Tuesday, July 24, 2007
After getting some food at the kayak place (they had a restaurant upstairs), we went over to the Experience Music Project, which included: the history of guitars, Jimi Hendrix exhibit, and then of course...singing booths..
Knowing us we were hungry by then, so we got a cheap bite to eat over at Dick's, where they have $1 burgers.
Then we went to the Jazz Alley, where Greg Adams (an awesome trumpeter) had a great concert. We hurried after the concert to eat at an Amy Johnson-recommended restaurant called "The Pink Door". Food was great, and there was also a little trio playing some jazz. Probably one of my favorite days: exercise without knowing, great food, and great music =0)
After getting cleaned up we went to Downtown Portland and started off with Pike’s Place Market. We got to see the original Starbucks, the place where they throw the fish, tried some AWESOME free salmon, got some lunch, and I got to go to a really cool comic store called Golden Age Collectibles.
Then we headed to the waterfront, explored some, walked to Pioneer’s Square, walked to the flagship Nordstrom’s, and then walked back to the car.
We then drove to Key Arena and cheered on the Sonics!Even though we all don’t really care for them, we felt compelled to as the guy sitting behind us was an annoying Detroit Pistons fan. “Nick Collison!?! You got stuffed by ‘Sheed once, you don’t wanna come back! The ball don’t lie!” And MANY high pitched yells. We still had fun even though they lost. We got to combat him with “The ball DOESN’T lie! Found a weakness! Let it rain!”
We finished the day off with some fish and chips at Ivar’s on the waterfront. Even though it was late, we felt our whole day of walking excused our eating late at night.
Afterwards, we went to Powell’s Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world. It was HUGE. The store takes up an entire city block. It has color-coordinated rooms to indicate different subject level. It also had a rare book room where they had early editions and original printings of a number of books.
From Powell’s we went to the Nike Factory Store where we tried to take advantage of Portland’s lack of a sales tax. We even bought matching jackets.
Finally, we got up to Seattle around 8pm. Peter’s Aunt Patti has been kind enough to let us stay with her, so she cooked us dinner and we got to hang out.
Monday, May 7, 2007
I can’t say that I was paranoid, but I was definitely aware. So, when I woke up in the middle night, and heard some rustling against our tent, and some growling, I got understandably concerned. THEN, I realized that it was actually Adam next to me proving his qualifications for the Tour de Snore. I know that I’ve found the right group of friends because we all wake up in the morning cranky from a restless sleep because the other two's snoring kept us up. =0)
Just to give you an example, here's a resident snore chief showing us how it's done in the car.
For us, the state of Oregon will always be known for:
- Their nice bridges
- Their beautiful coast
- Their SLOW drivers.
Anyway, we had to improvise a little so that we could get to Tillamook Cheese Factory in time. (Including a quick make shift PEE-stop.)
Eventually, we made it to Tillamook and had some amazing cheese and ice cream.
We checked into our Days Inn City Center in Portland’s Downtown District. We found an awesome restaurant called Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, (where when you call they answer, “Hello, You’ve Hit Rock Bottom!”)
The two scariest thugs I know, showing what napkins should look like after eating wings.
A little downtown walking and we went to sleep early.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Don't be fooled by Peter's appearance, that's ALL Adam.
After waking up in our absolutely funky-smelling fogged-up car, we ate a delicious and healthy breakfast at the rest area.
Since we drove a lot last night, we were able to take our time today.
We drove through the Avenue of Giants and came across this quaint looking tourist stop called “Trees of Mysteries”. Lo and behold, we recognized some of the landmarks from one of our favorite commercials.
We made a quick stop in Eureka (We found it!). Had some good lunch at Hurricane Kate’s, walked around downtown a little bit, and left for our campsite.
Some scenic shots:
We arrived at Redwood Forest around 5pm and got to explore a lot. We skipped stones for awhile and walked along the Smith River. Then, Peter came up with the brilliant idea of going INTO the river. Adam was game, and after lots of convincing, I decided to go too. We all got in and wanted to cry.
After climbing up back to our campsite without shoes, we set up our tent, dinner, and our campfire. We had some personal conversations, played some cards, and then got cozy in our tent.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
For some, that quote might be a prelude to heavy binge drinking or lounging on a beach of an island, for three of us…it translates to chasing birds and sleeping at rest areas.
Our spring break started off with relative ease. We hopped into our snack-filled Kia Sorento, and after a few obligatory stops (our apartments, McDonald’s) we were on our way around 7:45am.
We traversed the 5 quickly making our way outside of Los Angeles. PCH had practically any traffic, and while our morning had started off with muggy weather, the coastline drive was gorgeous for a majority of the way up. Here are some scenic shots:
We also got to check out the Hearst Castle visitor center (didn’t have time for the castle itself). Our trip hit an exciting note when we took the 17-mile drive near Monterey. We got to hang out on the beaches, Peter made a new friend, and we even got to see the 18th hole for the Pebble Beach golf course!
Afterwards, we breezed through Cannery Row (the inspiration for Steinbeck’s novel of the same name), and eventually made it up to San Francisco.
We were a little later than we had hoped and would not make it to our planned campsite of China Beach. So, while trying to contact all of our native SF friends, we ate some calamari, chowder, and fish and chips (I ate a shrimp pasta which was inevitably a bad decision). Afterwards, while Peter was fruitlessly trying to find us a place to stay, Adam was cautiously watching over me as I was so close to vomiting so many times (pretty, I know).
Since we couldn’t find anywhere, we decided to get some of our driving done at night (since the closest rest area was about 2 hours away). In addition to telling embarrassing stories, we traversed the foggy mountains and ended up at a rest area around 2am. We got situated and tried going to sleep, for which Adam apparently had a talent. Instead of Peter and I being the loudest snorers (as accustomed to being), Adam shuck the entire car. (It probably didn’t help that we were all within 6 feet of each other in an enclosed space. Peter and I got some sleep, but most of our night was spent giggling about Adam’s narcolepsy. He would be talking to us, laughing at jokes with us, and then literally TWO SECONDS later, within the same breath, he would be snoring up a storm!!!
Great first day of our long-awaited spring break road trip.
And just so you know, THIS, is how we do spring break.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
- Partying several nights leads to 1) inefficient workouts, 2) unhealthy late night binges, 3) loss of money.
THIS time, I'm going to be in seclusion (b/c I sort of need a break from everything). I really want to test myself, see if the hard work I put into something can produce the results I want.
- Still working out everyday
- New song or two
- Figure out some recording stuff
- Catch up on reading
- By doing some work at work
- Get to the low 270s, preferably 270 itself (I'm at 279 right now after a few days of 283)
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
- Good: I ate in some moderation.
- Breakfast: 3 eggs (210 calories), 4 thin pieces of ham/turkey (40), 1 piece of 7-grain toast (100 calories? i need to check)
- Not so good:
- Lunch/Dinner: turkey sandwich, macaroni and cheese (1800-2000?)
- Good: Exercise was okay
- 10 minutes on the bike (burned 100 calories)
- maintained weight for biceps, triceps, bench
- walked a mile at the track
- Good: Exercise was brutal
- Peter indicates this means our work out last night (8 hours prior) was effective
- Couldn't do all the weight I did last night, but certainly tried
- 30 min on elliptical - 400 calories
- Weighed 276.2lbs
- Not so good:
- Same breakfast as yesterday, but with some tater tots
- Gonna have a salad for lunch, some pita chips and hummus for dinner
Monday, February 5, 2007
- consume around 2500 calories a day
- 500 crunches at least 3 of the days
- still workout everyday
- go out every night
- do all my hw/reading
- write at least 1 more song (maybe 2, we currently have 8 songs w/lyrics and chords)
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Nevertheless, some improvement.
Last night was fun. 7 games of racquetball (about 1hr 45min) and then a mile at the track (Peter/Adam did more). Then we hung out at Trojan Grounds just telling funny stories and reminiscing about good foods we want to eat but shouldn't! Feelin the annoying stress of school right now...gotta get through this.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
- 279.3lbs today! Not really a big improvement since I've been here before (once during this diet, 4 or 5 times in life), but i take it more for it's significance - frankly i'm tired of seeing the first two numbers be 2-8.
- ate a 12-in italian sausage sandwich w/caramelized onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, on oats and seeds bread from malibu subs. and kettle chips. i could've picked a healthier choice. wouldn't be surprised if i go back up over that dreaded 2-8-0 mark.
- feelin pretty sore today though. i really pushed it yesterday by upping the weight on everything. oh well, it's a good kind of sore =0)
Monday, January 29, 2007
- did the 500 crunches that I wanted to
- showed improvement in all of the weights I was lifting
- 45s on the bench
- 100 on lats, butterfly
- 25 on bis, tris
- did about 2 miles walking
- ate a chicken caesar salad with a turkey sandwich today (wanted to eat breakfast, no time)
and, to make it better, feelin more organized, and got some adrenaline right now.
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Sunday, January 28, 2007
Yes, I do feel better in shape, but I still weigh the same. My body is still the same.
The diet is going to be running full steam ahead tomorrow, but I'm feeling like that's all I am, full of steam.
I'm going to keep trying things until they work. Whatever it is, I'm going to keep trying.
- I heard once that Usher (haven't heard of him in awhile) did 1000 sit-ups/crunches a day. 1000! I feel like that would take me two weeks to do a 1000.
- I heard that holding in your stomach and holding for a little bit, is the same thing as a sit-up.
- I'm combining the two. I'm going to see if I can do (I'm setting the goal a lot lower b/c I'm not Usher) 500 sit-ups/crunches/holding in my tummy for one day. If I can do it one day, I'm certainly going to keep going. I'm always interested in a challenge. This one might, again, be too lofty. Oh well, I'll let you know how it goes.
9:00am - woke up
10:00am - 300 crunches
2:40pm - 500 crunches total
(these pseudo-crunches I'm doing aren't as strenuous as regular crunches, but I'm starting to feel it).
Thursday, January 25, 2007
- had a turkey sandwich, small caesar salad
- hopefully something healthy and small =0)
Weekend's almost here, thank goodness. Finally gonna have some more time to work on the CD.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I'm finding different meanings in the phrase "question yourself". I usually question myself in what I see as a constructive manner, critically for the sake of improvement. Lately, I've been second-guessing myself, unsure of how I'm acting in some superficial situations.
My self-consciousness has reached new highs.
I'm at the ends of this. It's time to move to another stage. I'm too impatient to wait for results of having worked out everyday (three weeks in now).
- smaller portions, different foods, a more food-conscious self
- more efficiency, better organization, a more productive lifestyle
- pushing the limits of creativity, accumulating knowledge, a well-read, unique perspective
A golden day. I need a brand new start. (ironically from the song Start)
Thursday, January 18, 2007
- It is difficult to not complain. I'm constantly talking about how tired/sore I am to my two partners, and they're polite enough to tolerate it. I want to move past the whining and just do it. It probably furthers my exhaustion too when I claim that I'm tired (b/c I'm used to being that) when I'm not necessarily.
- The irony - I'm complaining about how much I complain.
- Nevertheless, it is a big deal for me because I've never worked out consistently like this. It's something I'm really excited about. But when this workout routine becomes normal, then I will have a better grasp on things.
What's frightening to me is this blanket of apathy I'm surrounding myself with. I've considered apathy to be a huge problem. I don't understand how you could just not care about something. Maybe it's not apathy, it's a mix of boredom and numbness.
- I'm 281 on the dot today.
- Food - I ate a herb sausage calzone with a side caesar salad and macaroni and cheese. I had a margarita later at the Justin concert (<---amazing).
- Exercise - I played an hour and a half of racquetball.
- Food - I ate a calzone (sausage, hash brown, eggs, tomatoes, cheese) and an express meal (two sausages, two eggs, 2 pieces of wheat toast, hashbrowns) all for breakfast. For dinner, I ate my fried rice again.
- Exercise - 10 minutes of stairmaster (worst machine created ever. I wanted to die even though I only did 10 minutes), 15 minutes of bike.
- Food - I ate a spam/egg sandwich this morning. Yum! I might eat the same thing tonight!
- Exercise - hour and a half of racquetball this morning. Really fun except I got hit the hardest I've ever been hit in the head. Played ok though. Scores were something like: (A-P-G) 15-7-2, 15-10-7, 15-12-9 (we were stuck at 0-0-0, 2-2-2, 4-4-4 on the last game).
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
- Has been fluctuating a lot, i'm right around 282-3 right now.
- hour and a half of tennis in the morning
- Wendy's breakfast - chicken sandwich, 5 chicken nuggets
- McDonald's lunch - chicken sandwich, french fries
- CPK dinner - spinach/artichoke dip w/chips, 3 pieces of bread w/butter, sausage pizza
- probably the healthiest day of eating in the history of diets
- REST DAY!!!
- breakfast - plate of my home-cooked fried rice w/eggs, hot dogs, rice
- dinner - ramen
- minor lifting of weights
- late lunch - meatball sandwich w/french fries from bistango
- dinner - panda express - half fried rice/half chow mein, orange chicken, black pepper chicken, crispy noodles
- Justin Timberlake concert tonight!
- Not feeling sore anymore.
- Obama looks like he's running, here's to hoping for a job.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Energy fluctuates throughout the day, but I'm finishing tonight sort of low energy. Tomorrow's the end of our first week with a tennis session.
- Breakfast - Jamba Juice Lite - 500 calories
- Mid-Breakfast - 3 croissants - 450 calories?
- Lunch - turkey sandwich from Wolfgang Puck's - 600 calories?
- Dinner - Chano's steak nachos - 2000 calories?
- Weight - 281.2lbs (back up)
- Exercise - 10 min of bike, 4 games of racquetball
- Lunch - half of a turkey/avocado sandwich on wheat bread
- Dinner - "The Carnivore" at a restaurant that I forgot the name to.
- Flank steak, lemon chicken, sourdough bread, mashed potatoes, sweet italian sausage
- Exercise - 45 minutes of lifting weights, 30 minutes of elliptical (440 calories lost)
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
- 278.2lbs (net loss of 2.9lbs)
- Breakfast (9:30am) - I ate 2 Croissan'wiches (400-499 calories each) and a large hash brown (300-399 calories)
- Dinner (7:30pm) - I cannot control myself at buffets, I need to stop.
- 5 egg rolls
- 2 slices of pizza (one cheese, one hamburger)
- one piece of ham
- one piece of salmon
- one salad with hard boiled eggs, mushrooms, bacon bits, croutons, caesar dressing
- over 2000 calories
- Weight Lifting
- bench press - 4 sets of 10 reps at 115lbs
- squats - 2 sets of 10 reps at 115lbs
- butterfly - 2 sets of 10 reps at 80lbs, 100lbs
- triceps - 2 sets of 5 slow 15 sec reps
- over the head, 3 sets of 10 with 25lb dumbbell
- biceps - 3 sets of 10 reps at 25lbs
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
- Today, I weigh 281.6 pounds. Pretty much same weight as yesterday
- Lunch and Dinner (3:30pm)
- 12" meatball sandwich w/provolone cheese on wheat bread - 1000 calories gained?
- Three good games of racquetball for about an hour - 500 calories lost
- 10-15 min of elliptical - 200 calories lost
- "Powerless" is actually the title of one of the songs we have for the album. It's a song written to reflect my absolute inability to talk to those I'm attracted to. Fitting for today=)
- My article was published in today's edition of the Daily Trojan. It's not meant to be a provocative piece, just a reflective one. Check it out here.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Nevertheless, here's the vital stats:
- Today, I weigh 281.1 pounds
- My goal is to weight 250 by graduation (May 11, 2007).
- Lunch - chicken pesto sandwich - 600 calories?
- Dinner - one mixed plate of
- 4 pieces of beef with mushroom sauce
- large helping of mashed potatoes and gravy
- noodles with 5-6 shrimp
- 5 -6 pieces of ravioli with tomato sauce
- 3 small pieces of french bread
- calorie total = over 2000
- Elliptical - 30 minutes - burned 460 calories
- Row Machine - 10 minutes - 2000 meters - approx. 300 calories
That's about to change. Over the course of the next few months (graduation is May 11, 2007), I am going to actively pursue several goals which I would have previously thought unachievable. I'll be keeping you posted along the way.
The three main topics you'll be hearing about are:
- my pursuit of losing weight and ultimately feeling good
- my and my best friend's work on our CD
- my spring break road trip from l.a. to seattle and everywhere in between
So, without further ado, here we go.