Monday, December 31, 2007

Dec 31

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!

FUEL:
1100: 75% Light Sharp Cheddar on 2 x WW Bread; Large Orange
1200: Almost-Dessert Rice
115: Salmon; Red Wine; Egg Whites w/ bit of Green Veggie; Chunky Peanut Butter
515: 75% Light Sharp Vermont Cheddar
745: Bok Choy; Shrimp; Tarot Root; Turnip; Salmon; Carrot; Green Veggies; Mushrooms
845: Candied Pecans (egg white, brown sugar, pecans); 2 x Sticky Rice Cake topped w/ Ground Peanuts
1000: Some 70% Santo Domingo Single-Origin Dark Chocolate
1130: Apple; 75% Light Vermont Sharp Cheddar

Hurts to move towards a sitting position b/c of yesterday.

FUN:
AL's house for dinner. Adorable kids with Buttercup the hamster.
Learning Combatives and watching other cool videos at www.crossfit.com.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

RECIPE: Almost-Dessert Rice


1 C Brown Rice
2 C Water
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
Dash of Ginger
15 Almonds
20 Raisins
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 C Skim Milk
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
5 tsp Mung Beans

1. Cook Rice in Water with Mung Beans (about 25 min)
2. Sautee Sliced Almonds and Raisins in the EVOO until it smells divine. Put it in a bowl.
3. In the same pan, cook on medium heat the rice, milk, carrots, sugar, and spices. Stir until the milk goes away.
4. Add the raisins and almonds.

Enjoy this amazing dish!!! It's one of the top two things I've ever cooked!

Dec 30

FUEL:
1215: Mesquite Smoked Turkey on WW Bread w/ a Tomato; 75% Light Vermont Sharp Cheddar; Crunchy Peanut Butter; Tangerine
1245: 70% Santo Domingo Hershey's Single-Origin Dark Chocolate... not vegan, but close
445: Almost-Dessert Rice w/ Raisins, Carrots, Almonds, and Spices (see Recipe); Salmon (vc)
700: Apple; Skim Milk
915: Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter; 75% Light Vermont Sharp Cheddar
1030: 70% Santo Domingo Hershey's Single-Origin Dark Chocolate
1200: Cheese on Wheat Lance Crackers
130: Lots of Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter

FIT:
Lower Body Plyometrics> 3 x Mini-Suicides (3 x 2-stage, 15/30 ft lengths), 3 x 15 Burpees (splits: 56, 55, 57 sec... 12-15 very hard), 3 x 1 min High Knees. About 1 min rest between each of the 9 sets. 2 x 0.7 mi run for warmup/cooldown to sandwich the workout.

FUN:
The Universe> Big Bang Theory on the History Channel.
Bourne Supremacy - didn't meet the expectations produced by the hype.
Haircut.

I have a friend who, when she stumbles upon a tails-up penny, flips it over to heads-up and leaves it there so that someone else can experience the excitement of finding a "lucky penny." I just thought it was the cutest thing ever. That just shows you what a great person she is.

I'm intrigued by why people become vegetarian. There are many reasons: religious, health, cost, animal-loving, ease, environmental, and maybe more. For me, #1 is health. Cost and ease come next (no messy clean-up, more sanitary). Environmental stuff is a big plus. So I'm not vegetarian. I eat salmon and turkey, but no animal fat (besides fish oils). So I tend to like vegan foods.

Here are my thoughts on religion and animal-loving:
If someone has been born with a tender heart that is compassionate for animals, that is really wonderful. Cruelty sucks, for sure, but how far am I personally going to go to protest against it? I'd pay extra if I knew I was getting cruelty-free animal products and that the other types were truly mistreating animals. They feel pain, and it's not right to inflict that on them. With respect to what the Bible says, there's nothing for or against vegetarianism, in my opinion. In Eden originally, people didn't eat animals, and it was after the fall that that started happening, I think. So ideally, we wouldn't. We can get everything we need from plant sources anyways. And there's meat-eating and animal sacrifices. And man was made ruler over the animals. Being a ruler doesn't mean mistreating stuff, though. We're called to be good stewards of the environment and the animals. There's also stuff in 1 Corinthians 8 about not eating meat and eating it, but it's specifically about meat that was sacrificed to false gods, and its point is something else entirely beyond vegetarianism (an excellent passage by the way). Anyway, so my thought is, if you're vegetarian or vegan, that's great, but there's nothing wrong with eating meat, either, in and of itself. These are just my thoughts, subject to correction.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Dec 29

FUEL:
945: WW Bread w/ Crunchy Peanut Butter; Some 75% Light Vermont Cheddar; WW Bread w/ Dark Chocolate Dreams PB (vc)
1145: Dark Chocolate Dreams PB Straight from the Jar; Mesquite Smoked Turkey on WW Bread; Dark Chocolate Dreams PB on WW Bread
200: Large Orange
345: 75% Light Vermont Cheddar
730: Cauliflower w/ Mustard Seed, Cumin, Cayenne, Ginger, and Garlic; WW Kidney Bean Burger w/ WW Bread & Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions
900: Cantalope, which I can never spell correctly
1215: Salmon; Dark Chocolate Dreams PB (vc)
115: 75% Light Vermont Cheddar

FIT:
40 min Abs while watching Drumline.

FUN:
Making dinner w/ AD, Guitar Hero, watching Serenity.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Dec 28

FUEL:
900: Instant Oatmeal w/ some Skim Milk; Chunky Peanut Butter (vc)
1215: Banana; 75% Light Vermont Cheddar on 2 x WW Bread w/ Garlic & Herbs
1115: Crunchy Peanut Butter
145: Cheese on Wheat Lance Crackers
600: 75% Light Vermont Cheddar
745: Bok Choy; Tofu w/ Mushrooms; Sweet Potato; String Beans w/ Mushrooms; Carrot Sticks; bit of Beef; Bean Soup; Herb Soup
1045: 2 Bowls of Bean Soup
100: Dark Chocolate Dreams PB; Chunky Peanut Butter; Cheese on Wheat Lance Crackers (vc)

FIT:
4 min plank while singing Star Spangled Banner and the Mulan Song. Shaky (like singing in front of a fan), but all the words and special voices were there.

FUN:
Monopoly, Outburst @ TT's party.
Cribbage - complicated game to figure out at first, but rather fun.

Craziest dream, crazy in that it was so complex in its plot, and that it had characters (real and imaginary) with whom I am very familiar, and that in it, I could go through a brainstorming process (I made a list in the dream) that I very well could have wanted to do while awake. Dreams are so intriguing - you wonder how they happen, what kind of info gets put into them, and whether they have any significance. But that part about brainstorming - if I can do that when I sleep, what other things can I do when I sleep? Maybe that's how some people think a little about an essay the night before it's due and then wake up, knowing exactly what they'll write so that they can just pump it out and turn it in. I can't do that. At best, waking up and going straight to work is effective when something's due that day and I have no choice but to buckle down and get stuff done.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Dec 27

FUEL:
1115: Instant Oatmeal; Tofu Chocolate Mousse (vc)
100: Crunchy Peanut Butter; 2 x WW Bread w/ 75% Light Cabot Cheddar, Garlic, and Herbs
545: Optimum Rebound Cereal w/ Skim Milk; bit of PB (v)
830: Indian-Seasoned Cauliflower; Chickpea Stew; Green Beans; 2 x WW Flatbread; Shrimp; Salad Mix w/ Tomatoes & Onions; Sweet Seasoned Cashews
945: Fruit Salad (mangoes, honeydew, cantalope, pineapple, red grapes); 3 cups of Milk Tea w/ nutmeg and other spices
130: Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter; 75% Cabot Cheddar

FIT:
1 hr Pickup Ulty> no subs but not particularly intense either

FUN:
Lots of Fetch w/ Archie & Moose, Chillin w/ MD & Crew.
Monopoly, Dominos, Chess.

Inspired by VP:

12 Things to do Before I Turn 21:
1. Fence w/ JJL.
2. Give someone a hug with my deer hat on.
3. Push-up contest w/ KJ.
4. Actually do some hard-core studying during a reading period.
5. Sing a song while doing a 4-min plank.
6. Actually do some hard-core studying during a winter break.
7. Defeat Yale at Ivy Risk.
8. Make a tofu or bean burger that tastes decent.
9. Show Lifehouse skit to 5 different people.
10. Apply for 7 summer internships.
11. Have a nice long conversation with someone.
12. Do something cool with my camera.

A Few Long-Term Goals
(b/c these will take longer than 2 weeks to fulfill):
1. See and hike the mountains out west.
2. Do a half marathon.
3. Go to Europe again.
4. Go to the top of Cleveland Tower w/ JJL.
5. Do a full BM Pyramid Sprint Session w/ no stops - just jogging in between... without dying at the end of it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

RECIPE: Tofu Chocolate Mousse


INGREDIENTS:
1 lb Soft Tofu
Candy Cane Bits
3/4 C Cocoa
Peppermint Candy Cane
8 tbsp Sugar
1/3 C Milk
Marshmallow

DIRECTIONS:
1. Slice up and Boil the Tofu.
2. Puree the Tofu, Milk, Sugar, and Cocoa.
3. Put a candy cane in a plastic bag and hammer it.
4. Add the bits and blend it a bit.
5. Chill the mixture for a couple of hours.
5. Serve with marshmallows and a candy cane.

Dec 26

FUEL:
830: Optimum Rebound Cereal; 75% Light Cabot Cheddar (v)
1115: WW Bread w/ Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams PB; Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast; some Sweet Potato
1230: Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams PB
430: Tofu Chocolate Mousse; Skim Milk
530: Tangerine; Spicy Edamame, Tofu, and Hickory Smoked Turkey
730: Tofu Chocolate Mousse w/ Marshmallow... ohhh, poor tummy... probably should've cooked the tofu before preparing and eating it....
1030: 2 x WW Bread w/ 75% Light Vermont Cheddar (v)
1230: Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts

FIT:
EZ Mile, 20 min Jump Roping, EZ Mile> Jump Roping is the ultimate immediate-feedback sport. Stop concentrating or start slacking, and you get lashed.

FUN:
After-Christmas shopping.
Monopoly, Clue, Chess, Checkers.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Dec 25

Merry Christmas!!!

FUEL:
245: Crunchy Peanut Butter; 2 x Fried Chinese Onion Pancakes; Cheese on Wheat Lance Crackers; Salmon; Boiled Cauliflower & Napa; Hot Cocoa w/ Marshmallow made with Skim Milk
615: Apple
745: Smoked Turkey; Greens; Baked Sweet Potato Chips; 3 x Marshmallows; Skim Milk & Trail Mix Crunch Cereal

FIT:
bit of running & ulty throwing w/ HF, HF, and NL.

FUN:
The Incredibles & HP 4.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Dec 24

FUEL:
1200: Tofu w/ Shitake Mushrooms; Instant Oatmeal w/ some Skim Milk; Chunky Peanut Butter (v)
200: Chunky Peanut Butter; 4 x Graham Cracker Sheets; Tofu w/ Shitake Mushrooms
630: Salmon; Red Wine; Boiled Turnip, Napa, and Caufliflower; Tangerine; 75% Light Cheddar on 2 x WW Bread; 3 x Smores (1.5 sheets of graham crackers w/ cocoa powder & marshmallows); Santo Domingo single-origin 67% Dark Chocolate ("upfront pleasant smoky notes lead into a pronounced wine profile with bright fruity acidity and delicate spice notes" - accurate and noticeable... unless it's all just in my head... though I prefer the "strong and well-balanced bitter and sweet chocolate profile" of the San Tome 70% with "underlying aromatic coffee tones with warm spice notes") ;) - I'm a coffee, chocolate, and nuts kind of dessert gourmand - fruit does not belong in dessert, unless it's some type of berry sauce atop a vegan cheesecake, oh man.
1100: Seaweed; 75% Light Cabot Cheddar; Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch Cereal; Air-Popped Popcorn w/ Extra Spicy Mrs. Dash and Garlic & Herbs
130: Rebound Cereal

FIT:
2.9-mile Megaloop> 24:07... bad time b/c I had planned on doing the M 2x, but I didn't wanna go by that scary dog again, and I thought that if I just did 3 for now, maybe I could do a 2nd workout later today, since research has shown that breaking up a 4-miler into 2-2 milers gets you in better shape than doing the 4 in one sitting, but all that may just be rationalizing a lack of will power. We'll see whether I do that 2nd workout.
45 min Abs

FUN:
Basic Cover Letter Done> yayyyyyy! weight of the shoulders.
Videos Online> ulty, pooh & spongebob soulja boy, runnersworld, potter puppet pals

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Dec 23-p


FUEL:
1100: Apple; 75% Light Cheddar and Garlic & Herbs on 2 x Whole Wheat Bread; Chunky Peanut Butter
230: Baked Sweet Potato Chips w/ Cinnamon; White Cheddar Popcorn
630: Baked Sweet Potato
815: Tofu and Shitake Mushrooms; Bok Choy and Button Mushrooms; Orange; Sauteed Green Beans
1100: Baked Sweet Potato... 3rd of the day!; Tofu and Shitake Mushrooms
245: Optimum Rebound Banana-Flax-Almond-Green Tea Cereal; 75% Light Vermont Cheddar; some San Tome Single-Origin 70% Dark Chocolate (v)

FUN:
Facebook Graffiti
CC's house> Waltz & Swing, Mafia, Ping-Pong, Cheering for Ron and Christina on the Amazing Race.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dec 22

FUEL:
1230: Rebound Cereal w/ Skim Milk; Garlicy Greens; some Orange
215: Instant Oatmeal; Chunky Peanut Butter
530: 75% Light Cabot Cheddar
700: Cheese on Wheat Lance Crackers
830: Tofu; Bok Choy; Broccoli Rabe
945: Red Oranges
1100: Sesame Ice Cream Moshe - a special treat!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's something I had a few times the last time I visited Taiwan to see my grandparents.
1230: Rebound Cereal w/ Skim Milk; White Cheddar Popcorn (v)

FIT:
Megaloop> 22:56, 2.9 mi, 7:54 pace... feel out of shape. Gorgeous weather, though.

FUN:
TT's Restraunt for a reunion of friends. Played Bang for the first time ever w/ TT, CC, NL, AW, and EC. Talked a/b Consulting w/ JM.
Beat NL in the Prrrr game on the ride back, 8-2.

Friday, December 21, 2007

FAITH: Evidence

Christians get asked why they believe that God exists. You'll hear many different answers. I think it's reasonable to expect a multi-faceted God who created everything in the universe to reveal himself in many different ways. For some, God's existence is most clear in the glory of his creation "since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse" (Romans 1:19-20). With the science-minded, it might be the complexity of the human eye, or how many of the constants in physics and chemistry are so perfect that if one of them was off by the most miniscule amount, the world as we know it would be extraordinarly different if not nonexistent. With the aesthetically-minded, it might be the glory of God reflected in breath-taking sights like the snow-capped Rockies or a colorful sunrise stretching above the ocean waves.

For me, though, the proof that penetrates me the most is God's work in people. Yeah, God does miracles - otherwise unexplainable medical turnarounds, hopeless situations being resolved as a result of the mere act of prayer and seeking God. But to see God change hearts, turning darkness into light, turning hopelessness into joy, seeing some of this in myself but especially in others, is what gives me certainty. I once read somewhere, that in the case of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abendigo, perhaps the biggest miracle was not that they came out of the firey furnace, in which they were thrown as the death penalty for not bowing down to an idol, alive, but that God could produce such men as these. Just knowing some of the people in my life, who haven't done stuff on the same level as the biblical trio, but who persist in seeking God and serving him with their lives in the face of trials, that's what does it for me.

Dec 21

FUEL:
1230: Tangerine; Optimum Rebound Banana-Flax-Almond-Matcha Green Tea Cereal w/ Skim Milk; Garlicy Greens
315: WW Penne w/ 75% Light Cabot Cheddar Bake with Garlic, Spices, Bread Crumbs, and Peppers and Onions (v)
630: Chunky Peanut Butter; Soy Sauce-Stewed Fried Fish; Leafy Greens; Celery & Tofu; 2 Sheets of Cinnamon Graham Crackers w/ 4 Marshmallows & Cocoa; WW Penne w/ 75% Light Cabot Cheddar Bake
730: Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch Cereal
1030: Apple; Chunky Peanut Butter
1100: 75% Light Cabot Cheddar
130: 4 sheets of Graham Crackers

FIT:
30 min Abs by the Christmas Tree.

FUN:
Catching up w/ AW.
Studied Social Psych.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dec 20

FUEL:
900: Chunky Peanut Butter; Sauteed Cabbage; Maple and Almond Trail Mix Crunch Grapenuts Cereal with Go Lean, microwaved with Skim Milk; Salted Peanuts; some 75% Light Vermont Cheddar; Red Pepper Hummus on 2 Celery Sticks
1215: Red Bean Soup; Smore's (Cinnamon Graham Cracker Sheet w/ Cocoa Powder + 4 Marshmallows); Chunky Peanut Butter (v)
200: 75% Light Cabot Cheddar
645: Seaweed; Garlicy Greens; Tofu & Celery; Trail Mix Crunch and Go-Lean Cereal heated with Skim Milk
1030: Air-Popped Popcorn w/ Extra Hot Mrs. Dash, Garlic and Herb Powder, and Salt; bit of Chunky Peanut Butter; 75% Light Cabot Cheddar; Seaweed; Apple
1200: Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch Cereal; Salted Peanuts

FIT:
Ulty Pickup ~1.5 hrs.

FUN:
Trivia Game at the Fiddler's Green Pub w/ CH, NL, CF, LO.
Studied Case Interviews.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dec 19-p


FUEL:
1045: Sauteed Cabbage; 2 x Protein Bread w/ Peanut Butter & Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Many Gingerbread Cookies; Skim Milk
300: Red Bean Soup; Apple; Jalapeno Smoked Almonds
445: 75% Light Cheddar Cheese; Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on Pretzel Chips
615: Maple-Glazed Salmon topped with Mango Salsa; Broccoli Rabe; 1/2 Mango; Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on Pretzel Chips
745: Chunky Peanut Butter
900: Egg Beater Omlette w/ Pickled Chinese Veggies (v)
1030: Nature's Path Rebound Cereal; Hot Cocoa
100: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on Pretzel Chips; Microwaved Smores (cinnamon graham cracker sheet + cocoa powder + 2 marshmallows), plus a few microwaved marshmallows - as fun to watch as they are to eat!; Orange

FUN:
Putting up the Xmas Tree.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dec 18

FUEL:
900: Spicy Peanut Pad Thai (awesomeness); Mashed Sweet Potatoes; Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread
1245: Turkey; Mixed Greens w/ Carrots, Beets, Fine Herb Dressing, Feta, and Broccoli; Green Tea; 2 x Organic Multigrain Honey Bread w/ Honey and Cinnamon
400: Protein Bread w/ Chocolate Chips (v)
700: Large Chocolate Immunity Support Freshens Fro-Yo (has cultures that help your immunity system), and 11g protein, and probably lots of sugar
1000: Apple
1200: Zuchinni w/ Yellow, Red, and Green Bell Peppers & Onions; 75% Light Cabot Cheese - for the first time in a long time; Sauteed Cabbage; Salmon Sushi; Many Moon Gingerbread Cookies

FUN:
Catching up w/ CZ on our return flight.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Dec 17

FUEL:
845: Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Daikan, Squash, Mushrooms, Bok Choy, and Carrots; 2 x Big Gingerbread Stars
1045: Protein Bread w/ Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips
245: Sauteed Yams w/ Onions, garlic, great spices; Skim Milk
700: Mixed Greens w/ Sunflower Seeds, Carrots, Mushrooms, Fine Herb Dressing, and Beets; 3 tall glasses of Tea; WW Pita with Honey & Cinnamon; Cheeze Doodles; Turkey
900: Gingerbread Man and Moon
100: Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips

FUN:
Dinner with VP & her buddies.
Sleepover at 28.5

FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise God.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Dec 16

FUEL:
145: Lox w/ Tomatoes; Spinach Leaves w/ Carrots, Beets, Broccoli, and Fine Herb Dressing; Tea; Oreo Outsides; WW Pita w/ Heaps of Hummus; Red Grapefruit; Gingerbread Cookies
300: Gingerbread Stars w/ Green, Yellow, and Red Sprinkles
700: Fried Eggplant; 2 x Protein Bread w/ Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips; Watermelon; Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread
745: Gingerbread Stars w/ Green, Yellow, and Red Sprinkles
100: Daal w/ Rice, Lentils, Onions, and Tomatoes; Daikan, Mushrooms, and Squash; Skim Milk; Protein Bread w/ Chocolate Chips & Peanut Butter
200: Green & Black's 70% Dark Chocolate; Gingerbread Stars
345: Apple

Less than 24 hours!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dec 15

FUEL:
945: Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Veggie Pot Pie w/ Peas, Carrots, Mushrooms, bit of squash, Japanese radish, and onion
1045: 2 x Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips
2oo: WW Noodles w/ Tahini, Tofu, and Onions; 2 x WW Corn Grits Bread topped w/ Salt, Olive Oil & Roasted Garlic - I had multiple cloves, I'm sure (it was delicious); Skim Milk (v)
300: Puffins Corn Cereal
700: Japanese Radish, Mushroom, Carrot, and Squash; Skim Milk; Daal w/ Tomatoes; Sweet Potato
745: Watermelon
1200: Falaffel; Gingerbread Stars and Moons; Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread
1230: Gingerbread Moons (v)

FUN:
Gingerbread stars and moons! and a single man (he had to be shaped by hand, so there's only one of him).
I kind of enjoy studying for humanities courses. You just go through it once, and bam, you know it. Time series and regression with S-Plus, stochastic programming, though...

RECIPE: Biscuit Sweet Potato Samosas


Biscuit:
2 C Whole Wheat Flour
4 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 Tbsp Salt
1/4 C Buttery Sticks
1 C Soy Milk

Samosa Filling:
2 Yams
1 Large Onion
1 Carrot
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Turmeric
1 C Frozen Peas
2 Tsp Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tsp Mustard Powder
2 Tsp Curry Powder
1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp Corriander

1. Microwave Yams in 1 C water for 9 min - 3 x 3-min sessions, stirring between sessions
2. Sautee Onions & Carrots until the onions are browned
3. Add Seasonings and Stir
4. Mix thoroughly all biscuit ingredients, including shaved up Buttery Sticks
5. Place 3/4 inch high, 2 1/2 inch diameter coins of dough on greased baking sheet
6. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 min
7. Mash up the microwaved yams, mix in frozen peas
8. Add the yam concoction to the seasoned veggies
9. Continue to cook on med-low until the peas start turning wrinkly
10. Halve the biscuits, and fill with the samosas filling, sandwich-style

Friday, December 14, 2007

Dec 14

FUEL:
1045: Chickpea, Onion, Eggplant, and Tomato Stew; Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Protein Bread w/ Buttery Sticks
1130: Puffins Corn Cereal
100: Package of Spicy Peanuts
245: Apple
445: Skim Milk
700: Black Beans & Onions; 2 x WW Biscuit Sweet Potato Samosas (w/ onions, peas, carrots); Mini Cocoa Cookies; Squash & Stewed Tomatoes
1145: Cheese Crackers
1230: WW Biscuit; Plain Yogurt w/ 100% Fruit Spread; Mini Cocoa Cookies; Protein Bread w/ Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chips
330: Mini Cocoa Cookies

FUN:
Finished Alias S4.
Ulty Holiday Party > my white elephant gift, a 3-windowed picture frame w/ ultimate pictures I drew during the first 10 min of when the party was supposed to be, was the most coveted item, haha. taboo - returners win.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Dec 13

FUEL:
900: Savory Tofu; Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Puffins Cereal
100: Turkey; 1 1/2 WW Pita w/ Heaps of Red Pepper Hummus and Black Bean Hummus; Tea; Mixed Greens w/ Cherry Tomatoes, Black Olives, Fine Herb Dressing, Edamame, and Broccoli; Oreo Outsides
500: Skim Milk; Eggplant Parmesan (no cheese - just fried goodness covered in tomato sauce)
700: Veggie Pot Pie (peas, squash, mushrooms, carrots, Japanese radish)- not vegan but worth every bite; WW Noodles w/ Tahini, Seitan, and Tofu; Eggplant, Tomato, Chickpea Stew
1100: Soy Milk
115: Chickpea, Tomato, and Eggplant Stew; Veggie Pot Pie (peas, squash, mushrooms, carrots, Japanese radish)

FIT:
11-1am Ulty

FUN:
Slept last night on basement couch - quite peaceful.
Alias.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Dec 12

FUEL:
815: Black Beans w/ Eggplant & Onion Tomato Sauce; Puffins Cereal; Skim Milk
1130: Heap of Hummus; Squash & Mushroom Risotto; 2 x Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Chocolate Chips
200: Mango; Soy Milk
700: Savory Tofu & Tomato; Stir-Fried Bok Choy, Mushroom, and Japanese Radish; Skim Milk; Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Chocolate Chips
900: Pack of Oreos, minus the insides
1030: Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Chocolate Chips (v)
130: Sweet Potato Fries; Plain Yogurt w/ 100% Fruit Spread; Savory Tofu; Black Beans; Puffins Cereal... overly fueled, not enough sleep

FIT:
45 min Shooting, Horse, 21 w/ VC and her friend.

FUN:
Catching up w/ JL.
Bit of Teams & Toys.
Alias - 4-5 episodes?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dec 11-p


FUEL:
845: Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Black Beans w/ Eggplant & Onion Tomato Sauce
1130: 2 x Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Almond Butter and Chocolate Chips; 2/3 Big Bag of Tomato, Romano, and Olive Oil Soy Crisps (vc)
100: Raw Organic Food Bar - Chocolately Chocolate Chip (Cashew Butter, Dates, Agave Nectar, Brown Rice Protein, Dark Chocolate Chips), 1/3 Big Bag of Tomato, Romano, and Olive Oil Soy Crisps
515: Green Tea
700: Squash & Mushroom Risotto; 3 x Chocolate Chip Cookies; Barley w/ Raisins (undercooked, but it had potential); Spicy Carrots, Squash, and Onions; Skim Milk
1145: Black Beans w/ Eggplant & Onion Tomato Sauce; Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread
115: 2 x Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Almond Butter and Chocolate Chips

FIT:
Ulty Under the Stadium Lights!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo much fun. Amazing hucks by all. Light rain, beautiful Astroturf. Good scrimmage, and Raf too!

FUN:
KS White Elephant Gift Exchange. Bye TT :( Elections.
Talking Ulty w/ VC - always a good time. JH loving.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dec 10

FUEL:
830: 2 x Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Chocolate Chips (vc)
1130: Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup; Tofu w/ Eggplant and Onion Tomato Sauce; Skim Milk
230: Glenny's Onion & Garlic Soy Crisps; Raw Organic Food Bar - Fiber Chocolate Delite (cashew butter, acacia, flax sprouts, dates, agave nectar, dark chocolate)
345: Spinach, Broccoli, and Black Beans
500: Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Almond Butter & Wild Berry Fruit Spread
545: Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Almond Butter & Wild Berry Fruit Spread
700: Brown Rice & Black Beans; Marinated Tempeh & Broccoli... tempeh is nasty; Carrots, Eggplant, Bok Choy, Japanese Radish Stir Fry; Tofu Fingers (crispy coating with hot wing sauce); Skim Milk
1030: Black Beans; Hummus; Carrots, Eggplant, Bok Choy, Japanese Radish Stir Fry; Puffins Cereal

FIT:
Wholefoods Run > 51 min... splits: 13:26 to Pebbletree, 4:07 to hill, 4:17 to bridge, 2:51 to end of golfcourse, 3:30 to bridge, 4:55 to hill, 4:25 to Pebbletree, 4:16 to toe path entrance, 9:21 to 2D. Much slower on the way back. It was 42 degrees and raining, and I was in shorts and a t-shirt. Wore the Acumen for the first time in a long time - hr ranged from 183-192 once I got into the run.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Dec 9

FUEL:
830: WW Spaghetti w/ Eggplant & Onion Tomato Sauce; Plain Yogurt w/ 100% Fruit Spread; Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup
1000: Raisin Bran Bread
115: Nacho Cheeser Doritos; 2 x Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Chocolate Chips (v)
400: Big Heap of Hummus; Skim Milk; Honey Flatbread
700: Sweet Black Rice; Eggplant, Onion, and Tomato sauce; Speckled Noodles w/ Broccoli & Bok Choy
1130: Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; WW Spaghetti w/ Eggplant & Onion Tomato Sauce; some Raisin Bran Bread & Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Chocolate Chips

FUN:
Katrina Service Trip Presentation at Westerly Road Church.
Vespers Service - got to sit next to MB & SV on one side!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

GEAR GUIDE: Acumen HRM


Features:

Time of Day - Displays time and date with alarm features. Use a 12 or 24 hour clock system. Set daily alarm. Watch returns to Time Mode automatically when no heart rate is received for 5 minutes.

Heart Rate - Displays ECG-accurate current heart rate when transmitter belt is worn. Set your Target Heart Rate Zone or determine your zone automatically with the EZ-Set Target Zone feature.

EZ-Set Target Zone - Determines personal heart rate limits for an exercise session. The EZ-Set Target Zone feature can determine an individual light to moderate intensity exercise zone (65-85% of the maximum heart rate). The Acumen Heart Rate Monitor will automatically calculate lower and upper heart rate limits limits based on your age-predicted maximum heart rate (220 minus age). You can also program your own Target Heart Rate Zone with user defined values.

In-Zone Goal Countdown Timer - Set 0 - 60 minute timer to begin when Target Heart Rate Zone is reached.

Calories - This feature in Acumen Heart Rate Monitors estimates the number of kilocalories expended during exercise based on heart rate and inputted exercise intensity index. An Exercise Factor table is provided to assist individuals in choosing an exercise intensity index. Displays estimated calories burned when receiving heart rate signals.


This is mainly for fun, to see how hard my heart's working, how quickly HR drops post-exercise, etc. The highest I've gotten it is 200.

Dec 8

FUEL:
900: Hummus on Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread; Plain Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread
145: Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup; 2 x Protein Bread w/ Big Heaps of Hummus; bit of yogurt; Skim Milk (v)
815: Shrimp Coctail with Tomatoes, Caviar, Coctail Sauce, and Crispy Noodles; Spinach Salad w/ Pistachios, Rum-infused Baby Pear, Cherry Tomatoes, and Vinaigrette; Steak; Buttered Asparagus; Lobster Tails w/ Fish Salad Topping; Coffee Tiramisu
1215: Skim Milk; Raisin Bran Bread; Onions & Eggplant in Tomato Sauce; Seitan, Carrot, and Onion Stew

FIT:
4-HOUR ULTIMATE PRACTICE, going hard the whole time. After 3 hrs 30 min, I started feeling extremely tired (on top of the usual need to eat every 3-4 hrs, I had been running around a whole bunch, so my blood sugar must be low). Far more tired than I am after 10-milers, even - hard to say whether I went farther than that, b/c there was a lot of sprinting (mixed with some not-moving). Ohhh man. It was awesome, though. It'd be great if we had this every weekend, though maybe for only 3 hrs. Oh yeah, I'm running on 6 hrs of sleep over two nights.

FUN:
Winter Formals at the Colonial Club with KJ & JY, Dancing to the Jazz & Swing Band, Catch Phrase w/ '08ers, AIAers, plus.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Dec 7-p


FUEL:
915: Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Daal w/ Tomoatoes; Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup
130: Spinach w/ Black Beans & Broccoli; 2 x Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Chocolate Chips; Indian Ratatouille w/ Eggplant & Tomatoes; 2 x WW Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
715: Black Beans w/ Onions, Tomatoes, and Cilantro; Mixed Greens w/ Carrots, Mushrooms, and Green Salsa; Green Tea; Granola with Craisins and Raisins and Almond Bits w/ Skim Milk
1145: Cinnamon Graham Crackers
100: Soy Milk; 1/4 Bottle Acai Antioxidant Trinity Juice (blueberry, pomegranate)

FUN:
Winter Arch Sing!
PEF Christmas Party! - gingerbread house, caroling w/ roommates, fireplace
Dooring someone special

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Dec 6

FUEL:
945: Puffins Corn Cereal w/ Skim Milk; Spinach w/ Black Beans, Tomato, and Broccoli; Indian Ratatouille (eggplant and tangy tomatoey sauce)
1245: Green Tea; Heap of Hummus on 2 x Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread (v)
500: Raspberries, Clementines, Bananas, Strawberries
715: Stir-Fried Eggplant w/ Bok Choy; Skim Milk; 3 x WW Double Chocolate Chip Cookies; Tofu w/ Edamame & Onions; Tofu w/ Japanese Radish & Carrots
1100: 2 x WW Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
130: Apple; Soy Milk
345: Spinach w/ Black Beans, Tomato, and Broccoli; Tofu w/ Edamame & Onions

FUN:
DS's baby shower!!!

FIT:
Ulty in the gym, day 1. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, it feels so good to be out again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Dec 5

FUEL:
800: Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; 1/2 Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Bok Choy & Tofu Curry; Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Almond Butter & Semisweet Chocolate Chips
100: Mixed Greens w/ Carrots, bit of hummus, Mushrooms, Fine Herb Dressing; Steamed Broccoli; Green Tea; Multigrain Bread; Turkey w/ Tomatoes; 2 x Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Wild Berry Fruit Spread
700: Skim Milk; Brown Rice w/ Shredded Carrot, Raisins, and Hazlenuts; Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup; Indian Ratatouille
1000: 2 x Protein Bread w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread & Almond Butter
100: Daal w/ Tomatoes; Cream of Broccoli Soup; Yogurt w/ 100% Fruit Spread; Puffins Cereal

FIT:
Haven't run in 5 days, so crazily busy. So I speed roped for a few minutes and then did some pushups and ran instead of walking to places. Can't wait to go home and have plenty of time to train.

FUN:
Vespers Choir Practice.
Excellent Bible Study on Romans 5:1-11.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Dec 4

FUEL:
845: Bok Choy & Tofu Curry; 2 Bean Chili w/ Tomatoes, Onions, and Carrots; Skim Milk
1245: 3/4 Giant Peanut Butter Persuasion Cookie by Alternative Baking Company; 1.5 x Protein Bread w/ Hummus (v)
500: Apple
700: Daal; Spinach, Black Beans, Broccoli, Onions; Spicy Eggplant & Tofu; Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; 1/4 Peanut Butter Persuasion Mega Cookie
1200: Skim Milk; 1/2 Protein Bread w/ Hummus; Daal; Spinach, Black Beans, Broccoli, Onions
100: 1 1/2 Protein Bread w/ Almond Butter & Wild Berry Fruit Spread

Monday, December 3, 2007

Dec 3

FUEL:
830: Bok Choy, Tofu, and Carrot Curry; Skim Milk; 2 Bean Chili w/ Tomatoes, Onions, and Carrots
1230: Plain Yogurt w/ Dried Cranberries; Protein Bread & Hummus; 4 x Peanut Butter Cookies, topped w/ Hazlenuts (v)
530: Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Hummus; Apple w/ Peanut Butter
700: Tofu & Onions w/ Brown Rice; Plain Yogurt w/ Dried Cranberries
845: Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Hummus
1100: 70% Icelandic Dark Chocolate; Bok Choy, Tofu, and Carrot Curry
130: Package of Planter's Heat Peanuts; 1/4 Bottle of Acai Antioxidant Trinity Juice

Sunday, December 2, 2007

RECIPE: Vegan Cornbread


3 cups Whole Wheat Bread Flour
3 Cups Corn Grits
1 Cup Blueberry Soy Yogurt
1/2 Cup Applesauce
6 tsp Baking Powder
3 tbsp Egg Replacer Powder
1 1/2 Cups Water
3 Cups Plain Soymilk
2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 Cups Cooked or Frozen Corn

1. Mix it all.
2. Pour it 1-inch thick into greased pans.
3. Bake it at 400 degrees for 45 min or until brown.

Great served with Chili! the sweetness of the Cornbread plays well with the spiciness and heartiness of the Chili.

Dec 2

FUEL:
830: 2 Bean Chili w/ Tomatoes, Carrots, and Onions; Skim Milk (v)
130: Oatmeal w/ Honey & Cinnamon; Smoked Salmon w/ Cherry Tomatoes; Spinach Salad w/ Mushrooms, Carrots, and Fine Herb Dressing; Strawberries
200: 70% Icelandic Dark Chocolate
715: Lentil, Bok Choy, and Carrot Soup; 2 x Potato Pancakes; 4 x Peanut Butter Cookies; Yogurt w/ Dried Cranberries
930: 1/2 Grapefruit
1115: Skim Milk; 2 x Peanut Butter Cookies; Protein Bread w/ Hummus

FIT:
45 min Abs

FUN:
2 episodes Alias s4

I love the kids in the nursery.
Funny things they've done:
- Dunking their animal crackers in their cups of water before they eat, without fail.
- A girl suddenly tackling my legs, causing me to fall over in a skirt.
- Each time my co-helper turned the page during story time, one little boy jumps out of his chair, runs up to the page, points to something random, and yells "mamma, mamma, alskjflsk djfoashif oaisdh fsjklkdsjfk." We tell him to sit back down. We get to the next page. He does it again... and again... for all 15 or so pages.
- A girl coloring with different colors, and when she got to brown, she told me that "that's the same color as when I was still in my mommy's tummy, and I pooped."

They are sooo precious.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Dec 1

FUEL:
1030: Bok Choy & Tofu; Mexican Brown Rice w/ Tomatoes & Black Beans; Skim Milk
130: 70% Icelandic Dark Chocolate (tastes like hot chocolate, rich); 2 x Sprouted Grain & Legume Bread w/ Heaps of Hummus (v)
600: Soy Milk
700: Brown Rice, Tomatoes, Onions, and Chopped Spinach mixed together into a bowl of healthy deliciousness; Cocoa and Cranberry Bread; Creamy Bok Choy & Tofu unspicy curry
1045: Creamy Bok Choy & Tofu unspicy curry; Yogurt w/ Wild Berry Fruit Spread; Protein Bread w/ Hummus
1130: 70% Icelandic Dark Chocolate

FUN:
Watching Princeton Fencing & JJL coaching.
Watching Princeton Squash.
Ulty Fall Banquet.

AT's memorial service.

FIT:
40 min Badmitton: As with frisbee, I had thought that badmitton was a fake sport. It's not as complex as ultimate, but it does give a good workout. I did a lot of jumping and diving - I don't know whether normal players dive - nobody else at the TASA event was diving, and the old Asian people I see playing often don't dive. It was fun.