The End of My Fitness Journey

Hey guys! Ercekj here again with another Fitness update!

I am sorry that this post is late in the making as well as not keeping up with you guys during the last two weeks, I had some family stuff going on,  and some work-related things but I have some time now.

For those wanting the quick story I have made a video here:

Those that would prefer to read continue down below.

Did I reach my goal?

So what happened these last few weeks? I was keeping up with going to the gym, my diet was better than it had been a few months ago, but the big question is did I meet my goal of dropping down to 175lbs by Labor Day?

Short answer: No.

For some odd reason unbeknownst to me I still had been fluctuating between 177 and 179lbs which I later looked up and it turns out according to the National Institute of Health means that I am in the Normal range in terms of being healthy.

In fact the NIH has a range and BMI calculator that you can use to determine your health status, which can range from Normal, Overweight, and Obese by calculating your height and weight.

However after this I still kept up with my work out routine, supplement/diet regimen and by Saturday September 9th I was at 175lbs. So now my fluctuation period changed now from 177-179lbs to between 175-178lbs.

What am I going to do about this?

Well the fact that I reached my goal makes me feel great about myself despite it happening much later than I had hoped for.

Now that the cutting has been done, I have met my goal I feel like I know what went wrong, what went right and what you can do if you are thinking of doing the same thing. So in my video as well as my blog I will be giving my final three tips for cutting that I feel everyone needs to know if they want to do the same.

Here are the tips and believe me the struggle is REAL!

Tip #1 Research! Research! Research!

You know that horrible thing you had to do in high school and in college when you were writing a paper on a subject and present your findings to class?

If you have not yet you will trust me.

Well it applies to everything! Including Fitness more so than you would think, and believe me it took a while for me to get everything just right.

I had to find out what my body type was, what food allergies if I had any, dieting, it all really adds up!

My greatest regret is that in the beginning of my fitness journey I went in with the mindset that “Oh as long as I am using the right supplements I am going to be alright!”

Not necessarily the case.

You can still be taking the right supplements, but if you do not research your body type, an ideal training program, watch what you eat , you will not get the results that you desire.

Tip #2 Set up a Monthly Budget

This is something that is heavily emphasized a lot when it comes to anything in life and as long as you know what you want, and what you can spend you cannot go wrong.

Another regret I have was that I did not set a budget and that kind of messed me up financially. Which is why I put it to you guys look at how you are making money, and budget accordingly.

Because if you cannot afford something then you need to know your options, and it can get pretty expensive pretty fast.

You end up spending a lot of money on a gym membership, equipment, supplements, workout clothes, food. Somehow you got to balance that with rent, groceries and everything else in life.

IF you can do it all and pay all the bills your journey will be a lot less stressful for it and you will have one less problem standing in the way of your goals.

Tip #3 Stick to your Regimen

Fitness itself is a marathon and not a sprint, it takes time and a lot of effort to put it all together. You may have to do some things that make you feel uncomfortable.

I know that one of the things I did to keep myself on track was I had to watch what I ate and most importantly only eat one serving. Sometimes I even had to say no to dessert and I love desert!

But you have to ask yourself some questions before you put that food in your mouth.

Do you want to enjoy some food or enjoy a healthy body? What is that food going to do to your body? Save yourself before you treat yourself!

A wise man once said to me if you want the best results save one day to be your cheat day once a month! It’s those kinds of things that will push you to be your best and get the results you want as well as deserve.

In Conclusion

Alright so that is my fitness update for those that have been with me since day one thanks you so much for your love and support. If you are new to my blog hit like and follow, if you are watching this on You Tube subscribe for more content either fitness related or comical.

Also, if you have not seen it yet my third compilation comedy video “A little Dose of Nonsense” is out on my channel. I am thinking of putting together more sketches but in a longer format and we will see how that works out at a later date. I will see you guys next week.

 

 

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Week 15 Here We go!

Hey guys Ercekj here,

So for my fitness update I got some great news. I actually stopped fluctuating and am now weighing in at a solid 181 lbs.

This means I have only got 6 more pounds left to go and I am right on target for my due date September 4th!

Of course looking back on my time on the blog and carefully working hard, pushing myself and talking about everything there is a lot that I did not cover in this blog.

This week’s topic is on Dieting

Every time we look out in the world we see dozens of diets and fads out there about how insert celebrity here lost 50lbs on a diet.

But the thing that these diets do leave a person unsatisfied because one, naturally we are selfish beings and want to eat whatever we want, when we want, with little or no consequences.

Two, a lot of these diets put us into a starvation mode that forces us to only consume a set amount of calories per meal sometimes as low as two hundred calories.

So what happens?

We invest money into a fad diet, loose a tremendous amount of weight during the diet but then when we finish it what happens?

We return back to the same habits as before and get all that weight back.

So on the one side you have a fad diet which costs money, and  but the results are not long-lasting. The other side? Attempting to stay healthy through trial and error. There is also the “I don’t Care” attitude and that gets no one anywhere.

But fear not! I will briefly tell you three little things that can help because they are things I do and have done to help my routine.

#1 Cut out the Parasites

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What I mean by the term “parasite” is a food or drink that is just there for fluff, pleasure or guilty-pleasure foods. These foods and drinks are full of sweeteners, high sugar content, salt, and a bunch of other stuff to get you hooked.

Why do we get hooked?

Scientist show that our bodies need sugar and salt in our system to survive just like we need water to stay hydrated.

Just…not in the amounts that are often times astronomically overdone when it comes to these foods.

In fact it has been estimated that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day which amounts to 77lbs of sugar a year!

The rule here is simple: Sweets, and sweet drinks are better enjoyed once in a blue moon but not every day of the week. There is sugar in fruit so remember to only eat as much as recommended.

Lastly stay away from things with artificial sweeteners as those are far worse than thing with sugar.You will save more money, feel better about yourself, and avoid a lot of unnecessary weight gain.

#2 Get plenty of Rest

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Scientists have done plenty of studies around sleep and how it effects our bodies. The sad thing is that often times we are so occupied and working so hard or so late we do not get enough sleep.

I know as an undergraduate I had a few times where I worked on video projects from 9pm til 3am and then turned in the project at noon so I could go to bed at 3pm.

Not really healthy on my part.

Get yourself in a good sleep schedule where you get a good amount of sleep. Doctor’s recommend anywhere from 7 to 8 hours of sleep. This ensures both that your mind is well rested, you will have less stress, and you will retain as well as gain good lean muscle.

Never underestimate the benefits from getting a good night’s rest! If something comes up where that may be jeopardized then plan ahead to where you get the minimum of 7  to 8 hours, or plan a short nap during the day.

#3 Drinking Water

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This is something that can really help when it comes to your mood, loosing weight, and staying hydrated.

However one thing that is increasingly disturbing is that a lot of people do not think about drinking water. You want to loose weight? Stay healthy? Drink water in lieu( in place) of whatever beverage you had in mind.

Especially since water accounts for 75% of our body.

Fun fact according to mindbodygreen.com keeping yourself well hydrated aids in your body’s ability to flush out toxins, boosts your immune system, and as well as promoting weight loss helps your skin’s complexion.

So when you are craving a sugary beverage try substituting it with good clean water instead. You will feel and do a lot better that way. Not to mention save money because water is free almost everywhere you go!

In Conclusion

These are all things that have aided me granted there are a lot more things I do to achive the results I want. Add these tips to your diet and work out routine and you will reach your goals.

That is a promise and what I recommend.

I will see you guys next week to give you an update on my fitness journey also be on the look out as I will be putting out more comedy videos on my You Tube channel soon so look out for that!

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay awesome wherever you are!

 

 

Ending Week 14 With Some Surprises

Hey guys Ercekj here!

So I would like to star out this post with some of the old “good news” “bad news.”

So the bad news was that this last week I have been sick from last Wednesday til this Friday. So that means having to take a break from going to the gym and all the fun it entails.

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The good news is that I have managed to get down to 183lbs and have been able to stay at 183lbs this whole week. I attribute it to the fact I have been sick, and drinking a lot of herbal teas to flush myself out, and also trying to stay away from my supps.

Anyways on to my topic for this week which is about my favorite subject in the world of fitness next to exercises, dumbbells, and a certain supp brand that I love purchasing when I got the cash to spare.

This week is about Supplements.

As I said in my last post, there is a whole realm of fitness brands dedicated to concocting the best product(s) for your goals. These goals can range from wanting to put on lean muscle, loose belly fat, or even just to maintain a desired level of strength and or endurance.

However, there are a lot of risks when it comes to using supplements. But there is a lot of problems when it comes to buying the right ones from the right brand.

If used properly supplement can be a powerful ally.  However if you are like me and still fairly new to the world of fitness and body building they can also cause some undesirable situations. One of those situations is losing more money than you ought to when it comes to buying them.

So here are a few simple tips to consider when you are thinking about  purchasing supplements from a certain company. Follow these simple steps and you will avoid a lot of the unnecessary backlash that most beginners go through. I know I did.

#1 Know Who you are buying From

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This happens a lot. You are inexperienced and unfamiliar with the world of fitness and the sad thing is that like every business there are a lot of charlatans (which is a nice word for scumbags) wanting to make an easy buck.

There are plenty of brands to choose from and a lot of them are not very honest when it comes to selling something. So the best thing to do is to look for an endorsement from a third party that has reviewed the product and given it there stamp of approval. One of those companies is Nature’s Best.

If there is no endorsement from a third-party company that has reviewed the product then the next thing is to look at the company that makes the product. What is  there history? Where they operate from? When did they start?

Also check in the news to see  if there were or currently are any set-backs that have happened recently to said brand and or company.

One brand that I refuse to buy from is Force Factor because there was a huge amount of online scamming and to be quiet honest I was not at all impressed with the results I got from trying out there products. I remember signing up for a pre-workout product and it actually made me sick.

#2 Consumer Reviews

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A lot of websites actually encourage you too rate a product that they have in stock upon purchase. This is to improve the relationship between consumer and provider.

Websites  and companies like Bodybuilding.com, GNC, and Muscle&Strength.com have customer profiles where you can rate products. More importantly, there are the reviews of previous customers and why they liked a product or why not.

The best products to look at buying are not necessarily the cheaper ones but the ones with the most consumer satisfaction. For example I remember I wanted to buy a BCAA blend that would taste good and be great for recovery after a workout. So I looked at price, how many people bought the product, and also how satisfied they were with the product.

Another way you can do this is talk to your circle of friends and see what they think. If they use a particular brand why is that? They can help you.

#3 Know What is in it

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This is the nutrition facts on a jar of Blackstone Labs Dust Extreme a pre-workout that I love to use from time to time.

This is something that warrants a story.  So when I was a kid one of the major myths that I heard was that Taurine( an ingredient commonly found in energy drinks) was actually bull sperm.

Now you tell that to a fourteen year-old boy he will never drink an energy drink that has the word “Taurine” printed on the can ever again which is what happened to me.

However as I grew older I familiarized myself with more websites that explain what certain things are and to learn more about them.

Then boom!

I found out that Taurine is actually a “conditional amino acid” that is common found in meat and fish. In fact Taurine supplements are used to help with problems like kidney disease, congestive heart failure, and cystic fibrosis.

So just like with this experience you have got to look at what you are putting in your body. Is it going to help your body do better or is it going to make things worse for you?

Also read up on some of the more popular brands of products to learn what they put in it. If you see a word that is difficult to pronounce, or something unfamiliar then Google that crap quick!

Also, be on the look out for a naughty word that is on most products called “proprietary blend.”

Now,  in most cases if there is a proprietary blend it screams to me “It’s great just we are not gonna tell you what is in it!” I mean would you drink something questionable if someone refused to tell you what was in it? I should think so.

You will be wiser, and be able to identify the stuff that is essentially necessary for your desired goals verses what is just extra fluff. The last thing you should be putting into your body is something you are better off without.

In Conclusion

So there you have it! Using these three guidelines you will be better off when it comes to  purchasing supplements and using them as part of your regimen.

Links as always will be down below.

Be strong, be wise, and be awesome you guys, because that is what I recommend. Until next week guys see ya!

Links:

What the heck is Taurine?

Websites where you can get great deals:

blackstonelabs.com

fastsupps.com

tigerfitness.com

a1supplements.com

www.muscleandstrength.com/   

End of Week 12 On to Week 13!

Hey guys it is Ercekj here with another fitness update!

So if you have been keeping up with my fitness journey in my last blog post I made a short video updating my progress and talking about my plans for the next 6-8 weeks leading up to my goal date.

But rather than talk about the supplements or my routine I wanted to talk today about something that is a huge motivator for me in the gym and can help you reach your goals!

That thing that hardly costs anything can make all the difference to your workout and overall feelings of the experience. The thing I wanted to talk about is music!

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Picking Your Jam

Music is one of the best things that can make or break your workout and I love my music when I am in the gym trying to get shredded.  I have my own favorite artists and music that really pushes me to give it my all no matter what day and what I am training.

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The rule is simple when choosing music: Only listen to what motivates you!

For example if you are doing a cardio workout pick music that is upbeat and cheerful. Does not matter what artist or what genre, as long as it puts a smile on your face and makes you feel good!

Some people find cardio the most difficult part of there workout but a workout is not one without a cardio session.

Best way to help with the difficulty? Good music to jam out too when you are doing your session whether you like biking, swimming, or just going on the treadmill.

In Conclusion

So that is all I have for this week. I am sorry it is such a short one. But I will be back next week with another update and also some advice on working out as well as how to get more bang with your buck when it comes to purchasing supplements, and or gear.

Also down below are some reviews I did on some products. One is a beauty mask and the other is a beverage. The titles really say it all. I hope you enjoy them and I will see you awesome guys next week!

Review # 1 Face mask

 

Review #2 The Monster-In-Law

 

 

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.

If you are new here hit the follow button to keep yourself up-to-date on my journey. If you loved the post hit the like button. I love you guys and I will see you guys next week on my fitness journey.

 

 

Transformation Beginning Week 5

Hey Guys Ercekj here with some news.

Well some good news and some bad news. So I will start out with the good news first.

Good News

So after training for a good long time my strength has improved to where I bench one hundred and fifty pounds flat and one hundred and forty pounds at an incline.

As far as cardio is concerned I have also increased my cardio from running at six miles an hour to six and a half and I got to say it felt better pushing myself further this week.

I also enlisted the aid of some new supplements to help with my goals, thus leading into the bad news.

Bad News

 

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The Bad News first is that I gained another three pounds in the last week alone leaving me at 186 lbs.

I attribute and or blame this on my inexperience in dieting. The fear of this all turning  into another big, fat, failure and not getting to bed at a reasonable time has definitely been messing with me as well.

Oh! And I had just learned that apparently my family has a history of type II Diabetes.

For those that are new Diabetes is a disease where the body of the person who has it has an inability to produce or respond to insulin resulting in the body having at best an awkward metabolism when it comes to processing carbohydrates.

In my case though I have not been clinically diagnosed with having Type II the chances of me getting it are still pretty fair. I mean because I live an active lifestyle but even so if I am not careful I could still get it.

Learning this I also stopped taking a supplement that maximized my insulin production to help build muscle and loose fat. Reason being that it messes with my pancreas and I did not want to risk ruining my pancreas.

What’s the Takeaway?

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Well, one thing is for sure I am staying accountable for my actions. I could have easily photo-shopped some guy’s abs onto me and said I was doing fine but I am not one to lie about things like trying to shape my body.

Also that would take forever for me to do and it would more than likely be a terrible photo.

Through this all I am encountering some difficulty and when stuff like this happens we got to ask ourselves not what we had done but have not done.

For me I realize I could be training much harder so now I will. I also learned that even though one supplement was aiding me in the short run it could have messed me up later on in life.

If there is one thing I would hope that any of you who read my blogs, look at my photography or watch my videos it is that the little problems happen now so that the bigger ones do not happen later.

Anyways that is what I recommend to anyone else that is struggling whether it is loosing weight, getting a job, or whatever the struggle may be. Be grateful for the small problems keep on fighting, and I will be posting again next week!

 

ref.: http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/default.htm

Disclaimer: Photos were taken on my phone or handheld camera ergo the quality and the cut-off watermark.

Where is week 4? Comedy and Tragedy

Hey Guys!

So this last week I did not post anything. Mostly it was because I was embarrassed to report my bad news..

Also I had a ton of family stuff happen last minute and then I was finishing up another project meant to challenge myself as a editor and comedian.

The Bad News

Long story short to my dismay I gained some weight.  I went up to 183 lbs and I was very very upset.

I actually cried on my bike ride from the gym to where I live I was so upset.

Good thing was that I reached out to my friends the vast majority of which were big fitness enthusiasts like myself. They were very supportive, offered me words of encouragement, as well as some new things to do when I work out, eat, etc.

So this Thursday I should have better news to share with you regarding my transformation process as now I will be on week five.

The Project I was working on

I mentioned I had been working on a video. If you have not seen it yet it is on my You Tube channel down below.

It is what I call in a long series of projects that I will be putting together called “Sketch Comedy Videos” or “Sketch Compilation Videos”. Anyways enjoy and I will be back with you guys in a few days.

Sketch Compilation Video