I’ve been training exceptionally hard these last couple of months with a more body builder type programming. Lots of accessory work; 531 on my main lifts with the exception of linear progression on my bench. All of the upper body work is doing wonders for my bench and I’m loving it. My diet is fairly dialed in; however; I noticed the other day when I was tightening my weight belt that it was tighter than it should have been and did NOT feel good. Uhhhhhh, what’s up with that?!

I started looking back on my diet and realized that my 1/2 piece of toast with my eggs in the morning has become a full piece; plus a piece of my favorite…peanut butter toast…or two. Maybe a sandwich here and there and when I started adding it up I realized that my bread consumption was off the rails.

Uh Ohhhhhhhhh.  The result? Fluff. Unacceptable fluff that has no reflection on how hard I’ve been training so back to the drawing board I go. It still amazes me how quickly bread consumption can sneak into my daily diet. I’m very good at avoiding it when I think about it but once I get just a bit complacent about it, BAM! I’m eating multiple pieces a day and that’s just NO BUENO.

So back to limiting my carbs to my ginormous salads once a day and I should be feeling better by next week. And hopefully instead of visions of sugar-plums dancing in my head, I’ll dream of this:

Mmmmmmm, bread. Delicious but useless.

Alex from Canadia

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to 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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