Making Music, Counting Calories & Lazy Teenage Superheroes

I lied, no 2nd post last night. Bad Ena!

BUT… I had good reason!

After picking someone up from the airport then rushing to the gym to get in my daily workout, I moseyed over to my rockin’ friend Johnny’s apartment to finally hang out and officially meet his lovely lady, Lindy. By the time I got to his place it was 11:40pm and I was wayyy late.

So much fun though. We basically kicked back, busted out the guitars and jammed to our heart’s content. I’m determined to make Johnny start a band with me AND teach me guitar because he’s just cool like that. He attempted to teach me and Lindy (on piano) one of his new songs but my lack of guitar skills stifled me. How hot would it be though with a lady on keys, a lady on guitar and awesome to the max J on lead? SUPER HOT. Like H-A-W-T, kind of hot. Like in your face, oh-so-sexy, scorching as the sun, hot. Yeah… REALLY HOT.

We eventually had to put down the instruments and head over to another friend’s sick loft in downtown LA. Every unit seriously looks like a private eye’s office. I kind of want to bust out my 1950s outfits, knock on his door at the midnight hour with claims of a missing husband/fiancé/boyfriend/whathaveyou. I would totally want to live there if the neighborhood weren’t so shady. When we arrived there were firemen busting into his building. Kind of a hilarious coincidence.

We stayed until around 4:30 when we realized it was way past our bedtimes and headed home. Since I didn’t get back to my place until 5am, I slept in this morning. It was something kind of wonderful to lounge in bed until 11.

My brother is in town visiting from Davis so we decided to head to Barnes & Noble to get some coffee and maybe a few new books. While there I stopped by the diet and exercise section where I decided to bite the bullet and listen to my friends who keep telling me I really need to start counting calories for my workouts to be effective.

I bought two books, The Pocket Calorie Counter and the Abs Diet for Women which breaks down the proper amount of protein/fiber/etc. I should really be eating every day. I know there are sites for this like the bodybuilding.com site I mentioned a few posts ago, but I stick to things so much better if I have it in hardcopy form right in front of me. It’s harder to ignore I guess. In any case, after reading the beginnings of The Pocket Calorie Counter, I realized I’m probably eating a LOT LESS calories than I need to be (which can partly be blamed on work) which is actually hindering my ability to lose weight since my body counters the lack of caloric energy by storing more fat.

After sitting and doing all the math in my new little food journal (I love moleskin and actually writing out math equations because I’m a nerd) I need to be eating 1771.32 calories per day to maintain my weight. To lose 1 lb. a week I need to cut out 500 calories per day or work off 500 or better yet a combination of the two which means I’ll be cutting my caloric intake to about 1250 calories a day (give or take depending on my workout). I’m also starting a food journal to make sure I eat enough a day. Just thinking about my intake on Friday and Saturday, I was under 1200 on both days which is just sad.

So calorie counting. Wish me luck and here I go!

But before I do, I leave you with the Lazy Teenage Superheroes: an extremely funny & well-executed short film made by Michael Ashton for only $300. There’s cussing, vulgarity, ninjas and herpes jokes. Yeah… thank me later.

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Food, Fitness & an Afternoon with My Pops

Spent the afternoon with the number one man in my life, my Poppa.

I rarely get to spend time with him these days since he travels so much for work. My dad’s a truck driver and is usually on the road to Canada or the East Coast and when he is home I’m usually off at work and by the time I get back, he’s travelling once again. He’s always sending us photos from the road so it kinda feels like we’re with him—

Poppa Bear on the Road

If you ever see a 6’3″ biker looking dude with long hair and a bandana driving a huge big rig who is ALSO Filipino, it’s probably my dad. He’s definitely not hard to spot in a crowd. ♥

We grabbed some lunch at In & Out and spent most of it talking about our current fitness goals. He’s been working on getting back into shape so I told him about a site that a new friend had recommended to me called BodyBuilding.com. He’s into weight lifting now and has been for years but he used to be very slim during his basketball playing days—

Now a days he’s more likely to remind you of a bodyguard then a 80s baller (though he still is).

My Pops: The Biker

Anyway, I took a look at the site myself the other day and along with articles on training, nutrition, transformations and many others there are also metabolic calculators, forums and how-to guides. I haven’t had a chance to delve too deeply into it but it seems like a GREAT resource. Ugh.. the idea of counting calories though is not something that makes me jump for joy. At least it’s something my dad can definitely use. I think it’ll give him all the nutritional resources he needs to get him back to lifting the weights he used to back in the day.

We also ended up going to Costco where we bought a ton of meat, some Kashi GOLEAN Bars for some extra protein & fiber as well as the vitamins my doctor recommended for me: 1000mg of Vitamin D + a Woman’s One a Day should do the trick. Hopefully it’ll give me that extra boost I need to get my groove on at the gym. I also bought some Natrol 5-HTP to stabilize my mood, appetite and sleeping patterns but if you guys have heard anything bad about it let me know so I can stop taking it. The reviews online seem pretty good though, so I’m not worried. My dad also bought me a little bit of a present (so spoiled ♥)—

We had actually grabbed the slip (and paid) for the 4GB (1 Hour) HD Mino but by the time we were on our way back home I realized the guy had given us the 8GB (2 Hour) HD Ultra. Whoops! I told my dad and he started laughing then said,

I noticed the guy was distracted because he was looking at your legs. I wanted to smack him! Serves him right.

Lol… oh lord. Do you guys think karma’s gonna get me if I don’t return it? I’ll give myself a day to think about it, haha. My Mom told me to just keep it: she reasons that if there’s any karma going on it’s good karma for me… and that if I return it now, the guy will get in trouble. :(

To get back on food and fitness, when I got home I found an article in my inbox from LIVESTRONG about the new U.S. diet guidelines—

What we are encouraged to eat more of are: whole grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese or fortified soy beverages, vegetable oils such as canola, corn, olive, peanut and soybean, and seafood.

It’s recommended that we eat less: added sugars, solid fats, including saturated and trans fats, refined grains, and sodium.

…The guidelines are not promoting any one type of diet, rather they encourage an eating pattern that is both nutrient dense and calorie balanced.

The article breaks down what foods to avoid in order to decrease solid fats, added sugars, etc. as well as the cost-friendly foods that will help you eat healthier without breaking the bank. I highly recommend reading it: New U.S. Diet Guidelines: What You Need to Know Now

And now for an early din to give me that extra energy for a nice run. Ciao for now, my crazy critters.