I Just Can’t Help Myself

Rather than go to the laundromat last night I went to Taco Mac with my iPad (which, I admit I didn’t use the way I had initially intended — too much web surfing, Facebooking, and tweeting, not enough book reading). I just can’t help myself. I was served by one of my friend-waitresses and had two beers and some dinner before heading home and passing out like a freshman sorority girl after her first frat party. Seriously, I may have been asleep by 9:00pm. I slept through the power outage which occurred, and woke briefly as the phone rang at 10:00pm, before quickly returning to my slumber.

Tonight I will be heading to the laundromat. I will also be looking for an opportunity to get some exercise.

It’s Not As Cool As “Meatless Monday” But Can I Make Today “Tofu Tuesday”?
I realize that August is quickly coming to a close and I have four vegetarian days to knock out in a week’s time. So today I’ll be going meatless in an attempt to accomplish at least one of my goals this month. In order to do so I’ll be eating lunch at work and will most likely be ordering a portobello mushroom “burger.”

Come September I am going to add “sodaless days” to my goals list. I’ve been drinking too much soda (empty calories much?) and need to curtail that bad behavior.

I Am The Unofficial Beer Drinking Advocate For Monday Night Brewing
On Sunday I had Monday Night Brewing‘s Eye Patch Ale at Brockett Pub House and Grill.
Last night I had Monday Night Brewing’s Eye Patch Ale at Taco Mac.
Tomorrow night I’ll be drinking one of Monday Night Brewing’s beers at their East Atlanta launch at The Midway Pub.

I keep trying to figure out how to get sponsored by Monday Night Brewing, but I think they are looking for someone a little better looking and a lot more female to be their spokesperson. 😉

La Vuelta a España Minus Commercials
Watching la Vuelta a España online using the Universal Sports package I purchased has been entertaining. Much like with the online Tour de France coverage the video continues without commercial interruption so you get to see a lot more cycling action. The only indication that the broadcast is in commercial is the lack of commentator audio. (And right now I’m at the point where there was a two-rider wreck and they are off-air so the audio is of two dogs in a yard barking at the downed-riders. Brilliant!)

I hope these “pay per view” cycling options continue to be offered in the future because I am really enjoying getting to watch the sport online. Now if only DirecTV would lower the price of their online NFL Sunday Ticket to something more reasonable than $350 (without DirecTV service).

The Tour Of Colorado Is Pedaling Where I Wish I Could
When the 2008 Colorado Invihash was moved from Durango, CO to Monarch, CO I had to ask “Where the hell is Monarch, CO?”. As we drove up the mountain on that trip to the Monarch Mountain Lodge and then up to the Continental Divide the next day I wished that I had the ability to ride there.

Today’s (I accidentally typed “Tourday’s” — can we coin a word?) Tour of Colorado USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage starts in one of my favorite Colorado towns, Salida, and rides up the mountain past the Monarch Mountain Lodge. I hope to be watching today’s stage on Versus NBC Sports looking for the Monarch Mountain Lodge as well as ITP-Reader Steve.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – frustrated, disappointed, jealous
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Build & Analyze” podcast
Website Of The Day – Maybe it’s the smartass in me, but I get a kick out of photobombing like that seen on This Is Photobomb.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – tomorrow, and I’m not expecting great things

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 55.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 48 flights

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

Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 21

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

August Goals
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Ride my bike no fewer than 150 miles
– 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 two pounds

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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16 Responses to I Just Can’t Help Myself

  1. Martha says:

    I bet if you completely cut out sodas and only drank beer on the weekends you would start to see results really soon.

    I don’t see the big deal about eating vegetarian, meat is neither good or bad, it’s just meat. I can go a whole day without eating meat and don’t even notice. My only concern is making sure I get enough protein, but I eat cheese, eggs and soy so I’m probably okay. I’ve cut back on my meat consumption, I’m trying to get Jerry to also. My reasons are two-fold. Heart disease runs rampant through my family and the typical american diet contributes to unsustainable farming methods.

    No power outage on my side of Moreland again. I guess being closer to ritzy Grant Park has it’s perks.

  2. I would see results indeed, which is why I get frustrated at myself for not doing so. I really don’t even like soda all that much, it’s just reentered my life as a bad habit.

    My desire to go so many days without meat is an effort to return some discipline to my life as well as to force myself to investigate, or perhaps expand, my palate. Oh, and heart disease is what got my father, and this nut didn’t fall far from that tree.

    Georgia Power hates my part of town. The only indications that power had gone out were my Chumby being off (I don’t have a battery backup in it) and my microwave telling me to reset its clock (which I never set since the power seems to go out daily during the summer).

  3. Barb says:

    I only watched part of the Prologue, saw Allan’s dad hauling a cooler in the background as they panned the BMC area in first 5 minutes, saw Kevin hand a rider something to drink as they finished, and then we switched it to something else, and never went back. Never saw Steve……..

    Salida is an awesome town, hardest mounain bike ride I ever did (Monarch Crest trail) started up at the Monarch Mountain parking area, across some mountain tops – 40 miles total – but as they told me, it was mostly down hill. It was harder than hell, and then we had at least 5 miles (maybe 10) on a windy highway to get back to Salida. A day I will never forget.

  4. Randy says:

    Good luck with Tofu Tuesday – we veggies are rooting for you!

    Maybe you should mention Monday Night Brewing to Sani – maybe she could work out a co-promotional deal?

  5. Stacy Fox says:

    In respect to realism, that freshman would have only been a sorority *pledge* when she went to her first frat party. Trust me. 😉

    And I’m a big big fan of the Photobomb!

  6. Whew, back from climbing six flights of stairs post-fire drill. This just in…. my legs are still suffering from Sunday’s ride.

    Good idea, Randy. I have complete confidence that no meat shall pass through my lips today. Hell, I’ll go on record and say that I won’t be drinking beer today either.

    Yeah, being a GDI in college (look it up if you don’t know for what that stands) I knew that I’d fuck up the sorority/fraternity lingo. 😉

  7. I love it! The video window now has “Exclusive Web Coverage” in it when the actual Vuelta a España broadcast takes a commercial break.

  8. Stacy Fox says:

    I know what GDI is because I was Greek and y’all were nothings — NOTHINGS!!! I tell you! — to us.

    Hahaha – okay, that is so not true. Yes, true I’m Greek, but I didn’t pledge until my Junior year. GDIs were totally fine at our school. 🙂

  9. Because if some indiscretions in Junior College I was bordering on SOTA (Student Over the Traditional Age) status by the time I made it to Gainesville so there was never a thought of joining a fraternity then.

  10. Barb says:

    I was proud to be GDI as well…….. and never had the time or wanted to join. I had a problem with paying lots of money to have friends.

  11. Barb says:

    oh, and I forgot ot add the 😉 just for Stacy……..

  12. Stacy Fox says:

    My friends cost $35 per semester. Everything else we did in fundraising. I’m okay with paying for those kinda friends!

  13. Barb says:

    well – at Iowa State it was a whole lot more……..

  14. Stacy Fox says:

    At EVERY college it was so much more. We did a LOT of fundraising. 🙂 I couldn’t imagine having to come up with hundreds a semester!

  15. Jenka says:

    Soda is pretty much the worst thing you can put in your body. 100% chemicals and no nutritional value. I personally prefer to eat my calories rather than drink them (uhh, with the exception of alcohol, which has its own redeeming value, heh).

    I got two hours of sleep last night and consequently bashed the crap out of my shin at Crossfit this morning. I’m jealous of your good night’s sleep!

  16. ITP-Reader Steve sighting at the sign-in of the Tour of Colorado!

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