Saturday, July 25, 2009

From Here To There; Visualizing Your Fitness Goals Like You Are Looking At A Mountain Peak

I could not have said it better myself. Mike is a true inspiration and friend...

You know what you want to achieve physically. You have set your Fitness goals. You have been specific. You have sought out a source of the combination of Fitness Tools (Beachbody Fitness Programs)that will get you there. (Intense workouts, proper nutrition, & effective supplementation)

You feel like you are standing at the base of a HUGE Mountain. You can see the Summit (Achieving your Fitness Goals) from where you are standing. You also can clearly see that there will be a tremendous amount of work involved in achieving those goals. Fitness success does not happen overnight. It takes patience, discipline, consistency, passion, and grit.

Working hard during your daily workout (If you are doing more than one workout per day, try working harder on your 1st workout of the day and you will not need a 2nd. ESPECIALLY if you are doing an extreme Fitness program like P90X or INSANITY), eat clean burning fuel that is workable in daily life and you can enjoy your entire life. Finally, use quality supplements (Like Beachbody's Supplements) to "fill in the gaps" of your Nutrition program. As hard as we try to eat a large variety of foods, we can almost never get all of the quality nutrients from just the food that we consume on a daily basis.

Think about it, you could be 6 weeks (Slimin6), 60 days (INSANITY), or 90 days (Hip Hop Abs, P90, P90X, ChaLEAN Extreme) away from your Fitness goals! That is a drop in the bucket time wise in the larger picture of our lifetime. If you aren't excited by that, you need to get back on the couch and break open that bag of Doritos.... ;-) (Don't do that, you are better than that!) :-)

Each new day is a gift in the fact that we have a chance to move that much closer to the Summit of our own personal Mountain. (Achieving our Fitness goals)

Stop over thinking your nutrition, thinking that variety in your Fitness is something that you HAVE to have or you won't make Fitness Progress (Stick to a Beachbody workout as its laid out in the program guide. When you have achieved or are close to your Fitness goals, then you can start mixing things up)
Sometimes too much variety is a bad thing. (If you are mixing up P90X with INSANITY already, you would be MUCH better off choosing a single Fitness Program and giving it 100% of your effort)

Take each day as it comes, do your best, and ask yourself one question at the end of each day:

"Did I give my best effort and move a little closer to achieving my Fitness goals today?"

Live Strong ~ Live Lean


Thanks for the encouraging words, Mike.

All my very best,

July 24 workout(s) and nutrition...

I had a unexpected wrinkle to the schedule yesterday. I got to sleep late on the 23rd because of a little get together at the house. I really have become a firm believer in getting the required sleep I need no matter the outcome it may reflect on my workouts. As most of you are now aware, I really despise the late-afternoon workout. I usually end up putting them off and not doing them at all. That all being said, I had no choice on the 24th. I awoke at 6:25 am, which is an hour before I have to go to work. This time constraint does not leave a considerable amount of time to workout (usually 35-40 minutes), eat, shower, prepare meals, get dressed and kiss my wife and son goodbye. Therefore, I had relegated myself to the fact that I would be doing a late-afternoon FRIDAY workout. Definitely not cool! Shortly after I had put my feet on the floor for the day, I remembered a workout that I could do in roughly 20 minutes that was a killer cardiovascular beast. Excitedly, I hopped on my treadmill barefooted (I HIGHLY DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS!!!) and pushed out a great workout. Here's how it went:

Set incline to 0% and warm-up for 3 minutes working up to 4.0 mph

After the warm-up the interval cycles go as follows at 4.0 mph:

2% incline for 1 minute
0% incline for 2 minutes
4% incline for 1 minute
2% incline for 2 minutes
6% incline for 1 minute
4% incline for 2 minutes
8% incline for 1 minute
6% incline for 2 minutes
10% incline for 1 minute
8% incline for 2 minutes

Cool down for 3 minutes at 3.0-3.5 mph.

TOTAL WORKOUT TIME = 21 minutes.

The twenty minutes difference in workout time really benefited me. I got a good workout in and still had time to do all the things I needed to do to prepare myself for the day. Plus, my mood was much better and I had more energy to start my day. The great part is I still ended up coming home and doing my evening workout as scheduled. In the end, I had done 2 workouts and felt no worse the wear for it. Usually, I do not recommend 2-a-days. They are exhausting and are prone to leaving people feeling burned out and injured. I try my best to stay with whatever program I am doing to the letter as to how it was written. Bigger and better fitness minds than myself took the time and research to develop the program the least I can do is follow their recommendations.

Nutrition for the day went very well. I have had the inclination lately, although not wanting this, to not eat as much as I should by midday. By the time I leave work there really should only be room for my dinner and one small snack. However, lately I have left for the day only consuming 1000-1100 calories. That quite a burden on my body after 6 pm to have to ingest, then digest before bed at a reasonable hour. It is definitely a tweak I can work on. I mean who can really complain about having to eat more. Regardless, here's the nutrition for the day:

I have been real happy with my journey as of late. I know that I type the saying all the time but it really has been "one workout, one meal and one pound at a time."

All my very best,

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 22nd workout and nutrition

Today was another solid day downstairs at the gym. I love my basement, mostly because it has become my sanctuary of sorts. It is where I get away from everything and concentrate on me. Please do not misunderstand, it's not an ego thing. EVERYONE needs their alone time and mine is that 30-45 minutes 6 days a week in that small room with my DVD's and weights. Granted I have many other interests and hobbies but it usually involves other people. My workouts are solitary. That is just the way I like it.

Today's workout was the 3rd week of Burn Circuit 2. It was a very intense 40 minutes and I really pushed this morning. I am starting to get a rhythm with these workouts. The familiar moves are starting to pay dividends. It's too bad, in some ways, that next week it will all mix up again and I will have a new set of routines to conquer. It's that change that leads to growth and a lack or boredom.

Since I have to work early tomorrow my cardio will have to be pushed back to around 6pm. Not the best scenario, but a manageable one. Again, it's a change that can be dealt with and will give me something to focus on. Especially, since there will be a jewelery party going on upstairs. That I need a welcome distraction's just not my cup of tea.

Nutrition was right where I needed it to be. With Caleb's T-ball game tonight dinner was a grab and go. but, healthy nonetheless. Other than that, everything looks on target for what I am trying to accomplish. Here are the numbers from today:

Have a great evening everyone. Keep pushing play.

All my very best,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 21st nutrition

Not really much to say today. It was a rest day on the workout front. Work was, well, work. My nutrition is back on track after my birthday yesterday. The only thing I decided to do yesterday was have a few cocktails at dinner, other than that the day was spot on. Did it effect me? Not really, you have to enjoy life as it comes. You understand your decisions and move forward. No big deal.

Here's the nutrition from today. Again, a good day on many levels.

Keep pushing forward and keep your focus sharp. The rest will take care of itself.

All my very best,

Sunday, July 19, 2009

July 18th nutrition and workout

I am posting this not a bit delayed from yesterday, but better late than never. The workout for today was Burn Circuit 3 and man, did it burn today. I increased the weight on almost every exercise and went to the required failure rep of 12 as well. What this means is that next week will be a bear. I will be increasing the weights again next week in an attempt to start failing at 10 reps. It's something to look forward to, I guess. Sometimes this fitness stuff can turn into more of a mental struggle than it can a physical one. It's not so much about the amount of weight but fighting with your mind that your body is capable of lifting that amount of weight. A great saying on the DVD is, "Give me 10% more, now." The battle that ensues is amazing. You fight with yourself about it, but in the end usually you have it to give. People usually give up WAY before their body's ever will. Finding that balance is one of the keys to reaching your goals.

As far as nutrition goes, it was a low day again. I was surprised by my sister and she took my son for a sleepover and left me to my own devices last night. It was a great time. I went to visit an old friend and catch-up, before I left I had my "dinner" and then headed off. I got home at around 11-ish and it was time for bed. I did not really feel hungry and therefore did not eat anything else. It happens and that's cool. Yes, eating on a planned schedule is a very good way to keep you on target with your nutrition. However the reality is that last night while I was having great conversation and listening to stories of old and new, the last thing on my mind was whether or not I got the right amount of protein, carbs and fat in for the day. I knew that up until going to my friends my intake for the day was pretty spot on. I wasn't hungry, so I did not eat. Simple. Again, find your balance, it's what will keep you doing this for a lifetime instead of 2 weeks.

Here's my intake for the day:

Keep your balance in your journey. Keep focused and the happiness will follow. One workout, one meal and one pound at a time.

All my very best,

Friday, July 17, 2009

July 17th nutriton and workout

Well, after yesterday's sickness things could only get better today. I took in a bunch of rest yesterday and really just laid around and tried to eat what I could. It's tough when you are sick to stay on par with your normal routine, no matter what that may be, and do all the activities you have to in a day. I took the day for what it was worth and feed my body the best food that I could stomach; also, it's pretty tough to eat when you are asleep for 12 plus hours.

Today was a completely different story. I still felt a bit sluggish in the morning when I woke up. I shook of the tiredness and hit the day with my normal fervor. I committed to my nutrition from the get go knowing that yesterday was a "light day" at best. I slept in to give myself time to recover knowing that I would have the dreaded "evening workout" after a long day at work. I put it in my planner and scheduled it ahead of time. The clock was mine from 6pm - 7pm. NO IFs, ANDs or BUTs!! That was just the way it was going to be and my family, in true incredible fashion, was completely understanding.

Tonight's workout was Burn Intervals, a completely exhausting workout and left me asking for mercy at the end. I overcame a couple of mental hurdles and ended up with a fantastic workout and something to be proud of...another day in the books. It really is one workout at a time, one meal at a time, one pound at a time. Those goals are so attainable for anyone and something to really hang your hat on.

Here's my nutrition for the day:

Keep moving your journey forward. Keep pushing play!!

All my very best,

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 15th nutrition and workout

Today's workout was Chalean Extreme Burn Circuit 2. Another great 40 minutes of working out and you feel it during the entire workout. When it's over you cannot believe that you only spent that short amount of time and worked up that much sweat. What a great feeling. I have notice a slight strength gain and some of the moves are becoming more fluid. I have never really trained two (sometime three) body parts at the same time. The balance required in some of the exercises is amazing. Chalene Johnson really put together a GREAT program. I am excited to hit the next phase in 2 weeks time.

Nutrition was solid again today. Protein looks a bit low, but I did the math and it's well within the 0.8 - 1.0 grams per body weight ratio. And honestly, even if it was not, there isn't much I can do about it now. Tonight was rather hectic with Caleb's Tee-ball and then having to go "find" dinner. That's never a good option because usually people find the worst possible food. I settled on a Subway salad. No need for bread after 8pm, fresh veggies and a good source of lean protein. Not too shabby.

Well, here today's intake:

Oh and the best part about today was coming home and seeing this....

I WILL be at my best before I start this...I'm going to have to be!!

All my very best,

July 14th nutrition

Today was not that bad for nutrition and it was a rest day for my workout. I finally figured out one of my "triggers". It is ANGER. This emotion completely takes me out of my normal element. When I get irritated it is similar to me just throwing up my hands and giving up. I have no time to think about the consequences or any side effects of my actions. I really had to fight through this anger yesterday and had a minor slip (the sandwich at the end of the day). no need obsessing over it, it happened, but know I know why. That is the best part about it because now the next time I will know exactly what to do. Here's my nutrition for the 14th:

Please keep pushing play, moving forward and most importantly having fun.

All my best,

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 13th nutriton and workout

Hello just another day in paradise here. Today's workout was Burn Circuit 1. I love this workout because it focuses mostly on the chest and shoulders. In the 40 minutes I was downstairs today, I must have soaked that small hand towel of mine. The sweat was just pouring off of me. It seemed like the set could not end soon enough so I could towel off. All that work really prepared me for a day of good nutrition. That is one of the things that motivates me to stay on track. A common theme I hear from people is, "I worked out really hard, this piece of (insert bad food here) won't hurt." or "I'm going to the gym later so this little piece of (insert bad food here) won't even count." The problem is...IT ALL COUNTS!! I know, I sound like a food Nazi. Honestly, that's just the plain and simple truth.

Recently, I have had a very focused concept of nutrition and I go about my merry way with things. People have become used to seeing me at work with my little blender and my chicken breasts with veggies. It's just who I am. The best part is I refuse to judge or begrudge people the things they want to eat. It's rude and unfair if I were to do so. What you do, is your business. If you feel bad about not eating right because you see others eating right is not their fault. I am asked quite often at work by people, "Is this food bad for you?" "Should I not eat this or that?" My answer is always the same.

"It depends. If you REALLY want it then eat it. I try not to tell people what they can and cannot eat. If you think it's bad for you, chances are you are right."

But I will say this, the world sure would stink without cookies!! Period, end of sentence. I love me a good cookie and I always will. There is no better treat in my humble opinion. However for where I want to be in my fitness and nutrition journey, it's just not in the cards. I'm not saying I am NEVER going to have a cookie again...that's foolish. Of course, I am and when I do I am going to LOVE IT!! There is a very simple formula to this whole fitness thing:


So, go out there and find your success and make a plan that works for you. Here's my nutrition for the day:

All my very best,

Failures and Losers

Note: I wrote this some time ago and found that I should post it here.

”Those that believe they can, and those that believe they cannot, are both right.”

~Henry Ford

I have really had to read this quote a few times to grasp what it was trying to say to me. One can look at this quote very superficially and come to an easy conclusion about positive though and its impression on the human psyche. I do not think it ends there. I believe, at least for me, that it goes much deeper than that. To me, it comes down to being a loser or a failure.

I can say with all sincerity that I have failed far more than I have succeeded in my life. I am cool with it, not damaged a darn bit. However, when I looked back there was more than one occasion when I was nothing but a loser. And yes, one of those times was right around January of 2007. I was at my heaviest weight, depressed, irritable and physically and mentally inept. Now those things alone did not make me a loser nor does it anyone else. What made me a loser was my lack of belief that change could happen and that my circumstances were everyone fault but my own.

Not one damn person stuffed that garbage into my mouth repeatedly. Nobody ever told me that I was headed down a very bad path health-wise. It is not their job and it is not their life. Losers make excuses. Losers hold others accountable for their own actions. Losers look for a remedy without a journey or a plan. Losers use their environment as a crutch to lean on. They have a very egocentric view that they are owed something on the basis of who they are. Sound harsh? Well it is, because losers don’t face facts; they turn their backs on them. How do I know? I know because I have done it...ALL OF IT!! I am a recovering loser!

There I admitted it...

”Hello, my name is Chuck and I used to be a loser.”

”Hi, Chuck.”, the loser support group moans. ;)

People always relate failure or failing to being a loser. As if failing were a negative thing. Do not misunderstand me if you fail to realize that climbing Everest is dangerous, that can quickly turn into a negative. On the other hand, failing to do the same number of pushups as your intended goal is NOT a negative thing. I have said it before, if you are not failing in your exercise program you are not setting your goals high enough. Failure is a great thing to have. You learn, you grow, you accept the things you cannot change for that moment in time. Failure leads to a belief that eventually you will overcome.

Think about your goals for whatever program you are on or if you are not on a program a goal you would like to try and achieve. For example, Joe Smith says he wants to lose 30 pounds and run a 9 minute mile. Joe Smith on day one is a failure...he’s no lighter than the day before and he’s running at a 15 minute pace. What makes him not be a loser is that he pushed play that day. He ran as hard as he could for that workout. He supplied his body with the best fuel he could manage to find for that day. He examines the failure as a positive thing and moves forward because he has a belief that eventually he can. Losers will give up, eat crappy food because it doesn’t really matter. That 9 minute mile is just a pipe dream and it would take forever to lose 30 pounds.

People that are failures have no deadlines, no end game in sight. The finish line is always in the future and always just out of reach to make way for something better. People with a loser mentality a begging for the last day to arrive. Once they hit that, they can stop and relax. Losers simply miss the point. They are waiting for the chance to hold up for just a second. As Tony Horton so eloquently puts it, “There is no just a second.”

All I can keep saying is embrace your failures. I think you are awesome because you fail!! For the simple reason, that you keep showing up. You are a believer that you can change. You are not a loser, no matter what others may think. You have decided to make changes that sometimes lead to failure.
How bold are you for just doing that?!!

You have laid it all out on the line and are willing to accept ANYTHING that might happen, losers don’t do that. Losers believe they never will. Failures believe they could not for that moment but eventually will overcome. I believe in you and there are a ton of people that believe in you. There is no time limit and there are no ordinary moments. Step by step and failure by failure you will become, through belief, anything you set you mind too.

All my very best,

Sunday, July 12, 2009

July 12th nutrition and workout.

Today's workouts were Burn it off and Recharge. The perfect way to end the week. Basically cardio intervals for 30 minutes straight and then 20 minutes of great stretching and limbering of the body after a hard week's work.

Nutrtion today was very good and on target. Again I believe most fall within the top two tiers of Michi's Ladder and accomplished exactly what I needed. Good fuel = good mood, good workouts, good repair. It's just that simple. Here is my intake for today:

If you are trying to read this picture just click on it and you will get a larger view. I do not really have much to talk about today. I was a great week, got to spend some quality time with my son and talked fitness and nutrition to a bunch of people. It does not get much better than that, well with the exception of playing a round of golf at Augusta National on a Saturday morning, but that did not happen. I keep dreaming...who knows.

Hope you all had as great of a week as I did. Please keep moving forward with your journey and enjoy.

All my very best,


I do get asked quite a bit about supplements and the common questions are the following:

  1. Do they work?
  2. What do you take for supplements?
  3. Are the supplements you take regulated?
  4. Aren't supplements just a way for companies to get more money out of you?

These are all GREAT questions by the way and valid as well. With the bombardment of advertising in "magic pills" that will do literally everything for you suspicion should be part of your decision. I know it was part of mine when I first started taking supplements (and I worked in the medical field for over 14 years).

Let me do my best to explain to you MY answers to these questions.

Do they work?

In a word, YES! Depending on what supplement you are taking and what you are taking it for and I'm not talking male enhancement by the way! To understand you have to understand what a supplement is supposed to be in the first place. IT SUPPLEMENTS YOUR ALREADY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!! The average person does not get all the required nutrients during their daily nutritional intake. Most people do not get enough omega-3-fatty acids in their nutrition, hence, the supplement that supplies that for you. The key thing to remember is these are assisting you the reach your goals not reaching them for you. Taking a thermogenic (another term for a fat burner) will not work without proper nutrition and exercise. It will assist you but cannot be the only thing you do.

What do you take for supplements?

Perfect opportunity for me to use my awesome new camera....

From Left to Right they are as follows.... ActiVit (daily Vitamin), Core Omega-3, Shakeology, P90X Recovery Formula, EAS 100% Whey, Joint Support Formula, Herbal Immune Boost (as needed)

And yes, I do take these every day! They help me tremendously and I feel very lousy when I do not.

Are the supplements you take regulated?

No supplements in this country are regulated by the FDA. That is why trust in a company is very important!! I have never been wronged by Beachbody and I have always trusted the products they have released. i know that their supplements are designed by some of the BEST in the business, for example Mark Sisson (just Google that name). I know that they design and use only NATURAL ingredients. I think they have the best products period. And as you will notice, I use EAS whey. To me, whey is whey.

Aren't supplements just a way for companies to get more money out of you?

If used the wrong way, YES!! Again, I cannot stress enough that supplements are only good when you put the work in. Except from some homeopathic supplements, like the Herbal Immune Supplement, that assist you normal body function. However, if you use the P90X Recovery Formula and you don't workout...what good is that going to do for you?
Well, I don't want to keep going on an on about this subject. I think you get the point, but if you have questions about supplements or something that you may be taking yourself. LET ME KNOW!! Leave me a comment or send me and email I love talking about this stuff.

All my very best,

Friday, July 10, 2009

July 10th nutrition and workout

I cannot tell you the number of times the phone rings when I have to do an evening workout. That is why I choose to workout VERY early in the morning. The chances of being distracted are very close to nadda. However, in the evening, WITHOUT FAIL, 1-5 minutes before I am ready to head downstairs to workout....RING, RING, RING.

Now most people would say, "Ignore the darn phone and go workout."

Unfortunately, you never know when a fellow coach, customer or the President might be calling(or your significant other which is just as important if not most important. LOVE YOU HONEY!!). Hence, I pick up the phone and it's some slick sales guy who weaseled his way around my Beachbody websites, telling me he doing P90X, really likes what I am doing and is thinking about being a coach yadda, yadda, yadda. I hope he really is though but, WHATEVER DUDE!! Let's just say 35 minutes later, I FINALLY get to my workout. By this time I had some major aggression and motivation. Nothing is more precious to me than my time and I cannot stand to have it wasted. Granted, it's my own fault for answering the phone and not being able to be rude and tell someone to shut the heck up.

Anyway, tonight I did Chalean Extreme Burn Phase 1: Burn Circuit 3. OWWWIEEE!!! It was a shoulder, chest, core and leg killer. I was sweating like a madman and felt 100 times better afterwards.

As far as nutrition goes today. No slips, no fumbles and a little view outside the box for lunch today. That's right, I "ate fresh" for lunch. Hanging out with some co-workers and enjoying the sunshine with a nice 6-inch roasted chicken breast sandwich. Not bad, the first "bread" carbs I had taken in all week. It was interesting, but I found that I really enjoyed my non-grain carbs lunches better. Not nearly as weighed down as I felt today after lunch. I must admit my lunches for this week were far more fresh than that sub from today. Don't get me wrong in the world of fast food Subway is the way to go, but I would rather bring left overs or something from home. The rest of the day was very nice and my calories rebounded nicely from yesterday's lull. Here's the goods on my nutrition:

This week, so far, has been phenomenal on so many different levels that it is tough to explain. I think it is a testament to how important healthy food and exercise is to the human condition. If you haven't been active for a while, just go for a walk. Take 10-20 minutes for yourself. Look at all that incredible food we have access too...I am talking about the stuff not found in packages by the way...when you go to the grocery store this week pick 1 or 2 veggies, fruits or lean meats (Bison comes to mind) you have NEVER tried before and try them. Make a valiant attempt to eat out only 1 time this week. Just try it, you might find that you'll enjoy it. Funny part is you may save yourself some money too!! Ok, ok I know...

soap box

I'll come off the box. Have a great weekend everyone. Take some deeper breaths, soak in the sun (if you get any!!), jump in some mud puddles. Go out there and live. Keep pushing play and moving forward in your journey.

All my very best,

Thursday, July 09, 2009

July 9th workout and nutrition

Today was an incredible day. My normal routine was completely shot, work was a bear and things did not look good in ANY way shape or form. However, thing had a way of pulling themselves together and everything turned out fine. I did not let the struggles and frustrations of the day take me off track. Actually it was the workout, or the anticipation for the workout, that kept me on the right course. YOU WILL HAVE DAYS LIKE THIS!!! The key, at least for me, is to remember what you are trying to do. Are you going to let some event, some other person effect your goal? You and I are worth so much more than that, your health is far more important, the fuel you give your body is too important.

So, my workout was Burn Intervals and Ab burner. 45 minutes of intense, interval core cardio. It is just an amazing workout with tons of room to grow with it and become better. My nutrition is posted below. Calories were a little low today, definitely not on purpose. It is just how the day turned out and it's officially in the past. No worries and tomorrow we move forward.

Please keep pushing play and moving forward.

All my very best,



Wednesday, July 08, 2009

July 8th nutrition

Below is today's total daily nutrition. And here's a picture of dinner, which was MAAHHHHVELLOUS!! Filet mignon with reduced fat blue cheese on the grill and a baby spinach, strawberry salad with balsamic vinegar.

Nutrition can be really easy when planned correctly. It just takes some positive thought, a little patience and a bit of support from those around you. It is a very achievable goal and it happens one meal at a time.

All my best,


Now I really understand why they call this the "Burn" phase of the program. All of my major muscle groups are on fire right now and twitching like there have been about 500 volts passed through them. HAHAHA but as people always say, "I feel great though."

Got a long day ahead of me today and surprisingly it's raining again up here in Maine. So, let me re-phase that last sentence by saying it's going to be a long, rainy day. I had to type that last sentence 3 times because of the twitching...I think that means I need some recovery drink, a shower and then breakfast.

Here's a video I did a few weeks back about this workout...


Have a great day everyone, keep pushing and here's a little quote to get you through the day...feeling a tad bit paradoxical today,

"And the mystery itself is the doorway to all understanding" ~Lao-tzu

Find your mystery today and enjoy the journey.

All my very best,



Tuesday, July 07, 2009

July 7th nutrition

Nutrition was good for today. i really am enjoying the details of things. Taking stock in what i am using to fuel my body. I highly recommend doing it, not to over analyze every morsel but just to remind you all the great things you use to make your body go.

Have a great night to bed I go.



Rest Days are good days...

Today was a rest day for me. On the Chalean Extreme program you get 2 rest days per week and this is an awkward change for me. After doing P90X you get so used to pushing as hard as you can for 6 days a week it became my mantra.

"Anything less than 6 days is UNACCEPTABLE!!!"

As hard as this habit will be to shake I think it's meant to be, because there's a reason the program was put toegther a ceratin way.

With Chalean Extreme is all about CONCENTRATION!! I have noticed a sharper focus with my workouts. You still push hard but, you concentrate so hard and lift heavy too that i really believe you need that extra rest day. Try it sometime, no matter your workout, and you WILL see and feel a difference. 100 percent commitment to each and every exercise. You will see results.

Well, I will post my daily intake after dinner.

All my very best,


Monday, July 06, 2009

July 6 nutrition

Just posting my nutrition for the day. I have tried to stay within the top two tiers of Michi's Ladder . I think today was a pretty darn good day. When people ask about the whole "fitness-thing" and I try very hard to get them to understand at least one thing...your success is guided by your commitment to your nutrition. It's that plain and simple. Doughnuts and dumbbells DON'T mix!! I think most people can show up for their workouts but really struggle when it's time to step up to the plate. (HA, I kill me!!)

I know that nutrition has been my biggest hurdle in my fitness journey and something I struggle with from time to time. I mean, the world would absolutely stink without Ice Cream!! Just keep your head-up and really pay attention to what you are using to fuel your body you will be thankful in the end.

All my very best,


Day 1 towards Insanity...

This morning's workout was Power 90 Master Series: Sculpt 5-6. It was a great workout and also telling about how far I have to go before I am Insanity ready, not that there is such a thing. Memories like the feeling of this workout are helping to build a foundation for allowing me to let this fitness journey happen. No analyzing, no getting bummed about the "numbers". Just open up and bring it to the best my body will allow and prepare my body with the best food I have at the ready. To me that is the key right now.

Well, I have to shower, get ready for work and tackle the day ahead. Keep pushing play.

All my best,