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I am so making these potatoes for my Day Off (the Whole30) at the end of the month. WOW.

I'm obsessed with food right now. Well. Maybe not obsessed with food. Obsessed with eating. I feel hungry all the time. No idea if it's the hormone supplements or the resumed exercise, but JFC starving. I wake up hungry. Two hours after eating, I'm hungry. The only time I'm not hungry is right after exercise. TEDIOUS.

[ profile] mckitterick and I have noticed decreased swelling around my midsection. I'm putting off measurements until the end of the month and the end of my Whole30, though.

The final episode of Season 3 Sherlock aired in the UK last night. I've been streaming them all (dubiously legally) so I wasn't spoiled from Tumblr and other conversations and also I just didn't want to wait. I wasn't sure how I felt after the first couple episodes (it was a very different show than I'd come to expect), but now that the season has wrapped, I feel good about it. There's so much to process, though, and TBH I'm weary of the stress of it. Thinking about it, being emotionally invested, and then just the stress (for me) of the basic technological stuff of making sure I had a working livefeed because People Were Coming Over and Counting On Me. Getting a whole season--a season very different from the first two, with a different message, different style, different filming techniques, different everything--thrown at us in less than three weeks was a lot. I have a post full of meta that I'll put up after the season airs here on PBS (starting next Sunday). More for my own benefit than anyone else's since the few Sherlock fans who read me watched the shows with the UK, too. Overall, I'm happy with it and I thought the third episode was Good and Satisfying. I just can't say more about it right now because Exhausted.

Yesterday was my first session with Andrew in a month where we picked up heavy weights. First he was sick, then I was sick, and then the gym was closed (so I had to exercise at home, with limited equipment), but KU is offering KU faculty and staff a free pass to Ambler Rec Center this week so even though Robinson (the crappy old student gym which I can still use for free) is closed, I can throw around some iron at Ambler. So yay! But anyway, my point was I got to lift heavy things for the first time in a month yesterday and it was awesome.

Because Crossfit Lawrence is changing their classtimes around a bit, the trainers are moving around their schedules as well. Andrew and I didn't have to change ours, but we shared the space yesterday with another trainer and his client. He was putting her through a more WOD-like program and oh my goodness was she groaning and complaining. Andrew commented that he always found it funny and interesting how people reacted to WODs. When I was doing them, I never really noticed anybody else because my entire focus was on Not Dying while doing my own. But I guess this sort of thing is pretty common. She was like "oh my god, I can't do another set" and the trainer was encouraging her like "yes you can, come on let me see five more wall balls you can do this." Even Andrew chimed in on the sideline cheering. And I couldn't help but think "My god, you are an adult woman. If you don't want to do the WOD, don't do it." It was just So Weird to me.

That sort of thing is incomprehensible to me in the same was as complaining about something you can't or won't change. I don't understand the concept of simply venting to vent. I sometimes talk about frustrating things because I think the audience might find the anecdote amusing, or I hash out something bothering me because it helps me find a way to deal with or change the situation. But complaining just to complain and feeling better for it? Unfathomable to me. People are weird.

I'm already looking forward to my four day weekend coming up at the end of this week. COME ON, THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

Date: 2014-01-13 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

That's funny, I just made very similar with white sweet potatoes, and omg were they delish! However, I've tried twice to do that nice sliced-up fanning sort of thing and it hasn't worked for me, so I just cut them all the way through and made roasted rounds. For some reason, white sweet potatoes are much easier to slice than orange.

Date: 2014-01-14 02:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
White potatoes have a whole different texture, regardless of whether they're sweet or not. Yams and sweet potatoes are dense.

Date: 2014-01-14 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I did not know that, thanks! I just figured I'd found another variety. Which, technically, is true, but not in the way I thought, lol. Although it tasted like a sweet potato to me, it seems that it is starchier. Boo.

I dunno about the "I can't do that" noises at the gym, or venting to vent. I think it's like swearing, it's a little relief valve for the stress of pushing one's self. I did it when Jbird took me out running and for the first few hard days of biking uphill.

And I swore, too.

Date: 2014-01-14 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
See my comments to [ profile] renniemom, below. There's a big difference between grunting with effort and whining about how you don't want to do a particular movement.

Date: 2014-01-14 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think [ profile] msmitti nailed it. When people do that, could be that they are asking for encouragement or even maybe attention.. "please tell me I'm doing great!" and getting others to notice them doing it. I think people do it because it works.

In my case, telling Jbird, "ARGH, why am I running, I hate running, why you make me run, motherfucker?" (he didn't, it was totally my idea) was just good-natured banter while letting off steam. I don't think I'd do that with a paid trainer, but having never really pursued it when I didn't have to, I don't honestly know if I would or not. I suppose it would depend on how friendly I felt with him/her.
Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure we're heard it in dance classes as well at extended arm drills. I suppose it's like the difference between taking video and watching the concert. Folks *are* weird, you're right.

Edited Date: 2014-01-14 08:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-01-13 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, complaining... weird, yet common. The other one that gets me is the "Those other people in the gym are judging me, looking at me funny, acting wrong, making the wrong noises, dressing to sexy, dressing ugly.... the list goes on. Seriously, concentrate on your form and movement! Your locus of control is what you need to exercise. When you get done you should be saying " That was a new record!, My form was off, but if i work on my ankle mobility... I could have hydrated better, but my energy levels were good. Damm! she has a nice ass! I will use the Surge of Desire™ to fuel two more reps! (not aloud of course) Ok, maybe not that last one. When I think about it if you can leave enough of you concentration aside for other folk, you should be doing something more complex movement-wise. I knew a guy who stopped going to the gym because the receptionist was one of "those stuck-up-bitches", and kept looking at him wrong.

Date: 2014-01-13 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
if you can leave enough of you concentration aside for other folk, you should be doing something more complex movement-wise

Yep. Or lifting more weight, or increasing your speed, or something.

In the interest of full disclosure, I must mention that yesterday I did occasionally observe aloud that "Oh my god climbing stairs is hard" after Andrew put me through weighted overhead lunges, weighted front squats, and body-weight split squats. But that was, you know, just Stating A Fact. More than once.

Date: 2014-01-13 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You were complaining about after effects of awesome™ rather than how awesome should be more accessible to regular monkey without discomfort. Kicking ass gives you mild after-effect complaint privileges. Awesome™ is inversely proportional to comfort level. (second law)

Date: 2014-01-13 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kicking ass gives you mild after-effect complaint privileges.

Remembering this one fo' sho'.

Date: 2014-01-16 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I will admit that I have a hard time with thinking that people are judging me at the gym. For being fat, for dressing funny, for not being in 'good enough' shape ... and it's hard for me to go and face that, but I keep telling myself it's not true, and even if it is, it doesn't matter, and I just need to do my own thing.

Date: 2014-01-16 02:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]


People who judge you for being in the gym can go fuck themselves. Who cares about those assholes? Instead, think of all the people who are cheering you on in their heads but don't want to make you feel awkward so don't say anything (that would be me).

Date: 2014-01-13 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure why negativity works as a fuel for some people...or why they think hating one's instructor is a universal thing. Or or or. Bleh.

On the other hand, a trainer doesn't live in my head, so (to a certain degree) I have to report what's happening inside the system as part of the feedback loop, which lets us modify exercises, etc. Sometimes it's weird to find that balance of disclosure and Keeping Shit to Myself.

Date: 2014-01-13 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure why negativity works as a fuel for some people...or why they think hating one's instructor is a universal thing.

Yeah, I fucking love my trainer, and whatever he tells me to do I'm like "YES I WILL ROCK THAT WATCH ME ROCK IT." I always go for the heavier weight he suggests because I can always put it down and pick up the lighter one if I need to, and I never complain about a movement. I mean, I am paying him to tell me what to do. Why would I gripe about it? Mystified.

Date: 2014-01-13 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Snagged the potato recipe. That looks really good!

I'm a grunter and groaner at the gym. But if there are 3 other people there it's busy, so I'm not disturbing anyone else. And it's for *me*; that dig down deep extra effort sometimes requires noise. They used to tease me when I played coed rec volleyball because my serves never made it over the net if I didn't grunt with the effort. And that's okay.

Like you, I go for the heavier weight. And when I struggle and trainer cheers for one more rep I'll do two just to prove I can.

Complaining in the gym is societal programming, like "hating" your male partner during childbirth. Unnecessary and ridiculous.

Whining two days after a good workout is totally different. That's often an unconscious reaction to the soreness.

Date: 2014-01-14 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Grunting and groaning (which I totally do, especially at the end of a set) is completely different than whining about not wanting to do the set.

Complaining in the gym is societal programming, like "hating" your male partner during childbirth.

OHHHHH! Interesting! Yes, I think you're right. I hadn't even thought of that.

Whining two days after a good workout is totally different. That's often an unconscious reaction to the soreness.

And, as [ profile] femfataleatron says above, is allowed under the Rules of Awesome.

Date: 2014-01-14 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I dunno. I get that there is some society programming but I have to own that I'm a complainer (though not a heavy complainer). I grew up playing sports where a coach always yelled at you (what to fix, encouragement, whatever) so I think when I complain I am looking for encouragement because I don't have someone yelling at me. I don't typically work out at a gym though, so this will come into play at practice or interval training.

Date: 2014-01-14 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
when I complain I am looking for encouragement because I don't have someone yelling at me


People are so weird, aren't we?

Date: 2014-01-14 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh I love doing that to potatoes, right before I drown them in butter.

These are also delicious and it might work with sweet potatoes, too (maybe with garlic and rosemary):

Date: 2014-01-14 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those look AMAZING. I am totally trying that this week with sweet potatoes. Thank you!!!!!!!
Edited Date: 2014-01-14 02:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-01-14 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We expect a full and (hopefully) delicious report!

Date: 2014-01-14 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What is this WOD of which you speak?

Date: 2014-01-14 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
WOD = Crossfit speak. Means Workout Of the Day.


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