Maybe I should move to Europe before I have kids so I can insure a good language program! I only knew a few words of Italian when I went to Italy six years ago, just basic transaction phrases. We were in high-tourist areas so most people spoke about the equivalent in English, which was enough for me to buy some souvenirs and an amazing hot mocha (last day, in Rome, I was all teenage rebel stereotype and had a cigarette too).
Blog post due today if I'm going to keep a 3x weekly schedule. My master health post is not finished yet.
I finally finished up my aunt's wedding photos last night! Boyfriend will be mailing the CD out for me today. I went back through and re-edited most of the photos because I figured out a better way to do it (better color accuracy and light balance). Without training in Photoshop or a better camera, I think they're as good as they're going to get. I'm quite proud, even if it took me longer than I wanted to finish with them. I am more than a little affected by perfectionism when it comes to editing photos, apparently ><
Sleep: 3rd night in a row of mid-night waking, around 3 AM. I think I was awake for 30 min, probably not much longer. I feel tired, but not excessively so, so I guess the sleep I am getting is fairly restful. I had warm milk with honey last night before bed and it definitely helped me feel sleepy enough to fall asleep quickly. Some quick Googling tells me to give it a few more days. It could be that 5-HTP and Tryptophan just aren't going to help me anymore and I need to move on to something else. I am reminded once again that anxiety is usually the first issue before depression, so maybe it's time for something like Phosphatidylserine, which helps with sleep and anxiety. I'll be kind of bummed if I can't end up using the Tryptophan, I don't have anyone to give it to! I'm sure it would help Boyfriend, but I doubt he would take it.
Food: Tasty steaks last night, closer to medium-well than the beautiful medium I accomplished last time, combined with some roasted red potatoes. I still felt kind of hungry (from skipping lunch) and had a banana and some water. The warm milk and honey really filled me up though.
Exercise: I did 80 kettlebell swings last night! I took a 20-30 second break at 30 swings because I thought of making a quick circuit out of it, with some overhead presses in between. I did a few on each side and then finished off the swings. I feel like I could have done more, but my back felt strained and I'm not sure if that was from poor form or me being unused to that volume (actually it was probably from the 15 second plank hold). Either way, I'm proud of breaking my plateau! KB swings a few times a week seems to work well for me for "casual" muscle growth. I am more and more pleased with how my body is shaping up. It's been almost 3 weeks since my last major wheat consumption (pizza). My skin continues to clear up as well (some persistent acne on my left temple is almost gone).
Mood/brain: Feeling pretty okay. I am much more cognizant of my anxiety lately, as it is happening and immediately after, rather than later, upon reflection. I have therapy today and I will probably tell her about emailing my dad and his response.
Supplements: Currently taking 6000 IU of Vitamin D mixed with probiotic powder in water, with histamine tablets & Candex, in the morning. 4500 mg of L-Glutamine in water before dinner, with Candex. 1000 mg of L-Tryptophan about an hour before bed (so around 9:30 PM). I'm excited to find out how my Vitamin D levels are doing; my appointment is on the 25th.
Weekend plans: At some point we need to head out to stock up on meat (to freeze) and frozen veggies again. I might walk to Whole Foods tomorrow morning to pick up another jar of honey, but I think I have enough for another week so I might put that off to avoid eating more than I should. I'll wash my hair in the AM and re-apply pink to some blonde spots when it dries. Wedding in the afternoon. Maybe a project with my dad on Sunday or just general relaxation and some apartment cleaning.