All week snow flurries were predicted for today, perhaps later today. We’re not going to see anything of the sort.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Think about a past success: Recall how you achieved your goal and how it made you feel.
Nothing boosts confidence like reflecting on your successes! This exercise puts the focus front and center on your positive traits and how they contribute to your life. Remembering how you’ve handled past challenges may also help you feel more confident about any roadblocks you may be facing at home or work.
When I lived in Huntsville, AL in the early 1990s (my late twenties) my weight eclipsed at 245 pounds (at 5’8″ – 5’9″ means I was fat). My friend and coworker Doug got me to start working out and I was able to get my weight down to the 180s over a relatively short period of time (perhaps a year? I don’t quite remember). I kept my weigh off until two significant events occurred in my life — I injured myself in 2000 by running a road marathon for which I was not properly trained, I gave up working out after I was held up at gunpoint in 2004.
As you know, I am once again trying to get my weight down (after years of complaining about it) and after trying and failing last year due to that fucking foot tendonitis.
I keep my success (admittedly in a younger man’s body) in mind as I suffer, continuing to hope that I can re-achieve one of my life’s goals.
When The Weather Agrees, I’m All In
“I wouldn’t mind walking outside this afternoon.” my boss said ’round the coffee machine (we don’t have a water cooler). “Sounds good to me!” I replied.
In order to capture the last hour of sunshine as well as what little heat it was providing we headed out for a walk at 4:30pm (ish) on a “new route” that I had mapped out. The route contained a few hills taking us from Perimeter Mall to Ashford-Dunwoody, Nancy Creek, Johnson Ferry, Peachtree-Dunwoody, and back. As we neared the office again and noticed that traffic had yet to subside we tacked on another half-mile or so. The tally for the afternoon was roughly 6.3 miles in approximately 1:43:00.
Sore Arms And Sour Belly, I Should Have Seen These Coming
By the time I arrived home I was hungry and very tired.
I was so hungry that I wanted to make a fast meal that did not consist of eggs, so I scoured the cupboard (still somewhat barren) and wound up cooking up a can of diced tomatoes containing jalapeños and a can of cut green beans, to which I tossed in some spices and the small chunk of sausage that remained in my refrigerator. No, it wasn’t a very successful experiment.
I was so tired that I didn’t even get up to answer a call from my mother, and was passed out before 10:00pm.
Last night’s sleep was an exercise in frustration (more exercise?). In addition to waking up multiple times to the pain in my arms from Monday’s weightlifting (and have to stretch them when I did) I also suffered from a sour stomach (gee, I wonder why?). If I slept for more than an hour at a time it was a major accomplishment.
ITP Flickr Pic
“I Think She Captured My ‘Good’ Side”
A week after introducing my coworker “K” (who moved here last year from Ukraine) to “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” she drew this and gave it to me. I wonder what she’s trying to tell me…
This Hump Day Is Now A Skip Day
With my lack of sleep and the lingering soreness from Monday’s workout I am giving myself a pass tonight. Also factoring in this decision is that I want to be at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur for the Fred Eaglesmith show by around 6:30pm when doors open. I first heard of Eaglesmith from either my great friend Tamara who lives in Edmonton, or from Edmontonian-singer Corb Lund when he played Atlanta a few years ago, I can’t recall who told me about him first.
I plan to be back lifting weights either tomorrow, or more likely Friday. Regardless, I’ve jumped back onto the exercise train and won’t let myself jump off again.
Today’s Personal Project
Make it to the Freddie Eaglesmith show.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired and sore, but that can’t be all bad, can it? well, perhaps if I never start losing weight it can be.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I heard about Radio Diaries while listening to the latest 99% Invisible podcast on my drive in to work this morning.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – walking, ~6.3 miles
Morning Weigh-In – Oops, I failed to check. Let’s say 215 pounds.
Foot Mileage – ~13.2 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (0 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– clean my basement to the point where I could have people over
– hire a plumber to fix all of the sinks at the ITP Estate
– walk no fewer than 75 miles
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone
2014 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
– 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
– Sell the ITP Estate (tentative)
2014 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Continue to 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)
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2014