Yesterday I went to the newish LA Fitness in Brookhaven. This LA Fitness sits in the mega-development that also houses a Publix, Costco, a movie theater, as well as multiple apartments which sit atop smaller businesses. This complex also occupies the land which used to house an Original Pancake House. I liked this LA Fitness, even though it was a bit warm using the treadmill on the second level, because it’s somewhat convenient and was packed with, well, “inspiration.”
Today’s Personal Project
Finish my workout planning.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Find a new place to walk.
It’s easy to keep going to the same places and follow the standard routine, which makes life feel repetitive and dull. Trying new things can keep us out of a rut and mix things up! Picking a new place to walk (or modifying an existing walk) can also expose you to new people and experiences. Plus, it’s hard to overstate the benefits of a simple stroll. Walking can help lower your blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, improve your mood, control your weight, and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Wait a minute, is this thing telling me that I should be looking for a new job???
Making The Best Of A Bad Habit
I wanted something a little different last night and since The Argosy has yet to open in East Atlanta I dropped into The Elder Tree Pub for a platter of half-priced fish-and-chips and a beer. One of my favorite bartenders, Joy, was working so I sat and noshed while making a bit of small talk.
More importantly, I sat with my iPad and started working the details for my four-workout rotation. My goal is to have four complete workouts which I will do in rotation; on the days between these workouts I will do cardio either in the gym or outdoors when the weather improves.
It felt fantastic to finally remember and take care of this task. I will feel far less confused when I go into LA Fitness for my workouts now.
Does The Name “Richard Briers” Mean Anything To You?
I happened upon a headline yesterday informing me that Richard Briers had died.
In the days before we had cable tv I watched a lot of PBS. One of the shows I watched back then (and again as recently as two years ago) was called “Good Neighbors” or “The Good Life” if you lived on the side of the Atlantic from which it originated. “Good Neighbors” was a show staring Richard Briers as Tom Good in which he, and somewhat resistantly his wife, give up the creature comforts of office working and become self-sufficient in British suburbia. Believe it or not, this show shaped a lot of my opinions about what I wanted out of life.
In the 1990s Briers starred in another British series, one I’ve always wanted to find the time to watch in full, called “Monarch on the Glen,” which was more drama vis-a-vis comic-stylings of “Good Neighbors.”
Briers died at age 79.
Yesterday Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss died at age 80.
On Sunday my mother turns 83 and I am thankful that she is still around and am reminded again that I need to cherish these days.
ITP Flickr Pic
And now for something not that much different. Here’s another take on the space in which the Southern Food Tour was held on Saturday night.
This “panorama” was taken using an iPhone app called “Cycloramic.”
It Felt Like Starting Over
Because it was. Yesterday I wiped clean one of my MacBooks because I had buggered it up so badly on Sunday that Safari, Apple’s web browser, would crash upon each launch attempt. Luckily for me this is the laptop I use sparingly, so I wasn’t too concerned about losing any vital data. Even with that the effort required to format, install the OS as well as much software not purchased via the Mac App Store, and then back up took the better part of five hours.
RealiTV Update: I’m In Again For Now
I watched the first leg of this season’s The Amazing Race last night. I was mostly upset because at one time I was making plans to go to Bora Bora, but that fell through.
Of course the team I expected to do well and who I was hoping would go all the way got knocked out on the first leg. Ooops.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – You might not know it (yet) by looking at me, but I am trying to dress nicer. To do so I’ve been following the blog Put This On. I want to leave this world in style…
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Friday’s weigh-in was 211.6 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~2.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 7
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Meals – 12
Carnivorous Meals – 30
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