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Chutney is fun to say.
Let me just say that I have terrible knife skills. Trying to cut yams and onions into 1/2 dice is just impossible for me. Thus, attempting to make sweet potato chutney last night (after7 hours not eating) was No Fun At All. Oy. The dice look pretty retarded in the end but, oh man, is the chutney tasty. I think it will, in fact, be a very nice side/topper for the turkey on Thursday. I think I prefer vindaloo in it too rather than straight curry powder as the sweeter components of the vindaloo resonate with the pineapple, makes it sweeter.

hmm.. maybe I should have thrown some cranberries in there.

There were also Navajo tacos with hand-made fry bread, kidney beans, and tomato beefy goodness. Yum (but WTF was I thinking dealing with beans, fry bread and chutney AT THE SAME TIME?)

Meh. Suffice I need to take a basic knife skills class or grown another hand right quick. Thank Jeebus I'm not cooking anything tonight. Fix is going to wrangle a cheesecake and pie tonight while I'm out playing hooky with the new beau, about whom I've been dreaming which feels almost weird early in a relationship.

Today should be good in total.

Oh and my body composition percentage hasn't changed since my last check even though I've apparently gained 17 pounds. So... I think that means I've gained more muscle than fat overall but it's still not what I want at the moment. Now I just need to lose that same 17 pounds entirely of fat and I'll be satisfied.

I'm limiting myself to about 1600 calories a day doing as much cardio as I can stand at the gym along with lighter weights, higher reps to maintain muscle. According to the trainer I see, she says I'll be building muscle as I burn the fat. Frankly, I don't see how that will work. According to her, I'm moderately to very active which means I burn anywhere from 2400 to 3000 calories a day. I think I'm basically sedentary since I'm not exercising every day which means roughly 2000 calories a day for my age.

So, at 1500 calories a day, that' at least a 500 calorie deficit per day which is 3500 calories a week - one pound. By her calculations, I'm at a 900-1500 deficit a day which is 6300 to 10,500 calories deficit a day - 2 to 3.5 pounds a week. With a difference like that, how can I be building muscle at all? It seems more likely I'd be able to maintain what muscle I do have and burn through fat. he says I"ll be increasing my muscle mass? Guess I just don't believe it.

Also, 10,500 calories a week? Really? Well, I guess we'll see.

Stats from yesterday:
Weight: 192.
Body fat percentage: 19.6 (ew)
Total body fat: 37.7 (ew!)
Fat to lose: 14-18
Yeah, I'm aiming for about 10-12% body fat as my ideal. (Screw you if you don't think that's reasonable.) And about 12% is where I'll really stop and assess my health and appearance.

Weight this morning: 191

Bleh. I have to lose the fat equivalent of one of my cats.


Lastly lastly: Kindle 2 rumored delay
Darn, I was looking forward to ditching my entire library in early 2009. LOVE the whole e-book concept so much.

For Beloiters: 40 Beloit staff to be fired to balance budget! Sadness!

Current Mood: cranky cranky

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nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 25th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
So I never thought of it before, but western-style knife techniques must be a serious bitch with one hand.

If you ever get serious about learning something that works for you, go out and buy a nice cleaver and a nice santuku and learn some eastern technique. It's all about fast, precise movements that only really need one hand. You're still probably not going to be able to katsuramuki though.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 25th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any books that I could read to get an idea of eastern cutting techniques?

I do love using a large, heavy knife though. Mm.. cleaver.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: November 25th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not off the top of my head, but I'll look for you.
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: November 25th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to rain on your parade because I hate e-books. I can read small articles and my flist online, but anything book-length, I need my twenty-six phonetic symbols, ten Arabic numerals, and perhaps eight punctuation marks, on a sheet of bleached and flattened wood pulp.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 25th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Books equate to clutter for me. Plus, I never seem to have adequate room for bookshelves - or even own shelves that I actually like. I'd prefer it go away! I envision a nice room with an overstuffed leather chair, fireplace, and coffee table with e-book reader as my library area.

I want my entire life to fit into a single carry-on bag.

Edited at 2008-11-25 05:47 pm (UTC)
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: November 25th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
How do you expect visitors to judge you if they can't see what books you have displayed on shelves?!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 26th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they can judge me just fine on MY appearance, thankyouverymuch.
jackshoegazer From: jackshoegazer Date: November 27th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, you're shallow, I get it. ;)
From: hello_momma Date: November 25th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could always hire Wilford Brimley to read to you. He'll do it for cheap AND deliver your testin' supplies.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 26th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
onesoul From: onesoul Date: November 25th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Been out of the loop ... but I wanted to say that I'm glad you are healthy and safe. And I love the 12% gay side of you ... you rock :)
abmann From: abmann Date: November 25th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
HI! <waves>
phoenix_snake From: phoenix_snake Date: November 25th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was all set to tell you that 20% body fat rocks, and screw you too!
When I remembered a fundamental truth.
Men are leaner then women, what with the testosterone and the lack of breasts and estrogen.
So good luck and I wish you well instead!
Those last 15-20 lbs are kicking my ass as well. Good luck kicking back.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 25th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm at the high end of average now, apparently. I though 19 was still obese, at least so I recall from grade school. Maybe definitions are changing as the fast food corporations fatten us for winter slaughter.
phoenix_snake From: phoenix_snake Date: November 25th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

'Case I'm a statistics whore


From my quite brief research I'm pretty sure 19 % is considered "healthy" (Which I will agree is sponsored by the Lard Sellers. Or at least the putting-hormones-in-the-milk-sellers :-) )
I'm at like 24, and I think I will be at 12-17 when I reach my ideal.

But I'm shooting for 20, because I haven't really had goals before, and this home streatch is REALLY kicking my ass. I used to loose like 5-10 lbs a month, now I've lost 5 in the last 2 months. Ugh! I know blah blah insert spiel about how the earlier weight was easier to loose because it was a lot of water and stuff. Still upset about the current situation.

Stupid having a life and not walking dogs full time. Stupid not being ok with being dizzy 10 times a day. Stupid roommates cooking awesome things all the time. Stupid brain needing food to not fail out of school. Stupid Russell for making me happy. I swear it was easier to lose weight when I was miserable! :-) Stupid being happy.

We can be whining to each other buddies, if you want. Though I think would prefer wine to you in email from here on out, if you want to receive such things. I feel so silly whining because I"m the smallest I've ever been. But I"m SO CLOSE to liking my body... I'd like to do that some day soon.

Anyway Hugs and goodluck. You made me lust after an iphone with your handy hand-held database of food. ::lustafteriphone::
From: ex_hellocth126 Date: November 25th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the ebook concept too. There are a few books I want bound copies of for display, but the rest are welcome to reside in a tidy little hard drive.

Personally, I think the solution to your knife problems is to build a badass strap-on gadget that can hold multiple cutting instruments. Like Bruce Campbell, but with a turkey carver and a full set of chef knives. Kinda like a culinary Swiss Army knife.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 26th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! You may be on to something.
grimreaperess From: grimreaperess Date: November 26th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
My partner is naturally tall and skinny plus a bit of exercise and he'd still only be about 12-14%... good luck though!

I just did that test too, posted it to my journal. I got a little straighter than I expected.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 26th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm gayer than I expect. I think it's because I prefer the company of women over men adn tend to have more female friends.
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