The Weekend – A Look Back on the Journey

This weekend was a bit of a last hoorah before getting into full nutrition mode but I’m ready to start this third week of getting back into shape! The first week of getting back into a regiment was just about getting through the initial pain of working out. Massive micro-tearing of all of the muscle fibers in your body is never fun but its an unfortunate by-product of successful muscle growth. Everything hurts and you just want it to stop. I made it through about 4 days with extra workouts before I needed to recover and increase my mobility. My foam roller was my best friend (and still is – sorry babe!). The second week was about hitting all of the workouts and putting in some additional work just because its getting easier to move. My nutrition was decent all week and then Friday afternoon the weekend was upon me. The time when all of my schoolwork procrastination culminates into hours of sitting on my rump in front of the computer to complete my week’s worth of papers. And what comes along with sitting in front of anything for hours? You guessed it, “procrastination-induced anxiety!”

When I was at USC I had a teacher who proposed an effective way to write papers for those suffering writer’s block, or performance anxiety. I am not going to run through the entire story, however I will tell you that it involved at least a few days of drinking adult beverages to help unlock the creative process. I fully tested this theory for the rest of my undergraduate career and believe me, my A average while later getting my MBA was made way more tolerable with red wine and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Thank you Professor! Now I understand why many of the world’s most celebrated writer’s indulged in the wiles of fermented and distilled libations. Unfortunately it does little to help with personal fitness, hence my blow up to 230 pounds after graduating from grad school and one of the reasons I gave up alcohol when I made the decision to lose weight and get healthy again.

One of the things I that seems to derail people when they are getting back into a workout regiment and nutrition plan is that they try to do everything at once. Remember that as is true in nature is also true in our lives – application of force is met with an equal and opposing force – meaning, if you try and do it all at once its going to be way more difficult. There is a reason why cars don’t go from 0 to 60 instantaneously, one of them being, our bodies aren’t made to accelerate that fast. I took the route of shocking my system into submission with the goal of a complete transformation. Fortunately for me I had the opportunity to sequester myself from almost everyone for about 3 months and focus on my nutrition and workouts while I completed P90X. My results were life changing and for that I am forever grateful. However, that model does not work for the majority of people out there who struggle everyday to just get a couple moments to themselves to take a breath…..work, kids, school, kids, 2nd job, kids, social media, kids. I get it. I realize that this disconnect between my health and fitness journey and those people who really “don’t have the time” to workout. Over the last couple of years I now identify with not having the time to get it all done and its rough. It just that I know if I somehow carved out a little time for myself everyday, that I will have so much more energy to do everything that needs to get done and still have something left in the tank for me. This time, I am coming at getting back in shape with a different perspective.  Less shocking and more phasing. Stepping on the gas a little more each week and building that foundation slowly to ensure a greater chance at success. Here are the last two days of Week 2 – remember “no judgement zone”:

Focus T25 Day 13 and 14 – Alpha Phase

Saturday:
Morning Weigh-in: None taken
Breakfast at noon: AcidCheck Caplets and Cafe Latte Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich
Workout: Cycling 28 Miles, added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout – Beachbody Performance Recover
Dinner: Ramen with Pork and Spinach, 1/2 Kamisama Roll (Sushi), and 2 IPAs (for their inflammatory effect)
Snack – Popcorn and 4 IPAs (lots of homework – 2 papers)

Sunday:
Morning Weigh-in: None taken
Breakfast: Water and Coffee
Lunch: 1/2 Turkey Sandwich, Pasta Salad, Garden Salad
Workout: Baby Shower
Snack: 2 IPAs (finished homework 😉 )
Celebration Dinner: 1 Margarita and One Pacifico, 1/2 Chile Verde Burrito

Cheers to the end of Week 2! Next week we dial in the “extra calories” 😉

Avoid Injury – Listen to Your Body

The last seven days have not gone per plan from a training perspective. When I get pain anywhere around my joints I seem to get a bit conservative. I have been pushing myself to go a little faster than I probably should with the cycling. And the Insanity Max 30 has me jumping a little more than I want to at my current weight. And really I shouldn’t be doing Speed Power Jumps for my training at this point anyways. There really is no point. Running would be less pounding than those. So After some good foam rolling days and taking it easy with the cross training for this past week, I should be able to resume the workouts as scheduled. Only this time I am choosing to modify the workouts a bit during the power jump segments. I should be able to perform slow, singular power jumps where I can focus on a nice absorptive landing. Unfortunately doing successive rapid power jumps isn’t great on my knees and I don’t think I can handle having to spend another week recovering with tight IT Band issues. The whole point of this is when you feel something isn’t right with your body, listen to your body and change what you are doing. In my case, I wasn’t foam rolling at all like I used to and I almost paid the price. I am just glad that I avoided an injury this time. All I know is that the foam roller is going to be a welcome part of my life and I’ll never stray again! Additionally, I am so happy to have been able to get into the pool and use the BowSwim to workout and also jump into the pool with the kids I coach. I love the non-impact workout from the pool. And now that I have the BowSwim to make my workouts more productive, I cant wait to see how it is going to translate into my open water swimming at my first triathlon back at some point this Summer.

Train Safe everyone!

Training/Nutrition Log – Sunday, July 3, 2016 through Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sunday Morning Weigh-in: 181
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Peanut Butter Sandwich
Workout:
10 Minutes on Bowswim
Recovery Swim: Swam with the kids during swim practice – 400 Meters Mostly Freestyle
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Hamburger and 2 Hot Dogs and Chips

Monday Morning Weigh-in:
 182
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: BBQ Chicken Salad
Workout:
15 Minutes on BowSwim  Finished up 22 Days of Pushups www.22kill.com.
Dinner: Pork Loin, Tri Tip, Potato Salad, and Bean Dip 
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery

Tuesday Morning Weigh-in: 180
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich, Jalepeno Chips, Water
Workout:
Recovery Day – Foam Rolling
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Fajitas – Chicken, Beef, and Shrimp, Beans and Rice, Chips and Guacamole.

Wednesday Morning Weigh-in: 180
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
Snack: Small Peanut Butter Sandwich, Pita Chips with Swiss Cheese
Workout: 300 Meters in Pool at Practice with Kids and about 30 Minutes Treading Water
Post-Workout:
3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: Chicken and Filet Mignon, Rice, and Vegetables Teppan Style, Mint Chip Ice Cream for Dessert.

Disclaimer: As a triathlete, I am not always eating with the intention of weight loss but rather to maintain weight and fuel my activity. If you are not as active as I am, please don’t use my nutritional intake as your model. If you would like help finding out a meal plan and workouts that would be good for you, please don’t hesitate to text or call me at 775-722-8184 or Facebook me at www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

6 Pounds in One Day – Its All Part of the Process

 

As you can imagine when I weighed myself this morning and the scale read 185, I had to reweigh myself another two times. But alas to my surprise I was up six pounds from yesterday morning’s weigh-in. I knew that I was probably not going to be lighter after yesterday’s salty food intake, but six pounds was a head shaker.

Here’s the deal, when you begin a new work out as I have done this week you can expect to gain weight within the first few days. Even though you are burning more calories and your body is using up the fuel you eat, you are also building new muscle. Part of the process of building muscle is that you micro-tear the muscles you are working. When this happens, water rushes in to the muscles to help with the repair process which can be noticed as the muscles become swollen, or as some like to say “swole”. Really the repair process is what we know as the adaptation stage of working out. Our muscles are freaked out by this new workout and the body is trying to adapt to this new routine. So combine this process with a large lunch meat club sandwich, salty fries, and top it off with a sodium time bomb like sushi roles and soy sauce, and congratulations you are going to hold on to ever little bit of water it can find.

So if you happen to gain weight soon after beginning a new workout, don’t worry it is a natural process. Keep going, its quite possible that you wont actually lose any real weight for a week or two, and if you are a woman, its quite possible that you wont lose any weight for more than a month. But the weight isn’t something you should really be concerned with right away. There is truth to the fact that muscle weighs more than fat. As you change your body composition (muscle to fat ratio) your weight will fluctuate. The real proof in the process is how you feel. Your energy levels should begin to increase after a couple days. Your posture will begin to get better. clothes will begin to fit looser. And stress levels should be perceived to be lower as well.

All in all today’s surprise is all just a part of the process and tomorrow is another day closer to my goal!

Training/Nutrition Log
Morning Weigh-in:
 185 (Up 6 lbs. – A reason why you shouldn’t weigh yourself daily)
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: 1/2 Peanut Butter Sandwich and a Granola Bar
Workout: Day 4 of Insanity Max 30: Tabata Power (Maxed Out at 10:40 and videoed my 22 Push-ups during that workout) used Acid Check Granules, Himalayan Pink Salt, Beachbody Performance Hydrate and Energize mixed in water. Rode 10.3 miles to Swim Practice.
Swim Coaching: Swam a little with the kids while coaching swim practice. Rode 10.3 miles home.
Post-Workout: 3 – The Final 3 Capsules for Recovery
Dinner: 
Turkey, Feta, Romaine, and Dijon Mustard on Wheat Bread Sandwich and a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk.

Disclaimer: As a triathlete, I am not always eating with the intention of weight loss but rather to maintain weight and fuel my activity. If you are not as active as I am, please don’t use my nutritional intake as your model. If you would like help finding out a meal plan and workouts that would be good for you, please don’t hesitate to text or call me at 775-722-8184 or Facebook me at www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Let’ Try This Again!

Focus T25 Alpha Phase Day 01 of 70 – December 7, 2015

It’s December and the weather is getting colder here in Bakersfield. The cross country season is now over and its time for me to divert my focus away from the student-athletes for a bit and back on my training for the next  few months. I learned a few things about my personal training this cross country season while running with the kids – one being that I am a faster runner when I don’t just train by running alone. I’ll share my thoughts on diversification of workouts in a follow up post this weekend. For now though, let me start off this triathlon training log with Day 1 of my 70 day, get back in competition shape, effort 🙂

Now that I am teaching full time, finding the time to work out has been tricky. Luckily I was in a position while coaching the cross country team to workout with them. Historically I am not a morning work-er-out-er. I like to workout mid day or in the afternoon. That is why working out with the cross country team was great for me these past few months. But now I am not coaching for a couple months until the swim season starts up so its time for me to get back to a system that has proven to be successful for me in the past – Focus T25 coupled with spinning and sporadic swims. This time however, I am going to get in some additional run training to keep my legs used to the miles.

So here it goes! Let’s try this again!

Last night I didn’t get the best sleep. Sleep is important to be able to train at your best as well as to ensure proper recovery on a daily basis. I need to make sure that I am keeping to a decent sleep schedule from now on. I am a night owl, so hopefully this wont be too much of an issue. The following is my weigh-in, nutritional intake, and exercise regiment:

Morning Weigh-in: 179
Breakfast:  2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology, and Coffee
Lunch: Ham and Turkey Sandwich
Workout:  Focus T25 Cardio
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner:  3 Tacos and a Sprite

Recovery: A Necessary Treat!

I started writing this post back in March of 2013, figured I’de finish it today. 🙂

A little late on my Recovery posts so I guess I need to catch up!

Have you ever been sore from being active? Have you worked out so hard that you may have felt like you pushed it just a little too hard during a workout or practice and ended up having to take a few days off? Have you ever ended up getting injured during a physical activity without having anyone else around you to blame it on? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are that you aren’t allowing your body to have the recovery that it requires to progress to that next level of physical fitness you may be trying to attain. Now I am not saying that you necessarily need to take a break from your exercise regiment, but if you are forcing yourself into periods of inactivity, then what you are doing probably isn’t working out for you the way you had intended. Recovery is the act of allowing your body to repair itself.  Maybe it’s time to add some designed recovery into your fitness routine. Many of the workout programs that are available today work within the idea of “muscle confusion” so that you are not overloading a specific muscle group everyday which we all know can lead to a breakdown of the muscle tissue. And even these programs only run for 2 to 3 months at a time and then recommend that you take a couple weeks off in-between rounds so that you have time to let the muscle repair themselves. Because in reality what we are doing when we workout is micro-tearing our muscles which then need to repair themselves thus completing the desired result in building a stronger muscle. Well if you don’t allow that muscle to have some recovery and rest every once in a while you can imagine how you are setting yourself up for eventual failure. Right?

Check this out, last year when I started to write this article I was just beginning the 2013 Triathlon Season and was pushing it pretty hard. It ended up being a really good season for me and in its own right was a huge accomplishment for me coming back from where I was the prior 21 years. But despite my best intentions and performance, somewhere along the way I stopped listening to myself and around October 2013 I started to feel the pressure. I was pushing and it was starting to hurt. I felt like I was trying to pull my hamstring every time I rode or ran. My foundational alignment issues had finally caught up with me. I knew that my body was out of whack in June of 2012 but I thought that if I kept doing what I was doing that the body would just take care of itself. But, as I learned the hard way, rest and rehabilitation was always the answer.

I can’t stress to you enough how important it is to learn to listen to your body. If I had not let my ego get in the way I would be in much better shape today.

Cheers to making the right choices!

Where to start? Today marks 31 days until the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe. Up until today I have been visualizing this race. I have swam the 2.4 miles in my head so many times that I have lost count. I have cycled the 112 miles so much that I know how amazing it is going to feel to get my butt off that saddle. But for some reason I have never been able to visualize running the 26.2 miles and finishing this true testament to intestinal fortitude. I thought that maybe its because after 22 years I still have a mental block from hyperextending my knee 3 Days before my College Running Career was able to start and began the dark spiral into my subsequent deep depression. But alas, it seems as if I am not supposed to finish the race this year. You see, I have been fighting my spine and neck misalignment for a long time which up until October of 2013 was still functional. As this misalignment started to worsen I started to feel pulling in my hamstring, uncontrollable headaches, and significant lower back pain. It began to affect my performance in races but I continued to ignore the warning signs and pushed through out of sheer Ego. I was not going to admit that I was broken. I didn’t work this hard to get back in shape after so many years of being unhealthy to have it all undone by some silly s-curve in my back and a neck without and curve. It just wasn’t going to happen. I was getting ready to turn 40 and I needed to do something to prove that I was ready to tackle a monumental task. The IRONMAN Lake Tahoe. I mean really, I can totally do this, right? So I found this awesome cause in ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and I set out to raise the money to do my part. Unfortunately my spinal condition got worse, my training suffered, and to top it off I think with my bike wreck a couple months ago aggravated everything. My condition went down hill really quick. I sought out the Physical Therapy it was going to take to put me back together at Neck And Back Integrative Medicine. Started the rehab and quickly found that this is not going to be the slam dunk I was expecting. Over the last month I have been through some crazy decompression and manipulation, trigger point injections, and chiropractic adjustments. Along with this realignment and introducing curvature back into my neck I have been trying to get back into training, but I am finding that with this realignment comes a need for patience and a dose of reality. I WILL NOT be able to complete the Ironman with my current level of fitness. Heck, I can barely ride 36 miles without getting a spasm in my back at this point. So it is with great humility that I put Ego aside (getting good at this lately) and respectfully withdraw from the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe 140.6 and look forward to 2015 to tackle this beast.

Zero and I appreciate all of those who have donated to finding a cure for prostate cancer and funding programs to help those who are in need. There are so many worth while causes out there and the fact that you had supported me in this cause is truly a blessing. Please know that your donation was not made in vain. I will be working with Zero over the next year to raise money for this noble cause and I look forward to our partnership as we work to raise awareness for this disease which affects so many people that are near and dear to our lives.

I have not determined whether or not I will be attempting to salvage some part of this opportunity to race in such an amazing venue (Lake Tahoe). If so, it would be at the Half Ironman distance which is still a great challenge for me at this point in my recovery. I’ll be talking with the doctor’s over this next week to determine if this is feasible or not.

Thank you again to all of you who have been following my journey towards fulfilling this goal. You are all very special to me. I only hope that I will be able to do you all proud and eventually cross that line carrying the names of the many who have suffered and continue to suffer to this day with Prostate Cancer.

Until then, I will continue to plug along and help as many people as possible reach their personal goals. You are the ones that matter to me. Its so much easier when we help each other. Through your success we all become stronger! Let’s keep going in the right direction! Cheers to making the right choices!

Rushing Things Can Be Foolish

This past week was a rough one. I finished my 9th Physical Therapy treatment to remove the s-curve from my back as well as to replace the natural cervical curvature to my neck. The therapy is aggressive and has been painful at times. Now that the spine is being manipulated and trained back to its intended posture, my left shoulder weakness (or scar tissue) has been rearing its ugly head. I guess that my spine had moved to compensate for my left shoulder after its injury, subsequent surgery, and 4 months of excruciating physical therapy. Now that spine is being forced to abandon that compensation, and it is forcing the shoulder to release, the tendons, ligaments, and muscles are lengthening and I am knotting up. Spasms suck. So needless to say, this has not been easy. Lidocaine shots into trigger points has been all but daily occurrence in an effort to get these spasms to release. I have been foam rolling with the Rumbleroller using a trigger point ball to work on these areas too. I know that when I was doing Yoga in P90X and X2 I always felt better and stronger in basically everything. I have to believe that it was because I was more flexible. So on that note, in an effort to become more flexible I have started playing with PiYo and have decided to run through the whole program starting tomorrow!

Monday, August 4, 2014
Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Italian Meats Submarine Sandwich
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Pasta, Salad, and Steak
Snack: 4 Sea Salted Chocolate Caramels
Workout PiYo Align – The Fundamentals

Not such a healthy day of eating, but so happy I pushed play this evening! The fundamental video really stretched me out!
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Lunch: Tacos and a Burrito
Dinner: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
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Wednesday August 6, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  172
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Workout: PiYo: Define Lower added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Fajitas Chips and Salsa
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Thursday August 7, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Workout: PiYo: Define Upper added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Sushi and a Blizzard

Starting to feel better. But now that the majority of my body is in good shape, the things that are trouble spots have amplified pain. Step in the right direction though!
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Friday, August 8, 2014
Weigh-in:  172
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Recovery: Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Adjustment
Dinner: Pepperoni Pizza
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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Saturday August 9, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  171
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Vegan Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: 1/2 Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich
Workout: Swimming on Bowswim 20 Minutes added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Chicken Fajita Tacos, Guacamole and Chips
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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Sunday August 10, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:  170
Breakfast: 2 – Activit2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology with Vanilla Whey
Lunch: 1/2 Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Swimming on Bowswim 15 Minutes, PiYo: Define Lower, and Cycling 20.5 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Brown Rice, Black Bean, Guacamole, and Pico De Gallo Burrito
Snack: A handful of Almonds and a Lime Popsicle
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