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
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
.aspx ) 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!
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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