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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Log for 3/25/15

Sleep: 11pm last night - 8am this morning

Food: I didn't weigh everything, or take photos of everything, but thought I'd do a quick update for y'all anyway with what I've got. Too bad 'cause the caimito were beautiful... I'll have other chances. It's all organic...

Breakfast (after morning exercise):
  • 3-4 large sunrise strawberry papayas from our farm (almost melon papaya sized, about the volume of a cantaloupe each)
  • 6 large purple caimito from a local farm that has a self-serve stand (where I usually get my coconuts)
Lunch (after afternoon exercise:
  • 1136g (1638g - 502g)  mountain apples from our tree
  •  1 brazil nut
  • ~ 28 oz frozen smoothie: 
            • fresh pressed orange juice (oranges from same farm as caimito)
            • frozen fruit (mango, pineapple, strawberry)
I was going to have a head of romaine too, but was full enough as-is. I've been having lots of veggies lately anyway, so I'm good.

Exercise:  Like my food, my exercise has been variable, so not the same every day, but here's a sampling of one day...

  • 3.5+ miles on treadmill at 9% grade, and I can't remember what speed.. was slow so I could use the computer at the same time... between 2 and 3 mph
  • 55 sec pull-up hold at the top (did 1 minute yesterday.. getting close!)
  • 25 reps of bench press, 1 set
  • 25 dips (assisted partly 'cause there's no room for my legs in the garage right now.. it's loaded with salvaged cabinets and such at the moment.. gonna' use them at the farm!)
  • 25 deep squats in 30 seconds
  • 50 each leg of back side to side lift thingies I invented, as quick as possible
  • 20 minutes of light rebounding with a bit of upper arm isolation holds to use bounce as reps:
    • with palms down with arms straight, shoulder height, shoulders down:
      • 30 bounces with arms in front, shoulders back
      • 30 bounces with arms out to sides, shoulders wide
      • 30 bounces with arms in back as high as possible, shoulders squared and wide
    • same with palms up
  • 10? 25? spontaneous sit-ups when sitting down on the floor at the back of my treadmill to use it as a table to eat papayas... It's right beside the rack I keep the papayas on, so handy in that way. I put my feet under the end and it occurred to me that I haven't been doing anything to work on that little gap of ability I have in my ab range of movement's strength.. it's approximately in the middle of the movement. Long story short, my body was tweaked in a way for most of my life that made a tiny portion of the movement and movements like that not work.. it adapted somewhat, but I'd need to use my elbows for a nanosecond at a certain part of situps or have my feet under something to get past the gap. ANYway... it's been holding me back with some of the things I want to do in aerial dance so I have been working on it. I've got movement back in that area of my spine, and some nerve and muscle development going on, but it's been slow, and I haven't been working on it consistently enough to recover.... yet. For now, the pullups are a higher priority, but it's in there too, so... spontaneous situps are a good start, right? ;) Actually, I think the pullups are helping develop that area some too somehow. Nice! :)
  • hour or so of cello practice.. different kind of "exercise" haha
  • 1+ minute handstand in front of wall
  • 10 jumping wide squats, touching feet in air between
  • picking mountain apples
The Rest:

I did some updates to this blog today and a bit more computer work. Some was while I was on the treadmill, some while at my desk. I pedaled some with the desk cycle thing I have there. It only has enough resistance to make it easier to pedal, and I consider it just something to keep my legs and body busy and happy. It keeps me from jiggling my legs instead. There's no mileage thing on it, and I don't time it, so I have no idea how much I did it. I don't do it the whole time, just when it occurs to me or I'm waiting for something and don't have the radio on. I'm really loving having the radio on though, as I can dance in my chair to the music and find out about local events at the same time! :) Fun! :) I'd like to get an adjustable height desk thing so I can lift things up and dance on my feet at times too. I'll let you know which one I get and how I like it when I get one. :)

Tomorrow I'm meeting up with the musician who wrote the music I've been practicing on my cello so we can play it together. She's playing her guitar and has a different part. The two parts go well together, and even apart. I really like it! :) It's called "Sunny Day." There may be another guitar player joining us as she was working on some new parts last time we got together. We recorded the two of us together and she's been working from that. Fun! :) It's nice practicing in the daytime because the birds, especially the shama thrush (white-rumped thrush) that likes the mountain apple tree, will sing along with their own parts. Swooning now...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Silliness at the Bum Run 5k and my first Vine

My first Vine! smile emoticon Silliness at the First Bum Run 5K this weekend. (below) Yeah, it just *had* to be done.. directed by Ariel
  feeling amused

It was a fund raiser and awareness raiser about colon cancer, and quite a light-hearted event. We had a blast. Get this folks--they had fresh fruit (apples, quartered oranges, bananas (that were actually sorta ripe), and grapes at the end for everyone too, and held signs that said, "You Are Awesome!" and "Have a Beautiful Day!" Inside there were other snacks, including some junk chips and pretzels... but they had way more carrots, celery, green beans, cherry tomatoes than the rest. Sweet! :)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Community Seed and Plant Exchange Joy

I just love the community Seed and Plant Exchanges here! 

It's so terrific to meet up with other people enthusiastic about growing and sharing plants! 
“It’s a lot of fun, it’s really rewarding to be able to share seeds and plants that you’ve grown,” Massey said. “Sharing the passion of gardening is something that’s hard to explain if you haven’t done it but if you have, you’ll know what we mean.”

The community seed and plant exchanges actually started a few years before this article says, before Regenerations got involved, but they have been keeping it going and advertising it well for years now. Kudos!

Here's what Darrel and I brought (on the left):
  • 2 mamey sapote trees, 
  • 2 eggfruit (canistel) trees,
  • a rolinia tree, 
  • a papaya tree, 
  • 2 caimito trees, 
  • a jakfruit tree, 
  • and some other things I honestly can't remember at this point. LOL 
We came back with (on the right):
  • ice cream bean tree (inga), 
  • soursop tree, 
  • a roselle plant, 
  • two cacao trees,
  • poha berry plant, 
  • an upright rosemary plant cutting, 
  • 2 chayote squash (vine), 
  • and some seeds (cacao, wiwiwili, winged bean, parsley). 
We meant to bring more seeds, but forgot them. Next time!    feeling satisfied

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Happy Everyone! ;)

Happy Spring! Happy International Happiness Day! Happy happiness! wink emoticon grin emoticon smile emoticon P.S. Oh, and hugs too!
  feeling happy.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Changes Ahead

First I'd like to apologize for not giving this site the TLC it deserves for a long time now. It's been quite like the story of the cobbler's children not having any shoes with me, as I've been using my computer time for other people's websites rather than mine. One of those websites is the FoodnSport.com website, and we've been adding a lot to the blog lately, including recipes, so you might want to check that out too.

I can't promise I'll be doing any better soon, however I can say that I plan to start blogging about a variety of subjects other than simply a log of what I eat, exercise, and do. Honestly, there are tons of people doing this these days, and while a sample of what I'm doing now every once in a while is relevant, I think y'all probably have enough of that info already. So... I'm going to start blogging information, and opinions about all sorts of aspects and interests in my life.

The plan is to redesign my site to have different elements of health and tag the blogs so that my posts related to that area will show up in that section. That way those of you interested only in what I eat and exercise will still be able to just see that. Those of you interested in another aspect will be able to see that too, but nobody will have to sort through all the posts if you don't choose it. Of course, those with as many interests as I have will probably enjoy looking at them all, or at least having the option.

Basically, I've decided to stop sharing things on Facebook so much, and put them here instead. I also plan to have a Q & A thing going as well.. perhaps do a video of my answers or just post 'em here. I'm off to the farm today, so won't be starting this immediately, but you'll see results soon. I hope you enjoy the changes in store! :)