So after a long year with lots of meditating and thinking I finally decided to continue with this blog, a year to the day. I’ve realigned and mentally cleansed myself to continue pursuing this. Big changes are coming and I’m excited!
After some long inner battles I decided to close the site down temporarily.. It may or may not be back, I don’t know. I just need to focus my attention on other things at the moment and realign myself to get my mind right and really tackle this weight problem I have.. In the meantime, enjoy the song.
We all remember the 5am swim sessions, the exhausting workouts, the constant consumption of bananas due to the potassium and all those who are no longer involved in competitive swimming miss it. Being a swimmer in high school I still feel a rush for anything swimming related. I’ve been really motivated lately and came across this video that took my motivation to the next level! A great video to jazz you up to take back control!
Its been a long time since I posted any sort of recipe on the blog. I’ve been on this epic Kale kick lately and have really enjoyed the snack. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. It is high in iron, vitamin K, antioxidants, and many other beneficial nutrients. The benefits of kale and pretty endless. The following reciept is very easy to make and tastes delicious. All you need are the following:
- Kale (sold as a bag at Walmart as leaves with most of the stalk already removed)
- Cookie Sheet
- Olive Oil
- Seasoning (Salt, pepper, etc..)
Below you’ll find instructions with pictures on how to make this snack. Modify it as you see fit but most of all enjoy!
Had to bring back an old post for The Oak. Today is the birthday of the GREATEST BODY BUILDER EVER! Arnold Schwarzenegger! Happy Birthday!
Many movies are still coming from the greatest action star in the history of cinema!
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Today is July 30th and the birthday of the greatest bodybuilder the world has ever seen. Of course its none other than the great Arnold Schwarzenegger! Arnold turns a bright a chipper 66 yrs young and has all but wrapped up his movie career but in exactly 2 weeks you can see him once again on the big screen but this time hes not alone! For the first time ever the three most bad ass action stars from the 80′s and 90′s are together! Bruce Willis, Sylvestor Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger!
New Update. His Best Quotes!
Although his appearance has changed we will still remember him as the muscled Austrian with an attitude and charisma to boot that landed him victories in countless bodybuilding competitions. Here is a small Gallery I put together of some of his most memorable photos.
As mentioned in a previous post about plantar fasciitis I have had some nagging foot and ankle pains ever since Tough Mudder back in October 2012. Fortunately recently came across a product called The JWedge I thought I should give it a try since I havent had any luck with other forms of exercises to relieve my pain. I was skeptical at first of course since nothing seemed to work but I was very surprised that after day one I noticed a decrease in aggravation and pain.
Developed and made in America this wedge was designed by an avid runner and a physical therapist so you know its gotta be worth a try. With a few daily stretches on a flat surface you should see those nagging foot pains slowly going away. I do like this product and will continue to use it if the need to relieve my pains arises. Here are a few shots of the product and one of me using it. I had to use a door as I dont seem to have a flat wall to floor spot anywhere (damn floor molding LOL)
Keep your feet strong!
So I decided that the current model and direction of the site wasnt what I really intended so as of now its currently being ‘rebuilt’ and revamped to something a bit different. Its not going to be what I had originally planned but something new and a bit more fresh. More informative, more content, more everything. It will take some time but I will still be updating the site every so often.
Just for shits and giggles, for those who actually view my site (not many of you but some) what would you like to see? I’d like to get some input and maybe implement your suggestions. Thanks all
So I’ve been reading up lately on something called The Paleo Diet or sometimes known as The Caveman diet. Some people believe it refers to what our ‘ancestors’ or cavemen ate during the dawn of life on earth. Whatever beliefs you have thats fine but if you look at the jist of it its simple. Eat foods that are in their most natural state. Ok, I know that grilling a chicken is no longer in its natural state but then again eating chicken raw is pretty bad for your health. No, what this means is that you consume the foods without the use of preservatives, additional sugars, nitrates, hormones, etc.. Basically if the animal is wild and the food is wild eat it! Some call it a fad or a unsustainable but if you take a look at what you can eat its pretty amazing.
You can have things like chicken, eggs, beef, pork, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, berries, etc.. are all great sources of food and energy for your body. The secret which is no secret at all is that you do not add the ‘artificial elements’ that take it out of its natural state. Adding sugar, or dairy (dairy is a big no no in Paleo) add an element that some nutritionists say is not sustainable for your body. Those ingredients are not needed and your body will thank you once it starts burning off that excess fat revealing the real you.
Paleo has also become almost synonymous with Crossfit. Many top crossfit athletes follow a strict Paleo that is used to fuel their performance The person who first introduced me was my old Crossfit trainer Laura Dowdey from Crossfit Copperfield. She swears by it and it shows. Many of her students partake in Paleo and they do find that it serves the purpose of leaning out your body and providing the energy needed to perform.
I’ll be making my first Paleo conscience meal today for lunch. The recipe below was taken from http://agymlife.com/butternut-squash-soup/
I’m hoping the flavor of the butternut squash in itself is satisfying as I really only had it doused in butter and brown sugar.
- 1 Peeled/chopped butternut squash (frozen works well)
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 2 TBSP coconut oil (or other Paleo-friendly oil)
- 1 TSP cinnamon
- 1/2 TSP nutmeg
- 1 TSP sea salt
- Saute Onion in large pot
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
- Add squash to pot and pour in stock
- Boil squash until tender
- Puree soup until smooth
- Garnish options: Fresh herbs, green onions, nuts/seeds, Olive oil
The meal itself looks divine and probably tastes amazing. We’ll see tomorrow!
So in a nutshell (almonds are great for you too!) eating better is actually pretty simple. There are many exceptions to Paleo so research and see if this is something that you and your family could do. Paleo can be summed up in a single phrase; “If man made it don’t eat it”
So its been 14 days into the year 2013 and many of us/you/folks, etc.. have started to fail at your New Years Resolutions. Don’t sweat it because you haven’t sweat in atleast 14 days so why start now. But seriously its never too late to start so if you have started and failed start again.. however! Try something different since your previous resolution was obviously not working. Instead of saying “I want to lose 65 lbs” try “I will give up sodas for 3 months” or “I wont eat carbs past 6pm” etc.. If you start making easier resolutions its more likely that you will achieve success.
So I challenge you to make a list of 5 things you want to accomplish within the next 3 months, and be realistic. Seeing as this is a fitness related blog my goals are fitness related. Here is my list that I compiled, whats yours?
- Lose 20 lbs
- Do not drink any regular sodas
- Take a multi vitamin every day for a month
- Be able to run 2 miles without rest
- Avoid fast food
So far so good and on the regular sodas LOL. It will take some time but its not unrealistic and can easily be done. Just put some effort into it. So do it and kick ass!
For those who know me I’m perhaps the biggest Arnold Schwarzenegger fan around and have seen just about every one of his movies. I quote his movies daily with friends and family and pretty much idolize his ascension in the bodybuilding world as well as movies and politics. Success runs synonymous with the name Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Now that his career in politics appears to be over he can focus on what made him a house hold name, movies! Many rumors have been swirling about that Arnold is planning on reprising his role in several movies which he does not do too often sans a few such as Terminator 2, Terminator 3, The Expendables and Conan. However the rumors that I mentioned look to have him reprising his role again in Terminator 5, another Conan, a possible True Lies sequel and recently announced TWINS sequel called Triplets.
I can honestly say that I am more than thrilled to hear the news of these sequels, especially True Lies and Conan. The Triplets movie is not really something I’m too interested in since I was not thrilled with the first one anyways. Terminator does not surprise me since he sort of made a digital cameo in T4 as the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 or T-800 so its only natural to assume he will have some sort of appearance in Terminator 5, perhaps as a real person who the terminator is based off of, that would be interesting.
True Lies 2 has been talked about as soon as the first was released back in 1994. James Cameron, the director of True Lies, has expressed disinterest in sequels earlier in his career but according to recent news his focus lies with 2 sequels to Avatar. Afterwards he plans on devoting time to True Lies and possibly a Terminator sequel, which will be both highly anticipated and definite box office successes.
The movie that we are most likely to see first aside from Triplets (I’m on the fence about it) is a third Conan movie. The synopsis could be about an aging Conan who is now King and is at the end of his reign. He wants to go all out in one last battle, for glory! I think the idea is great and do like the idea of an older Conan reigning supreme and having an itch for one last battle. I guess you can say its similar to the last Rocky Balboa film that shows Rocky not 100% satisfied with his boxing career and needs one last final/farewell fight to close the book on his life. I see this as a success or maybe I’m being biased, either way I think Conan still has some life left.
I hope Arnold continues making movies well into his 70′s. He can still be a top box office action hero as long as it remains believable. I will remain his biggest fan even when he is long gone. There is no one like Arnold Schwarzenegger