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12/07/2012 in Arizona

Friday, December 07, 2012

Always a pleasure to be in Arizona -- warm temps, sunny skies, etc. Today is my dad's 81st birthday, and we have a few things planned:

- Lunch plans at a retirement community he is thinking he may move to . It is a very nice place, and I really think this is the right thing for him to do -- he misses being around people!

- Dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Tucson. Their specialty is a dish called Carne Seca. Besides just being amazingly good, the way it is created is quite interesting -- the beef is "cooked" on screens on the roof! Gives you some idea just how warm the sun is here in southern Arizona!

Tomorrow I run in my first out of town 5K race up at the University of Arizona. Will blog about that tomorrow.

  
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IUHRYTR 12/8/2012 2:26AM

    It is great that you and your dad will be able to spend time together. Dinner sounds delicious. I love Mexican food and hope your father loves the new community because loneliness is not fun. Best of success in your run emoticon. -- Lou

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GREENGENES 12/7/2012 11:38PM

    Happy birthday to your Dad! Enjoy AZ. We were out there last year at this time visiting my Mother and sister near PHX. I wish I could get out there more often.



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HEALTHIERKEN 12/7/2012 8:35PM

    Have a great run!
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HANSBRINK 12/7/2012 1:02PM

  My dad is in Tempe. We did something similar when he turned 80.

A tip: remember to hydrate constantly. AZ's air is very drying. I always wanted to get the t-shirt with a picture of the old man on the front. He's desiccated. The caption reads "but, its a dry heat".

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CHUBRUB3 12/7/2012 11:17AM

    Have fun and enjoy your run!
Hugs,
Angela

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Another BIG Goal Acheived...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Finally broke the 5K in under 30 minute barrier this morning -- 29:55!! Not much more to add, except to say I am one happy camper!!

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GETTO140 11/26/2012 7:45AM

    Way to go!! emoticon

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JGRAY55555 11/20/2012 6:54PM

    Great job!!!
In 2005 when I was at the bottom of my weight loss yo yo (235 lbs), I hit the 30 min mark too. Great feeling. Hoping to get that feeling back spring of 2013. I am probably closer to 45 min right now.

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ALIHIKES 11/18/2012 11:02AM

    WOO HOO! Great achievement emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/18/2012 10:51AM

    Congrats!

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CHUBRUB3 11/18/2012 10:49AM

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IUHRYTR 11/17/2012 7:51PM

    emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/17/2012 2:50PM

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Good job, PLMITCH. I'm still working on that time. Almost there...Another week or so and I will be in the 10 min. mile pace.

Keep up the good work!

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DAWN14163 11/17/2012 2:14PM

    A-maz-ing! Huge congratulations! That's an ultimate goal of mine too, but I think it will be a while yet (still stuck around 33mins....)
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MAGGIEVAN 11/17/2012 2:03PM

    Congrats and give yourself a pat on the back! You deserve it.

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A good week...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Last day on my business trip in RTP, NC. I am very proud of how I kept an eye on the calories and what I ate, kept up with my exercise routine (albeit at a MUCH earlier time of the day!), and overall feel great! I will sleep well tonight I think -- back in my own bed, with my DW next to me, puppies on their beds, and NOOOOOOOOOO alarm tomorrow morning! I have pretty much been getting up at 4:30AM to 5:00AM each day, and that is CLEARLY out of routine, hence the reason I think I'll be sleeping well tonight!

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HEALTHIERKEN 11/16/2012 12:44PM

    Good on ya, Patrick! Savour the comfort of being back to the familiar : )
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BRENDAGAIL9 11/16/2012 11:01AM

    It's hard to be away from home and your comfort zone but you have found out you can do it and still stay on track.

Good job!

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GREENGENES 11/16/2012 7:36AM

    Woo Hoo! Well done!

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AZMOMXTWO 11/16/2012 6:59AM

  enjoy the time at home and the rest

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Midweek Report (on the road)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So far so good on my business trip this week. At midweek, but still following my plan:

- Up at 5:00AM each day, in the workout room by 6:00AM. Had to deviate from my normal workout routine a little yesterday, as both treadmills were busy, so opted for the Precor EFX Elliptical. Did get in strength training Monday and Wednesday (today).

- Making sure to get up and stretch / walk during my meetings

- Tracking calories. Within goal each day so far, with the only issue being not enough fiber.

Friday is going to be a little more challenging. I have a 7AM meeting which I'll need to at my company site for. Thankfully, the hotel is only 5 minutes away, so one of the managers at the hotel is going to bring me over, but will need to be up even earlier (4AM) so I can get my workout in, get packed, get a quick, healthy breakfast, and be on-site in time for the meeting.

My hunch is that this will be the first of several business trips over the next 12 months, so this has been a good week to establish routines. The scale will tell the take next week as to just how successful I have been, but at least I feel like I've stayed on course.

  
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GOLFCHICK2-0 11/15/2012 1:54PM

    Keep up the good work. Have you thought about packing some resistance bands? They'd take up next to no room in your luggage and are a great substitute in hotels that are lacking strengthening equipment!!
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CATHOLICCORGI 11/15/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon Patrick! Don't know if you are getting the rain today, as we are in Charlotte, but hope you are enjoying your work trip to North Carolina!
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GREENGENES 11/14/2012 11:31PM

    Well done! Keep it up!

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CHUBRUB3 11/14/2012 11:03AM

    Proud of you! Inspirational!

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On the road again...

Monday, November 12, 2012

So far so good on my business trip. Flight from Philadelphia to Raleigh on time and actually arrived early into Raleigh, nice dinner (and reasonably healthy) at the hotel last evening, up at 5AM to get a workout in (state of the art equipment!), and able to find healthy choices for breakfast and lunch.

Just a hunch, but I have a feeling this will not be my last business trip - seems like there will be more opportunities in the new year, and a real need for me to be here.

More to follow as the week progresses.

  
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EARTHGIRL145 11/13/2012 9:58PM

    Great job! I'm on the road a lot too and I have been struggling over these past few months. Way to go! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 11/12/2012 9:48PM

    Good planning. Traveling does not mean we stop exercising or eating healthy, does it? -- Lou

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BOSS61 11/12/2012 7:22PM

    Great that you have such a nicely amenitized hotel to feed and exercise you correctly - make the most!

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COCOSAYS 11/12/2012 1:58PM

    Good job! Have some fun, get out an explore!

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