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Getting Serious

Monday, March 15, 2010

So, I'm stagnating around 153. Since my goal is to get to 151 in the next two and half weeks, that's not acceptable. Therefore, I need to get serious for the next week and a half. I keep allowing myself to be thrown off in a variety of ways which is not cool. For example, munching too much Saturday night at a friend's house. I knew I should cut myself off, but didn't. Well, I'm going into serious space-monkey no excuses mode until next Thursday when I leave for PaxEast (Penny-arcade.com expo in Boston).

Then, I need a serious plan for surviving Pax followed by a conference in DC. I still have time to work on that though.

Today has been excellent. Two workouts down and one to go along with an extra 100 crunches tonight as part of a mini-challenge. I did my stair climbing at work today, and it seemed much easier than usual for once! Stairs never seem easy, so I must either finally be getting stronger or was just riding a Monday high! I made an interesting stir-fry sauce for dinner with red wine, soy sauce, blackstrap molassis, and rice vinegar along with brown sugar, sriracha, onion powder, garlic powder, and ginger. It needs some refining, and more ginger I think, but I liked it so far.

I'm also trying to improve my digestive system (nothing major, just constipation of a sort) by having a half of a banana before my yogurt in the morning. It was suggested that doing this will allow the bacteria in the yogurt to cling to the banana as substrate for replication and therefore propagate better in my digestive system. The banana is acting as a prebiotic and the yogurt is a probiotic. Being that I do everything else for my digestive system well (lots of fiber, lots of water, exercise, homemade yogurt daily), I'm looking to see if this little bit helps.

I may have also inadvertently tested my gluten-but-not-wheat response this weekend. I ate a bunch of chocolate on Saturday with crispy rice in it with barley malt, and last night my digestive system was giving me the bloated-icky feeling I get when I eat wheat. It was a very delayed reaction and not well controlled though, so I still want to do a real barley test, and probably soon would be best. I keep putting it off, but if I am certain, I won't allow myself to be accidentally poisoned like I did with the chocolate by writing it off as "maybe it's just wheat".

Well, today was Motivational Monday as well as the Ides of March! I noticed the second one for sure, a whole bunch of random things went wrong all over my lab today (including me smashing a test tube, yuck!). However, for the second I went to Julius Caesar for inspiration, the play not the man. Here is what I found:

We must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

William Shakespeare

In the diet community, there is an ongoing concept that the best time to start, restart, or reboot your healthy lifestyle is NOW! If you wait until the time is right, it will never be right. I think that's what this quote means to me. So, I am taking my current now so as not to lose my venture!

Oh, oh, dovetail! Time for my to do list section. Today's list: many things accomplished, a few work items pushed to tomorrow, and singing and evening workout immediately following this post! Tomorrow's list:

- Morning run, may be indoor since rain seems never ending
- Bake dinner while making breakfast (need to prep that tonight)
- Tuesday tips!
- iron/acetate, cell counting at work
- meeting with post-doc candidate
- meeting with boss (pushed a day, whew!)
- midday workout
- singing practice (at school!)
- Small group ministry (discussing the inherent worth and dignity of every person)
- Evening turbulence training workout

By the way, I'm working my way up to a headstand, and I can kick up using the wall to not topple and then balance without the wall for about 5-10 seconds! It's fun.

Okay, off to sing, work out, prep tomorrow's dinner, and have a snack!

Onward and upward!

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MJSCHUMAN 3/16/2010 10:03PM

    I have the same fear of testing what I think I am reacting to by eating the food. It's hard to pick a day that I think it will be ok to be sick. Good luck with the barley.

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TOWANDA132 3/16/2010 1:03PM

    wow, you inspire the heck out of me! You are doing great.

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ME2448 3/16/2010 7:00AM

    I am having a problem too - I am stagnating at 153-156 and I want to be 149. I hope you get unstagnating soon.

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NANCY- 3/16/2010 5:03AM

    Being aware and making a plan for you trips shows that you are in your current. emoticon
Be kind to yourself, your numbers are only numbers. Your efforts will have a result.

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Saving what?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

That is in reference to daylight saving, because it didn't save me anything and totally cost me an hour of sleep. I forgot until late last night that we had to spring ahead, or I would have gone to bed an hour earlier! Still got up on time for 8:15 choir, yay.

It has been rainy here. I'm okay with that. I hope it clears up by Tuesday for running though.

So, I fasted today to make up for missing on Friday. Didn't eat until dinner, which works pretty well for Sunday because I am running around most of the day anyway doing church, shopping, laundry, cooking, etc. I would love for tomorrow's weigh-in to rock, but since I ate junk last night before fasting I'll probably be lucky to just break even. Ack. I have to get serious if I am going to reach my March goal!

So. Speaking of getting serious, here's my plan for tomorrow:

- Morning pyramid workout
- Prep stir fry dinner foods (late meeting at work)
- Motivational Monday
- Seminar, 10am
- Meeting with boss, 11am
- Microscopy!
- Midday workout - weather dependent stairs/walking
- Iron/acetate measurements
- Lab meeting, 5pm
- Singing practice
- Evening tabata workout

That should be my day, more or less. Right now I have to do a workout and then go watch my friend do comedy at open mic night!

Last thing, your Next to Normal lyric that's been running through my head all day: You find some way to survive, you find out that you don't have to be happy at all, to be happy or alive.

Onward and upward!

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PRUPLEBEAR 3/15/2010 6:08PM

    I am not a fan of DST!

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MOTHETTE 3/14/2010 7:52PM

    Do you fast on fridays for lent? My husband and his family are Catholic and they do the lent thing. (My husband and I don't normally.) I was just wondering because I didn't realize that time of the year had come already. I think I've gotten so old now that the years are flying not just the days lol :)

I hope your day goes well.

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The Unexpected

Friday, March 12, 2010

Happy Friday!

I was totally planning to have a complete fast today, but the dreaded Unexpected happened: one of my good friend's had a birthday and invited us out to lunch. So, instead of fasting until 4pm and then having my yogurt and fruit and peanut butter, I fasted until 1pm (18 hours) and ordered enchiladas mole at the Mexican place. These things totally happen.

Here are the highlights: I didn't touch the chips on the table (we later determined they were flour and I couldn't have them anyway, but wasn't planning to). I was served a platter of 3 enchiladas and rice and beans and I ate 1 enchilada and half the rice and beans and stared at the food on my plate for about 1/2 an hour without taking another bite then got a box. For me, that's huge. I never leave food in front of me. No, really. It's one of my worst habits. I did eat the remainder of the food later on in the day, but I put my yogurt, fruit, and peanut butter in the fridge and will have that for snack tonight instead of something else.

I think the fact that I was fasting actually made it easier to eat less. I kept telling myself that if I wasn't planning on eating until 4pm, I certainly didn't need to eat all the food in front of me at 1pm. That would just be silly. It's very empowering to know that I can turn down food that is right in front of me!

I also went for a nice double hill climb walk in the afternoon, and I will do one of my tougher workouts this evening.

I'm not sure if I will try and make up the rest of this fast or not. I'll wait and see how the weigh-ins go. Maybe I'll do half of Sunday.

Also, it is Fun Fact Friday and here is your Fun Fact:

Exercise may actually change what you like to eat!

I mentioned here recently how my tastes have changed over the past three years since I've really been focused on getting healthy, and I decided to see if there was scientific evidence associated with it. There is!

The study I read this morning saw that people's preferences for sucrose (representing sweet) and citric acid (representing sour) increased after exercise. Now, sucrose makes sense, your body is trying to replace the used sugars, which if you just did intense exercise is not a bad idea in small quantities.

The citric acid really interested me, and they don't talk about it at all in the article, so this is just my opinion. Citric acid is an important component of the energy making process in the body (it's called the citric acid cycle sometimes), so your body is also looking to get energy quickly. Now, sugars require processing and you actually spend energy doing that. You get more energy back, but it would be more efficient to get ahead, right? So, you look to pick up the chemicals involved in the process. You find citric acid in citrus fruits and some other fruits. Therefore, fruit might be a good post-workout option! It will taste great and help your body.

If there's a fruit you don't love, try it after working out, who knows what will happen! I workout before breakfast and I used to hate oranges and now I've been eating one every morning!

Horio, T. and Kawamura, Y. (1998). Influence of Physical Exercise on Human Preferences for Various Taste Solutions. Chem. Senses, 23, 417-421.

Well, that's a lot of blog for now, so I'm off. I don't have many specific goals this weekend other than not eating too much and getting my exercise in. I need to do more singing practice too.

Time to workout!

Enjoy your weekend everyone. Be active, avoid mindless eating, and do something fun for yourself!

Onward and upward.


Late Night

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This is a quick blog due to it being almost bedtime.

Food: good, exercise: good even though my knee is bugging me somewhat so I need to find alternatives to stair intervals on rainy days. Today I did a little bit of wall pushups and knee lifts between microscope slides.

It was Thankful Thursday and I am thankful for my legs that let me run, even though my knee, hip, and toe hurt sometimes! I can still run, and with almost no pain while running this morning, just the rest of the day ...

My to do list yesterday: accomplished.

To do Friday:

- morning pyramid workout
- set up crockpot with sauerkraut and pork and potatoes for dinner
- fun fact Friday!
- microscopy like a madwoman
- fasting through 4pm
- sample and pulse sediments!
- midday workout, hopefully walk
- evening turbulence training

Okay, all G'night!

Onward and upward!

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COSLEIA 3/12/2010 9:32AM

    Why do you fast? Do you have a blog post that talks about it?

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Corn Starch

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

That is the secret to good Pad Thai sauce. Also true for a variety of other sauces, but it seems to be the Asian stuff that causes me the most trouble. Soy sauce, rice vinegar, and fish sauce simply do not coat vegetables or boil down effectively. However, one tablespoon of corn starch mixed in two tablespoons of water will thicken it right up like the expensive stuff in the jar. There's also red wine (or cooking wine), srircha sauce, and local honey in my pad thai sauce. It's good. Then I make the dish with about three times the veggies you normally get and about 1/4 the rice noodles and chicken. Tonight's included bok choy, daikon, sugar snap peas, orange pepper, and red onion as well as the sprouts.

Today has been a good overall day. It's WOOHOO Wednesday! My woohoo this week was that I baked a (gluten-free, sugar-free) cake on Sat for church on Sun, and came home with about 8-10 1" pieces leftover, and the old me would have just devoured them Sunday night, but I put them in tupperware and took one piece a day with my lunch instead. I actually just threw out the last three pieces because they started growing mold. Either way, I didn't over-eat cake, WOOHOO!

What was your WOOHOO moment in the last week? I think it's important to look for something, no matter how small, to celebrate because every tiny victory pushes us forward.

I did my yoga this morning. It was a 20 min session, and I think I spent about 10min of it in chair pose, ouch thighs! Great workout though. I did stairs at work. I'm doing Mayhem tonight ... always scary but fun!

So, I was eating my orange with breakfast this morning, and realized how much my tastes have changed in the past few years. I now eat oranges, brussel sprouts, asparagus, broccoli crowns, raw red onion, chard, kale, collard greens, blackberries, peaches, and I think there are more, but I can't think of them. Anyway. I both crave and enjoy these things that 3-4 years ago I really wouldn't have eaten. Sparkguy says that as your habits get healthier, your body actually starts to crave healthy foods containing stuff you need, and I really believe it! I also have really lost most of my taste for sweets and fatty things. McDonald's hasn't sounded appetizing to me in quite a while. Keep at it! It totally works!

So, I'm getting along on my to do list, catching up on work and life and all. Here's for tomorrow:

- Morning run
- Make mac and cheese to be ready for dinner
- Thankful Thursday
- Microscopy, microscopy, microscopy ...
- Midday walk (I'll need sun after dark room microscopy)
- Workout while mac and cheese is in the oven
- No food after dinner to begin weekly fast
- D&D!!!

I may have listened to the entire soundtrack of Next to Normal twice today. Yeah. I adore this song:
I miss the mountains, I miss the dizzy heights, all the manic magic days and the dark depressing nights
I miss the mountains, I miss the highs and lows, All the climbing all the falling, all the while the wild wind blows, stinging you with snow, and soaking you with rain
I miss the mountains, I miss the pain

Okay. I should do some singing and some mayhem. What are you doing to get your exercise in today?

Onward and upward!

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COSLEIA 3/11/2010 8:13PM

    Your pad thai sounds amazing! I will have to try that sometime. emoticon

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MJSCHUMAN 3/10/2010 11:43PM

    my woohoo moment was that I finally bought some gluten-free foods and have not been sick for a week! I agree with you about wanting fruits and veggies, but I still want my chocolate so hurray for gluten-free brownies!

I'm still trying to get exercise in during the day, but mostly I'm back to working out first thing in the morning. My new favorite program is Cardio Blast on Fit TV with Cathe. They are tough workouts!

Have a great Thursday!

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