I’ve Lost Five Pounds Over the Last Month

Not a success. “Weight loss” is a deception, and I dislike the term. “Fat loss” is more apropos and doesn’t show up on a scale.

For those that haven’t followed my blog since the last time I discussed this, I’m around the ballpark of 6’2″ to 6’3″ in height, and in early August I was standing at 230 pounds. Now, I carry most of my fat in my gut, chest and ‘love handles’, the worst areas for fat storage in men since they are estrogen-dominant areas, especially the gut, and likely mitigate my testosterone levels. I also carry a solid amount of fat in my face and ass, which don’t bother me as much, albeit I’d like to lose fat in my face to emphasize my jawline a bit more.

I was in the best shape of my life back in September 2009 and May 2010. I was doing bodyweight exercises, lifting dumbbells, utilizing my treadmill in the basement and getting on the elliptical at my aunt’s house on a near daily basis. I was also carrying a heavy bookbag around back then and was naturally strong overall. I was around 195-205 pounds at that time. Regardless, I don’t look ‘bad’, I’m just flabby, and flab is the enemy. I want to be a beast, and look like one.

Anyhow, by September 1st of this year, I’d gotten to 228; after a month of on-again/off-again commitment to a caloric deficit, I’ve dropped down to 223 pounds, and I’m not sure I consider it a success. I’m still flabby and don’t see any reduction in fat. As for strength, I haven’t felt any decreases, either. I can’t put the blame on water weight, because I only went from five bottles of water (16.9 ounce bottles) a day to eight bottles.

So I reckon it’s a mixture.

I should increase my protein intake to 1 gram per pound of lean body mass, but I’m not exactly sure how much lean body mass I actually have, and I’ll be damned if I go 1 pound per bodyweight, because as much as I like meat and other protein packed foods, acquiring 220 grams of protein a day is tedious.

I’ll keep updating and see how this goes. I’ve been taking Muscle Pharm’s Shred Matrix. In about a month I’m going to try out the new Muscle Pharm product from the new Arnold Schwarzenegger line Iron Cuts. It looks to be promising since the ingredient profile features agents that should fight the effects of catabolism/muscle loss.

Other supplements I’ve been taking asides from MP’s Shred Matrix:
— 5,000 IU of vitamin D (D3)
— Life Extension’s Super K (Vitamin K2 for D3/calcium uptake)
— Triple strength fish oil (2 to 4 caps a day)
— Juice Plus Orchard and Garden Blends (I usually don’t take products like this, but I got a box of these for free, so why not?)
— Muscle Pharm’s CLA (conjugated linoleic acid; perhaps a waste of money)
— Coconut oil (through capsules, the oil from Nutiva or cooking)

I’m still eating in a caloric deficit, and despite the ‘weight loss’, I’ve noticed minimal fat loss (as in none), but I’ll keep on trucking forward because in my mind that’s the only option at this point. Well, one of two options: become a beast or stay flabby, unappealing and mediocre.

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How to Let Go of a Past Relationship: 10 Steps to Move On Peacefully

I’m sharing a post from Tiny Buddha. I’ve had it bookmarked on Google Chrome bookmark toolbar since last March. I need to read it more often. I have to share it this way because there’s no option on the article page to share via WordPress. All credit goes to the awesome author that is Lori Deschene.

This is a great article/post and it applies to both genders, no question. All people struggling to let go of the past and move on (like yours truly) can benefit from reading this. I promise. Without further ado:
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“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Nine years ago my heart was in a million little pieces that formed the basis for a million regrets.

I had my first serious relationship in college, when all my insecurities came to a head. My ex-boyfriend had to juggle multiple roles, from therapist to cheerleader to babysitter.

The whole relationship revolved around holding me up. I realized this soon after it ended—that I spent three years expecting someone else to love me when I didn’t love myself. The guilt and shame kept me single for almost a decade.

I dated, but it was always casual. I’d start getting close to someone and then find a way to sabotage it.

Long after I let go of the man, feelings about the relationship held me back. I was afraid of being vulnerable. I was afraid of being hurt. But mostly I was afraid of hurting someone else again and having to live with that.

If you’ve been holding onto an old relationship, now is the perfect time to let go. Here’s how you can start moving on:

1. Practice releasing regrets.

When a relationship ends, it’s tempting to dwell on what you did wrong or what you could have done differently. This might seem productive—like you can somehow change things by rehashing it. You can’t.

All dwelling does is cause you to suffer. When you start revisiting the past in your head, pull yourself into the moment. Focus on the good things in your current situation: the friends who are there for you and the lessons you’ve learned that will help you with future relationships.

It might help to tell your friends to only let you vent for 10 minutes at a time. That way you’re free to express your feelings, but not drown in them.

2. Work on forgiving yourself.

You might think you made the biggest mistake of your life, and if only you didn’t do it you wouldn’t be in pain right now. Don’t go down that road—there’s nothing good down there!

Instead, keep reminding yourself that you are human. You’re entitled to make mistakes; everyone does. And you will learn from them and use those lessons to improve your life.

Also, keep in mind: if you want to feel love again in the future, the first step is to prepare yourself to give and receive it. You can only do that if you feel love toward yourself; and that means forgiving yourself.

3. Don’t think about any time as lost.

If I looked at that unhealthy relationship or the following decade as time lost, I’d underestimate all the amazing things I did in that time. True, I was single throughout my 20s, but that made it easier to travel and devote myself to different passions.

If you’ve been clinging to the past for a while and now feel you’ve missed out, shift the focus to everything you’ve gained. Maybe you’ve built great friendships or made great progress in your career.

When you focus on the positive, it’s easier to move on because you’ll feel empowered and not victimized (by your ex, by yourself, or by time.) Whatever happened in the past, it prepared you for now—and now is full of opportunities for growth, peace, and happiness.

4. Remember the bad as well as the good.

Brain scientists suggest nearly 20 percent of us suffer from “complicated grief”—a persistent sense of longing for someone we lost with romanticized memories of the relationship. Scientists also suggest this is a biological occurrence; that the longing can have an addictive quality to it, actually rooted in our brain chemistry.

As a result, we tend to remember everything with reverie, as if it was all sunshine and roses. If your ex broke up with you, it may be even more tempting to imagine she or he was perfect and you weren’t.  In all reality, you both have strengths and weaknesses and you both made mistakes.

Remember them now. As I mentioned in the post 40 Ways to Let Go and Feel Less Pain, it’s easier to let go of a human than a hero.

5. Reconnect with who you are outside a relationship.

Unless you hop from relationship to relationship, odds are you lived a fulfilling single life before you got into this one. You were strong, satisfied and happy—at least on the whole.

Remember that person now. Reconnect with any people or interests that may have received less attention while you were attached.

The strong, happy, passionate person you were attracted your ex. That person will get you through this loss and attract someone equally amazing in the future when the time is right. Not a sad, depressed, guilt-ridden person clutching to what once was. If you can’t remember who you are, get to know yourself now. What do you love about life?

6. Create separation.

Hope can be a terrible thing if it keeps you stuck in the past. It’s not easy to end all contact when you feel attached to someone. Breaking off the friendship might feel like ruining your chances at knowing love again.

It’s helped me to change my hopes to broader terms. So instead of wanting a specific person to re-enter your life, want love and happiness—whatever that may look like.

You will know love again. You won’t spend the rest of your life alone. In one way or another, you will meet all kinds of people and create all kinds of possibilities for relationships—if you forgive yourself, let go, and open yourself up, that is.

7. Let yourself feel.

Losing a relationship can feel like a mini-death, complete with a grieving process.

First you’re shocked and in denial. You don’t believe it’s over and you hold out hope. Next you feel hurt and guilty. You should have done things differently. If you did you wouldn’t be in this pain.

Then you feel angry and maybe even start bargaining. It would be different if you gave it a second go. You wouldn’t be so insecure, defensive, or demanding.  Then you might feel depressed and lonely as it hits you how much you’ve lost.

Eventually you start accepting what happened and shift your focus from the past to the future.

You have to go through the feelings as they come, but you can help yourself get through them faster. For example, if you’re dwelling in guilt, make forgiving yourself a daily practice. Read books on it, meditate about it or write about it in a journal.

8. Remember the benefits of moving on.

When you let go, you give yourself peace.

Everything about holding on is torturous. You regret, you feel ashamed and guilty, you rehash, you obsess—it’s all an exercise in suffering. The only way to feel peace is to quiet the thoughts that threaten it.

Letting go opens you up to new possibilities.

When you’re holding onto something, you’re less open to giving and receiving anything else.

If you had your arms wrapped around a huge bucket of water, you wouldn’t be able to give anything other than that bucket, or grab anything else that came your way. You might even struggle breathing because you’re clutching something so all-encompassing with so much effort.

You have to give to receive. Give love to get love, share joy to feel joy. It’s only possible if you’re open and receptive.

9. Recognize and replace fearful thoughts.

When you’re holding onto a relationship, it’s usually more about attachment than love. Love wants for the other person’s happiness. Fear wants to hold onto whatever appears to make you happy so you don’t have to feel the alternative.

You might not recognize these types of fearful thoughts because they become habitual. Some examples include: I’ll never feel loved again. I’ll always feel lonely. I am completely powerless. Replace those thoughts with: All pain passes eventually. It will be easier if I help them pass by being mindful. I can’t always control what happens to me, but I can control how I respond to it.

10. Embrace impermanence.

Nothing in life lasts forever. Every experience and relationship eventually runs its course.

The best way to embrace impermanence is to translate it into action. Treat each day as a life unto itself. Appreciate the people in front of you as if it were their last day on earth. Find little things to gain in every moment instead of dwelling on what you lost.

When I feel like clinging to experiences and people, I remind myself the unknown can be a curse or an adventure. It’s up to me whether or not I’m strong and positive enough to see it as the latter.

It took me eight years to work through my feelings about relationships and letting go; but I am happy to report I am 15 months into a healthy relationship, standing firmly on my own two feet. In fact, last night he flew from California to Boston, where I’ve been visiting for the last two weeks, to spend time with me and my family.

I don’t regret the time when I was single, but I know now I could have hurt less and created even more possibilities for myself if I put more effort into completely letting go. I hope you’ll make that choice.

Matt Mitrione: A UFC Non Sequitur Poem

Ah, Matt Mitrione, the sadistic son of a bitch
He’s had one too many kegs or boy, does he like a good sandwich!
On the ground, he held up one thumb
Brendan Schaub’s submission victory made him look dumb

I guess that’s the price you pay when you get caught
Schaub’s just another guy Mitrione has fought
Now their friendship has a rift
He tried to hit me with a forklift!

This post was prompted by the WordPress Daily Post and has to do with UFC Heavyweight Matt Mitrione in reference to his submission loss versus Brendan Schaub from UFC 165 on this past Saturday night.

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Drawing and Painting

I could never draw or paint worth a damn growing up. I still can’t. But at least I tried back then, in Elementary school, drawing my favorite things around the time, like St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins football helmets, professional wrestlers like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) and Triple H, and other miscellaneous things.

A girl I dated for a few years had this talent of being able to draw and paint oh so well. I envied that talent she had and let her know on a daily basis that she had a serious talent and encouraged that in her. But the fact of the matter is, my hands — my fingers — are far too shaky and the sheer concentration, time and patience it takes is taxing. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”, they say, and I believe it wholeheartedly, but regardless of how much practice is put into a true artform like drawing and/or painting, a natural talent and true affinity for it cannot be topped.

I’ll stick to writing (not that I’m anything special when it comes to typing a few words, but I’ve always had a knack for it), but I’ll admire the beautiful work of others from afar.

This post was prompted by the WordPress Daily Post.

Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect?

by michelle w. on September 22, 2013

Tell us about a talent you’d love to have… but don’t.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TALENT.

Please note that comments are always closed on daily prompts. Pingbacks are always enabled; if you link to the prompt post on your blog, a link to your post will appear in the list below the prompt.

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Porn is Overrated

I’m not a big porn guy these days. I’m just not. Forced and fake moaning, choreographed sex between two people that aren’t even attracted to each other and only going after the mighty dollar, most of the guys are completely shaved and hairless, most of the women are completely shaved and hairless, and furthermore, the woman go the extra mile by having plastic surgery and many get their buttholes bleached pink. Just toutin’ facts.

But I’m not against porn. Watch it if you want — I don’t give a shit. Religious zealots turn my stomach just as much as radical feminists do. Porn can be nothing or it can be something. What I mean by that is, it can be 5-10 minutes of your day or it can be an hour or more of your day. If you are spending that much time (an hour or more) surfing porn, woe is you. You could be spending that time doing anything to be more productive. If you want to do it, great, but why not achieve the real thing with a real woman or real man? The real thing is better, anyway.

People are flipping out about the whole Miley Cyrus (who’s ugly as hell these days, sadly enough the crackhead Draco Malfoy of women) thing at the VMAs, but an article I read pointed out that most teens have saw worse from some goooooood ol’ porn.

I remember I first saw a glimpse of pseudo-porn back on Newgrounds in the year 1999-early 2000. I was between ages 8 and 9 back then. I saw a photoshopped picture of Britney Spears. Back then, I was hardcore into watching WWF/pro wrestling (known as the WWE today). Now, if you folks don’t know, it was very risque and crude back then with its female wrestlers. They wore scantily clad clothes and were promiscuous as hell. This played a psychological game in my head because even then at ages 9-11 I felt extreme sexual attraction and arousal towards diva wrestlers like Trish Stratus, Lita and eventually (2001-2002) Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson. I also, back then, also had a crush on Stephanie McMahon. I would scour the web looking for ‘nude pics’, y’know, which there were plenty of ‘fake ones’ around at the time.

By 2002 and 2003 I was watching full-blown porn. A lot of wild stuff I won’t even regale you, my readers, with. By 2005, the year I turned 14, I had delved into reading erotica and, secretly, began writing it.

Do I think it fucked me up? No, not really. I was just exposed pretty early, but that was my own doings because I wanted to.

“Smutler! Your parents should have set up a porn blocker or something! A filter! Why didn’t they?!” — they tried, but it didn’t matter. Anyone with a couple of brain cells can figure out how to bypass those filters, even kids, so it was easy to just create a new user account, download a new browser or find a way to access ‘invisible’ mode.

I don’t think porn itself fucks up people, but if you are a man or woman sitting around for hours and watching a lot of over-the-top porn, it’s easy to lose touch with reality. Desensitizing your dopamine receptors and excitotoxins in the pineal gland of your brain can do some long-term harm, too, but that’s only at the extreme end of porn, if you are watching it for a big chunk of your day.

Again, I’d like to say that there’s nothing inherently wrong with porn. If you think there is, get the fuck off my blog and preach your horseshit elsewhere. It can be a fantasy related escape, and it is for many. I’m more into erotica, which I reckon is also an escape. Everybody has some kind of escape in life, whether it’s a vice or whatever. But once it overtakes much of your time and you get these expectations about what this or that should be, and you see women as NOTHING MORE than sexual objects, your reality can be fucked up, skewed and it will difficult for you to maintain a healthy relationship.

I’ll disclose a fetish of mine to you, my readers. A natural desire. Call me a freak, but I love the natural smell of a woman. Yes, hygiene is a must, and I appreciate daily showers, but with my girlfriends of the past, I loved their natural scent, especially their thighs after a warm day and even their butts. Yes, yes, yes, you read that correctly: their butts. No, not the smell you are thinking of, but the natural scent of a woman’s butt, which contains more apocrine glands than men and thus contains more pheromones. Again, not the smell you are thinking of. With hygiene properly assured and taken care of, it’s a natural scent. But, here’s the thing, if you go out and get with a beautiful girl one day, with this fetish, and you bury your nose between her cheeks? Well, there’s a good possibility it won’t be the natural scent you are after, and it’s the other. That doesn’t mean her hygiene is porous, but it’s a freakin’ butthole. That’s why precautions and hygiene need to be accounted for in general, anyway. I always give the human beings I meet the benefit of the doubt of taking a shower every day. But not everything is peachy keen and roses. The same with anal sex and ass to mouth. Yeah… unless you get an enema, it will be dirty, but dirtiness is a part of sex, ladies and gentlemen. Sex is not a controlled experiment in a sterile lab, and pure sex is the best, but I’m just making a point here.

Two paragraphs ago I wrote (paraphrasing incoming) “you might begin to see women as nothing more than sexual objects”… first of all, biology makes it imperative for heterosexual men to see women they find attractive to be sex objects. Well, let me find a better term: sexually attractive. It’s reasonable. You can’t fight it. If I see a girl that I’m attracted to, I want to have sex with her. I’m sorry, but I do. Any heterosexual man with a healthy sex drive that says otherwise is a boldfaced liar. I don’t know how homosexual males feel, but I’d assume it’s similar? If anyone wants to chip in their 2 cents, that would be appreciated. But men and women are both human beings, with flaws, their own unique characteristics, lives, pasts, backgrounds, personalities, etc. But sexual attraction is merely that. Too many people whine and complain about this, that or the other, they make a big deal about shit that shouldn’t even be an issue, but looking at a woman and thinking, “My god, I’d love to fuck her” is different than treating her like a piece of meat. And if a heterosexual man with a healthy sex drive sees a woman he’s sexually attractive to and says he doesn’t think that, then again, he’s a fucking liar or asexual with a nonexistent sex drive.

I’ve veered off the beaten meat (I couldn’t help myself) path of porn.

Try going a week or more without porn. Hell, try not masturbating for a few days. Enjoy your voracious sex drive. A full, heavy pair of testicles will impel you to go out there and want to meet real women/men instead of sitting in front of a brightly lit screen at 1 in the morning, tugging your sex organ.

Daily Prompt: I’ll Show You Sneaky

showtimepettis
Sneakiness here
Sneakiness there
Oh, watch out, Benson Henderson!
Anthony Pettis’s foot is right over there!

Off the cage merely
In the face fiercely
A rematch after three years
Oh, Benson, have you any fear?

A bout for the Lightweight strap
Will it be a decision or will someone be taking a nap?
Tomorrow night, Bendo/Pettis, a title match to decide
A champion will either retain or obtain, the other with wounded pride

But will Showtime be sneaky with his feet?
Or will he be the one who gets beat?
A 5 round battle with both fighters needing to replenish
Will it end early or go all the way to the finish?

The above was my iteration of today’s Daily Prompt writing exercise.

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Getting a Lean, Testosterone-Fueled Body

I have some tips and advice for myself as well as everyone reading. From my experience and from research I’ve read via peer reviewed scientific studies. I won’t link to sources, because if I did that, it would take me the rest of the young morning and half the day to do, so if you question anything I say, feel free to PubMed that shit for verification purposes. I’m not a medical professional nor am I an expert in regards to any of the following.

You can do this. Anybody reading can do this. Anybody not reading can do this.

Movement, movement, movement. Listen, this isn’t the number one thing in the world when it comes to dropping weight (diet/calorie control is), but it certainly helps. I don’t advocate cardio (long distance or high intensity interval training in regards to running, wind sprints, etc.) to anyone. I can’t stand cardio. It sucks. I would rather lift, but I digress. When I say movement, I mean walk. Walk. Walk as much as you can. Park farther away in parking lots from the entrance (I’m sure you’ve heard this before) of stores, places, etc.

In regards to lifting: lift heavy weights, low reps. I’d recommend a gym if you can. If not, and you are like me and you live an outrageously long way from the gym, I suggest core body exercises that you can easily do at home. Push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups (if possible), bodyweight squats, sideplanks and supermans. Some people think sit-ups are a waste of time, but honestly you are exerting a lot of energy with your torso overall and building up a sweat. A winner in my book.

If somebody tells you that you can’t build muscle by doing bodyweight/core body exercises, they are fucking idiots. It’s an extremely fantastic way to get lean, gain strength and become, well, a damn sizable ‘beast’. It’s great for overall health.

But now, let’s get to the nitty gritty as I continue this essay/book because I’m a long-winded fuck that fails to follow the “brevity is the soul of wit” adage of life.

– Protein, fiber and fat. That’s what you need to focus on the MOST! Now, I don’t really recommend a keto/low-fiber diet because it will drive you absolutely fucking nuts if you are a carb-lover, but of the three main macronutrients — proteins, fats and carbs — proteins/fats are the ones essential for life. Now, why did I mention protein and fiber first? Well, they are the most satiating. Sit down and eat a 16 ounce ribeye steak and a bag of broccoli (just an example) — if you can say that you aren’t full after you’ve sat down and slowly eat the said meal for 15-20 minutes, then I call BS!

– Dietary fat… you need it, my friends. 0.5-0.7 grams per pound of body weight is what I recommend for optimal hormone production. Yep, dat dere dietary fat will keep your ‘mushroom tip’ in full form and supplement your body with the goods to go ahead and maintain strength. I cannot emphasize fat enough. The only ‘fats’ I suggest you avoid are processed transfats. Only avoid saturated fat if you are a little bitch (I know you aren’t, readers, but I’m saying that as a scare tactic). Red meat is great, WHOLE EGGS are GREAT, bacon is great… but also, don’t ignore nuts whether it’s natural peanut butter, almonds, walnuts, pistachios (what the fuck ever). Also… go out and pick yourself up a bottle of fish oil and take 3-5 of those fish oil caps a day. Trust me. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids just like saturated and monounsaturated fats.

But again, allow me to reemphasize the great effects of fiber. Along with protein-laden foods, fiber will satiate the hell out of you. If you abhor vegetables, try my routine: melt butter (yep… whole, natural butter) and sautee vegetables like broccoli with the said butter, throw some crushed red pepper or garlic (use whatever you want if you don’t like it/them) and tear it down as a side of whatever meal you are eating.

Broccoli contains compounds called indole-3-carbinol and diindolylmethane… they are natural anti-aromatase ‘agents’ that work to preserve testosterone levels. This, combined with adequate fat levels, is (are?) GREAT. By the way, aromatase is the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. Google if you must.

Remember, saturated fatty acids from whole food sources are your friends. All the ‘studies’ out there related SFAs to heart disease and ‘high cholesterol’ are bunk in my book, but that’s another topic for another time.

ALSO, ALSO, ALSO:

A lot of supplement peddlers out there will say “HEY BRO, YOU NEED DIS, DAT AND DISSS” in order to leach money from your wallet. The only supplements I truly recommend that I think are beneficial? Well:

– A multivitamin (fuck megadosing vitamins; just get something that has at least 100% of the RDA of most of the vitamins in there.)
– Fish oil (yes)
– Vitamin D3 (hugely important. HUGE! 5,000 to 10,000 IU a day is what I recommend. Find a bottle with a good enough dosage/serving size. It’s generally cheap. A plethora of benefits, bro.)
– Vitamin K2 (this is the most underlooked and underrated vitamin out there. I recommend Life Extension’s “Super K” brand/vitamin that you can find on Amazon because it contains the MK4 and MK7 form of K2… if you want to know more about K2 I’ll be gladly to write more than I should about it. It helps synthesize calcium and D3 INTO your bones. Gets your ‘shit straight’, so to speak.)