By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
January 14, 2016
Well, just like the majority of people that will wake up on Thursday morning, I was pretty sad to see I didn't win that 1.5 billion dollar Powerball Jackpot. The worst part about the situation is the fact that two of the winners look like a couple of knuckleheads that will blow the money are trashy European sports cars $100 doughnuts. I really had no chance in the world to win it anyway, but on the other hand, it is is still a good idea to dream about it. You start wondering how many sessions at Parsons Training you can get and whether or not you can get a new car that is from the last decade. Personally, I try not to prescribe to the whole dreaming process, especially since it is a destructive mindset for a person like myself. I do that all the time with women when I go out on dates and such, where I subconsciously sabotage myself by thinking of silly, Hollywood-like scenarios and watching myself fall flat on my face. People say it is good I am getting out there more, but man, it sucks. In fact, I kind of disagree with a funny article that came on the same day of the drawing, where delusion and dreaming actually help your body revitalize due the release of specific hormones that make us feel better. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/01/13/dreaming-lotto-win-may-benefit-health.html
I’m not dispelling the idea because it is from Fox News, I’m just using personal experience I guess. The pitfall of setting yourself up with such dreams is especially hard on a person like me, where you set such an intense level of expectation that when you fall, it really freaking hurts. Such is the life of an empath I guess, when you feel everything from everyone around you and seek to relate, because you truly do want to help them by figuring out what the true problem is. It kinda works for me in regards to sickness as well, for even though I rarely get sick these days, I still can get a little woozy and whatnot when people start having certain symptoms around me or complain about things. Someone might say their neck is hurting, and suddenly there is a slight tingling in my neck that makes me want go to the chiropractor ASAP. I have never had something like strep throat, but whenever someone mentions the possibility of having it around me, my throat becomes quite dry and scratchy. Seriously, this has got be one of the lamest superpowers out there. It is more lame than the Color Kid, who’s power is he can switch anything into a different color. Or what about Door Man? Yup, he can transport anyone into the next room as long as there is a door to do so (but he doesn't have to ope the said door). Or Ant Man, for even though he was good at controlling ants or whatever, his main superpower seemed to be domestic violence toward his wife (look it up nerds!!!) Yeah, not a lot of thought went into those characters. I wonder when they will get their stupid movies, because it is clearly obvious the movie studios are running out of ideas. Anyway, suddenly feeling like crap when someone else says they feel the same way can get annoying.
Now here comes a really crazy dream…getting that crazy, ridiculous body I so terribly want and would make my life better in the mental health department and the romance department. I say crazy because it has frustrated me to kingdom come, and it is now time to start taking drastic measures. I’m impatient so to speak. I’ve seen people succeed far faster and far more impressively than me, and here I am, taking it slow like a chump. I need to start doing things that will spur me along the process, and the first things is going to have to be my diet. I’ve talked about this subject quite a bit, including the last blog post where it has been revealed that you can fight alzheimer’s disease with a simple yet dramatic change in your diet. For me the simplicity of my diet is secretly the source of my problem. I say this because the lack of variety tends to make me binge eat a little, and of course, my job doesn’t really help me at all when I get clobbered all day. Due to my financial situation, I pretty much stick to a few staples that are hearty and keep me going everyday. But there are moments, when the taste buds demand more, where I suddenly fall off the wagon and make a trip to Chipotle or my favorite watering hole here in town, Veg in a Box. Certainly, this is still good food for you, but it can still become too much of a habit, especially now that I am trying harder to meet women and stuff. The owner of Veg in the Box kind of pokes fun at me a little, wondering why I didn’t show up for the first few months after it opened and now they jokingly want to rename the Veg Ball Sandwich after me due to my propensity to order it. I actually did pretty well the last time I went, for I resisted the urge to get the sandwich and got the Raw Couscous with a delicious potato medley. I was meeting up with a fellow plant based athlete (though she is way more advanced than me!) and decided to switch things up. But man, the urge to get the sandwich was still there. Fortunately, I had some good conversation to keep me busy, and then a funny moment after all was said and done when my new friend started driving the wrong way down a one-way street (fortunately I was able to catch her and tell her to turn around!). But I have to admit, I really felt like going back into Veg in a Box and eating again….that desire for the olfactory satisfaction was that strong! I instead went to Sparkroot to get a Costa Rican medium roast that came highly recommended (plus I was thinking about another friend that was spending a couple weeks down on the “Rich Coast”—lucky gal!).
So now that you are privy to all this information, why in the world am I starting yet another 10-Day Potato Challenge on Friday? This is a tough time to do that, especially with the work weekend fast approaching. Since I hate using the microwaves at (mainly due to the lines), I’m probably gonna be eating a lot of cold chopped potatoes. Not to mention the idea offering nothing but potatoes three times a day does get boring. But let’s look at it this way…it sure as hell made me fleeced the last time I did it. Way back in 2012, this very challenge was the one of the final points for me to finally give up meat and dairy and go plant based. Throw in my love for animals and the environment, and it seemed pretty easy for me to make that transition. So wit the problems I have already described, why would I want to go through with such a regimen? Like I said, it is time to start making more strides in changing the way I look and doing what I need to do to have “aesthetic” look I have always wanted. Some might claim I don’t need to worry about it, but let’s face, I’m sick and tired of the way I look. I feel I am in a good enough space to finally start utilizing some more difficult methods in shaping my body.
Now it is not like the 10-Day Potato Challenge is really meant for that, but I want to use it more for my discipline side. Right now, I am all over the map when it comes to this area, simply because I will kind of eat whatever the heck I want to eat. Some days I am a total junk food vegan, and that doesn’t sit too well with me. I want to be healthier. I need to be healthier. So yeah, this is the reason why I want to go through with this. Now here is the other question…why resort to these sort of things? For so long, I have put down the idea of cleanses and detoxes, merely to the effect they are pointless in retrospect and have no real place in our lives due to our body being one big filter. If we keep the filter healthy at all times, it will most likely work at all times. There is a lot of rejection to these ideas, for many nutritionists don’t even like to recommend these sort of measures. I guess my anxiety is starting to really manifest itself into my personal image, where looking in the mirror is a grand indictment on myself and such. While I know this is a rather unhealthy mindset, I also know it is time. For the past few weeks, I have been delaying the inevitable and forgoing the goals I have tried setting for myself. I haven’t been eating better or slightly cutting back. I haven’t been doing the things that I keep saying I want to do in order to change things. I never made it to my weight challenge for Ragnar Las Vegas, and in the meantime I have ballooned back up to 245, gaining five pounds this past month (though I am still losing some inches, for my size 36 jeans are still feeling loose). While I had no problem with looking past those disappointment, I need to stop settling for what I am getting, for as it has been illustrated to me by other friends, settling will just inevitably make me unhappy.
Now I promise I won’t be prescribing to dangerous ideas that might get me hurt or feeling sick, but I definitely need to start working on the stomach. I really believe this has been the biggest issue in my current trajectory, the bane of my existence. Over the next few weeks, I will try to do my best to get it down, which I will also officially start a regimen for that on Friday as well. I promise you, I intend to keep to this. On Friday I will take a photo of myself and then compare it to the photo I will inevitably take on May 8, 2016….the four year anniversary of my arrival at Parsons Training. It does feel weird just writing that, for I still can’t believe I have been doing this for a good four years. It has been a good trip for me as I see how much has changed for me during this time. But like I keep saying, I really need to demand more of myself. I really need to seek out heavier weights, longer distances and do more side work at home like I used to do in the old days. I owe to myself to get better, for I still believe I have been stagnant for too long. Some of you might not think what I have done is not complacency, that I should be happy and proud with what I have done. I am proud. I am thankful for all the changes. It’s just now I need to start doing things for myself, make myself feel more attractive and confident in how I look. In a lot of ways, it is the same issue in regards my gray hair. It is a hindrance to me and I feel it needs to go. But rather than worry about the hair, it is time to work about the body.
The 10-Day Potato Challenge is no the only thing that has been on my mind though, for like I mentioned before, I will probably try a raw food diet. But let’s get the easy part done first. As for the parameters of my challenge, I will allow simple condiments like pepper, spices, mustard and even barbecue sauce. But it will have to be all potatoes, whether it be sliced, turned into baked french fries or turned into twice baked potatoes. It has to be potato based, but I will not allow oil in the equation since that is kind of a cheating. So there you have it. Let’s see if I can do it!
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