A great meal! My Scramble!

Tonight I grace you all with a SUPER yummy dish that I make. I have not tried to cut it down to calories and what not because I don’t spend day in and day out counting them. This is my amazing “Scramble”

The items you will need:

Organic Sweet potatoes

Organic Yukon Gold or other potatoes

Sprouted Organic Tofu (Super Firm)

Organic Eggplant

Organic Tamari

Organic Coconut Oil

I am not saying the exact amount of each because it depends on the amount of scramble you want to make. I tend to use 1 sweet potato, 1 japanese sweet potato, 3 yukon gold potatoes, a whole brick of tofu,  and 1 eggplant. (Pictured you will see onion and garlic also used. There are so many variations to this amazing dish!)

All ingredients laid out and ready for cutting!

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Mix it all together in a big bowl with lots of Tamari and about 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil!

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Let your tofu soak up some of that yummy Tamari!

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Spread it all out on a baking tray! (Or 2)

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Ready for the oven! (I like 400F for 30 minutes, mix around on tray and back in for another 20-30. This depends highly on how crispy you want it though)

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Finished Product (Daina likes to put some ketchup on hers. I like to just sprinkle a little Himalayan salt on mine)

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There you have it! My yummy scramble. I haven’t found a carnivore yet that doesn’t also enjoy this meal so don’t be afraid to share it with your meat eating buddies! I hope you all enjoy giving this a try. I know it isn’t exactly “bodybuilding” information, but hey we gotta eat to get big! I usually eat this with a BIG BIG salad. Get your grub on!

-JP

New Gym, New Month, New Apartment, New New New

Don’t forget about me y’all  I am finally all moved in to my new place with my amazing gf! Lots of stairs and boxes and unpacking and birthday festivities and I am back! Here’s the current plan:

Step 1 – Sign up for a new gym. The old one was NASTY and way to hard to park at unless we waited until after 8pm to get our butts in there. ACCOMPLISHED. We start at the new gym Monday the 9th and are psyched!

Step 2 – Get 100% situated in the new apartment. IN PROGRESS. We have a ways to go with this, but hope to be done with this by next week end. Moving is a PAIN!

Step 3 – Get cards made for my new business venture. Yes you heard that right! I am beyond done with the valet gig. Did the manager thing for 5 years and its not the life for me. After months of planning and researching I feel it is the right time to start my juicing business. My primary focus is to sell one to three day juice cleanses to people in need. I want to find a way to spread the good health to people and this is a great way to do just that. My business will be called  “JP’s Juiceology”. I plan to keep it word of mouth and a cash/Paypal only business while I get more capital together to setup shop somewhere. 

In regards to the bodybuilding focus, its still there. I am hopeful, despite my slow start, that I can be back to where I was in my twenties (strength wise) by year end. Lofty goal, yes, Achievable, yes. Bring on the weights!

That’s all for now guys and gals. Plan on reading weekly updates from me Tuesdays and Thursdays! (that was part of the steps up top that I just forgot to add in!)

-JP, The Juiceologist 

My muscles are screaming!!!

So far I have completed the 2nd cycle through the German Volume Training exercises. In the second cycle of the routine I did not want to give up on my 6th set.  

The amount of volume does seem excessive so I am curious to see if I make much gains in physical size and muscular strength.  One bit of good news though, I gained 2 more pounds.  It could be a fluke or it could be the training; too early to tell.

-Daniel 

Pump Up The Volume!

I’ve lifted for many years of my life, most of it was just when I was a kid in middle school and high school.  Though I used to do more of a daily split training now I am more of a full body workout kind of guy.  I have been getting a bit tired of my 5×5 routine.  Lifting heavy weights is fun. I like becoming stronger  but I want more aesthetic gains.  With this concern I told my brother and he assured me German Volume Training was my answer.  

I was a little hesitant at first going to a weight only %60 of my one rep max but when performed for 10 sets of 10 repetitions this routine really kicks some ass. Not many workouts have made me want to give up in the middle of the routine but this one has made me want to quit on both chest/back day and leg day.  The amount of muscle fatigue is amazing and the burning is unimaginable. I have not completed the other days of the routine yet, but I am going to give this a go for 6 weeks.  

The hype on the workout says that an advanced trainee can gain over 10 pounds in 6 weeks.  Since I am a beginner maybe I will be able to put even more size on my one day manly frame.  I am hoping that by the 6th and 7th of September I am bigger and trimmer for the International Moustache Championships which I will be attending and hopefully dressing as a later 1800s bodybuilder.

This is what the workout looks like:

Day 1 Chest/Back:

Decline bench press 10 Sets of 10 Reps
Chinups or close grip lat pulldowns 10 Sets of 10 Reps
Incline d-bell fly 3 Sets of 10-12 Reps
D-bell row 3 Sets of 10 Reps

Day 2 Legs/Abs:
Squats 10 Sets of 10 Reps
Laying Leg Curls 10 Sets of 10 Reps
Calf Raises 3 sets of 10 Reps
15 minutes varied floor ab work

Day 3 Rest:

Day 4 Shoulders and Arms:
Dips 10 Sets of 10 Reps
Barbell Curls 10 Sets of 10 Reps
Bent-Over Dumbbell Lateral Raises 3 sets of 10
Seated Dumbbell Lateral Raises 3 Sets of 10

Day 4 Rest:

Day 5 start all over again

 

After the next 6 weeks I will post more pics so that we can see if the training pushes this vegan bod further.  I will now leave us with a picture of Arnold.  -daniel

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Whoa it’s been a minute

Hey y’all! I don’t have a lot of time but wanted to give a fast update! I have been super busy with trying to move into a new place. It has basically consumed all of my time with packing and all that fun moving related stuff. I have had limited access to my computer and a chance to blog. I plan to start twice a week updates once I get all moved in to the new place on Wednesday! Super excited! I have some awesome recipes I’ve found and one of my own creations. First update once I am moved in will be a step by step on how to make my Hungry Man Scramble! I will attempt to approximate calories too for anyone that’s counting. That’s all I have time for now followers. Better updates coming soon!

JP

Workin IT!

After seeing my brother’s post I am thinking that I am slacking in the gym.  When I was a teenager and really into lifting weights I was in the gym almost every day of the week.  It was my hangout.  Now, I am in the gym 3 days a week and have a simple routine that is finished in under an hour.

I have been following different routines since getting back into weightlifting in October of 2012.  All routines have focused primarily on compound movements and I have not been in the gym more then 4 days in a week.  I do not do any cardio as I have a crazy metabolism.  It seems I can burn more calories sleeping then most people can do walking.

I recently downgraded my routine from a 4 day upper/lower body split program to a 3 day 5×5 program that I have added a few isolation exercises onto.  Here is how my routine looks:

Workout A
Squats: 5 sets of 5 reps
Bench Press: 5 sets of 5 reps
Bent Over Barbell Rows: 5 sets of 5 reps
Pullups: 2 sets of 8 reps
Lateral Raises: 2 sets of 8 reps

Weighted Dips: 2 sets to failure
Workout B
Squats: 5 sets of 5 reps
Military Press: 5 sets of 5 reps
Deadlifts: 3 sets of 5 reps
Push Ups: 2 sets of 8 reps
Barbell Curls: 2 sets of 8 reps
Seated Triceps Press: 2 sets of 8 reps

I do workout A rest a day then do workout B then rest a day and repeat.

Though I know lifting is majorly important it seems that my body has reacted best to heavy lifting a few days a week.  I get a lot of muscle soreness so I like to rest.  Rest after working hard lets me know that my workout will fully be used to its advantage.  Eating takes a lot more time and effort to pull off then lifting.

-Daniel