On April 11th, my good friend Mike called me up and told me that he won an all-inclusive vacation to Cancun through his company for top sales, and his girlfriend used up all her vacation days earlier in the year so he wanted somebody fun to go party with him. It was a hard decision, okay not really..obviously I said HELL YA!
Later that evening after my workout I took my shirt off, looked in the mirror and realized that if I went on vacation today, I personally wouldn’t be happy with the way I looked. So I grabbed my iPhone and took my “BEFORE” shot on the left. For the next few days I would look at that picture and look at myself from my competition days and get hungry to get into the best shape of my life again. Not that I would say my before picture is humiliating because I stay relatively lean throughout the year, but my training and diet weren’t as intense or serious as I knew it should be to get into “Beach body shape.” I was simply in maintenance mode during that time.
Below pic April 11th 2012 to June 2nd 2012
I know Mothers day was just yesterday, but if there was 2, or even 100 day’s to celebrate the Mothers of this world I wouldn’t even complain. Heck she’s put up with me for this many years! I can’t thank my Mom enough for what she’s given me. My Mom’s the one lady who really put up with all my crazy diets and competitions throughout the years and hasn’t told me to F’ Off when I get moody from dieting, not to mention all my crazy antics.
If you’ve ever done a bodybuilding or fitness show, had to cut weight for a sport or have lived with somebody who has done one of the following, you can more than likely understand how difficult it can be to live with that person.
I spent the weekend with my family and girlfriend, and they were really helpful in keeping me on track with my diet by helping keep the foods to cater to my paleo lifestyle and stay on track for my fitness photo shoot. My Mom lost 24 lbs in 2 months following a paleo-type diet without really ever knowing the finer details of what the paleo diet is. Below is a quick snapshot of some of the foods we made this weekend.
My co workers and many circles of friends live for the weekend. I truly do love them and love to be around them, but I made a promise to myself that for the rest of 2012 that I’d cut drinking alcohol to once a week.
One of the reasons I plan on doing this is because I’ll be going on a vacation to the Bahamas in June for a few days, and in between that time I’ll be doing a fitness photo shoot for my site. I want to make sure that I’m in great shape for this shoot so I decided I’ll be staying away from alcohol until then.
My good friend and amazing yoga instructor Ms. Victoria Chin came into the office to help with a put together my Office Yoga video series. Victoria and I will be going over some office friendly yoga stretches and moves to keep you from long term aches and pains.
For the first installment of our office yoga videos I wanted to start with desk setup and proper posture. The human body wasn’t designed to sit down all day, but most of you spend it day on your butts.
Take a look at the video and follow these 3 simple tips when you’re in front of the computer:
After a workout you want to be replenished. If I’m having a low carb day I crave sugar or some sort of sweets. Usually, I’ll have a scoop of almond butter or a protein shake to satisfy that craving and it does the trick. This time though, I wanted something with a bit more substance so I gave this new recipe a try. I took this recipe out of Jamie Olivers cookbook and substituted the chocolate for a protein bar.
Monday’s don’t typically depress me like most of my co workers. I’ve learned to accept Mondays as another opportunity to perform better at my workplace and at the gym than I have in the previous weeks. This Monday, I’ve marked off on my calendar for a few weeks as I’ll be a guest in attendance at the Oprah Life class in Toronto. With special guests Tony Robbins, Iyvana Vanzant, Bishop TD Jakes, and Deepak Chopra.
It’s common in the morning to wake up late and not have time to prepare your meals for the day just so you can make it to the office in time. Sometimes you’re running so behind you can barely get a coffee in the morning! Here’s a remedy to get your caffeine fix along with your much needed protein for muscle repair.
I like to keep a bag of protein powder at my office or in my gym bag close by, as some days I ‘m running from meetings to meetings I may miss having a meal or not eat at all. I took a snapshot for you of what I keep in my office cupboard to prepare for busy days. 2 unopened boxes of almond milk, a bottle of almond peanut butter, agave syrup and bag of protein powder.
As a working professional my biggest issue with getting in shape is the time spent preparing meals. As ironic as this sounds, I love to cook but I prefer to spend as little time possible in the kitchen to enjoy the other things in life.
Every morning I rush out of the house like most working world junkies to make it to my desk in time.
The problem with leaving the house in a rush is you may not have time to prepare your meals.
Here’s a simple recipe I made this morning in a matter of minutes that I’d like to share with you. (I’ll be posting a video soon to show you this meal in real time)