Thursday, January 28, 2010

Totally Thoughtless Thursday

My recovery week is going great - thanks for asking. I have been able to walk a dog and cook a meal. Always good for everyone.

EVERYONE should watch Food Inc. I think it will force you to make some different decisions you may not have thought about before. It might revolutionize the way and what you eat or you may just take baby steps. Either way. The notion of eating REAL honest to goodness food. Comcast has it On Demand for $4.99 or you can buy it on Amazon thru Friday for $9.99. A must watch.

I make a deal with the devil AKA my alarm clock every, single morning. I never get up when I set it, just at the last possible second before I have to get up to workout or get to work. WHY? I doze off but it's not like I'm getting good sleep in those 2-3 times I hit the snooze.

We are getting ready for the deep freeze here in the South. Hurry, better get to the grocery and buy all the milk and bread you can get your hands on. I swear, the forecasters are in bed with the grocery stores around here and like to cause a panic. I know, I know, caution, Kentucky was SOL last year when the power was out for weeks.

Coffee and poop, the two things I must have or do to get each day started. Otherwise, migraine and constipation ensue.

Government Mule tonite ..... woohoo, southern rock at its finest.

34 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I hate the news, doom and gloom all the time, and why does set the public in a panic? The world has never ended after each day!! oh well, I guess that what happens when idiots are put on the tube.

Chloe said...

Food Inc was an awesome movie. The only thing that really got me was the groud meat. I still have not eaten a burger since watching it :)

Yep, we need to bring the plant in for the weekend. Thankfully I'll be heading down to Miami and avoiding the deep freeze!

Dan Seifring said...

That was a great documentary, it will definitely make you think about what we eat. I watched it on my Roku box with Netflix.

Amanda said...

Been wanting to watch that! but i'm a bit afraid...with knowledge comes responsibility...

um, we got less than an inch of snow the other morning and schools were cancelled and everyone forgot how to drive. ridiculous!!!

Have fun tonight

FLATOUT JIM said...

That's my exact pre race routine.

Once I get my morning Caffine fix, and then unload in the office, I am ready to go.

Keith said...

I never watch the TV news anymore. Once it was pointed out to me that most of the broadcasts opened with some variant of "It's new, it's terrifying, you and your children will be raped to death or worse, you never imagined anyone could be so diabolical, they are lurking in the shrubbery waiting for you, there's nothing you can do about it but write to your congresscritter and then cower in terror in your basement, they hate us because we voted for Dubya, the government is coming to steal your money, guns, and wimmen, THE THREAT LEVEL IS MAGENTA PINK!!!!!!". Or something like that. Bah! I say bah!

People and their alarm clocks. I don't get it. Really. After I wrote this I realized it turned into a rant. Enjoy.

Everybody needs a certain amount of time to go from being asleep, to arriving at the first obligation for the day, which might be dropping kids at daycare before a certain time, or getting to work, or beating the daily 7am collision on the freeway. Adults will know how long it takes to get through their various rituals. If they don't know, then they're still teenagers in the head. Sorry to be so blunt.

Figure out how much time you need. I mean figure out what it really is on a day to day basis with no particular optimism that you can reliably do it in half the time it normally takes. Set the clock for the time that gives you that amount of time.

Then get out of bed when it goes off. Near as I can tell, that seems to be the hard part. If you're still really asleep, good for you, but maybe you need to start going to bed earlier. If you're sort of awake, lying there in a heap like a possum whapped with a frozen cod, stop being such a pussy and get up. Do something important, like reading your friend's blogs, or writing your own. Get going on the coffee if that's what it takes. Get started a few minutes early for once.

My theory of going places is that if you start off in good time, then you'll catch the lights, the idiots will be late for screwing you up, the roads will be good, there won't be a line up at the store where you get the paper and a coffee refill, your regular parking lot won't be full, you'll get a seat on the train, and you'll probably get there a few minutes early. Bonus! Start late and you're screwed. The day you need a good commute everything will go wrong.

So suck it up people. The problem isn't your alarm clock. The problem is you. Get a dose of reality. If you need more sleep, cut out the coffee in the afternoon, and go to bed earlier. If you really need 2 hours in the morning to put yourself together, then plan your life so you have 2 hours in the morning. If there aren't enough minutes, then cut some shit out. I'd start with the TV news and if that's not enough then progress to TV in general.

There now, I hope you enjoyed the rant. I'm speaking generally here, not pointing the finger at Missy in particular, who writes a dayum fine blog, and has more grit and determination than I do.

Dave said...

I don't know whether to comment on you your post or Keith's comment...On the sleep thing...I still hear my Marine Drill Instructors...that was 20 freaking years ago...so I usually beat the alarm up...and for Luke...I turn his lights on...don't say a word and he is dressed in less than 2 minutes...isn't that the most important part for a budding triathlete?

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I didn't watch the show.

I had a big bag of Cheetos on the way home yesterday, though. You are what you eat, and there is a picture of a cheetah on the bag... so I will run faster, right? (I hope they are in the approved food group....)

kristen said...

Damn. How the hell am I supposed to follow a comment like that?!

This will be short and sweet comparatively:

Food Inc. - If heard great things about it, but frankly I'm afraid. Afraid I wont be able to eat hamburgers - just like Chloe said. You've convinced me though. I love eating, but I also love feuling with goodness. I'll watch it. I promise.

Gov't mule - I listed to them. I like it. Kind of grateful dead/skynard. Much better way to spend the evening than listening to the *other* Government mule :O

kristen said...

p.s. coffee. poop. everymorning. in that order.

Beth said...

YES!!!! Food Inc is such an incredible documentary. It is a must see for people who care about their health.

I am experimenting with Food Rules and am going to try no processed foods next week. I don't even know if it's possible to do it ... which is really scary!

ShirleyPerly said...

I'm with ya on the C&P. What the hell is it with the cold weather again?!?!?

NJ said...

The media is all in bed with some lobby group. Things become news because someone is paying for it to be.

I snooze my alarm clock too...it's not that I want more sleep, that just happens. It's just too comfortable in bed and I want to savor that warmth and peace for a few more minutes...and then a few more...and then a few more!

Velma said...

I have that movie on request from the library. Good luck with the weather - it is never as bad as they make it sound.

skierz said...

your posts never cease to make me laugh! Ahh, the morming thingy! I run at 5AM on Thursday, I wake up half way through the night and always manage to convivce my self maybe I dont feel well so I can stay in bed! Never works though! You bwere right a couple of months back, MORNINGS SUCK! thank god for coffee and poop! Cheers

Carolina John said...

i've been drooling over food inc for a while now, kelley just watched it. it's on the Netflix on demand as well.

we're bracing for snow too, but not as bad as what you guys are expecting. and i'm supposed to run a trail race on saturday? geez.

have fun at the concert! love governmnent mule

Keith said...

Hi, this is Linda, Keith's wife. Responding to Beth, YES you can cook without using processed foods. It is called 'from scratch'. Our ancestors did it all the time, not having grocery stores & so it can't be that hard, or none of us would be here now. That having been said, not all processed foods are 'bad'. Read the labels, law states they have to say what is in there & it is listed in order of amount, so the first ingredient is the biggest amount. If you need a degree in chemistry to understand the items listed, pass on it. Or if it just squicks you out. Processed meat parts, no listing of what, is something you should avoid:) Or anything that sounds like fake food type goo. Cool Whip is an excellent example of food goo, which incidentally gives me the trots if I eat more than a mouthful, so I avoid it, trots not being something I enjoy much. Keep in mind that cooking your food means you are processing it, which is why I say not all processed food is bad. So just stay calm, read the labels & if you get scared, remember you ate all this stuff without knowing what was in it & are still here - now you are making choices based on knowledge & thus can feel better about it.

Wes said...

My motto is if it tastes good, EAT IT! which means I'm pretty much a garbage can. I am trying to make changes though, and that involves making healthy choices :-)

Bill said...

Nice post within a post, Keith.

Can't agree more about the C & P. I can't go on a long run or bike ride without that starter set.

Sorry about the cold weather folks. I ordered it up for this weekend's Miami Marathon. For us to get cool weather, anyone north of Orlando has to freeze their keisters off for a few days.

Mike Russell said...

I am jealous about Government Mule. I haven't ever seen them live and I LOVE live music. Hope your freeze comes after the show so theys till go on stage.

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

Life would be bad with out C&P.
Enjoy the snow!

JP said...

I love the Mule, should be a great show...and being Music City you never know who will "sit in". Enjoy the Ryman, best sound ever.

TRI-james said...

Food INC is awesome. So is coffee and poo.

Jo Lynn said...

My old alarm clock didn't have a snooze button. I miss that thing.

Carly said...

I need to watch that movie.

Aka Alice said...

I haven't eaten anything that remotely resembles fast food since reading Fast Food Nation a few years ago. My daughter started calling it the "evil book" because once I read it, no more Happy Meals and no more Little PIece of Shit (LPS) plastic crap-toys. I haven't seen Food Inc yet, I'm thinking it's about time for another family upheaval. I also won't let my kids watch the local news since I figure it's about the most violent and sex filled show on TV. They can watch HBO, sure...that's just make believe, but local news? NO WAY...

I don't set an alarm clock. My bladder is my alarm clock, goes off every morning at 6am, whether I want it to or not. Once I'm up and I've pee'd, I'm up...then C&P.

Not quite as long as Keith's rant. What did you say to all of us today anyway? OMFG...Keith just KILLS ME. Did he have too much coffee this am? or tea? or Beth?

D said...

I love when a blog post ends with poop talk. A friend of mine doesn't understand that we all talk about poop like it's putting our feet up - she was quite annoyed that I mentioned my prp the other day.
GOOOOOOOOOO POO!

Diana said...

Food Inc. has stirred lots of thoughts among people. Nothing, that we really didn't already know-deep down. We all need to just plow our own land I guess and raise our own food like our ancestors!
Coffee and poop!!!! For me it's Diet Dew and poop-then my day is complete!

Enjoy the rest of recovery week!

Al's CL Reviews said...

I watch the local news every day. I like to see my 'hood on it.
;)

I'm a bottle of water and poop before I start the day type of person.

Didn't see the movie I'm trying to just stay away from foods with things in the labels that I can't pronounce. And things that are chemically altered to fool you (Nutrasweet, Spenda, HFCS). I got that from Jillian Michael's book Master your Metabolism. Don't know how much truth to the book there is but it felt ok to drink the kool-aid.

And I hit my snooze button 7 times each morning.

Sherry said...

Thanks for mentioning FoodInc. I'm going to make time for it on Sunday. Since I've made some huge changes to my diet over the last month, I'm VERY eager to watch this!

Holistic Health Coach-Tri Mom said...

Food Inc is a good movies, but an even better one is The Future of Food...big bad Monsanto is featured heavily in it, and its even scarier than Food Inc (and you can watch hours of video from good sources in their extras reel)...Thanks for posting.

Keith said...

Thanks for mentioning Food Inc. We watched it last night. Nothing we didn't know along the way, but it was a bit horrifying to see it all put together like that. I have to admit I was a bit, well a lot, really, to see Walmart in the role of the good guy. That guy might be happy they're on board, but Walmart's entire story is about squeezing costs, or passing them along to their producers.

Good thing we have a great farmer's market here.

pinkcowgirl said...

I forgot what I was going to say about your post.....crap.

It wasn't about the movie...it was about....oh well, I'll have to go back and remember later.

But my main reason for posting was...can I ask you some stuff about your Ironman journey?? I know it's on the blog and all but...would you mind emailing me??


Let me know. I'd really appreciate it. You seem...a lot like me...so I'm hoping if we are similar and do have a similar running/workout background...then maybe I can really do this.

:)

KK said...

I saw that movie this summer and loved it. Very eye opening and it makes me not trust ANYONE, especially big business and the government, which is actually one in the same. Anyway, it is very inspiring until you realize how expensive big business has made it for us to make healthful choices. Rude!

I like the deal you have with your alarm clock.

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