, as she runs out of steam before the first mile.

In her 13 year old wisdom she has informed me that doing so "won't work for her"...even though she refuses to try it.

Oh, to know everything there is to know again! How much simpler life would be.

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SAFARIBABE 1/30/2012 10:15PM

    ROFLMAO!!! You mean you've actually stooped to cursing out iPhone apps? LOL Although you do a lot of travelling for work....exactly when IS your next vacation scheduled for? Might I suggest a sunny clime with no electricity? I know several really nice spots that would fir the bill! WTG on kicking the program's digitized butt!

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DDOORN 1/30/2012 12:10PM

    Spark ON!

Hey, would love to know what Blue Ray player you got as I haven't yet sprung for one, but am eager when I DO to be sure to get one that does as yours does...re: scanning pcs, playing various file formats...love the sound of it and have had this in mind for when I buy this gadget. I hear some flat screens also have this capability via USB drives, etc.

Don

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BILL60 1/30/2012 7:53AM

    You're doing super!!

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KAYZAKCX 1/30/2012 3:28AM

    Sounds like a very enjoyable day. Have fun in KC.

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ERIKO1908 1/29/2012 11:33PM

    I love how we talk back to our workouts!! Thanks for the smile you caused!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/29/2012 10:06PM

    About a month ago, after next-to-no research and trying to run quickly from the get-go, a friend told me to start running slowly and I will last longer. And she`s right! There`s always learning to be done :)

Enjoy your trip.

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Mambo #5

Friday, January 27, 2012

So somehow I totally forgot about this dinner we had signed up for. SWMBO reminded me last night that we had signed up to attend this United Way fundraising dinner and we were sitting with some friends who were also doing a local "Dancing with the Stars" routine at this hoopla, "so no backing out!".....Kitschy, but cute & fun.

I moved up my gym time to 4:30, got in a great ST session, came home, showered up and changed for this "Denim & Diamonds" event....ladies wore jeans and bling, guys....whatever.

Dinner was a big buffet of not so bad stuff....steaks in some weird cream sauce with noodles, some breaded chicken breasts (surprisingly tender), tons of veggies (loaded up half my plate with these), and a ridiculously huge dessert table with a 5 ft chocolate fountain surrounded by cookies, cakes, and fruit.

All told I think I got out of dinner for about 800 calories, even with a pecan bar and half a brownie.

The rest of the night was pretty good, but I was itching to leave by 9:30. They had a bunch of silent auctions going. SWMBO and I bid on a few of them and she was all set to win this spa day package (she was the winning bidder until after 9:00 when I told her, "No more bidding! They're not announcing the winners till 1100....I'll buy you a spa day just to get out of here!".....It's been a long week....I felt pretty tired and was getting cranky.....obviously!

But our friends won the dance competition so we had to stick around a little longer anyway. SWMBO is a social butterfly and once they started playing "Mambo #5" there was no holding her back. She was on the floor with a bunch of gal pals swaying and jiving to Lou Bega....which got me thinking.....

Our couple friends that won the dance gig are about our age....they guy is about 6 ft, bit of a belly, not a specimen of peak physical conditioning.....yet somehow, he had the moves and didn't look half bad out there. Me, I'm not a dancer

"So brother, tell me how you and your child bride prepared for this thing" I asked him as I watched SWMBO raise the roof on the dance floor

"Oh, we took about 5 lessons and practiced on our own for a few hours at home each week" Then he grabbed me around the shoulders and walked me to the table where his instructor sat with her whole troop of professional dancers.....they had donated their time and volunteered to get all these couples ready for this event.

Gab, gab, yak, yak.....next thing you know I'm walking away with their card, half-signed up for some "complimentary lessons"

So we'll see....I've toyed with this idea for a while now....more to follow....right now, I'm beat!

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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JOYLINNKNITS 1/29/2012 4:00AM

    Sounds like fun!! I've wanted to get my DH into some lessons for the two of us...have to see how you do!!

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ADEWYN 1/28/2012 5:47PM

    sounds like a good time!


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BEATLETOT 1/28/2012 11:52AM

    Sounds like fun--and you can't beat the price!

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LENKA763 1/28/2012 10:43AM

    I love that song, no wonder you had to stay longer.

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SAFARIBABE 1/28/2012 10:08AM

    Hopefully you can get a bit of rest this weekend! Some quality time with your beloved Kindle and family. A friend of mine and his wife started taking dance lessons in advance of their daughters wedding and have kept at it ever since. Well they did drop it for a bit cause the Mrs keeps trying to lead and argues with him b/c he has no rhythm but that's the way they always are. They've just re-signed up. SO...I say go for it! A little extra cardio never hurt anyone. Have a great one Sugar!

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FRECKS96 1/28/2012 8:48AM

    Awesome!! I've always wanted to take some lessons myself but could never find the courage. No time like the present!

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NEEBREW 1/28/2012 8:39AM

    It would be a blast! I hope you take the lessons!


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DDOORN 1/28/2012 8:20AM

    Dancing appeals to me a great deal also...always loved music and figure I'm WAY overdue to put that love to practice through dancing. I've blogged about our local Swing Dance Society and the challenges for this klutzy, two-left-feet, shy, self-conscious guy trying to get out there on the floor!

Don

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BILL60 1/28/2012 8:04AM

    Perez Prado, the creator of Mambo #5, can get my toes moving real quick. Get some lessons and do some Salsa cross-training. You'd be surprised how much energy you'll spend, once you get to know what you're doing. Great stuff!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/28/2012 2:04AM

    Sounds like fun!

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CHEEKY1000 1/28/2012 12:10AM

    That sounds like so much fun! Enjoy!

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Hookie never felt so good!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

So I had to drive over to Panama City Beach (FL) today for a ribbon cutting ceremony on a bldg that just got finished (it was a project I helped start almost 4 years ago!). It was a nice day out of the office and I got to see some friends and colleagues I haven't seen in years.

All the hoopla got over around 1200, and I was getting ready to drive back when I decided to duck into a local gym to get in a quick workout before the 90 minute drive back.

That worked out just fine (I continue to kick back at the Nike Training Club abs burner workout.....I haven't yet wiped the smirk off the face of the audio instructor yet, but soon...very soon!) As I hit the rode, all of a sudden all weather hell broke loose around the coast with torrential downpours that slowed everybody down to less than 40 MPH.

I was still making good time, checking the crackberry and making phone calls (hands free of course) then I decided screw it, why am I getting all antsy about getting back to the office on time. My #2 guy is perfectly capable of handling things and loves being in charge when I'm out anyway (must watch out for signs of coup d'etat), so I eased up on the throttles, pumped up the volume on the radio, then leisurely pulled into an off-road knick-knack stand and bought a 2 ft tall hand carved pelican I had spied on the drive over (I'll plant him in the front yard. SWMBO and I have a mutual fascination with pelicans and herons), and next thing you know, Bob's your uncle and I'm home....at 4:00!! I hardly ever do that!

#2 son was home, SWMBO was out getting a haircut (and color and other foo-foo things that apparently can only be done at salons), so I showered up and started digging around the fridge to see what I could whip up for dinner. Saw a couple of fresh tilapia fillets wrapped up in paper, a bag full of brussel sprouts and some fresh leeks...hell I could do something with that, a little olive oil and some garlic.....oh yeah, I can make this work!

I got #2 son to halving the brusell sprouts while I went to town on the leeks and garlic. Got some boiling water going, dumped in the sprouts, then super-heated up the olive oil and next thing you know the fragrant aromas of sauteed garlic & leeks are wafting through the house, quickly followed by the sizzling sound of tilapia browned up in the same pan. Drained out the brussel sprouts and give them a couple of quick flips in the pan for some color, plated the veggies on and around the fish, squeezed off a juicy lime over both, then cracked a whole bunch of black pepper on top, and I'm just in time to be a hero as SWMBO walks through the door shaking her newly cropped & colored mane all around the kitchen oohhing and aahhing as she saw that dinner was already prepared!

Hookie never felt so good!

Have a great night Spark friends!

  
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/27/2012 4:21PM

    Awesome - what great, productive day!

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VISHYT 1/27/2012 2:02PM

    Oooooh yeah! I'm reading this at breakfast time and now I want fish for breakfast! Which is... wrong! LOL!

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BEATLETOT 1/27/2012 9:07AM

    Love taking a day off...it does feel a little like hooky, doesn't it! I remember leaving school early for dr. appointments, and feeling like I was doing something wrong as I did other errands first...out in the sunlight, away from the building I stay in all day, there's a whole other world out there!

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BILL60 1/27/2012 7:36AM

    You're a real "suck-up". I envy guys like you, who feel comfortable in the kitchen. When my wife travels, I'm real good at handling the can opener and working the micro. Hang tough!!

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KAYZAKCX 1/27/2012 3:42AM

    Ah, the occasional hookie...I took one myself today and took my daughter to an open house at a vocational school. Loved it!

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REBECCATKD 1/26/2012 9:49PM

    Great end to your day!

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SAFARIBABE 1/26/2012 9:32PM

    SO glad you cleared up the Florida thing! I was worrying if you'd had time to get your yellow card up to date! LOL Sounds like a great day! And the tilapia sounds yummy!! You can keep the sprouts tho. They're just....wrong! LOL Hope you remembered to compliment SWMBO's hair. Even if she arrived home with a pink mohawk!

Have a great night!!

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Exercise your triceps!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So I was shooting the breeze with a doc I know (we see each other at the gym and compare notes on our mutual recovery from hip surgery....sometimes it gets a little competitive...("Yeah I rode 20 miles on my bike this weekend"...."Good for you, I've been doing hi-intensity intervals on the elliptical"...."Those are good, have you been doing squats lately?"...."Oh of course and I added leg presses to help work on the quads".....it goes on like this for a while))

We finally declared a truce and I told him one of my near term goals is to do 10 pullups.

He nodded his head wisely and said, "Well you can get real good at those if you strengthen your triceps"

I try to look smart, half nodding my head, but not really getting it, at the same time not willing to admit I have no idea what he's talking about.....triceps for a pulling maneuver? I thought it was all back and shoulders. But he's a doc, right? Anatomy classes, dissecting cadavers, the whole med school thing, surely he must know some dark secret that I have no way to fathom.

"Yeah triceps, OK, so maybe concentrate on dips to get better at pull-ups? I hadn't thought of that. Has that worked for you?"

He gave me a Hindu God smile and said, "You bet! The first thing you need to do is to work your triceps hard and push away from the dinner table before you're full! Drop 5 lbs and they'll get a lot easier!"

"You quack, voodoo-hoodoo, medicine-man, why do I bother even being seen with you!"

But I liked it and will add it my repertoire....even try to remember it every now and then when there's a big spread in front of me and I feel like going for seconds.....or thirds!

Have a great night Spark friends! Work those triceps hard!!

  
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CHEEKY1000 1/28/2012 12:06AM

    emoticon Love it! This just reinforces how important it is for me to eat my after work snack. I find that when I skip it, it becomes increasingly difficult to "push away" from the table and I eat more than I should. Thanks for the reminder (I know, you said nothing about snacks...but my brain gets from point A to B in strange zigzags).

So have you been cloned yet? How was it? I do hope you'll blog about the Bod Pod(or did you and I somehow missed it?).

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RUTHXG 1/26/2012 6:29PM

    emoticon Heehee!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/26/2012 4:42PM

    LOL. I love working my triceps - when I stick to the program I can see them bulge out a bit and it feels good!

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BEATLETOT 1/26/2012 8:42AM

    Love that! I wish I could watch the two of you interact!

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KAYZAKCX 1/26/2012 2:27AM

    LMAO!!!!

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RUSTBUCKET1 1/25/2012 11:18PM

    Great blog! The tris have a mind of their own. I am inspired to work mine harder. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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SAFARIBABE 1/25/2012 11:12PM

    ROFLMAO!!! Triceps are evil painful muscles!! Unfortunately w/o them you look like you've got a flag flying below your arm! SO wrong!! Good Luck with your pull-ups! I'm off to squat!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/25/2012 10:28PM

    lol

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ERIKO1908 1/25/2012 10:24PM

    I'm going to add that move to my triceps routine!! :)

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FANGFACEKITTY 1/25/2012 10:13PM

    emoticon You had me going there! Although he is correct, it gets that much easier with even just a few pounds less to pull or push.

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Monday....making up for Sunday!

Monday, January 23, 2012

So I survived yet another day of travel and another day of eating out....and surprisingly well to boot.

Yesterday (Sunday) I ate out every meal...while we were at home! It was a foggy day in the Florida Panhandle, so SWMBO and #2 son decided I, the designated driver in less than ideal weather conditions, should drive them out for Sunday Brunch.

We went to one of our favorite little haunts, where SWMBO ordered eggs benedict on superbly crisped crab cakes, #2 son had some Amaretto-infused French Toast drizzled with caramel and maple syrup.....and yours truly had a fillet of Tilapia over quinoa with a spoonful of balsamic vinegar for some tang.

All good so far....then SWMBO announced that we were going to go see "Iron Lady" for a Sunday matinee date. I could live with that. I'm a Meryl Streep fan, and any movie about Margaret Thatcher is no danger of turning into a chick flick.

But it was only so-so. Too much about Maggie dealing with dementia and not enough about her socking it to Argentina or going toe-to-toe with the Russkies.

Anyway, one tub of movie popcorn later and SWMBO also announced that we should just swing by Panera bread for sandwiches in lieu of a big dinner out. Bottom line, even with the tilapia at lunch, I blew through my calorie limits for the day (quinoa packs about as many calories as rice).

Fast forward to today. I blended up an exquisite green smoothie before leaving the house (a banana, an apple, and an orange with a few sprigs of mint, some parsley, and kale, with about a cup of coconut water - double yum!), SWMBO made me a "simple sandwich" to take on the road and I avoided the snacks on Delta pretty successfully (OK, I snuck in a twix bar....just one!)

Everything ran on time, even with the cruddy weather in Atlanta, so I had just enough time to check in to my room, change up and head over to the gym for a decent workout before meeting my boss and some pals for dinner at Outback (btw, I did the Nike Training Club abs workout again....still kicked my ass, but this time I kicked back a little)

Outback went pretty well. I ordered the salmon and veggies, being the only fish eater at a table of 5 serious carnivores, but I walked out of there without having to let out my belt like the rest of them.

Anyway, a full day of reports and meetings tomorrow, then a flight back home leaving here around 7:00 PM. If I can squeeze in a workout, I will, and if I can blog, even better.

Have a great night Spark Friends!

  
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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/25/2012 7:01PM

    Panera is a calorie-counter's worst nightmare. No matter what you do, it's hard to get a meal there that isn't over the top. Glad you made up for it with that smoothie!

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BEATLETOT 1/24/2012 11:32AM

    I heart Panera. It's what I want when I just want a nice, simple, good meal. I like to get a half-sandwich and a salad.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/24/2012 11:26AM

    Panera is EVIL, but oh so good. I can usu find something in calorie range, but NEVER in sodium range. The black bean soup is pretty good. But if I had my choice I'd eat bread, bread and more bread!

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SAFARIBABE 1/23/2012 11:34PM

    Surprising...didn't think Meryl made so so films. Tho...there as that one with Goldi Hawn and Bruce Willis that really ...well... LOL You always ace the road trips! I wish I had HALF of your resistence!! Remember...power walking thru airports CAN count as cardio. Need extra challenge? Hurdle small children as you go!!

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JOYLINNKNITS 1/23/2012 9:59PM

    Hope you do get to blog! I'm encouraged and enlightened! Good for you for getting back on the program. My Hubbie and I ate dinner out for a date night the other day and I fully accepted the responsibility of the chocolate mudslide that we shared. And it was sooooo good. But back on the plan the next day! Thanks for the encouragement! emoticon

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