Thursday, February 24, 2011
Greetings from LA folks (actually, I'm north of LA, up past Santa Maria...beautiful countryside here...no 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 streaks.....it's what helps me keep on track and on plan.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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