Brian's Notes

Thoughts on Stuff and Junk

Making Us Stronger

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Food Lifestyle People Need to Get Their Poo Together

I am so sick of hearing all these different diet system promotors vilify and debunk every other system. Paleo debunks Vegan that debunks Atkins that debunks Low-fat that.... aw, forget it!

What is a person with high blood pressure and high cholesterol actually suppose to DO? Do you go Paleo? Do you go Vegan? Do you just sit and die of heart disease? When your life is on the line, what do you do? There is no going back from a massive heart attack...

It's all fun and games if you're just looking to get healthier or try something new. But, what if you have an actual condition that needs to be reversed? Who do you believe? Who do you trust?

Everyone has an army of doctors promoting their system, and they all contradict each other. Wonderfully helpful.

  • Eggs are good, eggs are bad.
  • Meat is good, meat is bad.
  • Milk is good, milk is bad.
  • Low fat, no, low carb.
  • Grains are healthy, no, grains are the problem.
  • No sugar. No peanuts. “f*ck quinoa!”
  • Bacon is good, bacon is evil.
  • Up is down, down is up…. dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria!


By the way, "just try it for a while" won't really work. So, am I suppose to try eating eggs and bacon for 6 months to lower my cholesterol levels? What if it goes in the wrong direction? What did I just do to my body? Can that now be reversed? Did I just dig myself a deeper hole?

I want, no I NEED, an answer... not someone's opinion. Get it together!

Pessimist and Optimist

There’s no difference between a pessimist who says “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens.

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

So What Have I Been Doing?

Wow, where has the time gone? And, where has the SUMMER gone?

So, what’s up? Where have I been?

Well, I don’t know really. Over the past several months I’ve basically been in a state of “Nowheresville”. Struggling with eating better, losing weight, and getting in better shape. For the most part it’s all failed. Tracking my progress since May has shown I’m basically flatlining all my stats: weight = same, body fat % = same, blood pressure = same.

What gives? I run an average of 6 to 8 miles a week with some kind of bike ride on the weekends, MTB or road.

So yeah, I’m not sure what’s going on there - I suspect it’s my diet. We go out to eat a lot, and I mean a LOT. I don’t even know the last time we had dinner at home. Kinda sad really. Lately, I’ve been trying to get salads while we’re out in an attempt to at least try to find something good-for-me on the menu. I’ve also been trying to follow a No Sugars, No Grains rule when eating. The jury is still out on if that’s helping or not.

That’s nice, but, uh, where have you been?

Not online, that’s for sure. OK, I’ve been online, just not contributing like I used to - I haven’t been tweeting at all, rarely posting anything on Google Plus, and obviously not blogging. Basically I’ve just been Instagramming, and that’s mostly pictures of beer. I’m not sure why I’ve been AWOL, I have friends there that I really like, it just feels like I’ve lost some kind of spark.

So, to my internet buddies: sorry, but I’m going to work on it.

Um, nothing has been happening at all??

OK OK, that’s not true. At all. I found out a couple months ago that I’m going to be a DAD! Yep, Baby Timmer is on the way! Due to arrive March 26th, 2014. Finding out you’re going to be a father is a mind-trip. It really drives home your priorities. As a result we’re looking at the where/when/hows of buying a house. The “where” I think we’ve nailed down. It’s mostly the “when” coupled with the “how” - but we have ideas.

Also, the realization of becoming a father for the first time at 41 has added a bit of stress to the “getting healthy” part of my life. I want to be there for my kid and be fit enough to do lots of things with them when they’re older. It’s basically my driving force. Every run I slog through these days is for them. When my legs hurt and I just want to stop, I think about them, grit my teeth and push on. I just only hope it’s helping.

OK, enough with the introspective questions.


Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying.

Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying.

Winter is wrapping up here in the midwest and I’m realizing I haven’t ran, rode, or did so much as a push-up in over 3 months. That’s what winter and cabin-fever will do to you, and that’s what it did to me. BUT, it doesn’t have to be that way, and as the snow is thawing and the prospect of us moving into a better place draws closer, I’m brightening up and looking forward.

One month from now I’ll be laying on an operating table having outpatient surgery that I hope will fix what ails me. Another month after that, if I’ve recovered enough, I’ll be taking my annual backpacking trip into Northern Michigan. I do hope I can make that trip.

Last year I told a friend that I’d try my first triathlon this fall, I also aim to complete that goal. So, after recovery and the backpacking trip it’s off to running and riding to prepare for the event (and get back into shape).

I’m hoping to make this spring and summer rock and take back the title I’ve given this website “Burning at 110%”

Live Your Life

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

Chief Tecumseh, the Native American leader of the Shawnee