Monthly Archives: October 2010

You are what you meat

I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile, but things have been a bit crazy lately. Fortunately, I’m on vacation this week and now have plenty of time to sit and write! I have gone through a pretty crazy transformation over the last couple of months, and would like to share it with you.

I quit a 10 year pack a day smoking habit on April 14. I became a vegetarian August 23. I got the first gym membership of my life August 31. I became a vegan on September 20. I also quit drinking coffee and soda, not entirely sure when. I think that a lot of these changes have been due to my quickly approaching 30th birthday, but at the core these are things I’ve been thinking about for awhile. I’m not entirely sure why I seem to have developed willpower, but I won’t lie when I say I’m enjoying it. I feel better than I have in years, possibly better than I ever have in my life. Continue reading

Doubting Thomas

I’ve been making a concerted effort to eat better as of late, both from an ethical and a health perspective. While the reasons behind this really deserve a post of their own (and one will be forthcoming, probably within the next few days), I wanted to express some dismay about my breakfast. About a month and a half ago, Katy and I made the transition to a vegan diet. I have been searching for foods that are both filling and wholesome, and I thought I had found a perfect meal in Thomas Light Multigrain English muffins. They are 100 calories, have 1/3 of your daily recommended fiber intake, are reasonably low in carbohydrates and sodium, and taste pretty darn good. I would have one half with Cascadian organic blackberry jam, and the other half with Maranatha almond butter. All told, my breakfast clocked in at about 240 calories and I was mildly hungry by lunchtime, but only in the “boy lunch sure sounds good” sense rather than a “dear lord my stomach is devouring itself” sense. Continue reading

Once More, With Feeling

I know that I just changed my Twitter name and made it private about 5 weeks ago, but I’ve decided to change it back and to make it public again.

Briefly, here are the reasons why:

– In reading my employer’s published social media policy, I have determined that I am not in violation of said policy. Even if their interpretation of this differs from mine, I feel that I have no reasonable obligation to censor a personal account on a social site used by millions of people.

– Making my Twitter account private caused difficulty in interacting with others on the service, which is the ultimate goal of, and primary reason I use, Twitter.

– I will not willingly self-censor an obviously personal account, especially one that is followed almost primarily by people who know me personally, because any employer feels it reflects poorly on them. My life outside of my job is exactly that.

– I paid for a frickin’ domain name of It’s my internet “identity”, and I’d really rather not change it, so I’m not going to.

So, I am changing my Twitter name back to @pzer0, and it is public as well. I apologize for any confusion this may cause, but I assure you it will be the last time it changes. I would rather close the account altogether than change the name again.