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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/29/2008

OK, so it has been a couple of weeks since I posted, sorry.  Between work and working out and finding time to spend with my wife, I have been a bit busy.  So when I got back from the ski trip I was eager to get back in the weight room, I was also eager to get back on the scale.  The thing is I have been building my cardio, and eating healthier but the weight had, simply NOT been “falling off” like mike, and I had hoped.  Sooooooo, I started “logging” my eating habits…yeah I said I was “logging” my eating habits…SWEET.

As it turns out I was WAY over the top in carbs. I though all of the whole grains and granola would be helping me lose weight however,  since I was eating sooo freakin much of it I was just staying the same.  Now dont get me wrong, I have probably put on 7-10lbs of muscle, so I was losing fat, just not at the rate I wanted to…..long story short my weight had actually gone up,  WHAT? 240lbs REALLY?!?!?!  I mean my endurance is up my strength is up and my stamina is great. . .F-WORD!

Since I was “Logging” my eating, we came to this conclusion I needed to start on a high protein, veggie and fruit diet with limited carbs. . .as it seems I have plenty of FAT for my body to feed off of for energy. Now I am not cutting carbs out comepletely so I will still have some extra energy source…

In two weeks time I have dropped almost ten lbs. . .now this is the progress that I was looking for….I am sure however some of that is water weight, so I have to stay ahead of it by eating right.

Now, if you were ever a wrestler you would know that the human body in ideal circumstances (meaning, if you eat right and exercise regularly) will “Float”, as my father used to say, two pounds over night.  that means I will lose two pounds every night, and if I exercise and continue to eat right I can get ahead of that two pounds..that’s right Breier, this is the secret!

OK, so what is the deal, with the right foods?  Man this is the hardest part, the following is an example of what I will eat in any given day:

7:30a–two hard boiled eggs, and a piece of fruit

10:00a–celery with some(but no too much) peanut butter

12:00n–salad with chick peas, black beans, carrots, Bell peppers, and a can of tuna

3:00p–an apple

6:00p–Chicken (no buttery, or oil based sauces, just bake it and eat)
Steamed cauliflower, with pepper NO salt, or butter
Canned corn again NO BUTTER OR SALT

7:00p–a piece of fruit for desert if I really want it

The thing is none of this would be that bad except that when I cook I want some flavor.  Veggies are much harder to eat when you steam them and don’t put anything on them but pepper. . .Chicken is the same, the only saving grace is oregano, other than that I don’t put anything on it, it does not make for a very extravagant meal….Note: special thanks to Shannon my wife for eating this flavorless food with me, I know it sucks sometimes!

Now here is the kicker, if you eat like this for a week or so, and force this “flavorless” food down, your body will actually begin to crave it, you will actually enjoy steamed cauliflower with pepper. . .these foods are actually pretty good as they are…most of us are just so used to “More flavor” and “Extra Cheese”. . .In short the American eating habits reflect our society. . .MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER….WRONG!

OK so I have conquered eating…task complete…sooooo, what else am I doing?  You might wonder why I titled this post “6:00am REALLY”…well, as you may recall I wanted to increase my time with Mike Duquette, and as it seems he teaches a class at 6:00a Monday/Wednesday/Friday at the college.  This way I can work with him EVERY DAY of the week, and three of those days I can get home to Shannon and the dog  by 5:30p instead of 7:00p. . .This has definitely been BETTER for me…besides the 5:00am wake up of course!

This class is all the things that Mike and I would normally do only more advanced and for twice as long, and the best part is I don’t have to pay a dime for this, since I am an assistant coach at the college this class is FREE, SWEEEEEEEET.  Some 15-20 people come to the class regularly, including my mother, the health nut, who also happens to be a beast in the weight room! (just a little shout out).  A lot of the exercises are weight enhanced and everyone is given the appropriate weight before the class starts (example: if we are using “plates” I would be given a 45lb plate and my mother would get a 10lb or 25lb).  We usually do our dynamic stretching and move into footwork, followed by several short circuits and then one 20 minute circuit, finishing up with some more stretching for the last five minutes…the class totals an hour, hence the name “Power Hour” (Sorry fellas there are no shots involved).

Oh yeah, On Tuesdays and Thursdays I am doing cardio, Last night I thought it would be a good idea to do some stadium stairs….BAD MOVE…the womens lacrosse team was practicing, so I could not exactly stop after the first one. . .so I had to forge through until they left the field to avoid looking like a slacker….BRUTAL.  Followed that up with some live draws with the team and some full field “situational face-offs”. . .This week has been a monster!

Until next time

JB

P.S.  I hope Shannahan is reading this stuff, I am looking forward to meeting him at the X. . .we used to have some great battles in college.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/07/2008

OK

So I gave it almost a week but I could not hold back any longer…The freakin g-men pulled it off.  Can you believe it?  Anyway it is still sinking in for me too, but I have to say Karma sure did bite the Patriots in the a$$ this time.  I wont go to far into it, but with all the indiscretions going around about the patriots, I am starting to think that maybe they have been a little too good to be doing it honestly…I mean come on, Peyton Manning calls over 60% of his plays by himself, he is clearly the BEST quarterback in the league, yet Brady is regarded as better. . .WHY?  Well before now it was simple, Brady had won three freakin championships…

Does anyone else think that if the Colts were providing Peyton Manning with the coverages during the games dont you think he would absolutely destroy whomever he was playing against ? anyway I digress…the g-men gave it to the Pats real good this time around, and it still feels great.

On to this weeks workouts.

This week has been tough, I was quite frankly hung over for almost two days after the big game.  I had worked out Saturday and Sunday so I didn’t feel bad taking Monday off (generally I go 4 days on and 1 day off) but even Tuesday was tough.  I worked pretty hard though, in fact I think I was feeling kind of guilty because I had indulged so much, therefore I may have pushed a little too hard.

I have been trying to recover from Tuesdays workout for two days, not to mention my workout with mike yesterday was a slammer, we were pressed for time so we fit a 30 minute circuit into 20 minutes, I thought my legs were going to explode.  Then I went out to the field to beat up on some college boys.  Since they had forgotten the balls I sent a freshman to get them while I did sprints with the rest of them.  Well I called them sprints but since they had just gotten done doing sprints with the rest of the team and I was coming off of a circuit, we all looked a little more like wounded race horses. . OK I looked like a wounded race horse, they were more like Shetland pony’s!

Finally the “Frosh” got back and we went right into live draws, the rules were the same, no letting up until the ball was off the ground.  I have to say for a bunch of tired guys we really got after it.

Today I woke up and it all caught up to me, I was supposed to do another circuit with Mike Duquette but I thought it would be better to hit the bike for a while(to get the lactic acid out) and get a major lift in…that I did.  I have to say the new workout is definitely making a difference, I can actually see the begining of a six pack starting to emerge, and my legs and upper hamstrings are clearly stronger and more defined than maybe ever…now lets not get excited even in my best shape ever I have never had more than a 4 pack, this just means I am starting to get into the kind of physical shape I will need to be in to take on the MLL’s finest.

Anyway tomorrow is going to be the best workout of the week, I am hitting the gym hard followed by some sprints and then going to do some scrimmaging with the team (WAC).  I fully expect to be spent when it is all over.

I will end on this note, although I love the Giants and I love football, I am real glad it is over.  for the most part I do not drink that often.  outside of football season you can expect maybe a beer or two on the weekend and maybe a few glasses of wine with dinner during the week.  This football season really put a tax on me, and it was most definitely hindering early week workouts.  Now it is over, and I can completely focus on diet and conditioning…until next time “ALL HAIL THE NEW YORK GIANTS”.

JB

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/22/2008

Well ladies and gentleman, Week 1 has begun and i could have waited until the end of it to fill you all in but i figured my experience so far was too good not to tell you about it.  Last week i went in for my physical and body fat testing.  brutally honest, my trainer was.  i believe the words he used were “fat, but not too fat, i think we can drop 30lbs and 2 waist sizes”, so what will i do with all my freaking work clothes, that crap is expensive.  what a p***like i didn’t already know i was over weight, now i am really motivated.   anyway he gave me my diet parameters and gave me until Monday the 14th to get ready. Being a huge ny giants fan it was hard for me to stay focused on Mondays workout, i definitely ate and drank way too much while watching then pummel the hopes of the cowgirls, and come Monday afternoon it was evident that i was struggling.  it took  t minus 10 minutes before i was receiving a tongue lashing from mike duquette my personal trainer.  apparently he does not share my passion for the giants.  anyway we kicked it all off with some dynamic stretching, and apparently that stuff  is harder than it sounds.  5 minutes into this thing i was gasping for air and praying that a water break was coming, and that was just the warm up!  then came the plyo’s and thera bands.  it was pretty intense, i felt like i was in a myoplex commercial or something… this guy never stops talking about lean muscle mass and fueling your body like it is a machine.Needless to say when it was all over i had not remembered working that hard in probably 7 years, since i was at Towson.   it feels good.  by the way i weighed in at 234 pounds one week ago, today i weight 230, its awful interesting what the right diet and a little conditioning can do for you!ok i will check in again next Monday.  remember my goal is 200lbs by april 25th wish me luck!

Justin berry

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