Tim Ferriss and the 4-Hour Body

I first heard about Tim Ferriss‘s new book, The 4-Hour Body, through commentary on a podcast from the TWiT network. It was during the show that I checked out the Audible version of the book. Unfortunately the reviews were pretty horrible for the Audible version. Not for the lack of quality content but an actual lack of content. A six hundred paged book abridged to just a few hours of audio.

So it came to be that I completely forgot about the book, until I was listening to another podcast, Nerdist Podcast #73: Tim Ferriss. Nerdist is a weekly podcast about all things nerdy and standup comedy related hosted by Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray and Matt Mira (wow, look at me name drop).

Ferriss was on to talk about his new book, which coincidentally two of the Nerdists hosts were already following. The idea of the book was intriguing enough the first time I heard about it, however, learning all the gritty details, experiments and science really got my interest going. Before the podcast was even over I purchased a copy from the iTunes iBook store.

The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation. From Olympic training centers to black-market laboratories, from Silicon Valley to South Africa, Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, fixated on one life-changing question:

For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results?

I’m only a few chapters in but I can say it is interesting and I can’t wait to finish it and start putting the new knowledge to good use. The premise of the book is basically that most of what you know about working out, dieting and getting “healthy” is wrong. Not in that calories vs calories out is a lie but rather it is a misconception. And so seem to be a lot of the other things I thought I knew about nutrition.

I’d love one of my nutrition-fanatic friends and readers to give this book a read and tell me what they think. Things like how drinking grapefruit juice before consuming carbs helps burn the carbs instead of storing them. That cinnamon with sugary foods helps more efficiently process the sugar. That fructose is bad, when I had always been told that it was a better sugar compared to sucrose.

Back in February I started working out again, after nearly a one year hiatus. I was in pretty bad shape. The first week of training left me a miserable mess of pain and stiffness. By the second week, and with the help of USP Labs Jacked, I was pain free, running faster and lifting more.

In a month I went from running a 20 minute mile to a 10 minute mile, doubled my lifting abilities in nearly every category and increasing my overall energy and feeling of wellbeing. It was awesome. But then I went on a business trip for a month and broke down my workout a bit. Then there has been the mold infestation that kicked us out of our apartment and took almost all of our belongings, which has really slowed me down.

Tag on the fact that I wasn’t seeing any real results in weight loss, only in performance enhancement. It wasn’t long before I began to lose my motivation.

So in the spirit of Ferriss writing a book about his exercise experimentation, I am going to dedicate a series of posts to my own exercise experimentation using his book as my guide (as well as my personal trainer). So here goes. Let’s see a 20lb fat reduction with muscle gain and let’s make it happen soon! No one wants to spend summer inside right?

The New Apartment

I have figured out why I feel so lazy, slothy and such.  Typically I would wake up everyday between 6:30 and 8:00 in the morning and get ready for class which started at 8:00 or 9:30 in the morning.  Then I would drive to campus and park my car which was followed by a brisk walk to class.  Everyday.  And then walking from class to class and then back to the parking garage.  All that walking burned a lot of calories and kept me from feeling icky.

Since summer started I haven’t really been walking all that much.  I workout but not enough, especially considering my goals for the summer…  So I guess starting tomorrow I will take some long walks, actually ride my bike somewhere and have an adventure.  I work Friday through Sunday, so that will get me some real movement.  Maybe I will start swimming or something.

I feel really alone right now, and doing any of these things alone just isn’t much fun.

My new apartment will be ready in just a week and a day.  This is very exciting.  I won’t actually be able to move in for a few days or weeks after that.  I’m getting my floors refinished before I move in.  Right now they have the potential to be beautiful but thanks to years of wear and tear, the wood floors don’t look so hot.

When I get to Houston I’m going to make a trip to IKEA to figure out a way to make my kitchen work for me.  As it is right now there is zero counter top space, as in, there are zero counters.  Just a 5 foot wide sink “thing”.  It seems the sinks from the 20’s required drying racks on either side, what?  No dishwasher? haha  And the wall opposite the sink is totally bare, not a damned thing on it.  And really, there isn’t room for anything, I believe there is only a few feet between the wall and the sink.  Yikes.  Only one cook in there at a time.

I have already found some really cool kitchen systems at Lowes and Target that should help remedy this situation.  I plan to turn the breakfast nook into a kitchen prep nook instead… and turn the living room’s dinning area into the primary dinning room.  It’s placed in front of these beautiful windows, what better place to eat one of my delicious dinners? haha

Even though I won’t be able to actually move anything into the apartment, I am excited about spending time, cleaning it up.  Doing a deep clean of the kitchen and the bathroom… and just about every other part of the place.  The guy who has been living there is a really wonderful fella and did some great things to the walls of the apartment, love the colors, but as with most guys in college, not the cleanest guy around.  Super considerate though, I wouldn’t be surprised if I walked in there June 1 and found it shining from floor to ceiling.  (well maybe not floor…)

Yeah, I’ll Update

As Carrie so kindly noted, I have been pretty bad about updating the blog this week.  I would like to say that I have been really busy with wonderful, fun things but honestly, I’ve just been in one of my funks.

The Megaplex people loved the site design and now want postcard fliers, business cards and posters.  I’m excited for the work and the people there are really fantastic.  Thanks for all of the help choosing the new design, critiquing and just being there for me.  It was the first design like that I had done, ever.  And with the reaction I got and the fact that even I like it (I’m my toughest critic… trust me) makes me even more anxious about getting out into the world, graduate and get a great job doing something like this.

I really want to explore design, photography and just overall creativity more than I currently do.  But this requires time and money, both of which seem to work against each other.  The more time you have, the less money, the more money, the less time.  I guess that’s what comes from an hourly job.  I’m not making enough money at Starbucks these days and am investigating more work like Megaplex and maybe doing landscaping.

The past few weeks have been weird for me, physically and emotionally.

Physically, I have gone down a size.  I now wear 30″ waist pants (used to be 32 or 33) and small shirts (used to be medium) but the past few days I have been feeling really fat, really just funky.  I’ve been eating my diet of egg beaters, fruit and chicken but a few days I splurged on the kids menu at Moe’s.  I’m eating there with Carrie on Thursday, but I am promising myself right now, only a salad, none of their fucking amazing queso.

Emotionally?  Well, first off it is weird not to be able to really talk about the Megaplex job to my family.  I typically talk to them several times a day and they know everything going on in my life that isn’t gay.  I just don’t like to talk about my boy troubles and stuff to them, puts them in an uncomfortable place, though it might not really be fair to me…   Talking about doing a website for a gay bathhouse would definitely not be a comfortable talk with them.  They love that I have gotten the job and done such a good job.  They want to see the fliers and the posters I have designed but I just cannot let them see them.  How it would make things awkward…

I know they can get to this blog, anyone can, and I know they have been here before.  They claim they have never been here, that they don’t even know about it.  But I have checked IP’s, histories, etc.  It has been visited from Tulsa and from Horseshoe Bay and several other random places my family just happens to be at any given moment.  It doesn’t bother me at all that they read this, I like that actually.  I just wish they would, you would, be honest with me about it.  Know that me doing a job for a gay bathhouse does not make me a trashy person, work is work and when you need money, who cares how you get it as long as it doesn’t hurt you or anyone else.

Some people have looked down on me doing the site for Megaplex, meanwhile they are buying porn and adult items from time to time or doing whatever others might consider weird/different/wrong.  Don’t judge me please and don’t form opinions about a place without knowing the full story (it’s actually a really nice place run by fantastic people).