Waiting For A Fresh Start

Though I will totally miss my exercise goals this month (thanks, foot) I have designs on returning to LA Fitness again on Monday.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Write the serving size on the front of the box or bag of your favorite snack.

Nutrition labels are very helpful – if we pay attention to them to begin with and then remember what they say. When information from that label isn’t top of mind, it’s easy to double or triple the serving size without realizing how much we’re eating. You’re more likely to be mindful about what you’re eating and keep snack portions in check if the serving size is written front and center on the box, bag, or container.

This is a good suggestion. I bet you will find at least one food item whose “suggested” serving size is much smaller than the quantity you normally consume.

Who knew that the suggested serving size of a six-pack of beer is only one can?

Same Routine, Different Location
With traffic being complete shit (what a surprise for the Perimeter Mall area) my boss and I hoofed it over to Tin Lizzy’s Cantina for some drinks and dinner. While there we saw one of Taco Mac‘s former waitresses and had a decent time being served by another young lady. I had two beers and some “Mexican” food before heading out of the area some time around 8:30pm.

Don’t Tell Me That I Don’t Shop Local First!
I made a stop at Total Wine & More in preparation for today’s scheduled “Field Day” at work (even if it doesn’t rain it’s going to be a bit muggy today). What, you don’t buy beer at 8:30am?

It’s not that the ITP Estate is suffering from lack of beer options, but in order to bolster my stash I purchased some beer from Jailhouse Brewing, Monday Night Brewing, Red Hare Brewing, and Wild Heaven, all “local” crafters. Obviously missing from my selection is Sweetwater and Red Brick, the two largest local brewers around. I would have purchased a six-pack of Raleigh’s Lonerider Peacemaker Pale Ale, but Total Wine only stocked their Shotgun Betty Hefeweisen, a style of beer I don’t really fancy.

ITP Flickr Pic
Nothing to share today.

RIP Dick Trickle
Oh, not what you are thinking about at all…

No, yesterday former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle apparently took his own life up in North Carolina. I’m not a NASCAR fan, instead Trickle was introduced to me in the 1990s when his finishing position was always mentioned by either Keith Olbermann or Dan Patrick on ESPN’s SportsCenter (aka “The Big Show”).

Another Big Weekend Ahead
I hope that the rain doesn’t cause too much grief for the East Atlanta Beer Fest (has it really been ten years since the first?). As for me I will be at The Shed for their wine tasting.

If both the weather as well as yours truly aren’t too shitty by tomorrow night I will be going over to Decatur for the Springfest at Twain’s where Atlanta’s own Gringo Star will be headlining.

By the end of evening I will have a clearer understanding about my future.

One way or another Sunday will be a recovery day.

What do you have going on this weekend?

Today’s Personal Project
Make plans about many facets of my life.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, though I am in need of some skill updating
Current Music – listening to a recent “Tips From The Top Floor” photography podcast.
Website Of The Day – I wish that I had though to write TapHunter.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – checking today

Foot Mileage – ~3.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 23
Carnivorous Meals – 21

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

May Goals
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her

- return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

- not get sick

- lose three pounds

- exercise at least twenty-five of May’s thirty-one days

- 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

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

  1. Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) — by Sean Wells
  2. 60 Mountain Lion Tips — by David Sparks and Brett Terpstra
  3. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — by Charles Duhigg

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Waiting For A Fresh Start

  1. Barb says:

    Weird coincidence – Cheese Spread’s husband’s hash name is Dicks Trickle & they will be at my house tomorrow.
    We will be having a very small Cheddarhead get together Saturday evening, since Enema & Pantywaste are Cheese’s Packers roadtrip buddies, they are coming over for a few beverages.

    Got to watch some tree guys take down a neighbor’s tree yesterday, when we had ours taken out, I was at work, so I missed it. Very interesting watching the guy up in the tree doing his part of the job. They decided they needed some sunlight, & wanted some grass to maybe grow someday, so they took out I think 11 trees (most pines, but a couple hardwoods). We contributed some $$ to the cause to be sure to get a dead tree that was leaning our way taken out.

    I’m hoping to get a bike ride in on Sunday, but not sure when after watching the weather radar, sounds like it could be raining off & on, & maybe quite a bit.

  2. Steve says:

    I walked the perimeter of the property and maked the coordinates with my Garmin. I did find a gap in the fence that could easily be where the Brown man is bringing his booty. That will get fixed this weekend.

    I’m slowly winning the battle of the pool pumps. After finally reading some suggested proceedures, I found how to get to the leaking seal on the pump. It should be reinstalled later today.

    J E N S !!!!! What a great win yesterday. Proof that old age and cunning will overcome youth and skill. I was tickled.

    Horse event this weekend and hopefully a bike ride at some point.


  3. Martha says:

    I put down a bag of candy at the store last night after reading the nutrition label…

    Just heard from Jerry, Logan is doing well and can come home today! However, for some reason, his surgery was $1K more this time, trying to figure out what is up with that.

    We really need to get a tree guy to come in and look at ours (and the neighbors that hang into our yard). We’ve got one that needs to come down. Thankfully, its on the smalled end. I thing we could do it (no need to get the city involved) if we had one or two more ‘experience’ helpers…

    Slowly chipping away at my work to do list. I completed my SM exam (and passed) and hope to have another project off my plate in another hour or two. Hopefully, I wont have too much to worry about this weekend.

    Looks like a good chance of scattered thunder storms for TA, that should be fun.

    Everybody have a fun and safe weekend

  4. Steve says:

    Hey. don’t forget Streets Alive is Sunday. Peachtree St. this time.

  5. Jenka says:

    I’m debating between EABF or the Shed wine class (or neither) tomorrow. I’m house-sitting in OP this weekend so both are walkable options, fortuitously. But this week has been brutal at work and I may just need some down time. But we’ll see, a good night’s sleep tonight might do wonders.

  6. Martha says:

    I hear you Jenka, it has just been a hell of a week and I’m exhausted!!

    Jerry wont be back from Auburn until later, as slow as he drives much later. So it will just be me and Nibbles…ah, so relaxing!!

  7. Barb says:

    last night was the first night is a while I got to just hang at my house alone, it was nice. Cleaned out the DVR of shows Allan doesn’t like, I just wish I’d go to sleep earlier when he isn’t home. For some reason I just don’t go to sleep on the nights he’s at the firehouse. And- for him, the banishment to the airport is good for sleep, they never get calls at night (& rarely get calls during the day)

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Though I will be driving to The Shed I will be much better off at the wine tasting over EABF. If Sunday’s weather is good I will do Streets Alive.

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