Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Today was very productive. I crossed many things off the to-do list, I ate well, exercised much, and generally feel great, though my hamstrings are going to hurt in the morning!
This is going to be quick tonight because I'm working on a great article for the new geeky blog: girlsaregeeks.wordpress.com , it's about Star Trek. Yeah, I'm like that.
Anyway. Tuesday's Tip: Try new things! You never know when your tastes may change, and you should always try something new. I was reminded tonight of another one I picked just in the last month: corned beef. I used to hate corned beef with boiled veggies the way my mother made it. I made three corned beef dishes, tonight's was a hash with three colored peppers, and I liked all three. Even the Reuben casserole with swiss cheese (which I rarely touch) and sauerkraut (which I've only been eating for about 5 years). Really, try something new and try things again! Every preparation leads to different flavors!
Okay, onto the to do list for tomorrow:
- Morning yoga
- Woohoo Wednesday!
- Post article mentioned above
- Acetate and iron sampling
- Microscopy (must finish!)
- 40 min on manuscript
- Transfer cultures
- Midday walk (hopefully the weather will cooperate, if not, more stairs!)
- Finish counts on computer (must finish!)
- Singing practice (have a date to sing the song now! two weeks!)
- Mediterranean pasta for dinner (sundried tomatoes, asparagus, and feta!)
- Mayhem workout
- Maybe Karaoke?
Okay. Time to finish this article and get some sleep!
Onward and upward!
Monday, April 05, 2010
I've recently started switching out my old cooked nuts for raw nuts. The idea is that there are enzymes that are destroyed by roasting that are good for you. However, raw nuts also contain some other stuff that's not too good for you, like enzyme deactivators. So, you are meant to soak nuts and then fully dry them and eat them. Here's a neat article with a few of the why's and how's for soaking: www.marksdailyapple.com/soaki
ng-seeds-and-nuts/ . Currently, I'm having some issues with the drying part, I think it's about time to invest in a dehydrator! Mmmm, jerky. And gluten-free crackers, dried fruit bars and granola, etc.
Anyway, today went relatively well. I was fasting, with intent to break the fast about 3:30 before walking to a meeting at 4. However, my body had other ideas and I was too unfocused and shaky at 2:15 so I ate then. I think there's something related to the PCOS that makes it difficult to use our fat stores as fuel sometimes, and my body will throw itself into hypoglycemia, which means a pure adrenaline rush, not fun. Anyway, eating worked. It meant I had to also eat my emergency larabar at 5, but that's why I have an emergency larabar!
Oh, it's Motivational Monday! Here is my motivational thought for today:
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
I like that one because it reminds me that what I did last week is not going to completely derail me because I can just start again!
I did all my workouts today though, woohoo!
I also accomplished most of my to do list goals, minus the microscopy. Hopefully I can do some of that tomorrow. We'll see, still lots to do.
Okay, plan for tomorrow:
- Morning run!
- Tuesday Tip
- More Iron
- New samples and more acetate
- Plan new experiment
- Finish cell counts
- Midday hills/stairs
- Start new experiment
- 40 min of manuscript writing
- 2 references for Firmicutes
- Write top ten list for blog
- Make confetti corned beef hash for dinner
- Turbulence Training workout
Okay. That's definitely a plan. Now, off to finish a story.
Onward and upward!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
The nice weather this weekend is definitely jump-starting my spring fever. I did get my husband to not only go up the mountain with me yesterday but then out to a cute little cafe for lunch. Today we learned a bit about spring fever in church, it is actually a physiological response to changing seasons. Cool stuff, yes!
Anyway. I made the greatest treat for church yesterday, I soaked and boiled dates, prunes, and golden raisins, and then processed them with apples, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and gluten-free oats, spiced with cinnamon, all-spice, cloves, and nutmeg. This mix was cooled and then rolled into balls. Then I coated the balls in a mixture of ground walnuts and oats. I didn't measure anything, sorry!
Tonight, being a holiday and all (although not one I celebrate), we had a special dinner and I made a homemade version of green bean casserole, turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and veggies. It was not half bad. I'm still working on the crispy onions, today's weren't crispy enough.
Today I did my morning yoga and just did my evening workout. I'm planning a fast day tomorrow since I got so far off this past week. I'm hoping the Wii comes back so I can weigh-in officially Tuesday morning!
So, here's my to do list for tomorrow. I'm splitting my lists into must-do and could-do
- Morning workout
- Motivational Monday
- acetate samples
- iron measurements
- microscopy (6 samples)
- results section of manuscript (1 hr)
- midday walk
- count current microscope pictures
- email job searches
- evening meltdown workout
- research Sporomusa and propionispora
- rewrite research plans
- finish cat story chapter
- finish angel story chapter
- create a tree of firmicutes
- create a tree of Geobacter
- write blog story
Okay. That should be more than enough real work and other work to keep me busy throughout a fast day.
Now, I have to finish watching Caprica and other stuff. Plan for a great week and it will be one!
Onward and upward!
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!
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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