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015: The 80/20 On My Nutrition & Training | Fri-Date With The Wifey

Today’s Topic: Finding balance in my nutrition & training

I’m almost 52-years-old, and my body has gone through a number of stages in my adult life (we’re not talking about puberty… today). I’ve been overweight and a fitness competitor at different points in my life, and today I’ve found a healthy balance.

In our 30s, we were living it large – we basically started cheat day on Thursday – and I found myself larger as a result. Then, when I saw the men (some older than me at the time) in a fitness competition, I deconstructed what they were doing and completely transformed my fitness routine and diet.

I was walking around with a gallon of water, eating cold chicken and broccoli, and hating life – but I had great freakin’ abs.

Ultimately, though, I was exhausted every day… and then we had a baby. Kim, who used to be prepping my meals every weekend, had a lot less time and a lot more to do. Without that preperation, I started gaining weight again.

This is when I decided I needed to strike a better balance – I just wanted to feel good.

Kim taught me a new nutritional concept: 2 shakes, 2 snacks, and 1-2 meals daily. I keep track of all that in the same PUSH Journal that I mentioned last week, and that system makes getting good nutrition much easier for me.

So what does that 80/20 balance look like?

  • We’re making full meal-replacement shakes, not protein or sugar bombs.
  • To fill in the gaps, I’ve introduced vitamins into my diet.
  • We added a 24-48 hour fast, nutritionally supported, once or twice a month (we’ll dig deeper into this on a future episode).
  • Instead of spending hours in the gym, I do HIIT workouts and classes – because there’s a big difference between training with intention and intensity.
  • I still drink a lot of water (but I don’t carry around the plastic jug anymore).

I’m 52, but I still feel better than I did when I was 30 – and that’s what happens when you properly fuel your body.

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Hi, I’m Rob! It has been said “You are not what you have learned, but what you’ve overcome.”


I have overcome my share of obstacles in order to architect the life of my dreams and uncover the key to lasting, meaningful success. Growing up in Queens (literally on the wrong side of the tracks), my early years were tumultuous, marked by hardship and violence.

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