It’s almost comical that on the day where I recommit myself to trying to live a healthier, happier life that I’d oversleep (keep reading) and completely forget to weigh-in to get my starting weight. Funny haha. If my current mood is any indication I should be able to drop weight quickly as I’ve just eaten “breakfast” (a 90 calorie Fiber One bar — don’t go off on the carbs, it was the only mildly healthy thing nearby) and have massive amounts of guilt.

I Made My Five
Breakfast and lunch weren’t too bad, eating eggs and a portabello burger respectively. Last night I wanted to commit to my five vegetarian days in May by visiting Willy’s Mexicana Grill for dinner. I was nearly thrown a massive curveball when Willy’s had no tofu prepared, but the man behind the counter asked if I could wait four minutes for him to make some fresh. Fresh, hot tofu? Sure, I can wait four minutes for that… Dinner was really good (in a chain restaurant? What has happened to me?!), but really filling. It was a nice splurge for my last big meal for some time.

You Miss Some, You See Some
Yesterday I found that I missed Trombone Shorty‘s performance at Center Stage on Monday night — not that I was in any condition to go even if I had known about the show. Trombone Shorty put on a great show at Variety Playhouse back in February (pre-injury) and I’d like to see them perform again in the future.

Last night I went to Variety for the Okkervil River show. I had forgotten that Titus Andronicus was one of the opening bands, which thrilled me since I was unable to attend their last Atlanta performance a couple of months ago. The show was long and fun, getting me home some time around 12:30am. Starting the night out tired and worn out I decided to park my buttocks in the front row of the balcony for the show. This decision not only gave me time to rest, but it also limited my beer consumption to one.

Last night’s show was the first night of the tour. If not for the fact that I believe Okervill River to be a “bigger” band than Titus Andronicus, I could easily see the two bands reversing opening/headlining positions based on the energy levels of the two bands — Titus Andronicus has a much higher energy level.

ITP Flickr Pic
There is a statue outside of the Woodruff Arts Center that I marvel at each time I visit.
I’ve also taken quite a few photos of this statue, but never capturing the grittiness the way that this one does.

Bye Bye Thrashers
When I visited Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in the Summer of 2009 I had no idea that it would be the future home of the Atlanta Thrashers. While there I mused how that city could lose the Winnipeg Jets since it seemed a perfect hockey town. And now, for the second time, in the same sport even, Atlanta has lost its hockey team to a Canadian city. Put another nail in my “Why I doubt I’ll live here forever” box. I’ll admit that not making it down to a game during the past two seasons (still blows my mind how time flies) that I am part of the problem, but my non-attendance was not the linchpin which synched this town’s hockey fate.

I wonder if the move of my second-favorite NHL team will help my favorite team stay in Long Island…

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, but at least well-rested after getting an extra hour of sleep this morning
Current Music – listening to this week’s “MacBreak Weekly” podcast
Website Of The DayRiverview Farms was one of the vendors at last Sunday’s Grant Park Farmers Market. They had the Farm Mobile from which I purchased $14 worth of merchandise.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – dammit, I can’t believe that I forgot

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 – 0
Carnivorous Days – 0

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

June Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Get back on a bicycle
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose three pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Finish The Laws Of Simplicity and read another book

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 Recommittal

  1. Barb says:

    It is too bad the Thrashers are leaving, I wasn’t a good fan, I didn’t attend all that many games.
    But did you see one of the owners on the news? He was acting all upset, I mean, come on, they have done nothing to make the team any good with crazy trades, etc. to me it is the owners fault.

  2. I blame the owners and the league. I also heard the NHL Commissioner referred to the (now former) owners as “Atlantic Spirit” and not “Atlanta Spirit” yesterday.

    Looks like a big win for the Gladiators?

  3. Barb says:

    the Gladiators games are so much cheaper, and they have chuck a puck!

  4. Stacy Fox says:

    I’m kind of curious. I get the whole you “won’t be in Atlanta forever” way of thinking. I can actually see you moving away. To WHERE, though, I have no idea. You wouldn’t go back to Florida/NY will you? Any idea where you’d go?

  5. Steve says:

    The only time we went to a Gladiators game, I wasn’t impressed. It just wasn’t great hockey… really minor league.

    Shame the owners of the Thrashers couldn’t spend the money to get good team that would draw fans… but it might be a “chicken and egg” theory.


  6. Stacy, I’ve yet to figure out where (though Chattanooga put in a good bid recently). Florida is not an option (been there, done that), I’m too old to move back to New York.

    If I were ten years younger and could find employment Flagstaff, AZ would be a candidate. If I were fifteen-twenty years younger Austin, TX (which was my alternate choice when I moved to Atlanta in 1995) would probably be “the” place.

    What truly scares me is that I am not eliminating places because I’m “too old.”

    Regardless I think that I’m here for the near future because of the house.

    I think the owners had the fans until they traded away Marion Hossa and then Kovulchuk (sp), and with it any indication that they were serious about winning. The real people hurt by this move are the vendors who made money in CNN Center, as well as parking around Philips Arena.

  7. Randy says:

    Cooper and Nolan think that Uncle Paulie should move to the tech-rich RTP area of NC.

  8. Ha! And the Raleigh area can offer me NHL hockey and all of the minor league baseball I can handle. 🙂

  9. Martha says:

    I’ve had the ‘moving from Atlanta’ conversation a few times over the years. Being too old has never been in the pro or con column, I find that a little odd. I like Atlanta, I’ve been very happy with my life here, especially the past 4 or 5 years. Jerry’s brother lives in Austin, I could see myself there, maybe the Northwest, San Diego would be a distance third (great weather, high cost of living). Work keeps me here.

    A Fiber One bar isn’t a bad choice, not enough food/calories for a proper breakfast but a start add a boiled egg and some fruit to make a balance breakfast. There’s nothing wrong with carbs themself…it’s a diet high in refined/process carbs that is a problem.

    no tofu = massive curveball? Couldn’t you have just had beans and rice?

    Unemployment has not been good for my diet, sure I’ve got lots of time to workout but I’ve also got lots of time just cook and eat…

  10. Barb says:

    Allan will never leave Atlanta, especially once we get this patio & deck done. Plus, the fire dept. is totally a seniority/years thing, if he leaves he has to start over at the bottom of the totem pole. So, if I ever wanted to leave Atlanta, I’d have to get divorced. My personal choice would be somewhere in Colorado, I could deal with the snow in the winter if I had to, to be able to ski & do all the other outdoorsy things……..

  11. People rarely move to extreme (cold) climates as they get older — just the opposite in fact.

    California has long been on my “No thanks” list because of their financial situation. While I find the Northwest pretty I don’t have the mental stability for long, gray, wet, winters. Oddly, I also don’t want to live near a beach. I’m very particular (see also: why I’ll be turning 46 and never have been married).

    Theoretically my job can be done anywhere high-speed internet access is available.

    No tofu = massive curveball because it makes it too easy to just say “Oh what the hell, give me the steak then.” I could have had rice and beans but I had my mind set on some tofu.

  12. Eric Nuesslein says:

    I don’t know what time you write up your daily blog, but I’m guessing it’s not all that late in the am. As long as you weigh in at the same time, you should be fine.
    Perhaps you could weigh in once a week? Daily always seemed a bit much even to me, mr OCD lol

  13. My goal is to wake up and weigh myself. I was running behind this morning and completely forgot. I agree, daily is OCD and may not even be practical given that I plan to start traveling (without my scale) soon.

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