And Then There Were None…

Days that is…February 1st is upon us. Most of my co-workers have decided to take part in this health challenge and I’m stoked that they’re doing it! Hopefully between us all we have the motivation to keep everyone on track. So far only 2 of them have blogs so head on over and heckle support them.


I wrote in my last post that despite all my planning and the motivation that I feel, I still felt uneasy. This afternoon I hit why I felt that and still do. I’m giving up my best friend. I’m giving up something that has always been there for me despite everything else. through breakups, through being sad. Nothing/no one makes me feel better than food does. Yes, I’m aware that this is only 90 days and then I can eat whatever the hell I want to in whatever quantity I want. One of my favorite quotes is “Food is for fuel, not fun”. I can’t rely on anything external to make me happy be it food, drink, exercise, etc..I need to find that happiness within me. So the question I have is, how does one do that??

Today was sort of a last hurrah for the last unhealthy lunch as a team. We went to my favorite place in the world, Cherry Bomb Grill. Below is a list of what I ate:

  • 1.5 crab cakes
  • 4 deviled eggs
  • 1 hangover burger (pepper jack cheese, bloody mary mayo, avocado, and an over-easy egg)
  • full order of fries
  • krispy kreme bread pudding
  • 2 large cokes

It’s been a really long time since I’ve eaten like that and that is an extremely heavy meal for lunch. I really thought I was going to throw up on the way back to the office. I wasn’t the only one that threw down but I spent the rest of the day feeling absolutely horrible and guilty for eating so much that I was physically ill. I’ve gotten to that point more times than I can remember. For the next 90 days I will not feel that way again! To be honest at 2324 I still feel sick from lunch…Not a good feeling..Not a good feeling at all..

3 Days

I’ve got my grocery list done…Feeling good about the workout sequences…I feel mentally prepared to wake up early and knock out the workouts…Positive outlook on the first few weeks, I know I’ll be irritable but I’m not going to take it out on those around me.

I’m still feeling…out of sorts about it all…Not sure why.

By The Book

I’m committed to doing P90X by the book. With that in mind tonight was the fitness test. Here are my results with a Pass/Fail rating according to the book:

  • Resting Heart Rate: 72 (Pass. Pretty sure you just need to have a heartbeat to pass this one!)
  • Pull-up: 0 (Fail. In fact, a big fat fail on this one. Min is 3 unassisted which I couldn’t do)
  • Vertical Leap: 7in (Pass Min is 5in.)
  • Push-up: 3 (Fail Another big fat fail :-(. Min is 15 which as me concerned..That’s a pretty big gap.)
  • Toe-Touch: -5 (Pass 5in away from touching my toes. Fail was anything over -6)
  • Wall Squat: 2 min (Pass Min is 1 min with quads parallel to the floor)
  • Bicep Curls 10 with 35lbs (Pass Min is 10 curls with 20lbs)
  • In & Outs 28 (Pass Min is 25)
  • Heart Rate Maximizer HR175 @0min, HR115 @1min, HR99 @2min, HR94 @3min, HR91 @4min (Pass Complete full 2 min of jumping jacks at a steady fast pace with the last 30 seconds at sprint. HR measured immediately after and then at 1min increments.)

Overall I’m happy with the fit test. I feel like the time I’ve put in already actually has me somewhat prepared to give this my all..I actually did feel like throwing up after the 2 min of jumping jacks so I’m fairly certain that will be a familiar feeling during the next 90 days.

And Now…The Pictures..

Ugh..I really don’t want to post these here…But I told the others I would and they’re expected to upload their’s as well….So here goes…

Be warned…There be Dragons after the jump…And no, I’m not wearing the hat to try and look cool…It was early and my hair has gotten pretty long…Just covering it up…I’m going to take some better one’s once I find the battery charger to my camera..Again…There be Dragons after the jump..You’ve been warned..

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The Final Countdown

Ok..So that title sounds a bit dramatic…You may have noticed the countdown thingy over on the right side there…It’s counting down to 2/1/2011..What’s so special about that day? Well, I’m glad you asked! That’s the day that a few co-workers and I myself committed to start a 90 day workout challenge. Back in June of 2010 I took part in a 90 day challenge through work and while I finished it (admittedly not putting 100% out every day) it was tough to stay on track because I only had myself to hold accountable. I ended up losing 35lbs over that 90 day span. I probably could have lost more had I had more motivation and accountability.

I bet you’re sayiing “But you shouldn’t have to rely on other people to keep you motivated! You should just be able to do it and keep going!” I’m not wired like that. Over the last year I’ve done of a lot of self discovery and I realize that I can’t just go to the gym, and eat right day after day after day..I get bored. And getting bored causes me to slip. But as I found with the last 90 day challenge, if I know there’s an end date and something to look forward to then I’ll be more inclined to stick with the workout.

So, on 2/1/2011 I’ll be starting the workout program called P90X. And before anyone (else) comments:

Yes I know: It will be hard, I will feel like dying, I will be sore beyond belief, I will probably throw up, and yes, I’m very nervous about doing it..

I’m going to do it and I’m going to give it 120% and I’m following the plan to the letter for 90 days. I’ve never gotten a home workout so it will take some getting used to. I will be doing the pre-assessment on 1/27 and I’ll be taking some before pics tonight and posting them on here tomorrow or Monday (yes, I’m putting it off as long as possible!). I’ll also be keeping track of my planning and how I’m feeling throughout the workout. My co-workers will be doing the same on their respective blogs so look for some new links in the sidebar in the next few days.

So there you have it…The next few months this blog will see a good amount of activity so be sure to check back in!

And Now For Something Different

Very rarely have I ever written about politics (read: never) but the events in Arizona last Saturday and the fall out from that have compelled me to put virtual pen to paper.

Here’s a news flash for everyone. The left, right, center, and even sideways have *all* used this so called “death-wish-like rhetoric” at some point in time. Media outlets have spurred this on in the quest for ratings in our constant 24 hour news cycle. Don’t believe me? Google it.

Are they responsible for this nut gunning down so many people? Not fully, but possibly. I don’t think it can be ruled out 100%. Most sane people filter out this rhetoric as just something that is said to get a reaction. But how would someone as apparently unstable as this guy filter these comments? Would he feel like this pundit is calling him to arms? I don’t know.. I’m not an expert in the human psyche. But maybe, just maybe, using terms like “lock and load”, “don’t retreat, reload” could be misconstrued as a call to arms by a mentally unstable person..

I’m sickened by the way that most media is turning this into “who said the worst inflammatory thing in the past”. Turn on Fox News and you’ll hear how the Dems have threatened the GOP, turn on MSNBC and you’ll hear the exact opposite. This is not a time to point fingers. It’s the time to say “yes, we’ve said bad shit and we won’t do it again”. Most pundits haven’t done this. They’ve jumped to “protect” their candidate(s)/party. I will commend Fox News’s Roger Ailes. He told his crew to “shut up, tone it down” and “make your argument intellectually.”.

But, of course, that falls on deaf ears to some of the Fox New’s contributors such as Michelle Malkin who now feels like her right to free speech is being infringed…Give me a break. Free speech is a cornerstone of this nation, but inflammatory speech comes with consequences.

Strangely enough I think Keith Olbermann got it right in his “Special Comment” on the night of the shooting. Full video and transcript can be found at MSNBC

Finally tonight, as promised, a Special Comment on the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We need to put the guns down. Just as importantly we need to put the gun metaphors away and permanently.

Left, right, middle – politicians and citizens – sane and insane. This morning in Arizona, this age in which this country would accept “targeting” of political opponents and putting bullseyes over their faces and of the dangerous blurring between political rallies and gun shows, ended.

This morning in Arizona, this time of the ever-escalating, borderline-ecstatic invocation of violence in fact or in fantasy in our political discourse, closed. It is essential tonight not to demand revenge, but to demand justice; to insist not upon payback against those politicians and commentators who have so irresponsibly brought us to this time of domestic terrorism, but to work to change the minds of them and their supporters – or if those minds tonight are too closed, or if those minds tonight are too unmoved, or if those minds tonight are too triumphant, to make sure by peaceful means that those politicians and commentators and supporters have no further place in our system of government.

If Sarah Palin, whose website put and today scrubbed bullseye targets on 20 Representatives including Gabby Giffords, does not repudiate her own part in amplifying violence and violent imagery in politics, she must be dismissed from politics – she must be repudiated by the members of her own party, and if they fail to do so, each one of them must be judged to have silently defended this tactic that today proved so awfully foretelling, and they must in turn be dismissed by the responsible members of their own party.

If Jesse Kelly, whose campaign against Congresswoman Giffords included an event in which he encouraged his supporters to join him firing machine guns, does not repudiate this, and does not admit that even if it was solely indirectly, or solely coincidentally, it contributed to the black cloud of violence that has envellopped our politics, he must be repudiated by Arizona’s Republican Party.

If Congressman Allen West, who during his successful campaign told his supporters that they should make his opponent afraid to come out of his home, does not repudiate those remarks and all other suggestions of violence and forced fear, he should be repudiated by his constituents and the Republican Congressional Caucus.

If Sharron Angle, who spoke of “Second Amendment solutions,” does not repudiate that remark and urge her supporters to think anew of the terrible reality of what her words implied, she must be repudiated by her supporters in Nevada.

If the Tea Party leaders who took out of context a Jefferson quote about blood and tyranny and the tree of liberty do not understand – do not understand tonight, now what that really means, and these leaders do not tell their followers to abhor violence and all threat of violence, then those Tea Party leaders must be repudiated by the Republican Party.

If Glenn Beck, who obsesses nearly as strangely as Mr. Loughner did about gold and debt and who wistfully joked about killing Michael Moore, and Bill O’Reilly, who blithely repeated “Tiller the Killer” until the phrase was burned into the minds of his viewers, do not begin their next broadcasts with solemn apologies for ever turning to the death-fantasies and the dreams of bloodlust, for ever having provided just the oxygen to those deep in madness to whom violence is an acceptable solution, then those commentators and the others must be repudiated by their viewers, and by all politicians, and by sponsors, and by the networks that employ them.

And if those of us considered to be “on the left” do not re-dedicate ourselves to our vigilance to eliminate all our own suggestions of violence – how ever inadvertent they might have been then we too deserve the repudiation of the more sober and peaceful of our politicians and our viewers and our networks.

Here, once, in a clumsy metaphor, I made such an unintended statement about the candidacy of then-Senator Clinton. It sounded as if it was a call to physical violence. It was wrong, then. It is even more wrong tonight. I apologize for it again, and I urge politicians and commentators and citizens of every political conviction to use my comment as a means to recognize the insidiousness of violent imagery, that if it can go so easily slip into the comments of one as opposed to violence as me, how easily, how pervasively, how disastrously can it slip into the already-violent or deranged mind?

For tonight we stand at one of the clich├ęd crossroads of American history. Even if the alleged terrorist Jared Lee Loughner was merely shooting into a political crowd because he wanted to shoot into a political crowd, even if he somehow was unaware who was in the crowd, we have nevertheless for years been building up to a moment like this.

Assume the details are coincidence. The violence is not. The rhetoric has devolved and descended, past the ugly and past the threatening and past the fantastic and into the imminently murderous.

We will not return to the 1850s, when a pro-slavery Congressman nearly beat to death an anti-slavery Senator; when an anti-slavery madman cut to death with broadswords pro-slavery advocates.

We will not return to the 1960s, when with rationalizations of an insane desire for fame, or of hatred, or of political opposition, a President was assassinated and an ultra-Conservative would-be president was paralyzed, and a leader of peace was murdered on a balcony.
We will not.

Because tonight, what Mrs. Palin, and what Mr. Kelly, and what Congressman West, and what Ms. Angle, and what Mr. Beck, and what Mr. O’Reilly, and what you and I must understand, was that the man who fired today did not fire at a Democratic Congresswoman and her supporters.

He was not just a mad-man incited by a thousand daily temptations by slightly less-mad-men to do things they would not rationally condone.

He fired today into our liberty and our rights to live and to agree or disagree in safety and in freedom from fear that our support or opposition will cost us our lives or our health or our sense of safety. The bullseye might just as well have been on Mrs. Palin, or Mr. Kelly, or you, or me. The wrong, the horror, would have been – could still be just as real and just as unacceptable.

At a time of such urgency and impact, we as Americans – conservative or liberal – should pour our hearts and souls into politics. We should not – none of us, not Gabby Giffords and not any Conservative – ever have to pour our blood. And every politician and commentator who hints otherwise, or worse still stays silent now, should have no place in our political system, and should be denied that place, not by violence, but by being shunned and ignored.

It is a simple pledge, it is to the point, and it is essential that every American politician and commentator and activist and partisan take it and take it now, I say it first, and freely:

Violence, or the threat of violence, has no place in our Democracy, and I apologize for and repudiate any act or any thing in my past that may have even inadvertently encouraged violence. Because for whatever else each of us may be, we all are Americans

I stopped watching the 24 hour news channels because of the constant cycle of making mountains out of molehills and the constant use of inflammatory speech. I distinctly remember the first time I heard a talking head allude to Presidential assassination. I remember the disgust I felt for that host and that news channel to allow such speech. We as a country are heading down a very dangerous path. I have a feeling it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

New TV Goodness

I decided to take advantage of the after xmas sales and pick up a new TV. My old TV was hanging in just great but it was close to 6 years old and getting a bit long in the tooth. I’ve been waiting for LED-LCD tech to hit the market and become affordable. I kind of figured when I got my new work laptop with a shiny LED screen it was time to check back into the TV market.

Over the holidays I scoured the interwebs and hit a lot of brick and mortar stores trying to find the perfect combination of features vs price. I found it in the 46″ Samsung Series 6300 LED TV. This thing has everything I was looking for and some that I wasn’t looking for. I knew I wanted full HD with a lot of HDMI ports. Here are some quick stats on the new TV:

  • LED-LCD screen (Picture quality is simply amazing!)
  • Full HD 1080p at 120Hz
  • This sucker is only 1.17″ deep!!
  • 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports

It also has a builtin media player so you can hook up a usb key with a bunch of mp3’s and the TV will sort them and you can use the remote to play them. In messing around I figured I’d hook my phone up and see if the TV would pick it up..Sure enough since I have music and a couple of movies on my phone the TV asked me if I wanted to listen to music or watch a movie…Pretty damn cool if I do say so.

My old TV was a Samsung and I was thoroughly pleased with it so when I found this TV I knew it was going to kick ass…I just didn’t realize how much. Overall I’m very impressed. Hopefully it will last me 6 or 7 more years!