Hingham, MA, day eleven, part I

Just finished up an 0300 call with the boys in India…Hey, when life hands you lemons…


No one else is going to be in the gym at 0430, might as well have it all to myself.  The 25g of protein in the shaker cup is just to give my body something to work with while I train, I’ll force down 50g post workout with 25g of carbs to let it soak in.

Out here.

Hingham, MA, day ten, part II

It’s hard out here for a Gimp, so one for my homies me.  No, two for me, then Thor: The Dark World on Xfinity On Demand, then bed.

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Hingham, MA, day ten, part I

From Tombstone:

Wyatt Earp: “How you feelin’ Doc?”

“Doc” Holliday: “Wyatt, I am rolling.”

Well, this day, I am rolling.  Boss called at 2145 hours last night to tell me he’s taking the rest of the week off to hang out with his kids during their Spring Break, so there will be no one looking over my shoulder for the rest of the week.  The streets are clear of snow, although there are 18-foot piles of “Connecticut Cocaine” pushed to either side of them by the plows that ran from 0900 – 2300 last night, so this morning’s run was in nicely cold weather, but no tromping through snow…I know my sneakers appreciate that.

No weights today, I’m lifting so heavy that I’ve decided to go back to a very old split I used to follow: Tuesday, chest and back, Thursday, biceps and triceps, Saturday legs, and Sunday delts and traps.  After all these years, no one needs to remind me that muscles grow when they are recovering, not while they are being worked – So let’s give them plenty of time to recover, and make sure protein intake stays at 300g / day seven days a week and carbs at 50-ish grams per day on rest days and 100-120g per day on weight training days, give them plenty of fuel to grow as well.

Should be an easy ride to the weekend for the rest of this week, and at my age, one has learned to appreciate that.

Out here.

Hingham, MA, day nine, part V

Part V?  Really?  Well, I guess that’s what working from “home” begets.  Sadly, the office will be open tomorrow and things will go back to normal, I’ve enjoyed the day by myself, got a lot of work done over the VPN and on conference calls, cleaned up the kitchen, hell, I even took a nap.

Just chowed down on dinner: Grass fed beef patties (Trader Joe’s), topped with bacon (Shop & Save), cheddar cheese (Trader Joe’s), a dash of seasoned salt (Trader Joe’s), and diced red onion (Trader Joe’s), with a teaspoon of Trader Joe’s Deli Style Spicy Mustard (not shown). Mighty tasty.  Mighty and tasty.  Oh, and it’s not that I’m low-carbing and afraid of hamburger buns, it’s that I’m out of bread and buns altogether, and I wasn’t about to venture out into the ice and snow just for that…


Next time I think I’ll throw a fried egg on top of each patty as well.

Out here.

Hingham, MA, day eight

This is some old bulls***:


The “office” is closed tomorrow, so assuming I have power, I can at least work from “home” over the VPN – Boring work, putting together a description of why the 5.56 round fired from an M-4 Carbine is as effective as it is for programmers who’ve never fired a weapon in their lives.

Pretty standard day otherwise – Cooking meals that are easy to heat over a fire in case the power DOES go out.  All of the equipment in the gym is LifeFitness stuff and dumbbells, so no electricity required to get a workout in, and I’ve run five miles in the past in a h*** of a lot more than 18″ of snow, which is what we’re expecting tomorrow.

If you’re in the path of the storm, prepare tonight, and stay safe tomorrow.

Out here.

Hingham, MA, day six, part III

Let’s get one thing straight – I am not a gourmand or a chef. I ate excellent breakfasts, lunches, and dinners growing up, my mother was a fine cook, and during my first career, when I was not eating first generation MRE’s (Meal, Ready to Eat, or “three lies in one”, as we called them), or snaring / trapping / otherwise silently gathering small game or fowl and slow cooking it (burning it, really) over the smallest covered fire possible (noise and light discipline is like religion to Lightfighters and LRSD Rangers), or scarfing down the rare delight of hot breakfast served from mermite canisters during field problems, my wife, one of the best cooks whose meals it has been my privilege to enjoy, fed me magnificently…Perhaps too well.

So cooking a week’s worth of food in one day was a real challenge for me. 4000 calories a day would be easy if I simply ate McDonald’s, Subway, Arby’s, or even upgraded my choices to Thai, Korean BBQ, steakhouses, and seafood Calabash buffets, but those calories would be mostly fat, zero-fiber carbs, bad oils, and chemicals.

Although I am still ambivalent about the Boston / Cambridge area (save for the history – I’ll be visiting Paul Revere’s home tomorrow with an old friend, a retired Colonel of Marines who not only earned the coveted black and gold, but fought in BOTH battles of Fallujah, and came out of the second one with his third Purple Heart and a Navy Cross), I’ll give it this: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Markets are pretty much the only grocers to be found.

I don’t cook with ground turkey, because I suspect that like Gwaltney hot dogs, it mostly consists of beaks and a**holes, so I bought 85% lean ground beef, free range organic skinless chicken breasts, free range organic eggs, dried kidney beans, fresh tomatoes, Habanero peppers, and more ginger / sesame / soy salad dressing to use for marinating the chicken, along with multi-grain and 100% whole wheat bread, plenty of quality turkey lunch meat (read: NOT Oscar Mayer), and low-sodium seasonings, along with a bunch of fresh local produce and a case of 42g protein per serving Muscle Milk ready to drink shakes.

I figure lunch and dinner are the only meals I need to pre-cook and package, I’m up plenty early in the morning to cook fresh eggs and bacon while toasting some of that good fibrous bread, to smear liberally with real, fresh butter.

So here you have my dinners for the upcoming week: Habanero chili, marinated chicken breasts with steamed fresh vegetables, and (not shown), lettuce and high calorie protein drinks. Lunch will be two turkey sandwiches with mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles, which I’ll prepare and bag while cooking breakfast, and I have plenty of string cheese, chili lime almonds, and mixed berry granola cereal for snacks. I’m relying on protein shakes for 1/3 of my calories and half my protein intake.

Let’s see how I feel this week:

Hingham, MA, day six, part II

“Poor baby”, texts Ranger COL (R) Priolieau after reading the last couple of posts, “has to live in a luxury resort and stuff his face all day. Find a f****** tree, Brother.”

Yeah, well f*** YOU, Dave…you think I’m made of money?

While you were sitting around in your drawers reading blogs, I was out buying $150 worth of groceries and supplements – That’s one week’s worth. Good thing you’re not my workout buddy any longer…I don’t think you could keep up on a retired Colonel’s pension 😉

RLTW, and OUT here.