Third Time’s A DL Charm

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Workout: December 5, 2015

I really wanted to get this workout in on Friday after work, but I just didn’t feel motivated, so I postponed it until today. Glad I did because I was able to pull 330 lbs. on my third attempt! My deadlift weight is moving up, slowly but surely. In addition to DL, I did some standing barbell overhead presses and pull-ups.

Great lifting session today and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Miles Of Driving

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Food: December 3, 2015

Did not get a great night of sleep so I woke up a little tired and stressed. Big meeting today (that went well) and then a couple of hours in the car traveling home. Did a fairly good job on sticking with my version of Primal/Paleo eating while also keeping with the intermittent fasting routine.

Really looking forward the upcoming weekend for some stress relief–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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One Meal Day

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Food: December 2, 2015

Lot’s of stress today on the job front today–I think I’m doing a decent job of handling it. Super busy day as I had to travel for work, so I ended up eating some nuts for lunch while driving and then a late dinner. So, it was basically a one meal day. As I’ve pointed out before, since I have significantly dropped my carbohydrate intake and, theoretically, I no longer rely on a constant supply of glucose (blood sugar), I don’t suffer the normal “low blood sugar” symptoms, like headaches, having light-head and dizzy spell, etc.

Salad with Norwegian salmon--trying to eat healthy on the road!

Salad with Norwegian salmon–trying to eat healthy on the road!

We are halfway through the work week–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Water Weight

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Food: December 1, 2015

After eight hours of sleep I woke up feeling work related stress. I was able to catch a morning workout, which helped, but from noon until 7:30 p.m. my stress levels were off the charts (in a bad way :( ).

My food choices very much followed my version of Primal/Paleo today although I had to fight off some carbohydrate cravings in the afternoon.

My weight dropped nearly 3 pounds from yesterday and I would guess this is a bunch of water weight. I’ve noticed when I eat high amounts of bad carbohydrates, I retain water. Just one day of reducing the carbs, and the water weight begins to drop off, this despite drinking roughly 72 ounces of water throughout the day.

I’m taking this clean eating challenge one day at a time–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Back On Track

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Food: November 30, 2015

green-smoothy-featuredAs I mentioned yesterday, after a four-day holiday binge, I decided to make a concentrated effort to follow my version of Primal/Paleo eating. I did a good job today! As usual, I fasted until around noon and then had a big ‘ole green smoothie with some leftover turkey for lunch. Dinner consisted of a turkey, bacon, sour cream, and cheese loaded potato with steamed broccoli. My keto test showed this eating put me back into a ketogenic state, so I’m burning fat again!

I’m looking forward to staying strong and eating clean for a few weeks and seeing the results. As always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Stress Relief

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Workout: December 1, 2015

Little bit of work related stress today, so I’m glad I was able to hit the gym for squats, bench press, Pendlay rows with a side order of chin-ups. I am still loosely following StrongLifts Advanced, modifying and mixing in some StrongLifts 5×5. I think I’m getting parallel on my squats, but it looks like I’m still folding at the top, which seems to happen at the heavier weight (225 lbs in the picture below).

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Glad to get my lift in today–hope you did too and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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A Holiday Challenge!

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Help Me Undo A Holiday Binge

I need support and I’m asking for your help. If you are familiar with me you probably know I find sugar and grains highly addictive. I love the Thanksgiving holiday and all the wonderful food, especially stuffing (made with bread), sweet potato casserole (which seems to be mostly sugar the way we make it), mashed potatoes, rolls and buns (for those turkey sandwiches), and of course, cookies and pies.

This Thanksgiving weekend I decided, from Thursday until Sunday, I would eat and drink anything and everything the holiday had to offer–and I did. Boy did it taste good–but I also didn’t feel very good at times. Maybe it’s all in my head, but it seems I just feel better when I eat clean and drink plenty of water.

Look at the other thing that happened–my weight shot up 5.4 lbs:

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A bunch of this is water weight, as I tend to retain water when I deviate from my version of Primal/Paleo eating, but I can also feel my clothes fitting tighter and my gut has expanded.

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I did not perform my normal ketosis test all weekend until this morning and I only registered an “8”–anything under 25 means I’m not in fat-burning mode. I can pretty much bet I never came close to a ketogenic state based on the very high carbohydrate and sugar load I bombarded my body with over the four days.

Clean Eating Challenge

Now, to get back on track, I’m going to try to eat clean until Christmas, roughly three weeks. My goal is to stick close to my version of Primal/Paleo eating and shed the body fat. On top of that, I’m going to commit to my weight lifting routine so I’ll be lean and ripped :)

I could use your moral support in this endeavor! I am weak when it comes to eating at times, especially when I workout consistently–I get so hungry and I tend to slip and eat the bad things.

So who’s with me? Anyone else want to take the challenge and roll into Christmas lean and shredded…let’s do this and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

DL The Pie Away ;)

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Workout: November 29, 2015

Okay, I know I can’t undo a terrible diet with exercise, but my workout mentality today was, “I’m going to deadlift that pie away!” That attitude served me well as I pulled two DL reps at 325 lb. and nearly got a rep at 335 lb. I am getting close to my PR of 345 lb.

As the US holiday weekend draws to a close, I hope everyone had a great one and, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Post Holiday Workout

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Workout: November 27, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and yesterday I ate without abandon! That means today I went to the gym to attempt to work off my gluttony 😀

I warmed up with foam rolling, stretching and some light shoulder dumbbell raises and then did bench press, Pendlay rows and squats. I normally do squats first, but I skipped the bench and rows last time so I wanted to focus on them first.

I hope everyone is both enjoying holiday food and also getting in the workouts too–as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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Back To 2 Plates On Squats

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Workout: November 24, 2015

I finally got back to two plates per side, or 225 lb., on my barbell back squat. And, most importantly, I am doing the movement with parallel depth. It’s been months and months of working on mobility and squat form, plus working through and injury (very sore where my right leg connects to my body) to get myself to this milestone.

I’m going to try and remember to film myself next time so I can make sure I’m using proper form and hitting parallel. Only had time for squats today, so I hope to be able to hit bench press and Pendlay rows tomorrow.

In the mean time, as always…

Be smart in the kitchen and a beast in the gym!

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