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I am working my way through my second day of the Alternate Day Diet.  I wouldn’t call it working though since today has been a breeze.  You see, today is my up day.  I can eat whatever I want whenever I want.  I have chosen to stick with healthy foods, but I am consciously ignoring calories today.  You heard that right, I am completely ignoring calories.  I don’t have to count them at all!  Heck I just baked (although as easy as it was to make I can hardly call it baking) some muffins and had a few.

[Easiest Muffin Recipe EVER: 1 box of devil’s food cake mix, 1 15 oz. can of 100% pure pumpkin (no added sugar).  Mix.  Bake.  Eat.  Told you it was easy.]

And although I knew today would be easy, I didn’t expect yesterday to go as well as it did.  Heck, the book claims the first day should be the hardest.   I didn’t find it all that hard.  I did my best to fit a lot of food into the allotted 500 calories.  It worked out to:

  • Breakfast: Nothing (fasting for blood test)
  • Snack: Nothing (still fasting)
  • Lunch: 24 hour protein shake (120 calories)
  • Snack: Miso Soup (35 calories)
  • Dinner: A bean and lentil in tomato based soup with Miso soup on the side (extra seaweed added in), and a mini cucumber.   (165 calories)
  • Snack: Protein shake (120 calories)
  • Overall 15 cups of water

Not bad and NO major hunger difficulties to report.

Today (my “up day”) I had:

  • Breakfast: Kashi Honey Almond Flax Crunch, unsweetened shredded coconut, and 1/2 a serving of 70% dark chocolate (more…)
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Today was a good day with an indoor workout (thanks to the rain) and a some pretty delicious meals.

  • Breakfast: Protein Shake with blackberries and kiwi
  • Snack: Kashi Cereal (High Fiber), unsweetened shredded coconut, and 70% dark chocolate
  • Lunch: Joseph’s pita bread, olive oil brushed on, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon, and feta cheese
  • Snack: Protein Shake
  • Dinner: Sirloin steak marinated in red wine with onions and mushrooms and a bit of A1 on the side.
  • Snack: Protein Shake

Tomorrow will be a real test of willpower as I have the house all to myself and lots of stressful work to do.  Wish me luck.

This recipe is delicious!  I based it off something I ate at a fancy restaurant in Asheville a couple months ago.  The preparation is simple, and should take no more than 10-15 minutes (basically chopping avocado and slicing tuna).  And the end result is well worth the hefty price tag for sashimi grade tuna ($10.99/pound).

Shopping list:

Kimchi, light sesame ginger vinaigrette, avocado, black sesame seeds, regular sesame seeds, and carrots (you can also include a little bit of sushi rice, but keep portion size in mind).

Preparation:

  • Slice up your avocado in small pieces (size of your pinky finger nail)
  • Shave your carrots into thin inch-or-two long strips
  • Cut your tuna last (make the pieces just a bit bigger than the avocado slices)
  • Plate the avocado, carrots, and tuna.   Also plate (to the side) a couple tablespoons of Kimchi
  • Drizzle the plate in 2-3 tablespoons of the sesame ginger vinaigrette
  • Sprinkle white and black sesame seeds over the plate (I use about 2 teaspoons of each type)

Enjoy.

This is a tasty snack with low calories, whole wheat, plenty of veggies, and lots of healthy fat (depending on how you make it).   The base is simple (and cheap), a whole wheat Joseph’s Pita (you can buy 6 in a package for $2.79 at Wal-mart).   Their whole wheat pita has a well-balanced nutritional content (see image below).  From there the steps are simple. (more…)

May 25th:  This was my first day of getting back to physical training, and my last day of undisciplined eating.  The day started with a 30 minute workout but closed with a triple scoop waffle cone.

Resistance Training: performed as a circuit (one set of each exercise all the way through and then repeat).

1. Squats with Tire Press. A basic squat with one side of the tire resting in the palms of the hands. At the top of the movement press the tire hard enough to push it about a foot or more, then let it fall back into the palms of the hands and return to the basic squat position. 2 sets of 12 reps. (more…)

[Note: Several pictures and a few funny stories can be found below the cut line.]

Well, I figured why not try it. The stuff tastes great at the local Japanese restaurant, but it also costs a small fortune.  So early this morning, with wife and child in tow, I embarked on what would become a day long journey in search of the perfect cuts of salmon and tuna for sashimi.  After four stores (the local Asian Market, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Lowe’s Foods) I quickly became discouraged.  The answer from behind the meat counter was always the same, “Sorry, we don’t have sashimi grade salmon.  Only tuna.”

I was pretty disheartened until I decided to stop by the sushi chef’s station at one of the supermarkets. I asked the chef if he knew of where I could buy some good cuts of sushi quality salmon.  “Right over in the seafood section.”  I was a bit shocked, “I was just over there and they said they didn’t sell sashimi quality salmon.”  Now he looked suprised.  The next words out of his mouth floored me, (more…)

In order to better understand where you are headed it often helps to see where you have been. Throughout this fitness journey I’ve been through a lot.  I went from my highest weight ever of 206lbs to my lowest weight in almost a decade of 166lbs.  I’ve grown stronger, improved my endurance, pushed through obstacles, and made quite a few mistakes.  Looking ahead I benefit from the knowledge that while I’ve grown a lot there is still a tremendous amount of room for improvement.

I have to begin training specifically for Ninja Warrior; I have to eat cleaner (less refined sugars and snacks); and I have to ramp up the intensity of my training sessions 100 percent!

But before we get into all that perhaps it would be helpful to see where I’ve been over the last year and a half.

I started out on February 8th, 2007 @ 206lbs and with a higher body fat percentage than I care to admit.

As disheartening as it was to see how I had let myself go, I was glad to have visual confirmation of my own failings when it came to living a healthy lifestyle.  How did I get there? For me it was two things- too much soda and NO portion control.  I look back and remember some meals where I had thirds on a full size 11 inch plate. (more…)