Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
This was a great book. I can clearly see the author’s passion and expertise on the subject. He articulated something that always bothered me about nutrition information – the whole reductionist paradigm, but i didn’t have the words or knowledge to express it as he did. then of course, he provides firsthand (and sometimes not firsthand) accounts of the evils of the haelthcare, paramacuetical, supplement, industrial animal farming, dairy and processed food industries. There was a lot of information I gathered from this book, and more the most part it was a fun read and understandable. If someone is interested in the subject, I would recommed the book. Also, I am now limiting myself to only 1 serving of animal foods a day. I can’t believe the evidence of this diet preventing/reversing cancer is not more readily available to the public.
Allegiant – Veronica Roth
So i finally finished the Divergent series. It sort of reminded me of the Hunger Games. The first book was the best, the second was ok but now as good as the first, and the third one was stupid. i just did not buy that the “bad guys” were really bad in the last book, so it sort of made it hard to buy into the plot. I did enjoy how the series ended though. It didn’t wrap up in a pretty and perfect way. The author did provide some thought provoking themes as well. Ok, we’ll see how the movie hold up.
Cooked by Michael Pollan
I really enjoyed this book. Not only did I get to learn about the history of cooking, but as the author cooked, i got to learn with him. I also saw how this book affected my own habits. I started pot cooking and it’s delicious! Except for the 2 times i sort of made mistakes, but thats what the author mentions. That you need to work on something several times before you get it right. To not be discouraged by an attempt that fails (or dones’t work as good as you hoped), beucase you’ll learn from it for next time, and thats how you hone in oyru skills of cooking.
So yesterday I went to the pool hall. I have been feeling very anxious about C and was trying to orchestrate hanging out with him and thought I would go to the pool hall and thne invite him to play, but what is hes busy but what if theres no tables, blah blah blah. Well I decided to text him once i got there, but once i got there there were no tables available. Unbelievaably, B was there and had just gotten a table. I spent the next few hours playing pool and talking to B. It was so easy and fun. B reminds me of J. yes, there’s a lot of drama surrounding B, but just the sheer coincidence of this happening taught me a couple of things. First….leave oyu house. More interesting things will happen once you do. Second, stop trying to control everything! Things will happen or they won’t, but just enjoy them at your pace and relish the really cool moments in life when you make a connection with someone.
So I just finished the YOGAFIT Level 1 training..I’ve got to teach 8 classes worth of community service before i can officially get the certification. I mean, i’m already teaching yoga at my gym…but ok, I get the point of the “community service” classes. This ust pushed this goal of being complete by…..let’s be honest, probably 3 months. Aw well, if I want it, I want it!
Ok so yesterday at work there was a fire, and I SAVED EVERYBODY. It goes back to the beginning on the week. J, my bosses boss suggested I along with P go to this Floor Warden safety training. I had already decided I wasn’t going to go, but since J suggested it, I fort of had to go.
Now P and I spent the last few days making fun of the training. But yesterday at 4:50pm the fire alarm went off. P had already left for the day, and I knew it was not a drill, so I grabbed my stupid fireman’s hat and clipboard and got everyone out of the building.
Everyone was taking pictures of me and laughing along with teh hat, but people actually did listen to me when I asked them to move and stuff.
Anyways, I got to be the hero yesterday and P is totally jealous that he’s missing out on all this glorious attention.
Talked to my mom for 50 minutes yesterday so i guess this counts for this weekend. i could also call my sister if i want to later today.
So not even a month into the new year and i guess i can technically cross this off my list. What i will do is wright entries every time I go somewhere new to track where i go in 2014.
On Monday I went to Charlottesville, VA. It wasn’t too far away from where i live, a day trip that took a little more than two hours to drive to. But it was really cool to get out of my bubble, especially after the whole apartment debacle. I got to see a cute new city, tried a hot yoga class for teh first time, just had a nice day away. If I do another day trip, JC from work suggested Richmond. Maybe in a month or two.
So far I’ve been doing quite well with this. I’ve taken a day trip to somewhere new. I’ve been going to pool and hung out with pool people last night in reston town center. Dating has been tricky, but I’ve been pretty vocal about wanting to find someone to date and friends and coworkers have been mindful of this and thinking of hooking me up. Life is good, interesting and exciting.
Today I made Minestrone soup for the first time. It was delicious, healthy and filling. I tweaked the recipe a little bit by cutting half of the chicken broth so it was thicker and using pasta sauce instead of canned tomatoes because I don’t have a can opener. I added elbow macaroni to this batch, but plan to try it with rice and quinoa next meals. Trying to new recipes will really help break the cycle of eating take out, especially since i am back in my apartment now.
This book was great. I started it years ago, but couldn’t finish it because it made me so mad. It still did. But i was ready to read it. It was very interesting, but the whole “what we ca do about it” part of the book was disappointing. The changes neeed to be made on an institutional level, and I don’t even know where i can start, even though I work in higher ed. Yes the tenure system sucks. Yes tuition is becoming inexcusably high. Yes many professors can’t teach well and don’t even care to do anything about it. What am i to do? I’m running around making sue the department doens’t fall apart all day, when, where and how can I even begin to change things! It made me think about leaving higher edu for industry. I think thats what makes it such a good book, is that i had such a strong reaction to it. It made me mad beucase i care.
So on Monday I needed to get away from all the “displacement” and choas of my life recently. I decided to take a road tri to Charlottesvile for the day. When i was there i planned to go to a Bikram Yoga class. It was a very interesting experience. I figured that since i’m going to be a Yoga instructor soon, I should at east try out hot yoga. It was interesting. Smelly, yes. Since it was a holiday it was retty crowded and the smel smoetimes was weird. It was very stretching orientated, so i had to hold back a lot becuase of my knee. Also, the heat was quite an aded obstacle. I wouldn’t say it ever got unbearable, but towards the end when we were on teh ground i just wanted to lay there most of the time instead of get up and do another move. Very cool experience. i would try it again.
So I have been so involved with TED for years now. I love it! I try to watch a new video everyday. MY workplace is organizing a TEDx event in 3 weeks and I’m going! I hope my supervisor approves this, but I already bought the ticket regardless! That weekend will be amazing! I’ll knock off two goals on my list. I’ll attend the Ted conference and become a certified yoga instructor! I’m very excited for this event!
Went to lunch with EJ last week and invited P to walk during work. It seems small and they are both coworkers, but these are steps for me.
The past two weeks have been awful. My emotional eating and take out is out of control. It’s been tough, since I’m not living in my apartment. It’s really tough. I’m bummed out and depressed and getting fat and out of shape and so on and so forth.
So this is the first books I’ve finished in 2014. This first book was great, this was was still ok, but got worst as the book progressed. I wasn’t “buying” Tris’s choices towards the end of the book. It seemed like she was overly dramatic for no good reason. But hey, that’s what I should expect from Young Adult Fiction. It’s not bad, but I’m really holding off on reading the 3rd book in the trilogy. Actually, right now I’m not even motivated to read the 3rd book. Aw well.
CAlled L and My sister Last night. Talked to L for an hour. Talked to my sister for a half hour. It was nice to catch up.
I need to be better about this. Espcailly now since it’s the new year. I wanted to write a post-t note on my desk that sayd “Just NO” but i don’t want the “NO” to effect other parts of my life that I need to say yes to. I just need to get some dicapline. Ot figure out why i’ve got such emotional eating problems to begin with and start there. I need to change!
Am i not bring brave? SoI had the whole New Year’s thing with A. he lked me i knew he liked me, and I messed it up. Now B….we play at the same pool hall, he said hi and hugged me today, but….i could have connected more. Or something. I feel like i had a few opportunities to make something happen with boys and didbn’ take advantage of it. Or am i supposed to wait until they make the move? I feel a little guilty like I should do more Maybe i need to be a little more brave and a little more vulnerable.
Today I taught a great Yoga class. It felt like for the first time I knew what i was doing and I was teaching Yoga, not pilates. Reading the Yogafit book and basing my class off of L’s I think helped me. I’m getting closer and closer to my goal. Can’t wait for the certification in February!