Saturday, February 26, 2011
So here's what tells me things are improving and that this is becoming a lifestyle and not just a temporary change.
I am starting to think like an athlete, not as someone who "has to go workout." I'm looking for time, looking for reasons, overcoming obstacles and excuses so that I can make sure to get in a workout. Even at the height of my distance running, I was pretty much goal oriented ("got to get in 8 miles today, or I'll mess up my program.") Now, the goal is to get moving.
And it doesn't have to be a full blown workout....just making 15-20 minutes for some quick cardio, even with a tight schedule, works....it's the IDEA of working out and the satisfaction that comes with making it an important part of my life...WE WILL NOT BE DETERRED!
The food though.....well not totally at the "Food is Fuel" mentality yet, but moved pretty far from the "Food is a Reward", "Food in Quantity", "Good meals are always buttery, salty, fatty, cheesy, and must end with something sweet & chocolaty" mentality. The daily reckoning, the mid-day checks, and the attitude change that, "Yes, I can and must plan my eating for the day" is becoming a natural part of my day.
So I'm also a firm believer in "If I can do it, anyone can do it." I went from pack a day, non-running, smoker for 25+ years, to marathoner in 8 months and believe me, I was the poster boy for non-runners. Didn't lose much weight though, maybe 8-10 lbs over 3 years, but that was because I figured lots of running was license to eat tons of whatever I wanted. Hell, I was burning it off, right!
Well my scientific brain just does not want to accept the overwhelming evidence of my life that eating is the key to weight loss or gain. I can, and have, worked out hard and furious for long stretches, but the lbs keep climbing every year. It's the food, stupid!
So, I'm going to ingrain the "Food is Fuel" motto into my brain. Let's see what happens.
Start thinking like athletes my Spark friends!
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!)
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 country....weather 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!
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!
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