Tastes Like Apple Pie, but Isn’t!

I can’t believe it’s not Apple Pie!

Yeah, ok, so maybe these are not pie- look-a-likes, but they just might give you a more adventurous Winter. If you are like me and you can do some serious damage to an apple pie, but get bored easily, here’s some alternatives. Apple-Pie-Smoothie

http://www.chow.com/food-news/155940/new-ways-to-enjoy-apple-pie

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To get through an aggressive workout mode, sometimes it’s best to see it as a battle. War. War against excuses, self doubt, and pain. War against the naysayers, yes, and even a war against the weather. This winter might be a heavy snow season, and getting to and from the gym will be such a great epic EPIC tempting excuse. 

When you see the snow, so…. Oh HELL NO. 

And march right to the gym. 

If you’re relatively close to your gym, walk there. Use the snow for the added resistance. What do you think sand does at the beach? Same principle. USE IT. You’ll burn fat calories like a boss. 

If you’re not close to your gym, then crap, go for a walk!! One hour walk, trudge through that white stuff! 

There are times when people around you drive you absolutely crazy with their winter moaning, …and even rage. Use it. It’s their winter blues, and your fuel. Blast out weights, use the snow for some cardio resistance, and see your progress grow through leaps and bounds during the season when everyone else is packing on the inches on their belt. 

Every time you say to yourself, “maybe not today, the snow is heavy”, that’s when you immediately say, “Just go. Go for it”. Go to the gym. Don’t lose the war over some little snow flakes. 

Snowy Mornings: A Great Opportunity

Yeah, that’s right. I said it. 

That morning when you step outside to walk your dog or start your car up, and you realize its a winter wonderland outside with snow on the trees and white stuff on the ground. Like this morning. Lots of people, almost all of your neighbors, will use that as a great excuse to NOT go for a jog or walk. But you, if you like the idea of fitness, will see this as a great opportunity. 

The body burns way more calories in the winter than any other time of the year. Everyone knows that. Or at least should. Your body is running full blast on the furnace meter, chugging down calories like an alcoholic on christmas morning. It is a RAGING MANIAC!!! It cannot get enough. And yet, you feel sapped, cold, and probably shivering. You don’t feel very strong at all. Well, that’s because you need more than your average calorie intake just to stay even. Winter is your deficit. But if you’re trying to shed some soft weight, some flab, then this is a great time to do that. Forget summer diet fads, winter is the all natural. 

Best thing you can do, is go for a light walk for 10 minutes first thing…FIRST THING in the morning, wearing no big heavy coat to keep you warm. YOU WANT TO BE COLD FOR THIS. Wearing a big warm coat will make this a big waste of time. Go for the walk, wearing maybe a jacket, but def at least a hoodie. Your body is going to DESTROY those fat calories. It is a beast, and it needs its food. Your body will DEVOUR your fat. 

Then, after you’re done with your light walk for 10mins, go inside, warm up! Down a full 8oz of water or two, and go on with your day. The water at the end is very important. You want to hydrate. You use a lot of water chasing those fatty calories, so your going to be thirsty. 

No big secret, no big mysterious FAD exercise. This is the real deal. If you want to lose 60 pounds or just 10 pounds, winter is your BEST FREAKIN FRIEND. 

Go out there and walk! 

Beating a Sluggish Day

How do you wake up a sluggish, slow starting day? 

I don’t know. I usually go for a walk with my dog. That gets me started. After that, usually drink a couple cups of coffee, and head to the nearest weights. SMASH IT! And then I feel alive again. Pretty basic. 

But what if you don’t have weights? Or worse, a gym? 

Winters coming soon, maybe already here, and there will be days where the gym is closed. Last year, this worse case scenario hit me like a ton of bricks: On Leg Day. The worst possible day to miss out a workout. For me, leg day is the key stone to any routine. Nothing makes you stronger! 

So what did I do? Cry? Weep in a dark corner, sobbing, and muttering nonsense? Nah. I took my old ass 90’s box tv set and SQUATTED THAT THING! Front squat madness. Did that for a couple sets, started getting my heart rate up, and I was off. Next was stuffing my gym bag with those expensive textbooks I spent a fortune on, and SLAM! I had myself the makings a leg press.

Not quite. It wasn’t very heavy for me. I also had someone help me stabilize the bag so it wouldn’t crush me. Note on safety! LOL 

So, I grabbed another gym bag and stuffed that with books. These are very large, full size gym bags, mind you. Stack the two together, and pressed the shit out of them. Deep, slow, controlled, meticulous movements. Got a pretty good burn going in the quads and hamstrings. By now I was feeling awesome with myself. But I wasn’t done. 

I took the first bag, held it up to my chest with both arms-hands supine- and ran up the stairs and back down. CRUSHED IT! 

LOOK OUT!

It felt so good I had to do more. I stacked the second bag up and tried to sprint up the stairs, but it was too difficult. So I switched to more concentrated lunges up the stairs. An incredible leg and full body workout at this point was kicking my butt. This stupid plan was working! Did two sets of this, and WAM! I was done. Burned and alive. 

So, this winter, don’t let that old fart Winter ruin your day by killing your workout! There is always a way to get your sweat in. 

cheers!