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Weeks 3-5

Well these weeks have literally flown by.

It’s all about perspective!


“All you can handle, Bro!”

The workouts have remained fairly consistent and the eating has remained steady as well.

The one new aspect which my wife is amazing at, but I tend to struggle with is a cleanse.

She has started her 6 day cleanse and she will crush it.

I am stumbling into my cleanse by under preparing and not making it a priority.  I bought smoothie products to blend only to have to leave the house at 7:30am this morning and by the time I left my son had just woken up.  At the end of the day, its a bunch of excuses and I will buckle down today.

Let’s do this!


I’ll keep you posted as to how things proceed.

Week 2 recap – Journey back to health

Week 2 recap – Journey back to health


Pic from the past – Back in 2011 when I was near my leanest and in top shape!

The past week has been a tough week.  As in life, things at work or at home arent always copacetic and this week had a bit of resistance in all those areas.  This naturally affected my workouts and at the end of the day, my eating.

Mind you, I stayed quite diligent in eating reasonably well, such as a quest bar as a snack or bringing a banana to work in addition to a snack as I knew I would be hungry.  I find myself a bit hungrier on the mornings I hit the gym.

The good news is, even with some later dinners and additional days with caloric intake near 2,200 total, I still managed only 1 Lenny & Larrys Protein cookie and was able to drink a solid amount of water.  At least 64 ounces per day if not closer to 100.  My goal for week 5 and thereafter is 128 ounces per day.

The best part of the chaos is being able to focus and hit the gym again.  Those mornings at the gym are wonderful and I leave there feeling like I got some good work in.

I’m looking forward to week 3 and surprising my wife in Clewiston, FL as she runs her first 50 mile race at the Skydive Ultra!  Can’t wait to see the look on her face when she see’s my sister, brother-in-law and myself cheering her on!


The Journey… Back to becoming an Ironman

Week 1 – So on truth, I’ve been diligent about the foods I’ve been eating for a solid week and I’ve been working out 3-4 times a week. (During the week at 6am and weekends closer to 7:30am).

Having said that, removing one or two dense calorie items (Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies) from the daily diet (approx 400 calories per serving) has helped me feel better.

I will actually record my weight this week but my starting baseline 2 weeks ago was 285 lbs.

I haven’t taken measurements yet or done my BMI.  Here is a safe assumption at this point.  I’m overweight.  The heaviest I’ve been in approximately 10 years.  My son is going to be 2 years old in April and I want to be a healthy role model and be able to comfortably play with him.

So one of my goals for 2017 is to lose 40 lbs on the low end and 80 lbs on the high end.  

It sounds big, but removing something as simple as one protein cookie a day equates to 400 calories and over 7 days that equals 2,800 calories.  3,500 calories equals a pound.  So one more subtle change in the eating regimen and we’re easily at 1 pound per week of weight loss plus the workouts which I had pretty much given up previously.

Another goal of mine, will be to work on getting a couple of sponsors or advertisers on this blog to motivate me with their products but also so I can show the results herein.

Thanks for joining me in this journey and I hope it inspires you as well.

We’re gonna do great things in 2017!

Me & my amazing super athlete and supportive wife Jonell!

Yes, Fitness Bands Are Imprecise. So What?

Yes, Fitness Bands Are Imprecise. So What?

Fitness Bands!! pic by Sean Dreznin

Fitness Bands!! pic by Sean Dreznin

In response to the story previously highlighted on this blog, found HERE.

by David Pogue via Yahoo Tech and The New York Times

Now that fitness bands are officially a thing, they’re starting to come under new scrutiny. I keep reading these technology blogs where somebody thinks it’s an ingenious experiment to wear several different bands simultaneously — and then to cluck about how different their step counts are at the end of the day.

“The Fitbit Flex registered 7,225 steps for my day, while the UP band registered only 7,095,” you might read. The message: Clearly, these are inaccurate toys. Buyer beware.

In fact, my previous employer, The New York Times, posted a fun, visual exposé of these fitness bands’ inaccuracy. Check it out HERE.

A fitness band contains an accelerometer — basically a three-dimensional motion sensor. It detects the swinging of your arms and concludes that you’re walking.

But as The Times’ graphic points out, you can fool it in all kinds of ways. You can deadlift a barbell, which certainly should count as exercise, but since the band doesn’t detect arm-swinging, it thinks you’re sitting still.

You don’t get any credit when you’re riding a bike, either, or even when you’re swimming, because the band isn’t seeing the usual arm-swinging motion.

Yet when you’re repetitively stuffing Doritos into your mouth, guess what? Then you get step credit.

Well, these all make good stories for a news cycle or so. But all of it misses the point.

Yes, different bands may give you different step tallies for the day. But the purpose of this kind of product isn’t to record exactly how many steps you take — it’s to motivate you to take more. It’s to meet your goals. Earn those badges. Show off improvement to your social network.

It wouldn’t matter if your fitness band tracked steps or bananas or Scotch-tape dispensers; the point is to rack up more than you’re doing now.

And in that department, these bands do an excellent job. I’m the classic customer: I genuinely do walk more, park farther away, opt for stairs instead of escalators or elevators. I’m much more aware of how well I’m sleeping, too, and I make an effort to do better. The silicone band on my wrist truly has made me healthier. And I’m not alone.

Until you’ve tried one, I realize that it sounds absurd: “Yes, we all know that more exercise is better — why do I need a gadget for that?”

But trust me. Something about seeing it on your wrist and on your phone puts it front of mind. It makes a difference.

For complete story, CLICK HERE <—-===========

For Fitness Bands, Slick Marketing but Suspect Results

For Fitness Bands, Slick Marketing but Suspect Results

By NICK BILTON via The Wall Street Journal

My Nike FuelBand read lazy. My friend’s read fit.

But we had done essentially the same thing. We spent the day walking around San Francisco together — the same number of miles, same number of hills — but for whatever reason, our FuelBands were out of step. His registered thousands of steps more than mine did.

That’s the uncomfortable truth about many of the fitness wristbands you see people wearing. They don’t really work — or at least not as well as their manufacturers would have you believe.

So maybe it is no surprise that Nike laid off a big part of its FuelBand team this month. As other companies dive into wearable devices, Nike is pulling back. Why? Nike told me the FuelBand would remain an important part of its business, but the company would be focusing on apps, not hardware.

The reality is that many devices claiming to monitor fitness and health probably overpromise and underdeliver. Jim McDannald, a podiatrist and health and fitness technology writer at The Wirecutter, a technology testing website, said many of these devices are more about marketing than medical understanding.

”People are getting fitness-tracker fatigue,” Mr. McDannald told me. In large part, it’s because many of these devices are simply inaccurate. You may have burned more — or fewer — calories than they say. Or, in my case, walked more steps.

“Even a cheap pedometer is more accurate than these wristband trackers,” Mr. McDannald said, though he acknowledged that wristbands do push people to get up off the couch.

And don’t get him started on sleep trackers. His take on those devices: “ridiculous.” The only one he has found that works well is the Basis B1 band, which has a built-in heart-rate monitor. The rest, he said, rely mostly on guesswork.

Tell me about it.

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Exercise as good as drugs for treating stroke, heart disease: study

Exercise as good as drugs for treating stroke, heart disease

Healthy Living

Healthy Living


PARIS (AFP) — Exercise may be at least as effective as some drugs in reducing the risk of death in stroke patients or people with heart disease, a study published on Wednesday said.
Researchers from the London School of Economics, Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine compared the findings of several studies into the effectiveness of exercise versus drugs in people with coronary heart disease, stroke patients, people with prediabetes and those with heart failure.
They analyzed the results of 305 randomised controlled trials involving 339,274 individuals.

The data trawl “found no statistically detectable differences” between exercise and drug treatment in reducing mortality for people with coronary heart disease or prediabetes symptoms, according to a statement released by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which published the study online.
In stroke patients, the team found that exercise was more effective than drugs, while medicine worked better at treating heart failure.

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Until more is known, exercise “should be considered as a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy”, the team wrote.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says physical inactivity is the fourth-leading risk factor for global mortality, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally each year.

Join us Tonight!! Monday, June 17th at 7:00pm for a “Wellness 101 PARTY!”

Join us Tonight!! Monday, June 17th at 7:00pm for a “Wellness 101 PARTY!”

We are all faced with health challenges at some point in our lives. Nothing is more important to us than our health.

We would like to invite you to our PARTY!
• Taste some samples (Enjoy a Nutritional Shake)
• Learn about better nutrition & listening to your body
• Learn how you can FEEL BETTER and LIVE LONGER
• Have FUN!!

Hosted by:
Samuel Aguilar – Jonell Romanus -Tony Romanus

4401 McIntosh Park Drive #8, Sarasota, FL 34232

Date: Monday, June 17th Time: 7:00 p.m.
Phone: 941-400-0279

Find your fit challenge Days 6 & 7

Find your fit challenge Days 6 & 7

Day 6 was a struggle for me, to say the least.

You can have your cake... But can you eat it, too?

You can have your cake… But can you eat it, too?

With a handful of appointments (one held at local coffee and pastry shop) (I got a lemon decaf hot tea!) and the next appointment held at a whole foods, Day 6 was a testament to willpower. Add in winds of up to 20 mph and temps hovering in the mid 50’s to low 60’s for job #2 and it made for a long 14 hour day of trying to stuff veggies down my gullet. All in all, it was a success and eventually I made it home no worse for the wear!

Day 7 was actually pretty smooth sailing and the reward of a blackened chicken salad from my work awaited me afterwards! I am eating the salad as I type this and it is magical!

I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks and conquering this challenge and my future head on! The detox/cleanse portion is over and the healthy eating /no alcohol/no caffeine portion begins…

More power to you if your doing this, on your way to doing this or have no intention of doing this and are enjoying a juicy burger right now.

If you are interested in learning more or taking a look at some of the products/supplements I am using, then drop me a line or a comment herein!



Find your Fit Challenge Day 4 & 5

Day 4 & 5 were more of a challenge to say the least, although it is fun to tell people about the journey and experience…

Dreznin's Find your fit challenge Feast

Dreznin’s Find your fit challenge Feast

I have been making more brain farts for sure, including giving $20 more in change back to customers.
Fortunately they were stand up people and handed the money back to me.
I also left the sliding doors unlocked on Jonell’s house when I left. Duh!

As far as feelings go, I am doing well and feel solid. Not great, not bad… just a confident solid!

I am looking forward to the next couple of days as this will allow me to really reach the goal of 7 days detox.

It’s been two straight days and nights working full days at both jobs. Basically 26 hours worked over 2 days… Kind of runs you down, when your eating a ‘normal’ diet, let alone a cleanse diet.

I am looking forward to taking my “emancipation” pills tonight and crushing tomorrow! (most likely a 13 hour day!)

Find your fit challenge days 2-3

Day 2 was actually very good. I felt good throughout and maintained reasonable energy levels with no headaches or down time.

Day 3 was a little more of a struggle. I made the mistake of going too long between morning meal and afternoon meal and developed a hunger headache which hung around until day 4 morning.
Jonell had made amazing meals for us including a soup tonight (shown in picture) that includes mushrooms, carrots, celery, squash, etc. and baked kale chips with sea salt!!! Amazing!


Day 4 morning was great! It’s 10:15am as I write this and I’m feeling fantastic. About to have some lettuce wraps with green beans, carrots and tangy Dijon with a banana as my fruit!