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FEAR NOT!!

Good morning everyone and welcome to another wonderful Tuesday morning! Today I hope to get a lot of errands and stuff done as well as a good workout and research. The temperature in the area is back down to a reasonable level thank goodness because that heat was sweltering down here for real. I know my blog has been all over the place and not very consistent. We all know life happens and when it does we must adjust, to be the best we can be and that’s what I have been trying to do more and more here lately! The blog starts now!

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I decided to take the job offer and start serving again just part time so that I can get some good cardio in as well as make a few ends here and there. I’m blessed to be in a position over this last year or so not to have to work and just focus on getting my health on track! I realize not everyone gets to take time off of work to focus on fat loss and self improvement but again I have the best partner in the game and I am thankful for all her love and support! At 44 I’m older and the years of access weight on my joints have taken a toll but I have recently lost a great amount of weight and it’s time to get moving and stretch my limitations. Serving is fast paced and while it will not be the carreer that I see myself doing for the duration of my life I honestly feel like it is a step in the right diretcion as far as physical growth! My focus will be on cardio first, working hard and pushing my body to gain endurance and flexibility. The money is obviously important but on the list of things I’m taking the job for it is 3rd or 4th. I have a background in customer service so I’m fairly confident I’ll be fine as far as connecting with people. The shorter hours will allow me time to continue to focus on my fat loss journey and other goals as well! Wish me luck, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t super nervous!

 

Yesterday I went to the gym to get a good lift and it felt amazing to be able to do a fasted workout! My energy level was amazing and the gym was fairly empty so that’s a combination for success for sure! I’ve been walking and spending more time on my feet lately than ever before and I think it is helping my foot pain. Like most people I have a weight dominate side and it’s my right side, so the foot on that side gets the grunt of the soreness when I spend a large portion of time on my feet. The best way I can see to get over this pain is to keep pushing foward and losing fat to put less and less stress on those joints and tissue. It really is time for me to start doing squats and lower body lifting to help with my overall body compisition! I have until December to get as much out of this gym memebership as I can before I switch to my home gym idea, so I’m certainly going to be working on getting my lower body in gear! I have oreintation for my new job at 2:30 today so I’ll probably hit the gym earlier than normal or maybe tommorow, I’m not sure what my work schedule will be yet so I’m just guessing at this point!

 

The alternate day fasting has been going great for me so far, yetsterday I had a really bad hunger swing on my fasting day which is super abnormal for me but I think my body is still adjusting to fasting every other day instead of eating every single day! The scale keeps going the right way and you know I will update you all as I go I just haven’t been weighing myself as much as of lately. With fasting, the weight fluctuates so much because of water and other factors I want to make sure that I give my body enough time between scale jumps to be a true reading and not just a super low number because I haven’t eaten in a few days. It’s taken a great deal of time but I finally feel confident that I have a great amount of tools in my chest against fat loss! I can honestly say that while I have tons of weight to still lose, I am healthier now than I have ever been and I eat and treat my body alot better now! Today is a feast day so I get to eat my 2 meals of high fat low carb foods and I can’t wait to dig in because I have some delicious food in there!

 

The diet has been a beautiful thing to behold lately. I haven’t been eating any food that I wouldn’t be proud of and the carbs have been low but healthy leafy greens and nuts! My pistachio game has been obese!!! I absolutely love them so I have to pre portion those bad boys out or I’ll eat way to many! What’s been working for me of late is having my first meal be a nice sized meal and then having a green smoothie sometime in the day to get my greens in, then later in the day having my last larger meal. So you could say that I have 2 and a half meals on my feeding days, but I find that I feel satisfied and dont feel the need to stuff myself with food. I’m thinking about checking out adding Collagen into my routine to help with strong joints and bones. I’m still researching if it really works or not but yall know I’m always up on game!

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Just want to say that while I am nervous and a little scared about starting this new job and thus new cardio challenge, I do understand that growth is always on the other side of fear. Our bodies and minds try to protect us from things but fear is something that isn’t design to stop us but to pause us! I refuse to let fear stop me from pursuing these fat loss goals I have and I refuse to let fear stop me from doing whatever it takes to better my families life as well as my own. We are designed to deal with the other side of fear, it’s not suppose to stop us it’s suppose to pause us long enough to understand what the next thing will do or if we are sure this is what we want to do, but never let fear stop you from getting better! I AM CHANGE and in order to be change we all must stretch our limits and reach for things we thought were impossible, that’s what true living is about!

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Posted by on July 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Decisions, Decisions

20180713_063500.pngIt’s Friday and the weekend is about to begin, I’m very happy to be able to get out of bed early and get a jump on the day this morning! I’ve already brewed coffee, it’s very early and the house is very relaxed and quiet for now so this is the perfect time to get some work done before the family gets up and going. The Fiance’ and kids just got back from a fantastic trip to New York City and I must admit I am glad to have them back home. So let’s get this thing started!

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Even though they are doing construction at my gym I was still able to get a few workouts in this week, in fact, I will be going again this morning for my last lift of the week. I’m thinking of getting some much-needed cardio in this weekend if the weather isn’t too bad, we are scheduled for a pretty bad heatwave this Saturday so I may be doing my cardio indoors.lol. I have been downloading some really great music lately which always helps my workout performance so I’m super excited about that! I’m working chest and triceps again today with a few shoulder exercises thrown in if time permits. The gym has been somewhat of a boring place for me lately but like I said before, I haven’t gone swimming in awhile and with so much going on here lately I have been less focused on the gym mentally even though my body is going.

On the diet front, the family came home from their trip strapped down with all types of candies and stuff I try to stay away from and I admit I had a few chocolates covered fat loss suppressors when they first got home. I didn’t go overboard however and I have still been making my food in advance to keep my snacking down. My diet of late is mostly my good ole reliable baked chicken but I have also been eating a good amount of broccoli lately. In fact, I baked some pork rind covered chicken last night that I will share with you all in this post as well as some plain baked chicken in butter. The plan is to go to Sam’s Club and grab some more steamed veggies to go with my chicken this week along with some pistachios and turkey bacon! Of course, no matter if I’m fasting or not I always have my morning coffee so I will be grabbing a few bags of whole bean coffee to stock up the bean jar! Nothing new here this week as far as food because with all the things going on I chose to keep it simple and what I know will be delicious and easy.

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As you know I am a big believer in fasting and I have been doing various fasting protocols lately. This week I will be doing alternate day fasting which is by far the most, simple fasting there is in my opinion! I simply eat one day followed by a full day of fasting and repeat.I’ll probably do this for a month to give it enough time to see results and then play around with it depending on my fat loss results. I’m finding it easier and easier to tell the difference between being hungry or thirsty and it has really been a blessing to me. I try to keep well-hydrated no matter what so if I’m drinking a ton of water and I’m hungry, I know it’s the real deal and it’s time to feast! Actually, I feel much better in a fasted state than I do after eating lately and that’s just mind-blowing to me. There truly is something to this fasting thing and I wish everyone who reads this to try it out for themselves it may be the game-changer your looking for.

Recently I have been dealing with a really awesome job opportunity and while I am happy to be given this chance I feel like I am struggling with taking it. My gut tells me there is something just not right about the situation for me but the money would come in handy and the exercise on the job would really help me to shed body fat. The big thing is I don’t, nor have I ever truly wanted to work for anyone else. Most of my life I have and I have had some awesome jobs but while doing those jobs I always thought I wanted to do something I loved to do every day as my job! This offer is a blessing and I will probably take it but I’m doing so just to speed up my move to the west coast and back to the side of the country I love the most.  It’s something that can be long-term if I so desire but isn’t anything I would want to do for the remainder of my working life. I have a few days to decide if I want the job so that’s really cool and I have always been one to be thankful for any blessings coming my way as I am about this one. Like my youngest son always say’s “Living Is Work!”

Have a great day and a fantastic weekend and please stay safe

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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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YouTube?

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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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Posted by on July 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Fall Forward

20180702_072939.pngWell 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!

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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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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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My Body Knows What It’s Doing!

Happy Saturday to everyone and welcome back to the blog! It is a beautiful and sunny day here in Elizabethtown and it is slated to get up to 92 degrees today, damn! Right now, however, it is the cool crisp morning air that we all love so well and the birds are up singing and harmonizing and I have a huge cup of coffee to get the day started right! Today is my mother’s birthday and she is the most amazing and loving human being I have ever known and I appreciate her more every year I am on this earth, Happy Birthday Momma! Let’s get into it.

Yesterday I had a really nice workout and the great thing is I added my shoulders into my workout with chest and triceps so I’m really excited about the new growth potential because my shoulders need work! The entire routine was about 40 minutes or so but I pushed it and did the best I could do, plus I fasted as I am now and those workouts are the best! My gym has opened the outside pool so while the parking is a little more packed the gym itself actually is a little less crowded so I’m able to get to just about anything a lot easier than when school is in session. It’s weird how sometimes I sweat super bad and other times I don’t as much even with the same type of intensity, I really need to do more research into this! Anyway, my workouts are coming along just fine and I am still rotating between walking and days at the gym. Sometimes I’ll take a day off and other times I just keep going every single day, I just try to listen to my body and not my mind because my mind still tries to find a way not to workout.lol. It never fails that while I may have to talk myself into going to the gym and walking I have yet to feel bad about it afterward! In fact, I always feel amazing which makes it that much more frustrating to fight with myself about going in the first place, I mean I made the goals so I need to follow the plan.lol

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My diet has been really exciting lately because not only have I been trying new recipes but I have been fasting really well lately! Typically I eat between 2500 to 3000 calories a day but with my recent alternate day fasting I’m only really feasting every other day a basically so I’m giving my body time to rest and properly digest my food as well as time to burn stored fat! I’ve been doing keto and low carb for awhile and the most powerful thing I have discovered in my journey is fasting! It’s not even close because when we eat is just as important as what we eat! This makes sense but for an obese guy like me to truly understand this way not only eye-opening but it completely changed the way I view eating. Now I feel less worried about how much I eat and focus more on the times I’m not eating and that has made all the difference in the world! In a feed state(eating) you are basically not burning fuel you are storing it, when you fast(not eating) you are burning fuel, it’s just that simple! Think about how powerful that is, if you give your body time it will run out of stored glucose in your liver and have no choice but to start burning fat storage, that’s what it’s there for, it’s stored for later when you are not eating because the body doesn’t stop using energy ever! We are energy using machines and once we learn how to control which energy we use it really changes the conversation from calories to energy, from calorie restriction to Insulin restriction and that my friends is why my diet has been so much better. Now I understand that I don’t have to be perfect with what I eat I just have to be aware of what certain foods do to the hormones that regulate fat loss!

So with this new found information and the information is ancient it’s just new to my brain, I am continuing to push the boundaries of my own limitations as it concerns losing body fat and being a healthier man. The fasting aspect is completely saving my life every single time I use it because it is allowing my body to do its job and keep me healthy, it’s my job to listen and participate but it is the job of my body to regulate my health! In better terms, I just need to get the hell out of the way and allow my body time to do what it was designed to do. It was designed not to simply keep me alive but it was designed to operate at an optimal level! The body knows what to do, my job is not to muck it up with a lot of things that don’t belong inside of it. The greatest thing is even when I do put horrible things in sometimes it performs the proper procedures to get that toxin out of my system! Information is power my friends and if any of you have any questions about anything please feel free to ask!

Have a fabulous day and I wish you love and happiness this weekend!

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Posted by on June 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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For You Are Worthy

Well, it’s Tuesday and the long weekend has come to an abrupt end! I hope you all had fun and enjoyed your days off from work. Today is going to be an amazing day because it’s a short work week and the kids in my house get out of school for the summer this week! Of course, this day also means you get another shot at those goals this week and I know you all will be up to the challenge! It’s your life and the outcome is entirely up to you and the choices you make. You have the power to make today your best day and tomorrow even better! Let’s get started, shall we?

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I have 4 hours left on my fast, I haven’t eaten since Sunday night! Actually today I am cheating a little because I usually stop eating daily at 3 p.m. but last Sunday it was well after 7 p.m before I started eating that soup I told you all about! Oh well, it will technically be more like a 38 hour fast but hey I’ll make sure I have my last meal at the right time this afternoon and get back on track! My fasting schedule is really simple and if you want to know more please don’t hesitate to ask, you all know I’m a big fan of helping out if I can! Right now I’m slow cooked shredded chicken thighs and broccoli that I will later add bacon and cheese too and break my fast with a delicious casserole! The whole casserole thing has been a big advantage for me because I can make a large amount of it and have it for multiple days or double it up if the kids don’t get to it. lol. I typically just throw it in the slow cooker the night before I break my fast then get up and add the finishing touches to that bad boy the next morning! Plus, it’s cool because I get an idea of the macro breakdown long before I start feeding, which is key for my fat loss journey! If any of you have a recipe that’s Keto or low carb that you want to share feel free I’m always looking for more ideas! Teamwork makes the dream work right?

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Above is what I like to call ” The calm before the cheese” lmao!

Today it’s back to my usual gym schedule now that I had no problems with my last lift and the soreness in my lower back is completely gone! I’m doing my walk and then I’ll break my fast before I hit the gym today to do back and biceps, I like mixing the fasted workouts up. Sometimes I’ll lift fasted and other times I’ll do cardio fasted but I haven’t decided what my main routine will be as fair as the fasted workouts yet because the jury is still out on if they are optimal for me. After the gym today I will be watching a live video in one of my support groups and then getting some writing done. I’m in the process of getting my new blog up and going as well as starting my Youtube channel(maybe) so either way, I have tons of writing to do today.  Like I stated before the kids get out of school this coming Friday so I need to make sure we all have a great week and get all our stuff done so we can get ready for the summertime! Next week the kids will be leaving for a month to stay with their biological dad for about a month and then they come back and take a trip up to New York City! They are so very excited and I wish I could go but I took my THA GET BACK!! to see my other children a few months ago. We decided that this would be a very important time for their mom to spend this last little bit of time with them alone before they get so busy being grown.lol. They deserve it and it should be a blast for them!

 

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Lastly, I’ve heard it said that tomorrow is not promised but let me take it a step further, nothing in life is promised or guaranteed and it’s important to remember how blessed we all are for the little things. We only get interested in our blessing when we no longer have them and I think that’s a shame! Don’t wait for your car to get broke down before you appreciate how blessed you are to have a whip to drive! Let your loved ones know you are thankful that they got out of bed this morning and that they are apart of gods continued blessing to you! look at yourself in the mirror and truly take time to appreciate all the things that make you who you are! It’s very important to change I AM CHANGE but it’s so very important to love who and what you are at the moment, self-love is a process too and you have to work at it by continuing to give yourself praise! You are worthy of praise for waking up this morning!

For going to work when you feel like sleeping in!

For being of service and a blessing to others

For having a mind, body, and spirit that walks this earth’s surface

For the time you take to appreciate what others struggle with and sharing that burden

And most importantly For just being your damn self and walking around being YOU!

Have a magnificent day out there today!

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Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Hello everyone and happy Memorial Day to one and all. I would like to say thank you to those men and women that have served this country and laid down their lives for my good! Also, anyone, who is actively serving as well I would like to extend my sincerest form of gratitude and say Thank you for all you do that allows me to do what I want to do! I understand it’s a holiday and your all probably chilling and grilling somewhere but if you have a moment I’m glad you spent some of it reading my blog!

Yesterday wasn’t a gym day for me but I was able to get some errands ran and relax. My body has been feeling amazing lately with all the new and improved goals I have set recently! One of those goals is to have nothing that’s not Keto until July. Typically, I allow myself at least one cheat meal or cheat day a week but that’s all gone for now. Also, I have decided that I will be checking my blood sugar regularly so that I can see how my insulin is affected by certain foods! Ketone levels aren’t very important to me although it is the name of my way of eating so I purchased a Keto Mojo to check both blood glucose as well as Ketone levels. First I should be clear, a glucose meter is not necessary for everyone eating a Ketogenic diet, not even a little bit. It is an individual tool in the bag to use if you want to have it then you should! Why did I purchase one? It’s simple, people always talk about what breaks a fast and what doesn’t but until I do my own research I don’t really know what breaks a fast for me. It’s all about the data and I love the numbers so I figured it could only help me to stay focus and be more informed. Like I have always said it’s not anyone’s fault for receiving false or true information but it is absolutely your obligation to yourself to find out what is or isn’t true in your eyes. Research is a big part of my fat loss journey and I have found that the more I’m aware of things the better decisions I will make. Even if I don’t make the smart choice every time at least I knew what I was doing and I didn’t just follow what someone told me on the internet or the cafe. A little independent research can go a long way in getting to know your body and how it is affected by the foods and beverages you consume. Lastly, I made a goal to be more understanding of what others around me are dealing with and be of service more. If anyone needs any help or just needs an ear during their journey I am certainly available and willing to help!

 

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We did an awesome thing last night, we made cauliflower soup in the slow cooker and using my new immersion blender and it was so amazing! Not only do I love the new blender but that soup is easy, delicious and super Keto! I found the recipe here Cauliflower soup from THE Pinning Mama. Now, I don’t know this woman personally but I plan on giving her a huge hug if I ever meet her because this soup is fantastic! I needed a hearty meal before my first of 3 42 hour fasts this week and let me tell you this didn’t disappoint! She even broke the macros down for ya and everything!  I broke my fast yesterday( I fast about 17hr on non-extended fasting days) it was with some delicious turkey bacon and 3 of those delicious Johnsonville cheddar stuffed sausage and coffee! All and all one of the best days of eating I have had in a while! The family and I finished off all the soup and I know for a fact I will not make it again unless I make a double or triple batch next time.lol

Today is official weigh in day and I posted that I was 510 yesterday but actually the scale said 509 this morning so we will go with that! I am very excited about this new way of fasting and eating and I am more than happy to help anyone who needs help because so many people are helping me!

Please be safe today and enjoy your free Monday! At least for those who don’t work today and for those that do, you know it’s o.k for you to enjoy today too just later when you get off. lol

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Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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510!

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Well, good morning strangers and how is everyone this fine Sunday morning? I have certainly been missing a bit here lately but my schedule has been crazy! The truth is that’s still no excuse for not at least checking in and letting you all know how things are going and all. This morning the sun is shining but not too burdensome and the clouds have given enough cover to truly give the day some comfort! I absolutely love days like this because they put my mind at ease and force me to pause and remember how blessed I truly am! I’ve got my coffee with just a splash of sugar-free creamer and nothing else and I’m ready to get started, I hope you have your’s as you read along!

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As you all remember I was dealing with a bit of a back problem recently, well I’m happy to report that the pain seems to be completely gone and I’m back feeling great down there.lol. You really don’t appreciate how important movement is until it’s restricted! My workout yesterday was really great because I was fasted, going into my 42nd hour of an extended fast actually but I’ll get to that. I did chest and triceps as well as 30 minutes on the stationary bike and it felt awesome! There are several studies about how much better for the body fasted workouts are than the traditional way and while I’m still developing my take on it I will certainly say this; fasted workouts just feel better to my body. There’s nothing like knowing that your body has nothing to burn but your stored body fat that really gets you motivated to really go hard! The cool thing is I have found that I feel better and have better stamina when I go into a workout with an empty stomach! I highly recommend you try it and see how you feel it may be a game-changer for you! So the other day I was talking about my walks to the park and how I wanted to get more cardio from walking around outside the gym. Recently, I have been doing just that, my fiance’ and I have been going to the park together and walking for certain distances and allowing ourselves to get a feel for how far we can go. My goal as I said before is to gradually increase my speed and distance until I can comfortably walk the 5.7 miles around the entire lake! It’s not super far for most people but if I can do that with my size I should lose tons of fat! lol.

 

My attention to my keto has been razor sharp and I haven’t had even one cheat meal and I have no plans at all of ending this focus any time soon! I’ve been keeping my carbs under 50 and that’s total carbs daily because I don’t subtract fiber for the time being. I have also raised my healthy fat intake to a higher level and that has made all the difference. My green smoothies are back and I have been having at least one large one a day with my 2 meals. I’d say 95% of my carbs come from kale, spinach or romaine lettuce and only the other 5% is made up from other sources such as sausage or low carb dressings and sauces. My first meal is typically around 9 a.m. and my last one is usually no later than 3 p.m. and for some reason, this early meal time works really well for me and I don’t feel as hungry as I have in the past! Tonight I will be making my first attempt at a low carb cauliflower soup that I have been wanting to try for a long time and I will certainly blog about it when I’m done. I have also been drinking some homemade cold brew coffee and I really love the taste and flavor plus it’s an awesome switch from the norm!

 

I recently joined I.D.M. which stands for Intensive Dietary Management and it’s headed by Doctor Jason Fung and Megan Ramos. I have long been a fan of both and I wanted more information on fasting and the use of it for fat loss and long-term health. It’s a free membership trial so I figured I have nothing to lose because if it’s not worth it I’ll simply cancel. What I have found is that the fasting routine that has been working for me is 3 42 hour fasts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! First off, I never thought I could fast this long at all and some people do a lot longer fasts but I’m finding these are just challenging enough for me! What’s cool is the support groups inside the community are really awesome and knowledgeable, which makes everything so much easier! Yall already know I’m not sponsored by them or anyone else so you can trust that it just may work for you if you need help with your journey, it can’t hurt to check it out.lol. Since doing the fasting I’ve already dropped several pounds of fat, which brings me to my announcement that as of Friday I am officially down to 510! I’m very excited about this because you all know I have been kind of struggling lately with my fat loss slowing down! I’m praying that my consistent fasting along with my low carb eating will continue to provide the desired results!

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Please enjoy the extended weekend and keep on keeping it going! I’m proud of all of you for all that you do to better yourselves and I’m always here to help if anyone needs anything!

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Posted by on May 27, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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The Decision to change

Screenshot_20180519-122106.jpgHello and happy Saturday morning to everyone! I have been super busy lately but I wanted to drop in and see how everyone was doing! It’s an overcast day here which is fine because it has been super hot here in Ky. lately! Don’t get me wrong I’ll take this over snow and rain every day in a heartbeat! I pray that you all have been doing well and chasing your dreams. I haven’t posted since Monday and it fills like an eternity for me because I’m used to posting at least 3 days a week. Let’s sit down, grab a fresh cup and let it do what it do!

 

 

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The gym has been a challenge lately with all the change and trying to figure out a new workout program. When you have gotten into a good rhythm with your workout it’s hard to change it up without feeling a little letdown. I’ve been going heavier weights but I notice I don’t seem to be feeling that sense of satisfaction of knowing that I gave everything I have. When lifting heavy I’m so worried about the proper form that I’m not doing as much because I want to avoid injury. So I’ve decided to just go back to my regular routine and just move up in weight progressively until I get comfy in the higher weights. The other change is I am doing more walking outdoors for stamina. To make it challenging I have been picking a distance and making myself do more and more each week so that I can get used to carrying my weight for long distances. I figure if your my size you should use your weight as an advantage and while I’m walking I know I burn tons more calories than the average person.lol. For now, I’m doing my walks 3 days a week and doing 1 session of cardio in the gym with machines just to change up the pace. I’ve been bringing my camera along and taking pictures so you know I’ll be sharing as I go on more and more walks.

 

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I have been really examining my diet closely as well and I feel like I can do a lot better with limiting my carbs and adding back in more green leafy veggies like back in the day. I’ve been doing Carnivore Keto and while I dig the quicker fat loss I’m finding that my body doesn’t feel as good as when I have my smoothies and salads. So I’m bringing back my smoothies and salads! lol. The grocery haul this week includes my good ole friend cauliflower which I will be using to give my eating routine some more flavor. I also bought some magnesium citrate and some lite salt to make some Ketoaide to help with my fasting. This week I’m thinking of having more chicken and vegetable casseroles and a few vegetarian dishes because I have been eating a good amount of meat but maybe not enough healthy fats. I love delicious food and it certainly helps to have a way of eating that allows you to eat the foods you already love but after a while, the palate wants more and I will give it what it wants! If any of you have been making some great recipes that are low carb I would love to hear from you, I get so many great ideas by following some of you on Instagram!

 

I wanted to end the blog writing about a topic I am passionate about. The decision to change! The journey to health and wellness is certainly a difficult one at times. It will truly test your patience and resolve. You will have days and even weeks when you just don’t have it and you miss a scheduled workout. There will be times when you eat food you know is completely against your diet. Further, there will be mood swings and real-life situations that will have you all in your feelings as it’s called. Just keep in mind that when you have changed those times will not beat you because you will get back. When you have made the decision to change your next meal after 2 weeks of binging will be the healthiest one you could make. When you make the decision to change it is important to remember that you don’t stop being change because you slip up or stumble, no! no! no!  When you make the decision to change, YOU ARE CHANGE! Change takes over and it will bring you back to good, back to where you have decided you want to be, this is precisely why change requires so much because once you have made that decision, you BECOME that CHANGE. 

CHANGE IS INSIDE OF YOU!

YOU ARE CHANGE

I AM CHANGE

WE ARE CHANGE

I believe in each and every one of you just like I believe in me and I know that we all can be who we want to be, how we want to be! Have a great day homies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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GOOD THURSDAY HOMIES!!!!!

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Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to my favorite day of the week by far! Thursday always seems to be a welcomed sight to everyone in the world because it’s the gateway to Friday! Today has been a great day so far for me and now that I’ve gotten my coffee and all my meals in for the day I can sit back and break this down for all of you!

 

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The gym was very heavy with traffic today, I think with summer around the corner everyone is trying to get it tight for the hot days ahead! I was still able to get a great workout with so many people around and I had great tunes playing in my ear so no problem. So today I only worked my chest but I went very heavy, no one rep max or anything but lowered my reps and added more weight and it was really great. My chest was a little confused with such heavy loads but since I lift all the time anyway it wasn’t very hard to adjust. Even though my chest was hurting pretty bad it’s not super sore now that I’m home and had dinner. I’m still trying to decide if I should do my triceps and some cardio later tonight when I go pick up my fiance’ or just wait and do it in the morning. I’ll probably just go in tonight but I’ve never really been to my gym at 9 p.m I wonder if it’s packed during those times. Oh well, can’t know what you don’t find out so I’ll at least go by and check, I’ll let the crowds tell me what’s the best idea because I really don’t like it when the gym is super crowded! The crazy thing is my workout is usually about 30 minutes or so when I do chest with triceps but because I did heavy lifting my chest workout alone today was 45 minutes! I did take a bit longer between reps so maybe that’s the reason. Change is good so here’s hoping this one produces results. It better!!!

 

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I’m doing a sort of carnivore theme Keto this week to help stimulate my fat loss because I had a little setback as you all know.lol. This morning when I broke my fast I made ground beef with pearl cauliflower and combined it with ginger, sesame oil, teriyaki and other spices in an attempt at a ghetto Keto stir-fry that was delicious! You already know I had my customary cup of coffee with it which goes amazing with that sesame oil taste for some reason. I made a big batch so I decided to divide it up and have it for breakfast and dinner, so for my breakfast to get my calories up I had 2 leftover pieces of backed chicken! Everything was simple and delicious and I will certainly be putting pictures in this post. By the way, If any of you would like me to make a separate area for some quick, easy and low carb recipes let me know in the comments! My caloric goal is around 2500 calories but today I was nowhere near close because I was very full from all the protein I had. I don’t recommend doing carnivore as away lifestyle but for me, it works when I’m stalling or I am not feeling very energetic in the gym. If you, however, are doing the carnivore diet as a lifestyle please let me know how it’s working for you and share any tips you have!

 

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This is just a quick note about my fasting. I have been playing around with fasting and I love the way it makes me feel. Recently I have decided to have my last meal at 3:30 pm daily and then just fast either 16 hours or 18 hours depending on what’s happening in our family. For myself, it’s easier to have a large meal early in the evening and it makes me fill empty when I go to bed which helped with my sleep last night! I’ll keep doing it and let you all know how it works for me.

I’ve been blessed with some great opportunities to do some writing jobs as of late so I may be doing my blog every other day until those projects are finished but I promise to keep coming back and being accountable to all of you! I’m very proud of all the wonderful accounts I have been reading lately! All of you inspire me daily and I appreciate it!

 

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