Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I'm going to get an early start on my blog because I am on Day 2 of the double-blind study, and who knows what will happen later. Part of me hopes nothing, part of me something. I am trying really hard not to think about it at all, which is of course, impossible. New subject!
I found out that exercisetv.tv has some of their full length videos online, which is nice because they have 45 min yoga routines. I have two yoga DVDs, one is more cardio the other more holding postures, but both are about that time frame as well. However, I have a limited attention span and like to change up my routine, so tonight I will do one of the exercisetv yoga-fitness routines. I need a little more cardio than usual anyway since this month is all about fat-burning for me.
I am a klutz, in case you don't know me well, or don't remember. I typically avoid making that too well known by avoiding situations in which it will be very apparent. Today, I lost, because in putting the regulator on a new nitrogen tank, I slipped and slammed the thumb side of my hand into the carbon dioxide tank, ouch! Then, good little first-aider that I am, I ran to get some ice so that it wouldn't swell up, and moved my thumb around a lot to make sure I still had range of motion. It looks like I'm going to be fine, except for some mostly internal bruising, not even a scary colored thumb! At the moment it only hurts when I touch the part I hit, or when I do something that puts lots of weight on my thumb. I'm hoping I can manage downward dog, I should because the weight is mostly in the fingers for that pose.
On to my food! Usual breakfast. Snack: greek yogurt, blueberries, agave, flax meal; lunch: Thai green curry coconut chicken with sprouts and cabbage on top; snack: nuts, prunes, and cheddar cheese; dinner: mac and cheese and ham (the flour was used in the cheese sauce, the pasta was rice) with a heaping side of broccoli and cauliflower (1 cup of each before cooking). If I get to snack tonight, it will be my usual yogurt, protein, and strawberry combo.
This morning's workout was WiiFit jogging, which can really be a workout if you want it to be! I did intervals, 30sec slow, 30 sec fast for 10 min. I used some other WiiFit exercises to warm up, and some yoga to cool down. I went 2.5 miles in 10 min. I was sweating and winded. Definitely a workout. I moved so fast at one point that my Mii fell over! It yelled at me to slow down, but I mostly ignored it. I can't wait for good weather (and not icy sidewalks) so I can get to jogging outside again!
I'm craving a serious chocolate fix, not cool. I'll have to see how long this lasts because I'm out of dark chocolate (I've been having small pieces every day) and I likely won't get more until Friday when I go to Whole Foods. I can make it! I hope!
45min. after dinner, still feeling good, but in the past it took a few hours for the food to hit my intestines anyway before I felt something, so I will get my yoga in first!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I have a new love in my life: fennel seeds. These babies are the secret to italian cooking, and the reason sausages taste like sausages. I can't believe it took me this long to discover fennel.
I used the fennel in my Americanized goulash dish, which is ground turkey, crushed tomatoes (canned and on sale with coupon!), rice pasta, and mozzarella cheese (part-skim), spiced with oregano, basil, onion, garlic, Mrs. Dash, and fennel. We also had a mixed greens and romaine salad with my version of a caesar dressing: red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, garlic powder, and vegan parmesan-flavored grated flavoring.
Morning snack: more Greek yogurt, yum!
Lunch: healthy choice chicken and rice soup, 1/2 bratwurst, deviled eggs which had a little too much mustard, next time 1 yolk with 1 tsp miracle whip and 1/2 tsp mustard and a shake of paprika in the egg white
Afternoon snack: honeyed lentils, check out the recipe here: http://www.recipezaar.com/Honey-Baked-Lent
Dinner was goulash and snack was my usual yogurt.
I worked out this morning with my arms and abs routine: 3x superset of bicep curls, overhead triceps, and lateral raises and 3x superset of v-up crunches, back extensions on ball, and a move on the ball where I lay on my back and hold a dumbbell up in the air, and drop my elbow to the side one at a time stabilizing my core. This evening I did a 4 mile super challenge Walk Away the Pounds, yay!
In other news, the machine I've been working on at work apparently needs a new part, an almost $6000 part, ack. But, we need it, so we will likely get it. Other than that, work is going reasonably well. My incubations are slowly but surely reducing sulfate, and I have some DNA to clone from the column samples, plenty to do!
All I really need to work on is sleep, I keep waking up around 6am, not good! Typically this means my body has adjusted to my meds and I need to go off them for a few days, which means even less sleep, but it works out well in the end.
Oh, and I got new glasses! They look mostly like my old ones, but not held together with krazy glue. I'll work on a picture soon.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Tonight I started a double-blind study on myself. I know that's impossible, my husband helped. We sorted out two sets of bags of either rice or wheat flour so that neither one of us knows which one I'm eating until we compare both keys. It's kind of scary because either 1) I do have at least a wheat intolerance and I won't feel well at least 4 times or 2) it's a placebo effect and I'm back to square one
Bag #8 was tonight's go, I made little rolls to go with the pretty awesome chicken, white bean, and wild rice soup I made in the crockpot. The chiecken kind of melted, and I think next time I might add cooked chicken later in the cooking process (or buy myself a programable crockpot so that I don't have to cook things for 9 hours that will be cooked in 6).
Anyway, now I have to symptom track all night for any oddities, fun.
I did my workout. Weights: supersets x3 of weighted step-ups (8 each leg) and push-ups (8; on my toes!), bent over rows (8) and 1 legged dead lifts (8 each leg), and plank on ball (30 sec) and hip raises on ball. Then I biked intervals, 4 min warm-up, 1 min hard, 1 min relaxed for 8 intervals, and 4 min cool down, and I went 5.05 miles!
Then I ate my yogurt, agave, strawberries and granola.
BTW - Greek yogurt is my new favorite thing. I need to find a way to make it at home. Apparently, all you have to do is strain regular yogurt. I can do that! I ate it with blackberries and flax and agave nectar
Other things I ate today include: green curry coconut chicken with veggies and sprouts and cabbage, and nuts and prunes.
Ok, I was good today, yay!!
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Todays quote is in honor of a restart of my nutrition, which has been a huge mess this past week. Anyway, I have grand plans starting tomorrow to be awesome and on track.
I made biscotti! It was somewhat exciting, a little on the fly, and it came out pretty good! I'm bringing it to church tomorrow. For those who are interested, here is my biscotti recipe:
Mix dry stuff: 1 cup of gluten free baking mix (I used arrowhead mills), 1/2 cup of tapioca flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp xantham gum
Add wet stuff: 1/4 cup agave, 2 Tablespoons real (Mass) maple syrup, 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, 3 tablespoons of rice milk
Mix together, it makes a thick ball of dough. Form this ball into a loaf about 1 inch high, ~ 5 inches across, ~ 8 inches long. Cook at 350 for about 20-30min until a toothpick comes out clean. Take out and let cool (leave oven on).
Slice into long pieces about 3/4 in wide. Lay these piece down flat. Bake for another 20 min, flip them and bake for another 15-20 min. The outside doesn't quite crisp, but it will when it cools. Wait until cool, and enjoy.
I made these allergy-free for church, but I may try another time with almonds or walnuts, and I saw one recipe where they coated the outside in dark chocolate, I would like that too.
In other news, I spent all day at a microbiology "retrea", which was talks and posters about microbiology. I did a lot of chatting, and talked to a few prospective grad students, and had dinner on the department, and even a mousse for dessert. I was able to have salad, carrots, garlic potatoes, and steak. Yay!
This morning I did my 10 min interval jogging on wii fit, but I didn't exercise this evening (oops, bad). Tomorrow is 100% on track through Sat. Sat is V-Day and we are having a horror movie night. We are a little anti-valentines, i like it that way.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Today's quote comes from Sparkpeople's motivational quote center. I like it, because today I was remembering some habits that I have allowed to slip, therefore stalling my fat loss efforts. Mainly: eating with a deficit. I've been enjoying lots of strength training and hard work, and watching no scale related progress (though my arms are starting to look nice). Therefore, I need to switch over to lower-calorie, higher cardio fat loss mode. However, the nutritional caveats to that are that I still need to maintain 100g of protein/day, I need to get lots of fiber, I'm still avoiding wheat, and my lunches have to travel to and from school. Not easy.
However, I've pretty much got a good meal plan, I'm working out the tweaks, but it will be implemented fully starting Sunday. Yay! In that vein, I will be updating my eating habits on here much more often to be sure I'm staying on track.
Let's start with today, and my consistent meals. For breakfast right now, and continuing, I am having 1 fried egg, 2 slices of low-sodium bacon, and one oatcake made with oats, almonds, walnuts, flax, and egg white sweetened with a touch of agave. I also have a liquid vitamin with 1 ounce apiece of grapefruit juice and V8 Fusion acai berry, a calcium chewable, iron, fish oil, and my meds. I drink green tea with fiber dissolved into it. Breakfast is at 8:15am, and all of the above come to 354 cals, 18g of protein, and 8g of fiber
12pm: low-fat yogurt with agave and blackberries, and 1/2 bratwurst: 236 cals, 11g protein, 3g fiber
3pm: I augmented a cup of Healthy Choice chicken and rice soup with white beans and spinach, 216 cals, 14g protein, 8g fiber (ROCK!)
5:30pm: 1/2 oz nuts, 1/2 oz raisins, 1 oz cheddar cheese, 240 cals, 10g protein, 2g fiber (I added a couple fiberchoice tablets onto this for 4g extra fiber)
7:30pm: Buffalo chicken salad, with feta and chickpeas, yum! Oh, and a couple of gluten-free crackers to quell the spice, 395 cals, 37g protein, 8g fiber
Workout with both strength supersets and cardio intervals!
9:30pm: yogurt, protein powder, strawberries, granola, 182 cals, 14g protein, 3g fiber
Totals today: 1624 cals, 104g protein, 32g fiber, not bad! A little high in calories, but I have plans for that problem.
Ok, my goal setting self needs to complete next week's meal plans and shopping lists, and budget. Ack!
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