Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Saw my friend Sean's band Pentagram the other night at House of Blues. Great show! I really liked one of the openers, Radio Moscow. Great guitarist/singer. Heavy, blues-based, early 70's rock with a real organic, even earthy sound.
Pentagram jammed as well. Their guitarist is killer also, but I think they should have turned him up a bit. Sean of course is still banging the drums like a madman. All nice guys, got to meet them and some guys from the other 3 opening bands as well. Bobby Liebling is also totally NUTS. Fried is more like it, like he's not firing on all cylinders.
Got a little VIP treatment and got to hang backstage.
I ended up buying 2 of Radio Moscow's albums. Great stuff. Check out the youtube clip for some live footage. I don't listento a lot of heavy music any more, so it was awesome seeing some live. Great crowd too. All black t-shirts, jeans, and boots. Long hair! Don't see many people with long hair in one place any more.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Rode some miles, jogged on the treadmill, went to a wedding, caught a good movie, got out to the islands, made some good food. I even biked into Vermilion and caught some of the Wooly Bear Parade.
My buddy Mike married off his youngest son last weekend. Nice reception.
I roasted these veggies and tossed them on top of some quinoa. Delicious!
Meanwhile...EBOLA!!! Good thing I got a flu shot a few weeks ago.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Got a cheap-ish treadmill on CL today. $125 delivered. Works great. Did 15 min on it after dragging it to the basement. It got nice and chilly this weekend so it couldn't come at a better time. I was thinking of joining a fitness center for $25/month for the winter months (mid-Sept to early May) where I can't ride outside. The cold air really gives me headaches when exerting myself, so this will pay for itself in 5 months. My goal is to do 3-5 workouts a week for 30-45 min each, between the treadmill and the bike trainer, which I tinkered around with today and got centered/balanced very well. WTF?? It's Sat night and I'm home watching sports and blogging about treadmills.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Now I'm having trouble gaining weight. I have started taking a tbl of coconut oil every day and it's supposed to burn fat, so who knows. I'm now so used to eating light that overeating is almost painful. 2000 calories a day is now a LOT.
Got some new tires for my hybrid bike, they ride nice and smooth! I only put 4 miles on them today with a run to the grocery store but they seem nice and comfy, although with the deeper tread they may slow me down a bit. I just need the puncture resistance more around these ghetto streets filled with glass and the bones of dead babies.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Got some miles in on the bike, not to mention some walking and softball.
I'm definitely UNDER my goal weight. Got blood results back from doc a few days ago and my cholesterol is down to 240 from 310-ish. I guess my B12 and D are low so I am taking a supplement for those but everything else looks good!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I'm now actually below my target weight. I Was at 171 lbs this morning, even after a huge dinner last night, though it did have a lot of veggies in it. I biked 16.4 miles after work as well, in 90º heat. Put in 45 miles last Saturday...rode into Rocky River via Lake Rd, had lunch, and biked back.
The Jack White concert in Toronto was phenomenal. Probably the best guitarist I've ever seen, even after seeing Page several times, Clapton, Santana, Iommi, Perry, etc. TOR is also a fantastic town. Completely modern with a developed lakefront, lots of parks, and a big cycling community, which is very cool considering their weather is about as bad as ours. I was amazed at all the new construction, and most of it is high-rise apartments in the downtown area. So many people living in the heart of the city.
So my cousin got into a life-threatening accident in late July. Had a seizure while driving and drove into a house. Broke his back. Was in ICU for 10 days. He's laid up at home right now. We're doing what we can to help him out.
School is back in session and as always, my job SUCKS right now. It's so disheartening to be so busy. People get pissed off because it takes too long for us to get to their issues, but we just got 100+ PCs delivered very late in the summer, so we're still installing those, and one building is an absolute clusterfuck after some construction/remodeling. Of course, they never planned for network cabling or anything, so I still have wires running down walls in all of these new rooms. Pretty typical.
Food porn: baked ziti with the meat gravy!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Trying to get to 172. If I can stay there, that would be cool. Problem is, as soon as I start eating like a normal human again, I'll likely puff back up. And I'm dying for some chicken paprikas.
Been hitting the bike pretty good. I even did 30 min yesterday on the trainer because it was cold and rainy. Here are a few pics from a couple rides. Getting to the top of that bridge is always fun. From home, I can do the bridge and back in about 15 min and it's still a decent workout.
Bottom pic is paella. Turned out great.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
It's been a long time since I weighed 176 lbs. Probably close to 20 years. When I got an IT/desk job where I sit a lot, I started packing on the pounds. Then I quit smoking 7 years ago and it got even worse. I used to WANT to weigh more, but that's when I was around 160 and thin as a rail. Even at 176, I still have a bit of a gut, though it's not nearly as noticeable as it was several months ago. My goal was 177 lbs, but I am thinking 170 should be OK, and if I can tighten up my abs and arms, 180 isn't terrible either. Just need to maintain where I am and keep up the healthier eating and exercise. I am worried about the cold weather months, since I can't bike 100 miles/month in the snow. Need to figure it out and keep fit. I have biked 200 miles since 5/1.