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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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A Happy Blog

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's been a wonderful day! Nice low cal living at home (toast & cottage cheese at breakfast, a stir fry of chicken breast, endame, & spinach spiced with cilantro, lemongrass, & ginger at lunch, and now a banana, orange, & apple smoothie....really beats the hell out of pizzas, steaks, and airline food).

But truly the highlight of the day was me taking to the bike.....the stationary bike that is. Specifically, SWMBO's spinning cycle:

Now I pretty much enjoy my cardio outdoors. Even in the heart of winter, when we lived in Boston, I'd go running outside, with single digit temperatures and below. At most, I'd do a 10 minute warm up on an elliptical or bike at the gym before working out.

Alas, I have been banished from hardcore outdoor workouts for a little while longer....and so I've been eyeing SWMBO's cycle. Now we share everything we have, but as a gentleman, I know it is only polite to ask, because we vary greatly in size and so I'd have to tinker with seat height, handlebars, etc. I grabbed a spare heart rate monitor from my gym bag and got to spinning.

That's when I noticed the clinking sound. It quickly drove me mad, even with Sisters of Mercy (Dominion Mother Russia) jamming at max volume through the earphones. So I had to take it apart.

Of course, there was a stripped screw that not even my mighty Makita 18V electric drill could handle, so off to Lowes to spend $20 on the "Pro Grabit Broken Bolt and Damaged Screw Extractor". Voila! It felt like I had invented fire! Out it came, the offending piece of metal that was rubbing against the chain got hammered away, and then pure silence as I jumped back on and biked the sun room in pure bliss.

So I'm still under restriction on the resistance, but no matter. To get my heart rate up past 140, I just increased the pace to a furious 110 cadence. I was in heaven! The biking sensation, my favorite music, and the heart rate settling in at a comfortable aerobic range, evoked all sorts of memories of cruising around the island here all during the fall. I cruised on for 30 happy minutes till I got a little sore in the seat.....all those months getting my butt used to cycling and away it went

Haven't felt this good in months though! The bikes at the gym are still a little too hard to get settled into comfortably. Luckily, I had bought SWMBO the "Cloud 9" seat when we got this thing a while ago...who knew it would come in so handy now.

Well from there, I knocked out the pushups & situps for today's routine. I had attacked the new pullup bar in our clothes closet as my latest hobby....goal is 20 pullups by the end of August....6 months to get there. Just came back from getting a haircut, settled in with the smoothie, and wanted to knock out a happy blog.

Cheers all.....spark on!

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REBECCATKD 2/20/2011 10:23PM

    Thanks for sharing a moment of calm and happiness -- what a great read to start my week. emoticon

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ELISA322 2/20/2011 9:53PM

    Ha I have one of those "cloud 9" seats too for my bike! One of the best purchases we made.

I would love to get a stationary bike. And I know what you mean about food, I'd much rather eat at home than out, although I do enjoy the occasional cheeseburger and pizza I have to admit!

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BRADOS 2/20/2011 9:22PM

    Cool......sounds like a great day

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JONESINATOR 2/20/2011 6:30PM

    Happy blogs are the best blogs! Spinning cycles are fun stuff - why the restriction on resistance? Are you injured?

Fixing things always makes me feel like I just discovered the cure to cancer, must be a guy thing. And I think you'll get those 20 pull ups - once you can do five, it feels so much easier after that.

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AGENTNER 2/20/2011 6:25PM

    I just did my first cycling class at the gym this week, and boy oh boy do I wish we had those cloud 9 seats! it was an hour class and by the end I swear by bottom was bruised!!! Way to go with the healthy eating, and the exercise, not to mention the Mr. Fix-it attitude! I LOVE IT! KEEP IT UP!

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SAFARIBABE 2/20/2011 6:21PM

    AWESOME!!! You'll be chasing my miles in NO time!! 20 miles today. And for the record, I knew as soon as I met you that you were a little nuts...RUNNING IN NEGATIVE TEMPS??????????? Now you've confirmed it ... in writing!! Glad to have you back in Cardio Land!!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/20/2011 6:18PM

    Well, unfortunately, I'd still like the pizza and steaks, better... emoticon emoticon

Mr. Fixit, eh? My DH fixes things...after he breaks them. I finally (after a year) let him use my "new" vacumn after my knee replacement and he was so proud when he fixed the thing the cord wraps around after he broke it. I wasn't so proud!

Anyway, congrats for getting on that bike and riding away...that's great! It's tough when you can't get in your cardio, isn't it?

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DIANE2110 2/20/2011 5:18PM

    Right on! What a great day you had. And that menu of yours sounds so... haute cuisine!

Take care,
Diane : ) ** Make it Happen in 2011 **

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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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