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02 February 2009 @ 02:20 pm
Mondays mean all sorts of exciting things!  
Well, not really exciting :/ Mostly chores and things like trash on Mondays.
Still, we were going to go out to eat today and do all sorts of things that *needed* to be done, like tune up my car and get the things we need to re-caulk the kitchen and bathrooms. I was going to cook breakfast, then we were going to go out and run errants... maybe grab lunch at the hibachi place closeby, and get a lot of maintenance stuff done on the house together. Instead, I woke up at 1:30 like usual to find him passed out next to me :( He never wants to wake me up! Instead, he lets me sleep, goes to bed, and when I wake up I'm all by myself. It's really frustrating. I know I'm not going to get the car stuff taken care of. Not if I have to sit there all afternoon while they take care of it. That's why we were going to go out together! :X So we could take two cars and knock out some stuff while we waited.

Unfortunately, tonight is his last night off, so all of this will have to wait until next week. (It probably won't happen until much later)

I still need to hit the gym today. My attendance has been so spotty. I've given up on the idea of having a partner to keep me motivated. I can't keep myself motivated as is XP
I did go to the nutrition seminar last weekend, though, and while I already knew a lot of the stuff they were talking about, the information on nutritional proportions and portion size was somthing I needed to hear. I don't want to start that nutrition plan until we work our way through more of the groceries around here, though. If I have unhealthy things to tempt me, my willpower will inevitably fail. I've been doing some things right with food choices these past few years, though.

I've managed to pinpoint my problems down to lack of knowledge about WTF a balanced meal is, and proportion size. I honestly thing proportion size will come naturally with a balanced meal once I get used to cooking multiple meals every day, though. It doesn't matter how healthy my choices are if I'm not balancing my protein/carbs/etc. It's all stuff I've read before online and in The China Study, etc. Cut refined sugars/flour, eat more veggies, etc. All that crap. The problem with a lot of these books, though, is that they assume you already know how to eat. When you don't know what you should be cooking or how you should be eating, suggestions like "eat more veggies, cut carbs, blahblah" are hollow because you have no point of reference.

When I went to the nutrition thing, I was one of the first 10 to show up, so they gave me the nutrition book they were selling for free. It has a few tables on what sort of numbers you should aim for in what you eat, and how the suggested serving size isn't nessesarily the serving you should be eating. Most importantly, though, it has recipies. The recipies are general examples of the protein/carb/fat proportions you should be aiming for, and that's really what I needed. I know that even if I magically find the willpower to keep with my gym schedule, it'll continue to be worthless if I can't learn how to eat.

Since I've had this extra time to do whatever, though, I've been playing more of that SRPG I talked about a while back. Luminous Arc isn't bad. Sometimes the stylus controls are a little wonky, which is frustrating, though. I didn't find out until recently I could change the stylus controls to left/right handed, OR disable them and go back to the old school D-pad. I've already played like 15 hours on this thing with stylus, though, so I'm going to keep the controls that way XD Like secret_plot said, it's really just another typical SRPG with magical witches and whatever. It's not a groundbreaking story, and the gameplay is the same as games like FF Tactics. I hated the 30 min battles with FF Tactics, but maybe I'll go back and give it another shot sometime. I played the one on GBA, too, and clocked in quite a few hours on that one. I guss i just have to happen to be in the mood for a SRPG.

I'm still at the end dungeon of P4, too... unfortunately. You guys know how I get with good RPGs. I play right up to the end, don't want it to be over, and then drop it without seeing the ending :P I'm still a little pissed that I didn't manage my time well enough to max out all my SLinks in one run. I heard it was possible, but I couldn't do it. I even remembered to always keep a Persona of the same arcana as the Slink I was building, and I just didn't have enough time to max out like 3 or 4 of them. I didn't get Tower or Fortune opened early enough. I suck at the fishing game, too, so I wasn't able to get my final rank of Hermit. I should be able to max them all in a second playthrough if I don't have to dick around with my stats. The worst part was continuing to advance Slinks and find days off to work on stats.. Rainy days at the beef bowl place, whatever... and this is limiting my dungeon trips to no more than 2 days per dungeon. D: Damn you Slinks!

Also, I need some new icons. seriously. D:
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1sheep: heart1sheep on February 3rd, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Another book I just read, which is really intense and the info inside is a bit hard to bear, is The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It's actually not about nutrition, but about where American food comes from and how livestock is raised, as well as how we as Americans don't have a cultural diet to rely on like other older and less diverse countries. It's by no means helpful for diet planning, but I for one felt it really made me feel better about not knowing how the hell to eat. I guess it made me feel a little bit freer to experiment and not feel like a total idiot for not knowing how to eat... especially since packaged supermarket food is totally different from growing food in nature and eating it, so it's not like we have a biological instinct telling us what to get at the supermarket... @_@ Anyway, I just thought it might be of interest to you since you are dealing with all this stuff. :)
HIDE your facekyonomiko on February 3rd, 2009 07:42 am (UTC)
That is really interesting :) It's been said that the worst thing to happen to mankind was agriculture. You think about it, and you're like.. what, why? Without agriculture, it wouldn't be possible for us to settle down in one spot, make things like robots, etc.. but it also kept us in one place, let our population grow out of control, and is the #1 reason for horrible things like epidemics. We talked about this a lot in anthropology when I was in college, and i'm sure there are books devoted to the subject, but I've been out of school so long, I've forgotten the titles if I knew any :P

Really though.. aside from our fast food culture, not knowing how the hell to eat seems to be a pretty big problem. It seems like somthing they ought to spend more time teaching in school
1sheep1sheep on February 3rd, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't know you took Anthropology... it sounds like it would be very interesting. I sort of want to go back to school because there is so much I want to learn, but at the same time, I REALLY don't want to go back to school. ^^; Also the stuff I want to learn is too varied to really group together in any cohesive way.

But ANYWAY, I've also always thought that nutrition should be taught in school (I've heard it's scarcely covered even in medical school), but now I have realized that part of the reason it's not is because worries about nutrition are a relatively recent thing... and the available information about nutrition changes so quickly that the various diets that were thought to be healthy throughout even the past three decades are no longer considered so. On top of that, It takes a bureaucracy years to catch up to reality, of course, so even if someone tried to push through a nutrition curriculum back in the 70's it probably wouldn't show up until about now! ^^;

But another thing that would probably become a problem with nutrition classes in school would be that same school serving pizza bites and soda to the kids for lunches! For all we know, that's the real reason nutrition isn't taught in schools. I know lots of elementary schools are sponsored by food companies who market to children... -_-
HIDE your facekyonomiko on February 3rd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I graduated from college with a BA in anthropology :D I almost had a minor in asian studies, but it would have taken another semester just to get the last class I needed. The upper level classes that usually have only 5-15 or so students are only offered every other semester, and I was ready to graduate and not pay tuition anymore, so I skipped it :P I did have about 16 credit hours of east asian philosophy (Shinto, Buddism, Hindu, etc), Japanese history, a little on China, Japanese language and all sorts of other wacky crap racked up by the time I graduated though. And I would rather still rather look like a stupid foreigner than try to speak the language to a real Japanese person because I know I would just embarass myself XD It was hard!

Anyway.. I learned all sorts of things in Anthro that really made you think. What we studied was usually dependant on what that particular professor was personally interested in, but I took an amazing culture and human development class that focused on the hows and whys we developed like we did... Like how the shift in human female menstration (once a month means much more control over when we are accessible for intercourse as opposed to the way things work with chimps) gave women a lot of power over the behavior of men, etc. Women could promise intercourse in exchange for food or protection of her young as opposed to the way chimps kind of gangbang whichever female happens to be in heat at the time.
You'd probably get a kick out of all the wacky stuff we learned.

Anyway.. I know that it was only within the past 5 years or so that the government overhauled the food pyramid to try to better balance the food groups and food proportions. When I went to perochial school in elementary, a lot of the kid's moms would volunteer through the week to make lunch for everyone. Once I moved to public school, it was all stuff supplied by huge food supply companies like Sysco or Aramark or whatever.

Many schools are pushing for healthier options in the lunch line, but that's all they really are- Options. Even if kids are taught how to eat correctly, a kid is still going to grab the corn dog, fries and a brownie over say.. a chicken breast, fruit& veggies. :/
(Anonymous) on February 3rd, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Becky, I joined e-diets for about a year and they let you pick out the diet that is right for you and then you get the menu and a grocery list with recipes for each day. They let you pick a day to weigh in and they also give you an exercise program. I did really well on this. It was about $20.00 a month, but we both did really well on it. I would love to go back into it, but I don't have the money now. I did save all the menu's and shopping lists and I need to get them out again to get the Holiday weight off that I gained.
www.ediets.com This might help you a lot. The only requirement for membership is that you keep it for 3 months. If there is a food you don't like, they give you a list of foods that are equivalent that you can change before printing out the diet for the day.
It is well worth the money and cheaper than Weight Watchers or some of the others for what you receive.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on February 3rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: diets
A lot of the things those places teach are all the same, though. I appreciate it, but I can get the same information for free through the gym. For me, it's entirely an issue of putting things into practice and having the willpower to stick with it :(