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A bit of venting + high school tips? Steak life update

Postby Steak » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:01 pm

Well I'm back again boys. I don't know what makes me ask this community for life advice but I really appreciate all the support you have given me over the years.

A little about me now:
15 years old, high school freshman male
Joined the original ha forums when I was 11

Parents:
So I'm still having immense difficulty getting along with my parents. My parents, my mom especially, pushed me to join a high school sport. I wanted to join the badminton team, but my mom essentially forced me to join the swim team. Practice is 10 hours a week, which severely limits the amount of time I have to do anything, really. I made the mistake of asking for extra video game time because of this, and of course I was wrong to do so. My parents said that it was expected of me to do swim team, and I shouldn't ask for extra privileges for doing what is expected. FYI, they would rather have me just sit around than play video games. I asked them what I could do that would warrant me able to have more time, but the answer was "anything but video games".

At this point in my relationship with them, I really don't see myself ever loving them as much as I did when I was a bit younger. It had a lot to do with them not caring how I feel about something, and giving a lot of their reasons as "because I said so". I don't see why a high schooler should even have to ask to play video games; it seems extremely childish and dictative.

School:
I am and always have been a pretty good student. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA which is the highest possible GPA until junior year, and most of the teachers are very fond of me. I have a lot of really good and supportive friends, and I consider myself lucky.

I was wondering if you guys had any advice to give me concerning my current school life and my future.

Also I needed to vent.

Thanks, steak
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Re: A bit of venting + high school tips? Steak life update

Postby Skittles » Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:25 am

For real though, keep up with the sports, the rest is a wash.

Eat BCAA's before swimming as a pre-workout drink and fermented l-glutamine and bcaa's the next morning as a recovery drink. A couple teaspooons of BCAA's and half a scoop of glutamine.
But yeah, otherwise just keep up the usual teenage attitude of angst and isolationism that parents will never understand.

But no, it feels amazing to have proper fuel in your body.
As a bonus part, l-glutamine increases your HGH, so you'll grow taller and bigger lol.
In fact good fuel for your body straight up changes your world view. It goes with the street saying, "his whole domain changed".

Video games are fine, but even the pro gamers lift weights and do lots of exercise btw.

EDIT:
Why do you want a high GPA? Academia is a big circle jerk anyways.
Go to university to get laid, it's fun for a year maybe. And if you get some scholarships or whatever it's half priced lol.
Oh and to be clear I don't buy that shit about having to decide as soon as possible what career you want.

I'd say focus on being on good terms with you and yours (the fam) and it pays off in the long run.
I'm talking people chipping in money for you to go traveling after high school. Free flights to Europe, etc.
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Postby l)arkangel » Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:11 am

Sports are fun. No matter what sport. Don't worry about video games. Learn to fins friends on whatever sports team your on. Become sociable and easy to interact with. These qualities will guarantee you the most awesome college experience. Trust me.
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Re: A bit of venting + high school tips? Steak life update

Postby Primo » Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:17 am

You are young stay away from additional supplements other than a multi vitamin. Eat good and enjoy your naturally high testosterone levels.

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Re: A bit of venting + high school tips? Steak life update

Postby Skittles » Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:38 am

Last time I checked BCAA's and l-Glutamine are actually just amino acids AKA broken down proteins that are nearly instantly absorbed through passive absorption in the stomach tissue.
Testosterone is actually released with feelings of dominance (no I'm not making this up), so if he's at odds with his parents and feeling stuck in a situation there's actually a good chance he's pretty low in testosterone levels.

But yeah, things like amino acids LOL aren't dangerous. l-Glutamine in particular speeds up recovery times, which is associated with ability to grow bigger.
But amino acid supplements have to do with promoting health and healthy lifestyles.
If you're in a state of stress 9 times out of 10 you're doing neither and are actually using a crutch to cope with the stress.
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Re: A bit of venting + high school tips? Steak life update

Postby Chickenman » Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:28 am

Steak wrote:Parents:
So I'm still having immense difficulty getting along with my parents. My parents, my mom especially, pushed me to join a high school sport. I wanted to join the badminton team, but my mom essentially forced me to join the swim team. Practice is 10 hours a week, which severely limits the amount of time I have to do anything, really.

Swimming bros (Even if you were forced into it)! If you need any advice in that category, I can help, as I've been swimming on teams since about 2008, and I went to States on this year's high school team.

Trust me, I know how it is to feel like you have no down time due to swim practice and schoolwork. I've been there, done that. Because of the 10 hours a week deal, I'm assuming you have 2 hour practices every weekday? If so, then during the week, there's not much you can do. I have a mom that works so when I get home I have about 2 hours of downtime where I can do whatever I want, so if your mom works you could figure out a way to squeeze in time. Honestly a more detailed explanation on how you access a computer and the trends of your family would help a great deal. What's the situation during weekends? Do your folks force you to an extracurricular activity then too?
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Postby Artrek » Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:45 am

My advice is still the same. Keep doing your best and just listen to your parents. Whether they are unreasonable or not they are doing what they feel they need to because they love you. When you graduate and are on your own then you can do what you want when you want. Not before.
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Re: A bit of venting + high school tips? Steak life update

Postby Primo » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:49 am

Skittles wrote:Last time I checked BCAA's and l-Glutamine are actually just amino acids AKA broken down proteins that are nearly instantly absorbed through passive absorption in the stomach tissue.
Testosterone is actually released with feelings of dominance (no I'm not making this up), so if he's at odds with his parents and feeling stuck in a situation there's actually a good chance he's pretty low in testosterone levels.

But yeah, things like amino acids LOL aren't dangerous. l-Glutamine in particular speeds up recovery times, which is associated with ability to grow bigger.
But amino acid supplements have to do with promoting health and healthy lifestyles.
If you're in a state of stress 9/10 you're doing neither and are actually using a crutch to cope with the stress.

Sure thats all right but not suitable for the body of a 15yr old teen.

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Postby Skittles » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:11 am

I'm not sure what you think I'm talking about, but BCAA's are literally the building blocks of life. lol
I'm not going to say much more than it's a couple teaspoons of it is more effectively metabolized by your body than say pizza or any other food.

It's actually better for a young person to ingest it because they still remember their youthful reflexes from before industrialised education, such as correct posture and neurophysiological muscle/fascial tension, if they have an active lifestyle.

What you think I'm talking about is literally taking HGH; that's not something to my knowledge you can even absorb from food(?), unlike amino acids which are present in protein/meat/legumes/quinoa.

If you're in any doubt, just take the supplements the morning after a swim when your body will use them and not just piss them out, then if you want better fuel for your actual swimming try taking some bcaa's before.
I'm not sure Primo has ever swimmed and realised how much work it actually is.

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Postby xkcd » Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:54 pm

could you just get your bcaas by eating a steak (pun intended)
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Postby Skittles » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:06 pm

I was going to make that pun lol.
Yeah, but you're not supposed to eat before you go swimming.

Also, if you're tired or under stress, your respiration rate is slower, so your body isn't as able to process the protein in food, or in this case a steak, as well.
Even under normal conditions your body can only process your palm size in meat at once, so a full steak is overkill.
Either way, there's limitations to the system with regards to optimal nutrition.
But yeah, Michael Jordan used to eat a steak (or 2?) before games and he has had a successful career I guess.

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Re: A bit of venting + high school tips? Steak life update

Postby akuma » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:44 pm

tldr all besides the op
welcome back man good to see you again
sorry i won't give my advice on your issue as it would only strain things

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Postby Primo » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:22 pm

Skittles wrote:I'm not sure what you think I'm talking about, but BCAA's are literally the building blocks of life. lol
I'm not going to say much more than it's a couple teaspoons of it is more effectively metabolized by your body than say pizza or any other food.

It's actually better for a young person to ingest it because they still remember their youthful reflexes from before industrialised education, such as correct posture and neurophysiological muscle/fascial tension, if they have an active lifestyle.

What you think I'm talking about is literally taking HGH; that's not something to my knowledge you can even absorb from food(?), unlike amino acids which are present in protein/meat/legumes/quinoa.

If you're in any doubt, just take the supplements the morning after a swim when your body will use them and not just piss them out, then if you want better fuel for your actual swimming try taking some bcaa's before.
I'm not sure Primo has ever swimmed and realised how much work it actually is.

Lmfao I give up.

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Re: A bit of venting + high school tips? Steak life update

Postby Primo » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:30 pm

Steak wrote:Well I'm back again boys. I don't know what makes me ask this community for life advice but I really appreciate all the support you have given me over the years.

A little about me now:
15 years old, high school freshman male
Joined the original ha forums when I was 11

Parents:
So I'm still having immense difficulty getting along with my parents. My parents, my mom especially, pushed me to join a high school sport. I wanted to join the badminton team, but my mom essentially forced me to join the swim team. Practice is 10 hours a week, which severely limits the amount of time I have to do anything, really. I made the mistake of asking for extra video game time because of this, and of course I was wrong to do so. My parents said that it was expected of me to do swim team, and I shouldn't ask for extra privileges for doing what is expected. FYI, they would rather have me just sit around than play video games. I asked them what I could do that would warrant me able to have more time, but the answer was "anything but video games".

At this point in my relationship with them, I really don't see myself ever loving them as much as I did when I was a bit younger. It had a lot to do with them not caring how I feel about something, and giving a lot of their reasons as "because I said so". I don't see why a high schooler should even have to ask to play video games; it seems extremely childish and dictative.

School:
I am and always have been a pretty good student. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA which is the highest possible GPA until junior year, and most of the teachers are very fond of me. I have a lot of really good and supportive friends, and I consider myself lucky.

I was wondering if you guys had any advice to give me concerning my current school life and my future.

Also I needed to vent.

Thanks, steak


As much as it would seem otherwise, they are doing it because they love you and want whats best for you in their opinion. You wont understand most of what they do and why until you have children of your own. Your parents also wont be there forever. Try to find some common ground between yall and enjoy what time you have with them. Keep that gpa up bro, school is more important for your future then you realize. Glad to see you back on the forums though and hope you stay around.

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Postby XanKortalHA » Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:03 pm

Primo wrote:As much as it would seem otherwise, they are doing it because they love you and want whats best for you in their opinion. You wont understand most of what they do and why until you have children of your own. Your parents also wont be there forever. Try to find some common ground between yall and enjoy what time you have with them. Keep that gpa up bro, school is more important for your future then you realize. Glad to see you back on the forums though and hope you stay around.


+1

Though I will point out that in modern times, video games have been massively sensationalized, so I can understand why your parents might be against them - much like how comics were in the 50's or role playing in the 80's and 90's. It just goes in cycles.

The best advice I can give is to just keep your nose clean and to keep your GPA up, so if you go to college you have good study habits. After all, if you need to become completely independent, it's easier to do if your grades are good enough to get scholarships and grants.
THEN you can play video games on your own time. And I know that seems like a long way away, now, since 3 years is like a third of your total life experience so far, but it's a lot shorter than you realize.
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Postby Zenthon » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:51 am

XanKortalHA wrote:since 3 years is like a third of your total life experience so far

15/3=3

yep, that works
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Postby xkcd » Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:59 am

honey wrote:Anyways, you have an AMAZING GPA. Better than mine in high school, keep it up! I think it might be able to get you potential scholarships/better universities. :) In college, keep up the same habits! Can get better job that way.


maybe for your first job then it might not matter unless it's something highly hardcore/scientific
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Postby Athena » Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:14 am

Steak wrote:Well I'm back again boys. I don't know what makes me ask this community for life advice but I really appreciate all the support you have given me over the years.

A little about me now:
15 years old, high school freshman male
Joined the original ha forums when I was 11

Parents:
So I'm still having immense difficulty getting along with my parents. My parents, my mom especially, pushed me to join a high school sport. I wanted to join the badminton team, but my mom essentially forced me to join the swim team. Practice is 10 hours a week, which severely limits the amount of time I have to do anything, really. I made the mistake of asking for extra video game time because of this, and of course I was wrong to do so. My parents said that it was expected of me to do swim team, and I shouldn't ask for extra privileges for doing what is expected. FYI, they would rather have me just sit around than play video games. I asked them what I could do that would warrant me able to have more time, but the answer was "anything but video games".

At this point in my relationship with them, I really don't see myself ever loving them as much as I did when I was a bit younger. It had a lot to do with them not caring how I feel about something, and giving a lot of their reasons as "because I said so". I don't see why a high schooler should even have to ask to play video games; it seems extremely childish and dictative.

School:
I am and always have been a pretty good student. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA which is the highest possible GPA until junior year, and most of the teachers are very fond of me. I have a lot of really good and supportive friends, and I consider myself lucky.

I was wondering if you guys had any advice to give me concerning my current school life and my future.

Also I needed to vent.

Thanks, steak


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Postby XanKortalHA » Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:35 am

Zenthon wrote:
XanKortalHA wrote:since 3 years is like a third of your total life experience so far

15/3=3

yep, that works


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Postby Zodaris » Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:53 pm

My parents would restrict my time on the internet growing up (although, in their defense, we had dial-up internet until I was in 8-9th grade. With that internet you couldn't use it and the phone at the same time. Plus it was slower than you could imagine). Even after we upgraded our internet, I was still restricted. The reason for it was because of all the terrible things on the internet. They wanted to protect me from that. And that included online gaming in their eyes. I didn't fully experience online gaming until I was a senior in high school and shortly after graduating. But I'm thankful for that.

To maintain your sanity, find things to appreciate. Like whoever does the dishes (if it's you than remember to appreciate you), or mows the lawn, etc. Example: do you have a toaster oven (also known as a conventional oven)? I did all my life. Then I move out to college into the dorm rooms. They don't allow things with open heating coils. That includes toaster ovens. Let me say, I will never under-appreciate toaster ovens again.
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Postby ArtVandelay » Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:30 pm

Sounds like they have your best intentions at heart. I grew up without cable or video games at all because my parents didn't like them as influences. I played tons of sports, did Boy Scouts (best thing ever for my life). At some point they broke down and we got older video game systems (like Atari when Nintendo was out, Nintendo when 64 was out, etc). We did not play a ton (they allowed 1 hour per night if homework done). Also played a lot of Magic (I see card in your profile). At any rate, I didn't miss out on anything and am a better person for it. I love games now at 35 years old (and have since a teen), but I only play when the rest of my family is asleep.

Keep this in mind, you can't get back memories. My experiences in sports, scouts, etc I remember to this day. But I don't remember an epic game/matchup I might have had back in the day. So my advice is to talk to them and say if you get your homework done, work hard on swim team...that you should be allowed an hour a night for TV/games/etc. They should be willing to compromise as long as your school/sport does not suffer. They just don't want you to wake up at 18 and have missed out on a bunch of experiences that make you more well rounded.


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