Monday, June 21, 2010
I just realized that day 49 means over halfway! Yay! And yet, only just barely over halfway. I practically feel like P90X is a lifestyle now and not just a workout. Probably not a bad thing.
KenpoX was better yesterday, and then today I started recovery week. YogaX, baby! I was so tired this morning that I ended up not going in to work because I just had to sleep. I realized that over the last couple days, I'd only gotten 6 or less hours of sleep each night. Not good. I'm just really glad that I've totally broken my coffee addiction. I still haven't had a drop of even decaf.
The morning workouts seem to help. Instead of needing coffee, I push myself mentally, and then I'm awake and alert and ready to face the day. Well, until the lack of sleep caught up with me. Given how exciting work has been recently, it's no big deal.
Today is hubby's birthday. I spent all day yesterday (other than being in rehearsals) preparing food for dinner tonight. I made a cheesecake the fancy way instead of the easy way, and it all went great until I had to cook it in the water bath. I covered the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil and set it in a roasting pan, and even though I used two sheets of aluminum foil, the water bath still leaked! So I think what I have is a good cheesecake with a soggy crust. We'll try it, but I'll be running to Kroger for a backup this afternoon. Sad.
I also made a super-cheesy lasagna with organic, no-preservative noodles and homemade sauce for the hubby, and then I made a noodle-free lasagna for myself. I found a recipe on a website for a macrobiotic "mystical red sauce" that I thought sounded fun to try. I don't understand the macrobiotic diet, I've looked it up and it's all just too complicated, but the sauce sounded good, so why not. It's mostly a lot of carrots, and a few beets make it a bright red color that anyone would mistake for tomato sauce. And it's spiced like Italian tomato sauce, too, so hopefully it will be good. I layered that with spaghetti squash in place of noodles and mushrooms in place of meat, so it works either as a meatless entree or as a side dish. I'll be treating it as a side dish with a big chicken breast. Yummy!
Been thinking a bit about my tummy troubles and my food. I do remember last summer getting some tummy troubles after eating tons of trail mix. Some people mentioned that it could be all the dried fruit, so I should drink lots of water. Well, the water didn't help, even though I was drinking TONS of it, and the whole incident ended comically with a bottle of milk of magnesia. I've been eating a lot of raw almonds and walnuts recently, so I was thinking about that. On Friday and Saturday, I don't think I ate any raw nuts, and then yesterday I had raw almonds and ended up super-bloated. So today, no nuts. With the huge chicken breast, making my protein intake will be no problem.
Same goes for the whey protein. I don't know why I didn't think about how whey protein makes my tummy gurgly, so maybe I shouldn't have a ton of it. I've just been downing a scoop or two every day, not even thinking that it could be contributing to tummy trouble. So, again, since the chicken will help my protein intake, I'm going to skip the whey protein. I think since this is recovery week, I will skip both of them this week, and then starting next week, add one back in and see how I react. Gurgly tummy means no go.
Let's see, what else of importance. I HAVE to stop stepping on the scale! I keep telling myself that if I'm going to gain muscle, I'm going to gain weight. If I'm going to lose fat and gain muscle, I'm still probably going to gain weight. So I shouldn't be surprised that my weight hasn't changed at all since starting P90X. Ugh. It's like I'm proud of what my body can do now, but the changes aren't being reflected either in inches or pounds. Well, I'll just keep on going, keep on eating well, and see what happens.
I'll admit, I've been trying to stick with the three cheats a week, and three cheats seems like an awful lot. And for some reason, even if I eat according to my diet plan, eating at a restaurant feels like a cheat. Maybe because I don't know what's in the food. I had a delicious fisherman's seafood stew at the British pub place on Saturday, and it was delicious, and there were no things like potatoes in it, but I almost felt dirty after eating it because I didn't know exactly what was in it! No good! Not sure what I'll do about that, or if it's even a concern, so I'll just stay the course and see how I feel.
Ugh, I have a break during this rehearsal, and a bunch of people are practicing. After this much face-to-horn time, I'm not sure how people can still be practicing, because my chops are shot. Oh well. But what it does mean is I can't even hear myself think, so I'm going to call this blog done and hopefully catch up with you guys tomorrow.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I couldn't wait until tomorrow (haha, or later today) morning to post today's workout. I freaking BROUGHT IT during YogaX today. I mean, going down into chataranga and then to upward dog, I didn't let my body touch the ground once, and boy my arms were feeling it at the end. I'm moving into some of the more advanced poses. I tried the standing leg extension with toe lock, and while I couldn't straighten my leg and had to go back to just holding it up, trying toe lock convinced me to hold my leg higher and straighter. I held crane for 50 seconds -- almost the full minute! I was PISSED when I lost it with only 10 seconds left. When I did the leg stretches, I could get my hands around my feet. I mean, I was a MACHINE! Can't wait for tomorrow's workout.
I also must introduce you to Vivani chocolate. My usual grocery store doesn't sell that particular brand of chocolate, but the really expensive store down the street from me does, and I picked it up the other day because the dark chocolate with orange bar consisted of: cocoa liquor, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, orange oil. That's it. None of that soy lecithin stuff. No milk. It was DELICIOUS! I ate the whole bar, and it did not undo my carbs for the day. It will probably be one of my go-to treats from now on. Seriously satisfying.
Played Rockband with hubby and my friend tonight. Man I needed that. We have the Beatles game, and right now I'm a little miffed that not only did the game not come with "Strawberry Fields Forever," but you can't even buy that online in downloadable content. People seem to forget about that song, and it's one of my favorites. Poop.
Oh, and I LOVE playing the Rockband drums. Heck yes, that's a good time.
Well, anyway, as one can probably see, I need to go to sleep. Otherwise it'll be hard to bring it tomorrow. Especially since it's a doubles day.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Back and Biceps last night. Seriously brought the biceps part of it, but I thought my pullups were a little weak. Granted, my arms were exhausted from all the biceps curls, and then pullups? LOL! Nah, it was a good workout, and I did a good AbRipperX workout. Hubby commented that I was really bringing it, so maybe my energy level was higher yesterday than normal. Something about not being stressed about an audition...
Speaking of energy levels, I have to say that I haven't missed my coffee recently. I mean, I haven't even made myself cups of decaf, and I thought for sure part of my addiction was the ritual of coffee. It seems like getting all that extra sleep when I stopped drinking caffeinated coffee really helped. I have absolutely no desire for caffeine, and I plan to keep it that way!
And now, a potential foray into TMI, so consider yourself warned. I'm also finding out how important caffeine was to keeping things moving, shall we say, so now I'm trying to figure out how to get my digestive system back in line WITHOUT using any stimulant anything. I've been tracking my fiber intake and have been in range for probably two weeks now, and my water intake is through the roof, but that doesn't seem to be helping. So I looked into this whole probiotics thing, and someone on a forum suggested that if you think your gut flora needs a little repopulation, seriously bomb yourself with probiotics. So that's what I'm doing. I went to the very local organic store (it's expensive and specialized, so I don't shop there often) and picked up a probiotic supplement, some coconut milk kefir (more on that choice later), and a bottle of kombucha. The kombucha was this multi-green stuff with algae, spirulina, and something else. It was an experience, that's for sure. But I would drink it again.
So I had the bottle of kombucha on the way home, then made myself dinner. Venison steak, a chicken apple sausage, and real fermented sauerkraut. I took my probiotic supplement with dinner, per the directions. Then after I did my P90X workout, I also drank a glass of coconut milk kefir. So, one day of gut flora repopulation down.
Today, I didn't work out in the morning -- I'm saving yoga for after rehearsal. Mostly I needed to sleep in. But breakfast was my cherries and blueberries and a LOT of flaxseed and some kefir, all mixed into a smoothie, and chased with a huge glass of water and a probiotic. I'll be fasting until dinner, and hopefully give my digestion time to work things out. Then dinner will be more venison and sauerkraut, and maybe a chicken apple sausage, too. And a probiotic.
So why the coconut milk kefir? MDA's article on acne came at a good time. I am definitely NOT one of those lucky people who switched to Paleo and had their skin turn perfect and beautiful. I tried the oil cleansing method, and that didn't work so great, and now with the heat and humidity, I'm fighting some serious breakouts. I do believe that I can fix whatever is going on internally, so I'm trying a bunch of stuff. Probiotics is part of it, but I also chose the coconut milk kefir because, well, milk has a lot of hormones and crap in it, and since I am already making use of sour cream and yogurt, I thought I could do without adding another dairy product if I could get away with it. In addition, I got a zinc picolinate supplement and a vitamin A and D3 supplement (came from cod liver oil, too, so I'm pretty excited). And the nice thing about the vitamin A supplement is that the D is D3, so in terms of getting my vitamin D, I'm killing two birds with one stone.
I also did some putzing around on the Skin Deep database and found this company called Coastal Classic Creations. I was just looking at cleansers, but when I went to the company website, I saw that they had all kinds of stuff, including cleansers, moisturizers, shampoos, and mineral makeup. So I looked up the company on the database, and ALL of their products get the green light -- most of them rank 0 on the risk level. So... bought a face wash and then bought a trial bag! You can actually choose a bag, and that bag will have a specific assortment of trial items, but you choose what formula you want. So I bought the bag with seven trial items, and I had to choose an eyeshadow, lipstick, concealer, face powder, blush, facial oil or moisturizer, and perfume or mask. I'm REALLY excited to try the stuff since it's all super good-for-you.
So, that's that. Pretty bored at work (again), and just can't wait for the weekend! I still have rehearsals all weekend, but at least I won't have to go to work before them. And then next week is recovery week, so no double workouts! Woo!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wow, yesterday was a long day. I woke up sometime between 4:30am and 5 to get ready for the audition, picked up my friend, and drove three hours up to Oklahoma City. The audition? Well, that one gets filed under "sh*t happens." I don't know who reads this that knows Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2, but that piece strikes fear in the hearts of wind players. The freaking hard ending was on the first round of the audition. So I played the first two excerpts well enough, and then I'm pretty sure I missed 90% of the notes in Daphnis! It just goes by so fast that if you miss one note, you miss everything after it. I missed my first note pretty early in the excerpt. Actually, it was so bad that I had to try not to laugh out loud as I left the room. I was in a bad mood yesterday, not because my audition was bad, but just because I was tired!
Drove back from the audition, made a lunch of cole slaw and salmon, then took a two-hour nap. Woke up, ate some walnuts and half an apple, was still hungry so made a smoothie, then went and played the first collegium concert. Came home and went straight to bed. Work out? Nope, yesterday counts as my rest day, and I'll just pick it up again today.
Which I did, after an awesome night's sleep. It felt so good to sleep in my bed, you'd have thought that I didn't sleep in my bed the night before. That's how long my day felt. But I woke up at 6 this morning, not fully energized, and dragged my butt outside to do some sprints and a run again. Once I got going, though, it felt really good. I tried to add one more sprint on to my session, but after about 20 seconds it turned fully half-assed, so I'll just try again next time. Got a little bit of unprotected sun exposure, too, as the sun rose. The best part? I run on a gravelly/sandy track at the middle school across the street, and somebody who lives next to the school owns a rooster. So there was a rooster crowing for the duration of my sprints. Same thing happened on Monday, too, and both days I've thoroughly enjoyed his calls. I don't know, they make me happy to be awake.
Okay, I've been doing some thinking about the recent articles about sunlight and Vitamin D that have come out on Paleo blogs. I am all for being wary about the potential cancer-causing chemicals in the super-sunblocks that are out on the market, but I'm not sure I'm completely sold on 100% unprotected sun exposure. Here's why: my mom is a mix of British and German, and my dad is 100% Lithuanian. So, naturally, I have the fair skin color that happens in people who live in northern climates. However, I live in Texas, and if you look at Native Americans, they all have much darker complexions. I think it's pretty obvious that skin color is one of those factors that developed based on where a group of people was living and how much sun protection they need, and with that in mind, I'm not convinced that my northern-European skin is equipped to handle the Texas sun. I don't disagree with a bit of a tan, but I do think sun protection would be necessary for me. The other recommendation is using clothing to cover yourself once you've had enough sun, but man, I like my tank tops and sandals. I'll wear a hat, though, no problem. But I just don't see myself giving up sunblock.
The other thing the posts haven't addressed (at least that I've found) is wrinkles! If I can delay getting wrinkles, I'd love to do that, but these posts have only focused on Vitamin D and skin cancer. No wrinkles. So, I guess that means lots of sunglasses, a natural sunblock, and maybe I'll look into a lightweight linen shirt or something to cover myself with, although that probably won't provide any real sun protection anyway!
Back on track with the diet today, as well. Not that I went off track yesterday, I just changed it up so I had more food in the morning and less toward evening. But today, berries for breakfast, almonds for a snack, my powerhouse salad for lunch, a protein shake for a snack, and then dinner is going to be a super-awesome, easy mix of venison, canned tomatoes, okra, and cauliflower rice! Yum yum!
And P90X Back and Biceps tonight. Can't forget the strength!
Oh yes, and one more thing. I am seriously going to make an effort now to stop weighing myself. Here's where I'm struggling with the gaining muscle part of P90X -- I can be the same size but weigh a little more, and that's okay! So no more scale. Goal 1: don't weigh myself tomorrow morning!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Gotta admit, I BROUGHT the Chest/Shoulders/Triceps yesterday! As I get better at doing pushups, I enjoy them more and more. Now they're turning into a nice fluid motion instead of feeling like a constant struggle. Which means I can pump out a few more reps before I need to drop to my knees.
I'm noticing these things on the backs of my arms. They're called triceps. It's different than having bat wings, it's curvy, and it's awesome. I am definitely enjoying getting more toned. The muscles in my arms and legs are getting tighter, so now I just need to burn off the fat and it'll be super awesome!
Today is PlyoX, although I didn't get it done this morning. I did the double workout yesterday, and getting through all that made me feel pretty hyped up. So I had dinner, practiced, and then before I knew it, I was putting food together for today and it was midnight. My body craved sleep more than Plyo in the morning, so that's what I gave it. I'll do the Plyo when I get home from the conductor's collegium today, since today is an early day, and then I'll practice some and get an early night's rest. I have an audition in Oklahoma City tomorrow morning.
An audition in OKC? Yes. Even though I've been accepted into the Navy bands, I don't have to sign my contract until September 4. There are several auditions coming up before then, including two for more prestigious positions in the military bands (the President's Own and the premiere Air Force band, both in Washington, D.C.), so I am going to "go for the home run" as hubby would say and, if none of these three turn out, walk into the recruiters office the next day and sign four years of my life away.
So tomorrow I have an audition. And my professor lovingly asked if the two of us that were going up could request an earlier audition time so we could be back in time for the first collegium concert tomorrow night. That means that I'm picking a friend up at 6am, driving up to Oklahoma City for a 10am check-in, playing an audition, then turning around and driving home. I don't plan on winning, for reasons I'll explain when I have more time. And then, I'll play a concert. Woohoo.
Anyway, I have to run off to this afternoon's collegium. Had a berry breakfast, almonds and protein shake snack, and my power salad for lunch. It should be all good and digested for PlyoX tonight, and then later on I'll make a grass-fed ground beef and egg scramble with salsa for dinner. Yum yum.
Tomorrow will necessarily be a rest day, and everything else will have to be pushed back a day. Oh well!
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