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Ode to Natty Peanut Butter

Ode to Natty Peanut Butter

There is a substance for which I obsess
Its far beyond all the rest

It fights away my hunger pain
To keep away the weight id gain

I’m not even mad it makes me stir

The oily substance that can occur

When I hunger it saves the day
I love to eat it any way

I love to eat it from the jar
I would even eat it at the bar

When my belly cries for something sweet
In rides natty peanut butter to defeat

This buttery magic I truly adore
And like a junkie id do anything to score

Id steal this goodness from the grips of a child
Id even army crawl naked through the wild

This is my ode to you oh glorious natty peanut butter!
Just saying you name makes my taste buds flutter

Ill keep you close during my dieting days
For how much do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

“The time has come the Walrus said…”

Well here we are again my friends!  The beginning of another month.  Life is going fantastic!  I’m feeling great!  The book is coming along…SLOOOWLY, AND I was just given an incredible promotion at work! YAY! I ALSO made it through the Jewish Holiday of Passover without too much of a problem.  For those of you who don’t know, Passover is basically celebrating the Jews being freed from Egypt when they were slaves under Pharaoh.  It’s my most favorite holiday…we. eat. A LOT!  Mom and I were cooking for 5 days before the holiday.  The only catch is we cannot eat anything that has risen in the oven; bread, cookies, cakes and so on.  Any cakes that we have are flourless.  For dinner we have; brisket with carrots and potatoes, chicken, fish, kugels both sweet and savory, Green Beans, white fish, matzos…the list goes on.  We basically make enough for a small country.  AND we have two nights of these dinners!!! SOOO how did I survive?! I knew what we were going to be having at each dinner (we do the first night at my aunts house) so I chose the 2-3 things that I don’t normally get to eat and planned to have a little bit of each and fill in the rest of my meal with proteins like chicken and veg.  I was full…BUT I didn’t want to die.  The good kind of full!

SO!  Here we are now!  I have made the decision to try something a little crazy….HERE IT IS….

I am 18 weeks out from plastic surgery.  Most bodybuilders/competitors start their contest prep 12-16 weeks out from the competition.  See where I’m going with this?!  I decided that I would use this time from now until surgery to treat it like a “dry run” contest prep.  For a few reasons; #1 I want to see what a prep would be like, #2 I want to see how my body responds to a real cut, #3 It gives me more structure in getting ready for surgery.

SO! Here is what my contest prep is going to look like.

– I am almost done with P90X/Insanity Round ONE, and I will be doing another round…BUT it is going to get SUPER insane because I will be doing Insanity in the morning for morning cardio and P90X in the afternoon for my lift.

– This starts May 14th (the 5K is May 12th on Mothers Day, so I need a few days to recover and get all refreshed)

– I am cutting back all the extras in my diet to make it as clean as possible, this will include limiting my sodium intake.  I will be eating at about 1,000 calories a day- 60% Protein, 30% Fat and 10% Carbs.  My body runs better on higher fat, lower carbs.  I get all of my carbs from veg like broccoli and green beans.  This will be interesting because I have been CRAVING bananas lately and while they are great in potassium they are higher in carbs.  BUT…NO ONE SAID THIS WAS GOING TO BE EASY!

– I have been doing a LOT of reading on contest preps and I see what works for others but since I have had DS I am not sure how my body will respond so this will give me a chance to see what works and what doesn’t.

The time has come the Walrus said…TO GET LEAN AND RIPPED!!

– P.S. Updated progress pictures to come!

– P.P.S. I have about 170 pages done in the book.  I am almost done with the writing part of it and will be going back within the next week or so to do the cutting, editing and adding.  SLOWLY BUT STEADILY!!

Everyone is an expert right??

When it comes to fitness, dieting and nutrition suddenly everyone is an expert.  I never realized there were so many specialists out there (well self proclaimed ones anyway)  I mean when I was training in Krav Maga no one had anything to say other that….”What is that?!”  BUT!  When it comes to health and fitness suddenly everyone is Jillian Michaels!

Here’s the way I see it.  We have ALL been on a diet…we have ALL lost a few pounds on a crash course diet that we thought was a miracle and where did those pounds go a few months later?  Right back on our ass where they came from (guys probably on your baby belly right?).  We ALL have access to the internet…we ALL have the answers to our questions.  All of the information we need is NOT complicated…we just refuse to get it through our thick skull that that is what we need to do.

I do my own thing every single day.  I have done HOURS upon HOURS of reasearch to find the answers to my questions.  I have tried HUNDREDS of different things, adding, removing, adding a little back to find a balance of what works for ME.  I do not offer any advice that is not asked for and the only advice I can give is what I personally have experienced.

While I appreciate people giving their advice and making comments about what other people eat, how other people train and why they are doing it “wrong”.  I ALWAYS have to bite my tongue to ask what makes them such an expert.  What works for me isn’t what will work for you.  We ALL have to use the tools we have RESEARCHED and spent time to figure out WHY it is worth trying and make a conscious effort to make it a part of out lifestyle.  If it does not work… then try something different.

EXAMPLE-

IF- Intermittent Fasting…This is a concept that has become more and more popular over the past few months.  There have been articles about it in Fitness magazines and Bodybuilding websites.  This is a concept that in a nutshell; the person has a large window where they fast and then has a window where they need to get their daily calories in (usually 1-2 big meals in a few hours).  Well it works for a lot of people and many of them have been successful.  Is this the ONLY way to lose weight and diet? NO

Crazy Cardio- While I give props to those folks who can run 52 miles every single day and then do abs and are happy with their physique when they train that way.  Is it the ONLY way to train your body?  NO

While I go through this journey of continuing my weight loss and fat burning and muscle building I READ EVERYTHING.  I have to sift through the information that I think is bull crap and bank the information I think is useful.  If I think it is something I want to try then I do…if not…then I don’t.  But there isn’t ONE right way to do things…there aren’t a list of CORRECT answers to all of the questions.  That’s what makes this industry to fascinating is that the answers are all up to you.  Then YOU are living proof of what research, hard work and dedication is.  THAT is the answer to every single question…TRY IT.  DO IT.  BE THE ANSWER.

 

HAPPY APRIL 2nd EVERYONE!!!