Saturday, February 11, 2012
Ahh what a day!
Started off with a nice green smoothie in the AM (banana, orange, mint, parsley, coconut water, an apple, and some kale), then got butt and #2 son in gear to the Mardi Gras parade line up where my buddy runs a float for the Tourist Development Council.
It was cold (relatively) for Florida...50s and windy, but it was a pretty good turnout. Mostly snowbirds here for the winter months, but a good smattering of kids. For some logistical reason they started almost an hour and a half late, but once underway we had a hootie-good time.
I tend to get very exuberant at these thing. I have a knack for revving up crowds, demanding they scream and yell for their beads and trinkets. We even had bags of Moon-Pies to throw to those who cheered loudest. It was a family affair, so no wild displays of body parts were called for (just as well too, the majority of the crowd receives Medicare....I'd have to wash my eyes afterwards)
I logged 60 minutes of cardio for the whole damn thing even though we were outside for almost 3 hours and starving by the time it was finally over (but I didn't eat a single Moon-Pie!)
Took #2 son to lunch, then went in to work to do a morale check on the knuckle-heads I have working this weekend who messed up a big project Friday afternoon. They were humble and diligently setting things right. Some of them looked at me kind of funny though, then averted their eyes when I made eye-contact, turning away with the slightest grin. What the hell was that all about?
Well when I came back home SWMBO took one look at me and burst out laughing. The top of my head and face were as red as a lobster from having been out in the sun all day! It was sunny, but so damn cool and windy that I didn't even notice. Just what I need, a sunburn in February!
Anyway, we just came back from a little local variety show. We had a nice little night out as these folks performed "Rhythm Nation", tons of tributes to tunes from the 40s all the way to Beyonce.
Luckily it was dark and nobody could see my head!
Sheesh....have a great night Spark friends!
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
OK, so here's the deal; I am so freaking busy this week that I'm not going to be able to work out for even 10 minutes until at least Friday night!
Today was another non-stop day of action starting at 6:30 AM and I just got home at 7:00 PM. We had a full conference agenda for all my guys, interspersed with a 1 hour VTC that stretched into 2.5 hours. I tried to wrap things up early in order to spend a little bit of time getting my brain around all of tomorrow's activities (we have our annual awards banquet....about 300 people showing up and I'm the host!), then I had to high tail it over to #2 son's school for a showing of "Hairspray" he was in.
Tomorrow is much the same pace, with the addition of the banquet that will probably go on till about 11:00 PM.
Friday I think settles down some, but my front office folks have been hinting all day that Friday is packed with all sorts of "to-do" list items that I've let slide this week during our conference. Come what may, I'm hitting the gym at 5:30 Friday afternoon!!
Then today I get a call from a real good friend that runs the Tourist Development Council down here saying they would really appreciate it if I would help them with their Mardi Gras parade this weekend and wouldn't it be nice if I could be a judge for the floats and maybe even walk some of the parade and could I possibly be there at 10:00 AM on Saturday!
Dude, where the hell have you been these past few weeks? Couldn't you have asked me a month ago?!?
Well, no rest for the wicked (and apparently not much workout time either). The good news is I ate better today (no cheesy artichoke-spinach dip to graze on). We got back and SWMBO grilled up some chicken on the barby and sauteed up some brussel sprouts (Yum!!).
#2 son and I are watching Star Wars episode 2 and he was thrilled to introduce us to his "girlfriend" at the play, so he's pretty happy (she's a shy, awkward 16-year old and he's a shy, awkward 17-year old so they're quite a pair. We agreed with her parents that we'd get them together to a movie or the mall sometime these next few weekends.....hey maybe she can joins us at Mardi Gras Saturday!)
Well that's all for tonight Spark friends.....have a great night!
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!
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