Day 39: Back to School

Today was my first day back to school. Let the weight loss begin!

For breakfast this morning I had a bowl of oatmeal and a mandarin orange. I took my son to school and my daughter to her Auntie’s house before making the one mile bike ride up to the UH Manoa campus.

Every Tuesday and Thursday I have back to back Religion classes. After class I walked through the Sustainability Courtyard on campus to see if the vegetarian restaurant had spicy garlic veggies but they didn’t. I decided to try the sauteed teriyaki sesame vegetables instead. They were good, but not great.

It was a one mile bike ride back home. I picked up my daughter first and we walked the last few blocks from her Auntie’s house on Lime St. to our Kalakaua Ave apartment. We had a nice, quiet, relaxing two hours together before Mom came home and before it was time to pick up my son from school.

At 4:30 this afternoon/evening I had a quick dinner. My usual turkey sandwich on wheat bread with some mixed greens. The plate looked kind of empty and I thought about adding some chips (yes I still have chips in the house) but I didn’t.

My last class of the day is Spanish 102. Part II of a IV part language requirement that I need to graduate with my bachelors degree. My Spanish class is at a different campus, Kapiolani Community College which is a two mile bike ride and what used to be a quarter mile bike push up a pretty steep incline.

I left the house at five and reached Kapiolani or KCC as it is known at about 5:30. I made the effort to actually bicycle up the incline that I usually end up walking and made it about half way before giving up. Class was good. The professor, Fernand Cortiguera is a really fun guy. He’s half Spanish and half French and grew up in Africa, Kenya I think.

After class (eight o’clock at night) I bicycled the two miles back home. It was dark and the roads were wet from some passing showers but I was prepared with my helmet and flashing lights. When I got home I was hungry, really hungry. Two mandarin oranges later and my hunger has subsided, for now.

It was a good day today. I bicycled six miles and ate pretty healthy. No other exercises going on right now. My ass, I mean gluts, are sore. It was the body weight squats and lunges from yesterdays attempt at the Dynamic Warm Up on Nerd Fitness. Well now that I think about it, I could do a quick home workout for my upper body tonight. Some curls and shoulder rolls, upright rows and close grip shoulder press. Yeah I can do that!

Day 10 – Tomato Parmesan, and Merry Christmas!

It’s been a long day of studying and test taking. I had lunch on campus. It was a vegetarian Tomato Basil Parmesan with Eggplant. It was alright but definitely not my favorite. I don’t think I would ever order it again. I did a few miles of bike riding but that’s about it.

I walked with the kids to Ala Moana so they could have their picture taken with Santa. The photo didn’t come out too good. It never does. When I take their picture with my camera they always smile and the photos look wonderful. But their Santa photo always look terrible and I regret paying $35 for a package of “deer in the headlight” photos.

Oh well. Here is one of those great photos of the kids at home in front of the Christmas tree.

Day 6 – Part I and II: Spicy Veggies, Diamond Head, Subway

Today was a long day. It’s six o’clock pm and I’m just getting a chance to blog. Started off this morning with a single slice of dry wheat toast for breakfast (90 calories) and hurried out the door. It was the usual one mile bicycle ride from my apartment to UH Manoa. After class I walked past the sustainability courtyard and got a wonderful whiff of what I later found out was Spicy Garlic Vegetables. I ordered a plate and sat down with my camera to take a quick picture, shoot a short video and chow down. I don’t even know what kind of vegetables were in this plate but they were delicious. The garlic was light and didn’t overpower the dish and the spice was perfect, just enough to make me breath fire but not too hot that I couldn’t handle. By the way, I love spicy food!

After my Spicy Garlic Veggies I walked across campus to use the computer lab so I could print out the study guide for one of my class finals. Along my way I spotted this sticker and it made me laugh because the pig was so cute and I’ve been dabbling in vegetarianism lately. I like eating vegtables, at least what I’ve tried so far but I couldn’t see myself going full on vegetarian fanatic. I mean I love to eat the flesh of poor little animals, if only they didn’t go strait to my hips.

After the computer lab I got back on my bike and headed to another campus, Kapiolani Community College which was a two mile bike ride. I had to go to the testing center to do a written composition for my Spanish class. After that was done I suddenly realized that I had at least two free hours and that I was standing in the shadow of a very popular volcanic crater known as Diamond Head. If you have ever visited Hawaii, Oahu, Waikiki then you’ve probably hiked Diamond Head. It’s about a thirty to forty five minute hike depending on your stamina and the amount of foot traffic. So I pushed my bicycle up the hill, through the tunnel, into the crater, payed my $1 entrance fee and locked up my bike.

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Diamond Head (Leahi) is a 1.6 mile roundtrip and the elevation gain from the trail head to the top is 560 feet. I got to the top in 30 minutes and back down in 15 minutes. I  set the timer on my camera and took my own picture. In the background you can see the Ko’olau mountain range which has dozens of hiking trails ranging from two miles to twelve miles. Most of those trails require a full day or at least a half day to truely enjoy. Maybe once this semester is over I will be able to get back to some real hiking. But for today, Diamond Head was a perfect little starter hike to help get me back in shape.

After my Diamond Head hike I got back on my bike and headed 3 miles across town to yet another campus, Honolulu Community College where I had to take en extra credit exam for my Philosophy class. By the time I got there I was dog tired. Luckily the exam took me about an hour and a half  so I got to rest and munch on pretzel twists (120 calories). Once I was finished with the exam, and the pretzels, I got back on my bike and made the two mile ride to the McCully neighborhood where I picked up my son from school and headed home. I was exhausted but the day wasn’t over yet. After an hour of rest it’s another mile back to UH Manoa for my last class of the day, week, semester and year. 2011 is just about over.

After class I went to the campus center and had a six inch turkey and ham on wheat, toasted and topped with lettuce, tomato, jalapenos and peperoncinis. Remember I like it spicy! I was so hungry I forgot to even take a picture of my sandwhich. That’s okay, I took a shot of the Subway sign instead. After devouring my sandwhich I began to wipe my mouth with the napkin and noticed, what’s this? They did me a favor and printed the calories count of my sandwhich on my napkin. How considerate. 325 calories with 7.5 grams of fat. If I add in my wheat toast breakfast and afternoon pretzels I’m at about 545 calories plus whatever my Spicy Garlic Veggies and brown rice come out to… I’d say I’m still under 1000 calories so far.

Oh and I’ve bicycled 9 miles today, hiked 1.6 miles and I still have a 1 mile bike ride back home tonight.

Day 4: Discipline is Key!

It’s all about discipline. This morning I got the kids ready for school and was tempted to polish off the plate of Eggo waffles which my son hardly even touched. I didn’t. Instead I put two mandarin oranges in my backpack, filled up my water bottle and headed out the door.

After dropping off the kids, I made the two mile bike ride up to the campus where I dined al fresco (outside) on my nutritious breakfast of oranges and H2O. On the ride in I passed numerous fast food restaurants including McDonalds, Burger King and Jack In The Box. I just wanted one little bite of a breakfast sandwhich!

After my first class I’m back in the library munching on Utz honey wheat pretzel twists and trying to finish up my last paper of the semester. Tomorrow there is a retirement party for one of my professors and I will be in attendance. I tell myself that I’ll just have one “light” beer and hope there will be some healthy foods.

Last night I did pretty well with disciplining myself. I had two mandarin oranges and then snuck one of my kids chocolate chip cookies before bed. I added up my calories from yesterday and then guesstimated for the Egyptian Curry and figured I still came in at under 1400 calories for the day.

Today I’m debating what to eat for lunch. Another vegetarian dish on campus or go home and try to whip up something healthy on my own. I haven’t taken any pictures or shot any video today and I’m trying to think what food choice or activity can I document?

My blog has gotten a few likes and a few followers so that’s cool. At least I know I’m not talking to myself.