Fitness Update Starring Yours Truly!

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Beginning Week #7 The Shift

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Hey guys Ercekj here!

So amidst all the crazy stuff going on in the word today I have another update on my fitness journey to lose weight, and feel great.

So in terms of weight I have maintained a steady weight of 185lbs so that is the good news. Still I have a long time before I hit my goal which is to be down another ten pounds in two months.

Plenty of time but I got to be careful, no slacking now!

In an earlier post I mentioned how I was going to be talking about the supplements that I was going to be taking, what they do and why I implemented them specifically in my routine.

Well the reason I am mentioning them now is because when week 8 comes around I will be taking a 4-week break from the supplements that I am taking and using some other things instead.

The reasoning is because some of the stuff I use requires a break period to help the body readjust. So here are some things I was using and more than likely will be taking a break from as I make this “shift” in my routine.

Muscle Recovery Agent/Anabolic Activator: Anogenin by Blackstone Labs

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So Anogenin is an Anabolic Activator which means it helps me gain more muscle faster then if I were to chug a bunch of protein shakes after a work out.

The best part was that it is derived from plants not testosterone which is the common process of how anabolics are made. This is made from the plant-based steroid called Laxogenin.

When combined with a good diet and steady workout program BSL(Black Stone Labs) claims that you can put on clean muscle mass in as little as 2-3 weeks of it’s use!

Also since it is plant-based it is safe for both men and women with no adverse side-effects like insane facial hair growth, or mood swings.

Recommended use is to use it for a period of 8-12 weeks with a four week break in between. So it is now time to chill out and let my body take a breather.

Sounded a little too good to be true but after using it I felt great and started gaining good muscle mass in my legs and arms. Gradually over time it spread all over and I must say it was one of the better products that I have had the pleasure of coming across,

Pre-workout : Dust V2 & Dust Extreme by Blackstone Labs

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So we all have our motivation, mine is actually looking forward to that scoop of pre-workout just before to get me all hyped up for the gym.

Now that I am almost out however it is now time to step back and give myself a break for four weeks. Why is that you may ask?

Well for one I was using V2 Dust when I started and then I heard about the Extreme one and thought “That sounds like something I have to try.”

Secondly, just like our bodies have a tolerance to alcohol we also have a tolerance to caffeine and the more we drink it the stronger it becomes until you need double or sometimes triple what you used in the past.

Dangerous business as situations like this can easily lead to someone overdosing and possibly resulting in death. A break period is good because then you can reset your tolerance and save money at the same time by not wasting it on more good stuff that won’t help you are be nearly as effective as it was before.

It’s the old saying “Too much of any good thing will kill you.”

Protein Powder: ISOPURE Low Carb by Nature’s Best

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Everyone love’s a good protein shake but finding one that will function well for your fitness goals is tough. Some can actually be more of a hindrance than help due to what your body type is and also any allergies you may have.

I used there Dutch Chocolate flavored one because it was low carb,  it tasted great, and it contained no dairy in it which is a big deal because I learned that my family has  a milk allergy.

Still for helping me loose weight this was good motivator when it came to working out. I would work out and then have a nice ice-cold chocolate protein shake waiting for me. Knowing you have something to look forward too with the workout is a great motivator.

Sad thing is that this protein powder for all it’s benefits  was one expensive , and two not as effective in helping me gain muscle mass like with Anogenin or other protein shakes. I would recommend it however if you were looking to loose weight.

In Conclusion

These are some of the many  supplements that I have used in my routine and will probably return to at a later date, it just depends on whether or not I can afford them.  If there is one takeaway I hope you get it is that you learn what helps your body and what can hurt it.

Just like with training and diet you got know what will build you and what can break you. There are some things you may be ready for now and other stuff that you will have to gradually work towards.

Be safe wherever you guys are. If you are interested in anything I use links are included in the description of each product.

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Transformation Beginning Week #6

JohnHErcekIII (3 of 3)

Hey guys Ercekj here with another update in my 4 month journey to loose weight and look great.

So for starter’s got some good news; I started to loose weight again! Last week I was at 186 lbs and now I am at 185lbs. I mean it was only one pound but still it is progress!

It was not without it’s challenges though.

One thing that I noticed was that throughout my time dieting, exercising, and watching myself to ensure I did not do anything stupid was that I was feeling depressed.

Now I know what you are thinking, “Ercekj you are at 185 lbs and have a lot going for ya how can you be depressed?” So I thought about how far I had come and what was making me feel depressed and it was a few things that I feel should be shared.


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Sometimes we look at other’s and we as a human beings compare our progression based on the progression of others.  I actually was following a ton of people in the fitness and body building industry via social media and felt inadequate.

There were these people, men and women who were strong, confident, making money and were happy. The thoughts came to me “I am nowhere near these people.”

Granted at the same time I was in it to feel better about myself and make this great accomplishment. But I let my sour feelings stew around if you will and that made things worse.

have never been clinically diagnosed with depression but it hits me just as much as the next guy, or gal and the only thing that made sense was to go to the gym anyway.

So to summarize one ,your competition is the person you were in the past.  Whether or not that was one week ago, six weeks ago, or five years ago that is who your competition is and will always be.

Second do not do what I did or have done and let the progression of someone else make your progression look small or a waste of time. Instead look at them and congratulate them and be happy because at one point they were in your shoes and can relate. Someone else struggled just as much as you did at one point and if you reach out to them they can help.


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You guys are familiar with the phrase “Idle mind is the Devil’s playground right?” It is a classic Christian saying. Basically if I were to modernize this it would be “If you do not have a plan then you are planning to fail.”

As a content creator and aspiring editor for film and the web I have a lot I want to get done but at the same time there are all these distractions that get in the way.

I was finding time to workout, supplement, rest, but I was not focusing on some very serious stuff. If you are not setting up a plan to succeed then do not be surprised when you fail. You got to take the necessary steps to reach your goals otherwise it is just a pipe dream.

In Conclusion

This week has been an eye-opener that is for sure. I have made some progress but if there is one thing I have learned it is that I cannot afford to get too excited.

Something I should have mentioned is that this is a four-month long program that I started back in May. I want to do well and that means planning well, working well, and doing everything I can to optimize my results.

Anyways that is my report for you guys I am sorry you had to wait so long for the update. I am actually thinking of changing to a vlog format and then just linking the videos from my You Tube channel.

What do you guys think? Leave a comment below about you thoughts on a vlog style update and or if you have any questions. I will see you guys again in a couple of days!