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How much would you pay to lose a few lbs?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

So I asked myself today, "Self, how much would you pay to drop 5-10 lbs?"

I answered back, "I don't know, $50 maybe?"

"Then why aren't you doing everything you can to take away all the excuses that will prevent you from living healthy these next 3 weeks on the road!"

Here's how I got to this train of thought:

I'm living out of a hotel room these next 3 weeks. I have about 10 hours of meetings every day. The hotel room is great, it's got a little fridge & kitchenette. There's a hell of a nice gym right by where we work. I've stocked up my fridge with good eats.....what could possibly go wrong?

Well we break for lunch and have 1 hr 15 min every day. Today, I thought for a nano-second, "That's not enough time to workout and get lunch.....maybe I should skip the workout and go eat.


I did a quick Hi Intensity Interval cardio session, came back to my room, knocked out some push-ups, showered, made a quick smoothie, changed and went back to work with 2 minutes to spare.

Now as much as I like to live on the edge, even that was cutting it I got to thinking; how do I take away my future excuses to working out and eating right when I'm time-crunched at lunch these next few weeks?

Well, I'd have to pack a gym bag and bring it with me so I can duck in and out from work, showering at the gym instead of driving back to the hotel room

But I didn't pack a gym bag, so I have to drive back to the room to change

WRONG.....go buy a cheapo gym bag for $10!

Well, I still don't have enough time to come back to the room to eat, so maybe I'll need to go for lunch with everyone to the burger joint or BBQ place up the street.

WRONG....go buy some food containers for a few bucks to pack up your green smoothie concoction and leave it in the meeting room fridge to have when you get back from the gym

So slowly and deliberately, I whittled down those troublesome barricades and excuses, making the case that spending a few $ on these items is not a luxury, not a splurge, but a way of guaranteeing success....hell I spend more than that on a lunch or a dinner out anyway!

I did this in my running days too. I knew that cold weather, rain, snow, darkness, etc would be an easy excuse for me to not go running. So I bought myself some cold weather gear, some wet weather gear, night running gear, and had no excuse to say, "I can't run today because it's too (fill in the blank) outside"

How much would you pay to lose a few more pesky lbs? How much is your time worth? Today, I figured I'd pay a few dollars to make sure I had NO excuse to not workout and stick to my plan.

Have a great night Spark friends!

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/8/2012 10:52PM

    Super motivating blog, GETSTRONGRRR!
Money well spent, for sure.

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PROJECTFIT4LIFE 3/7/2012 10:33PM

    what a great motivating blog! no more excuses! love it!

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FANGFACEKITTY 3/7/2012 10:03PM

    Barricades are meant to be knocked down and beaten into submission. Way to go!

You still won't win, but it's pretty cute that you're trying so hard.

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SHERYL_B 3/7/2012 8:03PM


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MJK0430 3/7/2012 5:40PM

    Fantastic! Loved that you jumped over those hurdles. I hate the cold but I got out this morning and ran. No excuses!

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SAFARIBABE 3/7/2012 5:27PM

    WTG! Very inspirational. But what I want to know is.... How MANY pushups did you knock out at lunch?

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JECKIE 3/7/2012 10:53AM

    Love it!

I've done that with the running, too. I have the gear, I spent money on the gear, so I have NO reason not to just do it!

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DIANAPOST12 3/7/2012 10:16AM

  Totally inspiring thanks for sharing

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 3/7/2012 9:59AM

    Sounds like you're actually SAVING money (avoiding the junky food and back and forth drives). Actually, losing weight is PRICELESS. Totally. God bless your continued success on this journey we all share. emoticon

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BEATLETOT 3/7/2012 8:38AM

    So cool!!! Good thinking!

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BILL60 3/7/2012 8:06AM

    Inspiration is great, but will it be enough??

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NASFKAB 3/7/2012 8:00AM

  great overcoming all barricades

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XRSIZE18 3/7/2012 4:20AM

    Good for you! Way to knock out those barricades and get rid of the pesky excuses.

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MARYAM108 3/7/2012 12:40AM

    That was great! thank you emoticon

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TRIPLEL1977 3/6/2012 11:59PM

    What a great Ah ha moment. Thanks for sharing.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/6/2012 11:31PM

    Awesome blog! Your determination is inspirational! emoticon

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Deep in the Heart of Texas!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Wouldn't you know that right as I'm about to kick into "Super Workout-Man", I come down with a friggin' headcold that makes me feel absolutely miserable!

I blame my 17-year old!

He came home with the sniffles last week, stayed home from school Thursday, planted a big, wet goodnight kiss on me that night.....and here I am. I think that's how teen-agers really get back at their parents....

It started late Saturday, then Sunday, flying in to San Antonio, I knew I was in trouble.

At first it felt great, climbing out and having the cabin de-pressurize cleared up my sinuses in no time.....but then we hit the descent!

I tried to stay ahead of it, clearing my blocked ears with the old "valsalva manoeuvre", but it was dicey. If you have never blown an eardrum before, take it from me, it is an incredibly painful experience. I blew my left ear out a few years ago (it healed up in about 3 weeks) was like having Joe Pesci drive an icepick into your brain while Robert deNiro batters your head with a phone book!

But I made it in OK, stocked up my man cave in the hotel with good eats, got in a quick workout in the room.....then hit the sack around 8:30!

It was a rough night, then I had to sit through a bunch of meetings all day, and I've got to tell you, I was not a pretty sight! Super Workout-man turned into the Booger-man. I finally caved at lunch, went and bought some decongestant and Tylenol and that's been holding it back.

I can never remember the saying about starve a cold, feed a fever (or is it feed a cold, starve a fever?), but somehow I do believe you can "Burn the Bug", so I hit the gym at the end of the day and revved up on the bike & elliptical to see what would happen.

It worked out pretty good. Didn't do anything too intense, I could tell from my HRM that I was working harder on what are normal settings for me, but once I got the HR up, I felt noticeably better.

I'm big into visualization, especially getting through tough workouts, so today was all about....The Furnace!

I was revved up, getting my core up to volcanic temperatures, burning up all those invading bugs, exhaling out their fried carcasses, sweating out their incinerated remains, watching them writhe in agony as my heart rate went up.....ahhh, just what I needed.

But it was short lived. I sit here typing, still stuffed up, my honker sore from blowing my nose all day, but it could be can always be worse.

On the flip side, I don't have much of an appetite.....had smoothies for breakfast and lunch, then got some scrambled eggs at a diner across the street. Couldn't taste a damn thing, even after covering them with tabasco.

Well that's about it for tonight....but before I go, as your Spark trivia monitor, let me throw out what I heard on the local radio station this AM.....tomorrow is the 176th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo! Remember!

(I should have brought my bike!)

Have a great night Spark friends!

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SAFARIBABE 3/6/2012 9:18PM

    I TOLD you those green smoothies were killers!! LOL Hope you feel better. You'll always be "Super Workout Man" to me. Right up til the time FangFace and I kick your butt in this push-up challenge!

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SHERYL_B 3/6/2012 7:34PM

    I love the "Burn the Bug"!! I agree, it might be harder to do a workout when you don't feel well, but it does get rid of the illness faster!

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KAYZAKCX 3/6/2012 9:19AM

    Head colds can really throw off my workouts. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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BILL60 3/6/2012 7:48AM

    You can rent a bike at Bike World, in Alamo Heights. If you're gonna stay with the "Big Boy", I highly recommend it.

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    It sounded like a fantastic work-out! Good for you! I hope you feel much better soon.

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Busy weekend

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Sometimes weekends are busier than the work week....this was such a weekend

SWMBO had a bunch of things on her list that I had been putting off for a while; ceiling hooks for plants, cleaning off the BBQ, moving furniture around for our new "look" (I was comfortable with the old "look", but what the hell do I know). Then we had to go to the post office to get our passports renewed. Our younger boy had his passport issued while he was a minor, so this requires a whole different bureaucratic in person renewal. So while we were at it, SWMBO and I had ours done too.

Hit the gym and knocked out an all around cardio session; bike, rowing machine, situps, pushups, then came home and started up my packing for tomorrow's trip. Being gone for 3 weeks, I'm going to take a few extras, like my blender and my perfect push-ups

All this in the middle of a constant downpour! It's been one of those wet, wet weekends that gives Florida that special look, tons of lightening and thunder, big, fat rolling clouds coming in over the water, and wildlife that really comes alive with the wind and the rain....gotta love it!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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SHERYL_B 3/4/2012 5:52PM

    Be glad that at least you don't have the added issue of a remote second parent for the passport issue. Talk about having to jump through hoops to get my daughter's passport! She just turned 18 and the renewal was much easier.

Have a safe trip!

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BILL60 3/4/2012 8:34AM

    Hang in there and don't forget to eat up those juicy/greasy hamburgers and french fires while on the road.

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HAKAPES 3/4/2012 5:51AM

    What is the perfect push-ups good for?

Great series in the gym!

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    Ah, passport renewal. One of the few things that makes renewing one's driver's licence seem easy. Which reminds me I have to do mine soon.

Happy travels. And the perfect pushups handles will not be enough to beat me!

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STARL_73 3/3/2012 8:55PM

    Hows that blender work for you? What model is it?

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SAFARIBABE 3/3/2012 8:43PM

    WOW! Sounds like SWMBO has a never ending honey-do list! LOL What's she going to do with you on the road for so long? OH I know....Add to the list!! LOL

Hope you get some quiet time tonight and tomorrow morning before you hit the road. Safe travels!

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Go big or go home!!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Sometime I Thank God it's Friday, but today I wished I had about another 12 hours in my day!

I'm about to head out on the road Sunday for almost 5 weeks of cross country business trips and, as much as I planned to get everything laid out in advance this week, the ankle-biters came around like army ants this afternoon with all sorts of last minute business that un-hinged my well planned time management efforts.

But we all plodded through it and I still made it to the gym before dark (although the tornado sirens did go off as these wicked storms passed through town)

Trainer guy designed a good heavy set workout that still have the synapses and muscle fibers in my legs and back twitching and firing away. I know already it's going to suck when I get back....I'll still do ST on the road, but I know that on my own, I'm unlikely to do the strenuous workouts we go through. All the more reason for tons of cardio these next 3-4 weeks!

Yes Spark friends, TONS OF CARDIO!!!! I don't mean a few pounds of cardio, I mean a ton, 2,000 lbs of cardio.....well OK, 2,000 minutes!!!

"Is he mad," I hear you thinking. "Why would anyone do that to themselves"

Because I can.....and because I have a few spark buddies who know that there is one thing that really, really gets under my skin.....a challenge!!!

Yes I mean you BILL60.....ditch those high-fructose corn syrup lattes and start revving up your bike miles....I'm getting down to 176 lbs before you!!

I mean you SAFARIBABE.....start doing those girlie push-ups now, cuz you and I have some scores to settle with a push-up challenge these next few weeks.

I mean you Spring 5% challenge community.....whatever team you're on, you better hope it's mine....cause whatever team I'm on is going to crush the competition!!

I have this weakness.....I love to compete....maybe not a weakness so much as a sickness....I couch a lot of things in terms of winning and seems to work for me.

But here's the beauty of it all....I am going to be on the road for almost 5 weeks straight. I will have no life. Nothing but work and working home life, no chores on the weekends, no social responsibilities....I'll be like Clubber Lang working out in a ratty gym waiting for soft Rocky's to find the "Eye of the Tiger"!

Yeah, it's a lot of big talk, but you know what.....GO BIG OR GO HOME!!!

Anybody else want a piece of this?!?!?

Boy I feel so much better now!!! It really is a good Friday!!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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HICALGAL 3/4/2012 5:29AM

    hell yeah!!! and thx for your support on 'in 30 days i want to see changes' helps and i appreciate it a lot! now go BIG!! emoticon

ps...its a personal challenge.

Comment edited on: 3/4/2012 5:34:45 AM

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SAFARIBABE 3/3/2012 5:41PM

    When I kick your butt at push-ups....will you wear the Russell Crowe Gladiator outfit???? emoticon emoticon

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SHERYL_B 3/3/2012 3:47PM

    Challenges make me work harder too.

However, I am excited that this go round of Supreme90 I am actually in somewhat of a leader / mentor role. That's working for me too (probably because I've made it my own to challenge to make sure the others complete the 90 days!).

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    emoticon go Clubber! But pride goes before the fall and all that, and don't forget that Rocky won that fight. Personally, I've got all y'all beat on the pushups, nasty things that they are and have started branching out into assisted pull up territory. 2000 minutes in 5 weeks is certainly a challenge but I suspect you're up to it. Make sure you slow down often enough to keep us updated ( and give up on the pushups challenge, no way you can ever beat me! )

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BILL60 3/3/2012 9:40AM

    HMMMMM...Sounds like an unsuccessful psych job.

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DINGALLSTOO 3/3/2012 9:02AM

    Have a GREAT weekend and keep up the good work

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    awesome! I expect to see big fitness minutes... emoticon

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BRADOS 3/2/2012 11:15PM

    you go Clubber! make it happen

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How to pass a job interview

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Well now who would I be if I didn't write a blog on Leap Day!!

I had a pretty non-stop day with nary a break (kind of glad Feb 29th only comes once every four years!), but even so, it went pretty well and I ducked out just in time to get in a good workout before coming home.

The only danger zone I got into was a luncheon I attended and the fixings were none too good; fried chicken, rice pilaf, beef stew, grilled corn, rolls and dessert.

But here's progress for you; last year I'd have grabbed a big fat fried chicken breast (or 2), loaded up with rice, drenched my salad with ranch, loaded up my rolls with butter and wondered if I'd be too conspicuous grabbing two desserts.

Sheesh, what a way to live!

Today, the thought of eating a big fat fried chicken breast occupied one nanosecond in my brain, then I quickly moved away. I put a serving spoon of stew over a serving spoon of rice, grabbed 2 cobs of corn, and passed on salad and dessert.....I was full and I was happy and my lunchtime nutrition tracker was none the worse!

My afternoon went pretty well. I conducted a few interviews for a summer hire I need. I never would have thought that my biggest leadership challenge would be to find good talent! I had about 30 resumes to look at, culled them down to about 8 or 9 that had the right skills I was looking for. Did some checks with their past & present bosses and reduced that down to 6 to do telephone and in person interviews.

I knocked out 3 today. One I really liked, and I'd be confident to hire him today, but I want to explore all my options with the other 3 as well.

A little life advice for anyone out there looking for a job.....confidence, poise, humility, clear, steady, human eye contact matters a lot in an least it does to me.

Most people that make the cut have good paper, good resumes, references. etc. In the end, I do a lot of my senior leadership hiring based on how well I think the person will work in our environment, as part of a team, how decisive I think they will be under pressure, how they exude how they will help the organization grow and do better.

Bottom line, lots of intangibles...of the folks I interviewed, one was hesitant, somewhat indecisive, answered my scenario specific questions ("How have you handled.....") with lots of answers on how things should be, not on what he actually did, and the other talked a lot about himself, so much so that I wondered if there had been any other people in any of his previous jobs.

The one I feel pretty solid about was confident but humble, talked about what he had done, but also gave credit to the many folks that he had around him that also helped him succeed. He also asked the right questions about where I wanted to take our business, had done his research on what we do and wanted to make sure he understood what I'd have him doing, then after I told him, he commented on how he had accomplished similar actions in previous jobs. That showed me he knew how to listen.

Looking forward to doing the rest of them, but I felt a pretty decent sense of relief that I've got at least one good prospect in the bag already!

So my advice to any job seekers out there is to realize that whenever you interview, the challenge for employers is to how to find good talent....there aren't enough good ones out there....make yourself one!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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SHERYL_B 3/1/2012 7:07PM

    I completely agree on the interview thing!

When we interview we ask scenario questions. During the introduction, we tell them that we want specific examples and if they need a minute to think about their answer, that is perfectly acceptable. Most don't even listen to the question (or at least their answers would lead you to think they didn't listen) and rarely give actual examples of how they have handed it in their life - like you say they answer how it should be (if they even get that close).

I would say 1 out of about 10 actual give a good interview.

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JECKIE 3/1/2012 9:40AM

    Ah, the joys of interviewing.

I find in my particular part of the business world (revenue accounting) humility is impossible to come by. These kids all think they are God's gift to the business world and no one has ever thought of the things they have. I just laugh and move along.

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STRAWBERRY42 3/1/2012 8:32AM

    Good interview advice thank you!! emoticon

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    We've been trying to fill a position for months. With unemployment the way it is today you'd think it would be easy. We get many, many applicants but none with the right skills or having the skills (on paper at least) just do not present well or are able to answer job specific questions they should already know (what's the difference between price & cost is kind of useful for a purchasing professional to know I think). One more piece of advice for would be interviewees...avoid repetitive phrases. One lady we interviewed ended EVERY sentence with "and things of that nature". It was beyond annoying.

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KAYZAKCX 2/29/2012 11:39PM

    Reading this I was reminded of interview disasters I've had. In one, when asked about my having done X, Y, and Z, I asked them, "Why do you think I did that?". They replied, "It's on your resume." I didn't get the job. Wonder why?

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BRADOS 2/29/2012 10:57PM

    I hear you brother - just had campus interviews last week and have many more to come

good luck!

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SAFARIBABE 2/29/2012 10:28PM

    Oh Great Interview King....PLEASE come north next fall and help me interview for interns!! I suck at culling the wheat from the chaff!! The two I got this year came off well but they are SO indecisive! In my office every two mins asking stuff they should have well in hand by now! PLEASE!!!! Bring SWMBO to NYC and interview my interns!!!!

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