Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mind & Body Fitness Challenge: Recap

First of all, I would like to thank my fantasy personal trainer for putting me on to the challenge. I surprised myself by sticking to it through the end, although I failed miserably with the mind part. The fitness part went ok. Didn't quite make it to the 4 workouts a week, but getting 15 workouts in 29 days is big for me. Don't know what the numbers will say (I will get on a scale tonight) but I feel better and am ready for the next challenge - losing 10 pounds by my birthday (which is 89 days away).

Monday, February 27, 2012

Getting On My Soapbox: (Un)Intentional Slip

The media kills me sometimes. With all of the positive stories that could have been written about last nights Oscar the one thing that the media wants to focus on is the possible wardrobe malfunction of Jennifer Lopez. Let me say this, most of the people who reported it wish it had happened. I am sure Jennifer knew what she was doing when se put th dress on and knew there was a possibility of it happening. There was probably a part of her that wanted it to happen. This isn't the first time she flirted with a malfunction (remember the green dress). She is probably an exhibitionist in her own right, but because she is Jennifer Lopez and not Jenny from the Bronx she probably feels she can't do certain things. People need to get over it. This country is so taboo sometimes. People watch porn and won't talk about it and people like nudity and won't talk about it. If this was France, this wouldn't be a problem. I hope Jennifer finds her platform that she can expose . . . I mean express herself. As a breast man, I would not be offended at all.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Trending Thursday: LINing

There is only one thing trending in my news feed this week, and it centers on a little basketball game going on in Miami tonight. Jeremy Lin (coming off of his 2nd straight Sports Illustrated cover) and the all of a sudden relevant New York Knicks take their talents to South Beach to play the Heat. All of my friends and co-workers are saying that despite having wins over the Lakers and Mavericks, the Knicks haven't beaten anyone during the Jeremy Lin "era". A win tonight will legitimize the Knicks, unless the media finds a way to blame the Heat for losing instead of givng the Knics credit for winning. Personally, I don't think the Knicks are on the Heat's level yet, but you never know. The Knicks are going to go into the all-star break as the #7 team in the East and are still forming their chemistry with the retrn on Carmelo Anthony and the signing of J.R. Smith. I am just hoping that the game lives up to the hype.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Weekend Recap: Three Days Are Not Enough

Like most other 9-5ers, I was looking forward to this weekend. Who wouldn't look forward to a paid day off? I didn't have anything planned, per se, just needed a break. Things have been going a mile a minute since I started this job so the timing couldn't have been better.

After work on Friday, Mrs. Organized and I ran some errands. Our original plans were to go and see "Safe House", but we were reminded that the Black People's Awards (aka NAACP Image Awards) were coming on and we both wanted to watch so we grabbed some take out and headed home.

Saturday, against my original intentions, ended up watching the homegoing service for Whitney Houston. It was a beautiful service. Afterwards, I ran personal errands and came home to make dinner for the family.

Sunday, I directed the Black History Production at my church. After service, I headed home and crashed (listening to my body). After a brief nap, spent some quality time with the wife before calling it a night.

Monday was spent relaxing and cleaning house. Sent out the last of our thank you cards from the wedding and watched televsion. Now its Tuesday afternoon and I am already looking forward to next weekend. And its going to be a long one.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Trending Thursday

Looking at my facebook news feed this week, there are a few subjects that my friends are commenting on more than others. Starting today, I will take those topics and voice my opinions on them here.

Jeremy Lin - If the Knicks didn't play last night he might not have been at the top of this list. I watched the game he played Saturday against Minnesota in its entirety. He is a good player who is definitely more than just a flash in the pan. He has good leadership skills and its going to be interesting to see what his role is going to be when everyone gets healthy. At worst, he will be a good backup, but he might be what the Knicks need in the starting lineup now tha we know he can be a pass first point guard.

Whitney Houston - I was watching the Knicks game Saturday night when I got the news. Its unfortunate, but what is even worse is the media coverage. The price of celebrity is a high one and when someone dies the media has a field day. Whatever she did in her life and whatever caused her death is for the coroner and police to worry about. She is gone now, can we just focus on the positives?

The Grammy - All I am going to say is Nikki Manaj is going to hell.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Weekend Recap - (Extended) Family Affair

Couple nights are something that I have actually been looking forward to since I got married. Saturday night was a prime example. My wife has 3 friends that she has been cool with since high school (actually, 2. The other is the sister of one of the other girls). Everyone is married and every so often they get together, much like we did Saturday night. One of the girls has a birthday on Wednesday so the other three decided to throw her a surprise birthday pparty. The four couples got together for an intimate dinner. Good people and good conversation is hard to. Find these days. After dinner, the women stayed in the dining room and talked about Whitney (as we found out during diner), while the guys went to another room and watched the Knicks. Overall, it was a good time and I am looking forward to the next time.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mind & Body Fitness Challenge: Week 2 Update

One weekend out of every month I have what I call "Hell Week". It's a week when I do just as much after work than I do during work. This was that week for me. In addition to "date night" that I keep with my wife every Friday, I also had meetings Tuesday and Wednesday nights and play rehearsal (I'm directing) on Thursday night. That meant leaving home at 7:30 in the morning and not getting home again until 10pm. Doesn't leave much time for working out, but I did manage to get one in on Monday, and I'm going to get one in this afternoon (hoping to beat the reporting deadline).

Because of my crazy schedule, I have focused much of this week on eating better. Substituting salads and Subway sandwiches for burgers and pizza during lunch. Substituting granola for candy bars as snacks and things of the like. My weekly weigh-in says I lost a pound, bringing my total for the month to 3 pounds. Go me. It's a start, but I still have a long way to go to get to where I want to be.

On the other side, I'm still struggling with finding time to read something non-work related. It doesn't help that I have been in training at my job for the last month, and yesterday we got hit with another 200 page book that we need to read by Tuesday. I'll get to it eventually. I certainly hope that this is the hardest week of the challenge. My next hell week doesn't come until the week of March 5th.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

not Enough Hours In The Day

Can't speak for the rest of you, but I am beat. Sad things is the weekend is still 29 hours away. It's Thursday afternoon and I am struggling to keep my eyes open in this training class. This week has been long and I have nob ody to blame but myself.

Besides this training I am in, I visited my mother-in-law on Monday night. I also had meetings Tuesday and Wednesday nights. If that isn't enough, I am directing a play later this month and we have rehearsal tonight. And before I start my weekend I have to meet with my photographer tomorrow after work. Imagine trying to find time for the wife, workouts, sleep and personal time.

I complain, but I know I do it to myself. This just teaches me that I need to do better time management. I will get it together soon enough.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mind & Body Fitness Challenge: Week 1 Summary

Overall, I would say that week 1 was a success simply because of the fact that I tought about the challenge every day and was more concious of what I was doing. I would say that nutrition was the most successful aspect this week, but he Super Bowl party I hosted kind of cancelled out all of the better eating I was doing dring the week. Then again, I was pround of myself for bring a platter of Subway Sandwiches instead of my usually sinful contribution and limited myself to one plate, but had way too many liqui calories. I was also able to meet my workout goal for the week, but looking at this weeks schedule it might be a little more difficult as I have meetings Tuesday and Wendesday evenings and a reharsal on Thursday evening. I totally failed at the mental aspect. The only non-work related book I read was the bible in church over the weekend, but its a start. On to week two, even more motivated.

To The Victor Goes The Spoils

I am a competitive person. Always have been and probably always will be. Whether its playing or simply watching, I like to be on the winning side. Of course, you can imagine that I have made a bet or two in my day. I think the first bt I made was over Super Bowl 25 when Scott Norwood made me $5 richer when he missed that field goal and gave the Giants another Super Bowl victory. Since that time, the stakes have become higher, and I have learned that it is more fun to bet something other than money. Of course I have won a few and lost a few, but I have always paid up when I lost. I am a man of my word.

With the Giants being in the Super Bowl again I figured I would have at least one wager, and I did, although it wasn't with the person I thought it would be. My cousin Lloyd is a die-hard Patriots fan and was quick to approach me when the Super Bowl matchup was set. His pride and ego led him to want to make a bet with me. He was quick to throw out $50. Money is money and considering our respective financial stuations $50 would hurt him more than it would hurt me. I told him I had no problem giving him $50 in the Patriots won, but on one condition.

Let me tell you something about my cousin Lloyd. He is 25 years old and with the exception of a shape-up hasn't had a haircut in 9 years. Being the person that I am, I told him I would take the bet with him only on the condition that he cut his hair off if the Giants win. When I introduced the stipulation he almost backed out, but after 10 minutes of messing with his ego and finding three other people to throw in $50 apiece he finally accepted.

Now we all know what happened last night. Thankfully, my cousin is a man of his work and around 10pm last night he was sitting in my best man's living room getting his haircut. If/when the video is posted to youtube I will post the link here.

My question of the day: what is the most interesting bet you have made? Did you win or lose?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mind & Body Fitness Challenge: Day 3 Update

Day 3 was a pretty good one. Subway has their $5 February promotion going on so I enjoyed a sub for lunch. Also decided to walk the mile to my mother-in-law's house instead of taking the bus. And with the wife going to bed early due to medication from her procedure Friday morning, I had plenty of time to get a good workout in last night. Definitely the best of the month so far. Still struggling with the mind thing, but I'm hopefully on that one.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Mind & Body Fitness Challenge: Day 2 Update

Yesterday was definitely a better day. Went straight home after work which gave me plenty of time to get my workout in before Grey's Anatomy (although I am thinking I should be doing some kind of exercise during the commercials). I ate good again, but might have overdone it with the snack last night. Still haven't started the mind part but I wiill getto it this weekend.

So, as it stands so far, I have 1 workout in and nothing read. This weekends goal is to get three workouts in and try not to overdo it at the Super Bowl party. Next update on Monday.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mind & Body Fitness Challenge: 1st Update

The month got off to a good start. I decided that no matter what, I was going to smile all day, which if you know me you know that isn't natural for me. For lunch, instead of a greasy burger, I had a salad from Wendy's. It was more filling than I thought it was. It was also good. So good that I got another one for lunch today. I also passed up my usual Mountain Dew for an iced tea. I didn't get my scheduled workout in yesterday, but will make up for that tonight.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Operation 2012 - January Update

So far, 2012 is off to a good start. I started a new job on the 17th with the best benefits package I have ever had. If I knew working for the city was like this I would have tried to do it years ago (then again, hindsight is 20/20). I was also able to get another card down to a zero balance and establish a plan to be debt free by my 35th birthday (which is 16 months away). In addition, I lost two pounds (as of my last weigh in on the 25th) this month. Slow and steady wins the race on that. There were some setbacks and delays, but I will let my successes outshine them for now.

For the month of February, I have decided to participate in the Mind & Body Fitness Challenge. I have challenged myself to workout at least three times a week and read something non-work related every day this month. Wish me luck.

How was January going for you?

Parents Just Don't Understand

I received a call late last night from one of my mentees (the same one I was helping with his basketball game over the summer). I could tell by the tone in his voice that he was a little down. When I asked him what was wrong he told me that his mother won't give him the money for his college applications because she does not want him to go away for school.

It saddened me to hear that for several reasons. First, it reminded me of my mother who didn't want me to go away. Second, it sounded selfish and she was potentially stunting his growth. In my experience, the best lessons you learn about yourselfcome from outside of the classroom. I am who I am today, mostly because I went away and learned how to stand on my own two feet instead of following behind someone else all of my life. Getting out of New York City exposed me to other parts of the country and world as some of the experiences I had I could not get going to a local school and staying at home with my mother. And even though every decision I made wasn't a good one, I learned how to bounce back and djust when things don't go my way.

For his sake, I hope that him and his mother are able to get past this momentary disagreement. His future and their relationship both depend on it.