you training hard and eating right as we proceed rather speedily
through the month of December? Getting to the gym at all constitutes
training -- that’s acceptable -- and eating with reasonable
control and minor guilt, that, too, is acceptable. With a generous
heart to match the Christmas season, I offer you a simple choice:
either hang on or do not let go or don’t give in.
The price is too high, not worth it, unacceptable, painful, ruinous
and devastating. Season submission, December defeat and winter waning
are like credit card debt; it is never removed, paid in full, under
control or tolerable. Once you gather a little, it grows like it
had a life of its own.
What a grouch! Slip that guy an eggnog, quick.
was asked to contribute to an article to appear in a small health
publication. I thought you might like to review my standardized
comments en total, a reminder of the things we forget right about
The Bodybuilder's Grocery List, you said, “E-mail to me a
list of five foods or supplements you feel are absolutely a must
for anyone serious about building muscle, and why.” Here goes.
speaking and without getting into the details of individual metabolism,
levels of training or goals, these are my thoughts:
tops the list of muscle-building ingredients and the best source
for aggressive muscle growth is red meat, followed by chicken and
fish and dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, whey protein powder).
Look at 1.5 to 2 grams per pound of bodyweight. I recommend little
reliance on soy or beans or nuts as protein sources.
supplies energy and fats are absolutely necessary in numerous healthful
bodily functions; it is wise to assure the intake of essential fatty
acids (EFAs) through the diet and supplementary sources. However,
excess fat common in the diet should be avoided, so trim meats and
skin chicken; fish fats are good, watch the fat in nuts and as an
active trainee do not fear cholesterol in egg yolks. Do not ingest
fried food and avoid trans-fatty acids.
are a source of energy and play an important role in running the
body at high and low speeds. Yet carbohydrate is ultimately sugar
and does the most havoc to man's health and well being when ingested
the sugar overload that’s dangerous to the system; excess
is stored as fat, too much at once can induce hyperglycemia and
can result in diabetes, mood swings and more. This understood, it
is wise to avoid processed sugar and to limit simple sugar intake
to nutrient rich whole foods; fruits, low fat milk products and
carbs -- simply put, slowly digested and administered sugar -- work
well in supporting the hard-working trainee. Vegetables and beans
high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and amino acids are the preferred
variety and abundance eat fresh vegetables in salads or lightly
steamed. These are the great suppliers of fiber, vitamins and minerals
and phytonutrients essential to the health and wealth of the body.
Fruits are also great body supporters high in vitamins, minerals
and enzymes. A reminder, they are high in sugar content -- keep
fruit sugar in check.
water is required in abundance to assure the healthy functioning
of the body at work: energy, temperature control, body purifier,
cellular efficiency, main body component... the list goes on. Drink
lots throughout the day, go for two quarts.
works for muscle contraction and is safe.
are no exotic concoctions on the market suggested by the obnoxious
advertisers that make a spec of difference to the natural musclebuilder.
are the big don'ts: don't ingest soda pop, junk food, infamous fast
foods, cake, candy, chips and fries. No booze, cigs and drugs. Don't
eat excessively at one sitting or throughout the day; instead, eat
smaller meals spaced more frequently.
that, bombers. I’ll let you know if, where and when it is
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
and I look over our wardrobe in despair. There are piles of sweatpants
and sweatshirts and stacks of t-shirts and tanktops. These articles
of clothing are our daily dress, work uniforms and the tools of
our trade. We wash and wear the same favorite raggy items over and
over again. At home they double as what some people call pajamas.
“Oh my goodness,” you say, “what bums.”
Remember, we live in Santa Cruz where “kicked back”
has its origin.
owners of a small gym, our working hours are consumed by our own
sweaty training and attending the needs and upkeep of the gym and
its membership. We don’t dress up for the occasion. We seldom
dress up for church, weddings or funerals. Jeans and a sweater or
a button-down shirt to me have the feel and appearance of a tuxedo
or, in Laree’s case, a strapless gown. We secretly delight
in this abandon of convention, no silks and frills bind us.
also admire those who dress well and display charm and fashion with
ease. Clothes, they say, make the person.
ten days Laree and I board an aircraft bound for NYC where we will
spend our Christmas holidays. Just us; no family to visit, no special
occasion other than Christmas and no enticements but “the
City.” What more can you ask for: lights, wonder, spontaneous
excitement, city bustle, skyscrapers, bona fide entertainment, countless
restaurants, life en mass and the total anonymity that one only
senses in a vast and madly peopled metropolis. You become nobody
and nothing at once, good for the soul.
as we recall -- I, having spent my first 21 years in the immediate
vicinity and Laree four years down the coast a piece at NSA -- it
gets bitterly cold and snowy. It is this reality and the image of
us wandering Times Square in tanktops and cutoffs that provokes
our slack-jaw gloom.
don’t hang onto gloom very long; it’s a damp, sticky
and unpleasant thing. Solution: Buy some appropriate clothes and
go east to play in the towering winter wonderland. A jacket for
each of us will do, some gloves with fingers; Laree wants boots
and we’ll pick up what we need when we need it at the local
Wal-Mart’s. Now, where do we train?
the standard question of the traveling musclebuilder, is one of
the reasons we are embarking on this journey -- if one needs a reason,
which we do because we are a pair of obsessed and driven, half-crazed
individuals who think there is no time for absolute relaxation or
joy for the pure sake of joy itself and work must be done even if
there is no work to do. It is frivolous, fruitless, incompetent,
costly and hedonistic.
Bomber Bash in September of 2004 is in Manhattan
and we believe a first-hand, look-and-see approach is the only effectual
way to make arrangements for the affair. Where to stay, train, eat,
convene for the barbecue and seminar, visit, play and travel about
in the Big Apple requires some physical contact, visual perception
and personal negotiation. Phone calls don’t make it -- like
you see the neat combination of work and play Laree and I have organized?
We have some Bash ideas after having made a few of those made-in-China
phone calls and will follow up on them in person to verify their
appeal, cost, worth and accessibility. There is the Mid-City Gym
of days gone by; will it work for us? The lodgings: Are they reasonable,
adequate and centrally located? The venue for our barbecue and seminar
where real estate is slim and costly: a yacht on the Hudson (expensive),
a sort-of-remodeled warehouse loft (cool?), a mansion, (please,
no dorky conference room in a hotel). We need atmosphere, we are
worth atmosphere. Sightseeing is abundant and restaurants are everywhere
and there are super shows in that city of cities. We’ll put
a list together of sure things that’ll fit our nature, needs,
pocketbook and timeframe versus travel convenience. I think this
is called logistics. Nightmare is another possible word.
make plans, talk them over, save your loose change, take aim each
day as you train hard and eat right; you anticipate, you forget,
but not completely. The winter fades and the warmth of spring revives
the seeds silent in your gut. The gym reappears with its sunny promise
and by early summer the pump and burn and focus are once again old
friends hard at work making you more than ever before. Zoom, it’s
September and it’s New York and it’s your friends and
those moments of which our life is made. Once a thought or a dream
or a bit of foolishness we allow to slip into our sometimes dull
lives, then a plan, now the real thing on the other side of tomorrow.
We’ll be gone a week, foregoing the newsletter for December
24th. Primarily a holiday of the Western world, many people worldwide
will be busy with Christmas Eve just the same. It’s the global
strength be your ship’s pilot and may courage navigate you
safely across the skies. When we fly together, we fly higher, further
and with more sureness and delight. We fly forever…
speed and Merry Christmas,
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