I skipped the gym this morning because I really need to spend time today putting things in order. Skipping the gym is the only “rest” that I’ll receive today. I don’t mind skipping today because my body is sore from yesterday’s workout and I need to fix my workout routine because I keep forgetting to certain exercises on their prescribed days.
Today’s Personal Project
Really get my shit together again. At the moment if feels as if I am trying to keep one thousand plates spinning while blindfolded.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Hold on to a chair or table, lower yourself into a frog-like squat, and repeat four times.
Making like a frog is great for flexibility! Squatting stretches your calf muscles, hamstrings, and groin muscles. It can help to strengthen your thigh muscles, and the open-hip position of the stretch may also relieve knee pressure. If you do this stretch without a chair or table, it will also boost your balance, as the position calls on you to stay low to the ground but maintain a straight back.
Actually this would be a really good thing to add to my gym routine as I am still trying to rectify the damage caused by the bicycle accident.
Fun Night Hanging Out With ITP-Reader Betsy
Slowly but surely ITP-Reader Betsy and I are making our way through “Top Chef: Seattle.” Last night we did something we’ve never done before — watch episodes without drinking alcohol. *gasp!* I have to admit that my doctor’s mere mention of potential liver problems has caused me to second-guess nearly every beer or glass of wine I’ve consumed since and I’ve cut back my intake drastically.
I fought traffic back at the hood stopping at Whole Foods (WHAT?!?!) at the corner of Briarcliff/LaVista to pick up some snacks and soda. While there I also picked up a couple of boxes of (organic) soups and some beet/yam chips that I plan to make today’s lunch.
Betsy was nice enough to prepare dinner, a fantastic chili, into which I put some of those beet/yam chips and then topped with cheese. It was quite delicious.
Betsy and I have now made it through the “Restaurant Wars” episode. I know, we’re behind, but we’ll make it to the end eventually.
It’s A Fucking “Diet,” People
Recently a few people I know have changed their eating habits, some for a short period of time, and some drastically. When I’ve asked them how their diet is going I’ve received the curt reply “It’s not a diet.”
Actually, it is, at least according to Merriam Webster:
di·et noun \ˈdī-ət\
Definition of DIET
a : food and drink regularly provided or consumed
b : habitual nourishment
c : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason
d : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight
A diet, in my terms, is nothing more than the food and drink you put into your body. Whether you are eating one, or one thousand pounds of wheatgrass a day, your diet consists of wheatgrass.
New Kicks Are On The Way
Remember last year when I purchased my first pair of Brooks Ghost 5s? Geez, they are $110 on Brooks’ site, so Zappos is not saving me a dime — except for shipping and sales tax (which I report on my income taxes like a Good Citizen ;))
This time I’ll be getting the third color option Brooks offers. My only complaint about these sneakers is that the soles seem to be a bit soft and appear to wear out quicker than I’d like them to. I mean, for $110 a pop I expect some durability. It’s not like the Brooks factory works are making a million dollars a year or anything..
How Much Does A Donut Cost These Days?
Yesterday I told someone “I’ll bet you dollar to donut” and realized that thanks to inflation that bet might work out better for me these days. Does a donut, probably not a Krispy Kreme cost more than $1 today?
I May Be On The Westside Tonight
I have a ticket for tonight’s Old 97’s show at Terminal West. However, I am still well-behind the eight ball with my time-dependent tasks so I might have to sacrifice and not go.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair but overwhelmed
Current Music – listening to a KEXP music podcast
Website Of The Day – Admit it, you know that you’d love to own a gong. I know that I would, especially if I lived in an apartment/condo. I just might have to order one from Gongs Unlimited.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking again soon?
Foot Mileage – ~2.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 4
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 12
Carnivorous Meals – 16
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
– drink a lot less alcohol
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