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Abs ... ouch!

Friday, March 19, 2010

So, thanks to one of my teams I've been doing some extra crunches lately, 100 four days this week extra, and my newest workout plan has been more ab heavy than previously, and my increase in yoga is always good for core, and wow, I'm starting to feel my abs! Always a nice feeling, more or less. Now, just gotta keep shedding the blubber around these crazy muscles!

Today was a pretty good fast day for most of the day. I was on the "fasting high" that people who do this talk about from when I woke up until about 2:30pm. Unfortunately, after that I came down a bit hard and fast, but managed to grab my snack and bring things back around to normal. I also had an excellent and productive workday.

My midday workout was more interesting than usual. Mayhem has challenged me to 1000 reps of five exercises over the next week. I've chosen exercises I can do at work: wide leg squat, close-grip wall push-ups, seated knee-lifts, split squats (standing lunge), and an overhead lift holding a book. I did 20 of each early in my day and again in the late afternoon. In the middle though, I took my new reward: my Prokofiev piano book, to the practice rooms and played a bit, then did two exercises, and played more, and more exercise until I had done 40 reps of each. Today my total for these is 80/1000. Still a long way to go! I may not reach 1000, but I can try.

Oh, it was Fun Fact Friday today! Your fact is:
Eat More Yogurt!

Okay, we already knew that, but I just saw a study that looked at not just yogurt, but yogurt containing the specific culture of Lactobacillus plantarus, a plant-derived bacterium.

In this study, subject either had yogurt containing one of two strains of L. plantarus or yogurt with other cultures. The L. plantarus groups showed significant improvements in constipation relief and the liver enzymes AST, ALT, and gamma-GTP!

I need to check out yogurts and Kefir's out here and see if I can find this bug to inoculate into my next yogurt batch.

Citation for the article:
Improvement of constipation and liver function by plant-derived lactic acid bacteria: A double-blind, randomized trial
Fumiko Higashikawa, Masafumi Noda, Tomokazu Awaya, Kazuhiro Nomura, Hirotaka Oku, Masanori Sugiyama
Nutrition 26(4):367-374, 2010

So, now I am done working out, done snacking, and pretty much chilling for the evening. Isn't that nice! Maybe I'll write for a bit, or read, or something. We'll see.

Tomorrow is Saturday, hooray! Sleeping in and then running in normal temperatures later in the morning sounds great to me. Me and hubby need to be really good this weekend because we'll be getting off track in less than a week at PAXEast in Boston!! I don't plan to get too off track, but you know, it's tough.

Okay. My weekend plans mostly involve relaxing, exercising, and eating. I like that. Anyone doing anything fun this weekend?

Onward and upward!

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NANCY- 3/20/2010 9:40AM

    You are inspiring.
Keep Sparking.

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PRETTYEYES999 3/19/2010 9:25PM

    Great ideas, thanks!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

I don't typically do mornings, but I got interrupted last night, so this is essentially a continuation.

Thankful Thursday! Time to think of something to be thankful for in your life. I was thankful this week that I live in a place where we can voice separate opinions as I spent a number of times last week in interesting debates, and it's one of my favorite things to do!

Doing a morning blog does have an advantage, I get to illustrate to you the amusement of daily weigh-ins and carbs at night. Last night, my friends brought over queso made with velveeta, butter, and evaporated milk (yeah, not stuff I even own) and Tostitos. I did eat quite a bit of the dip, although I substituted celery for chips for half of what I ate, so that's good! I also had some extra pieces of dried fruit, prunes and dates after dinner. Let's estimate that I ate 600-700 unexpected calories on top of my ~1300 cals normal for ~2000 calories, which with my exercise schedule and such is about maintenance. You know what the scale did this morning: up 2.2lbs. See that! 2.2lbs for some queso and chips and dried fruit! However, I know that will drop significantly tomorrow, especially since today is a fast day. Just an illustration for those who worry about the scale so much!

To do list for today!

- Morning workout - DONE!
- Fasting
- Prep bacterial samples
- Finish manual alignment
- read/find 2-3 manuscript sources
- Midday workout
- Plan out next week's experiments and such
- Come home and make dinner
- Do my turbulence training workout and 100 crunches

Okay, gotta go get tea to bring to work. I'll see you all tonight!

Onward and upward!


Who You Know

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It is all about who you know! So, my ears have been bothering me a lot lately. Not uncommon, I have small eustachian tubes and have always had ear infections and pressure problems, etc. Anyway, I also noticed some tightness in my jaw and finally realized that my ears were probably acting up because of TMJ (tempro-mandibular joint) tightness, yuck. Here's the problem: no dental coverage to see someone about TMJ. Turns out the guy in my small group ministry who drives me home is a retired orthodontist, score! He showed me some simple isometric exercises to loosen my jaw muscles, and I swear I can feel my ears open up when I do them! It's awesome. Plus, I like simple, natural methods of healing whenever possible.

In other news. I ran this morning, walked this afternoon, and just did 8 min. of tabatas, whew! I also did a quick twitter challenge with a friend in the afternoon to 10 jumping jacks and 10 wall push-ups to get us moving again. That was fun. I ate well, and I'm starting a fast.

However, it is late and I must go now! To do's tomorrow!

Onward and upward!

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NANCY- 3/19/2010 8:12AM

Sometimes it's the simple things that make life better.

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May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

May the wind be always at your back
May the sunshine warm upon your face
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again
may God hold you in the palm of Her hand

A traditional Irish blessing for St. Patrick's Day. I sang that one in choir once and always remember it because of that.

Other than that, I don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I avoid green, I avoid beer (can't drink most of it anyway!), and my and my husband both dislike boiled dinner.

However, my Reuben casserole was excellent! Mixed sauerkraut, cooked corned beef (cooked it in the crockpot all day), and a dressing made from French dressing, miracle whip, and chopped dill pickle in a casserole dish and topped it with swiss cheese slices and baked. I've never had a Reuben before since I never really liked sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, rye bread, or corned beef before. My casserole was yummy!

I'm still rolling along perfectly this week sticking very well to my plan. I keep reminding myself that I have a goal to reach, and I intend to reach it.

Speaking of that, it's WOOHOO Wednesday! Time for celebration, what victory do you have to celebrate? My victory is that last night, I got home at 9:30pm and still did my complete workout before having my snack. Rock!

Tonight was a Mayhem workout night, and we don't have a new challenge, so I did an old school Mayhem move: max outs. I did 4 rounds trying to max out push-ups on toes, lunges with knees all the way to the ground, sit-ups sitting entirely up, and dips with straight legs. Not easy moves. Here are my totals: push-ups 50, lunges 66, sit-ups 49, dips 50. Whew! I am going to ache tomorrow.

I also practiced my headstand, and on the third try I kicked up and held straight up for about 8 seconds without hitting the wall at all! WOOHOO!

I think I owe myself a few songs at karaoke tonight, yes? Totally.

Okay, my to do list. I am still behind on lab work, but I did finish all my figures and started a second paragraph of my manuscript. The nice thing is that the figures will also go in my manuscript, so I'm almost halfway to a manuscript! Everything got done except singing which will occur at karaoke ... hehe.

For tomorrow:

- Morning run
- Prep Beef Marinara in crockpot
- Sample sediments
- Measure iron
- Midday walk dowtown
- Clean lab bench (it needs it, ack!)
- Tabatas before D&D, at least 8 min.
- D&D night!!
- No snacks after dinner!

Now. To get clothes on again and pick a karaoke song or two.

Before I go:
I don't need a life that's normal, that's much too far away, but something next to normal would be okay.

Onward and upward!

**edit** no karaoke on St. Paddy's day, oops! Going to have find other ways to amuse myself tonight!


Two for Tuesday

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It's been Two for Tuesday in my lab all day. That means that I have a playlist on Itunes that I've set up to do double-plays from various artists all day. It's very eclectic, so you can hear Bruce Springsteen followed by the Indigo Girls then selections from Into the Woods followed by Metallica and Chopin. I'm a lot of fun to work with.

I'm blogging early today because I have a busy evening, going from work to small group ministry and then going home to workout and watch Lost. This is my free time!

Today was a nice, dry morning for running with hubby. It's still cold (34F at 7:15 this morning!) but I'm hoping the warm temps improve drastically by Thursday and Saturday should be good because we don't run until about 10am. My hip is much happier while running now that I have an arch insert in my right shoe (slight difference in leg lengths) and if I remember to focus on hitting the ground with the ball of my foot, not the heel. My hip still hurts later in the day, but not while running. Strange, yes!

Not enough pain to stop me from doing anything though, including a beautiful afternoon walk in the sunshine. Funny, one of my labmates left at the same time as me to get lunch and then we met again returning to the lab, only, as he put it, I burned calories and he ingested them!

Food today has been good, and I have an Impossible Enchilada Pie waiting for dinner. You might have seen the "Impossible" dinner pies that are made with Bisquick mix over various combinations of meat and veggies, well I make something similar with gluten-free baking and pancake mixes. They are always good. Tonight's filling is ground turkey, jalapenos, salsa, corn, black beans, and green beans with cumin and cilantro. Sour cream on the side.

It's time for Tuesday's Tip! Today's tip is to allow yourself some small indulgence every day. I have bars of very dark chocolate (70-85%) and I have a tiny piece after lunch and another after dinner. I satisfy my chocolate craving without going overboard. The dark stuff is really good because it is hard to eat it too fast or eat too much. I've tried going cold turkey from chocolate, it is simply not worth it. The idea here is indulge in a controlled way so that you don't binge from deprivation later.

I accomplished the majority of my goals today, some are still forthcoming but will be accomplished. Here is tomorrow's plan:

- Yoga
- Put corned beef in crockpot
- Woohoo Wednesday!
- Measure iron
- Prep bacterial samples
- Put together figures and legends for upcoming meeting
- Write another paragraph of my newest manuscript
- Midday workout
- Perhaps some microscopy
- Singing practice
- Reuben Casserole for St. Patrick's Day! (we don't actually care about the day, but corned beef and sauerkraut was on sale, you know!)
- Mayhem workout!

Okay. I have my plan. Now I have to go ahead and have dinner and on with my evening.

"you play 'til it's perfect, you play 'til you ache. You play 'til the strings or your fingernails break, so you'll rock that recital and get into Yale, so you won't feel so sick and you won't look so pale"
Next to Normal

Yeah. I know. I'm obsessed.

Onward and upward!

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MJSCHUMAN 3/16/2010 9:58PM

    It's so motivating to read your posts! You are doing a great job creating and making your goals. You deserve the Woohoo Wednesday!

Have you joined the Rookie Runners Group? Someone may have a tip about stretches for your hip. We use a foam cylinder to stretch that muscle - my son swears by it and says he doesn't have any more problems since he stretches.

Thanks for all the gluten-free recipes. I've ordered some tapioca flour. I'm slowly getting the ingredients I need.

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NIXIE27 3/16/2010 6:38PM

    You are very positive, and what a great idea for the chocolate! I go a bit different route. I hate breakfast, so I drink meal replacements instead. I always have a chocolate one...lol.

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