I Won’t Bore You With Details

(there is a first for everything)

I spent two hours performing “research” yesterday by watching Apple’s WWDC keynote. I left the television awed and realizing that this dinosaur is about to learn a new programming language — Swift. I’m excited for, and nervous about, the future all at once.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Decide whether you’re having a meal or a snack before you begin eating.

The choices we make about what and how much to eat change based on what’s going on around us. For instance, you may think of crackers you eat from a bag while running errands as a snack, while crackers on a plate alongside some soup become a meal. We tend to eat more during meals than snacks, but the distinction isn’t always clear. How you perceive an eating occasion can affect what you eat later in the day or the types of foods you choose.

There’s a difference? Perhaps this is why I can’t lose weight any longer.

Somebody Grab A Snapshot
You know me, I am far from health conscious when I eat. However, what you may not know about me is that I avoid eating at fast food places because I generally don’t wish to support them. Imagine your surprise had you seen me walk in to (or out of) the local Chipotle “Mexican Grill” for lunch yesterday.

The weather was perfect and I failed to bring food for lunch so I decided to join my coworkers on their pilgrimage to Chipotle. I ordered a “burrito bowl” with beef and all the fixings and a side of chips and guacamole. As fast food goes this wasn’t bad, though it wasn’t exactly cheap either, costing me nearly $10 (American).

[update: funny. not minutes after posting today’s entry I received my daily email from Thrillist in which they highlight one of their articles “16 Things You Didn’t Know About Chipotle”]

More Like Smackitball
I don’t know what was wrong with me yesterday but I had a completely off day playing racquetball. I miss-hit balls all day; once I even missed the ball completely and it hit me in the face. Perhaps it’s time for me to replace the grip tape on my racquet since it felt as if the racquet turned in my hand on several of my miss-hits.

It’s a darn good thing my boss and I aren’t keeping score because I would have been summarily beaten in every game. At one point I was so frustrated with my efforts that I started to try and hit the ball as hard as I possibly could without regard to how high on the wall it struck. Hey, I burned more energy by playing angry, right?

At the end of one rally (for lack of a better term) I looked up to see some faces looking in our window. Obviously these weren’t fans, or people looking for pointers, so the must be waiting to take over our court. How nearly ninety minutes can transpire in what seems like thirty minutes I will never understand.

As we do the benefits of the workout were undone by a trip to a local watering hole, last night’s selection was the nearby Tilted Kilt. Hey, I walked from my car to Tilted Kilt and back, that burned a calorie or two, right?

I Think I Figured Out How Doctors Afford Ferraris
Last night I received a bill in the mail. It turns out that my thirty-minute visit to the ENT is going to cost me $350 out of pocket, this after my 80%/20% split with insurance, and accounting for their “discounted contracted rates”. Geez, for that kind of money I am going to hold him accountable for fixing my throat issues.

Getting sick or having genetic deficiencies are really bad financial moves.

Thankfully I still have money left in my Health Savings Account otherwise I’d burning a few more “anger” calories today.

Today’s Personal Project
I’d like to read the Swift Programming Language book put out by Apple yesterday.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, still fighting the good fight even though I’m seeing little improvement.
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – The friendly young lady who served us last night also is a ballerina with Atlanta Festival Dance.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, ~90 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – 216 pounds (2014-05-30)

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~33.0 miles
Gym Visits – 1 (1 cardio)

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

June 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
– 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 I Won’t Bore You With Details

  1. Steve says:

    I think you and your boss need to have a little heart to heart… this co-dependancy of exercise and drinking needs to stop. Pick one or the other please!!

    I’ve been frustrated all morning by a cabling problem I can’t figure out and I’m turning it over to the in-house electrician. Either I’ve lost my touch, or there is something strange going on and I can’t see it. Or both.

    Hopefully if the weather holds, I’ll take a little bike ride after work. This vacation stuff has put a serious crimp in my regular workout routine and I’m enjoying getting back in the habit.


  2. Martha says:

    Really? My visits to the sleep doctor start at $340 then discounted to $139…I have to pay that until my deductible is paid, the it will be about $28 (20%).

    I’m slowly recovering from the weekend. It’s only Tuesday but work is kicking my ass, which isn’t helping.

  3. Barb says:

    Busy day, roadtripped over to Peach Auto get an oil change for the CRV. I love those guys, I just tell them I’m coming, they stop what they are doing & do my oil change, I guess they appreciate all the referrals I’ve given them over the years. I do think Robin RB & House of Boobs are getting to be more favored than me, since they live close, they are in there all the time.

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