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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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!

Long Fast

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Food: November 21, 2015

I’m back to posting after a work week that included visiting four cities in five days! Needless to say it’s nice to be home for the weekend. Today my plan was to hit the gym and then watch college football. Because I don’t like to workout after eating, I fasted until after my workout and had my first meal at around 4:30ish pm. That’s about a 20 hour fast! I explain here why I practice intermittent fasting. By the way, I deadlifted 325 lb., which is nearly twice my body weight, while in a fasted state, having eaten nothing, other than BCAAs, for about 18 hours before the workout.

The combination of fasting, heavy weightlifting, and low carbohydrate intake combined to keep my body in a ketogenic state, burning body fat as fuel.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend and, as always…

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

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Huge Cheat Day

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Food: November 15, 2015

yuenglingGo big or go home, right? Today I ate about 1.5 times my normal calorie intake and had some beers as the Buccaneers “snatched victory from the jaws of defeat!” Sigh, such is the life of a Bucs fan šŸ˜‰

For all of you getting into ketogenic living, data point: I consumed an estimated 274g of carbohydrate today and, as one would expect, tested not in ketosis. This means my body is in fat storage mode…not where I want to be.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and, as always…

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

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Finally Home

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Food: October 16, 2015

What a crazy week with travel to two cities with four flight segments and a five hour drive! But it’s Friday and I am back home and happy. I actually got over seven hours of sleep, according to my FitBit Surge tracker and woke up feeling great. Despite a large carbohydrate load yesterday, my body did test positive for ketosis this morning, meaning I’m still burning fat!

I followed my normal practice of intermittent fasting and didn’t eat anything in the morning. My plan was to break my fast at around noon but, I had a meetings at 11:30 and 1:00, which left no time for lunch. I picked up my daughter from the bus stop late in the afternoon, she hadn’t eaten all day either and requested Chinese food for dinner! Now this food is definitely not in line with my version of Primal/Paleo eating, but fasting and eating a single meal automatically kept my calorie consumption somewhat reasonable.

After a long work week on the road, I’m ready to relax this weekend–as always…

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

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Popper Heaven

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Food: September 20, 2015

poppers-on-plateAfter another huge night of catch-up sleep (almost 11 hours according to my FitBit Surge), I woke up in a great mood. I made a huge batch of jalapeno poppers to eat while watching week two of the NFL.

I did a pretty good job of both following my version of Primal/Paleo eating and keeping my carbohydrate consumption low as try to get my body back in ketosis.

I hope you had a great weekend and, as always…

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

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Out Of Ketosis

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Food: September 18, 2015

Woke up feeling a little sleepy after only about six hours of sleep. As you know, I test for ketosis as soon as I wake up and my testing device showed my body had slipped out of ketosis–this despite my estimated carb intake yesterday of about 60g of carbohydrate. My theory is yesterday’s massive protein load “helped” pushed my body out of the ketogenic state. Many folks don’t realize high protein can affect ketosis according to the excellent book: Keto Clarity.

I’m ready for the weekend, hope you are too and, as always…

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

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Food: August 28, 2015

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Huge Eating Day

I woke up very early this morning (2:45am) so I only logged six hours of sleep. I caught an early flight for work this morning and travel always causes me some stress, although since I woke up so early I left the house early and didn’t have to worry about missing my flight.

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The big news of the day was a huge calorie and carbohydrate intake. I ate about double the number of calories I normally would and this included a bunch of food not in line with my version of Primal/Paleo eating. I think my body decided to catch up from yesterday because I only ate an estimated 1300 cals and I had a great day (from a business perspective) and decided to celebrate with wine, fast food, and sugar!!!

I am ready for the weekend–as always…

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

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Food: August 13, 2015

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Not Enough Sleep + Stress

Woke up feeling stressed today and I got an hour less sleep than my target. I felt tired, almost like I’m in the beginning stages of catching a cold. Not sure if this is mental fatigue or more of a physical thing.

Still consumed a small amount of carbohydrate, estimated 87g, compared to my usual load of up to 200g and I am still not testing in ketosis. I’ve workout twice this week and have been eating according to my version of Primal/Paleo. I’m starting to think there might be something wrong with the device I use to measure.

In any case, I’m am ready for the weekend and we are getting closer so, as always…

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

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