Lightning on my Body: My LIB Diet & Training

magicmtn mtnevan lib front flexing

Veins = lightning bolts zigzagging on your body.

I’ve had a few people asking what my diet and training is like since I started putting up pics from Lightning in a Bottle. You’ll be surprised how simple it is. A lot of this is about what I DON’T do.

First, I’m going to lay it out for you, so you can see how surprisingly simple it is. Then, I’ll expand on each of the points further down.


  1. I get at least 80g of protein per day, usually close to 100g.
  2. I don’t worry about other macros.
  3. I don’t count calories.
  4. When I’m bulking, I eat as much as I can until I’m very full, but not until I’m stuffed.
  5. When I’m cutting, I eat as little as I can until I’m a bit hungry, but not until I’m starved.
  6. I have milk and a big meal after my workouts. Otherwise, I don’t follow a meal timing or frequency plan. I eat when I wanna.
  7. I take 3 supplements: Vitamin D, Creatine, and ZMA. I’m mindful of Omega-3, but I eat fish and eggs rather than supplements.

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My Daily Kefir Smoothie


The majority of healthy weirdos have some sort of smoothie or juice they consume on a daily or semi-daily basis. I’m one of them =P

Consider the decision-making process that goes into a smoothie. What goes into it, how it’s made, and how it’s consumed. With so much room for design, I think it reveals a lot about that person’s knowledge, goals, and values. In that vein, I’d like to share with you my daily smoothie!

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How My Farts Stopped Stinking

"Run! Run! The fog is poison!" - Katniss Everdeen, the day she met me after post-workout ice cream.

“Run! Run! The fog is poison!” – Katniss Everdeen, the day she met me after post-workout ice cream.

The problem

My farts used to smell terrible. Farts in general are already unpleasant, but mine were truly terrible. This was confirmed during my first year in college. While chillin’ in the common area, out of courtesy I warned my new suitemates of my impending gas. When it came, every one was shocked. I was shocked at just how bad they reacted, and they of course were shocked at just how bad it smelled. From then on they could recognize my signature stank. But everywhere else, if I didn’t say anything, the blame often fell on someone else or it wouldn’t come up at all. Fortunately (for me), they were usually silent. But the one person who suffered most and could not escape from my farts though was Cherry, who had to share a bed with me. And I’m glad I was able to finally get my farts to stop stinking, for her sake =) Continue reading

My First Talk About Business

I titled this, “Asian-American Accountant, Barefoot Business Beast.” Other potential titles could be:

  • “How to Start a Shoe Company with $7K, While Working Full-Time.”
  • “Mental Barriers to Entrepreneurship, & Why They Didn’t Stop a Schmuck Like Me”
  • and “The Most You Can Learn About Mountain in 30 Minutes.” Just kidding. (Kidding about this being a potential title. Otherwise, I do think this is the most you can learn about me in just 30 minutes.)

This talk is nearly a year old now. So much has happened since then–the big thing being that we are now a real business sending real products to real customers for real money (see But everything I said in the video still remains true. Thank you Multi-Asian Student Association for having me back

Self-Employed No Income, or The Summer Vacation I Never Had

Beach & Beard, staples of Summer 2012. via Instagram

“What have you been up to, Mountain?”

If you’re my friend (real and/or facebook), you probably know I left my job in March to travel the country for 10 weeks, promoting my startup the Primal Professional. Since returning to San Diego late May, life has been less exciting, but different enough to warrant a blog post. We have enough savings and enough potential for income in the near future to be comfortable without clocking in for paychecks. But we don’t have so much savings nor such a guaranteed future income to really do everything we want to. It’s not quite 4-Hour Workweek status, but it’s undeniably better than working full-time.

I’ve been occupying myself with “cheap/free” activities: reading, fooling on the internet, TV and movies, growing a beard, working out, breaking my pinky, cooking, eating, meeting up with people to chat or catch up, and the beach. But first, let’s start with…

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Slow-Bulk 1 Week 1

Last Thursday, I started my first ever deliberate attempt to gain lean mass. At least, I hope it will be lean mass mostly…I find myself having mild separation anxiety from killer abs after high-calorie training days. However, they do come back by the end of the lower-calorie rest day. That was among a few unexpected and interesting things I’ve noticed just in the first week.

Kefir with a swirl of ruby port. Hedonistic bulking. via Instagram

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I Killed an Animal

It was a chicken. The first warm-blooded life I had taken directly.

It wasn’t for fun (and it certainly wasn’t fun). It was for nourishment…and for a much-needed education. As much as we would like to forget, and have been allowed to forget, via the modern industrialized food chain, we are all bound to nature as participants in the eternal cycle of life and death. We all have the blood of animals on our hands. Vegetarians and vegans not excepted.

So for the first time in my life, 

I took personal responsibility for taking a life,

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What Do All “Dieters” Have In Common?

(Photo: Kevin Cheng)

Paleo. Vegan. Vegetarian. Fruitarian. Local. Raw. Organic. Macrobiotic. Mediterranean. Low-fat. Low-carb. Slow-carb. High-protein. Gluten-free. Intermittent fasting. Warrior diet. Six small meals. Gallon of Milk A Day.

What do all “dieters” have in common? They all have chosen to depart from conventional eating habits, in hopes of finding something better. It could be for themselves, their family, their community, humanity at large, and/or the environment. Let’s begin by acknowledging this fact, and respect that they make efforts to do better.

It must be said, though, that often times, the assumptions we hold about a diet are completely wrong. As with anything else, an open yet critical mind must be kept.

Becoming a State Champion Powerlifter, part 3: Lessons and What’s Next

On February 11, 2012, I competed in my first powerlifting meet and became a state champion and current record holder in my division. This is a 3-part series on my adventures in powerlifting from Feb 2009 – Feb 2012. The first post talks about how I got into the sport. The second post covers more details on training and the day of the meet. The third post is on lessons learned and what’s next.

Lesson 8. Find synergies. (Photo: Ryan Chang)

The cool thing about these lessons is that they have carryover into all other parts of life. I’ll keep it short, but each one can probably be a post all by itself. Continue reading