Friday, October 28, 2011

Day 58 of 365 - Lower

Warm Up - Elliptical 10 minutes
Foam Roller and Mobility work with 12k kettlebell
Deadlifts w/ Band on Knee - 5 x 20k, 60k, 80k, 80k, 80k
Box Squats - 10 x BW; misaligned, time to stop

When I deadlift, the tension makes me need to cough. If I cough, I lose my tension and cannot support the weight. This made for some interesting sets. It's good I have bumper plates and lift on a stall matt.

I did a full stretching and foam roller session two nights ago. Yesterday I tried to lift, but after my warm up and mobility work decided it was not a good idea. I went it to today's session with very little motivation, but opted to just do something.

I will give the cast iron skillet a try with my pancakes this weekend. I have made some progress breaking down the data for my $4 a day food goal. It looks like breakfast is pretty well optimized, at $1 per day. That includes my tea, flax oil and a vitamin.

Getting my other two meals plus a snack or two into the remaining $3 is proving tough. I have broken down some my typical meals but have around half a dozen more to go. The core issue is produce. It is expensive fresh and buying it frozen is not much cheaper. I need to free up money from other food to splurge there.

I think a pressure cooker might be the key. From what I have read online it would let me:

1. Get good results with non-premium brown rice. More like $0.75/lb instead of 1.49/lb.
2. Use dried beans instead of canned. Dried beans are $0.99/lb and cooked are equivalent to 4 cans of beans. Canned beans are $0.55/can or $2.10 for 4. Using dried beans is supposed to be healthier and tastier as well.

If these things are true, a pressure cooker could get me awfully close to the $4 mark. The payback period would be awhile, so I am not rushing off to buy one just yet. I will wait for a deal. Maybe my parents can find a used one at an estate sale.

The $4 a day is definitely a game at this point. It is leading me to learn how to cook and eat healthier though, so I will continue playing.