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!

Less Stress, More Calories

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September 15, 2015

With some of the stress gone today, my hunger came back and I ate more food. I think my body needed it because, according to my FitBit Aria Smart Scale, my weight dropped to 157 lb. This is not good.

I need to manage stress better–I need to get to the gym! As always…

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

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Food: August 7, 2015

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Sugar Stops Ketosis

Finally Friday and I ended up only getting about six hours of sleep last night. I still woke up in a good mood (Fridays tend to do this for me). :)

My keto test showed my body not in ketosis this morning and I’m not surprised. I haven’t worked out since Monday, I ate birthday cake and ice cream for dinner, and I ate a bit later than I normally do. My belief is that all these factors combined kicked me out of ketosis so I’m much more likely to store fat rather than burn it. Let’s watch the scales and see what happens over the next few days.

As always…

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

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Food: February 27, 2015

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Finally Friday

Finally it’s Friday–I’m ready for the weekend. Today is a workout day, so I followed the normal routine: keto test (in ketosis), record weight and body fat % (using FitBit Aria), take daily 5g creatine dose, drop daughter at bus stop, head to gym, down Celsius energy drink and BCAAs on the way, and then lift weights!

I stayed fairly close to my version of Primal/Paleo eating and kept my eating inside an eight-hour intermittent fasting window. Lunch featured baked spaghetti squash with organic meat sauce with cheese–yum!

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I hope to catch up on some sleep this weekend as I had a couple of short nights the week. I hope your upcoming weekend is great and, as always…

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

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Food: February 18, 2015

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A New Dish

paleo-pear-ginger-porkchopsIt’s hump day–halfway through the work week. I woke up early today and in a great mood since Wednesday morning is a gym morning! :) Handling both kids this week makes life a bit hectic…let me give you a little taste of my morning:

  • 4:50am – Drive son to swim practice and return home
  • 6:00am- Drive daughter to bus stop and head to YMCA
  • 6:45am – Drive son from YMCA to school and head back to YMCA
  • 7:15am – WORKOUT!!!!! :)

My choice for pre-workout BCAAs.


I followed my normal routine by first testing to verify my body is still in a ketogenic state, which was positive and then I weigh myself using my FitBit Aria Smart Scale (to collect weight and body fat statistics for this blog). Take my dauly 5g dose of creatine and then, while driving to the gym to workout, I drank my pre-workout caffeine boost, a can of orange Celsius, and my BCAAs (I drink half right before lifting and the other half while lifting).

I love cooking with Ghee!

Following my normal intermittent fasting routine, I ate bacon, eggs, and a green smoothy (my Vitamix rocks!)  about 1pm. I cooked a new dish for dinner, Paleo Pear-Ginger Pork Chops, made in the slow cooker–delicious! As a side dish I sauteed zucchini and yellow squash with garlic in Grassfed Organic Ghee seasoned with cracked pepper and sea salt.  I have the most success following my version of Primal/Paleo when I cook and eat at home.

I hope you are powering through the work week, getting your workouts in and, as always…

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

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Food: February 11, 2015

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Hitting The Road

I headed out today for a business trip which included a business dinner at Fogo De Chao. This was my second visit and this time I had a plan! :) First, I pretty much skipped eating other than some almonds and the airline cookie thing on the plane. Second, I visited the salad bar before the meat frenzy–last time I skipped the salad bar to save room for more meat. I ate so much meat, I’m not sure I recorded it all properly in MyFitnessPal!

fogo-de-chao-featuredIt will be interesting to see how this “gut pack” affects my mission this week to drop some body fat/weight. As always…

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

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Food: February 9, 2015

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Back On Track

At the start of this new work week I have managed to get back to eating my version of Primal/Paleo after the past few days of (somewhat) going off the dietary rails. I woke up in a great mood, ready to hit the gym. My daily ketosis test showed my body in a ketogentic state which I is good since I’ve managed to add a few pounds of body fat (so now I have some extra fuel I need to burn off).

What is really cool about this little n=1 blog experiment is I’ve figured out how to shed those few pounds relatively quickly and without effort. Notice I said “effort”–it takes discipline on my part! The key is pretty simple for me, just eat the right food consistently, stay in ketosis, and the fat will burn off.

Let’s put the above theory to the test this week–I’m going to attempt to follow my preferred eating pattern and stay away from sugar, grains and processed food. Let’s see what the FitBit Aria Smart Scale shows my weight and body fat %  in a week.

2-9-2015-weeklyThis will be should be interesting because I will be traveling for work for a couple of days this week! Stay tuned to see how this challenge turns out and, as always…

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

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Food: February 8, 2015

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Good & Bad Sunday

Just like the previous couple of days, I had a decent meal and a bad meal.  The good included bacon, eggs and a green smoothy–the bad was leftover Chinese take out. Keeping with the good and bad theme, despite some terrible choices the past few days, I’ve kept my body in ketosis (good), but scale weight and body fat have increased. Time to buckle down and get back to my version of Primal/Paleo eating.

Hope your weekend went great and, as always…

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

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Food: January 22, 2015

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Clean Eating Erases Weight Gain?

Another day of relatively clean eating with a low (estimated) carbohydrate intake at about 66g–check out the normalization of my weight (see chart at the bottom of this post). At a high level, my weight shot up to 162 lb. after a high-carb, bad-carb weekend and, after four days of clean eating, I have normalized back to around 158 (according to my FitBit Aria Smart Scale). As I mentioned earlier this week this big swing probably includes a bunch of water weight gain/lose but there is also some body fat gain/lose there too. I can tell because of the way my clothes fit! :) The point is, kind of like the current stock market seems to be somewhat driven by oil prices, my weight seems to driven by high/bad carbohydrate consumption. I love the n=1 experiment!

I started today with my normal 5g dose of creatine as well as a healthy dose of caffeine via drinking my preferred, all-natural energy beverage, Celsius. I also stayed with my intermittent fasting routine eating my first meal at noon and my final meal just before 8pm. In general my food choices followed my version of Primal/Paleo which is reflected in the low estimated carbohydrate consumption.

Here’s to clean eating and getting results! As always…

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

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Food: January 21, 2015

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Real Food Rocks!

seasons52-sesame-grilled-salmonThis n=1 experiment is cool. The bottom line for me is when I eat real food, everything in my life is better, including:

  • mood
  • sleep
  • body fat %
  • weight
  • gym performance
  • hunger distraction :)

Today I consumed a near ideal diet for me–my version of Primal/Paleo–featuring real food. I had sesame grilled salmon salad for breakfast/lunch, almonds and fruit for a snack, and leftover balsamic chicken and sausage with asparagus for dinner.

I also kept to my intermittent fasting eating window by consuming the above between noon and 8pm. Since I worked out first thing, I did take my daily dose of creatine, fire up on caffeine (love my Celsius) and pre-workout BCAAs on the way to the gym.

For the second day in a row my body showed in a ketogenic state, no doubt due to a clean, lower carb diet over the past three days. Not coincidentally, my weight seems to have headed back toward my normal 160ish lbs.

So for me, real food, no sugar results in me being a lean, fat-burning machine. How does real food affect your life? Leave me a comment and, as always…

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

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