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!

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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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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Bad Leftovers…Candy

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Food: November 2, 2015

Sugar is an addictive drug to me. We didn’t have a large Halloween turn out at our house and so I’ve been sucking down the leftover candy–not good! :( I woke bolted awake at 3am this morning, unable to sleep, worried about all sorts of things including work, am I saving enough money for retirement, and why can’t stop eating sugar. šŸ˜‰

The good news is, despite lots of business travel, I managing to get to the gym regularly, which helps combat this stress. As always…

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

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It’s A Party

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Food: October 2, 2015

Wow! Huge amount of sleep last night–according to my FitBit Surge I slept 11 hours and 41 minutes. I woke up feeling great and ready a busy Saturday.

I have to admit today’s eating was completely opposite of my version on Primal/Paleo eating including fast food, beer, pasta, cookies and cake. My wife and I attended a surprise birthday party for a long time friend and I made a conscious decision to enjoy myself and the party food.

I’m not stressing over one day of bad eating, this is a marathon not a sprint. As always…

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

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Back In Ketosis

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Food: September 29, 2015

Woke up tired and stressed today. Needed a little more sleep! I conducted my early morning ketosis test as usual and am happy to report I am back in a ketogenic state. Yes, the fat-burning beast is back. Since I’m not traveling this week I’ve been able to control my sugar and gains intake plus get a workout in–that’s probably why I’m in ketosis again.

Hope your week is progressing nicely and, as always…

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

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Monday Stress :(

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Food: September 28, 2015

The Monday morning stress monster woke me up at 2:15am. I turned on TV which sometimes help me fall back asleep, but it did not work, so I got up. I toyed with going to the gym at 5am, but my body didn’t feel up to it. Take a look at my FitBit Surge dashboard sleep entry and you can see the gap in the early morning:

9-28-2015-sleepAfter the birthday pie (with ice cream) last week and over the weekend, my body has been testing out of ketosis the past several days. Today I got back to eating along the lines of my version of Primal/Paleo eating, with a green smoothie and leftovers –no sugar or grains! Hopefully this will put me back into ketosis–we shall see tomorrow morning.

I hope your work week started nicely and, as always…

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

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Oh No, Donuts :(

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Food: September 10, 2015

doughnutSometimes I just have no control! I’ve been open about my struggles with sugar and wheat, and today the almighty donuts got the best of me. :( Donuts taste so good and almost seem to give me a high–actually, I pretty sure I’ve read the brain reacts to sugar in the same way it reacts to drugs like cocaine.

In any case, I’m not proud of my late night binge–it will be interesting to see if I am in ketosis when I get up tomorrow morning.

In the mean time…

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

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Food: August 28, 2015

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Huge Eating Day

I woke up very early this morning (2:45am) so I only logged six hours of sleep. I caught an early flight for work this morning and travel always causes me some stress, although since I woke up so early I left the house early and didn’t have to worry about missing my flight.

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The big news of the day was a huge calorie and carbohydrate intake. I ate about double the number of calories I normally would and this included a bunch of food not in line with my version of Primal/Paleo eating. I think my body decided to catch up from yesterday because I only ate an estimated 1300 cals and I had a great day (from a business perspective) and decided to celebrate with wine, fast food, and sugar!!!

I am ready for the weekend–as always…

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

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Food: August 21, 2015

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Good Sleep But Too Many Bad Carbs

I fell asleep very early last night and, as a result, I clocked a whooping 9.5 hours of sleep! Man I felt great after catching up–plus, it’s Friday!

After the whistle blew and the work day ended, I had a couple of cocktails to celebrate the start of the weekend. This lead to some popcorn and ice cream–not a part of my version of Primal/Paleo eating for sure. It will be interesting to see of my bad carb intake throws me out of ketosis when I test in the morning–stay tuned and, as always…

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

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