I swear that I am not making this up. I have been eating copious amounts of fruit and veggies lately. Basically, every day I eat 1-3 small tomatoes, 1/4 of a cucumber, 1 cup or more of baby carrots, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of pumpkin, 1 glass of orange juice, 1/3 of an avocado and 1-2 cups of spinach, and sometimes even more. I have also (with the exception of the last two nights) been sleeping terribly. I have decreased my coffee to about 12-16 ounces per day max (I think I was drinking about 20-24 when I left San Francisco a few weeks ago) and I haven't added any other caffeine. Yet, I have more energy than ever when I run, lift weights, or swim in the ocean. It feels wonderful and it's definitely showing on my body.
Last night Edward was telling me that I am pretty strong for a girl my size. And for the first time, I really think it's true. I am thinking about starting judo later this year to accompany my Aikido training. I think it will be awesome to learn take-downs and learn new submission pins. My only hesitation is that you fight people based on your weight. I am used to training with guys and the few girls I train with are either more advanced than me or are my size or bigger. It will be strange to be average or even larger than a lot of people I will train with.
On another note. Sean is doing a push-up program that is supposed to take the average person from 0 to 100 push-ups in a matter of weeks. Edward and I started it on Monday and realized that we kind of already had a better system. However, if you aren't doing push-ups regularly, I highly recommend them. They are a great test of your strength and balance and it would be pretty hard to argue that you are not in decent physical shape if you are able to do several sets.
My max set last summer was 36 in a row. I've dropped down to about 25-26 but am hoping to eventually get up to 40 or 50. I think 100 in a row is going to be almost impossible without several months of training but that's just my take on it.
I don't really have any pics of me working out but here is a pic from last year's Joylympics. It was a tug-of-war contest and though we were the smallest team, we worked extra hard. This is a great park game and really gets your arms working!