Tuesday, February 07, 2012
So I survived today's non-stop events. I was pretty much "On" all day from about 7:00 AM till 7:30 PM.
Food intake was pretty good....until I logged the 2 fistfuls of cashews & almonds I grabbed around 3:00 and the 4 dollops of spinach-artichoke dip I mopped up with some nice Italian bread.
At least I kept hydrated throughout the day!
SWMBO was pissed because she was the only spouse there tonight. I thought I told folks to bring their significant others to the reception tonight, but most of them ended up coming stag.
Tomorrow will be about the same pace as today, with the difference being a night visit to #2 son's school for some type of performance. The good news is, there shouldn't be any spinach-artichoke dip there!
It's a short one tonight Spark friends....have a good night!
Monday, February 06, 2012
To blog or not to blog.....when faced with that dilemma, I'll do one of 2 things; 1) Blog, or 2) Say to hell with it and go to bed. Today, well, you can see which way I decided.
In the end I enjoy it. I find it helps me organize my thoughts for the day, it affords me the opportunity for public accountability of how I did diet & exercise-wise, and it helps make clear any number of minor annoyances or anxieties I've got about......you guessed it, diet & exercise.
Today was my first day back in the office after almost 2 weeks on the road and it was a non-stop express ride the whole day. I mentioned yesterday that we've got a lot going on this week and so as I reviewed the final details on our 3-day conference and awards banquet, my spidey sense started tingling on some things that had been left out. Nothing malicious or bad on anyone's part, just things I had taken for granted were getting done, but weren't. So I had to go into predator mode and start giving the 3000 psi finger to folks to close up a couple of important loops.....minor things like "where are the awards we're giving out?!?!"
So it felt very good to slide out of the office and over to the gym. Now here's one of life's cruelest injustices; with strength training, even a minor break (7-10 days) can feel like you've taken a year off in the Tuscan Sun. Last week I did a ton of cardio, balanced with some pushups and situps and a few token deadlifts...but apparently not enough.
That's why I like having trainer guy around. I got there 20 minutes late, no time to warm up, so I told him "Let's jump into a moderate workout, 2 sets each instead of 3, and let's workout out as much of chest & shoulders as we can in 45 minutes"
And so we did....he modified the weights and reps to make sure that, in his own cruel Stasi-inspired mind, that I strained every muscle fiber to its allowable limit in just 3/4 of an hour!
Anyway, tomorrow SWMBO and I are hosting a "no-host" social for about 30 conference attendees....I steered the caterer towards healthier hors d'oeuvres, but there'll be a smattering of heavier fare as well. Wednesday #2 son has a school play we're going to, then Thursday SWMBO and I are hosting the banquet that has about 300 folks signed up so far....I ordered the chicken & veggies instead of the steak and potato....would never have thought that way a year ago!
Well it's getting late and my brain is starting to play Jedi mind tricks on me, so have a great night Spark friends!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Well I finally made it back home yesterday....it was a 10 hour travel day! For whatever reason, my staff got me 2 connecting flights to make it back home; Kansas City to Dallas to Atlanta to Ft Walton Beach...Yikes! They somehow convinced me that this would get me home quicker than one connection. I think they were messing with my head and high-fiving each other after I left. Luckily everything ran on time....even though some wicked snow started blowing through Kansas in the AM.
As I look back on this past week I realized I worked out 7 days in a row since last Sunday. Now some of those workouts were just 30 minutes long, but here's the deal....that's still a 30 minute workout. Now here's the really cool deal....I said above that the workout was "just 30 minutes long"
I now feel cheated if all I can get in is 30 minutes! Five years ago when I started getting serious about exercise, mostly running, a 30 minute run was pretty exhausting....I was out of Schlitz after that. Over time I slowly built that up (my favorite motivational saying in those days was "My long runs will soon become my short runs")
Now I'm on the other end of that spectrum....some days, I think "Well if all I can do is 20-30 minutes it's hardly worth changing clothes"
I felt perfectly energized on those "short" workouts this week. I just upped the intensity a little to get more out of it. As a matter of fact, when I hit Atlanta, rather than take the tram from Terminal T to terminal D, I just plugged in my headphones, put on the racy tunes I use for my Tabata Intervals and did the Hallway Heisman sprint through the tunnels to stretch out my legs....10 extra minutes of perfectly good cardio, while carrying and towing about 40 lbs of gear.
But today is a rest day. I actually slept in till about 7:00 and woke up feeling great. It's nice and foggy here in the panhandle, so I'll get some reading done watching the fog roll in over the water (which will be perfect....for reasons unknown even to me, I'm in the middle of a Horatio Hornblower book; I'm in a nautical mood maties!)
I do need to go into the office for a few hours. I'm hosting a 3-day conference here this week of my far flung empire of 13 division across the country. We're doing a "no host" social Tuesday night and our annual awards banquet on Thursday, so free time will be at a premium.
That's all for now Spark friends....today's menu will be green smoothies and veggies to detox from 5 days of Kansas City BBQ and steaks!
Have a great day!
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Well I continue to be a carnivore here in Kansas. Last night we passed on BBQ and went out to a steak joint. It was chock full of atmosphere....you could tell by the ceiling decor....1000 empty bags of Crown Royale were staple-gunned into the ceiling tiles....you can't make this stuff up.
I of course had the buffalo steak....just as tasty, and half the calories!
Well this is still a "whirlwind" week (it is Kansas of course....no twisters yet). My boss flew in here too, so now it's a big to-do. He's a great boss though. As long as there's some free time to work out and a good dinner plan, he's easy to get along with. See why I think he's great! (Although I did have to bang out a bunch of e-mails after dinner to answer some of his questions earlier tonight)
We ended all our meetings around 2:30 and the next big event was a hoopla reception, so we both got time to hit the gym before 5:00. My inspiration for today was something I read on a white board and I'm still pondering it.
There's this guy I know who I haven't seen in maybe 15 years. When he first got in the business we worked together briefly (he was a bit of a knucklehead), now he's running his own division and doing great, so he took me by his office and we got caught up.
The first thing I saw in his office was a magnificent road bike levitated on this contraption:
"Dude, what the hell is that?"
"Dude, that's my magnetic trainer....it's awesome! In the winter it gets too cold and icy here and the gym is too far away. With this I can ride at lunch, in my office, ON MY OWN BIKE!"
"Dude, your a friggin' genius! Seriously, you're a genius! Sorry I called you a knucklehead way back when"
"Dude, it's alright, you should get one though, they're great"
Then I looked over at his white board, full of scribbles and erasure marks, but blocked off in a corner, in what appeared to be permanent ink I read;
"I fear no man, but I fear my workout.
If I don't fear my workout, it isn't hard enough"
I teared up. "Grasshopper, you have taken the stones from my hand...it is time for me to leave!" and we called it a day.
So I hit the gym, did a full hour of good cardio on the rowing machine and the bike, then conquered my fear of meeting the Nike abs routine and had at it for another 15 minutes.
Do I really fear my workouts? Not really. I do everything I can to look forward to them. It's a nice tough guy saying though and something I'll keep remembering for those days when I'm reluctant to go and can say to myself, "Well of course you don't want to go, it's supposed to be hard"
Now, how do I build a gym in my office.......
Have a great night Spark friends!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Well today was a very full day....and I think the rest of the week is going to go like this.
Not a lot of free time on the horizon....just enough to get in a quick workout (30 minutes) each day, log my meals, get caught up with Spark friends, and maybe eek out a blog or 2 (I think I have my priorities straight)
I'm in Kansas!! Kansas City Blues and Kansas city BBQ!!! What could go wrong there?!?
I've got a team of guys that work up here and I come visit them every so often to see how things are going (I think they like to have me visit too, but one is never sure). Part of the routine is to go out for a team dinner, and for whatever reason, they really like to go out to BBQ joints.
Can't say I fight them too hard, but I've got 3 more nights here and we've had BBQ 2 nights in a row! (But it was damn good Q). Luckily, I only had a cliff bar for breakfast and hit a subway for lunch, so I think I'm good for total calories.....even though about 800 of them are smoked and pulled in one form or another. (good news is I didn't even try the potato salad & french fries that came with it...Go meat!)
I was able to duck out for a quick 30 minute cardio session in the gym before dinner, which is what I got in yesterday as well.....I may have to feign illness and go detox on the elliptical for a few hours tomorrow night.
Now the very good news is, 3 of my folks who I hadn't seen in a couple of months said, "Hey boss, you look like you've lost a lot of weight"
I smiled kindly at the young apple polishers and said, "Thanks, actually my weight hasn't changed that much, but I've re-distributed it some"
Which once again re-enforces what I've seen a lot of people writing about lately....ditching the scale. I'm not quite there yet....but slowly, slowly....
That's about all for tonight Spark friends....I'm hitting the sack early
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