What's the best/most memorable meal you've eaten recently?
I’ve been on a health kick so honestly food hasn’t been a big focus lately. But last week I did have the most terrific stir fry - buckwheat soba noodles in peanut sauce, topped with broccoli, baby corn, sesame mock duck, pan fried tofu, snap peas, water chestnuts, bamboo, and shiitake mushrooms in a spicy garlic fry sauce.
My mouth is seriously watering now… I can’t believe people think it’s hard to be vegetarian.
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Do you go to school and/or have a job? If so what are you studying or what is your job?
I’m currently in my second year of a four-year degree in commercial photography (music, editorial, fashion, advertising etc). I also work full-time in downtown Minneapolis as a security officer in a cluster of federal buildings.
This might sound weird but I see you as my role model. I really admire you.
No, it’s not weird - just awkwardly flattering, since I mostly do things behind the scenes. I am really glad, though, that I somehow managed to make a positive difference somewhere just by being me. <3
You’re a wonderful girl so hold your head high. :) I really don’t know what else to say, other than I am here to support/talk to you and anyone who needs/wants it (and like always, specify if you want something answered privately).
Cassiopeia is the first Shabutie song I ever heard and to this day it remains my favorite. I’ve been acquainted with all things Coheed for over nine years, but Cassio makes me feel the way I did all that time ago when to me their universe was almost unbearably magical instead of an old, comfortable friend.
Hold me close… don’t let the wind follow, don’t let the wind take us away…
I’ve seen some of the smartest people attempt the dumbest methods to lose weight. It’s infuriating. Weight loss is not a magical process by which your stupid evil fat body must be coerced to shed its undesirably high “number”. There are no secret foods or miracle exercises. But most of all: starvation completely defies the logic of weight loss.
Health is a science. The process by which we attain better health can be precisely measured and tracked by numbers and formulas. There are many major elements that factor into the state of your physical health: your average diet, your activity level, your genetics, your social environment… but most importantly, your metabolism.
Your metabolism is not the mystical concept we make it out to be. Metabolism is, plain and simple, the amount of energy your body uses to maintain itself. Our bodies use calories from food as energy the way a car uses gasoline. A larger person burns more calories because there is simply more of that person; therefore, they need more calories to maintain their largeness. Body composition also affects how many calories are needed, since a pound of muscle requires more energy to maintain itself than a pound of fat. Whether you are sitting, sleeping, running, or typing - your body is always burning calories. We take in those calories in our food and we burn them off as we go about our lives. Simple enough.
Okay, so to lose weight: you need to burn more calories than you take in, right? Yes - but it’s not a blanket statement. There is a clearly defined limit. Every day I see some post or another that says, “OMG guise, I need to lose weight so I’m starving myself this week!!1!” A starvation diet will cause a very quick initial 5-10 pound loss as your metabolism hasn’t yet adjusted to the sudden decrease in caloric intake. This initial loss and the blissful encouragement so many people feel in its wake are, I believe, the reason anorexia has become such a prevalent issue. But I assure you… that high does not last long. As your body becomes accustomed to the fact that you are not feeding it, your metabolism will shut itself down into survival mode. Your body thinks that times out there must be tough so it better slow everything down to keep you alive longer. This causes your weight loss to slow and eventually stop. Your body will cling like grim death to everything you put in it, because it thinks it’s doing you a favor. So here you are. You’re hardly eating anymore AND you’re not losing weight! You’ve destroyed your metabolism and if you start eating normally again you’re going to gain it all back when your body tries to “fix” itself. Now the only thing to do is eat even less, right? Wrong.
Furthermore, those who maintain a starvation diet are losing both fat and muscle. When losing weight, your body cannibalizes itself to feed the parts of it that keep you alive - your heart, lungs, digestive system, etc. What you WANT is for your body to cannibalize the extra fat to feed itself, but in order for it to do so you must eat enough good food to keep your organs and muscles operating. So in essence: to lose fat, your caloric intake has to be high enough to “keep the lights on.” Yes, you need to eat. Again: you need to eat. EAT FOOD. If you weigh 200 and starve yourself down to 190, what good is that 10 pound loss if much of what’s gone is water and muscle mass? The unhealthy fat is still there, plus now you’re weaker and on your way to becoming malnourished.
So how do you lose weight and keep it off? Don’t make a lower number your primary goal! Your weight is only one factor in your overall health, and you can’t forget about everything else that determines health such as the strength of your heart, your nutrition, your endurance and stamina, and so many other things. Don’t focus on that little number on the scale - it doesn’t tell you how strong or able you are. It doesn’t tell you how quickly and gracefully you can move. It doesn’t tell you anything about your skin, nails, and hair. It doesn’t tell you anything but a number, so get a grip and eat for your life!
hey i just stumbled across your blog looking for an amory wars blog and i keep reading your posts and going backwards in time. i gotta say your focus as far as achieving your goal is proving itself. its inspiration that can be applied to any situation. good job nd good luck.
Thank you man, that means a lot! All anyone has to do is look at the title and they’re one step closer to knowing me: “This Heart Is Everlasting”. ;)
I've always found the name "Amory Wars" to be particularly apt...
The Amory Wars (the story arc prevalent in the music of Coheed and Cambria) is named after the street on which its author, Claudio Sanchez, lived as a child. Philologists, however, will note a second connection that is likely unintended but uncannily accurate.
The Latin root word “amor” translates as “love”. What better title to encircle the tale of a universe whose destruction comes by a chain of events begun by a desperate act of love? This theme is blatantly recurrent through the entire saga, and for all its sci-fi grandiosity the Amory Wars remains an archetypal testament to sacrifice, hope, and redemption in the name of love.
Do you plan on Heedtripping to the East Coast next tour? Specifically Philadelphia or Atlantic City
Unfortunately, no. My last four or five Heedtrips have been to the East Coast - it’s time to give my friendlies in the Southwest a little love. But you can be assured that I’ll be headed out that way again soon enough. The East holds my heart. <3
I don't mean this as criticism, my only desire is to help. I lost 30 pounds in about 3-ish months. I do MMA so a lot of that was due to my fight training BUT, if you want to TARGET belly fat. The green tea pills for belly fat are NO joke. My trainer recommends them and now I do too, a little exercise along w those pills and you can kiss your belly fat goodbye. 1st time here and I enjoy your site a lot, may you continue to look good, congrats on your success. -Peter Y.
No. Just, no.
I’m pretty sure this is spam and I generally delete inbox spam, but this is so fucking inaccurate that I feel the need to contest it as a friendly PSA.
1. The only reason green tea pills help you lose “weight” is because green tea is a diuretic - meaning it helps you move excess water out of your system. Many people carry pounds of “water weight” usually due to a diet high in sodium and preservatives. Most people also store their water weight around the midsection. Thus, what those “green tea pills” are doing is making you piss out the extra water your body hung onto after the Chinese food binge last weekend. If that’s what you want, drink a cup of green tea instead to reap the plethora of other health benefits tea can offer you.
2. Don’t ever tell me a food or supplement is a fat burner. Fat is stored fuel. It took a positive net calorie intake to gain that fat in the first place and it will take a negative net calorie intake to burn it off. Certain foods can help raise your metabolism, which can help you burn more calories (resulting in a corresponding weight loss) but there are no foods that will eliminate fat as you eat it. It’s against the laws of science.
3. “Spot-burning” is a myth. There is no way to lose actual fat from any specific area. I wish there was, believe me - I have disproportionately fat arms and I would feel a lot better about my body if there was a way to get rid of just arm fat. There isn’t. You can do area-specific exercises to tighten the muscles there, improve shape, and decrease the appearance of fat. But the only way to lose fat in an area is to lose fat all over and hope you even out. (I still haven’t.)
4. No fitness or nutritional expert with any education whatsoever would EVER recommend using pills for weight loss, so don’t even start with me. A sustainable lifestyle change featuring a balanced, nutrient-dense food intake and regular physical activity is the only way to maintain a healthy weight.
Peter Y. - take your cheats, false hope, and bullshit elsewhere to someone who’s desperate and lazy enough to listen.
One of those things I love about being a Coheed fan
AMP Magazine:Since [My Brother's Blood Machine] does tie in with the Coheed and Cambria story, is it a concept album?
Claudio Sanchez:It is a concept to an extent. Even Coheed and Cambria, a lot of the concept derives from personal experience. So a lot of the songs are very honest and primarily from a first-person perspective. Then I take that and I use it to feed some of the characters and some of the plots in the story. It is a fictitious story and takes place in a modern-day setting where Inferno, who happens to be a character within the mythology of Coheed and Cambria and actually dies in Good Apollo, the most recent Coheed record, comes back reincarnated on a present-day Earth. And he has a job to do, basically to tell the story of the Blood Machine. Before he can tell the story of the Amory Wars, which is the Coheed story, he has to tell the story of the Blood Machine. And the premise of the Blood Machine is that there’s this family called the Bleams, and I’m still working out some of the details, but primarily it’s about this woman who’s gone completely mad living in this pretty secluded town called Margretville. She and her husband are meth heads and it gets to a point where the husband gets killed in a bust, but he was so out of his mind that he actually takes her legs off with a chainsaw.
CS:Yeah. But she’s so whacked out on these drugs that when she passes she has this idea that God has given her children a higher purpose. That is, that they are going to take the role of Death, the Grim Reaper. And her two boys, due to her experimenting with drugs, have been… They’re kind of mutated a bit. One of the characters is named Long-Arm. He has one very long arm, kind of looks like the guy from The Hills Have Eyes. And the other one is Butchie, who is kind of a short chunky-faced looking guy. Very much the archetype, like Pinky and the Brain kind of characters, only we’re talking about a horror setting. But their mother tells them, “This is what you have to do. God has given you a job.” And they’re so whacked out of their minds as well that they think when someone passes that the soul doesn’t leave the body. Instead, they think they have to draw the soul from the body, and that’s the creation of the Blood Machine. Basically, rips the body apart and collects the blood, and that’s their job. Then, on the other side of it there’s the love story between the McCloud family, Cecilia McCloud, and the Early family, Johnny Early. The Early family is the poor family of the town. The McClouds are more like the kings of the town. They don’t really know about the relationship between the kids, but it turns out that Cecilia’s father molests her and she’s on the verge of killing him. Then it gets to a point where she’s like, “I don’t know if I should kill him, but I should run away.” She wants to take her younger brothers, the twins, with her, and she wants Johnny to run away with her. But it ends up that Johnny stays behind. She runs away, and she runs into the woods where the Bleams live. Then there’s a whole other love story there between… They eventually end up killing Cecilia. Long-Arm has love for her corpse and doesn’t want to put it into the Blood Machine, whereas Butchie is the extreme opposite and is like, “You’ve got to follow God’s rules.” That’s pretty much the story. (Laughing)
Because my love for the Coheed phenomenon and my desire to get healthy are so inextricably linked, I wanted to open a new channel of communication to my fellow fans. I have lost a total of 72 pounds since my highest weight last April during the SSTB tour. I could not have done it without the constant motivation everything under the Fence has been able to inspire in me.
I rarely see friends in my everyday life, so when I occasionally meet up with old friends they have started asking me what “the secret” is and other similar bullshit. (When I tell them “diet and exercise” they always seem disappointed, like they were hoping I would tell them about some magic food or fad.) This year especially I have seen so many of you expressing a new interest in improving your health to live more fully and without fear, and it makes me so fiercely glad to see the community I love the most taking an interest in their state of well-being. So, I wanted to share something more with you.
I use a nutrition tracker called Calorie Count and it has been instrumental in my ability to keep tabs on myself. The name is misleading - CC is less about counting calories than it is about encouraging a balanced diet, proper nutrition, and the actual science and math involved in body chemistry. It allows you to track your food and exercise, it offers a huge food database and logs of every type, and it is helpful to literally everyone, everywhere, of every age and group. If you are trying to lose weight, it will help you calculate calorie deficits and nutritional needs. If you are recovering from a restrictive ED/EDNOS, it will help you do so in a healthy and nutritive manner while discouraging further damaging habits. If you are only trying to maintain your weight but improve health for your heart, fitness, beauty etc… you get the idea. Best of all, CC is free and non-invasive, and it offers you the option to receive feedback from a huge and knowledgeable community. It is truly for everyone, no matter how fit you are, no matter your limits or history or state of health.
(Oh, and it offers you rewards when you complete goals. I got a Shoecrush gift card from them and bought these total rock star hooker heels.)
We among the Fence enjoy taking over social networking sites, so why not this one? If you’re looking to improve your state of existence this year, consider starting on Calorie Count like I did. If you create an account, please message me your CC usernameand I will “support” you on the site. I’m tired of making the journey to health alone, so let’s stick together!
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AMP Magazine - December 2006: The Prize Fighter Inferno
Many years ago I grabbed the December 2006 issue of AMP Magazine because a tiny red stamp in the corner told me it included an interview with Claudio Sanchez and “The Story” on The Prize Fighter Inferno. Under the PFI name Claudio had recently released My Brother’s Blood Machine, which was reputedly a conceptual extension/prequel/sequel to the Amory Wars.
Whatever else it was, MBBM was and still is one of the most eclectic, catchy, and hauntingly beautiful albums in my life and I wanted to know more about it. In this magazine I expected a half-page blurb and instead got one of the most amazing (and funny) Coheed-related interviews I had ever read.
Today I found the issue after its disappearance for many years. I couldn’t see that it had surfaced anywhere, so here it is for your reading pleasure: everything you never knew about the Prize Fighter Inferno.
Like numerous other bands from this era, many of my favorite artists have been heavily influenced by At the Drive-In. Despite their breakup due to “creative differences” with Cedric and Omar, ATDI have left a permanent legacy in post-hardcore / emo.
Personal note: The first time I watched the music video for this song was the first time I remember considering going into photojournalism as a career.
I dont think i need to say anything else, this has to be one of the most powerful songs (and album) i’ve ever heard in my life.
Reblogging because this is now 100x more relevant.
ATDI is one of those bands I could have sworn would never get back together, but I’m happy to admit I was wrong. So excited!