I usually never sleep late and the morning time is my most enjoyable time of the day. When I wake up in the morning I basically have 2 choices; live like everyone else or prepare to kick ass that day! I choose to kick ass…
I have found that people who have daily routines tend to perform better and perform better consistently.
As soon as I get out of bed I have a small cup of coffee. It's already made and on a timer. If I'm dieting hard then the coffee is always black, I forget about common comforts in life like cream in my coffee.
Will a little coffee cream take away my abs? No it won't, but the real question here is “will this help me?”
I do not watch television or read the newspaper. When it comes to a lot of current events I'm in the dark, and this is how I prefer to live.
To some people I may seem stupid for being unaware of things, but I prefer to live in a world that I enjoy and that I create for myself.
Since health and fitness is a major part of my life I don't feel like I'm wasting my time with any of it. Most of what I do is part of a life I've created for myself that revolves around something I'm passionate about.
After about 30 minutes of answering emails and writing it's time to eat. I will prepare my breakfast and during this time I will take all of my supplements.
Most of what I take is consumed all at once with the exception of a fat burner which I take twice a day (once in the morning and again late afternoon and I also drink an additional cup of coffee late afternoon if I'm dieting really hard).
I don't take a fat burner all the time but when I'm dieting really hard it definitely helps. There is usually a gap between noon and 3:30 – 4:00 pm when my energy levels drop and I feel like I need something to help wake me up and also to help suppress my appetite.
This is where the additional cup of black coffee and additional fat burner come into play, ESPECIALLY WHEN COMPETITION PREPPING!
Supplements & Prescriptions I Take at Breakfast Time
(Hey, I'm just being honest here)
- Simvastatin @ 10 mg (for my cholesterol as I'm on TRT)
- Lisinopril @ 5 mg (primarily a blood pressure med, but doubles as a kidney protectant which is why I use it)
- 1,000 mg of Metformin w/ breakfast (to help with nutrient shuttling)
- 4 – 5 iu's of rapid insulin (to control blood sugar and double as a pre-workout nutrient transporter)
- 7.5 mg Cialis (used for well-being, sex life, heart health, and increased gym pumps)
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- 5,000 iu of vitamin D3 (Essential vitamin we take in from sunlight, primarily for mood purposes)
- I take a joint supp as a staple and it's even more crucial during dieting when joints are dryer/more vulnerable to injury
- Digestive enzymes (take 1 cap with each meal throughout day)
- a fat burner
- 1 scoop Myobuild 4x amino powder by Muscletech (I normally consume 4 scoops per day spaced throughout the day).
MOST ALL OF MY SUPPLEMENTS ARE CONSUMED AT BREAKFAST TIME FOR CONVENIENCE. I POP MOST ALL OF MY PILLS AT ONCE.
Exceptions to this regimen are the additional fat burner, aminos, digestive enzymes w/ meals, and any other insulin I take during the day.
When I'm dieting I can get by with much less insulin. I try to keep the bulk of my insulin use around the workout time. It's common for me to use 4 – 5 iu an hour pre-workout and an additional 4 – 5 iu post workout.
Insulin use CAN make you gain fat, but not when timed primarily around workout time and dietary fats are extremely low.
After breakfast I take a shower before going to the gym. The shower helps wake me up more. In all reality I'm really preparing to go to a job.
This lifestyle, this website… I take it seriously. Yes it's a job that I enjoy but my time in the gym counts for more than just “play time.”
If I'm representing health and fitness then I need to perform at a higher level than average Joe who hits the gym to just bullshit and converse with people.
A lot of people would look at my list of supplements and pills and think I'm a junkie. Well let me give you a wake-up call here… those who look like they perform on another level? They do what it takes to perform on another level!
I get blood work done on a regular basis and I know exactly what is going on with my body. I have 2 different Docs, a chiropractor I see almost weekly, and I get deep tissue massages on the regular.
I am currently injury free and have been injury free for the past several years in the gym. My biggest issue in my 20 years of working out was a brief period of shoulder joint pain from impingement, which went away when I stopped doing heavy overhead dumbbell presses.
Back to my morning routine.
I drive to the gym and the day becomes a mission. My mission is to conquer and annihilate in the gym. It's almost just as much of a mental release as it is a physical one. I actually need the gym to calm down, physically and mentally.
Gym time almost always ends at 12 noon. From that point I'm either going somewhere for my post workout meal and eating outside if it's nice, or I'm going straight home to eat if I'm dieting more strictly.
From this point in the day forward, it's pretty much working online/with clients while fulfilling family responsibilities.
I pick kids up from school, all of the normal “adult shit” you're supposed to do.
I'm the designated cook and grocery store runner at my house, and despite eating different than my family does, I do cook “normal food” for them. Sometimes I sit down at the dinner table and watch them eat, just to be part of the family but not stray off the diet.
Also, to be totally honest with you guys, I spend a ton of time having fun with my family.
Activities that a lot of people only do once in awhile we do on a regular basis. I sometimes work from my phone while doing these things.
If I'm sitting down to wait my turn at a bowling alley I may be answering an email. I'm occasionally talking to clients while driving someplace. My workday is really no set hours, it's pretty much whenever I'm not sleeping but in between things such as family time.
The entire days attitude starts with my morning mission, ALWAYS!
I can wake up and float through life like everyone else or I can make each day count and kick life right in the ass!
In true no bullshit JDB spirit, honestly I need to go eat now.
Article done, over and out! – JD
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