People do it everyday

People do it everyday. They talk to themselves. They see themselves as they’d like to be. They don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it. The things you own end up owning you..It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.

Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Life hacking not so good?

>Maybe stop trying so hard to find shortcuts to “hack” your life. The best things are hard. Invest in the journey. Just sayin’.

[Why You Should Stop Lifehacking and Invest in the Journey by Rick Roll](http://www.richroll.com/lifehack/why-you-should-stop-lifehack-and-invest-in-the-journey/)

Since I’m wrapping up reading [The 4-hour Workweek by Tim Ferris](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0091923530/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0091923530&linkCode=as2&tag=m0dd3-20) right now this [blog post](http://www.richroll.com/lifehack/why-you-should-stop-lifehack-and-invest-in-the-journey/) by [Rick Roll](http://richroll.com) is very timely. I like the ideas held within 4HWW and look to implement some of them in my own life, but I have to say, in my opinion this focus and fascination with “life hacking” is a bit disturbing. It also reminds me of something Mike Rowe said to a “Dirty Jobs” fan recently, [check it out](http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/02/mike-rowe-offers-a-fan-some-of-the-greatest-career-advice-youll-ever-hear/), it’s quite profound. I really don’t have anything more to say on the subject, just wanted to share. 🙂

Manvotional – The Power of Truth

[Manvotional: The Power of Truth](http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/03/22/manvotional-the-power-of-truth/)

>Man is usually loyal to what he most desires. The man who lies to save a nickel, merely proclaims that he esteems a nickel more than he does his honor. He who sacrifices his ideals, truth and character, for mere money or position, is weighing his conscience in one pan of a scale against a bag of gold in the other. He is loyal to what he finds the heavier, that which he desires the more the money. But this is not truth. Truth is the heart’s loyalty to abstract right, made manifest in concrete instances.

Exceptionally good read, [go there now](http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/03/22/manvotional-the-power-of-truth/) and soak it in.

Food lifestyle people need to get their poo together

I am so sick of hearing all these different diet system promoters vilify and debunk every other system. Paleo debunks Vegan that debunks Atkins that debunks Low-fat that…. aw, forget it!

What is a person with high blood pressure and high cholesterol actually suppose to DO? Do you go Paleo? Do you go Vegan? Do you just sit and die of heart disease? When your life is on the line, what do you do? There is no going back from a massive heart attack…

It’s all fun and games if you’re just looking to get healthier or try something new. But, what if you have an actual condition that needs to be reversed? Who do you believe? Who do you trust?

Everyone has an army of doctors promoting their system, and they all contradict each other. Wonderfully helpful.

  • Eggs are good, eggs are bad.
  • Meat is good, meat is bad.
  • Milk is good, milk is bad.
  • Low fat, no, low carb.
  • Grains are healthy, no, grains are the problem.
  • No sugar. No peanuts. “f*ck quinoa!”
  • Bacon is good, bacon is evil.
  • Up is down, down is up. dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria!

ENOUGH.

By the way, “just try it for a while” won’t really work. So, am I suppose to try eating eggs and bacon for 6 months to lower my cholesterol levels? What if it goes in the wrong direction? What did I just do to my body? Can that now be reversed? Did I just dig myself a deeper hole?

I want, no I NEED, an answer… not someone’s opinion. Get it together!

Pessimist and Optimist

>There’s no difference between a pessimist who says “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens.

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

So What Have I Been Doing?

Wow, where has the time gone? And, where has the SUMMER gone?

So, what’s up? Where have I been?

Well, I don’t know really. Over the past several months I’ve basically been in a state of “Nowheresville”. Struggling with eating better, losing weight, and getting in better shape. For the most part it’s all failed. Tracking my progress since May has shown I’m basically flatlining all my stats: weight = same, body fat % = same, blood pressure = same.

What gives? I run an average of 6 to 8 miles a week with some kind of bike ride on the weekends, MTB or road.

So yeah, I’m not sure what’s going on there – I suspect it’s my diet. We go out to eat a lot, and I mean a LOT. I don’t even know the last time we had dinner at home. Kinda sad really. Lately, I’ve been trying to get salads while we’re out in an attempt to at least try to find something good-for-me on the menu. I’ve also been trying to follow a No Sugars, No Grains rule when eating. The jury is still out on if that’s helping or not.

That’s nice, but, uh, where have you been?

Not online, that’s for sure. OK, I’ve been online, just not contributing like I used to – I haven’t been tweeting at all, rarely posting anything on Google Plus, and obviously not blogging. Basically I’ve just been Instagramming, and that’s mostly pictures of beer. I’m not sure why I’ve been AWOL, I have friends there that I really like, it just feels like I’ve lost some kind of spark.

So, to my internet buddies: sorry, but I’m going to work on it.

Um, nothing has been happening at all??

OK OK, that’s not true. At all. I found out a couple months ago that I’m going to be a DAD! Yep, Baby Timmer is on the way! Due to arrive March 26th, 2014. Finding out you’re going to be a father is a mind-trip. It really drives home your priorities. As a result we’re looking at the where/when/hows of buying a house. The “where” I think we’ve nailed down. It’s mostly the “when” coupled with the “how” – but we have ideas.

Also, the realization of becoming a father for the first time at 41 has added a bit of stress to the “getting healthy” part of my life. I want to be there for my kid and be fit enough to do lots of things with them when they’re older. It’s basically my driving force. Every run I slog through these days is for them. When my legs hurt and I just want to stop, I think about them, grit my teeth and push on. I just only hope it’s helping.

OK, enough with the introspective questions.

Later.