Always Something There To Remind Me

Another day of prying on pants that should fit comfortably. Because of this I’ve deemed my current fatty situation as “always something there to remind me.” I’m trying to rectify this deficiency…

Today’s Daily Challenge
Plan to leave ten minutes early for your destination one time this week.

When we have increased stress, we become a lot less productive! While we’re rushing around, it’s more difficult to concentrate, mood swings are more common, and as a result our relationships at home and work may suffer. Adding a cushion of time by leaving ten minutes early gives a buffer that can help make the day more manageable for you and for those around you.

Silly rabbit, I am the perpetual early bird. If I leave ten minutes earlier than I normally do I’ll most likely get to my destination forty minutes early.

Ack! I Forgot Again?
Yesterday was supposed mark the return of my “Monday Big Three” and I forgot. So for this week let us call it the “Tuesday Big Three” instead.

  1. Super Secret Project: Suffice to say that I can’t divulge the details of this multi-part project but it’s long overdue and potentially life changing (for me at least). In associated with this project I even did something strange yesterday, I ordered a physical book from Amazon.
  2. Clean up my basement.
  3. Gather another box of things to take to Goodwill.

After work I decided that I’d rather return to walking instead of going to LA Fitness for weight training. The weather was warm, I had the right clothes and attitude for walking, and I figured that I’d be able to knock out a few podcasts while trekking.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve gone for a “long” walk considering I can’t recall the last time I had done it prior to my late-April injury.

I chose to limit last night’s walk to fewer than five miles when along the way I felt the undeniable sensation of hot spots occurring on my feet.

Like I said, it’s been quite some time since I’ve gone for a “long” walk.

By the time I returned to my car I’d covered 4.75 miles at an apparent blistering pace (see what I did there?). Actually, my pace was not so blistering after all; it was nearly 17:45 / mile. According to the MapMyRide (which I use for walking too) I also burned 630 calories. Nice.

Post-walk I headed home to watch a little television, eat some rice for dinner, and let my jets cool off.

This morning my feet hurt a little (still a bit hot) and my left foot hurts (tendonitis) no worse than it has recently.

I shall attempt to do these sort of walks a lot more often again.

ITP Flickr Pic
“I Assume This Guy/Gal Became Somebody’s Breakfast”
I Assume This Guy/Gal Became Somebody's Breakfast
This guy (or gal) (or both?) was on my carport last Friday when I left for work. Suffice to say he/she/it was not there when I returned home.

Perhaps The Eight Time Is The Charm?
In the mail last Saturday were forms sent to me by the lab company (that has been billing me monthly since my physical performed January) that I was supposed to mail to my insurance company.

That’s right, the only way that this fiasco could get stranger is to require the patient to mail forms from a MegaLab to a MegaInsuranceCorp so that one can pay the other. What. The. Fuck.

After speaking to MegaInsuranceCorp for the eight time about this matter they informed me that I could fax them (when will we finally rid ourselves of the fax machine?) the forms and they would process them.

I’m not holding my breath, however. I’m fully expecting to be billed again in October by MegaLab and have to call MegaInsuranceCorp for the ninth time. I’m hoping that I am wrong about this.

Apple Announcement Day
I know, Android is soooooo much better than iOS. This is the constant sentiment I read these days. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Today Apple will announce their next generation of iPhone(s?) and perhaps iPads. While I have little interest investing in a new iOS device at this time I certainly have a vested interest in seeing where the iOS platform is going — I need to milk this profession for another fifteen years or so.

Today’s Personal Project
Lavenderia night. I thought about getting another walk in today but I need to return to working out at a cautious rate in order to avoid further injuries.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fat, and starting to rectify this
Current Music – listening to a “Depeche Mode Cover Story” podcast from Coverville
Website Of The Day – As I always do for Apple’s announcements I’ll be tuned into Engadget for their coverage.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, 4.75 miles
Morning Weigh-In – Since I didn’t make it to LA Fitness, I could not check

Foot Mileage – ~4.75 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 9
Carnivorous Meals – 11

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

September Goals
– exercise no fewer than twenty days (and I’m starting on Day 3 so I have my work cut out for me)
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to replace my malfunctioning faucets

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
  7. Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life — by Steve Martin
  8. Who Am I: A Memoir — by Pete Townshend

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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11 Responses to Always Something There To Remind Me

  1. Steve says:

    Nice picture. I was coming back in from my brief roller workout last night- there was enough rain nearby to keep me home- when I walked past one of these:

    Never seen such a thing, but the “cow killer” ant is apparently fairly harmless unless it stings you. Mine was quite pretty- red with a black stripe, and I mean UGA red.

    For those of you who have HBO, you should be watching “Newsroom” on Sunday evenings. It is really well done, even though the dialogue is so fast and furious we’ve had to turn on closed captioning just to keep up. Our regular monday evening viewing, as it starts at 10, which is about my bedtime.

    Barb, see you this evening.


  2. I have seen those while out in the woods, never knew what they were however. Glad to read that they don’t actually kill cows as that would be frightening.

  3. Barb says:

    Steve – what’s your ETA tonight? I can get home by about 5:15. If you want to come earlier – I can get you the code to the garage. And- you have a water bottle cage issue – Allan had to order 2 little screws? or whatever you call them, he could explain it better. So, right now you only have 1 of the 2 working for each bottle cage (and, there are none on the bike, so I’m guessing there were none when we got the bike from you?)

    No HBO being paid for at my house, guess we will ahve to wait for it to come out on Netflix…….

  4. Steve says:

    Don’t rush on my account. I’ll hang out with you until the smoke clears from rush hour before heading over the top to Norcross and my meeting. There were no cages on the bike when I got it, but in my picture (you took) there appear to be 4 screws. The braze-ons may have been loose.

    I’ll be at the house when you get there unless I’m out looking for the right scotch.

  5. Barb says:

    2 of the screws were bad, Allan had to drill them out of something like that. (I don’t pay attention).
    Minks might have decent selection…. but I don’t know that, I’ve never bought scotch. Deck is always open, and if you are lucky, we might have forgotten to lock the back door, you could get a beer.

    My hip hurts today, I wonder how I could have slept funny to have that bother me?

  6. Stacy says:

    Paulie, your timeliness is one of the things I’ve always, always appreciated about you! I’m an on-time freak myself and it’s wonderful to have like folks there!

    Again, might I suggest the laundry/workout combo? The LA Fitness in Ansley Mall is right next to a laundromat. So very easy to workout while your clothes are doing their thing! However, I do admit that it’s not the nicest of the LA’s…though they are remodeling! By October it should be nice and new.

  7. Martha says:

    Last time my washer was broke I did the laundry/grocery shopping combo. Its a great time management trick.

    The paperwork was submitting to underwriting on Friday, I’ve heard nothing since then. I hope no news is good news.

    Just found out the house next door (Rob and Melissa’s place) sold. Lucky neighbors get to move in right as construction starts…We’re such great neighbors.

    Hot spots? Sounds like you might need different socks. I finally feel like I’m starting to get back into the swing of working out. I’ve been doing short, high intensity courtesy of Chris Powell and a few 30 day challenges. I added a new element on Sunday (which for the next couple of weeks will give me two-a-day workouts) but I want to make sure I last more than a couple of days before I start blabbing about it but the initial are P90x. 🙂

  8. Barb says:

    P90x? did you take a before selfie so you can put it on FB when you are all done? (I’ve seen more than a few of those over time)

    I get hot spots occasionally, but I get them when I wear flip flops too much, or I’m on my feet too much in shoes that don’t have any support.

    Did the house next door sell for a good price?

  9. My socks were cotton — I have not walked in a long time. 😉

    Moving into a house next to construction means the house next door will be even nicer than the one when you moved in — that’s a good thing in my book.

  10. Steve says:

    Might use something a little more wicking next time. If I do a lot of walking, I’m a big believer in moleskin, especially if I know I have a shoe that rubs in odd spots.

    Barb, a 12 year old bottle of Glenfiddich followed me out of the liquor store. A good starter scotch.

  11. Martha says:

    No selfie (which reminds me, I have to get a head shot taken…blerg, I hate having my picture taken).

    Cotton Kills! Like Steve said, get some wicking, I love Smartwool socks.

    I’m not sure what they sold it for, I thought they had it priced under market to begin with, but I think they just wanted to get rid of it.

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