I love my thermos

A few weeks back I bought myself a thermos for the first time, ever. I bought a relatively nice one from Wal-Mart. The brand is Stanley. I love this thing because, if done right, it’ll keep my coffee steaming hot well over 4-5 hours.

The way to use a thermos properly is to preheat the inside before you pour the contents you want to keep hot into it. When I make my coffee in the morning I fill the thermos up with water to get the amount of coffee I want, and then fill the thermos up again with hot water while the coffee is being brewed. This preheats the inside of the thermos so that there isn’t any leaking of heat from my coffee into the walls of the thermos. This 10 seconds of prep helps ensure that my coffee stays nice and hot all morning.

Before the thermos, I was using a bubba that Jen’s uncle bought me for Christmas. I decided I didn’t care for it because it didn’t have a good seal on the lid and didn’t keep the coffee too warm, and it was too big for the cup holder in my car so I had to hold onto it on the drive to work. Not fun.

So if you like taking your coffee to work with you, I highly recommend purchasing a nice thermos, you won’t regret it.

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Intermittant fasting with Bulletproof coffee

I started drinking Bulletproof coffee (coffee with saltless butter and coconut oil or MCT oil, http://www.bulletproofexec.com/category/coffee-2/) out of curiosity. After reading this article (http://www.bulletproofexec.com/bulletproof-fasting/) it turns out that I’ve been unintentionally doing intermittent fasting. Intermittent Fasting (IF) is where you have a specified window to eat food, and then go the rest of the day without eating.

See, when I started drinking BP coffee I essentially replaced my breakfast smoothie with it. I then don’t actually eat anything until lunch time, and I also eat dinner. If I were to do it the recommended way, I’d wait until 2 pm to eat, and would be done eating by 8 pm. I might try pushing my lunch to 2 pm, but there’s just no way I could consistently be done eating by 8 pm, my schedule is just too hectic.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking. “Butter? In coffee?” It’s actually pretty good. And consider this, you put creamer in your coffee, butter is just churned cream.

Now, others might say “but all that fat will make you fat!” Not so fast, did you know that the body is actually designed to burn fat as its primary energy source? In fact, the carbs and sugar that you eat HAVE to be converted into fat and stored before the body can burn it for fuel. Whereas any fat you digest is readily available energy.

Also, the idea of what this does is it gets your body into fat-burning mode instead of relying on carbs and sugar, etc. The intended effect is that your body will start pulling fat from your body to burn, rather than storing fat.

I did this for two straight weeks for breakfast, but now that I am going to the gym in the mornings I’m going to alternate coffee and breakfast smoothie, mainly because the smoothie has way more protein in it to help rebuild muscle than the coffee does. So I’m having a smoothie on gym days and coffee the other days.

If you decide to try it, let me know what you think.

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A nice summer memory

This blog post is a writing exercise from writers.stackexchange.com. Visit the Writers chat room every Tuesday for new writing exercises. This week’s exercise: 10 minutes to write about “A nice summer memory”.

The memory was clear, as if it only happened yesterday. It was my sister and me, riding bikes down the neighborhood street. Every so often a friend would come out and join us, or we’d stop to play games. Our friend Billy had a really nice bike. He could go the fastest down the big hill up the street; he always beat me and my sister to the bottom of the hill.

My sister and I rode our bikes to the park that day. There were a few families there, some kids running around about our age. We went over and hung out on the merry go round, seeing who could get it to spin the fastest, and see who could hold on the longest. We started a bit of a competition, because soon a whole bunch of kids were gathering around to give it a shot, to critique other’s attempts and tell them, in so many words, what stupid things they were doing.

That’s when I saw her, a girl that looked to be roughly my age, sitting alone on the swings. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her, but I didn’t know why. I looked around, but no one seemed to notice her. I didn’t understand why this unassumingly looking girl was all alone, so I went over to talk with her.

“Hi!” I said. She didn’t look at me. She just sat in the swing and stared at the ground, ignoring me.

“What’s your name?” I moved in front of her, but she never looked up or acknowledged that I had even spoken.

I finally reached out and tapped her shoulder. She looked up at me. She said something, but it was garbled and I couldn’t understand. I tried talking with her, but she started crying and ran off.

I went back and asked my sister about her, because she knew everyone. I found out that the girl was deaf, she couldn’t hear anything and she could only really communicate through sign language.

After that day, I found some books in the public library and started learning how to sign. I tend found out where she lived, thanks to my sister, and went and visited her place. I introduced myself with my clumsy signing to her parents and told them how I met her.

After getting over her initial shyness we became good friends. We spent a lot of time together that summer, playing in the park, riding bikes, going swimming. Looking back, she was my first girlfriend.

Sadly, her dad got a good job in a big city, and they moved away. We kept in contact, but we quickly grew apart. I still think about that summer. But I’ve lost contact with her. I hope that she’s out there, living a good life.

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Life Leveling Update, 2013-04-29

I went through my Life Goals, and surprisingly I have knocked out quite a few the last couple of months. I’m now below 400 lbs (390.8 this morning), I prepare at least 4 meals a week, and I performed a 20-minute mile at the 5k last week. I’m now level 3 with 13 goals accomplished. Hopefully I can make my way to level 4 soon.

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My First 5k experience

On Sunday, April 21st, I participated in my first 5k. This was a huge leap for me. The funny thing is, I did very little prep work to get into shape enough to complete the 5k. But complete it I did, and I even did it in less than an hour! My time was 57:40.2. That’s an average of 3.2 miles an hour.

The most amazing thing is that I never stopped. I slowed down, even walked backwards for about 20 seconds, but I never stopped moving. Well, except to grab the cup of water at the water station, but that’s hard to do while walking.

Anyway, I’m quite proud of myself for accomplishing this. One of my goals that I want to shoot for is to complete a Warrior Dash. I’m not even close to that, but at least I know I could walk the entire distance of it.

Me and Jen started the day with her working on her school work and me sleeping in until 10:30. I got up and made myself breakfast since she had already eaten. I then worked on putting together her new table while she worked on homework. Once she was done we got dressed and headed out. We stopped at Columbia College to offer a ride to any of the students. A student named Hammer rode with us. We got to the park and got our numbers, and then waited for the event to begin.

We started the race towards the back so we wouldn’t get trampled or impede any of the serious runners. I jokingly made the comment that I wanted to beat Jen’s boss, Brita. I kept up with her for a while, but towards the end she left me.

The first part of the race wasn’t too bad. We went down a decent hill and Jen and I decided to jog down it. After that the path was flat for a decent ways. During the flat patch I ended up leaving Jen behind. After the flat patch there was a long, shallow hill. That one was a lot of fun. On the other side on the way down I decided to jog, and I ended up passing Brita, but that didn’t last too long after I started walking again.

After a bit I came to the big downhill part, and was thankful because it allowed my body to offload some of the walking to different muscle structures. Jen ended up catching up with me because she jogged down the big hill. We walked around the lake together, and stayed walking together for most of the remainder of the 5k.

On the way back, we ended up in the back, and we wouldn’t see anyone for a long while. We finally got to a spot where we could see the group in front of us. After a while we finally made it back to the first hill that we went down. Dreading walking up the hill, I decided to run it to get it over with. I didn’t quite make it ALL the way to the top, but it was close enough. I crossed the finish line and was happy, and very, very tired. A bit after me Jennifer came jogging and I cheered her on as she finished the race. We walked together to the pavilion where the “Go For Greater” goal was. I immediately sat down because I was exhausted.

After rejuvenating a bit we walked back to the main pavilion where everyone else was and talked with everyone. They then had a raffle for some free stuff and I won! I now have $1,500 that I can spend on sun glasses and a CC coffee mug.

It was a great experience, and I look forward to trying to beat that time. My ultimate goal is to complete a Warrior Dash, but that probably won’t happen for a while.

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Nom Nom Chili

I’ve been experimenting with my chili recipe, and last night’s (2013-04-18) chili was really good. Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chili tomato cause
  • 3 lbs ground beef (80-90% lean)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 stem of broccoli
  • 3 packages of chili mix, 2 hot, 1 mild (use your favorite brand)

Tools:

  • Slow cooker (should be able to hold 5+ lbs)
  • Skillet or large pot
  • Wooden spoons

Pull the beef out and let it start warming up. Chop up the bell pepper and finely chop up the broccoli. While the meat is warming up open the cans. Drain the juice out of the beans and add all of the canned food to a slow cooker. Add the chili mix and mix all of the ingredients together. Place the lid and put the slow cooker on high.

After the meat has warmed up, put the meat, the chopped bell pepper, and the broccoli into a skillet or large pot (I prefer a large pot) and brown the meat. This will also cook the peppers and broccoli and make them soft.

After the meat is browned, pour the whole thing into the slow cooker. I keep the grease from the beef, but that choice is up to you on whether you want to drain it or not. After you add the meat, mix everything up and let it cook for at least 20 minutes. An hour is better, and 8 hours is fantastic.

After you’ve waited, eat! A little bit of sriracha sauce just amps this up even more, but it’s not necessary.

Side note: I didn’t salt and pepper the beef because the canned stuff will provide an ample amount of salt on its own, and the chili mix provides most of the flavor.

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I broke 400 pounds? I BROKE 400 POUNDS!

This morning was an interesting one. I accidentally overslept; I think I turned my alarm off in my sleep. As I was getting ready to leave I debated checking my weight this morning. I decided to go ahead and do it since I was already late, what’s a couple more minutes?

Needless to say, when I stepped on the scale and saw “398.6,” I was quite surprised. Breaking 400 lbs was the first major weight loss goal that I set for myself. This has been in the making for about 14 months now, so I’m quite excited and happy to see it finally happen.

The next major weight loss goal is 350 lbs. I might change over to a goal body fat % at some point, but I’m not 100% sure when.

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