6, 6, 6

I’m trying to implement the following:

  • Get out of bed no later than 6am (this is to “get me going” even if I am just going to work).
  • Split my daily vitamin intake and take them at 6am and 6pm.
  • Get some form of exercise six days every week.

Ambitious? Perhaps. Doable? Definitely.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat one source of monounsaturated fat today, such as nuts, avocado, olive oil, or vegetable oil.

Although saturated and trans fats are unhealthy for us, some other types of fats bring body benefits! Foods rich in monounsaturated fat can lower the risk of heart disease by improving blood cholesterol levels. They may also be tied to better control of blood sugar levels.

ITP Confessional (aka ‘Last Week’s “Big Three”‘)
So, how did I do with last week’s “Big Three”?

GREAT, since there wasn’t a “Big Three” last week because I was in Florida on Monday and didn’t blog well.

This feature is back this week, check below.

A Failed Workend
I spent a good part of Friday in the office (failing to get much done), then I dropped off a box of stuff from my office at Goodwill (purging), and then headed to the lavanderia where the woman working their declared that I was getting old when she saw the cast. I attempted to get myself motivated to work from home during the remained of the weekend; instead I watched a lot of the Tour de France (on NBC on Saturday morning and on NBCSports via Slingbox on Sunday morning) and goofed off.

On Saturday afternoon I headed out of the house to try to have some fun (have I mentioned how much I hate being alone, especially when I can’t exercise?). I wound up at The Marlay House in Decatur where I sat at the bar killing time playing with my iPad while drinking some beer. Dinner that night found me at Big Tex (who seemed to have dropped “Cantina” from their name) where I ate some (read “too many”) smoked chicken wings and macaroni and cheese. Upon returning home I passed out early (surprised?) and wound up pissing away the rest of the evening because of this.

Sunday was pretty much a rerun of Saturday, except exchange Diesel (where I ate the “Death Muffin” — as seen on “US of Bacon” — which sells for $6.66) in Virginia-Highland for The Marlay House, and home for for Big Tex. All efforts to open my laptop and look at code were thwarted by other activities such as watching “The Office” or “Arrested Development”, or doing some (easyish) NY Times crossword puzzles.

Can’t Anyone Do Anything Right? #1
Part of my time on Friday was spent chatting with this “pharmacy” in Florida which sold me an expensive “prescription compound cream” to apply to my apparently-never-going-to-heal foot. As I do with everything I purchase that needs to be delivered I asked that it be sent to my work address in order to stop East Atlanta’s opportunists (read “thieves”) from getting my $85 placebo for free.

When I called the “pharmacy” on Friday I was told that the package was sent via USPS therefore there was no tracking number, and that it was sent to my home address. After a minute or two of being on hold I was informed that it had been delivered on Tuesday. I was peeved.

It turns out this company is really bad at following orders because they also charged me $13 for shipping (via UPS, not USPS by the way) when the paperwork I was given by the podiatrist clearly stated that it will be shipped free of charge.

Luckily for this company the package was small and hardly noticeable on my front doorstep (hell, I arrived home three times without noticing it) and I have no desire to nag them about the shipping charge.

After using this cream as prescribed I believe a $5 tube of Icy Hot would be more effective.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Is It Obvious That I am Single?”
Is It Obvious That I am Single?
Or is it obvious that I am not drinking much at home?

Can’t Anyone Do Anything Right? #2
In the mail on Friday night was a bill from the lab who performed the lab tests for the physical I had in January. This is the fifth time I have been billed for these tests (at least this time they didn’t threaten sending me to collections) and the fifth time I’ve called my insurance company to find out why the hell I am still getting billed for this. Each time I talk to the insurance company I get another story about some miscommunication between them and the lab. Each time the insurance company has told me that they will handle it.

Apparently I am not the only one who can’t seem to get their work done…

The A/C Is On
I gave in, on Sunday. While all of this rain has been wonderful for keeping the temperatures below 90° F it has also kept things humid as hell (well, you know what I mean) and made for a sticky day on Sunday.

So far, so good. I had to snug up the nut that holds the condensation drain tube to the sump pump because I had to disassemble the pump to have the new water heater installed. As I already knew this A/C unit will never get this house cold, but at least it’s doing some work at keeping the temperatures at bay.

This Week’s “Big Three”

  • Go to LA Fitness at least twice to lift weights.
  • Pay my tag renewal for the Jackmobile.
  • Plan three weekends away. (More about this tomorrow)
  • Today’s Personal Project
    Go through my paperwork, taking care of outstanding business. This was supposed to be yesterday’s task but I never got around to it.

    Stats & Goals
    Current Mood – meh, craving major changes
    Current Music – listening to last week’s “R3-30 Countdown” podcast from CBC Radio3
    Website Of The Day – Everyone reading this space should understand why I am linking to DIY Plumbing Advice. I should have taken last weekend as an opportunity, but I did not.
    Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
    Exercise (b)Log – nothing
    Morning Weigh-In – I think if I am to check any time soon I will get severely depressed

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

    Days Of Bed-Making – 0

    Vegetarian Meals – 5
    Carnivorous Meals – 10

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

    July Goals
    – get my foot to stop hurting
    – ride my bicycle
    – return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her
- return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her
- not get sick
- 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
    4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy — by Douglas Adams
    5. Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness — by CC Chapman

    Paulie [eatl/ga]

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    11 Responses to 6, 6, 6

    1. Martha says:

      I love avocado, I could eat it every day. Jerry just discovered the magic that is avocado and bacon. He’s pretty excited.

      We made a quick trip to Indy last week, drove up Wednesday, came back Friday…ugh, too many hours in the car. We managed to see both my family and Jerry’s mom. Hope that holds them all over until the holidays. Fun fact, my sister and her family drove through Atlanta twice last month, to and from Florida…but didn’t manage to stop by to say hello?

      I managed almost 60 miles on the bike Saturday, only about 10 of them were in the rain. It rained for the entire run at Sweetwater yesterday, it was actually kind of nice, but the trails were a mess, lots of mud, down trees and flooding…

      What insurance company to you have? I have to say, I’ve been really, really please with mine. Other than the co-pay for the sleep doc, I haven’t been charged anything. I even managed to get my first month of drugs free (that was from the drug compay) which is nice since the prescription is $60/month.

    2. Of course she didn’t stop, Martha, you live soooooo far from I-75. :-/

      My company’s insurance option is Cigna. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the time that they get this corrected. It was bad enough that these tests have ruined my fun of drinking too much beer. Further, I was never supposed to be billed for these tests — this time Cigna told me that the lab used the wrong address on their billing. Seriously, our health care system is broken.

      I follow someone on Twitter who rode 125km on the Silver Comet yesterday; she tweeted a photo of the group encountering a downed-tree, and said that the ride was rain-filled.

      I miss exercising, even when the weather is like this…

      Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I went “castless” yesterday, my foot reminded me of this decision a lot last night. I iced it for at least a half-hour.

    3. Jenka says:

      I think you meant “DIY” on the website of the day?

      HEH. I should take a photo of my fridge. Beer, wine, and cold cuts, and that’s pretty much it. I’m such a bachelor.

    4. Ooops, I did mean “DIY.” HAHAHAHA! I even mistyped in this comment! Is it telling that my fingers naturally thought “DUI” and typed “DYI” instead? Or maybe I’m used to typing “FYI?”

      You are the prettiest bachelor in the entire city then… 😉

    5. Jenka says:

      Don’t tell that to Baton Bob, he’d probably take offense! 🙂

    6. Stacy says:

      They probably did ship UPS, who contracted it out to the USPS. That happens to me a lot, though I can’t figure out a pattern as to why and when it does. Maybe UPS was all: “hell no, I’m not coming to THAT neighborhood! USPS does anyway….let’s give it to them!”

      All that being said, a no charge should still have been a no charge. That’s ridiculous. (But glad that you got it OK)

    7. Steve says:

      I think UPS does what they call a “drop ship” where the local USPS carrier takes it the final mile.

      Trying to finish stuff which has to be in and running for the new attempt at converting to the new system THIS Saturday!! Did they not hear about Summer Slacker Series #1?? I’m trying to wiggle out of working as far as I can, but I don’t know how that will work. If I can’t get out, there will be printed maps and various options and you can go and enjoy yourselves.

      I’m sick of rain- for having the last 5 days off, I got 1 20 mile ride in and even that had a little rain. I believe I dumped the rain guage out Saturday AM with 5.5 inches and we certainly weren’t done. Ugh.


    8. I’m still in for Saturday even if I can’t ride (I go to PT tomorrow and ???, and then see a doctor again on Friday). Cheesy Yellow Sunday is this Sunday (when is Enema bringing curds to George’s?) so I’ll maintain sobriety and head back ITP on Saturday night so I can be at Enema’s Sunday morning.

      I too am sick of rain and I’ve not missed out on anything because of it… my foot has seen fit to spoil all my fun. 🙁

    9. Steve says:

      Enema said he would bring curds back to Georges next week (3rd Wednesday!!) and said something about Christmas in July, but I haven’t a clue where he was going with that.

      Stacy, I reminded Debbie last night that she should expect you to help her with the ponies on Saturday and she was looking forward to it.

    10. Steve, you may want to get a (bike) rider count before putting to much work into map making.

      You’ll be working.
      I’m most likely on the shelf (STOOPID FOOT!).
      Barb and Allan will still be in Florida (I believe).
      Debbie and Stacy most likely won’t be riding.
      Bob and Laura?

    11. Steve says:

      Bob and Laura said they were going camping. Little Easy and Michelle are planning on it, but Michelle is only a maybe for riding.

      We’ll see as the weekend and my plans solidify.

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