My Weight Loss Story, Episode 2

The last post was about my weight loss experience and I got many emails from people who went through the same issues. And apparently my “magic soup” experience made some people laugh πŸ™‚ well, years later, this is the first positive thing about it! I’ve been asked for what I did after that, so here it is: My Weight Loss Story, Episode 2 πŸ™‚

Dieting again

I’m a stubborn guy. When the “magic soup” experience appeared to be useless, I thought that it was my fault because I had been naive and I just didn’t find the right information online. Next time I’ll find the magic one! Stubborn and a bit stupid too πŸ™‚

So I went to Google again and this time I placed my hopes in another method, a famous diet, widely promoted as very efficient: the high-protein, low-carb diet, you know, the Atkins kind of diet. The idea was to drastically cut carbs which are used first by your body for energy, so that fat is used instead, in a metabolic state that doctors call “ketosis”. Honestly I liked it immediately! I found the idea brilliant, the name “ketosis” sounded like the end of my problems, I was truly sure that this scientific approach with such a name was a winner πŸ™‚ I was already picturing my new body quickly running short of fat πŸ™‚

So I started this approach with great enthusiasm and I even decided to push it to the next step: high protein foods and veggies only, nothing else! I wanted the best possible ketosis, not the average one πŸ™‚

Then, back to reality. I remember that it was quite embarrassing in the office because we used to have lunch all together and of course I got many question from my co-workers who immediately noticed that I was dieting…
One day, we have been invited in a very expensive restaurant to celebrate the end of a big project and I had to say no to a very old red wine. Apparently our business partners wanted to show their gratitude and really, nobody could understand my reaction. They told me that this wine was so famous, so rare, so expensive that it was a dream for many wine lovers around the globe! And I was drinking water because of a stupid diet! In my head, I was silently repeating my mantra: Ketosis, Ketosis, Ketosis! πŸ™‚

Embarrassing Side Effect

At least the good point about this high-protein diet is that I was not hungry. The bad point is that ketosis has an embarrassing side effect: bad breath πŸ™ I will never forget this glimpse of surprise followed by disgust from people I was talking to. First they take a step back, and they avoid you completely πŸ™‚ Or they increase the “social distance” when they *really* have to be in front of you. I’m not sure but I think I got more emails than usual during my ketosis period πŸ™‚

The result of this diet in terms of weight loss has been modest, real but modest. But these few pounds off came with a very high price: my cholesterol levels did skyrocket. They were already high but after this diet they went wild. It took me years to bring them back to normal levels.

My Weight Loss Story, Episode 2

Run Till You Fall

Now a few words about the second part of my plan: running.
I was feeling very confident because I used to exercise a lot when I was young. So I started running with high hopes, even thinking of future competitions πŸ™‚ My typical session was the following: after a quick warm-up, I was running around half an hour at my maximum speed, sweating like in hell. My main problem was about time management: I had long days in the office and I didn’t want to sacrifice dinner with my wife and kids. So I ended up running at night, after dinner. Stupid again. My running route never varied. In the beginning people were surprised to see me running at night. They probably thought I was crazy, running in the dark, in the cold, in the rain… Same route, same houses, same people, same dogs barking at me… Finally after a few weeks people and dogs got used to my late runs and nobody paid attention anymore. I was the “poor fat guy running at night”…

So, what about the weight loss results?
The sad truth is that I lost.. almost nothing. The main result was injuries: it was too much stress for my heavy body. The most painful points were the knees and hips. Painkillers didn’t help much. I knew that I needed some rest, but guess what? I can do it πŸ™‚
I went to friends doctors who helped me with anti-inflammatory injections. A few days later I was on the road again. But not for long. The real end of the story came from the mental side. I realized that all these efforts were for nothing, that it was a failure, that I was a failure.
It was like a breakthrough. During the last night run, I was exhausted, beyond acceptable fatigue and yet trying to keep on running. At one moment I thought: what’s wrong with me? Does it have to be so hard? It’s not working. I have to accept this weight, this age. I have been unhealthy for years and I will never be healthy and fit again. It’s too late. So I stopped running and I walked my way back home πŸ™

Believe me, this second failure has been much more devastating than the first one.

OK, that’s it for the embarrassing memories.

The good point is… the happy end πŸ™‚

It was not “too late”. I was my learning curve. It took me time to do the right things, in the right order: get support, eat less, move more — but not the way I did it!

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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My Weight Loss Experience

As you can guess from the title, “My Weight Loss Experience”, this is going to be a very personal post… Maybe a bit of nostalgia, looking back at all these years πŸ™‚

I have received emails about my last post, saying that many people lack of patience when they try to lose weight, compared to all these years of poor diet food and no exercise.
Hmm, apparently it was a bit rude…
No offense though. I had one example in mind when writing that, and as always, it’s a poor idea to generalize.

What can I say?
Well, I could say that if at some point you realize that, regarding your overweight, enough is enough, I totally understand, because I’ve experienced it years ago. I had something like 50 pounds to lose. I was happy in every aspect of my life, with my family first, my friends, my job.
Except that I had been gaining weight for years and years.

My weight loss experienceAnd it was not a problem. It came so progressively that it was not something we talked about. Easy life, busy life, good food, alcohol, nothing to worry about. No exercise by the way.
Until that day where I almost died due to this overweight.
Suddenly I realized the high price I had to pay now πŸ™
And I’ve been very angry because I had been surrounded by doctors during all this time and nobody told me about the health risks. And remember, my wife is a doctor.

Now with the distance, frankly I don’t blame them.
Nobody forced me to have this lifestyle. Again, I was really happy with my life.
As you can guess, this new perception has started tough discussions with my wife and with friends πŸ™‚
My conclusion was clear: it’s my life, sure, but it also affects my family, so I have to take real control of my health. I decided to get healthy as quick as possible.
And of course, I also wanted quick results…
So as you can see, if you’re currently trying to lose weight and you want quick results, I can fully understand…

My Weight Loss Experience

What I want to say now is that, with this mindset, I did all possible mistakes.
I decided to try by myself, without support, because I was angry. This was a real mistake.
I have tried all possible “magic diets”. When I think about it today, honestly it makes me laugh πŸ™‚ Do you want an example? OK. I found somewhere a “miracle diet”: The Ultimate Fat Burning Soup! It was supposed to burn fat like crazy, but you had to eat this soup only, nothing else, for a whole week!
I did it… One weekend before vacation, I tried to convince my wife that we had to cook a huge quantity of this “miracle soup”! She refused and we didn’t talk for one week πŸ™‚ But her reaction didn’t stop me: “you’re a big boy, go buy these veggies and cook it yourself”!
So during that week I’ve been eating this soup 3 times a day, from breakfast to dinner! And after a few days, even the smell in the kitchen was making me nauseous…
But I did it.
And guess what? No results of course.
I could go on with all other mistakes, but you get it.
I’m a stubborn guy.

I could also tell you how wrong I’ve been when starting the “exercise” part of my weight loss experience. I think I mentioned it already in my previous posts about running. All these efforts, for nothing! A pity.

OK, what I want to say with these embarrassing memories is that I can fully understand you.

But please, don’t do the same mistakes.
Be smarter.
Be patient.

Because in the end, I finally managed to lose these extra pounds. Not by accident.
By doing the right things.
By asking for support.
By *really* applying the weight loss pillars, eat less and move more. In the right way, step by step.

And fortunately, one day, I came across one post about ephedrine and it changed my life.
I spent months learning everything about it and finally I decided to try, hesitating between hope and the memory of the past stupid attempts (magic pills, miracle diet and so on).

I’m happy I did it finally. Because it helped me a lot with my weight loss, but most importantly, because it gave me the opportunity to create this blog and to help many people.
And fortunately, to help you too.

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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Weight Loss Coaching, My Lessons Learned

Weight Loss Coaching

Do you know my biggest problem in my weight loss coaching experience so far?
The lack of patience I see with most people asking me for support.

Demotivated after Two Weeks!

Weight Loss Coaching, my lessons learned at EphedrineWhereToBuy.comI can understand that if you do some efforts, you want results. Sure. But how come that we want results quite immediately nowadays?
I know that especially young people live in the “micro-wave generation”. You know, when even waiting for one minute until the beep is too much πŸ™‚

I’m always surprised when after 2 weeks coaching I hear the first signs of demotivation!
Come on! Apparently it’s not a problem if you had a poor lifestyle for years (having a poor diet and no exercise). And now you complain because these last 2 weeks you finally reduced slightly your calorie input and you managed to run twice a week?Β  Seriously…

Think of all these progressive changes that happened in your body, usually during years, leading to your current overweight. Do you really think that all these changes can be reversed by a 2 weeks diet and 4 running sessions??

How to Overcome this Demotivation

You know me, I’m telling you that, but I will never say it to the people I coach πŸ™‚
Instead I just try to be friendly and supportive, I try to bring them back to reason and to work on their motivation.
In fact if they quit here, my weight loss coaching would have been a failure and it will be worse for them later. I can’t stand it, honestly πŸ™

So during that phase, we talk a lot πŸ™‚

And most of the time we find a agreement: keep up the good job and you will see the result.
Then depending on their physical condition, usually I vary the intensity in order to break the routine and the monotony. But the most important point is to *finally* have these expected results! A few pounds off are enough. Just something to celebrate, with new clothes for instance — not drinks πŸ™‚
This is my preferred part, the one that rewards you for all the efforts: it’s when these men and women realize that regular, progressive efforts lead to solid, stable weight loss for the long run. So easy to say and so hard to do.

What About Ephedrine?

In most cases I do not include ephedrine in my weight loss coaching, especially with people I don’t really know.
I prefer to test their patience πŸ™‚
And usually I use it later on, to boost the results when we have reached a plateau.

But sometimes I have no other choice than introducing it sooner, during the demotivation phase, because I feel that the person is really close to quit. It’s a kind of deal: after in-depth explanations, especially regarding the legal aspects (trust me!), I ask them to make an informed decision. Most of the time, they accept because they expect less efforts and more results.

So Why Not Starting with Ephedrine Directly?

Yes, I always get this question πŸ™‚ Why did you ask me to spend weeks dieting and running for no results when I could have been taking ephedrine from the beginning?!

The answer is easy: you don’t necessarily need ephedra or ephedrine to lose weight. You can reach your desired weight by adapting your lifestyle. Eating less and moving more.
But it takes time and the risk is to quit because it’s so hard. Your metabolism goes on vacation and you don’t have the needed willpower and physical energy to exercise. Your body enters in the “starving mode” and does its best to keep this overweight! But still, it’s feasible. And you don’t have to pay for the pills. You could buy new clothes πŸ™‚

So again it’s their informed decision: if they want buy ephedra or ephedrine for less efforts and quicker results, for sure I can understand. I just insist on the fact that their weight loss will mean nothing if not sustainable: it has to come with real adjustments to their lifestyle.

Keep in touch,
-Mike Budd

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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 products.

Keep in touch,

-Mike Budd
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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

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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

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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

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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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