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?
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:
Because I want to be able to do this:
but not like this:
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 then.....today 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......
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.
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 home....it 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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