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Quattro de Mayo angst

Friday, May 04, 2012

Yes, Cinco de Mayo is a big deal for us....basically an excuse to gorge on good Mexican cuisine. It's no use fighting it, it's been a household tradition for years.

On top of that, #2 son is officially on his 1st date tomorrow. He and this gal have been a number for a while and they've finally gathered up the courage to go see a movie together....The Avengers!

We've spoken to the parents and agreed that we'd chaperone, so of course SWMBO told me that if it's The Avengers, that I would be chaperoning....oh, come on and hurt me!

So tomorrow we've got a Mexican meal out, then I'm hanging out with a couple of teenagers eating movie theater popcorn, sodas, and snacks......what could possibly go wrong?!?!

Luckily I was pretty good today. I took the day off to take care of some stuff around the house, then took SWMBO out for some lunch, where I pretty much played therapist as we figured out how to deal with her mom's ever increasing health problems. The dear old woman has always been a prickly pear, but she's getting increasingly crabbier as she gets older....and now she's compounding it by not taking her meds.

So I didn't get nearly as much done as I wanted to around the house, but helping SWMBO navigate these turbulent waters was well worth it.

I did have one meeting I had to make back in the office around 3:00, and from there I made a beeline for some well-deserved gym time.

So yeah, it feels like tomorrow has potential to be a cheesy, salty day.....I'll try to fit in some early AM cardio to make up for Quesadillas and movie theater popcorn!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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SHERYL_B 5/6/2012 8:08PM

    At least they are going to a movie that could be interesting for you too. I hear that it is good. Hope everything went well.

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HAKAPES 5/5/2012 4:20PM

    What is Cinco de Mayo?

Thanks for the small talk conversation tips for getting around food! I wish I had read them earlier today, would have made my day easier! But still, I put them into my repertoire, and use them next time.

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SNUZSUZ 5/5/2012 9:48AM

    Sounds like you will have fun, and his first date? how cute is that?

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KAYZAKCX 5/5/2012 12:47AM

    Turbulent waters, indeed. My g/f is going through similar issues with her mom. Glad you could be there for her.

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    Ooooooohhhhh! Sounds fabulous! I have my niece's bridal shower tomorrow so we'll have an afternoon of food and cake. Let's see how THAT goes! :) Have a great weekend!

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An NSV for when the scales don't budge

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

You know a totally under-appreciated NSV is being able to sit back and to see how much fitter you feel after Sparking for a while.

I still like the feeling of seeing a pound or 2 drop on the goddamn-scale (or maybe it's one word: godammscale), but on those loooooong stretches of time when it does not budge or goes up a lb, down a lb, down 2 lbs, back up 3, etc, etc, etc, I try to focus on all sorts of other things; the ever baggier fit of my clothes, the number of Spark fitness minutes I can rack up, the occasional, "you're looking great" comment, the feeling of being far more in control of what used to feel like an out of control lifestyle.

Today I focused on the fact that I feel healthier today, at 52, than I did at 40.....maybe even 30.

I've blogged before about how it's almost a habit now for me to look for opportunities to work out, instead of "making" myself work out (
) and that's a definite plus. Today I decided to try another double workout day....and they both left me feeling friggin' awesome! Driving back from the gym tonight, I looked up and said, “Self, you know, it’s pretty awesome how far you’ve come”

I ducked out at lunch and hit a Hi Intensity spin class. Luckily the whining Sisters of Pain were not there today (
). The surgically enhanced, ultra-buxom instructor had a really good routine (did I mention I like to get in the front row for these classes) chock full of intervals, hill climbs, and all around "work hard for your cardio points" mix. I felt at the top of my game, not just keeping up with the beat, but even pushing the resistance lever all the way to max on a few of the climbs. And though it was physically demanding, I finished with a smile feeling pretty darn strong. Even curvilicious gave me a waggish, "You did great out there today!" bright-eyed smile at the end.

But I still had tons of work waiting for me back at the office!

It being a Wednesday, I had an ST session with trainer guy at 6:00 PM. Now last Friday, I did a lunchtime Hi-Intensity Interval routine, then lifted at night….and Saturday morning, I felt like I had been hit by a train

So today, I was a little cautious as we got ready for our heavy chest & shoulders routine.....

...but it went off like a champ!

There was some measurable progress from even 2 weeks ago, we added some weight on a few exercises and increased the reps on others.

So overall today was about 2.5 hours of solid, quality exercise interrupted by 6 hours of office time.

Which brings me back to the NSV. As bountiful as Spark Guy is awarding fitness minute points (1 point for 5 minutes, really about 1 for 1....these aren't like airline or credit card miles!), I reminded myself how totally cool it is to know I can work out super hard at 2 different types of exercises (cardio and strength training) on the same day and get done feeling pretty darn good.

While not an every day event, that pervasive feeling of fitness and health certainly makes up for the godammscale not budging for weeks at a time!

Have a great night Spark friends!

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HAKAPES 5/3/2012 4:28PM

    I'm defineatly on with you with this scale thing.
I check my weigh every day, sort of a control parameter to monitor what's happening.
I wanted to drop 3kg in the last month, but somehow it doesn't move. I know why, I eat more calorie than I burn, so no surprise there.
Good ideas on focusing on other accomplishments, I took some for me! My exercise minutes are way going up. 60 min exercise a day feels just like baseline.

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ARCSPARKS 5/3/2012 12:26PM

    "oday I focused on the fact that I feel healthier today, at 52, than I did at 40.....maybe even 30."

I've come to the same conclusion recently. Ain't it GRRREAT!!? emoticon

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PAULOBRY 5/3/2012 9:23AM

    You're an Ironman!!

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BEATLETOT 5/3/2012 8:45AM

    Love it!

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BILL60 5/3/2012 7:55AM

    You're doing it!! Keep doing it and you're going to be where you were at "20". Super job.

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SAFARIBABE 5/3/2012 2:30AM

    WTG Mighty Warrior!!! Glad your spin class wasn't interrupted by the whiners, but seriously dude....,you really expect your deaf artful followers to believe riding up front has nothing to do with curvalicious spin instructor???? LOL. Have a great night/ Thursday!!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/3/2012 1:37AM

    "So overall today was about 2.5 hours of solid, quality exercise interrupted by 6 hours of office time. "
Love this quote!

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    I'll have to add a couple more doubles in over the summer! Cheers to victories! No matter how big or small. And I'm smiling over the '2.5 quality exercise hours interrupted by 6 hours of work'. Isn't that the truth sometimes.

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KAYZAKCX 5/2/2012 11:42PM


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Zombie Apocalypse!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I've had an interesting week....busy at work (as always), which makes personal time and family time all the more valuable.

So Saturday I was sore....almost all day long from Friday's double workout of HIIT and ST. Add to that the fact that I felt hungry throughout most of the day, and those two things led me down a very interesting path....more to follow.

I started off with a green smoothie for breakfast, sat outside to read and decided that a) it was a beautifully, sunny spring day, b) Moby Dick is actually much funnier now than when I had to read it in junior high, c) that I probably need to take a rest day from working out (except for push-ups), and d) I was still hungry dammit!

We took a family outing to one of our favorite local joints, all of us in the mood for some crab-cakes and WHAM.....a big sign out front saying they stopped having a Saturday lunch service!! Not good! Once our family lunch train gets rolling with a hankering, it's very hard to re-direct it. SWMBO declared she was up for Mexican before #2 son or I could chime in, so off we went.

I didn't want anything cheesy, gooey, or re-fried, so I ordered up a grilled chicken (no cheese, please) and smothered it with some very nice salsa.

We did a little shopping afterwards, then came home.....where I spied 2 chocolate chip covered banana-walnut bread (with just a hint of coconut shreds) tins lying on our doorstep, courtesy of our plump neighbor who loves to bake!

We almost all let out a collective cheer! These 1 lb loaves are absolutely fabuloso. We have told her to cool it with the baked goods gifting, which she has respected quite nicely since XMAS.....but here it is at the end of April already and she just couldn't resist....God bless her!

So here's where yours truly decided to make a decision. I was going to enjoy myself on this beautifully, sunny spring day. I've been working out, eating right, staying late at the office....I was going to have a guilt-free Saturday. "Eat whatever the hell you want," I told myself. "Log it, savor it, get over it, just this one day!"

What did that feel like, you might ask?


I don't need to go into all the gory details, but let's just say that freedom has its price and this one cost me about 3200 calories yesterday! And you know what....while I enjoyed it, I don't want to repeat it.

What I realized though is that that was how I ate limits, constant snacking....and not on the good-for-you stuff, but sugary, salty, buttery chocolate chip covered banana-walnut bread (with just a hint of coconut shreds) things.

Today I started out with my normal Spark Sunday routine; coffee, smoothie, news, kindle, etc, etc, etc.

But I knew I needed to do a little more (it was 3200 calories after all) than just hit the gym for some cardio. So I declared that we'd take a family hike on the beach!

We trekked across the no man's land of sand.....

....down to the fishing pier....

....and went off on our own path

We walked for about an hour and never once mentioned chocolate chip covered banana-walnut bread!

I hit the gym when we came back and worked up an extra layer of sweat to make up for yesterday's OD. And the crazy thoughts that went through my brain as I revved up the resistance: Work hard now, stay alive later.....when the Zombie Apocalypse comes, you'll look back and miss that nice plump neighbor of ours that baked so well! (she can't run very fast....or ride a bike)

Have a great night Spark friends!

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/1/2012 2:10AM

    You know what we say about hunting here in the North: "You don't have to run faster than the bear, just faster than the guy who's with you . . . " Pretty much the same as your situation with the plump baker at Zombie Apocalypse!

Your blog titles never fail to 'hook' me, and I'm never disappointed when I bite : )

No sweat with an occasional calorie overage for a guy who works out the way you do. Enjoy the binge : )

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/1/2012 1:38AM

    Glad to read that the family got out for a little food time together. It is disappointing when one restaurant changes their times and menu....
Love the look of the sandy beach! How nice!

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PROT358 5/1/2012 12:56AM

    Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a full-fledged, off the wagon pigfest. I think I'd feel so gassy, bloated, and weighted I could hardly move. Your beach walk looks lovely! I think I might live vicariously a little ... but those cupcakes should come with a warning!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/30/2012 5:19PM

    emoticon You always make me laugh, it is a great way to communicate your ideas and make them stay with us! Isn't it great to be able to overeat for a day and then realize this isn't what you want anymore, that you are over it? And that your healthy habits and healthy foods are now what you crave? Woohoo! Fantastic!

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ARCSPARKS 4/30/2012 9:03AM

    And here it was I thought with the title Zombie Apocalypse! somewhere in your cheat day you would have gone for a Twinkie! But no mention of one! So I downgrade your blog to 4+ from a 5! LOL!


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JENN03275 4/30/2012 6:02AM

    Lol! I so love this blog, made me laugh !! Having your nice plump neighbor will give you a head start as the zombies will be busy for a while. Glad you enjoyed your eating day. We all need them now and again. I feel that if you are truly starving/hungry you should just eat. Our bodies will tell us what it needs. Our bodies, though studied to death, are still a mysterious machine!!

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KAYZAKCX 4/30/2012 2:37AM

    Your Saturday sounds like my Sunday. Monday will be my day to pay the piper.

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WIZKEY 4/30/2012 12:18AM

    LOL, Now every time I conquer a fitness goal I'm going to think "Take that zombies!!"
Thanks for the post!!

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    Seriously!! This blog. 1 day is where I should have stopped as well. Good job on stopping the madness! All the freedom is not worth the price of misery and a sore stomach. Funny how the tummy ache doesn't go away with repeated offensive behaviour for a full weekend. Tummy aches won't help the zombie apocalypse. Fast speed and strength will emoticon

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REBECCATKD 4/29/2012 9:44PM

    Love those zombie cupcakes! Glad you had a great day.

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/29/2012 9:41PM

    Rule #1 is cardio. Burn off those calories and the pushups will help with the upper body strength required for beheading the undead hordes. It's a good thing I'm not fond of chocolate chips or I might have found myself scrounging in the cupboard for baked goods (plus I would have had to do the baking which is nit a favorite activity).

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SAFARIBABE 4/29/2012 9:15PM

    ROFLMAO!!!! You can always put a great spin on things....even going over your cals!! But you're IS one day. And you have a lifetime of "one days" ahead of you to make healthier choices!! Just keep doing what you're're a great inspiration!!

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ADEWYN 4/29/2012 8:37PM

    LOL..... Love it !! good for you!!

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How do you spell relief?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How do you spell relief?

For me it was successful visit by my CEO....who just left today!

It was a great visit, but getting everything ready these past few weeks, especially as much as I've been on the road, has been pretty taxing. Add to that the fact that he was bringing his wife along, meant that SWMBO had a whole social agenda to put together for the 2 day visit as well.

Now I've known him for about 8 years....he actually ran my division way back then, and has obviously moved on to bigger and better things.

But there's nothing like a visit by the boss of all bosses to focus the mind as we got ready to give him a deep dive into all the different moving parts of the business.

SWMBO took his wife around town for a quick tour of the Emerald Coast while we were holed up with him in meetings all day. Then we hosted a reception for both of them last night.....and put them on their jet home early this morning


Overall it went great....I had him do a "town hall" with all our folks as well, which went over quite nicely.

So today I was especially glad to hit the gym at the end of the day for a nice bout of circuit training!

And some even better news is, I wrestled my schedule under control this afternoon as well. I cancelled a couple of trips these next few weeks, so lo and behold, I might be home for almost 3 weeks straight!

I told trainer guy that since we'll have so much continuity, to plan on putting some magick into our routines these next few weeks....change it up, pump it up, let's take it up a notch!

More to follow.....have a great night Spark friends!

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SHERYL_B 4/29/2012 10:23AM

    I hope your three weeks at home is successful and you don't get pulled away for travel!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/27/2012 10:32AM

    Glad to read it all went well!

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SUZIEMAH1 4/26/2012 9:24AM

    Glad your boss' visit went well and I can just imagine how good you felt when everything went so smoothly.

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CARLYG8 4/26/2012 8:43AM

    Glad that the visit went well. And I give you much kudos for not taking the next three weeks as "down time" thinking that because everything has been so stressful, you can relax a little during you found three weeks. Bumping up your workouts and planning your free time activities shows that your head is in the right place. Good job!!!

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BEATLETOT 4/26/2012 8:17AM

    Great news! Glad he had a nice visit!

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I am Ironman! (with a little help from my Bodymedia Fit Armband...)

Monday, April 23, 2012

So my new gadget-toy arrived this weekend....the Bodymedia Fit CORE armband!!

As a die-hard data hound, it really feeds my inner geek!

I got it Saturday, gave it a quick charge, then hit the gym for 45 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical. Wore it all night to see how it measured the "quality" of my sleep (not too bad....a little tossing & turning but a pretty solid 6 hours)

Sunday was a down day, so I got a good read for how many calories I burn on a day where I do absolutely nothing but putz around the house, drinking coffee, reading, and hanging out on Sparkpeople (about 2200 calories)

Today, I wore it all day at work, then at the gym where I did a 20 minute cardio warmup, then lifted for about 90 minutes....I'd like to see what it comes up with for total calories burned by the end of the day, especially compared to yesterday.

It's pretty unobtrusive....I really haven't noticed it at all, even while working out, which is real good, otherwise, it would have been back to Amazon in its box for a refund!

It tracks all sorts of Gucci data; steps, sleep duration, physical activity, etc. On Bodymedia's website, you can track food and it gives you the delta between calories burned & consumed. I have no desire to enter all my food twice, so I just take my total calories from SP and enter it into their total....QED!

My inner uber-geek is quite pleased at how I can slice & dice the data on their website. I can zero in on the flight of stairs I took in the morning to see how many extra calories I burned (10!), zoom into my gym session to measure how much of the activity was "vigorous" (15 minutes....not sure how they define that), see what's really going on when SWMBO accuses me (falsely) of's like having a Heads Up Display on all my vitals!

Now if I could just get a direct Wi-Fi feed into my brain.....

Have a great night Spark friends!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/27/2012 10:35AM

    Wow, it looks very interesting! Fun to have all these informations! It would be great to see how it affects your routine in the future, if it does.

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KALISWALKER 4/24/2012 10:33PM

    That does look a necessary gadget. I take blood pressure meds so I am not sure if if would work for me but I will check it out.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 4/24/2012 11:52AM

    I almost bought this(2 of my aunts have it) but I now feel like a lot of these gadgets don't pertain to me and my slow metabolism, because even though they can get a read of what I'm doing, I think they still operate under the assumption of a standard formula for my BMR. Keep us updated on how it goes with it!

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JECKIE 4/24/2012 11:36AM

    Want! :)

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    I finally found the spot where they tell you how they define the vigorous activity, and you can change the parameters for yourself if you like. I still have to do some digging intoo if I want to change it or not. Congrats on your new toy!

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GJCAB09 4/24/2012 8:23AM

    Cool Beans!

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BEATLETOT 4/24/2012 8:04AM

    Glad you're enjoying it! Seems like a great idea!

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SAFARIBABE 4/24/2012 7:52AM

    You and the gadgets!!! What on earth does SWMBO. Say when the delivery trucks pull up outside? For that matter what do the neighbors say with trucks stacked 6 deep in front of the house???? LOL. enjoy your newest toy! Perhaps I should look into this. See how my calorie burn really is. Let us know if you continue to be thrilled with it past the new toy phase.

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JENN03275 4/24/2012 7:21AM

    I had never heard of the body bugg. That sounds pretty cool!

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FANGFACEKITTY 4/23/2012 10:41PM

    So do you have a room in your house chock full of all your gadgets? A place they go when they are supplanted by newer models? I see no mention of calories burned and data dicing for doing your pushups, could it be that I am now winning by 2 days? You knew your loss was inevitable emoticon

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    Glad you like it! I love my Bodybugg!

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