Suspect Diet, But Consistent Lifting

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Workout: December 18, 2015

This week continued to be a struggle with respect to food choices, but I made it to the gym and followed my StrongLifts Advanced program consistently ALL WEEK!

Today I did squats, bench press, and Pendlay rows with a side order of chin-us.

The gym helps with my stress–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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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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Stress Relief

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Workout: December 1, 2015

Little bit of work related stress today, so I’m glad I was able to hit the gym for squats, bench press, Pendlay rows with a side order of chin-ups. I am still loosely following StrongLifts Advanced, modifying and mixing in some StrongLifts 5×5. I think I’m getting parallel on my squats, but it looks like I’m still folding at the top, which seems to happen at the heavier weight (225 lbs in the picture below).

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Glad to get my lift in today–hope you did too 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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Less Monday Work Stress?

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Food: November 9, 2015

Woke up this Monday morning, after a solid eight hours of sleep, with minimal “start of the work week” stress–I suspect not having to travel this week probably has a bunch to do with it. On the food front, I feel like a did a decent job of getting lots of vegetables with a green smoothie with my first meal, and two cups of steamed broccoli (drenched in grass-fed butter) with dinner. The Publix chicken wings might no be the best choice, but at least I got the non-breaded wings. 😉

I hope your week started off in a wonderful fashion and, as always…

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

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Hungry For Nutrition

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Food: November 7, 2015

I woke up this fine Saturday feeling rested and in a great mood. All the stresses of the work week had magically melted away. As usual, I practiced intermittent fasting eating my first meal at about 12:30pm, eggs bacon and a green smoothie, and my last meal at a little after 8pm, my usual salad from Chipotle.

Today was one of those days where my body craved nutrition–I had no interest in junk food. I guess maybe my body is trying to heal from last week’s sugar, grains, and alcohol consumption?

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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