Success Stories and News

I’m still here: Day 54

I never intended to write a Blog post a day when I started this 90-day challenge, it just kinda happened for the first few weeks. I also did not intend to take a break from writing for as long as I have now. So, let me catch you up. I have been getting outside to hike...

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Hitting plateaus: Day 38

Life has been busy and I haven't been able to devote as much time to blogging here as I would like. That being said, everything is going well. One shift I've noticed this week is that I have a lot more stamina in the gym, and I'm eager to train. I plan all of my...

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Reflecting: Day 32

I'm happy with the progress I'm making and have been diligent about tracking my workouts and nutrition every day. I've been tracking my workouts in notebooks on and off over the past 16 years. If you want to get stronger, build muscle and lose body fat, you have to...

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This is a problem: Day 28

We are staying at the Best Western hotel in Seward, Alaska, and it's been pretty decent the past few days. My only complaint is that because of the current state of affairs in the world, they don't serve any meals in their kitchen area. Instead, they bag up a bunch of...

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Coasting: Day 26

Fat loss is becoming easier every day. I like to call this part of the process coasting. Everything is (mostly) effortless.  I have developed good habits around food and exercise again, and I'm seeing results. I've noticed that my stamina while out walking and hiking...

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The benefits of being in shape: Day 23

I'm behind on regular blogging, but all is going well. I had one day of overindulgence, and it was great. Enjoyed some donuts and got back on track the following day. I don't refer to bigger calorie intake days as "cheat days" or anything else. In fact, I don't give...

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Front load your protein for best results: Day 19

Protein is a really important macronutrient to facilitate losing body fat and building muscle. If you front load it, meaning you prioritize it at every meal, it becomes much easier to hit your target number each day. For example, when I plan breakfast, I make sure I'm...

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Do you need Supplements?: Day 18

Do you need supplements in order to be successful with fat loss? In short, the answer is no. If you recall from my previous Blog posts, I've mentioned several times that fat loss happens when you are in a consistent caloric deficit. No supplements required. But are...

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I want a Donut: Day 16

I almost drove to Krispy Kreme for a half-dozen donuts today. It's one of THOSE days. I'm also two days away from starting my period, so that's a contributing factor to these irrational thoughts I'm having. Fighting the cravings and fatigue around this time is rough,...

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Big calorie burns can mess up fat loss: Day 15

I hiked the Crow Pass trail from the Girdwood side yesterday and went up to the cabin, then turned around. It was a 5.5 mile trek roundtrip. Damn, I love that area. It's invigorating to be so close to the mountains and the waterfalls. I haven't been up there in two...

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Visualizing Achievement: Day 13

When I was preparing for my first bodybuilding competition in February 2000, I devoured countless books and magazines in an effort to learn as much as I could about what to eat, how much water to drink, and the best plan for getting ripped. Arnold Schwarzenegger...

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Do food choices matter? Day 12

When I was a freshman in High School I became a Lacto Ovo vegetarian. I cut out meat and fish but still consumed eggs and dairy.  I'd grown increasingly interested in nutrition and how the different macronutrients impacted energy and overall health, and I felt this...

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