Happy New Year

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Food: January 7, 2016

The relatives are gone. Most of the holiday treats have been consumed. It’s time for me to get back on track from a dietary perspective. Today I pretty much followed my version of Primal/Paleo eating and it felt good!

I hope everyone is ready to start the new year motivated to change their health for the better and, 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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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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Food: June 21, 2015

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I Had A Happy Father’s Day!

I hope all the fathers had a wonderful day–I know I did. I got up early and headed out a little before 6 a.m. to my son’s swim meet and I ended the day late, a little after 11 p.m., after my daughter’s dance recital–the perfect day for this father!

But….since this was a “holiday” for me, I decided to eat lots of pure junk today, including doughnuts and fast food. Oh well, I’m not stressing about it…it’s just one day.

I did get a new fitness toy, the FitBit Surge–I am so happy! :)

What a great weekend, hope you all enjoyed it as well and, as always…

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

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Happy “No Stress” Holidays

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2014-Holiday-PostI want to wish everyone a happy and joyous holiday season–I love this time of year! For me this season is all about family and making memories, however, the holidays and everything that comes with it can be overwhelming for me, for sure. Some years I deal with the stress better than others. I can get caught up in a self-imposed pressure cooker of deadlines to complete an endless to do list:

  • put up the Christmas tree,
  • hang the lights outside,
  • shopping for gifts,
  • wrapping gifts,
  • send out cards,
  • going to and hosting parties,
  • and on, and on, and on…

This year I decided to not stress about the holidays and to make a conscious effort to enjoy. That’s right, I said I’ve made a choice to enjoy this season and not let the stress of all the things I “should do” or “need to do” that I clearly “don’t want to do” or “have time to do” ruin this great time of year.

To be fair, circumstances greatly aided me in making this choice as I will have traveled for work each of the first three weeks in December and am traveling for pleasure the final week of December. Yep, on a plane at least once each week in December. Instead of stressing about cramming in all the normal, mostly fun activities (see list above) and doing them without joy because I really don’t have the time or motivation, I’ve just made the choice to skip it and not worry. I sort of sound a bit like Luther Krank in John Grisham’s book, Skipping Christmas: A Novel, which I enjoyed! :)  Now I will say I had full support of my wife and kids on this–if they had insisted I get up on the ladder and hang the lights on the house, I would have (but they didn’t :) ). Plus, I have publicly thank my wife who, knowing my schedule has been demanding, took on ALL of the holiday tasks including all of the shopping, wrapping, Christmas cards, handling the kids’ parties…everything! Thanks, Babe!!!

I plan to carry on this choice to not stress as it applies to my eating habits throughout this season as well. You will see me eating and drinking all kinds of bad stuff over the next week while on vacation and I will consume this junk without apology! :) Furthermore, I refuse to stress about this decision. Now, come the week of January 5th if my food diary is full of pizza, pie and Guinness, then I hope you fine folks will stage an intervention, but hopefully it won’t come to that! :)

I am incredibly fortunate and thankful for this wonderful life of mine. I thank you for taking an interest in my life by reading this blog. I wish you and your family a most joyous holiday season–a time of minimal stress! Eat and drink some bad things if you want (unless that causes you stress). Whatever works for you and makes you happy, I encourage you to make those choices and limit stress and, as always…

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

Food: October 31, 2014

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Happy Halloween! There are a couple of days a year I completely stray from my goal of eating a Primal/Paleo type of diet. On Halloween I pretty much know I’m going to eat a pile of sugar and probably going drink a few single malt scotches. Now throw this “holiday” on a Friday night, and the probability that scotch whiskey will be consumed rises to nearly 100%.  :) scotch

Halloween starts the holiday eating season for me–the “big three” really:

  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

But here’s the thing, I do not believe it’s a huge deal to go crazy on special occasions and enjoy! I eat whatever I want and I don’t stress. Stressing and feeling bad about “cheating” probably does more harm to my body than any extra junk I consume. The trick for me is to have the treats (did you like that Halloween reference? 😀 ) but immediately return to the normal eating pattern. The danger for me is the giant pile of leftover candy bars that call my name until they are gone from the house.

Did you indulge in any treats on Halloween? Or, are you better off just saying, “No!” I’d love to read your comments and, as always…

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

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