Category Archives: Health

I’m constantly tweaking my diet, so I might as well write about it.

Something about a Wagon

I always forget what the wagon expression is – falling off the wagon? Back on the wagon? And I forgot exactly what it means.  Are you supposed to be on the wagon? It certainly doesn’t sound like a good thing to fall off a wagon, but then isn’t it lame to jump on the bandwagon?

Well, whatever the wagon expression is that people use to mean they’ve gone back to drinking, it applies to me diet-wise.  I had a pretty good thing going with the Zone, but it’s been a constant battle with the carb cravings.  Traveling makes it even tougher, and on top that I haven’t spent a great deal of time in the gym recently.   It all amounts to me putting about 5 of the 15 pounds I lost back on, in addition to a general feeling of lethargy.

But there is good news – after a couple of months of not sleeping more than an hour at a time I’ve slept though the night for 3 consecutive nights.  Horray for sleep.

Back in the swing of things

I’m just about over my latest bout with undiagnosable sickness.  For the second time in a year I’ve suddenly become very sick, gone to the doctor, been subjected to a battery of tests, and sent home with a list of things I don’t have.  Oh well, whatever.

I don’t have time to be sick right now. We’re still wrapping things up from last weekend’s Submission Only III event.  Hopefully we’ll have all the brackets posted tonight or tomorrow morning.  This coming weekend is the Pendergrass in Forest Hill, NC.  The following weekend is the Copa Nova.  US Grappling will handle the bracketing for those last two.

The Build Up, and a Diet Tip

The week leading up to big events makes me reevaluate everything. I hate these weeks. No matter what I do in advance, it always seems like there’s more left to do this week than can be done in a week. Entries will be short this week.

Today I’ll leave you with a dieting tip I picked up this weekend. Most, if not all, of the people reading this do BJJ, so you know all about cutting weight. On the forums there’s always a thread about it. People do weird things – enemas, colonics, starvation, wrapping up in plastic lawn bags and sitting in the car with the heater on full blast, etc.

This weekend I lost nearly 15 pounds with no effort at all! Yay, stomach virus!

Back on the Bike

After 4 years of sitting in the shed next to some hot tub chemicals (hint: PH Down rusts metal FAST) our bicycles are back in service. We found most of our old gear (helmets, gloves, tools, etc) except for a couple of water bottles and our trip computers. I’m pretty excited to get back on the bike a few times a week. It’s great exercise, but mostly it’s just fun.

Chrissy dug up a few links for finding places to ride like,, and but they all frustrated me. I think we’ll be starting off around the house, and maybe we’ll head over to Brown’s Island.

I think we’ll both need a minute to get used to clipless pedals again.

If anyone knows of some good trails in RVA let me know.