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Routine....I like it!

Friday, April 06, 2012

So I, like many others, like to think of myself as unique, as daring, as one who can slip the surly bounds of Earth and live a life of constant change and adventure.

But today I realized that I really like routine.

I've been pretty much constantly on the road since the end of February...think I spent a total of 5 days at home all told.

Today, I blocked off my whole schedule at work to get caught up and actually "Think" instead of "Do" which was just what I needed. And I got back into a "Routine" routine.

Now whenever I'm gone from home for a while, there's always a little bit of....."consternation" in the household. #2 son has staked out a portion of the kitchen counter for his schoolwork.... the same portion from which I like to make my smoothies; SWMBO wants to jam a whole week's worth of conversation into a 10 minute chunk of time in the morning....little things as we re-adjust to our routines....all easily solved after the first couple of clumsy attempts to adjust from the recent spell of being apart for so long.

I found that I really like making smoothies for breakfast and taking a big mug of it with me to work to sip on during the day. I like meeting trainer guy at the gym on M-W-F afternoons. I like getting home and having dinner with the family. I like my time on Spark in the evenings, blogging, logging, & chatting. I like my routines.

What I particularly liked at the gym today was that in my almost 6 weeks without working out with trainer guy, I haven't skipped a beat....I've actually progressed so that we could even increase our workload.

That's because I kept up with my ST routine on my own while on the road....I followed a routine!

Things have not always been this way. Even just a few months ago, if I was traveling, I wouldn't do much ST, trying to make up for it with extra cardio. Invariably, when I'd get back, it would always be a tough re-adjustment...we'd almost always have to back off a little and I'd feel beat real quick.

But today was pretty darn good....real, real good as a matter of fact. We set a couple of record high weights and I felt really energized the entire time (didn't let Stasi trainer guy know.....but even he let out a couple of "Harumphs" of approval for how things went)

As a matter of fact, I've had a "crossover". Due to the combination of regular training AND some weight loss, I am now squatting and benching more than my body weight....a definite FIRST!

So yeah......routine.......consistency....... it what you will.....I LIKE IT!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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JACK714 4/8/2012 8:46AM

    We seem to get it done in the routine. Good going.

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    I agree I need a routine too, and I find travels difficult that way. Most of the hotels I travel to don't have a gym, so that makes things more complicated. As I should be travelling more soon, I'll have to plan a strategy!!!
Congratulations for your squatting and benching, you ROCK!

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SHERYL_B 4/7/2012 8:05PM

    I agree with needing a schedule. Things just go more smoothly that way.

Congrats on your new weight records!

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MICHELELYNN777 4/7/2012 1:53PM

    emoticonYou're finding the secret of success to a healthy lifestyle!

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BILL60 4/7/2012 8:19AM

    Well done on lifting more than your weight.

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SAFARIBABE 4/7/2012 5:25AM

    I'm definitely all about the routine. It's HARD to keep to settleinto a new routine on the road -- meals are suddenly at the will of others and the choices are dictated by the canteen or the restaurant, rather than carefully constructed and home cooked meals; gym time is punted to the early hours of the day or late at night on strange foreign equipment. You never cease to amaze me with all you accomplish on your road trips! With all the traveling I have coming up, I hope I can learn too!

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KAYZAKCX 4/7/2012 1:36AM

    Routines can be very comforting. emoticon

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JTROBERTSON 4/7/2012 12:29AM

    I'm a routine guy too. Always been one to have set habits. I don't know if I'd hold up as well as you if I were traveling for work again. I like to think I would try, though!

Congrats on squatting/benching more than your body-weight. That's impressive, my friend. emoticon

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The key to being in a great mood....exercise!!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Man 'o man what a week!

It's been non-stop since Monday's nice to finally be back home.

Flew to Virginia Beach for a conference and they gave us ZERO free time!

Got there Monday at 4:30 and had to be at a reception at 6:30....YIKES! I barely had enough time to unpack, do some quick abs and pushups in the hotel room, shower, change, and get over there.

Luckily they did up the reception with some good food.....baked salmon, lots of fruits & veggies, a couple of carving stations (OK, I admit, I did grab one mini "chicken cordon bleu"....I needed something cheesy!)

Then Tuesday and Wednesday were jam packed with back to back meetings, working lunches, and evening socials.....none of which I could duck out of!! Pissed me off big time!!

Yesterday I got in some quick cardio and a little time for ST in between the last meeting and a banquet that evening, but holy-moly, what a way to plan a conference. I didn't even have time to blog at night....just barely enough time to track nutrition and "like" a couple of feeds

But at least I ate smoothies on the road, but I managed to stay within calorie limits each day. Landed around 2:00 PM today, checked in at the fires to put out, so I told them I'd see them Friday morning, called SWMBO and told her I was headed to the gym before coming home (she's a dear....she said, "Good idea, you'll be in a better mood by the time you get home!"....How could she tell?)

Got in a good hour on the cool new spin bike they just furnished the aerobic room with.....they are awesome! And its got just a nice sleek design....look at it:

It's called the Keiser M3. It is super comfortable, super easy to set up, super easy to adjust and control the tension....and the little display automatically picks up my HRM!

After that, did my Roman Chair back extensions,

5 sets of 10 pushups on a Stability Ball (up from 5 sets of 5),

and decided to shake up my abs routine....I tried the "100's" odd little move the "Pilates people" do that was surprisingly tough....

In the end I was only able to do about 80....but I did 3 sets of them, so I've got something to work towards.

All good....and SWMBO was right....I was in a much better mood by the time I walked in the door!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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MICHELELYNN777 4/6/2012 12:06PM

    You definitely get some serious workouts in! You are right, though, I have found that I do feel better after a good workout. Though, truthfully, sometimes I'm just glad it's over and that's what feels so good-haha! Glad to be traveling along with you on the Casual Traveler team!

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KAYZAKCX 4/6/2012 10:28AM

    You're right about exercise being a mood lifter. If I go a couple days without working out in some fashion I get unpleasant. Knock off a workout and I'm back to happy land.

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IMSMILEY88 4/6/2012 6:36AM

    What a great reminder...exercise makes us feel better! (Even better than those cookies, right?)

Thanks got the comment on my blog. I'm really trying to get back on track! Here I am on SP this morning...a great start to my day!

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HAKAPES 4/6/2012 2:53AM

    Before home exercise rocks! I did the same yesterday, and all the daily stess and fatigues goes away in minutes!

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SHERYL_B 4/6/2012 12:09AM

    Maybe karma was telling you to take a couple days off? Great job for staying focused on nutrition when you weren't the meal planner.

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    I completely agree that a good workout is the best mood lifter! I've got to try those push-ups on the ball.....

Way to stay within your calorie range :)

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KALISWALKER 4/5/2012 10:42PM

    I had a laugh at the comment on my page! I am glad we are on the same team!


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SNUZSUZ 4/5/2012 10:19PM

    Well, I just had to read your blog after your comment on my page:)
Wow! I can't believe all the exercise you get in, even on the road! I think I would have skipped some, if not all of it, as busy as you were. Good job!!!

BTW-what the heck is SWMBO??? I can't even guess at that one:)

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My new weight loss plan.....what an incredible success!!!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

So I'm feeling pretty good today after easing in to my new diet plan.

Started off the day with my first Martini to get the metabolism going....the second one felt even better just before was like I was on Mad Men!

After doing a little research, I decided on having one jar each of Gerber's Vegetable Chicken and Pasta Primavera for lunch....not bad at all and real easy to digest before my workout!

I waited a few minutes, then hit the gym. I was real glad to find an open Gazelle Glider and hit it pretty hard for about 30 minutes:

Then I hit upper body pretty hard with some Shake Weights they had in the aerobic did I work up a sweat!

Then I re-hydrated and re-vitalized with big glass of Acai Berry concentrate.....I could almost feel the pounds melting off, just like Oprah said they would!

I had to go into the office today, but you know me, Mr. Efficiency, I strapped on my Ab-Tronic so I could stay on the path to a set of 12-pack abs by XMAS!

I got home and got ready before dinner, which of course meant.....Grapefruit!! Have half a grapefruit before every meal, and you're sure to lose works for Kylie Minogue....see how awesome she looks!

After dinner I decided to burn off a few more calories, so I got out my neckline slimmer and am using it now as I about efficient!!

So it's been a great day so far.....but I can't help feeling like something is missing.....even though I already feel slimmer, I think that I can still do tomorrow.....I'm starting....


Guaranteed to lose 27 lbs in just 10 weeks!!

Is this a great time to be alive or what!!!

Happy April Fool's Day Spark friends!!

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    emoticon emoticon You got me worried for a few seconds at the beginning. Excellent!

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HAKAPES 4/5/2012 1:50AM

    Do you really have a neckline slimmer? :-)

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MISSLORI5 4/2/2012 9:50PM

    yep, this just shows many people's idea of diet! You do what you want, when you want it, and if it doesn't work out, go on to a new thing! Aren't we glad SP gives us an option to all that frustration! I did get a chuckle out of the blog, though, and thank you for giving me some food for thought! emoticon

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RICHILA 4/2/2012 12:11PM

    Giggle! emoticon

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    Bahahahhaa awesome! :) :) :) :)

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KIN59VARA 4/2/2012 5:26AM

    Love it!!

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BUSYMOM911 4/2/2012 3:45AM

    I know that this was supposed to be an April Fool's blog, but that last link you have for the Twinkie diet is mind-blowing.

It really makes you think. If you eat a can of green beans and a protein shake, everything else can be junk food if you keep to the calories you are supposed to have? Not to the extreme, but it does prove that you can have your treats (although in moderation). Just track everything.

Which is what we are supposed to be doing this week. LOL.
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BEATLETOT 4/2/2012 3:02AM Twinkie diet! Didn't that kill Harvey Milk?

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Travel Misadventures

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Well this was a wild and wacky travel week! Actually it mostly went pretty well....a few minor hiccups....and a major snafu at the end.

Nutrition went pretty well....a little too much Mexican/New Mexican in Albuquerque. No green smoothies though....I couldn't take the blender with me this time.

Got in a lot of workouts....except I only did 5 days of push-ups!!! I totally FORGOT to do them Friday (for reasons detailed below)

Friday was another long day. Had breakfast at the hotel, then went to my meetings in St Louis. These went from 8:00 AM to noon, then I had to scoot to the airport to make a 1:15 flight out (my meetings were right near the airport)

I should have taken it as a bad travel omen when the guy in front of me through the body scanner was escorted out after TSA found a swiss army knife on him!

I got through fine (no swiss army knife), got the first class upgrade and got in some good reading on the leg from St Louis to Atlanta. Plugged in my Tabata Interval music and decided to power walk through the tunnels in Atlanta-Hartsfield from terminal D to terminal A. Grabbed a cup of coffee enroute to the gate....saw that I got the upgrade again, and I was feeling just fine.

Then the Kayak trip alerts started coming in on my iPhone.

"Delta flight XXXX is delayed....."

They did this 2 more times, then over the loudspeaker, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Delta flight XXXX is cancelled due to maintenance, the Delta Counter by gate XX will be able to re-book you"

There was a collective, audible "Ohhhhh Nooooo!!!" from the assembled crowd. One distraught woman went postal on the hapless gate agent, yelling at her, "why did you wait an HOUR to cancel and tell us now!!!!"

I saw the lines forming and said screw it. I huddled with the crowd that whipped out their phones calling Delta to get booked on the next flight.

AGENT: "Sir, both the 7:30 and 10:00 PM flights are over-booked"

ME: "OK, book me on an American or Jetblue flight"

Whirr, whirr, click, click

AGENT: "Sir they are all booked as well. I can get you out on a Delta flight at 10:00 tomorrow"

ME: "10:00 AM?"

AGENT: "No sir, 10:00 PM, everything else is booked"

ME: "You're bagging me? I can walk to Florida dragging my rollaboard and get there before that"

AGENT: "Yes, sir, unfortunately with spring break, many of our flights are full. Would you like me to look at flights in to Pensacola or Panama City?"

ME: "Sure, what have you got?"

AGENT: "Hmmmm, let's see. Pensacola is all booked for tonight....So is Panama City. I can get you on standby to Dothan, AL?"

ME: "Where the hell is that? Standby? Never mind, tell you what, cancel this leg, I'll get home on my own....we'll work the refund later!'

So I called Avis, booked a one-way rental to Ft Walton Beach and hit the road 20 minutes later. All good.

Till I came to a standstill half way to Montgomery, AL with a 20 mile long pile-up from multiple accidents up the road! (note for drivers....Waze is a pretty cool GPS driving app....Waze users can put in updates and warnings on everything from traffic jams to State Trooper speed traps)

Apparently a couple of trucks had over-turned in the storms that blew past yesterday. I was stuck there almost an hour. I pulled the Kindle out of my bag and started reading after I called SWMBO to tell her not to expect me till midnight.

It was then that I realized I hadn't eaten anything since breakfast, except for a couple of bags of peanuts and an apple on the flight. I scanned the cars around me looking around for a Domino's delivery car stuck in traffic that I could luck!

Anyway I made it home just before midnight....pulled in to a Loves truckstop and grabbed a Cliff Bar and some water once traffic started moving again. 375 miles later, I rolled in to our driveway at home.

But it's all good....I'd rather do that than be stuck an extra day in Atlanta. And not checking a bag always.

I've got to go in to the office to finish up a bunch of reports tomorrow....then Monday it's off to Virginia Beach for a few days.

Have a great night Spark friends!

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    I feel your pain! I'm waiting until I actually make it home before sharing my travel misadventures under the certain knowledge that if I say anything specific now I will not make it home as planned Saturday. And oddly enough, I fly Delta. Pray for me.

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    Ohhhh you made me laugh so much!!! "You're bagging me? I can walk to Florida dragging my rollaboard and get there before that" emoticon
I am glad you got home safely at the end!

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HEALTHIERKEN 4/2/2012 12:24AM

    Always marvel at your adventures! Way to deal with "stuff" : )


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SHERYL_B 4/1/2012 7:24PM

    Way to keep your head and struggle through. You need to remember to keep some bars in your bag!!

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SAFARIBABE 4/1/2012 1:22PM

    WTG!! I probably would have been going ballistic! Now that I find myself on the road...have a question for DO you adjust to all the different equipment at all the gyms you use? The bike here in Paris is very strange....AND in French! I miss MY bike at my gym! Welcome home! Enjoy the movie!

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HAKAPES 4/1/2012 4:09AM

    I was laughing throughout! What a day. So in the end your calorie intake was withing the budget?

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KAYZAKCX 4/1/2012 1:15AM

    As I read your blog, I was watching Apollo 13. Coincidence? Glad you made home in one piece.

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NEPTUNE1939 3/31/2012 11:57PM

    You will do well. You have a sense of humor where many would get rattled and took charge of your own fate. Great thinking! In my military days our motto was "When the going gets tough the tough get going". To this day I still live that way. Stay strong, stay healthy, Earl

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I Love my Heart Rate Monitor!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SWMBO tells me that, as sentient beings, we cannot love inanimate objects.

Yet I have this powerful feeling, this strange attraction, affection it definitely feels a lot like love....for my heart rate monitor. I mean, if I can't love something that is so close to my heart, what then is love?

So usually, as I drive over to the gym, I glance down at my HRM to see what my heart rate is before working out. I've usually got a resting heart rate of between 55-60. Today it was around 72 or so. Hmmm? Well we had a long day of meetings, but they went real well (Fantastic actually!), but nothing to get antsy about.

Then I went to warm up on the elliptical before ST, and wham! My HR rockets up to about 130 within a minute. It usually take 10 minutes or so to get past 120.

What the hell?!?

This has been going on since Tuesday when I arrived here in Albuquerque.

Well today as I walked out the gym, I got a phone call, and as I putzed around the parking lot, I looked up and saw:


I finished up the phone call, tapped on my Theodolite app, and there it was!

I'm up at 5,290 ft!!! To hell with Denver, Albuquerque is 10 feet higher than a mile! No wonder my HR is up. Mystery solved!!

Here's the other reason I love my HRM. Your trusted author is only human, and sometimes gets tired during workouts. When I do, I usually look down at my HRM and voila! The reason I'm feeling winded is because I'm about 10-20 beats over my zone.....ease it up a bit.....HR comes down 10-20 beats....Bam, I'm back in the groove and can just keep going and going.

Now lest you say, "Yeah, but those HR handles on the machines measure your heart rate too, so there," let me tell you, "Bull-loney!"

Most all of these machines will read a Polar HR monitor, and will favor the reading from a chest strap over the handle grips.

Well the one I was on today, favored the hand grips over the Polar strap. When I let go, it gave me the same reading as on my watch, but when I gripped those aluminum handles, it consistently read about 10-15 beats lower!

So maybe this kind of love appeals only to a data-hoarding marauder like myself, but in the end, the heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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TATYPREZ 5/5/2012 10:15AM

    Love it! I noticed on the machines it says my heart rate is higher and I am burning more calories. Probably because like a lot of people it thinks fat=out of shape. Not that I'm in shape but my endurance is way higher than your average 198 pound person. :) Thanks for sharing my love!

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/31/2012 12:42AM

    yep. *love* hard data for stuff like HR and (sigh) weight. I know, I know, non-scale indicators of success are important too, more important in real life, but I LIKE DATA : )

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SAFARIBABE 3/29/2012 6:11AM

    Go figure YOU love a gadget!! I really have to start using one of these. I have been relying on the ones on the machines. I know, I know! Bad Girl!! WTG on being a smart cookie and figuring out the altitude issue! Congrats on your meeting!

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/29/2012 2:09AM

    Wow, this is so interesting! The 'mystery solved' about Albuquerque being higher makes sense but I would neve have thought about that.
It seems to me this is a very good and useful love in your life! emoticon

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SHERYL_B 3/29/2012 12:24AM

    I haven't gotten into the habit of using my hrm even though I have one. I need to work on that.

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    mmhmm, I love my HRM too. Alas, as the weight goes the amount of calories I burn drops. Therefore, it's currently a bit of a disappointment at the end of my classes or runs as I'm not hitting the 'high' caloric burns anymore. LOL But it's good :)

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