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Did you think I’d really shut up?

So I didn’t make it through the Whole30.  I am left to wonder how to get myself on track and get control.  So what were the problems and what can we do to fix them.

Issues:

  • Little to no control when hungry, always hungry.
  • A little slip leads to bigger slips to just coming off the rails.
  • Going nuts with quantities (always eat too much) even of good food.
  • Never want to eat at home.

I think it’s fair to say that I have some mildly disordered eating habits.  In fact in so many respects I’m not a man of self control.  It seems that I give all the focus and self control I have to my professional life and it leaves nothing in the tank for my personal life.  This results in extreme inconsistency in my adherence to dietary and fitness protocols.  Oddly I think about both of them very often.  I do something about them much less often.

So I have, what may be reasonably termed adult ADD.  How does one get control of oneself in such matters.  How does one motivate from the inside?  How does one make the desires of the logical brain turn into the actions of the more reptilian brain?

Boy I wish I knew.  So I’m going to try a few things over the next week and see how they work in improving my focus and ability to complete tasks in my life.  This is multivariate (changing more than one thing at once) so it doesn’t qualify as a legitimate scientific test.  That said I’ll give it a week and see how it goes.

Technique 1: End each day with a list of specific tasks to be accomplished the following day.

Technique 2: Start each day with 15 minutes of meditation envisioning what will be accomplished by the end of the day.

So I’m going to give these two things a try for the rest of the week and see how it goes.  I’ll report back next week.

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Our 2nd Anniversary.

Two years ago today I married this hottie!  Now she’s carryin’ our baby!  My love, you are the world to me.  Through thick and thin we’ve always pulled together.  May the decades roll out ahead of us, and may we always be hand in hand!

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Whole30: Day 8/30

I feel like a sham saying this two days in a row, but today was seriously one of the most stressful I’ve had in some time (but far from the worst). My wife and I tried out best to help out someone who is dealing with some mental health issues. Sadly we were not able to help in all the ways we would have liked. I can at least say we left her in the best hands we could.

So all that drama behind us, tomorrow, we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program.

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Paleo Eats Episode 3: Texas Style Chili (no stinkin’ beans!)

Ok, so when I filmed this I did not have my lovely wife available as camera-woman, so you’ll find that only my hands are in the shot….and there is a lot of “talking with my hands”.  Sorry about that, I know this is a step backward in production quality from the episode 2.

Even still I think this is a useful episode as it provides a super simple and inexpensive go to meal.  The heavy use of spices makes for a bold flavor and a real pleaser.  I broke this pot up into about 4 servings and took them with me on a cross country plane ride for work, and it held up really well and gave me important options while on the go.

My meat source is Circle Key Farms from Eloy, AZ.  They sell at a couple of farmer’s markets around the valley.  I go to the Ahwatukee farmer’s market.  I highly recommend all their meats.

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Whole 30: Day 7/30

Wow, way off the wagon today. In fact I won’t even bother to log it all, but there was icecream and lots of tortilla chips.

Fitness:

  • 1.5mile VFF run with the dog
  • Kelly Starret inspired mobility work on the calves, heel cords and feet.
  • Shoveling rock and other fun outdoor goodness (and a sunburn).

To better days tomorrow!

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The art of doing.

I love research.  It’s like window shopping.  You can buy anything you want in your head and you can imagine how much you’d love having it, without any of the commitment or credit card bills.  Like I said in a post back on the 21st, it’s easy to get into paralysis by analysis.  On that vein I came by way of this article by Lyle McDonald I thought was a good rehash of that point.

Make 2011 a year of doing.

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A chilly day of hiking and snow in the desert!

December 31, 2010 1 comment

I’ve been to the top of Camelback a number of times over the years, and this is for sure the first time it snowed on me!  It wasn’t enough to accumulate, but it was still snow for sure.  The trip up the Cholla route left me absolutely spent for the rest of the day, and my knees are feeling it even the day after.

Camelback isn’t a route I’d normally do seeing as it’s often the playground for the unprepared and the many.  It reminded me though that I’ve not been pushing my comfort levels and boundaries at all.  While I think it’s pretty often people go out to hard too soon when getting back into working out and some folks just go nuts and work out too much under the assumption that more effort yields more results.

Sadly I’m not generally prone to overtraining, I’m much more prone to undertraining or just not training.  So this hike was a great reminder for me to program in some things farther out of my comfort zone.

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