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Monday, October 11, 2010

I aimed for EXACTLY the same numbers as I got on the last high-intensity exercise. Tomorrow is gonna be rough. I drank a cup of coffee today before the workout to get my energy up. It was the first cup since Friday, which was probably the first cup in two weeks. It gave me extra energy in the form of "Okay, let's do this!" instead of jitters, so I'll do the same tomorrow to power me through the high-intensity workout. I'll need to be in a good mental place in order to Bring it! tomorrow (yes, thank you Tony Horton). So here were my numbers:

Front Lunge Jump: 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 Score=6
Push Plank: 6, 6, 6, 6, (dropped to knees) 8, 8, 8, 8 Score=6
Sit Thru Reach: 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7 Score=7
Screw Pushups: 4.5, 4.5, 4, (dropped to knees) 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 5 Score=4
Spinal Rock Pike: 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7 Score=6
Tripod Twist: 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8 Score=7

Total Score=36

Yep, same score! The best part is that in order to get the higher reps, I'm focusing on cleaner technique -- that's how I got my rock pike into the 7 reps range. I should be able to improve on that one. So, my goal is to improve on the spinal rock pike and the front lunge jumps. If I can do that, I'm in business. If I can improve my screw pushups, too, I'll be pretty thrilled.

The funky rotating diet thing, other than being a challenge to plan, is working out pretty well for me, too. I find cleanse day the easiest, because I just munch on fruits and veggies relatively to my heart's content. I'm always surprisingly satisfied, probably because there isn't any real exercise involved that day.

I bounced back pretty quickly from my one bad day this weekend (thank goodness it was only one day) and decided to bump my calories up a bit today. I am not sure what my exact weight is, but my clothes fit and I know I'm healthy. I don't really want to check because that makes me worry excessively about a stupid number as opposed to how I feel and perform. So far, I'm much happier avoiding the scale!

Now, if only my SKIN would CLEAR UP! GRRR! I'm unusually frustrated with it today. I have started seeing a facialist who battled my same skin problems and won, so I'm hopeful this will help where the laser treatment didn't. I just switched from my grainy cleanser with salicylic acid to just good old Neutrogena with salicylic acid since my dermatologist in the past recommended it, and the facialist also recommended their products. I also got myself an oil-free moisturizer, also Neutrogena. I think my next step will be subbing out the natural sunblock I have with another Neutrogena. I know I should probably give the dairy thing a few more weeks before I decide whether or not it is a contributing factor, but I'd rather say, okay, obviously my cleansing routine is not helping the situation, switch it up, and if in four weeks my skin is amazingly awesome, start to slowly experiment with dairy and see what happens.

I need to replenish my B-complex vitamins, I'll replenish my zinc with zinc and magnesium (and if it's got selenium in it, more power to it), and I'll get a vitamin E to help cregulate the large amounts of vitamin A I'm taking (within safe range, still, and from beta carotene). I need to start taking those vitamins right after dinner -- I know vitamin A is fat-soluble, so taking it then instead of right before bed probably means better absorption, the same way eating salad with an oil dressing means better absorption of those vitamins.

Sorry, just a big chunk of mental vomit due to my frustration. I'm so glad to be paying the facialist another visit this week. It's supposed to be a standard facial instead of an aggressive peel. I'm curious if she'll be singing the same tune when I arrive...

And in keeping with the doctor's suspicions, I plan to switch my birth control after my appointment this month. One doctor of mine said that the idea of birth control helping acne has been debunked, but it can't hurt. Those who say it CAN help are saying it's because of the synthetic progestin in many of them. They can be androgenic (male hormones) or anti-androgenic, depending on the compound. The one I'm taking currently is not androgenic, but it's also not the best anti-androgenic. By switching pills, I'll still get the estrogen without the potential androgenic effects.

Similarly, on MDA, he recommends avoiding hormone-treated and antibiotic-injected meats. My parents, while not moving to as good as grass-fed meats, have embraced non-hormone, non-antibiotic meats in their diets and stock up on at least free-range, omega-3, non-hormone, non-antibiotic eggs. So I don't think that's an issue. The only place in my diet where it would have been an issue is... dairy. I suppose that means if I do find that dairy is the culprit, is it really the dairy or is it the hormones? I suppose that means that once I start experimenting with dairy in my diet again, I should make sure it's organic dairy from non-hormone, non-antibiotic treated animals first. And if I don't have a reaction, how do I know if it was the hormones? The bigger question is, do I even really care to find out? Probably not. If the non-hormone, non-antibiotic dairy does fine, I'll stick with that. I'd rather not "experiment" with nasty dairy. Save it for random restaurant trips, or just avoid it completely.

I suppose there's always going back to Retin-A. At least that stuff WORKED.

Sorry for the mental vomit. I am just VERY frustrated, obviously.

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MOONFAIRY 10/12/2010 11:17AM

    My skin's a bit off kilter as well as of late. I think my problem is due to aging though. I can't stay young forever, I suppose. Hmm...what a rip-off. Anyhow, I'm currently trying the new pomegranate facial line for "first signs of aging" from the Body Shop. If that doesn't work, I'm going to try some Burt's Bees products.

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REEKU731 10/12/2010 10:17AM

    I'm sorry you're frustrated hon, and I hope things get better soon! I know its stressful, but try to relax - stress always manages to make me break out even worse! You're kickin' butt on your TacFit workouts though! Keep up the awesome work!

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Two-Second TacFIT Update

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Okay, I need to write down my TacFIT numbers before my moderate-intensity workout tomorrow. Here it is:

Front Lunge Jumps: 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 Score=6
Push Plank: 6, 6, 6, 6, (dropped to knees) 8, 8, 8, 8 Score=6
Sit Thru Reach: 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7 Score=7
Screw Pushup: 4.5, 4.5, 4, (dropped to knees) 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5 Score=4
Spinal Rock Pike: 6, 7, 7, 6, 7, 7, 7, 6 Score=6
Tripod Twist: 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8 Score=7

Total Score=36

LOL, my score for moderate-intensity day was 33. Clearly I am not making the leaps and bounds that I was before. Tomorrow I have to match, and then Tuesday will be interesting. This will be cycle 4 of 7, so I still have some workouts to go before I move on to the next phase! Yikes! The last three are going to be ROUGH. I'd better make quick work of those lunges and screw pushups -- I think that's where I can make the most improvement.

That's all I got. So far, so good with the diet. The best part was easily bouncing back from Friday's fail -- I'm right back on track with no difficulty. Mom and I also enjoyed a walk in the near-80-degree temperatures today and the bright sunshine. It's made me a little groggy all day!

And now, I think it's about time for me to head to bed.


Funerals and . . . Accidents?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

My grandfather's funeral was Friday morning. It was a full Catholic mass at the Lithuanian church in Cleveland. In this case, most, if not all, of my grandfather's grandchildren (they are not blood-related to me) do not speak Lithuanian, so the service was half-and-half. All of the ritual was done in Lithuanian (I mean, we all knew what was going on -- the service is still the same), but the readings and the sermon were done in English.

Then we had to drive from the church to the cemetery. On the way, the caravan had to make a left turn to get on the on-ramp for the highway. There was no light, and there was no escort to stop the oncoming traffic. The 90-year-old guy in front of us didn't exactly commit to the turn quickly, and when he finally did commit to the turn, it was the world's slowest left turn. His car got hit on the passenger side by an oncoming van.

We were in the car right behind them, so we stopped, everybody ran out of the car, and we called out to my dad's cousin, who was in the car right behind us and is conveniently a doctor. So he and my dad took control of the situation, and someone else called 911. There was an elderly woman who was in the front passenger seat and injured, but not pinned. We left her there, since there was no immediate danger, but then the hood of the van started to smoke.

Fortunately, a city employee came driving by and asked about the situation. We asked if he had a fire extinguisher, and when he didn't, he radioed a city water truck to come by. They did and put out the small fire that started in the engine. Of course, as soon as the fire started, our doctor cousin got in the car and carefully pulled the injured woman out.

Not long after the city employees left, the van lit back on fire, melted the windshield, and went into the interior of the van. Finally, the firetrucks arrived and put out the fire. Then... finally... the ambulance arrived, they got the woman on the stretcher, and they took her to the hospital. We found out later that her only injuries were a fractured vertebra in her neck, fixed with a neck brace, and a cut on her hand. She kept saying she was dead and her back was broken and begging us not to let her die. Apparently she was far from it.

We found out much later that, years ago, she was in a horrible car accident in Washington, D.C. There were six passengers in the car. Five of them died, including her husband. We think the poor woman was having flashbacks, so my thoughts go out to her.

Once that was all taken care of, my dad called AAA for a tow truck, and once the tow truck arrived and took care of the totaled car, we went to the luncheon. We totally missed the burial.

Lunch was good, but I learned something. I had been eating lighter, between 1400-1500 calories this week (the low end of SP's recommendation) in preparation to eat a little extra at the luncheon. I wanted to stick to my dairy-free-ness, so I didn't have a lot of options: sausage with sauerkraut, green beans, and salad. Actually, the sausage and sauerkraut was delicious, but I decided to limit myself to one plate. I had some poppy seed bread for dessert. I really should have just eaten more, because when we decided to get dinner later that evening and we went for Mexican, I ate EVERYTHING in sight. As long as it was dairy-free (to the best of my knowledge). I ate tons of chips and salsa and cleaned my plate. Then I had the downward spiral of dark chocolate, sugary gummy candies, and peanut butter on soft bread. Yikes.

I chalk that up to a LOT of stress, being tired, and just not allowing myself the indulgence I had planned. Next time I allow for an indulgence, I'm going to take it.

I did my TacFIT workout after all of that. I felt like I was going to get very, very sick afterward, but I made improvements. I'll post them tomorrow.

Today, my mom and I went to an outlet mall in the middle of nowhere to enjoy the farm countryside, warmer temperatures, and plenty of sunshine. We didn't buy anything! And I ate nothing but fruits; a salad with greens, fruits, flaxseeds, and pepitas; and some fresh pumpkin. Basically, I let myself stress-eat the fruit. Tomorrow, I'll be back on track.

Well, I think I had more than enough excitement for the week. Tomorrow, I will probably sleep in a lot again and enjoy a delicious, light food day and some yoga.

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WATERMELLEN 10/10/2010 9:23AM

    Sounds very stressful indeed -- and minor bump "off track" only for you, so well done, all things considered!

Very glad to hear that there are still woolly bears in your neck of the woods too: I had clearly been looking too soon, there are lots zooming across country roads now! Mild winter would be good, really good --

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NUTMEG1125 10/9/2010 11:49PM

    Whew, I am glad no one was seriously hurt in the accident!

Sometimes we just need to let go of our food slip-ups, it isn't the end of the world for sure.

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Quickie Update

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Hmmm, looks like it has been a few days. Well, first, my TacFIT update:

Front Lunge Jumps: 7, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5 Score=5
Push Plank: 6, 6, 5, 5, (dropped to knees) 7, 8, 7, 7 Score=5
Sit Thru Reach: 7, 6, 7, 6, 7, 6, 7, 6 Score=6
Screw Pushup: 4, 4, 4, (dropped to knees) 4, 4.5, 4, 4.5, 4 Score=4
Spinal Rock Pike: 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 Score=6
Tripod Twist: 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 7, 8 Score=7

Tomorrow is high-intensity day. I am dreading it. My goal is to improve on everything except the Spinal Rock Pike -- I tried today to just get one set of 7, and it's really hard. I'm actually not sure how to move faster. But there's plenty of room for improvements in the lunges and pushups, so I'll focus my efforts there.

Other than that, not much going on. It's actually sunny today, for the first time in memorable history, but I'm not going to get to enjoy it because I have a Navy meeting from 4-6. Maybe we'll do our workout outside today. Then afterward, my grandfather's wake.

I introduced my parents to sweet dumpling squash on Tuesday. I had never eaten it myself either, but it was good, and my mom is a squash-lover and really wanted some. We convinced my dad to try a bite, and lo and behold, he liked it. He hates squash, but he generally hates anything that tastes like pumpkin. Sweet dumpling squash does not. It's definitely its own beast.

So I made it yesterday with some ground turkey breast, onion, and cherries that I soaked for several hours in orange juice. I just added seasonings from a fruit-and-nut stuffing I made last Thanksgiving (cinnamon, ginger, and cloves), mixed it all together, and put it in the squashes. We each had a whole squash, and I served it on a bed of spinach with the extra stuffing (there's always too much stuffing for the squashes). My mom even ate the spinach. Go figure.

Well, that's all I have for the time being. Just more of the same-old. At least I made some of my own food -- cooking is definitely a hobby that got pushed aside since I moved back home.

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JAMARCIL 10/11/2010 9:45AM

    That sounds so yummy!!!
Keep up the hard work, so impressive!

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NUTMEG1125 10/7/2010 11:59PM

    Mmm, I want to try some of those squashes! I wonder if I can get them here.

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MOLLIEMAC 10/7/2010 7:17PM

    You are blowing your parents out of the water- they are my age BTW!!! Luv it....MJ

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UMUCGRAD 10/7/2010 4:32PM

    Wow! That sounds amazing to an old lady like me. emoticon emoticon

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High-Intensity, Again

Monday, October 04, 2010

Okay, high-intensity TacFIT, part two. I see that now is when this is going to get hard!

Front Lunge Jumps: 8, 6, 7, 6, 5.5, 5.5, 5.5, 5 Score=5 (boo)
Push Plank: 7, 5, 5, 5, (dropped to knees) 8, 7, 8, 8 Score=5
Sit Thru Reach: 6, 7, 6, 6, 7, 8, 6, 7 Score=6
Screw Pushup: 4, 4, 4, (dropped to knees) 4, 4, 4, 4.5, 4 Score=4 (um, ya think?)
Spinal Rock Pike: 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 Score=6 (ugh)
Tripod Twist: 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 7, 8 Score=7

Total Score=33

Okay, that's still a higher score. Next time, just match those numbers. I seem to be approaching a big, fat wall, though, and I'm going to have to seriously "give it some juice" to get higher reps. Mer. I suppose that's why these programs work.

I did this workout while hubby played videogames. I'm not much for vocalizing my workouts, but I was audibly crying through my lunges. Those things kill me every time. Thank goodness next month does not involve leaping (but will be every bit as hard). Also, I watched the how-to videos for form on my Push Planks, and I was correct in what I thought I was doing wrong. So I corrected it and was able to get out a few more reps. No shoulder pain will do that! Of course, I paid for it when I got to Screw Pushups!

Other than that, hubby and I just ran some errands today. It was nice to get out of the house. Mostly we were running all over because hubby needed to replace something for his Nintendo DS (some card that lets you download cheats or something like that) and, while we were at it, search for seasons of Angry Beavers for his little brother for Christmas. I guess it's pretty hard to find because it's about ten years old and wasn't a huge show anyway. We found the game thing at Wal-Mart. I was hoping to find a nice (okay, not nice, but sufficient) sweater, but apparently Halloween pajamas trump the need for any fall-weight clothing in Northern Ohio. Then we were off to Vitamin Shoppe for some egg white protein powder. Then we were off searching for some Buybacks store that might have seasons of Angry Beavers. Hubby thought it was near the Vitamin Shoppe, but we later figured out that it was near the Vitamin Shoppe in another town! So we stopped at home, grabbed some lunch, and then went out to the Buybacks store. No luck. But we got some new CDs and an anime movie.

Paleo eating has been good today. Scrambled eggs and chicken breast with salsa, and a banana for breakfast; tuna and mixed greens with dressing for lunch; and dinner is going to be catfish and broccolini. I made some extra room in my diet today for a little dark chocolate while keeping the calories low enough that lunch on Friday shouldn't cause too much damage.

Friday is the funeral, and like we did when my Grandma passed away, everybody will be going out to lunch at the Lithuanian restaurant afterward. This one is going to be hard to be dairy-free with, because a lot of the food gets cooked with milk, too. Just avoiding the sour cream won't be enough. Maybe it'll be potato pancake day. Oh well, I'll worry about it when I get there!

I should track my fitness points. I don't think I tracked all last week...

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WATERMELLEN 10/4/2010 6:01PM

    Sounds very very vigorous!

If you haven't seen a local woolly bear yet, I did post a picture of a Canajun one on my most recent blog . . .

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