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Looking Back On My Transformation Was It Really That Hard?

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One day I made the decision to transform my body.  I ended up transforming my life.  I look back on it now and some times think that it really wasn’t all that hard to accomplish.  What makes me think that?  I’ve learned a lot since I surpassed my original goal.  Most of what I have learned has been about myself.  The greatest thing that I learned was being able to take control of my mind.  That truly is the hardest part.  If you can control your mind, you can control how and what you eat.  If you can control your mind, you can also train several days a week.  If you can control your mind, than you can give up what is holding you back.  If you can control your mind you can clearly see your goals and you can reach them.  

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it is easy.  And I am not saying that you can just convince yourself that you will live a healthy lifestyle and have a fit body.  It does take time and if you are like me, you will probably expect more from yourself.   You may have setbacks and you may have to convince yourself that you are strong enough to control your own mind every day.

What was once impossible can now be accomplished once you take control of your mind.  The hard part is being strong enough to be able to take control of your mind.

10 Most Annoying Things That Happen At The Gym

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10 – Lifting (or pretending to lift) weights that you can’t handle.  While squatting, moving the weight 1 inch is not a rep.  Get something out of your workout.  Do less weight and do a full rep.  


9 – Don’t be the naked guy who stands in the locker room with his leg on the bench talking to everyone who will listen.  It’s creepy. (Does this happen in the ladies locker room also?  Just wondering.)


8 – Don’t make fun of someone who is out of shape.  They are there for the same reason that most people are in there.  To get into better shape.  You’re probably the same dick that #1 will apply too.  


7 – Don’t make fun of how much someone lifts.  If you are doing it with your friends and it’s motivating and competitive that’s different.


6 – Don’t play your music so loud that I can hear it while you have headphones on.  I like loud music when I lift but I doubt I want to hear the crap you are playing.  


5 – Don’t ask me if I am using something that is 10 feet away from me, while I’m in the middle of a set.  I’m not going to answer you.  


4 – Putting cologne on before going into the gym.  It’s not a night club.  If you are doing it to cover up B.O. Take a shower and use some deodorant.


3– People talking on their phone while working out.  If you need your phone in there, walk somewhere where no one can over hear you.  You look like an idiot when you do curls while talking into the phone.  And a total moron if you do it while doing squats.


2 – Free Pizza and Donuts as incentives for people to workout at Planet Fitness.  I had to put something in here about PF.  For some reason they just annoy me.  


1 – People who don’t put their weights away.  If you were strong enough to put plates on the bar and do your sets, then your lazy ass should be strong enough to take them off and put them back.  I’m not that impressed with what you left on the bar.

Lack Of Probiotics Might Make You Pass For Pregnant

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I was at the on a business trip with a friend of mine, who I had just seeing 2 months earlier.  When I saw them this time, I thought, “Wow, they must be pregnant.”  From the looks of things they were due any day now.  I thought that it was kind of strange, since I hadn’t even noticed the pregnancy the last time that we hung out and they never even said anything about it.  The other odd thing was that my friend is a guy.  Well maybe he got fat really fast.  Could happen.

Later on that day he tells me that his stomach is bloated and keeps getting bigger.  He said that he had walking pneumonia the last time that I saw him.  He was on antibiotics for a couple of weeks to get rid of it.  That’s about the time the bloating started.  By the way he lifted up his shirt to show me and he really did look pregnant.  His belly button alone was bigger than a baseball.  I was expecting Alien to jump out.

The first thing that I did was call TMZ to get them to do a story on a pregnant man.  After that I called up a friend of mine that is a biochemist.  Right away he told me that it was yeast growing inside of him.  When he took the antibiotics, they killed the bad bacteria, but they also killed the good bacteria.  Without the good bacteria yeast can flourish.  The gas produced by yeast can cause bloating. If not treated it can cause a lot of other problems, including leaking gut.

Unfortunately, TMZ has no interest in doing a story on a guy who has yeast overgrowth and a baseball sized belly button.

If you are on or have taken antibiotics, it would be wise to make sure that you can build up your good bacteria.

Things to avoid: Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Alcohol
Things to take:
Probiotics Supplement – Bacillus Coagulans- spore forming lactic acid. This survives the gastric environment more effectively than most other probiotics

Anti-fungal Supplements: Garlic, Oil of oregano, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Undecylenic acid- 200mg  three times daily. Important due to its ability of inhibiting Hyphea (fungus)

Probiotic Foods:
Yogurt that is live-cultured (stay away from those high in high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors)
Kefir
Miso Soup
Sauerkraut
Komaucha
Spirulina
Blue-Green Algae
High Quality Dark Chocolate
Raw Cacao – Make your own chocolate
Bananas
Tomatoes
Artichokes
Green Beans
Apples may increase good bacteria

Signs and Causes of yeast overgrowth
Antibiotics
Birth Control Pills
Sugar and Bread Cravings
Fatigue
IBS
Bloating and Cramps
Vaginal Infections
Itchy Burning Eyes

Racing With My Pet Turtle

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Nothing could be more humbling than losing your pet turtle while competing in an athletic competition.  Why would you run with your pet turtle in the first place?  You ask.  Why risk it’s escape?  Well I didn’t plan on bringing it.  I actually avoid having any vegetables the day before for fear of tempting my turtle with them.  I wonder how often a turtle escapes from it’s shell when someone happens to be racing with theirs.  An exploding turtle might not be as rare as you think.  The embarrassment of one losing their beloved pet turtle might prevent someone from talking about it.

I entered an MUD RUN (ironic, turtles like mud don’t they?)  last year and after I started the race, I realized that I had unknowingly brought my pet turtle with me.  I had it under my shirt and every time I took a step it would kick me in the stomach.  The race was only a 5k, so I figured that it wouldn’t be a big deal if I just ran with it for the rest of the race.  I had about a half mile left when he started to stick his head out.  I felt like it might get a little bit too dangerous if I kept running, so I considered walking which I really didn’t want to do.  I had been keeping pace with this girl and I really wanted to finish the race.  Well my pet turtle was getting way to excited and kept sticking its head out.  I was worried that it might just jump right out of it’s shell.

I made my decision.  I broke off from the girl that I was keeping pace with and left the course and ran down a hill that had a lake at the bottom of it.  The only humane thing to do was release the turtle, which I did.  As I let it go, it fled down the hill without looking back.  I really have to say it was quite a relief.  I still finished my race and left my turtle to fend for itself

Sweet Potatoes With Raw Honey

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Some people are so scared of carbs.  You need them.  They are good for you.  Just get them from the right foods.  There are good carbs and bad carbs.  When it comes to getting ready for an athletic event carb loading will benefit you.  Sweet potatoes are awesome for carb loading.

2 Large Sweet Potatoes
4 TBS Raw Honey
2 TSP Cinnamon
1 TSP Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pierce sweet potatoes several times with fork
Place in oven for 45 Minutes
Puree in Blender
Add Raw Honey, Cinnamon and Vanilla Extract
Can be served either hot or cold

Health Benefits

Sweet Potatoes
Helps with the prevention of heart attacks
Helps produce collagen which helps healing and maintaining youthful skin
Increases Energy
Brightens Moods
Supports Thyroid Gland
Builds Healthy Bones, Heart, Nerves, Skin and Teeth
Helps production of Red and White Blood Cells
Helps resistance to Stress
Helps with Immune Functioning
Helps Regulate Heartbeat and Nerve signals
Helps Ward off Cancer
Anti Aging

Raw Honey
Increases natural energy
Used in treating allergies
Treats colds and sore throats (it coats the throat and reduces irritation)
Used as an acne treatment

Cinnamon
May lower cholesterol
May help treat Type 2 Diabetes
Contains antifungal properties and may rid the body of candida
May reduce proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells
When added to food inhibits bacterial growth and is a natural food preservative
Boosts cognitive function and memory
Helps eliminate headaches and migraines
Helps stabilize blood sugar
Increases metabolism

Vanilla Extract
Antioxidant Properties
May fight Cancer
Boost Metabolism
Reduces Anxiety
May fight infections and fever in children
Reduces Nausea

I Am Not A “PUSSY”!!!

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I am not trying to be offensive.  I’m just being real.  If you really want to know what it took for me to learn how to take control of my mind, you will get that by reading this.  Offensive or not.  I rather be truthful and accurate about my own experience, instead of provide you with some half truth.  I guess I could have said, “I am not a PUNK” or I am not a “LOSER”, but that is not real.  That didn’t happen to me.

Once I’d realized that I could transform my life, by taking control of my mind, I put one of the worst things that I could think of into my head.  It actually started out when I decided that I had to quit chewing tobacco.  Which was several months prior to starting my transformation and building the body that I desired to have.

I started chewing tobacco when I was a senior in college at the age of 22.  Twenty-three years later, I was still chewing.  I unsuccessfully quit several times.  I would think about things like how gross my habit was and how it would make me feel in the morning when I was dehydrated from it.  Sometimes my breath stunk from it.  I even damaged keyboards and entire computers.  In one case I dumped chew spit on a $3,000 MAC.  That was one expensive tin of Skoal.  I had to buy a brand new one.  I also knew that it had a negative effect on strength and muscle development.  I thought about losing my jaw to cancer and even had numbness in my throat and check along with other strange sensations.  Fortunately, none of those problems currently exist.   Based on doctors and dental visits, I have no medical issues from chewing.  I use to watch the singing cowboy commercial (TRUTH – “You Don’t Always Die from Tobacco”) and think, what if that happens to me.  I would rather die than go through that.  None of these things made me quit.  But they did make me think about quitting.

One day I realized that I could quit if I really wanted to.  So I thought about one of the worst things that anyone could call me.  “PUSSY”.  Next thing I know, I would reach for my tin and in my head, I would say, “If you take that, than you are a PUSSY!!!”  It’s funny.  It worked.  I don’t want anyone calling me a PUSSY, including myself.  I wasn’t a PUSSY, because I chewed tobacco.  And I don’t want to say that it was easy to quit.  But it was all because I convinced myself that if I could not control my own mind than I was a PUSSY.

When it came time to starting my transformation, I decided to use the same motivation.  Obviously, a lot more than that motivated me, but this helped.  And within the first week, I was a PUSSY one time during the whole 16 weeks.  It’s not something that I can settle for.  I rather be a BAD ASS than a PUSSY.   My greatest strength is my MIND and I do control it.  I can break bad habits and enforce good ones.  I AM NOT A PUSSY!!!

Homemade Pickles

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You can make these other ways, but this is quick and easy.  It’s a great snack.  I eat cucumbers a lot more than I did, just by doing this.

1 Cucumber
1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tsp Sea Salt

Slice up the cucumber and place it in a container.  Fill with all of the other ingredients.  Refrigerate.

Health Benefits

Cucumber
High in Vitamins and Minerals
Increase natural energy
Helps with hydration
Good for heartburn
Flushes Toxins
Decreases risk of cancer
Helps with digestion
Kills bacteria that produces bad breath
Helps control blood pressure
Fights Diabetes
Reduces Cholesterol
Good for joints

Apple Cider Vinegar
Suppresses Glucose being released by the body
Alkalizes the Body
Regulates Blood Pressure
Reduces Cholesterol
High in Minerals
Helps remove toxins from the body
Great for skin
Supports weight loss

Sea Salt
Alkalizes the Body
Contains Minerals
Good for the Cardiovascular System
Good for the Brain
Good for the Skin
Important for Hydration
Boosts Immune System
Helps maintain Sugar Levels (good for Diabetes)
Prevents Osteoporosis
Prevents Muscle Cramps and Spasms
Reduces Cholesterol
Reduces Inflammation in respiratory system (Good for Asthma)

Red Pepper Flakes
Antioxidants
Anti-Inflammatory
Boosts Metabolism
Good for Eyes
Decreases Chances of Developing Blood Clots
Decongestant

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