Yeah, you heard it here first. And only here. I'm done with raw food.
Why, you might ask? The whole reason I was even eating raw in the first place was because it helped with polyphasic sleep. I'm not doing that anymore, so I have to really evaluate the benefits of it. I feel great, but I also felt great when I was eating along the lines of my skinny snob diet. When I was doing that and working out people constantly were telling me that I look better than ever. Now they just cower in fear and throw garbage at me. More to the point - if I have any goal as far as health goes, it's to bulk up a bit (15-20 pounds of lean mass). Eating raw is definitely not helping that. I also want to live forever, but my old diet is very much in line with that as well. So, it's back to regular food for me.
The other benefit is that it's a lot easier to accomodate my diet anywhere I go. Because of raw food I had to stop going to most restaurants that I enjoy, other than my weekly cheat meal. I think I'm doing away with that as well.
Hayden is also interested in bulking up, so we're going to do it together. We both weigh the same amount right now, so we'll have a little friendly competition. In fact, I have given him not only permission, but clear instructions, to punch me in the face if I don't stick to the plan. It's going to be a hardcore regimen, so any motivation I can get is good motivation. If it comes to that, the punch will come as a surprise and will be videod and posted here.
I'm going to be taking pictures weekly as well as weight and body fat measurements. I'm going to set up a tripod in my closet and wear the same thing every time so that any gain / loss will be really noticable. Maybe I'll go nuts and throw up all the stats that my crazy scale provides. So for those of you yearning for pictures of me in my skivvies, rejoice! For the rest of you - I've got nothing.
Maybe I am a huge quitter. I actually hate breaking streaks. My first girlfriend in high school and I ate dinner together 250 nights in a row, largely because neither of us wanted to break the streak. It's possible that this is all just justification, so read it with a grain of salt.
I see myself as highly adaptive. I think I quit things when they fail to serve me any longer, but ALWAYS after I have gotten through the hard part. I could easily keep eating raw for the rest of my life. It's not a matter of will power or discipline anymore. I could also keep being polyphasic. But at some point it's important to evaluate my goals and decide which of my habits are supporting them, and which aren't.
Also, I love totally immersing myself in weird subcultures, learning everything I can, and then taking a step back.
Anyway, you get the point. I think it's extremely important to get past the pain barrier. Don't be someone who eats a raw meal, be someone who is a raw foodist. Not someone who ran, but a runner. I see 95% of people get up as soon as they hit that pain barrier. What's the point? You've gained nothing except for the knowledge that you're weak.
There are definitely a bunch of great raw foods that I will continue to eat, and once I get older I may switch back completely for health reasons. If I ever want to lose weight, I know I can do it easily.
HOLY SHIT. i remember sitting at the dinner table with you last night and you saying 'you know why you're tired taryn...because you arent eating raw!' and now 12 hours later you give it up?? im not sad or angry because you're a quitter...im sad and angry beacuse we could have gone out and had the most amazing dinner at Trulucks! but no...you wanted to be raw until AFTER i came over for dinner. you piece of shit. haha. im going to come over and knife you again.
Think of it as a trip to planet raw to have a look around. When you're ready to go raw again it will come to you. Lots of people who go raw actually binge on pizza and burgers when you aren't looking. I like to incrementally improve my diet.
Hey, drop me a line if you want someone a long way away to help with the Remote Viewing experiment. I know a few successful remote viewers. I've been looking at a lot of Farsight Institute stuff.
One of the great things about being polyphasic is that my friends are on awful sleep schedules. Some of them stay up until 7am, others wake up at 7am, so at any given time there's a good chance that I have awake friends.
This morning at 7am Hayden calls and asks if I want to do yoga with him. Of course I do. This is the hot yoga, "Bikram", which literally translated means "the most severe torture known to man that somehow hotties can handle".
I hop in my car and head to his place. Hmm. The ride seems a little rough. Not to get too sidetracked, but I thought it would be really cool if I bought 19" rims instead of the stock 16" rims. It looks fantastic, but these stupid wheels have given me nothing but trouble. Literally every single one has gone flat, they have damaged my brakes, etc.
Lots of people get out of shape, don't think about it, and then one day hit rock bottom or have a realization and go crazy to get into shape.
I'm not sure that's the best way to go about it.
I was pretty significantly injured in March (described here), and my fitness probably hit a low point in May. Now it's interesting - I actually haven't been on any sort of hardcore program since then, but I see my fitness levels improving.
I started working in movement and motion into every day. I tried to go for a walk, at least 15 minutes but ideally an hour every single day. No matter how busy you are, you could find time to do this.
I multi-task the walk. At the very least, I listen to an audiobook. This seven hours of walking time each week means I get through lots of audiobooks, which is great. I'm learning every day.