Monthly Archives: June 2007

Welcome to My Pain Cave

Daniel destroyed us this morning at boot camp.

It didn’t help that I pulled a rookie move and showed up to the workout without having any sort of snack beforehand. Usually it’s just half an apple or a handful of blueberries – it doesn’t seem like it should make that much difference, but it does.

I got a brutal reminder of that this morning as I suffered the wrath of a Week 4 Thursday muscle-burner.

Fifteen minutes in I was holding a push-up plank, dripping a near-steady stream of sweat onto my mat and seriously beginning to wonder if I was going to make it. Daniel’s voice reached me through the ether of my suffering: “I know you don’t think you’re going to make it but you are. I know you are.”

He wasn’t talking to me. He was talking to everyone. In fact, he was on the other side of the court when he said it but it came through loud and clear. I tightened my abs, gritted my teeth, and started counting the drops that were falling off the tip of my nose.

I went into my pain cave.

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The QuickStart Guide to Eating: Better Nutrition in 217 words

Don’t have time to deal with all the crap I wrote in “The Super Basic Five Steps You Can Take to Begin to Eat Smarter“?

No problem.

I boiled it down into three handy-dandy guidelines to give anyone a jumpstart on improving their nutrition.

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I Am the Legs.

I play competitive womens softball tournaments with the most talented team that I have ever been lucky enough to be a part of. Almost all of the women on my team are former All-Americans, some of them several times over. They have won national championships together, traveled across the country together, and spent long, hot summers suffering through broken fingers, torn up legs, and 14-inning-nail-biters.

The team has been together, in some form, for twenty-some-odd years. And throughout those years the same coach has steered them to victory over and over and over again. He’s a short, round man with black-framed glasses, a sharp wit, a little hat that says, “Find a Way”, and a mind that memorizes every softball game he sees down to every inning, every pitch, and every crack of the bat.

Seriously.

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How to Blast Fat Off Your Body in Record Time

Fitness can be about a lot of things. It can be about creating a feeling and experience of wellness and establishing healthy patterns and habits in your life. It can be about creating a strong body so that we are better prepared to weather the unpredictable ailments and challenges that may come our way. It can be about performance – about pushing our limits and stretching our concept of what we are capable of doing.

It can be all those things and more – and we’ll do well to keep the big picture in mind.

Sometimes, however, it just comes down to the question that I get asked so many times:

How do I get this fat off my body and keep it off?

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The Perfect Protein Shake: Why Jay Robb is My New Personal Hero

(The true story of how I found my new favorite, totally killer protein powder.)

I drink protein shakes. Lots of them. I need them. I love them. In a five or six-meal-per-day nutrition plan, they’re essential for a quick and easy way to get a lot of high quality protein fast, without a lot of effort.

Because I’m trying to get extremely lean right now, I also am interested in keeping my calories for the day on the low side (1500-1800). This means that I can’t afford to be chuggin’ away on a protein drink that is 300-350 calories. I prefer to get the bulk of my calories from real, whole foods.

When I first started doing protein shakes I used MyoPlex Lite, ala the Body For Life program. At 180 calories, 25 grams of protein, 19 carbohydrates, and 1.5g of fat, they put up some decent numbers. However, I found them to be a little too thick, particularly when made with nonfat milk. I drank them religiously but never truly enjoyed them.

About 2 months ago my friend and former co-worker, Beefcake (bodybuilder, former trainer, all-around-fitness nut), told me about a new line of products from BSN called Lean Dessert. First of all, can you say marketing!? The flavors are all named after desserts like, “Banana Creme Pie”, “Chocolate Fudge Brownie”, and “Fresh Cinammon Roll”.

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More Top Ten Foods! Wa Hooo!

I couldn’t help but post this.

A little while ago Tom Venuto posted a few top ten lists and they are excellent. Seeing as how my Top Ten Super Foods post was so popular, I figured I’d share his as well. They’re listed here but you should really, really, really go check out his blog and then go read the entire site. Seriously – talk about a wealth of information! He is Smart Man with Big Muscles! Listen good, ya hear!?

Top Tens A la Tom Venuto:

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Sleep Station: Ten Tips for Getting Better WinkEye

I’m big on sleep.

Earlier this year when I was still spinning marketing cogs for a software company in town, I went through a two and a half month period of really, really crappy sleep. We were preparing to launch a huge new product and the to-do list that was in front of us was inconceivably long. Some sketchy planning and last minute changes (to the product and our marketing plan) had put us in a real crunch.

Those kind of curve balls are par for the course but it was definitely go time.

I am a “go time” person so I get sucked right into shit like that. I wanted the launch to be a huge success, I wanted us to knock it out of the park… I threw my back into it.

Even when I did get home in time to get a decent night’s sleep, I was so amped up from all the stress and energy at work that it took me hours to wind down. Nothing worked. Not teas, baths, melatonin, valerian, poppy flower, relaxing eye covers… nothing. I actually started chugging Nyquil at one point. (Nyquil did work but made for a brutal morning and, um, chugging Nyquil is probably not a practice one should engage in regularly).

To make matters worse, we were sleeping on a crappy old mattress that had seen it’s days. That all ended one morning when, after getting virtually no sleep at all, I had a mental break. I sat down at my desk at work, ignored the pile of tasks that were stacked in front of me, and called the friendly folks at Sleep by Number. Fifteen minutes and $3,300 later a sleep number bed was en route to our house. I called Sal to let him know, hung up the phone, and got down to work.

All this to say: there are a lot of tips and tricks that you can do to make sure that you get a better night’s sleep but nothing is as important as getting a better grip on what’s going on in your life, finding ways to reduce your stress levels, and sleeping on a good mattress.

With that on the table I give you Ten Tips for Getting Better WinkEye!

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