Monday, February 29, 2016

New Meal Plan System



Our new meal plan system is now available for purchase!!!!!!! 
Includes:
A customized meal plan based on weight, body fat, activity, and goals (that you can edit yourself when your weight/body fat/activity changes) that will atomically update itself to include new portions and macros to hit based on your goals. This meal plan doesn't just include macros. It includes a responsive meal plan inclusive of foods and portions that are geared towards the specific stats that you enter
A build your own meal plan option
Measurement spreadsheet for recording progress
15 Minute How To Video (basically us telling you how to edit/get the most out of your meal plan
10 Minute How To Track Macros Using MyFitnessPal Video
20 Minute How To Meal Prep Video (I take you through my own personal meal prep plus tips and tricks so that it doesn't take all day)
12 Minute Hidden Calories Video (josh takes you through common pitfalls and mistakes that dieters make)
Supplement discounts
Isolator Fitness discounts
50% off membership website coupon
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Two ways to purchase:
Members: log in to your membership on bowmarfitness.com and purchase the one time meal plan ($50)
The button above/below this caption to purchase the meal plan (one time fee of $100)

Once you have purchased the plan, please email hello@sarahbowmar.com (females) and bowmarfitness@gmail.com (males). Let us know if you are looking to cut, bulk, or maintain! 
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We are also offering this FOR FREE to current/past clients. Simply respond to the last email communication that you and I had and let me know if you want to cut, maintain, or bulk! This includes EVERYONE who has ever used our meal plans (including challenge participants as well). We value loyalty :) 

Monday, February 8, 2016

2015/2016 Deer Season

It's February 8, 2016. And archery deer season ended yesterday. What a year it has been! If you aren't a hunter, I applaud you for keeping an open mind and reading my blog. It's never my intent to offend anyone with my hunting pictures or blogs- I simply want to educate as best I can on hunting and conservation.

If you are interested in how I started hunting, please check out this blog 

Our 2015/2016 season was... a doozy. To say the least. We live in Ohio which means we can bait pre season and during season. Majority of our hunting spots are 3 hours away so in June, we start putting out cameras and feed (mainly corn, hay, and minerals) to see what deer are in that area. It's also really neat to start putting out cameras in the summer because you get to watch the deer grow their antlers.

For almost 3 months, we drove down to our spots 3 hours away, as well as our local spots, and put out a few hundred pounds of feed each time. And just to note, majority of the deer that eat the feed, are not shot that year, or possibly ever. All states regulate how many bucks/does can be taken in each county, and it changes from year to year. The higher the population, the more one can harvest. This keeps the balance and eco system in check.

We monitor the deer on the properties that we have permission to hunt on daily. We use cameras that send pictures directly to our phones in real time, so we are constantly monitoring patterns as well as the different deer that frequent that corn pile. We typically hunt bucks first and then does once our buck tag has been filled. On our one property, we had several very large/old bucks that we were primarily targeting that we watched for months.

On opening day in September, I was up first to shoot. The smaller of the three deer that we were watching came in the first morning but it was not the deer that I wanted to take off the property- he simply wasn't old enough and the other two were much more predictable. We watched him for about 20 minutes and let him walk in hopes of the other two coming in that we were going to harvest. The next day... the farmer started logging the woods where the deer were bedding (sleeping). That spot was ruined for the year. All of the deer no longer had anywhere to bed down, so they moved. Hopefully this year, it will have created a safe haven for them and the deer that we watched for months last year, will start to show back up.

Back to the drawing boards.

Another spot that we have 3 hours away was extremely lucky because that's where Josh shot his deer last year. Guess what happens when an outsider comes in and harvests a huge deer off a local property? Word gets around quick. Guess what else happens? People get really pissed off, quick. Again, this was another spot that we were investing in (same as mentioned above, corn, cameras, monitoring, etc). We had several large, old deer that needed to be taken off the property. Over the next few months, we had poachers, trespassers, loose dogs, four wheelers, and a lovely woman who decided to LIE and post a picture saying she saw a world class deer on the property- knowing we were hunting and knowing people would poach. She stole the image off the internet, it was a deer that was on an Illinois state park- some story huh! Another spot, ruined. We even had people using our own tree stands and hunting while we were on a different spot 30 yards away.

Lucky for us, a local spot started producing some really nice deer. We have been feeding the deer for three years with nothing on camera except does, fawns, and yearling bucks. But this year- was our lucky year- two huge bucks started showing up quite often! We hunted them- HARD- for weeks. We ran into the land owner one day, the sweetest old man you will ever meet. He told us that his wife became attached to the deer and we could no longer hunt. Just our luck right.

We decided to take a break from Ohio and decided to travel to Nebraska and Illinois- the story continues- bad weather and no deer. Back to Ohio.

Thank goodness for family friends. Our friend Jimmy has a bunch of hunting permission where we hunt 3 hours away. He does an incredible job managing the deer on his properties and had one deer that was clearly injured, old, and needed to be harvested. Josh and I dropped everything we were doing and headed down to Southern Ohio. We hunted out of an old house that was built in the early 1800s and at the last ten minutes of legal shooting light, my deer (monkey tail) came in! He hung out at around 60 yards, completely covered by brush, just scoping the area. He knew something was off and never came into the corn pile. I drew back as he was walking away and he stopped in an opening about 30 yards away from me. I concentrated, pulled myself together, and released the arrow.

Most anti-hunters assume that hunters have no remorse. They assume we feel nothing when we harvest an animal. They assume we enjoy killing. They assume we are sadistic. They assume we are murderers. They assume we get off to killing. They never assume that we are actually humans with hearts, souls, and a deep love and appreciate for animals. We spend hundreds of hours in the woods. Thousands of dollars feeding deer we will never harvest. Hundreds of hours of archery practice to ensure that the animal is harvested in the quickest manner possible.

Hunters do feel sadness. We feel remorse. We feel appreciation. We feel a sense of accomplishment. We feel gratitude. We feel complete. It's hard to describe to someone who doesn't hunt that we actually love animals- especially bow hunters. We are usually within 20 yards of an animal that is bred to survive. They live their whole lives surviving and we are basically in their living room and they have no idea (most of the time). It's incredible to watch deer or turkeys interact with one another. It's incredible to watch them grow over the summer months. It's pure dedication to wake up at 3am and get ready before the sun comes up. It takes a lot of patience to sit still for hours in the blistering cold. It takes a lot of faith to keep going, despite everything that happens to you. It takes faith that it will come together.

I harvested my 2015 deer at 30 yards. He was dead within a few seconds as it was a complete heart shot. I don't say this to give you graphic images. I say this because I am going to eat meat. And if I am going to eat meat, you better believe that I am harvesting it myself.

Then why the picture smiling with a dead animal? Did you read the work we put into him? Did you read the amount of time, money, and faith we invested into this hunt? It's not that we are happy the animal is dead- that's far from the truth. We smile because it all came together. Hunting IS NOT EASY. Especially bow hunting. To get within 30 yards of an animal that has better sight, smell, hearing, senses, etc- is extremely difficult and not something many people consider. As you can see, it's not just about the harvest. It's about everything that goes into it to make it all come together.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Just Started Lifting Weights and I am Gaining Weight- What Gives? Is It All Muscle?

Congratulations- you have made the decision to start lifting weights. I highly recommend everyone lift weights, even if your goal is to lose fat as well. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn throughout the day performing everyday activities. So there's no point in "waiting until you are at your goal weight" to start lifting because more muscle can get you to your "goal weight" faster.

Side note- your "weight" doesn't mean a whole lot. It basically shows you your relationship to the ground via gravity. If you weight yourself on  Mars- you would weigh totally different! So please, don't let this number define who you are. I weigh more right now than I ever have in my life but I am always the strongest I have ever been too. I like to use body fat percentage as well as inches to determine progress. Taking pictures twice a week is always a great way to track progress.

But I digress- the question that I receive a lot (and I was curious too when I first started lifting): I am new to training, I am trying to lose weight, and even with the extra time in the gym- I am gaining weight. What gives!!!!

This is a pretty loaded question so bear with me!

Depending on how much weight you have to lose, you can safely lose about 1-2 pounds a week (obviously there's a bell curve and you will plateau at some point) or you could lose about .25 - .5% body fat per week (again, bell curve still applies). That being said, a woman can NATURALLY gain UP TO 1 pound of muscle PER MONTH (on average) if her training is on point.

So you can basically lose 16 times as much weight in a month compared to how much weight in muscle you could gain in the same amount of time (again, up to a certain point this will level out).

Let's say Tina is 30% body fat, 5'3, 145 pounds and she is beginning to train (cardio and weights). Tina isn't really tracking the food that she is eating but she is eating "clean". Without knowing if Tina is eating in a deficit or surplus, we have no way of knowing if she is eating too much or the right amount to achieve her goal of weight loss (caloric deficit). As mentioned in pervious blogs, you can eat clean and still gain weight if you are eating in a calorie surplus. Tina probably has the notion that because she is training, she can eat more so she is more than likely eating in a calorie surplus. Tina doesn't see a change on the scale or she is gaining weight and attributes it to muscle gains. While Tina  may be gaining muscle weight, she should be losing more in fat than she is gaining in muscle. Also note, the human body fluctuate up to 5 pounds a day- which is yet another reason why the scale is not a good measure of progress. Take your body fat every 2 weeks along with pictures and inches.

As another side note- IT IS POSSIBLE that if you don't have much weight to lose to begin with, you could be gaining mainly muscle. The only way to know is to take your body fat. If your weight increases but body fat stays the same- you're gaining muscle

The BEST WAY to ensure that you are on track to hit your fitness goals is to track, track, track, track, track. You need to have a general idea of how many calories you are consuming. There's no other way to know if you are on the right path or not.

I highly recommend logging your food for two weeks (either electronically or just writing it down). Tally your total calories, fats, proteins, carbs, and fiber. FOR TWO WEEKS. EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH MUST BE LOGGED. Once you have a general average of what you are eating, then the real fun starts. I am not a huge fan of logging your food every single day- to me, it's a mental prison and I developed a pretty nasty eating disorder from it (again, if it works for you- keep doing it). I recommend determining your BMR and TDEE to figure out what you should be eating in order to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight (depending on your goal). Once you know the total calories and macros you should be eating, I recommend writing your meal plan for the week or month (inclusive of foods and portions) and tally ONCE and then just follow that for the duration of whatever you wrote it for. That's what Josh and I do.

Wow this kind of took a weird turn but I really hope the information is useful!

If you would like to work together, my meal plan rates are on sarahbowmar.com/packages for females and for males: bowmarfitness.blogspot.com.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Will Protein Powder Make Me Fat?

Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies.

Can you stop asking this question?

Sarah Bowmar Non Sugar Coated Answer:
NO!!!!!! Ok, well maybe. Ok, there is not a single food on this planet that will make you fat. How? It's not about WHAT you eat, it's about HOW MUCH you eat. I could write you a twinkie diet and you could lose fat if you are eating less than you burn- not the most ideal situation and you definitely wouldn't be healthy doing it- but it can be done.

Protein powder, by itself, WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAT. Even if you aren't lifting, drinking a protein shake WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAT. THE ONLY WAY PROTEIN POWDER WOULD MAKE YOU FAT IS IF YOU ARE EATING MORE THAN YOU BURN. SIMPLE AS THAT.

You could literally get fat off broccoli if you are eating more calories than you burn. Silly, right?

Protein powder won't make you bulky. Protein powder won't make you fat. Protein powder is a GREAT WAY to supplement additional protein into your diet instead of eating a chicken breast or another can of tuna. But again, you will gain weight from ANYTHING if you are eating more calories than you burn.

So please, drink a protein shake for me