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Friday, April 02, 2010

Wow, I have been gone for a while, huh? Everybody miss me!? I missed all of you, and some sleep, and my normal schedule.

So, I spent 4 glorious days in Boston at PAXEast. I met my first love Wil Wheaton, he is truly awesome. I talked to some interesting people, saw some fabulous musical performances, and discovered this incredible blog:
If you think you fall anywhere on the geek-freak-nerd spectrum, check this out and spread it around! It's new and needs readers!

I then spent 3 days in Washington, D.C., mostly at the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research meeting learning about various bioremediation techniques and information.

Both of these events were essentially disastrous to my usual healthy routine. Let's overview the "bad" first
- ate too much, especially in D.C. where the food was simply provided buffet style
- didn't exercise as much as I wanted to, especially near the end
- drank alcohol
- ate waaaayyy too much ice cream on my last day

Okay. Now for the "good"

- fasted at least one day
- made a number of swaps for fruits/vegetables over starches
- took opportunities to be in motion and on my feet, including walking the entire monument section of D.C. and standing for numerous concerts
- packed and carried my own snacks
- left some food behind on plates in 2-3 different locations (I'm an awful clean-plate eater in most restaurants)
- no fancy Starbucks/Dunkin drinks

So. That could have been much worse, and I made a lot of good decisions, even if portion control is still an issue. Not sleeping well probably didn't help, especially since for Fun Fact Friday I found this:

Not Sleeping Can Lead to Extra Eating!

Sure, we've all heard this one before, but not too many studies have actually tested it. Well, here's one that has!

After just one night of sleep deprivation (3-4 hours as compared to 7-8 hours), caloric intake increased by about 500 calories! Now, physical activity increased as well, but only by about 50 calories. That is not balanced. They also found the subject definitely felt more hungry.

This was only a small study with no blood work, but it agrees well with other studies, and my own experience (especially this past week being out of town!).

The key here is that we need to sleep! Consider that an important factor of your healthy plan.

Acute partial sleep deprivation increases food intake in healthy men
Laurent Brondel, Michael A Romer, Pauline M Nougues, Peio Touyarou, and Damien Davenne
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
published ahead of print

Anyway. Back to reality. Today was excellent, stayed on food track, morning workout, afternoon walk, and going to workout again quite soon. Feeling pretty great. I have lots to get done this weekend, but most of it at home and on the computer, so it should be an easy weekend. Maybe I can talk my husband up a mountain on Sunday, hehe. Can't wait to run again tomorrow, I miss it!

Well, I am back for the foreseeable future, or at least until Mid May when my next trip is planned. Hope you all had a great week last week and have awesome weekend plans!

Onward and upward!

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NANCY- 4/3/2010 7:08AM

    emoticon BACK!

Sounds like you learned so much on these trips.

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MJSCHUMAN 4/2/2010 11:53PM

    Awesome job fighting all the temptations surrounding you. I can't believe you were able to have a fasting day in the midst of it. Way to go!

I hope you get the chance to climb the mountain on Sunday. What a great way to start the week!

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River of Dreams

Thursday, March 25, 2010

That was my second song at karaoke tonight. I also sang Don't Speak and Eternal Flame. I love karaoke.

This has to be quick because it is late and tomorrow we have a lot to do before going to BOSTON to PAXEast to see WIL WHEATON and MC FRONTALOT and JONATHON COULTON!! Okay. If you are a geek, you might have gotten that. If not, just assume I'm very excited.

So, the quick and easy items: it's WOOHOO WEDNESDAY! I ran into this quote today: “Nobody just wanders around & finds themselves on top of Everest.” Zig Zagler

What I hear there is that you have to take steps in some direction, no matter how small to get to the top. What steps have you taken this week that you can celebrate?

My WOOHOO is that I'm going to Boston and I have a whole bunch of snacks ready to go: homemade trail mix, hardboiled eggs, veggie chips, string cheese, and apples.

Anyway. I am set for my trip, and I might be scarce for the next week. I'm still trying to stay on track though!

Onward and upward!

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PRUPLEBEAR 4/3/2010 3:42PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JENISNAPE 3/28/2010 7:26AM

    Wil Wheaton is on my twitter feed, so I've been seeing all his updates about PAX :) Hope you have fun!

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JANNERUN 3/25/2010 2:49PM

    Have a great time on your trip. Try to post as often as you can as I enjoy your posts, also!!

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KATRENIAH 3/25/2010 10:15AM

    Good for you for preparing snacks in advance for your trip!

I don't know the other two, but I'm familiar with Wil Wheaton - I used to watch him as Wesley Crusher on "ST:TNG" (although I couldn't STAND Wesley, I have nothing against the actor), and I saw him in a movie here and there. He was on an episode of "Leverage" last season, and he was really good.

I hope you have a wonderful time.

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DBELLE39 3/25/2010 5:35AM

    Have a wonderful time!

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MINNIE 3/25/2010 12:16AM

    enjoy the trip!!!
i enjoy your posts. thanks.

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Scale, what scale?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for a Tuesday Tip! My Tuesday tip today is don't rely on the scale to determine progress, have many progress markers like looks, clothes, fitness, and how you feel!

My scale has been going in the wrong direction for two days, but I put on one of my tighter pairs of pants this morning and it feels good and looks great, so I can ignore the scale and remember I'm still making progress!

I have a vague idea of why the scale is not playing nice with me right now, and it may be related to more digestive issues (as if I don't have enough, right?), but I'm not going to get into that until I have more scientific evidence. All I will say is that I was eating quite a lot of prunes to attempt to solve a problem, and it seems to have made the problem worse. Strange, right. Anyway, I have some leads, but it may take me a while to track down the culprit. I'll be less cryptic when I have data to present. (The scientist in me apologizes for rearing its annoying head, but can't really help it!)

I made a variation on this southernfood.about.com/od/cor
tonight, using almond milk and millet flour and rice pasta, using fresh spinach, and adding corn and green beans. It was yummy. My food today was good, I got only 40 reps per exercise in the middle of my insane day, but I did 30 min on the bike this morning (too rainy for running) and turbulence training this evening, so that's good.

I have a lot to do tomorrow since Boston is on Thurs!

- Morning yoga
- Prep cells
- Measure iron
- Microscopy
- Walk/stairs plus strength - I mean it this time!
- Check on all figures for next week's DC meeting
- Make sure my student is set for Thurs. with instructions and supplies
- Transfer cultures
- Make Italian for dinner and use up spinach, salad stuff, tomatoes, peppers, and anything else perishable I forgot
- Pack clothes for trip
- Do MAYHEM workout!
- KARAOKE! I bribed my husband into coming ... hehehehe!!

Okay, it's on the late side for me, so I am off. Keep doing good things for yourself, you are worth it!

Onward and upward!

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MOMMYOF2CUTIES 3/24/2010 2:58PM

    Yeah I've learned that scale trick now, ignore it. Awesome progress for you.

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NANCY- 3/24/2010 10:31AM

    WTG on looking for solutions.
Hope you have a great trip to Boston.

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LOPEYP 3/24/2010 5:58AM

    We always get hung up on the scale but it's all about how we look and how our clothes fit. I haven't seen much movement on the scale for a lunch but lost some inches and can fit into smaller pants so I'm taking it.
Have a good time on your trip.

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MJSCHUMAN 3/23/2010 11:14PM

    Enjoy Karaoke tonight! I hope you have a great time on your trip to Boston.

I'm still struggling with identifying my culprit. Today I ate wheat. I've been trying it once a week. The last time went well except for some bloating which also moved my scale up. This time I had cramps all evening and I feel like I have helium in my stomach! I think I'm back to the elimination diet for awhile. Now raisins are a treat!

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ARMETIS 3/23/2010 10:51PM

    That scale is a funny thing. I lost 3 pounds literally overnight. The truth is those 3 pounds weren't there a few days before, evidently, it was all due to my moon cycle. That's okay with me.

I'm with you on the scale thing. Mine hasn't budged but my mirror tells me I'm looking not so bad! I'm siding with my mirror. Isn't it great to fit into a "tight" pair of pants that aren't "tight" any more?!!!
Have a great week.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Cumin is my new favorite "you can't have too much" spice. Really. It makes all my Mexican style food taste awesome. Does it work in other cuisines too? If anyone knows, that's awesome, if not, I'll have to play ... hehehe! I put it in a fabulous crockpot chili verde tonight. Yum!

Happy MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY!! We finally hit spring this weekend, so here is a spring quote:

An optimist is the human personification of Spring.
Susan J. Bissonette

Therefore, this Spring should be all about optimism! Get going, do something, move forward, and get healthy! I plan to do all that.

I'm slowly preparing for my trip insanity. I made some nuts yesterday. I soaked raw almonds, walnuts, and pecans in salt water for a few hours, then I used the yogurt maker to mostly dry them out (like a dehydrator) and then finished them at the lowest setting in the oven. They are now dry and crispy, but should still maintain all the important nut enzymes to improve their quality and digestion. I bought dried fruit at Whole Foods to go with them so I can make myself a big batch of trail mix to carry around the conventions. I'm also planning to take apples, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, and veggie chips (bought at whole foods). That should keep me away from junk and from starving and crashing.

Today, I did my morning workout plus 50 more reps of Mayhem plus stairs. My big workout in a few minutes will involve more Mayhem exercises using the tabata style. My current Mayhem total is 370/1000. I plan to reach 500 tonight!

Foodwise today I am on target. My weight, as expected, is up after the weekend, but I expect that to drop off quickly, and I'm hoping to pop just under 150 by Thurs. morning before insanity. That way I can reach my goal of 151 a week from Sat. when I am back from everything.

Okay, my to do list for tomorrow. Lots of work stuff to do before I leave!

- Morning run (or bike, it might rain)
- Put together and submit biweekly update
- Attend seminar
- Sample and prep numerous sediment bottles
- Make sure student is set for Thurs.
- Prep props for PAX costume
- Midday mayhem and stairs
- Corned beef with noodles and spinach for dinner
- Evening turbulence training workout

Okay. Gotta workout, snack, and then chill ... ahh.

Onward and upward!

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MJSCHUMAN 3/22/2010 11:23PM

    Found the Project Mayhem group - very challenging! Thanks for the spring quote!

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MJSCHUMAN 3/22/2010 11:12PM

    OK, I missed some posts I think. Where is insanity? and where did you find the Mayhem exercises?

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MUDDLES63 3/22/2010 10:46PM

    I love Cumin! Its great for indian curries, and also I found the other day in Moussaka (yum!)

Your snack pack sounds great!

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Fried "Rice" Win

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tonight was a serious dinner win. I made a fabulous fried rice, only using cauliflower instead of rice. I chopped up onions, red pepper, baby bok choy, sugar snap peas, daikon, and threw in some frozen corn. I sauteed these in my hot wok in just a bit of sesame oil. Then I added about a 1/4 cup of soy sauce with onion and garlic powder and Mrs. Dash mixed in. I cooked 2 cups of cauliflower and put them in the food processor to get a rice like consistency and added it to my vegetables. Lastly, I made a hole in the rice and cracked in an egg and scrambled it into the mix. I also added some extra sea salt since my husband is a salt fiend. Anyway, he liked the flavor and he said nothing about the lack of actual rice. That means WIN!

In other news, I ate probably too much gluten-free mock matzoh and charoset that I made for church this morning, but it was delicious! However, I did quite a bit of activity, morning yoga, walking to and from laundry, evening massive workout, and Mayhem reps. For Mayhem this week, we are doing 1000 reps of 5 exercises we don't like. Since Friday, I've done 320 reps of wide leg squats, seated knee lifts, overhead straight arm lift, split squats, and close-grip wall push-ups.

Happy Birthday J.S. Bach! I heard and sang lots of Bach in church this morning. J.S. is not as fun as P.D.Q., but still great music.

So, the next three days need to be as 100% on as I can be since Thursday starts the trip insanity (Thurs-Sun Boston, Mon-Wed D.C.). Therefore, on to the to do list!

- Morning pyramid workout
- Put chili in crockpot
- Motivational Monday
- Create plan for labwork/being gone
- Microscopy
- Midday mayhem reps
- Submit ISME abstract
- Lab meeting
- Evening meltdown workout (with Mayhem exercises!)

Okay. Right now, I should actually go prep my chili or I will totally forget about it in the morning.

My weekend went well, and I don't think I lost any real ground, woohoo! Hope you all did something great for yourselves this weekend!

Onward and upward!

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AUDREYLYNN6 3/22/2010 1:42PM

    LMBO...I love your posts..great inspiration and amusing.. emoticon

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