Chewing on a horseshoe? - Tactical Ninja
Nov. 15th, 2012
09:02 am - Chewing on a horseshoe?
Today I'm feeling kind of disheartened. I've been training in handbalancing since July, and I feel like I've made virtually no progress. I realise that this is at least in part because my ears are messing with my balance at the moment, but given the amount of time I've put into it, you'd think I'd be able to maintain a handstand for a decent amount of time. Last night I couldn't even find balance, never mind stay up there.
My normal solution to this would be "Train harder!" but I'm painfully (literally) aware of how handstands are pushing the boundary of what's ok for me to do with my shoulder and just GRRR!
This was only recommended to me about four years ago by kimeros, and in my usual style, it's taken me this long to work my way to the place where I want to look into nutrition, and hey presto I remembered it.
For those not familiar, it's a site that lets you log various bits and bobs regarding health and fitness - you can log foods eaten, activities undertaken, calories, measurements, mood, whatever floats your boat really.
I was particularly impressed to discover that they list shearing under 'activities' - albeit under the general heading 'caring for farm animals', but it's there and that's awesome.
Anyway, this is part of my ongoing plan to get my physical shit together. When I started this I was eating no breakfast or lunch, and more or less subsisting on coffee, icecream and mince. I am not joking. My eating habits have been messed up for a very long time for a whole bunch of reasons, [vague ED references]from having spent a lot of time working weird hours with no breaks through to a history of low self-esteem and self harming behaviour, and I tend towards the bulimic. Not in a way that's ever been detectable to anyone else, but it's an ongoing battle for me to not just keep on eating every time I sit down with food. When I was in my 20s and 30s it didn't really matter, but now I'm finding it harder to maintain a healthy body with such crap eating habits. so last year I decided to do something about it.
It started with eating breakfast, then moved into making myself healthy lunches, then to three proper meals a day, and now I'm looking at making sure the meals provide the right sorts of nutrition so I don't get too hungry in between. I've never been a calorie counter or a nutrition-focused person so I've no clue if what I'm eating is actually the right stuff or not. I've been following that thing that guy said:
"Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."
However, now that I feel like I'm eating all the time, I'd like to know if what I'm eating is doing me any good. Also, while the relatively healthy approach I've been taking has been good for my general condition, in the middle of winter I had a bout with mild depression and spent a month stuffing my face with ice cream. Go me, the model of self-control and healthy eating! Anyway, the ice cream binge led to extra wobbly bits and I could live without trying to balance those on my hands too.
So anyway, this site has a thing where you put in the food you ate in a day and it gives you a chart of how the food relates to your daily requirements for various vitamins and minerals. It seems my diet is mostly meeting those needs but I'm struggling to get enough iron and Vitamin E.
I eat loads of spinach and have red meat or chicken at least 3x a week, but I'm still consistently coming in at about 75% of what this thing says I should be getting. I know I'm not the only person who struggles with this - it seems accessible iron is quite hard to get without tucking into a giant steak every night. Nuts are good for protein and vitamin E but not so hot on iron.
I don't want to increase my intake of red meat because I'm very aware of the impact of livestock farming on carbon emissions, but that doesn't leave a lot of options. I'd rather get this stuff from food than from pills, you know?
Any suggestions (short of sucking nails)?
tl;dr My navel, it's full of yummy food that isn't quite as nutritious as I hoped. Bler.
Meanwhile, it's only 2 more days before exams end, which means I might actually get my result next week. I feel like I won't be properly finished until I know my result. In my copious free time, since Skyrim is huge and absorbing and I don't always have the headspace for it, I've been playing Drawn: The Painted Tower as a filler. It's fun and very pretty, and while it's possibly a bit juvenile, I quite like the layered thinking that the puzzles require as a slight brainstretch. A+ would recommend.