Category Archives: Fitness

Save Half Your Lunch for Later!

A good healthy eating tip is to halve your lunch and save the second half for a few hours later.  That way you guarantee yourself more opportunity for your metabolism to burn both portions and minimize the amount of fat that your body stores.  You can pretty much do this with any of your meals but for me, it seems to work best for lunch because if I eat the whole thing, I usually get sleepy or congested or fat or all of these.  Also I have something to look forward to in the latter part of my work day.  Instead of coffee, I just go for the second half of my lunch.

Most health conscious people will say that one should eat smaller meals more frequently.  Instead of the traditional three American sized meals a day, try four to six meals and see where that gets you.  Eating is half the battle in the war on fat.  You can work out all you want but if you’re not eating properly, you’re pretty much undoing a good chunk of what you accomplished in the gym.  Figure out how many calories you should be eating a day and then try to estimate how much you should be eating per meal, whether that’s four or six meals per day.  For me, a 6’0″. 205lb male who is moderately to very active, I should consume anywhere from 3,100 to 3,500 calories a day.  That’s approximately 620 to 700 calories per meal.  It’s obviously hard to hit this figure on the dot exactly each time but I just try to get near it as best as I can.  Knowing myself, I tend to overeat so I just tell myself, when in doubt, cut it out.  Corny, but can be very effective.

In order to follow this approach, you have to debunk the definition of a meal.  A meal can be a glass of soy milk (80 calories) and a protein bar (200 calories).  I’ll usually eat that between breakfast and lunch.  For breakfast, I’m usually eating oatmeal or Greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, flax seeds, granola and some honey.  Sometimes I mix in protein powder because I have to dull my withdrawal from steroids.  For lunch, I just go to my superbly prestigious law firm cafeteria and get a sandwich (below) or some chicken breast with greens and whatever else they got going on.  For dinner, I tend to rely on what Mama Lee or Gramama Lee whips up.  Typically, they’re doing some traditional Korean fare, which includes plenty of white rice, rice cake, white noodles or other carb-rich dishes, but to combat this, I just take whatever they give me and dump half of it back in the pot.  I compensate by eating more of the veggie or protein dishes.

All of this is easier said than done but if done, one will be quite happy with the results.  Once you start trying this method of healthy eating out, you’ll realize that not feeling full, just satisfied is the perfect feeling after a meal.  You won’t get food coma as much and you’ll still be on top of your game.  Typically, when I tell myself, “Mang, I just want one more bite,” that’s usually a good sign to stop eating.  It’s January now but there will come a time this year where the consequences of your eating habits will be exposed.  Judgment Day will come like a thief in the night.  Secure your abdominals!  They’re highly prized!  If you don’t have any, go get some!

A Much Healthier Manwich: pepper turkey, cucumbers, hot peppers, tomatoes, monterey Jack, red onions, avocado spread, honey mustard, all healthily placed on seven grain bread with carrot sticks and sweet pickles on the side.

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workout motivations

when i workout i try to go as hard as i can.  this tends to be a problem when i feel like being weak.  in order to preempt my weakness, i yell at myself internally.  sometimes i say the same thing and other times i say different things.  my usual go-to motivational phrase is:

  1. don’t be a bitch.

however, yesterday i didn’t say that.  instead i tried a different, more uplifting approach:

  1. you are so boss right now.
  2. you are such a motherf*cking gangster right now.
  3. you will bitchslap everyone in this room right now.

this newfound strategy of boosting my self-esteem worked pretty well.  i may try it again today.  however, what i would like to do is add motivational phrases to my repertoire to use during my workouts.  please tell me what you normally say to motivate yourself during your workout.  if you normally don’t talk to yourself during your workout, please enter what you think you would say to make me want to workout really hard. i normally workout during my lunch break but i will postpone my workout to after the workday so i can utilize some of your motivational phrases.  i will update later saying which phrases i have adopted and implemented into my workout regimen.  my advance appreciation goes out to you.

and because laughter tends to breed creativity:

.: UPDATE :.

After reviewing everyone’s offerings, it seemed that c’s “beauty is pain” may have been viable but after uttering it a few times in my head, I began to run slower on the treadmill.  I tried going back to my uplifting approach but I can only say “you are so boss right now” and “you are so motherf*cking gangster right now” so many times before I realize that I actually have a boss and that I would never do that to a mother and I’m most likely the furthest thing from a gangster.  I do, however, like Godfather 2.  K-Ming’s “why are you such a p*ssy” was very close to my “don’t be a bitch” so I forewent that option.  I did like Alexander’s “Paul Lee is so funny and hilarious, man. He’s the best,” but it seemed oddly irrelevant.  D$’s “if I finish this set, I can go eat” seemed pretty awesome but I didn’t really like thinking about the food I was going to eat when I was still thinking about the food I was trying to burn off.

I tried a plethora of things last night and though I completed a very strenuously successful workout, I don’t recall talking to myself much except for some f-bombs here and there.  I was pretty tired from last week’s workout.  My lower back still hurts from those terrific squats and titillating stiff-legged deadlifts I did last Wednesday.  I did more last night with an addition of a Romanian deadlift as well.  Freaking Romanians.

In other important events, I began to properly capitalize the beginning of my sentences and pronouns.  I didn’t even notice it until 5ive sentences in.  It must have been the Starcraft 2 Bronze League quick matchup I just played against another fellow Terran player.  I Siegetank-dropped his ass.  I am currently 14th in the Medic Kappa division.

Until next workout and Starcraft victory, zipideedoodah!