Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I am feeling better. Thank you to all who asked.

Here is a lovely lady for your concern:

Monday, May 2, 2011

Could it be mono? Also - Beltaine humpins.

I've been terrible with updates lately and that's because I'm still recovering from the goddamn plague. I swear to christ I got Captain Tripps this time around - luckily I'll still be alive while all you poor fools are dead. It'll be fun looting your houses Fallout-style.

Although I'll probably end up one of the poor saps in Vegas. Ah well. (please tell me ya'll have read The Stand?)

Anyway - yesterday was Beltaine. Ancient holiday of fertility and debauchery. Let's just say last night was soooooooooo gooooooooooood.

Picture somewhat related:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Well I definitely had the plague. My wife thinks I may have mono since I'm still suffering from lethargy and exhaustion. I'm not too exhausted to get a boner, though - which leads me to the following cosplay:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Waking Death

I'm not dead, though I sure as hell feel like it.

Almost a week straight of fever now. Just broke last night. Now I'm left to deal with the weakness and achy aftermath.

Don't tell me to go to the doctor either - I live in the US and I have no insurance.

I'll live.

To defray the whineyness of this post, I offer more hot cosplayness:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Anabolic Bodybuilder Diet

I have personally had great success with this particular diet. It is really more of a lifestyle nowadays. Read for your health, stay for your reward!

Recently, a friend asked me what kind of steroids he should take. Now, he's a cool guy and we've been friends since high school, but ya' know what? I wanted to knock him to the floor and kick his teeth out. And while he was down there, maybe I would give him a wedgie, just for good measure!

Taking too much Tribex again? No, and it's not because I'm some sort of anti-drug zealot. While I am "natural for now," I'm keenly interested in steroids. I'm sure that I'll use them one day, especially now that I'm almost 30. No, I wanted to kick my buddy's ass because a) he seldom even lifts weights and, when he does, he sticks to the "chick section," i.e. machines, b) he's only been "training" for a year, and c) he's a goddamn vegetarian! Now, you tell me—did he really deserve the privilege of chewing his food?

The point is this that there's a time for steroids but, in my opinion, that time only comes when you have truly maximized your potential and reached your natural genetic limits. How do you know if you've reached these limits? That question could spawn a huge debate, but here's my personal opinion. Everyone, regardless of body type, should be able to add a good 20 pounds of lean muscle though proper training, diet, and supplementation. I also believe that a person should be over the age of 25 and hit the weights hard for at least five years before considering some sort of ergonomic substance.

Now, I'm no Duchaine, and I know that the above recommendations are debatable, but I'm simply tired of 17-year-old kids asking me about steroids when they don't even squat or try to eat enough protein first! Hard training is really the easy part. Diet separates the "haves" and the "have nots," and it's the key to reaching those genetic limits. What kind of diet? That's easy, too. Eat like a man!

The Anabolic diet? Is that legal?

Although it's been around longer than BodyOpus, you may not know much about Dr. Mauro DiPasquale's Anabolic diet. The general public is really clueless. This is primarily because DiPasquale didn't design it for them. You see, the good doctor is one of us. He's not only a gifted physician, he's a former world champion powerlifter who's set records in five different weight classes. He's held top positions in several bodybuilding, powerlifting and athletic organizations and still squats over 600 pounds. He's written several books on steroids and their uses in sports, but he's written the book on using food to mimic the anabolic effects of steroids. This came about partially because the World Bodybuilding Federation (now disbanded) wanted their athletes to get clean yet maintain their muscle mass and low bodyfat percentages. Dr. DiPasquale refined the Anabolic diet to help them do this. Could the effects of anabolic steroids be reproduced through the manipulation of diet? The answer, DiPasquale decided, was yes.

You want me to eat what?

Be prepared. The Anabolic diet goes against just about every "rule" that you've ever heard about nutrition. Dr. DiPasquale's ideas about putting on muscle and losing fat are the real kick in the teeth when it comes to popular dietary theory. In fact, when some people hear the words "high fat" and "red meat," they just about choke on their carb drinks. Just remember, most of the popular diets today, like the Zone diet or the Atkins diet, aren't designed to fit the specific needs of bodybuilders and athletes. While parts of these diets overlap with the Anabolic diet, they're written primarily for the average couch spud.

Also, since women are the number-one buyers of diet books, I'd guess the dietary guidelines in such books are geared toward them, not a 200-pound male who throws around hundreds of pounds in the gym as a hobby. This is another reason why the general public hasn't heard of the Anabolic diet. The cover of my copy depicts the sweaty torso of a pro bodybuilder. Maybe if it featured a smiling, old fart in a lab coat on the cover eating a carrot and used words like "toned" instead of "ripped" it, too, would top the bestseller list. It's certainly more sensible than most of the crap that's out there.

Let's look at the goals of the Anabolic diet, and then we'll get into the details. According to DiPasquale, the Anabolic diet will:

• naturally maximize production and utilization of the "Big Three" growth producers—testosterone, growth hormone, and insulin
• shift the body's metabolism from that of a sugar-burning, fat-producing machine to that of a fat-burning, muscle-building machine
• decrease catabolic activity in the body
• increase strength and endurance
• help you avoid health problems and stay in shape year round
• increase energy and decrease mood swings
• decrease even "problem area" fat without liposuction
• scare the living shit out of vegetarians!

Peak your interest? Hell, it gives me a hard-on! What's more, the methods used to reach these goals are a lot like the girl at the front desk of your gym—simple and easy. Here's a quick and dirty summary of the Anabolic diet:

Monday through Friday

Eat a diet consisting of 60% fat, 35% protein, and only 5% carbs. You'll get the fat and protein mainly from steak, hamburger, eggs, and fish. Turkey, chicken, and tuna are all okay, but the password here is red meat. You'll also eat full-fat cheeses, pepperoni, sausage, and certain nuts. The key is to generally avoid carbohydrates, eating only around 30 grams a day.

As for calories, the Anabolic diet has three phases—maintenance or start-up, mass, and cutting. We'll focus here on the start-up phase, which allows a person to gain some muscle and lose some fat. During this phase, which lasts about three to four weeks, you keep the macronutrient ratios above and eat calories equivalent to 18 times your bodyweight. In other words, a 200-pound male would consume 3,600 calories per day. The next two phases will simply manipulate those numbers while keeping the same 60/35/5 ratios. The start-up phase ends once your body has adjusted—in other words, you can shit without Metamucil and small pieces of plastic explosives—and has gone through the "metabolic shift."

Saturday and Sunday

Switch gears. On the weekends, eat 30% fat, 10% protein, and a whopping 60% carbs! Bring on the pizza, beer, and cheap sluts!

Note: Cheap sluts were suggested by TC, not Dr. DiPasquale.

Almost anything goes on the weekend. DiPasquale only cautions against taking this carb-loading period overboard and making yourself sick. The weekend food festival is important for many reasons, but the best thing is that it allows you to go out and be sociable like you normally would on the weekend, instead of sitting back and watching your friends have fun while you scan the pathetic "lite" section of the menu. This has a powerful psychological effect. For one, you know that you'll get to satisfy any craving you have during the week on the weekend, making it much easier to stick with the diet.

How is that supposed to work?

If you're a practicing vegetarian like my friend, pick your atrophied ass up off the floor and continue reading. There's some very interesting science and real-world experience to back this eating plan. The theory behind the high-fat weekday eating is simple. According to DiPasquale, the less fat you eat, the more fat your body will want to store. You must eat fat to lose fat! He goes on to say that if you do not give your body any dietary fat, it anticipates famine and stores as much fat as possible to insure your "survival."

Now, before you run into the kitchen and start eating lard by the spoonful, realize that the high-fat diet doesn't allow for a free-for-all binge. The only way to help create this anabolic environment is to limit carb intake to 30 grams per day on weekdays. This doesn't put you into ketosis, nor is this a ketogenic diet. The approach could be best described as a "near-ketosis" diet. Just as Dr. Atkins and Dr. Sears believe, DiPasquale says that the high-carbohydrate intake of most Americans is what's making them fat, not dietary fat itself. When carbs make up the bulk of your diet, you burn glucose as energy. Insulin is secreted to utilize the glucose for energy or store it as glycogen in the liver and muscles. The problem is that the insulin also activates the lipogenic (fat-producing) enzymes and decreases the activity of the lipolytic (fat-burning) enzymes. In other words, you store more fat and use less of the fat that you already have. In simpleton's terms, those fat-free carbs will make you fat!

This isn't just theory—DiPasquale backs it up with several clinical studies in his book. Besides "laying on the fat," excessive carb intake leads to mood swings, drastic drops in energy, and decreases in motivation. Think about it, high-carb meals increase the levels of serotonin in the brain, making you feel lethargic and sleepy. What else effects serotonin levels? Prozac, the drug of choice for today's fat housewife! More than anything else, the Anabolic diet teaches you how food can act as a drug on the body and, what's better, how to manipulate that "drug" to build muscle and lose fat.

The weekend carb party is backed by science, too. The body is "shocked" by the sudden intake of carbs and responds by stuffing the muscles with glycogen and driving amino acids into the muscle cells. You may feel a little tired because of all the carbs but, on Monday, you'll experience the best pump of your life in the gym. Later in the week, you'll switch back to a fat-burning metabolism to maximize your gains. You won't gain much—if any—fat from the weekend splurge once your body goes through the metabolic shift during your first week on the diet.

Exactly what is going to happen to me?

Dr. DiPasquale says that, when bodybuilders bulk up and then go on a cutting program using the high-carb method, they tend to gain muscle in the mass phase only to lose it while dieting. The result is that, year after year, they tend to have about the same amount of lean muscle tissue. In essence, they're running in place. Using the high-fat approach, he states that he's seen bodybuilders gain 25 pounds in two years with a marked increase in definition. Note, he refers to competing bodybuilders who may go on several cutting programs a year. What's going to happen? You'll lose fat, build muscle, and feel better doing it.


With any revolutionary concept like the Anabolic diet, there's bound to be questions and concerns. Dr. DiPasquale covers these in his book, but we'll hit a few of the more common "buts" here:

But won't a diet high in fat lead to high cholesterol, cancer, and heart disease?

According to DiPasquale, other factors—like smoking, obesity, stress, and lack of exercise—contribute to high cholesterol just as much, or more, than diet. However, just to be safe, the diet recommends using fish oils and other cholesterol-lowering supplements. DiPasquale also notes that he hasn't seen any major problems with people on the Anabolic diet. Some even report that their cholesterol levels have decreased during the cutting phase of the plan. He goes on to cite numerous studies that show no link between dietary fat and cancer. Similarly, an unhealthy lifestyle and obesity, not fat intake, often lead to heart disease.

But won't I feel drained without my usual carb intake?

Once your body goes through a "metabolic shift" during the first week, your body will use free fatty acids, triglycerides, and ketones for energy. The human body has evolved to process meat and use it for energy. However, DiPasquale notes that during the first week, before you shift from a carb- and muscle-burning to a fat-burning machine, you may feel some fatigue and mental fogginess. Once the shift occurs, though, you'll feel stronger and more energetic than ever. Remember, it's the carbs that usually cause that drowsy, weak feeling after a big meal.

What supplements can I take?

DiPasquale recommends a fiber supplement to compensate for what you would normally get by ingesting carbs. Without it, you may experience constipation or swing the other direction and get diarrhea, since fats act as stool softeners. A fiber supplement like Metamucil is best—just don't forget to count the carbs in your Metamucil. The book also recommends multivitamins to make up for any nutritional gaps and fish oils for omega-3s. Using MRPs might be tricky, though. For example, Grow! has 23 carbs per three-scoop serving. That doesn't leave much room for extra carbs during the day. DiPasquale also suggests that you take in your carbs during the evening. That way, any feeling of lethargy caused by the sudden carb intake won't matter much because your day will be winding down. My suggestion? Take a two-scoop serving of Grow! or other MRP after a workout. You're only getting about 15 grams of carbs but still reaping all the benefits of a post-workout shake.

But won't I constantly crave sweets and carbs?

You may experience cravings at first, until the body goes through the readjustment phase. To combat sweet cravings, you can eat a ton of sugar-free Jell-O with whipped cream, which doesn't contain any carbs.

But I'm already using steroids—any point in trying this diet?

Dr. DiPasquale sees the Anabolic diet as an alternative to steroid use but says that, if you "choose to use," you'll see even better results than if you were just taking steroids and eating a traditional diet.

Any hints and tips to make this as painless as possible?

Compared to a traditional diet, the Anabolic diet is almost pain-free, especially after the metabolic shift occurs. The first week is going to be the toughest. Also, remember that I've only outlined the diet here—you really need the book to get the full details. Dr. DiPasquale gives many helpful tips in the book, including several pages of sample daily menus. As for my recommendations, I personally went out and bought one of those countertop grills like George Foreman incessantly advertises. A thick a piece of hamburger takes about seven minutes. I'm also going through a break-in period before I start the diet next week. I started cutting down on my carbs about a week ago. My problem was breakfast. I usually have a Grow! shake as soon as I wake up, then an hour later I have oatmeal and a bagel with peanut butter. Gradually, I nixed the bagel, then the oatmeal. Next week, I'll have a traditional anabolic breakfast—whole eggs and bacon, zero carbs.

I think I need to meditate and have some celery...

The funniest thing about my vegetarian friend is he can't understand why he's fat:

"I don't eat meat! I take in almost no fat! How can I be fat?"

After reading this article, I'm sure that you'll see the humor in those statements. But they only go to show how John Q. Public has been miseducated. The latest stats show that 75% of Americans over the age of 25 are overweight. It's time that we analyze the low-fat, high-carb approach and admit defeat. That diet was a nice idea, but it simply didn't work. This is especially true for those who want to build muscle. As bodybuilders, isn't it time we stopped trying to get huge on diets designed to make us small? Could the Anabolic diet, with its history dating back to early man, be the real solution? We'll see. I start my Anabolic diet next week. If Dr. DiPasquale is right, I'll soon reach my natural limits.

Reward today - Jessica Nigri as Emma Frost:

Monday, April 11, 2011

The key to Atkin’s diet plan – Never cheat during Induction

I'm not actually into the Atkin's diet. Just not a fan for my particular goals, but here is some useful information. Then reward.

Those of you who have decided to shed the excess flab the Atkin’s diet plan way should keep two things in mind:

* This healthy weight loss plan will work only with regular exercising. If you are under the impression that just going without food or following the regime as laid out in the plan is going to transform you altogether, then you are just wasting your time. However, adequate exercising is a must.

* The first phase of Atkin’s diet plan, one of the best diet plans to lose weight, is known as the Induction Phase and is also the most important phase. Technically, it must be followed strictly and to the last work until you have lost at least half the weight of what you intend to lose. Depending upon this, the Induction Phase can either last two weeks or two months or even an entire year.

As stated earlier, induction is the most important phase of Atkin’s diet plan and the most substantial amount of weight is lost during this phase. The above statement should be enough to indicate that induction is also the most difficult phase. It is indeed difficult for those who are used to all kinds of foods rich in carbohydrates and have now decided to follow a healthy weight loss plan.

During induction, one is not allowed to eat any food which is rich in carbohydrates. At the most, you can consume 20 gm carbohydrates in a day and that should also come from salads and green vegetables. No sugar, no coffee, no fruits… it is as well, you can say, no life. For instance one of Shakespeare quotes is apt for this healthy weight loss plan – anything achieved without much effort, we do not tend to value it.

Following induction phase of Atkin’s diet plan should not be so difficult given the number of low-carbohydrate food options we have today. Usually, most of the diet plans to lose weight are designed in such a way that people do not have go without food for a very long period of time.

All those things that you liked are not allowed. For example pasta, grains, bread, fruits and majority of the dairy products are prohibited. Not even a single bite is allowed. If you think that a single morsel of bacon will be more than sufficient to titillate your palate and satisfy it without even making its presence felt inside your body, then get rid of the thought as soon as possible. Atkin’s diet plan is very strict about these things.

The first week of this healthy weight loss plan is no doubt going to be difficult but once you get used to the regime, it won’t be much of a task. In fact, you will be astonished as the amount of energy with which you will wake up every morning during the Induction Phase of Atkin’s diet plan. No wonder it is hailed as one of the best diet plans to lose weight.

And now your reward - Random Cosplay Girl:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Weight Loss, Fat Loss? How about some more Kipi

Weight loss, fat loss, blah blah blah. Let's cut right to what most of you want today, more Kipi! (don't worry, she's 20-21)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Weight Lifting for Fat Loss

You know the reward - just keep reading!

It's common to associate building muscle with weight lifting and fat loss with cardio training. Unfortunately, by doing so, you're really selling yourself short on potential results that could be seen if you truly understand the intricacies of working out, particularly when it comes to weight lifting for fat loss.

Weight lifting can actually prove to be a very effective method for losing weight, provided you go about it in the right manner. Here is the information you need to know about why you should choose weight lifting to help with fat loss, and how to design a program to get the results you desire.

Weight lifting for fat loss -

--Increased metabolic rate
The first reason weight lifting is a good option for fat loss is because it boosts metabolic rate both over the short term as well as over the long term. In the hours after an intense weight-lifting session you will experience an increase in metabolic rate. What’s more, weight lifting will help you maintain your total amount of lean muscle mass, creating a permanent increase in metabolism.

Cardio training will only cause a short rise in metabolic rate for an hour or two after the session, taking away from the overall calorie-burning benefits compared with resistance training.

Often, overdoing cardio will actually decrease your total lean body mass, so you could see a reduction in metabolism over time working against your fat loss efforts.

--Altered body composition
The second reason to choose weight lifting for fat loss purposes is because, while cardio may make you lose weight, weight lifting will help you lose body fat, altering your body composition.

Many individuals who just hop on the treadmill to lose the pounds don’t end up looking much different -- even if they do successfully lose 10 to 20 pounds. This is because they still have the same proportion of muscle mass to body fat; they are just "smaller."

Weight training will help change the way you look completely, giving the impression that you’ve replaced fat with muscle and are actually working at improving your body and changing your body composition.

Weight lifting for fat loss is a great alternative to cardio and will give you better, more visible results.

--Design a fat-loss training program
While you aren’t going to be doing a completely different type of weight-lifting workout compared to if you were attempting to build muscle, there are some important alterations that do need to be made when you are weight lifting for fat loss.

--Decrease total volume
Because you' re no longer taking in as many calories, it’s important that you reduce the total volume of your program. Generally, you can reduce the total volume by ½ to 2/3s and not experience any decrease in strength.

This is important to do because if you attempt to maintain the same volume while taking in fewer carbohydrates, you are not going to recover from workout to workout as you used to, and will quickly see your performance levels drop.

--Maintain weight intensity
It's essential that you keep the same intensity on the bar by not reducing your total weight lifted. A big error many people make is to decrease the weight while bumping up the reps, thinking this will create a greater caloric burn.

While it is true that high-rep training does tend to burn more calories while you are actually doing it, it will not maintain your lean body mass as well, thus your overall metabolic rate will slow. Additionally, if you maintain the weight on the bar throughout the diet period, it’s going to be easier to pick up where you left off after your muscle-building cycle, should you choose to pursue another one.

--Utilize circuit-style lifting for cardio
The last thing you may want to consider is utilizing circuit-style weight lifting to replace any cardio you are currently doing. This style of workout will be completely different than traditional weight-training programs, but can provide a much greater boost to your metabolism than plain cardio.

If you are going to do some circuit training using lighter weight, be sure you are still incorporating enough rest between that and your heavier weight-lifting sessions. Since you are still loading the muscles with weight, it’s critical you don’t perform too many sessions back to back, otherwise CNS or muscular overtraining will become an issue.

Circuit-training cardio workouts will work better for those who are utilizing a two-day, full-body workout program rather than something where they are only lifting heavy three to four days a week.

--Lift away the pounds
Choosing to abandon your weight-lifting program when it’s time to cut fat is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, so be sure you don’t commit this progress-damaging error.

And now, your sweet sweet reward, Kipi:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Weight Loss Tips and diet tips for both sexes.

“I’m on a diet!”

This is what we usually hear from people who want to lose weight. But what diet is effective in losing weight? Starvation diet is definitely a No! No! Our body needs food to produce energy so we can do our daily activities. The nutrients we get from food including fats and carbohydrates are important in maintaining the physiologic function of the body. However, these nutrients become bad for the body when they are taken in excess. The nutrients, if not converted to energy are stored in the body as fat deposits, thus the appearance of the undesirable belly fat and love handles. A balanced diet comprising all these nutrients as well as protein, vitamins and minerals, and calcium should be supplied to the body through the food we eat. This article shares some weight loss diet tips for men and women of all ages

The role of fat in a weight loss diet

Fats are an essential food nutrient because they provide twice the amount of energy than carbohydrates and proteins, and they help in protecting body organs and tissues and maintaining the body temperature.

Fats= 9 calories

Carbohydrates= 4 calories

Protein= 4 calories

CAUTION: Too much fat can be very harmful to the body. Excess fat do not only form the bulges on your body but it could also clog the arteries of the heart causing myocardial infarction or heart attack.

What is a low-fat diet?

Low- Fat diet has been promoted by the US Department of Health since the late 1970’s. But what does low- fat diet really mean?

Basically, there are three types of fat: The Saturated fat which is the Bad fat because it increases the blood cholesterol level, The Polyunsaturated fat that decreases the blood cholesterol level, and the Monounsaturated fat which decreases the Low- density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or the “bad cholesterol”.

Low- fat diet means: decreasing the consumption of food that contains saturated fat while increasing the consumption of food that contains polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. Food like most meat and dairy products, butter, and tropical oils such as coconut oil and palm oil should be avoided as they are high in saturated fat. Polyunsaturated fat are usually found in plant food sources such as corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower. Food sources for Monounsaturated fat includes olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, and some fruits like avocado.

Carbohydrates are bad or good?

Carbohydrates provides real-time energy in the body and should account for 50- 60% of the total calories we take in everyday. However, with sedentary lifestyle, the calories you get from carbohydrates that are supposed to be converted to real-time energy are stored as fat deposits, thus you gain weight.

Low –carb diets are among the most popular weight loss diets. There are many variations like:

The Anabolic Diet which alternates low carb and periods of high carb eating

Carbohydrate addicts which serves 2 meals with no carbs and 1 meal of 1/3 carb a day

Ketogenic Diet which eliminates carbohydrate completely and compensates the caloric need with high fat and moderate protein intake.

But as per definition, having less than 50-60% of carb ratio in a serving is low carb diet. If your goal is to maintain your current weight, do take in moderate carb which is about 40-50% carb in your diet. And if you want to lose weight, you may go with low- carb diet which contains 25-39% carb. Lower than this is not really recommended as it could cause conditions like ketosis, presence of ketone bodies in the blood. Very high ketone level can make the blood acidic and may damage organs like the liver and the kidneys.

Some weight loss diet tips that can help eat healthier are:

* Instead of eating ice cream, have a low fat yogurt or sherbet.
* Use skim milk (fat- free milk) instead of whole milk.
* Instead of eating pasta alfredo (white sauce pasta) eat pasta marinara (red sauce pasta).
* You may substitute bacon with lean ham.
* Since the American Heart Association recommends avoiding coconut oil because it contains 85- 90% saturated fat, use olive oil or canola oil when cooking food.
* Chocoholics may eat dark chocolate which is rich in anti-oxidant rather than a milk chocolate.
* Use beef loin instead of brisket
* Instead of white bread eat whole grain bread such as wheat bread
* Snack on Peaches (61 calories/pc.), blackberries (62 calories/serving), and carrot sticks (52 calories/cup) instead of fried chips.

Being overweight or obese doesn’t only place a person at risk from developing diseases like diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancer, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular diseases but it could also affect one’s emotional and social life. People who are overweight and obese could suffer from low self-esteem, depression, and impaired body image. Because of this, more and more people are being conscious of their weight. Losing weight is a tough challenge; you must be really committed as lifestyle changes should be made.

And now your reward, a classic - Lindze as Morrigan:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Raw food diet for fat loss?

A short article on the "raw food diet" for fat loss, then - hot cosplay chick

Everyone is hearing about raw food diet buzz. It’s gaining popularity and buzz, not just as a diet to lose weight, but a diet for a long and healthy life. We eat so much in the way of processed food that we don’t even stop to think about what we’re putting into our bodies, and how far we’ve come nutritionally from our ancestral, agrarian roots.

What is raw food diet?

A raw food diet means consuming food in its natural, unprocessed form. There are several common-sense rationales for why this is a good idea. Processing and cooking food can take so much of the basic nutritional value away. Think of some of the conventional wisdom you’ve heard about for years, such as:

If you cook pasta just to the al dente (or medium) stage, it will have more calories, yes, but it will have more the nutritional value in it than if you cooked it to a well-done stage. Or you probably remember hearing not to peel carrots or potatoes too deeply, because most of the nutrients and values are just under the surface.

The raw food diet means eating unprocessed, uncooked, organic, whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruits, seaweeds, etc. It means a diet that is at least 75% uncooked! Cooking takes out flavor and nutrition from vegetables and fruits. A raw food diet means eating more the way our ancient ancestors did.

Our healthier, more fit ancestors. They cooked very little, and certainly didn’t cook or process fruits and vegetables. They ate them RAW. Their water wasn’t from a tap; it was natural, spring water. Maybe they drank some coconut milk on occasion.

Doesn’t it just make sense that this is how our bodies were meant to eat? It’s a way of eating that’s in harmony with the planet and in harmony with our own metabolisms. Our bodies were meant to work, and need to work to be efficient. That means exercise, certainly, but it also means eating natural, raw foods that require more energy to digest them.


The raw food diet alone won’t work if you want to shed off pounds quickly and get leaner and sexy body. Healthy eating with the combination of modest exercise is the way to go.

And your reward:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Veggie Intake for Fat Loss

I would bet all my money that most of you don't consume a significant amount of veggies or fruit in the day. If you want to lose fat, you ought to rethink that.

There are many ways to lose weight, be it a dieting process or regular workouts supported with weight loss supplements. The right way for your weight loss depends on two main factors: your mind set and a balanced diet.

Making up one’s mind with positive energy on losing weight is essential to support your weight loss plans.

Some of the activities that lead to being over weight are lack of a balanced diet with necessary nutrients, fewer activities with respect to eating habits, intake of more fatty and oily junk foods, no regular exercise and proper body health maintenance.

As some weight loss supplements are more focused on selling their products, it is not recommended to rely on the artificial sources when we are gifted with natural support from fruits and vegetable for energy.

Fruits and Vegetable to fight heaviness -

Our body needs a high protein diet to keep up health and fitness to cope with today’s world. Fresh colorful fruits and vegetables on daily basis help in reducing your weight without more struggles as it contains adequate anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber contents to boost your energy level and stamina.

* Acai berry, strawberry, pomegranate, peach, bananas, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, melons, apricot and grape fruit are the main fruits that are focused on weight loss.
* Mixed form of vegetables taken with meals acts as the best source to reduce weight rapidly. Broccoli and spinach (folate, vitamin B), cabbage (vitamin A and fiber), collard greens, cucumber, tomatoes and Pepper (vitamin C improves immune system), Eggplant (anti-oxidant content supporting the immune system), carrot (reduces risk of heart), mushroom and onions (anthoxanthins and allicin controls blood pressure)

Over cooking reduces the nutrients, preferably steam your vegetables and use spices to add taste for a better nutritious veggie. A cup of fresh vegetable and fruit salads in the morning-breakfast and evening-tea time can helps you to get the adequate energy and keeps up well balanced nutrients.

Strenuous effort to lose weight can now be handled effectively by packing your meal with complete natural sources of energy – fresh green vegetables in your meal! Yoga for weight loss is an excellent choice to adhere to as well, as it not only strengthens body but stimulates the internal energy from within to keep you active through out the day.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Fat loss

I don't have much time this morning, but I wanted to talk about fat loss. I used to be a pretty fat guy at 250lbs. I dieted and worked my way down to 195lbs in about 6 months pretty easily using some techniques I will discuss later.

If you are looking to drop a bit of extra fat, then here are three quick and easy fat loss suggestions to try.

1)Drink WATER: and lots of it. This is the simplest
but maybe the most effective thing you can do to
aide fat loss. Forget about soft drinks (even the
diet ones are loaded with salt) and juice (too many
carbs). Good old H2O is the only way to go.

2)Switch from a diet plan focused around carbohydrates
(breads, pastas, fruits, etc.) to one focused around
lean sources of protein (egg whites, skinless chicken
and turkey breast, fish, whey based protein powders
and MRPs, etc.)

3)Eat small frequent meals to keep your metabolism
burning on high. You CANNOT go 5 or 6 hours without
eating, get extremely hungry, and pig out with one
huge meal. This is without a doubt the worst way
to eat possible, and you'll never drop fat
with this method. Instead, eat small portions every
3 hours or so throughout the day.

If you're looking to lose some fat and get fit and healthy, that is a good start. I will cover some other steps later and go into more depth for focused fat loss.

Until next time: Jessie Nigri -

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Baby showers

Took my girl out to a buddy's baby shower today and ate a bunch of delicious crap. Luckily my wife is DONE with popping out crotch fruit, so she didn't give me any pleading eyes.

In other news, more Jessica Nigri. I don't think I've ever wanted to fuck Pikachu so bad:

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools

Today I'm taking my wife down to my fighting gym. I always talk to her about my training and she gets all riled up to train too (alpha female, I love it). I'm hoping coach will let her spar with some of the other ladies.

To those asking, yeah I train boxing and kickboxing. I'm training up for a fight in June.

As for April Fools I think today we'll tell everyone we're pregnant. Good times.

Until next time, have some more Jessica Nigri:

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gymkata Go

Ear still a little fuzzy but I will hit the bags today. Maybe get some sparring in.

Since Dr. Mrs. The Monarch was such a hit yesterday (no she's not Disney, far from it :P) here is another favourite cosplayer of mine: Jessica Nigri

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hearing and it's importance for life functions

So my coach got a cold hit in on my left ear last thursday. It felt like a rush of wind entered my head and I heard ringing. The ringing went away but now everything feels... different. I can hear just fine out of my left ear but I can also hear INSIDE my head. When I take a shower it feels like what rain on a tin roof feels like. So odd.

Good times.

With that I leave you with a picture of Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My horse is amazing

Ok so my horse isn't a unicorn. I know. Sadness. However, that really is me, and I really am that badass, especially with a spear.

This video is in tribute to my horse. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, March 28, 2011


Proof that I am awesome since someone said pics or it didn't happen.

Me kicking ass on my awesome horse. Look at my horse, my horse is amazing.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Break Day

Taking a break from my work out regimen today to focus on business stuff. (No, I'm afraid I can't tell you what it is.)

I don't normally consume caffeine but I decided to this morning and it has me buzzing like a motherfucking bee. VERY productive, almost manically productive.

No day is complete around these parts without some sort of physical feat, so here is Matt Kroc being a complete fucking beast with his "Kroc Rows"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Douchebag Fight Update

So I hear through the grapevine that the guy I'll be fighting in June is now telling his friends "I don't even care now, I just want to knee him in the face then I'll throw the fight."

You know what that sounds like to me? Pre-justification for a loss. I'm really looking forward to this fight.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Crime Fighter Audition Fails

Ok I think I may be indulging in too much schadenfreude right now.

This one is an oldie but a goodie.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Boxing Fail

As a boxer this made me laugh hysterically.

It's a little long for the "punch"-line, but worth it.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A different kind of fighting.

Time for a different kind of fight practice today. The armoured kind.

If you're familiar with the SCA you know what I'm talking about. Only in the organization I'm in you are able to punch, kick, grapple, throw, shield bash, and generally make your opponent's life hell.

Today will be a good day.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Blue Warrior Needs Food, Badly

Sweet jumping Jesus on a pogostick, I needed this rest day. So yeah, I pulled trips yesterday on my training.

A lot of people asked "Sweet jumping Jesus on a pogostick, WHY?"

Long long ago (10 years or so) I had a friend whom I considered a brother. I did a lot for him, bent over backward for him. Time after time, he took that friendship for granted, stabbed me in the back, stole my shit, tried to assassinate my reputation in the mutual circles we ran in, etc, etc, ad nauseam. This went on for several years, often with me stupidly forgiving him and moving on and him doing it all over again.

Well after some time I put him and our history behind me. Unfortunately we run in the same groups/hobbies and can't help but bump into each other. This latest time he insulted my wife and my children in addition to myself. I have 6 kids, 2 of whom are adopted because their sperm donor ran out on them as babies, one of whom is paralyzed from a nasty accident. He basically said I was a retard for manning up and taking responsibility for my family.

I saw red.

I challenged him to a fight in front of all of his friends, and like an idiot (or not wanting to look like a pussy) he accepted.

So here we are, with the opportunity to take out over a decade of frustration and pure hatred on his carcass before me - I've been training up for an all out MMA style fight in a ring. I've 12 weeks until game time.

So now you know why I'm driven to train so hard.

It helps that I have years of heavy lifting experience behind me, but more on that later. I promise to post the vid after I pound his face into the turf.

With that, I leave you with Wolverdean.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pulling Trips

Three training sessions today. First one from 10am-12pm. Ate. Second from 3-4pm. Ate. Gearing up for 7pm-9pm. Let's get it on my little bronies.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fight training

Powered through my training yesterday even though I was sick. Didn't even puke. Feels good bro.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Squid vs Unicorn: Come with me... if you want to win

Squid vs Unicorn: Come with me... if you want to win: "The first tiger blood infusion made specifically for high priest Vatican assassin warlocks with adonis DNA. FAIR BALANCE: There is no gu..."

This is fucking hilarious.

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