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Friday, August 17, 2007 by  
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August
17
2007

I am in an exceptionally good mood this morning! I feel like I’m on top the world, and I think there are several reasons for that…

First, I’ve been eating very clean all week long. Eating clean always makes me feel energetic and happy. I love the taste of so-called “cheat” foods, but they seem to have a profoundly negative effect on my overall wellness in the days following their consumption. It’s interesting how we often crave the things that are not good for us.

Second, my weight training workouts this week have been incredibly good. I’ve broken several personal records this week, and it’s very satisfying to feel strong and powerful after all those months of cutting and struggling through some very tough workouts with no fuel. The “snowball effect” is in full-force: each time I have an excellent workout, it provides me with confidence, excitement and motivation for the next one. It’s a great place to be, and I want to keep it going. Tonight is leg night, and I feel like a caged animal right now. This feeling will continue to build all day, and I know that when I step into my gym this afternoon I’m going to have one of the best leg workouts of my life. If you walk into the gym with that kind of confidence, you simply can not have a bad workout.

Another huge factor in how I’m feeling this morning is that I’m well-rested. Sleep is important to me. In fact, it’s critical. If I don’t get enough sleep, it affects everything I do. Some people can get by with less sleep, but I simply must have 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each night or I’ll feel terrible the next day. I wake up at 6:00 AM each morning, so I make sure that I’m in bed by 10:00 PM at the latest every night.

Of course today is Friday, and that’s always a mood-booster for most of us. Additionally, I’ve got another 3-day weekend coming since I had to work over my vacation.

To sum up: eat clean, train hard and get plenty of sleep. Seems simple – and it is – but how many of you are actually doing all those things with consistency? Try it for a month and see if your quality of life doesn’t markedly improve.

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