Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Round is a Shape

How does a beer lover lose his beer belly?

That's a very good question and one we are about to find out the answer to.

How am I going to do it?

First and foremost, eating better. I am going to meal plan every week and stick to it. I will drink more water and less sugary drinks.

The goal is to win small battles every day by making healthy choices. These everyday healthy choices will help win the overall battle of losing the belly.

Eating in moderation and controlling portion sizes is the other part of the healthy eating equation. No counting calories, just better choices. For the first two weeks, I will track my eating to get a better idea of how I am stuffing my face.

Now don't think all these healthy choices means there won't be any beer drinking. There absolutely will still be beer.

Obviously being active is also a big deal as well. In my previous attempts I was always searching for the perfect plan, but this time I am being a little bit more strategic about it. There is no perfect plan. There is no one size fits all. Well maybe there is, but I haven't found it. It's about just getting out and doing something. Anything.

In order for me to be successful, I have to be consistent. I also have to be accountable. The hard part of is me, and that is my biggest challenge, defeating the voice inside my head telling me it's ok to just skip today. We can pick it up tomorrow. Yeah, that won't work.

Each and every Tuesday I hope to post an update about my journey.

Here's to a new beginning.

Until next time.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Welcome Back!

Well hello there, nice to see you again. Wow, this thing is dusty. I guess after almost two months of neglect, that's what happens. It's been awhile since we last talked, but as we know from previous years, this is going to change shortly. It seems every year June and mainly July are tough times for posting, and instead of apologizing and saying things are going to change, I won't go into all of that. I will just tell you there will be more posts coming up and you can trust me or you don't have to. Either way, there's going to be more posts.

These posts are going to vary and the site might even get a new face. I think it might be time to redesign and give it a little freshening up. Or we might not change anything. Who knows. You have to stick around for the answer to that. Just know, Hops and Homers is going to be updated regularly and there's no changing that.

I am not going to tell you all that I have been up to, because I will be doing so with the upcoming posts. It's been way too long, and that is changing. See you around.

Until next time.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Time and the Livin's Easy

It's officially summer in these parts. Honestly, it feels like it's been the summer for about six weeks already, but we are not even out of June yet. The grass is as brown as it gets in August, but the flowers and vegetables are right on schedule.

Speaking of vegetables, the CSA is in full swing and so is my vegetable garden. A lot of our plants are just starting to flower, so we are only a couple of days from blooming with vegetables.

Not only are our gardens on schedule, our pool is setup and is ready to go. Summer is in full effect.

I am a little late with this post, but here's to a sun-filled, good beer drinking, pool partying, and beach relaxing summer.

Until next time.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Some Ramblings

No intro, just things.

-So it's Memorial Day Weekend and summer is unofficially here. In more ways than one. In NJ we have had our first official heatwave of 2016. It is irregularly hot out, to the point that it's making me question life without a pool. Yeah, it's that hot.

-Memorial Day is more than BBQs and cookouts, it's a time to remember those that have given their lives for the country. Try not to lose sight of that this weekend between the hot dogs and cold beer.

-Vegetables are in the ground and they are thriving. The backyard is all setup for outdoor living. The only thing missing is the pool, which may be set up sooner rather than later. If you remember, the Wife and I bought a blow up pool last year. It's a perfect size for relaxing and cooling off without the work of a large pool. Soon enough we will have a big one. Soon enough.

-Sean's Sorachi Saison has been bottled and is currently carbonating. I tried it last night and it still needs a couple of days. The flavor is there despite what the Wife thinks. I'm pretty happy with the beers I have brewed this year. Next up is a nutty brown ale with some fruit in it. Trying to make a PB&J in a bottle.

-As I mentioned above, it's freaking hot out. I have taken a new approach to the hot and warm weather. I am going to try and embrace it. I enjoy being outside, and I enjoy the fact that NJ has all four seasons. I embrace all of the other seasons, so why not sweat a little in the hot weather. After all, it only lasts a couple of months.

Here's to warm weather, a pool, and ice cold beers!

Until next time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Some Ramblings

Hello again. It's been awhile since we last spoke. A lot to catch up on, so here we go.

-The good news around here is it finally stopped raining. The bad news is the temperature feels like it's November. Because of the temperature, plants and veggies cannot be planted. I remember reading, hearing, or absorbing that the overnight temperatures should stay above 50° before they can get planted. Who knows if it is true or not, but it sounds good to me. Thursday is the plan so far to get them in the ground, and then say a prayer and see what happens.

-I will be bottling a saison this week which should be ready in about a week. I used a sorachi hop, which is Japanese and has a lemony flavor to it, to hop and also dry-hop. It is inspired by Brooklyn Brewery's Sorachi Ace. Sounds like a perfect summer beer. Almost like I planned it out that way.

- Our CSA has started again, and so far, asparagus, baby bok choi, and basil have been on the menu. There's still room if anyone is interested. Go here for information. It really is a good deal if you are looking for more vegetables in your diet.

-Unfortunately, we have been invaded again by cankerworms. These little buggers, also known as inch worms or silk worms, ate the leaves off our bug maple tree in our backyard, then dive bomb down to the ground via their silk string to bury themselves in the ground only to rise again to start the process all over again. Well, I have sad news for the worms, this will be the last time. This fall they will be stopped. You can count on that.

- The Mets start a series with the hated Nationals tonight with first place in the line. The Mets are currently a game and a half behind the Nats, but there is a whole lot of season left. Tonight's pitching matchup is two of the better pitchers in the league, Noah Syndegaard and Max Scherzer. This is also the first time Daniel Murphy returns to Citi. I'm thinking he will receive a mixed reaction. LGM!

That's all we got for now. Until next time.