License To Eat

Today wasn’t going to be a rest day, but it ended up being that way and I’m fine with that.  I went to Rapid for a skin check appointment and got back a little while ago, so am just going to relax and catch up on some computer work and client stuff.

Anyway…do any of you feel that when you hop in the car to go somewhere, even a short trip like Rapid, you feel like you can eat whatever the hell you want? It is really strange, but it seems like once you are in the car, shit food is free game and becomes a free for all.  Candy bars, M&Ms, crappy gas station burritos, popcorn, chips, etc., not to mention disgusting sweet  drinks or pop. Well I am sick of doing that. I always feel like crap when I step out of the car and all those wrappers fall out.  Just kidding, I meant physically feeling like crap.  So, my morning started with coffee and a Factor 75 breakfast.  I felt satisfied.  I stopped at Target and Scheels before my appointment and after, went to Safeway.  I was determined I was not going to grab a bunch of shit food.  I got big fat olives and artichokes from the olive bar and a brussels sprout apple salad from the deli.  This salad, by the way, was really good.  I also got some really good organic juice blend things that ended up tasting really great too.  Last was macadamia nuts, but didn’t touch those.  Even though those are healthy, I am sure I would have mindlessly eaten at least half the container while cruising down the road at 80.  Another thing that works great is to drink a bunch of water; it helps the boredom of driving and keeps a person hydrated and less likely to over eat.  So does the radio, cranked up loud.  Like this song.  Cranked this sucker WAY up.

So, next time you travel, what do you plan to do?

Here is the drink I found:


Today's Training and I Love Food

Today’s Training

6 rounds

All bodyweight

10 squats (ass to grass)

10 pushups

10 hanging knee raise

5 to 10 Aussie pullups


3 rounds

Overhead walk -right – 2 passes 

Overhead walk -left 2 passes. 20 kg bell that was TOUGH

Swings – 15 – 24kg bell

As I sit here writing this I can feel my stomach growling. I am so hungry. I love food. I especially love food that I know is good for me, such as my breakfast this morning. A big fat egg muffin filled with spinach and peppers and a piece of sausage. Delicious!! I admit it…I really do love food. I’m sure I’m not the only one. 


Rotate Your Tires

I was listening to a podcast the other night.  The guest was Will Chung. He and the host were talking about movement, working out, correctional exercises, everything along those lines and how to apply those things to bodybuilding (which was what that hat specific podcast was addressing).

One phrase that just stuck with me and which I could not stop thinking about was “rotate your tires.”  I just could not get it out of my mind.  I mean, seriously, what a concept.  I would hope that you rotate your tires on your car to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your tires and on your car.  So, as we apply that to ourselves, I mean, holy crap, what a concept!  Right?  Think about it, good movement patterns, moving with purpose, not keying in on one body part or one area of the body, and just expressing the art of you.  Such a great phrase. I absolutely love it.

I like to do that in my own training. I change things up a lot. I try not to focus on one area. I want full body work and fully body mobility and movement patterns. I want to be able to move without pain. I want to be able to function without pain. I want to be able to express myself.

So, change it up. Practice movement. Rotate YOUR tires.


Today's Training (April 7, 2015) and Some Beet Juice

Hitting the presses today –

Five Rounds

1.  Strict Press 3/3 30#

5 pushups – pause at the bottom (hardstyle)

15 hanging knee raises

2.  Strict Press 3/3 30#

5 pushups – pause at bottom (hardstyle)

15 hanging knee raises

3.  Strict Press 2/2 35#

5 pushups (hardstyle)

15 hanging knee raises

4.  Strict Press 1/1 40#

5 pushups (hardstyle)

15 hanging knee raises

5.  Strict Press 1/1 44#


Farmer’s walks – 2 passes (basement) 44# or 20kg  for all farmer’s walks and 1 Hand swings

1 hand swing 5/5 44#

Farmer’s walks – 4 passes

1 hand swings 5/5 44#

Farmer’s walks – 6 passes

1 hand swings 5/5 44#


Tried this little gem of a preworkout drink today.

Good thing it had passionfruit juice mixed in otherwise I might have gagged.  It is oddly refreshing and I know beet juice rocks for the blood so…  Not bad.

Today's Training -It Can Be Done

i did not have a lot of time today, but I still wanted to get my training in. It can be done! This workout took about 20 minutes

Three rounds 

Chin up – 1

Suitcase DL to reverse lunge – 5/5

Bridge holds – 20 to 30 seconds 


Three rounds 

30 second jump rope (85-95 reps)

10 swings – 53# bell

10 box jumps – 18 inch box 


Then lunch – Brussels sprouts and meatballs 

Factor 75 Meal Review

Factor 75 is a meal delivery service out of Chicago.  I came upon their service while searching the internet for paleo food delivery services.  They did not solicit me to write a review, I just wanted to.  I have tried a few other meal delivery services; Eatology and Noble Savage.  Both are good, Noble Savage is better in my opinion.  What intrigued me about Factor 75 is that the meals are delivered fresh, not frozen and the ingredients and quality of the food is impeccable.  I find this very interesting and very cool.  Here is how it works: (copied from the website)

Choose from a weekly menu of 12-13 items

Never get bored.

Kick things off and choose from 12-13 menu items, but stick around and you get endless options.

Every week, you’ll see 1-2 new chef-crafted dishes on our menu. Whether you fuel performance like a caveman or pescatarian, we keep things fresh, just like every ingredient we’ll ever use.

Paleo? No problem.

Gluten-free? Done.

It doesn’t matter if you’re closing deals, lifting at the gym, or on your tenth round and those mitts gotta stay up. We know what performance looks like. That’s why every meal is nutritionist-designed for energy when you need it most.

Whether you’re looking for high-quality proteins, low glycemic carbohydrates, or heart healthy fats, you can count on every menu item being:

Hormone-free Gluten-free
Antibiotic-free Soy-free
100% organic GMO-free

Very cool!!  So I signed up and ordered 7 meals.  The following are my thoughts and review of five of these meals, as I still have not eaten all of them:

Starting with Surf & Turf

Factor75 Description

We grill hanger steak to perfection, slice it thin and serve with a purple mashed potato seasoned with rosemary and brown butter. Our “surf” are paleo crab cakes; sweet crab mixed with almond flour, vegetables, and a house made paleo mayo.

My Review:

FullSizeRender-20The steak was cooked to perfection and had wonderful flavor.  Very tender and a person can definitely tell it is grassfed beef.  Delicious.  The purple potatoes were delicious and pretty.  The hint of rosemary was so refreshing.  The crab cakes were amazing.  The flavor was unreal.  The texture was amazing.  So good.  I split this meal with my daughter and it was plenty for both of us.

Fish Tacos

Factor 75 Description:

A taste of the surfer lifestyle delivered to your door. We steam Swiss Chard leaves and roll them up for you to unravel and fill with flaked Tilapia, Red Cabbage slaw, and a deliciously spiced greek yogurt. A taste of the Baja lifestyle, no matter where you are!

My Review:

FullSizeRender-19This one was a little messy to put together, but so worth it.  Again, the flavors are amazing.  The fish was tender.  The cabbage was fresh.  The sauce was spicy and amazing.  Not too hot, just right.  Love the swiss chard for the shells.  Absolutely delicious!

Apple Cashew Stuffed Chicken

Factor 75 Description:

Cage free chicken breast holds a delectable and power packed stuffing of organic apples, cashews, three types of anti-oxidant rich dried fruit, a chiffonade of fresh sage, and onion that ties it all together. This is seared to lock in the flavor with just a touch of sea salt and black pepper. Our favorite sweet potato mash is the perfect compliment for our new and improved stuffed chicken, organic brown butter kisses the side of Brussels sprouts and baby carrots have a rich nutty flavor that warms the palate.

My Review:

FullSizeRender-17Very good flavor of the carrots and brussels sprouts.  Sprouts are my absolute favorite.  These were just a little on the crunchy side.  Could have been cooked slightly longer.  The sweet potatoes were amazing.  The chicken breast was not dry all.  It had so much flavor.  Perfect combination of spices.  The stuffing was also delicious.  Slightly sweet from the apples with the perfect amount of spice.  Absolutely awesome!!

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Factor 75 Description:

Made without pasta, you will get to enjoy the tastiness of lasagna while avoiding the negative effects of typical lasagna. Instead we use layers of butternut squash which is packed with dietary fiber, antioxidants and minerals, and is an ideal food for controlling cholesterol and losing weight.

My Review:

FullSizeRender-16Wonderful subtle sage flavor in the lasagna.  I have never liked sautéed spinach, but this was amazing.  It was not slimy at all and had so much flavor. Cute, little bright green rolls full of nutrients and flavor.  They were bundled into cute little spinach presents!  So satisfying and filling.  I also shared this one with Tayler and we both had plenty.

Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

Factor 75 Description:

This dish will change your view of nutrition and taste co-existing! Stuffed with a coconut creamed spinach, then wrapped with bacon and baked to perfection. This will transform that boring chicken breast to one that you will brag to your family about! On the side we have steamed rutabaga and carrots are then slightly caramelized with grape seed oil.

My Review:

FullSizeRender-15This was the first meal I tried.  Great flavor.  Perfect crunch on the vegetables, not mushy.  Very satisfying.  Chicken was not dry at all and it was just like I cooked it myself.  Not even kidding.  These meals look like ones I usually make.  The spinach stuffing was also delicious with great flavors.  I absolutely loved it.  These portions are big and I could have split this one as well.

I will definitely keep ordering these meals.  They are not something I could afford to have for every meal, although I would love to.  I will use them in addition to cooking my own healthy, paleo style meals.  I know the ingredients are unbelievable.  These meals are designed by leading nutritionists, doctors and chefs based on the latest research.  They have the highest quality standards. The meats are pasture-raised, and grass-fed. They source ingredients that are organic and local as often as possible. You’ll never see artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, or hydrogenated fats in any of their food.  I LOVE THAT and THIS: Hormone-free, Gluten-free, Antiobiotic-free, soy-free, 100% organic, GMO-free.  That is HUGE for me.  I am very picky about my food.

Next up for me are the breakfast meals.  Can’t wait to try them.

If you want to try them out, use the following link and get two free meals.  The shipping was only  $10, which is awesome.

–all pictures are of the actual meals that I ate–

Simple But Not Easy, Today's Training and Hello Turkey

The Bootcampers found out today that simple is not easy.  After a thorough warmup we did a stack workout.  Start with one exercise, rest, then we do two exercies, rest, then three, etc, up to five exercises.  We did one section that was kettlebells, one section bodyweight and one section mixed.  Simple, quick, NOT easy.  They did a great job.


My workout today is deadlifts.  Seeing how heavy I can get.  I like to do over over with the grip.  Just feels weird to me to do over under.  I will see how heavy I can get before I have to switch.  Here’s how it went down:


135 – 5 reps

145 – 3 reps

155 – 2 reps

165 – 1 rep

170 – 1 rep

175 – 1 rep

180 – 1 rep (grip starting to fail)

185 – 1 rep (over under grip) feels weird

190 – three failed attempts (man, I wanted that).  The pic is 190 on the bar.  Something to shoot for!


Three rounds

20 – hanging knee raises

10 – kettlebell swings (62#)

my grip was shot

Hello Turkey

This was what I saw on my way to the studio this morning!  They didn’t care that cars were coming.  Taking their sweet time walking across the highway.  Funny.


Watch for a review of the Factor 75 meals in tomorrow’s blog!

So Very True And Patience Truly Is A Virtue

So today, Tayler wanted me to show her how to box.  They say you should never train your family members.  No kidding.  Our session lasted about an hour.  We went over the basics and a few punches.  She got frustrated because she couldn’t do it right away.  Typical.  I told her it’s called practice.  I told her she couldn’t expect to know how to do it right away.  Just as in life, nothing worth having comes easy.  So after she quit pouting about the punching I put her through a baby circuit.  Seriously, four things, not difficult. 1-2 punches on the bag, jumping jacks, wall sit with punching and plank.  Nothing against her, but I was very surprised that she had a hard time getting through it.  It was only 30 seconds of each exercise, twice through.  I also gave her a hard time with what she considered jumping jacks.  I definitely need to start working more with her.

We then discussed boys and music on the way home and all was good again.

Today's Training (April 2, 2015), Throwback Thursday and a Sneak Peek

Today I felt strong.  Here is today’s training:

Five Rounds

Handstand Hold – 30 seconds

Goblet Squat – 3 reps – 40#, 44#, 53#, 62# and 70# (whew that 70 pound sucker was HEAVY)

Push-ups – 5  (hardstyle)

Chin up – 1


Jump Rope 45 seconds

5 – KB swings

Jump Rope 30 seconds

10 – KB swings

Jump Rope – 15 seconds

15 KB swings

Jump Rope – 15 seconds

15 KB swings

Jump Rope – 30 seconds

10 KB swings

Jump Rope – 15 seconds

5 KB swings

All swings were done with the 44# bell.

Here is a Throwback of Tayler ( 1 year and 15 years 9 months) and a sneak peek of the Factor 75 food.


April Fool's Day

Today is a rest day and boy do I need it.  My forearms are still on fire from yesterday’s workout.  Holy tire flips.  Wow!!

I am going to try some new meals that I ordered from a place in Chicago.  It is called Factor 75.  I will do a review in a few days and let you all know what I think.  I ordered seven meals to try.  They have great variety and arrive refrigerated, not frozen.  Very cool.