Monday, October 22, 2012

Questions? I got Answers. Maybe.

I'm ready for my life to settle down any day now...I just don't see that happening anytime soon. I know I say this all the time, but I can't believe its practically the end of October! Then it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then New Years...then 2013. Holy frickin crap!

I would like to take a moment and address the comment left on my last post about "how I know when my body is using fat for energy rather than sugar/carbohydrates." There are a few simple answers to this, and a few not-so-simple answers. First off, I know its going to sound cliche, but, I just know? I feel different. I think different. Of course, I'm sure people are rolling their eyes at this point. That is fair. These are the not-so-simple answers, because they are entirely subjective. My feeling "different" is also accompanied by (Sorry if this is TMI) a change in the way my urine smells. This is the simplest answer I can give that is backed up by something real- excess Ketones in my urine. Generally, I feel the "difference" in myself, and then shortly thereafter my feeling is backed up by noticing a change in the way my urine smells. That is why I claim to know the exact moment my body flips the switch.

Last week I was in Denver for work training, and I met a really nice girl. We were in the same car from the airport to the hotel. We hit it off immediately. This doesn't really happen that to me that often- finding someone that I click with right away, especially a female, so that is why it is so noteworty. But, that's not the point of this story. After a few minutes of chatting, we decided to go to dinner together since we arrived at the hotel late from traveling from our respective locations, and hadn't eaten yet. Then she drops the Vegan bomb. I instantly bite my tongue. I relaxed and changed the subject, no need to discuss my personal eating habits as I'm sure her reasons are just as personal as mine. That's called being an adult. However, I will mention here that in the two meals we shared together (separate days at the hotel southwestern themed restaurant), both times she ordered chips and guacamole as her full meal. Vegan? Yes. Packed with nutrients? Eh, I think there were better choices on the menu.
Kinda reminded me of how Norma mentions her "vegetarian" phase as being her most unhealthy. Either way, I did not let her food choices distract from how fun she was to hang out with. It sucks going to meetings where you don't know anyone, and you just hope that all the people there aren't total nerds. We had fun, and showed some of the nerds how to have fun too.

I started my day right today with some fish oil, a scramble of backyard eggs from the ladies with some peppers and a (single) chicken sausage. That will hold me just fine until I hit the gym at noon (I'll down some BCAA's prior to workout) and then I'll eat my awesome protein packed lunch and an apple with almond butter for my "treat." Haven't decided on dinner yet, but we have a big tub of baby spinach that needs to get eaten, so I may start there. Our workout today looks pretty brutal, and even has a time cap. 15 minutes to get a lot of work in- 55 Kb Snatches and OH lunges on each side (110 total) 55 lateral burpee box jumps (perform burpee then jump laterally over a box, or laterally jump on top of box then down to other side) and 55 star jumps.

Maybe its just me, but there seems to be a lot of chatter lately on the interwebs about running, running 5K's, half-marathons, etc. Its kinda making me miss running. Maybe its time I revisit the half marathon...

Oh, and on an unrelated note, I think when bloggers host a Q/A session, its kinda fun. If anyone has any questions they want to ask me, ask away in the comments and I'll answer. I may not have enough readers for this to be successful, but we'll see!


  1. Well, as long as she didn't outright give you any crap. I haven't met many vegans, but the ones I have met have unfortunately been preachy and often downright hypocritical; e.g., telling me that eating honey is immoral and inhumane, then mentioning in a Facebook post that they're having their apartment treated for ants. Shit like that. But we all know that chips and guacamole do not make a meal, like it or not..

    Lateral burpee box jumps...and people think *I'm* weird... ;)