Bye Weekend

Hello all! This weekend is a very important weekend to all here at the University of Tennessee. After being embarrassed by Alabama this past weekend, everyone is looking forward to a weekend of no football. This is yet another opportunity to hit the reset button. Get your homework done, take a break from working out, or get back on track with your eating habits. No matter what life throws at you, there will always be opportunities to hit the rester button (no matter how hectic your life gets). Be sure to use opportunities like this to get back on track with your goals and help you reach your successes. This week I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine who has become an inspiration to myself and many others, who I went to high school with. His name is Chip Conto and he can be found on social media with the handle @Chipsfit_Conto. He offers daily inspiration and and motivation in the fitness world, and comes highly recommended! Find him on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Bama Thoughts

The 3rd weekend in October is finally here. After getting over our first two humps in the road against Florida and Georgia and falling to Texas A&M, we here on Rocky Top think we are finally ready to overcome the Bama rivalry. Social media this week has been crazy due to the way the season has unfolded. Will we be able to pull off another miracle, or will we fall short yet again? One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to read articles and watch videos on the upcoming week of college football, however social media has made it super easy to access all the information i’m looking for on the go. If you’re into college football, or just sports in general you can always follow your favorite networks on twitter for all the information you need on the go. A few of my favorites will be posted below.





Social/Mainstream Media: Fact or Opinion?

This election season is making it harder and harder for people to keep their politics to themselves. That being said, I want to take this time to get a few of my thoughts out, hopefully without “offending” anyone. I won’t talk about who i’m voting for or anything like that, I just want to stress how important this election is. The majority of people claim to not care about this election because they don’t like either candidate. I will just say that no matter how you feel about the two nominee’s, one of them will become the next president of the United States. Do your research. Don’t believe everything you see on the news. Social and mainstream media have huge effects on voter turnout and opinion, so just make sure you vote on fact, not just opinion.

Relax while you can

Fall Break is coming to an end here and everyone is starting to come to the realization that they can’t continue to eat pizza and chicken tenders forever. Instead of reminding you guys to workout and eat clean in this post, I thought it would be a good chance to remind everyone how important Fall break is for your mind. Although some teachers do decide to give homework over break, it’s important to be able to take a break from school work completely. The semester is about halfway over, and if you don’t give you brain a chance to rest, you’re not going to be enthusiastic about getting back to work. Grades are important, but not at the expense of overloading your brain. So just remember to enjoy break to the fullest and go back to school ready to take on the second half of the semester!

Fall Break!

Hello all! Fall break is here and I just want to remind everyone how important it is to eat clean the whole time you’re visiting family and friends! The truth is, unless you’re training for some type of body building competition, it’s not super important (in my eyes). For most, Fall break is only 2 or 3 days and it won’t kill you to enjoy yourself for a couple days. Also, no one wants to be around someone on their fall break who can’t enjoy some comfort foods with friends and family. If you have been sticking with your diets and workout routines, it’s important to give yourself a break and reward yourself. Fall break is a chance to hit the reset button on life and enjoying yourself is the key to doing that. It also inspires you to be able to pick up right where you left off with your diets and routines.

If you’re like me, cheating on a diet is a holiday in it’s self so you have to prepare accordingly. If you haven’t heard of @Tasty by now then you’re probably living under a rock. However if you haven’t, I highly suggest looking into it on any social media platform for thousands of incredible cheating ideas.

Happy Eating!

Georgia Weekend

As most of us here at UT are aware, it’s Georgia weekend. For those of you who don’t go to an SEC school, you might not be as involved as us here at the University of Tennessee. Georgia weekend it huge. Maybe not as big as Florida or Bama, but important to us nonetheless. This year the game is in Athens at 3:30pm, which means one thing; if we’re not going to the game, we have extra time to get things done. For the sake of this blog, I will stress the importance of using that time wisely. Most people will use the spare time to sleep in and get homework done. While both are important, it is also a great time to take advantage of an empty gym where most fans wont set foot during game day. Wake up early and get your workout in before the tailgate starts. You’ll thank me and yourself later. Struggling with motivation? Be sure to check out @FitnessMotivationArt on facebook and twitter for inspiration and workout tips!

Post Debate Thought

Today was the dreaded Tuesday after the first presidential debate. A day that leaves people either left out and clueless, or angry and annoyed. I wont offer any political views in this post because it’s irrelevant to the conversation. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, if you’re like me, you can’t even think about going near social media for fear of losing friends or political outbursts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Snapchat are all flooded with newly motivated “political experts”. These kinds of things normally provide enough fuel to keep me fired up for several days, so i’m here to tell you what to do about it. Put the phone down, computer away, TV off and EXERCISE. It sounds cheesy, sure, but use it to your advantage. Trust me, during election season it will do you a great deal of good to put away the social media and get away for a while.

Pro Tip

It’s Saturday and that means one thing here at UT: Game day. On game day, anything that resembles a diet immediately goes out the window the second you wake up. Which is why it’s important to schedule your one “cheat day” accordingly. It’s the only logical day to schedule a carb reload in my opinion, but I can’t tell you what to do with your life. Carb reload/ cheat days are important and essential to steak and eggs diets. Your body needs the carbohydrates after a long six days without them and Saturdays are the perfect opportunity to take advantage. Game days are filled with burgers, hotdogs, pasta salad, chips and any other type of carbohydrate you can imagine. Use this time wisely to enjoy all the wonders you’ve dreamed about all week because, come Monday, you’re going to be dreading going back to the “same old same old”. If you’re a health freak and you feel like you’re committing health suicide by not eating vegetables, Saturday is also the time to do that if you so please.

If you’re wondering about carb reloading (also sometimes known as re-feeding) or really just any aspect of fitness check out the @hodgetwins on twitter. They also have an Instagram (@officialhodgetwins) and a youtube channel. The youtube channel is a bit explicit, but very informative nonetheless. Be sure to check them out and listen to what they have to say.


Steak and Eggs

So in my last post I sort of hinted that I found something that worked for me weight-loss-wise. People laughed when I told them what it was, and to this day people still don’t believe me. I’ve always known that diet is the most essential part of any physical goal you’re trying to reach, but I could never do one because of my picky eating habits. That was until I found out about the “Steak and Eggs” diet. It sounds hilarious, I know. I’ll admit at first I thought it was a bit of a joke myself. That was until I lost several (15-20ish?) pounds in two and a half weeks on the diet. Like I said before, I found the diet on facebook and looked into it further from there. Doubt it all you want, but it worked for me. If you’re interested in learning more about it feel free to check out the link below that breaks it down and explains why it works. You wont be disappointed.

The Old School ‘Steak and Eggs’ Diet for Fat Loss, Balanced Energy, and Increased Testosterone

Article written by Victor Pride (2011)

Not convinced? Try it. Its the simplest, easiest diet you’ll ever do. It’s cheaper than a regular week of eating if you buy the right things. It doesn’t require super expensive cuts of steak. A cheap four dollar steak will work, and if not ground beef (at least 80/20) will also work. It’s essentially a ketogenic diet which just means eliminating carbohydrates and sugars, which is basically everything we know and love with the exception of steak and eggs. Stick to water (all day), beef and eggs (twice a day) and you will see an incredible transformation. If you don’t want to lose fat or gain muscle definition, definitely don’t do the diet.

P.S- If you’re into lifting weights, dieting and motivation check out the Calisthenics, Bodybuilding Motivation facebook. Ill post the link below, and if you didn’t happen to check out the link up top its also on the facebook link below. Enjoy and happy lifting!

Something Has To Change

Upon discovering that the dreaded “Freshman 15” was a real thing, I was almost positive I could make a complete comeback once I had my own apartment junior year. This wasn’t exactly the case. It actually turned out to be the “Sophomore 7” because I ended up gaining another 7-10 pounds that year. It was clear that the train wasn’t stopping, and I think I figured out why. Not only was my diet horrible, but my gym routine was also slacking. Not playing a sport gave me no incentive to stay in shape, so I took days off during the week which is just something my body was not used to. I knew I had to do something, but going to the gym more wasn’t going to cut it. I needed to tighten up on my diet. This is probably the hardest part of my life even today because, again, I have the taste buds of a four year old. Chicken Tenders? Yes please. So what did I do? I took to Facebook in search of simple diets. The results were incredible.