Myspace Chain Bulletin

I recently joined Myspace.com because my friend Sue from high school invited me. (My profile is located at http://www.myspace.com/causticmuse if anyone is interested or wants to add lil’ ole me to their friend list.) Myspace is a bit like Friendster, but with a more active community and some fun features, including a bulletin board where you can post a bulletin that all of your accepted “friends” can read.

Well, today I got a bulletin that was pretty much a chain letter from newly added friend Brian, but it was so funny that I had to propagate it to the people on MY friend list. And now I’m going to share it with everyone here.

Date: Jun 9, 2005 2:57 PM
Subject: In my pants
Body: Repost this or you will die in 3 days of a horrible accident.

Put the song you’re listening to right now and “in my pants” after the song title -ahh..i hate these things

steve- work magic in my paints
denny- the memory remains in my pants
Karissa- takes my pain away in my pants
Jasmin-Numb in my pants
Angelia- Passive in my pants
Johnny – Piggy in my pants
Megan – You Make Me Wanna in my pants
kyle- slow down in my pants
Mike – Attention! in my pants.
Adam – Andy, You’re a star in my pants
Nick- One sweet day in my pants
Kelly- Get it Right in my pants… (haha thats so funny)
Brian – nothing in my pants 🙁
mandy – nice work if you can get it in my pants..
Louis Cipher – Wonderboy in my pants
Brittani-when you just smile in my pants
Kat- Nothing in your pants
Hen- are you gonna go my way
Sophie- who do you think you are…in my pants… (the 1 + only spice girls)
Samuel- up all night in my pants (r to the azorlight)
Neil- Emily, in my pants
Amyam-try honesty in my pants x
JENN-love rhyms with a hideous car wreck in my pants
andie-nothing in my pants
Alex-king jumps queen in my pants
kurt- the harvest in my pants
raven~ Beware of mad cat in my pants
Jess- Brooklyn is Burning in my pants
Brian- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in my pants.
Maggie- Precious things in my pants

Call me juvenile, but I was rolling after reading some of the responses. Hah!

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6/8/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 16
Total Perfect Days = 38/62

– 1398 calories eaten / -838 deficit
– 48.6% carb, 33.3% protein, 20.1% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs
6/4/05 – 135.6 lbs

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Nutrition: 1400-1500 calorie low zig zag day

1: 3×1 omelette, 2 c. spinach, 1/4 cantaloupe
2: 3×1 omelette, 2 c. spinach, 1/4 cantaloupe
3: 1/2 BBQ ranch chopped chicken salad, 1 banana
4: Banana yogurt shake with 1 T. flaxseed oil
5: Turkey spinach lasagna, 1 Lactaid pill
6: 3/4 c. 1% cottage cheese, 1/6 c. dry oats, 3/4 c. blueberries

Total: 1480 calories, 42.9% carb, 31.0% protein, 31.1% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
8:30 AM Cardio – LISS/HIIT mix (10 min. HIIT run / 20 minute LISS incline walk)
10:30 PM P90X Yoga (90 Minutes)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Cardio was sort of weak this morning. I think I’m still feeling the combined effects of TOM and blood donation. 😳

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Brownie Points:
1. Did the dishes!
2. Cleaned the kitchen!
3. Ordered some seeds and hanging strawberries for future balcony veggie/fruit garden.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Pick up some beef for steak and beef noodles.

Too Much Sleep

I’ve been trying to get more sleep in the past two days, but I think the extra hour and a half of snoozing is actually counterproductive for me. My normal sleep cycle is 6.5 hours, and forcing myself to stay in bed for a full 8 hours is leaving me with a dull headache and an overall fuzzyheaded feeling every morning. I even feel MORE sore and achey than I did with my usual sleep amount.

So much for that experiment. I’m going back to my tried and true 6.5 hours tonight. The extra sleep wasn’t very restful anyway with Neville meowing in full kitty voice from 5:45 am through 6:30 am and sprawling his 14-lb self across my chest for his daily morning cuddle.

Besides, the additional lie down time is giving me a crick in my neck.

I’m also modifying my program slightly in these last 4 weeks to bump up fat loss and allow time for my left elbow to recover.

– Calories are dropping to 1300-1500 on every day except Wednesdays and Saturdays, which will be 1600-2000 calories
– Macro targets are still 40-50% carb/30-40% protein/20-30% fat
– 2 splurge meals a week (unchanged)
– 45 minutes of fasted morning LISS cardio M-Sat
– P90X plyo, yoga, and kenpo will still be performed
– For now, P90X resistance workouts will be replaced by SGX or BFL style free weight workouts on M/W/F. No pull-ups until the elbow stops complaining. :ouch:
– Supplements taken according to SGX plan, and GNC Creastack with creatine/glutamine

So consider this a P90X/SGX hybrid. I do want to finish out the P90X cycle, but I’m not willing to keep reinjuring my arm just to put a check mark on my fitness To Do list.

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6/7/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 15
Total Perfect Days = 37/62

– 2137 calories eaten / -355 deficit
– 48.7% carb, 29.0% protein, 25.0% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs
6/4/05 – 135.6 lbs

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Nutrition: 1400-1500 calorie low zig zag day

1: 3/4 c. 1% cottage cheese, 2 T. (dry) oatmeal, 3/4 c. blueberries, 1 Lactaid pill
2: 3×1 omelette, 2 c. spinach, 1 apple
3: Banana yogurt protein shake
4: BBQ ranch chopped chicken salad
5: Turkey spinach lasagna, 1 Lactaid pill
6: 2.75 oz. tuna, 3/4 c. broc/cauli/carrot, 1/2 banana

Total: 1411 calories, 45.7% carb, 39.6% protein, 17.7% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil or natural peanut butter
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
12:00 PM P90X Abs
10:00 PM P90X Back/Biceps

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The Awful Truth:
1. Back on the cottage cheese (with Lactaid) for the sake of convenience this morning. Stomach is DEFINITELY reacting poorly to the return of dairy. So much for my secret hope that CC was safe. 😕

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Brownie Points:
1. 16 cups of water is easy to chug down now.
2. Got 8 hours of sleep again.
3. Scored some great deals on chicken and eggs yesterday at Albertson’s!

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Short-term Goals:
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Pick up some beef for steak and beef noodles.
3. Declutter sewing/drawing table.
4. Try out a new recipe from In2nutrition file or eDiets EFL meal plan this week.
5. Clean kitchen.

Kitchen Geek

My Borner V-Slicer arrived today, but I haven’t had time to do anything with it yet. There are two sweet potatoes in the fridge that are just asking to be sliced into lovely little chips of precise thickness, though, and perhaps some apples that can be made into dehydrated fruit as well. :biggrin:

I made an emergency grocery run during lunch to Albertson’s to take advantage of the $0.49/lb special on leg quarters and the $0.99/lb special on chicken breast. As luck would have it, they also had 18 eggs for $0.99 and assorted other super duper deals that I simply could not pass up. I spent around $45 on the chicken products, produce, 10 Rubbermaid storage containers, and some trash bags, but I have enough clean protein sources to last me through mid-July now. My fridge looks like a poultry meat and egg locker.

For the next few weeks the only groceries I’ll need to replenish are fruits, veggies, and maybe another canister of oats. :claplow:

I picked up a fresh pineapple as well, and while waiting in line to check out, the woman behind me told me that it was possible in Florida to grow my own pineapples from the crown of the fruit. OMG!!! How nifty is that? I’m going to snag a big soy sauce tub from the house and start a pineapple plant on my apartment balcony by next week. Flowers are nice and all, but I’d rather grow stuff I can eat. Fresh, free pineapple shall be mine within a year and a half! :eat:

I wonder what else would grow on my balcony? It’s not as if I’m using it for anything else. Time to do a bit of research on container gardening. It would almost be worth the extra expense of buying a single family home vs. a condo or townhouse if I could have my own massive vegetable and fruit garden.

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6/6/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 14
Total Perfect Days = 36/62

– 1627 calories eaten / -576 deficit
– 48.8% carb, 33.6% protein, 22.6% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs
6/4/05 – 135.6 lbs

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Nutrition: 1800-2000 calorie mid zig zag day

1: 2 slices Roman Meal high fiber WW bread, 1 T. natural peanut butter, 1 T. SF strawberry preserves
2: 3×1 omelette, 2 c. salad with Chinese vinaigrette, 1 small apple
3: BBQ ranch chopped chicken salad
4: Banana yogurt protein shake (or free meal option at work)
5: Turkey spinach lasagna, 1 Lactaid pill
6: Whey crepe with strawberries and banana

Total: 1611 calories, 47.2% carb, 34.2% protein, 23.2% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
12:00 PM Cardio – LISS recumbent bike (30 min / L3)
10:00 PM P90X Plyometrics

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The Awful Truth:
1. Slept in this morning. Feeling dragged down from blood loss. :ouch:

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Brownie Points:
1. Soreness in legs and upper body almost completely mask the pain in left elbow. 🙄
2. Fridge is is still packed with food.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Pick up some beef for steak and beef noodles.
3. Declutter sewing/drawing table.
4. Try out a new recipe from In2nutrition file or eDiets EFL meal plan this week.

A Few Mods to the Program

I miss the gym.

I didn’t realize how much the atmosphere influenced my workouts until I stopped by the gym on impulse last night on the drive back from my parents’ house to knock out a quick substitute upper body workout from my SGX program.

I walked in a bit tired and grumpy, but as soon as I passed by the check in desk I could feel my mood improving and my motivation rising up.

I went on to have an absolutely fantastic upper body/back workout that is already starting to make itself felt in my back and shoulders this afternoon. I also noticed that performing the SGX exercises didn’t bother my left elbow as much as the P90X Shoulders/Chest/Tri workout does. I may have to sub the SGX upper body routines for the P90X Monday and Wednesday workouts until my elbow gets better. Pull-ups and quick Body Pump-style lifting just aren’t comfortable at the moment.

I’ll be adding in some forearm/wrist exercises to help with the elbow as well, and will sub SGX exercises for the P90X resistance workouts on a case by case basis.

For now, the stretch/cardio portions of P90X will remain unchanged.

Today’s workout is significantly modified since I just worked my upper body last night and then donated a pint of blood during lunch this afternoon. Somehow I don’t think that the conditions are optimal for push-ups and tricep extensions with a weak left elbow and a punctured vein in my right elbow. :whistle:

I’ll be chilling with the P90X ab workout and the leg-based NYC Ballet workout tape instead.

I just hope I have time to get to Winn-Dixie to pick up some cheap beef for some meals this week–more beef noodle soup and some raspberry glazed eye of round steak. Between the blood donation and it being that time of the month for me, I’m going to be so low on iron by the end of the week that I’ll be dragging ass for the next 14 days if I don’t bump up my intake a bit.

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6/5/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 13
Total Perfect Days = 35/62

– 1353 calories eaten / -923 deficit
– 41.0% carb, 28.3% protein, 32.2% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs
6/4/05 – 135.6 lbs

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Nutrition: 1600-1700 calorie mid zig zag day

1: Egg white/oatmeal pancakes w/3 T. SF maple syrup
2: Italian custard with pineapple
3: 3×1 spinach omelette, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal
4: 3 slices Roman Meal high fiber WW bread, 1 T. natural peanut butter, 1.5 T. SF strawberry preserves
5: Turkey spinach lasagna, 1/2 banana, 1 Lactaid pill
6: BBQ ranch chopped chicken salad, 1/2 banana

Total: 1611 calories, 47.2% carb, 34.2% protein, 23.2% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
Modified day due to blood donation.
8:30 PM P90X Abs (20 mins)
9:00 PM NYC Ballet workout (60 mins)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Left elbow STILL hurts.

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Brownie Points:
1. Went to the gym last night and had a great free weight workout.
2. Donated a pint o’ A+ to the Central Florida Blood Bank during lunch.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Pick up 20lb bag of Nutro Max cat food for the boys. ($21.99 for 20 lbs at Petco.)
3. Declutter sewing/drawing table.
4. Allow sufficient time to recover from blood donation.

Italian Custard with Pineapple

This is a nice alternative from the In2nutrition recipe PDF to the usual cottage cheese and fruit combo. I made it this morning with leftover ricotta from last week’s turkey spinach lasagna.

Italian Custard with Pineapple

Ingredients
• ¼ tsp vanilla extract
• 1 Tbl oatmeal, uncooked
• 1¼ tsp oil, safflower or flaxseed
• 1 Tbl protein powder, vanilla
• 7 Tbls ricotta cheese, non-fat
• ¼ cup pineapple, chunks in juice
• 3 Tbls yogurt, nonfat-plain

Spices / Flavoring
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• 1 packet Splenda or Equal (optional)

Preparation:
Drain juice from pineapple.
Mix all ingredients together.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Serve immediately or chilled.

22 g carbs
23 g protein
5 g fat
0 g sat fat
2 g fiber
9 g sugar
225 calories

Numbers and Elbows

I used my custom P90X Handbase module today for the first time in the field during my legs and back workout vs. just entering my old workout logs from my paper sheets.

What a huge difference going digital makes. I entered my pull-up reps neatly and quickly, made notes on the workout, and recorded the date and time with almost no effort. Best of all, my numbers were actually legible. :biggrin:

This is the same happy feeling I used to get when I ditched paper tracking sheets for BFL in favor of logging my weight training sets into BodyAdvance. I can’t wait to set up modules for SGX, Max-OT, and BFL now. If the runtime SDK for HanDbase didn’t cost $600, I’d be tempted to pick it up so I could turn this database into a standalone program instead of a module that requires a valid installation of HanDbase to run.

Ah well…At least I never need to buy another Palm fitness app again. I’ll concentrate on making some pretty data entry forms for the shiny new MagsFit database this weekend.

I’ve had a bit of nagging weakness/strain in my left elbow since Monday last week. It affects the inside of my elbow and essentially twinges every time I need to contract the arm muscles for curls or pull-ups. My pull-up reps are taking a hit from the issue, but I’m not sure if I need to get it checked out as it feels more like a minor overuse issue (Golfer’s elbow?) probably brought on by some of the new exercises in my Monday P90X shoulder, chest, and triceps routine. I’m going to reduce my weights and slow down my reps in the suspect exercises and use the resistance bands in lieu of pull-ups for a week and see if my tendons start to feel better. :ouch:

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6/2/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 10
Total Perfect Days = 32/62

– 1515 calories eaten / -439 deficit
– 52.3% carb, 35.6% protein, 14.9% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs

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Nutrition: 1400-1500 calorie low zig zag day

1: 3×1 spinach omelette, 1/4 c. raisins
2: BBQ ranch chopped chicken salad
3: Cherry Garcia shake
4: 2 slices Roman Meal high fiber WW bread, 1 T. natural peanut butter, 1 T. SF strawberry preserves
5: Turkey spinach lasagna, 1 Lactaid pill
6: Sara Lake Chocolate cake

Total: 1404 calories, 48.6% carb, 35.3% protein, 21.6% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
8:00 AM P90X Legs/Back/Abs (80 min)

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The Awful Truth:
1. My left elbow hurts. :ouch:

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Brownie Points:
1. Ordered a Borner V-Slicer and a food thermometer from Amazon for $8.84 shipped after applying my $25 Amazon Visa gift certificate. Whee!
2. Only up 2 lbs in water weight from PMS.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Pick up 20lb bag of Nutro Max cat food for the boys. ($21.99 for 20 lbs at Petco.)
3. Declutter sewing/drawing table.

Hey, That Looks Familiar

Okay, how many people have felt like the girl in this Japanese commercial at the end of the day? (Windows Media File movie, ~2.5 mb)

http://www.gagreport.com/bizarrenews%20-%20commercials%20-%20lowfattuna.htm

On a more relevant note, I am going to extend phase 2 of P90X by one week because I don’t really feel that I was at 100% with my workouts last week. There was so much going on at work prior to finishing the beta of the project that I was just going through the motions of the workouts instead of really focusing. I’m not starting over or anything silly like that–I’m just voluntarily holding myself back from graduation by one week.

😀

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6/1/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 9
Total Perfect Days = 31/62

– 1694 calories eaten / -588 deficit
– 43.5% carb, 35.8% protein, 19.7% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs

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Nutrition: 1400-1500 calorie low zig zag day

1: 3×1 omelette, 1 c. spinach, apple
2: 3 oz steak, 1/3 c. raisins, 1 c. Romaine
3: BBQ ranch chopped chicken salad
4: 3 oz steak, 1 c. strawberries, 1 c. spinach
5: 1/2 Turkey spinach lasagna, 1/2 strawberry yogurt shake, 1 Lactaid pill
6: 1/2 Turkey spinach lasagna, 1/2 strawberry yogurt shake, 1 Lactaid pill

Total: 1515 calories, 52.3% carb, 35.6% protein, 14.9% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
12:00 PM Cardio – Treadmill LISS (4.0 mph / 10% incline / 30 minutes)
9:00 PM P90X Yoga

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The Awful Truth:
1. Still don’t like Yoga X workout. So difficult. So long. I am only continuing because I am driven by the need to conquer this flexibility issue.

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Brownie Points:
1. Fit into new size small swimsuits ordered from Target.com.
2. Baked lasagna in new $9.99 six-piece nonstick Farberware bakeware set, heh.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Pick up 20lb bag of Nutro Max cat food for the boys. ($21.99 for 20 lbs at Petco.)
3. Stir fry nasty celery into something edible.
4. Run the dishwasher.
5. Mop kitchen.
6. Water sad little orchid in living room.

HanDbase Obsession

With all of the practice I’ve had making less complicated database modules for my Palm in the past week, finally sitting down and setting up an applet to track my P90X cycles was actually a piece of cake as far as the basic structure goes. The tedious task of creating dozens of fields for each exercise was time-consuming, but not very taxing on the brain.

The worst part was having to essentially create four fields for every exercise that involved a) a dumbbell or resistance band and b) more than one set.

So an exercise like the following performed for two sets requires the following fields:
Alternating Shoulder Press Set 1 Reps (Integer)
Alternating Shoulder Press Set 1 Wt (Text – Popup – Default value set to same field in previous record)
Alternating Shoulder Press Set 2 Reps (Integer)
Alternating Shoulder Press Set 2 (Text – Popup – Default value set to same field in previous record)

Multiply that by oh…15 or so exercises just for ONE workout–Shoulders and Arms.

Then imagine doing that for all of the other daily workouts: Back/Biceps, Shoulders/Chest/Tri, Legs/Back, and Back/Chest.

Yeah…it took a while.

But now it’s done, and I am enough of an OCD nut to want to set up modules for my SGX and BFL training plans, too. SGX is nearly finished, and BFL will soon be added.

I love this program.

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5/31/05 P&P Challenge Report

Consecutive Perfect Days = 8
Total Perfect Days = 30/62

– 2078 calories eaten / -311 deficit
– 48.7% carb, 28.3% protein, 30.0% fat
– No unauthorized meals
– All supplements taken
– 16 cups water
– All planned workouts performed

Weekly Weigh-In:
5/1/05 – 135.4
5/7/05 – 135.0
5/14/05 – 134.8 lbs
5/21/05 – 135.8 lbs
5/28/05 – 134.4 lbs

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Nutrition: 1600-1700 calorie mid zig zag day

1: 3×1 omelette, 1 c. spinach, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal
2: 3×1 omelette, 1 c. spinach, 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal
3: Strawberry yogurt shake with 1 T. flaxseed oil
4: Oatmeal/egg white pancakes, 1/2 c. strawberries
5: 3 oz. steak, 1 c. puffed millet, 2 c. salad
6: 3 oz. steak, 1/2 c. FF yogurt, 1 slice high fiber WW bread

Total: 1694 calories, 43.5% carb, 35.8% protein, 19.7% fat

Daily Supplements: multivitamin with iron, calcium 500 + D, 1 T. flaxseed oil
Water: 16 cups minimum

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Workout:
9:00 PM P90X Back/Biceps/Abs

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The Awful Truth:
1. Had to do Back/Biceps in the evening. Bleah.

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Brownie Points:
1. Made a huge batch of turkey spinach lasagna with WW noodles.
2. Made 5 even bigger BBQ ranch chopped chicken salads.
3. Went grocery shopping.
4. Read half of a Loretta Chase book for fun.
5. Finished P90X Handbase module.
6. Halfway through SGX/BFL workout tracking module add-ons for the main P90X module.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Make forms for P90X module.
2. Plan out non-dairy diet.
3. Cook more rice and roast chicken.
4. Pick up 20lb bag of Nutro Max cat food for the boys. ($21.99 for 20 lbs at Petco.)