John’s Blog – Arnold Diet update, Calling 911, Fouad the Master Poser, Diet Sodas I use, and more

by on January 30, 2016


Now that the show is becoming very real. It is only 6 weeks out. I like the role of being the underdog here, I have nothing to lose and am going all out. I am posing every night now. Right now I do 4 rounds of quarter turns and mandatories. This will increase. In 2 weeks I have Fouad Abiad coming to build my night show routine for me as well. He is an unbelievable poser, and I have no problems asking for help.

I do have one problem. I just got Netflix and man that Daredevil series is addictive. I have been watching an episode every night to wind down. It drives me nuts that he won’t actually kill any of the bad guys though.

My weight is now about 221 in the morning. I have to get it down more so I am cutting carbs a little more, and continuing to increase cardio. Fat is melting off of me, but the reality is, I may have to lose a little muscle. We’ll see as we go.

I don’t really get hungry much, but if I do and I need to hold off appetite I use one of the diet sodas below. I actually like the carbonation, it makes me feel full. I also use the zero calorie coffee syrup pictured for flavoring with some of my foods on occasion. I don’t like loading up on artificial sweeteners obviously, but if I only do them for a few months out of the year, I don’t see the harm for me personally.


Notice the sugar free caramel syrup (1 calorie) and the sugar free chocolate syrup. These will go on my oats and cream of rice, not both, just one or the other!

Also see the condiments below. Generally, I add the buffalo wing sauce on fish. I add either the soy sauce or Szechuan to my chicken and rice. If I want tuna instead of cod, I will use the Grey Poupon.


Current diet at 6 weeks out


Meal 1 – 1 cup of whites, 148 grams of red potato, 2 tbs ketchup, 1 tsp of coconut oil

Meal 2 – Peanut Butter chocolate food bar (Best Bar Ever) and a coffee

Intra – 3 scoops of Intra MD

Meal 3 – 12 egg whites with red peppers and spinach, ½ cup of cream of rice (dry), 1 tbsp of nut butter, 0 calorie choc syrup

Meal 4 – 8 oz od cod, ½ cup of oats, 1 cup of green veggies

Meal 5 – 6 oz of cooked chicken, 1 cup of white rice

Meal 6 – 8 oz of cod, 1 cup of cauliflower (see pic)

I made 2 changes this week.

  1. I turned the whey shake after training into egg whites. The gym makes these for me and they add in red peppers and spinach.
  2. Ok I freaking hate cauliflower, BUT check this out. It actually tastes really good too, and is a very healthy food. I started eating this with fish as last meal, and dropped my rice.

I usually keep carbs in my last meal, but I am going to pull them for now. If I have trouble sleeping, I will put them back in and take carbs from another meal.



Breakdown – 249 grams of protein (38%), 318 of carbs (48%), 44 of fat (14%) = 2654 calories

Cardio continues on a 3% incline and walking is now at 2.8 – 2.9 on the treadmill. I am now at 45 minutes in the am.

Scary flu

So we have been passing the flu around the house for 3 weeks now. I had a scare midweek. One of boys woke up coughing so hard he could barely breathe. He was starting to get really scared as was I so I called the medics via 911. Once they got there he calmed down and was breathing better, and is now doing ok, but man is it scary to see your child in this kind of state. I was absolutely terrified to be 100% honest.


On the business front, things are going well. The Food bars are now being stocked in a few pilot locations we selected. They sell out as fast as we can get them there. I am working with Mike (Best Bar Owner) on a plan to select more retailers who would like to carry them.

The training app is also close to getting an upgrade with a nutrition component. I am reviewing this next week to see how it is looking.

Also, some new designs are being released by Iron Rebel at the Fit Expo that you will love!!!


Until next time,

John Meadows

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