CAC W2D3: Happy Birthday to Me

Ah yes, it is that time of year again.

I have now reached the grand old age of 31 (mmm…Just had visions of Baskin-Robbins ice cream) with very little fanfare and no major signs of aging thanks to Mom and Dad’s good genes, a middle and high school career spent almost entirely indoors away from wrinkle-inducing sunlight, and my incurable aversions to both alcohol and tobacco. :prop:

I’ve been listening to the audio book version of You: The Owner’s Manual the past few days during my commutes to and from work. The authors, Dr. Michael F. Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz, discuss each of the major systems in the body, covering how they work, what can go wrong over time (or through our own man-made methods of abuse such as smoking and eating foods loaded with saturated fat), and how to alleviate or correct the aforementioned issues. They are proponents of the “real age” concept which claims that regardless of actual chronological age, individuals can make themselves physiologically younger through proper nutrition, supplementation, activity, and lifestyle choices.

Yeah, I know, tell you something you didn’t already know, right?


While some of the information they give IS pretty self-evident to anyone who has been on the fitness bandwagon for even one 12-week challenge, I still find the book very informative when it comes to explaining just HOW all of the doohickeys beneath the muscle and fat work.

Some things I will have to look into:

1) Get my father to quit smoking for at least 5 years so he can recover 7 of the 8 years that smoking has chopped off his life.

2) Integrate more cooked tomato products into my meals to take advantage of increased lycopene quantities.

3) Admit that while some men and women thrive on large quantities of red meat and fats, I am simply not one of them, at least not if I want to get and stay lean.

4) Add more yoga and/or tai chi into my regular workout regimen to improve my flexibility.

5) Check stats on my multivitamin to see if it provides the amounts of folate, vitamins C, E, and D, magnesium, and everything else mentioned in the book for optimum health.

6) Try to eat three servings of fish a week, even though it costs a fortune and pains my cheapskate soul to do so.

7) Eat at least two servings of a cruciferous veggie each day. Good thing I love me some broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Nutrition: Free Day Menu

1: 2 Dunkin Donuts!
2: Peanut butter banana shake
3: Chicken pita pizza
4: Chicken pita pizza
5: Chinese buffet meal + Strawberry Delight birthday cake

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

Water: 16 cups minimum


The Awful Truth:
1. Had a very FREE free day on my birthday.

Brownie Points:
1. Only had two plates at my bday buffet dinner.
2. Took out the trash.
3. Transplanted new chard, tomato, basil, and pepper seedlings to larger containers.

Short-term Goals:
1. Write up CAC meal plan, basics, and rules.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at
3. Locate new Events module for PDB.
4. Upgrade Community Builder component at PDB.
5. Set up archived version of The Training Journal forum at PDB from Hershey Girl’s backup.
6. Take starting pics, measurements, and body fat.
7. Stop by parents’ house and pick up Bally receipt.
8. See if Scott Cole tai chi dvd from library is at the leasing office of old apartment complex.
9. Deposit checks at bank.
10. Buy more wheat bran, almonds, and walnuts.
11. Mail book orders.
12. Dispute mystery charges on Discover Card.

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