The Sickest Man Still Alive

While jetsetting this weekend I apparently picked something up. I tried to convince myself that I was crazy yesterday, but there is no denying it today.


Related: I’m completely over cold, rainy days.

Today’s Personal Project
Get healthier, do laundry if I succeed with that.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Think about a past success: Recall how you achieved your goal and how it made you feel.

Nothing boosts confidence like reflecting on your successes! This exercise puts the focus front and center on your positive traits and how they contribute to your life. Remembering how you’ve handled past challenges may also help you feel more confident about any roadblocks you may be facing at home or work.

Whether it be weight loss or career success I know what to do. However, I have become bad following my own advice and need to change that.

I headed home after work with the intent on getting dinner along the way. I wasn’t feeling great and knowing that I hadn’t worked out decided that I should be somewhat smart about my food intake — which ruled out Chinese buffet as well as fish ‘n chips and beer at The Elder Tree Pub.

I almost finally tried the Jamaican restaurant on Moreland Av (next to the big sheriff cock), but having never been there before I didn’t know how long it would take the food to be prepared. Because I wasn’t feeling great and was feeling impatient I moved on down the road and stopped into (the original) Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand. I know what you are thinking… “That was ‘healthy’?”. Well, no, but it complied with my desire to get “fast” food and by that time my “healthier” food options were limited.

Unfortunately I was completely underwhelmed with my sandwich, mostly because the sausage was not still steaming hot by the time it made the six-block drive from Delia’s to the ITP Estate; that’s completely unacceptable to me. Furthermore the sausage sandwich was nearly impossible to eat with my hands, spilling its contents all over the container with each bite — it was a complete mess.

There may be a day when I return to Delia’s, but it has really dropped down the list of restaurants for me.

ITP Flickr Pic
I have one shot on my camera that I took this past weekend. Now I need to make the time to pull it off so that I can post something.

RealiTV Update: The Amazing Race — Oh Brother
WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

I have abnormal fear of heights, which, if I were compelled to become a contestant on The Amazing Race would make me think twice before auditioning. To have a fear of water and go on this show is insane! The only other “RealiTV” show which seems to be a worse fit would be Survivor since you are nearly guaranteed to be put onto an island in the middle of nowhere.

I wonder if “dad’s” seemingly ruptured achilles tendon will cause that team to bail (which would be a pity because it would give that spoiled-brat duo an easy out for their pact) and in turn will give the brother team a second chance.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – lousy
Current Music – listening to a recent “Coverville” podcast
Website Of The Day – If I’ve never previously linked to How Stuff Works then shame on me.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – will check again next Friday

Foot Mileage – ~2.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 11 (2 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 25
Carnivorous Meals – 38

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

February 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
– 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

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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22 Responses to The Sickest Man Still Alive

  1. Barb says:

    The twin doctors are idiots – why they didn’t immediately switch to the other challenge is beyond me. I think I like the hockey boys the best so far.
    And – I want to go to Bora Bora – what a beautiful place.

    But- I agree, every season they have challenges with heights & water, if you can’t handle that, why even apply.

    So, we had to get a new dryer yesterday. I decided after way too long it was time to wash the blue jean patchwork comforter. (Allan’s grandmother made it for him). It did fine in the fancy washer we own, but I think it killed the old dryer. Now we have a matching set, but damn, wasn’t planning on spending $1000 yesterday. Allan is NOT a procrastinator, I said we could wait until we get back from CA, but he decided to just do it yesterday.

    And – to make y’all jealous – I’m all packed & ready to leave on a jet plane tomorrow night for CA wine country!

  2. Wow, that trip is tomorrow? For some reason I thought that you all were going March/April. Have a great time.

  3. Steve says:

    One too many “o”s in Delia.

    We completely forgot about TAR on Sunday, since those pesky Oscars were on.

    Satchmo is injured!! Debbie threw everyone out yesterday morning to pee and Satch never came back- she found him under one of the bushes near the man-cave, soaking wet and not moving very well. We think he threw his back out- he was walking much better last night, but I was worried all day.

    2 quick things from Cyclingnews this morning. If you want some bicycle envy, look at the pictures from the NAHBS (hand built bikes). Works of art, all. And Floyd Landis, USADA Chief Travis Tygart and Johnathan Vaughters will be on a panel to discuss doping Thursday at Yale. That will be interesting.

    Have a great trip Barb and feel better Paulie!!


  4. Steve says:

    One too many “o”s in the “too” before Delia! (clearly I need a proofreader as well.)

  5. I had recorded TAR (obviously), which thankfully wasn’t on the same network as the Oscars.

    I didn’t realize that dogs could throw their backs out! Geez, I hope the little guy recovers quickly.

  6. Barb says:

    DVRs are a great thing, I don’t have to worry about it – it just records!

    Well – the trip is 2/27 – 3/5, so March is technically correct, the barrel tasting is the first weekend of March 3/1-3/3.

  7. I should have selected the Vivino app (iOS / Android) for today’s Website of the Day then…

  8. Debbie says:

    I DVR’d TAR, now we just have to watch it.

    Have a great trip Barb.

  9. Jenka says:

    I’ve thought a few times about auditioning for TAR, but I have a pretty severe phobia about caves and/or basements. Also, I really don’t think I could skydive. Knowing all this, and having watched every single season of TAR until the last one, it’s just setting myself up for failure. It’d be like going on TAR and not being able to drive a stick shift. That’s when I yell at the TV: “Have you *never* watched the show before?!”

  10. Martha says:

    Oh Steve, I hope Satchmo will be okay, as a previous owner of ‘long dogs’ I know just how delicate such a sturdy looking dog can be, all my best to him!

    We got the scope of work from the contractor yesterday, it is only a start, it still needs a lot of detail and it seemed one or two major things were missing. Anyway, once we get financing underway we will go back with more details. This is going to be a long process…I’ll probably need to call Allan, just to get things moving 🙂

    I wasted over an hour of my life, watching the last half of Waterworld last night…I have not excuse nor an explaination for this type of behavior.

    Well the jury is still out but I’m not happy at all with my new Garmin. I mean it works just fine on my wrist, but I spend more time trying to get it to up and down load than I do working out. I have a call in to customer service…we will see what happens.

  11. Oh yeah, I would also have to learn how to drive a stick shift (using either hand probably).

  12. Jenka says:

    Learning to drive stick is easily done. Learning to get over a phobia? Not so much!

    Martha, I hear tell from others that it takes forever for that model to find a satellite, too. Is that true?

  13. Steve says:

    I find Garmins generally have problems finding the satellites.. mine can do it quickly if it has a full charge, but otherwise “please be patient, your call is important to us!”

    I don’t think Debbie and I could make it on TAR- not for the phobia thing, unless it involved snakes and Debbie- just our combined hard-headedness!! We’d kill each other at some point. 🙂

    Everyone should know how to drive a stick- period.

  14. bob says:

    Like you, I am totally over this cold rainy crap. I can do cold but mix in the rain and it just sucks! Thankfully spring is right around the corner. I am also thankful there is no rain forecast for Saturday, only cold for the last Snake Creek time trial. I’m hoping to find 15 minutes somewhere along the trail.

    I wasn’t going to watch TAR either his season but I think I am being sucked in, would love to go to Bora Bora it looks so nice.

    Hope you feel better soon Paulie and Satchmo 🙂

    Have a good trip Barb

    Martha, not sure what model Garmin I bought Laura but will see if she has the same problems you are having.

  15. Jenka says:

    My shitty 6 year old 205 Garmin finds a satellite in about a minute. My theory is that it needs the least sophisticated satellite so it just uses whatever one is available.

    And I agree that everyone should be able to drive stick, period. In fact, if I can help it, I will never own an automatic.

  16. I never intend to own anything but an automatic, given that I will never allow myself to buy a real sports car nor live in a third-world country that can’t afford to offer automatic-transmission vehicles for sale. I go half-bananas on my commute as is, I think I might go postal if I had to contend with this shitty traffic while working a clutch.

    My Garmin 305 finds satellites quickly on some days, and takes a few minutes on others. It seems to find satellites quicker when I leave it in stationary while doing so.

    Oh, and if I do manage to feel better by tonight I shan’t be doing laundry, instead I will be joining my boss and a couple of other (more privileged co-workers) for a meal at Canoe. The downside of this is that it is not a corporate event so I’ll have to pay my own way.

  17. Steve says:

    Rent a car in Europe and it will most likely be a stick… 3rd world NOT!

  18. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    If I can’t get an automatic then it is a third-world country to me…

  19. Martha says:

    Just to clarify, the Garmin works great during the workout. I have no problems finding or keeping connected to the satilites. It’s transfering the data between the computer and the device where it is failing miserably. The 301XT transmits wirelessly (ANT ) … I can eventually get my workout from the Garmin to my computer, it takes a while but it will happen. Right now I’m stuck getting custom workouts, I’ve created in Garmin Connect back to my device. It keeps telling me device not found or device doesn’t support workout…which isn’t true because last week I was able to do this…

    I’ve drove a stick, on the wrong side of the road/car…it really isn’t that bad.

  20. Barb says:

    I can drive a stick, I just choose not to anymore. I do miss it at times, but not when I sit in traffic, and since I jsut driver around side streets, thats a lot of stop & go.
    Canoe – good place, but not so good when you have to pay your own way.

    You all know Allan & I would be hilarious on TAR, my big issue would be eating strange things. And- the application is pages & pages & pages long, I don’t have the patience even to think about filling it out.

  21. Debbie says:

    Barb – I’m almost willing to fill out that paper work for you just to see you and Allan kick butt.

    Satchmo is back to 90% today – still moving just a little gingerly at times. When he was a pup, he tweaked his back big time jumping at the neighbor dogs. He was dragging his back end when Steve went to get him in as we were leaving for the airport.

    He spent the week we were gone being the darling of the vet clinic. I’m really amazed that he hasn’t had more incidents considering his weight and tendency to be a bad ass.

  22. Steve says:

    He’s tough like his daddy!! I’m surprised as well. And how he was the darling at the vet for a week? Now he must be all cratchity- like his daddy!!

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