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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.

cheers all!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/15/2011 6:46PM

    You and Christi, eh? I think she's a little old for you...just sayin...umm and then there's swmbo...she might prefer you hand with might rethink that...

Poo on the Doc...oh well, maybe that's why he went to school for a zillion years...he must know something!

SP has some cards you can print up...maybe you can slip one to your traveling companion...

Have a safe and good're doing great!

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SAFARIBABE 2/15/2011 8:22AM

    CMJ is right. When people see progress then suddenly they want to hear what you're saying but it does help if you start talking about it first then they can put the 1 with the 1 and get the right answer. Spark leads to weight loss and fitness!

Watch out kicking Chuck around. He's getting up there in age but he's still a tough oke! And at the end of the day I bet Christie doesn't hold a candle ot SWMBO!

As as for all these tax payer funded massages you're getting in airports theses day....I'm the one with the bad back and if I want a massage I have to pay for it!! Sheesh!!

Njema Safari

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SKINNYMINI2011 2/15/2011 3:33AM

    Travel is the toughest - especially having to buy water after security. But staying on the plan sure feels good, doesn't it?

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JONESINATOR 2/15/2011 12:40AM

    Your friend will see the progress you're making and connect it to your choices - that's the only time people catch on. My latest successes have made my mom start talking seriously about going back on WeightWatchers where she's had the best success, and even my super thin brother is talking about how he needs to put on some muscle after he lost his mini-gut.

Good luck and I hope there's no more TSA grope fests!

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Travel delays, chocolate chip cookies, and a terrible piece of cake that made me happy!

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

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ELISA322 2/14/2011 7:17AM

    Sorry to read about the travel delays. I'm impressed you were able to not eat the cookies under that kind of stress!

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SAFARIBABE 2/13/2011 11:11PM

    ROFLMAO!!! I'm sorry about your delays, but I TOLD you to buy this oke a copy of The Spark! And what's with SWMBO bringing cake home?? When you're away she's playing with cake? And if it was that bad....then let me be the first to thank you on behalf of all fish lovers for poluting the fishes! Have a good night and better luck tomorrow. Texas is a LONG drive from Fla!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/13/2011 11:08PM

    You done good, oh great Warrior! No way could I have passed up those
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Yay for you! Have a safe trip!

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/13/2011 9:45PM

    Good on ya for dodging the monster cookie (what *can* people be thinking when they even make something like that?????) and I guess your guardian angle was watching over you when the chocolate cake beckoned emoticon

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BRADOS 2/13/2011 9:11PM

    have a great trip
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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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