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Pizza and Music Old and New

photo(2)Decided I wanted pizza for cheat day, so the wife and I decided to roll down to Bottoms Up.

On the left is the Bottoms Up Loaded, and on the right the Greek.  Both were outstanding.

Everybody talks about how good Bottoms Up is, but this was my first time eating there.

That’s when you know you’re old.  You say things like, “let’s go try that new restaurant” when it actually opened in 1990, or “you should check out this awesome new band” when they’ve been around since 2003 (last year I discovered a “new” band called The Sword and I actually said that).

I no longer laugh at the old folks in my mother’s retirement community who sit around playing Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. cassettes feeling the same way my 15-year-old might feel playing The Wytches (who are very cool if you like Lo-Fi Psychedelic Doom Surf).  Give them a play because they don’t suck — here’s a video.

Another Great Cheat Day on Saturday

imageAnother 4HB great cheat day on Saturday.  The Ranger is a delicious and super hoppy beer.  I’m not expert mind you — if you are, and it’s something else that gives this beer its bite, let me know.  As the kids say, nom-noms.

What’s a ‘Cheat Day?’

One day I’m talking about the struggles of buying local and eating healthy, ranting about GMO foods, and posting healthy recipes.  The next day I’m posting about my ridiculous junk food fests and posting pictures of potato chip bags.

Allow me to head off any accusations of food hypocrisy and/or schizophrenia.   I only eat junk food on Saturday “cheat days.”  What’s a cheat day?  It comes from Tim Ferriss’ book The Four Hour Body.  Under his slow-carb plan, you can eat whatever you want one day a week.  I like the idea for two primary reasons.

First, cheat day allows me to eat whatever my friends and family are eating one day per week.  If the guys are having nachos and beer, or the wife and kids want Chinese, I don’t have to the alien from Planet X.

Second, cheat day encourages me to be much more strict during the week.  Before I began allowing one cheat day per week, junky foods started creeping in everywhere.  Now, if a food item seems remotely junky, I put off eating it until Saturday.  You can only eat so much junk in one day.  In short, my net junk food consumption is lower with the addition of one cheat day per week.

In my opinion, cheat days are fun and beneficial to anyone trying to stick to a very rigid diet plan (mine is meat, eggs, veggies, and nuts only.)  If you’re having trouble sticking to a diet plan, you might find that giving yourself the safety valve of a weekly cheat day actually increases your overall long term success rate.

Cheat Day Lunch


PBJ sandwich, chips, and chocolate milk. Breakfast was an egg and cheese sandwich, glass of milk, a jelly doughnut, and half a bagel with cream cheese. After workout there will be either loaded cheese fries or pizza, beer, and more snacks. Gotta love a nice junky carbalicious cheat day, 4HB style!