Archive for March, 2015


Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

I’ve been fascinated with the idea of living somewhere cold and remote forever. Someday I’ll do it. Of course Antarctica: A Year On Ice is right up my alley. I’m not sure what the fascination is exactly. I think forced-community through proximity and harsh conditions is part of it.

Northern Exposure is my favorite show of all time.

I have a Chicken, Alaska T-Shirt, and their FAQ is great.

What about mail?
    What about it?

Do you get any?
    Yes, mail arrives by plane Tuesdays and Fridays of every week. Chicken has had continual mail service since 1906\

Okay. So, where are the bathrooms?
    Chicken has no central plumbing. But you're welcome to use the outhouse.

Oh. How many people live in Chicken anyway?
    It varies. The year-round population is usually between 17 and 37, depending on who you ask. Miners in the summer boost the population up to over 100.  

Whittier, Alaska is also fascinating: “everyone lives, works and goes to school in the same building.”

Elizabeth Galle told me about the blog Sandwich Girl, and I’m eating it up. It begins in 2006 when she hadn’t even left yet for the first year on ice. And goes up until last year when she got married there in the mechanic shop.

I love stuff like the music scene:

booking your gig: it’s not hard. you call sean in recreation. you say ‘hi sean, i have a band. we’d like to play a gig.’ he says, ’great, where and when?’

Less Caloric Rice

Friday, March 27th, 2015

From an article in the Washington Post:

tinkering with a new way to cook rice that can reduce its calories by as much as 50 percent and even offer a few other added health benefits.

“What we did is cook the rice as you normally do, but when the water is boiling, before adding the raw rice, we added coconut oil—about 3 percent of the weight of the rice you’re going to cook,” said Sudhair James, who presented his preliminary research at National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on Monday. “After it was ready, we let it cool in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. That’s it.”


Sunday, March 8th, 2015

I spent the entire February this year at Hilton Head Health. This is what can be accomplished in one month of working out 2-3 hours a day, eating 1200-1400 calories a day, and drinking only water.

Those are just the highlights – it was good news on all fronts.

Back in September, I weighed in at 234, as I blogged here. That was a record for me. But right after that, over the next few months, I shot up to about 256 again. 22 friggin pounds. Weight isn’t the only health measurement that matters, but sadly I was using that as an excuse. I was training the whole time. I was gaining strength, training hard, running further than I ever have. But then EATING and EATING. Eating is the hardest part, no question.

So I went back to Hilton Head Health, for the fifth time. Not a great place to be a regular, but it’s a pretty enjoyable place to be, so hey, vacation. This time I went for a whole month, which is longer than I’ve ever been before. I figured I could skip some Wisconsin winter, make some good headway, and potentially have the good habits stick a bit harder.

I could have done a bit better. A good three times I cheated. I went out and drank and ate way more than I should have. Even fat camp can’t stop all bad behavior.

So far so good after returning home. I’ve been home a week and I’m at 235 now. Of course that 1200-1400 is too aggressive to stay with at home, so I’m going to be at more like 1800-2000. With my stats, that’s still losing territory.

Still not at my personal best weight, but super close and I’ll definitely hit it, while being more fit than I was the last time I hit that weight.