Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Videos

Alright so let's get some new videos up.

1st one is Ghost Wings at Girvan Grille in Brooklyn Park. It was my first experience with a ghost pepper. And hopefully my last. My stomach cramped for over twelve hours!

The next video is a at home food challenge. 1 Liter Sprite. 3 Bananas. Some people puke. Did my brother and I?
That wasn't too bad. I think that it is just more food than most peoples stomachs can handle.

This video series is a fun one. The first is Mattie's Super Burger Challenge. 3lb's of Beef + The Works + Fries. I had to update this one because it had some copyrighted material in the original. Unfortunately I have to do this for several more videos. The second Video is one of my favorites! Let's see how my buddies felt after the challenge!




And to get on another topic, fitness! I am trying hard to grow the "Silo" brand outside of just competitive eating, and I think fitness is a natural pathway. Here is my Dietbet Final Weigh-In and Review, some box jumps I did with my brother, and also a CHALLENGE!




So I challenge you to challenge me to something fitness related! Make it as tough or easy as you like. Message me across any of my platforms! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Consistency

Consistency? I believe that this is one thing that you control to achieve your goals. If you are never consistent, then you are always spinning your wheels. Progress is never made. Once you start that new goal you are very excited about it. After a while, you may let other things distract you. But if you are consistent, you will achieve your goals. Through consistence comes success. But you must be dedicated.

And I am going to consistently write this Blog!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dietbet Review

Dietbet
What do I think about it? In one word?

Great.

I think that Dietbet has some real potential. It provides a social platform on which you and a group of friends,coworkers, or even strangers can get together and see who can lose the weight. It really is a smart idea, people already do these kinds of wagers. My dad told me the other day that they did a work wide wager to see who could lose the most. Dietbet.com provides an extremely organized way for that to happen.

The layout of the site is easy to use and easy on the eyes. You can monitor your own progress as well as see how others are progressing. There is a message board where you can encourage others, or trash talk them! Because really wouldn't it be ideal if you took home the entire pot?

Money is one of the games biggest motivators. When you enter you make a commitment. Whether that commitment is $25, $50, or even $500, you have money invested. Most people don't like to lose money! I know that I certainly don't. Money is what makes the world go round, so doesn't it make sense that there would be a Dieting game that utilizes that? I use the word game because it ties into Dietbet's other biggest motivator in my opinion, competition.

Can you lose the weight? Can you succeed? But most importantly can somebody else do it? If someone else can, you can too! As your Dietbet progresses, you will not only see how you are doing, but also how your competitors are doing as well. Doesn't everyone like to win? And again if someone else can do it so can you.

 I would like to share with you one of my favorite quotes at the moment.

There are no limits. There are only plateaus.
--Bruce Lee

Think about that for a second. Hopefully it resonates with most of you. You should never put a limit on what you can achieve. If you do you will limit your life. Set goals, achieve them, set new goals. Story of my life. If you set a goal to lose weight and you used the Dietbet platform, I would say your chances of success are increased.


Now the downsides of Dietbet.
1.) I kept in touch with my competitors through a variety of forms, including real life interaction and other social media sites. I think that this is one of the reasons that we all are experiencing success. The more interaction that you can do the better. Trash talk, encouragement, any form of contact outside of Dietbet in my opinion will help your progress. The more you are reminded that you are committed to the game the better. With most of the younger population wired in these days to Facebook, and possibly Twitter I would say that is more than enough for interaction. You may run into some problems if some of the competitors aren't very tech savvy.
2.) The 4% bodyweight loss in 28 days is a little steep for a semi-lean individual. It is awesome for those looking to get their butt in gear, but for those semi-lean individuals it will be tough to lose the 4% without sacrificing some lean body mass.

OVERALL:
I can honestly recommend Dietbet to those looking for that kickstart. Once you have entered, it is put up or shut up. You want to win that money? Then lose that weight! The two negatives that I mentioned really aren't an issue if you are committed. You know what you have to do. Now go out and do it!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Random Meals

So here are some random meals that I have had during the Dietbet period. Some tasted good, others not so much.









This last one was my experience with the Ultimate Diet 2.0 by Lyle Mcdonald. Ooh that is a fun ongoing experiment that a lot more will be posted about!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Busy

Everything is ramping up in intensity. School, competitive eating, a search for an out of state job. I really have to manage my time and productivity to make it through until spring break(3/30/12). I feel like there is always something else that I can accomplish. Trying to balance all of these plus other activities takes a toll sometimes. But on a good note, I was able to edit another eating video!

This is the first person, that's right first person, view of a team Packzi Eating contest. Myself and my roommate squared up against a team of competitive eaters Jake "Great Lake" Larry and Tommy "Tommy Boy" Cortina. I actually didn't realize they were there until the contest was over. Let me know what you think of the POV.

This contest felt really good. It turns out that I actually ate 19, not 20, but I did that without dunking. Everyone else dunked. So it felt good. I definitely feel that I have increased my speed a little bit. I am keeping focused on constantly improving.

I also have to re-upload some of my eating videos because of copyrighted songs. So here is my 8th eating challenge, "The Ultimate Kings Omelette" at No Frills Diner in Ogden UT. 12Eggs, Meat, Veggies, Hashbrown, Starch Side, and 20oz Soda.

I felt good about that one! For being only my 8th challenge it felt great. That challenge would be a good beginner challenge for someone who is interested in seeing if they can competitively eat. My job search in actually for Salt Lake City UT for a summer internship so I may go back and try to shave that time down.

Job search seems to be not producing results, but I have to keep trying.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Why am I still up?

So it is 4:01am and I am still awake. With how busy I have been, my schedule has gotten slightly wacky. It seems that I now have two sleeping periods. One from early morning to around noon. And also from 7-8pm to around 12am. It's weird. But a lot of things are on my plate right now which is exciting!

In about a month and a half I will be competing in the Chicken Salad Sandwich Eating Championship put on by Eby-Brown and All-Pro Eating in Michigan City, IN. It is only four hours away which is nice. There will be some ranked All-Pro Eaters there. Will "The Champ" Millender, and my favorite eater Chris "The Mad Greek" Abastas. Chris is still probably upset about losing in Pumpkin Pie in Clarence, NY so it should be a fun competition! You can check out this video chronicling my New York Adventure!

I definitely am going to use that as fuel to get me ready. The current world record is 22 sandwiches in 8 minutes, set by Furious Pete in 2008. Each sandwich is 5oz so he ate 6.875lbs in the 8 minutes. I really would like to push myself and break this world record.

On the DietBet/Fitness side things are going pretty well. Weighed in at 216.5lbs the other day. My weight fluctuates quite a bit, so I think I am on track for the weight loss goal. I am tracking my calories and protein in an Excel spreadsheet. And I can easily see how a day's calories plays into the bigger picture. I had an OK workout today.
Barbell OH Press
120x3
136x3
155x2
Dips
15x3
11x1
9x1
Chin-Ups
10x3
5x2

I missed my goal of 3on my top set of OH press. My shoulders just seem the hardest thing to progress. I keep getting stuck around this point. I do believe this is the strongest they have ever been, although it certainly doesn't feel that way. Endurance seemed down for my Dips and Chins. Maybe just a bad day.

I ate 4500 Calories today. Just a little bit over my target of 3300! But I felt that my body really needed some fuel to rebuild my muscles.

Yummm rebuilding muscles. My legs are still sore from Mondays squat workout! I have an 1800 calorie day planned for 3-15-12 so it will be all good :)

I'll leave you with another song. Although this one is a bit different than the last one!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dietbet and Spectating an Eating Challenge

Well, I did have some pictures to show you of my main meals. A crockpot stew and pheasant burgers. Unfortunately the camera did not save the photos. Other than that, ate 2500cal today and hit 235grams protein.  Also got my haircut. Pretty productive day. The diet is going well. I really like to see changes in the mirror, that is my motivation to continue on a caloric deficit. I have an extremely busy day from 7:30am-7:00pm+ tomorrow so that may have an effect on what I eat, but we will see. Also tomorrow's workout is my first week of squats on another cycle of Wendler's 531. Ready to pump out 340lbs as many times as I can tomorrow on my top set!

Switching gears a bit, I started up a new channel on YouTube for my fitness and vlogging exploits. I hope to keep progress of the DietBet on there, some workout videos, and just some vlogging. I feel this channel will allow me to more regularly have content. When competitions or challenges aren't close together, people demand more videos! Here is the channel. www.youtube.com/silofitness Appreciate any Subs/Shares/Anything!

Right now you will find the video of my trip to the Pancake Cafe in Fitchburg, WI, and Devin attempting the Pancake Tower Challenge. This dish covered the entire gamut of breakfast foods. All the way from Belgian Waffles to Egg's and Sausage. Check out the video of this delicious looking challenge.




Devin wants to have a rematch against the "Largest Pizza in Wisconsin" at Pizza Shuttle. 

They changed the rules  and now allow eaters only one 12oz cup of water. Makes it pretty tough. But, he has improved and I feel that since we came within two crust pieces last time, we can do it. 

And I leave you with one of the sickest tracks that I have heard in a while.