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!!
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!
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
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