What The Hell Do I Know About Nutrition?

With my 34th birthday quickly approaching in the next few weeks,  I’ve been working my ass off with my talented but tough trainer Coach G. For the past two months we’ve been focusing on finding the right nutritional balance for me as well as fine tuning our workouts for maximum results.

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Because AndrewPhillipK.Com is a place where I intend on being completely honest with my readers, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to you that nutrition has been quite the up hill battle for me. It’s been a lifelong struggle actually. I don’t know about you, but as I mentioned before in  Fitness Forensics w/ Coach G,  the mere thought of food seemingly result in my waist expanding. If you couple that hereditary issue with an insane work schedule that at times can be all over the place, it’s no wonder more than 65 percent of American adults are overweight or obese.

Being overweight and fighting obesity, sadly, is a major issue we face in this country. However, on the bright side, if you are not dead you CAN make a change. All it takes is making the decision to change your lifestyle. No it’s not a choice that comes easily and yes it also requires a hell of a lot of self-examination. But the good news here is that it CAN be done. I made that decision about halfway through 2016 and I can’t begin to explain  how much the trajectory of my life has changed. And continues to change.

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Besides the nutritional hurdles, I sometimes refer to as “food noise”, I’ve struggled with, I find that one of the major roadblocks I face in the quest for optimum health, are the same challenges that most of us adults in this country face: Finding the time in our busy schedules to eat right, exercise, meditate, pray and do whatever else is required of us to keep our body, and more importantly, our minds healthy. It has been increasingly difficult, in the last few weeks especially, to prioritize and dedicate my time to the betterment of my well-being. I’m exhausted just thinking about it! And I don’t even want to imagine if I had children to care for on top of everything else. I don’t know how some of you all do it but I tip my hat to all of you with kids that still manage to make it work! Send some of those good vibes my way! #PleaseAndThankYou

Back to my point, since I injured my foot a few weeks back, G and I have had to overcome the challenge of tailor-making our workouts to a) prevent further injury and b) keep the momentum rolling in achieving the goals I set from the beginning. We decided to make mobility, flexibility and injury prevention the focal points of our workouts. Meanwhile I’ve had to have a laser like focus on my eating habits, which, if you are like me, can be a complete and utter disaster when you are stressed out, depressed or just plain tired as hell.  There have been some good days and some bad, however, for the most part I’ve been pretty good about sticking to my goal of making better choices in the food department.

The key for me is remaining consistent in the health conscious choices when grocery shopping. For example, I’ve replaced ground beef with 93% fat-free ground turkey.  In fact, I made some bomb AF Turkey Chili (with an amazing side of rice – Thank you very much Antoin) the other night. I’ll throw that recipe up for you soon!

For those of us that need that extra push or to be pointed in the right direction when it comes to food, I thought I’d share a little gem with you for the next time you hit the grocery store. It is true that a few slight alterations to your diet can be just what you need to start seeing a change in your physique, which then leads to the motivation you need to continue on with the change in your lifestyle. Which is what it’s all about.

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As Q1 for 2017 comes to a close, there is still time to get your ass on the ball ladies and gentlemen! I promise all it takes is baby steps! You can start by replacing a few items of junk food in your kitchen cabinet with something from the list below. You don’t have to go overboard because let’s not forget rent is due today!

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Fitness Forensics w/ Coach G

I have always struggled with diet and fitness. I’ve never been one to live in the gym and athleticism has never been my forte. Not even after living in LA, the land of the pretty people, for almost a decade now has caused me to fall into the whole gym rat lifestyle. Never one to fall into peer pressure, the pretty people don’t phase me. My sometime struggle with self-image is completely self imposed and something that I am diligently working on.

When it comes to diet, the closest I come to being vegan is the occasional ordering of my favorite Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’   sandwich from The Veggie Grill. They aren’t paying me to write that yet, that sandwich is actually amazing!  I digress! Back to my point – it’s almost as if the mere thought of food results in my waist expanding. It’s not something I chose, it’s hereditary.

Diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart problems have all staked their claim on my family and so it’s been quite the arduous task keeping those death dealers at bay. As 2016 began to come to a close, I realized that I needed a secret weapon in this battle I have been fighting. I needed someone with the skill, the attitude and the fire to whip me into shape.

Enter Coach G!

I ushered in 2017 with the mindset of getting my fitness in order at all cost. There was no other choice! My first order of business was finding the right fitness coach that would create a routine that worked best for me. After interviewing several personal trainers, I decided to begin working with Coach G for a number of reasons. Not only does he completely KICK MY ASS (see below pic of me sweating it out on the Rowing Machine) in the gym, but he also works closely with me on my nutrition. He holds me accountable if I even think of consuming something he wouldn’t approve of. I actually had about fifty extra air-squats given to me as punishment for eating a bag of Doritos and drinking a Pepsi. I won’t make that mistake again!

See it works! Yay Fitness!

It is my intention to document my health and fitness journey here and to provide some sort of inspiration to those of you who face the same challenges I face.

At the time of this writing, my IT Band is sore AF and I’m sweating at the mere thought of what impending torture (not really) Coach G will impose on me at my next session. BUT there is no complaining (that’s definitely a BIG NO)! This pain is the good pain. This is the pain that is making me better! This is the pain that will turn out to be worth it. At just halfway through the first five weeks of the new year, I’m determined to make 2017 an amazing year in the health and fitness department and I’m proud that I’m off to a great start.

Doesn’t the saying go something like “summer bodies are made in the winter”? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Here’s to everyone that needs a little kick in the ass to get that ass back in shape! I salute you!

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Hard at work! Late night session with Coach G!

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