Near Death By Meat

Oh, but it was so good.

Last night three of us went for the all-you-can-eat special at DBA Barbecue. We each had but one plate, though I helped out one of the participants by eating his final two chicken wings. When ordering your first plate of food you get a ginormous platter containing a small mound of chopped pork, five or so beef ribs, five or so smoked chicken wings, and two sides of your choosing — I chose onion rings and cole slaw. I wanted to order seconds, especially of ribs and wings, but there was no space left inside to house it. You know the oddity of it all? Even with such good food at a reasonable price most of the people in the restaurant were skinny, I would expect a deal like this to bring out the people who look as if they can really put the food away.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Standing with your toes pointed inward, lift your heels and lower them to the ground ten times.

The angle of your toes in this exercise makes your inner calf muscles do the work of raising your body up and down. Strengthening these muscles aids them in the important task of fighting gravity to keep your body upright. Inner calf muscles also give you the force you need to push off the ground when walking or running.

After last night I’m glad this exercise doesn’t involve me touching my toes.

Bring On The Storms
Whew, East Atlanta got some wet weather last night! When I arrived home I opened all the doors and the one window that has not been painted shut for more than fifteen years and did my best to drop the temperature from the 79°F at which it was when I arrived to something more comfortable. Within about thirty minutes the cross breeze dropped the temperature about two-to-three degrees, and I closed up the house and let the ceiling fan keep me comfortable. I’m still not ready to put my A/C to the test… ask me about this again next week.

Well Appointed
I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, this time with an ENT for my throat issues. Yep, it’s gotten so annoying that I have decided to see medical attention. Unless it turns out to be the worst possible news I will be satisfied to find out why I have been in so much discomfort and be on a course to rectifying this.

This morning I made a much more pleasurable appointment, to get a haircut next Wednesday evening. Hell, if all is going well I may take another shot at the all-you-can-eat special. 😉

Today’s Personal Project
Need to get some exercise this afternoon, will probably go out for a walk.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – nervous about my throat, glad that someone will be looking at it tomorrow morning
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The DaySmile makes great Mac apps, including PDF Pen, the app I will be using to fill out the “paperwork” that I’ll be taking to the doctor’s office tomorrow.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car (though I should have taken the train)
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

Foot Mileage – ~11.2 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (2 cardio)

Marta Rides To Work – 1
Bike Rides To Work – 0

May Goals
– have European trip plans 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
– go away two of the weekends

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
  3. “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
  4. “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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3 Responses to Near Death By Meat

  1. Jstevebrady says:

    Wow, what a stage yesterday. Unbelievable scenery and the break stayed away. It could have only been better if Jens had been in the break.

    Debbie’s dad is getting the pacemaker this morning. No major surgery, just a local and a 15-20 minute procedure.

    Barb, the bus would drop you off either right in front of NS or within a short walk. I think you’d adjust easily. And then we could go to lunch!!


  2. Barb says:

    A saleman that I deal with wanted to take Allan & I out for dinner, I told him it would be more fun to just get some steaks & grill them at my house & hang on the deck. So, off we went to Harry’s (aka Whole Foods), as I forgot how expensive the meat is there. The steaks were most excellent, but wow, they are pricy. I know he saved a few bucks this way (which was my intention), but not as much as I had wanted.

  3. Jenka says:

    I was THIS CLOSE to asking you to pick me up for BBQ since it’s so close to my place, but since I’m immobilized I’m on strict diet control so I don’t end up (too) fat. I’m already losing muscle, don’t want to gain fat, too. It’s differently awesome.

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