Breaking Bike News

The Bike has arrived along with the helmet, air pump and gloves.

Oh dear. I now have a much greater appreciation for the horror many parents must go through each Christmas Eve when they open the box to put the bike together thinking “this won’t be so bad” only to see 12,033 pieces and an instruction manual with print so small an electron microscope is needed to read the print.

This is going to get ugly before it gets better and perhaps today was not the right day to stop drinking coffee.  I’m all wore out and have a pounding headache from my caffeine withdrawal. Hmmm…..i’ll head over to YouTube to see if anyone has a 46 hour tutorial on putting together a bike.  More tomorrow.

The Grumpy Man, getting grumpier by the minute

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Wal-Mart Armageddon Thursday!

Special Armageddon Edition Rant

Why must Wal-Mart go out of their way to make me feel like the poor little tyke to the left?

As I have said before, I can’t understand the Wal-Mart online system that doesn’t match orders with the selected pickup store if they actually have the item in stock. That seems like the rational way to handle the transaction but no, the item must come from the central office.

The scheduled site pickup date was between 2/28 – 3/4.

That had me annoyed to start out. I emailed them that I wasn’t thrilled with their online system.  I received a response in which they apologized for my confusion. They also told me I would receive a call within 1-3 days. That timeframe has long since passed without the call.

I have also discussed my dismay at their worthless tracking system which never seemed to update. Earlier today it still showed no progress but it had not been updated since 2/23/2011. So no update for almost 7 days.

Until a few minutes ago.

That was my head exploding as I  read that the shipment was delayed  and now the expected pickup date is  3/12 /2011.

19 days after placing an order for  the bike that is in stock in the store I  set for pickup???

Does anyone out there find 19 days  acceptable for an online order?

Heck, why should I believe it will  arrive then? It was supposed to come  by the 4th at the latest. It will not. They were supposed to call me within 1-3 days. They did not. So why should I believe it will arrive on the 12th? I don’t. Plus at this point I don’t care.

I know I will never order from Wal-Mart again. I hope you won’t either. I can overreact from time to time but I think 19 days is horrible service especially considering they have bikes in stock in the store I set for pickup.

After reading the new tracking info, I shot off an email to them letting them know how unacceptable this delay is. I can’t wait for their smug reply once again probably apologizing for my confusion on the matter.

I’ll be sure to let you know If I get a response to my email. Be sure to stay tuned as breaking news on the matter could come at any minute. 😀

323/204.5/185

I’m glad to see I stayed under 205. I was worried I might pop back up and still be on the plateau, so I can at least breathe a sigh of relief that I am off the plateau. I just hope I didn’t climb down onto another one. 😀

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – 2 slices of bacon with 3 eggs and slice of cheese

Lunch – Hamburger patty with salad tossed with red wine vinegar

Dinner – Stewed chicken thigh with onions and salad tossed with red wine vinegar

Snacks – string cheese

Tip Of The Day

Fresh food. This can be tough for lots of people either because of budget or not enough time to get to the store, but I can’t stress how important fresh food can be for a diet. Processed food contains massive amounts of sodium and hidden calories and in some instances you can barely taste the sodium or calories. So you have all the negatives without the taste in many cases.

With fresh food, you can season it the way you like it and still have far less sodium than if you bought the meal already processed.

I know this can be a hassle as it means more trips to the store and fresh tends to cost more but in the end it will make your eating habits much healthier and your scale will move quicker.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow

The Grumpy Man

Excitement Monday!

323/206.2/185

Yesterday’s Meal Plan

Breakfast -Eggs

Lunch – Grapefruit

Dinner – Stewed chicken and salad

Took a nap and slept through lunch so I had a late afternoon grapefruit.

Why excitement Monday? Well, I pulled the trigger and bought a bike. I figure with my birthday coming up in a couple of weeks that I would get enough money from friends and family to pay for the bike. I didn’t get anything remotely fancy.

I’m sure bike enthusiasts would snort in derision but who cares. I think it looks good. I bought it online so I am not sure when  I will get it. I definitely need to get a helmet too since I will be riding up on the levee with concrete on one side and grass on the other.

See! Walking never made me excited. This is definitely the right move to get me exercising again.

Here she is. It's a Huffy Savannah bike.

Tip Of The Day

Set realistic goals. Nothing could be worse than setting an impossible goal which ends up giving you an excuse to quit. One to two pounds a week is realistic for most people. Especially if you start with a really high weight.

You will probably lose more than that initially if you are counting calories and getting a little exercise.

I think I lost about 3 pounds a week the first month and then the weekly total declined. I still have a spurt from time to time where I lose more and I also have plateaus where I lose none. It balances out in the end.

Just make sure you set a realistic goal that doesn’t cause you to work too hard or stress out too much. On the other hand, you need to give yourself a goal that pushes you. Finding the happy medium can be difficult.

DISCLAIMER – DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO! 😀

Okay, I didn’t follow this tip. When I started on March 16, 2010, I set my goal of 100 pounds by the end of the year. So, sue me. 😀

I did know at the time I set that goal that it was insanely unrealistic but that is what I entered into the goal on the website fitday.com.

In November, it looked like there was no way I was going to meet the goal, then BOOM! I had a little stomach virus that really cleaned house and I got back on track to meet the goal.

On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2010, I hit the 100 pound mark. BUT, that goal really wasn’t realistic. Setting something that large can cause people to quit. So don’t do it. Set smaller goals so you can pat yourself on the back as you reach them. Don’t set long term goals. That really wrecks my tip of taking it a day at a time.

Me = bad. I didn’t follow my own advice, but I might have been less stressed out in November and December had I not set that goal.

Happy Dieting, see you tomorrow.

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