FloCombat Weight Cut Challenge: Week 1 Journal

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Last week MMA media's biggest bromance decided to take a challenge issued by former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks ahead of his ill-fated weigh-in at UFC 207. "Bigg Rigg" charged the media with losing 20 pounds over the course of six weeks and the powers that be at FloCombat decided to take him to task. With FC being for the people, Finley and Homistek have decided to open the curtain to show how the entire process is going down.

Hunter has been keeping a nuts and bolts account of his intake and exercise from day to day, while Duane has kept a running journal of the thought process that goes into the big shed.

Big Glow's Daily Meal Plan Journal

Day One (Wednesday, Jan. 4)

Weight: Unknown (Guessing 230 – 240)

5:30 a.m.

Wake up, curse everything, etc.

6:15 a.m.

Meal: Bulletproof coffee (black coffee, unsalted grass-fed butter, coconut oil), Bottle of water

9 a.m.

One mile walk/jog/suffer

Snack: One grapefruit, 5 strips of chicken jerky

Bottle of water

12:30 p.m.

Lunch: Bowl of turkey chili (with beans), Bottle of water

2:30 p.m.

Snack: one cup (5.3 oz) Oikos triple zero vanilla yogurt with 100-calorie pack of Emerald walnuts and almonds added, bottle of water

4:00 p.m.

Cup of black coffee

5:30 p.m.

Dinner: Chicken stir fry--chicken breast, zucchini, bell pepper, onion, low-sodium teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, seasonings

Bottle of water

8:00 p.m.

Snack: Pepperoni, salami, cheese, pickle plate

Bottle of water

11 p.m.


Day Two (Thursday, Jan. 5)

Weight: Unknown (scale arriving today)

6:15 a.m.

Wake up, discover new expletives, etc.

6:45 a.m.

Meal: Eat whole grapefruit, drink two cups of coffee, snag bottle of water

11:00 a.m.

Lunch: Three scrambled eggs with cheese, ketchup, hot sauce, cup of black coffee, bottle of water

Official weight check: 234.2 pounds. WHERE YOU AT, STIPE?!

Bottle of water

30-minute cardio workout

Bottle of water

7:00 p.m.  

Dinner: One seasoned pork chop (sous vide/grilled over charcoal), six Brussels sprouts with black pepper/parmesan cheese, bottle of water, glass of Jefferson’s bourbon over ice

Made homemade BBQ sauce for the pork chop: Heinz ketchup, sriracha ketchup, apple cider vinegar, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, black pepper, sprinkle of BBQ rub...Boiled for a minute then simmered for 20...Insanely tasty

Bottle of water
Shovel snow

25 minutes lifting weights

Bottle of water

Bottle of water

Sleep: 1:30 a.m.

Day Three (Friday, Jan. 6)

Weight: 231.0 (weighed first thing)

8:05 a.m.

Wake up

8:15 a.m.

Meal: Black coffee, bottle of water

10:00 a.m.

Black coffee, bottle of water

11:00 a.m.

Lunch: Smoothie (unsweetened vanilla almond milk, scoop of Garden of Life raw meal, scoop of flax/chia seeds, spoonful of natural peanut butter, handful of pineapple chunks)

Bottle of water
Bottle of water

5:00 p.m.

30-minute cardio workout

6:00 p.m

Dinner: Steak salad (grilled sirloin steak, kale, green leaf lettuce, bell pepper, parmesan/cheddar cheese, creamy garlic greek yogurt dressing, ground black pepper), bottle of water

*Interim meal* Trip with friends to Brew Gentlemen Brewery (had two beers...shit!)

11:30 p.m.

Two grilled cheeseburgers (no buns), bottle of water

Bottle of water

1:30 a.m.


Day Four (Saturday, Jan. 7)

Weight: 233.2

10:30 a.m.

Wake up


Meal: Three Scrambled eggs with cheese, five strips bacon, black coffee, bottle of water

2:00 p.m.

Filled 40 oz thermos with water, drank it

One bottle of Coke Zero

Handful of trail mix (almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, raisins)

5:30 p.m.

Dinner: Two leftover grilled cheeseburgers (no buns), Refilled thermos with water

9:00 p.m.

Went to bar with friends--three glasses of bourbon on the rocks, no food


Bottle of water, Sleep

Day Five (Sunday, Jan. 8)

Weight: 232.6

8:50 a.m.

Wake up, bottle of water

9:45 a.m.

Meal: Black coffee, water, scrambled eggs with cheese, two turkey sausage patties

11:30 a.m.

Three smoked chicken wings, bourbon, water

5:30 p.m.

Cup of black coffee, bottle of water

6:30 p.m.

Dinner: Caesar Salad, six chicken wings, bottle of water

Bottle of water

10:00 p.m.


Day Six (Monday, Jan. 9)

Weight: 230.8

6:00 a.m.

Wake up, black coffee

Filled 40 oz thermos with water, lemon/lime slices

10:30 a.m.

Smoothie (unsweetened vanilla almond milk, scoop of Garden of Life raw meal, scoop of flax/chia seeds, spoonful of natural peanut butter, handful of pineapple chunks)

Refilled 40 oz thermos with water

1:00 p.m.

Bowl of turkey chili with shredded pepperjack cheese

Refilled thermos with water

5:00 p.m.

Dinner: Cheeseburger salad (one cheeseburger chopped up, kale, lettuce, bell pepper, shredded cheese, thousand island dressing)

Bottle of water

8:00 p.m.

One last thermos fill

Day Seven (Tuesday, Jan. 10)

Weight: 229.6

6:30 a.m.

Wake up, two cups black coffee

8:30 a.m.

Fill 40 oz. thermos with water, lemon/lime slices

Meal: Three strips bacon, three scrambled eggs with cheese

11:00 a.m.

Refill thermos

1:30 p.m

One cup Oikos triple zero yogurt with 100-calorie pack of almonds/walnuts added

2:00 p.m.

Refill thermos

6:00 p.m.

Refill thermos

7:00 p.m.

Dinner: Buffalo chicken dip (shredded rotisserie chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, ranch/Frank’s red hot, bleu cheese crumbles) eaten with celery, bottle of water

10 p.m.


Day Eight (Wednesday, Jan. 11)

Weight: 230.5 (Weighed after I ate/had water)

6:00 a.m.

Wake up

6:20 a.m.

Smoothie (unsweetened vanilla almond milk, scoop of Garden of Life raw meal, scoop of flax/chia seeds, spoonful of natural peanut butter, handful of pineapple chunks, one whole banana)

7:00 a.m.

Fill 40 oz. thermos with water, lemons/limes

11:00 a.m.

Refill thermos

1:00 p.m.

Refill thermos

Lunch: Three-egg omelette with shredded rotisserie chicken, zucchini, onions, portabella mushrooms, hot sauce, shredded cheese, sour cream

Ole Bo's Diet Psyche Journal

Day One (217 lbs)

Hurdles are scattered everywhere on the journey to a cleaner lifestyle, and I’ve taken on the task of writing about them on my side of the journal. The Glow will document his food and exercise log while I will address the things we all complain about silently while posting “I love this garden fresh salad” on our Facebook pages. Without further ado….here goes.

The best part of any diet is the idea of it. The worst part is doing it.

I once saw a Jon Fitch video where he swore by slamming down two glasses of water to start the day because it eases digestion and jumpstarts the metabolism. I’ve just never been a huge fan of going water crazy, but for the sake of the mission the H2O must flow.

After smashing through back-to-back glasses of water to start my day I hit three egg whites with shredded red pepper with two slices of turkey bacon. Normally I’d throw some cheese up in that mug but the dairy will be thy enemy on this quest therefore no cheese shall appear.

And therein lies the aspect of dieting or eating clean I struggle with….deprivation.

I have one of those brains where it wants what it wants and re-learning yourself can be a difficult process. Nobody walking up off the street would choose leafy greens over sugar in a taste test, but once you understand the effect processed varieties have on us and the awful things they do to your body the manner of motivation shifts.

A game plan is a crucial part of making sure this will be a success, and a major element for me personally is taking self-sabotage out of the equation. In the initial stages of change I’m a “as steadfast as my options” type, and laying out the terms to myself had to be done.

Over the next six weeks all things sugar and bread are out the window. This will require planning and prep, which has never quite fit with my "Devil may care" approach to life.

A quick sweep of the pantry and fridge cleared out any lingering temptations and a new stock of groceries set the new course firm.

The only sugars consumed will be natural. The only grain will be sprouted. The vegetables shall all be leafy and the water will flow like it’s never flown before. I’m only posting my weight once per week of this thing so there’s that as well.

Here we go!

Day Two

The worst.

Day Three

Hungry even though I’m eating all the time. Just breaking the idea it’s acceptable to eat awful shit is a tough one. Right when those hunger pangs kick you just happen to be paying at a gas station and see a sweet, heavenly glazed doughnut.

Resisted. I won the day.

Day Four

Convinced everyone in my house is out to get me. Thought this before diet. Now I know my truth.

Day Five

I’ve never been the type to need a beer after work to take the edge off in the evening. In full disclosure I’m a “Once this first one is cracked we are going to  jail” type guy. That last bit was in jest of course, but I really only get to the giddyup once or twice a month. With this #FCWeightCutChallenge in effect there shall be no hops and barley drinks.

Only had to turn down about 15 beer offers this weekend during playoff football while I look on Instagram and The Glow is hammering at the Steelers game. I hope he misses weight on this and we do Twitter poll to punch him in his balls.

Day Six

The edge I’ve been feeling is pretty much fading at this point. I no longer shout at the cat or berate my wife for hiding and stealing my stuff all the time. She’s a strong woman for handling that many unfounded accusations on a daily basis.

We’ve been doing the crockpot approach. No carbs just veggie-heavy with the meats and it’s been getting the job done. I went to see my General Practitioner and my blood pressure is still a bit high but the weight is noticeably different. Things are looking good and I’m honestly starting to feel good as well.

Day Seven: 1st Week of Challenge in the Books (207.4)

I am a damn champion today. Sugar has no power over me.

I still don't like Glow but I was able to get some exercise in tonight as 50mph winds blew the siding clean off my house and I ran for my life as sharp pieces of plastic jutted about in the frenzy. Worked up a sweat and kept my life. It was a good day.

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