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 Audible.com 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.

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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

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Workout:
Rest

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

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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.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Write up CAC meal plan, basics, and rules.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
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 Half.com book orders.
12. Dispute mystery charges on Discover Card.

Random coloring practice

I grabbed a black and white line drawing of the Winx Club character Musa from the Winx Club web site and used it for digital coloring practice yesterday. My style is usually more realistic, but I want to get better at cel-style coloring so I can knock out some kick butt t-shirt designs for Pink Dumbbells.

This one took about 3 hours to color using Adobe Photoshop 6.0.

Musa

Cheapass Challenge (CAC) W1D4: I’m BAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!

Hallo worried readers!

I’m back from two weeks of blissful vacationing, several days of finalizing my move and cleaning up the old apartment, and a week of trying to catch up at work. My team just started production on a new Sony PSP title, and I’ve been scrambling to research the licensed property (hint: It’s a popular animated series for girls), writing part of the design document, churning out graphics, and watching all the episodes from seasons one and two.

Oh, and I also received Animal Crossing: Wild World for the Nintendo DS and Eye Toy Kinetic for the Playstation 2 for Christmas and have been terminally addicted to both those titles and the Guitar Hero game for PS2 I bought Chris.

Animal Crossing is a cute little Sims-like game (without all the annoying micromanagement that made the Sims so tedious) that will appeal to kids and adults alike, especially those who um, enjoy collecting and shopping. My sister Carolyn (age 29) is a complete Animal Crackhead now. I, too, am insanely hooked on the game. Between this game and Mario Kart DS, my handheld DS is never more than three feet away from my body at any given moment.

Well, okay, I do leave it behind when I am working out.

Kinetic is a PS2 title that uses the Eye Toy peripheral to place YOU into the game onscreen. The gimmick is that this isn’t just a game–it’s a customizable workout program much like Yourself Fitness. You take a physical evaluation test to see where you stand physically, then you create your profile and choose whether you want to use the program in 12 week Personal Trainer Mode or in Routine Mode. Personal Trainer mode is like YF! in that you are given a computer-generated program to follow based on your test results and goals. It includes “toning”/weight training, cardio (aerobics), combat (fun, kickboxing mini-games), and flow (tai chi/yoga) routines as well as pre and post-workout stretching sessions. Routine mode allows you to create and save your own workout sequences, so if you feel like making your own personal workout consisting of 20 minutes of tai chi followed by 30 minutes of asskicking combat, you are free to do so. The best part about this exercise “game” is that you see yourself up on the TV screen punching, lifting, hopping around, or doing whatever else the animated trainers want you to do. This is fantastic because it lets you check your form when doing lifting exercises and aerobics or see yourself ducking, punching and kicking at virtual targets and enemies in combat mode. All this for $49.99 (Eye Toy included). Genius!

Guitar Hero…what can I say about this awesomely addictive game? You get a game controller shaped like a travel-size Gibson SG guitar complete with five fret buttons, a strum switch, and a whammy bar, and you get to rock out to a very nice collection of guitar hits, earning bucks and unlocking new guitars, songs, and characters along the way. The game has four levels of difficulty; I am only 3/4 of the way through Medium so far, but already I wake up in the morning with the opening riff’s of Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water playing in my head. If you or the man in your life has a PS2 and fondness for guitar-laden rock music, go get this game now. It’s fantastic at parties and much more accessible to shy music lovers than Karaoke Revolution or Dance Dance Revolution.

The Cheapass Challenge has taken a backseat to my various non-fitness-related activities these past few weeks, but I’ll get to work on the menus, cost lists, and other parameters this weekend.

For now, here is my first little tip:
If you don’t already have basic gym equipment (bench and several pairs of dumbbells) or a gym membership and live within 20 minutes of a Bally Total Fitness, you can print out a pass for a free eight week membership by signing up for the Discovery Health National Body Challenge 2006 here: http://health.discovery.com/convergence/bodychallenge2006/opener.html?clik=netmain_feat1

If you don’t see a link to print out a pass after you register, make sure you are using Internet Explorer. Firefox sometimes has issues with the site. Take advantage of this great freebie gym membership now if you can. If Bally salespeople try to “encourage” you to sign up for a paid membership, kindly thank them but say you will check back with them at the end of your free 8-week trial membership. Trust me, they will be offering you the same deals in a few months no matter what they say now about said deals being “limited-time only.”

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Nutrition: Non-Training Day Menu

1: Peanut butter banana shake
2: 3 egg white, 1 whole egg omelette with 1 c. spinach and Brussels sprouts, 1/2 c. Kashi GoLean cereal, 1 small tangerine
3: 1 scoop whey protein, 1 slice pumpkin raisin bread
4: 3 oz. tuna, 1 navel orange
5: 3 oz. grilled tilapia filet, 1 c. mixed green veggies, 1 Mandarin roll
6: 1/4 c. oatmeal, 1 T. raisins, 40 g texturized vegetable protein

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:
8:00 AM LISS run (6.0 mph / 20 minutes)
4:00 PM LISS walk (4.0 mph / 15 minutes)
8:30 PM Yourself Fitness (30 minutes)

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The Awful Truth:
1. Finishing off the Kashi GoLean cereal in the pantry…

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Brownie Points:
1. Stocked up on chicken.
2. Baked two batches of pumpkin raisin bread.
3. Re-potted various veggie plants and moved everything into patio.

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Short-term Goals:
1. Write up CAC meal plan, basics, and rules.
2. Fix remaining issues with Joomla migration at Pinkdumbbells.com.
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. Transplant new chard, tomato, basil, and pepper seedlings to larger containers.