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Mastery and Balance

As I'm sure many of you have noticed, I've slowed down a lot on the blog postings. Despite my goal of "a post a day", I've realized that I just don't have time for all the things I want to do in a given day without sacrificing something.

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Fitday vs. The Daily Plate

One of the revolutions in personal diet management in the 2000s has been online diet-tracking software. Two of the leaders in this personal tracking area are and's The Daily Plate.

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My blood test

So on my "week off" from training -- and with a very relaxed eating regimen -- I decided to get my blood tested. This is after 6 months of low-carb and 4.5 months of lifting, with about 50 pounds of fat lost and 10-15 lbs of muscle gained. I was pre-diabetic before starting, and unfortunately diabetes isn't really reversible... just controllable.

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I Heart Governor Huntsman

I admit it... I didn't vote for the guy. But this quote today about his feelings on where our political party has gone in the past thirteen years or so sums is up perfectly.

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Review:"The Iron Gym"

Santa Claus apparently is aware of my current fitness fetish, and graced me with one of the much-ballyhood, infomercial-promoted "Iron Gym" units. For those unfamiliar with it, it's a chin-up bar that you can hook to a doorframe and take down without any permanent mounting hardware.

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Low-Carb For Sports Enthusiasts

Received a question regarding eating low-carb from a rugby player over on my my favorite bodybuilding forum; I'm a little out of my element here, since I don't play rugby, but some general advice seemed in order to answer this guy's questions.

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End Of The Challenge

A number of co-workers and I embarked on a twelve-week weight loss challenge recently. Here are my starting and final stats.

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How Do I Snack on low-carb?

Got this question in one of my forums, and I thought I'd address it here.

Does anyone know some high fat snacks that can be consumed on the move other then peppirami and nuts?

Try one of Mark's low-carb protein bars from his web site:

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Reader's Digest Smears Low-Carb

I encountered this poorly-researched, inaccurate, wildly deceptive smear piece against low-carb eating this morning, and had to respond.

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The Questions To Ask Myself

I've begun to realize over the course of the weeks and months I've been intensely focusing on fitness that there are a few core questions I should have asked myself when I started. Knowing the answers to these questions -- essay, not multiple choice -- helps me focus on what I need to do to achieve my fitness goals.

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