Did You Hear What You Ate?

Episode 440
27m | Jun 16, 2021

Today I talk about a way to be honest with yourself along with a new protein drink I'm trying and my first steps with a new rowing machine. 


In the last episode, I was 235.7, and in this episode, I'm at 235.2. While I would appreciate a larger number, I am grateful to be going in the right direction.


In the past, I've been in some weird health-related situations. When I said, "OK, I'm in my 50's, I have a tightness in my chest, and I'm having a hard time taking a deep breath" hear those words out loud inspired me to go to the hospital. 

When you hear yourself say, "I could drink some Huel right now and it will tie me over until dinner, or I can catch some hamburgers in the dive-thru, it can make your choices a little more easy to see (hear) which one is the better choice. You may hear it in your head, but hearing the words come out of your mouth can be more powerful and inspire you to make a better choice. 


Huel is "Human Fuel." It's not just a protein drink, it is not "Diet Food" as they put it "It's Food-food." Indeed it is as one shake will come in at 400 calories. Huel can help you with weight management. But unlike diet shakes and simple protein powders, Huel is made with ingredients like oats, rice, peas, coconut and flaxseed. As in, real food. So you fuel your body with what it wants: a balanced macro-split featuring 27 essential vitamins and minerals.

It sounds expensive. My first order was $72 (as you have to buy two bags). However, that is 34 servings which comes out to $1.94. 

I bought the vanilla and chocolate bags and I like both versions. Even though I mix it with water (not milk) it comes out pretty thick. I find them filling and tasty (not so tasty that you want second, but not something you have to force down). 

As it's getting hotter out, cooking inside can make life miserable (even with air conditioning) this can be a quick meal if you're on the go, an easy breakfast, and it comes with a pretty cool shaker that is easy to use, and easy to clean. 

If you want to try it, you get 15 off first order at 

My First Impressions With a Rowing Machine

After going down many a rabbit hole on YouTube, I was looking for either a Sunny Health & Fitness Phantom Hydro Water Rowing Machine - SF-RW5910 ($599), and another "top of the line" rower was the Century 2 Model D (Rowerg) which now goes for $1200. That's a bit nuts. I started watching ebay, and a friend of mine told me to watch Facebook Marketplace

I started checking Facebook Marketplace more and more (and liked the idea of searching for things in my neighborhood. Sure enough, I found someone near me selling a brand new Century 2 Model D for $400 off the price of a new one (even more if you tag on shipping, accessories). It was still very impressive. I knew what I was getting into. One video pointed out that, unlike another exercise where you can kind of multitask, you need to focus while rowing (and it can be boring). 

The manual said to start slow with 5-minute workouts (which I did) I eventually increased and tried this exercise video to start as a beginner. 

So far I'm happy, and I'm already feeling my upper body start to benefit. I'm going at a pace (slower than suggested or I'd kill myself - and that's fine). 

If you're looking for used equipment you might check out Facebook Marketplace.


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