December 5, 2011

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Rant and Tip for December 5, 2011

Quote: There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I recently read the book the Alchemist. I read it because my daughter was reading it and I wanted to be able to help her with it if she needed me. It really is a very good book and the underlying story about following your dreams is very good. I will not tell you anymore in case you choose to read it yourself. It also made me think about my own goals and taking the opportunities when they present themselves. The one thing you will also learn from the book is the obvious in that sometimes you need to see other new things to realize your real treasure was where you were in the beginning.

 I will be benching today and hitting the 5X5 followed by dumbbell and tricep work. I am going to put 280 on the bar for 5 sets of 5. As long as all the sets are completed I will jump 5 pounds for next week. Each rep I plan on hitting with a solid pause at the bottom to keep strong in all aspects of the lift. Each set I will make sure my shoulders are tight with my shoulder blades squeezed together. Like I am holding a quarter between them. My butt will not leave the bench during any of the reps and my feet will stay stationary. My legs will be tight with the drive of the weight pressing it up with authority with each rep. I hope to continue to add 5 pounds till I am hitting 320 for a set of 5 and then who knows from there. According to one rep max calculators if I can hit 320 for 5 I should be able to hit 360 for 1. I have found the ORM calculators to be pretty close when using only 5 reps. When you are hitting higher reps it loses some of it accuracy.

Diet was good this weekend maintaining where I am and will start cutting slowly in January. The NYS Championships are in March and I am hoping to fill some vacant records in that meet. I am also experimenting with a slight increase of complex carbs to see how my body handles them. I also will be picking up some MCT oil. I have mentioned this product in the past. It is a medium chain triglyceride oil that helps you keep your calories up with out adding fat to your body. The fats in this oil are dense and the body uses it for fuel yet has great difficulty storing the oil as body fat. You can order Captri Oil from This is the best one I have found. I will check Amazon today and see if they carry an MCT Oil.

Have a great Workout!

Tip: Plan you meals out for the week. Take chance out of the equation and make sure you are ready for each day. How many times have we said to ourselves that if I had only planned better I would not be eating this fast food junk? Get a pocket journal and right down the times of the day that you have the least will power and make sure you always have something on plan with you. This will help keep you on track.


  1. Hi Jim! No matter how much I try I will never be able to discipline myself like you! I am so impressed by you routine and diet - not to mention the rippling muscles but me I am lazy one. This was great inspiration though - and am sending this to all my friends who are looking out for some advice ... BTW Alchemist is a great book. I especially like the line where the writer says that if you want something bad enough and work for it the entire universe conspires to help you get it... : )

  2. Thank you Kriti, I am thrilled to have you as a reader. Set your mind to it and plan you day on paper including your diet and training