by Scott Ingenito
So, it has been 10 months since I moved from New York to San Diego and I am proud to announce a total weight loss of 42 pounds! I will attribute it to two things, I know for sure it is the combination of these things that are finally working for me; Moving and the activities it led to & Calorie management. made possible with the amazing smart phone application LOSE IT!. This amazing app, available on both Droid and Iphone platforms, has been an asset to me for years, but now in my new lifestyle it has become more of a training partner. It not only helps me set and achieve goals, but it also keeps a database of all my food, exercise, recipes, and holds me accountable to be my own coach and keep on track.
MOVING: I always knew that moving to the west coast would be good for me, and I was right. Being here, in a healthier, warm, more active environment has me back into my old passions. It was hard in NY to really let loose and enjoy the things that once were so prominent in my life. But now that I am here, more laid back and in this beach culture I have made a commitment to get in the water for exercise, and/or out on my bike every day, for however long, no matter what. If the waves are good, grab the longboard and go out for some waves, if it is small or flat, take out my StandUp Paddle Board, and if it’s too windy or blown out, I can take out my bodyboard, and if all else fails and time is an issue, I can just grab my fins and bodysurf for a little while. If the conditions are not favorable or I am just not feeling it, I just hop on my mountain bike and do a nice long ride. I have got in the water or out on my bike for at least 45 minutes everyday, on days when I work late or have off I get out for nearly 2 hours.
StandUp Paddle Surfing History & Present
The extra-wide surfboards, which are paddled like canoes, go by the name SUPs, or stand-up paddleboards.
Many think that Leroy Achoy, a legendary Hawaiian surfer, was the first to paddle a tandem surfboard, so he could take photos of his fellow wave riders in the break at Waikiki in the early 1970s. Others think that stand-up paddleboards trace back to Duke Kahanamoku, the father of surfing and an Olympic gold medalist in swimming.
But regardless of its origins, it is one man, LAIRD HAMILTON
Who is responsible for introducing stand-up paddleboards to the masses. A 6-foot-3, 215-pound Hawaiian big wave surfer, Hamilton has been featured on television commercials, magazine covers, movies and countless pages of surf history.
“In the islands, your gym is the ocean,” said Welte, who has trained with Hamilton. “Florida is not much different. Everywhere you turn, you have great water. Why not use it?”OBVIOUS BENEFITS Welte, a lifelong athlete, has yet to find a better full-body workout than standup paddling. “The average male can burn between 800 and 1,000 calories per hour, with the average female burning about 500 to 700 calories per hour,” he said. “Compare this to running on a treadmill or an elliptical machine, where an average male burns between 600 to 700 calories and the average female burns between 300 to 400 calories.” Beginners need not be intimidated. Stand-up paddleboarding is not nearly as complicated as surfing. Most paddlers can get up and going in less than an hour. Once they do, it won’t be long before they start seeing the benefits of their labor. Stand-up paddlers strengthen the core, the large, deeper muscles that pattern themselves around the trunk, hips and buttocks. “The core is the power generator of the body,” Welte said. “It is where we get most of our strength. Lower back pain, knee and hip pain can all be attributed to a weak core.” Balance will also improve. “You are using all of the intrinsic stabilizing muscles that aid you in your balance . . . muscles that usually get neglected in the traditional fitness center sitting,” he added. ** source By Terry Tomalin, Times Outdoors Editor **
It’s been 10 months total of this lifestyle change, just over 7 months of consciously watching what i eat with fairly aggressive exercise regiment where i have been driven by the philosophy and advice from Laird Hamilton. I have to say for once, I feel satisfied eating and exercising this way and I am losing weight at a nice steady pace. For the first time since I finished college (in 1999), I have finally dropped below my target weight, and comfortably under! My clothes are fitting big, Older clothes that havent fit in years now are too big, and I notice a change in the way I feel and function throughout the day.
Exercise is a huge factor.but I follow Laird’s advice from his amazing new book, Force Of Nature
“If you can look at one of these waves and you don’t believe that there’s something greater than we are, then you’ve got some serious analyzing to do and you should go sit under a tree for a very long time.” Laird Hamilton
I have also incorporated some philosophies and techniques from Tim Ferris, in his newest addition to the “4 hour” series of books, The 4 Hour Body. I changed the way I ”Fuel” my body in the morning before a workout. I started making more productive and useful shakes to start off my day and keep me energized and focused for my workouts. Using Pure Protein or Muscle Milk powder, and a new amazing product by Nutrion53 called NUERO1. A mental focus and brain function enhancing combination of vitamins made into a powder for shakes.
I have only been taking Nuero1 for a short time, but I noticed its benefits right from the start. Increased energy, motivation, mood and overall demeanor. As if being in the water and using the beach as my gym has not energized me enough, adding this supplement into my diet has changed the game completely. Below are 2 of my delicious and charged shake recipes, I use these to start my day before a workout, or sometimes after for recovery. They are amazing, simple to make and well-balanced. Enjoy!
Feelin’ Fruity Protein Shake
** Depending on the brands you use, this shake should be approx 275 calories per 20 oz serving **
1 scoop of Pure Protein, vanilla
1 scoop of Nuero 1, orange (can be subbed for another 1/2 scoop of protein if needed)
1/2 cup of Almond milk
1/2 cup of water
2-3 pieces of frozen mango, rough chopped
1-2 tsp of orange zest (can be omitted or even swapped for a drop of OJ, or orange oil)
Mix all ingredients well in a blender until mango chunks are dissolved and enjoy.
Feelin’ Decadent Protein Shake
** Depending on the brands you use, this shake should be approx 295 calories per 20 oz serving **
1 scoop of Pure Protein, chocolate
1 scoop of Nuero 1, chocolate (can be subbed for another 1/2 scoop of protein if needed)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 a banana, rough chopped
2-4 pieces of ice
sprinkle of each; cinnamon, espresso powder, nutmeg
Mix all ingredients well in a blender until ice is dissolved and enjoy.
Until next time, Eat, Drink, & Spread the Chews!