Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ironman Arizona 2017

Race Date: November 19, 2017

I decided to do another Ironman just to give myself motivation to exercise and to try to keep some weight off my body. Mission accomplished. I didn't train as hard and finished two hours slower than last time. Oh well. I was hoping to do a little better but when I realized that my time was not close to previous performances I decided to slow way down on the run and just finish without killing myself. I walked every aide station (each mile). I also walked miles 14, 15, first half of 16, all uphills and downhills, and much of mile 25. I probably walked 6+ miles. I still was uncomfortable during the run. I wondered where the springs in my legs went, the springs that I had as a younger man. I would have walked more miles but I was worried about making Pam wait at the finish line. The next day Pam and I walked through the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden; I couldn't have done that if I hadn't walked some of those miles in the Ironman. So I was prudent. Ahem. And like always, Pam was very supportive and texted all the kids that I was finished and still alive. She seemed very amenable when I said I didn't ever want to do another Ironman.

I think now I'm done with Ironman. Really done this time. I don't think it will help my longevity and I think I should find something else to motivate me. Ideally I should diet more and exercise less. We'll see what happens next.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nutribullet - The Game Changer

Although I’ve had an unused juicer in my cupboard for years, the Nutribullet was a game changer for me.
Here’s how I do it:

I start with two tablespoons of whole flaxseed and grind it fresh for five seconds.
Then I scoop up a giant amount of “greens” (mostly spinach) that I buy in big bags from Costco.

I add about five florets of broccoli or some other cruciferous vegetable (kale, cabbage, cauliflower).

I almost always add a small carrot too unless I am making room for some other vegetables.

For a sweetener I use any fruit but please note that this is a vegetable smoothie not a fruit smoothie. Fruit should be chewed and enjoyed like candy.

Add Water. I use the largest cup that Nutribullet has.


Reopen and add some protein powder. I am currently using Costco’s Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, chocolate flavor. Yes, chocolate because chocolate is a plant and it mixes well with vegetable flavors.

Mix again briefly with the protein without creating froth.


Then find a good mirror and look for immediate health changes. Smile. Feel good. Bask in the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, prebiotic (not probiotic) bliss.

Repeat daily for the rest of your life.

Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet

With the zeal of a convert I find myself joyfully migrating to a whole-food, plant-based diet (low-oil and low-processed sugar).
My diet is not an all-or-nothing proposition, so I consider any migration toward this new dietary standard to be a positive move.
I am not vegan because I think the label 'vegan" has been tarnished by some extremists that can eat fries and drink beer and call themselves vegan with the zeal of religious terrorists.
I’m not that.
But I am for following sound principles and I appreciate Dr. Michael Greger’s style in articulating these principles.

How Not To Die
See also:
The China Study
The China Study Solution