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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
February 12, 2017
Celebrity in this country is the most confounding pile of steaming garbage. You either become a celebrity because you are really good at something or you become a celebrity because you are a horrible human being that somehow believes their horribleness is straight talk and “telling it like it is.”. Carly Rae Jepsen (who makes me swoon just thinking about her) had a really bad song called called “Call Me Maybe” and is now probably set for life due to the sheer stupidity of those three plus minutes of pop ridiculousness. You have misogynist nut balls making money on Youtube just for screaming out offensive tropes that appeal to the lowest common denominator, writing terrible books and making horrible t-shirts in the process. Hell, just look at the trajectory of the sour faced jerk we now call president. I still don’t understand how Steve Harvey can be considered a relationship expert when he has been married three times or Leonardo DiCaprio calling for a meat ban when he goes to Dubai to have some meme famous chef make him a steak. Either way, people are rewarded for being the worst of the worst, and their habits are often times emulated and even celebrated. The “Cash Me Outside” girl that first appeared on Dr. Phil (a fake doctor hosting a show glorying the worst people) and has since been an internet sensation and stirring up sales for her ridiculous catch phrase (and let me remind you she is about 14, ugh). There is a reason why some people choose not to follow the good paths of life, often times doing the easy ways due to the fact they are proving to be more and more effective. Why work hard when you can do something stupid and make a ton of money doing that?
In a lot of ways, fitness and health is very much in that stream of thought. There is just so much out there now, that so many people are spending money and going to utter extremes to try and lose weight while also trying to control their health. I’ll admit, there is a huge urge in me to follow that pack. These days have been rather difficult for me, because I am really struggling with my weight and my body image. Like I have stated in a previous blog, I will probably go to a meal plan that will most likely cause me to spend a lot of time prepping food and painfully doing some calorie restriction. I don’t know how that will all work out, mainly because I am such a binge eater these days that I often feel ashamed when it happens. Right now, the old urges have been coming back due to the misery of life right now, where I feel stuck in a job I hate. Not to mention I am lonely as heck. Either way, I have to keep working through this stuff, mainly because my body depends on it and other people depend on me. I have been pretty anxious about Ragnar this year because I am not getting the kind of training I want to get in. I’m not running at the speed I want to run due to a constantly sore knee, and I am just too damn heavy right now as well. Sitting down all day has caused my body to react to exercise in a much different way, and this way is not sitting well with me as it has caused some back soreness and other problems. It gets more complicated for Ragnar as well, for I have become the de facto team captain for the race and have once again lost a runner (our former team captain! poor thing…it was her idea and now she cannot run) in the process. At least the good news is the fact if we only have five runners in van one, it will not be such a mountain to climb considering the course has been changed and the distances are more evenly distributed. I still might be forced to run the first leg of the race—an 8.7-mile death march with a 500-foot incline—but we will cross that bridge when it comes.
It's tough to figure out what to do in this life due to so many messages being available to us. You have all of these crazy cleanses that require a lot of starvation. Minimalist diets, diets that tell you to eat more and diets that specifically tell you to eat only one food item (though I do like potatoes, the problem for me was just the way they were making me feel after a while…right now I have gone a few months without eating actual potatoes in my diet other than the mashed potatoes I had during the holidays). So right now, I am kind of lost on what to do with my future fitness approaches. I have been set with such a certain way that I really have no idea what to do than try to trust the people I am working with. The biggest problem I am having with my trainer Jenny is the fact that I am just going too hard. Workouts that are meant to push me for an hour I am kind of bulldozing at a pace that is more akin to 45 minutes. That is what happened on Tuesday, when I went so fast that I put myself into a woozy haze after the workout. I literally had to sit down for a good five minutes to let my head get back to normal. Thursday I decided to actually listen to Jenny and paced myself a little better in the process, doing the preset workout over the course of the hour and not feeling like a wet sack of towels after the workout. I didn’t have to let my mind get back into operational mode after the workout. See, this old dog can be good for systemic changes in my life!
Jenny has also been getting on my case about possibly eating a little cleaner and better on the days we work out. I told her my old habit of eating potato chips is slowly creeping into my life again, and she starts everyday with asking if I ate any chips (I did eat a small bag of apple chips today though). Typically, I eat light during my work week (though not the last couple weeks…the downside of having a Chipotle next to work) and while I seem to do okay with the workout, things are gonna get tough next week. The weight on all my Olympic weight lifting are going to start going up, and it seems to be the perfect time considering my right arm is starting to feel a little better these days. The last couple weeks it has been sore in the bicep, making any kind of lifting tough for me to do. But that is just the issue with weightlifting and fitness….you have to know your limitations. I mean, we all can’t be freaking Keanu Reeves. I mention Keanu Reeves because his new movie John Wick 2 just came out, and I have already seen it twice. Needless to say, the original story of vengeance due to true love still lingers with me, because I might go apeshit like him if I found the perfect woman that fit my life was dishonored (and of course killing my sweet little pups might make me fly off the handle as well). Anyway, the whole meme revolution of Reeves is pretty interesting, considering the guy hasn’t really aged in years. I mean, he is 52 years old and still looks like he can actually do all of the stunts in his film. The real kicker is this though…he actually does his own stunts! I mean, he was wearing out his co-stars during the filming and even did preparatory military style training for the role. Even though he is technically an “actor” his measurable statistics and times in his training would still qualify him for various law enforcement agencies. And then you have the other celebrity birthday of the week, wherein Christie Brinkley still looks ravishing at 61, taking photos with her daughters and looking more like the older sister. Now sure, these two have legions of nutritionists and trainers on their side, they both speak of one thing that I think so many people forget about…consistency.
Sure, Keanu has the best trainers in Hollywood keeping him fit and trim for his sudden rise as an action star, he still eats regularly and doesn’t rely on trendy diets or massive protein shakes. It’s probably why he makes for a good action star at this point in his career…you kinda believe he is invincible but you can also believe when he gets his butt kicked at various parts of the John Wick movies that he could definitely be beat if someone had the same willpower as him. Either way, enough of the movie references, but I have to say the sequel was pretty decent. Though in my own words, we need more of his rescued pit bull in the next movie (and no, this is not spoiler, for the producers stated this would be a trilogy and not go all nuts like its homage predecessor Death Wish…does anyone even remember those movies anymore?) Truth be told, I don’t have the access to the staff these two people have, but it is not like you can’t read about them and what they do. Truthfully, I would rather take Reeve’s and Brinkley’s advice than from someone that is trying to build a social media following (but of course, follow my Youtube channel…provided I ever get back into doing videos again.)
Anyway, I have to figure out what will be good for me and pretty soon. Right now, I am taking a bit of a break from the whole plasma donating thing, even though it will hurt me in the pocket book for the time being. Right now, my protein is just gonna get killed by my running, and I am going to have to eat more protein rich foods to solve the situation like eating edamame pasta and almond butter (and no the really fancy one that they sell at your local Whole Foods that is organic, small batch non irradiated and hand churned that costs you 32 bucks for a little bottle…I kid you not, they do sell this stuff). I also just simply need to keep simplifying my diet and making the necessary changes to try and lose the weight. While I keep hearing people say I should not worry about this, but it does worry me. This fat is not gonna remove itself.
Right now, there is not a glut of health articles to choose from, for everyone is wondering what the heck to do with health care in our country, so needless to say that has been the order of the day in regards to the news outlets. I did find a little article that helped reiterate my point about cleaner eating, but the only downside is it seems to be something that benefits people who are already in good shape. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170206131349.htm Okay, I am in good shape so to speak, but not in the good physical shape that I internally seek. Anyway, even though this is a small study, it does give an interesting idea about some future diet ideas for me called protein pacing. Rather than eat a gigantic protein packed meal, the study concludes that eating moderate amounts during each meal can lead to some better results in your fitness. Now truthfully, I have been on the cusp of this idea for some time now. A lot of days I would eat some beans or oats for breakfast and then eat a lot of spinach for lunch. Naturally, I felt I did a little better at whatever workout I did, but the issue of course is when to eat. Do I eat before the workout and let the body build up some energy or wait until after? This is the conundrum I have been running into once working with Jenny. A couple times I ate before the workout and then ate a little something after. Personally, I felt a little bad because then I felt like I overate for the day or something. But the issue with not eating before is then I go home very hungry, eat a decent sized meal and then wake up feeling yucky in the morning because I ate a little too late in the evening. Ugh…I might have to show a little more discipline in my eating going forward, because I definitely need to figure something out.
That will definitely be a good question for next week when I talk to Jenny and my “team” at Parsons Training, who also give me some good ideas about eating in addition to the working out. Right now, I just need some confidence in my life, for the worst day of the year to be single is about to happen. Yeah, I am one of the few dudes that actually likes Valentine’s Day. Yes, it is a contrived holiday to sell dumb stuff, but at least you can participate without doing something overly lavish. I mean, a well cooked dinner for your sweetie and a nice stroll through the park will be good…at least I hope that would be good. You don’t need to get your lady a car! I mean, a well cooked meal would suffice!
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