Friday, December 26, 2008

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (HBBC)

So from 12/8 to 1/4, Run to Finish is hosting this Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge (aka, HBBC) in efforts to get her readers moving during the holiday season where treats are everywhere. She is offering prizes, but I will try not to pre-occupy myself with them.

It is too late to sign up (sorry, I've been behind in my blog and barely got into this thing on time), but I have decided to track my points on here.


- 1 Point per mile (run or walk or snowshoe)
- 1 Point per 15 minutes of weight lifting or pilates
- 1 Point per 15 minutes of another form of cardio (i.e. kick boxing, elliptical)
- 1 Point per 30 minutes of stretching or yoga or abs

I have not changed my activity level for this challenge... I just happen to be this active. =D This is actually very low activity level for me, but things have just sort have been going downhill since I started having this large commute and my gym closing really early in the day. However, they are going back to their regular hours today, so there is hope for me after all!

12/8 - Walked 4 miles (2 before work, 2 during lunch in Culver City, CA) (4 pts)
12/9 - Ran 5 miles, 30 min elliptical, benched/chest 30 min, 30 min stretching/abs (10 pts)
12/10 - Walked 4 miles (4 pts)
12/11 - went to and from track - 1 mi total, ran another mile sprints. 30 min upper body weights, butt, abs, and stretching, 15 min elliptical (4 pts)
12/12 - 30 min bench/chest, ran 4 miles, 15 min elliptical, 30 min stretching/abs, (8 pts)

Week 1 total: 30 pts

12/15 - Walked 2 miles (2 pts)
12/16 - Walked 5 miles, ran 3 miles (8 pts)
12/17 - Ran 6 miles, 15 min elliptical, 15 min benching (8 pts)
12/18 - 30 min Dance Dance Revolution (2 pts)
12/19 - Ran 4 miles, benched 30 min (6 pts)

Week 2 total: 26 pts
Cumulative: 56 pts

12/22 - Walked 2 miles, ran 4 miles (6 pts)
12/23 - Ran 7 miles, benched 30 min, 15 min weights and jump-roping (10 pts)
12/24 - Walked 2 miles (2 pts)
12/26 - Ran 2 miles, 30 min elliptical, 30 min weights/bench (6 pts)
12/27 - Ran 4.5 miles, biked 3 miles (6.5 pts)
12/28 - Walked 1 mile (1 pt)

Week 3 total: 31.5 pts
Cumulative: 87.5 pts

12/29 - Ran 6 miles, 7.5 min elliptical, 30 min weights/bench (8.5 pts)
12/30 - Ran 4 miles, 60 min elliptical, 15 min strength (9 pts)
12/31 - Ran 3 miles, 30 min elliptical, 15 min weights/strength (6 pts)
1/2 - Ran/walked 2 miles, 15 min elliptical, 30 min weights/strength (5 pts)
1/3 - Ran/walked 3 miles, 45 min bike (6 pts)

Week 4 total: 31.5
Cumulative (final): 122

(Would have been able to add another 3 pts to this, but 5:45 AM on 1/5 doesn't quite count, I guess.)

Overall, this was a lousy turnout compared to the level of activity that I am used to. But in a way, this is pretty cool because if each point can be equated to approximately 100 calories burned, then 122 points is 12,200 calories. Perhaps that set off some holiday eating, although I swear I was eating more pre-holidays due to stress and unhappiness.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

That Other Blog I Have...

Anyone who has nosed around my profile knows that I used to keep a blog called Vegetarian Slop (Vegeslop for short). Back in college, I had been cooking some really elaborate things like veggie burgers, hash browns, soups, and the like, until I found that my efforts were left unshared. Motivation plummeted, and thus, the food became slop... basically whatever would cook quickly and nutritionally.

Since then, I've embarked on many culinary expeditions, and I regret not taking more pictures of them. In the non-vegan category, I've made cookies (oatmeal), egg tarts, tiramisu, coconut bars, cheesecakes (blueberry and pumpkin), yogurt creations, homemade wheat pasta, pumpkin pie, macaroons, wraps, brownies, and numerous sweet breads and muffins (cherry, pumpkin, bran, apple, pecan).

And then in the vegan category, I've made focaccia and had a hand in vegan pizza, vegan pot pie, oatmeals, etc.

I think I will be revisiting this blog from time to time to update it, and using my cell phone more to take pictures of the stuff that I make. I am also fortunate enough to have someone who makes vegan/vegetarian food for me.