Iam now two weeks out from the Northwest Natural Bodybuilding Competition. My body fat is now 4 percent and my weight is now 185 lbs. This is the lightest I've ever been and I don't really like it. Sometimes I think they are looking for over-dieters not bodybuilders in this show. My energy level is low from dieting and cardio and it is difficult to get through a workout. The following pictures are from 3 weeks out. I don't want to send any more out just in case one of my smack talking rivals are following my progress.
My food cravings are out of control! I can smell junk food and grease from a mile away. I'm serious. I want a big ol' MacKenzie River foccacia melt. Then I want a huge peanut butter milk shake followed by a Costco muffin. Wake up Lance you still have two weeks left. Ok, so I lost my focus for a minute. I will continue to cherish those wonderful protein bars and EAS Myoplex shakes from my friends at Bodybuilding.com.
My last day of cardio will be Wednesday. I'm posing twice a day for the last two weeks. My baby son Cole and wife Tonya will paint me Friday night. That should be fun! I will drop my water and get ready to rumble on stage.
Italian Broiled Salmon
The aromatic salmon is as beautiful to look at is to eat. It's low in fat, with only 8 grams per serving, and is quick to prepare: 10 minutes advance work and 12 minutes in the oven.
- 3 Lemons
- 1 pound salmon fillet
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
- 2 15-1/2 ounce cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained.
Heat broiler. Spray broiler pain with no-stick cooking spray.
Cut 1 lemon into 6 slices. Place salmon and lemon slices on prepared pan, skin-side up. Broil 5 inches from heat, turning once, until fish flakes with a fork (12 - 13 minutes).
Meanwhile, grate peel on reamining 2 lemons to make about 4 teaspoons of zest. Squeeze the lemons and reserve the juice.
Combine lemon peel and parsley in a small bowl.
Melt butter in a 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add garlic. Cook over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons lemon peel mixture and beans. Continue cooking until heated through, 4 - 5 minutes.
To serve, place fish, lemons and bean mixture on serving plate; sprinkle with lemon peel and parsley. Drizzle with reserved lemon juice. Makes 4 servings.
Italian Broiled Salmon PDF (113 KB)
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