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February 3, 2010

Yet another argument for Fish Oil

There is an interesting article today picked up by several news sources that talks about the effectiveness of Fish Oil against psychotic mental illness.  I’ve searched for a couple of years for the fish oil that I can take (I have a sensitivity) and finally found one at GNC (triple strength, no less).  Even before I got involved with CrossFit and read Dr. Sears I had been told by several trainers that I should be taking Fish Oil, but because of my sensitivity (ok, ok, I puke, are you happy?) I was taking the next best thing, Flax, but at much lower doses (it has been shown to have negative effects on hormones in menat the mega dose level) and only recently have tried fish oil again at the suggestion of a CrossFit coach, who pointed me at several well filtered and rated (How Fish Oil is Rated) oils.

Fish Oil has been proven to have significant positive impact on several fronts, including Heart Disease, Stress, ADHD, Chronic Inflamation, and now, psychosis.  Although there is one study (200 patients) that showed that a portion of heart patients with Ventricular Tachycardia or Ventricular Fibulation had a higher than standard deviation for more complications while taking fish oil than did the control group, if you AREN’T in this group, start. 

And just think…now there’s a lower risk that you’ll have that psychotic break you’ve been so concerned about. 


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April 9, 2008

WOD 04/09 Crossfit Leg Day

3 Rounds for Time
- Walking Lunge 100ft
- 50 Squats
- 25 Back Extensions

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October 23, 2007


What a horrible couple of weeks.  Five days of travel (driving and driving and driving…), living in hotels on fast food… Birthday parties with gourmet cupcakes (but damn were they GOOD cupcakes).

I feel like I’m starting over.

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October 8, 2007


I broke the 230 mark pretty solidly this week. I weighed in today at 228.25 (down 9.25 pounds), which is better than I expected, given a crummy work-out week last week.

I put my weight bench back together finally and inflated the exercise ball (which Rachel simply went nuts over) which means that I can work on my Ridgeline Fitness exercises (some of them are seriously mind blowing) and lift at home rather than having to find time to peel away and go to the gym.

So, all-in-all, a pretty good week.

I lifted upper body today and saw some improvements in my chest and shoulders, and a small decline in my biceps. I did, however, work my shoulders and back pretty hard, which probably burned them out sooner in the workout, so I'm not too worried. I'll pay closer attention to my diet and supplements on Friday (I stuck to today's plan, but I might need a few more calories now) and see if that doesn't improve things.

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September 28, 2007

Total of Six Pounds

I was down a total of six pounds on Monday, but this week was extremely high stress and poor workouts.  I’m still eating well, but with my lackluster presentation in the gym this week, I have anxiety over what Monday’s weigh-in will bring.

Wish me luck.

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September 18, 2007

Four Pounds Down

I weighed in yesterday and am officially down four pounds.

I know it’s not much, but it’s a start, and I plan on continued progress.  Also, my lifts are gaining strength (a little, anyway), so hopefully I’m gaining a little lean muscle mass as well.

Good Times.

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September 10, 2007

The Vanishing Act

Front 09/03/2007 I officially joined the Body For Life challenge last week.  I feel like I’m about a week behind, as I spent last week really figuring out what I had to do and how to do it.  I got a new journal, created a new page on the site to help track my progress, got my measurements and my first round of supplements.

Officially joining the challenge means that there is a $50,000 prize at stake, not to mention reimbursement for all of the supplements that I might buy, should I purchase the EAS variety (which I have to do, at least in part, if I want to win, which I do).

I know that you’re thinking, “Why supplements?”  and it’s really quite simple.  Eating 6 meals a day is hard to do when I’m at home with a full kitchen to prepare a weeks worth of meals.  But on the road, I need the help that Myoplex powder or an RTD offers in terms of nutrition and ease of preparation.  Also, supplements like creatine are actually proven increase overall strength and performance.  More muscle equals a bigger engine to burn fat.  Couple a good diet with a kick-ass, or should I say “ass kicking”, work out program (I barely made it through my routine today…tired, tired tired) and it’s just the right recipe for success. Side 09/03/2007 

The Best Buy environment is also an excellent place to work on my health and fitness goals.  There is an awesome gym in the building (with personal trainers if I’m so inclined), and I can eat two of my three main meals in their cafeteria without being worried about the contents.  I have yet to plan something and not been able to get it.  Typically I eat egg beaters and kettle oats (sometimes with almonds) for breakfast, and a nice healthy salad with a chicken breast and vinegar and oil for lunch.  They also have an excellent multi-grain concoction on the salad bar from time-to-time during lunch that is an excellent addition to my meal.  In the morning there’s also a large fruit bar with cottage cheese (I have to man up and eat that shit, it’s one of the best anabolic foods out there, but *shudder*  it’s friggin’ cottage cheese), though I don’t typically go for more than some melon and blue berries if the berries are present.

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