The whole weight lost industry is filled with diets., a couple of which are The South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, and those New Year Resolution Diets where people decide to cut calories.  But what does the word “diet” mean. Wikipedia states,

“In nutritiondiet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.[1] Dietary habits are the habitual decisions an individual or culture makes when choosing what foods to eat. The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related).”

With that said, people use the word “diet” to describe what they “want” to do, in terms of food, to lose weight.  The problem however is that people, while using the diet, will tend to put a deadline on when they want the extra pounds to be gone.  The problem with the deadline is just that.  They add that “deadline”, be it by wedding date, before summer…..but what happens once the goal is reached?  The diet stops and old habits come back into play.  You set a date for when you will begin eating bad again; packing on those pounds you worked so hard to get rid of. So what if instead of dieting (constant weight gain, and weight lost is bad for your health) how about we change our lifestyle.  Hence, diet no, lifestyle change yes.

The lifestyle change is the decision to just say, I’m going to change how I eat entirely.  This means eating whole, clean, organic, hormone free food. This means cutting sugar (sweeteners too), and eating non-refined products (wheat or whole grain bread and brown rice, over white bread and white rice). This means eating more fruits and vegetables. When we make the honest decision to make a lifestyle change, we are stating that we are going to stop eating these food stuffs that are bad for us. This doesn’t mean that we can’t take in the bad every now and then, but just in moderation when doing so, preferably on a cheat day.  Cheat day meaning, that one day during the week when you just eat whatever. Starting all at once will most likely cause you to fail, but take baby steps. Take weekly steps. You may even find that you will lose some weight in the process…just sayin’.

Tasty Green Smoothie

Posted: September 17, 2013 in Recipes
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Green Smoothie

As with everything in life these days, it’s a big rush. Rush to get to work, the gym, do chores, etc. During today’s rush to get to work, I had to figure out what I wanted for breakfast. So, as I went back and forth between the fridge and the pantry, smoothie came to mind. Next thought, what do I have. I see a couple of over ripe bananas, I have kale, I have frozen fruit pulp, and uh, uh, uh….almond milk. Oh, I have fresh spinach also. The following made its way into my Vitamix, and the best smoothie I’ve ever made found its way into my stomach:

1 well ripe banana

1 handful of kale (removed from stem)

1 handful of spinach

1/2 cup frozen passion fruit pulp

1/2 cup frozen mango pulp

1 1/2 cup almond milk

1 tsp cinnamon to boost

Put all ingredients into blender. Enjoy!!!!!

Since I’ve been doing the workout thing for more than a year now. I’ve noticed muscle gains, but I also noticed my body fat loss kinda plateaued.  After talking to a few people, I found that I may need to kick in some cardio. I hit the net, and this is what I found.

The philosophy behind fat loss and cardio. The overall goal is to burn more calories than you take in. If your goal is fat loss, incorporate 4-6, 30-60-minute cardio sessions per week into your training schedule. The best time to do cardio would be in the morning before eating breakfast. Your body will have to burn fat for energy since your glycogen stores have been depleted. If you aren’t dedicated to waking up before work to do some form of cardio, doing it after weight training is the next best option, because, well, hopefully you’ve depleted you glycogen stores lifting.

 

The Purpose

Posted: September 3, 2013 in Inspiration

I’m turning 37 later this year.  So I feel like I’m a little late on getting fit, and eating healthier.  A lot has to do with my outer appearance, but I generally do want to be fit overall, mental and physically.

I began regularly working out and eating right a couple of years ago. I started at 264, with about 34% Body Fat.

The workout schedule went a little like this:

Monday – Gym then Taekwondo

Tuesday – Taekwondo

Wednesday – Walk 2 miles for lunch then Gym

Thursday – Taekwondo

Friday – Gym

Saturday –off (but if my wife was off from work I would do Taekwondo)

Sunday – off

My diet changed from 3 high fat meals to 5 – 6 small meals throughout the day.  After about 12 weeks, I went from 264 to 256 (lost 21 lbs. of fat, gained 13 lbs. of muscle).  After the 12 weeks, I feel off the wagon a little (typical with diets, will blog my belief on diets later), with both eating and working out.  With the cutting back however, I still maintained (up to last month) to stay within 252 – 254.

Today I’m sitting at 250, with 25% BF.  Just remembered, I’m 6’3”. That piece of information is also important to know.  Anywho, I have a renewed vigor to get back in this.  The goal now,  225 – 230, 10-15% BF.

Lets do this……..

Here’s a little back story.  My manager pretty much asked me during a one on one, why it is I do what I do.  Why is it that I want to get the CCNA and CCNA Voice certification (they are IT certs)? All I can think of is more money.  He then began to tell me that I shouldn’t chase money, I should be doing what I love, and the money will come.  He ended the conversation by showing me a Simon Sinek video about his (Simon) Golden Circle theory.

This theory explains why some people prosper and become successful in doing things where others have failed. He began by drawing three circles (one big circle, the second circle is smaller and placed inside of the first circle and the third one is inside of the second circle). The inside circle contains the word “Why”, and second, “How”, the outside circle, “What”.  His theory is that most people tend to (when selling themselves, their product) start with what it is they can do, how they can do it, but can never really answer the why, or is allowed to get to the why.  Their audience is lost during the what, and how stage.   On the other hand, those that begin with “why” really won’t have to work their way to “what”. They’ve sold you at “why”.  They take what you believe in, and make it their own belief. Example, why is it that Apple (one of Simon’s examples), was able to take mp3 players and make you want to buy them, over Dell’s mp3 player? They both had the same endgame. Apple got you to believe that their mp3 player was the most beautiful designed gadget used to listen to music.  Dell tried to sell what their mp3 player can do. Where’s Dell’s mp3 player now?

I started to think if IT is really where I needed to be.  I’m also a chef. I love food, I love preparing for others.  I’ve also, two years ago, began working out and eating healthier.  I love Taekwondo.  I’m still working on how to word my “why”, but all the loves I just mentioned will be a part of it. This all leads to this, my first blog. I want to get certified in Nutrition and personal training. I want to take my culinary skill, and create healthy recipes while taking existing recipes and make them healthier. I want to roll it all into a little package, and help others along their way. I’m going to continue blogging. Hopefully help a few people while helping myself and my family.

Why do I get up in the morning? Why should anyone care? Other than the obvious (providing for self and family), stay tuned. Let’s find out.

Quote  —  Posted: August 18, 2013 in Inspiration