Saturday, August 4, 2012

Nolan Ruined Batman, But He Can Be Saved

I loved the first one, then it went down hill. Nolan's story telling is fractured and choppy. And this latest had a main character who I understood about 5% of what he was saying. It was just plain 'ole bad movie making. I actually feel really bad for this Batman because I like him. I really like this batman, and Christian Bale's portrayal. I loved Batman Begins. The worst part about this latest is that it contains about 5% Batman. I couldn't even tell it was a Batman movie until half-way through. Put plainly, I wasn't entertained. I was bored and frustrated with Bane's voice and the choppy story-telling. It was just a bad movie, worse in these respects than the second. The second had far more Batman, but it still suffered from choppiness. Ugghh

Nolan's didn't direct the new Superman coming out, but he did produce it. I hope and pray that it survives the Nolan treatment. "Over-rated" is an understatement when it comes to Christopher Nolan.

Where should the Batman franchise go from here? How could Batman be saved? Rebooted and de-Nolanized, of course. I feel really strongly that Batman should get back to wearing a clothe suit and utilizing ninja skills. The Batman of the animated series in the 90s, in other words. He was a ninja, very stealthy, always in the shadows. And he was a detective, doing detective work, in the shadows. He didn't have a bulky rubber or kevlar suit, but he did have a tool belt. He was more vulnerable, and had to compensate with better stealth and ninja-ness. You know? That's where this franchise needs to go. No more retarded suits that nobody could actually fight in. Spiderman doesn't need a rubber suit, and neither does the real Batman.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

25 Pounds Lighter

Since I started the paleo/primal "diet" 3 months ago, I've lost 25 pounds. I've gone from 215, where I've been the last 4 years, to 190. Now, the purpose of the new diet wasn't weight loss, but I now see how unavoidable that was. I just wanted to eat healthier and more in line with how human beings are supposed to eat. I have less body aches and pains, less illness, and more energy. And I hope to avoid any chronic illnesses, cancers, diabetes, etc.

What do I do every day? I eat one piece of fruit in the morning, either an apple or a banana, on the way to work. On the weekends we'll prepare a fruit and greens smoothie in the big blender, for everyone. My lunch is either a grilled chicken salad (yes, with ranch and shredded cheese, not primal), or left-overs from dinner the night before. All our grocery shopping is done at either Whole Foods or Harmon's now.

Dinner is usually meat and veggies, and some or the other combination. Once in a while my wife and I will go through the paleo cookbook we bought and find something interesting to make. The last time we did this we had primal beef meatloaf and mashed cauliflower. The cauliflower was horrible, but we had steamed carrots to make up for it. I made a boo-boo on the cauliflower's ingredients, but I don't think we'll try them again.

And I'll eat 2 to 3 hard-boiled eggs before taking my supplements, before bed. I take fish oil, vitamin D, astaxanthin, and a multi-vitamin. And because my body is no longer on overdrive processing grains, I fast two meals every Sunday and breeze right through it without thinking much about being hungry. All in all, 25 pounds in 3 months. More energy, less fatigue, less weird pains.

My wife and I have made a commitment to walk longer and longer distances. We took the family on an hour walk from our house to the Gateway Mall, and an hour back. I did that in bare feet and boy were they raw after. Our next adventure will be to my nephew's house in South Salt Lake, at 2 hours one way. Then my grandma's in Magna at 4 hours. And ultimately my parents in Riverton at 8 hours. Our plan is to get through these by the fall, at least my wife and I. The boy was strong on our walk to the Gateway, but I don't think he could last 2 hours just yet.

That's where we're at. I'm loving everything about it, especially the part about indulging in goodies once in a while and not feeling guilty about it. If you eat right normally, then goodies are more enjoyable because you know they won't "go to your butt."

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Going Primal

I've been reading up on primal/paleo dieting the last few weeks, ever since Tom Woods, et al, have been promoting it. I've started Mark Sisson's "The Primal Blueprint" and have adjusted my diet accordingly. I'm even going barefoot as much as possible, and that part has felt really good. Anyway, what is the primal/paleo diet? It starts with the premise that our bodies (genus Homo) evolved over a few million years and asks, what types of foods did these bodies evolve on? Here's the answer in pyramid form:

You'll notice a few things missing: Dairy, Grains/Breads, Legumes, and processed sugars. That's correct, no more regular dairy, breads, or soda for me. In addition, I added Fish Oil, Vitamin D, and anasthaxin to my daily regiment of supplements a month ago. I'm super excited about this. My intent is not weight-loss (currently 6 foot, 215 pounds), but feeling good and preparing for middle-old age. I want to have as much control as I can over my faculties, and not be a slave to preventable diseases. I'll post updates from time to time.

Update: Also, 2 years ago I oft biked 13 miles to work and back. Since starting my second job, I haven't resumed that. I want to this year, biking on my second-job-days-off.