Thursday, February 3, 2011

Eat your fats, mango, and DO YOUR DRILLS!!!!....and give up a paycheck?

This is a 4 part post:
Fat is a wonderful thing. Why? It keeps me full. During the cleanse I noticed that when I ate a salad or dinner that was just lean meat and veggies, I was lacking something; I didn't feel full. I remember eating one salad that was loaded with healthy fats. It had avocado and olives. But I forgot!

Yesterday I made a salad with tons of leafy greens and grilled chicken. But I loaded this one up with olives, avocado, and walnuts. This salad kept me full for hours!

Fat is a good thing!

And I have started to love Mango. I guess I was always so intimidated by it because I didn't grow up with it and cutting one was a huge mystery. Well now that I know how to peel and cut one properly, they make the BEST smoothies!!!

Cut up banana
Half Mango
One scoop of vanilla whey protein

Last night I hit the pool. My form has been sucking lately. My balance has gone all out of whack, my arm recovery has become VERY poor, and my speed in the pool has been dropping. So I remedied that. Holding a 1:30/100 pace has been a struggle suddenly. So After 1700 yards of balance and arm recovery drills, I did a 3 x 100 set. My times? 1:24, 1:24, 1:23 while holding a zone 3/4 pace. BAM! I couldn't believe the clock!

So if you ever need a nice confidence builder in the pool after feeling like you have been sucking water lately, do a bunch of drills THEN hit the intervals.

Finally, I felt like I did something noble. Part of me thinks it was stupid, but I find there is NOTHING worse than having a guilty conscience. I guess my parents did a good job raising me?

This was very similar to finding that no-ID wallet on the street filled with many Benjamin Franklins. What do you do? Do you keep the money or do you turn it in? In my case, it was payday and I checked my bank account and found a LOT more money in there than I was expecting. Hey! Look! Its that suitcase of cash that I talked about in yesterday's post! I can quit my job and become a fulltime triathlete! Well, it wasn't THAT much money, but it was a nice chunk that would have paid for a nice vacation.

So I logged onto our internal HR web-site to see the on-line image of the check. It was valid. Made out to me, etc with my employee number on it. Looks double valid! Extra paycheck! Woo hoo! But I knew this was too good to be true. So I went to our payroll guy and told him the situation (even he probably thought I was in idiot!). Turns out the check was cut to me in error.

I felt better! Yeah, a little disappointed that Feb 3rd isn't that "other" Christmas, but I felt better since I didn't want this to show up as an ugly stain months later, or even worse, fall on our payroll guy.

I gave the money back.


  1. So I would have done the same thing. It would have taken me two days of punching myself in the face to finally give in, but I need a clean conscience too.

    My philosophy in life that I follow as best I can is treat others as you want to be treated. If I messed up a check, I would pray that the recipient would let me know.

    Good man.

    As for your splits. HOLY CRAP speedy. Guess I am back to drills.

  2. I would have taken it to the casino and dropped it on a black or red 2:1 roulette shot. :)

  3. At the end of the day, when it is all said and done, it all boils down to integrity.

    Mine is worth a whole lot more than a few hundred, or a few thousand,or a few _____ bucks.

    Sounds like yours is also.

  4. Nice decision with the check! I would have done the same thing. Yay for being an honest person! :)

  5. LOL at MattyO's comment. I'd have done the same thing. It would have been hard as hell, but it would be the right thing and that damn conscience would win out in the end.

    Nice work at the pool! I am finally feeling more comfortable doing drills at the pool. Now that I have switched to morning swims, there are more like minded people. At the lunch swim, I always felt like that weird guy who doesn't know how to swim correctly.

  6. at least its just your form that was sucking and not your mental attitude like mine bailing on two swims in a row!!

    nice swim!! and good mojo on the mula

  7. Ha! Blame it on the parents for raising you right. :) Karma, Jon, karma!

  8. You did the right thing, when they did their audit, they would have found it and that money might be long gone, but you would have to pay it back and maybe worse, not worth it

  9. Good job on the check.

    So. How do you manage a mango?

  10. You know... if you hadn't said something, they would have figured it out and taken the money, after it had been spent on the vaca! :) Great job with those 100's - smoking fast!

  11. A.) Fat is essential. I also feel funky without it (as I should).

    and B.) Mango is one of the most delicious fruits on earth!

    :) You are speedy, mister!


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