Monday, June 25, 2012

Whole30 round 2

I've been off Paleo for a while now, ever since I had that gallstone attack.At first it was because I needed to stick to the bland BRAT diet while my body tried to right itself, but then it was mostly because I was too tired to even think about planning, prepping, and cooking.

So now that I'm all better, it's time to go back. Since I've now been off Paleo approximately as long as I was on it, I figure a second round of Whole30 is in order, to fully reset my system.

My dealbreaker has always been the "thinking about it" part. When I get too tired to think about it, that's when my commitment wanes. And lately, all I've BEEN is tired. Paleo can be pretty exhausting because you're (well, I'M) constantly prepping and cooking, and then cleaning. I don't have time to sit staring slack-jawed at my computer screen! And it's fine after a while, because being on Paleo gives you your energy back, but when you're first starting out... it's HARD.

But it's summer now, and school is out, and that's a great time for Paleo, because summer makes me think of cool, crisp salads, chilled, refreshing fruit, and morning runs. It's the time of the year when I don't need to get up with an alarm if I don't want to. Without work to wear me out, I usually am much more optimistic about all my other things, and more motivated to stick to my fitness goals.

So it's back to the Paleo grindstone now, and permanently this time.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Jolie's cupcake day

Jolie has, as of late, had a special interest in cooking, to the point that her grandparents have purchased a play kitchen and a microwave that lights up! The first thing she asks for in the morning is her "cooking," and I can rarely ever wander into the kitchen to heat up a Hot Pocket without her asking to help. "JOLIE DO IT!" she yells.

So today, we decided to make cupcakes with her, and let her help out as much as possible. Jolie proved to be a very good assistant in the kitchen!

Here she is spooning batter into the cupcake liners. This did end up being a bit of a mess, between the two of us, and she has picked up my bad habit of licking the batter from my fingers (or in her case, her elbow....?). But she did really well - I'd say we equally dripped batter on the countertop.

While the cupcakes were in the oven, Jolie refused to leave her perch atop the counter, because she was RIDICULOUSLY excited about the container of sprinkles. Even when I did get her down, she insisted on carrying it everywhere around the apartment with her.

The cupcakes came out, and once they were cool, it was time to frost! I separated out a jar of frosting into four containers and mixed them with neon food coloring - blue, pink, green, and purple. Jolie's favorite color is blue, probably because that was the one she learned first, and she was excited to frost some blue cupcakes with her daddy's help.

And then came the sprinkles! The container was a bit too large and unwieldy for her little hands, so she had to be content with picking up sprinkles with her fingers. Not bad for her first decorating job.

We frosted a few more together, and then came the best part - eating the cupcakes! Jolie was so happy to be taking a bite of something that she'd helped to make herself - her excited smiles showed just how proud she was of herself and how happy she was for all three of us to be spending time together, doing something fun and tasty.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

MADE MY DAY!


My ultimate derby hero.

DEMANDA FREAKING RIOT.

*squees like a fangirl*


My day has been made. Can't wait until her class at Rollercon!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Bout 2 is in the books!

All photos shown here by Winnie Tong
I am DARN proud to announce that the Psychopathogens have taken yet another victory over the Damas de los Muertos, in the second home bout of the season for the Peninsula Roller Girls!

I won't say it was the best I've ever played. Truth be told, I felt a bit sloppy. I still only got two majors, but I was falling a lot bigger. On the other hand, I guess you could say I was playing more aggressively and going in for big hits that I usually don't go for - and more often than not, it paid off. So there's that. Whatever. I wasn't super happy with my lack of accuracy in my hits and my still-struggling level of stamina, but I survived it, and I like to think that I contributed to our win. At the very least, I gave the audience a good show, because I could hear the collective "OHHHHHH!" from the crowd a few times when I took someone down. I'd like to think that the people who just came to see girls get knocked on their asses got their money's worth.

But I'm really proud of my team. We played tight and kept our heads, even when certain things weren't going our way (like when one of our jammers kept going to the penalty box, and I was like, "WTF? Why do they keep picking on her??"). We communicated and helped each other and we played like a team. You could have a gazillion talented individuals on one team, but that group will never be as good as it could be until they all learn to play together as a team. And I think that's one of our strengths. Luckily, we have both talented skaters AND great teamwork.

We took the lead after the second or third jam and it never changed. It wasn't quite a runaway victory the way the first bout was though - at times, the point deficit hovered around twenty. There were moments when we got split up or things got a little chaotic, but we always pulled it back together.

I don't think I'll ever forget this though - the last ten or so minutes of the bout were magic. As I said, the point deficit was hovering around twenty, which is still anyone's game in roller derby. But then all of a sudden we really pulled ahead - I think it was a combination of the Damas jammer going to the box for a jam or so, some flippin' awesome skating from our jammers, and then, in the last two or three jams, our blockers just totally flipped a switch or something - I remember standing at our bench yelling "Contain! Contain!" along with the other girls on the bench, indicating that they were to focus on the Damas' jammer and just let our jammer do her thing. And I really felt like a switch was flipped and the focus shifted, and we were holding back their jammer like nobody's business. Like, it's not like we were slacking during any minute of the bout leading up to that point, but watching from the sidelines, I felt like all of a sudden, it was ON, and the amount of difficulty for the Damas' jammers there at the end just shot up to eleven. It was MAGIC.

Final score: 121 Psychos to 86 Damas

If our home team season could be thought of as a three-game series in baseball, then I guess you could say that the Psychos have taken the series. And come July 20th, we will be GOING FOR THE SWEEP. Bring your brooms, friends.


Friday, June 8, 2012

BRING IT.

Bout day.

I am ready.

This time, I'm not so nervous. It's not that I'm super confident that we'll win this - on the contrary, I expect it to be a much harder fight than the first bout - but now, I know what to expect and what we're capable of.

We're the small but mighty team. We're not the ones who strut our stuff or trash-talk others; instead, we bring our swagger to the jammer line and we let our game speak for itself.

We might win. We might not. But we've shown that we are The Little Team That Could. In fact, we are The Little Team That DID. And we could be The Little Team That Can Again.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

See Jane Run 5k, 2012

LIKE A BOSS.

Today's race was a PR for me. I know 40:28 isn't impressive for a lot of people, but for me, it was the fastest and strongest I've ever gone. It was also important for my friend Becca, as this race last year was her very first race ever, and she's come a really long way since then too.

It was a beautiful, sunny day, and the temperature was just right for a run, although I did end up having to hold my jacket in my hand after the first mile. I don't think I've ever had a 5k go so quickly in my life. I was consistently keeping a faster pace than I ever used to, AND I barely stopped. I felt so proud of myself.

We talked to a woman in line who is this, like, SUPER athlete, though she's in her 50's or 60's, and I think we just got talked into doing the SJR sprint triathlon. In 2013, I mean. Yeah, that's next on our list after a full marathon.