Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: Weight Manipulation, Intermittent Fasting, and Coaching

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Happy belated Columbus Day everyone!!!  Or, if you’re Canadian – happy belated Thanksgiving.  Or, if you’re located somewhere else in the world and you don’t celebrate those two – happy belated Whatever It Is You Celebrate on October 8th!!!!

I hope whatever it was, it was awesome.

As you probably realized, I took the day off from blogging yesterday because both Lisa and I were away for a brief Columbus Day Weekend getaway. Well, to be more specific, Lisa surprised me with a weekend getaway.  Earlier in the week she emailed me from her work and all it said was “you have plans this weekend.”  And she reminded me to pick up some toilet paper on the way home, but that’s besides the point.

So, all last week she was stoked about going away and teasing me with hints about where our mystery journey was going to take us.

To my knowledge there was no Star Wars convention within a 200 mile radius of Boston, and I’m pretty sure Alicia Keys hadn’t started some super secret concert tour or anything.  Soooooooo, I honestly had no clue.

As it turned out – Lisa planned a completely Autumnal extravaganza complete with apple picking, raspberry picking, goat farm touring (including cheese sampling – YUM!), and of course, pumpkin deadlifting (see photo above).

To top things off, she also booked a room at this wonderful bed-and-breakfast in Wakefield, NH – The Wakefield Inn – that was about as quiet, charming, and colonial as they come.

Too, we ate at this restaurant (appropriately called The Restaurant) that had a burger called The Elvis.

What’s The Elvis you ask?  Well, it’s a 1/2 lb of beef with bacon and peanut butter – arguably three of my most favorite things combined.

Honestly, though, it wasn’t as epic as I thought it was going to be, but I was glad I ordered off principle alone.

All in all it was an amazing weekend filled with lots of laughs, LOTS of food, and some cool new memories.  But now it’s back to the grind.

However, before I get to the Stuff You Should Read I first want to note that, unbeknownst to myself until after the fact, last Friday’s post was my 1,000 post of all time.

Holy shit nuts!!!!

I just wanted to take a few seconds to thank EVERYONE for reading all my articles and for all the support throughout the years.

It’s surreal to think that a blog that I originally started back in 2006 on a whim (which I aptly titled “The G-Spot.” No, I’m not kidding. Sorry mom) which then led to the Step-Up blog on the Boston Herald, which then grew into the current, would turn out to be as successful as it’s been.

I’m humbled – and immensely grateful – that so many people visit on a daily basis and don’t think I suck. Well, I’m sure there are more than a few who do think I suck, but such is life.  All I have to say to these people is: thanks for the traffic!

Thanks again everyone – here’s hoping for another 1,000 posts!

Bigger Smaller Bigger – Nate Green

Nate Green is one crazy bastard.  Just for the fun of it he did this experiment where he gained 20 lbs in four weeks, lost it all in five days, and then gained it back in 24 hours.

And he documented EVERYTHING along the way.  Don’t worry, he had some pretty smart dudes monitoring every crumb eaten and weight lifted – Martin Rooney and Dr. John Berardi. N0 big deal.

It’s a FREE e-book chock full of insights and details behind the experiment.

Anyone interested in weight manipulation should check this out.  It’s a real quick read (less than an hour), and written in Nate’s signature witty style.

9 Things You Should Know Before Intermittent Fasting – Anthony Mychal

It seems everyone is intermittent fasting nowadays – *raises hand* – yet many don’t really know what to expect before embarking on their little adventure. Will you feel hungry all the time?  What foods should you focus on?  How do you go about structuring your feeding schedule?  And, maybe even more important, if done long-term, does one run the risk of growing a third nipple?

Here, Anthony sheds some light on a few topics that many people don’t necessarily touch on, including a really funny anecdote on how people can be a little bit too anal about whether or not it’s okay to break the fasting window by a few minutes

It’s funny because it’s true.

By the Coach for the Coach:  Be a Better Coach – Todd Hamer

This was an EXCELLENT article by Coach Hamer that I feel every coach should take the time to read.  The point that resonated with me the most?

#9.  Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.”

What a profound statement to make, and something I feel many, many coaches are afraid to do. I know there’s a huge sense of machismo and bravado in the strength and conditioning community, and it’s often seen as a “weakness” to admit when you don’t the answer to something.

Listen, we can’t all be Gandalf or Gray Cook.  You can’t expect to know everything and anything….it’s impossible.

There’s a lot to be gained from admitting you don’t know something. And a lot to be lost when – and granted this is a worse case scenario – you give someone the wrong information and they end up hurting themselves.


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