Time to Get Real – Week of August 18

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I am still struggling.  Work is ramping up as we head back into the program year.  We have a “surprise” deadline that is making life a little difficult.  Plus both of the ladies in my life continue to struggle finding employment.

It’s put me in a less than ideal space for focussing on things like eating (I’m an emotional eater) and discipline (fighting the “who really cares” stuff).

But the only way out of that morass is to not give up.

So I’m late this week, but I haven’t given up.  The number could have been much worse.

But I’ve proven it doesn’t have to be that way.  I’ve been “The Guy”.

My resolution remains :

I want to am going to be The Guy again.

The next milestone is getting back below 190.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

196.6 pounds

Weight Change this week –  -0.2pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date – 8.2 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/30

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A New Beginning – August 14

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So a two week pause.  One week had a good excuse, the second one didn’t.

Not to worry, we’re back in the groove.

Showing off our new “hometown” to our daughter was great fun.  She was really, really impressed.

Which brings me to this week’s topic – how much we really like this area.  Now if you only read these posts you may think “Everybody knows that”.  Here’s the funny part – it’s the subject of one of the most common questions I get these days.  Lots of people ask if we like living here.  So let me put the issue to rest.  Do we like living here?

OH MY GOD!!!!!!

We have loved it so far.  Love the weather, including the heat and humidity.  Love the opportunities.  Love the people.  Love being surrounded by such great history.  Love living with a pool just steps away from our door.

We are truly falling in love with the place.

So stop worrying.

  • Grumpy Viriginian Census – Still at zero, thought I’d found a grumpy local.  Turned out they were from Georgia.
  • Hoping to finish the transition to being a Virginian this week.  New plates on the way, need to get the car inspected then I can shed the last piece of New York.  Yes, there is a certain sadness attached to that too.
  • We may have found our new Sunday brunch place – Brick House Diner on Midlothian Turnpike.  Relaxed, family atmosphere, good food at a good price.  Very popular though.

It’s a new beginning.

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Time to Get Real – Week of August 11

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Yes, I was AWOL last week.

When I got on the scale the number was so bad I just didn’t want to deal with it.  I did NOT cross the 200 threshold but I came within sniffing distance of it.

I just couldn’t face it.  In fact, I spent most of the week in a funk.  At the same time I got my eating back under some kind of control and hit the gym a little more often.  I just felt unhappy.

And a little bit of good came from that.  Net change over two weeks is only a single pound.  I hit the gym this morning.  We begin again.

I still struggle when I’m in a restaurant.  I’m fine at home but somehow the control part of my brain shuts off in a restaurant.  There are times when you can let go and have some fun.  But that’s in the “special treat” category.  I refuse to simply give up eating out.  I’ve said it before, if the only way I can lose weight is by eating crap food and not enjoying what I eat then I’ll be overweight.

But I’ve proven it doesn’t have to be that way.  I’ve been “The Guy”.

My resolution remains :

I want to am going to be The Guy again.

The next milestone is getting back below 190.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

196.8 pounds

Weight Change this week – pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date – 8.0 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/30

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A New Beginning – July 31

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Sorry for the lack of a post this week.
My daughter is visiting.

So I’m busy.

Talk with you next week!

It’s a new beginning.

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Time to Get Real – Week of July 28

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Too angry and depressed to even talk about it.

It was a stupid week.  My office has no air conditioning so I’ve been trying “alternate office space” at local coffee shops.  Which means I’m drinking iced tea and lemonade with the “occasional” treat.  All week.

The result was fairly predictable.  This week my daughter is coming for her first visit to our new home.  We’ll do some restaurant touring.  Which means that next week is going to be a mess as well.

My goal is to just hold station this next week.

Crap.

My resolution remains :

I want to am going to be The Guy again.

The next milestone is getting back below 190.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

195.8 pounds

Weight Change this week – +1.6 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date – 9.0 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/30

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Exploring Richmond – Episode 2

As we continue our intentional exploration of our new home I will, from time to time, offer these special posts.

So we tried again for a Farmer’s Market.  There’s a big sign saying there’s one every Saturday all summer just down the road from us.  We saw no other sign of said Farmer’s Market and decided to just move along to the next item on the list.

Which was a stab at the market we had failed to find on our first journey.  This time we headed to the right place, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond.  When we got there we were greeted by live music, friendly people, LOTS of fresh veggies, fruit, cheese, eggs, meat and more (beer soap!).  It was everything we were hoping for and someplace we intend to check out on a regular basis.  We got some fresh tomatoes and onions and eyed the cheeses, soups and even fresh oysters.  Ok, I eyed the oysters, my Lady Wife declined.

Just part of the market place

We included two wine stores in our journey today and were impressed by both of them.  Corks and Kegs, and Once Upon A Vine (South)  both offer excellent selections of both wine and beer.  The staff at both locations were friendly and helpful.  We grabbed a bottle of a Virginia red at each place.  We selected a Cabernet Franc from Jefferson Vineyards, and the Spotsylvania Claret from Lake Anna Winery.  We popped the claret open when we got home and quite happy with it so far.  Lovely color, just a little peppery and smoooth in the mouth. (That extra “o” was intentional).  Both wineries are just over an hour away, so we may go visiting.

The rest of our exploration was a return to “Carytown”.  This is a funky and fun part of the west side of Richmond that is filled with cool shops and restaurants.  We hit Nacho Mama’s for lunch.  The carnitas cubano, and quesadilla were fabulous.  Another amazing Mexican (fusion this time) meal in central Virginia.

After that we strolled down Cary Street and just enjoyed the energy, the fun, the cool stores like Plan 9 Music, Guitar Works, and World of Mirth.  That only scratches the surface of where we visited and where we want to return.  Carytown is going to be a regular part of our lives here in the Richmond area.

It was a great day.  The weather has been quite mild for this time of year (highs only in the low 80s, lol!) with lots of sunshine.  Too nice to stay inside!

Still so much more to explore!

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A New Beginning – July 24

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Something silly and something sad this week.

Bad news first.  I have never been in a city anywhere and seen this many, what to call them, panhandlers, beggars, homeless people looking for some help.  I have certainly seen them in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, NYC, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and more.  But I have seen more in my driving around in Richmond than anywhere else.  I think I was over by VCU at one point and saw one at every intersection for five straight blocks.  It’s sad in so many ways.  And I’m not quite sure how to react.

On the silly side, will someone please tell me how I keep losing my lady wife in an 1,100 square foot apartment?!?!?!?  Can not tell you the number of times I will wander completely around this little place and not be able to find her.

In other news…

Weather – Temps and humidity dipped then soared this week.  I felt chilled when it was in the ’70s, so I’m definitely acclimating.

Things I’ve discovered this week:

  • The grumpy people census remains at zero. This is what, two months now?  It’s hard to imagine but no one has been cross or surly or ill mannered.  Welcome to the South, I guess.
  • Been exploring coffee shops (which is a challenge since I drink neither coffee nor tea) as “alternate office space”.  There is a big section of the air conditioning unit for the building where my office is that is being replaced.  So my office (second floor, one small window) is fairly unlivable.  So I’m trying other places to work.  And, YES, I’m actually being productive.
  • Not so much eating out this week.  Tried a pizza place on Cary St. that had been recommended to us, Mellow Mushroom.  Very nice.  Had a nice Virginia beer too, Liberation lager from the South Street Brewery in Charlottesville.  Nice crisp, German style lager.

It’s a new beginning.

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