Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflections on 2010; Looking Forward

Things accomplished in 2010:

1. I'm a Daddy! Life as I once knew it is GONE. It's amazing.

2. I learned to love running.3. I caught my first redfish.
4. Went full Paleo for a bit.
5. Successfully fought off the sympathy weight, and am continuing to lose.

I had an amazing year. I know a few others out there who did too. I hope the prosperity continues, and there is only more adventures to get into.

Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Where’s The Butter?

Where’s The Butter?

I had a conversation with an individual on this very topic. He worked in a restaurant, but still gets confused between the difference in Butter and Margarine. WTF?
“Excuse me,” I asked him politely, “but do you have any butter butter? Real butter, I mean, not margarine?” His momentarily confused expression quickly passed, and then he promised to go ask his manager.

Five minutes later, the manager came out and asked me what I wanted. I reiterated that I simply wanted some butter. I wasn’t trying to be a pain, but surely the restaurant had real butter somewhere back in the kitchen.

Five minutes later, he returned. “We don’t have any butter,” he said.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Link Love--Awesome Post.

I just wanted to share a really great post that summarizes a lot of the things I have been trying to incorporate into my life as of late. I am trying to make the switch to improvement versus hitting the numbers. I want to be the best I can be, and I set my goals according to self improvement.

Great post from an awesome blog. I love Roller Derby girls anyway, but a crossfitting paleo derby girl? I'm down.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Justin Townes Earle: A G&G Film

Sprained Ankle Again

Well I suppose it was only a matter of time.

I sprained my ankle again during my warm-up. I hate working out when it's cold. I guess my ankle did too. This blows.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Warm Soup for a Cold Evening

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Irish Potato and Leek Soup with Thinly sliced Pork Chops in Strongbow Gravy.

I know potatoes are in the nether-regions of the paleo world, but it's chilly here in NE Florida, and there is something special about home made slow-cooked soup to warm your bones. The aroma of leeks cooking down in butter and mirepoix filled my house with happiness and anticipation. The addition of home cooked chicken stock added that little feeling of a hug you get from grandma, and the anticipation is worth the work. I took my time with this, and I can't be happier with the results. I was lucky enough to find 3 BIG leeks and organic potatoes. I didn't plan on making this soup until I had the ingredients in my cart. I can say, this was one of the best things I have ever cooked. It was the perfect day for a slow cooked, hearty bowl of comfort food, some drunken pork loin, and some cider for Team MamaDada.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Still Here, Just Swamped

In my official off-weeks from my full-time job, I have very little time set aside to write. I want to post something to prove I am still engaged in this whole blogging process, so here are some random things loosely strung together.

I generally dislike Christmas time. This year is not as bad as last year, but only because I have a baby. It's our first Christmas together. I could care less because I am 1000 miles away from my birthplace, and my folks, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins who I used to spend Christmas time with are all over the country or left in my birthplace in BFE, Ohio. I now have a "new" family-in-law, and that makes me happy. I am glad I have a place to be on Christmas, and people that I care about around me. Plus, I can experience the fun vicariously through little eyes now. My bah-humbug is slowly dying. We put up our christmas tree today, and I wore a santa hat drinking cider.

This leads into the slow creeping weight gain I tend to experience in only the 2 weeks I have at home between shifts. Remember when i talked about how Alcohol derails my intestinal fortitude for clean eating? Well this past weekend was our annual Holiday Party for my reserve squadron. I have to confess. I ate Whataburger. I didn't totally binge on crap, but eating fast-food in the wee hours of the morning isn't exactly going to do anything good for your health. To be fair, however, neither are Whisky and beer. I am working on cleaning up again, but it's not as easy at home, and definitely difficult to do with a constantly varying flight schedule with the reserves. I refuse to do a 24 hour fast while flying. It's an un-necessary risk. I find myself living off ham nuts, and jerky. The Navy is far from adopting a paleo approach to health. In fact, I would would guess it's on the no-no list of buzz words that says I should get a flight surgeon's consent before even eating healthy. Whatever. I swam my SAR Fitness test faster than I have EVER since they instituted the new testing system. I went and checked. I knocked a minute off my average without being in the pool for 2 months. I guess what I am doing is working.

So the while the rest of society calls us crazy for wanting meat, vegetables, fruit and nuts over processed industrial agri-products, the Paleo/Primal/PaNu/WAPF/Neanderthin/low Carb community is getting healthier, lighter, stronger, faster, and more and more smug. I have no problem ordering three eggs and a ham steak in front of my friends. I love taking three hours to slowly cook the stock out of left over bones. I need an IV Drip with Coconut milk and coffee. I hate eating before noon now, and I love to feel the giant boost of energy i get from a fasted workout that doesn't make me want to puke my breakfast out. I love having to buy new jeans only to find out they are too big. Brang it, Conventional wisdom. I have your broscience right here.