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Kilkenny Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Kilkenny Chicken and Vegetable SoupI love meals I can make once and eat all week long. Soup is one of those meals. However, not any old soup will do. I like soups that eat like a meal and stealing a line from the Campbell’s Soup debate- I like soups you can either eat with a spoon or a fork.

Unfortunately most pre-packaged and processed soups lack flavor and are loaded with salt and preservatives to make up for it. Solution- we’re going to make a kick-ass homemade soup from scratch that is heart healthy, gut slimming, filling, tastes amazing and doesn’t take much time to do.

In today’s Cooking with Beer we’re going to throw together a hearty Chicken and Vegetable Soup using Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale.

Mmmm… Let’s get started.
 

Irish Cream Ale Chicken and Vegetable Soup

 


 

Kilkenny Chicken, Lentil and Vegetable Soup

 
Here’s what you need:

  • 1 can of Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
  • 1 qt or 900 ml of Chicken Broth (preferably organic or at least reduced sodium)
  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 cup of Dry Quinoa
  • 1 small Zucchini, 2 Carrots, 2 Celery Stalks, 2 Medium Onions, 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 can (15 oz) of Lentils
  • 1 can (24 oz) of Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cups of Cauliflower
  • 2 cups of Broccoli
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried Basil
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper

 
What to do:

Wash, peel and chop the zucchini, carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Add 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to a saucepan at medium heat then add the chopped vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes stirring every 30 seconds or so. Meanwhile in another saucepan bring to a boil the Chicken Broth, Can of Tomatoes, Can of Kilkenny and half cup of Quinoa. Once the vegetables have cooked for 10 to 12 minutes transfer the boiling beer broth to the pot. Rinse and drain your lentils, chop the cauliflower and broccoli into small florets and chicken into small pieces. Add everything to the soup. Stir, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes with the lid on. Season with a little sea salt and pepper and enjoy.

Yours in health,

Sean

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Everybody's Irish on St. Patty's Day

 

Top of the Morning Lads…

 
Kiss Me I'm IrishCelebrating St. Patrick’s Day is not just for the Irish and leprechauns- but for everyone who wants an excuse to attend the parade, drink beer and be merry.

This special weekend is when a ton of men and woman get intimate with their beer and will see an abundance of green, ‘kiss me I’m Irish’ tees, Guinness hats, shamrocks and river dancing floats. Oh, I almost forgot- Green Beer.

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to this St. Patty’s day tradition. Me? I’m not too fond of the Green Beer concept, particularly of how it exits the body but it’s not to say I wouldn’t try it again.

To me nothing says St. Patty’s Day like a pint or two of Guinness (read that over again in your best Irish accent). Maybe you’ll even get lucky and the bartender will draw a shamrock or heart in the foam.

GuinnessSurprisingly a lot out there are not Guinness drinkers. I believe as with most alcoholic beverages, you acquire a taste for the Irish beauty over time.

Here are two ways to drink a Guinness for those who love it and for those getting to know its thick “milkshake” like goodness:
 

  1. Go to the source. I encourage everyone to get off their butts and go to Ireland one day. I have never tasted a Guinness as good as I did while visiting the Temple Bar in Dublin city center. There is an art to the perfect pour and they know how to do it. With Guinness, the fresher the better- so be sure to ask the friendly barkeep when the last time the keg was changed which shouldn’t be a problem over the next couple of days.
  2. If you are still on the fence about the heavier brew then I recommend you try what’s called a Black and Tan. There are many different variations of the concoction but it is simply a half Guinness and a half pale ale. I’m partial to Guinness and Harp. Here’s a great clip on how to pour your own Black and Tan.

 

Food for thought:

Black and tan is not only the name given to this delicious drink but also the name of one of Nike’s shoe lines (Black and Tan) and made headlines this week when they decided to change the name. They did so for two reasons: One- for the drink and, Two- because the name also applies to the Black and Tans; a British paramilitary force that smothered an Irish uprising in the 1920s.

 
 
Green BeerOne word of advice going into the weekend is drink a glass of water between each pint of beer (especially if it’s green beer). You will make a few more trips to the pisser but guaranteed have just as good a time if not better and be thanking me in the morning.

Everybody is Irish come St. Patty’s day. What’s your favorite way to spend it?

Slainte and ‘Erin go bragh’,

Jon

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Are Abs are made in the kitchen?

Question: @DavidZinczenko (Men’s Health Editor) tweeted the other day, “Abs are made in the Kitchen, not in the gym.” This true?

Henrique Adventa, Los Angeles, California

Are Abs made in the kitchen?Answer: Henrique thanks for the great question. Let me start off by first saying that I also follow Zinczenko and have always appreciated the information he has provided readers, notably in the ever popular Abs Diet.

Any qualified coach you ask will not deny the fact nutrition plays a huge role in an athletes recovery, performance and yes- even their abs. Whether or not it’s 70, 80 or 90% of your results, we all agree it is high and often underestimated by people.

The right nutrients at the right time of day will tell your body to either burn fat or build muscle. Your job in the kitchen comes down to nutrient timing. More specifically, at what times of day your body needs what kinds of nutrients (fancy word for food components; ie. carbohydrates, proteins and fats).

Before you get the timing down, you need to know what the right nutrients are… and the right nutrients differ depending on your goal. Do you want to burn fat, build muscle or get stronger?

The foods you put in your body will dictate what hormones are released. Your hormones then assist in telling your body to either burn fat or store food calories in your muscle tissue (or your fat cells).

Each persons nutritional plan can be customized to the fit his or her needs based on current body fat and muscle content. Below I’ll highlight some simple techniques proven useful for people trying to lose fat or gain muscle.

For Fat Loss and Abs:

  • Minimal carbohydrates during main meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stick to meals composed of protein, healthy fats and vegetables which helps to minimize insulin production and prevent fat storage.
  • Medium dose of carbohydrates before an after your workout. Whey protein powder and a fast acting carbs/sugars like a banana or a small handful of raisins before and after a workout.
  • Total daily calorie estimate = Body-weight x 12. Example- 175 pounds x 12 = 2100 calories.

 
For Muscle Gain:

  • Carbohydrates, fat and protein with each meal to maximize insulin production driving calories into your muscles.
  • Pre and post workout nutrition protocol same as above.
  • Total daily calorie estimate = Body-weight x 15-16.

 
I cannot stress enough the calorie totals mean nothing if you aren’t getting the quality and the source of the nutrient content right in the first place. You need to master eating whole, unprocessed, natural foods before stressing about the amounts.

And Yes (after that major side track) getting back to your first question- abs are made and/or lost in the kitchen.
 

Question: Is it dangerous for me to run and train in the cold?

Michel Baptiste, Montreal, Quebec

running in cold weatherAnswer: Growing up in the mild lower mainland of beautiful British Columbia, thankfully I never had to train in really cold temperatures. That being said I do remember (like it was yesterday) a few very damp and wet early morning Football practices where the temperature hovered around freezing. The coach made sure we went through a good warm up prior to getting into anything too strenuous and we were fine. Then again, we were young and invincible back then and cold weather didn’t really phase us.

Regardless, provided you get in a good warm up, don’t begin the run or activity with a cold body and avoid extreme cold (minus 15-20 C or lower minus -4-5 F) temperatures- you should be fine.

There are a lot of myths associated with cold air training and how it can be potentially damaging to your lungs and oxygen supply in the body. Sure it might tingle a little when cold out but your lungs certainly can’t freeze or become damaged. Unless you plan on training atop mount Everest where you’d easily develop a narrowing of the airway known as exercise-induced asthma, exercising in cold air is OK.

Instead of worrying about your interiors you should focus on your exterior limbs such as feet toes, hands, fingers and of course- the family jewels. These exterior appendages are far from the center of your body where most of your heat is kept and will be the first place to experience the cold and drop in temperature.

To stay comfortable and safe in frigid weather wear a microfiber shirt as a first layer followed by a breathable windbreaker, tuque (Canadian version of a beanie or cap), gloves or mittens. Also make sure to run with the wind at your back when possible in cold temperatures to prevent excess sweating, since sweating when its cold will only make matters worse by causing you to lose more body heat.



Great questions this week guys. Keep them coming and I’ll do my best to answer them…

Stay Strong,

Drew

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Thirsty Thursday - A Ten Penny Ale Beer Review

Thirsty Thursday Ten Penny Ale Beer ReviewTEN PENNY ALE
Session Ale 5.6% ABV
The Olde Burnside Brewing Company

Today’s Thirsty Thursday Beer Review will take on The Olde Burnside Brewing Company’s micro-brew “Ten Penny Ale” and cover a little history behind Scottish Ale.

While the New York Knicks’ modest JEREMY “LIN-SANITY” is jumping off the couch (literally) and taking the NBA by storm, a small micro brewery just up the road in Hartford, Connecticut has been getting its fair share of fame by producing some high quality brews.

Any micro brewery that can hack it in an industry of major corporations and million dollar ad budgets is in my mind, like Jeremy Lin, a true unsung hero. If you don’t know who Jeremy Lin is I suggest you get off your couch and find out for yourself because it’s truly a heroic story, reminding us when we put our minds to it- anything is possible.
 

The Olde Burnside Brewing Company’s Micro-brew

 
Ten Penny Ale was awarded “Hartford’s Best Micro-brew” in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, earning it some modest hardware (Connecticut).

The story behind the name is unique. The brewers grandfather used to say, “You can get a good beer for a nickel, but a really good beer will cost you ten pennies!”

The name may also have some relation to its Scottish Ancestry. Scottish Ales were originally given their names based upon the taxes that were levied upon them.

The lower the ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of a beer the less it was taxed. For example: A 3% ABV beer was taxed 60 schilling (the currency at the time) and higher ABVs were taxed at 70, 80 and 90 schilling. The Scotts used these taxes to refer to beer.

Another example of this throw back to the old Scottish Brewing tax is seen with Odell brewery based in Colorado which calls one of its micro-brews- 90 Schilling.
 

What is Scottish Ale?

 
Scotland has a long pedigree of brewing beer even though traditionally the beer was made using various roots and herbs, and not hops. The reason for this was hops were very expensive to import and the main supply had to be purchased from England. This did not please the Scotts to say the least.

Scotland eventually started to add hops to beer however being that barley was grown in massive quantities for production of Whisky the focus became all about malt brews.
 

The Ten Penny Ale Experience

 
I guess subconsciously one of the reasons I like this beer so much is because their motto coincides well with ours. We here at BeerBellyBeGone.com adopt the “EARN YOUR BEER” mentality while their motto is “WORK HARD, DRINK WELL…Ten Penny Ale!” (Hey, maybe they’ll sponsor us one day)

According to master brewer Joe Lushing, the Ten Penny Ale is a mellower version of a Scottish style ale that is second to none.

This beer is available year round at local bars and beer stores. Upon request they even offer draught beer options- smaller kegs are perfect for the weekend BBQ in your backyard.

Ten Penny Ale is copper-brown and lively with rich malt flavors. The ale gives off a heavy caramel tone while the head remains white and frothy.

I highly recommend this beer for the casual beer drinker looking to explore the craft beer scene as there is very little hop bitterness.

People are quick to assume that drinking craft beer is going to leave an extremely bitter taste in their mouth and stick to mass produce lighter beers. This assumption usually comes hand in hand from a first experience drinking IPA’s or darker burnt hop beers, however the Ten Penny Ale is highly drinkable and without any strong bitterness.

This beer is a mild Scottish ale and is worth checking out. Even more so if you are into supporting an ongoing family small business tradition.

Work Hard, Drink Well… and Lose the Beer Belly, not the Beer.

Jon

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Cooking with Beer - Beef and Guinness Stew

beef and guiness stewUp next in our cooking with beer series is another one of my favorites. Perfect for cold dark winter nights this Beef and Guinness Stew is sure to delight.

Unlike the Beer Chili Con Carne this recipe takes a full can of Guinness so make sure to have another on hand to enjoy while prepping.

Watch below to see how it’s done:
 

Guinness and Beef Stew

 


 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 pound of stewing beef, diced into cubes
  • 1 can of Guinness Draught
  • 1 – 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 Celery Stalks, washed and chopped
  • 2 Large Carrot Sticks, washed and chopped
  • 2 Medium Onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 Handful of Mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 tbsp of spelt flour ground flax seed to thicken the stew (whole-wheat flour or all-purpose
  • flour can also be used)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3-4 dried bay leaves
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

 
How to put it all together:

Roughly Chop all vegetables. Place the veges, olive oil and bay leaves into the pan over high heat and cook for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally.

Then add your flour (or ground flax seed), meat, Guinness and diced tomatoes. Stir and season with sea salt and black pepper.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and let simmer for up to 3 hours or until beef is tender all the way through.

If the stew is still too runny, remove lid for the last half hour. If stew becomes too dry, add a splash of water. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Serve over a bed of Quinoa and a side salad. Enjoy.

Yours in health,

Sean

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Thirsty Thursday - A Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Review

Beer Belly Be Gone Weihenstephaner Hefe WeissbierSome of you might wonder how I decide which beer to review? To that I’d say- keep guessing… because there’s no real process to how I pick em. Suggestions are definitely welcome.

Lucky for me, my girlfriend and roommate are on a beer kick and I found a Bavarian beauty kicking around their fridge. Thanks ladies.

The Thirsty Thursday beer I chose to review this week is the German beer- Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. Say that 3 times fast.
 

Worlds Oldest Brewery

 
Because the inscription on the bottle reads, “The Worlds Oldest Brewery (Seit 1040)”, I decided a little history digging was in need. After a few Google searches and multiple miss spellings I came across the official website and really liked what I found – Weihenstephaner.de (Great video explaining the brewery’s origin and their new state of the art brewing science).

Talk about history- the brewery use to be a Benedictine Monastery and in 1040 the monks were granted the right to brew beer. Petty cool monks if you ask me.

Beer was a part of their daily diet and was even consumed during lent as it was understood the monks did not break fast by consuming liquids (keep that one up your sleeve the next time the old lady wants you to try out her new “fasting diet”).

Today, not only do they brew beer but they study it as well. Weihenstephan is known as the Harvard of beer schools. The tradition of beer is taken very seriously and the brewing behind it is considered a science.

Being that the recipe for this yeast wheat masterpiece is a thousand years old, it’s safe to say they know a thing or two when it comes to brewing a tasty beer.

Lucky for us, Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier is available year round, nationwide and comes in two sizes (12oz or a 22oz bottle).
 

Here’s what I thought

 
In a standard pint glass the appearance is a deep golden wheat. The beer is extremely cloudy and hard to see through. After a strong pour releasing some of the aromas, there was a full long lasting white head which hung around. The beer let loose a general fruitiness and strong European Smell of Alcohol- likely from the yeast or Hefe. The beer is strongly spiced yet not overpowering.

Fellow reviewers noted hints of banana but I’m not to sure of that. The taste was crisp with a light citrus and spice. A very strong bread-like malt on the tongue but it in no way overpowered the beer like I’ve experienced in other Hefes.

This is a full bodied beer yet somehow a light tasting one at that. It is a very refreshing beer and comes close to matching one of my all time favorites which is also a Weissbier.

I give this beer an A and if you’re on a patio enjoying the sunshine an A+.

Prost!

Jon

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Thirsty Thursdays: Duvel Beer Review

Beer Belly Be Gone Duvel Beer ReviewWhat better time to sample a Belgian beer than on a snowy Sunday afternoon watching not one, but two awesome NFL playoff games. Just to rub it in a little more- I later enjoyed some of New York City’s finest wings from Blondie’s with a tray of veggies on the side of course.

Needless to say it was a good night for me and both, Patriot and Giant fans. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Raven’s kicker, Billy Cundiff after shanking a 30 yard field goal. I always feel for those kickers but nonetheless I’m looking forward to a heated rematch and some awesomely expensive commercials in a couple weeks time.
 

Dave Matthew’s Band and the Belgium Golden Ale

 
Sunday wasn’t my first time sampling the imported Belgium Golden Ale “Duvel”. My first tasting came while I was over in Europe playing hockey. A few buddies and I planned a road trip from Cologne, Germany to Antwerp, Belgium and hit up a Dave Matthew’s Band concert while we were there.

After 10 of us piled into a van the trip literally started off with a bang. Our designated driver, lets call him “Shannon”, backed the van into a parked car while the occupants sat idling. Whoops. Not the best way to start off a road trip.

I don’t know if it was the fact that we were ten hockey players in a van or that the damaged car was filled with illegal contraband but the mildly pissed off owner of the car said that we should go.

We did however eventually make it to a pub in Belgium and my initial impression of Duvel was this – “What is this “magical” beer the Belgians drink?”

It was good, and I mean really good.

Served in a traditional tulip glass the foam rested on top of the crystal clear beer.

Looking back now I can’t remember with much detail what I liked most about the beer. If I had to guess, it had a lot to do with getting it fresh from the source, the quantity it came in and the people I was with.
 

New York City and the Belgium Golden Ale

 
Being an off day from the hustle and bustle I grabbed the 75cl bottle (the equivalent to 3/4 of a litre or approximately 26 ounces). To my surprise the bottle came nicely topped with a champagne cork and wasn’t something we often see here on this side of the Atlantic.

Nothing is cheap in this city and I had to shell out a handful of dollars and cents, something I’ll gladly do over paying 5 dollars in any New York City establishment for a Coors Light. The alcohol content was a strong 8.5% abv.- giving you a good bang for your buck.

Considering myself more of a beer connoisseur (definitely still a rookie) than I use to be, I opted for a reasonably sized red wine glass in place of the standard tulip shaped glass most bars serve a Duvel in.

Honestly any glass will do and it is what makes you feel comfortable that is important. Just make sure it is clean, as I was reminded how important that is during a recent trip to ‘Beer School’ while visiting the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Colorado. Foam and bubbles stick to dirt in a glass and can make a good beer taste skunky.

I gave the Duvel a steady pour trying to give life to the beer and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of carbonation and foam sitting a top the pale golden beer. The initial smell was on the sweet side but the yeast took over reminding me of Stella Artois (its Belgium cousin).

The heavy foam which hung around forever made it look heavier than it tasted. The beer struck a mix of fruit and spice with a clean smooth aftertaste.

Crisp and clean is the simplest way to describe this beauty.

In my opinion this is a great beer for anytime, with anyone and with anything- 8.9 out of 10. Go earn it!

Cheers,

Jon

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Testosterone and my Missing Balls

Beer Belly Be Gone Dantes CornerBeing my first blog post this is not an easy subject to cover. Mentally, emotionally and physically- last summer was a tough one for me.

My first owner gave me up because I got into our neighbors paddock and roughed up a sheep.

Apparently it’s frowned upon to chase sheep. Even more frowned upon when a couple weeks later the sheep in question passes away from complications aroused from the chase.

Needless to say the farmer was not happy, complained to the city and I was deemed “dangerous to livestock”.

Dangerous to livestock? Me? No way. We were just having a little fun. When sheep run- you chase em right?

The sheep incident was a cross roads in my short-lived life. Things started to spiral out of control and the next thing I knew I was dropped off at a vet clinic to be put down.

Yep, you heard it right. I was apparently too much to handle with my newly acquired “dangerous to livestock” title and wasn’t worth the extra work or cost.

Thankfully the vet was compassionate and saw something in me the authority had failed to see. He decided there was no way he could put down such a beautiful, um, handsome young animal and brought in a behaviorist to figure out whether or not I was dangerous.

Regardless I did a lot of growing up over the next couple of days but thankfully it turned out all right as Sean and his girlfriend Kelly adopted me a couple weeks later.
 

The Incident

 
A strapping young lad in the prime years of my life I was happy as could be in my new home… until it happened.

My parents were advised that being such a large dog with a “dangerous to livestock” title and fully intact (if you know was I’m getting at) probably wasn’t the best idea.

Within a week I was scheduled for “the surgery”.

To further complicate matters, my mom who is studying to become a Vet performed the un-speak-able herself.

That’s right- she chopped my balls off.
BeerBellyBeGoneTestosterone 

The Point

 
All right, pity story is over, enough rambling… What’s the point of today’s blog post?

I no longer have my balls, which means I no longer produce Testosterone. Which means, technically I have the right to a reduced libido, less lean muscle mass and more body fat.

I have an excuse.

It makes me sad to see men walking around fully intact and not producing Testosterone.

Testosterone is naturally occurring in the body and is one of the hormones responsible for increasing protein synthesis (muscle building) and metabolic capacity, leading to faster muscle repair/building, increased energy (fat) burning, a stronger libido and greater cognitive functioning.

When you are inactive and unhealthy there is no demand on your body to produce Testosterone.

You may as well have my mom chop your balls off too.

Furthermore, low levels of this hormone decrease energy and muscle building, leading you on a downward spiral. In order to reverse the trend, you need to give your body a reason to increase its production. This can be achieved through beer belly exercises and strength resistance training outlined in the 3BG System.

Beer Belly Dante Missing BallsThere are limitations to how much of this hormone your body will produce even in the best of shape (for good reason). This causes some people go the added (illegal) step. But too much of anything is a very bad thing and remember that your body knows what is best.

If you are sticking with the Mind-Body-Mouth approach outlined in the 3BG System, you won’t have any problems stimulating your body’s natural production of Testosterone.

If you’re sitting on your ass all day, eating fried greasy foods and not getting in short intense workouts like the one Jonny performs here, then you might as well stop calling yourself a man.

Sorry for sounding a little bitter. I have an excuse… You do not.

Catch you next week.

Dante

PS. The sheep had it coming…

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Beer Belly Resolutions- Action

beer belly actionYou have made up your mind to change your lifestyle (realization) and you have a plan of attack. You are now ready for the final mind-set phase, which is Action.
 

Nothing is accomplished unless you take action.

 
Results demand action; there isn’t an easier way to put it. The amazing thing is, ‘action’ is more powerful than merely being a step closer to the final result.

The actual process of accomplishing an act, no matter how small, triggers positive energy and reinforces the desired behavior. In other words, forcing yourself to take action re-trains your body and mind.

Some days the amount of energy you will be able to devote to health and fitness will be less than others. That is a normal reality of life. The beauty is, as long as you take a step in the right direction, no matter how small that step is, it will be something to be proud of and encourage you to do the same the next day.

It is through a series of consecutive positive actions that you manage to win over the mind. Eventually your actions will be larger and larger and so will the benefits.

What it comes down to is waking up each day and doing what most people aren’t willing to do; stop making excuses and take responsibility for your actions. You do this, and nothing can stop you from reaching your goals.
 

The Biggest Excuse

 
The biggest excuse people use in not accomplishing their goals is lack of time. Which is funny because the third biggest use of our time after working 8 hours a day and sleeping another 8 hours at night is watching television. Men on average spend 3 hours per day in front of the tube. Women are not far behind at 2 and a half.

If you can find enough time in a day to watch 3 hours of television then you can certainly find time to get in shape and accomplish your goals.

My guilty pleasure is Facebook. Sometimes I set out to do some early morning writing and before I know it I’m logged in, knee deep into someone else’s life. I call it the “Facebook trance” and I’m sure if they re-did the statistics on time wasters it would be up there on par with time spent watching television. Is it any wonder it has been nicknamed “Crackbook”?

Give yourself a smack the next time you catch yourself wasting time on other people’s lives.
 

Here’s how I stay focused:

 
I keep focused by asking myself the following questions. Is someone else’s life more important than my own? Is what I want to achieve really important to me? The small action steps needed to accomplish my goal do not seem that bad after all.

As the shoe company’s saying goes- take action and “just do it”. Everything else will fall into place.
 

For a quick explanation have a look at the video below:

 


 

Yours in health,

Sean

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Beer Belly Resolutions- Planning

Treasure MapI hate reading articles that start with words of wisdom from some old dead dude but the more I thought about introducing today’s post, like an annoying song playing over in my mind, the following quote was all I could think about.

“If you fail to plan, then plan to fail.”

No idea who wrote this short true statement but the article could probably end here and most would get the message.
 

Step 1: Realization

 
The other day I laid out the first step of 3 (Realization) in implementing lasting change. The biggest problem with implementing change is the lack of realization of your current situation. Once you have taken the first step in realizing the need for lifestyle change, the next step is planning.

Like the earlier quote alludes, in order to get to where you need to go you must have a plan to take you there. Without a plan leading you in the right direction (towards your goal), you won’t make it.

You wouldn’t set out on a trip without first mapping out where you need to go would you?

Then why is it that most set vague New Years resolutions and never take time to map out and plan exactly how to achieve them?

It would be great if you could turn on your computer, click on the browser, plug in your goal and have the Google Bots spit out a step-by-step plan on how to achieve it. Unfortunately no one’s developed the App just yet (I’m sure someone’s working on it).
 

Step 2: Map it out (Planning)

 
The reality is this- you need to think, plan and map out how you are going to achieve your goal. You need a master plan and here’s how to do it:

Take out a blank piece of paper. Break your goals down into short and long term. A long-term goal can be categorized in time periods of 1, 3 and 5 years. By short term I mean no longer than 90 days. Anything past 90 days is too far away and will cause you to lose focus. 90-day increments give you enough time to accomplish amazing things while allowing you to look back and analyze what worked, what didn’t and what can be improved upon.

Take your 90-day goal and work backwards from there. People call it end point visualization and what you’re doing is visualizing yourself having accomplished the goal. If you can see yourself achieving the goal than you can reverse engineer how you got there.

Write down exactly what steps you would need to take, who you would need to talk to for help, who would you need to act like to get it done, step by step, day by day until you’re back where you’re starting from.
 

Here’s the planning process in action

 
Our goal at BeerBellyBeGone.com is to build an army of 100,00 men and women by 2015 who adopt the “Earn Your Beer” mentality, live healthy and balanced lives, drink and enjoy beer, and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

This is a huge 3 year goal and the only way we’re going to accomplish this is to work backwards from having already accomplished it, breaking it down into smaller 90-day sub goals. On a blank piece of paper I then brainstormed and wrote down all the things I would have to do in order to accomplish this feat.

For example;

  • blog 3 times per week,
  • upload 3 weekly videos to Youtube,
  • contact like minded websites/blogs and establish relationships,
  • make myself available to do guest articles or blog posts,
  • help our readers get in the best shape possible by answering questions, writing new and innovative workouts, monthly workout videos,
  • weekly beer reviews,
  • post tasty healthy recipes to the site,
  • learn all I can about internet marketing and sales…
  • and the list goes on and on.

 
I then break it down into monthly, weekly, daily tasks, divide them up between our team members and execute the plan. At the end of each day/week I re-evaluate our productivity and try to eliminate time wasters. This allows me to get more done the following day/week leading us closer to our goal.

It is really that simple. Take the time to plan or plan to fail.

Before I sign off I’ll leave you with another “thinker” from a dead dude…

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up someplace else.” (Lawrence J. Peter)

Set aside 5 minutes today and map out a plan or end up nowhere near where you want to be… See you soon with the last and most important step of the 3 steps to implementing lasting change- Action.
 

For a quick explanation have a look at the video below:

 


 

Yours in health,

Sean

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