7 – So Irritable

Day: 27

Weight: 105.5

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Protruding ribs. Pain. A constant, achy pain all over. Cravings for chocolate. Cravings for steak. Cravings for milk.

My weight fluctuates a lot this week. Today I ate a pretty good amount, so I’m a little heavier than I was this morning. Didn’t give too much effort for the picture this week; I’m really not feeling it.

This’ll be a quick one, I have quite a bit to do, and honestly I’m not feeling too great.

Monday was pretty good, I had the pre-meet ritual salad from Texas Roadhouse, and Tuesday I vaulted pretty well, despite the cold. My facility coach expected 9 feet from me, but I managed to pretty much get my PR when I cleared 8’6″, and he was so proud of it. I got second place in vaulting against our rival school, and I was so happy, to have even placed against our rivals (they’re really good). The girl who won also jumped 8’6″, but because I knocked the bar off one of my jumps early on, and she didn’t, she won. It was a fair competition as always though, and I’m not upset with the outcome!

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Wednesday to Friday were just “ehh”; I’m getting easily insulted by peers, even when they’re simply joking. I’m also not getting enough sleep. Wednesday night, I was up until 1am at the earliest, and awake for school at 5:30am. Thursday night, I was working on a Pre-calculus midterm project and I was up until 1:30am. Actually, I was working on it on the bed; have you ever sat on your bed, tired as can be, knowing you can’t go to sleep or you’ll fail? It’s a horrible feeling, trust me. Anyway, I was up at 5am Friday (yesterday) morning, and it was tough trying to get through the day. Last night was no better, I stayed up until 2:45am looking for and researching colleges. I had to wake up around 6:30 for my sister’s soccer game. I’m absolutely exhausted. But, on the bright side, I found my new top college choice: California University of Pennsylvania. Division II for pole vaulting, a state school, and I can study graphic design. It’s perfect.

This week is going to be demanding. Three trips to Texas Roadhouse for salad and bread, and three meets: regular dual meets on Tuesday and Thursday, and one invitational on Saturday. It’s going to be quite the eventful week and weekend. I’ll definitely let you know how it goes, obviously.

I’ll let ya get back to whatever you were doing now though, I have work to do. Until next week!

Marina

“The world is a beautiful place to be born into – if you don’t mind some people dying all the time – or maybe only starving – some of the time which isn’t half so bad – if it isn’t you.” -Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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1 – Prologue

  1. Day: -6
  2. Weight: 114.0 lbs
Day 1 of Track, 7 days until fasting starts

Day 1 of Track, 7 days until fasting starts, fit and full.

Hello,

So, somehow you must have gotten to this page… Anyway, thank you for visiting. I appreciate it. To start, I am Serbian Eastern Orthodox Christian, and Lent starts later than “normal” Lent this year. Hence the reason why I’ve started a blog. Otherwise, I wouldn’t blog, I find no reason to, with Facebook and Twitter and all.

The first post is always the most difficult, like a paragraph to an essay, or a novel. I have to somehow get a boat load of information to you in a short enough amount of time that you understand but you’re not bored by it.

Anyway, I’m Orthodox, so during “our” Lent, I’m required by religion to go not vegetarian, but Vegan: no meat, no dairy (or anything that comes from an animal). Okay, so that might be a little difficult but no big deal, you may think, but my position is a bit more complicated than that. I have a form of Oral Allergy Syndrome, which means I’m allergic to a lot, specifically anything that comes from a tree: pollen, fruit, vegetables, tree nuts (walnuts, macadamia, etc). But, I’m also allergic to the other fruits and vegetables for some reason; almost anything that grows from the ground and doesn’t go through processing are dangerous (besides lemons, grapes, bananas on a good day, and peanuts, surprisingly [the most widespread allergy around]). So, during my 54 days of fasting, I’m limited to these things:

  • Seafood
  • Shortening containing vegetable ingredients only (a baking ingredient)
  • Margarines containing vegetable ingredients only (a butter substitute)
  • Noodles and pastas NOT made with eggs
  • All-natural grain flours, cornstarch, cocoa powder
  • Rice, wheat, barley, caraway, oats, natural tapioca
  • Hot and cold cereals like corn flakes, puffed wheat and rice, shredded wheat, oatmeal, farina, etc. (but NO milk with them)
  • Peanut butter
  • Some crackers (read the label carefully to make sure they’re vegan)
  • Corn chips, potato chips and popcorn fried in vegetable oil or shortening only (not good with track though, so I stay away from them)
  • Tea, coffee, cider, juices, soft drinks
  • Jellies, jams
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