Posts Tagged ‘Cary Castagna

Another day on the Fresh Fit Foods meal plan

- September 26th, 2014

I’m dining from the Fresh Fit Foods menu for 21 days. And I’ve gotta admit this is just sooooo convenient (I pick up my food every few days following an evening workout at World Health Glenora).

Plus, this is proof that good nutrition can taste good, too.

Here’s what another day on the meal plan looks like.

Breakfast:

Quinoa and oat porridge

Quinoa and oat porridge label

Lunch:

Turkey meat loaf

Turkey meat loaf label

Snack:

Muffin snack

Muffin label

Dinner:

Roast pork and veggies

Roast pork and veggies label

Snack:

Veggies and hummus dip nack

Veggies and hummus label

Who knew healthy food could be this delicious?

- September 18th, 2014

Fresh Fit FoodsFor 21 days, I’ll be dining from the Fresh Fit Foods menu.

Mmnnn … who knew healthy food could be this delicious?

For those who haven’t given their taste buds (and the rest of their bodies) the nutritious pleasure, Fresh Fit Foods is a food service that operates out of World Health’s Glenora location at 10720 142 St., in Edmonton.

I got my first taste of Fresh Fit Foods back in the spring when I won the 2014 World Health Media Transformation Challenge. I dropped 38 pounds during that six-week fitness challenge and Fresh Fit Foods was a big reason why.

Just like its website says, Fresh Fit Foods was my “personal chef, grocery shopper and nutrition coach” — all wrapped into one. All I had to do was pick up my food every few days — which was prepared fresh on location — and eat it at the right times (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks). That’s it. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, as my oldest daughter says.

Well … um … actually, I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a tiny bit of discomfort in the beginning. You see, I had to get used to eating proper portions. Like many North Amercians, I like to “supersize” my meals. Fresh Fit Foods, of course, offers sensible portions — the amount that we should actually consume in one sitting. That was a bit of a reality check for me.

But thankfully, what my meal plan lacked in excessive calories, it more than made up for with quality. And that was critical to my success. Fact is, the food tasted great and didn’t leave me wanting more. I was satiated and energized after every meal — not sluggish.

So I stuck to the mealplan — veering off for only a few cheat meals — through the full six weeks. And along with my hard work in the gym under the tutelage of personal trainer Dennis Brent, I was able to melt the pounds off.

Fast-forward to today and I’m back on the plan after splurging a tad during the summer.

Here’s a look at Day 1.

Breakfast:

Day 1 — Breakfast

Countryside Breakfast

Lunch:

Day 1 lunch

Chicken Salad Wrap label

Snack:

Egg salad snack

Egg salad snack label

Dinner:

Day 1 dinner

Chicken salad label

Snack

Vega snack

Vega snack label back

Video: ‘Press experience’ at CrossFit Games

- September 10th, 2014

My tan has long since started to fade, but I’m left with nothing but fond memories of my trip to California this summer for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Here’s a video montage courtesy Reebok highlighting the “press experience” portion of the trip.

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Bodybuilding’s disgraced couple

- September 2nd, 2014
KillerBodies

Killer Bodies by Michael Fleeman

Finally got my hands on a copy of “Killer Bodies: A Glamorous Bodybuilding Couple, Raging Passions and a Tragic Death.”

This book by former Associated Press reporter Michael Fleeman has a bit of a personal connection for me.

I met Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan at a pro bodybuilding show in Toronto in 2001 — and even took photos of them on separate occasions (see cropped pics below) — just four years before they made headlines in the horrific slaying of their live-in assistant Melissa James.

The sordid tale is unfathomable. The once-celebrated bodybuilding supercouple — now divorced — are currently languishing in Nevada prisons. Ryan is eligible for parole next year. Titus will get his first chance at freedom in 2026.

But there’s no happy ending to this story.

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Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan in Toronto in 2001. (Photo by Cary Castagna)

 

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Kelly Ryan and Craig Titus in Toronto in 2001. (Photo by Cary Castagna)

Surprise, surprise — Cybex study touts machines

- May 8th, 2014

Workout enthusiasts benefit more from strength machines than from “trendier fitness fare,” according to a recent study.

Of course, what else would you expect from a study (online survey of 1,247 American adults) that was conducted on behalf of a major U.S.-based manufacturer of strength machines?

“Cybex, a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, recently conducted a study that found while gyms have been pushing equipment out the door for trendier fitness concepts, what lies at the core of sustainable fitness programs are actually the basics, such as single strength machines (SSM),” reads the media pitch that recently wound up in my email inbox.”SSM users work out more consistently and more ambitiously than other exercisers, as you will see below, along with some other interesting findings.”

Agree or disagree with the study’s findings?

I’m a firm believer that the absolute BEST exercise is whatever you enjoy and do consistently.

Anyway, the Cybex study’s accompanying infographic looks kinda cool. Here it is:

Cybex-Eagle-Infographic

(Click to enlarge.)