Monday, February 14, 2011
Well I finally made it out of town this afternoon, no thanks to Delta. Say what you will about no frills American Airlines, they do run on time.
All went well today. I had a VTC with the folks we had to cancel on for the face-to-face due to Delta's buffoonery....worked out like a champ. As soon as that was done, I hightailed it over to the PT clinic, rode the bike, did the hamstring curls, leg extensions, and then THEY GRADUATED ME TO USE THE TOTAL GYM!
That's right, I'm up there side-by-side with Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley, working out the quads & hamstrings (I kicked Chuck's ass and told him to beat it, me and Christie had some catching up to do). Felt great, then the tech messed up and had me do some weirdo moves with a rubber band on abductors & adductors (still not sure which is which). That felt good too, but the doc walked over when I was done and said, "not yet!" BOO.
Met my traveling chum at the airport, got groped by TSA again, then we got out of town on time. Mussolini must run American Airlines.
As tempted as I am, I haven't talked about Sparking yet with my pal, but it's got to happen soon. He's good at home but on the road he's a maniac. In Dallas, I stop by Starbucks for a Grande Americano, and he teeters to McDonalds and orders up a chocolate milk shake! Am I my pal's keeper?
Anyway, we're here in San Antonio thru Wednesday....I'll stay true to my spark roots and see if I can do any good with him while we're here.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I love to travel, but there are times when the airlines conspire and do not requite my love. After 4 hours of delays, multiple phone calls, 2 re-routings, and seriously entertaining the idea of renting a car in Memphis and driving to St Louis, I finally called a knock-it-off with Delta for the night. I'll hold my meeting via VTC Monday morning, then leave from work for San Antonio in the PM....assuming no hydraulic leaks or aircrew duty day issues....this time with American!
On a brighter note, I was fortified for this trip. Only 600 calories for today by the time I got to the airport. Two of SWMBO's sandwiches and some fruit for the trip (avoiding the terminals of fast food hell in Atlanta) rounded it out to a smashing 1600 calories for the day. That plus my pushup & situp routine and my new BFF, a chin-up bar! I am ready to burn up shoulders & back!
Of course my traveling chum whips out 2 ziplocks full of chocolate chip cookies! "R_____ (his SWMBO) made them for our trip, try some" Dude, has anything I've been talking to you about these past few weeks sunk in?!? I'm cutting back on calories, I'm trying to work out, capiche? 6 inch chocolate chip cookies (they did look great!) get you a one-way ticket to the sweatpants aisle at Target! Maybe the nun next to us overheard the conversation and said a quick prayer to St Christopher, because shortly after my iPhone bleeped, another hour delay in our flight, which l took as a sign from God to cancel and toss him back his cookies.
On another even brighter note, the chocolate cake that SWMBO brought home from the church auction tasted awful! I was so happy! We each took a few bites, looked at each other and shook our heads. It now swims with the fishes.
Happy Valentine's Day all.....easy on the treats, now
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.
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