I’m once again sniffling as if I have a cocaine habit. However, one look at my overweight, currently lethargic body will convince anyone otherwise.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Standing with your hands against a wall, pinch together and widen your shoulder blades five times.
This Pilates-inspired exercise strengthens the muscle on the side of your chest along your ribcage, called the serratus anterior. This muscle controls the movement of your shoulder blade. Keeping it strong helps you reach something on a high shelf, throw a ball, or hang laundry.
Back To The Norm For One Night
The boss and I played over ninety minutes of smack-it ball last night, before going to our local Taco Mac (where he has completely usurped my popularity) for a few pops with dinner. I attempted to eat better by ordering a Cobb salad, but really can a salad with grilled chicken, bacon, a hardboiled egg, and blue cheese crumbles really be called “healthy”? Perhaps it was slightly healthier than the food I normally consume when out.
Upon arriving home I had barely enough time to fetch the recycling can, my mail, and hang up my wet clothes before passing out on the bed. So much for “productivity”.
I need to find an alternative to racquetball for exercise as I seem to be hurting my elbow a bit by playing.
My Return To Local Theatre
Tonight I’ll be making an appearance at Horizon Theatre for “Cowgirls”. Due to circumstances both in and out of my control this will be the first time I’ve visited Horizon in probably a year. It’s not that I’m really excited to see a country music musical, but I am excited to support local theatre again.
The Planning Has Finally Begun
I’ve been putting off the planning of my European trip for too long. Yesterday I finally started making some arrangements but have a ton of things to research before I depart. It’s not like I haven’t had ten months to plan, other things (mostly work) kept interrupting my planning.
Of course I will accept any suggestions you might have for things I should see in Belgium, Germany, as wells as Netherlands or France. The latter two countries are “if I have the time” destinations, the former two are definite.
Today’s Personal Project
Must clean up parts of my house, mainly the kitchen.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sniffly and sleepy, I’m like two dwarves
Current Music – silence at the moment
Website Of The Day – While I find Paper Cup Project‘s website navigation annoying, I find the artwork they are creating fascinating.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – racquetball, >90 minutes
Morning Weigh-In – 217 pounds (2014-06-14)
Foot Mileage – ~10.5 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~33.0 miles
Gym Visits – 6 (6 cardio)
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– 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
- “Johnny Carson” by Henry Bushkin
- “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon
- “Chaos: Making a New Science” by James Gleick
- “What’s So Funny?: My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway