First Month (121103)
I realize that a month is not a long time to be doing something, and if deluded enough one could do almost anything for one month. This is not that – the last month has been one of the most interesting 30 days of my life, competing for the first time in not one but two competitions, sharing many of my most fleeting thoughts about double-unders or Olympic movements, or even just random pictures of my hounds. I’ve come to learn a lot about myself and how positive a project like this can become. I hope to continue it for many, many more months to come.
As you’ve probably gathered from my posts this morning, I worked today, cooked this evening, ate tonight and didn’t WOD at all. Like always, my work schedule completely engulfed my box’s open hours, and thus I was forced into an unscheduled off day. Normally the off day is welcomed – but with the deload week shaping up how it has – I must admit I feel unnaturally lazy and in need of lifting heavy things or several rounds of wall balls. I guess that’s the point of a deload though, get refreshed and ramped up to get back to hard work and punishing WOD’s that Rudy dreams up.
Now for the fun activities of the day, first if you’re a food/agriculture person and interested in documentaries I highly recommend this one. I watched it today and was impressed, it makes many of the same arguments that you would hear around a Paleo dinner table, about the advent of modern agriculture but from a much more bureaucratic standpoint, in that it explains why the government made the choices it did and how those have come down the chain to affect the way we live our lives; and also makes some fair point about how going backwards might not be so easy.
Second, tonight was my Paleo celebration dinner for the 30th day of blogging. Last night I wrote about my Carnitas recipe, but I hadn’t yet decided what the side dishes were going to be for my the dinner. I landed on a bacon, roasted butternut squash, and onion as a starch and some braised brussel sprouts drizzled with balsamic as a green veggie. Both actually went quite wonderfully with the ginger & habanero carnitas recipe from yesterday.
For the squash, I cut the squash into ~1.5cm cubes and spread them on a rimmed baking sheet, then I roughly chopped 1/2 an onion and spread over top. Cracked pepper over the whole thing, and then layered the top with bacon pieces about 1 inch long. Threw it in the oven for 40 minutes or so at 350 or until all the squash is tender. When it came out I gave it a quick stir and then put it right in the bowl. Honestly the simplest things are the best.
Dinner was fantastic and for the most part I don’t think anyone had to lie about enjoying it. I had 3 plates and never thought twice. Though it seems that even after 2.5 years my friends are still amazed at the quantity of food I eat – many comparisons to “Gaston” later I am tired and ready to sleep off this food baby.