Tuesday Tidbits

  • I haven’t talked about running in a while.  Never fear.  I’m still doing it, just not talking about it.  It’s above 60 degrees, so now I’m just in suck-it-up-and-run-as-slow-as-it-takes-to-not-die mode.
  • I finally went to the chiropractor yesterday to have my hip looked at.  It has been hurting ever since I ran the Shamrock Half back in March.  When I finished, both hips were sore, but the left one never got better.  It never got worse either, so I just kept running, hoping it would get better with time.  Only it didn’t.  It didn’t even get better when I missed 10 consecutive days of running with the flu/bronchitis/whatever else I had last month.  He twisted me up in all sorts of positions and said it was in the joint.  He told me to lie on my back and hold on tight to the table so he didn’t pull me off.  He grabbed my lower leg and pulled and all of a sudden I felt something give in the joint accompanied by a very audible “THUNK” sound.  He told me the medical term for it and said it basically meant that the ball had become jammed too far up into the socket.  I hoped it would be that simple.  It’s not any better today.  Going back Thursday.
  • Sunday was my sister’s birthday.  We have a date on Saturday to celebrate.  😀
  • I started a small fire in the kitchen last night.  It’s okay.  There was no damage and no casualties.  Although it did scare the living crap out of me.
  • I got in the tanning bed Sunday for the first time since before vacation.  I’ve been in the sun a lot since then, but I forgot my bare ass hasn’t.  Lesson learned.

The Cruise: Days 5, 6 and 7 – Honduras, Grand Cayman and Day at Sea

Finally, last one!

Day 5 was at Roatan Island, a small island off the coast of Honduras, and unfortunately it was our shortest day in port.  It was a stunningly beautiful island.

We spent the morning at Gumbalimba Park   When I first read about Gumbalimba Park my first instinct was to not go.  I just saw pictures of people with parrots and Capuchin monkeys, and I’m just not on board with the whole animals-on-display-for-human-pleasure thing.  But looking into it I saw that really wasn’t the case.  It’s a preserve and the animals are in their natural habitat.

A bridge we had to walk across to get from one side of the park to the other.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a teensy bit nervous.

 I was impressed as we walked through the park.  Yes, they did have tree houses built for the monkeys and big cages (think of a greenhouse with no covering) for the birds, but they were only there for them if they wanted to use them.  The doors were open on everything.  They weren’t confined and weren’t forced to interact with us in any way.  But BOY did these monkeys interact!!!  It was quite hilarious.

After leaving the park, we went to Tabyana Beach.  It was perfect.  It was serene.  The water was beautiful.  There was live reggae music at a bar behind us.  And the bar waitstaff made sure we stayed plenty hydrated while we were out there.  🙂

I could have laid right there on that beach until sunset and been perfectly content, but Carnival had other plans for me.  We had to be back on the boat by 3:00 to head out for our fourth and final stop:  Grand Cayman Island.

I was SO. NOT. IMPRESSED. with Grand Cayman Island.  It was just way too commercial.  Seriously, if you weren’t looking to buy jewelry (overpriced jewelry at that, compared to the rest of the Caribbean) then there was nothing here for you.  I didn’t lose anything on Grand Cayman Island, so I have no reason to ever go back.  The beach was really pretty, but on day six of a cruise it takes more than a pretty beach to impress.

My favorite part of this whole port was the kick-ass candy store.

Floor-to-ceiling Jelly Beans???  Heaven.

That night was the second “elegant dining” night, so again we got dressed up and had our pictures taken.  These are seriously great photos.  It’s our scanner that sucks.

And the last day was another day at sea.  We spent the majority of the day poolside and the majority of the evening packing.  Really nothing more to say about that.

Overall, we had a nice time.  Fantastic time?  No.  Was it my favorite vacation?  Not even close.  But it was a week away with my favorite person in the world, and that, my friends, is priceless.

Body Composition Test

While on the cruise, I met with a personal trainer in their gym for a body composition assessment.  When I signed up and paid for this, I kinda thought there was gonna be a little bit more to it than what it really turned out to be.  It turned out to be more of a sales pitch for their detox services and products than anything else, but I guess I should have expected that on a cruise ship.

The first thing we did was talk about lots of things–my activity level, stress level, nutrition, etc., and that’s when she really started trying to sell me on their $300 liver detox pills.  I told her right up front that while I was interested in hearing the benefits of liver detox there was no way I was spending $300 that day.  Some of the stuff she said was pretty interesting and gave me a good starting point for doing research of my own.

So then she picked up this gadget about the size of a desktop adding machine and started punching in stuff like my sex, weight, age, and height.  Then she told me to take off my right shoe and sock.  She taped electrodes to my right foot and right hand.  She explained that the electrodes would send a current through my body, and the machine would measure how that current traveled.  She said the current travels differently through muscle, fat, and water, and she would know how much of each was in my body.  So the electrodes fed information to the gadget for a minute or so and then it spit out a summary.

It looked like this:

Percent body fat:  18.3%
Fat body weight:  24.2 lbs
Lean body weight:  107.2 lbs
Basal Metabolic Rate:  1488 cal/day
Total body water:  34.8 liters (71.1% of lean weight)
Bioresistance:  480 ohms  (<—–I have no idea what that means with regards to this test.)

I understand how that machine can tell her my body fat percentage, fat/lean body weight, and water volume, but I’m not banking anything on that BMR number.  From what I understand, a real BMR test involves exertion and a ventilator for VO2 measurement and can tell you what fuel sources your body is tapping into during exercise.  (For instance, are you depending heavily on glycogen during exercise, or is your body burning fat?)  That machine only knows what the trainer told it, and that information alone isn’t enough to give an accurate BMR.  Two people of the same sex who have the same body mass can still metabolize very differently.  So while 1488 calories a day may be the norm or average for someone with 18.3% body fat, that doesn’t mean it’s true for me.  So yeah.  I don’t buy it.

So what was the purpose of me having this done?  Curiosity.  That’s about it.  I know I’m not overweight or anything.  I mean, sure, I’d like to lean up and lose a few pounds.  (I’ve already lost a couple since this.)  I was really just curious to see what my body fat percentage was, and I was really hoping that I’d come away from this with a better knowledge of how MY body burns energy.

Have you ever had anything like this done?

What are your thoughts on detoxing?  

CSA Adventures: Week 3

Okay, so this week wasn’t as exciting.  It was more of the same, only less of it.  The girl that runs the CSA told me at pickup that a lot of customers had complained that they were overwhelmed with all the veggies we had gotten the past two weeks.  Are you effin’ kidding me????  Complaining about getting too much for your money????  WTF?!?!  If you think it’s too much, give it to a friend, feed it to the neighbors’ horses, whatever, but don’t complain about it and ruin it for the rest of us!  GEEZ!  I told her to please feel free to load me up with whatever nobody else wants.

Anyway, here is week 3’s haul:

Turnips with greens, one tiny head of broccoli, zucchini, a couple beets, a couple radishes, napa cabbage, a head of regular cabbage, Romaine lettuce, a small bunch of Swiss chard and a small bunch of kale.  Apart from the membership basket, I also bought a pound of blueberries and a dozen eggs (for D–I don’t do eggs anymore.)

Instead of doing a day-by-day breakdown of how I used everything like I did last week, I’m just gonna highlight the interesting stuff this time.  The kale was used in smoothies, and the blueberries were all used in smoothies, on cereal, and by the handful.  Sweetest blueberries ever!  And the Romaine, broccoli, and radishes were all used in salads.  Nothing exciting, but believe me, there is no comparing the taste of grocery-bought produce to this stuff.  It’s gonna be real hard for me to go back to Kroger’s produce in October!

So anyway, when I got home from pickup last Thursday night I made a killer stir-fry using what was left of the previous week’s napa cabbage.  I didn’t follow a recipe.  I just stir-fried the cabbage with some frozen stir-fry veggies and crunchy-mix sprouts in sesame oil, mixed in some stir-fry noodles, and put it all on top of a bed of leftover jasmine rice.  I will definitely be making this often!

We grilled out with my parents on Memorial Day.  In addition to making black bean burgers for myself, I used last week’s patty pan squash on kebobs, and I also used last week’s cabbage and took my first stab at making coleslaw.  Look how pretty!

And it was really good!  I surprised myself.  I know, I know… you’re thinking, “How can you screw up coleslaw?”  Trust me.  I can screw up the simplest of recipes.  I happen to be on a good streak right now, but I assure you there will be a botched something soon.

Due to life (well, more accurately, death) events, my kitchen time was really scarce this week.  I wasn’t in there any longer than to make a salad or smoothie or nuke a frozen black bean or beet burger until tonight when I made this.  I swear, sometimes the best meals come from throwing together everything in the fridge that just needs to be used up before it has to be tossed.

Whole wheat linguine tossed with a little bit of pesto, Tofurky kielbasa, sauteed chard, and some grilled patty pan squash, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes left from Monday. 

I’m enjoying the days of fresh greens while they last, but I have a feeling they’re not gonna last much longer.  Summer is upon us!!!