focus and fish.

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Sometimes I like to put on french music and drink my coffee and think about being somewhere else. Not in a depressing way. It doesn't even have to be french. It could be John Coltrane or Miles Davis or Charles Mingus. I wish I were a writer so I could use the excuse of the way I live as just inspiration for my writing. It's like I'm stuck in some Woody Allen movie and I'm constantly questioning my life and purpose through witty humour with philosophical undertones... Not really. I'm not witty. I think being unemployed right now doesn't help. I do things like research the mercury levels in seafood from high to low and then proceed to write down my findings on the low mercury fish. Fun fact, tuna is actually in the mid level of mercury rating, so it's actually not the best thing to eat on a regular basis. See how interesting I am? With all my fish knowledge. But really, the reason why I'm doing this is because I've been feeling a bit low with my paleo inspiration. Until now anyway. I've started cooking again and I think I've found my food mojo. IF is going to commence as soon as my coffee bean grinder arrives (hopefully today or tomorrow) and then I'll be on the road to success of a strong body and mind. I'm also going to try and eat as much raw food as possible. I made ceviche last night. Holy mother of god is that good. I've never made it before but after eating it in Mexico I decided I'd try it when I got home. Well, it was freaking delicious. I bought snapper and prawns. I had to skin the snapper fillets (not as easy as it sounds) and devein the prawns (ended up deveining like a boss), then basically just diced the meat and chucked it in a bowl filled with lime juice. The acidity in the lime "cooks" the meat, so really it's a chemical reaction that is so glorious and easy to do I just let that baby sit in the fridge for an hour and then all that was left was to add chopped tomatoes, capsicum, chili, onion, parsley, oregano, salt, pepper, white vinegar and Tabasco sauce and BOOM. Ceviche is born. I let it sit in the fridge again for about 20 minutes, then when I served it I added avocado and I also made fresh corn tortillas (hey, even Robb Wolf makes corn tortillas every now and then). Om nom nom nom nom. It's pretty strong tasting, you really do need a filler with it but I'm still trying to figure out a strict paleo food I could do that would work. Possibly coconut flour tortillas, I've made those before but you have to use a butt load of eggs so I don't find it to be a very economical meal. Then again ceviche isn't totally economical depending on how many people you have to feed and how much seafood you have to buy. But I definitely made way too much, I could've used half the amount of fish and prawns. So really it would've cost about the same as buying some nice grass-fed steaks. Justified!

Ceviche in all its glory.
One of my best friends Lindsay and I went on an all day bar hopping adventure on Friday. We went to CrossFit Northcote first though. So at least we got a work out in. We'd never been to this gym before, it's actually just down the road from where I live and it's brand new. Very nice. We did two workouts broken down into strength and conditioning. Strength was a 5 x 5 bench press. I've never done a bench press before. It's kind of weird that I've been crossfitting for over a year and I've never bench pressed. Mostly it's due to the fact that it's quite difficult to do if you have a big class and not a lot of benches. So you don't really see it very often in any WODs. Anywho, I found out that I'm not very good at the ol' bench press! Linds smashed it out like no other. Need to work on that. Then the WOD was 5 rounds for time of 12 toes to bar and 12 wall balls. I hate wall balls. I also hate going on the pull up bar. So that actually made wall balls seem alright. I can't do toes to bar so instead I did leg raises. Damn that bar! I'm actually fine getting up on it, and I was kipping the leg raises and everything felt good. It's only when I start fatiguing that I start worrying about losing my grip and falling. I need to practise grip strength and how to regrip on the bar without jumping off. Oh well, I'll get there eventually. It felt really good being back in a CF gym though. Running is so boring and non-motivational. I don't like working out by myself. Ah by the way, I went for a run the day after I had my post-run crying attack, and I managed a 5.6km run. So that wasn't too bad of an effort considering my mental state the day before. I'm so weird. Anyway back to my story! Bar hopping. It's so much fun. Especially during the day. Linds and I walked through Collingwood and Fitzroy stopping at anywhere that looked cool for a drink. We checked out this place that I'd been wanting to go to for ages called The Commoner. It's on Johnston street and it has a pretty narrow front so it's not the easiest to spot. But man was it cool. They have a little courtyard out the back so we sat in the sun and drank my favourite bottle of cider (Seven Oaks) and ate beignets. Seriously, those beignets were the best things ever. Even Linds said so herself and she's had them in fricken Louisiana! So basically that's my new favourite place.


beignets... devil food.
I'm trying to find where I can buy grass-fed butter in bulk. Apparently it's really difficult. The best I can find is to buy it online from the wholefoods store that I go to in Fitzroy, but they charge for shipping, so I'm going to go in there first and see if they actually sell it so I can cut the cost. I've also got a guide I'm going to follow on what protein, veggies, spices, etc in particular I should be eating. So I'm kind of going one step further than just paleo foods, I'm going for the most optimum foods I can eat. Basically I'm not going to be able to eat any fruit apart from berries, my protein will consist of low-mercury seafood, grass-fed beef and lamb, eggs... yes that's right, no bacon :-/ and I have almost free reign on vegetables but I'm going to avoid eggplant, capsicum, tomatoes, garlic, onion, beetroot and sweet potato (unless it's post-work out). So yeah, all those veggies I just listed are pretty much my favourite ones. Oh well. I need this food regimen in my life. I'm pretty excited actually. I'm just a tad concerned with cost of food, even though I'm fasting for majority of the day, I still should try and fit in 3 meals during the 6 hour feeding period. 2 of the meals won't be very big though, so food intake shouldn't be too much of a problem. Food is fuel. Food is fuel. That's just what I have to keep telling myself.

Cosmo totally wanting whatever I was eating.
I want to learn meditation. How do I go about doing this? I don't think I can teach myself how to meditate, right? I should google it. I need to focus my mind.

I had a really funny dream last night, and I literally woke up in the middle of the night, started laughing and then I snorted, which made me laugh even more. Rob was not impressed at all. Who does that? Wakes up from a funny dream and starts laughing hysterically? And then snorts? I don't even snort when I laugh. It was all very unusual. And slightly hilarious. On my behalf. Not so much for Rob. Also I've been craving fish a lot. And there was a fish in my dream. I think it means I need more zinc. At least the craving part. I probably don't need to look into the dream part too much. I don't think I should invest too much thought into fish symbolism. But then again, I am unemployed and do enjoy researching such pointless matters. Productivity is at an all time high over here.
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