June 30, 2011
The day started on a slightly downward note. I haven’t weighed myself in two days and was expecting to see a good weight loss number on the scale. I gained one-pound since the last time I weighed. Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting that.
It was another busy day at MSC.
This morning I stopped and picked up a couple chicken & biscuit sandwiches at Chick-Fil-A before going into work. This turned out to be a HUGE mistake. My jaw hit the floor once I got home and looked up the calories; those two small sandwiches weigh in at nearly 860 kcals!!! To add insult to injury a customer offered me a soda out of a machine. Once I said yes, he told me he did not know how to load the machine and the beverage would be a mystery flavor. I was hoping for a diet soda, but sure enough, it shot out an orange Sunkist at a whopping 260 kcals. At the time I didn’t know how bad the chicken biscuits were, so I indulged in the soda.
Once I entered my intake for the day I realized I had exceeded my daily calories, which meant no dinner for me.
Typical of a busy day, I burned a ton of calories at work. Once I got home I ran one-mile and walked two-miles. It’s getting easier to walk a sub-17 minute per mile pace.
The run was absolutely perfect. No aches or pains. Blazer stayed beside me flawlessly, which kept my stride nice & smooth. Even the pace was speedier than usual. Just before running I had “dirt thrown in my face”, figuratively. The run did its magic to me and I’m back on top of the world again. There is nothing better than running when everything goes right.
June 29, 2011
The second day wasn’t as tough as the first, giving the fact that I was able to wear cargo shorts and a light-weight golf shirt. There was an equal amount of driving as compared to warehouse work.
I’m logging BIG deficits when I work at MSC. Today I will be near -4,900 kcals burned. The only formal training included walking one-mile along the bayou loop.
I amended my Bodybugg goals. Unfortunately, they’re not exactly what I wanted, but close enough. My new goals consist of the following parameters:
Dailey burn: -4,500 kcals
Calorie intake: +2,100 kcals
Dailey deficit: -2,400 kcals (-4.8 lbs/week)
I've exceeded my goals for today. I figure the overage will help off-set my weekly “free-meal” and keep everything in "check".
June 28, 2011
Bike (spin bike):
I wasn’t paying attention while cooking dinner and my calories went over, but only 86 kcals.
I’m in the process of resetting my goals, but the Bodybugg doesn’t want to accept the number(s) I want. Once I get the program set I will post on my blog.
June 27, 2011
Being a fireman doesn’t burn many calories. Yesterday and today I was working “real” manual labor jobs and the Bodybugg has the high numbers to prove it. With my OCD, the numbers are bitter-sweet. I like the fact that I’m far exceeding my calorie burn/daily deficit, but I like adding formal training into my log. Working on sprinklers or in a warehouse will not make me a better runner. At least I am certain to lose more weight, which makes running and other sports a lot easier.
Blazer and I walked a speedy mile on the bayou trail. I wonder how far I could continue the 16:30 pace?
My goal is to have a daily calorie deficit of -2,000 kcals. Here’s a record of the last three days:
Saturday -2,283 kcals
Sunday -2,973 kcals
Monday -2,820 kcals (probably more when I sync the BB tomorrow and view the numbers)
If these high numbers continue I might increase my daily deficit goal to 2,250 - 2,500/day.
This morning I had a good weigh-in. In the last 29 days I have lost 24.5 lbs and I've finally started wearing smaller pants. If only I could have a few more months like this!
June 26, 2011
Keeping with routine, I decided to log one-hour of cardio. Walk and small run on bayou trail with Blazer, followed by 28-minutes on the spin bike. Everything went well and now I’m proudly posting a massive calorie burn/calorie deficit; 4,731, and -2,740 respectively.
Insomnia has been kicking my ass this week. With a little luck I will get a solid night of sleep before starting my new part-time job in the morning.
Bike (spin bike):
Good friend Josh is in the hospital with his wife. It sounds like they will meet their little bundle of joy a couple weeks sooner than expected. If momma can wait till mid-night, the baby and Josh will celebrate a birthday, what else could be better!?!?
June 25, 2011
Yesterday’s free-meal put me at a surplus for the first time since I started using my Bodybugg SP. Luckily I was able to keep the surplus under 300 kcals.
Something in my diet is causing insomnia, which means I didn’t get much sleep last night. These two issues reflected poorly on the scale.
Walked on the treadmill for 24-minutes, ran for six minutes, and finished the day with 60-minutes on my new spin bike. I traded my CycleOps Fluid II bike trainer for the entry level spin bike. The spin bike is an enjoyable, yet tough workout. Even though the unit is heavy, I plan on bringing my spin bike to work on occasion.
16.7 1 miles
June 23, 2011
By 4pm I had only burned 2,000 of the 4,000 calories needed to reach my daily goal. I walked on the treadmill for nearly 1.5 hours and ran for eight minutes. My knees felt good, especially during the run. I’m ready to run further, but I’m TRYING to have patience. A couple hours later I noticed my toe pain creeping back. I’ve been on the treadmill two days in a roll, which might be the root cause of the pain.
I was off duty at 6pm and on the bayou trail before 7pm. The temperatures are cooler, but the humidity was higher. I’d prefer it the other way around for sure. I walked an additional 4.5 miles and still didn’t make my burn, although I should be close. It is hard to accept this because I walked nearly ten miles. Hopefully I hit my burn before the day’s end.
Over the last couple weeks I’ve seen a young female running on the bayou trail. She sticks out a little, because she is a barefoot runner. While walking my trail loops, I watched her run up and down the bayou embankments more times than I can count. She looked so graceful and athletic. The sight of her effortlessly running hill repeats was awe-inspiring. She’s seen Blazer and me several times on the trail and now she waves and says hello as she passes by. Tonight I asked her what she was training for and she replied, “Nothing really, I just want to make sure I get a good night’s sleep”. It is amazing to watch a well trained athlete in motion.
I'm glad to report that Blazer survived while I was at work. The next door neighbor kept a close eye on her and other than repeatedly knocking over her water bucket, she did fine.
June 22, 2011
At work today.
The Houston area FINALLY saw some rain today. It’s been so long since the last significant rain, that it seemed like an odd occurrence.
I struggled to hit my calorie burn. I’m not sure how close the numbers will be, but I think I’m behind by a couple hundred calories.
Walked on the treadmill for nearly two hours and rode a recumbent bike for 30 minutes.
June 21, 2011
After a big meal and lots of rest I was ready to tackle the remaining cardio. Everything clicked this evening and I felt like a new man. No pain whatsoever. My walk pace for 2.7 miles was 16:29!!! The short six-minute run went exceptionally well too. I’m starting to feel like my old self; even my running pace was quicker than prior runs. It’s great to see performance improvements AND weight loss. Gotta love positive progress. Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty damn good right now!
Walk (both walks combined):
June 20, 2011
The band is quite comfortable, much more comfortable than I expected.
The iPhone application is not a “true” sync. The unit will send foods to the server, but it is a lengthy process. The ONLY way to upload data to the server (for you to monitor on the computer) is to manually upload via USB cable. This part is time consuming, but I’ve gotten use to it.
The software does not support Google Chrome, which is my preferred internet browser. I had lots of problems before technical support determined the issue. Now I have a second firefox browser, which I find inconvenient.
The real time data displayed on the app is not entirely accurate. If you read the calorie burn on the app, then upload the data immediately afterwards the numbers will not match. Customer service said this is a known issue. They suggest I use the number uploaded by the usb cable. Be careful if you are close to your goal, because the number is always lower (50-100) than what the app reads.
The software seems a bit buggy, but appears to function correctly is you follow an EXACT protocol.
The program does not allow you to log food for the next day. This would be ideal for me to do when I have to work at the fire department, because I usually pack my meals and don’t have time to log the food.
The armband unit is NOT water proof. I’d like to know how many calories are expended while swimming, but this is not an option… other than manually entering the data.
Able to upload food via the app, but it takes a little navigating.
The online program will not allow you to record your body weight more than once a week, which seems to be logical and beneficial to OCD'ers like me. Body fat percentage can only be recorded once every two weeks.
There are lots of online tutorials and PDF files to read on the main page. Some of the stuff was reasonably beneficial.
Everyone online praised the coaching session. I had my consultation this morning and it was lame. The “coach” seemed rushed and didn’t tell me much more than I already knew. Many of the people said their session lasted 45+ minutes. I was done in less than 15-minutes.
Even with these minor flaws, I’ve been overly impressed with the unit, there again; I’m a sports technology geek. I’ve learned a lot about my calorie burn. The scale mirrors the program, which is all the proof I need to validate the product.
I’ve been concerned about the low calorie burn while cycling, but the BB coach stated the unit is not as accurate with cycling as it is with other activities because cycling is vastly done by the lower body. hmmm.....
Tip: Buy a second strap. If you are constantly sweating like me, the unit is nasty after just a couple days.
My data since purchasing the unit on June 3, 2011 (the numbers are a bit off, because it recorded the first day. I receive the BB in the mail late the first day and didn't have much of a burn and I didn't record all my meals);
Average daily calories burned: 3,927
Average daily calories consumed: 2,042
Average daily deficit: 1,884
My goals are set for;
As you can see, I’m right on target. Weight loss has been 16-lbs in 16 days since I started using the Bodybugg.
I would recommend this product, but would be cautious to recommend the SP edition to anyone not comfortable with a lot technology.
I spent most of the day dealing with Blazer’s kennel. Hopefully everything is secure enough to prevent her from escaping when I go to work Wednesday.
The total daily burn seemed low, so Blazer and I went for a second walk. With the evening breezes, the temperatures have been pleasant once the sun sets behind the tree line.
I’m embedding a wonderfully produced documentary of Geoff Roes. I've always thought he was a cool guy and now I know he is truly a free-spirited soul. Watch till the end for a hilarious surprise!!
June 19, 2011
We spent most of the weekend celebrating Preston’s fourth birthday. I can’t believe my “little man” is already four years old. I love my kids so much that I can’t put my feelings into words. Through my actions, I hope they know how much I love them.
The kids and I started the morning with a walk along the bayou trail. It was already too hot outside, so we cut the walk short. We also went for a small run near the end, which was relatively successful.
Simplified injury report:
-The foot/toe pain is all but gone.
-The left knee bursitis is still there without any reduction in size and discomfort.
-The right knee is holding strong. There’s a lot less pain, but the entire joint still looks, “puffy”.
Went to dads and spent some time visiting him and mom before dropping the kids off. Erin and I met in Conroe and took them to Chucky Cheese to continue Preston’s birthday festivities. Even if it was only for 30-45 minutes, I enjoy the feeling of being a “functional family unit”. Erin and I have been able to maintain our friendship, but it is just that, friends; nothing more and nothing less. I’m okay with this, yet there is something pure about those fleeting moments when we interact like a family.
Once I got back home I reinforced the dog kennel with another layer of metal wire mesh. I placed Blazer in the kennel and I watched from inside the house as she tried to escape. She is too damn smart and too strong. She pulls and tugs on the metal until something gives and then she relentlessly works that spot. In a little more than 20 minutes she had already tore down one section of wire and was only minutes from a getaway. I’m at my wits end and don’t know what to do. She only acts crazy when she is confined. When I’m home with her, she is the perfect pet. But like I said, she will NOT be confined and will destroy anything in her path to freedom.
I went for a second walk on the bayou trail to calm my nerves and to meet today’s calorie burn. The scale is still treating me good, and it should because I’m putting in the work! As of this morning I’ve lost 20.5 lbs in exactly three-weeks. That’s nearly one-pound a day. Wooop!
June 18, 2011
We were only gone for a couple hours, so we locked Blazer in the master bathroom. This was necessary, because she continues to escape from the outdoor kennel (an entirely different story). In that short time Blazer was able to destroy the bathroom. Damage included; broken vase & other décor, shredded toilet paper and bath towel, chewed the baseboards, marred the door, and pulled the shower curtain down. This dog is so mellow, but she will NOT allow you to confine her.
I walked the bayou trail this evening. There was a light knee discomfort, probably a water issue. I can recognize certain problems, like this one. I took Blazer with me. She’s perfect on the leash when walking, but she prefers to be behind me when running, which fouls my natural arm swing. I was able to maintain a speedy walk pace.
I liberally logged yesterdays “free-meal” and I was still able to keep the day at a “zero”, although the scale proved otherwise. The meal was a tasty treat, but I’ve been more enticed to “cheat” ever since that meal.
June 16, 2011
My kids have me wrapped around their little fingers. We visited the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and adopted a dog, which they cleverly decided to name… Blazer II. She’s larger than I wanted, but she is truly a “gentle giant”. She’s awful skinny for a dog that has been at the shelter for two-weeks and owner surrendered. The MCAS has so many animals (over 550 dogs). The pure number of dogs was sad and very animal shares a kennel with another dog. Blazer seems submissive and probably never got her fair share of food from the hyper black lab she was bunking with.
The kids, Blazer, and I walked the bayou loop. Cool breeze and great company. No pain or discomfort with the knee or foot. SCORE!!!
For the last thirteen days I’ve consumed an average of 1,963 kcals, burned an average of 3,985 kcals, and my average deficit has been 2,022 kcals. Tomorrow I’m rewarding my hard work with a free-meal of Mexican food! Usual parameters; one meal and no drinks with calories.
June 15, 2011
The day slipped away from the kids and I. Grocery shopping, cleaning, kayaking, and a small walk was all I could squeeze out of the day.
The kayak ride was a lot of fun, yet started with a bang…. literally. Preston was riding on the kayak with me and I was towing Alison in the one-person air raft. Before we made it a 100 yards a branch sticking out of the water popped her raft. Thankfully, we were still in knee deep water, so the panic was kept to a reasonable level. Somehow I managed to get all three of us on my kayak and continued our ride. The highlight of the trip was our ability to ride within ten feet of a couple young fawns near the shoreline.
Kayak (3people on boat):
One mile walk around the bayou trail was the extent of my cardio. Nice evening breeze.
June 14, 2011
The kids are home and I couldn’t be happier!!! I was excited to introduce the kids to my new friend, Blazer. Unfortunately, Blazer didn’t share the same excitement I did. She was timid and standoffish initially. Later in the day she started acting aggressive towards the kids. Without being provoked she would lunge at them and start barking. One time she even nipped at Preston, very close to his neck. The safety of my kids will always be priority one, so Blazer went back to where she came from. This was quite sad because they said she will not be eligible for re-adoption with this type of reported behavior. We all know that is a death sentence for her. She seemed like a great dog and I wish things would have turned out differently….
Attended the Kingwood Triathlon Club social meeting at Los Cucos. There were two guest speakers, one of which is hosting an Olympic triathlon in the Kingwood area! Believe it or not, I won yet another race entry. This time I allowed them to re-raffle the entry to another member because;
1. I can’t be ready for an Olympic distance race in three months
2. I’ve already won several race entries.
The meeting moved on to Mike of Better Bikes, which talked about new triathlon gear in his shop and group bike rides departing from his store every Saturday. Alison and I received our club shirts today. The largest size offered was XL, so it will be awhile till I can wear mine. No disrespect to those involved, but I doubt the shirt would be a favorite because the graphics seem a bit cheesy. Maybe I should try to play a role in designing something new for consideration in the future?!?! One last comment;
Dear Los Cucos, charging me EIGHT DOLLARS for one adult and two kids iced tea is RIDICULOUS!
Minutes before dusk the kids and I walked two miles on the bayou trail. There were lots of bats out this evening. Other than being crazy hot, it was a good walk.
June 13, 2011
Yet another busy day. Exceeded my goal deficit by 257 kcals. Walked for one-hour on the treadmill and completed an E2 beginner workout.
I’ve been tired all day and the right foot/toe pain is coming back. I winged the nutrition and I feel it.
Workout: Engine 2 beginner
June 12, 2011
I finally decided to dig up the old sago palm next to the driveway. The project turned out to be more than I expected. I learned that the 'business end' of a shovel burns a lot of calories! A half dozen or more other small projects got completed as well.
This is the second day in a roll that my activity level kept me from logging two plus hours of cardio. Side note; I have logged more than THIRTEEN HOURS of cardio in the last seven days!
There's countless online programs to help log your caloric intake, but the bodybugg is truly helping me understand the number of calories I burn with various activities. My adherence is solid, so much so that I skipped the weekend "free meal". I might move the frequency to every two or three weeks. We'll see...
This evening I've been taking care of a new friend that had elective surgery this morning. Everything went well and she should be up and running in no time.
June 11, 2011
Scott and I woke up early to walk/run before leaving work. We walked around the station for 56-minutes and ran one loop, which took a little more than four-minutes. The early morning exercise brought about the usual achy-all-over-feeling, but I felt much better after the run.
Josh and I were scheduled overtime 8a-noon. It was our job to “hose off” the muddy runners after they completed the Mud Maxx 5k. It was hot and a lot of work, but we had fun. I like working with Josh, we always seem to make the best of everything.
The remainder of the day was spent running errands. I stayed so busy that I hit my calorie burn without any additional cardio! The scale is treating me really, really well. I know plateaus and fluctuations will occur, but it sure is nice to see the weight coming off in big chunks! I’ve lost 9.5 lbs in the last 7-days and 14.25 lbs since I started thirteen days ago. Yay me!
June 10, 2011
Yesterday I didn’t make it to my goal for calories burned, but I was able to meet the deficit goal with fewer calories consumed.
Today is a much needed recovery day. Kept the calories at 2000 kcal. Picture of my yummy, albetit large dinner. Wheat couscous and asparagus.
June 9, 2011
Fun while it lasted
Hate these little ups and downs
Sixty-one more days
I stayed strong last night and was rewarded handsomely on the scale this morning. With the exception of the knee issues I feel good!
I woke up with a great deal of knee pressure. I located a knee brace that I purchased last year. The gentle compression instantly gave my knee added stability and I have not had any issues since.
I tried hard, yet I could not reach the magic “burn” number today. With 4.5 hours of cardio logged for the day, I’m calling it quits. The Bodybugg software says I need to burn nearly 300 more calories, but that is not going to happen.
I walked the bayou trail this morning and again late this evening.
I had to meet and talk to an attorney mid-day. Should I trust an attorney that looks like a dressed-up bum? Let me paint a picture;
He was 10-minutes late to the appointment
His office is a single 20x20 room in an outdated office building
Appears that he hasn’t shaved in a couple days
Pale yellow, wrinkled, short-sleeved shirt with pen marks all over the front
Blue tie (wouldn’t surprise me if it was a clip-on)
Grey slacks, no belt
After the appointment I went kayaking on the San Jacinto River. The ride was serene and put me in a peaceful state of mind. Surprisingly, I was a lot faster than usual. Learned that kayaking doesn’t burn many calories, which has been part of the problem trying to meet today’s calorie deficit goal.
In an attempt to hit my burn I went for a HARD bike ride on the five mile loop. Interesting side note, I’ve seen whitetail deer on ever outing (both walks, near the river, and on my bike ride).
June 8, 2011
With the money saved, I treated myself to a haircut (from a real barber). That sounds funny typing it, but I usually cut my own hair or the guys at the fire station cut it for me. I went with an Old School "High & Tight".
I rode my bike to HEB for groceries. It must have been quite a sight to see me on the return trip home. I bought more groceries than two pannier bags would hold, so I had bags strapped all over the back of my bike. Once I unloaded the groceries I went out for another short ride.
Had to take a drug test for Moore Supply Company. Even though MSC hasn't made an official job offer, it looks like I have a new part-time job!!!
During the heat of the day I stayed inside and made a large batch of homemade salsa and canned 13-pints. There’s never a recipe, but this time I combined three different peppers; Habanero, Jalapeno, and Serrano. The homegrown tomatoes give the salsa a naturally sweet taste, but needless to say, the salsa has a nice “bite” to it. The sweet 10/15 onion, cilantro, cumin and various spices all balanced out to make a great salsa.
I went for a one-hour walk with a small three minute run. Near the end of the session, I had significant knee pain to the medial side of my patella. I’ve developed a habit of walking on the greenbelts and need to get back on the trails. Concrete Kills!!!
I’ve been hungry all day. There’s internal conflict within. Hopefully I survive the night…
June 7, 2011
At work today
This morning I noticed the Bodybugg SP was no longer paired with my iPhone. After calling technical support they advised me that the blue tooth sending part of my Bodybugg is malfunctioning. The warranty covers this problem and they offered to add two months of service for my inconvenience, but I’m greatly disappointed. I’m finally on a consistent diet regimen with the use of my BB, and it sounds like I will have to do it on my own for at least a week. Darn.
It’s been a busy day at work, both mentally and physically. I found myself struggling to meet the daily burn. After two-hours of cardio, the numbers finally aligned. Thanks to an extra EMS call after the workout I put a couple extra calories in the bank.
June 6, 2011
Nearly a year ago I purchased a package of massages. I still had one left, so I treated myself to a leisure massage, with emphasis on my legs and back. The masseuse did a great job, but did not resolve my knee issues. In fact, I kept falling asleep!
I went to my second interview with Moore Supply Company. In reality, it wasn’t an interview at all, but rather they had me completing “new hire” paperwork. They still haven’t made me a job offer, but I think this is a really good sign.
After leaving MSC, I enjoyed a leisure walk on Lake Village Dr. The temperature dropped more than 25 degrees in less than one-hour after a much needed rain storm. I ran for two-minutes, just to see how many calories I burn while running. So far the numbers look like this:
Walk: 8.3 kcal/min
Trail bike: 6.5 kcal/min
Running: 12.1 kcal/min
Working out: 8.0 kcal/min
Workout: Engine 2 beginner w/o
I haven’t been able to reach my burn today, which meant I had to go back out for another bike ride. I rode up and down most of the roads in Trailwood Village. During the ride I saw a MASSIVE frog. He was easily the size of a cantalope. I couldn’t resist stopping and looking at him, plus I wanted to move him out of the roadway. He was too big to grab with one hand, because every time I got within a couple inches we would swell up with air. That must be one of his defensive mechanisms. He finally moved on his own. Each leap was nealry 15-18 feet. I took a picture, but it doesn’t do justice for his size.
I posted a picture of Alison and her best friend. They were fishing at a pond near Erin's house and walked up with this LUNKER. I would have paid anything to see those two girls trying to get that big ass fish to the shore!
My blog is 75% fitness related, but from time-to-time I blurt out comments about my personal life. This is a public blog, so I tend to keep names anonymous… especially when talking about people at work. I find it therapeutic to speak my mind, even if my blog readers have no idea what I’m talking about. With that being said, I need to address the following words to an old friend;
Never has someone treated me as poorly as you. I want nothing more than to erase the memory of our time together, so that I can move forward with my pursuit of happiness. You can continue to “spin” every topic and construct excuses for the way you treat me, but I won’t be there to listen anymore. I’ve allowed you to slaughter my soul long enough.
June 5, 2011
It looks like the magic number in order to reach my daily 2,000 kcal deficit is 120 minutes of cardio. This won’t be easy, but I want this weight off.
I surpassed my goal today by 150 (-2,150kcal). Today's activities included;
Bike 89 minutes
Walk 38 minutes
Trim shrubs for 60 minutes
Help Josh move a washer/dryer 15 minutes
I went for a walk while watching a thunderstorm build over the Kingwood area. There’s been a lot noise, but no rain yet. Lower humidity made the walk enjoyable.
June 4, 2011
I walked one-hour on the treadmill. My right knee has a lot of pressure all over and tightness over the distal posterior. After the walk, I completed the Engine 2 Beginner workout. Normally the beginner workout is easy, but I got my ass kicked. Phew!
Workout: Engine 2 Beginner
Today is the first full day wearing the BodyBuggSP. I’m within 100 calories of meeting my deficit goal of 2,000. Not too bad, if this device is accurate.
Enjoy a fantastically light load and plenty of living space with the Copper Spur tent from Big Agnes—its trail weight is only 3 lbs. 6 oz.!
Great, functional TENT
Pros: Lightweight, Easy To Setup, Fly Works Well, Waterproof, Comfortable
Best Uses: Backpacking
Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
What Is Your Gear Style: Minimalist
Was this a gift?: No
Even though I haven't used this tent outdoors, I already love it. Over the last couple years, I've been through numerous tents looking for the right combination of roominess and ultra light enough for fast packing.
Perks; Lightweight, lots of headroom, built-in vent on rain-fly.
Not-so-excited about: double doors (personal preference), EXPENSIVE footprint, which is a must because the materials are VERY thin.
June 3, 2011
This afternoon I finally received my BodyBugg SP. It is amazing how far technology has come. Thankfully the unit has finally come down in price after debuting several years ago. I’m not putting 100% faith in this unit, but the research shows it to be 92% accurate. I’ll write a review after I’ve had a chance to utilize the BB SP.
Later in the evening I enjoyed a weekly “free-meal” at Los Cucos, followed by a movie. We saw “The Hangover II” at Starplex. The movie was funny, but I was somewhat disappointed. The previews gave away the best scenes and the element of surprise was gone.
I went for a walk a few minutes before midnight, while waiting for laundry to finish. It was a steamy walk through Trailwood.
June 2, 2011
An older woman was leaving a parking lot, waiting to enter West Lake Houston Parkway. She didn’t block the cross walk, but she had her head down texting. As I approached the car I slowed down and tried to get her attention, but when I crossed in front of her car she rolled forward. I fell on her hood and my bike went to the ground abruptly. I’m thankful she did not run over my bike! As I was picking up my bike and looking at the damage (only scratches on the bike) she rolled down her window and started screaming at me; "What the hell are you doing? I should call the police on you!", then she drove off. Everything happened really fast, so I didn’t get her license plate number. Somehow she thought it was my fault? Essentially, I “sat” on her hood as she rolled forward, which left a significant dent of her new Audi. Maybe next time she will look where she’s driving... before she kills someone!
I worked on a couple small projects outside the house. Summer in Houston is here and I’m none too happy about it. I left my house at 5:30 pm to attend Steve Cantu’s 40th birthday party. The thermometer in my truck read 108 degrees and never went below 103 during the 30 minutes of driving. Not only are we setting records high temperatures, but today was the earliest we've EVER had triple digit temperature.
This may sound silly, but... I’m proud to say I started a “diet” on Monday and I’m still adhering to the low caloric parameters. The first two days are the hardest and I often fail during those initial days. I’ve consumed less than 2,000 kcals everyday and I’m already starting to feel better. I quit running, hoping the aches and pains resolve without medical intervention.