If you hear a loud bang emanating from the Perimeter Mall area it may well be the sound of the button on my jeans popping. It seems as if these new jeans in “my size” are a little smaller than my other jeans, and there is a possibility that my belly (though I have been exercising) is still increasing in size. Either way I am going to be miserable all day, unless I go out and buy a new, new pair of jeans.
Today’s Personal Project
Go home tonight and take care of many tasks (because it didn’t happen last night)
Today’s Daily Challenge
Lie face-up with a towel in your hands, lift your shoulders off the ground, and repeat four times.
Can you feel your abdominals working? This challenge calls on the muscles in your core in order to lift your upper body off the floor. Strong core muscles are an important part of good posture, balance, and stability; they are also necessary for everyday activities like bending and lifting. Finally, a strong core contributes to a healthy, injury-free back.
Maybe I’ll try this while lying on my new yoga mat at home.
I woke yesterday and though my legs still felt the affects (I picked the right word there, correct?) of Sunday’s “run” I forced myself into LA Fitness. “I should warm up the legs while working out the upper body” I thought. The morning’s weather was miserable and when I entered the gym to see a sign reading “Hot water is temporarily unavailable. Please visit our Sandy Srpings (sic) location.” I nearly turned and walked out back into it.
But. I. Didn’t!
I didn’t because I knew that I could drive my nasty self over to work and use the shower (with hot water) at my office.
I worked through most of my Monday routine, selecting lighter-than-normal weights for my shoulder routine when I tweaked my left shoulder doing lat pulldowns (bad luck, not bad form), and even throwing in a few leg presses (also with lighter-than-normal weights). And after giving it my all I had I indeed drove over to the office to shower.
I took this shot with my new Nikon 1 V1 mounted to my monopod and held high above my head. The camera and kit lens are light enough to hoist high above head and take a fairly stable shot.
I’m feeling sore and a little tired today from yesterday’s workout, along with a couple of other aches and pains. So I’ve decided to give myself a break from working out today. I think it’s nearly as important to let your body heal as it is to work it out.
The real test will be to stop at the grocery store tonight (after purchasing petrol) so that I have the ingredients for making food at home again. If I can cook then I won’t be lured into going out as much as I currently do. If I don’t go out as much as I currently do I might have a chance of starting to lose some weight and save some money while doing so.
(Of course if I am still feeling fat later this afternoon I have the clothes necessary to go to LA Fitness and do some cardio tonight. What the hell has happened to me???)
Scheduling My Physical
I’ve never believed in the “Consult a physician before starting any exercise routine.” because I never felt I needed to do so. Today I’m a little concerned about my health so I am going to schedule my annual physical (which probably won’t occur for a few weeks due to my doctor’s booking schedule). This year I have an added incentive for getting a physical, I finally don’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket to do so!
Still Trying To Read
I’m slowly making progress through two books — The Design of Everyday Things and Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking. I might be making better progress if my new Google Nexus 7, my “book” reading apparatus of choice, had half-decent battery management. It seems that within a twenty-four hour period (not of use, just in time) the battery has drained at least 75% from a fully charged state. How is this happening? The battery management screen simply shows that Android OS is the biggest culprit, but jesus h christ I’m only using the device about three or four of those twenty-four hours, the operating system shouldn’t be chewing up that much of the battery’s charge.
My goal is to get through “The Design of Everyday Things” (I’m halfway there) and to read enough of “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery that Revolutionizes Home Baking” in order to make my first loaf by month’s end.
If I can accomplish this I will be making similar reading goals for future months.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, a little concerned but getting by
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I’ve yet to watch it, but ITP-Reader Stacy reminded me that Anthony Bourdain’s Atlanta visit for his show “The Layover” was on Travel Channel last night.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – gym day
Morning Weigh-In – I forgot to check yesterday
Foot Mileage – ~14.8 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 22
Carnivorous Meals – 19
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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 one 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