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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Log Wednesday Feb 25 (incl Tues)

Sleep: woke at 7 am, up at 7:30am, went to sleep at 10:30pm the night before

Yesterday's Food:

Meal 1: banana-date-spinach smoothie:
  • 7 Cavendish bananas
  • 9 California Deglet Nour dates
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • filtered water
Meal 2: orange juice-strawberry drink, then ate the orange sections
  • 8 Kauai Valencia oranges
  • 4-5 C frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 brazilnut
 Today's Food:
Breakfast: banana-date-spinach smoothie:
  • 3 Cavendish bananas
  • 16 California Deglet Nour dates
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • filtered water
  • 1,836 grams strawberry Sunrise papaya
  • 1 stick celery
I plan to update it as I eat more... okay, so I didn't go back soon enough, sorry about that. I thought I recorded what I ate, but apparently I didn't put it in my nutrition trackers like I thought I did. Here's a picture of dinner though:

I think it was just shredded cabbage with orange-strawberry dressing, and the orange garnish. After I took the photo, I put it in a bowl and mixed it all up (sans the orange peels, of course), and it looked like this:

I got some Cavendish bananas to get pictures of a FoodnSport recipe I'll be putting on their blog next week. (For those of you who don't know, I have been working with them as needed off and on for several years now). The recipe called for Medjool dates, but I used Deglet Noor since that's the kind I had, figuring it wouldn't make a difference for the photo. It was delicious! :) Update: we ended up putting it up for St. Patrick's Day, since it is a green smoothie after all. ;) I named it Adventurine Smoothie because it reminds me of adventurine.

Today the leftovers were the only bananas ripe right now, so I put more dates in to make up for some of the calories. I also have ripe papayas that I'll be eating a bit later that will make up for it.

Yesterday's Exercise:
  • 50 sec pull-up hang, then 20 sec to total 1 min 10 sec 
  • 20 min rebounding
Today's Exercise:

Before breakfast:

  • 45 sec pull-up hang, then 30 sec to total 1 min 15 sec
  • 25 rep set of bench presses
  • 50 bodyweight squats
  • 5,000 meters machine rowing
  • 20 min rebounding 
Before lunch:
  • 50 bodyweight squats
  • 25 (each leg) rear leg lift partial sweeps
Yesterday was a hectic day and I didn't get as much exercise as I'd like, but at least I got my current minimum.

I've just started working on finally getting pull-ups with a program that's supposed to help with it. I kind of needed a coach or program to figure it out, because I wasn't figuring it out otherwise. I have been close to being able to do them unassisted for years now, but hadn't progressed. I could do the negatives fine, and much of the positives, but alas... So I've stepped back to the pull-up hang and am working on my form and length of time with that for now, using progressive overload principles. Once I get a rep that's over 1 min. with completely great form for a week in a row I'll progress myself to the next step. It's been great. I feel like my body is starting to "get" which muscle groups to work and how to work them together and all, whereas before it always seemed sort of random. I wonder how it will be once I go to the next step... I'm resisting the urge to try a pullup in the meantime. I remember what they were like before. With the progress I'm getting, I figure I'll be able to move to the next step in about two weeks, maybe less, if I stick to it.

I'm also casually working on building upper body mass, thus the 25 bench presses. I alternate them with pushups, sometimes in the same day before different meals, sometimes on alternating days.

I'm also casually starting to do bodyweight squats again. I'm starting with 50 rep sets because I don't want them to interfere with my rowing and other activities. I'll add on more as I feel like it. I'm squatting with feet hip width apart, so that the fold between my torso and legs at the hip goes slightly lower than my knees at the bottom, and focusing on having my upper body go up before my butt, rather than the other way around. I also make sure to completely straighten my legs at the hips at the top.

I love rowing! :) My challenge is being able to get everything else I want to do done as well. So, I've limited myself to 5,000 meters at a time, when I'm where I can row.

Rebounding is great after my other exercise, to even out things, or at least once a day. It's fun and joyful feeling and it gets the lymph going in an easy way.

The Rest:

I did a lot of errands and driving yesterday, and am glad that I can stay put more today. I'll be doing computer work mostly. I've started to listen to the local radio station at the same time. I learn what's going on in our area through the news and the ads that mention events, and there's usually a lot of danceable music too. Then I can dance in my chair while working or stand dance while waiting on something to process. Fun! :)

I do still do treadmill computing sometimes, but probably not today. We'll see...

I'll post back what else happened later, as it happens and/or as I remember to post it.

In the meantime... enjoy your own day! :)

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