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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Energy Levels And Nutrition

By Jeff Hendricks

One of the things every athlete knows is that you need energy to work hard. The energy may come from fat, or sugars, or be converted from protein or complex carbs. But you have to have energy to get work done.

What a lot of people don't realize is that your body also has to be given certain things to be able to process that energy. What happens when your body can't produce insulin, and convert sugars into glycogen? That's called Diabetes. There's all sorts of other maladies that can hijack your ability to work, too, including dehydration. Even if you're eating relatively healthily, you can hinder your diet by doing other things wrong.

So what we know is that your "energy level" is a combination of two things: the type of foods you eat, and your body's ability to process them. If there's a breakdown in either of those areas, you're going to have problems.

What factors affect your body's ability to absorb nutrition? Here's a short list of things that can negatively impact your nutrient intake:

  • Stress
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Vitamin Deficiency
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Age
And you know what? I struggle with several of these. And I can feel the effects when my diet is off, as well as when my routine is off. My energy levels drop when I haven't had enough sleep, or when it's compounded by caffeine in the mornings and lack of sleep. And like it or not, I have to accept that my body doesn't have as much energy capacity as it did when I was 20.

Friday, April 15, 2016

More Weight Down

By Tom Knighton

So, last week I did a little bragging about being down about 20 lbs.  That's nothing to sneeze at, if I do say so myself.  Yes, I'm bragging.  Yes, I'm using it to try and prove a point.

In fact, I'm writing a little late tonight because my point still can lose weight.

After all, I'm now down 24 lbs since February 8th.

Folks, I can't explain how great this feels.  There are tons of people who desperately want to lose 15-20 lbs who are giving tons of excuses of why they can't.


Folks, it can be done.  The science is well known, and thousands of people have done it.  I am doing it right now.

So, the question is, what's next?

Well, history tells me that I'll hit a plateau in the next ten pounds or so.  That's when I'll start bringing in some more of my weight loss guns.  One of those is intermittent fasting that Jeff talked about earlier this week.  However, that's still a ways down the road.

For the record, I'm looking at losing another 35 lbs or so of fat.  My goal is 12-15 percent body fat, and that should put me around 180 lbs.  I'm 215 at the moment.  For now.

We'll see where I am next week, but for now?  I'm loving life.

You should step up and change your life.  It feels amazing.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Intermittent Fasting

By: Jeff Hendricks

Not too long ago, I was struggling to get back down to my ideal weight. You've probably been there: not starving yourself, but still working out, and can't seem to lose any more fat. And much like we talked about recently, I was already doing portion control to keep my calories within reason.
Photo: MorgueFile

Then I stumbled across a phenomenon called Intermittent Fasting. I first heard about it from Danger and Play, but something about it intrigued me. What if you could lose weight just by something simple... by just by changing when you eat??

I wasn't too sure about it at first. I was already eating pretty healthily, and I felt like if I cut back my calories more, I wouldn't be getting enough nutrition. I wasn't working out as much as I'd have liked, but I couldn't change that, either... so I was looking for something, some way to change my diet to lose weight and stay healthy.

What is intermittent fasting?
Basically, it's changing your eating schedule to optimize how your body burns food. This is not a diet, in that it's not changing what you eat, or how much. (I'm assuming you're already eating fairly healthy food.) But most people never take into account that our bodies were designed to process food in different ways, based on what our needs are.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Does Any Of This Stuff Work?

By Tom Knighton

The world of fitness attracts as many hucksters as the world of wealth creation.  Everyone seems to be selling something, and it's impossible to tell if any of what they're laying out actually works.

Am I talking about fitness or wealth creation?


However, it's time to tell you a bit about what it's done for me. 

You see, I dropped the ball around the holidays, and was back to square one.  I weighed 240 lbs when I got on the sale just over 8 weeks ago.  Today though?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Announcement On New Project

By Tom Knighton

I mentioned a few days ago that there was a new project afoot for me.  Well, it's now officially launched, and I'm pretty stoked.

That project?  Why, it's TheGeekFit.

What is TheGeekFit?  Well, it's basically shirts and tank tops with geeky themed designs on them.  They're meant for working out, as well as letting your "geek" flag fly!

One of our awesome designs.
So, what does that mean for The Badass Forge?

Um...nothing really.  We're still going to have content here.  We're still going to do what we do.  TheGeekFit isn't going to compete with this, though it may compliment us to some extent.  Maybe.  Who knows.

Another of our I'm
wearing right now, actually.
However, I'm incredibly excited by this project.  Today, it's t-shirts and tank tops, but there are plans in place that if things go well enough, we may be able to offer even more awesome products, all built to suit your fitness needs.

Now, you might be asking why in the hell does it matter?  Can't we train without special clothing?  Absolutely.

Another of our designs, for the
HTML minded.
What matters with your training is that you train.  You can do it naked if you want (and your neighbors won't see it).  Clothing doesn't make you lift harder, better, or faster.

However, let's be honest here, who doesn't like to express themselves?

These items are here to help you do just that.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Let's face it folks, the geeks among us are people who either express themselves very vocally, or are absolutely terrified of letting that side of themselves out.  That's why TheGeekFit tries to make our designs clever (with varying degrees of success) that can fit around their own personality.

So I hope you enjoy what we've got.  We're always open to suggestions.  However, bear in mind that we will not violate licensing laws just for a quick buck.  Parody is legal, stealing ain't. :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Frustrations and Other Old Friends

By Tom Knighton

Gah!  I sprained my ankle Sunday evening.  It wasn't even training, just a badly misplaced step out the back door, and W/HAM!

It's nothing major, but it's frustrating to get an injury like this.  Especially doing something so routine, so innocuous.  That's just not how people get hurt, right?

Unfortunately, it can be.  Injuries happen.  Like Jeff pointed out, after years and years of cycling he ended up with a condition that kept him from riding.  It happens.  However, it's frustrating as hell when it does.

So what do you do?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fitness Trackers: Are They Worth It?

By Tom Knighton

I woke up this morning to find a friend had tagged me on a post asking about fitness trackers.  Since I've been nursing a sprained ankle this week (Yay me!) and was in too much pain to write yesterday and had no clue what to write today, I decided I'd tackle this.

I answered his question there, but I figured it deserved a bit more in depth response as well.

First, let me state that I've never used a fitness tracker like a Fitbit before.  I know a bit about the technology, though, and I'm sure Jeff, who is more of a technophile than I, will correct any mistakes I make.