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....my 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".....my 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!
regularity.....persistence....call it what you will.....I LIKE IT!
Have a great night Spark friends!
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Man 'o man what a week!
It's been non-stop since Monday morning....it'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 OK.....no smoothies on the road, but I managed to stay within calorie limits each day. Landed around 2:00 PM today, checked in at the office....no 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".....an 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!
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 breakfast....it 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 room....man 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 weight....it 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 type....talk 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 better.....so tomorrow.....I'm starting....
THE TWINKIE DIET!!!!
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!!
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 pillage.....no 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 helped....as 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!
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 maybe....no 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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