Testing 1,2, 3…

Are you listening?

IMG_4594 I will never forget when I started my first blog.  I didn’t know what I was doing and it didn’t even matter.  Jeremy Thiel recommended that I start one.  I didn’t know why I did it but It quickly became something that I really felt inspired to do.

I never, ever wrote on my blog for the sake of it being for any body else.  I wrote in a way that was relevant to me.  I suppose it could have been a diary because I didn’t really care what people thought about it.   10 years ago, I suppose I really didn’t believe anybody else cared if I had anything to say or not.  Its even fair to say as introverted as I was, I actually was still a scared kid with almost no self confidence when It came to my perception of myself to say or do anything meaningful or relevant for the world.

I Blogged for myself.

Before I started blogging, the only other passions I had in my life were sports(football, baseball,basketball), Nutrition (Advocare Supplements, Meat, veggies and whole grains) and working out (PowerLifting. Body Building and Crossfit).    All of those things I started as I was growing up.  Sports at 4 years old, working out at about 13, Advocare at 17 and food around 20.
At 19 I could no longer play sports because of an injury and within a few months I decided to also give up working out.  After a year went by, my health and mental state were at a all time low but with a Re-introduction to Advocare’s wellness line I began feeling more energetic and alive again and got back into the gym.
That time period made me realize that I would never go back to an unhealthy or sedentary life style ever again.

Right now I am in Dallas, TX.  The past 3 days I have done 2 workouts by myself in a hotel gym which had not much more that a few sets of dumbbells.  As I was nearly done with one of those workouts I realized that no-one was around to see how much I was struggling and suffering.
Years ago I would not have cared… I believe I have done 1000+ workouts that no one ever witnessed or even knew I did.  I did them for me not for others.
As I was getting closer to the end of the workout I realized,  I need to record this and share it on Facebook.

Here is the deal…  just like I never meant to blog for anyone else, I also never worked out for recognition.  I never meant for it to matter and didn’t think it did. When I turned 25 though All of a sudden my passions turned into people wanting to know what I was doing.  I began to teach others what I was doing.  People started reading my blog.   I got criticized for being an idiot.  People cared more about whether I was right or wrong than I did.
But I had well over 100 clients in Crossfit Class with me and almost 3o doing private training with me.  They all were getting results.  My Blog was receiving a few hundred views a day.

Before I was 25 i didn’t want to change the world.

I was just a kid. Working out, taking my supplements, eating healthy and living a simple life with no vision.

Now though,  even if I don’t speak with perfect etiquette or use proper punctuation/spelling with my broken grammar,  I do know this… I want to change the world!

I have heard that Character is defined as what you do when nobody else is watching.  If this is the case I am going to pretend like nobody is reading this or see’s what I post online.

I won’t stop Eating well, exercising, taking my supplements or writing this blog.

Consistent Action Over Time is how we obtain our Ultimate Goal!

Sorry I have been Gone for so Long!  It’s ok… I am glad to have you Back!

A Quick shout out to Orion Hones.  His youthful wisdom in his blog has motivated me to focus on mine!

Change Starts from the Inside

James 1:2-4 ESV /
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Sometimes a person’s story is all you need to know.  My job is as much about motivating and inspiring others as it is to be inspired and motivated by others.  I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be able to do what I do in the gym everyday, if I wasn’t able to see the amazing achievements the people I work for are making on a regular basis.
This young lady is a phenomenal person to have around.  As nervous as she was to start this program,  I have yet to see her show up with a negative attitude or poor work ethic.  She has been crushing it since the first workout.

 Michelle’s Story

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI started at CrossFit Central Downtown at the end of March 2014. My sister Niki introduced me to it and to Big Mike. She’s always been that positive reinforcement for me. I started CrossFitting because I felt I needed a strong support system to become successful at something I’ve always failed at. As soon as I met Mike, I knew this was it. He didn’t give up on me let alone judge me for being out of shape. He paid attention, watched my form, and when I was starting to slow down he would yell “Keep going Michelle, you’re doing great!” even if it was across the gym or down 3rd street. I was also blessed to have the support of coach Taylor Deering. The Big Mike & Taylor combo is what has kept me CrossFitting.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy results have been life changing and overall my quality of life has improved. I have a new kind of confidence that I’ve never had before. I feel like I even walk different. The way I look is NOT how I feel inside. I feel all of my muscles now and I love it! In the beginning, I would have anxiety about going because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone in class. I would be the last one to finish or not finish at all. It took me a while to get over that but luckily I had a few athletes that would run with me or count down the reps to finish. That will be something I will always pay forward.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince I’ve started at CCDT, I have yet to miss a class. How I see it is that if I miss a class, I am already behind.Every time I go, I get a little bit faster and stronger. There have been a couple of times where I finished under time or I wasn’t the last one to finish! I’ve been consistently PR’ing on all of my weightlifting and benchmark workouts. I take the little victories as they come.

Crossfit has allowed me to dig deep inside myself and see what I’m really made of, the strength I never knew I had. I realized that we all have it in us, we just need to find that fire.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe changes that have happen inside the gym have definitely poured over to my life outside of the gym. For instance, I now have a better control over my nutrition, which has always been a struggle for me. I’m Greek…and Greeks live to eat, not eat to live. I’ve had to change the way I think about food. I also find myself sizing up different objects around me like “I could probably lift that and then squat with it!” I must also say that my amazing husband, Ben, is my biggest supporter and tells me all the time how proud he is of me.

At first I would go to Pinterest the day before or morning of class and would search motivational CrossFit pictures/quotes/articles. This may sound cheesy but it actually helped me. Now the motivation comes from other athletes, my coach AND that I have come way too far to give up now. I’m in this for the long haul. I think back to the pain and struggle I felt with when I first started. I never want to go back to that nor go through all that again. The hardest part of all this was to get started and to keep going even if my body hurts like hell.

Crossfit Compairson MARCH 2015-2I was 29 years old when I started CrossFit. My weight was 331 lbs, my energy level was average and my diet wasn’t totally horrible but consisted of lots of tortillas, chips and cheese. This is Austin…we eat tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner! My latest body comp was done at the end of I AM CrossFit this month (March 2014), and was 16.8 inches and 9.6 lbs lost for the 7 week challenge. To date, in the 12 months since I started at CrossFit Central Downtown, I’ve lost 58.55 inches and 27.8 lbs. I can never imagine EVER putting that weight or those inches back on. That’s not who I am anymore.

My goal for this upcoming year is do either assisted or unassisted pull ups! I also want to run faster. Running is something I’ve never been good at but that doesn’t mean I won’t be. CrossFit has opened up my eyes to possibilities that I never thought I could actually do.

Last year I competed in my first CrossFit competition, CrossFit Central’s Iron Bell competition, with my awesome sister Niki! We ended up placing 1st in the 2nd WOD (60 seconds max double unders and max shoulder to overhead). I just completed the 7-week I AM CrossFit challenge and ended up taking more away from it than I originally thought. The food logging and support from Coach Taylor Deering was the best part if it. I’m still food logging even though the challenge is over. I sign up for these challenges and competitions because accountability is what keeps me consistent. The more I involve myself with my gym, the more I will benefit from it. These challenges/competitions allowed me to gain new friends, get my nutrition under control and take my fitness goals to the next level.

I’ve also signed up for CrossFit Central’s Phoenix Competition in April. To be honest, I signed up within the first 10 minutes of the open enrollment. I was at last year’s Phoenix to support my sister and was inspired by all the awesome women. I told myself then that I hoped I would be in shape enough to do it next year. Well, we are almost 1 year later and I couldn’t be more excited to compete!

Be the Bigger Man

Bailey was CrossFitting well before I inherited the role of his coach. He had already seen many great results during that time and, to be honest, I don’t really even remember him being the skinny guy he was when he started up even though I know I saw him at the box working out.

As much as I can’t take any credit for helping him a whole lot to achieve great success, I do now see where his weaknesses lie and do my best to implement more exercises in class that will help him progress for more future development. An example of this would be more upper body strength with overhead dumbbell presses and deficit pushups (past parallel).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is great to see when a strong athlete gets even better. I believe CrossFit is such a fundamentally sound program that it benefits almost all (if not every) type of athlete in their respective sport.

On top of all the things Bailey has achieved physically, he is absolutely a class act human being! I am positive I have never seen this guy show up to the gym without a smile on his face and a willingness to greet somebody or even crack a joke to get a laugh out of everyone around.

Bailey’s Story

I started CrossFit in February 2013 at CrossFit Central Downtown. I lived within walking/running distance from the gym and good start times allowed me to get warmed up on the run over. I wanted to gain muscle mass while staying lean.

BaileyBeforeI came in weighing 155 pounds and within about a year and a half weighed 180 pounds. I now have pecs, traps, shoulders and huge quads. I workout in the mornings at CCDT and, before starting CrossFit, I found myself hating mornings and was late to morning meetings. This is no longer the case – I’m up on Tuesdays and Thursdays on my rest days being as productive as the days I workout. It’s been great for work and my relationship.

I had read that a fit business person is more likely to gain more business simply from the confidence they exert in every facet of their life. I feel like I’ve bared witness to this theory. I do find myself using the mirror a bit more but how harmful is a little hidden vanity?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASoccer is my sport outside of CrossFit, playing on many different leagues and throughout the week on as many as 4 teams regularly. As a defensive player, my skill set is quick sprinting speed while forcing a player off the ball. With the extra weight I’ve put on with CrossFit, I’ve not lost my speed but have been able to impose my size on larger players.

I feel great after my workouts and CrossFit has helped me keep a great sleep cycle. The physical workouts force you to eat great as well since you don’t want the work to be in vain.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy favorite workout or movement? I could do kipping pull-ups all day, with back squats as a close second.

When I found CrossFit, I was 31, weighed 155 pounds, with decent energy and healthy diet. I now weigh 180 pounds and, although I had a lower body fat percentage when I started, I’m happier with my current size/shape now. I still want to achieve a body weight of 185 pounds, as well as accomplish double unders and handstand walks. I competed in the CrossFit Games Open last year but until I conquer double unders, no more competitions.

An Unassuming Bad Ass

It seems as though I am really good at underestimating people!

It is true that I have very little empathy for people when it comes to working out because I always expect people to accomplish their goals in the gym, yet I take very little time to celebrate their accomplishments with them. So I guess when people set a goal in class, I am always ready to say…now on to the next.

I remember when I first starting coaching Pedro 2 years ago.  He was always there and ready to workout. I knew he was a fast runner. I also knew he wanted to finish the workouts quickly. What I didn’t realize was that he is actually highly competitive.

Now that Pedro is in our Advanced Athlete Program I have recognized just how much he is driven to win. I know for a fact this carries over into his professional and personal life.

My blog has highlighted more 5:30 AM athletes for one reason.  They just flat out work harder than most people do.  The best part about that is that they are also all Outstanding Human Beings!

Pedro’s Story

I started CrossFitting with my wife Kate at the very beginning of 2011 at the old RunTex location on Lake Austin Blvd. Joined because I was looking for something more “athletic” than going to the gym.  I missed sports, but knew that I couldn’t play the contact sports I played growing up because of the time commitment of my career and because of previous shoulder injuries.  I was immediately hooked on CrossFit because it reminded me of the conditioning part of practices where you felt like you were going to throw up but you felt like you accomplished something when it was done.  My first workout was “Cindy” at the old RunTex Lake Austin in January 2011.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI started in Mike’s 5:30am MWF class when the CrossFit Central Downtown gym opened up and, except for a short stint this year, have always had him as a coach for some piece of my training regimen.

Training with Big Mike has definitely forced me to be more comfortable with change.  I like to look at the workout beforehand and develop a strategy for attacking it.  This can be a good thing, but CrossFit is also about being prepared for the unknown.  When Big Mike changes the programming I don’t have time to think too much about it, I just have to go as hard as I can at that moment.  It’s good to have the balance of both methods.

Pedro_RowingPeople often limit themselves before they even start something.  Pretty soon they don’t even try anything for fear of failure or, even worse, they make up reasons why something won’t work. I’ve always known this, but you see a good example in CrossFit.   The type of people that tend to stick to CrossFit for a long time are those that like to challenge themselves and realize that sometimes the reward doesn’t come from just finishing or winning, but that the process of going through something hard and trying as hard as they can is its own reward.

It’s related to the point above but I’ve noticed, in both myself and others, that people often hide their goals because it’s easier to give up that way.  It’s a fine line between not being overconfident, but if I really am committed to something, whether in CrossFit, academically, or at work, I’ve started writing my goals down or telling people.  That way you’re fully committed and if you give up you know it, other people know it, and you know other people know it.  It provides that extra bit of motivation we all need sometimes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome days are harder than others to be motivated and 100% present, but I generally feel better about everything if I can start the day with a workout.  Also, a little bit of competition, both with myself and others, keeps me motivated.  I’m never going to compete at a high level, but I’ve been fortunate to always have athletes in various classes to push me and I hope I’ve pushed them.  I’ve also made some really good friends in the process.  There’s something fun about a little healthy competition.

I played sports growing up and always consistently went to the gym, but it was a matter of going through the motions.  I thought I felt pretty good though.  I was 31 when I started CrossFitting.  I definitely saw results early on, mainly with my scores and times, but things really changed about 6 months in when my wife did a 30-day women’s challenge and we started eating Paleo.  We did strict Paleo for the whole challenge and the results were pretty big.  I felt way better and dropped two pants sizes even though I was still eating enough to not be hungry and to keep my energy up.  My wife also discovered she is pretty sensitive to gluten.  She’s done a lot of research and knows a lot about food and how to cook healthy food that tastes great.  Ever since then, we’ve been generally Paleo.  We’ll cheat every once in a while, and if it’s a special occasion we enjoy it without feeling guilty, but I’d say we eat Paleo ~85% of the time.

I very rarely do body comps because I honestly care more about my times and weights.  People might disagree but I don’t think I look that different.  My clothes fit better at a size smaller so I must, but I personally don’t really see it.  My last body comp was part of I Am CrossFit in January of this year and I want to say I was 11% body fat but I don’t really remember.  My time was 7:10 though.

The last few months have been pretty crazy, as I started a new job about 6 weeks ago and my wife is due with our second child in about 4 weeks.  For the rest of this year my non-work goals are to complete this vest challenge I’ve given myself (I add a few pounds to a weight vest every few weeks as my wife goes through pregnancy, getting up to 30 pounds – I’m at ~25lbs now) and hold on to the strength and stamina gains I’ve made.  I want to enjoy the holidays and holiday food with my family without going too crazy.  Then I want to be set up to attack the I Am CrossFit challenge at the start of the year.  I might make a weight goal for the first time just for kicks, but I really want to break 7:00 minutes.  I want to challenge Teo’s all-time record…there’s that whole publicizing a goal thing!

With my work schedule I don’t have time to commit to training for any of the more serious challenges, and I’m ok with that.  I do like going to them though and supporting the other athletes/friends.  I do the I Am CrossFit challenge because it’s a great way to start the year and get back on a disciplined schedule after the holidays.

Pedro_November 28, 2013The biggest impact has been on our family.  My wife and sister-in-law are also part of the Crossfit Central community and I think we’re setting a great example for our son Patrick and our next child.  I’ve also made some really good friends.  Its hard not to be attracted to people that are passionate about helping others and about pushing themselves.  It makes you step up your own game.

Just enough? – There is no such thing.

sense-of-entitlement“The worst thing about success is a little bit” – Dani Johnson

I keep hearing these words in my head over and over. As I think about how this statement delivers meaning to me, I can’t help but also think about how I see it in others.

We are born into the world naturally having the ability to achieve things. Through this process, it is a law that we must also fail first. Learning how to crawl, walk and talk for instance is a basic idea of what that looks like. Luckily, we also had help along the way. We are gifted to have mentors who continue to help us up and hold our hands to get better at these now seemingly simple task. If we pronounced something wrong, it was reinforced the correct way. This has and will continue to be a constant truth for almost everything we ever become gifted at.

So what makes a little bit of success so bad? This is where it depends on us. If we see our past success and realize how much help we had to achieve it, show gratitude and humility to everyone who has given us the guidance we needed, and move forward with a servant heart to share with others…then not a lot.

However, sometimes it is possible to develop an attitude that portrays entitlement and an ultimate ego. The mentality that says look at what I have done, or I deserve the whole world to be handed to me, and this ignorance can consume us.

Sometimes a little bit of success can set us back and deliver us a negative attitude that draws few future opportunities to us. I really believe this is where people get stuck in the realm of development.

If we continue to want to see ourselves grow, learn new things, make improvements in our minds, bodies and spirits, as well as ultimately receive new/greater opportunities, we must recognize that although we have worked hard to earn what we now have and to become who we currently are, our past success was developed not through our own efforts but with the help of so many others along the way.

Zero to Hero

The title of this blog is not to say that this guy was a nobody when he started working out at Crossfit Central.  I met Caleb right at 1 year ago and I could tell that he had a lot going for himself.  He was new to Austin and by talking with him and seeing him live his life, it was obvious to me how talented and driven he was to do big things.

I love it when people come to our gym and immediately start to connect to the community.  Caleb pretty quickly became a go-to guy for us with his ability to produce good photography for our competitions, and he even made himself present as somebody who was a part of our crew in social events.

Seeing him show up to class consistently was one thing, but when I saw him posting on Facebook about working out on his days off it showed me how serious he really was about his fitness and physical transformation.  I honestly had forgotten what he looked like when he started until I saw his before picture.

I love seeing stories like Caleb’s come to the surface because of how rapid that success was from him starting with so many physical limitations to where he is now almost at the top of his class when it comes to crushing every workout.  I think people have more in them than they realize.  Caleb is a prime example of somebody who did something that anybody could do if they chose to do it!

Caleb’s Story

I started CrossFit in August 2013 – just hit my 1 year! When I joined, I went right into Mike’s 7am MWF class, never having done CrossFit before.

I chose CrossFit Central because a friend I worked with at the Apple Store (Gerry Bermudez) was an athlete there, and he had spoken highly of it. I did some research and saw that CC seemed to have a great community and really put the extra effort into having a great place for the athletes, not just an open space with some weights for people to throw around.

Caleb1yearI was with Mike from August 2013 through June 2014, before I joined the Advanced Athlete program at CrossFit Central. I have now been in Jessica Estrada’s 5:30am MWThF class since July 2014.

Training with Mike has been great – he’s always supportive and encouraging, without being either soft or over-the-top aggressive. It made for a great environment to push myself and get better and have the support behind me for it. CrossFitting has taught me to be a morning person. It’s taught me that consistency and sticking to a plan will get you where you want to go, or at least get you in the right direction. Being around a lot of CrossFitters is an awesome experience; it’s a bunch of people who are dedicated hard workers, not just in their training but across their lives.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am more organized now and better at making plans and sticking to them. Maybe part of it is that taking the time out of my week to work out leaves me less time to accomplish the other things I have to do, so I’ve been forced to get my act together. I also feel better, obviously. Stronger, healthier, more energy – I feel like taking on new challenges is exciting rather than scary.

When I started CrossFit I was 25, 212lbs, and ate a pretty middle-of-the-road diet. I avoided fast food most of the time and sometimes made salads for dinner. I didn’t bother going out of my way to eat very well though. Now I am down to 182 lbs, and it’s much easier for me to make healthy choices, like not staying out late or eating good food. If I’m getting up to work out the next morning, I’m not going out on a Tuesday night for happy hour. It’s become habit to choose the healthier options when I’m out, rather than having to force myself to give up the yummy unhealthy foods. I love broccoli!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow at 26,  I want to be as healthy as I can for the rest of my life. I know that starting off on the right foot in my 20’s is going to make sure that I’m still skiing and biking and CrossFitting into my 70s and beyond. I’m a photographer, and I love doing on-location shoots that inevitably involve a lot of gear. I want to hike up mountains to get the perfect shot. Being physically fit is a requirement for the kind of work I want to be doing now and in the future. In the gym, I’ve lost a good amount of weight, but it’s been mostly fat. I’m trying to focus on building muscle/strength now and continuing to eat well. I’m often photographing competitions for CrossFit Central which keeps me from competing, but I would like to do one soon!

What You Do Is Who You Are

Rarely do I have the desire to take the time to post a success story on somebody I either do not know or have never trained myself.

Josh’s story was one I thought could be different.  About 6 weeks ago, CrossFit Central made a switch in our programs to offer our Advanced Athlete classes in the early mornings at our downtown gym. With that switch, several athletes that I coached switched over to the new program and many others who were not in my class moved from Jessica Estrada’s Co-ed program over to mine.

After I met Josh for our first one-on-one assessment, he shared with me a bit about his military experience and the fact that he had lost about 50 lbs over the past year by using CrossFit as a fitness program.

What I have noticed about Josh is plain and simple…he is motivated to do the right things for the right reasons based around his belief  system.

I am excited for his success to this point and looking forward to see where he goes from here!

Josh’s Story

I started CrossFitting sometime in the first quarter of 2013 — I believe March or April of last year. I came to CrossFit Central because of its good reputation overall and friendly atmosphere. You get some places that seem to overdo it on the phony bravado. I’ve never seen that at Central. I have had the good fortune to benefit from the tutelage of Jessica Estrada, Lucy Shellito, and now Michael Gregory.

FatWhen I started at Central I was 37 years old, 230lbs, ate fast food at least once and frequently twice a day. Lots of sugar in my coffee, and I burned through maybe two or three pots during the workday. I forget the exact percentages from my most recent body comp, but I’m somewhere in the “normal human male” range now.

People get fat and weak for a lot of different reasons, not all of which are under their control. A lot of people have good excuses for it. But in my case, I did not: the reality was that I was just lazy and ate too much Tex-Mex. The big result I’ve seen in the past 14-16 months is not really physical, though that’s been tremendous — I started at about 230lbs, and am now in the 185lbs-190lbs range — but mental. A commitment to CrossFit for a guy like me is not so much about physical improvement as it is about internalizing self-discipline. When that alarm sounds at 4:30am, I know I have two choices: I can be the guy who sacks in for another couple of hours and then enjoys three or four donuts, kolaches, or tacos — in other words, the guy I’ve been most of my life — or I can be the guy who gets up, gets humbled and spent at the WOD, and begins the day with more exertion and effort than most people clock in all week.

photo-81There are two things in this that bear emphasis. The first is that word humbled, versus humiliated. There’s a difference. Humiliation is negative, destructive, and usually the result of one’s own poor attitude. Humbling, on the other hand, is positive, and stems largely from an understanding that pain and difficulty are schools for your own betterment — if you decide to accept them as such. Being humbled means that when your limitations are made plain to you and to others — and there’s no hiding it when I’m struggling to complete a WOD that others are apparently handling with alacrity — you draw fortitude and inspiration from that, rather than succumb to defeat and despair. The consequent resolve to press on is not really about a desire to improve as such: it is in fact the heightening and sharpening of the plain will to live.

The second thing is that the instilling of internal self-discipline is the first and inescapable step toward self-governance as Texans and Americans have traditionally understood it. I won’t get political here, but suffice it to say that once upon a time, this country was built by men and women who woke up in the mornings and said to themselves, “I’m going to make a home in a wilderness where it is unsafe, uncertain, and unrestful.”  Their children and grandchildren ventured abroad in that same spirit. It was the possession of that spirit — of that ability to self-govern even in stress and tumult — that made democracy possible. A self-governing society is an emergent property of self-governing individuals. I’m not saying CrossFit is the only way to get people like that. I’m saying it has helped me be a person like that.

CrossFit has reminded me of things I ignored: not least that it is far better for the soul and character to be a small man among giants than a giant among small men. Though I have benefitted greatly from CrossFit, I am nevertheless, after barely a year, still a below-average performer at pretty much every WOD in my own view. But as Browning wrote, “[A] man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”

Since starting CrossFit, my days outside of the gym are more structured and less haphazard. My goal right now is to keep up and start posting competitive times and weights with my classmates. I’m not there yet. On the other hand, it’s within sight. A year ago, I could do maybe ten pushups. Now I could pass an Army Physical Fitness Test — not smashingly, but a definite pass. That’s a huge change. My motivation comes from the realization that the choice to act, or not to act, is definitional. What you do is who you are.

Here comes the Heat, whatcha gonna do about it?

I am not gonna lie…I love this time of the year in this part of the country. The Texas heat has always been something very near and dear to my heart. I have lived in Texas since I was about 2 years old. I don’t really remember life before then. The summer is Awesome and I hope you agree!

Glenns_1287bc_1080881One thing I know about this time of year is that people will either embrace it or whine about it. Don’t be the person trying to figure out how to avoid the heat.

I will only say this once…don’t allow the heat to stand between you and your fitness. This is actually the time of the year when you should be in the best shape possible. Your body temperature is already higher than normal and therefore you are able to burn more calories easier throughout the day. Take advantage of it. If you ever had an easy chance to get lean…now is the time. If you aren’t sure how to talk yourself into this…act as if you don’t have a choice.

Mental toughness is built upon every single day. Physical toughness is developed through doing things that maybe you don’t always feel like you want to do. Whatever negative thoughts we have about doing something is obviously a very natural emotion, but failing to do it anyway is where we fall short. Showing up anyway is the only way to have a chance to become better. This is true even if you feel like it wasn’t your best day.

They say if you can train in the heat, you can train in any climate. I think that if you can make your brain tell your body to move…you have definitely figured out what it means to be fit.


Motivation… Do you have it?

About 2 1/2 weeks ago I was having a conversation with Jeremy Thiel about Flipping the switch.
From Time to time we all have to check back in and see where we are, how do we feel about it and how to get your mind back into the right mind set to do something that maybe used to be so natural.

It is wild what all can come out of a conversation like that.

Take this for instance… for the both of us, we love to wake up and start listening to Rap/Hip Hop Music. We are from a generation were some of the most vulgar music can motivate us to make big things happen.

I know for myself… if anything that gets me going is missing on a given day, I will probably not be 100%

Yesterday was my first day back to work after knee surgery last Thursday. It was a solid day for me because from the time I woke up at 4:30 till the time I got back home at 8 pm, I got a lot accomplished. I actually stayed up on my computer till about 10pm reading and sharing on Social Media out of shear positivity.

Today, I was driving around in my Truck after a morning of meetings and computer task (both of which I was not on fire about) thinking about how much I just wanted to feel like I was making something happen and having fun with it. All I wanted was to feel excited about what I was doing. I couldn’t shake the word Motivation from my head. Almost immediately the TI song from above came through my speakers from the radio.

Here is what it all boils down to… If I want to feel like I am getting something done… I need to be out doing something. That simple. I know that we are more capable to do more than sometimes we are willing to push ourselves to do. I have experienced that myself and all I know from it is dissatisfaction.

This blog has do with nothing more than me rambling about some thoughts so please don’t tell me if you don’t like it.

Crush Life!

Ups and Downs are Temporary

But what you do is always right now.

joypainLife is Good! Life is Great! Life Sucks!

As some years have gone by for me (currently 32) I have continued to be reminded of the Law of Abundance. This states that we are capable of designing our life 100% and that everything we ever want and desire is obtainable simply by thinking and acting as if we already have it!

This is true for all things!
The type of Job we want.
The relationships we desire.
The money we want to earn.
The homes, cars, boats, clothes or jewelry we love to have.
The influence we aspire to.

If you can Dream it You can See it… If you can See it you can Have it.

I have believed in the Law of Abundance for many years now. I have put the practice to good use many times and enjoyed countless rewards because of it. The thing is, though, the fulfillment from it all hasn’t always lasted like I thought it would. I have even lost or given up much of it through frustrating or challenging times!

This makes be think…how can I be so blessed and at times feel like life is a living hell all at the same time?

Crazy right?

pain-pleasureThrough soul searching and desiring more though, I feel like I better understand God’s Plan. We are young creatures who are to be given much and challenged even more. Through the experience of pleasure and pain we develop an unbelievable wisdom that we are able to share with others around us who need a message. If we had no hardships, we would have no growth and therefore would have nothing to offer the world in which we live.

I believe life needs hardships or extreme challenges.

Fire Burns. Tearing the skin off your hands sucks. Pushing your body past fatigue and failing reps is a horrible experience. The body always comes back stronger…Always!

So how about embracing the suck fest when the cold wind blows and know that it is all a necessary piece to the bigger picture of life.

Quitting is not an option…Quitting is for quitters! So get back up. Show back up. The time to go is right now!