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!

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 😉

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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Super Compressed Eating Window

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Food: November 14, 2015

I woke up feeling good this morning after a good, but not great, night of sleep. The biggest item on my list to accomplish today was to workout, other than that, I just needed to relax and keep the stress away!

Weird eating day because I wanted to workout fasted and my plan was to hit the gym about 1pm. Consequently, I broke my fast (other than the BCAAs I consumed during my workout) about 4pm and I ate my last food before 8pm. Talk about intermittent fasting–I compressed my eating window to four hours, or about half of my normal eight hours.

My dinner by the way…pancakes and syrup! Now you might ask, “Are pancakes and syrup part of your version of Primal/Paleo eating?” My answer is, “Pretty close!”
The pancakes were made with a product called Mancakes High Protein Pancake Waffle and Baking Mix
which are high protein/low carb and I used Walden Farms Pancake Syrup which I found quite tasty considering it is zero calorie with zero carbs. Hey, sometimes I feel like foods that aren’t traditional Primal/Paleo items, but I work around it! By the way, the day’s eating did not push my body out of ketosis!

I hope your weekend is going great and, as always…

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

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Finally Friday!

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Food: November 13, 2015

The weekend is almost here–TGIF! I woke up in a good mood, looking forward to the last day of the work week. Kind of a weird eating day for me as I skipped cooking my first meal as ended up just eating a bag of nuts, then I had leftover pork chops with apples, a baked potato with butter and cheese, and steamed zucchini and yellow squash for dinner (with a couple glasses of red wine). Then I popped popcorn with coconut oil and butter for a snack. For some reason my ketosis test failed even though this type of eating wouldn’t normally take my body out of ketosis. There are lots of factors that may have caused this like I drank alcohol, didn’t drink enough water, didn’t exercise or walk much…who knows?

Looking forward to a couple of relaxing days–as always…

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

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Fat Burning Again

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Food: November 11, 2015

Another day of waking up in a good mood after another great night of sleep, according to my FitBit Surge. Clearly taking a week off from business travel has done wonders for my stress levels.

The good news is my body has returned to a ketogenic state and I am burning my body fat. What put me back into ketosis? Probably not eating any processed food with no sugar or grains, doing intermittent fasting and compressing my eating down to about a 5 hour window, and completing a rigorous workout featuring heavy (for me) deadlifts.

One of the great benefits for me of being home is it allows me prepare my own food. Tonight I made a great side dish, cauliflower and zucchini fried rice. I used my Vitamix to blend cauliflower into “rice” and cut up some zucchini and half an onion. One trick is to use cheese cloth to squeeze as much water out of the cauliflower a possible. I sauteed all of this in bacon drippings with salt, pepper and then further seasoned with coconut aminos (kinda like soy sauce). Then I spread it all out on a baking sheet and put under the broiler until brown and crispy. This was absolutely delicious!

I feel great as we head past hump day and, as always…

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

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Great Day!

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Food: October 17, 2015

I know I go on and on about how important sleep is to me, but I’m going to say it again! :) Last night I logged nearly 10 hours of sleep and I woke up ready to conquer the world. As I do every day, I used my Ketonix ketone breath analyzer to see if my body was still in a ketogenic state. I was quite curious because I estimate I had consumed well over 300g of carbohydrate yesterday, but the device showed me in ketosis despite the abundance of carbs.

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My eating today was both bad (leftover Chinese for lunch) and good (a salad from Chipotle for dinner). On the exercise front, I finally made it to the gym, and also hit my walking goal as well!

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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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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Mexican Flag

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Food: October 13, 2015

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I’m on the road for work–feeling some travel stress as usual. I got a less sleep than I like and that’s not good. :( Even though I’m in a hotel room, I still performed the daily ketosis test and my body is in a ketogenic state–that’s good! I go on and on about the benefits of being a fat burning machine, and today was a great example. Per usual, I practiced intermittent fasting and skipped breakfast. Then our team decided to work through lunch. Here’s the benefit: no low blood sugar symptoms like lack of focus, headache, dizziness. Before I adopted my version of Primal/Paleo eating, I had to eat every few hours or I would suffer those types of symptoms and could think of nothing but food.

beer-flightMake no mistake, when it came time to eat, I went a little crazy! First I went to a local brewery and sampled the craft beers. Then I found a highly rated local Mexican place and had a margarita and a colorful plate of enchiladas they called the Mexican flag. Yum! Didn’t exactly follow my normal plan, but the food tasted great.

Almost halfway to the weekend–as always…

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

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Hours Of Driving

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Food: October 7, 2015

I’ve heard sitting is the new smoking, so I’m guessing driving over five hours today is probably not great. :) Woke up early and drove to a meeting in Orlando, then late in the afternoon left Orlando and drove to Miami for a meeting tomorrow. Consequently, I didn’t come close to my step goal, only getting in 5,446 steps.

As I suspected, the doughnut frenzy yesterday kept my body out of ketosis according to my early morning test. My goal this week is to return to a ketogenic state and get back to burning fat!

As always…

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

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Stress Eating

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Food: October 5, 2015

Monday typically means stress and today was no exception. Very busy day where I didn’t make time to make and eat good food. For lunch I had leftover BBQ and dinner included a stress-induced donuts feast.

My weekend splurging took me out of ketosis this morning,  and I anticipate today’s diet will probably keep my body out as well.

The good news today is I definitely got my steps in today!!

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

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