My energy was pretty good today. Very good, actually. My hunger was almost nonexistent. They even had free cake at work today, and I didn’t touch it. I can tell you that in the past that would have never happened. Turning down free cake would have been unimaginable. The intermittent fasting has really ramped up my ability to resist things like that.
After work I got in a quick workout. I did a couple of circuits of push ups, crunches, squats, dips, and dumbbell curls. I went through the circuit as quick as I could, with very little rest in between. It was exhausting, but in a good way.
On my way home I finished listed to a video on, what else, Intermittent Fasting, by Doctor’s Daniel Pompa and Jason Fung. This one was really good. They got into the benefits of eating a high fat / low carb diet, and that is a major paradigm shift for me. I am recently coming out of veganism, and the philosophy of that is to eat low fat and high carb. I am really simplifying it. There is a lot of information in the video.
When I got home Denice was really hungry. She wanted pancakes. I had my heart set on potstickers, so we made both. The pancakes didn’t go as planed. We incinerated them. The whole house still smells like burnt pancakes. The potstickers, on the other hand, came out really good. Denice had to resort to McDonald’s. I don’t know if I can ever do McDonalds again. Their food, with the exception of their fries, tastes like cardboard. I was happy with my potstickers and home cooked french fries. The Tamari sauce I was using was the saltiest substance I have ever tasted. I love salt, but it was pushing my limit.
Now, I am just about to do some Wim Hof breathing, and get a shower. Tomorrow is coming, and I must be well rested.
It’s been a pretty uneventful day. Maggie (one of my dogs) woke me up at three in the morning, whining. I thought that maybe she needed to relieve herself, so I took her out. She did. We returned and I went back to bed. Not long after that I woke to the highly irritating sound of Maggie whining again. I tried to ignore it, but she kept it up, insatiably, for hours. I had no idea what was wrong, and still don’t. She seems fine now.
So, I started the day out slightly sleep deprived. Doing my Wim Hof breathing helped a little. I did the usual three sets of thirty deep breaths and retentions. I have been doing the breathing technique twice a day. One when I wake and once before bed. I don’t know if the timing is optimal, but it does seem to help. It’s a good way to start the day, and I like to do it before a shower at night.
I am still doing the five-minute cold showers at night. Last night I tried one of the “transition showers” that Ray Cronise talks about. It’s really simple. You clean with warm water, like normal. After that you turn the temperature up as high as you can safely stand for about ten seconds. Then you alternate to all the way cold for about ten seconds. repeat the cycle for about five minutes, ending on cold. It made my skin feel amazing, and helped me fall asleep quickly. It has a lot of metabolic benefits too. For more information watch this video.
My day at work was boring as usual. Nothing to report.
At the moment I am chilling on the couch with Denice and the dogs. I need to finish up phase zero on my action plan for The Transition, but like most nights I simply don’t have the time. I will have to save that for this weekend. I really should make more time for changing the world.
Till next time, my friends.
It’s been a busy week. I haven’t had a lot of down to time to do some relaxing blogging, so I thought I would do a quick recap of the whole week. Hope I don’t bore you to death.
Let’s start with last weekend. We spent almost all day Saturday trying a new business/side hustle idea I found on the Internet. The idea was buying and selling used cell phones. It was pretty straight forward. We browsed Craigslist for several hours Saturday morning until we found what we thought was a good deal on an iPhone 5. The phone was in great shape, was unlocked, and had a clean ESN. So, I met with the owner who was a nice lady. We bought the phone, and then immediately began testing and cleaning it up for the eBay auction that was the end game of our little transaction. To make a long story longer… we lost thirty-five dollars on the deal. I was a little disheartening. But I’m not going to let it get me down. It was our first time and neither of us knew what we were doing. We did learn some things in the process, and plan to give it another whirl soon.
Denice was finally able to get the test she needed to figure out what is going on with her back. She has been having sever pain in her lower back. It’s probably due to a flare-up from the car accident injuries that she suffered several years ago. We won’t get the results until Monday, so for now there isn’t much she can do accept try and hang in there.
I found out Tuesday that Marshall Rosenberg passed away. Marshall was a psychologist who created a method of communication called Nonviolent Communication, or NVC for short. The NVC method has been one of the most helpful tools that I have picked up over the years. I felt truly sad when I heard that he was gone. Marshall was like a Gandalf or Yoda to me, a mentor. He was one of those old and deeply wise persons that you just took solace in knowing that they were out there. He may be gone, but his knowledge and wisdom lives on in me and all of those who learned from him.
Today I rediscovered a podcast that I had forgotten about when my podcast manager crash months ago and I lost all my podcast feeds. I thought I had them all back, but I had forgotten one: The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim is the author of The Four Hour Work Week, a book which I have yet to read. His podcast is loaded with some of the best interviews out there. I’m very happy to have rediscovered it.
Well, that about wraps it up for this WITL. Thanks for reading, and If I don’t post before then… have a happy Valentines day. Make love hard and often, for life is short!