Hurricane Insomnia

I woke up this morning around 2:30 am when the wind and rain from Hurricane Jeanne finally started to hit the Orlando area. I think it was a combination of noise from the storm and well…a possible metabolic reaction to the higher calorie day I’d just enjoyed on Saturday. The A/C is set for 76 degrees, and I’m not ill, so I figure I’ve just had my first conscious experience with the “fat burning furnace” phenomenon that other BFL’ers have mentioned. I was sweating and uncomfortably warm when I woke up–probably because my system was working overtime to burn up the 2100 calories I consumed Saturday. That is right around my maintenance level, but a good 500-600 calories above my “low-day” intake. I’m going to start paying more attention on high days to see if this happens regularly.

For the time being, my apartment is on the dryer side of the building since the winds are coming from the northeast. My apartment has a southern exposure. The winds are gusting every minute or so, and the rain is pretty constant, but so far I still have electricity. I’m feeling very sorry for the people on the other side of the building, though. They must have rain smashing directly into their windows. It already sounds like a muffled train on my side. The north side of the building gets the joy of staying up to something that’s reminiscent of a hail of nails being fired at sheets of glass.

This one isn’t moving as fast as Charley or as slow as Frances, so I’m not sure what to expect. Charley lasted only an hour for this part of Florida, but was very destructive. Frances dragged on for 4 days, but didn’t knock down nearly as many trees near my place. I should probably turn on the TV and get some updated coverage. Orlandoweather.com has the current wind speed at 39 mph, but the eye of the storm isn’t here yet.

I’m glad I got the laundry done in any case. With this storm not projected to leave the area until 2 pm Sunday at the earliest (by which time my apartment WILL be getting some direct wind and rain), I don’t have much hope that the electricity will hold out.

😐

I don’t know if I should try to get some more sleep now or just give it up and start messing around with Satoripaint. I’ve had the painting program for over 4 years…I am way overdue to learn how to use it properly.

Challenge 2, Week 4 Results

Well, here’s the breakdown for week 4. I continue to lose more chest and waist while the legs seem to be content to stay at 22″. πŸ˜†

My Tanita scale, which everyone swears overestimates body fat on bottom heavy women (dat’sa me!) gives me readings of around 19% in the evenings when I am properly hydrated as the instructions recommend, and a three-site body fat caliper formula is giving me 18.33% body fat. Mybodycomp.com says 21.8%. Sigh…I’m going to be conservative and go with 19.5% for now, which means I just need to drop 6.5 lbs in the next 8 weeks without losing any muscle and I’ll be one lean, mean 16% body fat braggin’ chica!

Photos

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Profile
Name
C2W1D0
C2W4D6 Week 4 Stats
Change
Date
Created
9/1/2004
9/25/2004
24 day(s)
Measurements
Age
29
29
  
Sex
F
F
  
Height
65.98 in
(1.68 m)
65.98 in
(1.68 m)

Weight
136
lbs

(61.80 kg)
133
lbs

(60.50 kg)

-3 lbs
(-1.30 Kg)

Neck
12.99
in

(33.00 cm)
12.99
in

(33.00 cm)

Shoulder

40.98
in
(104.10 cm)
40.51
in
(102.90 cm)

-0.47 in
(-1.20 cm)

Chest
34.02
in
(86.40 cm)
33.50
in
(85.10 cm)


-0.51 in
(-1.30 cm)

Waist

27.01
in

(68.60 cm)
25.00
in

(63.50 cm)


-2.01 in

(-5.10 cm)

Abdomen
27.99
in

(71.10 cm)
26.50
in

(67.30 cm)

-1.50 in

(-3.80 cm)

Hips

37.01
in
(94.00 cm)
37.01
in
(94.00 cm)

Thigh
22.52
in
(57.20 cm)
22.01
in
(55.90 cm)

-0.51 in

(-1.30 cm)

Knee

14.02
in
(35.60 cm)
12.99
in
(33.00 cm)

-1.02 in

(-2.60 cm)

Calf
14.76
in

(37.50 cm)
15.00
in

(38.10 cm)

0.24 in

(0.60 cm)

Ankle

7.99
in
(20.30 cm)
7.99
in
(20.30 cm)

Arm
11.50
in
(29.20 cm)
11.50
in
(29.20 cm)

Forearm

9.25
in
(23.50 cm)
9.25
in
(23.50 cm)

Wrist
5.98
in

(15.20 cm)
5.98
in

(15.20 cm)

Activity
Level
Extremely Active
Extremely Active
 
Resting
Metabolic Rate (RMR)

1,361
cals/day
1,348
cals/day

-13 cals/day
Your
resting metabolic rate is the rate at which you burn energy
or calories at rest.


Total
Calorie Burn (TCB)
2,518
cals/day
2,494
cals/day

-24 cals/day
Waist
to Hip Circumference Ratio

0.73
0.68

-0.05
Lean
Body Mass (LBM)
103 lbs (46.80 kg)
104 lbs (47.27 kg)

1 lbs (0.47 kg)
Fat
Mass (FM)
33 lbs (15.00 kg)
29 lbs (13.23 kg)

-4 lbs (-1.77 kg)

BFL Journal C2W4D6

Thoughts: It’s 4 week photo day today, and I’m pretty sure the differences will be minor visually. πŸ˜•

New Challenge 2 photos have been uploaded to: http://maggiewang.com/pictures/thumbnails.php?album=6

I’ve been following the program and working out hard, but my conscious decision to increase my calories and use creatine during the first four to six weeks of the challenge in order to stimulate muscle growth over fat loss means that there won’t be any “Wow! You’ve shrunk again!” comments about my new photos, heh. Quick spot checks during this first month have told me that my measurements are still pretty much the same despite scale weight fluctuations between 132 and 137 lbs, but my body fat % range from my scale and calipers has dropped from the 20-24% range down to the 18-22% range, which tells me that good things are happening internally if not externally. I’m right on track with my long range, 12-week goals, although my 4 week stats and photos aren’t going to blow anyone away!

I can’t wait until the last half of this challenge when I can start cutting up more. πŸ™‚ I feel like a mad scientist working on an amazing contraption under a big tarp for 2 months while all the while itching to tear off the sheet and show the world what he’s been doing. :mrgreen:

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Nutrition (2000-2400 free/high day)
1: 3×1 veggie omelette w/pumpernickel toast (BBQ pulled pork sandwich)
2: Chocolate banana shake
3: Chocolate peanut caramel walnut bar (Chocolate banana shake)
4: Cottage cheese pancakes
5: Thai chicken pasta salad
6: Cottage cheese and blueberries

Supplements:
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil

Calories eaten and deficit for yesterday = 1584/ -364 (target -337)
Water: 10 cups
Ratios: 46% carb / 38% protein /16% fat

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Workout:
8:30 am cardio at the fitness center: Treadmill run

Warm up- 4 to 4.2 mph / 5% incline / 7 minutes
HIIT – 4.5, 6.2, 6.7, and 7.2 mph / 0% incline / 4 sets
Max – 9 mph / 0% incline / 1 minute
Cooldown – 4.5 down to 4 mph / 0% incline / 2 minutes

9:30 am Crunch Boot Camp workout

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The Awful Truth:
1. Okay, I confess–I had cereal and raisin cravings yesterday and had 1/2 c. shredded wheat with some raisins and cottage cheese instead of the planned Thai Chicken Pasta.

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Brownie Points:
1. Didn’t spend any money on frivolous things! (Actually, didn’t spend any money, period.) πŸ™‚
2. Did some research on proper form in squats and exercises targeting the trap muscles.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Alter 3 pieces of clothing
2. Work more on the commission.
3. Prep food for the next few days.

BFL Journal C2W4D5

Thoughts: I’ve decided that Excedrin is the panacea of the gods. My headache from this morning’s squats is nearly gone thanks to that green and white pill. I wish I’d never done that 10×10 squat routine the other week, because it seems to have set off some kind of weird muscle-nerve link from my upper back and neck muscles to the back of my head. I get headaches now when I do heavy sets of dbell flyes and back exercises as well as Smith machine squats. That wasn’t happening before. πŸ˜₯ I’m starting to wonder if I need to have this checked out or get a trainer for a few sessions, because I don’t plan on lowering my weights anytime soon. I’ve been pushing through the pain, but it is getting rather distracting.

Random admission: Following my friend Emily’s example, I’ve come up with a little mental mantra to chant to myself when tempted with bad foods during the week: “Arms like Angela (Bassett)! Arms like Angela!”

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Nutrition (1300-1400 low day)
1: Chocolate pb banana shake
2: Kung pao chicken with peach
3: Strawberry raisin walnut bar
4: Cottage cheese and peach
5: Thai chicken pasta spinach salad
6: 3×1 veggie omelette with apple

Supplements:
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil
1/2 serving GNC Creastack

Calories eaten and deficit for yesterday = 1333/ -906 (target -337)
Water: 12 cups
Ratios: 40% carb / 40% protein /20% fat

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Workout:
7:50 am LBWO

Optional evening workout: Crunch Boot Camp workout

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The Awful Truth:
1. I ate about a tablespoon of yummy raisins with my salad last night.

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Brownie Points:
1. Look at that calorie deficit! Woohoo!
2. Got my laundry done.
3. Vacuumed the bedroom.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Finish up the bamboo spirit character portrait commission.
2. Take 4 week photos (and Creatine pics).
3. Wake up before 8 am tomorrow so my eating schedule isn’t thrown off.
4. Get to a clothing store and try on a bunch of clothes to find out what size I am in retail clothing these days. When most of your pants can be yanked off without unzipping or unbuttoning them, it’s time to get some new clothes.

BFL Journal C2W4D4

Thoughts: I think I’m having a very “blah” sort of day. Yesterday pretty much went according to plan through meal 5, but after that, things got a bit sidetracked when I went to see Hero for the second time with the dbf. We wound up going to the Orlando Ale House for a late dinner around 10 pm, and, to make a long story short, after listening to him ramble on for about an hour about his internal issues, I asked dbf point-blank if he wanted me to back off for a bit while he figured things out. He admitted that he thought this would be a good idea, so we are downshifting to “friends-without-benefits” mode again. This is our second “downshift” this year; we’re used to it.

On one hand, I’m mildly bummed because it was a comfortable, familiar sort of relationship for both of us, but on the other, I think both of us realized that there really wasn’t ever going to be any more to it without some significant adjustments that neither of us was willing to make at this time. And let’s be honest, it’s a lot easier to stay on BFL when you don’t have to worry about a guy. πŸ˜‰ It’s also a lot easier to get a *new* date to pay for your free day meals, LOL.

I guess I’ll have to stop being so lazy about my social life and get back into the market again. What an excellent excuse to acquire some new party threads. (I need ’em anyway. All of my old party tops are now noticeably too large in that “gaping open at the chest and not at all fitted” kind of way.) 😈

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Nutrition (1300-1400 low day)
1: Blueberry crepes
2: Kung pao chicken with brown rice
3: Chocolate peanut caramel walnut bar
4: Cottage cheese and grapes
5: Chinese chicken salad
6: Banana berry smoothie

Supplements:
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil

Calories eaten and deficit for yesterday = 2004/ +53 (target -337)
Water: 12 cups
Ratios: 37% carb / 36% protein /27% fat

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Workout:
7:10 am cardio at the gym: Treadmill run

Warm up- 4 mph / 5% incline / 2 minutes
HIIT – 4.5, 6.2, 6.7, and 7.2 mph / 0% incline / 4 sets
Max – 9 mph / 0% incline / 1 minute
Cooldown – 4.5 down to 4 mph / 0% incline / 1 minutes

7:50 am recumbent bike at levels 6 / 95 rpm / 5 minutes
8 am Tai Chi class / 60 minutes
Optional stretching/toningΓ’β‚¬β€œPilates mat level 4 DVD

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The Awful Truth:
1. Had an amicable break-up dinner with dbf (now ex-dbf) last night after a movie, and wound up ordering a BBQ pulled pork sandwich with fries. Only ate half, but still not on plan! Heh.
2. Got back too late from late dinner with the ex to do cardio. Boo hiss! 😳

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Brownie Points:
1. Stayed on target calorie-wise for my high day at 2004 calories, even with the BBQ pork.
2. Got up in time Tai Chi plus HIIT this morning. I’m on a roll!

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Short-term Goals:
1. Do the laundry again. (I’m tempted just to get more gym clothes…I go through sports bras, tops, socks, and shorts like crazy.)
2. Get to the grocery store for CC, yogurt, grapes, natural PB, and veggies.
3. Take my third set of creatine pictures.
4. Bask in the freedom of being unattached again! :mrgreen:

BFL Journal C2W4D3

Thoughts: These mid-week high calorie days are so nice. πŸ™‚ It’s like a mini-free day in the middle of the work week. I’m so relieved it’s Wednesday; the second half of my Bennigan’s Tavern burger from Monday has been calling to me ever since Monday night.

On one of the TV screens at Gold’s this morning, one of the morning shows was showing profiles of three or four overweight/obese young people. It was so sad to see people who should have been in the best years of their lives in such poor health. There was a boy who was probably in junior high or high school, a 27-year-old young woman who was so big that she couldn’t even walk around on her own, and a 24-year-old woman who was still sassy enough to want flirty clothes, but could stand to lose a good 80-90 lbs by my estimate. The 27-year-old woman couldn’t even take care of herself; her husband or boyfriend (not sure which since I wasn’t hooked into a headphone unit) had to cook for her and wheel her around to her doctor’s appointments. She was carrying so much extra fat that her feet were almost obscured by the overlapping skin and fat in her lower legs. They showed her dh/dbf (not exactly a model of fitness himself) cooking for her–he poured about 3/4 c. of oil into a frying pan and deep-fried what could have been pork or chicken in it. The rest of her meal didn’t look much better, and made the Sam’s Choice Diet Cola she was drinking seem like a pathetic little band-aid slapped on a big, gaping wound.

What’s wrong with our nation today when it comes to health and nutrition? Is it an education issue? Changing lifestyles? Too much television and passive entertainment?

I’m happy that I’ve seen the light myself, but it makes me both angry and sad that so many others still haven’t done the same.

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Nutrition (1800-2000 high day)
1: Chocolate peanut caramel walnut bar (Protein powder w/peach)
2: 1/2 Bennigan’s hamburger on WW bun
3: Chocolate banana shake
4: Cottage cheese and grapes (Chocolate banana shake)
5: Kung pao chicken with brown rice
6: Chinese chicken salad

Supplements:
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil
1/2 serving GNC Creastack

Calories eaten and deficit for yesterday = 1337/ -885 (target -337)
Water: 10 cups
Ratios: 40% carb / 39% protein /21% fat

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Workout:
8:20 am UBWO at the gym
8:30 pm moderate cardio at the fitness center–15 mins treadmill at 5 mph, 15 min. bike or elliptical at level 3

Optional: Yoga workout after evening cardio

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The Awful Truth:
1. Ate a few extra peanuts last night while making Kung Pao chicken. πŸ˜›
2. Snuck in about 8 spoon-size shredded wheat squares. I am such a cereal fiend!

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Brownie Points:
1. Woke up late this morning, but finished UBWO at the gym and got to work on time anyhow.
2. Finished ALL of my planned incline bicep curl sets at the 12.5 lb weight! Woohoo! I even got up to 8 reps out of 12 using the 12.5 lbs in set 5, which was supposed to be my 10 lb set. πŸ˜€ 15 lbs, here I come!

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Short-term Goals:
1. Prep a few more meals–chicken pitas, most likely.
2. Go grocery shopping.
3. Look at inventory of fabrics to see if anything will work for this Halloween.

Halloween Costume Time!

It’s almost October, so it’s time for me to get started on this year’s Halloween costume. I had been considering dressing up as Trinity from The Matrix since I have a Simplicity pattern for the costume already, but after seeing Hero this weekend, I have the most terrible urge to make myself a Qin Dynasty costume and leap around with an ivory-handled sword like Flying Snow, Maggie Cheung’s doomed assassin character.

Trinity Costume:
Trinity
Pros- I look very good in black, my hair is the right length, the costume is easy to move around in, I already own a pair of knee-high combat boots that would work, and most people would recognize the character
Cons- I’d have to wear vinyl or some other hot, fake patent leather look synthetic fabric in FLORIDA, fake patent leather fabrics can be kind of expensive as well as a pain to sew, and there will probably be lots of other Trinity-chicks running around, some of whom might be taller, lankier, and more Trinity-like than me! πŸ˜‰

Flying Snow Costume:
Flying Snow
Pros- I look very good in pastels and red, the outfit works well on Asians, and I’d get to carry around a sword!
Cons- There is a LOT of fabric involved in making the robes, I might not be able to locate the right kind of heavy yet flowy fabric in the right color without breaking the bank, I’d have to get a high quality, waist-length black wig, and I’d have to draft the pattern myself.

Decisions, decisions…

BFL Journal C2W4D2

Thoughts: I thought my last batch of Stella bars was great with strawberry powder, raisins, and walnuts, but my new favorite is the chocolate peanut caramel bar with walnuts that I made with my new container of Designer Protein last night. This bar tastes BUTTERY! It’s amazing.

I pumped up my level 10 interval on the treadmill back to 9 mph again just to see if I could still do it without throwing up a lung. It turns out that the answer is yes, so um…hurray for me! Nothing like hauling major ass on a treadmill in the morning in view of a bunch of 4 mph walk/joggers to inflate the ego to gargantuan proportions. I was grinning like Bozo the Clown when I finished.

I also discovered something completely wacky last night–my younger cat, Neville, plays fetch. πŸ˜€ I unearthed his favorite, half-bald toy mouse from underneath the refrigerator, and tossed it into the bedroom to get him out of my way in the kitchen. Neville streaked after the mouse as expected, then hauled butt back to me with it and dropped it at my feet. I threw the mouse again, and he did the same thing. What fun! My older cat is a chaser and stalker, but not a retriever, so he would race Neville to the mouse, then lose interest. Cats are so entertaining.

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Nutrition (1300-1400 low day)
1: Zucchini walnut protein muffin
2: Chinese chicken salad
3: Chocolate peanut caramel walnut bar
4: Cottage cheese and grapes
5: Kung pao chicken with brown rice
6: Chocolate banana shake

Supplements:
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil

Calories eaten and deficit for yesterday = 1654/ -478 (target -337)
Water: 10 cups
Ratios: 42% carb / 32% protein /26% fat

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Workout:
7:30 am cardio at the gym: Treadmill run

Warm up- 4 to 4.2 mph / 5% incline / 7 minutes
HIIT – 4.5, 6.2, 6.7, and 7.2 mph / 0% incline / 4 sets
Max – 9 mph / 0% incline / 1 minute
Cooldown – 4.5 down to 4 mph / 0% incline / 2 minutes

8 am recumbent bike at levels 3-10 / 75-100 rpm / 30 minutes

Optional stretching/toning–Pilates mat level 4 DVD

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The Awful Truth:
1. I already admitted this yesterday, but I had half a burger and fries at Bennigans.
2. Also snuck in 2 mini Reeses PB cups
3. Unplanned 1/2 c. of shredded wheat and oats while making new batch of Stella bars. πŸ˜‰
4. Never got around to the extra cardio session yesterday. C’est la vie….

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Brownie Points:
1. Still showed a deficit yesterday thanks to the extra tai chi class and afternoon walk.
2. Made an incredible batch of Stella bars with my new chocolate peanut caramel Designer Whey Protein powder and walnuts. Chewy, buttery, nutty chocolate goodness at under 200 calories. Woohoo!
3. Did my planned bit of moderate steady-state cardio today in the morning so I wouldn’t be tempted to skip it in the evening.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Hoover the apartment.
2. Work more on the commission.
3. Cook remaining zucchini and cukes before they get squishy.