Monday, February 3, 2014


Momentum is building on Day VI.

Day V featured (1) a nice, slow run/walk: ; (2) a couple of hours in the park with kids, including multiple sets of tree pull-ups, push ups, stretching, and moving around in bare feet; and (3) a big-ass salad and other solid Paleo nutrition. 

Most notable, the tree pull-ups were considerably easier and more fun than a few weeks ago.  Today, after 85 pull-ups yesterday, I have very limited lat soreness.  For me, this was directly due to reducing carbs and sugar to a minimum over the past 5 days; indeed, I have seen this phenomenon before and it is really cool when it kicks in:  limited carbs and sugar = limited inflammation = limited soreness.

It's early in the game, but I am hopeful that I will maintain the momentum.  It is very possible that in two weeks I will be able to do very hard, dynamic, ballistic workouts with little to no soreness afterwards.  This carrot should sustain the momentum.

Breakfast today was 4 eggs (about 1.33 yokes) and two shots of wheat grass.  No training today -- just a short mid-afternoon walk.


Sunday, February 2, 2014


Play is becoming a lost art, so to speak:

So, yesterday, after some work, it was off to some play.  Before my son's 0800 basketball game we ran around with my daughter and some other kids -- randomly dribbling, shooting, and going for steals on a side court  (my game is ugly, needless to say).  I had a blast in those 20 minutes.  Granted, I was at my son's game, not mine, but the opportunity to "play" for awhile was right there and I took it.

I will continue to seek opportunities to engage in more play.  For example, I am in the process of creating a few "courses" both on and off our property, using the land  (e.g. tree pull-ups; cactus sprints) and conventional sources (e.g. a hoop; dumbbells).  The courses will be ever-changing; I have enough routine in my life.

Following the hoops, it was 5 shots of wheatgrass (they gave me a bonus shot because I am the only yahoo that orders two double-shots).  That stuff is potent:  for about 5 minutes I wanted to jump out of my skin -- in a good way.  After a little more work and some good Paleo fair, I added an apple and a banana to prep for a two hour MTB ride.  In a few weeks I am hoping that prep will be unnecessary as I will be burning more fat, not carbs.

The two hour MTB ride (no calaries; 24 ounces of H2O) was low heart rate -- well below 134 -- except that in the second hour I did about 12 uphill sprints of anywhere from 5 to 15 seconds on canal underpasses.  The one exception was a 66 second blast of what is called "Ivan Dragoo hill."  I had a definite tailwind, but it hurt.  Here's the overall ride:

A bison burger cookout, with massive spinach salad, capped the day. 

I hope we all play today -- Super Bowl Sunday.

Saturday, February 1, 2014


I am awake early, assessing some carnage from yesterday, brewing some SAC, and getting ready to walk for about 45 minutes before dawn (wife is training at 0600 so I need to be up and back early).

I got a little sloppy yesterday.  First the good:  felt good and ate a good supply of low glycemic fruits, nuts, and carnivorous offerings.  The bad:  a Starbucks venti, soy, sugar-free vanilla latte (extra hot) tasted great about 12:35 p.m., but it's not good for me -- soy and too much other crap and caffeine I didn't need.  Then, more Artisan Nut-Thins.  Then, at night, lots of processed meat with added sugar and carbs (that's right, they put sugar and carbs in everything); not a lot of sugar and carbs, but enough to be very uncool.

I tell my vegetarian friends one can be a bad Paleo devotee or a bad vegetarian -- "bad" meaning ingesting processed junk with no benefit as a convenience or crutch.  Note to self:  HTFU (harden the fuck up).

The coffee is kicking in.  Time to walk.  Yesterday's semi-carnage is done.  Time to move forward.  No looking back.
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