….with guacamole too!
I chopped up the black olives, fresh tomato (for the fajitas and the guacamole) and cut the red peppers.
Michael chopped the jalapenos, onions and minced the garlic. Then he cooked the streak and veggies while I munched on guacamole. We listened to the John Coltrane station on Pandora and chatted about our days.
I was feeling pretty good; a tad worn out from the day but alright. As the night progressed I started to feel worse: tired, I was coughing a lot more. I just didn’t feel great by the time I went to bed.
By the time I woke up Tuesday morning my cold was firmly sitting in my chest, I’d been up all night coughing and I had completely lost my voice. Not exactly how I wanted to start my day. I called in sick at work and made an appointment with a doctor. If it’s bronchitis I want to get it taken care of asap. I’m back to having ZERO appetite. I slept in until 11am this morning and still haven’t eaten anything other than a few strawberries. Nothing sounds appealing and my stomach is telling me I don’t want food. This sucks.
Michael finished reading the “4-Hour Body” by Timothy Ferriss and asked me to read it. It claims to be an “uncommon guide to rapid fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming superhuman.” I’m trying to read the book with an open mind but it’s really hard for me because it seems gimmicky. It feels like a “lose weight fast” scam to me. The writer isn’t a doctor or nutritionist. He’s just a writer. I also feel like he clogs the book with a bunch of numbers and science but I don’t feel like I can trust any of those numbers or the science behind it because I don’t know who this guy is….?
He also claims that people should be doing the bare minimum of exercise in order to lose a lot of weight. That also rubs me the wrong way. I feel like I’m living proof that hard work WORKS. Michael claims that the book doesn’t diminish what I did but it really does feel like the book does. Maybe I’m just being defensive and overly sensitive?
There are some things in the book that I do agree with. He says to eat more protein and more fiber (good), to stop eating “white” food (bread, rice, potatoes, etc). But then he turns around and says there’s NO REASON to eat fruit at all. That if I missed eating fruit, I could eat some on my “Binge Day” (another thing I didn’t like, calling a Cheat Day a Binge Day) but that I didn’t need to be eating the fruit. I’m sorry but I love fruit and it’s good for me. Sure there might be a lot of sugar in fruit but I believe it is healthy sugar.
Here’s a few chapter titles: “How I Learned to Swim Effortlessly in 10 Days.” (Haven’t read the chapter yet but it makes me mad considering I’m a good swimmer but it took me a few years to build up my stamina and skill.) “Going from 5k to 50K in 12 Weeks.” That sounds like an injury waiting to happen.
One thing that stuck with me after reading the first few chapters was this statement:
“Even if you are predisposed to being overweight, you’re not predestined to be fat.”
I like that. It’s implying personal responsibility to the idea of being overweight. That is very true in my case. My body type, genes and family history does not mean I should just settle with being overweight or fat. For a long time I “settled” and said that I was just destined to be fat. It was in my genes. I’d “tried” everything (I really hadn’t tried at all). I’m proof that that isn’t true at all.
I’m going to continue reading the book to give it a fair try. Once Michael’s back and head cold get better he plans on trying the book’s diet/exercise program. I’ll support him and if there’s positive results I promised him I’d give it a try. Right now it’s just a wait and see thing.
QUESTION: What did you have for dinner last night? Anything special? And have you read this book?