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How weird boat guy inspired me to lose even more weight!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

So after a whirlwind week, I finally got to have a solitary Saturday afternoon. SWMBO had to go to the Convention Planning meeting she's involved with, #2 son (16-year old) more interested in X-Box & GF (not in that order), so I decided to get out me old cane and go for a walk along the water.

It's a beautiful day down here, almost hot at a sunny 73. As I got to the end of the street I often whipped around at 31.7 MPH on my bike (it's true, I recorded it on the Garmin), I remembered something......

I remembered weird boat guy.......and there he was....

Starting last fall he and weird boat gal had parked that thing in the shallows and have lived out of it all winter, wading over to shore to buy groceries, or maybe in their own weird way, believed that they were in international waters and had to maintain citizenship by coming back to the mainland every 24 hours.

As I walked past them on to the fishing pier, I contemplated their lifestyle and all the other countless people in the neighborhood who enjoy life on the water around here. And I thought.....and I thought....and it occurred to me, that maybe.....just maybe....

Maybe I was just an aquatic sea creature, temporarily occupying the body of a noble, land-based biped!

All this time, I have run, I have biked, I have flown, but I have not yet conquered the sea!

Maybe what I really, really need is a Hobie Cat!

Maybe everything I have done in my life up until now has prepared me for this, every decision I have made has led me to this crossroad, all my running, all my weight loss, all my upper body work has prepared me to pick up the oars, and like Charlton Heston, row away my hate and fat

There are rewards and then there are REWARDS......but this one will really take some serious thinking and serious planning

I came back home, walked over to our boat dock and said, “Yes, I can do this! Hobie has a home right here”

It's going to take some time, it's going to take some planning, it's going to take some serious money, and that just means it will come only after some serious weight loss....this ain't no 5 lbs lost reward, we're talking some heavy duty double digit deflation!

So spark friends, what's a sweet, sweet, kayak worth in terms of total poundage?

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REBECCATKD 2/20/2011 10:20PM

    I believe you've just found your new challenge.

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BRADOS 2/19/2011 9:50PM

    Great pics GETSTRONGRRR - thanks for sharing those

And I would say that another 11 pounds to get to your goal would makea perfect excuse to get your kayak

Hope to see pictures of your new kayak before summer starts

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JUNEBUG1944 2/19/2011 9:27PM

    Oh, I think you'll deserve one when you get to your goal weight. That's a great reward! What does SWMBO think? So, even when it was in the 20's, the boat guy and gal waded thru that water? Brrrrrrrr! By the by, I don't think you're the guy on the dolphin...I just can't picture it...LOL!

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SAFARIBABE 2/19/2011 5:12PM

    AWESOME!!! WOW from weird boat people to a new hobby. Isn't life strange and mysterious?!?! So, in oder to further that upper body strength of yours, how were you planning to deal with this pushup challenge? eh? "Next week" is rapidly approaching!! Looks like you had a lovely walk! Thanks for the snaps. Ahhhh all that sun! I hope you remembered your friends who are in back into winter.

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More adventures ahead!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ahhh, it feels so good to get back on my normal schedule.....although normal has a very fluid definition in my life.

Good news is I got a great workout in this afternoon (chest, shoulders, triceps), I've got 3-days to detox from my travels, a pullup bar calling my name this weekend, and a beautiful weather prediction for the next 5 days (60s every day...this really is why people move to Florida).

The bad news is, we had a scheduling meeting today and I am on the road 3-4 days every week between now and mid-April! I can handle getting groped by TSA lackies, I can handle 15 hour days with long meetings and boring reports, I can even handle a red-eye flight or 2 or 3, but now the prospect of dining out on a regular basis has fast lost its attraction....Thanks Chris the Spark guy (BTW, he still hasn't friended me back!) and all your Sparkpeople ideas! Communists!

So for all my pals who lived with me through these past 10 days, thanks for your patient advice & understanding.....but put on your seatbelts, the next adventures begin Tuesday and will slow down only long enough to take a weekend breather every once in a while....and some will blow straight through the weekend!

The choices will be simple, eat like this:

or this:

Because I want to be able to do this:

but not like this:

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NEWMOMOVER40 2/22/2011 5:17AM

    My philosophy: go ahead and have some pizza. One slice, two if you must. Stop there. Log it on your SP Nutrition page. Balance it out with good, clean, healthy foods the rest of the day/week, if you can. If you can't, workout harder. Life is good and food is meant to be enjoyed. (Yes, even sweet treats, in moderation.) I am not the skinniest thing on the block, but I did steadily lose weight following this plan and managed to drop almost 50 pounds (before gaining back because I stopped tracking as I stopped working out due to injury .... very bad combo, that). Anyway, just $.02 of unsolicited advice from a new spark friend. Hope it helps!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/19/2011 9:23PM

    I don't is my favorite food...LOL! Just keep making those wise choices and you'll do fine! Picture your slim, trim self pedaling your ass all over town and you'll choose the right stuff! LOL!

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SAFARIBABE 2/19/2011 4:28AM

    That guy on Man v. Food is going to keel over from solidified arteries before he hits 50! So the food choices are a no brainer! And look how awesome you did this last time. Here you were in San Antonio, home of the SEVEN pound burrito and other equall offensive foods, and you came out unscathed!! (I saw the burrito on some show last night as I was fliiping channels and immediately thought of you!) And as for the pat-downs....Just close your eyes and think of England! Hehehehe!

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/19/2011 12:04AM

    I have to say the last two dinners look far more appetizing to me than do the first two! Good luck sticking with the good stuff : )

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BRADOS 2/18/2011 11:19PM

    I love fish, so your food pictures were a no-brainer for me.

Thanks for sharing your journeys GETSTRONGRRR - for those of us locked in the frozen tundra, it certainly adds some flavor to each day hearing of your trips, the food temptations and your "intimate pat-downs" with the TSA - (that Saturday Night Live skit this year about the TSA was so funny - look for it on YouTube)

Keep up your good work and your fierce spirit

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A cosmic plan for success

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Well I have to admit, I just don't have another food-o-log in me to write about tonight....another night of eating out with some out of town guests and I'm ready to eat nothing but apples and cottage cheese for the next few days while I detox.

That being said, these last few days went surprisingly well. I weighed in at 190.2 this AM, so the downward trend continues at a rate I am very happy with.....about .5 lbs/week. Now for the cosmic part.......

Last October I went for a week to this place called "The Center for Creative Leadership" in Greensboro, NC. It was a good deal I wasn't about to pass up, especially since my boss said, "Yeah, this is a good deal, you shouldn't pass it up".

So here we are, about 40 of us, in the foothills of the Piedmont, beautiful fall foliage all around on this campus talking about leading large organizations, coaching young talent, taking quiz after quiz about our "leadership personality" (We all ranged from Attila the Hun to Captain of the Love Boat) and eating like CRAZY.....these people fed you ALL DAY LONG with their in-house chefs, all day snack fests, then held a banquet at the end. Needless to say, I was feeling very fat that trip.

So the interesting part came at the end. They wanted you to write a memo implementing the skills we talked about that stated where you wanted to be 90 days from then. I'm thinking it's another one of their little "leadership surveys" they were going to use to deposit in their evil data bank to use for future blackmailing...I said yesterday I was pretty competitive....also a bit of a pessimist.

Well yesterday, when I got back home, I found the memo in the mail.....they saved it and mailed it to each of us. Mine said:

- You should have had your surgery by now and on the road to recovery (I hadn't even scheduled my surgery back then)

- You should be walking and maybe even riding your bike (OK, my SPINNING Bike; I should have specified road bike!)

- Hopefully you'll be down to 190 lbs by February (I was over 200 I weighed in at 190.2 (see above))

- "Health, fitness, and well-being are important" ---and they are!

- Couple of predictions in there about a promotion at work and some other things that have also panned out successfully.

So it was pretty cool to see something in my own handwriting coming in from the past.....the coolest of which was the weight got nailed within .2 lbs (I knew I shouldn't have had that spoonful of peanut butter last night!)

But for a while it was pretty dicey....even though I was riding my bike hard and lifting weights at the gym, I wasn't dropping any weight around the holidays.....most all of my progress has occurred since January as the nutrition trackers stares back at me from the laptop with all my glorious calories consumed for the day on full display saying "here's reality dude, wonder why you're not losing any weight"

Anyway, I've been thinking about rewards lately...many of you have these listed.....think I'll ponder it this weekend.....I have some ideas......

Cheers all

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HAKAPES 10/4/2011 2:21AM

    Looks like those goals that you had put into handwriting, you realized them! WOW! Congrats!

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ELISA322 2/18/2011 9:57PM

    That is so awesome about your memo and how all of your goals came into fruition! Awesome job and keep up the good work.

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SAFARIBABE 2/18/2011 5:48AM

    Wow! You're the Floridian Kreskin! Can you also predict that I'll kick your butt at these pushups? Hehehehe! Seriously thouogh, Nice job getting it all done! And NO you should not have had that spoonful of peanut butter! emoticon

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BRADOS 2/17/2011 11:40PM

    nice progress, way to avoid all of those landmies while traveling - don't know how you do it emoticon

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JONESINATOR 2/17/2011 11:29PM

    Hey awesome job on actually making that weight goal! Those are always so nice to finally hit, and now without all that salty road food I have a feeling you'll be a bit less than you weighed in at. Keep it up!

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Fun & honesty with the Spark People

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Well let me start by saying thanks to all my Spark chums who have sent goodies, left encouraging (some even challenging) comments on blog and spark page, and yes even to Chris the Spark guy for creating this unique village (even if he hasn't friended me back yet), because, for all my initial doubts, it's pretty cool and is working for me on a few different levels.

Those following my travelogue these last few days have seen how much temptation there is to overeat around this great land. My track record on the road is to do it up; work hard, eat hard. Hotel eggs & sausage in the AM, lunchtime cheeseburger, dinner with appetizers, beef, starch, and butter, then stop by a bakery for some brownies or cookies to take back to the room in case I get hungry at night (never got hungry, but ate them anyway....they were there).

Honesty.....putting all those meals in the tracker keeps me from being deluded about how many calories I eat in a day. Hitting the boards & blogs, telling folks what's going on, fessing up when I OD, are all about honesty. I've got a little bit of a competitive streak (just a little, really), which is a serious deterrent to acknowledging a slip, a mistake, or a concern in public. But honesty is a good motivator, and so I turn the competition around to see what it takes to stay under calorie limits, to successfully plan and execute a day's eating, while not feeling deprived yet keeping it within range. I'm getting comfortable saying, "not sure how I'm going to handle this one" and posting in the blogosphere.

And so I've seen some subtle changes. I look for a snacks that'll quell the hunger, but not be empty (an apple instead of chocolate, a few ounces of cottage cheese instead of a few spoonfuls of peanut butter), do little things that over time have a big impact (no mayo on the sandwich, vinaigrette instead of ranch, squeeze in a workout for 15-20 minutes instead of making excuses if I can't break away for an hour). These last 10 days were chock full of perils and traps that were incredibly easy to give in to. But I noticed tons of changes in how I faced them and it had everything to do with checking in here every now and then during the travels.

Bottom line is this has to be fun or I'm not going to sustain this thing.

Spark People are making it fun.

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REBECCATKD 2/17/2011 2:52PM

    You're keeping it fun for us, too! Thanks for writing such insightful (and humorous) blog posts. You're definitely a source of inspiration for us fellow Sparkies!

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TEXAS_GRL 2/17/2011 7:25AM

    A few years ago I travel a great deal and I can so relate to the challenges you face. I bow to your ability to face temptation day in and day out and persevere. You rock!

And yes, Spark is fun. Life is too short not to have fun even in getting healthy.


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BRADOS 2/16/2011 11:31PM

    I second that...the part that it has to be fun or I won't do it - same here, I am in awe of your discipline on the road so often - I wonder if I could do the same (but am glad I don't have to find out)....mmmmm, Texas barbeque...... emoticon

Thanks for being such a good presence on SP - makes it much more interesting to check in periodically with people like you

keep up the good fight emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 2/16/2011 10:09PM

    Good blog! Yeah, SP is fun. Posting does help and the tools are here to help us. Congrats on your great outlook and success. Sounds like you've found what it takes and you are doing it! emoticon

I have to tell you, though, you are so strong not giving into all those perils that await on the, women, food and song!

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SAFARIBABE 2/16/2011 10:06PM

    Hmmmm Now which friends could it be who are challenging you??? Hmmmmm Who on earth could that be??? LOL You did awesome on the road!! Being back home should be cake! er....I mean brocolli!! Welcome Home!!

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KOFFEENUT 2/16/2011 10:04PM

    Good for you! Prior to finding SparkPeople I spent 50% of my time on the road, eating fast food at odd hours and an exercise routine that consisted of running through airports to weight-lift my carryon into the overhead. It sounds like you've taken the SMART approach to your travel. Way to go on integrating your healthy lifestyle into travel mode!

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Danger, Danger Will Robinson....BBQ ahead!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Well my San Antonio adventure has gone reasonably well....until my boss called from Las Vegas and said, "Hey I'll meet you in San Antonio tonight, I know a great BBQ & Steak House"

A BBQ joint deep in the heart of Texas, what could possibly be wrong with that?

And I've had such a great day going in to it....Raisin Bran with Skim Milk in the hotel lobby, a Subway sandwich, no mayo, at lunch, and a few apples....I'm at about 800 calories as I write (I'm leaving for dinner as soon as I finish). I did my 100 pushup/200 situp routine in the hotel before we left.....they are becoming exponentially harder every time!

So I googled up the menu....most everything on the menu had parents....pretty fat parents too I'm thinking. Here it is:

He's a good old Texas boy (Aggie), a great guy, just 6'4" and 250 lbs of beer drinking laughter I tell you. And then I've got my traveling pal along for the ride (I'm finishing my turkey sub at lunch and he slides a chocolate chip cookie over my way, "Hey this is hot & fresh out of the oven!"...seriously dude, I'm not jumping off that cliff with you, take it back).

Anyway, I'll see what tonight holds...see what I can do with salad, soup and a fish entree.....but man 'o man do I love a good ribeye!

Promise not to revoke my Spark People membership...........


Post dinner addendum:

Just got back wasn't as bad as it could have. I drank lot's of water (made the water icon overflow in the nutrition tracker), salad with balsamic vinaigrette, grilled veggies (some zucchini, tossed with onions), and yes the ribeye, I was weak. The good news is, I knew it all going in there after doing all the math from the menu with the tracker. Bottom Line: I came in 100 calories under the top limit today. Couldn't have done it without the Sparkpeople accountability gnawing at my brain before the event.

Guilt is such a great motivator to not do bad things!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/16/2011 6:55PM

    Mmmmmm, Texas BBQ, Mmmmmmm emoticon I love a good ribeye, medium rare, Mmmmm!

You done good, Boy! Ah'm proud of you! Man cannot live on fish alone...

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JONESINATOR 2/15/2011 10:33PM

    Actually that menu doesn't look so awful! Hopefully there aren't too many oils thrown around...

What's the push-up business? Leave me a note on that routine, I'd be interested in giving it a shot sometime!

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BRADOS 2/15/2011 10:29PM

    GETSTRONGRRR - you had me at "Texas BBQ" - I wish I could will you some strength to avoid that temptation but hell, I have to be honest and say, I would definitely crave some awesome barbeque and I'd be right there next to you if I could......eating slowly, with lots of water, but there eating BBQ nonetheless :)

Enjoy (your Sparkpeople membership is safe with us)

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SAFARIBABE 2/15/2011 9:19PM

    Ok, let's start with your friend first. As I've told ya before buy him a copy of The Spark. But before you give it to him....beat him with it for all of his..."seriously dudes" -- the cheese, the cookies today and at the airport, etc.

Now on to the menu. When you said BBQ I was like...."give him strength"!! But seeing the menu this is TOTALLY doable! Grilled veggies and a baked potato w/ butter ON THE SIDE (gotta start thinking like a woman and ordering things ON THE SIDE. It's the only way!! We do it for a reason, now you know the secret, it's NOT because we like to drive wait staff nuts). And for the entree...tons of choice there without going hog wild (pardon the pun) grilled salmon, lamb chops, the center cut steak was 6 oz. Pfft...termite mounds out of molehills!

Finally, the best for comment that the pushups are getting harder..... MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
!!!!!! Welcome to my personal Hell! ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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