Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Breaking a rule

I used to have a rule that stated, " I don't pay for pain".
It was a great rule, but looking back I've probably broken it more than I should have.

Sometimes, paying for pain was great for me, like some of the epic rides I've done.

But now, that rule is sitting in the corner mocking me.

I took off work early today using PTO to go study. I found my way to a coffee shop and one large and one small latte later I'd made it through 3 hours of accounting in the coffee shop and 2 hours of a group study session for economics.

I'm getting ready to start another hour (i hope thats all it takes) to get completely caught up on all the homework. *I know I shouldn't have gotten behind, a work trip to New Orleans didn't help that any, and missing the first class, but I'm almost caught up* I won't get behind again, and I'm already feeling better because I understand a point that was confusing me earlier this week.

However lets count the ways I'm paying for my pain
1. Tuition
2. Books
3. Coffee (and I usually don't drink coffee)
4. PTO (shouldn't you be doing something fun whenever possible while using time off)

Are there more?

In all seriousness I'm glad that I'm doing my MBA, and I know in the grand scheme of life that the few years put in to get it isn't such a long time. But I sure hope that having this degree pays off sometime in the future.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Hell Week

I had a great work trip to New Orlenas last weekend but thats a different post, maybe if my sporadic blogging keeps up at its current pace.

Anyway, this week is going to be one hell of a week to get through and I am currently writing because I don't have the motivation to do anything else.

Today started with a meeting in Winston Salem with a potential sponsor/3rd party event. Bad news is that I was forgotten about, the good news is that the guy feels like shit and will probably be even more willing to get his stores to do a killer fundraiser. This whole thing was his idea to start with anyway!

1st latte (and I don't drink much coffee), guess I'm still feeling the effects of a super busy 3.5 days in the big easy. (no I didn't get trashed on bourbon street, but i did walk miles and miles and miles)

Get back to work in the boro and almost forgot about lunch (rare feat right there), emails to follow up with, #'s updates to prepare for the board, intern projects to assign, etc

quick lunch

conference call 1-2

try to fit another 10 things in between 2-3

2nd latte (thanks to a awesome intern who was heading out to run a climb ms errand)

3-4 facilatate a regional breakout conference call. I got good feedback on facilitating the call, even though I did rely heavily on bethany to fill in some dead space. Its all good thought b/c her chapter does some great things with walk and bike recruitment.

4- 4:30, add things to tomorrow calender

rest of the day, talked to mark

5:30-7:30 Make up accounting class for a few of us who couldn't make the scheduled make up on friday due to snow last monday

I really tried to do some other work, MS stuff, homework, Hill Event Photography stuff, but I just couldn't get started on anything so I watched NCIS: LA and am about to call it a night. I'm gonna need some sleep the rest of the work week is busy with more climb and walk stuff rolling of the presses hot and heavy and my remaining week nights look something like this:

wed night: committee meeting
thursday night: class - economics
friday night: class - accounting ( to make up for monday's class being cancelled by MLK day)

Can't wait for the weekend!
Saturday I have a movie date with my beautiful wife.
Sunday will be spent trying to get ready for mondays accounting class.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Just another day in the saddle

If today was a tour de france stage it'd be one of those stages where not much happens and phil and paul get to tell us about the history, buildings, wines, etc. It was a long but mostly dull day. If that doesn't entice you to read the rest I don't know what will!

I woke up and thought, oh man, what was I thinking. I was sore for the first little bit but a little stretching and a hot shower helped that out.

The scale and I had another agreeable morning, which was nice and I hope it continues.

Today seemed to take forever at work and I think it was because I was starving all morning and should have eaten a little more at breakfast after the monster workout yesterday. And secondly because I ate lunch at my desk. I did scoot out a little early because of that so it wasn't all bad.

Played a little Bond on the Wii before heading to the Y for an extra 20 minutes of spin before the class started. Ended up with 65 minutes tonight and 27.5 miles on the spin bike. Now if I could only ride that fast consistently outdoors.

Nothing extra exciting about today. Looking forward to see if the scale and I will still be on good terms in the morning. I've lost enough weight now to feel like I have good momentum to keep it up. And lets not forget there's a whopping $10 bucks on the line!

I'm heading to New Orleans for work next thur-sat, if anyone's been what are your recommendations for MUST SEE places or things? I will obviously visit bourbon street, and I know as a group we're taking a ghost tour friday night but otherwise I'm open to suggestions.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Huff vs. Hill & What Was I Thinking

Updates from 1/1-1/4

So finally after to much crappy Holiday Eating I'm below where I started on this Huff vs. Hill journey. After some poor decision, regarding eating way to much and gaining weight to where I was at my heavist since 2006(but only for a day and I'll blame the ammount of sodium in the bbq for the extreme water retention that day). Since our contest ends on the 13th I'll keep you in suspense for what I weigh until then but if things keep going as well as they have the past few days I'll be very happy.

New Years eve was nice and low key, we had Jeremy and Aliceson over for dinner and the night. Jeremy and I spent most of the night playing golden eye for Wii while Tara and Aliceson watched old home movies from their college days. We all stopped and watched the tv show/ball drop for around 20 minutes and then went back to video games / memory lane tripping, etc. I guess we are just a bunch of old married folks. Speaking of, our first Christmas and New Years being married were fantastic. I could imagine spending my life with anyone else.

I got the New Year off to a great start with my Dad and we rode 25 miles in the Cycles de Oro Polar Bear Ride. It was a great ride and I'm looking forward to a great year in the saddle.

I took sunday 1/2 off to rest and be lazy.

1/3 I did great nutritionally and had a nice spin class.

1/4 - What Was I Thinking??? At lunch today a group of us went to do some Climb MS training at the Library at UNCG. I went to do 3 sets and thats what I did, some of the folks did four or five trips up the 10.5 floors of the Library. I only did 3 because I knew I had a back to back spin class mission for tonight.

Dave's Power Cycle was up first and it lived up to its name. Hard, fast and a drenching workout. Daves is the Hard class out of the 3 spin instructors. I stayed on the bike until the next class started and Kory took us through a great workout. The first half of class was sprints, the last half was hill climbs (he puts your seat all the way down so there's no sitting for the last 20 minutes). What a workout tonight!

As for the what was I thinking? I was was thinking that it would be one hell of a spin workout doing back to back w/ no rest between and I was right. You might expect me to say I was crazy, I'm sore, or dying, etc, but I love riding and although this doesn't compare hardly at all to being outside, its cold and dark out there. I will be back for some more Tuesday Night Torture from Dave & Kory. I'm so glad I don't have class on Tuesdays for that reason, and after it gets warm my group ride is Tuesday night.

Its a good feeling when your nutrition is spot on, even if you don't get to workout, you can look forward to your meeting with the scale. Wish me luck! I've got pride and $10 bucks riding on this challenge with Huff.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Something Borrowed = Inspiration

I received an email forward over the weekend that I just loved and I wanted to share. Her advice was to read this once a week and I just might try it!

Happy New Year!!

> Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer,
>Cleveland , Ohio
> "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life
>taught me.
> It is the most-requested column I've ever written."
> My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once
> 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
> 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
> 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
> 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends
>and parents will. Stay in touch.
> 5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
> 6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
> 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
> 8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
> 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
> 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
> 11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
> 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
> 13.. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their
>journey is all about.
> 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
> 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry;
>God never blinks.
> 16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
> 17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
> 18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
> 19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second
>one is up to you and no one else.
> 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take
>no for an answer.
> 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.
>Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
> 22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
> 23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
> 24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
> 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
> 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years,
>will this matter?'
> 27. Always choose life.
> 28. Forgive everyone everything.
> 29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
> 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
> 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
> 32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
> 33. Believe in miracles.
> 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything
>you did or didn't do.
> 35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
> 36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
> 37. Your children get only one childhood.
> 38.. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
> 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
> 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,
>we'd grab ours back..
> 41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
> 42. The best is yet to come.
> 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
> 44. Yield.
> 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."