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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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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Weekend Recovery

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Food: December 14, 2015

Things have been stressful in the work department the past couple of weeks. This weekend, starting with Friday night, I completely went off rails from a food perspective including copious amounts of Chinese food, gallons of alcohol, and other nasty things. Today I righted the ship nutritionally AND I got a great workout in!

I’m really trying to stick with my version of Primal/Paleo eating, but I am struggling with consistency. :(

I hope everyone is keeping the stress low and the nutrition high and, as always…

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

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Miles Of Driving

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Food: December 3, 2015

Did not get a great night of sleep so I woke up a little tired and stressed. Big meeting today (that went well) and then a couple of hours in the car traveling home. Did a fairly good job on sticking with my version of Primal/Paleo eating while also keeping with the intermittent fasting routine.

Really looking forward the upcoming weekend for some stress relief–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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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!

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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Delicious Food Day

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Food: November 12, 2015

Didn’t quite get enough sleep last night but woke up in a good mood. Another day where I did a decent job of following my version of Primal/Paleo eating.

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Per usual, my intermittent fasting routine had me eating my first meal at around noon featuring eggs, bacon, potatoes, and a green smoothie with spinach, strawberries, apple, banana, carrot, and home grown bell peppers. My second and final meal consisted of leftover baked pork chops with apple, a baked potato with butter and cheddar cheese, and steamed broccoli with butter and sea salt. I kept my estimated carbohydrate intake below 200g which successfully kept my body in a ketogenic state.

We are headed for the weekend and, as always…

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

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Planned Cheat Day

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Food: November 8, 2015

Home football game today–the whole family going together, so I planned to feast today and eat whatever I felt like, good or bad. I ended up not straying too far from my version of Primal/Paleo eating–the major bad food being some chips, the bun on a burger, and popcorn. Oh yeah, and a couple of scotch and waters :) I’m proud of myself for staying away from beer–a major temptation for me when attending football games, especially when my team plays poorly!

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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