Three Changes I Have Made to Be Healthier Kevin
I am so sorry, I have been a horrible blogger these last few months. In my defense, I have been hard at work on something very cool that will change the fitness industry later this week. Trust me, I do my best to not write checks that my ass can’t cash, so stay tuned…
Before I get started, on an off-topic note, Fringe is back for it’s third Season. It is easily my favorite show on television. So many intricacies and the show runners trust the audience to understand what is going on. Also, it has caused me to wish one day to go on a date with Anna Torv (the good version stuck on the other side). She kicks ass and can cross between parallel universes.
Now to the fitness and nutrition stuff…
So I have had to make some changes in my life after putting myself second (or third) on my list of priorities. I have been working long hours to finish this project, moved into a new loft apartment, working with my clients (online and in person), not sleeping and dealing with the fact that my Mom is no longer there to do my laundry. Simply, it is time I put my health back in the front of the line, so I have made some drastic changes.
1. No More Xtreme Caffeine Drinks
You know you have a problem when you go to a Perform Better Summit and the first words out of half of the people you talk to are, “Do you have a Spike?” or “Did you just drink a Spike?” Yes, I am looking at you Bret Contreras! The last few weeks I even upped it two two cans a day, seven-days-a-week to keep moving. I am not proud of it, I hit rock bottom and it was causing some digestive and sleeping issues (obviously).
It is a pretty cool thing when I can have my boss, Mike Boyle, straight up tell me it is too much, and of course he was right. And he is Mike Boyle, his words hold a lot of weight with me not only as a boss, but as a mentor too. Martin Rooney said the same thing when I saw him in Chicago. I stopped drinking Spike for one week after I saw him speak, then fell right off the wagon.
Instead of Spike I will be sticking with Green Tea exclusively. And not just the regular old Lipton Tea you find at your local “Circle K” (Please write in the comments section what that reference is from and I will give you a brush with fame next episode). I bough a few cases of the real deal:
[editors note: I should mention I drink a ton of hot brewed green tea too (I am right this second). These are just for convenience and when I am on the run.]
2. Not Eating or Taking Supplements Two Hours Before Bedtime
I think I stole this from Martin Berkham, but it just makes a lot of sense. Nothing that could possible stimulate you, even calories, before bedtime. When I was a freshman in college I read an article that said you NEEDED to consume some casein protein before bed to avoid catabolism (oh noes! my muscle is melting away as I sleep!). Well, it seems that was kind of BS. When you think of it, you are stationary for 7-8 hours, how many calories do really you need before your body starts breaking down your precious muscle mass for energy? The answer is very little.
(Now just give me back my tub of protein and no one gets hurt)
3. Keeping a Sleep Diary and having a “Sleep Bank”
First is the sleep Bank. I have to get 8 hours of sleep each night and be in bed for 8.5 hours. If I do not hit these goals, I have to make up for them in the bank by going to bed earlier the next night. Nothing scientific here, it just works for me. I require myself to get 56 hours of sleep each week. Naps count too but they are usually 15 minutes or so.
Every morning I wake up and write a paragraph about the previous night. I log:
- If I tossed and turned
- If I woke up sweating (room is too hot)
- What I drempt about
- This one is the most interesting, I wake up so refreshed after a good dream. For example I had a dream I hosted SNL the other night (I have had this dream 5 or 6 times). Woke up refreshed and ready to kick some ass.
It is simple but I think it could prove to be very interesting blog content.
This one of the best clips from SNL ever:
BONUS #4: Bill and Ted are Reuniting
Yeah, it is true. MTV news got confirmation last week that top men are hard at work on a sequel to Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (which was a sequel to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) making the franchise a full blown trilogy. Keanu is on board 100% as well as Alex Winter.
Until next time, be excellent to each other.