Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mmmm Minestrone

As I have often said, purists will most certainly find an issue with many of my dishes.  I'm sure your grandma or other relative has a "better" minestrone recipe and that is okay.  Mine is good and as long as my family likes it and I can pass on a healthy dish to some others I am one happy camper.


1 - 25 ounce can of italian (chopped) tomatoes (oil, salt and sugar free)
1/2 onion coarsley chopped (I used red)
2 zucchini's sliced in half moons
2 ribs of celery sliced thin
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 tablespoon "italian seasoning"
1 - 15 oz can cannelini beans drained and rinsed (sub with kidneys or chick peas)
1/2 cup chopped parsley
3 cloves of crushed garlic
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 quart of water
salt to taste


"fry" the onion, zucchini, celery, and garlic in the bottom of a soup pan with a little bit of water for 3 minutes.  Add the water, tomatoes, and carrot and bring to a simmer.  Toss in the parsley and herbs and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the beans and spinach and cook until spinach is wilted but still bright green. 


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lie+Repeat+ Lie+ Repeat = Truth

I don't have any love lost for 99.9% of politicians.  They, for the most part, tell people what they think they want to hear.  They also twist words, speak half truths and repeat lies ad nauseum until a vastly ignorant populace finally begins to believe it.  Health and nutrition "experts" apparently are no better.

Got Milk? Dairy of any type has harmful side effects.  Does it taste good? Of course.  It still is harmful to our bodies.  I'm always stunned by the "gross out" factor of people drinking human breast milk after infancy.  Could you imagine going to Starkbuck and asking for a double latte with breast milk rather than skim, whole, or soy?  For kicks, try it some time!  Yes, we think nothing of drinking cow, goat, or sheet utter milk or its byproducts.

Now the Meditarranean diet has reared its ugly head again.  I'm uncertain as to why this bad penny continues to return but it has.  All day yesterday I kept hearing of its magical powers at the top of each news hour.  Now the onslaught of ignorance will continue.  Here is a brief rebuttal

You see, processed foods simply are not healthy.  Olive oil is processed and processed and processed.  Olives = Good.  Olive oil = bad.  The idea that people will not follow a 95% plant based diet doesn't change the fact that it is the only one proven in thousands of studies and peer reviewed papers to halt and reverse heart disease.

Don't buy the hype.  Don't follow the lemmings off the cliffs of insanity.  Stay focused.  Stay on track. 

Monday, February 25, 2013


Einstein is often credited with the following quote: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Whether Einstein actually coined the term is not important. I'm certain we've all fell victim to that area though, right? I'd think to myself, "If I just keep at it I will get the results that I need!" Yet often when we find ourselves in a hole the last thing we do is stop digging! 

I have a work associate that has changed her eating habits and has done a fabulous job of losing weight.  When she first started she was at least 100 pounds over weight.  She started following Weight Watchers and it has been a tremendous blessing in her life.  However, she has now hit a plateua but still has about 35 pounds to lose. 

Unfortunately, she really isn't open to suggestions.  She has no intention of adopting a plant-strong diet - even for a brief period to jump start her metabolism.  When discussing things with her she is confident that she is eating a healthy diet.  She is well-intentioned but very much ill-informed.  For example she told me the other day that coffee was good for my heart.  Really? This is an intelligent person.  However, she is a microcosm of society.  She hears of ONE study that indicates coffee is good for your heart and buys it hook, line and sinker.  The meta analysis is too old school apparently.

We had a conversation the other day and were talking about our love of avocadoes.  She informed me she loves to slice a 1/4 avocado and put it on her fried egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast.  BINGO.  Okay, so you've hit a plateau and are eating fried egg and cheese sandwiches with avacado? I love avacodoes but also realize they are calorically dense.  Combined with fried eggs and cheese? Wow.

If you're experiencing a plateau I recommend a food journal.  Write down everything you eat and see where there might be some holes in your eating.  Better yet, use a food budget.  I kind of hijacked this idea from Dave Ramsey.  He teaches that we should spend our money on paper, on purpose before each month starts.  I say write down what you are going to eat each week on paper on purpose. If it's not on the food budget then don't eat it.

Hopefully fried egg & cheese sandwiches will not be on your budget.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Don't Recreate the Wheel

I came across this article today about becoming vegan.  I'd like to add some things that makes things much simpler, however. 

  1. Eating processed foods of any type is inferior.  Chips, soy, tempeh, tofurkey and other "vegan" food products are not the same as eating the stuff packaged by nature.
  2. Superfoods - I hate that term.  Well rounded food choices are superior to the so-called superfoods.  Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, pulses, and beans.
  3. Still with a whole food plant based diet and you will do well.  These foods can be canned, frozen or fresh.  Eliminate or at least minimize added sugars, salt, and oils. 

Something Like a Guinea Pig

I started and stopped this blog once before.  This current time around things seem to be going smoother.  I still have a steep learning curve and I realize my site is not even close to being one of the best or brightest on the web.  Yet, I still am getting a modest amount of page views on weekly and monthly basis. Here are somethings I want to improve upon:

  • Become more intentional in my posts.  Make a long-term schedule and begin to write strategically and systematically.  That's more of my personality so it would be best anyway.  Now, I write extemporaneously and although it can be fun it also is not organized enough for the long haul.
  • Photos - Begin shooting my own photos of food I cook.  Now, I use stock photos which is working in the interim but I really want to share some of my masterpieces with you.
  • Videos - sometimes the only way to "get" something is to see it in action.  Writing out how to prepare a pomegranate to eat would take for ever but it would be easy to show it, right?
  • Professional - I will upgrade to a professional style blog that captures the essense of what I want to accomplish.  I want readers to be able to easily print off recipes and this one doesn't really provide that. I want you to be able to search by recipes or ingredients. 
  • Spread the word - I want to make it easy for you to share this site with others via social media or any other outlet.  One day you will want to do that.
  • Humor - I want to add some levity to the conversation.  I'm actually a funny guy but much of my writing comes across as serious.  The last thing I want to be is a sullen and serious plant eater.  BORING! Trust me, I'm not so I have some work to do. I'm not mad at the world and don't have a vendetta against carnivores.
  • Cartoons - who doesn't enjoy a good cartoon?  I have two children that are great artists and I want to get them involved with an ongoing strip.  Maybe some self-deprecating satire aimed at pretentious plant eaters.  Lighten up!
So, I have a set number of views I want to get at before investing my own money into this project.  I'm brainstorming creative names that better captures the site as well as setting a writing schedule with specific subjects. 

I want to thank everyone that has visited to this point and I want you to know I am intent on improving the site and eventually evolving into a must view place for healthy eating, fitness and random thoughts.  You've endured the infantile stage of this blog and one day you can say, "I remember when that blog was not what it is now!"  Or if you're a hipster you will say, "I really liked his site before he went all corporate and Hollywood.  What a conformist."

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Killer Cornbread

My family enjoys eating chili - especially during the long, cold winters in Michigan.  Chili was one of those dishes that was easy to make based solely on veggies and beans (sorry Texans).  One of the sides that we typically used was cornbread but most recipes require eggs and milk. Last night I decided to adapt.

My wife has been baking muffins from a great cookbook titled Give Them Something Better.  The book is from The Seventh Day Adventist church.  The recipes often substitute applesauce as a binding agent.  I decided to use that same trick for cornbread and it worked beautifully!

The cornbread was a big hit.  It was moist and sweet and crunchy on the bottom.  It was a nice complement to spicy chili sans carne.


1 cup corn meal
1 cup all purpose flour (working on something better)
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 1 tablespoon water (allow to stand 3-5 minutes)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon oil divided (will try to eliminate next time)
1 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened)


Preheat oven to 450.  Set cast iron skillet on burner. Blend all dry ingredients together.  Pour in wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Pour remaining tablespoon oil into skillet and spread around bottom and sides.  Pour in mixture and place in oven.  Cook for about 20 minutes or test doneness by inserting a toothpick into center.  When it comes out clean the bread is done.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Casting Your Pearls Before Swine

Where do you get your protein is probably a question I field more than any other.  A close second would be, "what about calcium?  Won't you get brittle bones?" At times questions are asked in a genuine inquisitive manner but at other times they are presented in an acerbic, condescending manner.  So, how is one to respond?

When I first began my plant-based lifestyle I was all fired up and filled with information and ready to spread the good news.  I wasn't attempting to proseltyze but share the positive changes in my sugar, cholesterol, and weight.  Not everyone was happy to hear what I had to say.  Some were but not many.

Then people began to ask questions in an accusatory tone.  I suppose asking someone where they get their protein is an okay question when the USDA and Got Milk has brainwashed them.  However, I didn't understand why they were so nasty about how they inquired.  I've had people approach me with the idea that eating a plant-based diet was borderline cultish or just plain anti-American. 

I've never judged people for how they eat.  I understand that eating is a very personal endeavor.  As people we revert to how we were raised for eating and often that evokes strong memories of when life was simpler and less stressful.  The other day I was making a large pot of vegetable stock and my wife commented, "Mmm, that reminds me of growing up."

How do I respond, then? 

I do my best to keep things as simple as possible. I don't breakout into the minutia of plant-based eating.  It took me several times through Engine 2 Diet, Eat to Live, and the China Study to even have a small amount of knowledge.  I was unlearning many things and then relearning them.  The process took some time.  Why would I expect someone to "get it" with one conversation from me?

I struggle with the nasty people.  I often want to tell them to eat their way and I'll eat mine and we see who dies of heart disease first! But I don't.  *sigh*.  I take on the responsibility of a teacher.  Repetition, repetition, repetition!  Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing. At least they're asking, right.

I don't bash meat or meat eating.  I do my best to explain to people that processed foods, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are just as deadly.  Understand, I am not a "true" vegan but a person that follows a plant-based diet.  We get to the same place but we're taking different modes of transportation, so to speak.

In the end then there really are no swine for me to cast my pearls.  They are people in need of knowledge, information and education.  Jesus made a great statement once: "First the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear."  Changing from the stereotypical American diet to a plant-based diet is a process.  Plus, I don't have all of the answers.  There are myriad amount of bloggers, authors, and doctors spreading the news about plant-strong diets.  Maybe I simply planted or watered the seed.

Let's get busy planting and watering.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Jambalaya, Baby

Creole and cajun purists may scoff at the idea of any meal that doesn't contain copious amounts of meat.   That's okay.  I'm a firm believer in adapting recipes while enjoying the spirit of how something is prepared.  Yesterday, I tried my hand at jambalaya and it was a big hit.


1 quart vegetable stock
1 cup brown jasmine rice
1 small can tomato paste
1 15 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 large sweet onion chopped
1 cup sliced okra
1 bell pepper cored, seeded and chopped
2 zucchini's cut in half moons
1 yellow squash cut in half moons
4 ribs of celery sliced
4 cloves garlic crushed and minced
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon hot sauce
handful of fresh chopped parsley or 1 tsp dried
diced green onions as garnish


Sauté the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery (for 3-5 minutes).  While that is cooking blend the stock and tomato paste until smooth. Add the rice and cook for a minute or two and then add the stock mixture.  Bring the pot to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes, covered.  Stir occasionally.

While the rice mixture is cooking sauté the okra for about 10 minutes and then add the zucchini and squash for about 5 minutes.  Blend this into the rice mixture and stir well.  Return the lid, add the spices, and simmer for another 10 minutes.  Continue to stir every couple of minutes.

When rice is soft the dish is complete.  Generously sprinkle each serving with green onions. 

Serves about 6-8 people.  As always a garden salad is a great side dish.

This dish is vegan, vegetarian, plant-strong, and has no added oils.

Muffin Tops and Love Handles

Words are powerful.  A skillful wordsmith can easily alter perception with a carefully prepared narrative.  Yes, often perception is reality but reality is more reality. Make sense?

Obesity is an epidemic in North America and it is going worldwide.  Sedentary lifestyles combined with over consumption of unhealthy foods and chronic stress are taking its toll on all of us.  Some push back by starting an exercise program such as walking, P90X, MMA, or playing team sports.  Often when people begin to exercise they start altering the foods they eat as well.  One doesn't want to work hard and then simply throw it all away by devouring a double-double, Frostee, or pitcher of beer.  Others simply wordsmith their way out.

A muffin top doesn't sound nearly as disgusting as fat ass, does it?  Love handles?  Those can't be bad can they?  So instead of holding ourselves accountable we create a mirage of denial and continue down the road of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, high blood pressure and other preventable diseases that slowly (sometimes not even slowly) kill us or at least minimize our quality of life.

I encourage you (if you haven't already) to start dissecting your diet and begin to implement whole food  plants.  Start moving: walking, running, swimming, basketball, soccer, chase your children, garden, whatever makes your heart beat increase.  Get your ticker racing and eat better.  This is not rocket surgery.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Three Squares or Five Small?

Old school eating was three square meals a day. You might have even heard the adage, "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper" or something like that.  Must have been people attempting to curtail eating later in the day when our metabolism seems to slow dramatically.  Now, most people recommend eating 5 smaller meals per day.  Is there a right way or wrong way?

Dr. Joel Furhman, in his book Eat to Live, advocates the three square meals per day idea.  His thought process is that our bodies need time to digest food and if we're constantly stuffing our faces (my words not his) then our digestive tract is in constant motion.  People often interrupt the body attempting to send signals to let us know we're REALLY hungry because we never allow ourselve to actually get hungry. 

The five small meal crowd believes our bodies need constant a nutrient stream and if we eat more often we probably will eat less.  Makes sense, sort of, right? 

I've done both. I prefer the three squares per day approach however.  First of all when eating 5 small meals I was always eating and never lost a significant amount of fat. When I began the 3 squares approach I began to feel some hunger pangs - especially on days I worked out super hard.  You know what?  Feeling hunger was actually helpful.  Also, I began looking forward to the next meal and my taste buds were in full activation mode. 

Eating late at night was another bad approach for me.  I would eat later for that 5th meal and my body would be in digestion mode late at night.  I should have been sleeping soundly and at perfect rest but often was not.  When I "closed the kitchen" after dinner and stayed out of the almonds, cashews, walnuts, or hummus I rested better and was able to really "break the fast" during my morning meal.

I know there are many different perspectives on this and it's important for people to do what works best for them.  Just trying to give another option.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

T-Rex Arms

You know the workout was "good" when you can't lift your hands to your head to wash your hair or brush your teeth.  That's how I am today.  I'm working on a P90X/Insanity hybrid workout to prepare for the real training that begins April 1st for a sprint triathlon.  On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I am doing P90X (primarily lifting), on Tuesday and Thursday I am doing an Insanity workout (I don't like the P90X cardio options), and I run on Saturday.  Sunday is either a full rest day or yoga.  I also swim 2x per week in the evenings

Today's workout was back and biceps and my biceps are protesting!  I would not be considered extra muscular by nature but do okay on these workouts.  The workout is basically 2 sets of back and then 2 sets of biceps and then repeated until ones arms are like cooked spaghetti.

Swimming will be a little more challenging after today's lifting session.  I've finally got to the point where I can swim 500 yards but still need to take breaks between laps.  The triathlon is not until July so I have time to master this area but it's not easy.

Now it's time to drink my post workout recovery breakfast!


1 cup mango
1 cup bok choy greens
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 cup almond milk
1 peeled orange
1 quarter size piece of ginger
1-2 medjool dates

Blend until smooth.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Obesity Epidemic

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions but most of us really don't think we are obese when in fact we are.  "It must be someone else because I am just not that heavy.  According to the American Heart Association almost 150 million people are overweight in the United States.  Of those 150 million that are overweight about half are considered obese.

There are many factors to consider when discussing obesity.  People simply aren't as active as they once were.  The majority of us at one time "worked with our hands" but now park are fannies on a comfy chair and stare at a computer 8-10 hours per day.  Children have so many sedentary options are their disposal that "going outside to play" seems like an antiquated idea.

Our eating habits simply have not kept pace with our other changes.  My mother-in-law is a great cook and she primary prepares comfort food.  My wife is the youngest of 8 children so you can imagine how much mashed potatoes were prepared for one meal.  Many decades later it is difficult for her to cook only enough food for father-in-law and her.  Adapting to changes is not always easy.

I imagine we have more health clubs today than ever before.  People are signing up for gyms, using Beachbody Products and other at-home programs yet obesity continues to gain traction.  Much of that has to do with ignorance.  Our media has the tendency to hype pseudo science and shun the boring stuff that says spinach, kale, and bok choy are awesome! What's sexier?  "You mean to tell me I can eat chocolate all day long and not impact my cholesterol?"

It's time for us all to take full responsibility for our own health.  No short cuts.  No "pie-in-the-sky" dream.  Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. 


Monday, February 11, 2013

The Case of the Disappearing Cholesterol

Too many people in my family die of heart disease and live with heart-related issues on a daily basis.  I suppose my family is no different than most as heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States.  The sad thing is that it is a preventable disease.  Our politicians bloviate about guns while remaining reticent about the self-inflicted epidemic of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.  (Side note, I don't want the government involved I am simply want to expose its hypocrisy). 

Today, I searched back to my cholesterol results from January 2011 and my cholesterol was dangerously high. My HDL (good cholesterol) was extremely low and my LDL (bad stuff) was way too high.  The only thing that was looking borderline good was my triglycerides.  At the time I was doing what my doctor said so imagine my frustration when it only became worse!  That's when I started researching a plant-based diet.  My doctor told me the standard pablum of to eat filet mignon when eating steak, only skinless chicken breasts.  I was also supplementing with Shakeology.  The stuff  tasted phenomenal but didn't dent my cholesterol.  So I decided supplementation was a waste of time and money. 

I ordered three books from Amazon: Engine 2 Diet, China Study and Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease.  I spoke with my wife and shared my results and my aversion to going on medication without first exhausting everything in my power first.  She was onboard and has been 100% supportive from the beginning.  My nature is to research and come to my own conclusion on things.  The books arrived and I quickly began to devour them.  

Admittedly,  I didn't know how to cook.  I simply ate a lot of salads and fruit but I started.  The research seemed to be solid.  Honestly, what did any of these three men have to gain for me being plant-strong?  They weren't trying to surreptitiously move the needle for animal rights groups just trying to get people to eat healthier.  I was hooked. 

After eating a plant based diet for two months my total cholesterol decreased by 25%.  I was ecstatic but it still was too high.  I made the decision that my new way of eating was not simply a "wait and see" but a new way of life for me.  I continued down the plant strong path and become more knowledgeable in preparing delicious and healthy meals.  I never asked my family to join me.  However, some of the dishes I was preparing were better than the "meat and dairy" version.  

My next annual physical was in February 2012.  This time my cholesterol decreased an additional 29%.  In less than one year my total cholesterol went from 253 to 133!  People ask if it's difficult to maintain my plant-based intensity and honestly it is.  My vegan friends have something inside them that despises the use of animal products which is a strong ally and empowerment.  My Adventist friends have a religious reason for not eating meat.  For me however, it isn't the meat that's a problem - it's the prepackaged convenience foods (ie chips).  

Two years into plant-strong life and I am still doing well.  It is imperative for me to read up on plant-based diets.  I really enjoy Dr. Joel Furhman's writing and was recently introduced to Jeff Novick and Brendan Brazier.  I intend to order some of Novick's Fast Food books and Brazier's Thrive soon.  

My next-year goal is to have my LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides to be 60 each.  That would give me a total cholesterol of 125 (if my math is right).  Over the next 11 months I am going to be diligent about hitting that number and losing about 15 pounds as I prepare for my first spring triathlon.  I want to be fit inside and out and live a long and prosperous life. 

God bless! 

Plant-Stong Paella

Like most dishes there are myriad ways to cook it.  Hamburger and hot-dogs have evolved into many different options and just because they are not like the original doesn't mean they are not hamburgers or hot dogs.

Originally, paella was a rice dish served with some vegetables but primarily seafood.  I recently ate at restaurant that served vegetarian paella and got the idea that I could make it at home.  The paella at Cravings is very good.  Just can't always go out to eat all of the time, ya know. There are dozens of recipes available and many methods.  I believe that mine is simple and delicious.  I'm sure traditionalist would scoff at my version but that's okay.  I believe in freedom in the kitchen.


  • Brown jasmine rice (or rice of choice)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cored, seeded and chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (cored, seeded and chopped)
  • 1 zucchini (ends chopped off and the rest sliced in half moons)
  • 1 yellow squash (same as zucchini)
  • 1 sweet onion (peeled and coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup sweet peas (frozen and then thawed)
  • 1 or 2 serrano peppers (stemmed and diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads (optional $$)*
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • salt & pepper to taste


Cook the rice according to package directions substituting water with the stock.  While the rice is cooking stir-fry the vegetables (in a tiny bit of oil) for about 5-10 minutes.  I prefer my vegetables to be cooked but still crunchy.  Towards the end of the stir-fry time add the garlic.  When vegetables are done add them to the cooked rice.  Stir in the cilantro, turmeric, and saffron threads.  Mix well.  Add additional stock to moisten everything and simmer to ensure everything is piping hot.  Season with salt and pepper.  Plate  and generously sprinkle each serving with the chopped parsley. 

As with everything serve with a side salad.  

*I am cooking paella tonight for the first time using saffron.  It's pretty expensive so unless it drastically adds "that something special" to the dish I will omit in the future. 

How Do You Get Protein and Calcium?

I just returned from my annual physical and had full blood work completed.  I was tested for cholesterol, sugar, calcium, protein, you name it and I was tested for it.  My doctor is still extremely pleased with my numbers and said "whatever you are doing is working."  That, "whatever I am doing is following a plant-strong diet.

I'd like for a 60-60-60 number.  I want my HDL to be 60, triglycerides to be 60 and for my LDL to be 60.  It's doable and by this time next year I will do everything in my power to get there (without medication).  According to research, total cholesterol below 150 is virtually heart-attack proof.

When I discuss a plant-based diet with people they inevitably ask, "how do you get your protein?" and "won't your bones break without dairy?"  These are probably the most common misconceptions and ignorance.  Vegetarians, vegans, and plant-strong people continue to educate and reeducate the masses on these two objections.

First of all plants have protein.  Some plants, calorie for calorie, have more protein than meat, dairy, or eggs --- without saturated fats and cholesterol.  Plus, plants have fiber and animal products do not.  My doctor tracks my protein numbers and they are doing very well.

Do we need protein to build muscle? Yes, but one can gain sufficient protein to build muscle through plants.  It is my understanding that Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, follows a plant-based and gluten-free diet.  He is pretty muscular.

What about calcium?  Well, the countries that have the most cases of broken hips, etc are also the same people that consume the most dairy.  There is a breakdown somewhere in our understanding don't you think?  Plants contain calcium.  Let's think about the animal kingdom.  Cows, where most people get their milk, stop drinking milk when they are weaned.  As do horses, elephants, gorillas --- all very powerful animals that eat plant based diets.   How do their bones remain strong without milk?

If you're considering adopting a plant based diet don't allow all of the uneducated and ignorant people persuade you out of it.  I've been following a plant based diet for 3 years and I am healthier now than I have ever been.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Music Monday

Training for my first-annual-sprint-triathlon begins April 1, 2013.  I am currently in my prerequisite training stage which consists of the following: Monday - P90X; Tuesday - Insanity; Wednesday - P90X; Thursday - Insanity; Friday - P90X; Saturday - running, and Sunday - Yoga X.  On Monday and Wednesday evenings I swim.  I'm still building my swim endurance and working on form but I am improving each week.

I like P90X but at times it goes way too long, unnecessarily.  Tony Horton loves to talk (dude should have a radio talk show!).  I'm often complete with my sets before he finishes talking about the set.  I don't like to dilly-dally and can't do 15 pullups yet.  So, I do my 5-6 and FF the disc to the next set. I can usually do the entire workout and knock of 10 minutes.

Insanity is the polar opposite.  Shaun T is always pushing people to speed up and get into place.  "Hurry up people we gotta stretch!"  The cardio is phenomenal and I love his pace.  The cardio in P90X.. not so much.  I don't like Cardio X, Ken Po, or Plyo X so I mix-n-match with Insanity. Insanity for cardio and P90X for strength.

I've never really enjoyed running but I am determined to pull this Sprint triathlon off successfully.  As I've mentioned before I prefer to listen to music when running. Probably won't be able to during the race but for now I'll use whatever I can to keep my motivation level high.  Here is another song I've added to my running playlist.

Don't let the "strange" cover fool you.  Solid band with a great message.

Don't You Love Kibitzers?

I love learning new words and last week the WOD was kibitzer.  Kibitzer is defined as a giver of unwanted advice.  We all probably have some type of kibitzer in our lives.  I do my best to not spew unwanted advice to people so this blog is my outlet.

I'm a bit of a paradox in many ways but don't push my views on people intentionally.  For example: I eat like a Seventh Day Adventist, believe like a charismatic, act kind of baptistish, and lean politically toward libertarianism.  Those don't always mix --- for whatever reason.

If you've stumbled upon this blog that means you are searching.  So welcome! I'm not kibitzing but rather simply sharing.  Hope you enjoy!