Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Paleo diet - Day 3

Sup Sup!

Day 3... in like lion out like a lamb.  Am I right? 


Nothing big going on today.  Work work work all day long, Work all day while I sing this song.  Wish I had excited tales to tell, but I do not.  I got up, went into the city for a meeting, back to the house, then email extravaganza until 6:30 WOD at BSCF.

Good one today though.  Coach Dusty was in rare form today.  Beating us like we stole something out there.  Warm up was fun and creative.  Played HORSE with wall balls.  Good stuff...

The WOD itself was a 3 round cycle of Medicine Ball Thrusters (20)/ Box Jumps (10) / Wall climbs (5), but I had to scale my wall climbs to 3.  Still made it under 10 minutes... which is nice.

That's it for today... exciting things on the diet though... see below.

PALEO - DAY 3 - 8/27/14Attitude:  "Run the numbers again... that can't be right"
Weight:  265 lbs
Workout:  Yes

Breakfast - Large Iced Hazelnut coffee, skim milk, 1 sugar, 3 eggs, 4 slices bacon
Lunch - Bowl of Paleo Chicken salad (freaking awesome!)
Dinner - Salad, Paleo chix salad on top, sugar free dressing,

I know the meals were not very varied, but hey this chicken salad is the good stuff. 

But what the hell!  you believe that weight change.  That is no typo.  In 24 hours I am 5 lbs lighter.  I feel like I can dunk, or at least set a school record in long jump.  That is unreal results. 

I am sure it is essentially the water weight from "no soda" coming off, but still.  That's impressive to me. 

At this rate, i'll be Somalian by Christmas... Ho ho ho like you read about son. 

Peace be with you... and also with you.

PALEO DIET: DAY 2

Whats up good Paleo people?

The quest continues.  The hunt for 6 muscles in my abdominal region rages on.  Despite their absence for the past 14 years, searches are still optimistic they are nearby.  Authorities are asking anyone that has any information on the abdominal muscles in question, to contact their nearest blogger.

So, ya...  Still going strong deep into the 48th hour of this quest.  Actually got off the couch too and hit up the gym yesterday for some Crossfit type mayhem.  Bayshore Crossfit (BSCF) is where it went down.  Did a solid warm up, followed by the equivalent of the Navy PRT, then the WOD.

I say the Navy PRT because it is essentially the same thing with the exception of the 1.5 mile run.  We did max push ups in/Sit ups in 2 minutes respectively.  Then did max air squats in 2 minutes.  All be it, I am about 1/2 of what I could do back in the early 2000's, I was not terribly disappointed. 

For 1 thing it was a different era.  We were all still spinning from Y2K, Colin Farrell was dramatic/action here, and Nelly was still riding high on a wave of songs that frankly have been unmatched to date.... Also, my form was tremendously better.   As is common knowledge apparently to everyone but me, when you correct your form... you lose a little, but then gain it back and exceed previous results.  Bottom line... I should get better soon.

Push ups - 32
Sit ups - 60
Air Squats - 60

The WOD was Dubs/burpees... so all in all... SUCKED!  My dubs are actually pretty good now, but burpees... well.  ya.  moving on.



PALEO - DAY 2 - 8/26/14
Attitude:  "No Problems yet"
Weight:  270 lbs
Workout:  Yes

Breakfast - Large Iced Hazelnut coffee, skim milk, 1 sugar, 3 eggs, 4 slices bacon
Lunch - Bowl of Paleo Chicken salad (freaking awesome!)
Dinner - Salad, grilled chicken, sugar free dressing, hard boiled egg

Down a pound!  Very happy about that.  Still doing alright honestly.  Most of the time I'm starving by now, but I am actually riding a pretty good wave of self control.  Yay for me.

Weigh ins are every morning before any food.  I'll keep that consistency and I'm doing it every day so as never to give myself that window of complacency. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PALEO DIET: DAY 1

Getting Paleo Busy... again.

So the summer has essentially gone the way of the dodo for the year, and it is time for the 3 R's....


Reflect, Re-plan, Re-bound...  At the end of each summer I look back at the pictures from the Surgeon General and I's anniversary in May, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Falmouth Road Race, and Labor Day.  Despite the fact that Labor day is yet to come... I've already had my annual spirit crush.

I look like crap in the pictures.  Just flat out carrying too much Man around.  I need to stop the non-sense and get down to business.  I've run the gamut on the Paleo diet before.  It is a tough beat to walk, but frankly I need to get on track.

So here is the deal... Some parties close to the situation, whom I will not specifically name (Kristen)... think I lack the "where-with-all" and down right dedication to lose the weight.  Well you little red headed nay-sayer... I've got news for you. 

You're probably right.

I'm going to try to stay as close to Paleo as possible, but I know already I can't do 100%.  It is just to un-enjoyable.  I am keeping my morning coffee, and the occasional salad dressing.  I think that is a solid compromise in the grand scheme

It's a hard diet to stick to.  Wildly inconvenient, doesn't taste as good, no pizza, essentially... it is my cold turkey heroin habit kick...  in 4 days i'll be able to sympathize with my 12 step brethren.  Fear not though because we're taking a new tact. 

I've heard that daily logging of the food helps.... and it just so happens that I have my own blog... so suck a lemon world cuz i'm bringing it to you. 

This will be my full blown diary of paleo diet... aka Operation "Miserable"... So as they say Comedy is Tragedy + time... enjoy you sadistic bastards.

PALEO - DAY 1 - 8/25/14

Attitude:  "i'll be fine."
Weight:  271 lbs

Breakfast - Large Iced Hazelnut coffee, skim milk, 1 sugar
Lunch - Muscle Pharm protein shake, with almond milk
Dinner - Boneless Skinless Chicken breast and Vegetables

Ok... mistake out the gate... This is not enough food for a man of my breadth.  I know this already so I am going to make adjustments for Tomorrow and be sure to get a little more sustenance in the breakfast/lunch portion.

No major break downs, but I will say the end of the day gets hungry my friends.  I'm talking post dinner...  around 8:30/9:00... starts to get a little tough to stay happy about your life choices.

In the old days, I'd just say, "You'll hit dunks in the morning. Just go to bed."  Best I can hope for now is some hardboiled eggs.   This is going to be just as hard as I remembered. 

Oh well.  1 day down only a ba-jillion left. 

Good day people....

I said Good Day!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Humpday Hollah: It's A Hard Knock Life!

At the movies the other day I caught the trailer for the upcoming "Annie" remake.  It's a fresh and unique take on the classic story of a spunky, inspirational orphan who brings hope to a struggling country.  This time around it stars Hugh Jackman in the title role and trades the classic mop of red curls for metal claws.  On second thought, that might have been the preview of "X-Men: Days of Future Past"...  Well, regardless, it got me thinking of the words to one of the musical's most famous songs: "It's A Hard Knock Life!"

"Leapin' Lizards, bub..."
"Don't it feel like the wind is always howlin'?
Don't it seem like there's never any light?
Once a day don't ya wanna' throw the towel in?
It's easier than puttin' up the fight!"
                       
Let's be honest, I wasn't a full-time student at the "School of Hard Knocks." I have to admit an abused orphan who is scammed by violent criminals during the Great Depression has it slightly harder and knockier than I do.  She's probably Valedictorian.  You win, Annie... er... sort of...  Still, I think we've all taken at least a class or two at something like the "Regional Institution of Solid Thumps" and, we can agree, at that school, somedays Life wins.  And, man, Life can be a pretty sore winner!  Sometimes life hands you some pretty harsh realities and you find yourself retreating to the warm embrace of the bed, frantically trying to turn your sheets into a white flag.  "The SUCK will come back... Tomorrow!  Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow... They'll be SUCK!" 

We all have days like that.  Heck, some of us have years like that!  No matter who you are, life has hard-knocked you down a peg or two and made you hide under your covers.  Some of us are probably still tucked away pretending to live life.  For a while we can even fool ourselves into believing the idea that we don't have to actually get out of bed at all and life will continue on.  We think we can phone it in and do it by satellite from the safe, remote location in the People's Republic of But-I-don't-wanna-stan.  And you know what?  We're kind of right.  Life will go on... but it'll go on without us.


"It was a run by fruiting!"
Hey, I know you've heard it before, but it bears repeating:  Life throws lemons.  We know it's true.  But the funny thing is that sometimes you think it only throws lemons at you!  From the outside it seems that everyone else is living lovely lemonless lives, but if you take a moment and really look around: are you the only one getting pelted by fruit?  I bet my bottom dollar on a resounding nope.  Maybe your best friend got pelted with pineapples when they got laid off last month, or your coworker got clobbered with kumquats when they had some medical troubles.  Or maybe you were just trying to enjoy some fun in the sun when a man dressed as an old woman lobbed a lime at the back of your head!

As a kid, my days were filled with ballet slippers, not boxing gloves, and I was way more into watching Russians like Mikhail Baryshnikov battle mice in "The Nutcracker" (swoon), not Russians like Ivan Drago battle Balboa in "Rocky IV"...  Today though, this quote from The Italian Stallion's sixth film hangs above my desk for inspiration:
"Buh-nuh-NAH!!! Buh-NUH-naaaahhhhh....."
I'll give you a moment to blow your nose.  Good?  He goes on to say:  "Now if you know your worth, then go out and get what you're worth."  Yeah, I know, I know... Sure you can say, "That's great for Rocky, but it's also just a movie!" and you aren't wrong.  But the iconic film "Rocky" that launched Stallone's career was only made after he got fed up with his own lemons, wrote the script himself, and refused to settle until someone let him play the title role.  And that, my friends, is what I call "Making Lemonade."


Lastly, the best part of all of this, is You Are Not Alone!  My friend Serina is like Rocky and Annie all rolled into one.  She's had her unfair share of hard knocks, but she keeps coming out a champion!  How she kept doing it?  I didn't know, but I did know I wanted that!  I wanted her drive and success.  I wanted change.  I needed change.  And it might sound clich├ęd, but with AdvoCare, I got that change.  Real change.  Not something that comes easy, no, but something I literally work for.  Not only have I gotten back on track with losing some unwanted trunk junk, but I have a refreshed look on life!  I'm also building a business & relationships that focus on health and hard work instead of shortcuts and quick fixes.  Interested?  Check out the upper left corner for more details or click here to message me directly.  If you want to get in on the change, give me a Hollah and you can start making Lemonade too!   

Just to be clear, Advocare is not a Lemonade Stand...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

HumpDay Hollah: "Eye Sight vs. Mind Sight"

Have you ever heard the saying, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right"?

I love this saying.  It's like a cake.  A delicious cake.  With many tiers.  My tears.  The tears of a clown... a big fat clown.  A big fat clown eating cake... Wait... Let me start again....

I love this saying because it perfectly sums up the power of "Positive Thinking".  And as you can see from my first try, it doesn't take much for negative thinking to develop in your head.  When you get down to it, great sayings like that are the fundamentals of the inner dialogue. Sure, technically a monologue is one person talking, but when we're talking to ourselves, doesn't it feel more like a conversation?  I think so!  And whether that conversation is negative or positive, that inner dialogue has the power to create clear skies or foggy forecasts as you move towards any challenge.  And there's no one who loves dark clouds more than...


"Hello, I am your Negative Ninja"
Negativity Ninjas!  They are the killers!  Negativity might as well be the "Jack The Ripper" of dreams and potential.  The goal is set and all is good, but suddenly that fog rolls in and we can't see two feet in front of us...  We start to fear failure, we procrastinate, and we blame others for our circumstances, and then... SURPRISE SURPRISE... a Negativity Ninja comes up from behind and stabs us in the back!  Curse you, Foggy London Town!

I know from personal experience that once those Negativity Ninjas creep into our brains, they can quickly manifest in our personalities and wreak havoc on our lives!  When that happens, pretty soon there seems like there's only one option left:  Grab the Ben & Jerry's, Crack open your finest Box of Wine, & Search Netflix for the next compelling TV Show to ingest in three days.  When you look at it like that, Negativity Ninjas sure sound like a good excuse for giving up, but that's all they are in the end: excuses.  And on top of that, they're not even real!  There are no Negativity Ninjas creeping through Foggy London Town!  In fact, London is almost never foggy!  Seriously.  Look it up.

Still, even if they aren't real, enemies of the mind certainly feel real, don't they?  Well, lucky for me "Inception" was on the other night and it reminded me of something important:  Don't let someone else touch your totem or you won't be able to tell the difference between the dream world and reality.  Good to know.  But this lesson is probably more relevant:
Eye Sight is what we think we see.  
Mind Sight is what we think about what we see. 

"I am Totem-ly confused right now..." 
Given the great difference between a successful outcome and a dismal failure, it's crazy that it all begins with something as similar as eye sight vs. mind sight.  When it comes to Eye Sight, believing only what you hear and see is dangerous because other people's opinions dictate your worth.  It might seem harmless, but who knows what kind of battle they are fighting inside their head?  Mind sight, on the other hand, is the act of analyzing your situation, putting a positive spin on things, and finding constructive ways to change your circumstances.  Like Les Brown said "Other people's opinions of you do not have to become your reality."  So there you have it!  Trust the Mind Sight and don't believe the Lying Eyes... just think of how many times they've told you "Yeah!  You definitely won't regret eating that whole pizza!" or "No!  Jeggings are totally acceptable attire for the workplace..."     


Well, that's all for this week, folks!  But before I go, let me say a huge "THANK YOU!!!" to all of you who signed up for "The 24 Day Pool Prep Challenge!"  Get ready to look good & feel good as we slim down & shape up for Summah 2014!  Woot woot!  What's that?  You didn't sign up for the Challenge in time?  Why not join the AdvoCare craze just for you?  Feel free to hit me up for more info by messaging me or click the link in top left corner of this page for more details!  

Until next week:  Erika Out!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Almost killed a kid.... Accidentally of course, but totally deserved it


Good Day again fellow blogospherists....

So... almost killed a kid today.  Would've been an accident... would've been 100% the babysitter's fault... and yet I am confident I would've been run out of town on a rail...

So before I get into today's workout, I have to vent this particular frustration.... What the hell ever happened to people walking along the sides of the parking lots/rows of cars?  At what point did parents decide that would be a wasted skill to teach their children?  Because I distinctly remember severe scoldings and threatened punishments for walking in the middle of the road.  I distinctly remember being told, not only by parents but also random adults, that it was a stupid course of action.  I completely agree by the way!

Every time I drive through a parking lot or down a street, there is some group of people walking 3 or 4 abreast, taking up a lot more than just the breakdown lane, or what could reasonably be called the side of the row.  It boggles the mind what must be going through their heads at that moment.  Most likely it is nothing, because they don't exactly value their own safety... and decided that it is now everyone else's responsibility to ensure they don't get the crippling vehicular damage they so richly deserve.

You are correct that in the commonwealth the pedestrian has the right of way... and you are correct that your family can sue me for all I'm worth... all $6 and 33 cents of it.  But just to be clear, if I hit you, there is only one thing cooking in my noodle.... The voice over from the original Mortal Kombat... FINISH HIM! 

you'll win the lawsuit, but in the Darwinian sense of things... you lose... and the gene pool is stronger for it.

Side note on all this... baby sitters.... don't use the drive up at Dunks to have a teaching moment on how to ride a plastic bicycle.... The thing gets stuck on every pebble.  Take the 2 kids to a church parking lot, which is guaranteed to be empty middle of the day.  C'mon... be smarter than the machine.

Positives of the day though...

Awesome workout today.  Lots of weights lifted.  Lots of handstands practiced.  Lots of box jumps.  I like to think I wrecked it today.  Feeling good, feeling strong.  I am really feeling like I'll be in some solid beach shape this year. 

Can't wait to sun bath and not be concerned my mass is disrupting gravitational pulls and causing unsafe tidal conditions... I'm a mariner at heart and truly worry about that from time to time.

Rock on with your bad self America!

Random Rant about Local News

Howdy neighbors,

Woke up early this morning and started reading yahoo news.  There is a breaking point within me


when it comes to news.  I try to read yahoo because you only get bigger headlines.  I find that it is important only to read bigger news.  If you read all the news... well you'll want to give up on humanity in one sitting.  let me explain...

I stopped dealing with local news because it is just plain boring.  Guess what someone in New Bedford, Brockton, Roxbury, Dorchester, or Lowell area was assaulted... no kidding.  There was a fire in one of these run down towns.  Some local student is suing the school for something that everyone has had happen to them in their life, but somehow this kid feels he/she will never be the same.

It is nonsense and to be completely honest, it makes me think less of the community around me.  I am very proud to be from Massachusetts.  I love Boston and our sports scene, bars, and people in general.  Additionally everyone has a sense of heritage and pride in where they come from.  When I see the local news, they always find the dumbest person with an accent that is almost cartoonish, to just rant about how perplexed and baffled they are that something happened.  Hell... 9 out of 10 times the person is explaining how they "didn't know what was going on.  then I came outside and saw "cruis-ahs"... and I figured something was wrong."

The people always say, "he is a good kid, but he just did some horrible things." or something to that effect.  I cannot stand that phrase anymore, "he is a good kid".  We should as a society stop qualifying every person that screws up as being at one point a good kid.  Hey... you killed someone drunk driving... not a good kid.  You cracked someone in the head with a weapon.... not a good kid. The list goes on.  I think being a good kid is like virginity.  Sure you meet the qualifications right up until you do something that is.... tadaa... "not good"....  at which point you shift from being good to bad.... 

It's not like people every say... "He's a bad kid, he just did a good thing". 

So on that note... end of rant... I'm not reading anymore news this morning.  Time to calm down... tally ho and carry on.