Friday, January 13, 2012

Backward meals.

Today was a late morning for me, so I decided to do my normal late morning pick me up meal. What might that you be you ask? Well, for today it's left over pizza hut, to be specific, sausage, bacon, and more sausage pizza. It is stinkin' delicious too! I don't know how many you out there in the blogging world eat dinner for breakfast, but I personally love the habit.

Some of my favorite breakfast meals are:

  • Left over pizza
  • Steak
  • Pot Roast
  • Fried Chicken
I don't know what it is, but I just feel like dinner meals, were really meant for breakfast. I also enjoy breakfast for dinner, and have been known for having bacon, pancakes, waffles, or scrambled eggs for my evening meal. It might just be a quirk in myself, or is it might just be the nutritional differences between what the meals normally offer. Either way, it is great.

What are some of your favorite meals, that don't fit the time of the day? Comment below and let me know, I'd love to have more suggestions!

Expect a bigger post later today as well!


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Deck of Cards Workout

Hey all, I just thought I'd share with you one of my favorite workouts.

It's known as the Deck of Cards workout, and it's a killer.

It works as following, and all you need is a deck of cards!

1) Pick 2-5 exercises, some personal favorites of mine are push ups, squats, lunges, sit ups, planks. But you can choose whatever you want to work out.

2) Assign each workout to a suit.

3) Mix up the deck of cards thoroughly

4) Start a timer, and then proceed to flip through the deck. Whatever suit it is, that is what exercise you do, and the amount of the exercise. Face cards are 10, and Aces are 11.

5) As an extra to it, add in two jokers, and whenever they come up do an isometric movement, or a max out. An example would be a max hold out plank, or as many push ups as you can do consecutively.

The allure and challenge to this workout is to get through it as quick as possible, and for every time you do it, to do it faster. You aren't competing against anyone but yourself! The other bonus to it is that it's never the same in the workload. You might get all your push ups at once one time through, and the next time they could be evenly spaced out, or even all pop out at the end! It keeps you on your toes and is sure to help get you in shape.

I just did this the other day with squats and back bends, and my legs still are hurting when I walk, and its been two days now!

Try it out and let me know what you think by commenting below!

A Fitness Related Bet

I wouldn't say I'm a betting man in most cases, but I decided to take on a bet the other day for the sake of a friend. I also wouldn't say I'm anything special. I weigh about 190 lbs and have a pretty slim build, but all in all I'm in pretty good shape.

Let me ask you a question, could you stop reading right now and do twenty consecutive push ups? How about five pull ups? You would be surprised at how few people can do this, and I can at least say with a smirk on my face that I can accomplish that task. People these days are just not that fit, and with our sedentary lifestyles it is not getting any better.

Flash forward: I have a good friend by the name of Travis, who has it in his mind to get in shape. Over the next six months I will more or less be his personal trainer, and my goal is to get him to lose about thirty pounds (He weights about 230 right now), and have him in the best shape of his life. This will all culminate in an event known as a "Warrior Dash" where he will run a 5k, and if all goes well, place high in his age bracket. I also may have bet that I can get Travis a six pack. That one might be a little more work.......

Alas, if you are interested in following updates about Travis's progress, then look for the Label Fitness-Travis, and you will find quite a few posts in the coming weeks/months about his progress, along with a time lapse photo project I've been wanting to do for awhile to show his transformation. It should be fun.

As of right now Travis can not do more than seven consecutive push ups, and could not complete one full pull up.

We begin training next week on Wednesday, and as prep he is doing four sets of five push ups every morning this week, with a minute break in between. But for anyone reading this, if you can start your morning even with this, you are on your way to a healthier lifestyle and you will feel great too.

See you in the coming days, and feel free to comment with your own fitness related goals for 2012.


A beginning to all things.

Like any good story, one needs to have a beginning to it, and this is the beginning to mine. It is nothing special, nor extraordinary, but is just an ordinary beginning as most stories start out. It will be in the fullness of time that something great comes out of this, and I cannot do anything but anxiously await that day.

You can expect a few things from this blog....

1.) I like to cook, and I like to eat, and I most assuredly will be sharing stories of food, and food creation, along with steps to do such.

2.) I like to build things, some legal, some not so legal (Squirtgun flamethrower anyone?)

3.) I like to write stories, and I've been working on a video game idea for quite a while now, I will expound upon that greatly here, and use this as a way to have it written in a more concrete fashion.

4.) I like to exercise, and do parkour. I have currently taken on the assignment of training a buddy of mine and getting him in shape for a Warriordash, it will be quite the ride but I plan on doing a time lapse video of him to show his progress, that will be great fun as well!

5.) Much much more.

Anyway, this is just the beginning, and I will try to make it something grand, but only time will tell how good it will be, but for now I'll work on a more serious blog post.