Thoughts: I’ve been reading about the aftermath of the tsunami in southeast Asia today, and I must say that it really puts things into perspective. Here we are obsessing over a quarter inch of muscle gain here, a half pound of weight gain there, and what to eat or drink after a lower body workout at our comfortable, air-conditioned gyms. Meanwhile, across the world there are people who have lost their loved ones, homes, and livelihoods. In another part of the world, our troops are still taking hits in yet one more man-made conflict.
Hasn’t the earthquake/tsunami illustrated that Mother Nature can deal enough damage to human life without any extra aid from us?
Anyhow, I just donated some money to the Red Cross through Amazon.com for the relief efforts in Asia. I hope that amid all of our (perfectly acceptable and worthy) efforts to improve our health, self-esteem, and lives through fitness and nutrition we can still take a moment to help out people who are so much less fortunate than we are.
I’ve also decided to rein in my random spending on non-essential “wants” this January by pledging to match 50% of the cost of the item I want to buy with a donation to a relief agency like the Red Cross. There will be certain items that I know I won’t be able to resist even with this stipulation, so I’m sure that the relief organizations will be seeing a bit more of my money.
Nutrition (1400-1600 low calorie zig-zag day)
1: 3×1 spinach omelette with seasoned sweet potato wedges
2: 1/2 Barbacoa beef, rice, lettuce, salsa, and black bean burrito bol from Chipotle
3: 2 slices low carb bread with SF blackberry preserves, and 1 T. peanut butter
4: Chocolate raisin walnut bar
5: Quiznos Roadhouse Ranch salad, dressing on the side
6: 2 packs Haw Flakes fruit snacks with 1 scoop protein powder
Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil
Calories eaten / deficit for yesterday = 2100 / -8 (target 0)
Water: 15 cups
Ratios: 43% carb / 39% protein / 18% fat
12:00 PM HIIT run (4 mph warm up, 4.5, 6, 7, 8 mph intervals, 9.0 mph max, 4.5 mph cool down)
The Awful Truth:
1. Ate a small Toblerone chocolate and 2 pistachios 😛
1. Scheduled my 90,000 mile service for my car.
2. Made a hair cut appointment for my shaggy fro.
1. Do my laundry.
2. Finish fixing/setting up misc. computers in my room.
3. Make a basic database using HandBase to get familiar with the program.
4. Print out new set of workout sheets for next week.