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Caffeine: A retailer’s best friend

Posted by Jeremy Paris on April 21, 2009

I have said many times awhile back that Starbucks was a great business plan. Once it became “cool” to drink coffee Starbucks and other coffee shops started springing up all over the place. And why not? After all, once people started to drink coffee drinks it would no longer be a luxury…it would become a NECESSITY!

Coming from someone who “quit the coffee” a few times and am still off of it today, I know that caffeine is a drug. Every time I quit drinking it I had to go through a week or two (or three the first time) with severe withdrawal symptoms. Migraine-level headaches that hurt worse just walking into a bright room; cold-sweats; nausea; and the urge where “I gotta have just a 1/2 of a cup….COME ON MAN…I need it, you don’t understand”!.

But Starbucks never hit the whole market. Even when a handful of my friends were knocking back 3 or 4 lattes a day I had another handful of friends that couldn’t stand the taste of coffee.

Enter the energy drinks. Red Bull started becoming popular among the “geek” crowd, and when all of their competition realized that energy drinks were the “non-coffee-drinkers coffee”, new energy drinks popped up almost daily it seemed.

Since I quit the coffee, AND am working crazy hours, I fell prey to thinking I would just have an energy drink or two here and there to get me through the long work hours. One Amp here, one Monster there…what’s the harm?!? The harm is that I started feeling like I was drinking coffee again. By that I mean I would feel awake while I was drinking it and an hour later would feel like it was time to roll out my little rug for nap-time. I need something with sustained energy all day. No spikes, no drops. So my wife gives me a Vitamin Energy last night after a long day of moving to get me through the last 45 min drive back home. I loved it because it was by the makers of Vitamin Water so it had to be good. I decided to look it up today and couldn’t believe that the can had more caffeine in it than a double-shot at Starbucks. Ugggg.

And now for the “Duh” moment: I am telling my wife that I like the Vitamin Water (before I knew about the caffeine), and telling her that I need to find some more of that and her reply was “Why don’t you just take B6”. Genius! All of the good stuff that these energy drinks are trying to sell you on, you can just take as a vitamin. So when my energy is down I don’t have to look for some energy drink or coffee to boost me back up, I can just pick up some vitamins and have the sustained energy I’m looking for. And the bonus is that a 30 day supply cost about as much as a day’s worth of energy drinks.

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Don’t resist the resistance bands!

Posted by Jeremy Paris on March 26, 2009


Come see the workout system used by the best!

When I arrived tonight for my second shift of the day, I was greeted by a friend that took my advice and bought the T.O. Bands(Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Read this previous blog post, or click on the ad in the upper right corner of this page).

Now that he has them he will be starting one of the workout routines, and trying to stick to the diet as well.  I will be posting updates at least once a week on his progress.  FYI – I put the two 30 lb. bands on and couldn’t even do one standing bicep curl.  That rocks!!!

Have you tried working out with resistance bands yet?  If so, I would love to hear about your experiences.  Just leave a quick comment.

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Does this STRESS make me look fat?

Posted by Jeremy Paris on March 13, 2009

Told ya it was from stress...now pass the donuts

Told ya it was from stress...now pass the donuts

Yes…it’s not the DRESS that is making you look fat…it’s the STRESS!

Research shows that your body does not distinguish between the stress of running from a bear or from trying to meet your boss’s unreasonable deadlines. To your body it’s ALL stress. To help you escape from that bear, your body will increase your heart rate, lower your sensitivity to pain, and increase the amount of Cortisol secreted by the adrenal glands. Cortisol, also known as “the stress hormone”, increases the flow of glucose, fat, and protein into your bloodstream to help with your fight or flight situation.

So Cortisol is good…if you are running from a bear. But if you are sitting in a cubicle all day, then this chronic stress can lead to fat around the abdomen. And this isn’t the ordinary “under the skin” fat. This is Visceral fat, which is the bad stuff that lead to heart attacks and strokes. This is why people have been saying “stress kills”.

Here’s the good news: Stress isn’t bad in spurts. It’s constant stress that’s the killer. So break up your stressful day by exercising. Get some resistance bands, like the ones in the upper right corner of this screen, and pull them out of your briefcase when you feel the stress mounting. After a couple quick sets you will feel the stress start melting away. If the boss man starts giving you flack about working out in your cubicle, take it outside! No, you Neanderthal, I didn’t mean punch him in the nose…go outside for a “smoke break”. If that loud mouth down the hall can take ten 7 minute smoke breaks a day I’m sure you can get away with one or two.

Don’t worry about your co-workers seeing you. Just send them to my blog and don’t be surprised if they aren’t out there joining you for a mini 7-minute workout session.

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Getting a good treadmill workout is an UPHILL battle

Posted by Jeremy Paris on March 12, 2009

Up the incline!

Up the incline!

Raise your hand if you hate running on a treadmill.  Ok, not all of you, but a good number.  I LOVE running outdoors, but when it’s cold out I’m a big wuss.  Yes, I am from Buffalo, and I did spend 3 years in Alaska…but I still hate the cold.  So what’s a guy to do when you are unwilling to run in the cold?!?  Treadmill.

Why do I dislike it so much?  Well, I don’t get the spiritual benefit that I do being out in nature for one.  But mainly, it doesn’t seem to help me when I’m on the pavement.  I spent 2 months a couple of winters ago running religiously on a treadmill so that I would be in good running shape in the spring.  I’d be running on that damn treadmill and sweating my butt off.  But when I started running on the pavement in the spring it was as if I had not ran at all over the winter.  I could barely do a mile before my legs were burning and my heart was pounding through my chest. 

Why does this happen?  I have no idea.  Please use my comments section to fill me in.  I did try something new though, and I’m hoping that it will help me this spring.  When on the treadmill, I will start off flat, and every 30 seconds I will bump it up 1 on the incline until I can’t go any higher.  Then I bring it down 1 at a time.  I really feel like I’m getting a workout when I do this…but we will see if it helps any in a couple weeks. 

Please…any better ideas, let me know.

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I don’t have time to workout…and 2 other excuses busted

Posted by Jeremy Paris on March 3, 2009

If you’re anything like me, your brain will find the easiest avenue to avoid something that you don’t want to do.   The trick is to recognize that you are making an excuse, and then make a CHOICE to follow through with the task that you know you should be doing. 

Here are 3 of my favorite excuses, along with their reality:

1. I don’t have time to workout today – The truth is you don’t have time to drive to the gym, and spend 30-45 minutes hitting the weights.  But if you want to stay on track and Bust this Excuse, do a set of push-ups to failure.  Not until you start to hurt, or until you feel like quitting, but until your body gives up and slams you to the ground.  I guarentee that this will take you under 3 minutes and will give your body the boost it needs until tomorrows real workout.  To make it even better, find one or two more lags in your day that you can repeat this.  Come on…it will only take you like 90 seconds, tops!

2. I don’t have time to workout today – How many times do you say “I’m late for work, so I don’t have time to brush my teeth today”?   Chances are you don’t say this.  Why?  Because you have prioritized brushing your teeth higher than being on time for work.  The same is true with working out.  If you put the same priority on working out, you would never miss a day from your routine.  Move something else off of your perceived “must do” list that day…like watching American Idol…or stopping at Fourbucks for a latte. 

3. And my favorite…I don’t have time to workout today– “No Jeremy, you don’t understand, I REALLY don’t have time today.  I have to leave from work, pick up the kids, go to square-dancing practice, and shave the family goat”.  Ok, I understand that you are busy…but how about leaving work 10 minutes early and skip the elevator.  Take the stairs up to the top floor, and then turn around and go down two flights.  Then go back up a flight and then back down two flights.  Continue this until you reach the bottom.  You can adjust this as you see fit depending on if you work in a 3 story building or a 300 story building.  No stairs?  Speedwalk around the building a couple of times before stopping at your car. 

The point here is to do SOMETHING.  Everything that you do in life is a choice.  If you are happy with your body, with your energy levels, and with your health then go ahead and make your excuse.  But if you aren’t satisfied with those things, then make the choice to change them.

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