Another Workout-less Week In The Books

“The Plan” is to return to LA Fitness early tomorrow morning (a Saturday?!?!?!) to my work-local location because I will be meeting my RPS/Flickr photog friends for some Photoshop knowledge sharing at an office near Perimeter Mall (turns out two of this group work no more than a half-mile from my office).

Today’s Personal Project
Kick this short cough that remains from my sickness… two weeks later.

Starbucks Posts Calorie Counts (At Least This Is The First I’ve Seen This In Georgia)
And it ruined my morning trip to Starbucks because I wound up changing my order to a less-delicious beverage and nixed the idea of picking up a slice of cake.

That’s right, I’m one of those people — a Starbucks customer, and I like it! I stopped into the Perimeter Mall Area location in order to be near some of the area’s pretty people and to get some coffee. The location was packed (not surprised at nearly-8:00 on a Friday morning) so I got my drink to go — at least I looked good ordering, paying using my iPhone, and picking up my order like a champ. 🙂

Today’s Daily Challenge
Sit in the butterfly pose with the soles of your feet together.

Yoga helps to promote flexibility, good posture, and relaxation, and it’s a type of exercise that doesn’t put stress on the joints. The butterfly pose in particular tones the hips and pelvis, and helps the thigh muscles become more flexible. Breathing deeply during the pose stimulates the relaxation response, which helps you feel calm and centered.

Piece of cake.

Mmmmmmm, cake.

All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go
My definition of being “dressed up” is significantly more casual than most; it usually entails wearing a really nicely-pressed shirt, jeans, and some “adult” shoes. In the colder months I’ll accompany my attire with outerwear that lacks any mention of hashing, or racing. Being “really dressed up” for me entails wearing a suit, or a sport-coat and khakis; this rarely happens.

I was “dressed up” yesterday, looking better than I do on most days, with a nicely-starched Ralph Lauren Polo button-down and a new coffee-colored sweater-fleece.

The problem I had last night was two-fold:

  1. I didn’t have a dinner destination in mind, nor did I have a dinner partner.
  2. My recent money/calorie saving “I should really eat the leftovers I have at home” philosophy kicked into high gear because of #1 and I wound up driving straight home and eating leftovers.

Opportunity wasted.

The Flood Of Bills Is What Is Causing Me Stress Now
Two days ago I received a $133 from my primary care physician for a visit that I made last March. I went to the doctor’s office to settle up, but their internet connection was down.

In last night’s mail there was a bill from the lab company for $457 (!!!) related to the blood work done during my physical back in January of this year. I about hit the roof for two reasons:

  1. I was informed that under the new health insurance policy we are allowed to get one physical a year performed at no cost to us.
  2. Upon inspecting the bill I noticed the “Important Notice” which read that my “insurance company declined payment stating that the patient could not be identified or was not eligible for benefits on the date the services were rendered” WTF???

I will be wasting part of my day having discussions with Human Resources as well as my insurance company in order to resolve this matter in way that I do not have to pay for this bill.

What a bunch of bullshit.

ITP Flickr Pic
next week?

Perhaps rabbit, perhaps.

I May Have To Make A Return Trip To My Doctor
I am anxiously waiting for this short-cough and all to get out of my body. Not only will I be a smidgeon happier when this happens, it will let me know if the chest discomfort I have been suffering for nearly two weeks is not connected to the illness and will require further investigation.

Seriously, this getting old thing is starting to get old. I may have to start throwing my money to the wind so that I can enjoy it while I can enjoy it.

Hmmm, I wonder when the Apple Store in the mall opens? Don’t be silly, I already know that…

I Read That Everybody’s Pizza Is Closing
There is an article in today’s AJC mentioning that the Everybody’s Pizza in Emory Village is closing. While I don’t/didn’t eat there much, mostly because I’ve seen their prices increase significantly, I am saddened by this. I’ve had many fun evenings at that location as well as in the previously-closed location in Virginia-Highland.

The Weekend Is Coming! The Weekend Is Coming!
Other than doing the aforementioned Photoshop training I really don’t have much on my agenda this weekend. I will most likely treat myself to a nice dinner at a local yet-to-be determined restaurant tomorrow night.

If the moon and stars align I may try and get out on two wheels Sunday. I’ll be in no shape to keep up with any of you all, so I may attempt a solo journey.

Or… I may attempt to start “House Repair 2013” with some minor cleanup and preparation for the real work which must ensue in the coming months.

OH YEAH! Also coming this weekend is the start of Daylight Saving Time (at least in the United States). Don’t forget to set those clocks ahead at the non-existent 2:00am on Sunday morning, lest you be an hour late for church (or whatever) on Sunday.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – pissed
Current Music – listening to a recent Coverville podcast and being reminded just how much I loved Led Zeppelin’s music.
Website Of The Day – Are you an Evernote user? I have been and on-again, off-again user for a handful of years. I’m trying hard to become a on-again user again.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – weigh in again today

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 9
Carnivorous Meals – 12

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

March Goals
– not get sick
– lose two pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 50 miles
– lift weights at the gym no fewer than eight times
– finish at least two of the books I am reading
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog
– drink a lot less alcohol
– prepare a house repair plan and budget
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her
– return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

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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16 Responses to Another Workout-less Week In The Books

  1. Martha says:

    I’m somewhat sad about Everybody’s Pizza closing. It was one of the first place I ever ate at in Atlanta (if you don’t count my spring break trip in ’93, which I remember very little of) when I came down to visit the Emory campus back in ’98.

    My legs are shot, yesterday was a ‘butt workout’ at bootcamp, that along with two days in a row of saddle time…well it will be a slow run tonight after work.

    Good for you, eating at home. Keep it up, it will make a difference.

    Lots of good stuff going on over here, it looks like Jerry will be starting a new job soon (YEAH!!) and we are (trying to) move forward with the addition. This is were it gets complicated…we need plans drawn up, so the bank/appraiser can see who much of a loan we are eligible for (it has to be less the 80% of the future value) but the builder doesn’t want to do much until we get the money sorted out…we are just waiting on phone calls now. Plus, I’m trying to figure out ‘comps’ based on recent sales of 3/2 in the ‘hood. The range is $36K-330K…

    I’m still planning on riding at Stone Mountain Sunday, come along, it’s just loops…it will be fun.

    PS I hate DST…

  2. Good on you for your continued working out! Best of luck to Jerry for the new gig and with your home renovations. I’ll be following the latter and seeking advice.

    I’ll let you know about Sunday.

    I love DST — the weather gets warmer and the nights get longer…

  3. Barb says:

    Our riding plans are not set in stone, but here’s the idea – time TBD, but probably mid to later morning.

    Saturday – Bud plant (actually Sosabee park)
    Sunday- Silk Sheets (Cochran mill)
    no idea the mileage, it won’t be super long distance, thats for sure.
    And trust me Paulie – you can kick my ass. I’ve been a slug all winter, I’ve got this damn lung thing going on, I guess I’m developing asthma in my old age.

    sorry Martha – you, plus the hills of Stone Mountain would kick my ass right now, not up for that.

  4. Barb says:

    and- I’m very jealous of Steve out in Colorado getting some skiing in, there WILL BE a ski trip for us next spring, I’m saying it now.

  5. Steve says:

    Checking in before the meeting starts. An amazing day of skiing led by my roommate and former ski instructor Tod. A master class which was great fun. Productive meeting yesterday and we get the CEO on the carpet this morning. Whooppee.


  6. Martha says:

    Pretty sure those hills are going to kick my ass as well. I think I would much rather be riding with you all on the open roads…sometime soon.

    I got an email the other day for the 400 Century, I don’t see myself doing that ride again…once was enough. I’m still on for Spring tune up, anyone doing an orgianized ride in May?

  7. No organized rides on my agenda yet. I don’t think I’ll subject myself to the 400 (metric) Century again either.

  8. Barb says:

    I can’t plan that far ahead for May rides……

    there’s a chance of us going one or both (or none) of the following –
    Tour de Pike next weekend 3/16, our freind Benny is organizing an April Fools Day ride March 30th in Milledgeville (you will meet him at Spring Tune Up).
    I’m bummed the Wheels of Fire is the same weekend as STU.
    We usually do a Easter morning ride out SCT too.
    After that…… nothing on the agenda.

  9. Stacy says:

    Good for you! Someone recently chastised me with a “oh come on, Stacy, you’re better than that” when I mentioned I went to Starbucks. Really? REALLY? And better than *what* exactly? And isn’t being disdainful of Starbucks patrons so 20 years ago? Good golly, people. (I too hit the Starbucks this morning. 🙂 Crazy crowded!)

    Love the DST! I absolutely hate the winter months (especially after the holidays are through) and find it so hard to want to do anything after work when it’s dark already by 7pm. Bring on the daylight! (A vampire I am not.)

  10. Debbie says:

    That’s sad news. The Emory Everybodys was a regular haunt for me pre-Steve.

    We had a visit from a very brave cable guy this morning. All of the dogs were out when he arrived – I was in the bedroom so no idea he was here other than the barking frenzy. He got out of his truck and came to the front door with Farley trailing him and barking like a mad dog. Of course when I opened the door Farley ran in and stood behind me to bark. He’s a big chicken at heart.

  11. Jenka says:

    I’m just glad about the time change because I never changed the clock in my car last fall. I’m looking forward to knowing the time again.

  12. Stacy says:

    Jenka makes me laugh.

  13. Jenka says:

    I’m glad I amuse SOMEONE.

    I’ve worked at Emory for almost 8 years and have probably been to Everybody’s maybe 10 times. It’s actually too far from my office to walk there.

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    You have amused me as welll, Jenka. 😀

  15. Barb says:

    I’m going to ahve the HUGE task of figuring out how to change the clock on my new car…….. yikes.

    FYI – went to the tag office, and the letter I got from the Subaru dealership, just said, take this sheet & proof of insurance to get your tag. Well – I guess I should have known, I need to have the Bill of Sale with the taxes paid on it, so I can opt out of the advalorum tax. Ooops. Oh well, I’ll get that all take care of in July when I renew my tag.

    And – I confused the hell otu of them, I wanted another Share the Road tag. Since I already have 1 in my name (on the CRV that we are keeping), I paid up from to get them made way back in 2006, they couldn’t figure out how to charge me the $25 manufacturing charge. After a supervisor & then a couple phone calls to more higher ups, they decided to waive it, they couldn’t figure it out. I bet they tell me I owe $25 more in July…..

  16. Martha says:

    Jenka that is the only valid reason to like DST. I don’t need daylight until 10pm, I need it in the morning…

    Not a fan of Starbucks’ coffee, I saw they’ve come out with a lighter roast, I can’t believe it took them this long to do it. Anyway, I just stick with my local coffee shop, I don’t even know if there is a Starbucks, intown south of I20…

    I wish to god there was a decent place to get coffee close to my office, all we have in the office is Starbucks. The Dunkin Donuts around the corner closed years ago, there isn’t even a McDs that isnt’ a PITA to get to…

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