• Itchin on a Photograph

Itchin on a Photograph
by Grouplove


Grouplove - Itchin on a Photograph

Workout song of the day for me. 
Everything about this song just makes me not want to sit still.

(The fact that i saw them live and it was super incredible could help, though. YMMV) 

Paleo (by Thededicatedservers)

Thought this was humorous. A few parts NSFW (Cussing).

"Make no judgments where you have no compassion."

— Anne McCaffrey

Class today.

2nd day of Ecology and Intro To Philosophy. Ecology seems like it’s going to be boring, but i think (hope) that i will genuinely enjoy Philosophy. I wanted to work out this morning but i was super tired when i woke up the first time and being tired in class is not worth it when i can work out later just as easily. 

have a good day people.

"Fear has its use but cowardice has none."


-Mahatma Gandhi

Trashed my diet tonight…..

Whoops. I feel like shit (literally, not mentally. In my head it’s not the end of the world. My stomach feels otherwise ughhhh)

But i had an awesome workout at the gym this morning…

So that’s good…right guys? right….? :P

When i first started

Warning: Pointless rant ahead. 

I wanted to be skinny. I weighed 200 pounds, and it was a fat 200 pounds. Very little muscle going on. If i had to guess I’d say at least 30% body fat, likely more. 

I just wanted to be thin. I’ve never really cared about muscle. I just wanted to wear a size 30 pants and small/medium shirts. It was pure aesthetics. 

So i started running. I had literally no idea how to do this. I knew i wanted it, but i didn’t know how to get there. I didn’t have the motivation or inspiration, either. But i found an ask.metafilter.com post related to weight loss. Someone was looking for inspiration. One of the members over there had suggested the OP check out bendoeslife.tumblr.com, a blog about a guy losing weight via running. I went to Bens page, and started reading from the beginning. I was hooked. I read his blog from the first post to his most recent one at the time (this was probably about 8 months ago…I’m not sure where he was at fitness related at the time, but he was still focused on the fitness aspect and not on the do life tour stuff). This was the spark i needed. I started running. And i began eating less junk. I’m a picky eater, so i couldn’t immediately just start eating the foods i needed to be…So i just ate less of the shit that i was shoving in my mouth. And i ran 2 miles a night. Sometimes more, sometimes a little less. But i almost always ran. Sometimes with my girlfriend, my best friend, or alone. And i got smaller. And happier. 

I went from 200 pounds to ~170. 30 pounds…Alright, awesome. But i still had a lot of fat. Cardio is great and all, but it has the terrible effect of making you a skinny fat. 

For the last month i’ve been experimenting with the way i eat. I’ve cut carbs out significantly, trying out a ketogenic diet for a little while. Over the past month or two that i’ve been taking a break from non stop exercise and really working on understanding the way i should be eating i’ve managed to…well, understand the way i should be eating. I’m fairly confident that I know the way i should eat for my body now. 

But the funny thing is, now, it’s not only about aesthetics. It’s not enough to be skinny for me any more. I want to be fit. I want to be athletic. I want to live life. I want have muscles, and hike beautiful mountains, and bike trails, and run marathons. I’m not longer complacent in just being lethargic. I love sitting on the computer, but i’ve found a love for something else (other than my girlfriend - love you honey ;] ). I love being active. Expect more updates from me starting soon. My schedule will be changing, and my free time will be shifting around. I’m going to be back in the swing of things. I’m real excited :) haha. 

It’s weird.

I’m going to start regularly going to the gym to life heavy objects starting this week, and i’m actually antsy about it. I can’t wait to do it. I’m going to go strict about my eating that same day (I’ve decided to go with a half paleo/half IIFYMN approach at least in the beginning while i’m trying to figure out what my body will best respond to). 

I’m just excited, is all. It’s a new feeling for me. 



Go against your initial instinct. Do something that’s outside of your comfort zone. Ask that drop-dead gorgeous girl from English class out on a date. Go to the party where you won’t know anyone. Say “hi” to the cute guy from the gym.

Yes, you might end up in a “I’m pretending to text someone so I don’t feel awkward, but I’m actually texting no one” situation. Or in a room full of people you don’t know. Or on a date with the world’s biggest douchebag/bitch.

This might happen.

Or, you might meet some cool people. That girl might smile and say “yes”. The guy from the gym might say “hi” back.

How’re you going to experience life or grow as a person if you never say: “fuck it”and roll the dice.

THIS! I’m done being complacent. I WANT TO LIVE. 

I’m reading this right now. It’s a really great read for any one interested in nutrition. I think taubes really has a no bs approach to it. 


1)   We have the wrong way of thinking about getting fat. 

‘We have been told that we must not take in more calories than we burn, that we cannot lose weight if we don’t exercise consistently,’ he wrote.  ‘That few of us are able to actually follow this advice is either our fault or the fault of the advice.’  Malcolm Gladwell The New Yorker 1998

‘Undereating isn’t a treatment or cure for obesity; it’s a way of temporarily reducing the most obvious symptom.  And if undereating isn’t a treatment or a cure, this certainly suggests that overeating is not a cause.’  Bruce Bistrian

2)   The model of calories in, calories out, says nothing about why we get fat.  If we want to know why we get fat, we need to specifically look at what regulates fat accumulation.

“Obesity is fundamentally a disorder or excess fat accumulation…then the natural question to ask is, what regulates fat accumulation?”

“The science tells us that obesity is ultimately the result of a hormonal imbalance, not a caloric one. “

3)   We can learn a lot by applying many of the same principles to growing fat as with growing tall.

“Had we been discussing disorders of growth – why some people grow to be more than seven feet tall and others never make it to four feet – the only subject of discussion would be the hormones and enzymes that regulate growth.  And yet, when we’re discussing a disorder in which the defining symptom is the abnormal growth of our fat tissue, the hormones and enzymes that regulate that growth are considered irrelevant. “

(Taubes referring to his growing son) “He didn’t grow because he consumed excess calories.  He consumed those excess calories—he overate – because he was growing. “

4)   When it comes to getting fatter, the most important hormone we have is insulin.  The easiest way to control insulin is by controlling carbohydrates. 

“You secrete insulin primarily in response to the carbohydrates in your diet, and you do so primarily to keep blood sugar under control. “

“When insulin levels go up, we store fat.  When they come down, we mobilize the fat and use it for fuel.”

5)   Increased insulin not only drives the storage of fat, but it also drives hunger. 

“Just by thinking about eating (bagels and other carbohydrate-rich foods), we secrete insulin.”

“Avoiding carbohydrates will lower your insulin level.  Given time, this should reduce or eliminate the cravings.”

6)   Government and health officials would like us to believe that obesity is a mental issue, a fault in our own character. 

“So long as we believe that people get fat because they overeat, because they take in more calories than they expend, we’re putting the ultimate blame on a mental state, a weakness of character, and we’re leaving human biology out of the equation entirely.  It’s a mistake to think this way about any disease.”

7)   Obesity is more closely related to malnutrition than overnutrition.  It’s not the quantity of the food we are eating, it’s the quality. 

“Put simply, if we want to prevent obesity, we have to get people to eat less, but if we want to prevent undernutrition, we have to make more food available.  What do we do?”

8)   Fattening carbohydrates are largely a recent phenomenon that didn’t exist for most of human history. 

“Just two hundred years ago, we ate less than a fifth of the sugar we eat today.”

“The essential point, as this 2000 analysis noted, is that the modern foods that today constitute more than 60 percent of all calories in the typical Western diet – including cereal grains, dairy products, beverages, vegetable oils and dressings, and sugar and candy – ‘would have contributed virtually none of the energy in the typical hunter-gatherer diet.’”

9)   Lowering carbohydrates also lowers cravings.  This makes a low carbohydrate lifestyle much easier to sustain. 

“When you eat sugar…it triggers a response in the same part of the brain – known as the ‘reward center’ – that is targeted by cocaine, alcohol, nicotine, and other addictive substances….sugar seems to hijack the signal to an unnatural degree, just as cocaine and nicotine do.”

“When you restrict fattening carbohydrates, however, you don’t have to restrict consciously how much you eat; indeed, you shouldn’t try.  You can eat all you want of protein and fat….the biggest challenge is the craving for carbohydrates…the craving for carbohydrates is more like an addiction.”

10)                      Low carbohydrate diets are about more than just losing body fat.  But losing body fat alone will almost always improve a ton of important health markers along with it. 

“The fatter we are, or at least the more obese we are, the more likely we are to get virtually every major chronic disease.”

“The argument that a diet that restricts fattening carbohydrates will be lacking in essential nutrients – including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids – does not hold up.  First, the foods that you would be avoiding are the fattening ones, not leafy green vegetables and salads…Moreover, the fattening carbohydrates that are restricted – starches, refined carbohydrates, and sugars – are virtually absent essential nutrients in any case. “