I spent an incredible week in SF on business, lining up some new opportunities while also squeezing out a few nice meals and enjoyed a quick trip up to Napa with my lovely lady. All in all, it was the perfect way to quietly usher in a new decade while knocking out some solid business.
Quite frankly, I'm cool with finally hitting the big 3-0. In fact, I would argue that my next year promises to be one of the best yet - starting with my wedding in January, and hopefully some continued success and blessings from the good Lord with regards to family, friends, and business.
I've got plenty of great pics from the day and evening in Napa that I will update you on sometime this week - lots of great food and wine.
But tonight I'm on a late night flight back to Nashville and I'm ready to kick start this 30 year old body with a heightened focus on healthy eating and exercise. It's been over a year since I ran my last marathon, and I've slowly crept on an extra 10 lbs or so that I am just sick of having around. Since it's too hot to start training for my next race, I've decided that I'm going to hold myself accountable by keeping track of my meals and workouts right here online! Hey, being accountable is half of the battle sometimes. I'm sure I might miss a post or two here and there, but for now, I'm pretty stoked to put my "No, Low, Go" diet to the test over the next 30 days.
I'll be sharing some photos and meals over the next few weeks as I get into prime form for a wedding that I'll be attending mid-Sept right back in wine country.
In the meantime, I do have quite a bit of travel and temptations on the weekends, so this will be a great way to remind myself of my plan and goal.
Next week it's off to Greensboro, NC to bottle up some more MOONSHINE Cologne, and more importantly, put together our release of our women's line, Speakeasy, a lady's perfume! MOONSHINE was recently named by Esquire Magazine as one of the best new colognes for men - we couldn't be more proud. Meanwhile, we are thrilled to finally release Speakeasy, a lady's perfume in the next month. More on this later!
After that, it's a trip to the lake for Labor Day, and then on to Buffalo, NY for my annual Nor'Easter Trip with the boys.
So, that's that folks - check out my guidelines below and get ready for some healthy eating, exercise, and results!
The NO, LOW, GO Diet
Don’t starve your body – eat the right kinds of foods to keep your metabolism constantly working in your favor. Don’t consume more than you burn. It’s okay to indulge every so often – so long as you bust your ass via exercise to make up for it. Your success is determined by YOU.
White Starches (Breads, Potatoes, Pasta, Rice, etc)
Cream Based Soups (Chowders, Bisques, etc)
Mayo or Cream based Salad Dressings (Ranch, Thousand Island, Blue Cheese)
Alcohol (Wine, Beer, Liquor)
Carbs (must come from whole grains)
Salad Dressing (Oil, Vinegar, Italian, Low Fat Dressings) on the side
Whole Grains (Pasta, Rice, Breads)
Oatmeal (Stick to Protein based raw forms)
Yogurt, Low Fat or Greek
Sport Drinks (Gatorade, Vitamin Waters, etc) Check Sugar/Carb Content.
Frozen Health Foods (Lean Cusines)
Appetizers at restaurants (start with a salad instead)
Desserts (Chocolate, Cakes) … stick to fruits, yogurts, and cheeses
Water (At least 8 glasses per day)
Lean Protein (Chicken, Turkey Breasts, Pork, Seafood, Lean Red Meat)
Fruits (esp, Black/Blue/Cran/Strawberries)
Beans (Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Pinto Beans)
Vegetable or Low Fat Broth based Soups
SNACKS are a good thing, so long as you make the right choices. Again, think about reducing your carbs to keep your metabolism burning. As you start to get hungry a few hours after breakfast, add another log to the fire by choosing snacks that are full of protein and low in carbs as described below. Power through the afternoon with a second snack to provide energy before an evening workout.
Option 1 (Eat Most Often)
3 Eggs (Scrambled, Fried, Hard Boiled, Veggie Omelets)
Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (Higher in protein)
Granola (Bear Naked Peak Protien)
Fruit (Apples, Mixed Berries – Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, etc)
Fruits and Vegetables
Morning/Afternoon SNACK OPTIONS (Pick One or Two)
Palm full of Almonds
2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Low Fat Cheese (String Cheese), Mozzarella, Cottage Cheese
Protein Bar (Check Sugar/Carb Content)
Bear Naked Peak Protein Granola (Handful)
Hummus (2-3 oz) and Veggies
Can of Tuna (dress up w/ lemon juice, salt, pepper)
5-6 Whole Grain Triscuits and low-fat cheese slices
Salads with a lean protein (Dressings on Side)
Grilled/Roasted Proteins with Vegetables
Low Fat/Low Carb Broth based Soups (Vegetable Soup, Chicken Noodle w/ whole grain pasta, etc)
Grilled, roasted, pan seared lean proteins (olive oil)
Vegetables (steamed, roasted, pan sautéed)
Fist sized portion of Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes, or Whole Grain Pasta
1 Glass of RED wine