Trust The Process

In this last couple of days, I have been looking back to analyze what I have done and the gains I have made.

My current weight is 72.3 Kg with an estimated Body Fat% of 23.5% overall I am pleased with this results, also because I haven’t really eaten clean and I have not restricted myself as much.

The reason behind my happiness is that I have definitely packed some lean muscle mass on my body and this is really where you need to trust the process and to not lose the faith, I really need to keep going,  everything in the end will pay off, I know.

Looking back at some pictures in April and looking at the data at that time my Body Fat% was 22%, if I look the scale seems much less than that.

Next month will be a challenge, I will fly home for 3 weeks and as much as I want to keep watching my Macros I already know will not be perfect … It is one year and a half that I don’t visit home, and I am sure my mom is ready to cook all the delicious food that only a mom can do.

The other day I recalculate my Macros, and I have lowered my daily intake of 100 calories this will brig my daily calories at 1712 KCal, I have increased my Carb intake and decreased my Fat while maintaining the Protein intake at the same level I really want to see how my body will respond on this change, only trying and failing will lead you to success.

If you don’t know how to calculate your Macros I wrote a post in the past – Link is Here

That’s all I have to say in today post, as usual I am open to a discussion in a comment box below if you feel like.

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Silverio Bike Ride + 200 Followers

Bike 🚴 who ever thought I was going for a 16 miles ride a few months ago.

Actually, in all honesty, I didn’t even know I was going to have a road bike until a few weeks ago.

Let me tell you a bit of story, I was searching online trying to find a method for commute, my attention at first went to consider a Hoverboard, you know one of this little electric skate and in all honesty, the reason behind was try to save money.

Looking at the prices, a Hoverboard would have cost approximately 150$ but then he is not waterproof and the winter is coming. I wanted something that I could use all year around and so I started to look into a Bike as a commute means.

Buying a brand new bike without know if I would have liked didn’t seems to be a pretty good idea, so I decided to have a safer approach and look online I used the OfferUp App or Website for this research and I found a really nice bike, the frame was just made for my size so I setup the appointment and voila! I got a beautiful Giant OCR 3 2002 Model.

The adventure started and well the first time I tried to go to work on my bike I figure out that during the ride I did the day before I got a flat. In my teenager experience when I tried to fix a flat I been never successful so I decided to play safe that day and head at work by walking as I had always done before and promised to myself that I would repair the tire once home and take my time.

I had bought one of those bike kit days before, I always think on the If during my journey and try to don’t be unprepared on what comes next, however, the patch kit that was provided (Glueless Patch) was not of that much help. Luckily it happens now when I had time to make further research and found out what works and what not, what are the brand that they do what they promise. Good enough I got a new patch kit and a brand new inner tube. You probably are you asking why I got a new inner tube? I figure out that having an extra inner tube would have allowed me to just change the tube on the go in case of flat and still repair the other one at home although I will still carry on with me the kit in case the faith will play smart… haha!

Today I join my first Bike Club Ride, I found this online and they offer plenty of free rides (cascade.org) I really enjoy this morning, it was really nice to meet new people, socialize and see new places that for sure in a car you cannot see!

I started the App late during the ride, I will keep this in mind for next time!

Why I join a Club for a ride?

Well, first of all, is free and let’s don’t hide it but nowadays everything you do you need to pay and honestly that sucks. There are tons of bills to pay and life here is so expensive in general that finding something for free already brings good humor! 😜

The second part and perhaps also the most important is socializing, meet new nice people and share something in common. There is a lot to learn and a lot you can give back too! I am not going in many details here but I have learned a lot today and was only my first ride and I feel like I have left something too.

Exercise, you all know by now if you have looked and read the pages of my blog that I am in my fitness journey and for me, this was one of the most fun ways to include some cardio in my fitness regime.

I will definitely look online few the next ride, for sure I am not ready yet for one of those hill killing ride but I will focus in the next weeks to gain strength and try one day, only in this way you will know your limits!

I also want to take the opportunity to say Thanks to all of you, following my blog! Today I have reached 200 Followers and to me this is AMAZING, thanks for the support, thanks for reading my blog. I do hope you guys are getting some value out of this too.

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Summer Time + Chest/Back Workout

It’s summer and I wanted to have a bit of break to my “Clean Eating” I know this will probably slow down my weight loss progress but I think I should live a bit as well and enjoy the life with all the shades.

I wanted to enjoy the weekends with my wife and taste all the food that is out there, I think is important too and this is what is so-called be human.

The other day I went to a farm to pick up the raspberries and we had a nice dinner with some friends, I realize that I cannot always say no to the invitations only because I have to stick to my meal plan and fitness journey.

Overall I am happy with my progress and way to be, although I haven’t followed everything on the 100% side I have not gained much weight, I am still going strong on workouts and watching my macros closely during the week.

Sometimes I plan to save a few hundred calories each day during the weekend and this is definitely helping when during the weekend I have some extra.

I bought a bike and I am really enjoying the rides so far, I am taking the opportunity the explore part of the city in the nature that I have never looked so far and including my cardio in a more fun way. I am also going to work on the bike and tomorrow I will have my first ride bike with a club, must be really fun.

Today, was my Chest and Back day here is what I have done

  • Bent Over Barbell Row 4×10
  • Barbell Bench Press 4×12
  • Lateral Pulldown 4×12
  • T-Bar Row 4×12
  • Butterflys4x12
  • Cardio 15 Minutes

I am experimenting more in the kitchen and have tried more ways to prepare my food just to be out of the monotony.

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Silverio One Year After & Life Update

It is one year that I have started my fitness journey and I have come a long way. After I lost almost 15 kilos, I decided that was time to make some gains and I started my off-season. My current weight is 71,2 kg and my scale says that my body fat percentage is at 22,7%  I am really happy with my gains, honestly if I were more skin I would keep going with my bulk for at least other 3 months but I don’t wish to gain more than the inevitable fat that you gain in the off-season regime.

Recently I injured my right knee and funny enough was not at the gym but during a night out with friends and playing bowling, so no much of leg day in the last few weeks, disappointing. After few weeks the pain is definitely less but I believe I have to wait few more weeks before starting easy back on legs, let’s see what the doctor will say today.

I have talked on previous post that I was feeling down and without much of energy lately and that my sleep was not as much as before if you have never considered like me previously to get some ZMA than give it a try because for me worked and I am extremely satisfied with the results.

Today is sunny outside, being in Seattle is very rare but I know that slowly with the summer time we going to have more days like this, this is what I probably miss the most from my home country.

If you haven’t watch my latest YouTube video here is the link – Click Here! I know I was not that much energic and I still need to find myself on the camera but I guess is just matter of time and trust the process.

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I am here waiting for you all, for all your comments.

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Get Motivated With Sweatcoins

Hello lovely readers,

Today I want to present you all a new discovery that I have just made, it is an App that I am using from a couple of days, but I am already in love with it.

Have you ever heard of Sweatcoin?

I am sure you all have heard about Bitcoins at least once in your life, well, Sweatcoins are of a similar concept so-called cryptocurrency, but what the App does?

The App simply counts your steps using the GPS of your Android or Apple device and convert the steps in Sweatcoin. So, if you are an outside runner 🏃🏻‍♀️or you walk every day perhaps to reach your working place then why don’t download the App since is for free and gain some Sweatcoin? In 3 days I got already 10 Sweatcoin not bad considering that I am in my off season and I am not doing that much run lately but once I will start to cut again and the summer will be here I will take the chance to go outside and include this as one more motivation.

Now I am sure you are asking what is the purpose and what you can do after you have got your Sweat 😓 in Coin, you can purchase goods from the App like Amazon or PayPal gift cards and even a brand new iPhone X. There are weeks specials too.

If you are interested to download the App on your iOS device 👉 Click Here in this way If you don’t mind, I will receive 5 Sweatcoin.

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Friday Future Blogger – Surprise!

When I woke up this morning I had a wonderful surprise.

You all need to know that in the morning I have not even yet opened completely my eyes than I am already looking at my iPhone notifications received overnight. Well, one of my Instagram notification took immediately my attention.

msarora the blogger behind Journey of life Continues, has featured my blog on her blog – Thank you so much msarora. Go to check out her blog for the full post.

I cannot hide the fact that it was unexpected and I guess this made it more special. I am pleased that somehow my message is getting out there and that you guys appreciate all of this, thanks for the support, thanks for reading my blog, thanks for the comments and to give the suggestions for improvement, every little peace means a lot to me, even when you only press that star.

Now I got a new challenge ahead of me and that is YouTube with a language that is not completely mine but all of this I am sure will help me also in this to grow my English and my vocabulary as this blog is doing to me.

I love you all!

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Jacked Pack Subscription Box Review February 2018

Hi guys and welcome to my second-month subscription box.

If you have read my previous post I’ve never really been a fan of subscription box but so far I am enjoying the Jacked Pack.

So let’s see what I got for March, shall we?

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  • As you can see from the image I couldn’t really resist to the Quest Protein Cookie so I went ahead and I immediately enjoyed  it. I have to say that I was expecting a bigger cookie, however, I cannot really complain either. Total Calories are 250 and 150 are coming from fat which I think are pretty high I also believe is not a good choice if you are on a cutting diet but if you are bulking, I am sure you can fit one of those in your day and enjoy as I did.
  • This time around I only receive one serving of protein but the brand is ANIMAL and flavor is Vanilla which I don’t have at home and for sure will be good for a smoothie or a protein pancakes.

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  • TOPBIT is 100% Plant-Based – 8g of Protein – Omega 3-6-9 Essential Amino Acids and Antioxidants. I have also received a promo coupon with free shipping and 20% off my order in case I would like to purchase more.

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  • Hyde NitroX is a pre-workout formulated to promote pumps, vascularity, strength, mental focus, sustained energy, and motivation. I also got a coupon for a 50% off if I decide to buy the entire jar and this will bring down the price to 30$ for 30 Servings. I never had the PIXIE DUST Flavor before so I am very curious to try. The other available flavors are Lollipop Punch, Blue Razz Popsicle, What-O-Melon, Sour Green Apple, Peachy Oh!, Red Fish Candy, Orange Slices, Cotton Candy, and Cherry Popsicle. Honestly, a quite good selection and I am already thinking to take a jar.

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  • Outlift Amped promotes intense workout energy & power. The ingredient in this pre-workout formula is promising with 8g of Citrulline Malate so I will be very happy to give it a try.
  • Impetus Pre Workout promotes Training Intensity, Alertness & Focus, Muscle Endurance and Better Pump, I got two servings Asian Pear flavor the other flavor would be Super Berry.

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  • 360 Pre Workout Activator, gives you a good energy and seems like to have a great taste however I haven’t read much of good reviews on this one so once I try I can give my honest opinion as well, so let me know in the comment if you want me to update this article after my try.

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  • Skald Oxydynamic Fat Scorcher is a Fat-Burner Supplement, I been reading some good and bad review on this product. The label says appetite control and apparently to some athlete worked and some other not. At one think I can definitely agree is the Intense Energy that this product can give having read the label.

In conclusion, I would say that I like to have a Pre-Workout Supplement rather than take a Fat-Burner since overall the Pre-Workout will help you to shred fat as well but also give that extra boost.

I did really like this month selection and I am excited to try all the samples I got. At first look I would like to maybe purchase either the Hyde NitroX Pre-Workout or the Outlift Amped, I will have a final thought once I will test them.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review, as usual, leave a comment below if you feel like and thanks for reading and support this blog.

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Full Day Of Eating on a Bulk – VLog

Good day lovely people and followers,

this week post will be actually my VLog just published on YouTube this will consist on a Full Day of Eating on a Bulk Diet and the Workout that I have complete that day.

This is my only second video and I am sure that I have made some shooting and post-production errors.

Hope you guys enjoy the video —-> Link

As usual, let me know what you think in the comment.

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Why You Should Keep a Fitness Journal

Let’s be honest, I been there as well in the past and I am sure that many of you are doing exactly the same. Wondering around the gym and randomly selecting machines, exercises and weights. After months only we wonder why we haven’t made much progress, this is one of the reasons why we need to keep a Fitness Journal.

If you want to achieve your goal in fitness such as lose weight, gain muscle or simply tone up it is really important to have a plan and track the progress this will also lead you to don’t give up along the way.

But what are the other reasons you should keep a Fitness Journal? I am sure there are plenty but for me, the followings are the most important:

  • Track the progress
  • Be able to adjust weights to exceed the previous limit
  • Increase motivation
  • Plan rest days in advance
  • Track your Macros

A Fitness Journal doesn’t need to be anything complicated and my best suggestion is to start with exercise and weight track and macros which I believe are the most important one. It can be on your phone, on an exercise book or on your computer. My Fitness Journal is divided into two parts, for track my macros I use MyFitnessPal App on my iPhone and for exercise tracking, I like to have a small exercise book.

Also you want to track your progress on body weight in this case I use a normal scale and record all in the Health App of my iPhone, however, I will not hide the fact that sooner or later I will love to purchase a Body Analyzer Scale which will give me also some other information such as the Body Fat Percentage, Muscle Mass, Bones Density, Water Weight.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this article and that was of an interest. Please let me know in the comment what are your thought and how you keep track of your Fitness Progress.

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My First YouTube Video

This last few days have been a life change game in place. Plenty of things have happened. I have purchased a new desk, received finally my new MacBook Pro which I really wanted and needed since my 10 years old one was on the last restart, purchased a pair of photography lights and started a new project.

Yes… It was about time that my fears were set aside.

I never really felt comfortable to talk to the people, I was and I am always invaded by a mix of feelings such as, insecurity, what the audience will think, how they going to judge me and last but not least why they have to choose me rather than someone else if every one else is better than me?

The take point on all of this is we all are and have something different than someone else, we all have value out there, our words and voice matters and time will make us better – What doesn’t kill, make you stronger.

I remember when I first started this blog I was feeling exactly the same.

Today, February 20th, I uploaded My First YouTube Video, nothing really special to be honest, I have only presented myself and the channel, of course, made some errors along the editing of this first video, but I am really happy to have done this step forward.

If you feel like, please pass by and subscribe, leave a like or a comment I will be extremely happy to see all of you there as well, to support not only me during this Weight Loss Journey but also Who Ever Need Motivation for health first and then vanity  ——-> Watch The Video.

 

My First YouTube Video

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A Timeline Of My Weight Loss Story… To Be Continued

After 15 years at sea, November 2016 saw me moving from my home land (Italy) to the States to follow one of my dreams. Working on land and stay with my family without leaving much longer than what I was doing before – months at sea, however, I still had to pay the price of leaving my parents behind.

Since my teenage years, I always had a weight problem, obesity was in my blood and the only way I could control it was of course eat healthy and exercise. The life on board has always had ups and downs, I always found myself in control of what I was eating the first month but then my poor rest time… the long hours of work and stress was kicking in and healthy eating was the last thing in my brain as it was hard to keep following.

The end of April 2017 after me and my wife were settling down in our new city, in our mail inbox a post card promotion was inviting us to have a look to one of our nearby gyms, we both thought why not to pass by and see what they have to offer?

Here we went and as you can imagine my fitness journey begins.

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    April 2017…

In this first picture, I was a little over 80 kilos, OMG, I very often look at this picture to remember what I looked like but also to see how much I have progressed in these months and how I look now in less than one year. Here is something that I want to say to all of you out there: this process takes time and you guys need to understand that is not an easy fix or something that you can do in couple of months and then be back on what you were doing before. This is a Life Style Change and the earlier you understand this the better it is going to be for your mental health and future results.

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Three months had passed from that beginning, I had lost about 10 kilos, I was feeling much healthier and I was very happy with my overall progress.

I will not hide that during these three months I had been very disciplined on my diet however some days where more difficult than others.

My secret…….?

…was planning milestones for cheat meals. When I was getting to a certain weight then I would reward myself with a meal that I normally could not have but also I was making sure that before that meal I was doing my workout, if not all of it then at least the cardio – in this way I would not store all those calories as a fat but they will have helped me with the post workout recovery.

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Today after 10 months from my weight loss journey beginning, I weigh 65,5 kilos and I know I still have a long way to go but I am at the point where the kilos don’t count that much any more, my body is changing and I like the way it is progressing, the fat is been replaced with lean muscle and the overall process is still in progress.

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I have learned a lot until today, from nutrition, new recipes, macros and what to choose in the grocery stores or leave behind. Yes, I am still learning and while doing so I love to share my experience with you all, perhaps some one of you can find the right inspiration for your journey too!

Do I like my new lifestyle after all this time? Yes, definitely and cheat meals taste even  better since this is usually the kind of food that you don’t eat every day.

Well, this is my little story so far, but also the story is continuing and I am happy you all are a part of it.

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Life Update

This week so far has been hectic, gym class, workout, meal prep for the week, grocery, new haircut, working shifts and engaged on another little extra project which I will talk about later in the days.

The GRIT class on Sunday was fun with these amazing people in the picture since there are not too many people in the class so far the goal at the minute is to focus on achieving a good technique and form, I believe this is the best place to start.

I love to meal prep for the entire week or at least for all the days I know I will be extremely busy. Honestly, if I wouldn’t have this approach, I would not be successful with this lifestyle change.

I couldn’t handle anymore my “long” hair, so I decide to go for a clean and short haircut, I loved the idea to have long hair but every time I was dressing a cup I was feeling messy and couldn’t control it.

As usual, if you like to know anything or wish me to talk about anything in particular make sure to write in the comment.

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