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Midwest Spartan: What Would You Do for a Free Bottle of Body Wash?

                       

I’ve been doing obstacle races for less then a year.  My life has changed over the last year and much of it has to do the my Body Transformation.  The transformation has helped me live my life the way that I would like to live it.  I take opportunities that i would have let go in the past.  These races have become a challenge for me.  They have provided me with competition.  Something that was missing in my life.

The Spartan was an awesome race.  So far it has been the most challenging race that I have competed in.  It was also different running with a team (Team Dial for Men).  I met some great people at this race.  When I pulled in it was around 40 degrees, 

people were coming in from the earlier waves and  most of them looked pretty cold.  I met the rest of my team which included 5 other guys.  We had our “Before” picture taken as a group and were told that we had to run together as a team.  When we finished we would have our “After” picture taken.  

We ran for a couple of miles before we actually hit any water.  We ran through it to get around a group of people who were backed up on a hill.  Traffic jams can be frequent at some of these races, so you look for the way around them.  Usually the way around them is through water, mud or up a steeper part of the hill.  Anything to keep moving.  As cold as it was outside, I was hoping to stay dry a little longer but part of the challenge is to keep moving at a good pace.  Not long after that it wasn’t going to matter anyway.  We were running close to a creek and came upon our first barbed wire challenge.  The wire was low and we had to commando crawl to get through it.  I should mention that we were crawling across rock and mud.  The mud kept making me think of Bill Cosby.  “Whatcha gotta do, ya see is dip the spoon in the pudding”.  This stuff was thick and unlike pudding I had rocks digging into my elbows and knees.   Every once in a while I would smash my balls on a rock sticking up out of the mud.  We got through the 50 foot crawl and were a little bit colder than when we went in.  That’s ok we were still moving and the mud that dried on my skin became insulation

for me.  However, what was stuck to my clothing was still cold.  Not long after it dried we were hitting water again.  Some of my favorite obstacles are 7 and 8 foot walls..  Jump up and pull yourself over.  Before my transformation this might have been pretty difficult.  Not so bad anymore.  The only bad part is the crushed nuts as you flip over the wall.  Between the walls and the barbed wire I think I limped away about 4 times because of the torture my balls.  Maybe next time I will wear a cup.

Other challenges included running across logs, climbing towers, dragging cement blocks attached to chains, carrying sand bags, flipping tires.  One of the toughest obstacles was getting over these raised logs that were 6 feet to 10 feet high.  You could have someone help you get over them.  Unfortunately for us they were wet and as you grabbed onto the you would slide underneath and fall to your death.  I came down and hit hard.  I was already so freaking cold that none of my muscles reacted to my fall.  I came down with a hard thud.  Nice, only 6 more of these.  One of the other guys that was on my team (Brad) launched one of the other guys over a log and he came down head first.  Couldn’t help but laugh.  It was too funny.  I guess one of us on the other side was supposed to catch him.

As we approached the end of the race we came up to another barbed wire section.  This one was about 50 yards.  Being wet and cold was already causing involuntary muscle contractions.  It was so cold that I felt like George Costanza in the Seinfeld episode when Jerry’s girlfriend walks in on George changing.  “There was shrinkage”.   Crawling through the mud, more cold, more rocks in my arms and legs.  It’s getting closer, keep going.  I was basically numb from the cold.  The cold was the hardest part and only added to the challenge.  We got though the barbed wire and finished the race by slamming into the Gladiator at the end of the race.  We decided to dish something out on someone else.

Now for the hard part.  Get our “After” picture taken for Dial.  Fortunately, Curtis the Dial rep was  close to the finish line so we got the picture pretty quickly.  Next we had to wash off and get pictures taken again.  The cold became unbearable.  Standing around soaking ass wet holding a bottle of Dial Speed Body Wash (We did get to keep the Body Wash).  That’s not a smile on my face, I’m freezing and my damn teeth are chattering.

When my mom asked me about it and I told her about the race, she said, “that sounds horrible.  Why would you do that?”  I said, “Horrible? It was amazing, I had a blast.”  This is how I know that I am alive.  Why do I like pain?  I like the challenge. I like the accomplishment.  Your mind will quit before your body does.  How much further can you push your mind?  I’m not quitting and hopefully I will keep my balls intact.  Thanks for the soap.

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Extreme Shake Weight Workout

Once you view this you will realize that it is a joke.  I will have actual workout videos on my blog and hopefully you will learn something. But what is LIFE without humor?

Midwest Super Spartan 2012

In about 5 hours I’ll be running in my first Spartan Race.  Even cooler, I’m running on the Dial For Men Team.  About 6 months ago I ran in my first obstacle race.  It’s amazing what a life changing transformation can do you for you.  It’s not just about changing your body.  My biggest change has been psychological.  I’m not crazy anymore.  Well maybe I am, but my perspectives have changed.  Like I say in other parts of my blog, I can now  S.W.I.M.  I have Self Control, Will Power, Inspiration and Motivation.  If I see something that I want to do because I think it’s fun or because it’s a challenge, I will now go out and do it.  I don’t like being a spectator, I want to participate.  I’ve missed out on to much of life waiting on others to join me or waiting on me to get prepared for something or making an excuse not to do it.


While surfing the internet about a year ago I came across Tough Mudder.  I thought that this looked like a great event.  The first problem with it was that it was 12 miles and I had no intention of running 12 miles.  I started to notice other shorter races that were similar types of races (obstacle races, mud runs, zombie runs).  Many of these were only 5k.  That I could handle.  The most I had ever run before was 8 miles and I did that twice (with no obstacles).  Funny thing is I noticed that 30 plus Facebook friends like Tough Mudder and even some of these other races.  Even funnier, like me, most of them haven’t done the Tough Mudder or even the shorter ones.  But a lot of them have told me that they want to do them. Why like something if you aren’t going to do it?  Naturally, I liked it too.   Maybe some day I would even see what one of these races were like.  If nothing else “LIKE” as many as possible on Facebook.

My first race was early in my transformation and it wasn’t easy.  I tried to find other people who would race with me, but either they had plans or hadn’t trained for it.   I’m not going to say that today’s race will be easy either but these are challenges that are continuing to help form my new life.  For those of you who think they would like to do one of these but are using the “I’m not in shape or I’m not ready” excuse to not do it.  Think again.  Do it at your own pace.  I see a lot of people who do these things for the fun of it and they are not always the fittest people, but they have fun.  If you pick one out several weeks away and start working out now, you can make dramatic changes in 3 to 6 weeks.  If you decide that you like it, the next one can be more of a challenge for you if that is what you want.

Don’t just “Like it” on Facebook, go out and do it.  Don’t wait for someone else to join you.  If they do, great.  Get out and S.W.I.M.

 

Almond Milk

 

Want to make your own Almond Milk?  Try out this recipe and keep the almond pulp so that you can use it for another recipe.

Almond Milk
1 Cup Almonds
4 Cups Distilled Water
2 Tablespoons Raw Honey
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Soak almonds in water overnight.  Just enough water to cover almonds.
Drain water and wash off almonds
Remove skin from almonds.  You can just pinch it off.
Put almonds in blender with 4 cups of water.
Blend until smooth.  It will be a couple minutes.
Place Cheese Cloth over strainer and strainer over bowl.
Empty blender into strainer.
Cheese Cloth will trap almond pulp. (you can use pulp for other things)
Put almond milk into blender
Add Honey, Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon
Blend

Health Benefits


Almonds
Good for brain development (great for kids)
Helps in preventing colon cancer by moving food through the colon
Helps reduce the cause of plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart
Regulates Blood Pressure
Regulates Cholesterol
Helps fight diabetes.  Keeps Blood sugar down
Rich in fiber
Boosts Energy
(Drink a lot of water with almonds)

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

Almond Coconut Honey Chicken

Almond Coconut Honey Chicken
Pre-heat oven to 400
4 Chicken Breasts – Cut them into bite size pieces
4 TBS of Raw Honey
1 TBS of Cinnamon

Take 1 Cup of Almonds blend them in a food processor.
Take 1 Cup of fresh coconut blend it into the almonds
Take chicken put in container and coat with Raw Honey and sprinkle Cinnamon over it. Mix it together to make sure that they are completely covered
Pour Almonds and Coconut over them and shake up.
spread chicken out in a metal tray. Take any left over almonds and coconut from other container and put on top of the chicken.
Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until completely cooked at 400 in oven
Healthy Benefits
Chicken
High in Protein (Builds and repairs Muscle)
Fights Alzheimer’s
Fights Cancer

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

Almonds
Good for brain development (great for kids)
Helps in preventing colon cancer by moving food through the colon
Helps reduce the cause of plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart
Regulates Blood Pressure
Regulates Cholesterol
Helps fight diabetes.  Keeps Blood sugar down
Rich in fibre
Boosts Energy
(Drink a lot of water with almonds)

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

Coconut
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
Promotes Weight Loss
Improves Production of Red Blood Cells
Contains Anti-Viral Properties
Fights Colds and Fevers (Viral)
Boosts Energy

Seared Tuna with Ginger and Mango

Pan seared on the outside and rare on the inside


8oz Yellow Fin Tuna
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1/2 tablespoon Ground Pepper
1/2 A Lemon with no peal
1 Slice of Mango
1 teaspoon Ginger
1 tablespoon Raw Honey

Add Lemon, Mango, Ginger and Honey to food processor
Blend until it is mush

Pre Heat skillet on medium heat
Add Coconut Oil
Season Tuna with Pepper
Place Tuna on Skillet
Flip tuna after 1 Minute
Cook other side for 1 Minute

Remove Tuna and add Mush to the top of it.

Health Benefits

Tuna
High in Protein
Contain Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids
Removes inflammation in the body
Improves Cardiovascular System
Increases Heart Rate Variability
Improves electrical properties of Heart Cells
Lowers Risk of Blood Clots
Improves Cholesterol Profile
Lower Triglycerides (Form in which fat flows through the bloodstream)
Helps Control High Blood Pressure
Reduce Risk of Strokes
Reduce Risk of Childhood Asthma
Reduce Risk of Some Types of Cancer

Mango
Contains Pre-Biotic Dietary Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals
Protects against the following cancers: Colon, Breast, Leukemia, Prostate
Helps control Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
Reduce Risk of Stroke
Improves Red Blood Cell Production

Ginger
Helps treatment for Ovarian Cancer (induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells)
Prevents Colon Cancer
May help Migraine relief
Natural Treatment for Colds and Flu
Effective remedy for Motion Sickness
Effective remedy for Morning Sickness
Contains Anti-Inflammatory properties
Contains Anti-Fungal properties
Relieves Menstrual Cramps

Lemons
High in Vitamin C
Contains Flavonoid which hold antioxidant and anti-cancer properties
Helps Prevent Diabetes
Prevents High Blood Pressure
Fights Colds, Fevers, Constipation
Great for Skin, Hair and Teeth
Helps Remove and prevent Kidney Stones and Gall Stones

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

FAST FOOD: Why I Eat it Everyday and Why it is so Good For Me.

Have you ever tried to catch a chicken or a Bison in an open field?  Ike Taylor CB from the Steelers actually use this to train for football.  His Uncle Herman would release a chicken and Ike would chase it around until he caught it.  So if you don’t think that a chicken is fast, then you might want to ask Ike.  He ran a 4.18 40 yard dash.  That’s fast.

When people ask me about what I eat, typically their initial reaction is, “wow you must have a high food bill” That got me thinking about why I am eating the way that I am and how it is working for me. I was thinking about survival of the fittest. And I thought about where most chicken and meat comes from before it gets to the supermarket. Other than the animals are treated like crap and pretty much tortured, they are in overcrowded conditions and don’t have much room to move around at all. Due to this they can’t develop natural muscle. And if one of them is sick they all end up sick.  Plus there is crap all over the place so that can’t be to healthy.   So they get all kinds of injections to keep them “healthy” (alive for a little while).  If Ike were chasing these chickens, he wouldn’t be running a 4.18 40.

In my case, I pay for free range chicken, Bison (I wouldn’t try chasing a Buffalo around to help increase your speed)  and grass-fed beef. The chicken and cattle that I eat spends most of their lives walking around in open spaces and are able to develop their muscles and lead a happy life until their fateful day.  I actually pick my eggs up from a farm near my house and they have all kinds of animals running all over the place.   


Makes me think that if people want to continue to eat the WEAK , than I can continue to eat the FITTEST. More for me thanks.

 

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