Up At 3:30 A.M. :(

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Food: December 16, 2015

I’ve been doing a pretty good job of getting close to my target of at least eight hours of sleep per night lately, but last night I woke up at 3:30 a.m., mind racing. I fell back asleep off and on for a couple of hours, but did not feel rested and relied heavily on the caffeine in my morning energy drink for focus.

Otherwise, I did a nice job of following my version of Primal/Paleo eating today as I am still struggling a bit with my discipline when it comes to food choices. I suspect my work stress has a lot to do with this.

Halfway through the work week–as always…

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

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Workout: May 23, 2015

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Holiday Weekend Lift

I was supposed to finish up Week #1 of my new StrongLifts Advanced cycle yesterday but, due to a work obligation, I deferred the lift to today. Late afternoon on a holiday weekend at my gym is great ’cause there were only a few folks around–I nearly had the free weight section to myself…nice!

celsius-drinkingAs I often do to get fired up for a workout, I drank a can of my favorite, all-natural energy drink, Celsius, on the way to the gym. This stuff contains about same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee. I also drank BCAAs while lifting and directly after as I lifted in a fasted state.

Today’s workout called for squat, bench press, and Pendlay rows and I added some arm work, chin-ups and pull-ups. Since this is the first week in the cycle the weights are all pretty light with 5×5 volume.

I’m glad I got my make-up workout in–it would have been easy to skip. :) I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend and, as always…

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

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Food: May 19, 2015

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Paleo-ish Eating

Woke up a little sleepy and stressed this morning–not enough sleep last night. Darn good thing I’ve got liquid energy, in the form of all-natural Celsius, to kick start my morning. :)

greensEggs, bacon, and a green smoothy (made with handfuls of home grown greens) for lunch, and chicken, baked potato and steamed broccoli for dinner. I managed a complete day of eating according to my version of Primal/Paleo–yay!

Feeling healthy today, hope you are too–as always…

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

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Food: May 2, 2015

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Glorious Sleep!

I got over nine hours of sleep, according to my FitBit One tracker, and woke up feeling great! After firing up with come caffeine by drinking a can of Celsius and taking my BCAAs, I headed to the gym to make up my Friday workout from yesterday.

I harvested and ate my first Kale from my new hydroponic garden setup–very cool! I love the idea of eating homegrown vegetables :)

I hope the weekend is treating you right and, as always…

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

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Food: April 4, 2015

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Primal/Paleo Eating Day

Remedy for my slight hangover :)

Got a decent night’s sleep last night and woke up feeling pretty good. I did have that third glass of red wine last night and, believe it or not, I could feel the some slight residual hangover symptoms–nothing that a quick dose of caffeine didn’t fix!

This is the Vitamix 6300 which is the model I have.

I had a very busy day running the kids to swimming practice and dance rehearsal while working on this web site and doing some gardening in between. In keeping with my daily intermittent fasting ritual I had my first meal at around 1pm: eggs, bacon, a potato along with a green smoothy chocked full of spinach, kale, banana, apple, strawberries, celery, cucumber and lime. Super easy to make with my Vitamix! Ended the day’s eating around 7pm with leftover bratwurst and broccoli with another baked potato.

My diet today stayed right in line with my version of Primal/Paleo eating–delicious and highly nutritious, real food minus the refined sugar, grains, and processed food I aim to avoid.

I hope you are enjoying the weekend and, as always…

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

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Food: April 1, 2015

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Got My Steps In

Didn’t get enough sleep last night so I woke up tired. I compensated with a few doses of caffeine throughout the day via my favorite all-natural energy drink, Celsius! :)

Weird eating day as I didn’t eat my first meal until after 3:30pm–busy day! Made myself a protein shake with two cups of spinach–yum. I used chocolate protein powder and added some Walden Farms Calorie Free Chocolate Syrup and it tasted so good! I don’t know how the folks at Walden Farms do it, but this stuff tastes great for not having calories, sugar, or carbs. Almost seems too good to be true!

I got my steps in–according my FitBit One tracker, achieved my goal of walking five miles today! Yes!

4-1-2015-featuredI hope you didn’t get pranked too hard on this April Fool’s day and, as always…

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

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Food: March 30, 2015

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Running Crazy

chipotle-menu_salad-rawMonday’s are usually crazy busy and today was no exception. Drop my daughter at the bus stop early, head to the office for meetings, back to the home office for more conference calls, head to the high school to pick up my daughter from her study session (while on calls), and then head to the gym for an evening workout. Whew!

I woke up refreshed as, according to my FitBit One tracker, I got over eight hours of sleep. I took my daily 5g dose of creatine per usual and kick started my brain with a can of my favorite, all-natural energy drink, Celsius.

Lunch included a salad from Chipotle and dinner consisted of leftover chicken with a baked potato and zucchini. The food choices pretty much followed my version of Primal/Paleo eating and I consumed the food in an eight-hour window following my daily intermittent fasting routine. With an estimated carbohydrate intake of about 80g, I’m assuming my body stayed in ketosis, but I don’t know for sure since I’m still waiting for my new Ketonix Sport to arrive.

Good way (nutritionally) to start off the work week–as always…

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

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Food: March 27, 2015

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Yawn, I’m Sleepy!

Tracking sleep with this device is a powerful tool for me!

Less than six hours of sleep (according to my FitBit One tracker) last night! :( The alarm jolted me awake this morning and I, needless to say, I started the day dragging. When I’m getting the proper sleep I rarely use an alarm clock, my body just wakes up and I start the day refreshed. Lately I’ve been abusing my favorite, all-natural energy drink, Celsius, to overcome the lack of sleep. Not good!

When I’m not traveling for work, I prefer making my food at home but today both meals were takeout. I had smoked pork from a local BBQ joint for lunch and a rice bowl for dinner. In between the meals I had an evening workout and, as usual, I drank my pre-workout BCAAs on the way to the gym (I drink half on the way and half during the workout).

I’m looking forward to the weekend–as always…

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

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March 23, 2015

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Monday Is Back

Woke up with some Monday morning work stress. Not a great night of sleep, but I jumped into gear with a caffeine kick via my all-natural energy drink, Celsius.

Otherwise I had a decent day for eating, pretty much following my version of Primal/Paleo. Cobb salad for lunch and leftover cod with broccoli for dinner and some almonds and an apple for a snack in between. I continued my intermittent fasting routine and kept my eating inside about an eight hour window.

We are off to races for this new work week so, as always,

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

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Food: March 13, 2015

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Friday The 13th

black-catWhen I was a kid, I remember superstitions being a big thing. So when Friday the 13th came around, it was a big deal. These day…meh…I don’t get real exited about it. :) What I do get excited about on Fridays is…working out!

Today I followed the usual workout morning ritual by taking my daily 5g of creatine and then, on the drive to the gym I drink my pre-workout caffeine in the form of all-natural Celsius, and BCAAs.

Sometimes I get asked about the BCAAs: what are they and why do you take them? I practice intermittent fasting, so the idea is to add the branch chain amino acids into my system before and during the workout while also not throwing my body out of the fasted state. The theory is that I keep my body in a state of ketosis and draw my workout energy from ketones instead of glucose. It all seems to work for me!

I took the day off from work to spend time with my buddy and play some golf. Only my second round in 2015, pathetic! Had a great time and tried Fireball Whiskey for the first time ever–I like that stuff! :)

The weekend is upon us so, as always…

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

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