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Apr. 10th, 2013

09:49 am - I R some kind of aerial device

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ZOMG! The YoT has an interview! He's been going around town dropping off his CV and a cover letter to likely places, and yesterday managed to get someone to actually talk with him instead of just adding him to the pile. Today they want to interview him.

I am possibly more excited than he is and doing my best not to turn into a quadcopter Mum*. I sent him a big email full of advice, at the end of which I went "Oh, I'm going all Mum on you. I'll stop." To which he responded "That was pretty funny to read." He is sensible, smart and articulate, and will be fine. It's his first interview, he may not get the job, but he got one, OMG OMG OMG!

Speaking of such things, remember my rant about the Starting Out wage? Well, it seems that I'm not the only one who thinks it stinks - several large employers of young people have rejected it and will continue to pay the adult minimum wage to their young staff. Neato! As someone in my workplace said, social capital has economic value, and these organisations understand that young people and their parents vote with their custom.

But also, kind of embarrassing that large corporations are showing more social responsibility than our government, for whatever reason.

In other news, yesterday I tried a protein powder drink for the first time ever. This was recommended by a friend as an aid to recovery from hard training sessions, to help avoid the Blahs that can ensue. It was this one, recommended by DoomBoy, in peanut butter and chocolate flavour. It was.. weird and slimy, but mostly palatable. It's too early to tell if it's going to help recovery (yesterday's session confirmed that my triceps are Pathetic), but what it did was fill me up and keep me full until late. Normally I'm hungry when I get home from work, but yesterday, I had this thing at lunch and wasn't ready to eat again till 7pm. If nothing else, it helped bring my stomach in line with the new time.

Anyway, have you lot got any experience with this stuff when training hard? Is it worth it?

* SO much cooler than a helicopter one.

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From:rivet
Date:April 9th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)

protein powder

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Yes, and yes. Basically, you build muscle by tearing apart old fibres and building new ones, so you want to have the building material available. Also branch chain amino acids powders (e.g. xtend), which tend to taste revolting melted slurpie, but make a big difference to recovery.

I tend to put it into smoothies etc rather than have it one its own. On flavour, try different varieties. I do okay with the GNC house brand chocolate-caramel, and muscle milk banana (less awful than it sounds, stirs nicely into plain yogurt). I find that whey protein has a more innocuous texture than soy or pea proteins, and hemp protein is more expensive than I want to try.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 9th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)

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Good to know, thanks!

This one was peanut butter and chocolate, and I'm not a huge fan of peanut butter so would proably buy something different (this was a sample to try). Apparently it comes in a flavour called Cookies and Cream, which sounds like a bit of all right. Or it could be awful. O.o

Anyway, I figure that I'll probably have it straight after training because that's when 'they' say you should - and probably only on weights days. So that'd be part of lunch, and likely replace my usual protein attempts of nuts or tuna. We'll see how it goes.

Sure fills me up though!
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From:pixiebelle
Date:April 9th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Good luck to him!!! My fingers are crossed!

I think it's great that some employers aren't willing to pay the lower wage. I wish more companies here in the U.S understood things like that.

I've made protein shakes that weren't weird and slimy... I make them myself with protein powder and all-natural peanut butter usually.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 9th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
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I have everything crossed for him too - I would love for things to go right for him while he gets through this hard transition phase, and I'm all Jittery Mum about it.

I should probably stay away from him till after the interview, eh? ;-)

I was thinking of trying to make a smoothie with bananas or something, since I'm not a fan of peanut butter. That might cover the slime.
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From:dreadbeard
Date:April 10th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
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When I was doing an intense workout program, right after working out I used a recovery drink (approx 4:1 carb:protein ratio) and whey protein powder stuff (cos muscle.) It seemed useful.
The theory around this stuff is longwinded. The principle is eat something in the first 20-30 minutes cos you collapse otherwise and if it is good quality stuff your body will suck it in better.

Nowadays for my post-workout recovery drink I use... a glass of milk! Cos it has the right sort of carb/protein ratio, and is what Kenyan runners do, and is probably cheaper in the long run than the weird powder stuff (and is recognisable as a food entity). And I eat half a can of mackerel (which should equate to about 20g of protein). This tends to sort me out good, and an hour or two later I am ready for breakfast.

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From:tatjna
Date:April 10th, 2013 01:55 am (UTC)
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I am less interested in building muscle than I am in not having to drag myself to my next training session by my tongue because of being too tired.

I normally eat straight after training, but am not keen on milk - in fact I'd probably put something in the milk to make it taste better, like protein powder! But I think the suggestion of just adding it to what I normally eat and maybe removing some of the fruit to make space on training days might work.
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From:plantgirl
Date:April 10th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
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Congrats on his getting an interview! I'm keeping my bits crossed that it goes well. If nothing else it's good practice for an interview, right?
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From:tatjna
Date:April 10th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
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This is what I figure. It also means that the cover letter and his interpersonal skills make him seem worth interviewing. This is encouraging.
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From:meathiel
Date:April 10th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
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Good luck for the kiddo ...
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From:slavezombie
Date:April 10th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
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The issues you bring up are impacting. While I could say something like "What do I care" New Zealand being as far from the states as they are, it's an issue that merits attention. I remember falling in love in high school and thinking to myself, "Well, if I marry her, I'm going to be stuck working at places like McDonalds. So I can kiss my dreams goodbye". So, naturally, I ended up cheating on my girlfriend because she wouldn't put out, then she found out and broke up with me, and here I am.

Please be careful with those experimental protein concoctions. Being the youngest of three, I can only say that my oldest sister scolded my other sister for using protein bars as a means of watching her weight when her baby was born with three missing fingers. I'm just saying.

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From:nessaneko
Date:April 10th, 2013 09:51 am (UTC)
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"I remember falling in love in high school and thinking to myself, "Well, if I marry her, I'm going to be stuck working at places like McDonalds. So I can kiss my dreams goodbye". So, naturally, I ended up cheating on my girlfriend because she wouldn't put out, then she found out and broke up with me, and here I am."

>naturally

What.
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From:goffburd
Date:April 10th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
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Well done to YoT on getting this far. These days it's not easy to get even an interview.

Also well done to those companies who have rejected the new minimum wage for young people. I don't understand the government's way of thinking - how is that going to give young people more opportunities?
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From:tatjna
Date:April 10th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, they say that it'll encourage more employers to consider young people for jobs because they won't have to pay them as much. Problem is, given the cost of training someone, that'll only work in the sort of jobs that go nowhere, which is largely a casualised workforce in this country nowadays. Never mind that there is no evidence that paying people less creates more jobs.

But that idea that a 'competitive work environment' creates a 'flexible workforce' that 'empowers the job creators' is central to our government's ideology. Evidence be damned.
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From:fushia_darkness
Date:April 10th, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)
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Excellent news :) Hope he gets it!
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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:April 10th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
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Hey, congrats to YoT! I hope he gets the job!
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:April 10th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
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My husband's nutrition-focused neurologist (what a cool thing that is) recommended he start eating a non-isolate protein powder for healing purposes. I don't know the difference between isolate and non-isolate for various purposes (or enough chemistry to parse the marketing language) but I can tell you that this stuff: http://proteinpowder.mercola.com/Miracle-Whey-Protein.html is really delicious and easy to mix. We all started eating it (in shakes, yogurt, hot cereals like oatmeal) and it's good stuff. I don't do major lifting, but I'm high metabolism and somewhat hypoglycemic and after a swim or ride it takes away the gnawing hunger and shakes quickly. Maybe it's not the stuff you want, but at least you know it's possible for it to taste good.

Good luck to the youth! People on the other side of the planet are rooting for him.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 11th, 2013 09:37 am (UTC)
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He didn't get it, but he's being philosophical about it and reckons he's learned a few things about interviews, and also is keen to practice so he does better next time.

Meanwhile, my nerves are shot. Being a parent of someone trying to find work is way harder than trying to find work for myself ever was.
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From:didotwite
Date:April 11th, 2013 06:27 am (UTC)
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Is the Y for youth our young'un? Yob? :D
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From:tatjna
Date:April 11th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
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YoT stands for the Youth of Today, which is what I started calling him after he turned 16 and I couldn't really call him The Kid anymore. ;-)
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