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September 16, 2007 by pseudosoldier
I bought an Arabic language cookbook recently, and have started to read over it as a way of getting in some light practice. "The Complete Cooking Guide for the Modern Woman, More Than 560 Arabic and international recipes." There are some weird things in there... like this.

Ingredients:
1/2 kilo of ground meat
1 cup of dried "Afgani" bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 well-beaten egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Method:
Mix all ingredients well and shape int...
September 8, 2007 by pseudosoldier
On the 6th, my diet was pretty much in-line with what I had eaten on the 5th, until I got to dinner. I was home just after 6pm and asleep about an hour later, so I didn't get to eat.
On the 7th, it was more or less more of the same, except that dinner fell into that malleable "weekend time" where calories don't count against me (until I weigh myself Monday morning).

PT on the 6th was a leg workout in the gym; I skipped my afternoon session because I was exhausted (as evidenced by falling as...
September 5, 2007 by pseudosoldier
PT was a sprint routine with the soldiers, run by the DSGs.

propel - 25/0/0/0/6/0/0
Kashi Go Lean and skim milk - 230/15/2/0/42/10/22
egg white scramble with peppers, onion and salsa - 79/2/0/0/7/2/12
protein bar - 190/50/6/4.5/19/1/19
corn - 120/20/2/.5/24/2/3
panini - 280/70/7/3/32/3/20
powerbar - 300/50/6/3.5/39/1/23
propel - 25/0/0/6/0/0
2 slices WHITE! bread - 160/10/1/0/32/2/4
384g chicken breast - 634/123/14/4/0/0/119
salad w/ dressing - 65/45/1/0.5/7/2/1

Totals: 2108/385/...
September 5, 2007 by pseudosoldier
I have about one month before my next PT test, and I start teaching tomorrow. Both of those are good reasons to start this up again and see how well I can do: the first gives me a goal and a timeframe and the second gives me a "fresh start" of sorts. I was 223.5# this morning (not quite hovering... rising slightly over the past month) but just now I was 221#.

granola bar - 90 cal, 20 fat cal, 2g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 19g carb, 1g fiber, 1g protein
Propel - 25 cal, 0 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g sat fa...
September 1, 2007 by pseudosoldier
While waiting to pick up a delivery yesterday, I meditated a bit on some things I had recently read. I have a thought fragment that I'll attempt to reproduce here and one that I've already put into the Philosophy sub-forum.

That religion (esp. x-ian, e.g. RCath) is full of blatant contradictions can actually be useful as an exercise of faith. Similar to meditation on a Zen koan, reflection upon seeming contradictions can induce mental acrobatics like no other thoughts. The easy things to do...
September 1, 2007 by pseudosoldier
While waiting to pick up a delivery yesterday, I meditated a bit on some things I had recently read. I have two thought fragments that I'll attempt to reproduce here and in the Religion sub-topic in a bit.

The first:

"If one is taught as system of right/wrong that hinges upon an eternal carrot/stick system (heaven/hell), how can one say that he acts out of conscience? Is it morality or consequence which drives his behavior?"

That's what I jotted down yesterday on the back of an old op...
August 28, 2007 by pseudosoldier
Food - I made a package of Monischewitz hummus mix about an hour ago, chilled it and ate it with onions and a wheat tortilla. You could tell it was "intant," but it was still very tasty. I'll likely have some sort of packaged meal that includes meat (like a Lean Cuisine or maybe a microwaveable chili bowl) later before going to bed early.

I heard about and read about an Egyptian dish during class today: koshari. It's traditional Egyptian (and to an extent Sudanese) and is basically rice, l...
August 13, 2007 by pseudosoldier
American Operations in Iraq Against Al-Qaeda and Shia Militias

The American Army considers that the previous widespread operations was successful(picture caption)

The American Army executed in Iraq a broad-scope military operation said to be aimed at fragmenting the infrastructure of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Shia militias equally.

A military spokesperson said that the operation which carried the name "Shabih Strike" (supposed to be "Phantom Strike," but the adjective doesn't appear in a...
August 9, 2007 by pseudosoldier
32 Killed In Raids on Sadr City and the Security Surge in Al-Kathimia

32 people were killed in raids executed by American planes upon Sadr City, coming amidst the the Iraqi authorities' intensification of security measures and curfews in Bagdad, blamed upon riots which broke out amongst Shia groups in the Kathimia neighborhood in NE Bagdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the Imam Mousa al-Kathim. The American Army said that the raids targeted "those embroiled" in transporting ...
August 6, 2007 by pseudosoldier
Yeah, I didn't account for Day 9 (last Friday).

Weight: a whopping 222#
No meaningful PT today. Some dumbbell curls at home, and I'm either going to use that Yoga DVD tonight (even just a little) or send it back tomorrow.

Food:
NutriFrosted Crunch - 110 cal, 10 fat cal, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 19g carb, 2g fiber, 8g protein
1/2 cup skim milk - 40 cal, 0 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 6g carb, 0g fiber, 4g protein
1 egg - 70 cal, 40 fat cal, 4.5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g carb,...
August 3, 2007 by pseudosoldier
PT: I didn't get any cardio in, and only did some weight machines (calf extension, abs, leg press); I was in charge of watching the student soldiers on profile (injured).

Weight after PT: 220# (I should be down several pounds tomorrow, though)

Food:
NutriFrosted Crunch - 110 cal, 10 fat cal, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 19g carb, 2g fiber, 8g protein
1/2 cup skim milk - 40 cal, 0 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 6g carb, 0g fiber, 4g protein
1 egg - 70 cal, 40 fat cal, 4.5g fat, 1.5g s...
August 1, 2007 by pseudosoldier
PT: ~2.3 mile run (open road), weight machines in the gym (row/delt, lower back, lat pull down, abs)

Weight: 220.5#

NutriFrosted Crunch - 110 cal, 10 fat cal, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 19g carb, 2g fiber, 8g protein
1/2 cup skim milk - 40 cal, 0 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 6g carb, 0g fiber, 4g protein
1 egg - 70 cal, 40 fat cal, 4.5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g carb, 0g fiber, 6g protein
1 piece wheat toast - 60 cal, 10 fat cal, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 11g carb, 2g fiber, 4g ...
August 1, 2007 by pseudosoldier
Saturday, I traveled up to my old stomping grounds to participate in the Coming of Galactus (week 3) tournament for the HeroClix miniatures game. I was disappointed that I wouldn't be going to the usual place for the tournaments and that most of my old friends would not be attending. Those of my friends who are still in the area are mostly working odd shifts, so they cannot reliably attend what amounts to a hobbyist meeting. But the location for the tournament was a different deal.

Book St...
July 31, 2007 by pseudosoldier
After a three day hiatus:

PT: 15+ minutes on treadmill, weight machines (tricep extension, abdominals, seated fly, bicep curl)
Weight: 222#

NutriSystem Crunch - 110 cal, 10 fat cal, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 19g carb, 2g fiber, 8g protein
3/4 cup skim milk - 60 cal, 0 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 9g carb, 0g fiber, 6g protein
Kix cereal - 110 cal, 5 fat cal, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 25g carb, 3g fiber, 2g protein

apple - 65 cal, 2 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 17g carb, 3...
July 27, 2007 by pseudosoldier
PT:

~4 mile run

Weight after PT: 217.5#

Food:
NutriFrosted Crunch - 110 cal, 10 fat cal, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 19g carb, 2g fiber, 8g protein
1/2 cup skim milk - 40 cal, 0 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 6g carb, 0g fiber, 4g protein
1 egg - 70 cal, 40 fat cal, 4.5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g carb, 0g fiber, 6g protein
1 piece wheat toast - 60 cal, 10 fat cal, 1g fat, 0g saturated fat, 11g carb, 2g fiber, 4g protein

apple - 65 cal, 2 fat cal, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 17g...