Saturday, February 12, 2011
Well the first leg in a weeklong road adventure is over. I get to do a touch & go at home tonight, then depart for St Louis tomorrow, San Antonio late Monday, then back home Wednesday.
Road life went well, although a little challenging with my traveling pal. He opted for the gooey, cheesy mess of a sandwich, dipped in butter with slabs of cured meats at the airport; me, I chowed down on the 400 calorie sandwich SWMBO made for me to take on the flight out. He ordered the bowl of chili topped with cheese at dinner and an appetizer of fried cheese sticks with marinara (the fool, I warned him, "Do not go down that road. There be dragons..." but away he chomped. What mad Iron chef decided that we humans should bread up sticky cheese, dip it in boiling oil and feast upon it before a meal.....OK I had 3 of them, but I ordered the salmon caesar salad for dinner).
Anyway I ended up within limits for the whole trip which brought me much happiness. Got the 1st class upgrade back home and had a nice bowl of fruit with cheerios & milk and 50 calorie yogurt at 30,000 feet....this is what first class has become?!?
But truly, the highlight of the trip was.....now that I have a bionic hip joint (the Birmingham hip resurfacing BTW, for those interested), setting off every alarm bell and warning light in the TSA security system. I have loved being Mr Road Warrior, no checked luggage, Mr one-bag that'll fit in the overhead of the tiniest CRJ 100 for up to a 5 day trip. And now I am the unwashed passenger that needs special handling.
There truly is nothing like an early morning groping at the airport as Sammy the TSA guy apologetically asks if you have any sensitive areas of the body he should be aware of and do you have any odd shaped bones that may project out from your body.....Dude, please don't make me say what I'm thinking....it was just a friggin' hip job, so do what you've trained for all these years!
But I digress. Anyway, I'm home today, will take SWMBO out for an early Valentine's dinner (the evil temptress just showed me the chocolate cake she has saved for later....devil thy name is woman!), then plan for an equally successful 4-dayer tomorrow.
Good to be back....spark away!
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Not so much to write about food today.....just some good news on the recovery front
6 weeks after surgery, the doc took some x-rays, said everything was healing just right, did some weird twists of the leg & hip, had me stand one-legged on the repaired joint and said things looked awesome, faster recovery than he expected.
So of course I peppered him with questions; "Can I ditch the cane?" No. "Can I ride my bike?" No, just a stationary, very low resistance. "Can I do any squats or lunges?" No, just follow the PT protocols, stick to upper body. "Can I bend over to put on my own shoe?" OK. (SWMBO will be relieved)
It was all very good news.....bottom line is the patient must be patient.
Drove back home, hit the gym, jumped into my back, shoulder, & bicep routine, threw in a session of the 200 abs program and 3 hours later, I am still exhausted!
Thanks to all my spark friends for the support on the feed today.....tomorrow I hit the road for Colorado Springs, back on Saturday, then off again Sunday to St Louis, then fly out Monday to San Antonio, back home Wednesday.
Goal is to stick to the Spark Plan the whole way through!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
OH YEAH, who's the man!
So last night I was not a happy camper after dinner with some out of town visitors (see yesterday's blog).
That made me a little apprehensive about tonight where I had 20 folks from around the planet I was hosting at another dinner. This was a little more formal, Italian food, guests from Germany, Australia, Singapore, etc, speaker, cocktails, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Well I did not want to burst through the calorie wall again tonight, and I was determined to work out by hook or by crook. SO THANK YOU SPARK FRIENDS WHO SAID THIS WAS POSSIBLE!
First off, I made a conscious decision to keep the intake low at work. I grazed like usual (light sandwich, fruit, cottage cheese), so that I had 800 calories by dinner. The day was busy, so I had to come home to do a quick change before dinner at 7:00. Knocked out the 100 pushups & 200 situps routine while SWMBO redesigned my clothes for the night (I thought the turtleneck went great with the jacket, she said no).
I got there 15 minutes before I had to kick things off (thereby avoiding the hors d'oeuvres), mingled, drank water while they had their beers, got things moving, and saw that I had ordered the Mahi Mahi (my guys said that I had ordered this 2 weeks ago when we planned it.....Score!), spinach, spaghetti (spaghetti stayed on the plate all night!), marinated mushrooms and some bruschetta like concoction on what looked like melba toast.
Then these 2 huge plates of dessert came out; cannolis, cheesecakes, sauces, madness.
The 50 year old German guest to my right looked at it the same way I did.....half horrified, yet trying to be polite. Spark thinking came to the rescue.
I said, "The sponge cake looks pretty good, think I'll have half that piece there". He sparks up and says, "Oh, very goot, I vill hef the other helf!"
Score 1 for international diplomacy and good clean living!
So today was superb.....even with a worst case scenario at dinner (I estimated up on all the stuff there), it came out to about 600 calories, which put me at a totally cool 1400 for the day. That might rate some peanut butter post blogging (just kidding, there shall be no food rewards for this kind of thing)
So thanks again for the support and confidence....it helped today....onwards through the rest of this week and next as I hit the road Thursday.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I'm pretty fired up today....and it's not about the game tonight.
Yesterday was a good day of rest...peppered with some junk food temptations that pissed me off to no end (see yesterday's blog). Today I woke up feeling energized, knocked out today's requirements for the 100 pushups & 200 situps program, showered, shaved and went out to get some errands done.
Driving along the Emerald Coast Parkway, looking at the blue-green water, I realized that if I'm serious about getting healthy and fit, that I better be able to sustain everything I'm doing on the eating and the exercise front. This ain't no skirmish to get down a few lbs.....it's all all out attack on many fronts. It's a war of attrition, so I better gear up for the long march.
What that means to me is that what I'm doing today has to be a lifestyle change that I can keep up indefinitely. For the runner, it's always tempting to come out of the chocks at top speed. You feel great, you make incredible progress early in the race, but then you start to lag. You tucker out because you're out of Schlitz with that initial burst, and have to slow down. In my marathon running days, I would have to tell myself constantly, "find the pace that makes you feel like you can run forever."
Same deal here, but this requires defense too. When the peanut butter cravings attack, and they will, I've got to divide and conquer, splitting up the horde into teaspoon size chunks to prevent them from massing on tablespoons. I've got to have a plan of attack that makes 1500-1800 calorie days bearable, enjoyable, and spread out throughout the day, so that when the fried jalapeno poppers start massing on the border, I can club them away with the satisfaction that I'm already well fed you bastards.
Same on the offense. I know I can power through a few strong weeks of intense workouts and show great results. But after a while, life will come along and make demands on time and energy. So the workouts have to be the same level of bearable and enjoyable so that 6-10 months from now I'm looking as forward to working out as I am today
And every once in a while, some R&R is called for as we watch the fat, sweet, and salty enemies retreat in disarray. Every now and then it's nice to pick up one of the fleeing hordes, pop him into the mouth, and smile as we watch his friends cry out, "Take me too"
And we laugh at their plight as we say, "No way, we'll never surrender, now get the hell out of my way!"
Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Fit Living!
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