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Beginner Trapeze at Trapeze U

Posted on June 11th, 2012 by Matt Schoeneberger

Last Thursday I got an email from my girlfriend telling me she was enrolled in a beginner trapeze class on Saturday morning and that I should join. I’m hesitant to try new things, even though most often I have a blast every time I actually join up and go through with it. So, after some brief hesitation, I called myself a pussy for even trying to think of an excuse and registered before I could think too much more about it.

So, there I was Saturday morning in a beginner trapeze class with my girlfriend and one friend of ours (whose idea it was in the first place). The website told us there would be some classroom instruction and safety info but that everyone would get at least some flying time. They lied, sort of. There was a bout 5 minutes (if that) of strapping on our safety harnesses (here ended the safety course) and some instruction on how to leap off the platform and grab the bar to get things going. Next, they asked “Okay, so who’s first?”

It’s a two-hour class, we spent about 5 minutes getting ready and there were 5 of us total. We were going to get some flying time, for sure. And we did. It was soooo much fun – I’ll let the videos and pictures speak to that.

I don’t think the one-handed catch is the pretty way to do it, but I got it done:

This is a Hawks Off, don’t ask me anything about it because I had already taken my harness off thinking I was done for the day and they gave me one more run. This is what they showed me:

My favorite still-frame from the catch video:

This whole experience was so much fun and I recommend it to anyone locally who has access to this group. The instructors at Trapeze U were great – friendly, supportive, and furry (they had a dog hanging out). What a great time and a wonderful way to get some exercise!

Piestewa Peak: Round 2

Posted on May 19th, 2012 by Matt Schoeneberger

I was here this morning: Piestewa Peak in Phoenix after a dog walk, of course. You can take dogs on the trail, but mine happens to have what I assume to be a very deeply rooted herding instinct, which causes her to act like a complete jack-ass if anyone or anything is moving in a direction she doesn’t agree with.

Mocha, aka the Bean

Mocha, a few years back.

Parking was a disaster, so I ended up parking out on the street in front of someone’s home. I imagine this is one of the drawbacks of owning mountain-view property. It worked out well though, since I found a part of the trail I hadn’t ever seen before – alternate summit trail. Now if you remember what I’ll now refer to as Round 1 (even though I’ve hiked there many times), I don’t hike the summit trial if I don’t have to but since it links up with the circumference trail I like, I end up on it for a little while anyway. Finding this alternate route minimized the time I had to spend on the summit trail with all the fashion models and city folk. Win!

I didn’t run nearly as much as I did last time due to what I think are two factors: last night I did Flex Fitness’ Weekly Challenge Workout and probably wasn’t fully recovered, and I only had a small banana before the hike. Oh, and it was substantially warmer here in AZ this morning – a beautiful day! Overall, a complete success.

On the walk back to my truck I passed a mom, dad and son, said my usual “good morning” and walked on past. The boy, maybe about 10, remarked to his mother something about me having taken a shower. I wore my Camelbak today and had taken it off once I was off the trail, which revealed the absurd amount of sweat that had accumulated on only that part of my shirt. His remark made me laugh and then I wondered if either of his parents were fun enough to explain why that would happen in the dry heat here. I hope so.

A Saturday Morning Hike

Posted on March 10th, 2012 by Matt Schoeneberger

I had originally planned to head to a bodybuilding show this morning to support my friend Ryan’s client. The morning show is less expensive than at night, only $15, but once I got up and out of bed I felt motivated to do something more productive with my day. Sorry Ryan’s client, I still hope you do well.

After taking the dog for what turned out to be a 4 mile run (she runs, I ride the bike) I decided on a whim to head up to Piestewa Peak in Phoenix. Read more »

Scrapple – It’s just so damn tasty.

Posted on January 15th, 2012 by Matt Schoeneberger

Growing up in Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania exposed me to cool things that other parts of the country have never heard of, like quoits and Yuengling Lager. Quoits is a lawn game. It isn’t horseshoes. Don’t say that it is or you’ll likely get a 1 lbs rubber washer hurled at you. There are variations, but ours goes like this:

This is a popular outdoor variation played principally in and around Pennsylvania, USA. This game uses two one-pound rubber quoits per player, which are pitched at a short metal pin mounted on a heavy 24x24x1 inch slab of slate.

Players take turns throwing a quoit at the pin. The quoit nearest the pin gets one point. If one player has two quoits nearer the pin than either of his opponent’s quoits, he gets two points. A quoit that encircles the pin (called a ringer) gets three points. If all four quoits are ringers, the player who threw the last ringer wins the game; otherwise, the first player to make 21 points wins the game.

From Wikipedia:

Here’s an action shot taken by Bruce Winter: (I swear it’s coincidence I’m wearing a SPEED shirt)

Action Shot: Quoits

Perfect form, including Yuengling Lager in non-throwing hand

Okay, enough about all that. Here’s what I really wanted to talk about – Scrapple. It’s a food and you might guess what some of its ingredients are. Yup, scraps. The scrapple I’m cooking in the pictures below is from Schreiner’s Sausage here in Phoenix and it’s pretty good stuff. The best scrapple I’ve had, by far, is from R&R Provisions. The difference? Buckwheat vs cornmeal. Buckwheat wins every time.

Scrapple is typically sliced from a loaf and fried until it’s brown on the edges. You’ll see that in my kitchen slices weren’t exactly achieved and the reason for this is that it was frozen before I made it. Once thawed, scrapple has a tendency to fall apart when being sliced. It still browned up nicely so all was not lost. Here it is being fried with 3 eggs in bacon grease. The bacon was also from Schreiner’s and was the best I’ve had since being in the Lehigh Valley. The first sign of great bacon is that it’s being sliced to your liking right in front of you.

Scrapple and Eggs

3 eggs and Schreiner's Scrapple

The ingredients of Schreiner’s scrapple are as follows: pork snouts, pork tongue, corn meal, bacon ends, ham ends, water, onions, salt, spices, sugar, sodium nitrite. I have no idea what the calorie or macronutrient content of this meal is, nor do I care. Here it is on the plate with bacon and eggs:

Eggs, bacon, and scrapple

Breakfast on a Saturday Morning

I’m no food artist, that’s for sure. In fact my pictures probably make all this look completely unappetizing. Good, more for me.

The First Few Days of 2012

Posted on January 3rd, 2012 by Matt Schoeneberger

If the first few days are a sign of what’s to come, I’m going to have one kick-ass year. My girlfriend and I spent some time hanging out with my dog. Check out the sign from above…

Spent some time in the Superstition mountains hiking one of my favorite trails. I’m rockin’ that hiking hat like it’s my job…

When you can hike in shorts and a t-shirt on January 2nd, there’s really not much to complain about.

It all started, rather stopped, in Movember of 2010. Or, no soap no shampoo

Posted on December 19th, 2011 by Matt Schoeneberger

It was a little over a year ago when, in observance of Movember, I went on a hiatus from shaving. This doesn’t really mean much since I don’t grow much of a beard so an entire month of not shaving pretty much resembles that of any other man purposely sporting a well-groomed goatee. In any event, something about not shaving caused me to feel a bit primal, as the paleos call it.

Around the same time I was struggling to find a soap I could use that didn’t have a ton of chemicals I couldn’t pronounce but also didn’t make me break out. I had tried several “natural” soaps but I had adverse reactions to them. Out of frustration one day I showered with only water. There I was standing in the shower with nothing to do, no soap to lather, no shaving to be done. This continued for a few days, as it was still Movember and I felt no urgency to find a soap that met my requirements.

Skip to now. I haven’t used soap or shampoo for over a year, except for a few occasions where I felt it was absolutely necessary in order to re-join society (read: after weekend camping trips or weekend-long dodgeball tournaments). The benefits?

  • I don’t need product to sculpt my hair, not that I care to most of the time anyway.
  • My skin does not dry out in the winter months like it used to.
  • I save however much money people normally spend on soap and shampoo and hair stuff
  • My skin is soft to the touch, according my girlfriend anyway (suck on that metrosexuals!)

I’m not here to proselytize, just sharing my experience. But for what it’s worth Richard Nikoley at has been going without soap or shampoo for quite a while now and he likes it so you should too. No, seriously, he gets a lot more action in the comments section than we currently do, so head over there if you’re interested in reading more of others’ experiences. Or share your experience there, here, or wherever the hell you want to.





Down With Shaving Cream

Posted on November 7th, 2011 by Matt Schoeneberger

This is a new category here at It’s currently called Matt’s Musings, but that is subject to change. These posts won’t show up on our homepage as they are definitely not evidence-based weight loss content but rather are just thoughts, feelings, or randomness about any subject I wish to write about. Sometimes they may be evidence-based posts in a realm other than weight management.

I hate shaving. Hate it. I don’t have much in the way of facial hair growth and I don’t envy those who do. For a while, years ago, I tried an electric razor but that was just as uncomfortable as anything else. Somehow I stumbled upon some articles about shaving without shaving cream. I think the idea was that much of the irritation that comes after shaving was actually being caused by the stuff we put on our face before, during and after shaving, rather than by the process itself. I’m not sure I believe that, or care, but some time ago I tried shaving without shaving cream.

I don’t remember how long ago that was, but it’s been more than a few years now and I don’t see the point in starting to use shaving cream anytime soon. Hot water and a disposal razor (and I’m talking the 6 for $2.99 kind) is all I need. I like to think I’m a pretty simple guy and I just don’t like the idea of spending money on crap I don’t need because some commercial told me to. Down with shaving cream!