PARETO NUTRITION

5 Questions with Joshua from iUpgrade.me

In this edition of 5 Questions, we feature Joshua from iUpgrade.me. In his own words, here is 4HB'er Joshua:

Joshua Cork on the Four Hour BodyJoshua Cork is a Father, Husband, Fitness Gadget Geek, and Information Systems Evangelist. He is currently working for Intel corporation as a business intelligence manager in the supply chain. Josh also moonlights as a blogger & aspiring entrepreneur. You can follow or
contact Joshua here: about.me/JoshuaCork
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1) What goals are you working towards on the 4HB program?


a) My overarching goal is to be in the best shape of my life by January of 2012.  I have lots of incremental goals that I’m using to get there.  I’d like to find myself somewhere between 12 and 15% bodyfat come January of 2012. 

b) I’ve outlined some #4HB back to basics that I need to execute on between now and January in order to be successful. My back to basics include following the nutritional program outlined in the 4 Hour Body slow carb diet, sticking with my supplementation program, and most importantly make myself publicly accountable to meeting these goals by posting on my blog, twitter, and facebook accounts.

2a) How’s my progress so far?

When I step back and look at the big picture and the progress I’ve made since December it’s been pretty great!  I was super excited when I started the program and was very successful, it was so easy to shed the pounds.  The diet was easy to follow and there was very little time required of me in the gym.  Having 2 kids and a demanding job and a ton of side projects I loved the ease of the program and the simplicity of the methods.  Since December I’ve lost 37 pounds, I’ve dropped 5% in bodyfat, and all my blood work data is going in the right direction.  Overall I feel great about myself right now and how I look and feel.

Joshua's weight graph

2b) What’s been your biggest challenge?

      1. Having said the above about my progress.... I got complacent, everyone was telling me how good I looked, and how well I was doing and I was feeling great. This has been my biggest challenge, to continue pushing forward and not being happy with where I’m at.   If you look at the data I started drifting about May 7th, I weighed in at 234.4 that morning (the morning of my cheat day)... fast forward 3 whole months later and I weighed in at 234.6 - not the kind of progress I should be satisfied with. Coincidentally the last time I did the bodpod was May 7th... I think there’s a correlation there. :) Moving forward I’m taking actions to correct my lack of progress and I’m trying to keep my over-arching goal in mind.

3) What’s one tip that you would share with someone who’s just starting the program?


If you’re failing to plan then you’re planning to fail.... have a plan to implement the ideas in the book for your specific goals and don’t deviate from that plan.  You need to use the methods outlined as your baseline, from there make small adjustments and in the spirit of the book experiment and find out what works well for you.  Remember part of what Tim outlines in the book that should be part of your initial plan is to measure baseline data... don’t forget to do that.  Ultimately you cannot improve that which you don’t measure, so spend some time and resources to get that good baseline from which you can measure your progress.  - Is that cheating... did I just combine two tips in one?  Perhaps. :)

4) What is your favourite cheat day food?

Oh man, this is a really tough question.  It’s a toss up between a secret family recipe for Mac & Cheese and these delicious, melt in your mouth, garlic cheese bread appetizers we get from The Keg.

5) Who is another 4HB blogger you think our readers should know about?

Hmm... most of the folks that are in my sphere you’ve already listed on your site.  Here’s some folks I would reccomend checking out:
      1. http://twitter.com/#!/justhamade  (editor's note: also found in a guest post on changing your life here.)
      2. http://twitter.com/#!/FMFBlogger (editor's note: also featured in a previous 5 Questions here and a guest post on the cheat sheet here.)
      3. http://twitter.com/#!/PALEOdISH
      4. http://twitter.com/#!/allthingsgwen

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