Just Say No

It’s tough being a fat kid. By that I mean if I actually ate the Prawns in creme served on a ginormous home made crouton pictured above, I’d have gained three pounds. I’m not talking about three pounds of bloated water weight that will go away before I even get on the plane to come home, I mean three pounds that stay with me until I’m done walking the earth. OR I’ll need to push the prowler for a mile or two, daily, to work it off. The above dish was for one of our coaches who was gearing up for his next powerlifting meet and needed to gain weight. Boys suck.

I’ve been resigned to the fact that I’m an easy gainer for a while now. It’s how I’m built. It’s also extremely difficult for me to take weight off so letting things go for a week or two isn’t an option. ADD in the fact that we travel each month and have opportunities to enjoy very good food all over the country and it’s a recipe for my waistline disaster.

It’s not fair. I train hard. I’m consistent with conditioning. I push my prowler in addition to other conditioning and I still can’t eat like a fat kid wants. I want bread. I want sugar. I want JUST ONE of these amazing bars a friend (who only lives a few blocks away) just made:

Photo: Surely one.....

But I can’t. Nor can we (Bigg and I) bring home a tub of mouthwatering homemade strawberry sauce to put on ice cream we had at another friend’s house last weekend. (Poor Bigg.) Because what happens is that exposure to unadulterated sugar sets something off in my head. I start to negotiate with myself that “just a bite” is all I need. Suddenly, “just a bite” turns into “just one.” See the pattern?

I’ve trained and coached other fat kids. They come in all forms. Twenty something men who think because they train, they can eat anything they want. Dude! You’re a fat kid, cut it out with the carbs. And the group I most feel sorry for, women who want to eat like a fat kid and later complain that their training isn’t working. I’ve had to fire a couple of those women and it broke my heart. But if you’re not willing to try outside of the gym, I’m not going to listen to you blame me for my part not working.

Some of us are just built that way. It sucks. But it’s fact so we need to deal. Will I turn my back on those delicious bars every time? Nope. But I can recognize when my carb intake starts to get into the danger zone and dialing it in again will help. So this isn’t my week for bars; or more strawberry sauce; or more english muffins with my eggs; or…well you get the picture.  Today is protein; and more protein; and some scrumptious fat; and then more protein. And I’ll hope *COUGHMO* that those bars, or others like them, are made again when I’m more dialed in so I CAN have one.

Just one.

To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living.

Anthony Bourdain

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to jep6095@gmail.com At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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