Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

Before sharing my weight loss thoughts from vacation, first a few words about these summer holidays: it was great πŸ™‚

Not like last year when we visited Japan and South Korea. This year we had totally different kind of vacation: one place only, but a beautiful one, where all you have to do is to relax, exercise and have fun πŸ™‚ Here is a photo, I mean a real one, not a stock photo, straight from my Nikon! If you guess the place, I give you my camera πŸ™‚

My family holidays 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was specifically the request of our kids who wanted a break after all these “exhausting” trips abroad, where we typically walk for miles every day.
And also the big benefit for them is that they get to know other young people who become friends after 5 minutes πŸ™‚ I find it amazing, how quickly they connect, at this age…

So to be honest, I was not expecting to see them around us, parents, but to my big surprise, they really enjoyed spending time with us!

This is by far the most important point, the first thing I will remember for years to come: we had a truly wonderful family time.

Family, Health, Time

Do you remember the post I wrote about New Year’s resolutions? And the beautiful handmade picture I did for that matter? πŸ™‚
Here it is again:

Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was my first resolution for 2016 and this summer has been the perfect opportunity to combine all three goals. Do you see how consistent I am? πŸ™‚

OK, seriously now. Here is the key message: if you want to achieve something, you have to think about it, to plan it, to do it, to measure progress and to adapt because deviations always occur. Things do rarely happen by accident!

Weight Loss Thoughts From Vacation

You probably see already where I’m heading here πŸ™‚
How does that translate to weight loss? What is the link between having a great family time and and these “weight loss thoughts”?
Easy answer: these goals or resolutions share the same method. I have experienced it again and again, and still today while coaching a young lady who has tried losing weight in vain for several months. Five easy steps… easy in theory because most people fail at step 3 and 4.

1) Think About It

Remember The Strangest Secret Article by Earl Nightingale? You become what you think about.

2) Plan It

Be reasonable when setting goals.
Plan for midterm results: you might have some quick wins but the real challenge is not to lose weight, it’s to stay at this new weight!
Do not set goals in terms of results (“lose X pounds”), instead set goals in terms of efforts around the pillars (eat less and move more).

3) Do It!

The first two steps were just happening in your mind, no real action to this point: now is the time for action! Do what you have planned and be accountable for it.

4) Measure Progress

Year after year I’m still amazed: so many people miss this point.
You can only improve what you measure.
It is well known that people underestimate their calories and overestimate their physical activity. But to that extend, it’s huge!
This has been the main part of my coaching with this young lady. She had no idea of her BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), of her calorie intake and expenditure!
How come that smart people who have access to so many information (internet, apps etc..) can be so wrong about themselves?
That was her Aha moment: by tracking these data (seriously, no guess work and without cheating) she realized the real cause of her overweight and how to solve it.

5) Adapt When Deviations Occur

That’s life. You may have to change your goals and it’s OK. Sometimes you have no choice, for instance in case of injuries. But even if you keep your initial goals, most of the time you will have to adapt your efforts.

Conclusion

For people who reach step 5, I could add a sixth one: celebrate! πŸ™‚
I know that these weight loss thoughts may sound familiar and you are probably thinking: “I know it already… Tell me something I don’t know!”.
Well, if you know it and you’re still struggling with your weight loss… Think twice πŸ™‚
That’s the huge difference between knowing and doing things.

Bottom line: these steps can take you to your desired weight, no doubt. It’s a hard way and that’s the reason why so many people fail: at some step, they give up. Too hard.

In my case, I have tried to lose weight with hard runs and without ephedrine. Believe me, I did my best but I had to stop due to repeated injuries.

The good news is that you are not obliged to do it the hard way. If you want easier and quicker results (burning more fat with less efforts), then ephedra or ephedrine are your friends (here is why).
If you don’t know the difference between ephedra & ephedrine, please read this page.
If you live in the US, check if ephedrine is legal in your state.
Based on that, you can choose between my top 3 ephedra and top 3 ephedrine products.

Keep in touch,

-Mike Budd
Copyright http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com

Ephedrine Midyear Review

Before having a highly deserved break in August, I’d like to do a kind of “ephedrine midyear review”: news about sellers, products, legal aspects, etc.

Ephedrine Midyear Review: Sellers

Order Real Ephedrine Online in the USA with LiveLeanTodayThe best news and major change this year have come from LiveLeanToday. You are now able to order real ephedrine online, shipped to your door, in all legality if you live in one of the “blue or orange states”.
Excellent feedback so far. The only problem I heard of has to do with the online registration when you order for the first time. The next orders are processed automatically.

So long Astronutrition πŸ™Β  You may have seen it in the homepage: they have decided to step out of the ephedrine market. It’s a pity, but fortunately we have other options.

Ephedrine in Canada: forget about it if you don’t live there. Anyway for Americans, ordering from Canada is not interesting anymore: you have now access ephedrine HCL through LiveLeanToday, as just said.

iSupplements: as you may know this site has been created and sold later by the current owner of LiveLeanToday — it’s a small world πŸ™‚
Just a quick word about them: they kind of specialized in ephedra and they do a great job, when I see all the positive feedback. Good range, cheap prices and top customer satisfaction. Plus frequent coupon codes: don’t forget to enter eph12 at checkout.

Ephedrine Midyear Review: Products

No new products and it’s not a surprise: ephedrine based products are produced by big pharma companies and the market is mature.
Thus no changes to my top 3: Ephedrine Plus, Bronkaid and Primatene.
OK, 4 if I include an EC stack based on Bronkaid πŸ™‚

Ephedrine Midyear Review: Ephedrine PlusEphedrine Midyear Review: Bronkaid legally sold online in the USAEphedrine Midyear Review: Primatene, the legal ephedrine HCL that you can get online in most US statesEphedrine Midyear Review: legal way to get an ECA Stack in the USA

 

 

Regarding ephedra products, producers are smaller and more flexible so, from time to time, you see new products which add new ingredients but the basis remains the same, the good old ephedra. Personally I prefer to stick to my preferred, time-tested products.

Green Stinger is still the king of the category, a best seller since more than 10 years now, and for a reason: it curbs appetite, it increases focus and energy. Most importantly, Green Stinger burns fat without jitters. Last but not least: it has the synergistic effect of an EC stack because it contains caffeine.

That being said, if you already have some ephedra experience or if you can handle some discomfort, my advice would be to try a stronger product, such as Hellfire: you will have more physiological effects, hence better & quicker fat burn results. Careful though, as usual, do it progressively, follow the safety recommendations and listen to your body!

For instance you can start with Green Stinger and try Yellow Devils or Hellfire next. Have a look at this post: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

Top 3 Ephedra from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Green StingerTop 3 Ephedra from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Yellow DevilsTop 3 Ephedra from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Hellfire EPH 150

 

 

 

 

Ephedrine in Europe and other countries

I am still looking for reliable sources: please tell me about yours!

Legal Aspects

In the US: politicians are still stuck in the middle of conflicting interests between cops, doctors and people like you and me. Some new prescription bills locally but no important changes. Every month we have growing evidence that these restricting bills have put a burden on law-abiding people for a minimal effect.Β The main consequence is that Mexican drug cartels are now flooding the US with cheap and pure meth. I’ve been saying it for years…

No news about legal changes in Europe. Any input is highly welcome!

Ephedrine Online

If you spend time online, you may have seen it also: ephedrine is more and more popular, it is mentioned in forums, health / weight loss sites, communities, etc… I see also new sites about ephedrine that appear and disappear overnight…Β  With my 5 year old website, I feel like a dinosaur πŸ™‚
In many cases my pages and posts are copied without permission but I don’t care. I’m happy to see this interest. It’s a way of spreading the word about all the benefits and the unfair FDA ban. I hope that more and more people will have the chance to use ephedrine for their weight loss.
It’s also good to see that it is mentioned not only in bodybuilding forums but also in standard forums such as reddit.
My advice: be careful with the answers you get in forums, especially when it comes to side effects or dosage.

Conclusion

Some of us knew it for years but it’s now becoming mainstream: ephedrine is the best legal fat burner. It has very low risks (hypersensitivity). And even no risk if you follow the rules (small initial dose to test potential intolerance, no heat, no HIIT, etc..).
I’m happy to share the knowledge and hopefully to help you lose some pounds πŸ™‚

That’s it for this ephedrine midyear review: enjoy your break if you have one and keep in touch!

-Mike Budd
Copyright http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com

Ephedra or Ephedrine?

Ephedra or Ephedrine? Good question! Apparently many people are confused because they don’t know the difference and most importantly, what would be the best choice for them in terms of weight loss.

I know I didn’t post a lot lately, due to many issues — I should write a post about that πŸ™‚

I said I would update my pages about EC stack dosage, from 8 mg ephedrine per cap as it used to be years ago when ephedrine HCL was shipped from Canada, to the new dosage, 12,5 mg (EPHED or Primatene) and 25 mg (Bronkaid or Ephedrine Plus)… But still on the to-do list πŸ™ I’ll do it, I swear πŸ™‚

Anyway, I feel I should start with this clarification about ephedra or ephedrine, because I’m getting tons of questions and hopefully I will be able to answer just by linking to this post πŸ™‚

OK, let’s start.

Beach Body Ready

Ephedra or Ephedrine for Your Beach BodyWow… All the buzz around this ad πŸ™‚ And all these funny social media reactions πŸ™‚

The best way to burn fat has nothing to do with this ad which tries to sell meal replacements. The best way is to have an EC stack, together with a smart diet (optional) and some exercise (also optional).

When I say smart diet, I mean that you don’t have to go through a crash diet or starve yourself. Reducing your calories, let’s say minus 500 is fine. Honestly, this is so easy you won’t notice it.

Same thing for the “move more” recommendation: it’s up to you. You will lose more and quicker with a bit of cardio training.

Bottom line: with the synergistic effects of caffeine and ephedrine/ephedra, you will have less appetite and more energy and consequently you will lose weight with minimal effort. But for such results, real ephedra alkaloids or real ephedrine are absolutely needed.

If you don’t know why, please read this page which explains how ephedrine actually works, what effects it has in your body that result in weight loss. It tells you also the difference between ephedra alkaloids (taken from plants) and ephedrine HCL (made in labs).

Second bottom line: ephedra alkaloids or ephedrine HCL, you don’t care because you get the same effects.

My usual reply to people who raise this question is: if you hesitate between both, you should take into account 2 major points: legality and physiology.

Legality

If you live in a “red state” where ephedrine is not legal, (check the color of your state), no need to go further: you have to get ephedra alkaloids and no regrets because you will have the same results πŸ™‚
Pick up one of these 4 ephedra products: they all are time-tested, with an excellent feedback, you can’t go wrong with any of those, and you will have 12 percent off with this coupon code: eph12pro.

Top 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Green StingerTop 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Yellow DevilsTop 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Hellfire EPH 150Top 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: ECA Xtreme

 

 

 

 

 

If ephedrine is legal in your state (blue or orange states), my recommendation is to try ephedrine HCL first: you’re lucky, you have online access to Ephedrine Plus, Bronkaid and Primatene πŸ™‚

Ephedrine Plus Contains Ephedrine HCLBronkaid (ephedrine sulfate) legally sold online in the USAPrimatene, the legal ephedrine HCL that you can get online in most US statesThe legal way to get an ECA Stack based on Bronkaid

 

 

 

Physiology

Ephedra or ephedrine? I have tried both and from my (long) experience and all exchanges I had since years, what I can say for sure is that some guys have better results with ephedrine and others with ephedra. I know, looks like a lame answer, but it’s an honest one πŸ™‚

Ephedra or Ephedrine?

You have to try for yourself!

  1. Check the legality of ephedrine in your state
  2. If legal, buy ephedrine (best products here)
  3. If not, buy ephedra (my top 3 here)
  4. Even if you have access to ephedrine, try ephedra with your second EC stack: you may get better results by cycling products because your lazy body will be surprised πŸ™‚

Bye for now,

-Mike Budd
Copyright http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com

Legal, Real Ephedrine HCL in the USA

Last month we had probably the best news in years:Β  legal, real ephedrine HCL in the USA, online, in stock, from a trusted seller.

If you are new to ephedrine, trust the old guys like me who have been on the topic since years: bodybuilders, athletes, etc.. They will all tell you the same thing: if something burns fat quicker than ephedrine HCL plus caffeine (the famous EC stack), it’s probably not legal.

If you don’t trust me, it’s fine too πŸ˜‰
Do your own search online, check the medical literature if you want, you will inevitably end up with the same conclusion: if you want to lose some serious pounds with minimal effort, you don’t know how lucky you are to put your hands on real ephedrine HCL, ordered online and shipped discreetly to your door, in all legality! Hmm, if it’s legal, why is it shipped discreetly? Because your weight loss plan is a private thing, no need to share that with others.

Again: Legal, Real Ephedrine HCL!

I know it sounds like I’m over-excited, but I can’t help it πŸ™‚
Since 5 years now, through this blog, I live and breathe ephedrine, so to say πŸ™‚
Do you remember the good old times with Kaizen Ephedrine HCL that was shipped from Canada? And then all shops closing one after the other?
And today, finally, you have access to the best products, in all legality.

Ephedrine Plus

You can go for Ephedrine Plus which is for me the best ephedrine HCL but extremely hard to get in the US. You can now order it online with a few clicks πŸ™‚

Ephedrine Plus Contains Real Ephedrine HCL

 

 

 

 

 

Bronkaid

Or you can get Bronkaid, which has 25 mg ephedrine sulfate:

Bronkaid (ephedrine sulfate) legally sold online in the USA

 

 

 

 

 

EPHED 12.5 mg and Primatene

And if your state doesn’t allow 25 mg ephedrine per cap, no problem, you can still get real ephedrine HCL with EPHED 12.5 mg (24ct) or Primatene also with 12.5 mg ephedrine HCL per tab.

EPHED is 12.5 mg of real ephedrine HCL

 

 

 

 

 

Primatene, the legal and real ephedrine HCL that you can get online in most US states

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last advice: ephedrine shortages are frequent and you will notice that when it happens, it affects all brands. It’s not a surprise: they all buy ephedrine from the same sources, big chemical companies. And I know several places already running out of stock. For the moment LiveLeanToday has Ephedrine Plus, EPHED 12.5 mg, Bronkaid and Primatene in stock, but you don’t know for how long. If you decide to start an EC stack, do it right from the beginning and stock up to the legal limit.

If you need a refresher about all these aspects, max quantity etc, you have all useful information in this page: Legal Ephedrine Sold Online in the USA.

It covers all these points:

  • How they manage to sell ephedrine online legally in the USA?
  • Legality of ephedrine in your state: “red states” where ephedrine is illegal, “orange states where you have to buy EPHED 12.5 mg or Primatene and “blue states” where you can get what you want πŸ™‚
  • What are the legal obligations before getting ephedrine?
  • What are the best products for your state?
  • Difference between ephedrine HCL and ephedrine sulfate?
  • Difference between Ephedrine Plus, Bronkaid and Primatene?
  • How many boxes of each product you can buy per state, per order and per month

Quite complete as you can seeΒ  \o/
Hmm.. That’s what I thought when I finished it. And then I got your emails πŸ™‚

I’ve got a lot of feedback: except in one case, all orders have been shipped ok. The main topic in the emails was about the EC stack dosage: my recommendation so far was for 8 mg ephedrine per cap. Remember, I wrote that when we were supplied by Canadian sellers and in Canada by law you can only get 8 mg tablets!
So I got the kind request to update these daily tables based on the new dosage, 12,5 mg (EPHED or Primatene) and 25 mg (Bronkaid or Ephedrine Plus).

I will update all tables at once, in mg and in caps, day per day for all 3 products, so that you make no mistake in your EC stack dosage.

Thanks who? πŸ˜‰

 

-Mike Budd
Copyright http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com

Ephedra Sale Until Sunday

Ephedra for Sale Until Sunday at i-Supplements

May is coming at the end of the week, Game of Thrones Season 6 has started, days are longer and skirts are shorter, love is in the air πŸ™‚

It’s high time to step out of your comfort zone and to lose some serious pounds before summer.

You have approximately eight weeks to get the perfect beach body (this is for the truly motivated guys here) or just to shape up and to have more energy before the summer break (you’re so reasonable…).

Female Bodybuilder Lifting WeightsIn all cases, i-Supplements is ready to help you: they have a Special Offer that will run through Sunday, May 1st, offering 20 percent off on all ephedra products!

 

 

 

Knowing that they already have the cheapest prices (as usual, you know it depends on many things, I’m speaking on average here), 20% off is really a good deal.

Ephedra sale at i-Supplements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 3 Ephedra Products

It’s the right time for you to try one of my top 3 ephedra products: you know, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly πŸ™‚

  • Green Stinger: a true star, a best seller since years.
    Its success is probably due to the fact that you lose weight without jitters or crash, it’s the right compromise.
  • Yellow Devils Ephedra Diet Pills: Famous, time-tested and great results: 25 mg of ephedra and 300 mg of caffeine. Only one pill in the morning will get you going for the day with more energy, more focus and less appetite.
  • Hellfire EPH 150 Ephedra Diet Pills: This one is brutal. If you never had ephedrine or ephedra, don’t start with it, you could be sick or at least shaky all day. But if you’re sure you have no sensitivity, Hellfire EPH 150 is probably one of the best way to lose fat as fast as humanly possible πŸ™‚

 

Top 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Green StingerTop 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Yellow DevilsTop 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: Hellfire EPH 150Top 4 Ephedra Products from EphedrineWhereToBuy.com: ECA Xtreme

 

 

 

 

 

Start now your bikini-ready diet that will make you hot on the beach. The good news is that you don’t have to go through a crash diet or starve yourself to look good in your new swimsuit: nothing beats an EC stack when it comes to burn fat quickly. You’ll get less appetite and more energy and you will lose weight with minimal effort.

Bottom line: pick up your preferred ephedra product from i-Supplements and don’t forget the EPH20 coupon code at checkout!

-Mike

Copyright http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com

Running or Ephedra?

Running or Ephedra?

Since months now I am trying to answer this question: what is best to burn this stubborn belly fat, hiding my abs? Running or ephedra? I have tried many things:

I have joined a running team.
I have tried hard runs and didn’t lose one pound.
I have added a smart diet but no results on the scale.
And I can’t do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT, the best way to burn fat) because of a joint pain in the hip.

Running or ephedra? I'd prefer ephedra :)It’s a pity: all these efforts for nothing πŸ™

OK, let’s be positive.

If something is not working, it’s high time to vary and to test a different approach.

That’s what I did with this new training program.

First, Intensity

I can’t run “fast” anymore because of the burden put on my joints.
I already had an ankle, a knee and hip injured by this pace, without any weight loss, so it would be stupid to stick to that.
So I have no other choice than “slow runs”. You know, the ones that keep you under 65-70% of your MHR (maximum heart rate).

Second, Duration

I had to limit it to 30 minutes because of the joint pain: I am OK when I start running but unfortunately this pain always appear after a few minutes and increases progressively, so half an hour is the maximum I can endure.

Third, Frequency

How many runs per week? Well, it was not really my decision. I just realized that more than twice a week didn’t give enough time to recover between two painful runs.
All in all, here is what I’ve been doing since one month now: 2 “slow runs”, twice a week, for about 30 minutes.

Results so far

So disappointing. I didn’t lose one pound πŸ™
And I didn’t build lean muscle either. In a nutshell: since the beginning of all these tests around “running or ephedra”, I can’t see any benefits so far. This last approach seems to be useless pain with no results. You know that my “success criteria” is more how my jeans fit rather than a number of pounds on the scale. Well, my jeans have seen no particular change recently πŸ™

Why this Lack of Results?

There are two main explanations for me:

1 – Lipolysis
If you don’t exercise more than 40, 45 minutes, your body doesn’t start lipolysis (burning fat) because it has enough “energy” (glycogen) stored for these 30 minutes. It doesn’t mean that running 30 minutes twice a week is not good for your health, it means in my case that it’s not enough to lose weight.

2 – Diet

I thought initially that my “smart diet” would be enough:

  • No calorie counting
  • No hunger, even increasing my meal size between running days
  • In compensation, focus on good healthy foods
  • No more bread during lunch, no refined sugar, no sauces/dressings
  • No alcohol except during the weekend

I realize that it’s far from enough. I am now convinced that a calorie deficit is needed in my case to start burning fat, especially in the midsection. With this increased activity I tend to eat a lot more, healthy food but still. The number of “calories in” is too high, compared to the number of “calories out”. I am sure to have other overall health benefits (heart etc)Β  but not the “visible” kind.

Now I have to make a choice: for the sake of completeness I should now try slow runs three times a week, one hour each, without ephedrine or ephedra.

But honestly I’m tired. Running or ephedra? I’d prefer ephedra πŸ™‚ Because this is really exhausting, compared to the energy boost and appetite suppression you get with an EC stack.

I don’t know yet… but in all cases I will let you know.

Keep in touch,
Mike

Copyright http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com

Ephedra Products, My Top 3

Let’s be honest, I wrote this “Top 3 Ephedra Products” for you, but also for me πŸ™‚

In fact I get many emails about ephedra products, asking which ones are recommended.
I do my best to reply to most of them, except when I’m on vacation or when my wife says she’s going to throw my laptop out of the window πŸ™‚
So I decided to save time by listing a selection of ephedra products here: in that way I will just reply by linking to this pageΒ  \o/

OK, let’s do it seriously:

  • First, my selection has to be beyond any doubt.
  • Second, the selected products must have different strengths: I know beginners who have a high tolerance to ephedra and experienced people who have a high sensitivity.
  • Third, the list has to be up-to-date, taking your feedback into account.

OK, here are 3 products: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

3 Ephedra Products: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 

 

 

 

#1 Ephedra Product: The Good

#1 Ephedra Recommendation, Green StingerProbably the most famous fat burner in the USA, produced by Schwartz Labs in Cincinnati.
Green Stinger is a star, a best seller since years.
Its success is probably due to the fact that you lose weight without jitters or crash, it’s the right compromise.
Quick refresher about the ingredients:

  • 27 mg of ephedra
  • Synephrine
  • Phenylethylamine HCL
  • Green tea
  • Yohimbe
  • 200 mg of caffeine (avoid other sources of caffeine: coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks etc..)

#2 Ephedra Product: The Bad

#2 Ephedra Recommendation, Yellow DevilsYellow Devils! Old guys here will shed a tear πŸ˜‰

Famous, time-tested and great results: 25 mg of ephedra and 300 mg of caffeine for the synergistic effects (EC stack).

Only one pill in the morning will get you going for the day with more energy, more focus and less appetite.

Add a smart diet, avoid your couch and you’ll probably buy new jeans in a few weeks πŸ™‚

 

 

 

#3 Ephedra Product: The Ugly

#3 Ephedra Recommendation, HellFire EPH 150This one is brutal. If you never had ephedrine or ephedra, don’t start with HellFire, you could be sick or at least shaky all day.
But if you’re sure you have no sensitivity, HellFire is probably the best way to burn fat as fast as humanly possible πŸ™‚
You will find many reviews online: most are fake. Some say they it’s dangerous, others say it has no effect, some reviewers tell you they’ve lost 50 pounds, well, for me it’s pure BS. Be smart and make your own mind. If it’s a “review site”, be sure it’s for commissions only. Check the site, how old is it, do they have quality content? You can tell for sure.
OK, back to HellFire: my recommendation is to start with one pill per day, see how it goes after one week and if your body can stand it, take twice daily but no more! Stick to your plan for 6 weeks because fat burn doesn’t come overnight, but believe me, you will see the difference.

That’s it, pick up the right one for you, take your “before” photo and get ready for a nice “after” one in 6 weeks πŸ™‚

Mike Budd

Copyright http://ephedrinewheretobuy.com

Resolutions, I Think I Get It Now

I’m so glad I started this blog. Really. I have to thank you. Why? Because it changed so many things for me: I am helping people here, so each time I am confronted to a “problem”, I see things differently. If I’m supposed to help people, how come I can’t help myself? That’s why I decided to analyze my own resolutions in a different way this year.

Old Approach

Here is what I do typically every year:

What is most important to me?
My family.

How can I give them the best of me?
By being available, by taking care of them, by keeping all of us in good health, as long as possible.

How can I take care of my health?
First by losing weight.

How can I increase quality time with my wife and children?
By being more productive in order to free up time for them while doing all I have to do.

So I end up with lame New Year’s resolutions such as:

  • Lose weight…
  • Be kind…
  • Be more productive…

Guess how long these resolutions will last πŸ™
Usually 2 weeks, until reality strikes back.

My New Approach to Resolutions

Each time I talk to people met through my blog, I give them my best advice because most of the time it’s about ephedrine and weight loss, and I always suggest to consider the third pillar that most people underestimate: support!
For the first two pillars, Eat Less and Move More, I have a lot of things to tell, because I’m on these topics since years. But for support you need something personal, starting with your family and friends, then a coach or a weight loss buddy, and of course I can’t play that role.

So my “Aha!” moment this year has been: “why not applying this “get support” advice to yourself regarding New Year’s resolutions?

That’s what I did. I went to close friends who are psychologists and asked them for support:

  • What do they think about New Year’s resolutions?
  • Why don’t we stick at them more than 2 weeks?
  • What could I do to have more success this year and at least achieve *one* goal

Talking To The Pros

After long (boring) discussions, I had the feeling I was at the same point: blah blah “volition”, blah blah “willpower”, blah blah blah…
Finally they told me something I could understand: you need a basic knowledge if you want to change. Good things do not happen magically because you did a list πŸ˜‰
You need a “toolbox”. A mental toolbox. First you learn what are these tools, what they are for, when to use them. Then you need some basic training with these tools, in real situations. Then more advanced training. And after a while, you master them and finally you fix your problems “naturally”, where other people get stuck over and over, just as you were.. before!

So I asked them where to start and they recommended that I learn some academic knowledge from real experts. And now I am happy to share it with you: here is a great video from Dr. Mike Evans, from the University of Toronto. I like it a lot:

You will see a study showing that you have way more “chance” to be successful if you do your resolutions at New Year’s: 41% of us do New Year’s resolutions (mainly weight loss) but those who initiate their change at another time than New Year’s have only a 4% success rate after 6 months, compared to 46% for those who made their commitment at New Year’s!

Later in the video you will learn key knowledge about goal setting. Don’t miss it.

Lessons Learned

I went back to my New Year’s resolutions with different angles.

  • “Zoom out” to have the global picture: in my case, Family, Health and Time
  • “Zoom in” to focus on each one: that’s what I was missing until now and it has to do with goal setting

How can I translate ideal goals into practical changes?
Well, first by acknowledging the difference, by putting them down in writing, and by choosing the first 3 steps (actions) to start with. By doing so I accept that it’s not perfect but better than nothing, a first step in the right direction.

Finally I did this nice picture to keep it in mind: see how serious I am now? I can already feel a change πŸ˜‰

Changing New Year's Resolutions To Change Myself

That’s all for now. I will test some tips about changing habits for the next post πŸ™‚
Meanwhile, feel free to share your own experience below!

Keep in touch,
Mike

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Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year 2016!

A few hours before the New Year, I’d like to share a few things with you πŸ™‚

First, congrats to all of you who tried to lose weight and improve their health in 2015. From our exchanges, I see a lot of success and I’m really, truly happy for you πŸ™‚

For those of you who have tried but did not reach their goal, well, I know exactly how you feel πŸ˜‰
because I am in the same group…

I know how hard it is. Don’t believe these people who try to sell you miracle products online. You know, the type of ad you click that sends you to a selling page: “eat what you want and be a 24/7 fat burning machine!”. I try to stay polite πŸ˜‰

I’ve been in touch with many of you and I see again and again that each “case” is different. Some of you have tried to lose weight through nutrition, or through exercising, or both.
Many have tried ephedrine or ephedra alkaloids for the first time with good results.
And I think I have been the only one to try to burn fat through hard runs and a smart diet πŸ˜‰ and without the support of ephedrine!
In 2 words: it didn’t work πŸ™

Anyway, I really wanted to test it and now it’s done.
I had no results and now I’m stuck with a hip pain. I can’t run for the moment but anyway it’s the festive season so it’s ok.
The problem will be in a few weeks: I will probably end up with some more pounds than before my brilliant idea…
I have planned to see a doctor in January to try to fix this issue, at least the pain!

Amazing results, as you can see πŸ˜‰
But I don’t regret it. I remember that I had some results in the beginning: the same weight but more muscles and less fat, as explained in this post. It’s really bad luck: it would have been a different story without these injuries.

So, it’s not time yet for New Year Resolutions but I know for sure that I can’t keep this running program in 2016.
As soon as the hip issue is fixed, I will start an EC stack. As many of you did this year πŸ™‚

That’s it for the last post of the year.

I wish you a very good time with your family and friends, a great New Year’s Eve and a wonderful 2016 πŸ™‚

Take care,
Mike

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Hard Runs And No Results

I got emails telling me that running fast was dangerous because of the risk of heart attack and that hard runs without enough time for recovery was stupid.

Thank you πŸ™‚

I agree with “stupid”, it is. But regarding a heart attack, I don’t think so: I have my great running watch telling me exactly at what heart rate I am currently running and I know my max heart rate. So no risk, even with hard runs. In fact there is a basic function which shows you in which of the 5 training zones you are, based on your heart rate, and I have also set alarms (audio and vibrating) that tell me when I push it too far.

In fact, this running watch is great, but for some reason I feel a bit depressed right now, writing these lines. Maybe not exactly depressed, but.. disappointed, I don’t find the right word.

I’ll try to explain but I have to detail the training zones first. Here it is, directly from the Garmin manual:

Max Heart Rate

The traditional way to calculate MHR is to use this formula: 220 minus your age for men, or 226 minus your age for women. For example, if you are a man of 40 then your estimated MHR is 180. You can then calculate training heart rates from this by using a formula such as 70% MHR, which in this case is 126. This formula is simple and convenient but unfortunately it is not accurate for up to 30% of runners, so your training could be set at completely the wrong HR level.
There are other ways to find your true MHR. For example, you can undergo a physiological test at a sports science lab which combines treadmill run results with blood lactate samples to establish your MHR and HR zones.
An alternative way of self-assessing your MHR is to run as fast as you can on the level for three minutes, take 2β€”3 minutes recovery with gentle running, then repeat your three-minute max run. During the second run you should reach your MHR. Use your HR monitor to record your heart rate as you may peak just after you finish the effort.

Zone% of MHRPerceived ExertionBenefits
Warm Up
(Gray)
50–60%Relaxed, easy pace, rhythmic breathingBeginning-level aerobic training, reduces stress
Easy
(Blue)
60–70%Comfortable pace, slightly deeper breathing, conversation possibleBasic cardiovascular training, good recovery pace
Aerobic
(Green)
70–80%Moderate pace, more difficult to hold conversationImproved aerobic capacity, optimal cardiovascular training
Threshold
(Orange)
80–90%Fast pace and a bit uncomfortable, breathing forcefulImproved anaerobic capacity and threshold, improved speed
Maximum
(Red)
90–100%Sprinting pace, unsustainable for long period of time, labored breathingAnaerobic and muscular endurance, increased power

Garmin Hard Runs

 

My Garmin Experience

So here is what I did: as the training zones are based on the Maximum Heart Rate, the first and crucial point is to find your real one. You know me, I can’t be satisfied with a formula that is not accurate for up to 30% of runners πŸ™‚
So I decided to challenge the result of this formula. But no way to go to a “sports science lab” for a blood test! A bit excessive…
So I decided to go for the second option, much easier πŸ˜‰
“Run as fast as you can for three minutes, take 2β€”3 minutes recovery with gentle running, then repeat your three-minute max run”.
That, I can do πŸ™‚
To be honest, I was so tired after my first run that the 2-3 minutes recovery seemed like seconds to me and then, the second “three-minute max run” has been a shame: after 50 meters you could see no difference with the “recovery with gentle running” πŸ˜‰
No way to increase my speed. Burned out.

Good News First

You remember that I did a charity run some months ago? Well, it proves that good deeds pay off πŸ˜‰ In fact, during that run my watch saved a max heart rate which was much higher than the one I got with this lame test, “three-minute max, three-minute recovery and again three-minute max”. Very cool, great for the ego πŸ˜‰

Bad News Now

The cool feeling didn’t last long. In fact, the problem is that after setting this MHR, it then dictates your training pace πŸ™
And let’s be honest: I have the feeling that this watch is pushing me to the limits.

When my watch shows that I am in the warm up zone, honestly I feel more than warm πŸ™‚ What did they say? Relaxed, easy pace, rhythmic breathing? I wouldn’t describe it like that πŸ™‚ Maybe during the first minute…

The “blue zone”? I don’t know it.
And the “green zone”? I can’t remember.
I feel like I always jump directly to the orange one: threshold!
I call it the “pain zone”: not enough to let down because you are not in the red zone, but more than you can really stand for the long run. Pure pain. Hard runs.
Your mind (“you can do it“) is fighting against your body (“please, stop it“).
Most of my training is in this zone. Exhausting. Counterproductive. Stupid…

The result is that I have 3 running injuries now. Right hip, left ankle and right knee. Great πŸ™

And you know the best part? I didn’t even lose 1 pound!

Hard Runs in Vain?

This running watch is great. I’m not. Now I know it, based on high tech measurements.

Why not stopping these hard runs? Because it would be a failure. And because I thought that this magic weight loss would come finally, overnight.
If I stop now, all these efforts would have been for nothing. Which is kind of stupid, I agree. Unless you still hope that your efforts will pay off someday πŸ™‚

Mike Budd

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