I hurt my groin

The other day, I sat on the hip abduction / adduction machine, and made the mistake of putting too much weight on for the adduction part. I also feel like I was taking it lightly (pun intended) and wasn’t properly positioned with my back against the backrest. Continue reading

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Better Living Through Optimism

Easter 2015: iphone pano of waikiki beach

Some days I stress out, but then time passes and I realize everything is all right. Things have been getting a little hectic nearing the end of the semester, with research due as well as a grant writing project where I feel a little lost, but know in the end it will work out.

Work has been rewarding and I enjoy it. I’ve been thinking I might trend more towards librarianship, but then again, I don’t have much experience archiving. I am on the path to getting an archiving certificate while in the program, in the hopes it offers more flexibility and opportunities.

Maybe it’s unrealistic to feel like I have a lot of time left in this world, but it feels that way sometimes.

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My Secret to Weight Loss (What a horrible title!)

Easter 2015: dinner
Soba spaghetti, crab salad, and an orange blossom

OK. The secret to weight loss, for me anyway, has been this: Eat less. Exercise.

And now you’re thinking: What a douche?! But, it’s true. There is a little more to it, but it’s basically what I’ve been doing. I’m around 112 lbs today, and was at 116 when I started trying to lose weight a couple of months ago, so I’m losing about 1/2 a pound a week.

So, here’s my thing, and maybe it’ll help you too, so I’ll post it.

I use MyFitnessPal.com daily. I log all my foods consumed and exercises completed into it. I make sure to have a calorie deficit every day, or at least 6 out of 7. Along with calories, I watch my macros. That’s fat, carbs, and protein intake. You can easily calculate your suggested intake by going here: IIFYM Calculator.

I took the numbers from IIFYM, and programmed them into my MyFitnessPal.com account. I try to live by it. When it comes to fat, I feel OK with monounsaturated fat, and eat 1/2 a small avocado almost daily in a big, crab or ham with lettuce and mushroom, salad, for dinner. I stopped eating rice and bread as often (by choice) and eat poi as my primary starch. Poi, I like, since it’s a complex carbohydrate and is good for you.

If you don’t own a food scale, I highly suggest you get one. This is important since your accuracy on recording what’s eaten will help you out as well.

Exercise: Instead of long, sustained cardio, I try to do HIITS at least 3 or 4 times a week. I only do long cardio (like a 2.5 hour walk) maybe once a week. You can program the cardio machines to do interval training. I tend to program 2-minute intervals and try to max it out on the high-impact intervals.

Weight training is done weekly. I exercise my main muscle groups once a week: chest/back/triceps/biceps/hamstrings/quads/abs/back. I tend to be in the gym lifting weights or using the machines for about 1.5 hours, at least twice a week. One day is upper body, the other is lower. Sometimes I throw in a third day that is abs only. I never do more than two days in a row for strength training. At the end of a weight-lifting session, I will do cardio for AT LEAST 20 minutes. Generally, I like to do 30 minutes of HIITS. I also walk to and from the gym, about 1.5 miles… I walk to school and work (also on campus) just about 6 days a week.

It sounds like a lot, and I suppose it is. But, It’s working for me right now. I don’t know if any of this is helpful to you, but I know weight-loss is easy to mess up with just one too many cheat-days in a week. Oh yeah, a “cheat day” is a day when I don’t worry so much if I go over on calories a bit. However, I don’t go more than 500 calories over my daily usual. In the past, I’d exercise hard and then undo the work by eating too much.

It’s hard, but keep at your diet and try not to cheat since it will only hinder your results. I didn’t see any real improvements for the first three weeks or so… don’t get discouraged. When you do start to see the results, then you’ll feel more enthusiastic. Don’t give up. I should mention… you don’t have to exercise as much as I do, but I think as long as you adhere to the IIFYM macros suggestions, and log everything into MyFitnessPal, you should also be fine. On days when I exercise, I still try to only eat around 1200 calories, and not too much over it. Even though I’ll burn 500 calories at the gym… making it 1200 + 500 = 1700 calories that I can consume, I’ll stop myself at maybe 1200 – 1500. I leave some kind of deficit. I should mention I am short — only 5 feet tall, and a little over, but not quite an inch, so I tend to just input 5′ on these calculators. I don’t know my body fat percentage, and don’t own a tape measure, or I’d have probably tried to calculate that.

I use a tight test-skirt to measure my size, as well as using the scale to weigh myself. The skirt, used to fit me well 2 years ago, but slowly got tighter and tighter. Now, it fits again. Hooray!

I wish you luck if you’re trying to lose weight. It isn’t easy to do, and it takes lots of patience, and at times, multiple tries. Oh, and maintenance! When I went back to school and stopped exercising for almost a year, then went on a super long summer vacation where I ate crazy amounts of food, I went from about 113 – 120. Working back down took a lot of time and energy, and I’m aware it can be easily lost without maintenance. So, it’s easier (imo) if it’s approached as a lifestyle change and not just a crash diet. You probably don’t have cut so many calories when you reach your target weight, but you do have to keep exercising, and not eat crazy amounts above what you currently are. I’d recommend going back to the IIFYM site periodically to calculate what your intake should be for maintenance when you get to your desired state. Good luck!

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Newest Whatsit

Soba spaghetti
Spaghetti with Soba noodles

If you know me, you know I tend to set these random life goals. What’s kind of neat, is I usually accomplish them, or come close enough I don’t mind stopping. I never feel like a failure for trying something out, anyway. Committing to such endeavors is serious business for me, because once the commitment is made I try very hard to keep my word. Even though the only person I’d be really letting down is myself, I try to accept these self-motivated challenges to show I have willpower and discipline to make things happen.

My newest goal, is┬áto be thin. I’ve been healthy and average in recent years (and currently). During my physical I was told my BMI was within healthy range, and people tell me I look well. But, I think I’m doing this as an experiment partially out of boredom, curiousity, and again… boredom. But, also because I was a lot thinner in my younger days, and it was kind of a neat feeling. Bonus: It saves me money if I eat less. (My college life has a budget).

So, I post this here on the Internet because it somewhat holds me accountable. It’s stupid, I know. But … I like experimenting on myself. Before completing a marathon, I’d never thought that was something possible for me. Painting… Math & Science.. On to the next.

 

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It’s whatever you think it is.

A day for clouds: McCully bridge

Life is a series of events strung together by the state of mind you’re in, and how you choose to interpret your situation at that point in time. I had some bad weeks last month. Times when I felt just plain stupid about life in general. Anxiety was mixed in there as well, but not as much as when I was looking down the barrel of an MS in Chemistry.

Library Science, is so interesting to me. I’m learning a lot each week and feel like life is becoming more exciting as a result. Last night was a Friday, and do you know what I did? I went on to the Internet Archive, and downloaded some free books. I even registered and got an account in case I decide to start borrowing some, but if you read my last post, you know I have a ton of books to read along with my school readings.

At work, I’ve been dealing with Archive-it, as well as ScholarSpace, and eVols. I love it. The difference between ScholarSpace and eVols, is that ScholarSpace tends to host theses and research published out of UH Manoa, and eVols holds research from exterior sources. Archive-it, is a tool we use to take snapshots of specified websites during scheduled crawls. I’ve been inputting metadata, and verifying URLS. I’ve also been lucky to work with LibGuides.

I started going to the gym again. It’d been about a year or more, actually, since I stopped going two or three times a week to 24 Hour Fitness. I quit that membership since my student fees give me access to the Warrior Recreation Center here on campus. I do one day of upper body, one day lower, and various cardio. My latest new thing has been jumping on the StarTrac Treadclimber. I feel like it’s improved my leg strength, stamina, and balance. Sometimes I go in part so I can eat more. I count my calories, lately. I find it helps me to do so.

Since I’m only getting older, I figure this may very well be my last hurrah. If I want to ever be some really fit-looking kind of person, I need to do it in this decade of life. When I was in good shape, I just looked like an average person. Not necessarily like someone who could run marathons (even though I did run a few). This time, I suppose I’d rather look like someone who could run a marathon, but doesn’t. Does that make sense? Marathon training is waaaaay time-consuming. I don’t have the time for that anymore.

It’s Saturday. Spring break is coming, and I can’t complain about much. I have some good friends, and even though certain things still aren’t resolved in my life, it’s OK. Nothing’s in a bad way that I know of. I had some health-scares, but they turned out to be all right. I’m thankful. Just thankful.

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Recent Books Purchased

Just some recent books purchased:

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i hate quitting sometimes

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I’ve always wanted to learn how to draw glass and am thankful I did…

Last night, I dropped my Art class. It was beyond the tuition refund period, but within range to get a ‘W’ for it. Class alone takes 5 hours a week, with travel time, add another hour, and then add sketchbook time, bringing the total up to 7.5 hours. Then add extra time working in the studio, and it easily goes to 10 hours. So, I dropped it. I realized I should really work more and make money. Drawing was purely a luxury, and I can’t really afford luxuries these days.

I’m still happy I stayed long enough to learn what I have. I hope to keep drawing and learning. Maybe I will enroll in another drawing class in the future. It’s harder than oil painting imho. Much harder.

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Tension

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Ah. I deleted what I’d originally written in this post on tension because it served no purpose other than to let me vent. There is someone who I dread interactions with due to how difficult it is to ever have a good one. I like harmony. I hate tension. It especially sucks when it’s someone you HAVE TO continue seeing due to them being somehow attached to work, school, family, or some other life-aspect you can’t easily avoid.

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I enjoy many things …

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A picture of the study area the LIS students are able to work in

I’m balancing work, 2 LIS classes and one studio art class. You wouldn’t think so, but the art class is at times feeling like the most work. While I find the instructor to be a bit standoffish, it’s not his job to be our buddy. What’s important is that he’s a good teacher, and I do think that he is. We’ve worked with drawing pencils, vine charcoal and conte crayon so far. Our first portfolio is due soon. I’ve been struggling with boxes. Oh! They’re pretty tough. I was stoked we did some glass drawing. Here is a picture that demonstrates some shading techniques:

Shading

I still have the indoor garden, and the outdoor one, but with less time I find myself having settled into keeping the hardiest plants, requiring the least amount of care, inside, and throwing all the others outside so nature can play a role in their care. There is a plant that has been growing for a few months. It got pretty big and tall but had nothing but leaves until this week. Some interesting buds are showing now. I have a feeling it might be something called Angelica. I did plant something called Rottnest daisy, which I thought never took, but a part of me wonders if it could be this:
Gardening: the Mystery Plant
Mystery plant!

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2015 – Library Science Begins

Watched the sun set
Took many walks and photos as the sun set on one of my last days before school began this year.

I’m officially a grad student trying to make my way to the finish line, which will then start a whole new race in the form of a career and possible location readjustment. Having lived in Hawaii my entire life (except the 10 months I was on the mainland for basic training and AIT), I’m restless for change. It feels like something I should do, whether I want to or not. But, I more want to, than don’t-want-to.

Library science is interesting and reminds me of business school in many ways as far as structure. My instructors this semester are great. The people are very nice overall.

I got a jobby job, working in the Pacific Collection as a digitizing specialist SA III. I like it so far and am learning a lot. Here is an example of something I did today: I resized an image into 4 different formats, FTP’d them to the server, logged into the CMS for the collection and updated all the required info fields, linked the images and hyperlinks to the online catalog and evols site, and viola! I made information accessible to the world at large! Happy. Awesome.
http://digicoll.manoa.hawaii.edu/pacific/Pages/viewtext.php?s=browse&tid=312&route=browseby.php&by=newest&s=browse#

It is rewarding to do this kind of work, and a bonus is that I get to see some pretty amazing things. I read through some masters theses as I got them ready for upload into the system (currently they are only on microfilm and printed leaf paper). They were often so interesting… I wanted to read many of them all the way through, but that’s not what I am paid to do. I already feel smarter just by having read the parts I did of each paper. I made a summary for each paper that will be input into the system when they are uploaded and displayed on the web by the Desktop Network Services (DNS) staff at the library. You know what’s funny, is I’m probably qualified in many ways to serve on that staff having been a professional system administrator for application servers… but I’m avoiding it for now.

2015 is off to a good start! I’m thankful.

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