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If at first you don’t succeed….

So I have talked many times about the importance of and trouble with exercising when traveling.

I travel a fair amount usually once or twice a month. When you have a tight program like mine, where I have workouts and meals scheduled every day it can be very disruptive to up  and leave your routine. For example, I have cardio Monday morning, and Muay Thai Monday night.  Well, if I am traveling, I obviously can’t make class that night, so it becomes more important not to miss morning cardio too.

The cost of missing both workouts is devastating to my nutritional plan and metabolic rate. Also, my muscles get too relaxed and they forget that I have goals in mind for them.  When I do finally return to my routine they need time to catch up.  This is the equivalent of taking two steps forward and one step back.

Now some may argue that your body can often use a break to recover.  The assumption there is that we all over train, and do not give our body’s enough calculated recovery during our normal routines.  My rebuttal would be that after 6 months of beating the shit out of myself, and working with a number of professionals including doctors and chiropractor, I now have a sense of what is “enough” for me.

So what I am really getting at today is that over the last six months, I have really struggled with traveling, and keeping to my routine, and not paying a price when I get back.  I am the first to admit how hard it is to not eat things that are easy or convenient simply because you are out of your element.  You can’t go home and cook, or prepare you meals ahead of time.

With the help of Amy Henry of Venice Nutrition, I have learned to keys to my success. One is to eat something every 3-4 hours.  This will help keep my blood sugar stable. ( you can learn more about why that is important on Atlantafatboytv on YOU-Tube, or at The second is how to read a food label and make better choices.  Believe it or not, with the right knowledge you can eat food that is made for you AND convenient.

Also, I have realized the importance of making certain declarations. Such as, ” I am going to workout every day I am traveling”.  And then realigning and planning around that declaration.

This is the first time in six months, that I have stuck to my plan.  But, it is SOOOOOOO worth it! I feel like I have made a huge breakthrough for myself. I am moving toward a truly healthy lifestyle, not just a diet or program.  The distinction by the way is that the former is never-ending and the latter has an established time line associated with it.

This week, I have not missed a workout, and I have stuck to my”plan”, meaning I have found ways to be me wherever I am. Live my lifestyle where ever I go.

Can you do the same?

Today was day of nutrition.

How do you know that what you’re buying in the grocery store is actually what you’re supposed to be consuming?  Have you outlined your fitness goals for the next 12 weeks?  How many calories should you be taking in?  How much exercise is too much? How are you sleeping at night?

All of these things may seem separate but they are not.  Your nutrition is key in achieving your goals.  I learned this first hand during my last 12 weeks session.  I worked out plenty, high intensity, cardio, plyo, yoga, fight classes, etc…I also, used some high-end supplements, I watched what I ate.  I stayed away from junk, no sweets, cut back on coffee, no pizza, or garbage food low in nutrients.

I didn’t matter.  I still missed my goal.  Not this time!  So I went to the grocery store today with Amy Henry of Venice Nutrition and she helped me get a few things straight.  Check  out the videos when you get a chance.  They are not long, but very informative.  Here is the introduction.

Eating the right foods, at the right times, in the right portions is the real key here.  You can have almost anything you like if you know how to combine it with other things, and make it a complete meal.  Talking with Amy earlier, I realized she gets all kinds of requests.  People who don’t want to give up their comfort foods.  So Amy, being awesome like she is, comes up with creative ways to blend those foods properly.

So, what ARE your goals?  How may calories ARE you supposed consume every day?  How often are you eating? How do you know they are the RIGHT portions? What are you doing to make sure you don’t miss your goal?

A taste of my new plan….

This is a small taste of what my nutrition plan looks like.please don’t get the wrong idea, there are thousands of things I can eat.  Venice is great at figuring out what you already liek and buy, and giving you suggestions on recipes and substitutes.

When I met Amy Henry, and you will too if you are a regular reader, she told me her success story and that she’s been using Venice for years. She uses the recipes and principles for the whole family.  It’s great!

I know when she starts blogging here, you’ll find out how cool this really is.

Well, check out the plan below and let me know what you think

5:30 Meal – 1.25 scoops of EAS Protein, 1  banana and 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter.

8:30 Meal – 1.5 cups of 2% Greek yogurt, 1 cup blueberries and 10 almonds

Meals at 11:30 and 2:30 should be:

Salmon (protein and fat) 5 oz and 1/2 cup of brown rice

Chicken breast – 5 oz, 2 cups broccoli w/ 1/2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and 1 cup skim milk

4:30 meal

1 can tuna, 5 almonds, a 4 oz apple

8:30 meal – go for high quality – see if you can do a full meal – egg whites and eggs with berries or add spinach and onions and tomatoes to make an omelet.

Nutrition maybe the key! Venice Nutrition is going to help!

So over the last 10 weeks I have been taking classes, working with a trainer (Craig Hragyil), and eating clean. I drink over a gallon of water a day, and I get plenty of rest.
I feel like I should have lost more fat by now.

Nutrition is the most complicated, and the most important part of the equation. If you are taking too many calories in, you get bigger. If you are taking too few in, you breakdown muscle, and slow your metabolism.

So there is really very little room for error, and I feel like maybe I have been in it. So it’s time for professional help.
Amy, from Venice Nutrition will be sponsoring me for the next 6 weeks.

She has offered to help with education, menus, metrics, and even GROCERY SHOPPING! Sweet! Amy has her own Fat to Fit story which I am sure she will share with everyone soon. (She is going to be guest Blogging from time to time)

After signing up, we had an hour consultation with Amy. She went over the Venice nutrition handbook with us,and helped us get started on-line.

When you sign up on line, you get access to a wealth of information. I have just begun to get into it, but so far it looks awesome.  Check out the link on the Right to look at her site.  You’ll be amazed!

Stay tuned for the new experiences. Fun with Food!