I miss Joe and his Fear Factor glory. That show was an amazing combination of smack talking, beach bodies, and repulsion. The stuff they ate on that show was absolutely disgusting. The physical challenges weren’t exactly a cake walk either. My favorites were the ones that involved jumping off a boat or out of a helicopter. So insanely hard to nail on the first go round. I always thought it would be neat to go on the show…sans the bikini requirement of course. However, the eating challenges made me pretty nervous as well. Some of that stuff I knew I could choke down….but pig testicles and bird fetuses? I’m not so sure. But the truth of the matter is….it would take far less than that to stop me dead in my tracks. With $50,000 on the line, if you asked me to eat a turkey sandwich slathered in Mayonnaise…..I would walk away. I COULD NOT do it.
My issues with mayonnaise and all of it’s derivatives date back to early childhood. Most of my family (my mom and my grandpa) are total condiment phobes. That means no mayo, mustard, ketchup on anything, ever. The only one that sneaks by for them is French dressing…for some reason. My brother managed to overcome the genetic fear of condiments. I, however, have a full-on condiment disorder.
There are advantages to having such a disorder. Condiments mostly add unwanted calories and can do a real number and fattening up an otherwise healthy lunch or dinner. The disadvantages a, unfortunately, a bit more numerous. Anytime I’m at a meet that provides lunch….turkey sandwiches with mayo….without fail. Pretty much every summer picnic I’ve ever gone to….what’s on the menu? Mayo. I usually end up with a lonely hot dog after having to bypass vat after vat of potato salad, pasta salad, deviled eggs, baked beans, and the ever present pickle roll-ups.
I bring all of this insanely valuable information to you because I was recently asked to think of all the foods that I would NOT eat. Oh jeez….combine my condiment phobia with my lack of a bile storage vessel (that would be a gall bladder), and you’ve got yourself quite a list.
Blue Cheese Dressing (although I LOVE blue cheese)
All things “Salad”
Egg salad, Chicken Salad, Pasta Salad, Ham Salad,
Potato Salad, Crab Salad, etc.
Anything deep fried- French Fries, onion rings, chicken fingers, poppers
Oatmeal (are you getting a good picture of how exciting my breakfasts are?)
Any sort of “dip” or “sauce” (with the exception of BBQ or Hot Sauce)
Potatoes (white) in most forms- hash browns, baked, mashed, boiled, chips, etc.
You’d think with a list that long, a person would have no problem losing weight? Unfortunately my list of likes is MUCH longer. Oh well, one day at a time right?
Anyway, on to yesterday’s workout. I will not say it was a disaster….but it was. I was supposed to squat 5×5 at 185, RDL 3×6 at 195 and do 3×10 front squats at 125….psh. I failed on the 3rd set of squats. Ugh. The RDLs were fine, but the front squats….not a chance. I don’t understand how people do those suckers. My coach told me to wear my belt for them, but there was no way. I was gassed after the first rep. They are officially my new nemesis. I think it’s time to change the blog title to, “There’s nothing good about front squats.”