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February 9, 2009 Leave a comment

The only problem with the Turbulence Training is that it makes me motherflippin’ ravenous. It’s easier to not train in such a wayand eat (much) less. The jury’s still out on which of these methods would be better for building a viable maintenance skill set and boosting self confidence.

I like the individual exercises, though. I am definitely still working up to eventually doing an actual chin up, pull up, and one-legged squat. The one-legged reaching lunge is still a bit difficult, but doable. The deadlift and barbell chest presses intrigue me from afar. I need to figure out a way to learn how to do those.

That said, it seems like exercise is limited in its effects on fat loss, but positive (depending on type) for increasing strength, stamina, power, and lean muscle mass, which are all good and necessary things.

Riddle me this: if static stretching weakens you, and yoga incorporates a lot of static stretching, does yoga, in fact, weaken you? Does it depend on the type? Does it provide other benefits that are worth the weaking effect (such as the antioxidants in a piece of fruit being worth the ingestion of fructose)?

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Not exactly weight loss food

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Just ate a cup of full fat unsweetened Greek style yogurt with peanut butter (natural style, no sugar added). Anti-paleo foods both, but full fat dairy is supposedly good for fertility levels (and yogurt has beneficial bacteria…or so they say). The peanut butter was for flavor.

Just read “The Sugar Fix,” which poses some interesting hypotheses about fructose, but still hasn’t convinced me that glucose and starch are entirely harmless. It’s entirely possible that grains are harmful for reasons having nothing to do with their carbohydrate content (reasons such as gluten, allergens, and anti-nutrients). Natural unprocessed tubers are probably fine. Maybe I’ll try a day of low fat, high potato-content to see if it helps my leptin levels. Gah.

Dinner was some ground chuck, a salad with olive oil, and two glasses of white wine. Breakfast was two eggs scrambled in olive oil with a tsp of butter, and a cup of broccoli with a 1/4 cup of tinned organic tomatoes on a bed of shredded cabbage. Two dried prunes as a snack.

Went up a phase in the TT bodyweight workouts. I usually have no problem with the majority of the exercises, but then one or two will completely kick my duff for two weeks or so. Siff squats. Hands on the ball pushups. 1-legged squats. Of course, I have never been able to do chinups or pullups, but I got a late start even trying, being a girl and all. I might be getting better, though. There’s hope for me yet!

Accentuating the positive

September 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Today, fasted for 24 hours. In the meantime, did:

  • Squats (reps: lost count)
  • Lunges (reps: lost count)
  • Dips (using chairs, reps: 3 sets of 8?)
  • Spider-man crawl (8 reps)
  • Mountain climbers (8 reps)
  • 2-minute plank
  • 2-minute side plank, both sides
  • Sprint intervals (6 intervals, about 20 minutes total)
  • Walking around (here, there)

Back up to 108 lbs, a weight I had hoped not to see again unless I was pregnant. Frack. Hopefully by tomorrow it will go down a bit. Tomorrow will be a rest day for the legs. Biceps, shoulders, and rows maybe, and a break from high heels.

Threw away half the chicken breast that was left for dinner, but I think what remained was about 3 oz anyway. I’m not crazy abut skinless chicken breast, so I added some butter and snuck a bit of liver mousse on the salad. Spilled soy sauce all over the place and similarly dropped and spilled most of a quart of milk which belonged to my mother. I am a thoroughly useless failure. Tried to attain inner peace by chanting a mantra in my head, but I think pychoactive drugs might be preferable. Life is so humiliating.

If it makes you happy…

September 29, 2008 Leave a comment

Reverse lunges are surprisingly fun when done in the privacy of your own home to the strains of hindi hip-hop.

I really must stress the “privacy of your own home” part.

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