October Weigh-In

Well, it’s been an interesting morning. I got a big surprise at my beginning of the month weigh in. I’m exactly 3lbs lighter than I was yesterday!

Sep 30 – 248lbs
Oct 1 – 245lbs

Off top I’ll tell you I didn’t eat any meat, bread, potatoes or sugar and I went running. That wasn’t hard, but it was also only 1 day. I’ve already made up in my mind I’m not going carb crazy today just cause it’s October; I really want these results. I really want these gains! It’s going to come with great sacrifice and I’m here for it.

Fasting is done at 12pm. Then it’s time to make smart decisions until 8pm.

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Day 30: September Discipline Reflection

Good morning!

It’s officially day 30 of my September discipline challenge. For the last 29 days I have not consumed bread, potatoes or alcohol. There are results, revelations and realizations. Let’s talk about them.

1. I had no idea that I consumed so many carbs and starches in a day. Sandwiches, dairy free pizza, pretzels, chips, roasted potatoes, fries. It was literally something I would indulge in every single day. What I’ve done this month was opted to have a green vegetable or another plant or nut in it’s place. So instead of chips or pretzels, I had cashews. Instead of fries I would have kale or asparagus. Sometimes I would just have catfish or grilled chicken and nothing else with it. Not the most balance meal but it became more about the discipline than the courses in a meal.

2. The worst thing I could have done in the last 30 days was weigh myself somewhere in the middle of the challenge. Because right now, I’m not as happy as I should be in the process.

Sep 1 – I weighed 255
Sep 22 – I weighed 242
Sep 30 – I weigh 248

The focus should be on the fact that I lost weight no matter what. Unfortunately I’m sitting here thinking “how did I get back that 6!?”

3. The most inconsistent thing this month was my workouts. I only got 1 week in where I did 3 days or more. It became hard to create time for one reason or another and I slacked hard. Think my only workout last week was Saturday. I got to get these workouts up if I’m going to hit my 215 goal by NYE.

4. With the lack of carbs and starches, I noticed my craving for sugar increased. It wild, but I had a craving for things like cookies and ate more fruit snacks and wanted chocolate more than ever this month. If anybody can help me process or curbed that, I’m all ears.

Alcohol was so easy that it’s not worth even mentioning. I’ve been a heavy drinker for only a couple years of my life and those dark days are over.

5. It’s day 30 and success was made! My results are light but as a person that see’s my body everyday, I’m proud of what’s on the horizon. Oct 1, I take another weight tally and a waist measurement. All my slacks and jeans fit bigger this month and it was more room in a couple XL shirts that were snug in July and August.

October the challenge is Intermittent Fasting every day. I practiced it towards the end to mentally prepare. Lets see what happens when I get that in, with the workouts.

The Marathon Continues – Nipsey Hussle

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Wanting No More Pain A Year Later

Exactly 1 year ago today, I was in pretty bad shape. If I remember right I had over indulged on Brats and Chicken and needless to say I was feeling it. The day of, I was fine. The two days after I felt completely out of the game. I had unbelievable aches and pains. It was unexplainable, but what I definitely was sure of was it was all linked to the foods I was eating. I know through some of my social media posts some people didn’t believe me. Even laughed at the notion that food could be causing aches and pains in my body, but I knew it was fact. The only way to prove it was by discipline and elimination.

It was on this day, I made the decision to stop eating fast food and ground beef. Along with that came the decision to drastically cut my pork consumption and dairy as well. With these changes along with cutbacks on fried foods, chicken and red meat, I increased my intake of fruits and vegetables. What I would find is the pain leaving my body slowly and undeniable internal changes. I was healing, with no medical treatment, pills or creams.

Along with the above I started reading up on holistic healing, medical marijuana and the positives of CBD oil. I came to some very eye opening revelations. I’ll talk about those at a later time.

Today, I want to take time to pat myself on the back for a job well done on a journey that is far from complete. I listened to my body and made the changes it was telling me to make and as a result of that, my pain has been minimal to nonexistent way more than half of the last 365 days. I say that and I’ve had a hernia surgery that put me at half speed for about 4 weeks.

I’m no Vegan, but adopting more plants to my lifestyle, eliminating fast food and eating meat sometimes no more than 5 times a month have served as great positives for my health. I can safely say that I am stronger and healthier today than I was at 25 and feeling no more pain.

Vegan For 30 Days?

Read an article today about some of my favorite male celebrities who are living the vegan lifestyle. Some I knew before, like Mike Tyson and Y.G. Then there were some I didn’t know lived the lifestyle like Drake and Kyrie Irving.

Reading Mike Tyson’s story again made me consider taking on being Vegan for a full 30 days. He talks about how it helped with his weight, addiction, aches, pains and arthritis. I have a history of back and knee pains. As I get older the discomfort seems to get worse. I try to stay active and working out helps but some days, I just can’t shake the strain. It’s even worse during the cold months. My thought is, give this Vegan lifestyle a shot the entire month of April and if I get rid of the aches and pains, to seriously consider a full lifestyle change. How could I not if it’s ridding me of years of previous strain?

As I take my health and body more serious, I am open to trying anything that will improve it the right way. Working out 3-6 days a week and cutting back on processed and fast foods have worked wonders so far. With me cutting out meat and dairy altogether, there’s no telling the transformation in sight.

It helps my wife is already Vegan and has been for 3 months. She makes some great meals so some days I really do not eat any meat or dairy, which I can feel the difference when I do and don’t. I only do it a few days out of the week. I don’t think I’ve done it a full week yet, which is why I want to attempt it, just to see and feel the difference, if any.

I’m going to buy a scale and prepare for April 2018 as my month of trying out the vegan lifestyle. If a drastic transformation occurs, I will post the results. Have a great night and a better morning!

The Overdue Life Evolution

Late July, I started a challenge with some of the homey’s. The goal was to not eat meat for 30 days. No Beef, Pork, Chicken or Fish. On paper it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.What it turned into was one of the easiest ways to prove “I can do anything if I want to.” and that made me really want to. Some days I thought about “having some wings and starting over” or “Getting this fish sandwich real quick” because people say that’s not a really a meat. I didn’t do either of those scenarios.  I just turned it into a greater mindset challenge for myself.

I decided to name it a “Discipline Challenge” and have this be the first test in the evolution of me. In the midst trying to find work and be working, I haven’t really taken the much needed time to take care of myself. When I went 30 days without eating meat. I felt accomplished. I felt good about me. I also seen that I can get through days or weeks with a greater set of options for food and that meat didn’t have to be eaten everyday. So now, I’m just going to do more discipline challenges. It’s all about the real steps to an overdue Life Evolution.

For September, the challenge is to lift weights 10 times this month. Cardio Days do not count. Why this challenge? Because for about 10 years, I been saying “I’m bout to look like Ravishing Rick Rude on you heauxs” and to be real, his corpse probably still looks better than me. I’ll start, but I’ll also finish. See a few cuts, pose down in the mirror then stop. Lose 20 pounds, compare that day 1 shirtless selfie to the progress selfie and then stop. It’s got to be apart of my lifestyle if I’m really going to make it happen. 10 days of lifting doesn’t sound difficult until you put it in perspective. LA Fitness gives out 3, 5 and up to 2 week passes and people still don’t go half the time before the pass expires. If I can lift weights 3 times a week that would lead me to meeting my goal with days to spare in the 4th week. My goal is to exceed the doable goal. My first day was September 4th. With discipline, I could be on day 6 by Saturday.

The Discipline Challenges is all about the action it takes to be the man I want to be. I’m making it public because people love train-wrecks and triumph. I’m pretty sure I’ve accomplished wrecked online in great fashion before, so let me give you some inspiration now.

It’s also a reminder that I need to start taking better care of myself. I need look better. I need to feel better. I’m really going to research and find a therapist, even though writing has been great for me the last few weeks. I’m going to dress better. I will master the clean but wild look. I will do things I love and concern and surround myself with only people that love me. Things that I didn’t know I wasn’t doing until it felt like I was literally doing nothing with my life.

I’m pumped! Discipline Challenge number 2 is on deck! follow my IG @CamQuotes to see the process. @PenPimps probably don’t want me posting half naked selfies this fall anyway. ha!