Obamafanatic Rep. Diana Moldonado (D-TX) — Wrong for Texas

Just wanted to throw up a quick post to remind the fine folks of Austin (specifically in Round Rock’s HD-520 to get out and vote on November 2nd for Larry Gonzalez to oust Obamafanatic Rep. Diana Moldanado.

More at UrbanGrounds.com on Ms. Moldonado’s attempt to sneak a stealth state income tax inTexas.

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My New CrossFit Garage Gym

We moved to our new home on December 30, 2009. And one of the things I wanted most in our new home was a three-car garage so that I could have more room for my CrossFit Garage gym.

Our previous home had a two-car garage, which meant I still had my garage gym, but my wife had to park outside. Here’s my new gym:

And my pull-up bar:

Everything you need for world class fitness is in this 8×10′ space. Pull up bar, squat rack, Olympic bar and rubber bumper plates, rings, plyo box, C2 rower, assorted kettle bells and dumb bells, Dynamax med ball, and a jump rope.

Thinks I’d add if I had more room: heavy tire for flipping and beating with a sledge hammer, GHD machine, rope for rope climbs, and an ab mat.

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Whole30: Day 26 – Now with Pictures

OK — I wish I’d taken a few “before” pictures before now, as I’ve lost 12 lbs so far in the first 26 days of my new Whole30 (scratch, make that Paleo for Life) nutritional revolution.

But here are my pictures from today, 26 days in, weighing 249.3 lbs (starting weight was 261 lbs on July 4):

Yes. These are embarrassing.

I’ve got 49 more lbs to go to hit my first really big goal of 200 lbs. Lots of work ahead of me, but I’m excited to get there.

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Whole30, Day 5 — 3 Ingredient Dinner

No need to read labels when your entire dinner only has three ingredients:

  • chicken (smoked over mesquite)
  • fresh red bell pepper
  • avocado
Paleo dinner

Paleo: always a colorful and healthy meal

Ok…the chicken is actually seasoned with sage, garlic, celery salt, and black pepper….but that’s it.

Weight Loss:

  • Starting Weight: 261.6
  • Today’s Weight: 253.3

Still think my body is adapting to not having sugar and cheap carbs for their quick and easy fuel source…but I felt a little bit better this morning during my CrossFit WoD than I did on Tuesday.

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Paleo Egg Burger

A little tired of chicken today (I’ve had chicken every day for the last 4 days), so I decided to make the fired egg burgers from The Label Says Paleo.

I added some grilled onions to mine, and sliced up half an avocado to go with:

Fried egg burger

Paleo Burgers

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Whole30 Paleo Challenge: Day 3

So far so good going strict clean eating (Paleo) and drinking (no alcohol) for the first three days.

I’ve dropped a quick 6 lbs, going from 261.6 to 255.6 over the course of the first three days.


On Monday, July 5, I smoked about 10 chicken thighs and 10 drumsticks on my smoker, and have been eating almost nothing but smoked chicken for my protein over the last three days. Eggs for breakfast on mornings I don’t have to be in the office.

Think I need to mix in a steak or two soon, though. And later this week I’ll smoke a couple lbs of salmon, too.

Combining that with lots of steamed broccolli (with olive oil), fresh red bell peppers (my very favorite veggie) some fresh cherries and blue berries, almonds, and fresh avocados.

How Do I Feel After 3 Days?

No headaches. That’s good.

But I don’t think my body has quite adjusted yet to not having a ready supply of carbs and sugars to burn as fuel. Not quite feeling that I have great energy yet.

In fact, during yesterday’s CrossFit WoD, I completely crashed in the middle of the workout — I toughed it out and finished (dead last by an embarrassing margin), but knew something was wrong with me and my energy.

Cravings and hunger? A little of both. Really want something sweet when I start getting hungry. Which I’m able to put off with a small handful of almonds mixed with some fresh berries.

As for the hunger, I’m not a guy who eats the RXd 5-6 small meals a day. I usually just eat 2 meals per day — a big lunch and a big dinner. I know, right?

Trying to mix in a few small snacks to tide me over.

Will post some “before” pics of my starting weight in the next day or so.

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Paleo Whole30 Challenge

I’ve been CrossFitting for nearly 2 years now, and while I’ve made some significant gains in strength and ability, I’m not happy with my progress. The gains I’ve made should have been made in 3-4 months of hard training; not over the course of nearly 2 years.

There are two reasons for this:

  1. Not enough training — I’ve been attending Coach Zach Theil’s 5:30 a.m. Tues/Thurs CrossFit class at CrossFit Central for the last two years. But that’s it. I don’t regularly get enough other training in to really help me get where I want to be.
  2. Poor nutrition — I’ve cleaned up my diet significantly over the last two years with the knowledge I’ve gained from the Zone and Paleo diets. The problem is consistency and falling off the clean-eating bandwagon. Simply put, I’ve got to get my eating (and drinking) habits under control if I want to get where I want to be.

Which brings us to: Where do I want to be?

When I started CrossFitting two years ago, I weighed in at 274 lbs (at 5′ 7″ that’s just too much weight and fat). Over the up-and-down two years, I’ve dropped to as low as 231 lbs, which is fantastic. Except that I gained most of that back recently.

On July 4, 2010 I stepped on the scale and watched it tick up and up, finally stopping on 261.6 lbs.

Unacceptable, and I’m moving backwards.

Which means that I’ve got to get serious about living, or get serious about dying. Almost literally, as I’m too big of a man getting on in years (I’ll be 42 next month) to hope to live a long life at the rate I’m going.

So, starting on July 4, I jumped back on Melissa Urban’s Whole30 Paleo cleanse. Which means 100% clean eating for the next 30 days, and I hope, beyond.

Here’s what I wrote on the Whole30 blog:

Today starts of the rest of my life.

Amy wrote, “I just turned 41, and want to live for a very long time.”

I’m about to turn 42, and if I don’t start making some big changes soon, I’m not going to achieve that goal. And, even if I do, I’m not sure how much “quality of life” I’ll enjoy with it.

Ever since leaving the Army in 1993, I’ve been packing on the pounds with my more-and-more sedentary life-style. I’ve always convinced myself that I was the rare exception — someone who is fat AND fit, just because I was still able to complete marathon canoe races and 150 mile bike rides and was a very active disc golf tournament player, while going to CrossFit 2x week religiously for the last 2 years.

Never thought about how much easier those task might have been minus the 60-or-so pounds I need to lose.

Almost exactly 7-years ago, I quit smoking because one day I woke up and just knew it was killing me and that if I didn’t stop immediately, I wasn’t going to live to see 40 years old. I quit cold turkey that day, and my life has improved immeasurably because of it.

I’m approaching the Whole30 the same way. In much the same way as my addiction to nicotine was killing me, so is my addiction to bad (and too much of it) food, combined with not enough physical activity. So two days ago, on the 4th of July, I decided to seek my own Personal Independence from bad, processed, food.

Hopefully, in 7 years from now, I’ll look back much as I do on my former cigarette-smoking self, and realize what a life changer this was.

Though nobody else reads this blog (compared to the nearly 2000 unique visitors I get to my politics blog, Urbangrounds), I’m going to chronicle my experiences and progress here. Because that’s what I do — I write.

In addition to stepping up my commitment to eating better, I’m also re-committing myself to a more active lifestyle and more training. That means more than just my 2x week CrossFitting and the 3-4 weekly hikes with the dogs in the greenbelt. It means more CrossFitting at home in my garage gym, more rowing on my C2 erg, more time on my bicycle, and more time swimming laps.

My Goals

Next May, about 10 months from now, the Texas Tri Series of triathalons starts with The Rookie.

I’m going to compete in that triathalon, which will be my first. Something to knock off of the Life List.

Oh, and I intend on being under 210 lbs when I do.

So —- 10 months to drop at least 50 lbs, build up to running a 5K, and being able to swim at least 300m without drowning.

Wish me luck.

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