Archive for March, 2014

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book goal pt. 1

March 24, 2014

Been reading a lot lately. I’ve made a goal to read 52 books this year, with half being non-fiction. With all my long flights lately, it’s been pretty easy to stay on track. I’m 17 books down already. Here are the highlights.

Into Thin Air – First book I’ve read by John Krakauer (since I’ve always been hesitant to read Into the Wild). I was really thinking this book was going to be the inspiring, “make you want to climb a mountain” kind of book. I really had no idea about the expedition that this book talks about and how tragic it was. There is nothing in this book that makes me want to climb a mountain. But it is an incredibly compelling story. Fast read. Couldn’t put it down.

Unbearable Lightness – Portia de Rossi’s memoir of her time on Ally McBeal while she struggled with eating disorders and other issues. I find reading stories about eating disorders weirdly fascinating. It’s a level of crazy that is so unreal. Anyway, the end is really disappointing because the book was so good at describing her struggle and then just sums up her recovery in the epilogue. It makes it seem like fixing her problems was easy compared to having the problems, which I can’t imagine to be true.

Daemon – Techno-thriller (first of two books) about a self-sufficient program created by some genius, which is now taking over the world. I’m not technical enough to flat-out think “that’s impossible” so it was still a fun read. Except when the self driving cars get a bit too involved… Either way, it’s interesting to think how much in our lives is controlled by technology and how that could be manipulated.

Books that disappointed me:

The Gift of Fear – I’ve heard so much about this book and how great it is. It’s written by this security guy. But I found the book really repetitive and I think I just wanted more anecdotes and something more. Less self-help.

Requiem – Third and final book in the Delirium series (YA series about a dystopian world where love is considered a disease). Terrible. First, it totally skips the fact that the second book ended in a cliff-hanger. Second, it ends in the middle of a battle. What?!

Decoded –  Jay-Z wrote a book about his songs. I thought it was going to be as awesome as Ice-T’s book (that everyone should read). It was not awesome. It sounds like answers in an interview – very filtered.

David and Goliath – I liked Gladwell’s other books. There was just something about this one that didn’t hook me. Maybe I’ve outgrown my love of pop science.

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diet update 2.

March 11, 2014

I can’t believe it’s been a month already since my last update.

It feels like it’s gotten better. But I think it’s mostly due to not thinking quite as hard about it and falling off the wagon quite a bit this past month. See, I started a new work contract in Cedar Rapids, IA. While I have nothing against Iowa in general, it has been pretty tricky trying to avoid grains and dairy and still eat a variety of foods. That being said, the lack of variety has also made my eating somewhat routine – which is supposed to be ideal for dieting. On a regular week, I can stop by Super Target or Hy-vee (I still find it interesting that every city has their own grocery store chain) to pick up lunch and snacks for the week.

Lunch: frozen meals; most often Amy’s and Kashi because they offer lots of protein, interesting grains and I can recognize all their ingredients. Portion control is still my biggest enemy. So while frozen entrees aren’t the best, they work pretty well for me. Also, they’re warm, which is key when it’s freezing cold outside. Maybe salad will make it back into the rotation once it’s spring.

Snacks: berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries), pre cut cauliflower/broccoli, sugar snap peas, apples, peanut butter and nuts. Keeping snacks to fruits and veggies is huge to me. Healthy mindless eating. If only these snacks could lean toward salty instead of sweet. I make up for it by having popcorn once a week.

That all is totally within my diet. But of course, I’ve been pretty lax on the weekends. Dumplings, ramen, pasta carbonara, Indian food for dinner, and sandwiches in the airport… At least I have successfully avoided the ice cream and other desserts I am always tempted to buy.

Results: Down 5 lbs!

Possibly just a fluke on the day I weighed myself. This is the lowest weight I’ve been in the last 5 years.