Yay Duke!

You know I’m no real Duke fan. Hell, I barely notice the ACC since I’m not a basketball fan either. However, in one of the two NCAA brackets I submitted I picked the Dukies to win it all — and win it all they did. By the virtue of my Duke pick I finished in a tie for third place, but the other person didn’t pick Duke to win it all (she picked Maryland — What? How’d she finish in third with that pick?, so I may actually claim sole rights to the Third Place podium position using a tie-breaking mentality.

I Lost My Chipotle Cherry
People who know me well will not be surprise to read that I’d never eaten at a Chipotle before yesterday. With the taco/burrito chain explosion in the 1990s (Willy’s, Moe’s, Raging Burrito, Chipotle, Qdoba, …) I saw no reason to eat at the one which was owned by McDonalds. At one point I tried to eat at the one they opened near my office, but it was so jam-packed full of people that I turned away and ate elsewhere.

If last night’s meal is any indication of the Chipotle experience then is little reason for me to return. I ordered a carnitas (pork) burrito and a cup of water. The $6.25 burrito came with no chips (which, I must admit I didn’t mind since I’m trying to lose weight — more on this below) and I saw no selection of salsas that I’ve come accustom to using when eating at a burrito establishment. To Chipotle’s credit the meat was the best part of the burrito, but it couldn’t overcome the oddly-textured rice and somewhat dry beans.

ITP Flickr Pic
Yeah, there are a few repairs which need to get done…
Fawlty Towers
I replaced these numbers, oh I don’t know, five, six, seven years ago. The front of the house is south-facing so the sun has done a number on the numbers.

Time To Start The Spring/Summer Ritual
The wet Winter combined with the current spat of heat has encouraged my lawn to blossom almost overnight. Tonight I’ll be dragging the lawnmower from its hibernation zone, checking its air filter, oil, and gasoline, and crossing my fingers that it fires up for yet another mowing season.

For some reason it seems a bit early in the year to start mowing. Atlanta is just about to get pelted with biblical proportions of pollen and it seems as if I should be able to wait that out before having to push the mower around my patch of weeds.

Speaking of the pollen, I think its imminent onslaught is going to force me to delay the re-staining of my deck. I’d sure hate to live with a puke-green deck.

Time To Start A Life Ritual
This actually started Saturday, but I didn’t have the time to write about it yesterday. Besides, it wasn’t until this morning that I stepped on the scale (twice) to see it read 200 pounds.

When I arose Saturday morning I was sick. No, not sick as I had been from Tuesday through Friday, but rather sick of feeling a mass of goo which has settled between my shoulders and my legs.

So I did what any American would do I scheduled a liposuction appointment I cobbled together a weight-loss plan. I know myself really well. I know the very second I say that I can never eat potatoes again, I will crave potatoes until I go crazy. So this plan had to be centered around moderation instead of elimination.

Here’s the plan — it’s brief, but in reality the only good way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more.

  1. Eat no more than half of what I’ve been eating. Avoid sides such as chips or fries; vegetables are the preferred side.
  2. Drink only water, milk, juice, coffee, or tea for all breakfasts and lunches; dinner may be accompanied by any liquid though the consumption of soda is discouraged.

Pretty limiting, huh. Okay not really but considering my lifestyle has been centered around eating enough Calories to sustain a Third-World family the reduction of intake should help with the reduction of Paulie.

Unspoken in these rules is the desire to cook at home again (who knows, this might save me some money as well).

Currently I plan to keep my manual labor as my primary source of exercise, though in the near future the Red Rocket shall spring forth from its hibernation zone and return to the streets of Atlanta.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s “The Story” podcast
Website Of The Day – Sure I’d love to on a Karma from Fisker Automotive but man would it suck to watch it get covered in pollen.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 200 pounds
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 52

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 1 (1)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 5
Marta Rides – 0

April Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 100 miles
– Get the new LLC moving…

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
– Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in PHP and CSS
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Yay Duke!

  1. Sal says:

    Sorry to say I didn’t even watch the game last night. Didn’t really care about either team playing.

    I would like to wish Barb and Allan a Happy Anniversary.

    Good luck with the plan on losing weight. The guys have started a contest for the biggest loser over the next 6 weeks so the girls joined in. Wish they would do percentage….I might have a chance. My goal will be 6 lbs in the next 6 weeks.

    Pollen is here. Makes me sleepy!

    Did cut the weeds on Saturday. Marty was home and he tuned up the mower for me.

    Got the garden ready to plant…just haven’t planted anything yet. Maybe this week-end. I still have carrots out there that I am eating but that’s about it.

  2. I didn’t watch the game either. In fact, I did not watch a single second of basketball this season.

    Good luck with the gardening Sal.

  3. Barb says:

    hey Paulie – are you going to the Thrashers/Devils game with us tonight? I have no idea who all Sani got tickets for.

    Can you believe it has been 8 years since our wedding? I wish I could find a cool place like that lodge again, I’d love to have a party like that again.

    Most nights after work I’m game to ride, I need to get in better shape. I’m so slow on the climbs. But, because of this pollen, I was hoping to get out of the ride last night by staying at work a little late, but no such luck, Allan didn’t leave without me. This pollen has got my eyes itching so bad, I have this love/hate reationship wtih spring.

  4. Holy crap, thanks for the reminder Barb. I guess the lawn will look like hell for another night. 😉

    Happy anniversary! In some ways it seems so much further back in time, but in other ways I can remember my Delicato hangover and can find humor in the multiple failures I had to connect with women that weekend. That lodge was fantastic and it’s a shame that it’s no longer open to the public.

    See you at Gorin’s.

  5. RanLiCoop says:

    Happy Anniversary, Barb and Allan! I can still remember Paulie (and Lisa’s) Delicato hangover, too 😉 Definitely one of the best wedding weekends I’ve ever attended!

    Tell Sani I said “Hi” 🙂

  6. Steve says:

    Maybe the scorpions downstairs finally took over the place? It was a great wedding nonetheless.

    Hopefully, tonight’s traffic will be easier than last night. Maybe it was all the late comers to the Braves game, but it took me 2 FREAKING hours to get home last night… and I was driving. The bus was equally boogered.

    Looking forward to seeing some hockey tonight.


  7. Martha says:

    I’ve started my food log again. I have no idea where I’m going wrong but I haven’t dropped a pound since Jan. Lord knows I’m working out, I don’t think CF burns as many kcals as running. Now that the weather is nicer I’m going to get out more.

    I agree moderation is the key. However, if you can I would cut out the juice (except for veggie juice), it’s just empty calories and wont fill you up.

    What really sucks is when the guy next to you, let’s just call him Jerry, complains about how hard it is for him to gain weight while eating everything in sight!

    I couldn’t stay up for game, sounds like it was a good one (if you like basketball, which by law I have to)…

    Happy Anniversary Barb!! I can’t make the pedi tomorrow, I have yoga @ 6:30 (plus my toes look SO BAD)

  8. Will do Randy. Any greetings for Kevin, he’s supposed to be in attendance as well. 🙂

    Go get’em Martha. Now that the weather has improved (well, once the pollen barrage has ended) it will be wonderful to be outdoors.

    Bonus Material:
    – I just picked up the $25 I won from the NCAA Tourney. Considering it cost me $10 to play (two brackets) I’ll be living large on my $15 profit!

    – I just signed Sharpened Stone, LLC up for the iPhone Developer’s Program.

  9. Barb says:

    Kevin is blowing us off tonight – he claims he couldn’t get the night off of work. Slacker.

    Martha – choosing yoga over a pedicure…… what is wrong with you? 😉

    Paulie won $15 – that is awesome!

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