I alluded in one of my last posts that I had joined a fitness community called, nerdfitness. Said community has these awesome things called “6-week challenges.” Basically, you set goals for yourself and 6 weeks to complete them. Let the madness ensue.
The rules are that you have to have 3 fitness goals and one personal goal. Here’s my thread if you want to keep track. My goals are largely personal, in an attempt to make use of the ABUNDANT spare time I have. Some of the physical things I want to do (go rock climbing, travel via bicycle) are put on hold, at least temporarily, because of financial things. For example, riding a bike in Atlanta when you don’t have health insurance is a REALLY bad idea, and money is required for rock climbing. So they will wait till I get a job. Hopefully that will be soon.
But yes. I’m focusing a good bit of my time on five projects: Thoughts on Liberty (blog), sewing, this blog, graphic design, and web design. I’m trying to build up my skills and make some really cool stuff.
Fitness and food wise, I’m largely tightening up bolts. There are a couple of things in TKD warm ups that I am noticeably failing at: sit ups/curl ups and push ups. So I have goals to amp those up in 6 weeks.
Probably most importantly, I have goals to finally incorporate job hunting into my schedule. I’ve enjoyed my time off, but now its time to get to business. I needs meh a job, and it doesn’t matter if I have to move to get there (even if I don’t really want to).
So, yes, in sum: expect more content on the blog, at least for the next six weeks or so. Unless I get a job. Then it’s kind of whatev.
This is me, doing pushups this morning:
So, yeah. I’m still here. I’m still paleo. Here’s the sitch:
My period hit me pretty hard this weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to write up a bunch of posts like I usually do. In addition to that, I am busy preparing for visits from friends and packing up and getting ready to leave. The consequence of which is that this blog will take a hiatus for a few weeks. I will probably still post, but it will be more casually than anything.
I’m going to use that time to do some re-evaluating. What do I want? What am I working towards? And how best do I get there? I am unsure of all of these things at the moment, and need to take some time to figure them out.
I will probably post meta-explorations as I attempt to figure this out, but if you would like to keep up with me in more detail, I joined the community at nerdfitness. Here’s my intro post to give you an idea of what I am trying to accomplish.
Just doing some thinking. No big. 🙂
I am currently chowing down on my new recipe. I’m excited to share it, so let’s get the tally over with.
Granny Apple, sliced, with almond butter
Finished off Gina’s kind-of goulash
Gina’s Fridge Leftover Surprise! (see below)
I am quickly running out of food in my kitchen. I try to make my grocery store runs last two weeks, so I “can’t” go to the store till Wednesday. So it was up to me to use the art of throwing sh*t together to make myself a dish that would last me a couple of days.
I was actually halfway through making chicken, tomato, garlic and onion (a typical feature for me) when I decided I was going to be inventive.
How did I do that? Bacon fat! Without further ado, here is the recipe:
Gina’s Fridge Leftover Surprise!
1 large yellow onion, diced/chopped
1 head garlic (yes, a whole head), chopped
leftover bacon lard (depends on how much you need to grease the pan)
The basic theory of this recipe is to use the bacon grease in the stead of something like olive oil or coconut oil to provide lubrication for the pan. That way, the much-stronger flavor of the bacon grease soaks into your food. With that said:
.5. Season raw chicken to taste — I used garlic powder, salt, and seasoned pepper
1. Melt bacon grease in a frying pan
2. Add BOTH garlic and onion. Sautee until the onion is a light golden brown
3. Add chicken and brown*
What’s the surprise? This concoction really highlights the taste of the onion. I was not expecting it at all. If you like onions, I would recommend this dish.
*As a note, the chicken will cook MUCH faster in the veggie concoction than it would if you cooked it in butter or some other form of oil. I think this is because bacon gets MUCH hotter than other greases. If you’ve ever been splattered with bacon grease, you can attest to this first-hand.
Here are some pics of the process:
That’s my food tally for today! Peace y’all!
Oh my gods, I love pizza.
Or, I guess I should say, I know I used to.
I haven’t had pizza in gods know how long, and whenever I think about “breaking” paleo, pizza is the first thing I jump to. When I think about staying on the paleo diet, thinking about never ever having pizza again is usually the first thing that pops into my mind.
Here’s the dilemma. If I’m not hungry, looking at that picture of pizza makes my stomach turn.
So I both desire and am repulsed by pizza. Even still, the idea of pizza is somehow attractive to me. This has been an ever-present dilemma the past few weeks as this craving for pizza has just popped up over and over again.
I was thinking it would be worthwhile to try and have a slice, much like the Dairy Queen experiment, just to see what happens. But I am very cautious because pizza is something that I actively want, and it is also something that I have used as a stress food/fun food in the past. When I think about eating pizza, I think about ordering a pizza, sitting down with Anthony and Darcy and watching a movie. I think about good times with my dad.
So you see the dilemma. I am repulsed by the idea of pizza (in the carnation that I used to eat it — Pizza Hut) because it’s greasy and gross and has lots of stuff on it that’s really bad for me. But I want it, I think, because I miss hanging out with Darcy, Dad, and in some ways, Anthony (I have been really busy with work lately).
Hm. I had no idea that last sentence was going to come out until it was typed. This post has now become something that I didn’t intend.
Clearly, pizza is not the solution to these problems. Given the circumstances of all three situations, I am not sure if could be remedied. But perhaps now that I am aware of the manifestation of pizza as a sign that something needs to be fixed, I can take a better approach.
I had planned this post to outline a system of testing non-paleo foods, to see how my body reacts to them and to give some more “data” to my consideration of making paleo into a lifestyle. But perhaps I have some other thinking to do. I am sure such a post, if it’s even still necessary, will come later.