30 Day Food Logging Challenge, My first Manicure & Subway

So I’m getting my first pedicure. The intense smell of nail polish and acetone made the subway next door seem much more appealing. I got burned out eating subway when they had the $5 foot long during the time when bread was less evil.

They had a pretty sweet $6 meal deal – 6 inch sub, bag of chips and a fountain drink.

It was about a  30 minute wait, so I’m here eating my favorite bag of chips, Doritos cool ranch and writing in evernote.

Subway Doritos cool ranch 6 dollar meal deal
Bring on the low calorie, aspartame, gluten filled, processed tastiness.

In my defense, I did pay the upgrade of 75 cents for half an avocado. So I got some healthy fats in.

This might be a bit of a stretch, but with the Swiss cheese, an Italian BMT sub almost tasted like pizza because of the salami.

subway macros

At about half way through my 6 inch sub, I get a text from my wife that it’s our turn for our manicure. So now comes time for my demasculinization.

I’m a bit apprehensive, but I remembered my hero Kelly Starret getting one, so if it’s Kstar approved, count me in.

So here’s what my first manicure was like:

1.) Feet in hot water.
2.) Super comfortable massage chair.
3.) Gel, moisturizer on toes and feet
4.) Clipping toe nails and
Sanding heels with a rough sponge
5.) Massaging lower legs with lotion
6.) Massaging and rubbing with a hot rock
7.) Toel dry

It happened so fast. It was like watching the final episode of Mad Men or Firefly and realizing that it was all over.

My Fitness Pal 30 Day Food Logging Challenge [Day 0]

On my youtube channel I announced a food logging challenge.  As of today, I’m 46 days strong with tracking my food.  Of course, tracking your food doesn’t necessarily mean you’re eating well, but it’s one of those daily habits that keeps you mindful of what you put in your body.

You can set a weight loss goal if you want, but for this first time around, set something modest.  I care more about continuing my habit of food tracking and want you to adopt it also if your goal is to lose some weight.

Some people are more motivated than others, and if you want, ad other goals.  You can be aggressive with targets you set for yourself, but for right now, I’m challenging you to be consistent with this one habit.  You can add me on My Fitness Pal and leave a comment on this video, but you don’t have to .  If you watch the video, I mention my email address and you can email me directly.  I didn’t post here because I don’t want to get spammed.

Of course, you can keep it to yourself, but that makes it so much more difficult.

At the end of the 30 days, I want to know if you’ve accomplished anythings worth noting.  It could a new habit, it could be looser clothes, it could more energy or could just be that you feel better.  I’m not looking for infomercial type transformations.  I want help others lose body fat by sticking to small habits on a daily basis similar to what was explained in the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.

Today is day 0 and tomorrow start day 1.  Good Luck!


What happens if you fall off?

I don’t know, do you have any suggestions?

Clear Goals: Six Pack Bikini Body

Few people know exactly what they want. The ones that do are almost always happier. Having goals and sense of purpose is what gives us focus. Running a business, going to school, raising a family and having a job provide clear goals for that focus.

Fat loss and getting to that nice lean body you’ve always wanted is a goal. Getting a ripped six pack is more specific. Achieving a sub 10% body fat is goal with much more clarity.

Being clear and focus won’t be enough.

Reasons must drive you. What is your why to getting to that six pack?

For the most part, many people don’t have to achieve washboard abs to be healthy. Most of the time, having a photo shoot physique isn’t in the cards for everyone’s genetics year round.

I’ve lost a ton of weight and I’ve helped many people achieve their fat loss goals, those that were successful came to me with a very big and important reason. If you have a burning desire for a six pack, don’t tread lightly on the goal. For most people, the goal will have to consume every aspect of your life.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but understand that your perfect bikini body isn’t going to come without some dealings with the devil.


I’m just kidding.

In total seriousness, the six pack goal will be the air you breath and the food you eat (literally). You’ll have to think about it 24/7 to stay on track. Breena Martinez  , a fellow personal trainer athlete makes her Pro Olympia Bikini Debut this September 2015.

I see her everyday and she breaths this stuff. It’s on her mind 24/7, she’s focused and she determined. She’s running her personal training business, she coaching others, she’s building her personal brand – nothing will get in her way.

Go Sabrina!

I’m definitely rooting for her.

It’s inspiring to me as she inspires many others by demonstrating her dedication and sacrifice. Everyone admires and loves those kinds of people. She’s a great example of focus.

At one point in my life, it was something I aspired to do. I don’t anymore primarily because process of what it takes to get there doesn’t interest me. It doesn’t get me excited.

What excites you about your fat loss goal?

That’s how you find clarity. Although much of the great things we want to accomplish are inherently difficult, the process and steps necessary have to be something you satisfaction from. Powerlifting excites me because the process is although painful, dangerous and sometimes sketchy – there’s something about the process that brings me to life.

What brings you to life?

What will achieving six pack abs and an amazing bikini body do for you? For most people, its achievement isn’t worth it – but the challenge to get you there will be. It’s not about achieving it, it’s about what you journey to discipline yourself to get there.

Throwing Stuff Away

Throwing stuff away.

I’m a pack rat and I bet you are too. You might not be a pack rack in a typical sense, but I’m sure there is something you hate wasting or throwing away. It’s doesn’t always have to be physical, it could be mental. Thoughts, ideas and feelings that you don’t want to let go of.

Like getting a six pack or just getting back in physical shape. It could be the idea of eating better and making some adjustment to life style.

It could be that book idea, website idea, product or life goal that just won’t die.

I have this terrible habit of keeping old technology around. I have this stack of DVD’s and CD-R’s. Xbox games, family videos, music cds and burned movies (legal back ups of course). Holy crap, there’s a ps2 game in there. The last time I had a working Playstation was in 2011 before it got the yellow light of death. It was the original PS3.

Playstation 2 games fantastic 4 dragon ball

I’m going to psychoanalyze myself and suggest that I don’t want to let go of the past; literally. Stuff, things and junk that I don’t want to trash. I want to keep it, I think because I may need it later. Oddly, what always seems to happen, is that when I do need that thing I didn’t want to throw away, I can’t find it and I end up buying a new one anyway.

Too many choices and too many options is what holds me back.

This was best described in the book, Predictably Irrational by Dan Airely.

predictably irrational

In chapter 8 he talks about keeping doors open. Here’s a quote from the book:

“How many times have bought something on sale not because we really needed but because by the end of the sale all those items would be gone and we could never have it at that price again.”

My view is that if I keep something instead of throwing it away, I give myself the option to have it available for later use to potentially save money and/or time. This is rarely the case, but there’s a flaw in my thinking that makes it so.

This is why having a job keeps life simple. You work towards the goal of an organization. In turn, the goals of the organization’s become yours. If you own a business or work in a business with in a business (like me), the goals of your clients become your goals.

This is why we need work and passion projects – they almost always require other people. The people we care about in our life keeps us focused on what’s important. Without these people, life would have little meaning.

Throwing stuff away, not letting go, staying focused, keeping options open and setting goals – yeah I’m pretty much all over the place. So what’s the moral of this blog post? If your goals are important enough (fitness, business, life), you’ll clear the clutter, throw stuff away, eliminate options and stay focused on your goals.

I think.