The Before

In my quest to truly put all aside and further myself through my body, its become time to show exactly what I’m dealing with.

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I’ve been lucky to have a great metabolism, but a shitty willpower. The #1 way to defeat yourself is to be a lazy fuck.

That gut is from many days and nights of hard drinking, fast food and being hunched over a computer most of the day. In 2010, I went from 155 to 170. In 2011, I went from 170 to 200. 2012 thankfully held me at 185-190 all year.

From now on, my gains will be muscle, flexibility and fitness, not fat.

In 6 months, I’ll post new pics.

All tips, tricks and criticism is welcome.

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6 responses to “The Before

  1. In 2012, I went from 335 to 230. It can be done.

    A combination of divorce, changing jobs from one where I drove all day to one where I drove and also unloaded a 26-foot trailer by hand, and going back to the gym. I also found the lgsciences.com line of supplements to be extremely helpful.

    I’m 6’0” and stocky, so 210-220 is about as lean as I can get without looking sickly. I was 218lbs the day I graduated from boot camp, and that was about the best shape I’ve ever been in, and I’m almost back to that weight now. What I wanted to do was get my body fat down as much as possible before starting anything else, purely for health reasons. Quitting smoking is still on the far back burner….but has to happen sooner than later.

    Just keep the goals realistic and the intensity high. You’ll get where you want to be.

  2. Hey Jordan, I’m with Transmillenium on holding you to the August 12th set date.

    I have some tips and advice. From my experience and from research I’ve read via peer reviewed scientific studies. I won’t link to sources, because if I did that, it would take me the rest of the young morning and half the day to do, so my man, if you question anything I say, feel free to PubMed that shit for verification purposes. I’m not a medical professional nor am I an expert in regards to any of the following.

    You can do this. Anybody reading can do this. Anybody not reading can do this.

    Movement, movememnt, movement. Listen, this isn’t the number one thing in the world when it comes to dropping weight (diet/calorie control is), but it certainly helps. I don’t advocate cardio (long distance or high intensity interval training in regards to running, wind sprints, etc.) to anyone. I can’t stand cardio. It sucks. I would rather lift, but I digress. When I say movement, I mean walk. Walk. Walk as much as you can. Park farther away in parking lots from the entrance (I’m sure you’ve heard this before) of stores, places, etc.

    In regards to lifting: lift heavy weights, low reps. I’d recommend a gym if you can. If not, and you are like me and you live an outrageously long way from the gym, I suggest core body exercises that you can easily do at home. Push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups (if possible), bodyweight squats, sideplanks and supermans. Some people think sit-ups are a waste of time, but honestly you are exerting a lot of energy with your torso overall and building up a sweat. A winner in my book.

    If somebody tells you that you can’t build muscle by doing bodyweight/core body exercises, they are fucking idiots. It’s an extremely fantastic way to get lean, gain strength and become, well, a damn sizable ‘beast’. It’s great for overall health.

    But now, let’s get to the nitty gritty as I continue this essay/book because I’m a long-winded fuck that fails to follow the “brevity is the soul of wit” adage of life.

    — Protein, fiber and fat. That’s what you need to focus on the MOST! Now, I don’t really recommend a keto/low-fiber diet because it will drive you absolutely fucking nuts if you are a carb-lover, but of the three main macronutrients — proteins, fats and carbs — proteins/fats are the ones essential for life. Now, why did I mention protein and fiber first? Well, they are the most satiating. Sit down and eat a 16 ounce ribeye steak and a bag of broccoli (just an example) — if you can say that you aren’t full after you’ve sat down and slowly eat the said meal for 15-20 minutes, then I call BS!

    — Dietary fat… you need it, my friend. 0.5-0.7 grams per pound of body weight is what I recommend for optimal hormone production. Yep, dat dere dietary fat will keep your ‘mushroom tip’ in full form and supplement your body with the goods to go ahead and maintain strength. I cannot emphasize fat enough. The only ‘fats’ I suggest you avoid are processed transfats. Only avoid saturated fat if you are a little bitch (I know you aren’t, but I’m saying that as a scare tactic). Red meat is great, WHOLE EGGS are GREAT, bacon is great… but also, don’t ignore nuts whether it’s natural peanut butter, almonds, walnuts, pistachios (what the fuck ever). Also… go out and pick yourself up a bottle of fish oil and take 3-5 of those fish oil caps a day. Trust me. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids just like saturated and monounsaturated fats.

    But again, allow me to reemphasize the great effects of fiber. Along with protein-laden foods, fiber will satiate the hell out of you. If you abhor vegetables, try my routine: melt butter (yep… whole, natural butter) and sautee vegetables like broccoli with the said butter, throw some crushed red pepper or garlic (use whatever you want if you don’t like it/them) and tear it down as a side of whatever meal you are eating.

    Broccoli contains compounds called indole-3-carbinol and diindolylmethane… they are natural anti-aromtase ‘agents’ that work to preserve testosterone levels. This, combined with adequate fat levels, is (are?) GREAT. By the way, aromatase is the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. Google if you must.

    Alright, Jordan, I just wrote you half of a book. I’m rambling. Have any questions, just reply and I’ll be back with whatever you’d like to know. I’ve been reading your blog off and on since June 2011. You are one hell of a writer. Really enjoy your site. Keep up the great work and BEGIN the great hard work in your journey to becoming a lean, mean maaachine!

    Remember, saturated fatty acids from whole food sources are your friends. All the ‘studies’ out there related SFAs to heart disease and ‘high cholesterol’ are bunk in my book, but that’s another topic for another time.

    ALSO, ALSO, ALSO!!!!~~~

    A lot of supplement peddlers out there will say “HEY BRO, YOU NEED DIS, DAT AND DISSS” in order to leach money from your wallet. The only supplements I truly recommend that I think are beneficial? Well:

    — A multivitamin (fuck megadosing vitamins; just get something that has at least 100% of the RDA of most of the vitamins in there.)
    — Fish oil (yes, sir)
    — Vitamin D3 (hugely important. HUGE! 5,000 to 10,000 IU a day is what I recommend. Find a bottle with a good enough dosage/serving size. It’s generally cheap. A plethora of benefits, bro.)
    — Vitamin K2 (this is the most underlooked and underrated vitamin out there. I recommend Life Extension’s “Super K” brand/vitamin that you can find on Amazon because it contains the MK4 and MK7 form of K2… if you want to know more about K2 I’ll be gladly to write more than I should about it. It helps synthesize calcium and D3 INTO your bones. Gets your ‘shit straight’, so to speak.)

    All right, Jordan. Headstrong, my man. Good luck, but you shouldn’t need any, as it’s important to know that — as the cliche goes — you can do whatever you set your mind and your heart to.

    • Wow, man, thank you for all this. I’ve printed it out, keeping it as a primer. I’ve got a daily workout schedule all set up. Bodyweight exercises mostly along with shadowboxing and some other martial art things for a little cardio. Thanks again. Don’t be a stranger.

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