Tuesday, May 25, 2010

From 0 to Hero

Well, I thought I would blog on a experiment I did to gain 10 kgs of mostly muscle last year.

At the time, I weighed 75kg and was the epitome of awesome as you can tell from the below photo (sarcasm).

So, I have been skinny my whole life and have tried numerous things to put on weight. A lot of things that everyone recommend to me were lift weights, eat a steak everyday, drink weight gain shakes and eat heaps of junk food which was a funny one.

But none of these worked, so I was a happy chappy as you can tell. I look quiet enthused.

       

After chatting with a buddy of mine who weighed 96kgs and could bench press 140kg 6 (reps) times I change a few things. What did we talk about? Lifting weight? not really, how to swing a hoolahoop around your hips properly, nah. But, that would have been funny.
What we talked about was my diet. His main questions revolved around how many calories I was eating. I guessed around 2.5k calories. 

He chuckled, which was slightly annoying.

He said I need to eat a lot more food. I need to eat 4000 calories a day. Not just any type of calories, they had to be clean calories. So, no junk food at all. I know it's obvious, eat more to put on more weight. But, I needed the proof from someone who had done it. Not just your average person who doesn't know shit about weight gain. 

I have some direction, now I'm happy. I celebrate by wearing a towel on my head.




By the way, I wasn't talking to that guy.


This conversation happened exactly 1 month into a 3 month weight lifting program I had designed for my self. 
After 1 month I was still in the same position as I was when I started. There was some small changes, but nothing big.

I could:
Benchpress : 40kg
Deadlift : 35kg
Squat : 30kg
Whinge a lot : 99999

Weighed 75kg

So with 2 months left I started eating 4000 calories. 
The results were fantastic.


I immediately exploded in the amount of weight I could push out and my muscle size grew at a phenomenal rate.
I went from 0 to Hero. 
( Those red dots on my back are from 13 spider bites)




Looking good eh?

Well, I look like a have some muscles which was the result I wanted.

So, how much could I lift and how much did I weigh?
Benchpress : 85kg, 8 reps.
Deadlift : 87.5kg 11 reps
Squat : 110kg 5 reps
Awesomeness : 99999
I weighed 85kg of muscle. I put on 10kg in 2 months.! (without stretchmarks).

So if your skinny and wearing a towel on your head and want to get big? Eat a lot of food.

If you want ideas for food, leave a comment and I see if can remember some stuff.

So what's next?




Side note : Thanks for Jacques for pointing an article that goes through in more detail. I highly recommend it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Anatomy of Peace

Anatomy of Peace

Wow, what a great book. Reading the cover I was very skeptical about its contents. I have read many airy-fairy books, only to be disappointed.

One very good concept they talk about is justification v's being true to yourself.

Example: When I was about 8 years old a older lady fell over and split her knee open. She totally freaked out. I stopped and got a shop owner to call an ambulance. I didn't get any thank you from her (I'm thinking she had bigger things to worry about). But, I felt really good about stopping and helping her out. I was being true to myself, I wanted to help her.

Years later, I became a bit more jaded about the world. I was walking to work and I passed a girl who has crying her guts out. I didn't do anything, which I hate to admit. I justified why I didn't need to stop, I came up with some good excuses. I'm going to be late for work, she can deal with it herself, a friend is probably on the way to help her out.

It seemed like a small thing at the time. But, the image of that girl is burned into my brain. I wish I had stopped. The price I payed for not being true to myself has outweighed 10 fold the small inconvenience it would have been to help her.



Tips:
If you find yourself justifying why not do to something re-think about it and see if you can.
If the situation is dangerous IE getting into a fight or lending large amounts of money, use common sense there is a reason why we justify.
You will probably notice how much you do it, don't get bummed out and stop, because your justifying again why not to follow your path.
Be awesome.
Once you reduce what you justify you will begin to see people for who they really are and your rules about how people should act will be lessened.

Thanks and please comment on similar things you have been through.

Haters

If you have haters in your life listen to Katt Williams. He will set you straight.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Woop Woop

It's been a pretty good week. On Tuesday I did a weights workout, the muscles I focused on were chest and was at 75% of my peak. I haven't done any weights for 3 months which was a suprise. I thought I wouldn't be able to lift that much weight after so much time. It must be a muscles memory thing. I also did some grappling, I hurt my shoulder and ankle :( But
I learned how to do a flying arm bar. Which is freaking awesome.

So I only did 1 workout, planned for 2 and 1 martial arts workout planned for 2 :( arwellll.

Ash handed in her resignation on Friday, so she is very excited. Ash is going to start her own business selling skirts and other stuff she loves online. She is reading through 4 hour work week to get the process down packed so it's easy, automatable and generates a good cash flow.

Reading through the Anatomy of Peace has changed a couple of mind sets and habits. I'm probably going to do a blog post on it this week. So watch this space. One good change is I don't have so may rules around how people should act. Which has flowed also into seeing everyone's potential a lot more. Which is potentially nice for everyone.

Goals for this week.

Set up Ash's online business.
2x workout (weights)
2x martial arts work out
Talk to my brother about hosting a website
Create a blog for Helena
Rearrange finances to transition Ash to not working full time, see what impacts might happen (please comment below with tips)
Look into how much it costs to manufacture MMA gloves (wholesale, delivery, will they delivery direct to customers, blah blah blah)
Think big, and also takes small compounding steps towards sheer awesomeness. woop woop.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Awesome

This song is awesome.

Update

I had Sarah's birthday garden party at my house.

It turned out really good. Day time the event looked great, night time was really good!!! At the end of the night it was just Sarah, Jarrod, Paul, John and Ash. The gas heater was on, the wine was flowing. All round great company and a perfect night.

Current books im reading:

Four Hour Work Week ( extended edition) Tim Ferriss (this is my current "bible")
The Secrets of Mental Math - Arthur Benjamin and Micheal Shermer
The Anatomy of Peace by Arbringer Institute (recommend to me and very good)
Vagabonding - Rolf Potts (second time reading)
The Story of Bruce Lee - can't remember author, but a great doco on his philosophy on life.

Blogs I'm reading:
Seth Godin - Marketing
Tim Ferriss - Life Hacking/ Lifestyle Design



Ash just finished training using NLP from Friday to Sunday ( start 9am finish 7pm, big days)

Program was "Design Your Destiny"

The training is about high level goal setting.

With goal setting you have to over time become the person who can achieve the goal :IE creating the habits and mind set needed to do it (mainly with big goals, doesn't apply to washing dishes).

What this course does is program in the habits and mind sets need into your unconscious mind then and there. So when you walk out after the 3 days, the habits and mind sets are already in place so your going towards your goal.


I have missed martial arts training for a couple of weeks so I'm going to get back into that, plus im going to get back into the weights. I'm going to experiment with the smallest amount of time spent in the gym versus the biggest gains (should be fun). MOAR SPREADSHEETS!. *(I'm a spreadsheet freak)

My goals for this week are:
2 x weightlifting sessions
2 x 30 mins martial arts sessions (very high intensity due to time restrictions)
See Iron Man 2, very easy to accomplish!
Read 1 hour a day
2 x Dance classes (Wednesday, Thursday)
Finish off automating finances ( my crazy credit card scheme)
In general kick ass.