Someone’s Pulling My Leg

And this time it’s not a chiropractor nor a physical therapist. Today I had to know how bad things have become with my weight, so I stepped onto my scale — 200 pounds. Wait. What? No foolin’! With a month’s worth of inactivity and a return to eating too much and drinking beer I am shocked that I am not much heavier. Mind you I realize that “muscle weighs more than fat” so I may actually be fatter than I was at the end of February, but this does provide some inspiration for me.

Monthly Recap : March Came In Like A Crippler And Out Like A Hobbler
I doubt that I shall ever forget March, 2011. Sure, it marked the fifth anniversary of my Taco Mac Brewniversity membership, but let’s be honest, it was all about the recovery. As I did many times during the first week of this month I’d once again like to thank ITP-Readers Martha, Betsy, Terri, and John for literally helping me get back on my feet.

March had few high points mostly because of my lack of mobility. Seeing The Baseball Project a few weeks ago at The Star Bar was great, but more often than not I was forced to cancel plans either from pain, exhaustion, or apathy. In the end March was mostly filled with rest, doctor appointments, and work.

On to April’s showers and being showered with more accident-related paperwork.

ITP Flickr Pic
Imagine if you will pulled pork which has cooked in a crock pot for eleven hours and is covered with a vinegar-based hot sauce. Imagine also some yellow and green beans with “baby” carrots which were purchased frozen but heated in a microwave. Imagine some baby spinach leaves and a few spoonfuls of store-bought cole slaw. Now imagine all of these on a single plate. I’ve just painted today’s photo for you since I was so intent on eating the food that I had made that I forgot to take a photo of it.

Tonight Will Be Lavanderia Noche
I’ve loaded up the Jackmobile with to IKEA shopping bag’s worth of dirty laundry. Tonight, barring any unusual circumstances related to the meeting I have to attend at 5:30pm, I’ll be pulling in somewhere along Buford Highway for laundering and dinner. I need to do laundry tonight because I have a lot to wash and a busy weekend planned. It seems as if it’s been a long time since I’ve said that — the latter half at least.

RealiTV Update : Top Chef – We Have A Winner!
spoilers ahead
Richard v. Mike.
Richard v. Mike.
Oooh, Casey was looking awfully nice.
Richard v. Mike.

Down to the final two chefs left holding knives on Top Chef: All-Stars (Who’ve Not Previously Won). The remaining cheftestants were tasked with creating a four-course tasting menu. What they did not (or perhaps they did) know was that they’d once again be getting the help of the cheftestants who were cast out before them. The twistastic twist is that, unlike in (my) elementary school, teams were chosen based on blind tastings of amuse bouches.

Team Richard (heretofore known as “Tongue & Cheek”) : Richard, Spike, Angelo, Antonia
Team Mike (heretofore known as “Restaurant Iz”) : Mike, (Not Beaumont) Tiffani, Jamie, Carla

Rats! Neither cheftestant picked Casey’s amuse bouche!

Given his restaurant name can you tell something about Mike (“Iz”) Isabella? Self-centered much? Given his sous chefs I’m surprised he didn’t call the place “Ladies’ Man.”

“Tongue & Cheek” and “Restaurant Iz” cook their collective asses off! All of the food produced by each “restaurant” looks phenomenal and receives high praise (great editing, BravoTV). By judges’ table, filled with many heavy-hitting chefs mind you, I have no idea who will be crowned “Tippy Top Chef.” But as I so incorrectly predicted many moons ago, Atlanta’s Richard Blais was named “Top Chef” and rewarded with $200k for his efforts. I can’t wait to eat in whatever restaurant gets started with this cash. Of course, I say that about a lot of places (see also: Flip Burger Boutique, for one) and then never go there.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – still sore, and finding it odd that I am eating nuts and dried fruit for breakfast
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Why has no one ever told me about Weelicious? And why doesn’t Weelicious sell t-shirts? Oh, Weelicious is a food blog about food for children, and the entire family.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 200 pounds (seriously, I got on the scale twice)

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 29

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

March Goals
– Recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run
– Lose two pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
Read an entire book, specifically Chef’s Story completed

2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– 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
Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than two one half-marathon
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to Someone’s Pulling My Leg

  1. Barb says:

    I figure you not drinking for a week or two, and really, not eating out as much probably helped with the weight loss.

  2. Probably true, but I figured that I’d returned to my bad habits for the latter three-fourths of the month so I’d have returned to my pre-March weight, or more.

  3. Barb says:

    emailing you the official bike replacement quote from Cycleworks.

  4. Thanks, I was going to send you an email about that.

  5. Gee, what a shock people robbed the CVS near Grant Park last night. It looks like they wrecked the getaway car, a Honda Accord, too.

  6. Martha says:

    I would bet that if you had gotten on the scale two weeks after the accident, there would have been a little weight loss. Diet will make much more of an impact on your weight than exercise (see how long it takes to eat 500 cal vs. burning 500 cal).

    I’m reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma, a chapter or two on industrial farming should help to curb your appetite.

  7. I’ve “read” (listened to) Omnivore’s Dilemma and I’m still eating…

  8. bets says:

    Reading Omnivore’s Dilemma right now too!I don’t want to get to the Ethics of Eating Animals part quite yet. Still want my pork taco at HT.

    I love Mike Isabella btw. It’s a Jersey Thing.

  9. Martha says:

    I’m still eating, we all have to eat. I’m just thinking more about the impact of what I buy at the store and put in my body.

    I have no ethical issue with eating meat, as humans we evolved (we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t) to eat meat. I do have issues with how most of the meat we eat is raised/treated (though I haven’t stopped eating it yet). I also think it would do a world of good if we all tried to eat lower on the food chain more often. However, there is more to it than ‘just not eating meat’.

    Betsy, want to discuss the book over a couple of big macs? 😉

  10. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Ah, I’m just playing around. Actually I found “Super-Size Me” to have more impact.

  11. Barb says:

    oh yeah – when do you want the “old” bike back? I’m sure it will be good for some parts possibly.
    We can do dinner some night next week?

  12. It looks as if I only have plans on Thursday of next week. What night next week would work best for you and Allan?

  13. Barb says:

    Monday or Wed. are open, oh wait, our anniversary is Wed.
    Hmmmm – who wants to bet we be old married folk & do nothing?

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