Thursday, February 26, 2015

Weight A Minute!

I want to talk for a minute about my weight. The last photo update I did on June 14, 2014 day 283 I weighed in at 209#'s. That is pretty good. Since then I have put on a little fluff and got up to 239! It was totally worth it! Now that I am back in the gym I'm down to 229#'s. That's pretty good considering my eating isn't on fleek yet.

So for the update... I was heavy, spent 280 some days to weigh 209, then spent a bunch of days to gain it back. Such is life. My diet is getting back on track and today is the first day I ate very clean. I spent a couple of weeks dialing down and weaning things out so it doesn't happen all at once. Then I slowly changed the volume of food I consume. Next I changed the food and the frequency. I have found over the years, if I cold turkey my eating I will be miserable and probably cheat.

Being back in the gym has been great. I love working out. I am happiest when I work out. I don't know that it has anything to do with making me look better or feeling better physically. I imagine that helps but going to the gym for me is a place to relax and zen. My mind is always running even though I may not look like much is going on. When I go to they gym though I am able to turn it off and live in the moment. The only thing I am thinking about is how much this hurts or that burns etc. It is calming and I need to make it a higher priority.

I don't mind looking better, feeling better and all the things associated with going to the gym. What I need to focus on is how to make it more of a priority. Who doesn't like to look better, lose weight, feel better, have a six pack whatever. I think what it is for me is I am not too concerned with "looking" amazing. What I should focus on is why I fail. Why did I do so well, then stop. What is it that made me quit. I love going to the gym for the zen like feeling I get. So why stop? Maybe I get a tolerance for the calm? Maybe I feel like I am there? Maybe I get bored? I really don't know what it is but I think I am going to work more on making going to the gym a priority. The rest will follow.

Where I was at 209... 
P.S. NOT photoshopped. It's the power of self tanner.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Music In My Mind!

Music has always been there for me. I listen to all music and what I listen to depends on the mood I am in. I will listen to certain music to help change my mood also or supplement whatever it is I might be doing. When I work out, it is certain music. When I drive other music. When I write, who knows what I might have playing.  I find sometimes listening to dark music makes me happy. Happy music calms me down. Today I found myself wanting to listen to things on the groovy side. A song will pop into my head that I must listen to at that moment. Today, the song was "Smooth Operator" - Sade. What a great song. I love the passion, tempo and feeling it has. It is very sexy, smooth and groovy. If you have never heard this song, give it a go. If you have heard it before, I am willing to bet it has been a while since you grooved to it. This song is pretty old, I can imagine some of the stories you could tell when you first heard it.  I listen to it a couple more times, then move on to another. In my mind is a guitar playing and I can't get it out of my head. I remember this awesome guitar riff as a child. I can't get it out of my head. I won't stop searching until I find it. It goes something like, bada bada bap bump bummp, buhmp buhmp. It is a very sexy guitar riff from the 70's and it has this whimsical jam session toward the end. I finally find it. The song is "From The Beginning" - Emerson, Lake and Palmer (1972) It is a relief when you find a song that has invaded your mind. What a relief! Give this a listen.

If you are a movie buff I will share this with you. The movie trailer for Terminator Genysis (2015) played a song that I instantly recognized. The song that is playing in the trailer is, "I'd Love To Change The World - Jetta" This is a great cover of a song that I have been in love with for many years! If you love this song by Jetta, please pay tribute and give a listen to the original by the guys ahead of their time "I'd Love To Change The World"- Ten Years After (1971).

Now I must share music of today that I just can't get enough of! First is, "Through The Night" (Radio Edit)" - Cedric Gervais. What a groovy jam!  Love it. I am also loving "Something About You" - Hayden Jaymes. There is something about you... Are you a freak?...Start to shake! OOOOOOOOHHHHH! Love it

I could go on forever and list so many more but this is a couple of tracks I like right now and classics I missed.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy Stuffed Pepper

Sometimes you just want to eat a good stuffed pepper. My problem with them is they take a while to make. If you haven't made them before maybe this will help!

I chop a red onion, some garlic and open up the pepper. Take 1 pound of ground turkey meat add it to a pan on medium high with the onion, garlic and olive oil. Then preheat the oven to 425F. In the meantime the meat, onion and garlic are cooking in the pan. Now I make quinoa per the directions on the package. When the quinoa is finished, I put it in the pan with the cooked meat and onions. Next, I add salt, pepper, oregano, red wine vinegar, and parsley. Turn the heat to low for a few more minutes. Taste your mix, season a little more if necessary.

The meat is all cooked and quinoa all mixed in. Put the mix inside the bell pepper. Now stuffed, the peppers go in the oven for about 15 minutes. You can cook them longer if you want a softer pepper etc.

Bell peppers- any color and as many as you need
Ground meat- I used turkey, you can use beef if you like.
Quinoa-enough to mix in with the meat evenly
Salt & pepper
olive oil
Cheese if you want :)
I hope you give this a go!

Thank you for reading
-Jay Schuerman

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NO Bake Shepherds Pie

I love shepherds pie! I really don't like to bake it though because I spend all that time preparing it then I have to bake it! Here is what I made. Cut up the onion, zucchinis, bell peppers and garlic then throw it all in a pan with enough oil to lightly cover the veggies. Cook at medium heat.

After the veggies are added, put  the turkey burger in so it can cook with all that onion and garlic. YUMMY! The meat and veggies cook in about the same amount of time. Now splash a bit of wine vinegar, salt, pepper. Brown the meat then reduce heat to low.

While you are browning the meat, boil the potatoes.

When the meat is browned, add the Worcestershire sauce to flavor. Then mash your potatoes with a bit of milk and butter. Make up a little gravy and you are set!

I hope this is as good for you as it is for me! Enjoy.
Olive Oil- enough to wet the veggies
garlic clove-2 or so
Salt & Pepper-to flavor
Worcestershire-to flavor
White wine vinegar-splash it on
1 red onion
1 Green Zucchini
1 Yellow Zucchini
1 Bell pepper
1# Ground Turkey Meat

Potato-enough to mash so you can cover the meat
butter-a splotch in the mashed potato
milk-a splash

brown gravy mix-as much as you want

Thank you for reading
-Jay Schuerman

Thursday, October 2, 2014

I Can Make My Own!

We recently adopted new kittens from our local shelter and they are in need of a scratching post. I realize that a scratching post for kitties is simply some carpet and wood. I just so happen to have this laying around. I gather up a few 2x4’s for the post and screw them together. I get a few square pieces of plywood for the platforms.  I then screw these to the 2x4's. Building the structure was rather easy but putting carpet on is a different story. It is difficult, but with a sharp knife and a bit of patience it can be properly executed. Carpeting a cat structure will take a little practice but below is the finished result. You can also see the kitties in action HERE on our VLOG!
Since I built this myself I saved about $60-100 or so which is awesome! I am very happy I made our own scratching post. I would also recommend this to anyone if you have the materials laying around. It can save you a bit of money for the amount of time spent making it. I think I will make a few more pieces, maybe a little more elaborate with ramps etc. The best part about making cat toys is they aren’t too picky about how nice it looks.

Thanks for reading.

-Jay Schuerman

Supplies used:

Saw, staples and staple gun, utility knife, tape measure, wood, carpet, hammer and nails


Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Lost Love

Dear Cardio,
You are someone I really dislike but need. You always want to hang out even when I am in a mood and say I don’t want to. You are the friend that always sits there waiting for me. When we hang out it’s for as long as I want whenever I want and you don’t complain. You are the best friend I could ask for and hanging out with you also makes me healthier and sexier. I don’t know anyone else at all that can do that. No matter how badly I treat you, you are always willing to hang out with me.

If you are so good to me, then why do I have so much trouble appreciating you? I don’t deserve someone so nice. I always want to spend as much time as I can with you but I always find reasons to do it later. I am so sorry.  We used to hang out for an hour but now I only spend 30 minutes with you. This is very disrespectful! What did you do to me? I am very sorry and promise to give you the attention you deserve. See you soon and a lot more often!

P.S. Don't tell my wife.

Yours truly

-Jay Schuerman

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vacation Justification!

What happens when we have an event coming up that suggests excessive eating? Examples of this might be something like a Holiday dinner, special occasion, or just going out of town. Here is what happens. Let’s say for example today is the first day of the month and you know that on the 15 of this month you will be going out of town for 1 week. Your trip will consist of eating and relaxing. Your options are this. You can eat really well and exercise for the next two weeks before you leave or you can start slacking right now. Here is the problem that I face when I have a trip coming up. I have an all or nothing mentality. I think, well I will be going out of town and eating without bounds for a week so why not start now. I don’t really know why this thought makes sense but I justify it somehow. For one reason or another I feel it’s a good idea to start my bad habits early. Little do I know that doing this my bad habits will carry beyond my vacation!

The naughty habits and diet slacking all starts with the idea. The idea that whatever I do can be reversed. I know that whatever weight I gain can be lost. The downside of this thinking is when I eat 1000 calories it only takes several minutes. To remove 1000 calories I will spend more than an hour on a treadmill. Eating this 1000 calorie snack is essentially a waste of time. I have started thinking about the cruise and what I will be doing. I am going to enjoy eating whatever I want whenever I want. This sounds wonderful and completely justified. My body starts to think about how fun this will be enjoying excessive eating without exercising. I will be eating very badly for a full week so I should prime the pump and start eating badly now. Right? Justification is the weakness in every healthy plan. I can eat this, because I will work out later. I will work out later, because today I have to things to do. The snowball effect has begun. Justifying why we are allowed to do something naughty can really lead to troublesome outcomes. Now that I have fully justified my bad behavior and made it acceptable to eat badly and skip workouts before a cruise, we go on our cruise.

The cruise is quite simply a week of gluttony. You eat all the time. This is what keeps you busy. Now if I had been good the weeks leading up to the cruise I wouldn’t feel so guilty about what I was doing. Here is the problem when you are on vacation. The guilt that can keep you motivated does not stick around long. It will soon pass and you will be on to eating whatever by the shovel full. This is what happened to me. So I ran with it and ate what I wanted. I didn’t eat excessive volume, more like what I wanted and when. I felt like eating badly in low volume was “better” than eating larger volumes of the same food. When you are on a cruise or vacation etc. it can be very hard to keep focus. I just did the best I could.

The cruise is long over and I am still experiencing the aftershock of “eh why not eat it?” I know this mindset will pass and I will get back to basics slowly. Has this ever happened to you or am I the only one?

Thank you for reading
-Jay Schuerman

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Motivate My Motivation

Why is staying motivated so difficult when it comes to staying healthy? Motivation is hard for me because I like to see quick results and know that what I do now, will benefit me later. Becoming healthy is all about the small steps. Small steps taken by eating better and moving more, will yield a healthier lifestyle. Eating worse and moving less will do the opposite. Imagine for a second that you are in terrible shape. You decide to eat one “healthy” meal and go for one walk. This singular event will not make you healthier unless you continue to live this way. Now, imagine you are an Olympic athlete and you decide to eat one “unhealthy” meal and skip a workout. You will not lose all your progress, unless you continue to live that way. A single action in the opposite direction will not have a dramatic change on your goals or appearance. Consistency is the key along with all the small steps to get there. Having a little contrast on how you are currently living may help you realize how you want to spend the rest of your life. 

Clearly, I am not an Olympic athlete by any stretch of the imagination or extremely unhealthy. My "unhealthy" little steps are starting to takie a toll both on my mind and body. I have been a bit of a slacker on my diet compared to how I was eating. This occasional bad eating is starting to take over. I am starting to feel a bit guilty for my actions when I crave ice cream etc. My awareness is the key to breaking my bad habits and not feeling guilty for being human. I am not perfect but I do stay motivated.

Thank you for reading
-Jay Schuerman

Monday, September 15, 2014

Finally A Weight Update!!

Why is our weight an unspoken conversation? How often have you ever met someone, introduced yourself and then ask them, “How much do you weigh?” This isn’t something we do in our everyday life. We rarely give value to how much a person weighs when we meet them. Then why do we put so much weight on weight? I have never understood the social weight cookie cutter.
 Imagine for one second you are living in space on the ISS (International Space Station) you instantly “weigh” nothing! You can’t step on the scale because you and it simply float around. A scale is absolutely irrelevant in zero gravity. With more gravity like the sun for example I would way nearly 6000#’s*. Let’s say for a minute the ISS has large mirror on it. In space you have a weight of zero but how do you look in the mirror. Do you like what you see, how your clothes fit etc. If I am “overweight” but look and feel good then who cares! Right? Now keep in mind while we are in space weighing zero something does stay constant, what we are made of. This is important.

Pretend your weight is exactly what your Dr. and society say it should be but you don’t feel good. You are weak, tired, soft and don’t like your physique in the mirror. Wow, this really changes things but for some reason it is more acceptable. I bring this up because currently I weigh 215#’s. This is 6 pounds heavier than I was at my lowest weight before I became a diet slacker.  I am not discouraged, fat comes and goes. My Dr. suggested I lose a little more weight to be healthy. What is he basing this on? How I feel? How I look? So I asked and he replied, “We base it on BMI (Body Mass Index).” Well how accurate can that be?  BMI is (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems*. How does this factor in muscle, bone, organs etc.? “Weight” is how much my body weighs but not what it is made of. Imagine if someone has a high BMI due to steel bones but is very “healthy”? Imagine someone extremely “unhealthy” but has a low BMI due to bird bones and never retaining water. Is BMI simply a ratio of weight and height to determine how healthy you are? I should have asked how well the BMI works in space!

Thank you for reading. 


Saturday, June 14, 2014

PHOTO UPDATE-It's Been 283 DAYS!!!

Thank you for following me on here and watching us on our daily TheSchuermanShow vlogs! I want to show you my progress with photos, stats etc.

I started 283 days ago on 9/4/2013 weighing 240#'s, today I weigh 209#'s.

I am wearing the same jeans today, that I wore on 9/4/2013. They fit a little bit looser!!

     DAY 1                                                                   CURRENT

Thanks for reading!