To quote the great bard Thom Yorke of Radiohead:
You do it to yourself, you do
And that’s what really hurts
Is that you do it to yourself
Just you, you and no one else
You do it to yourself
You do it to yourself.. yourself.. yourself..
Today’s Daily Challenge
Get on hands and knees, engage abs, raise knee to chest, lift thigh out, and kick leg back.
This exercise helps to stabilize your spine and strengthen your core. A strong core protects your back from injury and helps you with everyday activities that involve bending or stretching. You should also feel a good stretch in your thigh as you move it to the side.
I did my best impersonation of a person trying to get into better shape last night. Given the weather conditions I correctly predicted that the LA Fitness in Brookhaven would be crowded when I arrived, but just who are these people that can get to a gym before 4:30pm? Do they not have jobs too?
The best I could muster was forty-five minutes of hard cycling on a stationary bike. It may have been a tad toasty in LA Fitness because I was dripping sweat eight minutes into my ride to nowhere. By the time I had completed my second twenty-minute sprint, and then allowed myself five minutes of cool-down I was more than ready to dismount.
I followed up my good work with a little St Patty’s Day celebration at There in Brookhaven which is a few doors down from LA Fitness. I planned
on having, um, to have, a Reuben (for the corned beef of course) but when I saw the table topper telling me that if I ordered a bison or grass-fed hamburger any time from 5:00-close on a Monday night that I could get my first Monday Night Brewing beer for $1, I changed my plan. The grass-fed burger was tasty, as were the two Monday Night Eye Patch IPAs that I consumed.
While sitting at the bar gazing around the room I exchanged a few text messages with my boss and decided to meet him and a former coworker later in the evening.
I had two hours to kill between the time I left There and arrived at Benchwarmers. I spent some time nursing a Venti coffee at Starbucks and doing a little shopping (well, more like virtual-window shopping) at Target. Did you know the Target at Briarcliff / North Druid Hills is open until 11pm every night except Sunday? I did not. Had I updated my shopping list properly I could have made the trip to Target productive instead of spending so much time staring at the HDTVs that I refuse to let myself buy until I move out of East Atlanta.
At Benchwarmers I had a single Fat Tire before heading home far later than I should of on a Monday night. I think my head hit the pillow around midnight.
I have been paying for this “pretending to be young again” attitude this morning.
Today’s Personal Project
Take care of some critical paperwork.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – worn out
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – I hate the office environment in which I work. I love having the White Noise app at my disposal to drown out the conversations around me. Yesterday I found out about the White Noise Market, from which I can download additional sound files.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – stationary bike, 45 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – Arg, I keep forgetting to jump on the scale
Foot Mileage – ~3.9 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 5 (5 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– have Austin CocoaConf trip plans in place (new)
– exercise no fewer than twenty days (new)
– ride my bike no fewer than five times (new)
– have European trip plans in place, if not carved in stone
– 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
– publish an app to the iOS AppStore
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
- “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
- “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon