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Now I am at long last only about seven pounds shy of my goal, and yet, while the size 14s are falling off and size 12 is loose, I'm still not really in my size 8-10s, much less the odd size 6 I used to be able to wear. And why? Because I have not been able to get to the gym with any regularity. I always stressed the importance of exercise in my weight loss program, now I have absolute proof. When I last weighed this much, I could at least wear size 10. I really can't now (at least, not comfortably). While I do try to walk most days, and I'm doing a few reps with my hand weights, I haven't been doing a concentrated, 60-minute workout (weights and cardio) three to four times a week. BIG freaking difference. They have finally reduced the overtime call, so it may be I can get back to a regular workout schedule soon (and goodness knows I want to -- I'm giving them money every month, I'd like to get some use out of it).

I have had SOMETHING for the last two weeks involving a sore throat and extreme fatigue, which curtailed my plan to get back to the gym starting Wednesday. I've barely been able to get my butt out of bed to go to work. It started last week, but faded away over the weekend; I was full of energy on Tuesday, and then Wednesday, WHAM. Thursday and Friday I really didn't feel all that well, but getting up and moving around actually felt good, so I did. Besides, I haven't called in sick in over a year, so it's becoming a point of pride (not to mention I'd have lost the overtime I worked Monday and Tuesday -- paid sick leave turns overtime hours into regular hours).

Last week my buddy Dave Insley came back to town for a show, on a Sunday night -- I made myself go, because I haven't seen him since he moved to Austin some years back, and enjoyed myself tremendously. The boys who opened for him appeared to be a local gay-friendly (very gay) Americana thrash band, who had scores of loyal fans (it looked like Pride in there) who mostly cleared out when they finished and left Dave's pals and us old-timers who'd been following him for years. I managed to hang until just past midnight and had to give up. Gone are my days of staying at the honky-tonks until 3am (at least, on a Sunday night). I couldn't help but wonder if I picked up something then.

Next Sunday (the 7th), I am flying to Dallas to observe the rollout of our Quality Assurance program in our Central office, in order to bring back insights for when we roll it out here in West. I wish Austin was closer to Dallas.


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Sep. 29th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
congrats on being that close to the goal and good luck finding ways to work in exercise.

glad you had fun at the concert

ANd I hear you. I feel awful today. Thank god it's today and not yesterday. feel better
Sep. 29th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope I can (perfect storm, sickness and lack of time).

Hooray for Saturdays.
Sep. 29th, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better, and have a great trip to Dallas.
Sep. 29th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
WTG on the weight loss! I wish I had the motivation to do something about my weight. I've gained a good 6 pounds since I broke my ankles, which I hope I'll start losing during PT, since it'll at some point involve walking and other weight-strengthening exercises.

Boo on the sick. I hope you feel better soon. There's nothing more annoying than an illness you think you got over coming back with a vengeance after a couple of fantastic days.

Ah, Dallas. As an Austinite, I ALWAYS felt like Dallas should be closer to Austin. I can't explain to people in any other state what it's like to live in a place where it takes at least 6 hours to get to any other state. When an Austinite takes a weekend vacation, it's almost always to Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio, because it's just too damn expensive to either fly somewhere, or ridiculous to drive for so long to get somewhere outside of Texas, because it eats up at least 12 hours round-trip of your time. You can get from Dallas to Austin in about 3 1/2-4 hours depending on your speed and whether there's construction. If you have the time, I say do it. :D
Sep. 30th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
If I HAD the time, I surely would do it, because I want to see Austin like CRAZY. Unfortunately, since it IS a work trip, I will be working days, and there is no way to drive at least 7 hours (there and back again) and actually be able to DO anything. Ah, well. I'll see what I can of Dallas, at least.
Sep. 30th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
If you have time, I recommend visiting the aquarium. It's really spiffy and easy to get to. The art museum is pretty cool, too.

Sep. 30th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
We shall see. I doubt I'll have much time for sight-seeing, alas. Mostly I expect to see the inside of our office there!
Sep. 30th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Darn! I wish I could have seen Dave, for old times' sake.
Sep. 30th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
He says he'll be back soon, so maybe he'll perform on a less terrible night than Sunday!
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