Thursday, October 25, 2012

Renegade Diet - First Week

Okay, I have read the Renegade Diet once.  As a matter of principal I will read it again at least one more time.  But to tell you the truth the book was an easy read, with concepts very easy to understand and most importantly, implement.

I think the most important concepts that I took away from the book were:

  1. Skip breakfast - your body is in its best fat burning mode in the morning.  Eating a heavy breakfast would put stress to your digestive system.  Personally, skipping breakfast is wonderful since I really don't have the time for it and I don't have much of an appetite in the morning. Plus the lack of digestive stress makes me more mentally alert.
  2. Fast for about 12-14 hours after your last meal (hence the no breakfast rule)
  3. Stay away from carbs during the day.  Eat your carbs at night.  You will sleep better because of it too (think about it, how many times have you felt like sleeping after taking nasi lemak for breakfast and then eat more rice during lunchtime?).  This is also one of the best tips I got from the Renegade Diet.  My sleep quality has taken on a whole new level and I feel very well rested when I wake up in the morning.
Of course, there are so many other things that you can learn from the book, like how to repair an impaired immune system (this one was really interesting).  But don't take my word for it.  I strongly suggest for anyone who is serious about fat loss or muscle gain the healthy, natural way to immediately go get the book.

For the record, I don't get a single sen promoting this book (I could if I use my affiliate link but I'm just too damn lazy.  Plus I don't have much of a readership to really profit anyway).  I just want people to know how easy it actually is to take care of your diet no matter your objective.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Home Gym Wishlist

To most people my home gym seems complete.  But to be honest there are still a few toys I would want to get my hands on:

1.  Trap Bar

I've been eyeing one of these babies for a long time.  But Malaysia being what it is, no one supplies it here.  I did check out a few Chinese suppliers and their asking price is pretty reasonable.  But once you add in the shipping cost (which is actually more expensive than the cost of the bar itself), the figure is a bit on the high side.

In any case you're interested to get one as well, let me know.  Maybe we could get a discount.

2. Medicine Ball
Now these you can get at your friendly neighbourhood Fitness Concept.  Off the top of my head I'd definitely be using it for medicine ball slams (at least its an outlet for my anger issues).

3.  Bands

I have only one at home and I need at least 2 more of various strengths.  It'll also make it easier for me to sub in cable-centric exercises like lat pull downs if I have more than 1 band.  I can also use them for pre-hab stuff.

4.  Lifting Platform
Yeah this would be so cool to have.  Actually you can just DIY this.  But of course I am a DIY klutz and I'm not sure how my living room is going to look like if put this up.

5. Olympic barbell set
I've actually asked around and a 140kg set would set me off for RM2,100.  I was tempted.  Really tempted.  Although at this point I would omit the olympic barbell, get the trap bar but just buy the weight plates.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Focus Shift: From Training to Diet

The immediate reason being that I now have the luxury of not having to think about training programmes.  All I need to do is follow whatever programme that is running over at the Inner Circle.  Saves time and preserves sanity.

But a more pressing reason is because I am developing allergies like nobody's business.  I fall sick easily.  And nutrition is the missing puzzle in my quest to become the ultimate fitness junkie wannabe.

For starters, I have begun to cook.  And I am getting more disciplined in making sure that my food are mostly home-cooked instead of store-bought.

But then again, home-cooked doesn't mean everything is healthy.  There are times that I wasn't aware that I was putting myself in harm's way.  Like last Sunday when I cooked myself scrambled eggs with cheese and mushroom.  The cheese made me scratch like crazy and I couldn't concentrate on anything until I took antihistamines.

I know it was the cheese that did it, because I had no problems with the eggs nor mushrooms beforehand.

So now I am trying to equip myself with knowledge on the kinds of food that would improve my overall health and well being and the kinds that would ensure that I will be dependent on endless rounds of antibiotics, antihistamines and a slew of other medications.

First up is reading all about the Renegade Diet, written by Jason Ferruggia (you don't seem surprised.  Why?).  I just bought it last weekend and I've read through a few chapters and already I am mesmerized.  But I think I will have to read the book at least twice and take down notes so I can do more research.

It's a lovely time to be in nerd-mode.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


It is disconcerting when you google "swiss barbell" the search results are full of stuff about swiss balls instead.  And when you google "trap bar"... Yep you guessed it.  The list was all about bars.

It's a sad day for this fitness junkie wannabe.

Monday, October 1, 2012

My immune system sucks

I get eczema fairly frequently.  I get sick pretty easily.  And the good doctor prescribes me the same antibiotics for my various ailments.  He also said my immune system is pretty weak.  Hence the pretty frequent trips to see him.

I suspect he has no complaints.

But I'm getting sick of being so sickly.  So lately I've taken to doing two things:

  1. Drinking a glass a day of apple+celery+carrot juice
  2. Taking garlic oil supplements (smells disgusting, and you can practically taste the concentrated garlic.  But at least vampires will stay away).

Of course, there are many other ways of trying to boost the immune system.  But I'm just doing things that I know I can keep up.  So far, I've been on this new regime for a week now.  And perhaps it's just a psychological factor, but I have observed a noticeable reduction in my eczema without me having to resort to taking antihistamines.

So maybe there's some hope.