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IF I can do it, so can you…the way to save America.

The IF stands for intermittent fasting.  How I never knew about this structure of eating blows my mind, but I started to think back to my first couple days of my cleanse. I thought about how good I actually felt and it wasn’t till that third day where my body actually shutdown and started to preserve fat for energy.  I’ve seen the term intermittent fasting on some other sites but they never really dove in to the whole concept.

If you don’t already know what intermittent fasting is, an easy way to describe it would be:

You limit your caloric consumption for short periods, followed by longer periods of fasting, or no caloric intake. The periods of fasting can vary from 16 to 48 hours, but during this time you only consume water. When you fast, your body uses first your blood sugar, then your fat reserves for energy. The more the ratio of sugar to fat utilized shifts, the more fat you will burn.

Some of the benefits of fasting are as follows:

Activates Human Growth Hormone

According to the website the Lean Look, intermittent 24-hour fasts are especially beneficial because after you’ve fasted for about 18 hours your body releases human growth hormone, which allows the body to burn fat and maintain muscle. This means you have six hours of accelerated fat-burning.

Regulates Digestion

If your digestion is sluggish, it affects your ability to metabolize your food and burn fat. “Fasting: The Ultimate Diet” notes that intermittent fasts can regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, improving your metabolic function.

Trains Your Body to Burn Fat

“Perfect Health for Kids” reports that fasting forces your body into fat-burning metabolism by temporarily depriving it of the sugars it would normally burn for fuel. This not only burns fat in the short term while you’re fasting, but resets your body to burn more fat for fuel during normal eating.

Regulates Blood Sugar

You might associate not eating with feelings of intense hunger, but intermittent fasting can have the opposite effect, notes “Perfect Health for Kids.” Hunger is mainly caused by dips in blood sugar, but when you are fasting your body is burning fat at a steady rate, so you don’t feel ravenous.

Improves Eating Habits

According to “Fasting: The Ultimate Diet,” regular fasts help change your attitude toward food. Instead of being dependent on it, you can gain clarity about your diet and determine what your body really needs for optimum function. Eating right energizes your metabolism.

Slows Aging

By giving your body a rest from normal digestion, fasting can slow the aging process, according to “Fasting: The Ultimate Diet.” This is significant because one of the primary effects of aging is a slower metabolism. The younger your body is, the faster and more efficient your metabolism’s fat burning potential.
Now…I only started this a couple days ago, but so far it makes complete and perfect sense.  I’ve only craved things that are going to nourish my body to it’s full potential and the couple workouts I’ve done while fasting have been amazing, no lack of energy whatsoever.

I once talked to someone about how I feel like you can shock your body to get better results in your diet, the same as you’d do with your workout routines. That person thought I was crazy for thinking this, but to me, this is exactly what I was talking about.  If you’re looking for something different, I recommend it at this point and I’m excited to see the results over time.  If you’ve hit a wall, definitely give this a try.

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10 Beers You Should Drink This Summer

Wanted to share this from an awesome site that I check out every now and again.  I no longer drink, but I enjoy good finds and supporting creative people of all platforms, art, photography, music, food, fashion, etc.

It’s just about time to clear your fridge of all those crazy strong imperial stouts you’ve got in there. Days spent out on the deck call for something crisp and flavorful without the quick-acting headache. Here are the 10 beers we think you should be drinking this summer.

1. Schlafly Summer Lager – Link
2. Russian River Supplication – Link
3. Founders All Day IPA – Link
4. Drake’s 1500 American Pale Ale – Link
5. Victory Summer Love Ale – Link
6. Dogfish Head Festina Penche – Link
7. Harpoon Summer Beer – Link
8. Sixpoint The Crisp – Link
9. Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Link
10. 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon – Link

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Changing Change?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “change” lately and I’m starting to realize that change is a word that often comes with negative connotation. A vast majority of people walk around thinking change is not necessary in their life, but they will also be the first to complain when something isn’t going their way or when a negative scenario comes about in their life. These people ask questions in their head that starts with “why…” and usually have the word “me” in it.

So the question I pose is “why” not change? Why is change such a negative thing? Why does change have to be hard?

Maybe the word is deceiving because when people think about change, they think they have to go to all these extremes and totally flip over their life. I now know that this isn’t the case.

I suggest you no longer use the word change, but instead use the word “improve”. Improve your life by becoming the person you see yourself as deep down inside you.

That little voice in your head that you often hear saying “I wish I would have done _______ differently” or “I wish I would have tried _________”. Those thoughts are coming from the real you, the you that wants to be better and try/do new things. It’s the more adventurous, energetic, personable side of you.

Yes, you will have to look at how you’re living your life, the routine you’re in, and the habits you’ve formed over the years. You’ll have to do things differently, you’ll have to take risks, and most importantly, you will have to fail. When you fail, you will have to push forward and keep letting that voice guide you.

These past couple months, every person I’ve met who I’ve talked to about the things I’m doing have all said “I wish I could work out more”….”I wish I could eat better”. None of us go through life not having these thoughts about “change”. So instead of relying on self pity and asking yourself the “why me” questions, ask yourself “how?”.

How do I become the person I see myself as deep down? How do I achieve my goals? How do I improve my life? Then put a plan in action and give it your all. No one ever got somewhere in life by putting in 50% effort, if you put in 100% effort then you will be rewarded. Plain and simple, that is how life works.

Since I don’t want to just sound like someone who is preaching, I figured I should share the improvements I’ve made over the last couple months, feel free to continue reading and ask any questions if you’d like:

1. Get rid of my Gout – I was going on almost 3 months straight of having a gout flair up and I was too embarrassed to go to the doctor again for meds so I just let it go. So for almost 3 months limping around in pain. When you have gout it feels like a broken toe and your toes is swollen and red. These last couple months my toes has been it’s normal size and no pain whatsoever.  I made it a personal goal to never suffer from this again.
2. I’ve become more open and honest about myself – Most all of this applies to my family.  For whatever reason, in my life I resorted to lying to them to try and get out of bad scenarios.  To be honest, I just don’t want to disappoint them and I thought I was slick, so I’d do whatever I could to get out of a jam.  I’m not a bad person, the things I’ve done to get in “trouble” in my life are miniscule compared to most people (never been arrested, no drugs, alcohol problems, violence, etc).  But when you lie over and over again, people lose trust in you no matter how small the lie may be.  I desire a better relationship with my family, I may be completely different from them, but they are my family and it’s become obvious to me that they don’t get me, because I haven’t given them a real chance to know me.  We are all very different, but I think that’s what makes us an awesome family b/c we all have different things to offer in life.
3. Cut my nails – I use to just let them grow and then bite them (horrible habit)
4. Cut my toenails! – Feet are disgusting but I love wearing sandals, which was ironic b/c I i would rarely cut my toe nails or pay much attention to washing my feet. I use to have this big thing of dry skin on my right big toe. After making improvements in my care for my feet that was gone within a couple weeks.
5. Stop Eating Out – Have I been perfect on this one, no.  I’ve eaten out several times during this whole process.  But you know what, I use to eat out 7 days a week virtually 3 meals a day.  How I did that, I have no clue….but it’s no wonder why I just had kidney stones to deal with.
6. Think before I talk – I was always one of those people who said the first thing that popped in to their head, but I started to recognize the trouble that was getting me in to.  So I’ve noticed myself slowing down, processing thoughts, and even speaking slower as I continue to still process exactly what it is I’m saying.  This has caused a lot less issues in my life.
7. Patience – This is definitely still a work in progress as I’ve always had a small amount of patience with people. But I’ve recognized that it brings unnecessary and added stress to my life.  A lot of people live in their own little world and they’ll never understand your view point or ever take the time to fully understand a situation.  In America, we’re consumers before anything else and technology has shifted the way we expect things in life.  I’ve accepted that a majority of people no longer read the information given to them, follow directions, or take the necessary time to solve a problem on their own.  Like I said, this is a work in progress b/c when running a business, you’re constantly put in scenarios of ignorance.  But I do know one area I’ve thoroughly improved in is handling situations that consider mistakes within the business, you can’t get flustered in front of employees, someone needs to keep calm and solve issues and I feel I’ve stepped up there.
8. Communication – This is yet another work in progress, but I’ve acknowledged that I use to do a horrible job communicating in general. Whether it be work related or personal,  I am doing a better job of just letting people know  “things”.
9.  Getting in a Routine – Don’t get me wrong, I fly by the seat of pants and I can do amazing things when in a time pinch.  But living like that takes a toll on your mind and body.  Routines are hard for the creative types, but I feel as if I’m achieving more on a daily basis by having some consistency in my day.  Organization is a whole other project for me!
10. Over Analyzing Situations: I’ve made huge strides in this department.  I’m genuinely an interested person and I ask questions because I care about people and I just honestly want to know things about them.  But at the same time, I had a tendency to over analyze and over thing their answers or actions.  I’d say the only recent hiccup I had was when I recently sent a girl flowers.  It was the first time I’ve sent a girl flowers, but this was the first time where I felt like it was completely necessary.  I sent them to her work and her texts were sporadic so I started to get all worried, thinking that it was the wrong move and that I probably embarassed her.  But of course, the situation was more simple than that, she was merely busy b/c she was in fact, at work…tending bar, on a Saturday night.  So yea, I’ve admitted that I can be an idiot and make myself think things that aren’t true and that helps absolutely nothing.   So for once, I’m finally enjoying getting to know someone b/c 1. She doesn’t mind that I ask questions and 2. I don’t dissect everything she says.  I just take it for what it is instead of looking for more.

There are plenty more things I could add to this list, but it’s starting to get a little long and I think you get the point.

The point is, I’m finally becoming the person I know I am meant to be.  Over the years I’ve picked up bad habits , half-assed a lot things, and been inconsiderate to how my actions effect my life and the people in my life.

For the first time in 28 years I feel like I understand who I am and how I work.  This is the first time I truly feel happy in multiple aspects of my life.  I realize this is going to be a long journey, but the reward well outweighs the risks that come with “change”.

I invite you to change the way you view the word change and you’ll start to become the person you were meant to be.  That first step won’t seem so hard anymore.

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First Ice Bath

So tonight I decided to do my first ice bath in an attempt to help my recovery after a pretty brutal (and amazing) lower body workout today.  I use to do these in high school during football, but clearly I forgot what that feeling was like.  After dumping 44 lbs of ice in to the tub and filling it half way with freezing cold water I dove in (figuratively), I immediately started to hyperventilate.  It took me about 30 seconds to relax my mind and focus on my breath.  At that same moment I was able to remove the pain from my mind.  I’ve recently started practicing meditation, so I put those ideas to work immediately.

For those of you who think ice baths are only good for one thing, you are wrong.  While most people know that ice baths help you recover faster and help you with inflammation, sore muscles, and prevent injuries….it does have another benefit.

You have to be open minded to the concept, but in my eyes, it just simply makes sense.  When your body is exposed to an extreme temperature drop, your core body temperature plunges.  When this happens, your body goes in to defense mode and releases brown fats in an attempt to burn fat while bringing your body temperature back to normal.  Only a few ounces of brown fat have the ability to burn between 400 and 500 calories.  This will also result in your metabolism to spike, also helping to bring your core temperature back to normal.

So while this isn’t for everyone, there are some very interesting studies based around the idea of colder conditions that will actually boost your metabolism which can result in higher weight loss.  Our metabolism actually works 20% higher in 60 degree weather, so don’t be mad if the weather is a little chillier than normal.  Take advantage of it and go for a brisk walk.

Give it a try….I feel fabulous right now, especially now that I can feel my legs.  I also feel like I’m going to sleep very well tonight…..

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My New View on Squats

Time and time again we see people using horrible form when doing squats, people are scared to do them nowadays b/c of the implications they can have on your back.  So instead we avoid them and use leg press machines.  Don’t get me started on the leg press machines…..

Anyways, we have not shied away from squats but instead focused on our form.  There’s no better lower body work out and f we want proper results, then we need to do it.

In doing so, I started to realize why it was that I had bad squat form in high school and why it led to a lot of back issues.

Have you ever played that “trust” game?  where you fall back and you’re suppose to trust that your partner is going to catch you?  Well, when sitting your hips back and squatting down,  I realized that I didn’t trust that my body would catch me because it feels as if you’re going to fall backwards when you keep your knees behind your toes.  So instead I’d drop my back forward to get depth instead of actually sitting back and bending my legs.

Now that I’m older and wiser I seem to be able to understand and process how things work, so don’t be afraid to squat.  Just focus on your form and start light, then build from there.  You’re doing no good by using the leg press machines.

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Got Goat?

So today I ordered goat meat.  Before you judge me, read the facts.

Goat meat is extremely lean and as I stated from the beginning, I’m going to try new things and I’m going to do things that people may not understand or approve of.  Simple fact, what do you think we use to eat as humans back when we hunted for our own food?  Typically we ate lean meat.  Goat meat is USDA inspected, but the USDA has not approved use of any type of hormones or additives to Goat Meat, therefore it is extremely natural.

Nutrition Facts (4 oz Serving)
Calories: 124 (calories from Fat 15)
Total Fat: 2.6 grams
Protein: 25 grams
Cholesterol: 64 mg
Total Carbs: 0 g
Sugars: 0 g

Compare this to a 3.5 oz cut of White Chicken, so in comparison the numbers are actually a little higher:
Calories: 173
Total Fat: 4.5 grams
Protein: 30 grams
Cholesterol: 85.7 mg
Total Carbs: 0 g
Sugars: 0 g

I’m not following any specific diet, in fact, I may be creating my own diet….who knows.  But the simple fact is, I’ve come to the realization that our bodies will never change, so therefore I need to get back to a natural way of life.  As natural as humanly possible to eat from as close to the earth as I can.

They’ve just legalized the upcoming sale of Horse Meat in the US, from what I’ve been able to research, Horse and Goat meat are right along the same lines but until more info comes out on Horse meat I’m not sure if I’ll go in to that direction as well.

I’ve said it already and I’ll continue to say it, technology has evolved and will continue to do so, but we as human beings will never change.  Feed your body right and it will do wonders in return.

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I recently heard a nutritionist (who lost 200lbs himself) discuss “visualization”.  This really is no more complicated than knowing the definition of the word.   Websters dictionary defines the word as: “the act or process of interpreting in visual terms or of putting into visible form”.

I’ve come to embrace this concept, to visualize what it is I want to look like, to be, to act, etc.

But there’s only one problem……

This also greatly scares me.  How am I suppose to visualize something I’ve never been?  I’ve always been bigger, I wasn’t necessarily fat when I was younger, but I’ve always had a big frame and I never really put on a lot of weight until I wasn’t able to play sports anymore at age 14 due to shattering my elbow.

By junior year when I was cleared to do lifting with my arm the way it was, I was already up around 290 b/c for 2 years I hadn’t been active and instead of finding ways to be active I sat around feeling sorry for myself.  By my senior year the lowest I had my body fat recorded at was 14 % and I was typically around 270, but at this point I was in very good shape.  I would say I had a very intimidating stature.

But at my age now it’s not about intimidating anyone and it’s not about how much weight I can lift.  One of my biggest goals in the back of my head is to be able to go get a tailored suit made and I’d very much like to dress sharper on a daily basis.  So how do I visualize being 6’4″ and 230 lbs when I haven’t been 230 since sophomore year?

This is something I’m struggling with but I firmly believe you can achieve a goal much quicker if you can visualize the end result.  If you constantly drill something in to your subconscious it will take over when you yourself are not even aware of it.  It will kick things in to overdrive as if it’s trying to achieve it’s own goals.  It will stop those hunger pangs and those cravings you have for the “bad foods”.

Have you ever thought of something and you were so focused on it you could almost taste it, smell it, or hear it?  That’s what I need focus on.  I need to be able to look in the mirror every morning and see something I’ve never been.  The best I know how to do that so far is to imagine other people that are of the size I want to be.  Maybe that’s the key….I don’t know.

All I know is that I feel like I have a drive inside of me that I haven’t had since the days of leaving everything I had in the gym.  I’m genuinely excited of where I’m headed and where I’ll be in the months ahead.

I want to conquer the ability to visualize because then I can carry that over to many aspects of my life and use that as another tool to achieve all the goals I set for myself.

I highly recommend you do the same.  Please share your thoughts or share this to others. and again, thank you for the continued support.  Not a day has gone by where I don’t hear something positive from a peer.

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