Crunch Time

My pants weren’t lying.
My belt wasn’t lying.
I weighed in at LA Fitness this morning — 219 pounds. Ooof, that’s fat.

And to think I was actually losing weight before injuring my foot…

Today’s Daily Challenge
Fridge? Counter? Learn the ideal place to store your fruit to keep it fresh and tasty.

Fruit tastes so much better when it’s stored the proper way! Plus, by extending its shelf life, you’ll be less likely to have to toss out soggy strawberries or mushy mangoes. This means more flavorful, nutritious fruit in your life and less in the garbage can.

I should have thought about this for the loaf of cheap bread that I had to throw out this morning because it had mold.

A Return
There was very little traffic last night so I was able to get down to midtown much earlier than I had anticipated.

With time to kill I hobbled over to The Barrelhouse for my first return since eating there with ITP-Reader Stacy.

I sat at the bar and ordered a Monday Night Brewing Blind Pirate Double IPA (and got a free pint glass), an order of beet hummus (!) which was served with pita and vegetables, and an order of chicken tenders which was served with fries. I did my best at eating only what my body should have and subsequently left most of the fries.

“Beet hummus?” you say? So said I.

I will hand it to The Barrelhouse, the place that serves dill pickle soup, they have a way of making tasty dishes out of items not known to be in those dishes.

I returned home directly after the iOS Developers Meetup and passed out nearly immediately.

Someone Else’s Pic
Linking to a photo in which I exist. Go ahead, play “Where’s Fatty?”
iOS Developers

Crunch Time Begins
For the next three weeks I will be cramming for my entry into the Big Nerd Ranch “Advanced iOS Programming” course. (btw- while in that course this blog may go dark as I am not sure how much free time I will have.) I want to be much sharper than I currently am when I enter the course.

My studying is an extension of yesterday’s “career capital” discussion.

If nothing else my concentration on learning may reduce the time I have to consume food and beer.

You are probably anxious to see me tonight at “Third Wednesday.” Sorry, I shan’t be there even tough I’ll be across the street briefly.

The other day I realized that I have triple-booked tonight (geez, don’t I have anything like an electronic calendar to help avoid this?). After getting a haircut I’ll be winging my way over to Club Opera for the GigaOM Mobility Meetup. I don’t know what to expect from this meetup, especially since I will be arriving over an hour after the start, but as you know I am constantly seeking other avenues for meeting people these days.

Today’s Personal Project
Start getting my professional ducks in a row.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – disappointed
Current Music – listening to today’s stage of the Tour de France
Website Of The Day – While researching the new ferris wheel that’s been installed downtown I found Atlanta Downtown.
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 – 4 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 14
Carnivorous Meals – 25

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

July Goals
– get my foot to stop hurting
– 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
  6. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love — by Cal Newport

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to Crunch Time

  1. Barb says:

    So much for being birthday month buddies……. no shout out?

    Not sure yet if we will make it to George’s, I’ve gotten 2 (or maybe 3) FB event invites, its like peer pressure!!!!!!
    Cheese curds do sound kind of good.

    Our IT department upgraded my computer last night, of course it was all wacked out this morning. I just finally got someone to answer the phone & help me get to work. I guess I better get back to it.

  2. Martha says:

    I got your back Barb, Happy Birthday!!

    I’m still struggling with the extra ‘holiday’ pounds…you know Thanksgiving/Christmas. I think the meds I’m on are helping a bit, my late night binges have been curtailed quite a bit. It’s isn’t a lot of weight but at 5’1″ there isn’t many places to hide it.

    Good for you on the professional development, I really need to get on this…I need to start getting ready for a PMP class/certification in the fall.

    I’m going to pass on the beet humus…I tried to like beets, just can’t do it. They taste like dirt to me, no matter what I’ve tried to do with them.

  3. Debbie says:

    Beets are one of the few things I’ve served to Steve that he didn’t like. I like them okay, but not enough to go out of my way to serve them if I’m the only one eating them.

    Barb, come to Georges! We can celebrate your birthday on the day!! Free beer and fried cheese curds, you just can’t go wrong!

  4. Steve says:

    You know what day it is? Woo Wooooo, it’s hump day!! That comercial always cracks me up.

    You might be expanding your technical horizons, but that sounds like a nerd-fest for sure.

    I actually ran last night for a hot and steamy 4 miles. Ugh. Noticed a section of road that will likely be collapsing soon- a natural wash that had erosion by the edge of the road, but not there’s a hole in the middle of the lane that is no doubt feeding into it- I’ll be calling the road department shortly.

    Since Debbie is meeting me at George’s, I packed my laptop into my workout clothes this morning for the hike over later- the one thing I forgot was my badge, which means I’m stuck in the building all day!! Ick.

    See many of you later!!

    And happy birthday (again) Barb!!


  5. Aw shit. Barb, your birthday is on my calendar and I had all intentions of congratulating you when I was interrupted at the office and forgot. My humble apology.

    I hope that you have a wonderful birthday today!

    Beets are “earthy” (read “taste like dirt”) but I love them.

    Today’s TdF individual TT stage is weird because cyclists are changing their bikes midway into the TT.

  6. Barb says:

    I’ve gained weight – not sureexactly when, but the last week in FL certainly didn’t help withall teh fried seafood & drinking. I should have been dieting for my 30th class reunion this weekend up in Iowa -but nope! Oh well, I won’t see any of these people again for 5-10 years.

    Beets – I haven’t even tried to like them.

  7. Steve says:

    Switching bikes in a TT seems just crazy to me. I just turned it on and it seems like a pretty tricky course in some sections.

    Beets… no.

  8. Tonight’s meetup could be incredibly nerdy, which, given my selected lot in life is a good thing.

  9. Jenka says:

    Last year I lost 11 pounds on what I was calling the Divorce Diet which, as Martha mentioned, is a lot for a shorty like me (at last doctor’s visit: 5′ 1.5″). Then I gained it all back over the holidays and I’m still working on it. Although: not that I would know really, I haven’t weighed myself since October on purpose!

    I love beets. And Brussels sprouts.

    Happy birthday (again), Barb!

  10. Martha says:

    I love the break-up diet. I’ve lost lots of weight on that one in the past. Um…probably not worth it this time 🙂

    Still trying to get motivated for my run…I’m dressed and made it outside…then got distracted pulling weeds.

  11. Stacy says:

    Happy birthday, Barb! 🙂 Are you actually working? That’s not right, actually. I think we should all have our birthdays off.

    I love the break-up diet too! I’m currently down a pant size. However, I’m totally happy again, which means I’m screwed. I expect I’ll have the pounds back on in no time.

    Starting with cheese curds, of course! Actually, I’m going to try my best to make it but I have a big deadline today and then have to help out a friend to go pick up a car right after work. If I can get back to town in time, I’m so there though. But –gasp!– might actually drive straight there instead of walking. The horror!

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I love the break-up diet too but no one will go out with me to then break up with me. And to make matters worse I love to eat and drink when I am depressed.

  13. Barb says:

    ok – all the peer pressure worked – Allan & I will come to George’s tonight – well, as long as the traffic cooperates.

    We went & tried a chicago pizza place up this way for lunch, it was ok, but not great. maybe it really is the water (for making the crust) just like everyone says about bagels.

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