Hungover

If it’s possible to have a food hangover then I am experiencing one today. I’ve come to realize that I’ve lost all discipline in my life and that if I ever want to lose weight I should turn over food ordering reigns to someone else because I am no longer capable of making sensible decisions. In fact, I’m starting to believe that my near decade long descent into the purgatory in which I exist has been predicated by the lack of a partner. I’ve let myself go, in more ways than just my weight, because I am the only one who relies on my existence.

Last night I ordered the full rack of ribs, which comes with two side items, thankfully I chose green beans as one of those side items. But a full rack? Really? Just because it “only” cost $5 more than the half rack? Other, normal people, would have seen the full rack arrive and quickly determine that it would be in their best interest to take at least half of it home. Not me. Nope. I plowed through those bad boys as if it were my last meal. And for that I am paying today.

On the positive? I doubt that I’ll require breakfast. And, when I head to Slopes BBQ for lunch with coworkers so that we can enjoy the $25 Groupon that I have I should be able to refrain from being a complete pig.

It Is Baboon!
(Please tell me that I am not the only one who gets my play on words, stealing from the F-Troop line “It is balloon!” see also: Lance Strate’s blog post from 2007 pondering the same question.)

The reason for the gathering last night was to play team trivia. The assembled fivesome, three of which were part of the team who took first place a few weeks ago, were set to repeat as champions. This time we had more competition however, including a team that kicked our ass (we finished in second place) and a team which contained a 100% Paulie approved young lady who was there with her boyfriend of course. [She actually dropped a bit as she went outside for a smoke after trivia ended, and I’m sure had she been revealing more skin there would have been at least one tattoo.]

Our second place finish was rewarded with a $15 coupon, which we added to the $20 coupon we got for winning a few weeks ago. Normally the bar/restaurant doesn’t let you use you winnings on the night on which they were won, but we know one of the owners and he knows we’ll be back, so there was no reluctance to letting us get a $35 discount for our table. Given that I was able to bring in my own beer the night turned out to be pleasantly cheap, if not overly filling.

One of the questions we missed regarded from which animal Baby Fae received her heart transplant twenty-five years ago yesterday? We guessed pig, and I was fairly certain about this. The answer was baboon. In thinking about the question this morning I’m curious to know why I thought a pig’s heart would be sufficient for a human transplant. I don’t think that I realized that the entire heart was transplanted. Either that, or it was the ribs I was eating which influenced my thoughts.

ITP Flickr Pic
Billy Jack’s BBQ and Shrimp Co (wow, do I dislike that name) has yet to secure a liquor license so until they do it’s BYOB.

Last night I cruised the package store which sits near the corner of Howell Mill and Collier and decided that 21st Amendment Brewery‘s Back in Black Ale would be my drink of choice. It was a hard choice for me to make as that package store contains a large selection of quality beer.

The Return Of Flip Flops
It’s been nearly a month since I’ve worn flip flops and given that it’s probably going to hit 80ΒΊ F on October 27th I decided to break them out one last time. My decision was helped by the fact that I needed to wear stretchy-waistband shorts today.

The last time I wore flip flops was October 1st, a day easily burned into my memory because it was the day on which my luck was supposed to change for the better and the day which ended with me stumbling (sober) and kicking the shit out of a concrete stair with my left big toe which had no protection because I was wearing flip flops. While the toe is still discolored, the nail is still hanging in there and I consider the toe to be presentable to the public — at least to those who will actually look at my feet today.

Stats & Goals
Daily
Current Mood – fat
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I’m not sure that I’m to the point where I need Overeaters Anonymous (yes, it exists) but I’m getting close..
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check because I didn’t want to know.
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77

Monthly
Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 9, Carnivorous Days – 17
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

October Goals
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 200 miles
– Determine the fate of Sharpened Stone, LLC
– Complete at least one iPhone application (seriously, this needs to happen)
– lose five pounds
– eat vegetarian at least one day a week

2010 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– 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, completed
Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides, completed
– 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 Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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18 Responses to Hungover

  1. Steve says:

    Sometimes you have to think about what you put in your pie hole. That is at least a start.

    I think you may have been confused- they use pig heart valves in humans.. I doubt it’s ever been the whole heart.

    -FP

  2. Barb says:

    damn it is pouring out right now – we got some crazy weather going on.

    I’m more upset about not knowing who Brad Pitt dated ’94-’97….. I’m supposed to know stupid crap like that, I leave the hard questions for others.

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Steve, I think I honestly heard the word “valve” but that may have been the pork ribs talking.

    Barb, I am in an interior room interviewing at the moment so I am missing this weather event.

    Fwiw- today’s food intake thus far = coffee

  4. Barb says:

    it’s finally getting lighter – at least I don’t feel like it is 5am by the sky anymore. Stopped raining too……

    Looks like I’m getting a pizza slice for lunch, one of my sales guys is coming in & I’ve got him hooked on the chicken/bacon/ranch pizza slice nearby.

  5. Martha says:

    If you want to lose weight you must become mindful of what you are eating. I found keeping a food log helped on two levels. It would help me find where ‘extra’ calories were sneaking in and I’d think twice about eating something if I knew I had to write it down.

    Do not let ‘not having someone’ be an excuse or stop you from being happy and healthy.

    We had to turn on the AC last night, it was just so muggy.

  6. Stacy Fox says:

    Okay, Barb – don’t leave me hanging! Who was the Pitt dating? That was pre-Anniston, right?

    And, yeah, I have to do that too with the food: keeping a log, watching the calories. Either that — and I know you’ll hate this Paulie — but you could consider just going on something like Jenny Craig or Nutri-System…. just until you’re back on track. I’ve had great success with Jenny Craig a couple of years ago (it’s really quite tasty), and you do add your own food in too so it’s not just that. But it would mean having to stop eating out for a while. Maybe it’s worth it for a couple of months though, just to get that jump start?

    I was wondering about the name of that place – seriously, where does that come from? I haven’t tried it yet but really want to!

  7. Barb says:

    come on Stacy – you don’t know? yes – pre-Anniston. the other hint was future Academy award winner – it didn’t help much. It was Gwynth Paltrow. (she won for Shakespeare in Love – really??? I never thought she was that great.)

    Billy Jack’s is a franchise of some sort……. that is why it has that name.
    It hasn’t been real consistent food wise yet – some days better than others, but I kind of expect that.
    Until they start stopping BYOB, I’ll keep giving them a chance – if nothing else for Frank.

  8. Martha says:

    I thought the whole point of a franchise was consistent food? If you don’t get at least that, what’s the point? (but like you said, I’d give them a chance for Frank).

    I forgot to mention, I totally get food hangovers if I eat a bunch of junk. I went to a paleo potluck on Saturday and got a bad meat headache.

    If I was single I would totally give these folks a try
    http://www.goodmeasuremeals.com/

  9. Steve says:

    Debbie and I tried Good Measure… kind of a hassel, but not bad eating.

    A Paleo Potluck?? Not many vegans there, I assume?

  10. Martha says:

    I’ve never tried the food, the menu looks good. I think Jenka told me about them awhile ago. Portion control really isn’t my issue, it’s eating when I’m bored and grazing that cause me problems. Like I said if it was just me I would probably try it but for two (or three the way Jerry eats) I don’t think it would be cost effective. Getting the food would be a breeze, I noticed my gym is now a pick up location.

    Yes, being the girl that isn’t a big meat eater and doesn’t like nuts, I’m a bit of an odd ball (yeah, that’s the only reason). When I tell them, they just all stare at me and wonder what I eat???

    Okay on a side note, I made the best patacones last night (never done it before)…the plantains were starting to turn yellow, so they were a bit sweet, I fried them in coconut oil and sprinkled them with salt and hot pepper. Not only did they taste great but my house smelled like the beach πŸ™‚

  11. Back from lunch, where I was *okay* but not necessarily good.

  12. Lisa says:

    I would love a day or two where nobody relied on my existence! Not the I’d ever change my life, but ….ahhhhh freedom!?

  13. Jenka says:

    So many things to comment on!

    First off, you hand over the reins, not the reigns. Reign is what a king does over his subjects. Reins are for steering the horse. Heh.

    I could TOTALLY have answered the Brad Pitt question. I’m still reeling from that break-up.

    David and I did Good Measure Meals for a few weeks. The food was good! We just ordered one meal plan and split it, and then I also made spinach salads to supplement the meal. I looked at it as an easy way to get a couple nights off cooking. If you order the 5 dinner plan for $50, that would still give you dinner for 2 nights with one left over to freeze. You don’t HAVE to eat it right then, so it actually makes for an excellent emergency meal you can pull out of the fridge. It’s not like you have to order 2 meal plans and then eat it or ELSE.

    I have had many friends who have the most success using Weight Watchers. Because you don’t have to buy any food. And they teach you which foods are better and worse than others. Like Martha says, they teach you how to be mindful of the food that you’re eating. That knowledge can help you for the rest of your life.

    What else? I think Paleo is crap.

    The end.

  14. Barb says:

    “What else? I think Paleo is crap.” Jenka – I like you – I totally agree.

    and – my biggest problem food wise is portion control – Allan can/should eat so much more than me & somehow I seem to try to keep up. Like tonight – he made a crockpot ful of chili. Like we need that much (I know, it can & will be frozen), but still. I eat too much for dinner & not enough for breakfast – if I could just reverse that I’d be so much better off.

  15. Dammit Jenka, I meant to check to make sure I was right and I forgot. At least I didn’t type “rains.” πŸ™‚

    I have no idea what Paleo is.

  16. Jenka says:

    Paleo is the concept that the invention of all carbs was a bad idea, and that the human body evolved to eat as the caveman did. That is: meat, nuts, vegetables. Zero carbs or dairy or anything processed.

    I’m sorry, but just because the body evolved on meat and veggies does not mean that we should automatically ignore the fact that rice and wheat exist. Moderation in ALL things, and that includes being crazy.

  17. Martha says:

    Paleo Diet = caveman diet

    Yeah, I sort of agree about the paleo thing…I means sure, eat more fruits, veggies, lean meat, cut back on the sugar and grains (to a point)…but thewhole grains, legumes, soy, dairy are poison to your body is a bit much even for me.

    I had to stop eating with Jerry for that same reason Barb, he’s a bottomless pit….he just eats and eats…if I ate half of what he did I’d be 200 pounds. I’d love to be one of those people that make a batch of something, freeze it, then actually eat it at some point but I usually fail at step 3 and six months later, I don’t know what it is and I toss it out.

    We did A Dinner A’Fare once also, not bad and again, for just one you could get two or three servings (so you can pack your lunch) out of each meal.

    I do eat breakfast everyday, usually some sort of cearal (this time of year, I’m loving my steel cut oatmeal with dried berries). I do need to figure out how to add more protien (again not a big meat/egg person).

    Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper!

  18. Jenka says:

    I remember what I wanted to say! In Ithaca, NY there’s a bbq place called Billy Bob Jack’s Outhouse. Beat that for terrible names!

    Martha, re: protein, I caved (heh) and started eating more meat.

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