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Daily Log–Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April 14, 2010

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with honey and a Luna energy/protein/whatever bar.  The Greek yogurt and honey was awesome–I got a different brand than I have before, and it was so much better. Definitely buying more of that.

Lunch: Have to get to campus early on Tuesdays, so I rarely pack my lunch.  And it was a beautiful day, so it made walking to get lunch even better!  I went to a Greek restaurant and got a cucumber and tomato salad and the mezza platter:  grape leaves, falafel, hummus, couscous, and pita.  So good.  On the way back to my lab I stopped at a coffeehouse for some gelato.  Mmmmmm.  Overall, a great lunch.

Dinner: Lettuce wrap–chicken, pepperjack cheese, pickle, bell pepper, red onion, and mustard wrapped up in romaine.  My lettuce leaves were tiny, though, so it was hard to wrap it up.  Is there a method to this type of thing?

Exercise: Week 15, Day 1 of Health Habits’ workout.


Daily Log–Monday, April 12, 2010

April 13, 2010

Let’s see if I can keep up with this any better this time.  And feel free to critique what I’m doing–I can’t promise that I’ll always follow the advice I’m given, but I will consider it.

Breakfast: Apple, peanut butter, milk.

Lunch: Salad (spinach, romaine, grape tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper, parmesan, pine nuts, balsamic vinaigrette), grapes, water.

Dinner: Pork tenerloin from The Healthy Irishman, roasted asparagus with lemon, water.

Extra: Two small cupcakes that someone brought in to celebrate our martial arts instructor’s birthday tomorrow.

Exercise: Martial arts class, about 1.5 hrs.


July 9, 2009

So.  Things to work on:  updating more frequently, definitely.

I’m at about 185-188 lbs now (so down 34-37 lbs since last August), and I’ve been there for a while.  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to lose any more.  I mean, I know it’s physicaly possible, but I’d either have to eat less or exercise more than I am currently, and I’m not sure if I’m willing/able to make those changes.  :-/

One thing I could use everyone’s help on is lunch ideas.  I have to bring my lunch to campus every day, and for the last few months I’ve been defaulting to sandwiches:  whole wheat bread, pepperjack cheese, ham/turkey/chicken, mustard, and some combination of bell peppers, onion, and lettuce.  And it’s beginning to drive me INSANE, but I can’t think of anything else that’s quick and easy to make and throw into my lunch bag in the few minutes I have in the morning.  Any ideas?

Related to that:  what sides would be good to add?  A sandwich just doesn’t seem like enough, sometimes, but I’ve again defaulted to bringing either an apple or broccoli and ranch dressing, but I’m becoming sick of those as well.  Sometimes I’ll bring cheese-flavored Quaker rice cake things, because they satisfy my love of crunchy things and are hopefully not as horrible as chips.  But other than that, I’m drawing a blank.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

This is familiar.

February 2, 2009

I’m down to about 195 (ish) pounds now.  One of my pairs of jeans is in danger of falling off when I wear them, and I could have maybe gotten a smaller size when I went shopping the other day, if I wanted to spend the money.  (I think I’ll wash them instead, and hope they shrink enough.)  I went in The Limited on a whim and tried on a few shirts.  They didn’t look wonderful–a little too tight–but they fit.  I could actually get them on, which I’m sure I couldn’t have done earlier.  Obviously, something’s going right.

And yet none of this was enough to get me out of bed this morning the needed hour earlier to go to the gym.  Exercise?  Ugh.  Motivation:  I No Can Has.

I’ve never loved working out.  I don’t think I get that “exercise high” I’ve heard people going on and on about.  I guess I feel okay after I work out, but that knowledge never seems to be enough when that alarm goes off and I’m still sleepy and warm and comfy under my covers.

I don’t know what to do.

More Than Numbers

January 16, 2009

I know that I’ve lost about 20 lbs since August, but it can be hard to “see” what my scale tells me.  So it’s nice to get reinforcement sometimes.  I have a blazer jacket thing that I usually wear open, because otherwise it can be a bit snug.  I pulled it out again today for an additional layer (desperately needed, as we’ve been in Arctic degrees for the past two days), and this time…not snug.  Fit pretty well, actually.

However, I think I’ll still wear it open most of the time–it fastens by slotting metal hook things into little loops, which seem to come unfastened by, like, shifting.

Christmas break is almost over…

January 8, 2009

…and while I’m sure I’ve probably eaten more than I should have, I don’t think I’ve packed on too many pounds.  It’ll be nice to get back to my apartment and cook again.  I just don’t feel comfortable cooking at home–it’s all my mom’s things, not my own, and I don’t know where anything is.  (I will also be thankful to get away from the dial-up.  My mom doesn’t understand the value of high-speed internet.)

I went shopping over the holidays, and tried on clothes at a few stores I don’t usually stop at (ie, not plus size).  And while the clothes were still too tight, I could get them on, which I’m not sure I could have done before.  So that pleased me, in a strange way.

Are pushups supposed to work your abs too?  I just got through the first week of the One Hundred Pushups Challenge (time will tell if I actually finish all 6 weeks), and my stomach is a little sore, along with my arms.

Number of the Day

December 4, 2008

199.6:  The number on my scale this morning.

It’s not much under 200, and might be gone by tomorrow.  But after the semester month week day I’m having?  I’ll take it.

I am, however, getting tired of Campbell’s soup for lunch.  I either need to get up early enough to make a sandwich, or find something I can just grab out of the fridge and bring with me.  If, of course, I have enough time this weekend to cook.

Positive Thinking

December 3, 2008

I had another meeting with my school’s nutritionist a few days ago, and when I mentioned that I had lost weight since our first appointment, she said that I did look thinner to her.  I’m glad she told me, because I can’t really tell.  When you see yourself in the mirror every day, it’s hard to notice those slight changes that stand out to a person who only sees you once a month.

It can be hard sometimes, too, when people tell you things that you can’t see.  But I can’t let that stop me—I’ve got to look at the things I do notice.  Like the fact that when my Mom and I went shopping after Thanksgiving, the clothes below my usual size were fitting better than they normally do.  And the scale—I’ve lost almost twenty pounds since August.  That’s almost ten percent of my weight.  No matter whether I can see it or not, that’s a big accomplishment, and I shouldn’t forget it.

Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

November 24, 2008

So!  Yes!  Still here!  Sorry about that.  Grad school started kicking my ass big time.  I’m thankfully in a little (itty-bitty) slowdown right before Thanksgiving break, so I thought I better suck it up and update while I had the chance.  And in convenient bullet form!

  • Kale is quite tasty sautéed in olive oil and mixed with other things in pasta.  (And cheap, too!  Must work it in more often.)
  • Roasted sweet potatoes (and/or yams, because no one seems to know the difference) with curry powder are yummy as well—thanks for the idea, DR.  They are, however, a bitch to peel at times.  Can you roast them with the skin on as well, or should I just suck it up and keep peeling them?
  • Speaking of sucking it up, my college has a nutritionist that you can visit for free, so on the advice and urging of a friend, I’ve gone a couple times.  And…eh.  I don’t know—I feel like she’s just telling me things I already know.  I apparently pretty much know what I should be doing to eat healthy, but the planning always trips me up.  It also doesn’t help that the fact that I’m trying to not eat so much processed food a lot of times runs smack into the “OMG I have no time and a frozen meal would be SO much quicker than this” reality.  So far I’ve succeeded in not eating any frozen meals since this school year started, but that also means that I’ve resorted to pasta for dinner and sandwiches and soup (Yes, it’s prepackaged, but!  Hopefully not too horrible.) for lunch a lot.
  • She also thinks that my engineering background keeps me from just jumping into things—if I don’t have a plan of exactly how everything is supposed to go, I have a hard time starting.  Which…yes, most likely, but good luck breaking me of that.  She did, however, give me some pamphlets of info, and a cookbook for eating healthy in college, which I’ve glanced at some but not much, what with grad school kicking my ass and everything.
  • I impulsively bought a cookbook/book/whatever called “660 Curries,” because college has shown me I love ethnic food, and it was on for REALLY cheap, and I couldn’t resist.  Maybe now I can do more than make a weak Thai curry from store-bought curry paste and canned coconut milk.  (I really shouldn’t rag on that curry, though.  It’s quite tasty.)
  • In spite of ALL this, my scale this morning said I have reached 202.5 (gotta love those extra-precise digital scales) pounds.  Just a LITTLE more, and I’ll be back under 200 pounds for the first time since…I don’t know, actually, because I never really weighed myself that much at home, and then one day I was at my college’s gym and stepped on the scale and was like, “Oh!  Hello there, large number.”  But it would be SO nice to get under that marker.

Of course, Thanksgiving probably won’t help that, but oh well.

Speaking of Thanksgiving!  I’m going to be heading home for the holiday, and I don’t want the two heads of broccoli I have in the fridge to go bad while I’m away.  My aunt said I should blanch it and then freeze it, and then I can use it when I get back.  Does this sound like a good idea?  Does anyone else have any suggestions?

Just Doing What I Do…

October 9, 2008

If I want people to comment on what I’m doing and offer suggestions, it might be a good idea to lay out my physical activity for a typical week, wouldn’t it? Let’s go.

Walking: I’m living off campus for the first time this year, so I can’t walk to class like I used to. However, once I get to campus, my car stays in the parking garage. If I have to go somewhere, I walk. And while I don’t love walking miles upon miles to get somewhere, I also won’t circle the parking lot at the mall or the grocery store forever just to get the closest spot. I’m just average in that respect, I think.

Stairs: Oh my GOD do I have stairs. My apartment this year is on the top floor (the third floor) of my building, and the nice tall ceilings lead to extra-long flights of stairs. And since there are no elevators (which made moving in loads of fun, TRUST ME), I have no other option.

All my work and classes are in the mechanical engineering building this semester, but it is a three story building with only one elevator, a freight elevator, and I usually avoid it and just take the stairs. It’s quicker, actually.

And finally, while I may be driving to school instead of walking, the only spaces for my particular permit are on the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of the parking garage—and I’m never there early enough to get on the fourth floor. I always take the stairs down, and after the first week or so I somehow managed to convince myself to take the stairs up as well. (My legs do not appreciate this, most days.)

And I do almost all of this while wearing a backpack that weighs a metric crap-ton.


*gets backpack and scale*

*weighs backpack*

I’m sorry, not a metric crap-ton—just twenty-five pounds. Fantastic.

So no matter what else I do, my ass and legs are going to be awesome by the end of this year. They have no choice.

Martial Arts: Before I came to college, I practiced Taekwondo for about 8-10 years, and had worked my way up to a third-degree black belt. In college, though, classes and studying took over, and I never made it to any of those club callouts I saw posted everywhere.

This summer I made the mistake of mentioning all this to one of the other grad students I was working with. Turns out, she practices a martial art that is derived from Taekwondo, and she got all excited and nagged at me until I started coming to classes. So that class is scheduled two times a week (and sometimes three, some weeks). A lot of weeks I only make it to one class, because of homework or exams. It’s always been that way for me—when classes get crazy, extra-curriculars like clubs are always the first thing to go. I did go both times this week, though, so that’s a plus.

Etc.: I keep telling myself that I should do DR’s HIIT workouts, but so far this week that hasn’t happened. I’m horrible at that—I’ll keep telling myself and telling myself that I need to do it, but it doesn’t usually happen. “Easier said than done,” as they say. I know that’s not a good reason, but I’m not going to lie about it.

I was going to try to close this with some kind of witty line, but my creativity has apparently left me for the moment. Hate it when that happens.