Day 1 in the bag

I made it successfully through day one. It was a wierd feeling purely for the fact that I don’t mind a bit of caffeine and yesterday I really didn’t want it (which shocked me), but my head was calling me every name under the sun and repayed me with a whopper of a headache for 90% of the day.

There is no way I will be giving in, so I will just have to put up with whatever comes my way and deal with each scenario as it rises.

My food was nice from start to finish and I didn’t really find myself overly hungry and really wanting food in between what I had planned for the day. I haven’t organised for anything special for the first couple of days, purely for the fact I want to prepare a lot of the staple foods (veg/ salad etc) in advance so I can focus a bit more on preparing the protein.

Breakfast I had 2 x fried eggs with 100g of shaved leg ham and 1 cup of spinach with a green tea


Lunch was approximately 175g of chicken breast with oregano with 2 cups of brocoli and a roast tomato



My snacks throughout the day consisted of a handful of almonds, banana, carrot and a tin of plain tuna. I don’t know if I will need to cut back my snacks, but I will have them on hand and see if I can go with out them, but knowing they are there in case.

It was a gym day yesterday which was really nice. It was made even better because I hit a new PR on the leg press. I got to update my board from 120kgs to 140kgs. I didn’t go in with the midset of having a go at my PR, but was feeling really strong so thought why not!

I did a circuit of the following for 3 rounds and then finished off with 4 sets of quad and hamstring curls.

Circuit – weight was at 25kgs
15 thrusters
15 upright rows
10 burpee to box jump @ 50cm

Below is a picture of me on the leg press.


Overall I had a good day and have a very good feeling about the month going forward.

Until next time, happy fitness!


I am ready……I think

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

Bob Marley

I will be living by these words going in to the next month and beyond. I am more than ready to embrace ‘new’ and ‘change’ and all those other cliches you can think of.

Tonight will be measurements and before photos which I am a little nervous about as I haven’t shared any of my photos around (apart from with a top on), so it is quite daunting but it is all about moving forward and creating a new way of thinking/ seeing myself.

My first couple of days will be basic meals to get me through to the weekend where I can try a couple of the more “fancier” recipes and see what will work for me while I am at work during the week. It will also give me a bit of time to pre cook and prepare a lot of my staples (veggies etc) for the week.

Until next time, happy fitness!

The Final Countdown

So I am in the final stretch before starting my 30 Day Paleo Challenge on May 1st. I am still not sure what to expect, but I will be giving everything I have as I do not want to fail. I am starting to get a little log of meals and snacks that interest me so that I have no room to move and I am as prepared as possible. If you have any specific preperation ideas that you use, I would like to hear them.

I have also been working out a new training regime which will mix it up completely compared to what I have been doing (which to be honest has not been much at all). I am going to have to do a punishment at the end of the month as I don’t think I am going to meet my running quota and I am not going to be gentle on myself either. But, going forward my week will look something like this:

Monday – Running (I will mix it up between interval running and just running)
Tuesday – Upper Body (back/ shoulders/ arms)
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – Legs
Friday – Strength Day (this will be working towards my lifting PR’s)
Saturday – Running and/ or circuit work
Sunday – Rest Day

I did go for a run this morning and used Zombies, run! app for the first time and I have to say that it was quite enjoyable and made the run seem to go quicker than what I was actually on the road for. If you do run every now and then, I would suggest you have a look at downloading this app.

My run was 4.2kms in 24m26s.

Below is a picture of one of the bridges I crossed on my run.


As mentioned above I am not 100% sure on what to expect for the next month so I won’t be setting myself any goals apart from sticking to the diet and working my arse off for the duration.

I will be blogging all about the process with my food intake and training output to make myself that little bit more accountable.

Wish me luck…

The Announcement

For the month of May, I will be stripping my diet back to strict paleo eating.

Why am I doing it?
Mainly for the challenge. I want to put myself in a situation where it is completely against the norm for what I usually do in my day to day food intake. Along with this I have fallen off the wagon with my food a little lately, and have done quite a bit of reading around the whole Paleo concept and think it is a good fit for me.

What is the 30 day challenge?
The 30 day challenge is a way for me to test myself on a full strict Paleo only diet for a full 30 days, with no cheat meals or cutting corners.

The in’s and out’s
Yes: Eat real food.

Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.

No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.

Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)

Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on.

Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).

Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)

Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate.

Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
No Paleo-ifying baked goods, desserts, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

My journey
I’ll be blogging each week about my journey and various food discoveries. As well as the food sources I discover, I’m also interested to find out about the limitation. I will weigh in prior to day one, along with all my measurements (photos included) and will not step on a scale or measure again until day 31. I will take a photo every few days, but will not look at them until the end of the challenge also.

Also check out my instagram as I’ll be hashtagging everything with #mypaleo

How you can be involved
I would love to hear from everyone who is eating Paleo now, and share any hints and tips (along with awesome recipes) that you have tried along the way. Also a little bit of encouragement never goes astray 😉
Wish Me Luck…I may need it!


That was needed. Four days off from training and thinking about training was just what the doctor ordered. Apart from chasing the kids around and a round of golf, I took it easy with a laid back relaxing easter break.

I felt good knowing that I could have the break off from training and wake up today eager to get back in to training, and I can’t wait to head out for a run and stair session at lunch. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to complete any of the 14.5 workouts that I set out to do at the beginning of the month, so that has been the only downer about the month so far.

In other news, I will be announcing the changes I mentioned in my previous post tonight, and I am very much looking forward to it, and will be hoping that I can pick the brain (not too muc I promise) of those bloggers that I am currently following for some advice/ hits/ tips.

Anyway, this was just a quick one to let you all know I made it through easter, and can’t wait for the challenges I have coming soon.

New Path Going Forward

So, I have been a bit quiet on the blogging sides of things the last little while, but by no means have I been quiet in general.

I have been doing a lot of reading around different diets, training methods, plateaus in weight loss etc and want to try some new things based on what I have found.

So stay tuned over the next few days to hear all about my (for lack of a better word) epiphany!

Fit Men……Fit Kids??

According to a report recently conducted in South Australia shows that male weight loss prior to conception positively affects the growth of the developing baby. This research was completed with mice and was seen that men play more of a part than just conception. You can read more on this research from Dr Michelle Lane here.

While it is reported that even a minor weight loss can assist with conceiving, I think that you set up good/ bad habits once your child starts to learn. There is no way I would want to bring my kids up surrounded by the lifestyle I used to live. Eating takeaway every other day, and loaded up plates with pasta and meat and pretty much as much as I could get on the plate. Yes, we do still have a treat meal when time is short and to show the kids that it is ok in moderation.

I can tell that we are already winning purely for the fact that my daughter because a fitness training freak when we are down at the park having a play, and that she loves the fact she can “train” with me when we are at home. She loves that when we are down the park we play leap frog burpee, chasey, squats, push ups and all of the fun stuff. Even with my wife and I doing the 30 Day Squat Challenge at the moment out daughter is front and centre either trying to do them, or watching us, and my son is in my arms making things harder for me haha.

It gives me the biggest satisfaction that I know I am creating happy and healthy memories for the kids and that it will go a long way to them leading a happy lifestyle in the future. The best thing overall is that I now tire them out rather than having to stop because daddy can’t play anymore because he thinks his heart is about to jump out his chest.

Below is a picture of me with 2 of the 3 main reasons (my wife being the 3rd) I am putting myself through all of this pain (haha).



Paleo Pizza

Well, I have to say that my dinner on the weekend was way better than yours 😉

While it was a simple dish to complete, it was by no means lacking in flavour or tastiness. I changed a part of the recipe because we had no pasta sauce in the house, but to be honest I think it would have been too strong a flavour if it had been on the plate.

Paleo Pizza – from ‘The Box’ magazine

For 6 people

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt (I didn’t use any salt)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (I didn’t add this)
1/2 teaspoon crushed capsicum (I didn’t add this)

1 cup pasta sauce (I added 2 vine rippened tomatoes chopped instead)
1 red capsicum
1 yellow capsicum
1 onion
6 pieces bacon
2-3 tomatoes
Optional: grass-fed cheese

Pre heat oven to 175C
Place all ingredients (not toppings) in to a container and coat chicken with all spices. Seal chicken breast for 2-3min on each side and then bake in the over until cooked (around 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken).
Chop all toppings and place in fry pan and fry until cooked.

It’s that easy. Serve with your choice of salad or vegetables. I had mine with some brocoli, sweet potatoe, carrot and beans.


My dinner tonight

So I am having a pizza for dinner tonight! YUM! But, it isn’t what you think as it is a Paleo pizza. It isn’t anything over the top crazy to make, but I have a feeling it is going to be delicious.


I’ll post the recipe (which is from The Box, Australia’s Crossfit magazine) and a photo of the finished product later today once I’ve cooked it all up.

That’s how you do a leg session!

Firstly, my last post was actually my 50th since starting my blog….GO ME! I have found it to be such a great outlet and personal support for myself, and can’t wait for the next 50 posts.

Anyway, back to my reasoning for this post. Today I knocked out a thigh burning, calf sculpting (that’s how I see what I did today anyway haha) leg session. I am not too keen on seeing how I am going to feel tomorrow, but I know how ever it is it was all worth it. This is the first time I have really blasted my legs. I mean I’ve done squats, leg presses/ curls etc, but never to hardheartedness of what I put myself through this morning. The workout was:

1km row
Superset of Leg Raises and Walking Lunges
Leg Raises – 3 x 12 @ 25kgs
Lunges – 3 x 5m with 12kg DB’s

4 x 15 @ 20kgs

Leg Press Drop Sets to Failure
24 @ 80kgs
23 @ 70kgs
26 @ 60kgs
20 @ 50kgs
24 @ 40kgs

Calf Raises
1 x 15 @ 35kgs
1 x 15 @ 55kgs
1 x 15 @ 75kgs

1 x 20 @ 15kgs
1 x 15 @ 20kgs
2 x 10 @ 30kgs

1km row
2km walk for warm down

It felt amazing to knock out such a big workout, and I will look at doing this again next week and maybe up the weights a little leading in to the Easter long weekend.

And with all the squats I completed, I don’t have to complete any for my 30 Day Squat Challenge tonight!

My bicep seems to be back to 100% (FINALLY), so I will be looking to do a modified version of my arm workout from last week.

Until next time, happy fitness!

PS – I just had a pretty kick arse stir fry with lamb, carrot, broccoli, beans and brown rice in a sweet chilli sauce.


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