||[Oct. 24th, 2006|10:07 pm]
* I'm a yellow-belt in martial arts! Yesterday in class, Gene gave me my test (though I didn't know it was a test at the time) and then brought out the new belt for me. I was so emotional that I started crying. Yes, welcome to the world of Amanda...there's more tears than water here.
I also broke my first board with my foot. I'll send the pieces to Mama soon. It was strange...once my kick got going, it didn't even feel like it was there! I also tried to with a palm strike but I haven't mastered that yet. Oh well, I will eventually. I've just gotta find the right way.
Anyway...I love this. The more I learn, the deeper I delve into the gratification that comes from martial arts.
*I'm at my goal weight! A little over, actually...153 pounds. Ari and I weighed ourselves the other day. I've gained 20 pounds since I was last weighed in April...no wonder I look so good! No longer a stick! Now it's only a matter of stopping the gain before it becomes too much. And Ari lost weight! It looks like he has too...I wasn't a bit surprised. Go me, and go Ari!
* Spring registration starts soon. If all goes well, these will be my classes:
General Chemistry II (4 credits)
Genetics Lecture (3 credits)
Genetics Laboratory (2 credits)
Calculus I (3 credits)
Principles of Ecology-Writing Emphasis (4 credits)
This would be so very ideal. Challenging, but ideal. 16 credits, and all worked out at wonderful times. Let's hope I get them all. *crosses fingers*
*I'm seeing autumn for the first time in my life! The trees are so very gorgeous here. I'll be taking as many pictures as I can. And the air--it's so crisp and fresh. I got a beautifully warm coat from an army surplus store in NYC on Saturday. It's so comfortable and utterly warm...feels like I could live in it for the rest of my life!
In conclusion: life is good.
Hi-ya! Go you lol...yay for life being good :)
2006-10-24 05:22 am (UTC)
great to hear on your new belt.
All thebest for the higher belts.
Thanks...may I ask who you are?
You called it autumn. That pleased me for some reason. I've never liked the word 'fall'. I mean it's descriptive, but if you want to be descriptive then you could just call winter 'the bit of the year where it'll be cold and probably snow'. Autumn is just a much nicer word. It really rolls off the tongue.
Congratulations on the other stuff.
I call the seasons warm, damn warm, fall, and f'ing cold.
Exactly! I'm glad someone agrees with me.
Learning new things used to be the most satisfying thing I ever did. Probably still is, but lately it has felt like I know everything and thus cannot grow (this was the theme of a Star Trek film, funnily enough).
If you are setting a goal weight, pay no attention to things like the BMI. I had someone tell me I looked thin in one of my videos despite the fact that I am obese according to the BMI (I weigh about 180-210 pounds depending on season). Instead, just try to figure out exactly what weight you feel comfortable with and stick with that. You can have more weight in less space with better muscular development, too (something the BMI neglects to take into account).
Ohhh, I hate BMI's with a passion. I'd never go by them. When I was twenty pounds lighter and everyone was telling me I looked unhealthy and needed to gain weight, it was placing me in the "moderately overweight" category.
But no...I simply placed it as my goal because I'd weighed around 150 before my metabolism said "yay, you're finally feeding me!" and left the famine-survival mode it had been on since the anorexia. Then it REALLY sped up and I lost twenty pounds because I wasn't used to having to eat so much. Now I've finally managed to gain that weight back :)
As a further indicator of how idiotic the BMI is, about the only grown men in film it does not place in the overweight or obese category are all Asian. Even then, Bolo Yeung (do a google search, he is a massive man) is considered obese by their standard, whereas Jet Li is a healthy weight. It is completely insane when you consider that Scandinavian men have historically always been much larger than British or Asian men, especially in terms of build.
The only diet I consider worth a damn is the diabetic diet, because it gives one an approximation of a good-size serve of an item, then tells you how many you should eat in a given meal to give yourself the best balance. You just want to make sure you don't have some dipshit counting for you, making your meals even more unpleasant.