Feb 282013
 

I read a lot about commitment on BJJ posts.  I see a lot of inspiring posts and posters suggesting that excellence is about prioritizing and that if you want to be successful, you figure out a way to make it happen.

I’m not going to lie.  That makes me feel kind of bad, because over the last several months (really, over a year), I’ve had a terrible time getting things together.  Many weeks, it’s just the three kids and me at home, as my wife travels frequently for work.  Two kids in high school and a pre-schooler keeps me on my toes.  My older kids are great.  They would be more than happy watching their younger sister for me while I go to class.   And the truth is, I don’t want to be THAT guy… the guy that comes to mind when people think about committing to training.  Or the guy who comes to mind when people talk about how many people disappear before they get to black belt.

But here’s what goes through my mind.  It’s very practical.  First, what’s for dinner?  My kids can cook, but that doesn’t mean that they will, and Lily will end up eating Mac n’Cheese or something like that for dinner.  The second, is the home work done?  Finally, after many other questions I get to the meat of the issue, which is where the parental guilt thing kicks in.  I don’t like the idea of my older kids raising my youngest.  It’s not their job, and I don’t think it’s fair.  This isn’t to say that I don’t leave them in charge.  I do, often.  It’s that, once it’s institutionalized, it’s becomes a primary role, instead of support.  If that makes any sense at all.

All of that said, Coach Bing said, “Bring Lily down to the school.  She’ll be fine.”  And I think we’re going to give that a shot.  I miss training regularly and I enjoy it when I go.  But, man, juggling my other obligations is rough.  I actually had every intention of packing Lily in the car and heading to class Wednesday, but found out after I got home that my son had a band concert that night.  He’s a great communicator, like all teenage boys.  So, class starts at 5:30 pm and I found out at about 4:45 pm that he had to be at the school in his tuxedo at 6:30 pm.  And he hadn’t eaten dinner, nor had he done his homework.

So, Friday…  the goal will be to pack Lily in the car and head to class.  We’ll see if I can make that happen.  I think I can… I think I can.

Other news:  Smoothie for today:

  • 1 1/2 bananas (Lily ate the other half)
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup (about) of frozen fruit (strawberries/blueberries/blackberries)
  • 1 tbsp Hemp Protein
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • about 2 cups of broccoli
  • 2 hands full of spinach and arugula
  • almond milk (unsweetened and unflavored)

Turned out great.  The berries turned it from a bright green to a kind of purple color, but the taste is good.  The arugula actually gives it a kind of butter flavor which I like, but might be a matter of taste.

Feb 272013
 

Anyone own a blender/juicer?  If so, give me some recipes.  A few months ago, for my 42nd birthday, I got a blender.  I wanted the Vitamix, but it was out of my price range at the time, so we ended  up getting a Ninja Kitchen System from Costco, which is about 1/3rd the price.

The Ninja system worked just fine for most kinds of smoothies and shakes, but there were limitations.  Most of had to do with texture.  I would try and add broccoli, for example, to a smoothie and it just wouldn’t get smooth.  The little tips would feel like fish roe as I drank it.  Yuck!  So, I didn’t do any more broccoli.  I ran into several similar problems.  Mostly, it worked great… but man, I just wanted my shake liquified.  That’s the look I was going for.

So, a few weeks ago, I picked up a Vitamix and it hasn’t disappointed.  I’ll do a side by side review soon, so that those who are on the fence can make an informed decision.

Really, I’m just interested in how you guys who already have blenders use them.  Do you make a smoothie every day?  Meal replacement?  Post workout shakes?

I’ve really found the mixer great for work days.  I make a big jug of what I’ve just started calling “sludge,” which I drink pretty much all day long.  I have a smaller lunch and then am not hungry until dinner time.  I haven’t really given thought to how many calories or other nutritional stats the sludge has, but I’m pretty sure it’s good for me based on the ingredients.  If anything, the sugar from the fruit is something I could back off on a little.

Typically, my sludge is made like this:

  • 1/2 cup or so of Coconut Water
  • 1/2 cup of Almond Milk (unsweetened and unflavored)
  • Small handfull of green grapes
  • half of a banana
  • a spoonful of flax seed
  • a heaping spoonful of Hemp protein
  • 2 big hands full of spinach or some other green
  • an apple
  • a cup or so of frozen fruit, usually a  Strawberry / Mango / Papaya / Pineapple mix from Costco

Blend that sucker until it’s smooth and drink it all day.

I will sometimes add tomatoes or some other veggie that is in danger of going to waste.

So, any tips?  Any recipes?  Help a guy out.