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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Mas Protein

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Food: September 17, 2015

Woke up yesterday stressing a little about the financial markets with the Fed set to announce their decision on raising the interest rate. I didn’t get enough sleep either. My favorite all-natural energy drink, Celsius, was my best friend today!

On the eating front, I did a good job of staying close to my version of Primal/Paleo with eggs/bacon for lunch and then a homemade concoction of grass-fed beef, onions, broccoli, butter, cream, and cheese for dinner. I used a pound of ground beef and planned to eat only half and save the other half for tomorrow. You guessed it, I ate the whole batch–guess my body craved the protein and calories.

The weekend (and football) is rapidly approaching–as always…

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

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Workout: June 22, 2015

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Deload Week

Today I start the deload week, which is week #5, of my current StrongLifts Advanced cycle. At this point in the cycle, the volume (five sets of five reps) drops and the weight increases.

Today I warmed up with foam rolling, stretching, body weight squats, and front squats. The main lifts included barbell back squats, Pendlay rows, and bench press.

I really try to use this deload week to focus on form, especially squats.

I worked out late in the afternoon, completely fasted today (after my Father’s Day binge eating yesterday :)). I did pound a Celsius energy drink on the drive to the gym and then drank BCAAs during and after the workout.

I hope you are making time for the gym–as always…

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

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Food: June 20, 2015

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Swim Meet Saturday

Woke up early for a Saturday to drive an hour for my son’s swim meet–felt rested and excited. I started the morning as usual with my daily 5g dose of Creatine and a can of my favorite, all-natural energy drink, Celsius, to kick start things.

Swim meets can be boring if you let them. Think sitting around for hours with a couple of minutes of action sprinkled in. I like to take advantage of this time to catch up on my favorite podcasts while walking. As a result, according to my FitBit One tracker, I ended up walking 10.21 miles yesterday!!!

Enjoy the weekend and, as always…

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

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Food: June 17, 2015

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Back To My Routine

Woke up feeling great, but did not get enough sleep last night. Seems I’m falling back into my routine of intermittent fasting and then breaking the fast around noon with bacon, eggs, and a potato. In preparation for my afternoon workout, I fired up with a can of my energy drink of choice, Celsius. I also made sure to drink BCAAs during and right after the workout.

For dinner, I successfully made cauliflower fried rice (last time it turned out more like grits) which accompanied my leftover Paleo Balsamic Chicken and Sausage. Pretty good eating day where I stuck close to my version of a Primal/Paleo diet.

It’s hump day and we are on the way toward the weekend–as always…

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

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Food: June 3, 2015

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Decent Eating Day

chipotle-menu_salad-rawOther than snacking on chips in the afternoon, I did a pretty good job of following my version of Primal/Paleo eating today. My usual for lunch (eggs, bacon, potato and a green smoothy) and then a Chipotle salad (no rice, no beans) for dinner, consumed while watching Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. I managed to skip the Chipotle chips and guac which is exceedingly hard for me! 😉

I did hit the Celsius energy drink as well as BCAAs in evening before my workout as usual.

I hope your hump day is going well and, as always…

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

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Food: May 23, 2015

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One Meal, One Snack All Day

Finally caught up on some sleep after a couple of nights this week with well below eight hours. Still feeling some stress, but the level dropped a bit today.

I took intermittent fasting to next level today by only eating a single meal and some popcorn, all in the evening. I completed a pretty good workout in the afternoon completely fasted (other than Celsius and BCAAs) and I felt fantastic!

Have a safe and fun holiday weekend and, 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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