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Supplements Can Be Overrated

It’s hard to not get sucked into the world of supplements in this day and age. Every day there’s a new wonder drug extolling its virtues and professing how efficient it is at burning fat or increasing muscle mass. There is so much marketing speak on supplements now that even a trip to the local GNC or health food store will make you dizzy reading labels.

In all honesty, the average person looking to lose weight or increase muscle mass doesn’t need supplementation (aside from a daily vitamin maybe). Earning a science degree (or doing enough research to get an honorary one) to understand what supplements are the best for what purpose and which product has the correct mix for your body isn’t worth it.
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Progress Update

It’s been a while since my last progress update (a really long while) so I think it’s about time for a new one. “That’s all well and good” you say, “but how do we know if you’re doing good or falling behind?” Great question, here’s my answer.
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Prioritizing Goals

Last week I wrote about being aware of and planning for your future. Of course, knowing what to do doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to do it. There is so much to think about when you suggest something vague like “plan for your future.” Writing that phrase makes me break out in a cold sweat, grab a pint of ice cream, and sit in the dark watching YouTube videos for the rest of my life.

Take a breath, it doesn’t have to be that scary.
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The Future Is Now

Recently I’ve been reading/listening to Tony Robbins and a common theme has presented itself. What caught me off guard was when I noticed my friend Scrivs talking and writing about it as well. Being present in life is parroted about often in phrases like “Live for today” and “Carpe diem.” All of these sayings are great and it is important to live your life as it happens. Concentrating too much on today can have an adverse affect on tomorrow.

This is the point Tony and Scrivs have been bringing up. Not spending enough time thinking about your future self and how the actions of today affects it will come around to bite you in the ass.
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The Race Begins With Stretching

Happy New Year! My name is Paul Scrivens and I’m the unhealthier me guy. I want to be healthier and I want to share my results with you so I think I’ll be writing on this site. Don’t tell the guy who runs it though, we will keep this between us.

Today is the day you completely turn it all around. I’m right there with you. Today I begin my trek to getting a six pack, eating healthier, becoming more fit, and overall being happy with myself. I’m going to go hard from day one.

I’m sure you have the same mentality. You might’ve thought the exact same thing last new years as well and yet you didn’t quite make it. What happened? Sometimes we let the excitement of a new start get the better of us. The swell of emotion provides us with enough motivation to start making changes, but usually those changes don’t last.

Why?

Well I’m not here to speak for you, but I’ll explain why this usually ends in failure for me. Let’s say that I’ve decided I am going to run a 4-minute mile today. Assume I haven’t run for 5 years. Should I just jump out of bed, put my shoes on, and start sprinting? Of course not!

I need to guide myself into things. I need to stretch. I need to actual train my body to remember what it feels like to run a mile. I might not hit that 4-minute mile till December, but the first steps to getting there will begin today.

Because I’ve decided to eat healthy it would be silly for me to just try and cut out everything that is bad for me right off the bat. That would mean getting rid of:

  • Sweets
  • Sodas
  • Bad carbs

And whatever else I am missing. Instead I am going to start with one thing at a time so let’s go with no candy. After a couple of days of no candy I’ll move on to no soda. Just knocking those two things out alone will almost knock my processed sugar consumption to zero. That’s huge!

Along the way I’ll start to work on healthier meals. That means I can’t eat pizza and hamburgers for every meal. Instead I’ll be experimenting with different healthy meals to see what I like and what will stick. Too often people vow to eat healthier and go straight to eating 14 salads a day until they get tired of salads and then plow themselves into a bowl of hamburger spaghetti tacos.

No let’s be sensible about all of this. I will ease myself into the healthier me for this year. I have my goals and I will get to them eventually, I just know it won’t be tomorrow.

It’s great to be motivated and want to improve, but also be a little bit realistic about what it will take to get there. Here is to 2015. Let’s start it out simple and finish it off strong!

Effective Training

Today I’m writing about a subject that usually makes me a bit hot under the collar. In fact, when it invariably does come up I need to take a couple seconds to cool down before responding. Martin Berkhan calls it “Fuckarounditis” and the term kind of caught on (a quick Google search shows Facebook fan pages and Twitter accounts dedicated to the term). Martin explains it as:

Fuckarounditis is a behavioral disorder characterized by a mediocre physique and complete lack of progress, despite significant amounts of time spent in the gym.

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Get the Right Workout Mindset

Right now the San Francisco Bay area is about to experience a major storm. It’s been hyped and built up for the past week as the largest we’ve seen in a very long time and it is expected that there will be more rain in two hours tomorrow than there has been in the past couple years.

Yes, you read that correctly.

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Preparing for the Holidays

The holiday season is a fascinating thing to me. I grew up in Canada where Thanksgiving is celebrated in October. So there was a definite separation between that and Christmas season. Since I moved to the US I’ve noticed the holidays are a much different creature here. And it all starts with Thanksgiving.

I see Thanksgiving in the US is a gateway drug. It’s a taste of what’s to come over the next several weeks. Depending how you handle it, Thanksgiving is the start of a slow motion derailment of the fitness train you’ve kept on track for who knows how long (well, at least since January).

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Women and Weight Lifting

Listen up ladies, I’ve got a bone to pick with you. This insane habit you all have of thinking that the only way to be healthy and get that bikini body is doing hours of cardio and eating salads is just that, insane. As my grandpa used to tell me, there’s the smart way to do things and there’s the way you’re doing it (implying my way was the wrong way, which it usually was).

The smart way to getting more toned is by eating right (meaning watching your macros and eating more protein) and lifting weights. Usually a few mental hurdles need to be overcome before the smart way becomes your way.

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Quest Sandwich Cookie Review

It’s no surprise I’m a huge fan of Quest Protein bars. They’re a great protein hit and the number of flavors available makes it easy to find a bar you’ll love.

Recently Quest has been promoting the hashtag #cheatclean in an effort to raise awareness for their recipe site. All the recipes are high protein, low net carb dishes made using Quest Nutrition products.

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