I’m Back, Back In The New York Groove

When I was a kid growing up in Queens, New York Hello’s song “New York Groove” was played on the radio a lot. The song was later covered by Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley for his solo album in 1978.

Have I ever mentioned that I was, and I guess technically still am, a member of the Kiss Army? Sadly there was more “kiss” in my life in the 1970s than I’ve experienced over the last decade.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Walk briskly from one place to another today.

Regular moderate-intensity physical activity (such as brisk walking) lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can help you control your weight and even aid in managing stress. Bonus: Adding even a few moments of brisk walking to your day gives you a quick energy boost, too.

Not hard to do in these cold temperatures.

New York: Then And Now
Last week (I believe) I linked to a Flickr stream of New York photos from the 1970s. This week I saw this link to Time’s photo set of shots in the NY subways taken during the 1980s — a period know by some as “The Good Old Days” but you’d never be convinced by these photos.

While I giving love to my home state allow me to link to Wall Street Journal’s photo set of people slipping on the ice of 5th Avenue this week and remind you of one of the reasons I’ve never gone home again.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Puerco y Chiva”
Puerco y Chiva
I had forgotten that I took a photo of the meal, pork and goat with rice, beans, and plantain, that I was served for lunch at Mi Pilón in Norcross last Friday.

I Didn’t Wanna

“If you can work out on the days that you really do not want to, doing so on the days you do is a piece of cake.” — me

I didn’t want to work out.
I really didn’t want to work out.
However, I was feeling guilty for skipping on Tuesday night so I did.

My boss and I both made it over to LA Fitness. I’m not sure what he did, but I did “Weight Lifting Workout #3,” well, at least most of it. With the super-cold weather and it being January you can imagine how packed LA Fitness was last night. I could not get a treadmill on which to warm up, and by the time I finally got on the machine on which I do seated rows (usually the second of my upper-body exercises for this workout) I had enough. I managed to do five of my six upper-body exercises, both of my leg exercises, and one torso exercise, before doing some crunches and half-assed stretching (I’m being critical of my stretching, I did not stretch half of my ass).

With the workout and a shower complete my boss and I headed out to refuel. We’ve been trying to come up with some “new” options in the work neighborhood, so we ate at Genghis Grill, a restaurant I last visited over two years ago. I was good as I get when eating out, getting a “medium bowl” of beef, vegetables, and udon noodles, and drinking water.

Going to Genghis Grill, which is located catty-corner to REI allowed me to go into REI and buy some new shoelaces for my “hiking” boots (I snapped one of them the last time I wore them) and a new knit hat for this cold weather (I accidentally shrunk my previous favorite non-branded knit hat by drying it in a dryer).

Today’s Personal Project
One hour of cardio at LA Fitness. I’m going to lose this goddamn weight if it kills me — and it just might.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, soreness from yesterday’s workout starting to build
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – I had another site in mind for today but my consumption of Talenti Gelato changed my mind. Sure, it’s a luxurious dessert and I am a man trying to lose weight, but only two spoonfuls of this rich gelato (I currently have Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup in the freezer) are satisfying enough for me so it’s not like I am eating a lot of calories.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – weight lifting (grade B+)
Morning Weigh-In – Oops, I failed to check. Let’s say 215 pounds.

Foot Mileage – ~18.6 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 5 (2 cardio)

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

January Goals
– 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

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin

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6 Responses to I’m Back, Back In The New York Groove

  1. Steve says:

    I’m proud of you for sticking to your workout routine, especially when you don’t want to. Having someone else you’ve committed to, like your boss, helps a great deal.

    You can’t tell from my typing, but I have been suffering with a cold for the last few days. I may try and ride a bit tonight, but I won’t kill myself.

    2 foxhounds arrived yesterday. Sweet Pea and Primrose. I actually haven’t met them yet, as Debbie had them put away when I arrived home. She says they are both sweet, so hopefully we can find them forever homes quickly.

    Tour Down Under is happening this week and I hear Jens Voight was a player in todays stage. I have it set to record this afternoon, so no spoilers please.


  2. Andrew says:

    Have you heard the Sweet cover of New York Groove? Worth a listen.

  3. Oh shit, I might be thinking of the Sweet cover and not the Hello original. Hmmm, now I must investigate.

    Steve, on which channel is the Tour Down Under? OLN (or whatever that’s called these days), NBC Universal? I suppose I should use my 17 years of Dish Network mojo to find it in the guide today. Feel better soon, friend. [UPDATE: Found it, it’s being shown on NBC Sports — which is Channel 159 on your wonderful Dish Network systems.]

  4. Jenka says:

    I love Talenti gelato! It’s the closest I can find to Italian gelato at the grocery store. Obviously the gelato place in Va-Hi is waaaaaaay better, but I like to keep a pint of Talenti in the freezer. Over the holidays they had a Peppermint Bark flavor which, I’m sorry to say, I ate the shit out of. And I wonder why I put on so much weight over the holidays.

  5. Barb says:

    I guess Kevin is at some race in Argentina I wonder what race that is? Might have to look up the tour down Under, is it still so crazy hot down there?

    I just got to watch the most boring video ever on Haz Mat requirements. Then we take a test that they give us the answers to. We aren’t really responsible for anything when someone ships something hazerous, but they make us turn in ppwk, just to cover our asses.

  6. Steve says:

    The heat finally broke in Aus- just normal summertime now, but a lot of those guys have been training in Europe and were not ready for summer hot.

    Barb, if you go to Cyclingfans.com, the other race right now is Tour de San Luis, and they carry it live most afternoons. Nothing like TdU.

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