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Friday, February 25, 2011

Well a fairly successful trip...still in the middle of it as I get ready to depart LA at 1155 PST.

Dinner last night was a hit....grilled salmon on top of sauteeed spinach (YUM!), even had some sourdough bread as an appetizer, ending the day with a smashing 1500 calories!

Up early today, off to the gym for 30 minutes of ferocious cardio on the bike, back to the room, 120 pushups (22, 30, 20, 20, 28) ending week 3 of the 100 pushup challenge, then situps before showerig and changing for the flight.

Checking out of the hotel now, for about 10 hours of planes, trains, & automobiles, getting in around 11:00 CST.

Still no good breakfast option, so I'll wing it again today in the airports (YUCK!)

Cheers all!

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AGENTNER 2/26/2011 7:48PM

    GOOD LUCK with all the flights, traffic, and automobiles! wishing you a safe and smooth travel!!!! GOOD LUCK with yucky airport food!

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SAFARIBABE 2/25/2011 6:41PM

    Becareful of that airport food. There be dragons in the airports! Hope you get home safe and without to much groping. LOL

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Working out in California!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I gotta' tell you, I never thought I'd say this, but I really, really like California! This is an amazingly pleasant part of the is beautiful along the coast here (near Santa Maria), fresh air, cool & dry, scenery is spectacular, not crowded, no weirdos.....what's not to like?

And to make it even better, last night's all-nighter paid off. I was dragging this AM, even with the time difference, pissed off that we had to work so late and then having to hit it hard this morning. Woke up at 5:00 (felt like I slept in with the 2 hour time difference), hit the spark board on the computer in the hotel lobby (I've got to get a netbook, I can't stand lugging around a 6 lb laptop), then got brain in gear for work.

Now I have totally mis-planned food this trip. I was not prepared for the cross-country plane ride yesterday, so I powered through on peanuts and yogurt. Today, I blew off breakfast, then sat through 4 hours of meeting on nothing but black coffee....a habit I've done all my life, but am trying to change now....thanks a lot Spark People, now I have to eat in the morning! Half a sandwich at lunch and I'm sitting at 500 calories for the day and I'm about to go out for dinner with the guys in a few minutes.

What makes this even better is that we finished early today, so what did I do? I hit the gym of course, what the hell were you thinking I did?!?!

30 minutes on a spin cycle in a gym overlooking the cliffs and the ocean, then 20 minutes of some quick weight-lifting (I got off track when I recognized an old chum and we spent 30 minutes getting caught up). But the bike felt great....good music, good scenery, and right as I got my HR to a comfortable 150 BPM, a very confortable "in-the-zone" feeling that said, "You can ride all day at this pace."

So Spark friends, thanks again for the comments and e-mails....make a plan and stick to it!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/24/2011 10:16PM

    What was I thinking? You don't even want to know...afterall, you are in California! LOL! Glad you're getting your exercise in and what a beautiful view to do it to!

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SAFARIBABE 2/24/2011 9:57PM

    emoticon Sounds like I'm not the only one who rocked it today!! But tomorrow...breakfast!! Stick to your plan! Have you considered an iPad? I got my mom one for xmas and she LOVES it! I even got her addicted to Angry Birds. LOL You too could become an angry bird addict!!

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BRADOS 2/24/2011 9:38PM

    wow - nice discipline, way to own your day.

Have a great trip

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Rapid Blog!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Greetings from LA folks (actually, I'm north of LA, up past Santa Maria...beautiful countryside earthquakes).

Had a very busy Wednesday; got up at 3:30, travel x 3 planes, TSA gropes x 2, then hit the ground running with meetings that lasted till past 10:00....PACIFIC TIME!

Good news was it was a Low Cal day....nuts & yogurt on the plane, a sandwich at the airport (Turkey Avocado...about 450 cals I think), then Pho for dinner at a local Lao restaurant as a break between our all night writing session. I have no idea how to log the Pho, so I gave it 500 calories just to have it stop vexing my mind.

Pushup & Situps back at the room (10:30.....PACIFIC TIME!!!!), just to stay on track and I called it a night.

Will try to knock it off earlier today and hit the gym for some cardio and maybe even a blog tonight....I hate wrecking a consistent blogging's what helps me keep on track and on plan.

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JUNEBUG1944 2/24/2011 10:18PM

    You sure did have a busy day...I'd have collapsed by 6 p.m.! After all that, you had the energy to do situps and hero!

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GETMOJOBACK 2/24/2011 6:47PM

    Great job!

It is such a challenge to eat right when traveling. But you are doing such a good job on both your exercise and nutrition!


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NEELY747 2/24/2011 3:07PM

    I have GOT to blog more! I do it so sporadically and there is a lot I'd love to get off my chest.

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ELISA322 2/24/2011 2:52PM

    I've never had pho but I'd love to try it one day.

Keep blogging and you're doing great. I don't think I would do as well as you do with all that traveling.

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SAFARIBABE 2/24/2011 12:25PM

    Blogging also helps us keep track of your exploits! Check out, they have a calorie thing for Pho. Depending what kind of pho you had and how much you may have over estimated. You can sort it. Hope the rest of your trip is as successful as yesterday!!

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Another travelling "Dry Heave"

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Well I had another travelling "dry heave", as I say, today; didn't make it out of town but I was not unhappy!

Sorry for the weird syntax above, but I was all set to drive to Panama City for a function tonight, when I got stuck in a traffic jam....I've lived here in this dinky little spot of heaven for 7 months, and of all the nights to have a jam on Highway 98, the gods picked tonight to have an accident on the side of the bridge by my house.

I had timed it right, came home from work early, got in a hard 20 minutes on the spinning cycle, showered, got on the tux and waited for my ride....and waited....and waited, until I finally got the call that traffic was backed up for 3 miles in a part of the world that has never heard of traffic jams before.

So I called an audible and phoned in my regrets for tonight's event, which, as we say in Boston, was "Wicked, pissa, cool" by me! If I'd have gone, I'd have arrived late (hate doing that), gotten back home around 11:30 and have to wake up a few hours later because I've got to catch a 5:30 AM flight out of here on Wednesday.

This way, I only caused minor turmoil at home, as SWMBO now had to set an extra place for dinner (I walked in the door and Holy Christ, she was making a steak for our 16-year old! I've been living on chicken and veggies at home for weeks! Serve me up 6 oz of that cow please!). Still way better than the 800-1000 calories I figured was involved with dinner out.

And of course I'm here with my Spark friends for one more evening before setting out cross-country!

Have a good night all!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/24/2011 10:23PM

    Well, you know, Mamas have to take care of their baby boys! Gotta have beef once a's a law! I hate when their are accidents on these roads around here. We were coming home from Houston in I-10 (hate that road) and after sitting for an hour and a half barely moving, we were finally directed off...a tanker with hazardous material had tipped over. The stupid-a** thing about it is they could have taken us off before the big jam up!

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ELISA322 2/23/2011 6:29AM

    LMAO about the steak. You're hilarious!!

Glad you had a night off from traveling. That reminds me of last week, when my manger sent out an email telling us to be there early for a mandatory meeting with our new CIO. Out of all days, I got into the worst traffic jams ever. There was an overturned SUV in the middle of the freeway. I've never seen anything like it! The weird thing is that day was totally clear -- no ice, snow, rain. Just crazy. Luckily my manager takes the same freeway so he got caught in it too, so he understood.

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JONESINATOR 2/22/2011 10:27PM

    What a great reversal - you got a good sized steak even after you prepared for a worse meal! I call that a good night.

Sorry about the bridge accident, hope everyone was okay!

I also figured out it can't be skeletal just from talking with a friend; if it were herniated I'd be unable to walk so it's gotta just be muscular.

Best of luck on your next trip, hopefully with no travel problems!

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Cardio, Strength Training, and a $2,000 Lunch!

Monday, February 21, 2011

So today was meant to be enjoyed, especially since it's my last day of peace before I begin a series of whirlwind cross-country trips over the next 2 months. Tomorrow night to Panama City, Wed-Fri Los Angeles, then 10 days in Las Vegas till 10 March. I forget what's on the plate after that.

I woke up nicely refreshed and had planned a 9:30 session at the gym before taking SWMBO out for lunch (yes, even though I eat out on the road a lot, lunch out with SWMBO has its own special place). After yesterday's energizing ride on the spinning cycle, I decided to get in 30 minutes of fast & furious cardio before driving over to the gym....WOO-HOO, I taught that 30-pound flywheel the meaning of the word respect!

I think the cardio session helped quite a bit. Today was back, shoulders, and biceps, and I was adding plates and increasing reps like there was no tomorrow, which could be true, because I find it very difficult to get in strength training on the road. Back home for a quick shower & change of clothes and off we went to her favorite little Greek place in Ft Walton Beach.

Luckily, I had had a light breakfast, but when all the numbers got crunched (rounding up when I wasn't sure of weight or content) lunch came out to 800 calories (grilled chicken, no skin, hummus, tzaziki, pita bread, and some rice), so I'll just need to cool it for dinner.

That's when things started getting expensive.

SWMBO and I have been talking about a "House 2.0" upgrade for a while. We're very likely to move in the next 3-5 months, but she has wanted to upgrade some furniture for a while....couches, dining table, love seats, coffee table, etc. All I wanted when this first came up was a 55 in flat screen, but somehow that got translated to a full scale makeover and a massive replacement of perfectly good furniture.....

Well I'd have been a fool to say no to her suggestion that, "hey since you're off for the rest of the day and are going to be gone so much, why don't we go visit some furniture stores" idea. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE JUST LUNCH! But momma didn't raise no fool, so off we went.

And you know what, even in a furniture store, you can't avoid getting fat! The sales vultures line up at the doorway all smiles and understanding ("Thanks, we're just looking"), and they have the junior sales stuckee walking around with a TRAY FULL OF FRESHLY BAKED COOKIES! What kind of sick SOB thought up that marketing trick?!? Here I am on a post-lunch "shopping date", thinking "hey at least this isn't like the Michaels debacle" where candies and sweets assaulted you at the checkout counter, and these bastards are making you feel right at home, snuggled up in a soft, cushiony couch, just like you're watching TV on a cold, windy night, while junior sticks a tray full of warm, moist, chocolaty, peanut buttery, and oatmeally deathtraps under your nose. Is this what we have become America? Is this what happened to George & Martha when they furnished Mt Vernon? Did Abe & Mary Todd have to eat before they moved into the White House? It's President's Day, let's be slim and trim like Abe!
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I kept saying no to the madness and we decided to focus on the dining room tables and moved away from the couches of temptation. That's where SWMBO let out a screech.
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Now I've told her for years, please let me do the buying, just tell me what you want. She did the same thing when we bought our first house, let out a big, "I LOVE IT!" in front of the realtor. That one probably cost me $10,000. I looked over at the sales vulture today and the bastard was already pouncing on her, telling her what a wonderful table this was, solid wood, a very hot moving item, not many left in the warehouse, yadda-yadda-yadda, lies-lies-lies. It took me another hour to get them to make a realistic offer and zero out the delivery price.

So I go into this evening with 30 minutes of cardio, 60 minutes of strength training, 800 calories of lunch, and $2,000 of dining room table that brought a squeal of delight to my sweetie.....can't wait till we find the right couch!
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JUNEBUG1944 2/22/2011 12:10PM

    What about the flat screen TV? Ah, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon, my favorite...

Hey if SWMBO is happy, everyone is happy, right?

Have a good trip, watch the food traps, and don't lose all your money in Las Vegas...remember what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas... emoticon

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NEWMOMOVER40 2/22/2011 5:13AM

    LOL. I have my "squeal of delight" moments too, but for good or ill, we confine our furniture shopping to Craigslist. The squeals of delight are just as genuine, the difference being that we can not only enjoy delightful (if sometimes slightly dinged) furniture, but also save for what we really want to do, which is travel more. Although it sounds like you've got the travel thing all worked out as well. So I say, if two grand for a dining table is no big deal for you, squeal away!

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SAFARIBABE 2/21/2011 9:33PM

    ROFLMAO!!!! That was one expensive lunch!!! But hey! At least you'll have a new table to eat the quiche recipe I sent you on!! LOL Have a safe trip tomorrow! Be good and resist temptations!! You can do it.

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AGENTNER 2/21/2011 6:02PM

    you are so entertaining!!!! I know exactly what you are talking about with the squeal of delight! I can't help it! I do it too!!!! Way to amp up the workout! Good luck with your travels! i always wanted to travel for my job, but in reality I think i just want to travel for leisure, not for work!!! GOOD LUCK on the road, and finding a couch!

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