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Road Warrior spark-style, a first class breakfast, and a full body patdown by TSA.....

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 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 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!

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REBECCATKD 2/12/2011 8:34PM

    I love your writing style! Your blogs are always a source of inspiration, humor, or both.

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SAFARIBABE 2/12/2011 7:17PM

    ROFLMAO!!!! I think I got the better massage in the goodie you sent me! LOL You DO have a way with words!! Hopefully your next traveling companion will be a little less cheese fixated!!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/12/2011 5:03PM

    Good for you...but I have something for you to file away...those little, itty, bitty cheesesticks have 100 calories per! I love those suckers, but haven't had one for years!

So, you set off every alarm, eh? Golly, I can hardly wait until I fly again and my knee sets 'em off...maybe I'll skip flying forever! No where I really want to go right now!

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JONESINATOR 2/12/2011 3:21PM

    Great work sticking to it on the road - I hope you got some exercise in as well, but totally understandable if not. Best of luck on the second leg, keep at it!

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BRADOS 2/12/2011 2:58PM yes, "there be dragons" alright...great blog, love your story telling ability....glad to hear your trip was successful on the sparkfront...I too will be fighting dragons as my wife and I will be going out for an early Valentines dinner tonight as well....way to keep up the fight.

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Recovering on track....even ahead of schedule

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!

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PUGRAD1995 2/11/2011 10:43PM

    Sounds good-but be careful and don't overdo! Have a great weekend!

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ELISA322 2/10/2011 6:38AM

    Awesome, but hang in there. Just a little longer and you'll be fully recovered. That's great that you've been hitting the weights though.

Be safe traveling!

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SAFARIBABE 2/10/2011 5:53AM

    Awesome news! But tell that doc friend of yours that by March you need to chase a Babe on a bike in a virtual challenge!! If he doesn't commit you for psych observation get him to OK you biking. emoticon

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BRADOS 2/9/2011 11:46PM

    That is good news....keep up the good fight.

Glad to hear it GETSTRONGRRR!


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Playing the dinner host....I kicked ass and kept my calorie count LOW!

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 helped today....onwards through the rest of this week and next as I hit the road Thursday.

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TEXAS_GRL 2/9/2011 8:42AM


You are my hero, international diplomacy and keeping it in calorie range. Sweet!

Keep it up!


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ELISA322 2/9/2011 6:46AM

    You're doing a great job!

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SAFARIBABE 2/9/2011 6:19AM

    emoticon SCORE!!!!!

Sounds like you aced this challenge! But then again no chocolate-filled death! WTG on sneeking in those pushups and crunches! UGH I was doing my crunches while I waited for the blasted yams to cook!! LOL

So what Spark dangers lurk around the corners of your day today?

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BRADOS 2/9/2011 12:20AM

    Way to go GETSTRONGRRR - another landmine avoided...wooo hooo


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JONESINATOR 2/9/2011 12:00AM


Isn't it great what the mindset does for us?! Just be sure 1400 isn't TOO low for today, maybe some healthy peanut fat is deserved!

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A week of dining out - 7 -16 Feb

Monday, February 07, 2011

So I had a scheduling meeting with my staff today, and the next 10 days have me on the road and/or dining out on 7 of them and pretty busy days filling up all the white space on the calendar in between.

Egads, I can only eat so much for my country.

Tonight was not pretty. I passed on the bread. but even ordering the fish & veggie entree there was way too much butter. Then the owner, who I know and is a great guy, brought us a round of pie for dessert on the house.....a pie he made himself! I'm supposed to say no?

So I took that one for the team. Even with the my good planning today, it pushed me a few hundred calories over the top...that plus I had to miss my workout at the gym to make the dinner on time....that's got under my skin (as did the pie)

So I'm diving into uncharted territory being on the road and out at multiple functions these next 10 days. I've got some options and a good foundation to make it easier, but these next 10 days will be an interesting adventure in Spark living.

I'll be up on the net as much as I can

Cheers all!

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/9/2011 1:02AM

    You're in a challenging situation, that's for sure. I find that even when I try to be completely careful with restaurant meals, I overeat. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm going to: McDonald's and most of the other 'fast food' places now have quite healthy choices on their menu, and their portions tend to be smaller than in sit-down restaurants. Another strategy is to google the various restaurant's menus and find out ahead of time what they serve that might set you back too badly. And there's always the old trick of drinking a lot of water 20 minutes or so before going to your meal, having soup and salad before mains. And sometimes a person just has to feel guilty about wasting food, and leave half the serving on the plate. Good luck, eh!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/8/2011 9:29PM

    I don't envy you at all...that traveling and eating out is the pits. Will you be staying at hotels with exercise rooms? That might help...good're tough! You can do this!

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BRADOS 2/7/2011 10:37PM

    I agree with SAFARIBABE, from what I have read from you - you seem to be exactly the kind of person who will be able to successfully navigate the landmines in the coming week - have a great (and successful) week GETSTRONGRRR.

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SAFARIBABE 2/7/2011 10:33PM

    You're strong!! You can make it thru this next week and a half! You don't need any fancy gym equipment to get those pushups and crunches done! hehehehe!!! As for the dinners...try the apetizers. Like last night the BF took me L'Absinthe. I went for the moules frites BUT the appetizer size...and left most of the fries! We'll be here rooting for ya!!


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JONESINATOR 2/7/2011 10:29PM

    Best of luck! I had a difficult time one weekend where I ate out for 5 of 6 meals (not counting breakfasts). I did a blog post and posted what/where I ate, maybe that will help give you some ideas if you get to choose places to go. Otherwise you know the rules: lean meats, veggies, salads and water! If you know any bodyweight exercise routines, I'd strongly recommend doing those while on the road as you only need your body!

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This ain't no Football's WAR!

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'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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SAFARIBABE 2/6/2011 9:48PM

    First off I really do NOT want to know what kind of strange thing you're into that has jalepeno poppers massing on your boders! OK I really do want to know but that's my perverse curiosity that's wondering, not the logical rational part of me. Second my warlord BF would say...never take on more POW's than you know what to do with!! Thrid off...for PB fixes, I already clued Brad in....1 TBsp of PB + 1 TBsp of honey. stir them together and spread the mixture on a whole wheat waffle. YUMMY breakfast and ony 240 cals!!

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