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Bengoshi (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Given how much hours we're all putting in at work, how do you folks find time to exercise? I try to stay in reasonable shape (jog a few times a week), but it's tough when you stay late in the office everyday. I guess if you work at home it's easier to step away for an hour or too, but if you work outside it's more inconvenient (even to go to a gym). Luckily I haven't gotten the tax season blubber yet, but as I get older that'll probably change. I'd like to prevent that if possible!

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
is round still a shape?

Wwtaxes (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
I'm staying in shape - it's just a bigger shape than when tax season started.

Bengoshi (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
haha..Kev and Ww, that's not quite what I meant. But seriously, all the stress of the season can't be healthy w/out some kind of exercise right?

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
I VENT

PVVCPA (talk|edits) said:

April 6, 2007
Somehow, I always lose weight during tax season. My arms getting skinnier and my belly gets saggier, but I hear that's a cool look these days. The All Girl Scout Cookie diet works miracles!

Wwtaxes (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
During Holy Week, I run the steps up and down to the choir loft quite a few times. I have to hide easter eggs (and it's going to be 39 degrees here, so I'll be moving pretty fast). The answer is no - I haven't found any time for exercise.

Lydacpa (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Who in the heck has time to work out right now??? I know I need to go to the gym, but that just means staying at the office later in the evening. It's sleep that I need. I have 24 hours worth of straight Zs with my name written all over them once the 17th rolls around!

Glmpllc (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
my secret...dark chocolate M&Ms

Chris2lane (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Bengoshi, outside of tax season, I'm at the gym 3-4 times a week. During tax season I can only get in 2 workouts, Wednesday night at around 8pm and Saturday night at around 7pm. Other than that I'm stuck at the office like the rest of us. And next week, I won't get there at all. Ten days to go (I'm not counting the 17th).

Bengoshi (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Ahh, the candy. Yes, I think most of us probably have our stash of sweets at the office. I find myself eating mostly candy and stuff rather than healthy snacks mainly b/c that's all there is.

Maybe skipping lunches are helping you guys actually lose weight?

Thanks Chris. That's a good idea -- to get in a workout on weekend nights. Just need to put things aside and make the commitment I think.

Acctax (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Does sucking on a bottle of Mountain Dew count as exercise?

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Actually my exercise is walking to the Cheezit Box in the kitchen, and then exercising the finger by pushing down on the hot water button on the cooler to make a cup of tea. I intend to go out mumbling over a PTP K-1, straining my eyes to read the tax shelter number. "Throw the carcass out back and get someone in here to finish the blasted return."

Vbcpa (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
I've actually got a friend who I've been able to walk a couple miles or more usually 3 days a week (making time by giving up sleep) - The problem though is the last few times we've walked everything has hurt - alot! I think by this point in tax season when I'm operating on caffeine and 3 hours of sleep a day...the body is going into shut down mode....I can't explain it it's the weirdest thing...for the first time in my life it was almost impossible to put one foot in front of the other.... I honestly thought I was going to have to hitch a ride home (how embarassing is that - early 40s and doing the equivalent of "I've fallen and I can't get up!" All I could think of was I'm definitely not calling the kids - press on!.....So exercise is bad right now....round is sounding better and better Kevin :)

Anyway, I'm more concerned with my lack of tan right now anyway! I miss being outside !

Wwtaxes (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
The sun's out here - ok, so it's in the 30's, but the sun's out. You could still get a tan.

Deback (talk|edits) said:

April 6, 2007
I've been wearing ankle weights for about the last month. Does that count as exercise? And once in awhile, I'll jog in place for about 20 seconds. Then I have to rest.

Wwtaxes (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Ok Bengoshi, now that we've had a good laugh, I'll be serious. I try very hard to keep lots of fresh fruit and vegetables around. We work out of our homes, but also rent office space for appointments. I make sure I bring healthy snacks and keep the cookies to a minimum.

Vbcpa (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
wwtax Ahh but in Florida the sun is shining it's a gorgeous 77 degrees the breeze is blowing and....I'm stuck inside - kinda like the kid with his nose to the candy store glass! 30 degrees!!!! Yikes! I'll stick to Florida - my thin blood can't handle the cold!

JAD (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Up and at the gym by 4:30. If it doesn't happen first thing in the am, it's not going to happen at all. I learned that 20 years ago trying to find balance at PW, before it was PWC. But that's where the healthy habits end during tax season. I am fortified much later in the day with chocolate and wine.

Tilt53 (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Hmmm... I still have an hourglass figure. But the only problem is the sands of time have shifted.

Bengoshi (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Whoa JAD! 4:30 a.m.! You remind of a McDonald's commercial. There's this one (and only) "morning person" who's all cheery and happy getting up and going into work... he's surrounded by the rest of the office workers dead to world. :) I wish I could be a morning person like that, but its hard to change sleeping patterns.

Ww, that's a good idea -- keeping the fresh fruits and veges around rather than the cookies. I need to work on that. Vb, I totally know what you mean about wishing you were out in the sun. Well, last year in Hawaii it was good b/c it rained everyday for like 4 consecutive months during tax season...so everyone in the state was stuck in the rain.

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Fortunately good genes so don't have to worry about weight (yes - I know - many people hate me). When you combine that with forgetting to eat, I usually lose about 10 pounds during tax season. I am starting to think about the cardio thing though. Last week I had to take something to a couple of neighbors and walked to their houses. Entire trip was about one mile and I came back winded. This is not good. Now I know my project for May 1. START WALKING!

Anne (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
I need to work out or do something. I feel like I'm sitting in my chair getting bigger & bigger, as I eat whatever candy I can find. I try to do a few push ups & sit ups to make myself feel better though. After tax season I plan on going to the gym.

Jokadah (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Does drinking massive amounts of coffee and diet coke count? Also, eating habits are the worst, I pretty much go all day without eating and eat fast food for dinner as late as 11:30 pm. I think my body goes into starvation mode during tax season. I know it's stupid but I'm usually not hungry (probably all the coffee and diet coke) and I'll realize I have not eaten all day. It's the dance I do every tax season.

Mtmckeecpa (talk|edits) said:

6 April 2007
Tilt,

That's good, I like that..sands of time.

Lizzit (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
What I'm doing to stay in shape this season (round).

Firstly, I can't see the point of exercising just for the sake of exercising. It should be part of your life, either social (sports), business (golf w/ the client), or personal (playing with the kids in the park). Exercise should engaged in as part of furthering some other aspect of your life. A jog through the neighborhood is nice; a jog on a treadmill is sooo not. Doing a spot of gardening is nice; weight machines in a sterile gym is sooo not.

What I'm doing this year:

1) Gourmet chox - they taste better, you eat less and get more satisfaction. I do primarily artesian chox from European chocolate makers (nearby for me). In house now, "Australian Homemade", "Chocolate Tasting Club", and misc. bespoke items from my last trip to Amsterdam (last weekend). links: http://wwwwww.australianhomemade.com/index.asp - http://www.chocs.co.uk/

2) Buying a new office space that's HOPEFULLY a 20" bike ride or 50" walk from the house. That'll force me to exercise every day to get to work. Of course, I probably won't close on it until after tax season, so technically that's my plan for next tax season.

LJACPA (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
Oh, good, I'm a saint! I get up 4 mornings a week at 1:45 and do 50-55 minutes of aerobics, without fail, so that I can be at work no later than 4. I take Saturday off (exercise that is), but am still in the office by 4. I do not work on Sunday and get up in time to take my dog to the track, do my 50-55 minutes of walking and then go to church. I AM a saint. Oh, no...

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
LJACPA - that's sick

LivelyMusic (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
LJACPA - Ah, that's how you do it, you get up in the middle of the night.

I just posted on another thread to you asking, "Are you posting from China?" because I left a question here last night at 2:00 am and you answered within a couple of hours.

Keep up the exercise, I'll join you in a few weeks (but at a more decent hour).

Tfortaxes@msn.com (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
Yelling cussing ranting throwing clients down the stairs.....But really, I walk one mile to the bus stop. ride the bus to town and walk one mile to my office. ditto on the return. At 1 or so I walk aroung the block or two at a fast pace.

RSRAGENCY (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
Did the treadmill Jan/Feb..had a routine, but NEVER continued after that. So, as I said awhile ago.....I've joined LA Weight Loss.....WIDE LOAD across my butt just doesn't seem fashionable....

DJ

Deback (talk|edits) said:

April 7, 2007
I've spent a little time cleaning out some stuff from my office today - old junk mail and catalogs were thrown away and empty pop bottles were taken out to the garage, while doing my laundry. Still haven't had any drop-offs today and only 4 pick ups. Strange for this time of year.

Four school boys just came to my door, asking if I had any empty bottles I didn't want. So I gave them about 12 big black bags full of bottles that were out in my garage waiting for me to take back to the store, where I have to shove one bottle at a time into the machine. (Guess what I hate having to do?) What a relief to have them all gone! And I wrote up a receipt for about $100 worth of pop bottles that I gave to the Potterville baseball team for uniforms and supplies.

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
I checked the weather up there. 28 degrees with a 16 wind chill and snow. BURRRR!!!! Maybe that's why people are staying home. Maybe they're watching the Masters and wishing they were in Georgia. (I wish I was)

Deback (talk|edits) said:

April 7, 2007
Yup, that's what I'm assuming. They're probably thinking it will warm up later this week, and they can just drop off their stuff on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Some will drop off on Thursday and Friday, but I hope nobody will drop off next Saturday.

Yea, it's warmed up a little today. Lansing says 27 degrees and it was 23 degrees earlier today.

http://www.weathermichigan.com/charlotte_M.htm

Deback (talk|edits) said:

April 7, 2007
Have nothing better to do today, so I just checked my deposit records for last April and the last few days of March.

37 checks received from April 12th to the 15th, 17 from April 7th to the 12th, 20 from April 3rd to the 6th, and 30 from March 27th to the 31st. Most of these were from pick ups on those days. So I doubt that I'll be getting 55 more drop offs in the next week.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
For all you with nothing to do, you could come over and do some data entering, copying etc. We have lots of Easter Bread, Rice pie with chocolate chips in it, Brocoli bread and a pizzagaine and future son-in-law Phil promises to take us to the Anchor Inn this evening for pizza. You can look at the bay and the Atlantic with a little effort but water is cold as is the air.

RSRAGENCY (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
OH DEB....close your doors and pull the drapes!!!

DJ

Laticiaw (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
I'm not...

Vbcpa (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
Deb - good thing we can't throw things through the computer :) I still don't know how you do it - and I've read your posts - amazing - good for you - go take a nap for all of us :)

RSRAGENCY (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
D&T...where's the Anchor Inn?? Would you happen to know if the ShrimpBox is still open??

DJ

Deback (talk|edits) said:

April 7, 2007
RS and Vb - I wish I could, but I can't close the doors or take a nap, since I never know when someone will walk in to drop off or pick up.

Two guys from Hansen's just stopped in to see if I needed any outside improvements done. They also both used my bathroom (no, I don't keep any drugs in my office bathroom) and sat down for a couple of minutes to explain what they do. I need new gutters and would like to get a new garage door and all new windows, but I told them I wasn't interested right now and was too burned out to think about it. Also, I asked the one guy, "Isn't Wallside Windows the best place to get windows?" He said, "No, they're just the competition." I said, "Well, Tayshaun says they're the best." He stared at me blankly, like he didn't know who Tayshaun is. Can you imagine?

Deback (talk|edits) said:

April 7, 2007
Well, wasting more time today, I just checked to see how many returns I completed last year from April 10th through the 15th. It was 37, but I've already completed 19 of those 37 so far this year, so now I know I won't be getting in 55 more to do this week. It will probably be more like 30, and if that's true, this year and last year will be the biggest decrease in clients I've ever had, at about 50 less clients each year. It has to be due to the availability of online filing. So, my increases in fees this year will about offset the decrease in clients. Might make a little more than last year, but not as much as I thought I would.

Chris2lane (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
I will help out all you "non hoopheads" out there. Deb is referring to Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons. Deb, is it humanly possible for Rasheed to get anymore technicals? At least you have a good team, I have to root for the Sixers.

Deback (talk|edits) said:

April 7, 2007
Yes, I believe that Rasheed could get more technicals. My dream in life is to marry Chauncey.

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
Thanks Chris. I was completely confused and thought that Tayshaun was the name of a store.

Speaking of snow and cold. Did ya'll see where the Cleveland Indians game was called last night on account of SNOW?! I saw the pix on TV. I say again BURRRR!!!

Bengoshi (talk|edits) said:

7 April 2007
haha...Deb, Chauncey is a nice-looking fellow I but I just can't get the image of the old school Pistons out of my head (i.e., Bill Laimbeer). I really liked the Pistons back then when Zeke, Dumars, the Microwave, & Co. were playing. They were great!

Wwtaxes (talk|edits) said:

10 April 2007
Well, so much for the healthy fresh fruits and veggies on my desk.

The leftover candy from the Easter chaos here Sunday (dinner, dessert, 40 people, an egg hunt, a basket hunt, and a pinata) is killing me. I didn't even know I liked some of this candy. In fact, I probably don't - I'm just too stressed and tired to tell the difference. What a sugar high!

Woodstock (talk|edits) said:

10 April 2007
LJACPA - you are crazy. Just reading your post wears me out. Think I'll have a doughnut for a sugar buzz. Gotta get through my 6pm appointment

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

11 April 2007
Allergic to coffee but have been OD'ing on cokes & tea

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