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Preparing for first business trip in 6 1/2 years...

Thursday, November 08, 2012

While my DW and I have traveled a few times since I had my WLS last year, I will be taking my first solo trip next week, and a business trip on top of it. While I'm not trying to obsess about it, I am doing a fair amount of planning, such as making sure the hotel I am staying in has good workout facilities, moving my workouts on my calendar to early AM (my normal workouts are at lunchtime, but that is not feasible given that I will be in all day meetings), and making sure I have access to quality foods.

I used to travel on business a lot, and in thinking back, did not give much, if any thought, into nutrition and exercise. Giving it LOTS thought this time!

I'll plan to do a post mortem when I get back. I will do some blogging while I'm on the road as well.

I have a high degree of confidence that I will do well....

  
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IUHRYTR 11/9/2012 2:51AM

    That's the attitude, Patrick! emoticon Be safe. -- Lou

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GREENGENES 11/8/2012 7:05PM

    You can do it. I don't do that much travel but for my conference last week I was much more conscious about planning than usual and it worked out great. I slipped for one dinner but after it was over I realized it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. You are definitely much more prepared than I am so I am confident you will do well.

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CHUBRUB3 11/8/2012 6:46PM

    Awesome!!
Have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Angela

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CHUBRUB3 11/8/2012 6:45PM

    Awesome!!
Have a wonderful time.
Hugs,
Angela

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LALMEIDA 11/8/2012 11:46AM

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/8/2012 10:34AM

    Patrick, of everyone I've met, face-to-face or virtually on SparkPeople, you're hands-down the most consistently disciplined, dedicated, motivated and motivating person I know. You will stick with your program on this trip, no question. And if you have slippages, they'll only be that--slippages not changes of habit, and you also know enough to be gentle with yourself you do have slippages. You'll be fine : )
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DOUGDC 11/8/2012 10:01AM

    I agree that you'll succeed. Kind of like the holidays. Lots of excuses for getting off your program, but you clearly have the determination not to stray.

Great going.

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Relaxing Monday

Monday, November 05, 2012

Normally Mondays can be crazy, but since I have some vacation to use up before the end of the year, I started taking some Mondays off, and in some ways they are nicer to take off than a Friday.

Caught up on my shows on DVR, will go do some office cleaning, but at a relaxed pace, then I'm guessing my DW will want to go do dinner out. The rest of the week will be busy, but at least I'm easing into it!

  
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IUHRYTR 11/5/2012 10:11PM

    A good use of vacation time. emoticon -- Lou

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RUN4FOOD 11/5/2012 8:41PM

    I'm jealous. I'll probably be doing the same in February.

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SOFT_VAL67 11/5/2012 7:08PM

    we all need a day of relaxing, i usually spend mine looking for misplaced items or sitting on my front porch, watching traffic, when the weather allows....

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Sandy Update

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We survived Sandy! We did end up getting over 8" of rain, as forecasted, but we were spared the really bad winds that folks in NJ, PA, and NY got -- peak wind gust was around 60 mph. For those of you who are professional or amateur meteorologists (I am an amateur), one of the most amazing things I experienced was the low pressure from this storm -- it dropped to 957.5 MB (28.27 on the barometric scale) -- easily the lowest I've ever been near! The eye came very close to us, and that is an experience I will always remember.

The only damage we experienced is some of the lattice in our vinyl fence came loose, but it is at the top of the fence and is not a structural issue, so I will get out and get that fixed later today.

All told, we were lucky, but glad to have lady luck on our side for a change!

  
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KKKAREN 10/31/2012 9:45AM

    Glad you made it through the storm safely. I live in FL and we just had some wind and rain.

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GETTO140 10/31/2012 8:32AM

    Glad you are OK! You are LUCKY! Our area closed down at 4:00 p.m. on Monday. We were also lucky and got some strong winds and some rain, but not much damage.

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BRENDAGAIL9 10/31/2012 12:53AM

    Glad you are safe. I am in WA state on the West Coast and are getting a lot of rain. There may be some river flooding.as normal here in the Chehalis Valley.

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GREENGENES 10/30/2012 11:12PM

    Glad to hear everything turned out OK.

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CASE4GRACE 10/30/2012 10:43PM

    So thankful to hear you are all safe and had only minor damage.

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IUHRYTR 10/30/2012 10:22PM

    Glad you are safe. Such a tragedy. Like what we've had in FL over the years with various hurricanes. -- Lou

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DOUGDC 10/30/2012 10:15PM

    DC area (and my home) were spared as was yours. NYC had a tough time. Getting systems running again is going to be time consuming. Imagine a storm 1000 miles across! This one was outside of living experience.

@PLMITCH -- glad your family is fine. emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 10/30/2012 8:22PM

    Glad you are okay. Hurricanes are amazing. Survived two big ones in Houston with little damage, but quite the experience.

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KAKONOLADY 10/30/2012 5:10PM

    so so happy to hear that you are well!!! emoticon

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RICCILYNN 10/30/2012 12:43PM

    glad you are OK.

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ALIHIKES 10/30/2012 11:20AM

    So glad you are safe and that you were spared the worst of the damage!

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STELLASMYBEBE 10/30/2012 11:06AM

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Glad you and your family are safe.

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CHUBRUB3 10/30/2012 11:05AM

    Thanks be that you are doing good.
Appreciate you letting us know Patrick.
Hugs,
Angela


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BRENDA_G50 10/30/2012 11:05AM

    emoticon I'm happy to hear you made it through ok. God answered my prayers to wrap His arms around everyone in harms way and keep them safe...and He did!!! emoticon

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LRK4CHRIST 10/30/2012 11:02AM

    Yes! I'm a survivor too! Thank God!

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LOSE4LIFE47 10/30/2012 11:02AM

    Good to hear you are ok.

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MELTEAGUE 10/30/2012 11:01AM

    glad you are safe!

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JUNA89 10/30/2012 11:00AM

    emoticon We survived it too! emoticon

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Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sandy has made her presence felt last evening and into this morning. Over 3" of rain so far, with the forecast of up to 8" possible. Amazingly enough, that amount of rain would still not get us back to "normal" for the year -- we are close to 12" under for the year!

Off and on gusts of wind, but nothing like what we will get later today and tonight as Sandy approaches. Keeping my fingers crossed that the power stays on, but we're as prepared as we can be if it does go out.

  
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MELTEAGUE 10/30/2012 11:02AM

    We had high winds and lots of rain here in Toronto with power outages due to fallen trees...and a few large puddles on the freeway.

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MDGARDENGIRL 10/30/2012 9:25AM

    Hope you survived with minimal damage Patrick! No trees down or flooding YET! Let's get through today with our fingers and toes crossed !!

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IUHRYTR 10/29/2012 9:42PM

    Stay safe. -- Lou

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NWFL59 10/29/2012 9:35PM

    Lots of rain just a bit too fast to soak into the ground to replenish aquafers. Hope you didn't lose power. emoticon

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BEAUTIFULLYMADE 10/29/2012 7:56PM

    I don't have cable so I've not really been able to keep up with Sandy. I pray that all is well, and you and your family stays safe!

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GREENGENES 10/29/2012 12:15PM

    All the best!

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BRENDAGAIL9 10/29/2012 12:09PM

    Sending prayers to everyone in Sandy's path. I live on the West Coast in the Chehalis Valley and we are having a lot of rain. River flooding is a possibility but I live halfway up a steep hill if it does happen. I don't worry about it, just keep my pantry stocked up 'just in case'.

Stay as safe as you can.

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PATRICIA441 10/29/2012 12:04PM

  I am in the Pike Creek area and so far it isn't too bad. No flooding yet and minimal winds. Hoping the electric holds. Good luck to you!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/29/2012 11:47AM

    Keeping my fingers crossed for all you eastern coast folks!

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CHUBRUB3 10/29/2012 11:11AM

    Stay safe.
Hugs,
Angela

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YOGAWITCH 10/29/2012 9:08AM

    Thinking about you guys

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GOAL ACHEIVED! First sub-30 minute 3 mile run!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What a great sight to see:



After toying for the past few weeks with breaking the 30 minute / 3 mile barrier, I finally did it today! As I posted on Facebook, nothing like what Felix Baumgartner did in his space jump last week in breaking the sound barrier, but for me, it's a BIG DEAL!

Next goal: 5K under 30 minutes!

  
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HANSBRINK 10/30/2012 12:09PM

  A late, but heartfelt, CONGRATULATIONS!

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DOUGDC 10/25/2012 12:21AM

    Congrats, man, congrats. That's a major achievement.

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DIXIEWORKHORSE 10/24/2012 12:34PM

    Awesom emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/24/2012 11:58AM

    YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!
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It's fantastic!!!

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CHUBRUB3 10/23/2012 7:00PM

    Awesome Patrick!!!
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CASE4GRACE 10/23/2012 5:37PM

    That is a big deal - and with your drive and determination, it's just going to keep getting better. Way to go!
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IUHRYTR 10/23/2012 4:13PM

    Yea, Patrick! it is a big deal. emoticon! -- Lou

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AJWALKLEY 10/23/2012 1:30PM

    Congrats! That's definitely a huge accomplishment!

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