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Sunshine!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

It had been sunny and I have been enjoying it! At least as much as a lab scientist can. Me and hubby went running this morning, even though he wasn't sure how he was feeling. I told him that running boosts the immune system. I think that's true. I also went for a walk just before lunch. That was nice.

I also saw a talk today by a collaborator on one of my projects about using geophysics to determine the optimal irrigation schedule for grapes to make the best wines. I like science about wine.

I made an excellent and easy dinner: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
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It was one of those half-planned, half-what's-in-the-fridge dinners. I was planning on chicken, but saw the keilbasa in the freezer, so grabbed that. I had leftover red wine from my birthday. I forgot to buy feta, but I had just a bit of fresh, hard parmesan left, and it was delicious.

I didn't quite do what I planned at work, but I did solve an important kinetic question about the derivation of the first order equation to explain my metabolism data, so that's great. Okay. Back to English, sorry.

Tuesdays tip: if you don't feel like exercising, just force yourself to do 10 min of something easy. You may find you want to keep going!

My plan for tomorrow:

- Morning Yoga!
- Woohoo Wednesday
- Calculate iron concentrations
- 10am seminar (moved from today)
- Count cells
- Talk to boss, if possible, he's been nuts about a proposal lately
- Midday walk/stairs
- 5:30 book club
- Pad Thai for dinner
- Evening Mayhem

Okay. New lyrics from Next to Normal to end the post, not uplifting exactly, but awesome!

The sensation that you're screaming, but you never make a sound.
Or the feeling that you're falling, but you never hit the ground.
It just keeps on rushing at you day by day by day by day.
You don't know, you don't know what it's like to live that way.

Onward and upward!

  
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MOMMYOF2CUTIES 3/10/2010 7:36AM

    Love that tip! That made me get through my workout this Monday.
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MJSCHUMAN 3/9/2010 11:06PM

    onward and upward! have a great day!

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Spicy Chili

Monday, March 08, 2010

Apparently, me and my husband have improved our spicy tolerances recently, or at least I have. A friend of mine apparently mad a huge batch of very spicy chili, and was trying to give it away, and I said that me and my husband could handle it. So, we had some for dinner tonight. It definitely had a kick and an afterburn, but it wasn't the inedible insanity that it was made out to be to me. I enjoyed it. Spicy food is fun.

My day went pretty well. Other than four separate phone conversations with UPS trying to solve the problem of delivering my package in way that I can actually get it, I had a good day. I did morning and evening workouts and walked downtown and back. I did three hours of microscopy. I listened to most of the Next to Normal soundtrack twice. I'm in love with that musical by the way. It is INCREDIBLE! If you like musicals, try to see it. Not as great at Wicked, but that still makes it my 5th favorite musical (behind Rent, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked).

I ate on plan, and plan to eat on plan tomorrow.

Today was Motivational Monday and my quote for today is:
Make a game of finding something positive in every situation, Ninety-five percent of your emotions are determined by how you interpret events to yourself.
Brian Tracy

I work very hard to be very positive, and it really does work to turn things around! Try it, really!

Okay, my plan for tomorrow:

- Morning run
- Tuesday Tip
- Seminar at 10am
- Call UPS, again
- Midday workout
- Microscopy and sampling
- Talk to boss about research (might push to Wed., looks like a busy day)
- Seminar at 5pm
- Mediterranean quinoa for dinner (colored peppers and asparagus)
- Evening turbulence training workout

Okay. Time to finish my evening with some writing and 24!

Onward and upward!

  
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JENISNAPE 3/9/2010 3:31AM

    ugh, I know your UPS plights...:(
Sounds like your doing amazing ! :)
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Sugar Free Strawberry Cake

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Yes, the cake was a success. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
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and here is the sparkrecipe link for interested folks. I'm really beginning to enjoy sugar-free baking. It's a nice change. Today was amy high-calorie day though, and I grabbed a chocolate toffee bar of sorts to enjoy, and honestly, it was way too sweet by the end. Made me want my 85% dark chocolate back, mmmm.

I am switching up my workout schedule again, new month, new workouts is always a good plan. I'm back on turbulence training, which you can find lots about on www.ttfatloss.com . I'm also going to continue with running, add in more yoga, continue with Mayhem Challenges, and keep my ab training pretty similar because it's working well. I'm still working out every morning without fail and most evenings as well as midday workouts. Those are my favorite because I usually need a break to get the blood flowing again and to be more productive.

Okay, I am going to do my to do list for tomorrow:

- Morning workout
- Motivational Monday
- Lots and lots of microscopy!
- Go to church information meeting, walk there and back
- Plan out next research project plan
- Evening lab meeting
- Evening workout
- Singing practice
- Plan piano lesson
- Sketch out cat story (I've been neglecting it ...)

Okay. I can do this. This will be a great week.

Onward and upward.

  
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JENISNAPE 3/9/2010 3:38AM

    That is one of the things I'm looking forward to moving back to Canada for...Sugar free substitutes that I like. All they have here are the old crap ones (like aspartame).
Glad to see the to do list is helping! :)
I'm still using rememberthemilk.com, but I think I need to start posting blogs again here as I am really slaking in the exercise department. :(

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TOWANDA132 3/8/2010 10:28AM

    That is awesome! I'm going to save the SF cake recipe for this weekend!

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Morning Running

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Both me and my husband were tired enough to go to bed by midnight last night, even though it was Friday, and therefore we were both up at 9:30 this morning. Then I said, "let's go running!" and he whined and complained but did come and we ran. He moves faster than me since he's like, 6 inches taller, but I still have more cardiovascular endurance, so he slows down over time and I don't. At the moment he gets ahead of me on the intervals and then I catch up. I think once we get into long intervals we will even out more.

I am baking a gluten-free, sugar-free strawberry cake today to bring to church tomorrow. If it comes out good, I'll post the recipe. I also made a nice Chicken Florentine Casserole for dinner last night, that recipe is posted recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
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Yesterday I completed many items on the to do list, I stayed on track, and I kept off sugar, and I kept reminding myself that my next sugar allowed day is Sunday, and that keeps me going. It's nice to only have a couple of days on and off this now. I keep cravings in check better knowing I have space for treats.

Today is a true day off for me for once. I just have not munch and get my exercise in.

Oh, last night, I didn't blog because we got the animated Hobbit from Netflix and I LOVE that movie! It was so much fun singing along, hehe. I should buy that movie.

Okay, my plan for the weekend:

- singing practice both days
- lunch with UU's on Sunday
- Stop by lab for Fe injection and sampling
- workout at least once more today (maybe twice), yoga tomorrow morning, and workout tomorrow night
- couponing
- food shopping
- laundry
- finish reading Howl's Moving Castle (book club meeting Tuesday!)

Okay. Time to get moving ... somewhere!

Onward and upward!

  
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MOMMYOF2CUTIES 3/7/2010 1:22PM

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Walking Up Hills

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I like walking up hills. After I've made it of course. While walking up the hill it is long and my legs hurt. Anyway, I found a loop on campus that I can do in about a half an hour that includes 3 hills and I walked it today before lunch. It was an excellent midday break and then I came back and was productive.

Today is Thankful Thursday and I am thankful today for good weather to go running in this morning with my husband and for good friends to karaoke with last night. I rocked out the Karaoke with Queen and Madonna and we did the Cotton Eyed Joe at midnight. It was fun.

Today was a no sugar day and I have been effective at being on track including morning run, midday walk, and 8 minutes of tabatas before dinner. Woohoo! That's half my to-do list. Most of the rest also got done, so I am set for the day, which is good because it's D&D night and that's all I have going on until bed.

Tomorrow is my fast day, so that's good, because I need the break. I get so focused on eating that I actually really enjoy not having to think about it for like 20 hours.

Okay, I need my to do list for tomorrow and I need good stuff on it to stay occupied while fasting.

- morning workout
- fast day!
- Fun Fact Friday
- Midday walk or stairs
- do my one remaining lab task
- finish my two drabbles
- write a segment of my cat!fic
- read 2-3 articles for manuscript
- write 1 paragraph of introduction
- rewrite my teaching statement
- 15 min singing
- evening workout
- yoga twists

Okay. That should be enough for now. Have to game ... hehe!

Onward and upward!

  
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MOMMYOF2CUTIES 3/5/2010 12:48PM

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PRUPLEBEAR 3/4/2010 7:40PM

    Do you sleep?

Enjoy your boys tonight! LOL

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