If At First You Don’t Succeed…

…try, try again.

I’m certain that I have mentioned this before, but the old saw “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” has always been one of my mother’s favorite sayings. I have heard it my entire life.

Today I have, and will continue to, live by that saying.

Today’s Personal Project
Keep my appointment to meet with a trainer at LA Fitness tonight. I am not going to hire a trainer, this is just a complementary “Let’s see how out of shape you are…” meeting.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Pledge not to talk, email, or message about stressful topics within two hours of bedtime tonight.

Stress is one of the most common reasons for insomnia, and because a bad night can lead to a less productive day, many people find themselves in an endless loop of stress and sleep loss. By avoiding stressful situations in the hours before bedtime, you’re more likely to go to bed in a happier mood. This will help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling ready to take on the day’s challenges.

Shoot, I fall asleep so early these days I better start thinking about this now.

YES I WILL (tonight)
I worked, somewhat unsuccessfully, until 7:00pm last night. By that time I was hungry and in no mood to attempt any type of exercise. In fact, I was so exhausted that I didn’t even want to stop for food along my drive home. Instead I heated up some chili that I made on Sunday, snuggled under many layers of warm bedding, falling asleep well before Florida shit the proverbial bed.

Seriously, from what I read Louisville was the better (prepared?) team last night and deserved victory.

As I mentioned above, I have an appointment tonight at LA Fitness that I will not miss.

Submitted For Apple’s Approval
This morning I arrived at work early, as usual, and with the help of another coworker submitted our iOS (iPad) app to Apple for approval into their App Store. The clients are pissing their pants that the app won’t be available by their precious January 17th press release date, as for me it’s now out of my hands.

As anyone who has read this blog the past two years knows, this project has been a difficult venture — not because we are technically inept (quite the opposite is true) but because other business-related obstacles have been thrown in front of us along the way. Today’s version of the app is nearly a complete rewrite from the app which we demoed at CES last January.

I’m hopeful that Apple approves the app.
I’m hopeful because it’s now time for me to reassess my life.

I Finally Found Something Jenka Missed!

For some reason I thought that yesterday was Tuesday, so I mentioned that I would be weighing myself today for “Weigh-In Wednesday.” Well, yesterday was Wednesday, so I missed it! And so did Super Proofreader Jenka! 🙂 Keep on me young lady, your corrections only improve me (or so I hope).

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – still too stressed
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I may have mentioned Skillshare in 2012 as well. Yesterday I signed up for a four-week online course called “HTML & CSS From Scratch in 30 Days.” I can never have too many arrows in my proverbial quiver.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing, unfortunately
Morning Weigh-In – starts next Wednesday!

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

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 2
Carnivorous Meals – 4

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

January Goals
– lose five pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 100 miles
– read at least one book
– dissolve Sharpened Stone, LLC
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog

2013 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Dissolve Sharpened Stone
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least on 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate

2013 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– 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)
– Take two real vacations, perhaps one abroad
– Take a more proactive approach to meeting women (read “stop being such a pussy”)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2013

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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11 Responses to If At First You Don’t Succeed…

  1. Barb says:

    Good job eating the chili you had made at the house for 2 reasons. First, you don’t waste the leftovers, but 2nd, I’m sure it was way less calories than whatever you would have picked up on the way home.

    I was bored last night watching that football game, so I put together a little event on FB, about the BRAG Spring TuneUp – April 5-7. Put it on the calendar, its a fun weekend of camping with friends in some park that I’m sure “doesn’t allow alcohol” but that doesn’t stop anyone, some good bike riding, and Madison is a cute town, with a few decent places to get some dinner. Sharon & I had a blast last year hanging with Team Roadkill & others, This year it is on our anniversary weekend, so I decided that would be something fun to do. Hope all of you that ride can join us. Allan & I plan to get there early enough to do some sort of ride on Friday, do the 60 something mileage on Saturday & then who knows what mileage on Sunday.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Putting that ride on my calendar now…

  3. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    And now I am taking it off because I see that April 6 is the night of the Ira Glass show.

  4. Martha says:

    Chili is a great meal. Low fat, lots of veggies and fiber, we usually make a pot every week or so in the winter.

    Just busy at work, pushing around papers and still fighting this stupid cold…I rarely get sick, man this sucks.

    I saw your ‘event’ Barb. I’m putting it up for some serious consideration…it will be the weekend after Operation Endurance. Not sure how much ‘bike’ shape I’ll be in but it’s a maybe 🙂

  5. Barb says:

    Paulie- I think you should skip a show for a weekend of fun & exercise….

    Martha – that would be awesome if you came out & rode, though I know you’d still kick my ass so I’d probably only see you at the start & then maybe later for a beer.

  6. Steve says:

    Chiming in late- working from home after a long night in the ER. Debbie had a general discomfort and some chest pain, so I called her on it and we took a ride over to the new hospital. They were very nice, but couldn’t really find anything wrong. Got there around 9, got home at 04:00. Needless to say, I wan’t on a 5:45 bus.

    A dreary day outside- if it’s going to be this gloomy, it might as well rain!!


  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Oh no! All my best, Debbie.

    Oh, and to you too Steve. 🙂

  8. bob says:

    Yikes! Chest pains are not taken lightly, I hope you are feeling better Debbie!

    And yes you too Steve, sitting around in hospitals are no fun for anybody.

  9. Barb says:

    Where is the new hospital near you?
    I’ve heard it takes FOREVER at any ER anymore.
    Debbie – hope you are feeling better!!!

  10. Steve says:

    The patient is feeling a little better this afternoon. The hospital is where Poplar Road crosses 85 (the road before our exit. They have plans of adding ramps to it in the next few years, which will certainly make access a whole lot easier. I think we only waited an hour or so to finally get in.

  11. Jenka says:

    Ha ha, Paulie! I genuinely missed that one! Although, as I’ve mentioned I don’t call out every error because I feel like it would be disheartening. But in the spirit of blog improvement, and because you clearly just cut and paste the stats and goals section, I’ll tell you that it says, “Run at least on 10K” instead of “one 10K.” Heh!

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