Hot guava!
Sunday, January 18, 2009      0 comments

So I marched 1.2 miles down to the pan-American grocery store, where the only English I heard was the clerk telling me "Thank you", and picked up a jar of hot guavas. They're packed in a chili sauce (no syrup, actually) and I've been wanting to... Read more
I conquer the hill with SCIENCE
Saturday, January 17, 2009      2 comments

My apartment building doesn't have a washer and dryer, so every weekend or so I have the tedious chore of toting a twenty-pound bag of laundry half a mile over a long bridge that provides all of the calf work and none of the beauty of a hill, an... Read more
300 pound leg press! With no knee pain!
Friday, January 16, 2009      3 comments

I was scheduled for 295 pounds today, but, hey, when you're that close (and on a lower-body lift, where you feel five pounds less) why not? I'm still not going to failure on the lifts, but until my knee is in pristine condition, I don't thi... Read more
Thursday, January 15, 2009      1 comments

This morning, I finished the last of a two pound, ten ounce box of oats. I suppose I could stretch this into a metaphor about how you make a small change, like eating a healthy breakfast every morning, and over time, bit by bit, you accumul... Read more
Routine is good
Wednesday, January 14, 2009      0 comments

I always hear that you should mix up your fitness routine and try lots of things. And that works for a lot of people. And that's fine. (except maybe when they tell me that you need to "confuse" your muscles, which is not so fine, because I ha... Read more
Ladies and gentlemen, Gorn walks among us
Tuesday, January 13, 2009      0 comments

Perhaps the greatest SparkPage ever: "The Overlord say Gorn fat and weak because Gorn lose battle with puny Earthling."
ge.asp?id=GORNCAPTAIN Gorn has taken a break from beating up Cap... Read more
A pleasant surprise in the weight room
Monday, January 12, 2009      0 comments

I was expecting to increase the weight on one exercise today, but found that three of them actually went fine with added pounds. On the downside, I had a lot of trouble with my usual weight on the seated shoulder press - I think I need a longer... Read more
In Praise Of Cardio
Sunday, January 11, 2009      0 comments

When I moved to DC, I started walking a lot more than I did at home. (You can chalk it up to (1) a more pedestrian-friendly city or (2) the fact that I didn't have a car.) And walking's good for you, right? Isn't everyone always telling you t... Read more
Knee pain exercises
Saturday, January 10, 2009      1 comments

I found a website -
-exercises.html - with a fair variety of exercises intended to strengthen the muscles that support your knees (quads, hamstring, hip adductors and abductors). Haven't seen any dra... Read more
Trader Joe's Indian simmer sauces
Friday, January 09, 2009      0 comments

I remain wildly in favor of TJ's little jars of Indian sauce. Just add chickpeas (or chicken or seafood), extra veggies if you have them, and you're done.... Read more
Charles de Fère Blanc de Blancs Brut
Thursday, January 08, 2009      0 comments

Trader Joes says this wine has a hint of toast, and it damn well better. That's all I'm saying.... Read more
Cutest apple ever!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009      4 comments

I stopped at the on-campus sushi restaurant for lunch, and the chatty sushi chef quartered an apple with his (freshly-wiped) sushi knife, cut a wedge out of it, sliced it up, and turned it into a little staircase and gave it to me. It was the m... Read more
Working out makes you have weird thoughts
Tuesday, January 06, 2009      3 comments

I just realized I have no Friday classes this semester, and my first thought was "But how am I going to get five days of cardio with four days of classes?" (I live about an hour from campus, so it's unusual for me to go in on non-class days... Read more
Inadvertent cooking experiment
Sunday, January 04, 2009      2 comments

Cinnamon is near cumin in the spice rack. It looks a little like cumin. But it does not taste like cumin, and I put a teaspoon of it into the black beans anyway. The black beans I was making for a party. A taste test showed that they wer... Read more
One way to get a workout partner
Saturday, January 03, 2009      1 comments

I recruited my sister to SparkPeople. Maybe this will mean that in 2009 we'll do some of the hiking that we talk about but haven't found time for.... Read more

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