Monday, October 12, 2009


  • ~1 c lo mein
  • ~10 pc tofu
  • 1/2 tortilla
  • ~4-6 oz tuna
  • ~1.5-2 c spinach
  • 1 small single-shot whole latte with a little vanilla syrup
  • 1 bag chips (yeah, yeah)
  • Another latte, same as the first
  • 200 jumpropes to warm up
  • 50 KB swings for time(American-style, 35 lbs, 2:25)
  • max pushups (23 and then I fell. merh. shitty)
  • WOD: 40/30/20 of wallballs (12-lb), KB swings (American, 25-lb) and box jumps (jumped on a 12-in? first time through, stepped on a 24-in? second and third times)
Notes: Fucking shitty workout. I hadn't eaten since noon except for that latte, but was doing ok (except for the abysmal max pushups) til the WOD. Wallballs just killed me - I don't know what it is about them, but no other exercise, not even burpees, gets me as hard as they do. And then I was just worthless for everything else. I couldn't even make myself do one jump on my usual box height, I was too scared I'd fall. Dave had me go jump on the shorter one but it just felt so incredibly girly and sissy that, to add even more shame, I started crying from frustration. Horrible. The first workout I can remember where I felt mentally worse leaving than when I came in.

  • ~2/3 c lo mein
  • leftover soup made new: 1 qt veggie-and-tofu soup mixed with more water and miso, then 2 eggs cooked in
  • ~1 1/2 c whole milk
Notes: Soup is the best. I'm done now. Goodnight.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz cheese
  • 1 slice bread
  • some milk i think?
During the day
  • 2 12-oz lattes, each with 1 shot espresso, whole milk and 1/2 squirt of vanilla syrup
Notes: It was that kind of day.

  • ~4 oz rare tuna
  • a few forkfuls each of green beans and tabbouleh - was kind of nasty today
  • ~1/2 c beets. Always good.
At home
  • 2 small glasses whole milk

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


  • 1 of those protein bars
Later on
  • 1 1/2 London Fogs
Notes: May have to cut down on those. Just because they're better than coffee doesn't mean I can have all I want.

  • ~3 oz cheese (mozz and cheddar)
  • ~6-10 little grapes (they weren't very good)
  • 3 pita triangles
  • 3 or 4 whole wheat crackers
  • 2 vegan summer rolls (each has 1 rice paper wrap, ~3/4 c lettuce, a little bit of shredded carrots and 2 smallish (size of two fingers but not that thick) slices of tofu, served with peanut sauce)
Notes: Bleah. Not supposed to eat the tuna wraps anymore because they're expensive. Merh.

At home
  • 9 almonds
  • 2 handfuls chopped cabbage with salt, ACV and EVOO
  • 1 slice bread with low-fat mayo and ~1 oz cheddar
  • a big swing of skin milk
  • 800m warm-up run
  • 10ish minutes tactical kettlebells
  • tabata wod: 20 seconds max effort, 10 seconds rest, repeated 8 times; 2 minutes rest in-between different exercises. We did Russian KB swings (35 lbs), wall-balls (12-lb ball), thrusters (full front squat to fully overhead) (the lightest of the weighted bars - 30 lbs?) and pushups
  • 2 big handfuls cabbage
  • 3ish oz cheese with crackers
  • 1 c milk

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


  • 2 medium slices sourdough bread
  • 1 smallish tomato, sliced
  • liberally applied nonfat greek yoghurt
  • 1 slice swiss cheese
  • 4 c tea with lemon balm, chamomile, raspberry leaf and chastetree berries
Notes: I love this sort of morning - not quite being lazy, but certainly not hurrying to get anywhere. Just sitting down to read the paper or write, cup of tea at my elbow and cat at my feet, yowling because she's sure she'd like tea if I'd just let her taste it

Loading up on Vitamin C - apparently it's an emmenagogue (along with several of the things in my tea, but those are milder). Maybe this is the way to get back on schedule. For the last two times I know it's fallen on or very near the full moon, but now it's just past and there's no (visible) sign yet. I think it would be pretty cool to have that happen every time.

Went to the herb store for pennyroyal (for the same purpose) and the assistant looked more than a little disturbed by the fact that I was asking for it - told me in no uncertain terms that they "Never!!!" carry it. After a little research I found out that there was a huge big to-do of a case about 15 years ago in which a young woman attempted an herbal abortion using pennyroyal and one or both of the cohoshes and vastly overdosed, resulting in her death. The resulting scandal (her parents and their lawyer were sure it was the herb alone that done her in, not her misuse of it or the fact that she didn't realise she had an ectopic pregnancy) gave the herb something of a nasty reputation, which is why today I can't ask my friendly neighborhood herbalist for some of it without being looked askance at, no matter how innocent my need for it is.

  • 2 medium slices of sourdough bread
  • nonfat greek yoghurt, liberally applied
  • ~1/2 c roasted red peppers
  • 2 slices swiss cheese
  • 1 small glass whole milk
Notes: Ok, getting kind of nervous about this speech. Mostly because I have so very much to say and I don't want to go over the time. Going downtown in a few to yoink some nice specimens of Plantago majus and P. lanceolata I saw growing by the Duke Wall yesterday.

  • ~1/2 c yellow rice (saffron? turmeric? not sure - mama made it)
  • ~6 oz salmon
  • 1 c chocolate milk
  • crackers with brie while watching Afro Samurai
Notes: I get sooo fucking hungry at school! Seriously need to pack something in the car to eat on the drive. Also, Afro Samurai is seriously the best anime evar.

Monday, October 5, 2009


  • ~1 1/2 c lo mein
  • 6? pieces tofu
  • 1 c chocolate milk
Notes: No work today, as Duke is closed for fall break. So I'm bumming around in my bathrobe. Not being dressed always makes me want to just carry the lazy-bum thing into all aspects of my life.

Closing my computer. Getting dressed and washing my face. Cleaning my room. After the floor is clear I'm writing down my notes for this speech tomorrow and filling out this drop-class form.

Late Lunch
  • ~1/2 c lo mein
  • 10 pieces tofu
Notes: Room is slowly getting cleaner. Thank god for concentration aids. I have too much shit.

  • 1x around the Duke wall with Megan
Notes: Only ran about 1/4 of the way, if that. Megan's foot started really hurting her and we stopped to walk, made a detour to 9th St Active Feet for their expert advice (which turned out to be the same as mine: that she needs new shoes or at the very least an insert or orthotic).

  • 3 slices swiss cheese
  • ~1 c Mama's soup (beans, peppers, potatoes? corn?)
  • ~1/3 c greek yoghurt in the soup - delish!
  • 2 c hot water with 2T honey and 2T ACV
  • 400-m sprint to warm up
  • ~10 min tactical practice with 25-lb KBs (20-lbs for snatches)
  • Filthy Thirty: 30 ea. of box jumps, jumping pull-ups, American KB swings, hanging knees-to-elbows, walking lunges, push press with 35-lb bar, back extensions, wall ball with 12-lb ball, 15 burpees and 60 single-under jump-ropes. I think that's all. Kinda feel like there was another though.
Notes: Holy fuck this one was hard. Got really, really bad cramps halfway through the knees-to-elbows and had to leave the room to get over it. One of the super-fit regulars came to check on me and was super nice, talked me up and commiserated and all. I finished the workout, just really slowly, and had to stop another couple of times, but I made it. No idea of the time, and I wouldn't really count it if I did know.

Sarah the crazy-awesome fitness goddess said I was a total rockstar for working so hard through the pain, and she and Jill were trading "nelly is awesome" comments back and forth for a minute or two - good thing my face was already red from working out or it would have been even more apparent that I was blushing ;P

  • 2 small slices sourdough bread
  • ~1 1/2 c 2% milk
  • 1 salmon burger
  • like 10 almonds
  • 3/4 c orange sherbet
  • 1 T "whipped topping"
  • 4 c tea with catnip, chamomile, chaste tree berries and red clover. Begone, cramps!
Notes: I forgot what one unlabeled herb was but suspected it was catnip. One pinch on the kitchen floor and 5 minutes of tail-chasing later, my suspicions were confirmed. :D


  • 1 protein bar - the same kind as the first one I listed
  • ~1 1/2 c beets
  • ~1/2 c tuna salad
  • coffee: ~8 oz coffee, ~4 oz milk (half skim half whole), 1 pump Irish Cream syrup
  • ~2 c veggie lo mein
  • ~3/4 c tofu
  • 2 c hot water mixed with 2T honey and 2T ACV
  • some popcorn
Notes: Dinner was taken in two stages, intentionally smaller than I usually take. Damn delicious Chinese food. But that hot water stuff is really the shit. Tastes pretty much like cider. W00t for satisfying cravings on a dime!

Later on
  • 3 forkfuls of lo mein
  • 4-5 pieces of tofu
  • ~2 c milk
Notes: Ok so I broke down and went back for more. But I didn't eat the whole damn thing, which I consider a triumph (even if it's smaller than it should be). Work in progress, like.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Running etc
  • 1x around the neighborhood with Maggie
  • Mag's exercise deal: she puts on 4 songs of similar length and then does different exercises to each. She did various crunches and stuff like that. I did full situps for the first, pushups and plank for the second, side plank and queen's chair for the third and then some cleans with a 15-lb dumbbell during the second but it was too light (this includes resting, usually in child's pose, in between sets)
Notes: She can run faster and farther than me, and although she'd never say it out loud, she kind of enjoys that. Sometimes it pushes me and sometimes I just feel fat and slow.

  • 1 little strawberry yoghurt
  • 1 poached egg
  • ~1 c 2% milk
  • 1 slice swiss cheese
  • 1 medium apple
  • ~12 oz french vanilla coffee with 2% milk (so girly!)
Notes: I do love coffee in the morning. Maybe I should just break down and get a bag of nice decaf. And wake up early enough that it wouldn't make a difference.

Kind of related to all this food and exercise stuff: went out shopping with Maggie, after having asked her to help me start dressing better. She gave me an armload of clothes that contained several pairs of size 8 jeans. I can't remember ever getting smaller than a 10, even back in high school. But oh my gods. They fit. They're a little snug but not uncomfortably so, and they look hot as hell.

  • 1 mini veggie deluxe burrito
  • 1 Corona with lime
Notes: Went to Cosmic. Probably should have had half then and half later, but jeebus they are so good, and I hadn't eaten all day.

  • Swing dancing from 7:30-10:50 at the Armory
Notes: OMG I LOVE DANCING SO MUCH! There was this adorable boy there whose aunt and uncle had brought him and were teaching him how to dance. So cute! But my legs are going to be sooo sore. I need to get some shoes to dance in that won't come off!


  • 1.5 c blueberries
  • 1 c 2% milk
  • 2 slices swiss cheese
Notes: Maybe that was more sugar than I should have had at one time. I don't fucking care. Blueberries and milk is one of the best things in the world (probably on the short list).

During the day
  • 1 London Fog
Notes: These are also among the best things ever. Apparently they are from California. Yay hippies!

  • ~1 c green beans with tomatoes
  • ~1/2 c tabbouleh
  • ~1/2 c beets
  • ~3 oz cheese (mozz and cheddar)
  • 3 pita chips
  • 3 or 4 crackers
  • ~10 grapes
Notes: Yay variety! Also, beets are marvelous creatures. Talked to Tony during lunch and super ridiculously excited because he's coming to visit!!! 2 weeks OMG! And from his detailed description of the activities that will take place while he's down here, seems like he's pretty excited too :D

Later on
  • 1 slice of swiss cheese
  • like 5 almonds
  • a swallow of 2% milk (all of these at home)
  • 6 oz coffee, 4 oz whole milk and 1/2 pump vanilla syrup
  • 1 "nut delight" bar
  • 100 jump-ropes (after warming up with 100-150 of my own)
  • 15ish minutes of tactical kettlebells
  • a game: Camille and I alternated push-ups and plank pose on elbows until 100 push-ups were done, 50 each (20, 15, 10, 5). Then, after a breather, we moved over to the medicine ball bowling station, rolling a 12-lb-er into a goal about 20 ft away for one point. We had to try and beat the number of points V and Beth scored while we were doing our push-ups (43) and if i didn't suck at bowling so much we would have whupped them. As it was, we were about half a second away from scoring #44 when they called time.
  • (15 squats, 10 walking lunges, 5 jumping pull-ups)x6 rounds for time. I was second-to-last but actually did 7 rounds so if not first for 6 I think I was second.
  • ~2 c of soupy but delicious veggie lasagna made by Maggie and her friend
Notes: Mitchell taught the class because Dave is in NY. Kinda crazy (ok more than kinda) but he's always fun, and I feel like I can joke around with him a little more, which is good for morale. But I still like Dave best, I think.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


  • 1 fried egg with 1T olive oil
  • 1 c 2% milk
  • 1 little strawberry yoghurt
  • 6 almonds
Notes: W00t Zone! I think I didn't have enough carbs though.

During the day
  • ~1.5 London Fogs - ~6 oz Earl Grey tea, 1 squirt vanilla syrup, ~2 oz hot whole milk. Yum!
Notes: Dude this thing is so much better than coffee. I think I'm in love. Also needs a lot less milk and sugar to counteract the bitterness.

  • ~1c green beans with tomatoes
  • ~1/2 c tabbouleh
  • ~1/2 c beets
  • 4 crackers
  • 3 baked pita triangles
  • ~3 oz cheese (mozz and cheddar)
  • like 7 little red grapes
Notes: OMG I love beets!

Also during the day
  • ~4 oz frappe remnants
Duke Wall
  • 1x around with Megan (and a sprint to get in front of the cute guy walking after we had cooled down, even though she wouldn't do it :P)
  • 9 pc salmon sushi
  • ~3/4 c squid salad
  • some milk, I think
Notes: I love running with Megan. Even if we're both tired as hell and can only do once around, it just feels like an escape.