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Istanbul.....no Bull - Part Deux!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Well I admit, I have neglected my blogging of late. September has been an unusually busy month. I've been on the road from Las Vegas to Norfolk to New Mexico these past few weeks, all the while still trying to do my day job in Florida. Luckily I've got a brand new VP that is real good about keeping up with the workload while I'm on the road.

But now I have to take some real time off and get my ass over to Istanbul for a wedding this week, so I am likely to be even more off the net next week
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All is not lost though. I cashed in some hotel points and am basically staying for free at a Marriot right near the Bosporus that promises wi-fi, a pretty decent gym, and even a modernized Turkish steam bath on the premises!




It's been a mad cap ride these last few weeks though. I finally got back in to the office this past week (I sent my VP on the road to take on some of these meetings instead of me), and got caught up on everything from our budget, to making decisions on some senior manager hirings that absolutely had to get done before I depart. I finally made it home around 9:00 PM last night, but I think I can rest easy this next week that things will run well while I'm away (I always tell my guys, "No one is irreplaceable"......I guess that applies to me as well!)

That basically meant that I had to greatly curtail my gym time this past week. I hit the weight room pretty hard Mon & Wed, but that was about it. However, if I must say so myself, I was fairly magnificent setting some personal bests on squats (225 lbs), deadlifts (240 lbs), overhead presses (110 lbs), and bench presses (210 lbs). Pullups continue to be the bane of my existence. I am stuck at 3 and mildly frustrated that I can't heft these 180 lbs of me over the bar more than that....oh well, just another mark to set on that wall!

I plan on doing a whole bunch of walking around Istanbul though. My biggest challenge might be sticking to low carbs for the next week. All of my classic weaknesses will be on display there.

Baklava


Fresh baked bread


Rice

So I'll focus on those things non-carb like,

Kebabs



Fish


Chicken


And lots and lots of salads

Have a great day Spark friends.....next blog comes from the Bosporus!
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JULIAMOONCHILD 9/27/2012 7:29PM

    OMG! I hate you! Just stopped by to thank you for the comment you left on my recent blog, (Hoss is so into carbs, there is simply no use talking to him about my new program), and although I just finished off a hard boiled egg on toast with light mayo and a thin slice of tomato, I am ready now, having looked at these wondrous pictures of FOOD, to eat my keyboard. Not one item pictured here would I pass up .... Every piece of those breads on display would be eaten with a Robin Hood lust for bread and ale. Oh dear, I am nearly off the deep end with these pictures ...
Having said that, however, I implore you to post MORE pictures, especially of food. Seriously, I think they may have brought forth fat devouring digestive juices to my system and already I am feeling thinner just from the looking - Or perhaps it is but water loss from all of the drooling....

What a great trip - Do share more!

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SAFARIBABE 9/22/2012 11:16PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!! I'm positively jealous as I've always wanted to go to Istanbul. I hope you have a safe journey and a marvelous time! A little baklava is good for the soul!! Who knows, maybe it will inspire you into the 4th pullup! Have a blast and wish the happy couple all the joy in the world on their marriage from your Spark friends!!

P.S. Don't forget pics in your next blog!

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/22/2012 3:34PM

    Have a wonderful trip, even if you have part of it on Air France. Stay away from the baklava, it is evil.

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 9/22/2012 11:01AM

    So awesome! I used to live at Incirlik Air Base. I could have lived on ekmek and tangerines and been perfectly happy! Do they have a gold market in Istanbul like they do in Adana?

Have fun!



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PROT358 9/21/2012 10:12PM

    So happy for you, and a wee bit jealous :) I'd love to see pictures if you find the time! Maybe Istanbul No Bull - Part Trois? Hope you have a lovely time!

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BERGBA7 9/21/2012 12:49PM

    Safe travels and have a great time in Istanbul! I did three times one chin up today. Continue working on those pull ups!
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HEALTHIERKEN 9/21/2012 11:17AM

    We loved Istanbul! Crazy time in the Market. Every merchant who tried to sell us something demonstrated that his goods--leather, amber, silver, were the "real thing" by trying to set them afire with a pocket lighter. Never did figure out what that was supposed to prove : )

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WOUBBIE 9/21/2012 10:24AM

    Meat on a stick For The Win!!!

Enjoy your trip and be safe!

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/21/2012 10:09AM

    Have a fabulous time! I look forward to reading what you think of Istanbul as I'll have to go for work at some point, probably during 2013.


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JONESINATOR 9/21/2012 10:02AM

    Wow you're killing it in the weight room! I've got to up my game...

Do you do bent over back rows with a barbell? That and lat pull downs help a lot with overall back/arm strengthening that directly carries over to pull ups.

And have an amazing time in Istanbul (so jealous) BUT you still have to try some baklawa, at least a little bit!

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GDEDES147 9/21/2012 9:59AM

    i admire you. i have the hardest time when i travel. it's as if my brain goes into "why the heck not"... somehow it doesn't count. you are incredible, and i wish you all the best
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