Archive for June, 2008

Training for the Week of 6/23 – 6/29

Monday, June 30th, 2008

This week was a very healthy week for kickboxing and for eating. I am really starting to fall into the zone, eating healthy protein rich foods, and avoid untimely carbs and unnecessary high-fat snacks at night.

Diet

I am frequently eating eggs, cheese, protein bars, tuna, and chicken. Occasionally I have a McSkillet Burrito for breakfast, ramen noodles for lunch, and a couple cheese balls for a snack. For the most part I believe I am eating well. If I had more money, I would definitely buy more chicken and other healthier food to eat during the day, but for now I have to suffice with a can of tuna and a bowl of ramen during the week when I’m in the office.

Training

Thai Kickboxing: 3 days, 1 hour per session.
Mountain Biking: about 3 total hours spread throughout the week.
Weightlifting: 2 sessions with the Powerblocks for a total of about 45 minutes.

Next Weeks Goals

Maintain kickboxing sessions, although there will be no kickboxing on the 4th of July. Add in two legit weightlifting workouts. I want to actually go to the gym and do some full body training. They will be light workouts so I can get back into the swing of lifting.

I plan to maintain the same general dietary strategy, which is to say “no” to 90% of the unhealthy food I encounter. Ramen will still be consumed, as will McSkillet Burritos for breakfast. When I decide to go hardcore, these two foods will be phased out.

How to Recover From Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Question of the WeekThis question of the week is a question to me, rather than a question to you. Let me know your thoughts on the subject after reading the article.

Let me tell you about a recent conversation with one of my friends over IM. This guy used to lift with me back in college, but he’s working on his own business right now and hasn’t touched a weight in almost a year. So they guy goes out and gets a gym membership and starts training again last Monday.

This is how the conversation went down…

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The Healthier My Lifestyle The Better I Feel

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Hey this is a blog right? Well here is a personal post for any who are interested. Over the course of the last month I have really stepped back and tried to examine all the bad habits in my lifestyle. One by one I have started to weed out such things as:

  • Eating the wrong foods or too much food late at night.
  • Working instead of exercising.
  • Watching TV instead of exercising.
  • Having an extra Captain’s and Diet when it’s not really necessary.
  • Staying up too late, then…
  • Getting up too early without enough sleep, or…
  • Sleeping in and getting up too late, thereby wasting the morning.
  • Blowing off taking my vitamins.
  • Pumping myself up on energy drinks, then taking double doses of melatonin to fall asleep at night.
  • Choosing Doritos or candy over fruit or low fat meat.

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An Active Recovery Day

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Mountain BikingToday is a good day to talk about Active Recovery. The average temperature was 80-85°F, there’s a beach across the street, the kids needed entertaining, and I have a bike and a set of Powerblocks in the garage. I pretty much couldn’t escape from exercise on a day like today even if I wanted to.

So What is Active Recovery?

Active Recovery is the process of exercising only for the purpose of stimulating the muscles enough to:

  • increase blood flow throughout the body…
  • thereby increasing nutrient partitioning throughout the body
  • extra calories burned without traumatizing muscle fibers
  • quicker muscle recovery from the week’s vicious workouts

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Follow These 10 Rules to Get Shredded

Friday, June 20th, 2008

How to Forget About Healthy Eating Habits and Get Straight Up Ripped

Girl with thick absScrew healthy lifestyle eating habits. It’s great to eat healthy and maintain a low body fat. But what if you only have 2 months to lose 20 lbs? What if you are trying to get from a decent 12% bodyfat to a ripped 6% bodyfat? Well now it’s time to talk about jumping on a hardcore diet to melt off the fat and show those hard earned abs.

10 Tips to Just Get Shredded

  1. Eat fewer calories. Diet is responsible for 75% of your progress, if not more. Start my multiplying your DESIRED bodyweight by 12. This is your daily maintenance calorie intake. Eat this many calories for a week, then…
    • If you don’t lose any weight, subtract 400 calories.
    • If you only lose 1-2 lbs, subtract 200 calories.
    • If you lose 3 or more pounds, don’t change a thing.
    • If you lose more than 5% of your total bodyweight in a week, you might want to consider actually adding a 200-300 calories back into your diet because you do NOT want to lose muscle mass.
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Summer Fitness Exercise Ideas for the Kids

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Children Playing SoccerSummer is the perfect time to get out of the house to enjoy some fresh air and exercise. Fitness is a lifelong investment that starts in childhood. Developing healthy fitness habits early promotes healthy behaviors, improves self-esteem and facilitates wellness throughout life.

Always remember that parents are the best role model for both inspiring an active fitness lifestyle, and also for promoting safety as a top priority in sports and recreation.

Exercise Ideas for Toddlers

Children as young as two benefit from fitness activities. Toddlers like to explore and they play to learn more about their world. They prefer unstructured play such as running, swinging, climbing, kicking a ball, and playing in the sand box. Toddlers also enjoy interacting with peers to improve socialization skills.

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Hey Pencil Legs! Turn Those Calves into Cows

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Bodybuilder CalfCalves are a weak spot for most weightlifters and athletes. Your average male weightlifter doesn’t put the same effort into his legs as he does into his chest and biceps. Well I am here to tell you that it’s actually easy to develop some meaty ass calves as long as you’re doing your foundation exercises.

Calf Physiology

Bones and Joints

The lower leg is comprised of two long bones, the tibia and fibula. The tibia is the larger of the two and is located toward the middle of the lower leg. The fibula is the smaller bone and it is located on the outside of the lower leg.

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Actos Decreases Conversion of Insulin Insenitivity to Type 2 Diabetes by 81 Percent

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Insulin ResistanceWith the amount of starchy, sugary foods on the market today, we can never be too careful about our insulin sensitivity. Consuming too many high glycemic foods can decrease insulin sensitivity so much that we can develop adult-onset type 2 diabetes over time. Diabetes is bad in so many ways, causing (for example) heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and threatening the health of extremities.

Now there is hope for prediabetics (those with a high level of insulin insentivity). A new study presented on June 9 during the 68th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in San Francisco, has shown that people in prediabetic state were 81% less likely to convert their insulin insensitivity to type 2 diabetes when treated with a drug called pioglitazone, brand name Actos®.

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Exenatide Study Brings Good News for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Exenatide for Type 2 DiabeticsIf you are one of the more than 21 million people in the United States and an estimated 246 million adults worldwide who have diabetes, specifically type 2 diabetes, here is some excellent news for you. There is a new drug called exenatide, which when given weekly injections over the course of a year, has lowered glucose levels in diabetics and has assisted with weight loss, as shown by a recent study.

If you want to know how to treat insulin resistance so that it doesn’t develop into type 2 diabetes, read this article on how Actos decreases conversion of insulin resistance to type 2 diabetes by 81 percent.

Exenatide, aka “exenatide once weekly”, appears to also improve fasting plasma glucose and glycated hemoglobin (A1C) when administered twice a day using a product called Byetta. Byetta is the version of exenatide that is currently available on the market.

Dr. John B. Buse, director of the Diabetes Care Center and chief of the division of endocrinology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill said in a prepared statement…

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Digg Killed Project Swole

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Recently I have succumbed to a couple front page appearances on Digg.com. Though I had the WP-Super-Cache WordPress plug-in enabled, my server crashed. Twice. The problem is that my sites have been hosted on shared servers, and the CPU resources (and possibly memory) were consumed, crashing the systems. Help support migration of Project Swole to a dedicated server.

First I had to move from Host Gator to The Prime Host, and now I’ve had to move from The Prime Host to one of my friend’s VPS systems hosted at HostForWeb.com. Now I’m looking into getting a dedicated server over at eSecureData.com and loading up the software manually.

Unfortunately Project Swole does not make any money, so I might institute a PayPal donations button here shortly, although I don’t expect anyone to actually use it. I don’t want to add any additional advertising to the site though, so I’m going to have to figure out a way to support this. Not quite sure what I’m going to do yet. Help support migration of Project Swole to a dedicated server.

So anyway, if you plan on sticking with Project Swole through all of this mayhem then I thank you immensely. Although I am extremely busy with my personal life right now, I am definitely going to try to keep posting regularly. The information should still be worthwhile, as I plan to tackle more specific and hardcore topics than stuff like “10 Ways to Diet Better”. If you stick around long enough, you are in for a treat.

That’s it for now, I’ve gotta get back to work.

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