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Weeks seven through nine

January 7, 2011 - Craig Harvey
After a great week of dieting and exercising in week seven, I knew week eight would be the most difficult thus far as it landed during the Christmas holiday.

As it turned out, I actually stuck to my diet plan Christmas Eve and Christmas Day sneaking in ONE sugar-free cookie. However, it was the next five days which turned out to be my first misstep in two months.

During those five days, I stayed in Buffalo to visit friends and catch the action of the International Ice Hockey Federation U-20 championships at HSBC Arena.

Before I left, I asked creator of Nate Built SpeciFX, Nathan Steiger, how I should follow the diet plan he gave me. He told me, "Just do it." He also gave me pointers on how to stick to the meal plan.

The day before I left for Buffalo, I pre-cooked my meals and planned the proportions as indicated by the curriculum. What I did not anticipate happening was my food going rotten in the trunk of my car, despite the bitter cold temperatures on the first day.

With five days in Buffalo and no way to cook food, what was I to do?

I did what any 27-year-old Western New Yorker would do — I attended all the fine dining establishments in downtown Buffalo such as Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, Anchor Bar and of course, the Cobblestone Bar and Nightclub. I mean seriously, who can go to Buffalo and not have a single chicken wing?

After surrendering to the temptations, it was time to get back on track.

To do that, I made an unexpected trip back home to restock with the food in which I had planned on eating to stay the course with the diet into week nine.

While the diet plan was not going as planned, the workout portion went terrific the entire time. While in Buffalo, I stayed with a friend from high school. His house was around the corner from a three-story gym. The facility had anything and everything anyone needs for a great workout. While talking with the owner and informing him I would be in town for a few days, he gave me a great discount for four days.

While training at the gym, I showed the owner my weightlifting chart. He gladly helped guide me and show me proper technique and alternative exercises.

Through it all, I still managed to lose four pounds, as I have now lost 28 pounds in nine weeks. Even on weeks where the scale does not look as glamorous as I might have hoped, the results are amazing. In nine weeks, I have gone from hole number three in my belt, to hole number seven.


To join Nate Built SpeciFX, Steiger can be reached by e-mail at

In Week 10, I begin using supplements to continue the progress I have made. Read my blog next week as I share how it works. Supplements are provided by


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