Week 6

BULKTEMBER is now into its final week, but it's not the weak's getting bigger. During the long weekend I got to apply strength to real world situations. Rural situations. I got lost throughout the Adelaide Hills several times on my way to help Craig and Anne move furniture from a farm to their new place.
After using my six pack to move a couch and bed, I was rewarded with a six pack, not of beer but of farm eggs. I applied delicious farm protein today. I had four toad in the holes. I am dangerously out of BULKTEMBER information to share.


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Oh My God

So we went to play Lock On at a primary school tonight. I did legs and core in the gym after work so jogging around got a bit wobbly, especially up hills.
At one stage I was hiding up in a playground and I felt the urge to try an overhand chin up. I did two.

I've never done a chin up before. My back's never been strong enough to lift all 100kg of me into the air. I did it twice.
It was my dream to be able to do a chin up after BULKTEMBER, one I fancied so little of achieving I didn't even mention it in the beginning. Needless to say, I am chuffed.

I did 5 Chin-Ups Today

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you want to BULKTEMBER UP, this is especially true. But in this age of desk jobs and cheese supreme Doritos who really has time to make a healthy breakfast every day? You, that's who! With the power of your blender and Brad's BULKTEMBER guide to Breakfast Smoothies.

A Breakfast Smoothie is a quick and easy way of getting a solid breakfast inside you in under seven minutes! If you've ever seen the healthy food pyramid on the side of a box of cereal, you will essentially be building one of those in your stomach.

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The ingredients for most of the year are:

  • 6 Ice Cubes
  • 50g Mixed Berries
  • 3.5 Weet Bix
  • 200ml Skim Milk
  • 150g No Fat, Low Sugar Yogurt
  • 30g WPI Protein Supplement
  • 1tsp Natural Peanut Butter

In Summer it is nice to make it more seasonal: add tropical fruits instead of berries and substitute extra protein powder and honey for the peanut butter.
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First, grind the hard things into powder for 15 seconds on crush. I don't have time to get 50g of berries out to defrost each night, so I add them in with the ice to be ground into frosty paste. The ice is great because it cools the whole smoothie down allowing faster consumption.
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Add the milk evenly between the blender jug and the Weet Bix which you will crush and put in a bowl. microwave this for 30 seconds to make them soggy. While microwaving add the yogurt, protein mix and peanut butter to the blender.

BULKY FACT: The Difference Between Natural and Regular Peanut Butter
There isn't much difference between regular peanut butter and the natural kind that you find in the health food section of supermarkets. Natural is 100% crushed peanuts. When corporations get their hands on it they add some extra sugar and just a slight dose of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil - otherwise known as trans fat. You know, that chemically engineered fat that the human body can't break down and leads to coronary heart disease? Why add this deadly killer to peanut butter? Because it helps the oil bind more naturally throughout the product. If you buy natural peanut butter you'll have to stir, but your arteries will say it's worth it in your sixties.

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By now the microwave will have chimed, so bring the Weet Bix back and serve into the jug using the same spoon you used to stir and scoop the peanut butter (this saves on washing!). Finally, scrape the ice and berries from the sides of the jug into the warm mix below, then stir. Put the lid on and blend with liquefy for 60 seconds. This will purée your breakfast nicely and give you enough time to put all the ingredients away.
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I have started keeping the card from each box of Weet Bix on the top of the window frame in our kitchen, just above my blender. Each image of a successful and bulky athlete motivates every morning. Also it is just too high for mum to reach and take them down. The photo of pandas isn't from Weet Bix, it's actually to a postcard written by the Oma and Opa of whoever lived at this house twenty years ago. They're in China this week and they had bamboo for lunch. Smoothies are better than bamboo.
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Slam your breakfast smoothie down like a man; cups are for girls. This also saves on washing up and keeps breakfast under your seven minute time limit. Rinse the jug to stop Weet Bix from baking on, then run to the station to catch your train. Use the time you save to sleep an extra five minutes and enjoy the extra boost of somatotropin that will be released during your period of unconsciousness.

Puns and Other Plays on Words

Festivals more like Stresstivals
Back Pain more like Comes Back Pain
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Electionism 2007

So, dear readers, BULKTEMBER has come to an end and you are all rippling with muscle, carrying extra shopping from the car each trip and walking slower past mirrors. Congratulations. Being healthy is important. In fact, Health is a major issue in the upcoming Federal Election, being held November 24th 2007.

Australians, you have forty days to decide who you will be voting for. In the next forty days I am going to be investigating and probing into the seedy world of politics. Learning about policies and processes and offering only the facts. Together with the internet I'm going to figure out who to vote for.

Once, at a party, I claimed to be a young liberal and ended up getting a lot of attention from anti-Voluntary Student Unionism hippy chicks (and hey, any attention is good attention). This shows that politics is a passion for many saucy ladies, and it's the kind of fiery passion that can spill into a more physical expression. There are so many hot chicks out there who just love politics.

In the short term, and this is important, be aware that enrollment for voting closes soon and if you are not enrolled - or have changed your address - you may be ineligible to vote.

Simply use this website to verify your enrolment status.

If you aren't enrolled there are simple steps to take. Continue Reading Electionism 2007 - Am I Enroled to Vote?...

Newspoll has Labor With Strong Lead

Bradism.com's coverage of the 2007 Australian Election continues today with a discussion of the Election Issues. The Australian yesterday published the results of the latest Newspoll which shows a Labor government liked by 56% on a two-party preferred system (or at 1.47 to the Libs 2.70 on Centrebet.com). But what is it that motivates this 8.8% swing in preferences since the 2004 election? Something has changed the answers of these 108.59 people, and it probably isn't just an attempt to create value before putting a multi on the Liberal Party to win majority plus Petter Dutton to win the seat of Dickson in South-East Queensland on Betfair.

People are voting about the issues they're concerned about. According to Newspoll the major issues in 2007 are Health & Medicare; Education; and - during summer particularly - Water Planning. Industrial Relations were only rated 'Very Important' by only 46% of those surveyed in June 2007. Given all the results, it has to be asked, who the fuck are Newspoll? And why are we worrying so much and putting so much trust in what they have to say?

Newspoll was established by News Corp in 1985 in a partnership with what is now Millard Brown, an international research company. Newspoll is primarily used by News Corp's The Australian for poll statistics. Keeping in mind this is the same News Corp owned by Robert Murdoch that also owns Fox News in the USA which controversially covered the Iraq invasion of 2003 without mentioning the opposition to the war at home nor possible lack of WMDs. However no one in News Corp seems to have anything to gain from rigging Newspoll election surveys as far as I can tell, or at least determine in the space of a journal entry. Unless they had a double header on Hindmarsh and Adelaide both swinging... Unlikely, Newspoll has been proven accurate in the past at least once. Though that could have been a fluke... But there's no need to worry a Newspoll online survey of just over a thousand participants found that 89% considered Newspoll 'Very trustworthy'. And hopefully at least half of them weren't Murdoch advocated MySpace bots...

Tomorrow Bradism.com's 2007 Australian Election coverage continues with another attempt to dig a hole and turn up something interesting or controversial somewhere in this prairie dogged political landscape.

More Biting Political Satire...

This time fortunately not from me. Funnymakers from the Axis of Awesome managed to get their John Howard/Kevin Rudd rap battle on the media section of the Sydney Morning Herald. Though it won't exactly help in making your mind up in regards to who you vote for, it is definitely chuckle worthy.

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Nostalgiaism

Seeing no one cares about the election, maybe someone cares about my old car.

Car... :'(

But Seriously, Would you vote for this man?