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First Person Run - Grover Beach Boardwalk to Monarch Butterfly Grove

Path at the end of Grand in the FINS parking lot along the boardwalk to the Butterfly Grove, up HWY 1 and back up Grand a bit.

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The battle for lean - My struggle

I've never been really lean, it's always been a struggle. getting down to a small waist has always meant losing muscle for me. Gaining size is no issue, it's just that when I pound the food, fat quickly follows. If you look at my bio, you can see that I have had a problem with weight in the past, and to get it off, paleo/primal has been my rock.Recently I tried Advocare, (for the blog - article soon). When going down that path, I had hoped Advocare would be a magic bullet, that would get me to that extra level of lean I have always wanted. Sadly, Advocare was not the answer, not even close.Not wanting to stay with the satus quo, I began Eat To Perform a couple of weeks back. I wanted to bash them today when I looked at myself in the mirror. Gaining nearly two inches on my waist and looking like the stay puff guy in the mirror is not what I was after. I wanted to bash them bad, but after reviewing myfitness pal food log, and what I ate during my rest days the past two weeks, I find the fault with me, not their program.*Note to self - You won't get where you want to be doing what you just did! #bilderz #plutoniumblack

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April Sherman of Fitmom40 gives tips on Spartan Racing and more

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Photos provided - Copyright 2015April Sherman defines what it is to be fit over 40. There are many people out there that will spew advice, peddle products and give second hand advice. Then there are others that live what they preach. The owner of, an avid adventure racer, mom, wife, and all around fire breather, was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about what to expect for my first Spartan Race coming up in June. I am a firm believer in getting advice from a reputable source. If you live it, eat it and breath it, I’ll listen. In fact I will actively seek out those that are successful in their niche. My reasoning is simple; you can’t know everything and instead of going through your own trial and error, use what other experts have learned from their own personal experiences, to help you excel in your endeavors. When it comes to adventure racing, April is that source. If you have read any of my posts on G+, or you will know that I am making an effort to change focus in my yearly goal setting and have broadened my horizons to include at least one or two adventure races this next year. Even though I’ve run numerous races in the past, the Spartan and the eight plus mile distance is new to me. I hate being un-prepared, so these are the questions I had, so thought I’d share. If you are new to adventure racing or want to move up your game a bit, read on.  

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Spartan Race Prep Run Day two Bilderz Beach Fitness

We are actively training for the upcoming Spartan Race in June. This past week at the Bilderz Beach Fitness proving grounds, we began to move toward what we may encounter during the race, this included rope climbs. Needless to say, the change in direction has left me pretty sore.Since running is not my thing, we have been doing longer runs on the weekend, apart from the usual training to build some longer distance endurance. Today was a burden run with a 30# slam ball in the dunes. It was not a long run and there were only three of us. My initial intent was to just do 9 minutes, but that actually stretched into around 12.On another note I am into day 15 of the Advocare 24 Day Challenge "test". If you have no idea what I am talking about, read some of my other posts or find me on Long story short is that I am wondering what results I am getting that I could not get from regular food at this point. I just did a quick weigh in and the loss was marginal two weeks in, only -3lbs. This may be due to water retention, but I don't know at this point.Cost vs. rewards at this point is not looking that great for Advocare, but we'll see. My energy levels are up (read previous post on regarding my thoughts why), but I have yet to notice any visual confirmation that what I am doing is working (gut is still flabby).I'll have alot more to say when the Challenge is complete, but until then I am keeping my mind open.#Bilderz #PlutoniumBlackSee you one the beach.Lance

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Training for Spartan Race Advocare update and more


I had the products still boxed waiting until after Jan 1st. I purchased a new GoPro Hero just for this project. (Which I love)With the Holidays officially over, people are flocking to the gym and trying onf fad or another. As an Advocare Distributor I've been asked about the 24 Day Challenge. Since I like to speak from a position of authority, I made a plan a couple of months back to test it out.Not to bore you, I ate myself into fatnitude the previous two months so I could go into the Challenge like most others.I am on day eight, and have made several videos talking specifics. If you don't have time to watch, let me sumarize.At this point (I'm only in 8 days of the 24), I like it, especially for those that are new to exercise and diet.Diet is key to seeing anything you've done in the gym. The Challenge, puts you on track immediately. With a simplified meal "guide" Advocare takes all the guesswork out of what and when to eat it.I think the main thing I'm noticing is that it is convienient. The products are not cheap, and I'm sure if you spent the time pouring over the ingredients you could feesibly go shopping and find stuff cheaper. That being said, with Advocare you know what you're getting, they test all their products and have a bunch of sciency folks backing the stuff.As for how it works compared to just eating a clean diet? Well it's still to early for me to notice any performance or visual results. I did a number on my body by eating the way I did, so the results will be evident if they come.Here is a starting photo.If YOU want to start with Advocare or the 24 Day Challenge, please order here. You could buy from someone else, but please help support this site, especially if the content was helpful. I am also in training for my first Spartan Race, which I'm pretty excited about. Since I hate running, it isn't something I regularly do, especially longer distance stuff. The race is 8+ miles so it should be interesting.If you have any experience with adventure type or Spartan Races in Particular I'd love some tips. You can find daily updates on my google + page                PLEASE ADD US TO YOUR CIRCLES* Disclosure Per FCC You need to know that certain links from this article are to affiliate products for sale. What that means is that if you click on the link and later purchase a product from the site I could get paid. You can read a more in depth disclosure here if need be. So why would I tell you this? Well first it’s the law, second it’s the right thing to do and third I ain’t got nothing to hide. Since this site doesn't pay the bills by itself, I figure providing a link to product you might want and I like, could benefits both of us. - See more at: you on the beach (running)Lance

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People do not like working out in the elements

 Dark + Cold + Rain + Early Morning = Very Low and sometimes non-existent attendance. Lesson, move the morning class back to the evening!

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How to look like a criminal on your early morning workouts.


In this Episode of Ten Minutes to fit, I'll discuss how you can dress like a criminal for your early morning workouts.While you are just dressing to keep warm, others may think you are about to do something illegal. Add the wardrobe to an early morning dark workout in a field, in a less than savory area of town, and you will raise eyebrows.1. The Eyes : They eyes are dialated why because its dark. What others see.... Junkie2. The Hat: West Coast Choppers, chosen because when I got up at 5:15 AM it was what I grabbed in the dark. What others see - Thug3. The Beard/goatee: No way I'm shaving that early. What others see.... Another local homeless guy.4. The Flannel - Another layer of clothing for the cold morning. What others see.... Dude is up to no good. Must be ready to steal something.I for one like the look, because folks are less likely to mess with me out there, plus it is warm.Come join me in the dark.Lance

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Getting up early to workout aint easy.


I have figured a few things out lately. First, working out early is lonely. Most people don't want to do it, period. Second, it is cold in the mornings which requires a lot more "gear". Heck I look forward to leg day so I can wear my Rebands to keep part of my legs warm. Third, I need an extra boost to get me going. Some use coffee, I use some Spark and Oatmeal. If this is written bad, it's because I am tired.... Go fitness :) (Did that sound enthusiastic ?).See you at my freexing cold ourdoor workout area.... Doubtful if it's to cold this morningThe tired Lance

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Dieting with coffee - Is Caffeine Good or Bad for Weight Loss?


We all know coffee's been one of the main subjects of discussion when it comes to its influence on weight gain or actually losing weight. And somehow, no matter how seriously we took every other little thing we read about dieting, we simply couldn't give up coffee. And why would we? It's tasty, its rich smell is the best smell in the world in the morning, it keeps us energetic and... well, we just love it!

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15 of the most popular digital fitness books you must read

Are you looking for a great digital book on fitness for yourself or a friend? Are you wanting to get fit or take your workouts to the next level. Whether it's Paleo, Wods, or even lifting this list has it all? I have read a bunch of them, but have never compiled a list of the top selling ones. 

So here is a list of the top 15 fitness books by popularity on Amazon. 

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1. Taking the top spot is It starts with Food. "It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever--and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's powerful 30-day nutritional reset." Over 1608 reviews and a 5 star rating, listed as a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.

2. Starting Strength - Basic Barbell Training, sits in the number two spot. "Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. The second edition, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, has sold over 80,000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education. Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd Edition, they form a simple, logical, and practical approach to strength training." Over 549 reviews and almost a 5 star rating, listed as a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.

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