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4/20/19: Don’t blaze it, we can’t afford the munchies

SW: 255 lbs, BMI 41

CW: 252 lbs, BMI 41

GW: 150 lbs, BMI 25

Lunch (12:30 pm)

15-grain Peppridge farm bread x 2 slices = 260 calories

Honey roasted turkey x half a package = 120 calories

Pepperjack cheese x 1 slice = 80 calories

Honey mustard x 1 tbsp = 25 calories

Snack (2:15 pm)

Pretzel crisps x 11 = 110 calories

Dinner (8:15 pm)


     -Chicken, brown rice, black beans, red tomatillo salsa, cheese, lettuce

= 635 calories

Oreo x 1 = 50 calories

Total: 1281 calories 


I decided today to try finding a way to enjoy something I like and also be a little more careful about how much I eat. Calories-wise, I’m trying to hit something closer to 1200 because I don’t want to slow down my metabolism too much and then make it a lot harder to maintain down the road as well as increase my chances of putting the weight back on. So overall, I’m going to be keeping 1200 as a reasonable goal to aim for, hopefully not going under or over by more than 100 calories on any given day. 

So yes, Chipotle. Maybe that sounds crazy and maybe it is, but my ultimate goal is NOT to never eat anything except the same 3-4 meals for the rest of my life or to cook every single day forever. I’ve said it many times in these posts, but my journey has be flexible enough to suit me. That’s why yes, I did get Chipotle and I counted out as much of it as I could. I ended up with something that is pretty reasonable calorie and nutrition wise. In fact, the chipotle helped me meet my fiber and protein goals. What is it really besides a meat, beans, and rice bowl? And for me, this is a huge improvement. I usually pile on with double meat or sour cream, get a tortilla on the side, AND get one of their large cheese quesadillas which together amounted to nearly 2000 calories, and that’s just one meal! I sometimes wouldn’t eat again for the rest of the day because I was so full, which is also unhealthy, but there are many times that I still had another meal on top of that. So I’m happy with what I did today.

One slight downside, though, is that my body is having some trouble adjusting to eating something from outside again. Even though it’s only been a little less than 2 weeks since I started eating almost exclusively homemade or cooked food, the chipotle today is definitely affecting my system just a bit. It’s not particularly painful nor do I feel “sick”, but my intestines are certainly working double time to absorb those nutrients and push the rest through. 

Another good thing about having an indulgence like this is that it only makes me excited to continue my healthier eating from tomorrow. I was afraid that having this once would tempt me to just give it up super early in the game because it would be like waving that fast food goodness in front of my face. But, surprisingly, while I definitely enjoyed it and didn’t feel guilty about it, I also feel motivated to balance it with some more clean eating. That’s definitely not how I thought I’d feel, so I’m somewhat proud of my brain for not short-circuiting. 

It’s important to keep up with the mental aspect of this whole thing as well. That’s why I do these reflection things. I think it’s so far been helping me continue this for longer than I have in the past when I tried to lose any weight or get healthier. There’s always the mentality of “this time things will be different”, but don’t forget to back that up by actually doing something different too. For me, one of the big differences is definitely blogging as I go, and I’m really happy I decided to do that. Overall, today was a good day and a good lesson in how important your mentality is for any big change or journey you go on. Hold onto that, and you’ll always find the strength to get back up and keep going even when you fall. 

Goals for tomorrow

1. Drink 2 bottles of water

2. Make both my meals at home

3. Aim for about 1200 calories 

4. Sleep for at least 7 hours

That’s all for tonight! On to the next one…

1/30 days of productivity   -   04.20.2019

Finally decided to start this challenge!!

April has been kind of hard on my motivation, and I’ve been on a really long slump and feeling burnout pretty much everyday + plus having a lot of existencial crisis on whether I’m really making the right choices these days…. The result of that is that I ended up letting most of my uni subjects pile up, because I didn’t have any energy and motivation to do things in the last weeks (like, all things, even my hobbies and other activities I enjoy).

Today I was able to get out a bit of my slump and do some productive things, so I’m starting this challenge today in an attempt to maintain this productive mood of mine and get my normal life and academic life back on track :)

Today I:

  • Read a chapter of the book The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan (a book which I started ages ago and didn’t have the time to go back to reading so far)
  • Cleaned my desk and the stains on my bedroom wall
  • Studied a chapter out of the dozen chapters I piled up for Physiology (hemodynamics, which required a few hours and quite a lot of brain cells to understand)
  • Studied the anatomy of some organs
  • Finished my notes on the endocrine system for Histology
  • Separated some old tests for me to solve for my upcoming Histology exams (theorical exam + practical exam) :’(

(this is an old photo btw, couldn’t take a good photo for today)

Introduction to Genome Editing using CRISPR/Cas9

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Genome editing (also called gene editing) is a group of technologies that give scientists the ability to change an organism’s DNA. Several approaches to genome editing have been developed. A recent one is known as CRISPR-Cas9, which is short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated protein 9.

CRISPR-Cas9 was adapted from a naturally occurring genome editing system in bacteria. The CRISPR-Cas9 system works similarly in the lab. Researchers create a small piece of RNA with a short “guide” sequence that binds to a specific target sequence of DNA in a genome. The RNA also binds to the Cas9 enzyme. As in bacteria, the modified RNA is used to recognize the DNA sequence, and the Cas9 enzyme cuts the DNA at the targeted location. 

Although Cas9 is the enzyme that is used most often, other enzymes (for example Cpf1) can also be used. Once the DNA is cut, researchers use the cell’s own DNA repair machinery to add or delete pieces of genetic material or to make changes to the DNA by replacing an existing segment with a customized DNA sequence.


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Strawberry fields forever
plays low on an old radio
and our bodies are glazing
under an afternoon sun,
white-tipped petals raining
from the magnolia tree.
Listen closely,
hear us healing;
birds back in the branches,
cricket curtsies in the tall grass,
and I am learning how to exhale
without worrying if it’ll be my last.
Warmer days,
thicker haze,
I want to live
in a lifetime of Aprils.
—  Schuyler Peck, Mending the Mind (20/30)