Accepting Exercise Back Into My Life

Well it’s happened again, I’m rotund. I’ve been here before and I know what to do — exercise more, consume less.

I’ve been using the cooler weather and increased pressure of work as convenient scapegoats for my laziness, and it shows, right around my midsection. I’m fat and unhappy about that and am going to start changing as of today, even though we are entering a traditional calorie-rich time of year.

Instead of racing down to attend the Atlanta iOS developers meetup tonight I’ll be attempting to get a bit of exercise.

Today’s Personal Project
See above.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Pretend you’re a flamingo: Stand on one foot for 30 seconds, then switch and stand on the other.

Our sense of balance tends to decline as we age. Good balance is important for many everyday activities, including going up and down stairs. A strong sense of balance also helps prevent you from tripping and falling, so making like a funky flamingo can help keep you safe as you go about your day-to-day routine.

I should try this.

I’m Too Fat For This
I joined ITP-Reader Terri, her husband Pat, Tony, and ITP-Reader Betsy’s neighbor Susan at One-Eared Stag to celebrate ITP-Reader Betsy’s birthday. We ate family style ordering some appetizers, and a couple of fried chickens with sides of green beans and sweet potatoes, and some pot de creme desserts. Of course we also had a few bottle of wine with dinner as well. The food was good, not stellar, but good. We were graciously comped the appetizers we ordered because the owners know Betsy.

After dinner Betsy, Susan, and I headed to The Elder Tree Pub for a few more beverages and to chat with Joy, a woman who has worked at a couple of East Atlanta’s establishments.

The night was a lot of fun, but as I mentioned before I need to avoid evenings like this for awhile.

Step 1: Using The Steps
One of the easiest ways for me to start rectifying my deficiencies is to start taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator. I started this practice again this morning, and by the time I reached the sixth floor I was huffing and puffing, and breaking out in a sweat.

RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race — I Think That I’ve Been Eliminated
Yesterday I realized that I have not seen The Amazing Race for the past three weeks — and I’ve not missed it.

For some reason this season never resonated with me, in addition to the irritation that “The Twinnies” provided.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – displeased
Current Music – listening to last week’s “The Mac Show” podcast
Website Of The Day – Last night I heard about camogie — the female version of hurling in Ireland. Apparently camogie is played in this country, by women like Joy, our bartender at The Elder Tree
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – am going to check again on Monday

Foot Mileage – ~11.7 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights

Days Of Bed-Making – 10*

Vegetarian Meals – 26
Carnivorous Meals – 29
Pancakes Eaten – 2

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

November Goals
– none

2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new iPhone (iPhone 5), a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011
– Drive/Fly somewhere for a real vacation

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012

  1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
  2. Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
  3. God, No! — Penn Jillette
  4. The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
  5. Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
  6. How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
  7. Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
  8. Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Arthur Miller
  9. Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury
  10. White Jacket Required — Jenna Weber

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to Accepting Exercise Back Into My Life

  1. Steve says:

    My suggestion would be to plan your bigger evenings and balance them out with the workouts and normal nights. Don’t be tempted to go out after work and drink your dinner if it isn’t on the schedule. No one can maintain a diet if they are going out every night. Period.

    As I worked on straightening some of the pasture fence yesterday afternoon, I heard a large propeller airplane approaching. The sound of a radial engine is pretty distinct, and there is one that flys by frequently, but this was much bigger. I was quite suprised to look up and see a B-17!!
    He came past several times, obviously giving rides out of the Newnan airport. We’re going to go see if he’s still around later this morning.


  2. Martha says:

    That’s right, make exercise a priority (it’s the same as making yourself a priority)! I’m thinking about an early morning TDay run (slow and steady) if you’d like to join me. Maybe my coffee pot can come along also? 🙂

    I just saw a study a few days ago that stated alcohol adds 100 calories a day to the average adult’s diet. That can add up to 10 pounds a year! I know cutting back on the booze has help me keep the weight down.

    Of course we are basically making two TDay dinners this year, we are cooking a turkey (12#) and a duck (6#), two type of dressing, other sides, deserts, etc. I went to Whole Foods after work, it wasn’t bad. Wish I could have gotten everything I needed. I think I’m going to hit Kroger later tonight. Hopefully, it won’t be too busy at 8 or 9 pm.

  3. Debbie says:

    You’re not missing much as far as TAR goes. The old rockers got busted off for losing one of their passports after leaving their backpacks in a Russian cab — stupid should hurt. I’m officially rooting for Jamesx2, they keep a good attitude no matter what. I suspect the Goat Farmers who have only hung in there due to other team’s F-ups will be next to go. The Twinnies are still in the hunt unfortunately. The two 20 something couples blur for me, but they are pretty dominant finishing 1/2 each of the last few weeks.

    I’m making seven (yes SEVEN) pies for T-day with my family. Perhaps I shouldn’t have asked everyone what their favorite was. The tally is cherry (2), apple, chocolate pecan, pumpkin (2) and lemon meringue.

  4. Martha says:

    I’m making pumpkin (because you HAVE to have pumpkin on thanksgiving) and apple (because I have more apples than I know what to do with). Jerry wanted chocolate, so I bought one at Whole Foods last night, he’s already ate it 🙁

    What Steve said, try limiting your going out…it will make a big difference. If you crave the social aspect, start running/walking with a group again. Cabbgetown has a run on Thursdays, all sorts of pace groups, plus we all know what great people you can meet while running 🙂

  5. Barb says:

    I actually sort of like the team that is Lexi & some guy I can’t remember his name (the younger of the 2 couples). They seem to have a good attitude too, and the chippendale boys aren’t too bad either. I was impressed with the other couple (again, what are their names?) that stayed with the Goat Farmers, I didn’t think they would actaully honor it for the whole leg.
    and – I liked the Rockers, but when you are that dumb…… ALWAYS keep your money & passport on your person.
    and – I dis-like the Twinnies – I want them gone.

    We are cooking 3 turkeys (well, Mary & TJ one, & we are doing 2). I think we’ve got about 14 or so “orphans” coming over. I think we have all the food covered – should be a decent feast.

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