Friday, March 24, 2017

Bell Pepper Week

Some you know I'm working with Josiah Novak. I had the privilege to join his True 8 March Program. It's great!

It's full of high motivated, highly helpful people excited to pump each other up. It's hard not to grasp onto the energy there.

Also, Josiah keeps dropping knowledge bombs, recipes, and workouts. It's a great watering hole of inspiration!

Anyway, this week I decided to post to the group some of my dinners. I wanted to also share them with you.

We had a bunch of bell peppers in the refrigerator this week so I dubbed this week, Bell Pepper Week!


Taco Tuesday!

It's a tradition in the household.

My boys like meat and cheese, Emily usually it plain.

I'm usually making burritos of quinoa, black beans, and taco seasoned cauliflower. I'm a mad scientist in the kitchen. I love it.

Well, we had a ton of Bell Peppers, no quinoa, and I wasn't feeling the black beans and cauliflower.

So I decided to make Bell Pepper Nachos.

My first attempt was cutting the pepper into 3, dumping in the meat, topping with cheese, and nuking for 30 seconds.

Well, the pepper was still pretty trick and crunchy so it wasn't the best.

Later my wife and I cut another into 3, baked it, letting the pepper break down a bit, and then topped it with taco sauce. SOOOOO Good!

I loved it and am looking to growing some bell peppers and making it routine.


Pasta Wednesday

We have to pay homage to my wife's origins.

Also, I'm honorary Italian.

My maternal grandma was Italian.

My mom married into an Italian family.

I married into an Italian family.


The kids had pasta and I decided to do a repeat of yesterday.

I chopped the pepper in thirds, tossed them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then spooned in the meat sauce and sprinkled mozzarella on top.

This time instead of nuking for 90 seconds, I roasted the whole thing. Took longer but was so worth it.

After I pulled them out, I sprinkled a bit of crushed red pepper on top and delic! Must Try!


Now Monday, we had the standard fare of roasted chicken with rice and green beans (I rotate veggies).

Well, we still had leftovers because my lunch was last weeks leftovers.

That's the curse of eating less. Sometime you cook way too much.


I pulled out the leftovers and heated them up.

I then sliced and diced the chicken and rolled it into tortillas to make tacos. Cheese on the chicken for the boys, and plain for Emily.

Then I served then up with rice and some tortilla chips on the side.

I offered green beans which, surprise, surprise, were refused. And let the go to town.

For me, I sawed off the top, nipped the bottoms for a flat surface, then stacked leftovers and cheese until I ran out of room.

Thinking about it, Stuffed Bell Peppers are great portion control. The bag of tortilla chips however... Yeah, I should had put them away. Whoops.


What do you think of my recipes? Are you going to try any?

Do you have any Bell Pepper recipes of your own?

Let me know.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Not Giving Away My Shot!

This morning I weighed in a full pound heavier than yesterday.

Flip the table!

Then the split second of anger subsided to a chuckle.

Yes, I still have a tendency to kick myself in the morning but I'm finding it's starting to be a healthy thing.

My trigger now triggers a healthier introspection of my previous day. Instead of condemning myself, I review the day and see if there's something I did wrong.  Yes, that took me a while to learn how to do.

In fact, there was.

Yesterday's Dinner

Yesterday I made chicken, rice, and green beans. Not too bad right?

I also toasted up some bolillo bread in the oven. Being health conscious, I divided each 6 in loaf into two, serving size friendly pieces.

Being smart, I abstained from getting the second piece during dinner.

Fast forward to clean up. There was the other half, next to a baking pan of chicken grease and roasted seasoning.

I tell you like a viper I struck.

I dropped that half of bread right down on the pan, cut side down. I knew exactly what I was doing. I knew I was being naughty.

I watched and salivated as the bread started to soak up all that flavor.

Then, I devoured the sopping bread and licked my fingers after.

See, I'm not perfect. I still have my vices.


You know, I could kick myself over it. But what good will that do?

Instead. I'm logging it down. Writing it to be transparent, to you, but more so, to myself.

Ever have an episode like that?

I still do, all the time. But I found food's not stronger than me. I also grow stronger each day. Yeah, it's work, but it's worth it. I'm learning to persevere and the identify my weak areas. Then I'm given the opportunities to try, try again.

That's the key. Not quitting.

When you find that dead end, when you find yourself blocked, it's about the pivot. It's about re-positioning, moving lateral until you find the next open hole. Sometimes, it's about moving back to get momentum to cross a chasm. Sometime you have to back up to make the leap.

Each set back is an opportunity to regroup.

Each down is the opportunity to huddle up and review your next play.

Every stumble is an opportunity to fall forward.

Every fall is an opportunity to rise up.

Monday, March 20, 2017

St. Batman's Day

After grinding hard last 2 weeks, I discovered I completed my obligation for Q1 a day early. Excellent!

It's my kid's spring break and they are out of school. My plans came to fruition and I took Friday off (with my boss' blessing).


Now not long ago, my kids and I were hitting up a Goodwill and discovered a few Batman costumes. They begged for them and I relented. Then, they begged weekly to wear them. Today was the day they got to don the mantle of the Dark Knight. Todat was Batman Day!

It was also St. Patrick's Day but that's another story.

Stop 1 : Skate Park?

Our first destination Friday was a local skate park.

But why? Great Question!

Batman Parkour!

Think of all those ramps, step, and slides! It's a perfect place to hone crime fighting parkour skills. My two Batmen ran up and jumped ramps. They also slid down them on their padded Batman bums. I even pulled out the Go Pro for some extreme Batman First Person action!

I haven't seen the footage but I bet it'll be awesome. After an hour of fighting virtual crime, the skaters started to arrive. My Batmen were ready for a break, a drink, and the beach.

Stop 2 : Buc-ee's

If you never heard of Buc-ee's it's an over the top experience. They are huge with a ton of  beaver swagged items, clean restrooms, and jerky. That's just scratching the surface.

There are rows and rows of canned, pickled everything. Columns of chocolate covered bagged everything. I could go on and on for a while.

Anyway, after the kids declared they wanted everything, one at a time.

"I want this... No I want this... Can I have this too?"

The kids ended up agreeing they wanted Icees. Blue Rasberry, Watermelon, Dr. Pepper Icees.

Yeah, I got weird kids.

Stop 3 : East Beach

To my surprise, even though it was Spring break, East Beach wasn't crowded. It was also pretty early and on a Friday.

Still, It was a great day with a ton on beach sports. Beach hockey, beach soccer, beach animal ball... We got some serious cardio in on the beach.

We even splashed a bit in the water!

One of the coolest parts was a company of horse riders passed us on the beach. John's jaw dropped! He stares with laser eyes at the horse until they were out of sight, then asked each minute where they went. That guy.

Stop 4 : Merand Park

After a few hours, we were ready for some shade so we packed up and hit the stand. I knew the kids would soon be asking about lunch so I was seeking out budget friendly food opportunities. Lunch prices can rack up quick on the island.

During the search, we came across a local park  near the pleasure pier. Thank goodness too because the kids were talking about Bubba Gumps. I wasn't interested in spending $50 of some food they weren't even going to eat.

"Hey look! A park!"

It was enough to distract them.

Our thing is playing at new parks. Our game of choice is tag.

It amazes me how good my kids are at tag.  Watching them move, I discovered new and better ways to express movement. What's cool is my new movements in turn inspire them to learn new movements too.

One in particular was in ascending a spiral slide. I learned how to twist just right and without effort move up it or stop in the center, just out of reach of tagging arms.

Another movement I'm getting better at is an assisted front lever. I pull up on a bar and go horizontal, toes braces against something else, supporting my hold.

The taller kids, they still can jump and tag me, but that;s okay. Itt's when the smaller kids just gape at me, seeing some random dad levitating.. That's cool. It's also so cool hearing my kids brag on me.

Stop 5 : Little Ceaser's

After an hour there, the kids were wiped and ready for lunch. The two older wanted pizza and John wanted hot dogs. I wanted cheap. We got pizza, wings, and root beer at Little Ceaser's

$14 feed 4 people.

Not every meal needs to be organic.  Sometime the healthiest food is the junk food. We reviewed the day as the kids dug in. I ate my part too but made sure to eat slow.

It's funny. 2 years ago, that meal which fed 4 would have just fed me.

Stop 6 : Schrieber Park

With the kids recharged and ready, I knew the right place to go.

Last week when I took John to the Lone Star Flight Museum, we passed a park I was quite interested in. The thing was, it was raining. This Friday was nice and sunny.

As I arrived I saw I wasn't the only one with that great idea. Crowds of kids dominated the play structures, running this way and that.  The main play structure was 3 levels high and packed with kids. I let the 2 older loose on the horde and took John to the calmer splash pad area.

It only took John 30 minutes to touch the water. He's a riot. My two older are too brave but John is still hard to warm up to new experiences. Still, they all had a great time.

After an hour, they were ready to read home. It was less than 5 minutes in the drive before all 3 where passed out.

Point dad!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I'm talking a lot about progress lately.

I'm talking about how we need to forget about perfection because perfection is obtainable.

But progress... progress we all can do. We all can measure then work to improve upon that measure.

Perfection was something that always held me back. I always wanted the perfect route laid out before I even attempted to start. 
Can you relate?
But when do we ever have perfect conditions? When are the conditions perfect for anything spanning more than a step? 


Thanks to Chandler Stevens for the inspiration.

Picture this:

It's dark and you have a goal. You have somewhere you need to be. You have a car, it's running.  The headlights are on.

Do you wait for morning? Do you wait until dawn when you can see the entire path before you go?

What if when dawn breaks, a hill lies before you? What if the construction crew of life posted detour signs all over your idealistic path? Would you  wait until they built the on ramp to success for you? 

Because it won't be finished before you are.

Or will you go ahead and let the headlights illuminate the immediate path before you? Only by moving forward can your next step be revealed.

You don't have to wait for the perfect conditions to start.

In fact, you must not wait for them to start because they'll never show. There's only one condition you need to start, and that's being alive.

I want to share with you some of my progress this last year.

I think you'll find is illuminating. I hope it can inspire you to take your next step. even if your next step is your first.

March 2016

March 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Be A Metagamer


"... [P]layers using meta knowledge to grant themselves an unfair advantage (such as a piece of info that the player heard but their character would not know, etc.) ..." - J. Lilley

This is a deadly sin of table top role playing. It's breaking the rules, using external factors to influence adventures. Metagaming destroys games, groups, even friendships!
So why the title?

Well just as your character could benefit from outside knowledge. So could you.
Wouldn't you like an unfair advantage in life?

But how do you metagame your life? 
How do you see your situations from outside yourself?

Try a time shift strategy.

Picture yourself one year from now, beyond your current struggles.
What do you look like a year from now, after overcoming your obstacles?

Picture yourself in the past, before you've overcome other obstacles.
You're still alive and stronger and more equipped from them, right?

Sure, some may of scarred you, physically or psychologically. Some have scared me in the past too.
I can't talk much on it but I do know if you're reading this, you're still here.

Try a Stunt Double?

Picture someone else in your position. How would your favorite hero resolve the matter?
If it's a healthy resolution, great! If not... pick another.

Asking 'What would Luckbringer Brightwater do' may open you up to a hidden highway.
This is called shifting your own perspective. It works!

Taking yourself out to the situation puts you in a place to critical think a solution.
Once you find a solution, you can try to apply it in your life.

Of course, maybe it doesn't work. But neither does doing nothing. 
And you can always try again...

Your Opinion

Are there any metagaming strategies you know that can help you on your journey in life? Let me know. Let's metagame life together!

Monday, March 06, 2017

My Weekend

I was surprised to see my weight this morning. I figured it to be a lot more than what it was. Then for a second, I was a little bummed. If I had done better, it would of been lower.  But I can't go back in time. I accepted the results and reminded myself I have similar temptations this Friday. Dual birthday parties with the in-laws. #twins

Let's take a step back and see how my weekend went before I dare consider the future. Those who don't review their pasts likely repeat it. I've been there. You?


Anyway, after a stressful week, I decided to take the kids to the park. We decided on Heritage Park in League City. Once we got there, it soon turned into a tag fest. That's great for me cause it's like cardio without the suck. Sorry cardio lovers... =)

After an hour there, we were all wiped and decided to head home but along the way, we came across a Panda Express.
"I want Panda Express!" Called Emily.
The boys cheered her on.
I submitted.

I ended up ordering the Bigger plate. Orange Chicken, Teriyaki chicken, and Broccoli beef with Chow Mein. Anyone who orders from Panda Express may know the bigger plate is not enough to feed 4 people. I didn't, but now I do.


Saturday morning I  finished off some pancake mix. I added chia and flax to the mix for fun. Needless to say, it wasn't a hit with the kids. Ha.
I tell you, the pancakes were quite filling though. 1 pancake satiated me until lunch. Impressive! 
That's great because we were hosting a get together for some friends that afternoon who live in the city. I wasn't even hungry buying out the store in preparation.  Grilled burgers, bacon, and dogs were on the menu, I even got a cheese try and a chocolate pudding cake. Not because I was hungry, because I was excited to see them. Neat thing is I only had 1 small slice of the cake (but went ham on the cheese). There was even  some beer and wine. Shiner Bock has a great Coffee Ale. I love it!
All and all, it was a good day. Sometimes the calories are worth it.


Sunday morning I ate 3 slices of bacon (my kids don't like think cut) and one over easy egg before church. Church was celebrating it's 5 yr anniversary with cookies and smoothies. I sampled, then gave the rest to my closest kid.
For lunch, I had 1 slice of pizza. My wife and I played Phase 10 and Skipbo while the kids ran around The Perfect Playdate. We were there for hours. I love that place!

I wasn't even hungry dinner time. Anne Maria heated up some pasta for the kids and I roasted up some squash. Most the squash ended up being my lunch today. I wasn't hungry, maybe it was the cheese.
When the time came to eat, instead of going through the motions, I accepted I could just prepare something later if I grew hungry. Never happened.  Felt fine all day. It was a great time. My wife agreed.

Looking Back

Looking back, I could of swore Saturday would had sent my back to 220. I can be so irrational.
Of course, if that's all you look at, it seems dire. But it's only a little bit of my weekend. The rest of it, I did exceptionally well. Not only did I have a great time Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I didn't gain a ton of weight. This weekend was a win.

In fact, looking back in my journal, I was 218 lbs this time last month. January was a decided weight gaining month and I just got off a 7 day cruise so no doubt some of it was water retention. Never the less, 9 lbs in a month is quite impressive after all the weight I've already lost.

Maybe I'm worrying too much. I already found I can stop dieting for 3 months and gain only 5 lbs. That blew my mind. I hear they're having crawfish anyway.   But still, the lighter I get, the easier it is to do cool stuff, like the L-sit. Speaking of which, have you seen my latest routine. It's Integral Strength by GMB Fitness. I recorded myself a few weeks ago. I need to record another one for comparison. Check it out. I think it'll amuse you.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Nirvana Fallacy

One issue I see with people wanting to lose weight is their unrealistic expectations. Come on people!

This is not the fantasy land of TV where you lose 100 lbs in 5 weeks!

Come on, they live in a gym, 6 hours a day and have chefs prepare their 100 calorie a day meals. The even have their own personal trainers who torture them daily!

Reality TV is not the same as reality. Biggest Loser is not reality. It's TV!

Get it together guys!

What they are doing is an inhumane science experiment for ratings! I'm surprised no one has died!

And have you heard most of them are worse off now then when they started! They rebound so hard! Why? Because torturing people is horrible incentive to change habits!

Did you forget the TV exists to capture your attention? If it didn't, you'd be doing something else. On purpose they compress time to keep thing interesting.

It's not reality!

It's simple. If you want lasting results, you need to develop a healthy relationship with the food you eat. Not have a professional cook borderline starve you for a couple months. You think those chefs go home with them? Ha!

If you want lasting results, you need to develop a healthy relationship with fitness. Not tortured for 6 hours a day and shamed every time you fail to lose 10 lbs in a week!

10 pounds a week. That's a 35 thousand caloric deficit a week! Are you kidding me?! How is that even legal? No wonder they need a full staff of medical personal!

You need to wake up and start paying attention because that food becomes a part of you. Those movements (or lack of) become a part of you.

Question. Would you pull up behind KFC to get your oil changed? Do you trust their food for your car? Do you think it'll actually run? Would it be efficient?

Would you buy a tire that doesn't like to rotate? Do you think you'll get good mileage? What do you think will happen the moment you need performance?

What are your thoughts? Let me know.