Eat, Workout, Work, Garden, Sleep, Repeat

So much to do, so little time to blog these days.

I’ve been neglecting my public fitness logs since I can’t really report anything I’m doing while working with Kim anyway. I’ve been ticking off the days on my plan, making diet and workout changes when directed, and generally running on autopilot on the fitness front while focusing on work (E3 is next month and miscellaneous milestones are piling up) and my garden.

My first official attempt at gardening is going well, in case anyone is interested. I don’t have much space to play with in the tiny yard at the townhouse, but I am making the most of it. There is something incredibly DIY cool (and frugal) about strolling out to the garden and picking some lettuce leaves, a radish, and some cherry tomatoes to make one’s own salad.

My garden plan and semi-daily logs are posted at, a Flash-based vegetable garden design application for gardeners. (Plangarden may have a few free 1 year subscriptions left if you sign up for the free 45-day trial. There were only 30 or so left yesterday evening.)

I’m doing a combination of container gardening and square foot gardening (SFG Web site) this year due to my limited yard space. Between these two methods, I am managing to grow all of these vegetable and fruit varieties in less than 75 square feet of space:

  • Four varieties of eggplant
  • Five varieties of tomato
  • Two varieties of bell pepper
  • Five varieties of hot pepper
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Snow peas
  • Edamame soy beans
  • Carrots
  • Four varieties of basil
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Two types of radishes
  • Chioggia beets
  • Mesclun greens
  • Four types of lettuce
  • Garlic and regular chives
  • Lychees
  • Blueberries
  • Bananas
  • Two types of strawberries
  • Figs
  • Dwarf bok choy
  • Two types of blackberries
  • Swiss chard
  • A bunch of other stuff including flowers, sweet peppers, and mini cucumbers

My next projects:
1. Set up and stake a soaker hose with timer to automate watering every day.
2. Train to improve my 5k time by the May 20 I-Drive 5k.
3. Finish up my program with Kim with 100% nutrition and workouts.
4. Prepare my plan for my next (regularly logged and 100% open source) fitness program–most likely the much delayed Cheapass Challenge.

2006 C1D57: Not so perky

I was lax this weekend with my diet between the out-of-town wedding I attended with Chris on Saturday and the dinner with Chris’s family that was sort of sprung on me at the last minute on Sunday. Between those two cheat meals and the usual water weight gain of PMS, Kim was not so thrilled with my stats when we chatted on Monday. :tongue:

Let it suffice to say that I am now on lockdown and my lovely meal 4 from the original nutrition plan has been cut to just once every three days. Even worse, an integral (yummy) part of meal 1 has also been axed for two out of three days.

Cardio Increase + Calorie Reduction = Unperky, Hungry Maggie

A lot of this has to be psychological. During my second BFL challenge when I switched to Leanness Lifestyle I think I was averaging an hour of cardio a day on top of my regular 3 day lifting split and only eating 1150-1250 calories daily. I wasn’t hungry at all back then and didn’t feel deprived. Of course, this might have been because I was falling into bed immediately from exhaustion after my evening cardio session before I could eat meal 6, but still…I sometimes think that knowing too MUCH about the body’s caloric intake requirements is psychologically counterproductive to weight loss for me.

When my calories are cut now, my brain tries to reason that since I do have more muscle mass now than I did back in the fall of 2004, I really shouldn’t drop to the same levels as I did back then. When I eat off plan, I call it maintenance as long as the calories don’t go over my calculated TDEE versus what it really is–an unauthorized cheat/screw up.

So now I need to stop listening to the Diet Professor in my head and just follow through on the last five weeks. I just need to reach the point where the novelty of seeing visible daily changes and improvements outweighs the reptilian portion of my brain that just wants to hit an all-you-can-eat sushi bar and wallow in spicy tuna rolls dipped in wasabi and soy sauce.

4/5 Report
(*Diet and workout details omitted by agreement with trainer)

Meals – On plan
Water – 16 cups
Supplements – On plan

Regular (Non-Plan) Daily Supplements – multivitamin with iron, calcium 600 + D

Weights – Legs – Done
Cardio x 2 – Done

The Awful Truth:
1. Nothing!

Brownie Points:
1. Transplanted basil, cilantro, mesclun, flax, marigold, chard, and dahlia seedlings.
2. Soaked and planted morning glory, nasturtium, and moonflower seeds.
3. Transferred all data and programs to new Treo 650.

Short-term Goals:
1. Upgrade WordPress to 2.0.
2. Create new logo for PDB shirts.
3. Transplant remaining seedlings in Biodome to pots.
4. Transplant cosmos and marigolds in courtyard to final locations in yard.
5. Buy more potting mix and seed starting mix.
6. Transplant lychee tree.