Ow, Ow, And Ow

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.

Sounds kinky.

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.

And Ow
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

March Goals
– 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

  1. “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
  2. “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to Ow, Ow, And Ow

  1. And a “Duh” for yesterday as well. I’m almost five years late to the party of finding out that Patrick Swayze has died. I must have been busy with other things when this news broke back in September 1999 2009.

  2. Steve says:

    -and that last bit of random trivia is relevant, how?

    It was hard to be joyous yesterday, but we celebrated St. Patricks Day in the traditional way- Mexican! Hey, margaritas are green.

    A 20 minute “sprint”? Are you riding a pre-programmed workout or making it up as you go along? What’s your heartrate doing through all of this?

    Happy moving day Martha!! Welcome HOME!


  3. Relevance, when has that been necessary for this space? 🙂 I just had no idea he had died and his widow was on TV yesterday.

    I thought about Mexican too, but There was not crowded so it seemed sufficient.

    First twenty minutes was on “Random” the second on “Fat Burning”. If you believe those hand heart rate monitors I was in the range of 150-165 nearly the whole time.

  4. Barb says:

    We made our own version of mexican food at the house last night, I’d had a pork dish called chili verde recently & tried to re-create it in the crock pot. It came out good, but not as good as the dish the restaurant (mine was bland in comparision). Allan’s parents came over for dinner, so the less spicy was better for them.

    I can’t believe you didn’t know Patrick Swayze died. I think his wife was getting remaried recently & people we making a big deal about her moving on. I was like, its been years – let her have a life!

    the lovely weather today is making me glad I decied to skip The Ride to the Capitol today.

  5. Yeah, today’s weather definitely makes me wonder why the organizers choose this time of year to the do the ride to the capital.

    Also apropos to nothing in today’s blog: I was considering buying a Fitbit Force (the one with the time display) only to find out that Fitbit recently recalled all of them because some people’s wrists were breaking out in rashes because of them. Sometimes it’s good not to be on the cutting edge.

  6. Barb says:

    I like my fitbit flex, its a nice toy.

  7. martha says:

    What year do you think it is Paulie? 1999 was not five years ago, even if it seems like it.

    Last night was a late night of packing and moving…the professionals showed up bright and early to move the big stuff. I’d say we’re about 95% finished moving, and about 5% finished unpacking…*SIGH*…totally worth it!! 🙂 Lowe’s and Comcast are both coming out this afternoon, so I’m going to clean up a little more here at East Side then head back with another load. If anyone wants to swing by, I’ll be around most of today, tomorrow and the weekend. I’ll give you the nickle tour.

    Steve and Debbie, I’m so, so sorry to hear about Satchmo. Bless you both for your one last selfless act. I’m sure he’s happy and healthy over the rainbow bridge.

  8. Wait, he died in 1999? My mind must have read it as 2009. Wait again, according to Wikipedia he died in September 2009, which is almost five years ago. Wait again again, I just corrected the original comment. 😉

    Steve & Debbie, since I don’t do the Facebooks I’m just now realizing what happened yesterday. Satchmo was an interesting little fuzzball of a dog, I’m sorry about your loss.

  9. Steve says:

    His sometimes charming, sometimes snarly self, will be permanently watching over the pool and the barn. It is always hard, but certainly the right thing. Debbie says better to be a little quick than to let them suffer for a moment too long.

  10. Barb says:

    Martha – I can’t wait to get the nickle tour – not sure when though.

  11. Jenka says:

    Really sorry about your dog, Steve and Debbie! It’s unfathomable how to say goodbye to a beloved pet, but good for you for doing the right thing.

    Re: “planning to have a Reuben”: my work here is done. *Curtsy and exit*

  12. Barb says:

    hey Jenka – we are going camping this weekend, I know you want to join us….. I know how much you love that sort of thing. Probbly do some hiking too.

    Paulie – did you ever decide if you are going to join us?

  13. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Barb, I don’t think I am going to make it this weekend.

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