Tag: 2013

‘Our Kids Deserve Better Music’ Campaign Presented By @AntoineEdmonson

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It’s refreshing to see rappers with a positive message in their music. The artform has been corrupted by the media, as the pursuit of fame and fortune has caused Hip Hop artists everywhere to create whatever it takes to sell records. Antoine Edmonson is fighting to change that, to save the children and give them the positive influence they need. The ‘Our Kids Deserve Better Music’ campaign is to make an ‘album that will create a clean, safe, healthy music industry for our youth.’ Here’s an excerpt from his website:

“Once I came to my senses as a young adult, I decided to be the change that I want to see for the next generation of recording artists and consumers. For the past 6 months, I have been working the album that will create a clean, safe, healthy music industry for our youth. As an independent artist, I finance every aspect of my music career. I have been able to record 44 songs (click here to hear a song I have finished) with money that I saved while working as a campus aide at an elementary school. However, I don’t have enough to put the finishing touches on it that are necessary for it to be a presented in a professional way. So today, I’m asking for your help in financing the remainder of the project.”

Check out the website at http://www.ourkidsdeservebettermusic.com/ to read about his mission, contribute to his album, and/or buy tickets to the show in Los Angeles Sunday, November 17th 2013. Our kids definitely deserve better music, don’t you agree? Leave a comment below!

Connect with Antoine Edmonson on the following social networks:
http://www.facebook.com/jusantoine
http://www.twitter.com/AntoineEdmonson/
http://www.antoineedmonson.com/
http://instagram.com/antoineedmonson
http://www.youtube.com/antoineedmonson

#bern200 – Fecal Impaction aka The Cheat Meal Nightmare

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Over the past 7 months that I’ve been eating healthier and working out, I’ve had my fair share of cheat meals. I’ve stuck to my diet about 90% of the time, but vacationing and celebrating milestones was often accompanied by alcohol and fried foods. This post isn’t to discourage you from having cheat meals. In fact, a lot of doctors and nutritionists encourage cheat meals as a way to reboot the digestive system when the body gets used to healthier foods (search for ‘refeed’ on the web). This post is telling the story of how a person can overdo a cheat meal/day, and the repercussions of this action in the form of what’s called ‘fecal impaction.’ This post is graphic in nature, so do not read while eating lunch or if you’re squeamish.

After the first 3 months of sticking to my diet, I would have 2 buttermilk biscuits Saturday mornings with breakfast to introduce some carbs back into my diet slowly. I also had the occasional beer once every two weeks. These additions didn’t do much to my body. However, I decided to celebrate losing 65 pounds by getting drunk and going out of control with fast food! One Saturday evening I ate two chicken sandwiches, a large fry, and a bottled water (because no matter how drunk I get, I can not drink soda). The food went down fine, and the following day I decided to splurge and eat half of a large pepperoni pizza.

All of this seemed okay, until the following Tuesday. During my morning cardio session I needed to stop and use the bathroom to pass some of the food I consumed. This is normal, as doing heavy cardio usually causes my bowels to move. However, this instance was slightly different, as I noticed blood in my stool. I didn’t pay it any mind, and didn’t think much of it until 4 days passed and I hadn’t experienced a bowel movement since.

I did what any other young American would do in this situation; I searched the internet for the answer. Ignoring all of the “you’re dying” extreme articles I came across, I found the answer that most closely matched my symptoms was a condition called fecal impaction. Fecal impaction, as defined by thefreedictionary.com, is an immovable collection of compressed or hardened feces in the colon or rectum. This was more than likely caused by all of the bread/starch I consumed in a short period of time, after I went a long period of time without having much of each. All of this starch at once piled up in my digestive system, causing a big piece of sh*t to form. Sounds great, right? Well, what’s more interesting are the remedies for this condition.

Going to the doctor and getting surgery was out of the question, since I don’t have insurance, so I tried every home remedy available. First attempt was in the form of a laxative, which was only good for flushing out the food I ate AFTER the fast food, and not the actual impaction. Listening to a friend, I then tried one of those herbal diet cleanse teas, which worked exactly the same as a laxative but was much harsher on my stomach, and still didn’t move the impaction. The next step, and probably the most embarrassing, was a mineral oil enema. This was supposed to soften the stool so it could break down and pass in smaller pieces, but IT DIDN’T WORK. Finally, after three attempts and 4 days passing, I tried a cherry flavored magnesium citrate laxative, and it worked like a charm. 

So what did we learn here? Besides a number of different ways to flush your system, you should take it easy on your cheat meals. It’s necessary to have some carbs in the form of starch / bread after you’ve been dieting so long, but have them in moderation. Maybe a small serving of spaghetti, some pancakes, or even some toast in the morning. Your body needs it, but if you overdo it, you might find yourself in a similar situation. Beware!

 

#bern200 – ‘But I Don’t Have Time For Breakfast!’ Tips From @KoreanGold

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“I don’t have time for breakfast.”

“I’m not hungry that early in the morning.”

“I don’t know what to eat.”

“I don’t have time for breakfast” is the excuse I most commonly hear when I talk to others about starting the day off right. I don’t have time either but I MAKE time. My job, my family, fitness, and Facebook take up a good chunk of the 16-18 hours I am awake but we still MAKE time, EVERY SUNDAY. Prepping food for the week ensures we have time for breakfast every morning, and since it’s the most important meal of the day, you can’t skip it.

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Every Sunday we get our groceries for the week. Every Sunday, I’m dicing up bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cilantro for the week. I sauté them up and off they go to the fridge waiting for me throughout the week to make one of the best omelets EVER.

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I like to top my omelets off with some salsa. The salsa just adds that extra ummph to the omelet. I normally buy salsa from the store. However, in an effort to save on sodium and money, I made my own salsa. Living in El Paso for the last few years, I’ve learned to really enjoy GOOD salsa. If you MUST buy salsa, Sadie’s salsa is THE way to go. Below is the recipe I use for my home made salsa.

Ingredients

6 roma tomatoes
1 can of organic tomotaoes
handful of cilantro
3 jalapeno peppers diced
½ of large yellow onion diced
1 bell pepper diced
juice of 1 lime
minced garlic to taste
sea salt to taste (be easy on the salt; the jalapeno goes a LONG way)
Pulse to desired consistency and store in fridge.

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In the mornings, as I’m getting ready for work I take an egg or two and some egg whites (in the carton), throw the veggies in and top the omelets with some of the above homemade or Sadie’s salsa and breakfast is DONE in 10 minutes or less. That’s 10 minutes; you have 10 minutes. Get off of Facebook for a few minutes in the morning, don’t make that trip to (insert fast food chain here) etc. and give yourself time to make yourself a delicious and healthy breakfast.

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What do you usually eat for breakfast? Leave a comment below!

 

#bern200 – Fit By Force: The Journey Begins For Kimberly

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The objective of the #bern200 movement is motivation for people who want to achieve their goals. Weight loss is something that a lot of individuals struggle with, and if I can motivate at least one person to get where they want to be, I would be satisfied. Kimberly has stepped up to the plate. Kimberly has agreed to share her story of struggle with weight, and put it out there for the world to see. Read what she has to say below!

I’ve hated exercise since the first time I was beat for not exercising properly. Yes, you read that correctly. I was beat, NOT to be confused with disciplined, for stopping during a run. I was seven years old. I had THAT parent that was a fitness fanatic and wanted to instill it in me. Good intent. Poor implementation.
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I’ve loved food for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a house full of love food. I had the privilege of having my grandmother and great grandmother growing up and they loved to cook and I loved to eat. The love food was abundant. Like all horribly written movies, what happens next is expected. I gained weight; a LOT of weight. I lost it with all sorts of fads: starvation, coffee diets, vegetable soup diet, Master Cleanse, pills, fat camp, and fat shots. The pills were by far my favorite! HELLO ephedra!
But when the pills and fad diets went away and I needed love food because I wasn’t ready to deal with the real demons inside of me, 150 pounds became this ugly number. 238. 238. 238. TWO EFFING THIRTY EIGHT.
I haven’t revealed my weight to ANYONE since I left the 170s. I’m both embarrassed and empowered by revealing it. I feel like this huge weight (no pun intended) is lifted off my shoulders. No lies to me, no lies to family, and no lies to friends. Just truth. 238 pounds of truth.
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In the past, I exercised and monitored my eating because of fear. The pain of getting beat for stopping in a run or getting ridiculed for the number on the scale was far greater than the pain of a run. Survival made me fit.
Today I will choose to do it out of love. Love for a man that has shown me every day for the last 6 months that it can be done with no tricks or shortcuts. Love for myself so I can live for me. Love for my child so I can be around as long as possible. And love for a “we”, for the common goal of having a healthy and fit family. Love food is not life. Food can give you life but food is not life. Life is love for yourself and others.
I begin this journey a bit embarrassed, a bit overwhelmed but entirely motivated. This journey is more than conquering the number on the scale it’s about finally facing those inner demons and loving my life: past, present, and future.

I want to congratulate Kimberly for making the decision to change for the better. Kimberly will be checking in periodically with progress, as well as recipie posts for those that need a few meal ideas.

[VIDEO] @HodgieStreet – ‘Make It’

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Hodgie Street is back with the first drop “Make It” from his debut album “American Dreamin”. Make It, produced by Wax and mixed by Rashad (Stalley “Lincoln Way Nights”, Stalley “Samson, Currensy “Privacy Glass”) features witty word play over dope instrumentation. The video was shot by Ted Cadillac (Juicy J’s Videographer) in Columbus, OH. American Dreamin, Executive Produced by Rashad also features production from Chase N Cashe and is set to drop Fall 2013.

VEVO Link:

http://www.vevo.com/watch/hodgie-street/make-it/QMGR31301765

Youtube Link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMRnOZa3g28

DOWNLOAD – Make It Exclusively at DJ Booth:

http://www.djbooth.net/index/tracks/review/hodgie-street-make-it

 

Hodgie Street Bio

Born and raised in Lima, OH currently residing in Columbus, OH, Hodgie Street started his musical career in 2001 and has made a name for himself in the Midwest music scene throughout the years. Hodgie has ghost written for different industry artists and was first noticed by R&B singer Ginuwine in 2005. He was first offered a recording contract at the time by Ginuwine but declined and maintained a relationship with the singer.

Hodgie has since gone on to release numerous Mixtapes and independent records. Most recently Hodgie released The Go In Part Deux in late 2012 with popular Midwest DJ, DJ EV which hit numerous online publications and blog sites including Complex Mag, Vibe and Allhiphop.com. Singles “Kush” Featuring Rashad and “Dope” Featuring Jerreau of Fly Union respectively reached Complex Mag, Hip Hop Nation on Sirius XM and more. After winter and spring touring, including performances at the 2013 SXSW events, Hodgie is currently working on his first album titled “American Dreamin” which features production from Rashad (Stalley Lincoln Way Nights x Currensy – Privacy Glass) Chase N Cashe (Drake – Look What You’ve Done) and more. “American Dreamin” is set to release in Fall 2013. The American Dreamin promo tour will begin in October 2013.

(Via MTV)
Links

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hodgiestreet

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hodgiestreet17

#bern200 – My Daily Diet / Exercise Routine

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The most frequently asked question I’ve come across has easily been about my diet and my exercise. Often times people struggle with losing weight because they have a hard time controlling what they eat, as well as setting a meal/workout schedule. This is understandable, seeing as how most overweight men and women get this way for eating whatever they want, whenever they want, and combining that with little to no exercise. It was a struggle, but for the first 12 weeks of my journey I followed a very strict meal / exercise plan, and after the first 8 weeks I made it such a routine that it became second nature. I initially researched the Paleo diet, but I found something that I was comfortable with and that I could do 7 days a week. Hopefully this helps one of you out on your journey.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, trainer, or any type of certified anything (besides DJ). The following is just a list of what I did to get where I am today. Please consult a physician / doctor before changing your diet / starting a workout routine. I will not be held responsible for anything that happens to you as a result of following this same plan (unless you lose weight and feel great; I take full responsibility in that scenario).

Breakfast
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8oz water with lemon
4 eggwhite omelet with jalapeños / mushrooms
3 pcs nitrate free turkey bacon OR 3 chicken sausage links

Workout
1 hour cardio (800-850 cal burned on the Elliptical)

Between breakfast/lunch
1/4 cup of raw almonds or small red apple

Lunch
8oz Baked chicken breast fillet
1 cup romaine lettuce/salad

Between lunch and dinner
One red apple or one banana

Dinner
salmon
6-8oz salmon or tilapia fillet
1 cup steamed broccoli or cooked spinach

Throughout the day
A gallon of water

RESTRICTED FROM DIET
processed sugars
starch
dairy
alcohol (actually any drinks besides water)
red meat

Excluded from the diet is fruit juice as well. The reason for me is because there is a lot of natural sugar in 100% pure orange juice, and I was trying to avoid that. I have added tofu to my diet to make up for the lack of calcium intake, but this routine totals about 1300-1500 calories consumed. What do you think of this diet? If you’re a nutritionist, what would you add to this diet?

(note: the above picture of breakfast is two servings of egg whites, 2 large eggs)

[MUSIC] @HodgieStreet – ‘Make It’

Make It - Hodgie StreetHodgie Street is back with a new record titled “Make It” This is from his debut album “American Dreamin” set to release this fall. “Make It” produced by Ohio newcomer Wax was mixed and mastered by Rashad (Stalley Lincoln Way Nights, etc). With Rashad executive producing the album, you can imagine what to expect next.

Check out the song featured on the DJ Booth.
http://www.djbooth.net/index/tracks/review/hodgie-street-make-it

Ep 26: The Sound Of #bern200 Part 1 of 4 – WBRN RADIO

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A big help with my workout routine is the music that I listen to. Listening to the right type of music helps me have sort of an out of body experience, where I can get in tune with the sounds coming through my headphones and forget about the struggle and strain of cardio / weightlifting. I’ve been listening to past episodes of WBRN Radio, but after working out almost 30 weeks straight every day, I thought I should make something new just for those of you following the journey. This is part 1 of 4 of ‘The Sound Of #bern200.’ In this episode I picked some up tempo techno / house / progressive / dance cuts to get the blood flowing. Download this to your mp3 player and get to work! Also check out some of the previous episodes of WBRN Radio click here http://www.djbern.com/blog/entries/category/podcast

Tracklist
Rihanna – ‘What Now (R3hab Remix)’
Britney Spears – ‘Work’
Bruno Mars – ‘Treasure (Leezy Remix)’
Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding – ‘I Need Your Love (Jacob Plant Remix)’
Capital Cities – ‘Safe and Sound (Dzeko & Torres Digital Dreamin Remix)’
Tommy Trash – ‘Monkey In Love’
Icona Pop x Audien x Mercer x Promise Land – ‘We Got The World (Disco Fries Remix)’
Lana Del Ray – ‘Summertime Sadness (Melodic! Remix)’
ONO – ‘Walking On Thin Ice 2013 (Dave Aude Electro Disco Club Mix)’
Lady Gaga – ‘Applause (DJ White Shadow Trap Remix)’

 

[MUSIC] @NesWordz – ‘Since 85’ EP (Produced By @ThaAudioUnit)

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It’s our job to share dope music with you, and ‘Since 85’ is just that. Produced by Tha Audio Unit, the homie Nes Wordz put together a nice EP for you Hip Hop heads to groove to. Check it out below, it’s definitely worth a few hundred listens. My personal favorite track is ‘Tiger At Augusta,’ leave a comment below and let me know what joint you’re feelin!

click here to download! http://t.co/i24FhhV5SM

#bern200 – My Top-Secret Strategy To Lose Weight Fast!

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SPOILER ALERT: THERE IS NO MIRACLE SHORTCUT / SECRET TO LOSING WEIGHT. Since March 10th I’ve lost 130 pounds, and it had nothing to do with a revolutionary diet, secret supplement, or extreme workout routine. As with all things in life, shortcuts are not the answer when it comes to losing weight. You’ll either end up with no results, or immediate results that are easily reversed as soon as you fall off of the “lose weight fast” routine. For me, the “secret” to losing 130 pounds so far, and on track to lose another 70 by March 2014, is dedication.

Persistence through adversity is the difference between those who start, and those who finish. Most people that try to lose weight fail because they go into it with a ‘microwave’ mindset. The need for instant results is why fast food restaurants are so popular (and why most Americans are overweight in the first place). Think about it; it takes years to get 200 pounds overweight, so in order to reverse this process, it will take more than 2-4 weeks of effort. Those fad diets are appealing because they promise instant results, but you’ll gain the weight back quicker than you lost it as soon as you go back to your normal, unhealthy lifestyle.

What’s so hard about dedication? I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t struggle with sticking to the plan. I don’t enjoy going to the gym every day, eating the same meals every single day, and restricting myself from going to social events knowing that I may consume something that’s outside of the guidelines of my diet. However, my struggle with weighing over 400 pounds was much more challenging. I know that every step I take is progress every day, and no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, it’s one step closer than I was yesterday. I make a conscious effort to put in the work every day and to dedicate myself to making a change, because losing weight is one of the rare things in life that is 100% up to the person.

Dedication works best when you have a goal in mind. Those moments when you want to quit, whether it’s with weight loss, school, your career, a relationship, or whatever else, is when you need to think of your ultimate goal. Your desire to want to achieve that goal must outweigh the temporary struggle you’re going through when you want to quit. In the beginning there are days that I wanted to cut my workout time in half, but I knew that the additional 30 minutes of cardio a day would add up to several more years of living life healthy.

Whatever your goal is, the secret to success is dedication. Being dedicated to your goal and visualizing yourself crossing the finish line will make your temporary frustrations, struggles, and hard times less severe. It’s all about the bigger picture. What does dedication mean to you? Leave a comment below.