Soooo Close

I was but one temptation away from completing my second consecutive day of vegetarian eating. And then I remembered the leftover breakfast sausage patties.

I’d type “nom nom nom” but I despise that over-used phrase from years ago.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Trade a sugar-sweetened beverage for water, no-sugar-added juice, or skim or low-fat milk.

The typical 32-ounce (1 liter) sugar-sweetened soft drink contains about 400 calories (1940 kilojoules) and no nutrients at all. Drink a glass of 100% juice or skim or low-fat milk instead, and you get important nutrients like vitamins A and C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which your body needs to stay healthy. Water is the best thirst-quenching drink there is, both free and easy to find.

You can take away my sugar-sweetend beverages but you’ll have to pry the glass of full-fat milk out of my pudgy, cold, dead hand.

Out Walking In The Mist
Monday’s weather forecast for yesterday never mentioned rain, and technically it never did. However there was more than enough mist in the air as I walked around the Perimeter Mall area.

I’m trying to get myself back into a daily exercise routine again, but am finding it difficult. Late nights and alcohol don’t help.

Well, I Did Know The Were Inside The Perimeter
For about a year I’ve been touting this iPhone app called Cycloramic (oh, it looks like they are now developing an Android version too. Meh.) that allows you to take a panoramic photo by placing your iPhone 5 on-end. The clever developers of the app figured out that you could use the iPhone 5 vibration to spin the phone! Talk about ingenious.

Turns out that the developers are based in Atlanta and were recently featured on the ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center) website

Second Place Is First Loser
But sometimes it’s also worth $25 in house cash.

Instead of the Braves game (and the tempting thought of Tasty China) I headed to Dunwoody Tavern with coworkers. We had no intention of playing Team Trivia when we arrived, but hey, I can be rather persuasive.

“We’ll play the first half and see how it goes.” I said.

By the end of the first half we were near the top and hooked.

Sure, we missed a few. “Bridget Jones”? Who the hell has ever hear of her?!?! But we kept getting answers correct.

We were in fourth place when given the final question.

Put the following Richard Gere movies in chronological order starting with the earliest.

  1. Chicago
  2. First Night
  3. Dr T and the Women
  4. Pretty Woman

(that is not the correct order, btw)

We got it correct and finished in a solid second place.

Viva La Lavanderia
Oh the dirty laundry pile was high, so I packed up the clothes in preparation for tonight.

Today’s Personal Project
Do laundry, do something that resembles exercise.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired, fat
Current Music – listening to my Hüsker Dü channel on iTunes Radio currently playing The Jesus & Mary Chain “Stoned & Dethroned”
Website Of The Day – I listen to a podcast called On Taking Pictures and on the latest episode they mentioned this interesting Ontarian photography project called About Face.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – I check again some day. For today I’ll just call myself morbidly obese

Foot Mileage – ~33.1 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 0 (0 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 31
Carnivorous Meals – 29

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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17 Responses to Soooo Close

  1. Barb says:

    I’ve never seen, or heard of First Night, so I don’t know where it goes. (I’d guess first, if I had to do it all by myself)
    but my guess is for the other 3….
    Pretty Woman
    Mr T & the Women

    and you don’t know who Bridget Jones is? really?

  2. Steve says:

    I’ve only heard of 2 of those, but I’m not surprised.

    Tasty China lived up to it’s name!! After a quick stop at the Garage-majal for some quality time with Service My Tool, and a tour of the new bedroom buildout in the basement, we headed to TC for a delightful dinner. Just 2 other folks in the restaurant and they were speaking Chinese!! In fact, they were Chinese.

    Allan’s fish with nuclear waste was hotter than normal, Barb’s crispy beef was tasty and my shredded chicken (?) with garlic sauce was quite good. Very worthwhile trip.

    Brownie has “hidden” his new ball in the largest possible covered space he could find- the open horse trailer, but his inability to keep the secret hiding place from the other dogs made him get it and run when they came out of the house. That boy…


  3. Stacy says:

    First Knight is the King Arthur one. He plays Lancelot and Sean Connery is Arthur. *grin* I’m a dork for knowing this: I love everything Arthurian Legend (and Sean Connery for that matter). Other than that, it wasn’t really a good movie. Y’all didn’t miss much.

    Pretty Woman
    Mr T & the Women
    First Knight

    ….just a guess. Really have no idea.

    Kinda curious what the Bridget Jones question was now!

  4. First Knight? Ooooh, that’s very different.

    I know of Bridget Jones. The question was relating to the character name and only gave the author’s name that I had never heard of previously.

  5. Martha says:

    I always get First Knight and Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood mixed up…or maybe it is the actors???

    Nibbles is always trying to hide her toys from Logan, he destroys everything his mouth touches. He has no shame…found a previous unopened can of tennis balls in his crate this weekend. He might just give Brownie a run for his money.

    Any drink would be better for you than soda, including milk and beer. I don’t know anyone that drinks whole milk, isn’t it almost a solid?

    So much for a nice rainy telework day, I’ve gotten called into a 3pm meeting at the office…lord only knows what it is about. However, my coworker did spend 20 minutes crying (again) at/to me on Monday.

  6. Barb says:

    I still don’t think I saw or really heard of First Knight.
    I only drink sodas at lunch for the most part, and I know a couple people that drink whole milk…. Allan would like to, but I told him 2% is the thickest milk he gets. I’d rather drink 1%, but its too much work having 2 different ones….

    Brownie just cracks me up……

    Martha – keep me updated about Sunday if the neighbor is game, Allan wanted to know how big is the tree & does the neighbor know anything about how to do this?

  7. Martha says:

    Sure thing.

    Yes, the neighbor is a professional landscaper…he says he’s taken down lots of trees…the tree is tallish…but not very big around (less than 12″ dia). It’s just some junk tree, looks like a mulberry but it doesn’t have any berries.

    We are a soy milk house. I do eat dairy…just not a big fan of milk. I heard, just today, the average american eat 23 pounds of cheese a year…

  8. Steve says:

    Martha, I could be available for a little tree work either day- I’m now inspired to get my chain saw running after the failure the other day.

    I haven’t drunk whole milk in a long time, but the last time I did, it did seem like I was drinking paint… skim or 1% just seem like water.

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I want back to whole milk years ago; it and butter are two of the luxuries I allow myself.

  10. Jenka says:

    You all do know that whole milk is only, like, 3-4%, right? It’s not like 2% is all that far off. In related news, recent nutrition studies have shown that fats are not bad for you, and in fact don’t cause heart disease or artery problems. I’ve started eating full fat yogurt for breakfast and when I want a treat I put full cream in my coffee (usually drink it black).

    Here’s the layman’s version:

    And a link to the abstract in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition referenced:

    Like Martha, I’m not a milk person, though. I would never drink a glass of milk. If I ate cereal, I would use it, but I don’t, so I don’t.

  11. Steve says:

    We’re all about butter at JEFDSDR.

  12. Jenka says:

    Why is my comment awaiting moderation?! What did I ever do to you?!

  13. Steve says:

    Boom BOOM! Did you use an odd email address?

  14. Barb says:

    Jenka – did you put a link in it? Paulie has to approve links…….

  15. Martha says:

    If you mistype your email (or use a new one), sometimes if you include a link…it gets caught up…or maybe it’s just you??

    Any ‘extra’ chainsaws would be welcome. I have mine but its just a moderate size electric. It should do the job but bigger is always better, I mean this still is America right???

    I won’t even ask for help cutting it up once it down, I can do that at my leisure…but I wouldn’t stop anyone that offered either.

    My neighbor has spent every day since they moved in, working in the yard, now that I want to talk to him it’s been raining and I haven’t seen him at all. I’ll knock on his door when I get back home.

  16. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    WordPress put in moderation because of the links. I made the mistake of not paying attention. You are one of the last people whose comments I would suppress.

  17. Barb says:

    Allan of course will bring his chainsaw – did I tell you he went to a class on how to use a chainsaw? He is now certified with the AFD. (I know that impressed you all, LOL)

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