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Portland, Maine

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Comment 10 hours ago

I meditate.  I'd recommend it for anyone.  If it sounds cooky, give Dan Harris's review a try.  I'll post a link below.  It's really simple and just trains your brain to turn off your brain and teaches you to be present in the moment and not contemplate the million scenarios that could play out, while focusing on what you want. 

There are many factors that have the ability to improve your health and help you better handle stress.  Reducing screen time, exercise, diet, and sleep and some of the biggies.  For me, I try to limit my screen time in the evenings and generally put the computer away after 8:30pm, which is soon so I better go!  Also, I get my 8 hrs of sleep every night, I follow a fairly regular meal plan 6 days a week, I get in a good workout 6 days a week, and I meditate for 10-15 minutes every evening. It's hard to say which are the most important. 

Nothing else matters if I can't sleep.  Meditation helps me to be able to be at ease and sleep well.  Once that's in check lifting is the best stress reliever for me and nutrition just keeps things moving in the right direction and makes you happy with you look and feel.  But, the reality life is stressful and that's OK.  Work, relationships, money, etc. can all be stressful.  The key IMO is to accept it, realize your situation is not permanent, take steps to improve, and be satisfied with your steps in the right direction.

Good luck!

Dan Harris into to meditation:

Comment 15 hours ago

Coaches slow play recruits all the time when they are interested in them as back up plans, but don't have them as high as someone else on their board who hasn't decided yet and they don't have room for both.  Recruiting is kinda like dating.  You think this other girl is hotter, but you're not sure if she's interested yet, even though you think she might be.  So, you don't want to upset the girl you know that likes you because she's still cute too, just not as hot as the other girl.  This is an unfortunate reality of recruiting.  I'm sure JJ's feelings were hurt mostly by the fact OSU's staff had McCord higher on their board than McCarthy than whether or not Day was transparent about it.  Such is life.  Both are great recruits going to good programs and will have their opportunities.  

Comment 21 hours ago

The more I read and hear about Day, the more positive I am Ohio State just replaced an absolute coaching legend with a legitimate coaching prodigy, and Michigan fans are going to be inching closer to the ledge when they figure that out.

I think it's unlikely OSU hires another Cooper and the 90s repeats itself for UM fans to get excited about.  So, whoever OSU was going to hire was probably going to be successful.  However, it also seems unlikely he'll be as good as Meyer which means the next 7 years won't be as good as the last.  Any drop off, even if just slightly, would be a positive for UM fans.  The fact remains that the jury is still out on Day and won't be known for a few years.

Comment 21 May 2019

Although a step down from a proven HC like Donovan I think most UM fans would be quite happy with Howard.  If you're going to go after a guy without HC experience, he's about as good as you can find in terms of his NBA assistant experience, his fit with the program, and his expected ability to recruit.  

Comment 20 May 2019

I will add some resistant in eventually. Just don’t have time for it at the moment. Between 60 hour work weeks, coaching my sons baseball team and family time, time is short. 

I hear ya.  My fiancee and I agreed early on no kiddos for us.  Although we have two high energy dogs (boxers) that seemingly need just as much time as kids, I can leave them at home alone if need be.  One of the main reasons I chose to teach PE instead of being a college strength coach is to have the time and schedule to get my 2 hrs in the gym everyday for my own workout.  The drawback is the pay is mediocre at best.  Life is a series of choices.  The key is make them consciously and in line with your goals & values.  Good luck with your fitness and let me know if I can help.

Comment 20 May 2019

I wouldn't think the BBQ and/or rub/sauce by itself is so bad so long as you're not over-consuming a starch or carb source or high calorie drink with it.  Combining it with mac n cheese sounds more in the realm of an enjoyment meal.  But, if you're just having the meat by itself with fibrous veggies and a glass of water I think that's a fine meal.

Comment 20 May 2019

Since we're beginning to see some recommendations around some specific dieting strategies (Intermittent Fasting, Keto, etc.) I thought it might be a good idea to share best practice when it comes to what the current body of literature says on dieting for weight loss.  I have bolded some key words & phrases.

International society of sports nutrition position stand: diets and body composition

1) Diets primarily focused on fat loss are driven by a sustained caloric deficit. The higher the baseline body fat level, the more aggressively the caloric deficit may be imposed. Slower rates of weight loss can better preserve lean mass (LM) in leaner subjects.

2) Diets focused primarily on accruing LM are driven by a sustained caloric surplus to facilitate anabolic processes and support increasing resistance-training demands. The composition and magnitude of the surplus, as well as training status of the subjects can influence the nature of the gains.

3) A wide range of dietary approaches (low-fat to low-carbohydrate/ketogenic, and all points between) can be similarly effective for improving body composition.

4) Increasing dietary protein to levels significantly beyond current recommendations for athletic populations may result in improved body composition. Higher protein intakes may be required to maximize muscle retention in lean, resistance-trained subjects under hypocaloric conditions. Emerging research on very high protein intakes has demonstrated that the known thermic, satiating, and LM-preserving effects of dietary protein might be amplified in resistance-training subjects.

5) The collective body of intermittent fasting research demonstrates no significant advantage over daily caloric restriction for improving body composition.

6) The long-term success of a diet depends upon compliance and suppression or circumvention of mitigating factors such as adaptive thermogenesis.

7) There is a paucity of research on women and older populations, as well as a wide range of untapped permutations of feeding frequency and macronutrient distribution at various energetic balances combined with training.

Comment 20 May 2019

I would just try and look at food as fuel

I would caution against this.  There is no way around the fact that humans are programmed to get satisfaction from eating certain kids of foods.  It makes sense intuitively.  Tasty foods tend to be more calorie dense and we evolved to survive famine, not to have 6-pack abs.  In nature you won't food high sugar combined with high fat in a single food source.  Humans engineered this.  But, enjoying food is a normal, natural part of life.  And, many social gatherings revolve around food.  When folks tend to take this all or nothing or "food as fuel" point of view they tend to yo-yo in their diet and body weight because it's almost impossible to sustain.  IMO the key is to find moderation. 

Eat healthy 90% of the time using minimally processed whole food sources.  However, don't ignore having a slice of pie at Thanksgiving, a beer out with your buddies, or some BBQ at the 4th of July.  There is more to life than just your diet and ultimately we all need to learn moderation. It's unlikely anything once in a while will make you fat if 90% of the time you eat the right stuff.  But, IMO pretending food does not provide satisfaction is setting yourself up for a bad relationship with food.

Comment 20 May 2019

Not particularly looking to lift or etc at the moment, just drop weight

I saw the title of gym rats and got excited only to be disappointed with this terrible statement.  JK, but in all seriousness I think regular resistance training is the best way to maintain a healthy weight.  OK, that aside, to answer your question...

I like adding green powders into my smoothies as a meal replacement most days.  It's also a nice way to keep calories down.  I personally prefer Garden of Life Perfect Food.  I'll post a link below.  It's not cheap, although no more so than the one you listed, it tastes terrible, but if you mix it in a smoothie with some fruit and milk you don't notice it too much.  I'd also consider adding some psyllium husk fiber as well to help keep you full longer and enjoy the many benefits of added fiber as most Americans don't get enough.   

That said, I would not count on a green drink to help you lose weight if that is your goal as it sounds.  Other than vitamins, the main benefit of eating your veggies is to keep you satiated.  Most non-starch veggies don't have many calories, but add a lot of bulk to your diet and limit the amount of starches & grains you can consume, which is where it's much easier to overeat.  I'd focus each time you eat on getting in a whole food protein source, some non-starch veggies, and add your starches & grains in moderation.  Throw in a smoothie with some fruit, milk, and your green powder of choice once in a while as a meal replacement when your busy and you should be good to go.

Comment 18 May 2019

This stuff blows my mind.  How does a guy that looks like this get away with groping football players and wrestlers without getting his ass kicked?

Comment 18 May 2019

The numbers clearly speak for themselves.  The only thing I would point out in favor of Beilein is the trajectory of each coach.  Beilein started off slow and improved over his tenure.  Matta followed a similar trajectory at first, but then had his worst seasons in his last several years at OSU.  I want to say Matta had a number of top 10 recruiting classes and Beilein only had one.  He didn't recruit a single McDonald's All American.  So, although the numbers clearly show Matta had the better numbers my interpretation is that Beilein is the better Xs & Os coach and Matta is the better recruiter.

Comment 17 May 2019

I would say A-Rod or Kobe.  I'd throw Vick in there too if it wasn't for the fact that I liked watching him as a player prior to knowing about how he treated the dogs.  But, I can't get past anyone that would do that to a dog that wants nothing more than to please you and has no remorse.

Comment 16 May 2019

I mean, if Ohio State wins the title this year, it would mean a stretch of Penn State, Michigan, a Big Ten Championship game, and then back-to-back games against top-four teams. And I'm sure there are other teams with similar gauntlets.

The simple solution to that is get rid of the divisions and the conference championship game and just award the title to the best regular season record holder.  That eliminates one game from the schedule and gives you another week to recover before the playoffs start.

Comment 16 May 2019

You could have an equal number of teams, but that doesn't mean they have to pay all the teams just because they pay some.  They just have to have the same opportunity.  So, if they start generating profit they could get paid too.  I don't see anything in the language that would require they all receive equal compensation...only equal opportunity.  From my perspective paying only the profit generating sports doesn't seem to violate Title IX.  

Comment 16 May 2019

I'd also consider trajectory.  Beilein's worst years were in the start of his tenure.  Once he got the ball rolling his teams were more successful.  Matta's trajectory was sort of the opposite.  His worst seasons were at the end of his tenure.  He also had quite a few top 10 recruiting classes.  I think Beilein only had one top 10 class if memory serves me right.  My hot take is Matta seemed like a better recruiter, but maybe Beilein was a better Xs & Os coach.  FWIW I'm not sure what either did at their previous stops, which might be worth looking into.

Comment 14 May 2019

I've never understood how giving money only to profit generating sport athletes would be a violation of Title IX.  Title IX states

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Why would an athlete of a sport that doesn't generate a profit be entitled to the same thing as one that generates millions?  Why is paying someone their worth considered discrimination?  I don't see the fundamental logic here.

Comment 14 May 2019

It's interesting because Meyer just made a similar comment in his interview with Cowherd.  From a team perspective, all the players are absolutely Day's now as the HC.  However, when you are evaluating a coach's ability to recruit Day should not be judged by the recruiting classes when he was not the HC.  

Was every recruit who came into Meyer's first and second class at OSU really a Tressel recruit?

Urban was hired in November of 2011 2 months before the 2012 class would be signing, so I would probably consider the 2012 class Tressel's as he was the HC for most of the recruiting cycle.  Meyer's first full class would be the 2013 class if I'm getting the years right.

It shouldn't be Meyer recruit or Day recruit.  It should be OSU recruit anyway 

While they all are OSU recruits, not all OSU coaches are equally good recruiters.  Meyer is best recruiter OSU has ever had as a HC.  Day may very well be as good or better, but he has to prove it first and we won't know for a few cycles.

Comment 14 May 2019

I wonder what is fundamentally different about Oklahoma that has made them successful recently, but not for Nebraska...proximity to Texas for recruiting?  The B1G has not been kind to Nebraska.

Comment 14 May 2019

I feel bad that kid is suffering through depression and I am surprised to see it denied, however his reasons do not seem to fit the rules for a waiver and UM didn't seem to have anything to do with his depression other than he wasn't getting playing time.  And, if he really wanted to be close to home he cold have gone to Toledo.  From my perspective he was just upset about playing time as his family was vocal about their frustrations over it.  I don't believe that is unique to his situation from others, but nonetheless I don't see any reason to grant him immediate eligibility.  I wish him luck however and hope he is able to overcome his depression and find success.