Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Well I'm a little beat today. Between cardio and ST, I've worked out six days straight. Add to that almost 3 straight weeks of working 10-12 hour days plus 4-6 on the weekends and I can tell my patience/tolerance is shrinking.
It's all good. I know when my mind plays Jedi mind tricks on itself and can recognize the signs, although today I displayed a serious lack of good judgment.....at least that's what I found out later.
I got to the gym as usual and hit the elliptical to warm up before ST. Trainer guy said he had to make a few calls, so after about 15 minutes on the machine I thought, "Hey why not do some abs BEFORE lifting"
Nothing too wacky, just some basic crunches and some oblique twists.
The gym was pretty packed, so instead of starting off with squats, we did back first, then started on legs.
Well on my third set of squats, I got this wickedly sharp pain just right of center in my lower back, so I stopped.
"What the hell," said trainer guy
"Sharp pain....not the good kind.....lower back," I grimaced
"Hmm, your form looked real good, anything else going on?"
"No, just the usual warm-up and I added some abs before we started"
"Not good brother! Always do abs after your workout. All they'll do is increase your chance of straining something"
"No scheisse Sherlock! I didn't get the memo! Next time, make sure I'm on the distro list for these updates!"
So you can see my tolerance was low.....
Anyway, the good news is, unlike in my 20s, I can tell the difference between good pain and bad pain, so at the first (well OK, it was more like the second.....OK, OK, the third!) sign of pain I stopped. I think that helped keep it from aggravating much and right now, it's actually not bad at all.
All that leads me to conclude that tomorrow will be a fitness day off. Damn if Sparkguy and his Point-taunting cronies don't make me shoot for yet more and more fitness points every month!
Have a great night Spark friends!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Well first of all, Happy Valentine's Day Spark friends!
I was a hometown hero this weekend....I ordered up flowers and had them delivered to SWMBO on Saturday, beating the rush, getting some good flowers (I learned a long time ago that they send out the dreg leftovers on the 14th), and reaping the benefits of having flowers on display in the house when her gal pals come visit and she can say, "look at these beautiful roses!".....pay attention gentlemen, it works wonders!
The work day went surprisingly smooth. I have my big staff meetings on Tuesdays, did a big contract review late morning, then spent the afternoon doing feedbacks to a bunch of my senior guys. It's always a good news/bad news thing. I try to be objective, honest, and realistic, telling them what I see that's good, what needs work, and what their potential looks like from my perch. Some folks have promising futures, some have peaked, and some are lucky to be where they are. What always surprises me is when I have to tell someone that they're not doing so hot (something all their peers & supervisors seem to already know), that they always tell me, "well no, I've always thought I was doing great....no one ever told me otherwise"
I guess that's why 90% of the people think they're in the top 10% of good drivers!
So it felt good after 5 straight hours of straight talk to get my butt over to the gym. I was kind of pressed for time (I couldn't come home late on V-Day!), so I got about 30 minutes in on the bike (yeah, I texted my status update while riding!), then did the Nike Training Club Abs Burner for another 15 minutes....still haven't crushed this little routine yet, but it's a damn good app!
It's been a hectic 2 weeks, so I'm looking forward to the weekend. SWMBO and I did a quick calendar check and she reminded me that she has a speaking engagement at a conference this weekend, so #2 son and I are on our own starting Friday night, which worked out pretty nicely because a friend of mine invited us over for a Wild Game dinner at his place on Saturday night!
Will have to do some more cardio this week to gear up for a carnivorous weekend!
Have a great night Spark friends!
Monday, February 13, 2012
So I've been thinking.....
Why, or how, is it that I keep getting all these indicators that I'm losing weight (loose fitting clothes, people saying, "Hey you're losing weight", etc), yet the scales aren't moving at all.
Yeah, yeah. I get the whole "Losing fat, adding muscle" thing, it's one of my "truths" (See my Spark page intro), but there's a part of my monkey brain that keeps saying, "Yeah, sure, OK.... but really....what's up with the scale?"
I've been pretty good about staying within calorie ranges and all that....but here's a secret....I really like to snack....at night. It's one of my favorite splurges.
So I save up a few 100 calories in the evenings so that I can have a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter and a shot of milk at night time.
Well early last week, we ran out of peanut butter and I didn't tell SWMBO that the cupboard was low. So no PB for almost a week....no shot of milk....just maybe a handful of pistachios and almonds to chomp on in the evening. And I'm in the same calorie range as always....just swapped carbs & dairy for whatever raw almonds and pistachios are made of.
And the scales.....well they have been steadily going down....almost 3 lbs since Thursday! What the hell is up with that?!?!
I haven't adjusted the weight ticker yet or anything, just because I'm somewhat skeptical right now (monkey brain senses danger, disbelief). I mean, calories are calories right? Right?!?
Hell I don't know...maybe there is higher math involved.....maybe there is something to the type of calories being important.
Gosh, do I really have to start looking at pie charts of nutrients, ratios of fats, carbs, and protein and do a balancing act getting them all to take their proper place on the tracker page? Some days it's all I can do to get the data in there and adjust the calories to fit between the goal posts of min & max.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining.....it's just the cognitive dissonance in my brain trying to adjust to a whole new way of having to look at the world.
Is this what Einstein felt like? I've always felt we have so much in common.....
Have a great night Spark friends!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Well the best part of my Sunday took place at the gym....actually the best part of my Sunday was just getting to the gym.
We had a cold front blow through the panhandle last night...it actually got below 30, which, being from Boston is not that big a deal, but let's face it, I'm now acclimatized to the South. So we turned on the heater and got the house all toasty before bedtime.
But man, we all woke up with our sinuses dried up and congested to all get out! I spent my morning sneezing and sniffling, going through what felt like half a box of tissues. My meetings at work were starting at 1:00 PM, so I had to get better, but by 10:00 AM it wasn't looking good and my motivation was waning. Add to that the sunburn lotion I smeared all over my head this morning and I was just a mess.
I suited up and went anyway. It felt like it was all I could do to balance my head on my neck and to not cause a river full of boogers every time I looked up or down.
But after a few minutes on the bike, my heart rate went up, my breathing increased, and next thing you know old Jed's a millionaire and everything magically cleared up!
Came home, showered, changed and went in to the office to see how my teams had recovered from the disastrous way they handled a big project I gave them a few weeks ago. It started well until....
.....one of the guys walked in 10 minutes late!
Now I am a very tolerant and forgiving soul, striving to ever bring humanity and understanding to the work place, even as I try to improve the professional capabilities of my business and people.
But I absolutely hate it....with a passion....when people....are late....to my meetings....especially....when they work for me.
When I get pissed, I start talking real, real slow, measuring every word, every inflection of my voice, very deliberately making sure I make eye contact with everybody around me so there's no doubt they all hear and absolutely understand the message.
I almost stopped the meeting right then and there, but got control of my emotions and kept pressing through their revised presentation. It was better than Friday's, but still needed some more detailed planning if we want to make it work, so I closed it up with a request for more thought and details put into some areas.
Then I called Mr "10 minutes late" and his boss, and his boss's boss, over to my office and went off on them like Mussolini on the balcony. Basic message was that unless they all wanted their next big business decision to be "Would you like to super-size those fries sir?" then they better get their professional act together and not be so lackadaisical when everyone else is working incredibly hard to get things done right and on time.
Unfortunately I was still pissed by the time I got home and had to decompress. SWMBO picked up on it and talked me down pretty well. Normally I'm very good about leaving work behind, but as I look back at my blogs and schedule this past week, plus the sunburn and head congestion, I can see that the lines between work, home, and play are getting a little blurred.
So all the more reason to hit the gym regularly this week!
Have a great night Spark friends!
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!
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