Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Days 171 - 176: Holy Busybody, Batman!

WOW. I can't believe how many days it's been! I've been a busy little bee!

I am also ridiculously tired, so I intend to keep this short. Keyword: INTEND... Honestly, I'm so tired that I think I'm just going to post pictures and type what exercise I did... We'll see.

Friday, October 12:
Fat Free Milk + cheerios 
Yes, this was my lunch. Shame on me.
Afternoon snack
Dinner before
Dinner after
Friday Exercise:  Biked 11 miles

Saturday, October 13

OK, I have to write a little something here because this day was different. This was the 4th year death anniversary of Nick's mom, Ms Ruth. One of my biggest influences on why I started this journey and why I participate in the Heart Walk every year is because of what happened on this day 4 years ago. I don't want anyone else I love to go through that kind of pain if it can be avoided, which is why I must journey on and help others if I can. I only knew her for two years, but she made an impact on me for a lifetime... 
Breakfast:  egg, skim mozzarella, spinach, sriracha
on a whole wheat tortilla with Organo green tea from
my lovely friends Michelle & Michael
Nick and I shared a meal together
at Jason's Deli. I had half a turkey cranwich with fruit
This one's for you, Ms Ruth.
I biked 9 miles in the morning. Not sure why I'm having a harder time biking lately...I might need to stretch more or something because my legs get extremely tired way too early these days.

Sunday, October 14

Ran/walked a mile at 8 a.m.
Had the whole gym to myself
50 lb Squats

Breakfast: oatmeal, protein shake

Lunch:  homemade chicken mami from my mama

More lunch: 1/2 a skinless garlic chicken thigh,
rice, cucumber
Fruit salad for dessert
Monday, October 15

Breakfast was another Activia Breakfast Blend (the banana bread flavored kind).

Lunch:  More chicken mami (before) 
Closeup of the "glass" noodles

peanut butter and honey sandwich
(1 slice of wheat bread folded over)

Couldn't finish 
Banana snack

Not sure what I was thinking here.
Supper. My last bangus/fish. :( And lots of zucchini & squash
Tuesday, October 16

Lunch:  pasta, pesto, LOTS OF ZUCCHINI, SQUASH,
ASPARAGUS, + a bit of beef with broccoli & garlic bread

I had 1 m&m cookie, 2/3 a brownie, and 2 bites of
that awful pink cake. Eew. Was not a fan.
(The 2nd m&m cookie was for Nick)
It mocks me with shame. 

Supper at mom & dad's:  salmon
I ate 2/3 of this.
My "workout" for the day was walking to the dining hall with Craig.

Wednesday, October 17

Activia with a cup of green tea with mint

lunch:  a whole wheat wrap of spinach, skim mozzarella,
sliced turkey, and miracle whip light 
After working through lunch, I had to run an errand for my pal Anna, and then I went on a walk around campus with Craig. We've started this new thing where we're going to walk around campus every day unless we have work obligations or the weather is bad.

Check out our mileage!

My lovely and dear friend Ivonne introduced me to an app called MapMyRide, and I FINALLY figured out how to use it. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but it's better than nothing!

I used the app again to track my bike ride this evening.

A bit miffed because the signs at the hike & bike trail say that that straight
stretch is 1.5 mile and the loops is 2, so I typically think I'm doing 11 miles.
But according to this, I only did 7.81? Not sure what's more accurate.
Either way, I biked that straight edge back & forth once, and I looped 3 times.
The wind was PURE EVIL today. It was like trying to bike in a hurricane! I'm surprised I was able to last "9" miles, but at least I got through it!

Supper:  skinless chicken with a tomato
That's all, folks. I haven't been blogging lately because my nights have been full of freelance work projects and a late night choir practice. Hoping to be back on track for the rest of the week now! 


OH, and of course, please donate!!! There are only a little over 2 weeks before the heart walk, and I still haven't reached my goal!!

Please click "SPONSOR ME" on the image below this paragraph. I know financial times are tough right now, but any amount would be greatly appreciated! If you cannot or would rather not donate online, please feel free to e-mail me and we can make other arrangements.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Days 169 & 170: Living Room Workouts

I feel like I have been working non-stop since the Fall semester started. My brain has been STORMING for weeks with many new projects I need to do, and I can feel my well of creativity going dry.

Before I started all this working out, I would have felt anxious, overwhelmed, and highly fatigued with all the things on my to do list. I honestly can't believe I am still going with all the things that are on my mind right now, and I believe that I can give the credit to my coping to releasing my stress in my workouts.

The evenings just aren't long enough for me to accomplish what I want and need to do. I cut my workout short last night and tonight so that I could work on freelance projects, brainstorm on ideas for full time work, play piano, eat supper, prepare for the next day, and take care of my other usual business. 

Day 169 was a busy and somewhat frantic day. Breakfast was my usual Activia Breakfast Blend, and I was able to get a free lunch thanks to the annual Hispanic Heritage Day program at LIT. 

I always feel awkward eating at work events when a line is involved. I was willing to go to lunch elsewhere after the event if they ran out of food, but a tiny bit remained after all the students left. Casa Ole' and Elena's provided food for attendees of the Hispanic Heritage program, and I was able to eat a small bowl of chips and salsa with 3/4 a beef quesadilla. 

Scraped the bottom of the bowl for the last of
the chips. There was still an ocean of salsa left.
Beef quesadillas...ehh I wasn't impressed,
but at least they were free!
After the Hispanic Heritage Day program, I had a mini "emergency" because I lost about 80% of the photos I took of the event due to a glitch in our network/servers!!! My panic caused me to post on Facebook and my friend Emily D. was able to rescue me and suggest some recovery software that helped me find the lost images. I was frantic for a while until I got the files back! WHEW!

When I got home, I hurried and made a super quick supper of turkey bacon, 2 eggs, and 1 roma tomato.

I did all of these except for the elevated lunge jumps to avoid loud landings...
I did 2 sets of 15
And I also did this...

I did 3 sets of 15 reps each
No gym? No problem!
I tried to get my yoga ball in the photo
too, but it kept rolling away.
 Day 170 was busy and productive at work.

Breakfast was my usual Activia breakfast blend (This was the last one I had left, so grocery shopping must happen soon!)

Lunchtime arrived sooner than I thought it would. I brought my pal Craig out for a belated lunch celebration to Tokyo where we shared some sushi and edamame!

Orchid & OMG roll.
That's Craig's arm in the top left corner!
Happy belated birthday, Craig's arm!
My little pile of edamame shells
And what would a birthday be without a
little something sweet? This delicious homemade
ice cream is from Ana's Mexican Bakery on Calder.
I made this card for Craig's birthday.
He's a very talented organist who plays at
my church in Fannett!
Speaking of which, Craig is hosting a "Get to know the Phoenix Organ" Demo event this Saturday at St. Mary's! You should go!! 

After work, I made myself a no-carb supper of baked smoked milkfish (aka bangus) and steamed okra! The smoky flavor of the fish was fantastic! Thanks for buying me the bangus, Mama & Daddy!

After supper, I cleaned up and did my workout while I halfway watched the VP debates. Ehhhhh politics. 

I was feeling a bit couch potato-ey this evening...but check it out! There's a workout for that!

I did 3 sets instead of 2. :)

Now it's already time to sleep!? Oh, how I would love an extra 2 hours in a day... Goodnight, all. Tomorrow's Friday!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 168: Rest Day, Yummy Food

This post shall be short because I am LE TIRED!

Breakfast was my usual Activia Breakfast Blend. I didn't take a picture of it because I think ya'll know what it looks like by now. haha!

I snacked on some Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters at 10:30 this morning.

Lunch was at around 1:00. I had leftover broccoli + cauliflower from last night's dinner and leftover tomato basil soup from yesterday's lunch. I also added a pb & j on wheat.

Dipping the broccoli & cauliflower in the soup
was a brilliant accident.

After work, I cleaned up a bit and made myself some dinner. I cooked a skinless chicken breast and some zucchini in my magnificent turbo cooker, and it was AMAZING. I seasoned the chicken with some Emeril chicken rub and I drizzled olive oil and TexJoy Steak Seasoning on the zucchini. I also ate one roma tomato with my supper. This whole no/low carbs thing in the evening isn't so bad!!

Quite possibly the juiciest chicken breast I've
ever made. 
Yeah, I didn't enjoy that at ALL. hahaha

More thanks are in order to my cousins Angelyn & Robert AND my bff Krystal & her husband Ross for their donations today!!! There are about 25 days left until the Heart Walk! I do hope I reach my goal! This will be a new record for me if I do! Please let your friends and family know about this if you think they'd be interested in donating!

Please click "SPONSOR ME" on the image below this paragraph. I know financial times are tough right now, but any amount would be greatly appreciated! If you cannot or would rather not donate online, please feel free to e-mail me and we can make other arrangements.

Goodnight, ya'll. I shall return to the working out tomorrow! I actually NEEDED a break today because 1, my legs are EXTREMELY tight from all the biking... And 2, my BUM *hurts* from biking! TMI, I'm sure, but comes with the territory.  The cooler weather has actually made biking more difficult for me, so I think I'll need to start warming up longer before I head out to the trail once the temperatures begin to drop more.

Ciao for now!