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Mike Stickel

Lifter of heavy things, diy–er, and doggie daddy.

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Important First Steps When Losing Weight

When you start the process of losing weight it’s quite easy to get discouraged quickly; the unfortunate side effect of perception and reality. Your perception is that no matter what you do it isn’t working because you can’t see anything different about yourself. From a young age we’re all taught that seeing is believing. So, if visible changes don’t happen in the first couple weeks our minds start playing tricks on us.

It doesn’t matter what the reality is, what is staring back at you in the mirror is your reality. This is the most dangerous time of any weight loss program because you won’t register any significant changes to your body for several weeks after starting. How do you get through this hurdle and make sure you stay the course?

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Find Your Workout Sweetspot

For some reason there seems to be this mentality amongst people getting started on a weight loss journey that they have to choose where they’re going to work out. For some it’s even the barrier to entry and, in their words, the one thing holding them back.

To a degree I can understand where they are coming from. Having a special place set aside for working out can mean a lot. It’s almost cathartic. Once that place is set it gets easier, in their mind. All they need to do is go to that place and the magic happens.

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How much protein is too much?

Lately I’ve been writing a lot about protein. The other day a few friends and I were chatting and I mentioned how hard it was to eat a meal with 170+ grams of protein in it (I hadn’t had too much protein throughout the day and needed to pack it all in at dinner). This brought up the question of whether or not the body can handle that much protein at once.

I remembered reading or hearing something about optimal protein amounts per meal a while back but couldn’t recall exactly what the suggestion was. It turns out there are a bunch of really smart people who’ve looked into this topic already. I’ll do my best to break it down for you.

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6 Protein Packed Snacks

A while back I wrote about taming your appetite. One of the tips I mentioned in that article was to pile on the protein. There are several benefits to doing this, arguably the most important being protein’s satiety (protein is very filling). Filling up on protein leaves little room for overeating and keeps you on track.

There are a lot of great sources of protein available for all types of dietary considerations when it comes to cooking a meal. It’s a little harder to grab the protein snacks mid-morning or mid-afternoon when all you want is the sweet, sweet taste of a gummy bear or salty crunch of a potato chip though.

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How to Exercise with Injuries

Occasionally, injuries happen. Sometimes they happen because of exercising other times it’s unrelated. Regardless, it effects how we can perform in the gym. The decision you need to make is whether you’ll let it derail you or not.

It is possible to continue exercising with an injury. The key point about doing so is being smart about it. You don’t want to keep doing what you were doing before, especially if it involves heavy workouts that will only serve to aggravate your injury.

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