chaiya: (tough chick)
Anyone have a favorite application for the iPhone that can track my workout progress daily? Something that I can choose which machines or exercises I'm doing, input how much weight and reps (or time, in the case of some), and have it all go like magic? Bonus points if it's inexpensive and I can track calories burned and/or current weight.
chaiya: (bike)
I posted it to facebook already, but I don't think I said it here. I've decided that my biking goal for the season is 1000 miles. :)
chaiya: (bike)
Biked home from the beginning of summer party tonight, got a little bit lost in Medford because I thought I missed a turn and didn't. Ended up turning a 7.5ish ride into 11 miles, 'cause I figured I'd run into something familiar-looking. And I did! :P

I have also discovered that I am getting better at this. Significantly better. After the longest ride I've done all week, I still easily mustered the energy to bike up the incline toward my house in 6th gear instead of 4th (my norm) or (horrors) 3rd (which used to be my default for everything, when I wasn't in 2nd or 1st).

For the first time tonight, I tried to switch the gears on the left-hand side. Usually, 7 gears are more than enough for me, but I really needed more traction tonight. I got up past 27 miles per hour, which has also never happened before. I just couldn't pedal fast enough to keep up with my speed. Unfortunately, I also couldn't remember how to shift the left-hand side properly to transition well, so I ended up keeping it in the middle gear (2nd of 3). But still, this is a definite sign of improvement! :)

Body Update

Jun. 4th, 2009 07:08 pm
chaiya: (henna)
I biked about 20 miles today, and did 75 crunches each in the morning and evening. Biking is good for my soul, but crunches are good for my abs. ;)

I also weigh less today than I have in ... well, a long time. I am actually excited to be getting out my summer clothes.
chaiya: (bike)
I hit 250 miles today on my bike, which I named Dulcinea. She finally feels like mine. :)

Also, my coworker thought I'd bought new jeans because I wore ones I hadn't been able to fit into for a few months. They're loose, even. Maybe I *will* wear a bikini this season ... for the first time in my life. :)
chaiya: (bike)
I have biked 158 miles since April 6th. At 100 miles, [livejournal.com profile] noeltheone gave me ice cream. At 150 miles, I treated myself to a cookie. What will happen at 200 miles? Something more exciting than a cookie, I hope.

What's frustrating me today is that I'm hovering at basically the same weight. I've definitely changed shape a little -- a dress I bought on ebay last year but wasn't able to zip now fits. A different dress is still too snug to go out in public in, but I've promised myself that I'll get there. It's not a problem, in theory, that the numbers on the scale have basically stayed the same. It's just frustrating, because karmically, I deserve to have lost more weight than this. :P

I know I'm building muscle, and my body is healthier than it was a month ago. I just wish I could see it more in the numbers.
chaiya: (bike)
I biked 15 miles today. Since replacing the odometer on my bike, I have biked 75 miles. It has been less than a month, and I'm already more than halfway to where I was last year at month three.

I am damn proud of this.
chaiya: (cooking and medieval oddities)
[livejournal.com profile] vibrantabyss made us kosher ceviche for dinner last night. We ate it over popcorn [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare popped. It was definitely the most adventurous meal I've had in a while, and I really enjoyed the novelty. Thanks again, Jonathan!

Also, we are drowning in veggies. I wish I'd been able to go to [livejournal.com profile] ceelove's pickling bee the other day. Instead, I waited for medical care, the end result of which was a doctor drawing a pen line around my inflamed scrapes from last week's klutzy fall on the sidewalk. :P
chaiya: (massage hands)
Sliced open my left hand last night. after stitches & a bad rxn to the pain meds, i will be a while recovering. If you need me, please call. Typing is painful & stuff. No work for a few days, no massage for 2ish weeks.

On the other hand, will watch lots of tv & am amusing when drugged.
chaiya: (happy and bright)
For the past few weeks, I have made it to the gym two to three times a week, despite a lack of gym buddies. I am getting to the point where feeling stretchy and achy is a positive thing, and I look forward to my next gym day. Watch out, world! ;)

Arm Update

Feb. 20th, 2008 04:40 pm
chaiya: (massage hands)
My arm is much better today. (I'm using the shift key!)

Slight blister description, cut just in case you're really really squeamish and can't handle it. But it's mild. )

Mostly, I'm cursing my dumb luck (or lack thereof) for the past week or two. :P
chaiya: (henna)
Apparently, I'm very immature. I took this quiz to tell me so.

Real Age: 17.3
Average Life Expectancy: 74
My Life Expectancy: 84.7

I lost points on having a reasonable amount of stress in my life, but the way I take care of myself is apparently good. Being happily married helps, too. :)
chaiya: (proud smile)
It turns out that spending the 4th of July watching a West Wing marathon is not only patriotic, it's educational. Also, I'm feeling better. :)
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
So, on the one hand, I spent most of the weekend (starting Friday morning) exhausted & still sick feeling. On the other hand, we interviewed [livejournal.com profile] clara_girl for housemate potentialship, we had lots of yummy food from Grasshopper, we watched another season's-worth of Deep Space 9, and I finished the following sewing projects: a baby quilt, a present for [livejournal.com profile] awfief, mending my shirt sleeves, a skirt, and lots of prep work for finishing our wedding quilt.

In general, the past month has had a lot of sewing in it. I've been patching my Mom's two huge quilts as a present for her birthday, and then I got *really motivated* and patched the queen-sized quilt I bought for myself when I was a junior in high school.

I f-ing love this quilt. I believe I bought it after breaking up with John B, my first ever lover, who I thought I was going to marry. I was, in fact, rather decided on marrying him. Him breaking up with me was quite the shocker. But this is the story of the quilt, not my sordid love life. Mostly. )

And, damn, I am really happy with the quilt. And with [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare. Life is good. :)

Also? I swear, this song came from iTunes on random. iTunes is just that good.
chaiya: (honeymoon smiles)
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare points out that I got a sunburn on my walk to work this morning.

Dude. :)
chaiya: (coconut drink)
My doctor left voicemail while Steve and I were watching Deep Space 9 (thanks a billion again, [livejournal.com profile] torquemada!). My CBC is totally normal (as is my TSH, yay). I do not have the norovirus. I do not have any virus. I had good old-fashioned tummy upsetness. And I'm fine now.

Yay for being fine! :)

As a side note, this is apparently the only way they can ascertain if someone has the norovirus (and would therefore be a risk for spreading it). CBC to check elevated white blood cells. So if you think you might have it and want to see if you're still contagious before going out into the world again, ask your doctor about this option? I'd appreciate it, at least -- I don't want to get it! :P
chaiya: (kitty)
Small secret: I am somewhat afraid of needles. More than somewhat afraid, perhaps.

This did not stop me, however, from donating blood on a semi-sporadic basis. And it certainly didn't stop me from getting the first of my HPV vaccine shots this morning at Planned Parenthood in Davis.

Go me!
chaiya: (you're tickling me!)
"There's a bomb in the bed and it goes off when it gets wet! Pleasant dreams, little girl, pleasant dreams ..."

I'm going in for my sleep study tonight (pretty soon now, actually). Maybe they'll figure out why I have trouble staying asleep! That would rock.

But I can't help giggling when I think of the Eric Schwartz children's lullabies. Hopefully I won't be unable to sleep due to giggle fits. ;)
chaiya: (permission)
When I am sick, I am likely to become grouchy. When I am grouchy, I am likely to become irritable. When I am irritable, I am likely to become crabby. When I am crabby, I am likely to become easily frustrated. When I am easily frustrated, I am likely to completely blow my stack and get *angry.*

So, best not to say emotionally-laden things to me when I'm sick. I might progress further along the continuum. Bleah.

Not to say that I have, today. Mostly, I have chatted with my mom (who is settling in just fine in B'more), completed more of my kidney pre-testing, and made myself saute'd tomatoes-and-eggplant-and-garlic-and-basil-with-balsamic-vinegar. Which was all to the good. And I'm on my fourth X-wing Star Wars novel this week. Which is possibly silly of me, but they entertain well enough. :)
chaiya: (proud smile)
I spent two hours at the gym this morning, burning at least 350 calories on machines, plus however much I did in weights and whatnot. I then realized I'd forgotten my keys in the house, so I took a good walk to Harvard and back to get Steve's keys.

On a whim, I weighed myself again after getting home just now. I'm a pound less than I left this morning, despite the 40 ounces of water I've had since, and the small breakfast. I know, it's probably just water weight, but right now I weigh a pound less than the lowest I've weighed (to my knowledge) in the past 3 years. And it's not just about the weight. I feel damn good. I'm noticing differences in my body's abilities that make me really happy. The endorphins are SO good for my mood. And my biceps impress me. :)

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