I’ve Been Tagged

Posted February 3, 2007 by takemyhand
Categories: Uncategorized

LORI over at redheaded stranger, has tagged me. This should be fun.

A — Available or Married? Available..I Repeat Available..by choice though by choice
B — Best Friend? Jeremy, Nameir
C — Cake or Pie? Cheesecake
D — Drink of Choice? Diet Cherry Coke
E — Essential Item? Ipod
F — Favorite Color? Blue, Navy Blue, but Not Baby Blue
G — Gummi Bears or Worms? Worms all the way
H — Hometown? Ahoskie, NC
I — Indulgence? Cookie Dough(which I never have)
J — January or February? Februar, It’s Black History Month
K — Kids and Names? I’m 23 and single…riiiiight
L — Life is incomplete without? Self-Awarness
M — Marriage Date? Sometime between the ages of 28-32, my biological is set to that
N — Number of Siblings? Only CHILD..ME ME ME ME ME
O — Oranges or Apples? Oranges
P — Phobias/Fears? Belonophobia. Sharp objects(more specifically sticking in my eye)
Q — Favorite Quote? You are destined for great things-MOM
R— Reason to Smile? Life
S — Season? Fall–Cool air, leaves falling, and I easily look fan-blown
T — Tag 3 People! I’m going to tag Adrian, Bukol, Dragonmommie
U — Unknown Fact About Me: I Eat chap stick
V — Vice? Video Games
W — Worst Habit? Drinking Out of the Carton, SORRY
X — (My choice ): Favorite Singer? Mariah Carey..
Y — Your favorite food? Rice
Z — Zodiac? Caner


Tip of the Day: Feb 2

Posted February 2, 2007 by takemyhand
Categories: Advice, fitness, Nutrition, Resources, Tip of the Day, Weight Loss

Today’s tip will focus on Serving Size.

How often do you measure out the right serving size for food?  Many times we’re to lazy to take a measuring cup out, or heck some of us my just say, “I’ll just guesstimate”.  This tip is for all your people who love to eat cerceral in the morning for breakfast.

Instead of pouring your favorite cereal(I’ll assumne it’s HEALTHY, ahem) in a bowl, pour it a regular coffee mug.  Cereals generally have a 1 cup serving size. You also won’t over pour the milk. It’s easy, simple and best yet, you’ll be able to drink the left over milk perfectly.

Enjoy your Tip

The Story: Chapter 4

Posted February 2, 2007 by takemyhand
Categories: Advice, Exercise, Life, Nutrition, Self-Image, The Story, Weight Loss

Chapter 4: Summer Break & New Clothes
Dated Covered: May 2002- Mid Aug 2002

My first summer break had finally arrived. Honestly I was just ready for a break, from school. Freshman year had proven, to be quite the experience, so much happened. I meet so many people that would affect me so much later in life, it’s unreal. Enough about school, let’s move to summer break.

See I’m from rural North Carolina, Five years ago my hometown got a Viquest Fitness Center, think of it as a Small, but fully equipped Gold’s Gym. So there was no where for me to workout when I went home on weekend or in this case my summer break. Oh how I long to be back in my college town, not just for the gym, but for the atmosphere and the people. For the first few weeks, I just laid around the house. Stayed up late, slept long, etc. I also was back home with Grandma’s fried cooking which is bad(love you GRANNY). Added on top of this, I had nothing to occupy my time with all day. I began to regress into my old habits, before college. My mom and I tried to weaken the blow. She did buy turkey, wheat bread and stuff, but, most of the meals where home cooked.

I did more and more reading during the summer about nutrition and working. I was steady increasing my knowledge base. I read about diet ratios of macro-nutrients, which still at the time, didn’t really mean much to me. I discovered new exercises that I could so at home, with basic items, such as books and anything that had a little weight. Try doing Lat Raises (hold the book by side and bring it up to shoulder height) with the A or M Encyclopedia, that’s hard core.. LOL.

Well with every school term, comes serveral rituals. Buying school, supplies, books, and yes CLOTHES.  It was time to order new clothes. I was somewhat excited.  I was now a 42-44 in the waist, and had dropped down to where a 2XL was a little to big, but a XL wasn’t quite big enough. It was a good time, we didn’t have much money, so I ordered as cheaply as possible. It didn’t care where it came from, as long as it would fit and looked nice.

About mid June, I went to work for Perduce Farms INC. I would be my first “REAL” job ever. It wasn’t by choice really, I had been turn-down by every other place around town, and well this was it. Not to Mention my mom worked there, and ensured me, if I wanted a job, I would get it. Purdue was hard-work, very hard work. Standing up for 8hours on my feet, processing chickens. Not as gross as it sounds, but still never the less, traumatizing. (1 of the reasons I don’t eat fried CHICKEN). I only worked for 7 weeks at Purdue. I had to leave because school was starting in a week. Perdude was good. I kept me from snacking all day. Also I only had 20mins for Lunch, So i really didn’t have time to eat anything, but maybe a nab and a soda.

Well 2 weeks before, it was time for me to leave Purdue, an event occur in my life, that has truly impacted my life. On a Wed night, my mother was in a terrible car accident; a head on collision. A Lady called and said that my mother had car trouble, and that I should come and see about her. I hoped in the car, and drove about 25 miles outside of town. I pull up on the highway, and saw that traffic was backed up. I sat in the car, and weight for about 10mins before, getting out of the car. I stepped out of the car, and made my way towards the fuss. I wanted to see what was going on. I walked up for about a quarter of a mile, and that’s when in the distance I saw my mother’s car, turned sideways, against a barrier. I took off in a run, and rushed to my mother. I couldn’t even make it all the way, without running out of breath and becoming tired. Only God knows how I felt, not being able to make to my mother, who needed me more then, that ever before. I finally made it to the scene, and found my mother in the ambulance, screaming…Anywho, she wasn’t in any immediate danger or fatally wounded. She ended up with a broken and crushed hip. Although permanently disabled, but that’s another story. I speeded back to the car and took off after the ambulance. I can say that I hit 120 MPH, that night, trying to catch up with my mother. All while during the drive I was in tears, I vowed, from that moment on, that I would never ever have trouble running again. It was guilty motivation, . I didn’t ever want to be helpless again, I wanted to be ready for any situation that could arise.  I would enter the NEW semester, with FRESH MOTIVATION.

To Bulk or Not to Bulk, that is the question!!!

Posted February 1, 2007 by takemyhand
Categories: Advice, Exercise, Nutrition, Resources, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Bulking, what is bulking you may ask. Bulking is the process where, people attempt to put on weight, more specifically muscle. Often a common cycle in hard-gainers,(people who have a hard time putting on weight(i dont’ have that problem)). The idea is to try to pack on as much weight/muscle as possible ,then follow with a cutting cycling where you attempt to keep the new muscle and shed the added body fat. When bulking normally your calorie in take doubles. Your body can’t put on weight if it’s not in EXCESS of calories.

The thing about bulking, that gest me is the feeling of getting bigger, even if it is muscle, and as you’ve read above, it’s extrmemely hard and nearly impossible to clean bulk. Some fat will be added as well. I’ll just FEEL BIG again.. This would be the second time I attempt a BULK. The last one was a failure. I ended up adding 9.5 lbs of fat and gaining maybe like 4 lbs of muscle. As you can see from the picture, below, how BIG I got. Well atleast I think I figured my two biggest mistakes.
1. Adding to many calories too soon. I jumped from about 2700 to 3800-4300. The number was in compliance with many sites and mags,etc,, but what they fail to mention was that I needed to increase the calories slowly each week. So If I do Bulk, i’ll add generally 300 calories to my daily diet every other week.

2. Too many calories, in general.  Most formulas tell you to multiply your Body Weight by 18-20, and to get the amount of calories you need to bulk, but, after doing some research and combining several sources, I’ve discovered you should multiply  your Lean Body Mass, only, not your total body weight. I won’t make that mistake this time. THANKS BOD POD.

I wish the pictures below showed you more. I’m really good at hiding my weight.  I know it’s hard to see the 15 LBS.  I wish I had did shirtless shots. Anywho. I also worry about clothes fitting. Ughh.  With so many worries and concern, why even BULK right. Considering the other option woulld be to lose more body fat first, then gain muscle later. That’s just as harder if not harder, because once again fat will be added. Not to mention I can’t do cardio Like i want to now, since it’s cold(no more running outsdie).  This is why most body builders bulk during the winter and cut during the spring or summer.

My Nutrition will have to change, I’ll either have to add on to my serving size, or replace meals entirely. Here’s a copy of Last year’s Breakfast









Eng. Muffin




Raisin Bran








Candian  Bacon




Egg Patty




                                    Fat: 17                         Carb 130                     Protien 41

Cal. 747

It’s not as fun, eating this much food, as you would think. Half of the time, I wasn’t very hungry, but would ahve to stuff down 500-600 calories for a meal. I felt full all the time.. Bloated, that would also be from the creatine supplement I was taking. (Retains extra water in your cell)

I really need to plan this out better. I won’t eat the same way I did Last time.



Oct/NOV 2005 (Before I bulked)



APRIL 2006(Nearing the End of the Bulk)



July 2006(1.5 months of Cutting)



Outta My System

Posted January 31, 2007 by takemyhand
Categories: Uncategorized

Ok after Monday’s BOD POD, measurement, I just needed a down day. I just needed to get rid of all the cravings. All the cravings that have been picking at me for a while now. I had a little Taco Bell for lunch(Spicy Chicken Burrtio), some IHOP for Dinner(Ham and Cheese Melt + Salad, and for the first time, I didn’t get pancakes along with that…), finally I went as low as you can go, I got a Snack Pack from Mcdonald’s (Grilled I mine you), and I had a little ice cream. YESSSSS all in one day. All the bad stuff, that’s going to to tempt me later. IT”S OUTTA MY SYSTEM, IT”S OUTTA MY SYSTEM.

No I didn’t just have a crazy binge. The schedule was thrown a wack again, so I just rolled with it. I was like hey, I’ve already gone this far, might as well keep going. I was being a bad boy. I knew that I woulld be able to hit the Ellpicatl hard later and atleast burn off the Taco Bell and the Snack Pack. You know what , I don’t feel bad about this down day. Not that I should ever feel bad about eating, reasonable food, especially when dinning out.

They say you should try to eat good, 90% of the time. Hey that gives me 36.5 days of 10% badness..Muhahahahha

This weekend I will start the bulking phase, so the extra calories are just what I need. I’m very fearful about this bulking cycling. Bulking doesn’t bode well for me mentally, but any who, more on that later.


Posted January 29, 2007 by takemyhand
Categories: Resources, Self-Image, Weight Loss

Well today was the day of truth.  I had my body fat testing today.  Before I get in to the results, I need to talk about the experience.  My university hasa new technology called the BODPOD (Bodpod.com). It’s the now considered the one of the most accurate method to measure BF%, out pacing the underwater submerging test.

The machine is ultra sensitive, so for men, the only thing you can wear are compression shorts, and ladies are allowed to wear bathing-suits, (1 or 2 pieces). You sit inside the little capsule (pod) and you have to be really still for about 45 sec.  It measures your Lean Body Mass, Fat Mass, and BMI. Then you have to do this breathing part, where you attempt to get all of the air out of your lungs. It wants the most accurate reading, and air is weight too. LOL. You sync your breathing in this tube, with the monitor, and then it tells your on lthe last exhale to puff, puff, puff, attempting to get all the air out.  The process is really quick and painless.  The only restrictions are, that you aren’t allowed to eat or drink 1-2 hours before the test and are not allowed to workout within 3 hours before the test. Unfortunately it cost 20 bucks a round, but it worth every-penny.  Trainers/specialist in the REC center, preformed skin-fold test on me and the girl figured my BF% to be 11%. I number I knew wasn’t true. Cause at 10%, I’d be seeing a nice defined six pack.(looks down at stomach…ummm NO). Here’s a picture.


They still preformed the other skin-fold test,  as well as the BIA fat test.  The skin-fold test, is where they pinch you in three locations to determine your BF%.  For men it’s the stomach, thigh and Chest. For women, I believe, it’s tricep, thigh, and stomach.  The BIA test, is were you hold this machine, like video game controller and it measure your BF% and generates a BMI. It works by measuring the conductivity through out your body, ie water, fat tissue, etc.

OH yeah results.  Well everything was positive. Since 3 months ago, I’ve gained 1 pound of weight (214.125), but I’ve reduced my BF% by 0.5%(LOL) from 17.5 to 17.0  I guess that’s pretty good considering I had to survived Thanksgiving and Christmas, with all the holiday dishes of DOOM. SO in summary, I’ve lost a little fat, and gained a little muscle.  Good way to start the week off.  The guy said once your enter ideal ,BF ranges, it’s hard to move and since I’m a PAR 7, it’s going to be harder for me to move, with out changing something drastic. I’m really motivated now, to do better and work a little harder

Summary Numbers

BMI 31.24       LBM 177.8   FM 36.4

Skinfold BF 18.7%

BIA BF 24.4%

BodPod 17.0%

It’s Prep Week

Posted January 28, 2007 by takemyhand
Categories: Uncategorized

Well it’s prep for me, and that can only mean one thing. I’ve just finished one workout cycle and it’s time to swtich.  I call it prep week, because I like to ease myself into my new workout.  I spend a week, working on the movements and finding the approiate weights to start off with. I’m currently on 12 weeks cycles. I do the same exercises for 12 weeks, every 2 weeks i incease the weight and every 4 week, I reduce the reps, 15, 12, 10.

The new movemens involve, moves that are considered heavy lifting; Squats, Dead lifts, Bench Press. Maybe a new cycle is just what I need. Something to jumpstart this moJO

Tomorrow I have my body fat testing. It won’t be a normal sking fold, test. I’ll have to get inside something called the Bod Pod. I’ll have to post about this experience. it’s a new Technology, stay tuned!!