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Good morning everyone and welcome to another fabulous Monday morning! I apologize for my absence of late but I have been working hard to keep my life in focus. I must admit that sometimes I don’t have the passion to write someday’s and that certainly adds to it! The reason I have been away for more than a month is I have been taking time to do some deep work on myself and also we have had some things change recently that I will talk about in this post! I hope and pray you all have been happy and in good spirits while I have been gone. I’m brewing coffee so let’s get this thing going my friends!
I canceled my gym membership because I have been finding great ways to work out with my body weight and other forms of exercise like Qigong! I’m really liking the way that Thai chi is helping me breathe better and sleep more soundly at night. Since I’m a novice I haven’t tapped into the full Qi just yet but I’m learning to breathe and use my body in so many different ways than ever before. I also do pushups and a floor routine for my lower body and core. These combined with working my job have really helped to get my muscles and heart pumping and feeling amazing! My morning has been starting off with Qigong for just 10 or so minutes at a time although I have been doing some research into some longer sessions and movements. The meditation and relaxation I have received from this form of training are really starting to make me a believer.
You all know I have been keeping it low carb but not full tilt Keto as of late because I have been using this way of eating as a lifestyle and trying to keep my options open. Most days I’m having my green monster smoothie and some baked chicken or some form of protein( I’ll never stop loving chicken! lol) plus I have been adding some healthy fats to them such as chia seeds and MCT oil. It feels great to know that I am continuing to give my body the rich nutrients that work best for me. It’s not always easy but it’s part of my process and I feel stronger and healthier! Lately, I have been having a love affair with sardines and since I don’t eat as much fish as I should this has helped to bring some variety to my plate! I may mix it up and do Carnivore every now and again but my body seems to do better when I mix it up between several low carb options as opposed to simply one way.
Of course, I have been practicing my fasting on a regular basis and I seem to be having little problem going long stretches fasted. This week I am doing 3 36/42 fast because I have been doing 18/6 all week and now my body will really get the full swing when I do these longer fasts because I have revved up my metabolism! So today I will not eat but simply have black coffee which does break my fast little but I’m o.k as long as I know true fasting doesn’t involve any calories. What’s most important is finding what will allow you to continuously adhere to the plan and coffee with a little heavy cream works for me! So I’ll be fasting Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week! I love flexing my fasting muscle!
This Thursday I will be hitting the road again for another trip to the west coast to see my older kiddos! This time I will be driving to California and Seattle and I’m really excited because my son Nate will be rolling with me on California to Seattle leg of the drive! He is my second oldest and we have always had this connection to driving and riding together since he was little. My oldest son lives in Seattle and I didn’t a chance to see him on my last trip so I am super excited to see him this time along with the rest. My daughter’s 17 birthday is the 17th and although I won’t be there that day I’ll be able to celebrate in person with her this year which is truly a blessing! Of course, I will be stopping by my mom’s house in Las Vegas on the way down so she and I can share some laughs and wine. It promises to be another epic trip and I am truly blessed to have the fun I get to have!
Lastly, I won’t leave you all hanging I have been fluctuating between 485 and 488 for the last month or so which is my lowest weight to date but I’m kinda stuck for now. It happens for me this way I seem to hit these stalls and then I’m just floating around with the same 5 to 10 pounds for a month or 2 and then I get another swoosh and it’s the next groups turn.lol. As long as I’m trending in the right direction I am certainly not complaining at all. I’m not always perfect but I have come a long way and I don’t plan on giving up ever!
That’s all I have for today it was great to be back and I will be checking in hopefully a great deal more soon since I will have a road trip to reflect and get my thoughts down! As always I love and believe in you all and remember to trust the process after all you designed it!
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Good morning everyone and welcome to the blog! I am waking up feeling blessed but a little tired because I have been wrestling with bouts of insomnia! The other night I was up all night and into the next day and that’s just not like me so even though it’s not clinical it certainly feels like insomnia.lol. last night I slept pretty well but it’s like I am still catching up and I could use about 4 more hours! As most of you know sometimes you just don’t have that extra sleep time and you got things you need to get done! So enough of my complaining and moaning let’s get this thing off!
This past week I worked out 3 or 4 times and while that’s pretty good it’s a failure for me because I planned to workout at least 5 times! I just have to adjust to life so that I keep my commitment to myself and get my work done! I can’t front I was having a hard time getting up early and getting my workout in.lol. Even though my fitness watch says I burned more calories this week I still feel like I could have done more. It”s crazy how I really have set such high goals for myself but in order to get this done my goals have to be obese! This week I have my 3 days of cardio at work and I will try to get 4 lifts in this week as well so hopefully, I will report better progress in this area next time. I need to do a better job of getting up early because I have been going to bed earlier so I should feel rested and ready to go. Working out is a small weapon in the obesity fight but it can be powerful in the mental department, I certainly need that energy in my life!
On the diet front, things are going great and I have finally broken this crazy fat loss stall I was having! It’s really funny because when doing keto your suppose to do moderate protein but any time I up my meat intake I seem to always lose the fat! So lately I have been eating a lot more meat and fish will healthy fats and that seems to be doing the job so thank god!! It’s funny that I have been eating fewer veggies and that has helped me lose a few pounds as well which is strange! I recently bought the green super drink Organfi and so far it’s very good tasting and minty plus it seems to have a ton of healthy greens and turmeric so I’m thinking of relying on this drink for a while and see if it helps. Other than my large salads I’m not a big vegetable guy but I am well aware of the importance of having them and I’m slowly coming around to adding more and more. I’ve been doing the whole smoothie thing to get my greens in however I am aware that it’s important to have fresh whole greens! Hopefully, I can join the whole food plant based diet one day and make that what I do for the majority of my life but right now it’s hard for me to give up my delicious meats! I love the meats!! My plan this week is to make some cauliflower mash potato casserole with bacon and cheese as well as maybe a broccoli or cauliflower soup I’m not sure on the second dish of the week yet. I really need to have an all vegetarian food day in my regular routine.
This week on the fasting front I’m doing 3 42 hour fasts because they have been very instrumental in my current fat loss of late. Since I don’t eat on my work days anyway this fasting regiment seems to be the most effective for me. The only time it’s really difficult is when I get off of work and I’m super tired my body starts thinking it’s hungry and hits me with a really bad craving! My tummy gets all load and demonstrative like I haven’t eaten in 10 days but once I get over that one I’m good because I get to eat the very next morning.lol
That’s the blog folks I wish you a wonderful week and a very inspiring journey today! If anyone needs anything or any support I got you!
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Good morning and happy Monday! I know I have been missing in action for a week or so but I am happy to report my hiatus was for a great cause! I want to say to each and every one of you who are reading this post that you are worthy and valuable beyond measure and I am honored that you have given me your time today! This time I haven’t had my coffee yet but I am hoping to grab a big healthy delicious mug as soon as we are done! Let’s get started!
The new job has been very challenging but also very rewarding! My body has been sore and achy from all the walking and running around serving and helping the team. It has been every bit of what I have expected and then some. My feet have been hurting to the point I have taken some Ibuprofen just to feel a little less pain and while I hate to take that stuff I am finding that it has helped on the days that I work. Since my job has been my cardio I have only been lifting weights at the gym but that all changed this morning! Today I got up at about 4 a.m and hit the gym for a little 30-minute ride on the stationary bike to get in a little morning exercise. My hope is that I will be able to wake up at this time every single day and make it my new routine. Sometimes I’ll lift weights in the morning and sometimes I’ll do some cardio but it is my plan to go at least Mon- Thursday at the minimum. I’m praying that this will help me sleep better as well as perform at a high level in different areas of my life!
My diet has been the same with the exception of having a few more carbs than I usually have. I don’t think I made this decision willingly I think I have just been focused on so many other things that I haven’t been as tight with it as I normally am. Still focusing very much on the quality of the foods and not as much on quantity, but I try not to go too far away from my 2500 calories a day. I don’t meal prep as much as before but we all make dinner as a family and that really has been fun coming up with ideas we all like that are healthy. Along with my daily coffee, I have been trying out a new green powder to get in my greens on the regular. I will certainly leave a picture in this post for you all but I am still trying to decide if I can really tell a difference since I have been using it. The price was less than 20 dollars and I had read so many great reviews I had to give it a try. I will say this, early on I’m really loving the simplicity of throwing the scoop of powder in my water instead of blending my regular green monster! The taste is about average but I’m not very good at rating taste because I have been told that I can stand strong and maybe questionable flavor in the name of a healthy option but for me, it’s very easy to drink but it is by no means delicious in my book.lol. It’s called Terra Origin green superfoods and it contains just about every single nutrient I was looking for in a green smoothie plus it does blend very well! I found it on Amazon and you all know I don’t do affiliate stuff yet but if your looking for an affordable supplement that is packed full of cold pressed healthy nutrients it may be worth your time!
The reason I have been in and out as far as blogging is because I have been researching and developing some strategies in other areas of my fat loss journey such as meditation and fasting. You all know I have been fasting for a while now but I have recently been looking into meditation and the data that surrounds it! O.k I’m a nerd about research but that’s just my thing and I have found that the more weapons I have to battle the better. Today was my first day meditating and I’m just getting my feet wet but I am extremely curious about the subject! Part of being healthy is having balance and surely the mind is a key in that balance! So, for now, I am committed to doing some light meditation a few times a day to exercise my meditation muscle. I absolutely love learning new things and I will certainly write more about this in the future. As far as fasting, I have been doing alternate day fasting for the last 2 weeks while working and I have decided to change it up this week and do 18:6. I’ve learned that my body gets used to what I am doing and it doesn’t seem to respond the way it does when I change it up so here goes another change. I’ll probably eat between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m on most days and then on the weekend, I’ll probably stop eating after 2 p.m depending on what we have going on.
The podcast has been taking a good chunk of my time lately because I have been trying to develop which direction I want to go and how to get things together. Right now I don’t have an intro or music and at the moment I am simply stepping out on faith that this is something I have always wanted to do! Now the work begins because I am in the process of organizing my ideas and finding my voice if that makes sense. Big Boi Koncepts Big Boi Koncepts! is certainly a labor of love and has taken a ton of my time although I have only done 2 episodes I am in the process of adding new content and shows all the time!
Last but certainly not least I have been working on my routine. The honest truth is I have been going to the gym and eating a lot better over the last year without a serious routine! I have just started really looking into having a set of things I do every single day to develop myself and for the most part, those have only included health and eating. I have read that we are all creatures of habit and that we are no more than what we repeatedly do. That’s so very powerful for me because I have been consumed with fat loss that I haven’t been focused on all the other things I want to do with my life. I’m working on a routine for sleep, a routine for my soul’s progression and a routine for my inner working so that I may have balance in ALL areas of my life.
That’s all I have for today. I am in the process of developing a schedule for my blog and website and the podcast so I promise I will get my act together and be more consistent and informative about my whereabouts! I love you all and I believe in each and every single one of you! Have a fantastic day and go be the best YOU ever today!
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Good Morning everyone and it seems like it’s been forever! I only posted once last week and I apologize for that I have been absolutely lazy when it comes to the writing of any kind! My life has been the definition of chill mode lately and I’m completely o.k with that. It’s always important to take a little break from the routine and reset your goals and vision to make sure things are going in the right direction. I’ve had the house to myself for a week because the family is on a trip and I have taken this time to do little but read and exercise and fast.lol. It’s been pretty great but I need to get back to my routine and even though the family doesn’t touch down till tomorrow I need to get a jump on things.
The gym was great yesterday, they are remodeling the front lobby so it’s a little crazy to get in and out but hey change is always a pain! My chest and triceps are feeling really good after that long workout and I can’t wait to get back today for my back, biceps and shoulders today. The one thing I have not been doing this week is my walks in the park and that’s just because I have been lazy as hell no front. I think I need to hit the pool and change it up because I’m obviously getting bored with my cardio again. It’s just a matter of energy and focusing on what will keep me going to the gym! I have decided that when my membership is up in December I will not be going to the gym anymore. I’ve been researching and I have found that with my own equipment I can get just as good a workout and not spend the money on a monthly bases. I’ve always wanted my own home gym anyway because of the benefit to the whole family and when we move to the west coast I can simply take it all with me. Let’s hope my plan comes together.lol
The diet has been really good since I have been doing a ton of fasting and low carb. The only problem I am having now is when I do longer fasts I’m not sure what to do when it’s over. For instance, in June I fasted a ton but when the long fasts were over it felt like my daily fasting just wasn’t as effective and it didn’t motivate me as much. When you go for 3 or 5 days without food your body starts to get used to it and you are just not as hungry when you aren’t fasting. Now I know this sounds great because the less you eat then you will lose weight right? Well, that’s totally wrong, if you don’t eat on a regular base your body just adjusts and your base metabolic rate will just go down to match the fact it’s getting fewer calories. So it’s very important to eat well on the feasting days to keep my metabolism at a high rate. I’m not talking junk I’m talking fresh whole unprocessed foods but it’s still important to eat a good amount until I am full so my body gets the message I’m not trying to starve it but when the hunger goes down it’s actually hard to remember to eat! Now I’m an obese man and that seems crazy to me but it’s true and I notice if I don’t eat enough my fat loss slows way up, so it’s a delicate process that I’m trying to a handle on. I love fasting and my body just feels so much better after fasting for say 24 hours or so and I’m not giving it up but I may have to try a different fasting regiment and not so many extended(over 2 days) fasts. I have however figured out how to break my fast and I will post my delicious steak I made yesterday from my Moink box order, it was amazing and Costcos always has an abundance of steamable veggies for the sides!
Lately, I have been really thinking of starting a youtube channel because I don’t feel like there is enough information for obese people my size. As you know a lot of the information about fasting and fitness don’t typically apply to people who are obese so we seem to be kinda caught in the middle. My process has been trying to find a focus of the channel because I would rather it focus more on one topic than a huge spectrum of them. Hopefully, soon I will be in a position to really get started because the obesity issue is so very scary and I would like to be of service to those who struggle like I do with it. Maybe I can figure out a way to just post information that may be useful to people and not focus on just my personal story if any of you have any thoughts I would love to hear from you!
That’s it for me and I will certainly post more often than once a week.lol. As always I am thankful for all of you and am here if anyone needs anything!
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Well good morning everyone and welcome to another magic and fun-filled Monday morning! You all know how much I love the beginning of the week! I apologize for being away for several days but I have been very busy with life and everything and I haven’t been allowing myself time to write enough. I hope you all have been doing well and enjoying your journey! I’ve got some delicious dark roast in my favorite cup and I’m ready and eager so let’s get this underway!
Last week I think I went to the gym 1 time I was so busy! The kids and my fiance’ are headed to New York on a trip and with all of the planning and excitement going on around here, it’s been crazy but fun. They will only be gone about a week but because of that, we all have been focusing on spending as much time as possible hanging out and having fun together! Still, I really hate the fact I didn’t get to the gym more but it happens sometimes and the trade-off was well worth it to me. Today I have a busy day as well but I could no longer be absent from my blog and all my friends that I touch bases with on this platform. Although it will be a very humid day I will definitely make it to the gym today to get my week started off right! I have chest and triceps today so hopefully, I will have a long hard workout before I continue on with all of the errands that need to be done today! I can’t front I really miss the gym and my body is so used to being sore and pushed that I think my muscles may be a little weak but we shall see this afternoon!
My diet has stayed consistent and healthy thank goodness because not going to the gym my eating has really stopped me from taking a step back in my fat loss journey. I haven’t been perfect but I am super low carb and my Keto has been on point as of late. I’ve even been finding time to have a glass or 2 of wine on a regular base and it truly has helped my sleep as well as my diet! I have been having a great number of healthy fats with my coffee as well as my smoothies and even though I can do better my meals have been well balanced even though I haven’t been counting calories as much. My main focus has been on eating healthy whole foods and trying to keep away from any foods that have labels if at all possible. Not that they are all bad it’s just because there is such a large misrepresentation between what a food label says and what that truly means and for me I would rather take my chances with less processed foods. I recently ordered another Moink box and I’m really loving the grass-fed meats that come in each box! Not only is it delicious but there is such a variety to chose from that’s why this last box I order a couple of servings of large salmon and I can’t wait to try them! I have been buying spinach in a bag lately because for some reason my local stores produce hasn’t been looking very fresh like they normally do. Anyway, I have been making some great new dishes with cheese such as cheese wrapped ground beef and pork rind nachos and they have really hit the spot!
My fasting has been going really well however I am trying to figure out my routine at the moment. I love the 3 to 5 day extended fasts and they are amazing for fat loss I’m just trying not to eat too much food when I break my fast, which I have noticed I have been doing. It’s been Keto type foods but still, I feel like I can’t get enough when I finally do eat so I’ve been working on having an after fasting meal plan ready to make the day before I break my fasts. It’s amazing how fasting makes me feel when I’m out and about, I just feel so light on my feet with less food in my system and of course I feel thinner and more fit.lol
Fat loss can be so damn challenging and certainly, it can test your willpower but it’s important to know that if you are truly making lifestyle choices there will be times when you stumble. It’s not about making an excuse it’s about understanding that setbacks are part of the journey and while frustrating, they come for a reason and when they do come it’s important to recognize it and get your ass up! You will certainly get knocked done along the way but the amount of time it takes for you to get back up will determine how much harder your journey will be! Just remember that it’s your life and you are in charge! The whole process starts and ends with what you are and what you wish to become and no one can understand just what you are going thru better than you. Just keep in mind that this journey requires you to be your own biggest fan! Take time to really appreciate what you have done and celebrate every single victory no matter how small, that way you enjoy not only the good times but the process! This process of health and well being is forever and once we understand that, then we realize that all we have to do is keep getting up, keep moving forward! If you never pay attention to anything in this blog pay attention to this: FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF! It’s the greatest love outside of gods love there is in my opinion and it makes all other love possible! I believe in you!
Have a great week and go compete and keep getting up!
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Good morning and welcome to another glorious Monday morning! You all know I have really learned to love Mondays as a day to grind and wake up with a renewed focus on the goals ahead! This Monday is no different and although I had a really great weekend all that matters is that I refocus on my goals and continue to pursue greatness! This week I’m back on a more relaxed fasting regiment and I will be going to the gym as usual to increase my strength and flexibility as well as balance! Let’s drink together and get this thing going!
So my fiance’s birthday was this past weekend so we had the usual which is cake and Chinese food and even a little bit of wine.lol. She deserved a great time and that’s what we had plus we had some foods I haven’t had in a long time which was really awesome and relaxing! Life happens and when it does it can really derail all of your progress if you let it but when you have a plan it is much easier to handle the get back. This week since I put things in my body that are not usually there I have to do the reverse and get my body back to ground zero. The way I’m going to do this is fast for 42 hours every other day this week and be very very strict with my carb count. This does two things, 1st it will allow my body to process all of the food that I ate this weekend and use it for fuel or get rid of it and 2nd it will get my body back to fat burning mode!
As far as the gym and my workouts I will be adding an additional cardio session to maximize my fat burning and also to help my body return to normal. Lately, I have been doing walking days in between lifting but this week I am going to lift every day even if I walk in the morning, I may even do some cardio at the gym on the cardio bikes just to change up my pace and endurance training. The gym has really been a place where I could use a little more improvement because I have been focusing on fasting so much that I have not had my head and heart in the gym. I’ve been hesitant because I wasn’t sure I could work out as hard doing long periods of fasting! Now that I have done a longer fast and was able to still workout I no longer have that worry and I’m really ready to push forward and bring it all together! Also. I am adding more shoulder lifts into my routine this week and while very difficult, I am looking forward to getting better in that area!
On the diet front, I learned how to make some keto friendly ice cream in mason jars this weekend and it was absolutely amazing! I made peppermint chocolate chip and also vanilla pecan. I only made 3 because I wanted to make sure I liked them but now that I know I’m going to stock up on these delicious low carb treats! For my fiance’s birthday breakfast I made low carb waffles on my new waffle iron I got off of Amazon and they were a hit as well. This week I think we will be making some huge salads and having grass-fed steaks and chops from Moink box that were delivered Friday! No smoothies this week for me I will be eating all my greens in large salad bowls and homemade dressing. The casseroles I normally prep will also be getting a rest because I think we will be having pretty basic plates this week. Steak and green veggies on Tuesday, Fish, and salad on Thursday and for Saturday I will be preparing some chicken tenders with some delicious zoodles! Lunches this week will consist of leftover low carb chili, keto nachos and stuffed yellow and red bell peppers! Should be a great week of good clean whole foods eating to get our bodies back on track!
Lastly, I realize that eating healthy is a lifestyle, not an every now and then thing and in order to adhere to eating healthy 80 to 90 percent of the time we all must allow for times when we will be allowing ourselves a little retreat from our good whole foods diet. The truth is that for me I realize that I am going to eat foods from time to time that I have been craving and that the most important thing to remember is that these foods should be special occasions and not the bases of my diet! That’s how I got to be obese in the first place, by eating a diet of foods that were not meant for daily consumption. In order for me to continue getting healthier, I need to keep having my treats and sweets every now and again while keeping an eye on the big picture! The devil is in the details and the moderation isn’t about how much we eat it’s how much we eat of processed foods that are not meant to be the bases of our everyday diet. That’s when moderation makes the biggest difference, besides the cake and Chinese food I had this week tasted so much better because I hadn’t had it in months! My mouth was in awe and that shock to the system only comes when it’s something that you don’t always have. Be careful and don’t forget to enjoy your life and sometimes enjoying life means eating cake other times enjoying life means not having anything that isn’t whole and unprocessed, just keep in mind what your goals are for your OVERALL health and I believe we all will be just fine!
As I always say, I believe in me and I believe in us!
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Thank goodness it’s Friday and the weekend is upon us once again! It has been a long week for me but an absolutely inspiring one! I hope you all have had a wonderful week and you only have a few hours and it will be the weekend, yay! This morning is super overcast sky’s and a slight chill in the air and we need it because it has been scorching hot the last 10 days or so! So I’m aware it’s Friday and you got things to do so let’s get it in!
Today is the 5th and final day of my water fast and I’m very happy to report I feel fine, in fact, I feel amazing because I never knew I could do this! There’s talk of extending the fast till tomorrow but I think I’m stopping at the 120-hour mark.lol. I’m o.k but I’m ready to eat some food for real! The biggest surprise has been at the gym because I figured that fasting for this long would affect my workouts negatively but it didn’t, in fact, I felt so light and refreshed at the gym that I was able to blow thru my lifts fairly easy! I’m not sure if some of it was I was anticipating the workout being hard that my focus was diverted but whatever the reason my workout felt great and now I know that even with extended fasting my workout routine should stay the same! Today I’m supposed to do back and biceps but I want to see how the food on my tummy feels first because I was told it may give me a little discomfort and encourage some trips to the bathroom. So I’m going to play it safe because I’m ahead of the game and only need one more lift and walk before Sunday to get all my workout goals for the week in! If I’m feeling good and comfortable I will hit the gym tonight and get my last lift in since it’s open all night anyway.
Well this happened this morning I am officially 488 and that means I’m well over the 100 pounds lost club! It’s been a long hard road and this is just the beginning but I honestly feel like I have the right tools now to get better and better and reach my health goals! Fasting has been so powerful along with eating a Ketogenic like diet(I do at least 50g of carbs instead of the rigid 20 or less). I still have another 238 pounds to go to reach my goal weight and that seems a lot closer now then when I first started. lol Still I have a long road ahead but I would like to thank every one of you who are so supportive and caring the help has been much needed and appreciated! I’m a smart dude and I realize that I could not have done this on my own otherwise I would have done it long ago so thank you all very much!
Finally, I would like to say that I understand If you have been struggling with your health and fitness goals but I am living proof that change can happen, I AM CHANGE and I know you can be too! If anyone out there needs any help please let me know I don’t have any programs to sell or any products but I am here to listen and support if anyone needs it! Have great weekend homies!
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