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What’s Your Trigger? No More Excuses. Get After Your Goals.

Image-1.jpgWhat’s your trigger? What has to happen for you to make a change for the better?  For me it was a picture. I actually just found the picture again.  I had assumed that it had been lost and figured that I would never see it again.

It was January of 1998 and I was getting ready to head to San Diego for the Super Bowl.  I went to the doctor for a physical and she told me, “You’re about to pop.”  I asked, “What do you mean?”  She said, “You’re going to have a heart attack.”  I’m thinking, I’m 31 and I can’t believe I might not make it to 32.  When she made the statement, she seemed pretty confident.  The more I think about it now, I might have made it to 32 but there is no way I would have been around until 35.  I still had not made any decision to do anything about my life.  I actually don’t remember her making any suggestions, just giving me a warning.

While in San Diego, I went to Rosarito, Mexico with some friends and we rode horse on the beach. This is where the picture was taken. It was about 2 weeks later that I received an envelope from a friend with two pictures.  I still don’t know where the other one is, but I think that one made me feel like I was bigger than the horse.  I felt bad about making the horse carry my fat ass.

EAS was being promoted all over the city of San Diego and by the Broncos players.  I ended up speaking with someone from EAS and got some product and a Muscle Media Magazine.  The magazine had a promotion for Body for Life, which was the first actually transformation challenge.  They were promoting their second year.  I read about the contest that same day that I saw the picture.   The next day was my first day back in the gym.  7 months later, I had accomplished what I set out to do.  20 years later I am still doing it.  Only now I have more knowledge and a better understanding of what it takes for me to achieve my goals and live a healthy lifestyle.

It’s funny, because I remember how I felt when I saw that picture.  Part of me thinks, “Why would I want that reminder? It made me feel horrible.  I couldn’t believe I was that fat.”   It is also a reminder of what I have accomplished. This picture represents a time in my life that I made my greatest change ever.  The combination of the 3 things that happened around the same time were the wakeup call that I needed in order to change my life.  You don’t always see yourself, the way you actually look.  I always recommend that people take before and after pics.  As someone starts making changes during your transformation they would probably be the last person to notice their changes visually.  We see ourselves in the mirror just about every day and are use, to what we see.  In some cases, we lie about what we see.  I know, I did. I lied to myself about a lot of things.

That trigger isn’t just about recognizing the problem, it’s about setting your goals, taking the steps to accomplish them and pursuing them, until you have accomplished those goals.

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What’s it take to reach your Goals? Do you have what it takes to make a successful transformation?

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It’s all too common to hear people who are frustrated with their inability to successfully reach their goals.  When it comes to a transformation that means: They aren’t losing the fat.  They aren’t gaining the muscle.  Or they aren’t getting any stronger.  I’ve been asked many times, “What’s it take to reach your goals”.  My answer usually starts with, “the right mindset”.  “You have to be able to take control of your own mind”.

Obviously, most people know that it comes down to proper nutrition and a consistent exercise program.  But where most people fail is not being able to follow through with one or both of these.  People will lie to themselves to make themselves feel better.  I’ve done it myself.  I’ve told myself that I was going to stick with a strict diet, which I did.  Or at least claimed I did.  I would just ignore the box of cookies that I stuffed in my face on a Saturday afternoon.  There isn’t really a problem if there is a cheat meal once a week or whatever.  The problem comes in when there are cheats that you are not self reporting.

There is also a difference in putting together what might be more of maintenance than anything.  Someone is setting high goals, but when they get to the gym they go through the motions.  If I’m not killing it in the gym, then I am not making the gains that I expect to make.  The way I see it, is that if I get through a workout and don’t feel muscle exhaustion and don’t feel like I just got my ass kicked, than I didn’t put the work in during my workout.

In my workout today we did a couple of circuits.  Each circuit had  5 rounds of 8 to 15 reps with 3 exercises.  We do increase the number of exercises based on workout.  Our rest period was 1 minute in between rounds.  The weights weren’t real heavy but our legs were on fire by the time we were done.  We finished up with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) on a rowing machine.  We went hard for 15 seconds with 10 seconds of rest and repeated it over and over and over again.

If you aren’t stressing your body than your body isn’t going to change.  If you are just going through the motions don’t expect your muscles to be getting what they need in order to grow.  If you were to go hard for 3 weeks, your body will change in order to accommodate the workouts that you are putting it through.  At that point what was hard 3 weeks ago isn’t so hard anymore.  If someone is lifting for strength, it’s going to be a different workout with heavy weight.  However, they still have to stress their body, so that it reacts and they make their gains.

Stay after it.

 

 

I’m Glad That I Use To Be Fat And Out Of Shape: Although I Was Not Happy Or Jolly

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I just thought of something.  It’s kind of funny to me, because this has never crossed my mind before.   And I only thought that it was strange that I hadn’t thought of it before.  So here it is:  What if I started training the way that I am now, when I got out of college?   That would have meant that I never stopped working out, but that I took what I now know about training and nutrition and implemented it.  What if I started living a healthy lifestyle back then?  If I had continued to be active and made some changes to my training so that I would meet my current goals earlier, than who knows what kind of shape I would have been in for the last 26 years.  Who knows what I would be doing.  I’m sure it would have had quite an impact on my life.  But no matter what, I would not want to go back and change it.  I’m actually glad that I didn’t live a healthy lifestyle my entire life.  Being fat and out of shape was something that I needed.  Maybe it sounds strange to you that I would say that.  You might wonder why, I’m glad that at one time I was so out of shape that a doctor told me that I was going to pop.  I’ll tell you why.  It’s because I overcame certain challenges to get to the point in my life that I am at right now.  It wasn’t easy.  In doing this I was able to strengthen my mind.  I was able to learn how to control myself.  I am also able to put myself in other people’s shoes and understand what they are feeling and I know what they will have to go through to reach their goals.   At one time I was in someone else’s shoes.  Sometimes it seems like it was a dream.  I remember the person that I was but it doesn’t seem real to me.  I have learned so much more in these last 3 years then I have during the rest of my life.  The reason for it is only because of what I put myself through to get here.  A lot of the things that I have learned are about myself and it helps me relate to other people.  From my point of view, most of the things that I learned, could only be learned coming from a miserable place.  What I mean by that is that I had mentally put myself in a place that was full of misery (lack of goals, drive, determination and confidence.  And an abundance of depression and negative thoughts.)  I was able to dig myself out and end up on the polar opposite side.
If I hadn’t faced any of these challenges, than I probably wouldn’t appreciate what it took to get there.  More than likely I would be a cocky prick, who may understand what hard work is, but doesn’t realize what people go through when facing tougher challenges or for that matter any challenges.  I would probably take the things that I had for granted and feel entitled.  I still don’t have everything figured out and I am constantly learning.  I am also increasing my goals.  If I ever become satisfied I might just fall back into my old ways.  I need something to drive me.  One of those things is passing on what I have learned to others.  It’s only fair, because I constantly get knowledge, motivation and inspiration from others.

Sticking To Your Promises

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Everyone has a day when they just don’t feel like following through with something. Sometimes I get into the gym and am dreading part of my workout. I just feel out of it. Usually, I get into my workout and by the time I get to what’s been traumatizing my day, I feel so energized that I just get it done. Even if I’m not into it yet, my training partner will be and I will have to do it. Just so that I don’t hear him run his mouth. Actually, I would feel like I let him and myself down.

A week ago we decided that we needed to bring conditioning back into our workouts. We have been doing very little of it for a few months and it’s becoming very noticeable. So we said that we would do it 3 or 4 days a week. Our conditioning can last for 10 minutes and it can last for an entire workout. It might not last long but if you aren’t in shape it sucks. We can get more out of 10 or 15 minutes of conditioning than if we ran for 45 minutes.

I got in today and we got our workout done and I wanted no part of conditioning today. Something I woke up thinking about. If you are hitting it hard, you will feel like you are drowning because you are so out of breath. I say to my training partner, “Lets get our conditioning done.” He says, “No, I don’t have time today.” Now all of the sudden I really want to do it, so I start talking crap to him. After calling him out, I say, “Hey, we made a commitment to do it 3 or 4 times a week. And it will only take 12 minutes. You don’t have 12 minutes? Today will be day 2 and we will still have 1 or 2 more days left. Are you going to break your PROMISE?”. He gets this look on his face like he is going to start calling me a couple of choice names.
We got it done in 12 minutes. It was not fun but both of us were happy that we followed through with our PROMISE. #PromiseToFinishWhatYouStarted

Priorities and Passion

 

 

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Since I work for myself I can usually arrange my schedule to meet my needs.  Up until a couple of years ago I would work over 50 hours a week.  When I decided to prioritize everything in my life, I cut out a lot of the things that i didn’t think were productive.  So to tell you the truth i cut my work weeks well down below 40 hours.  Put it this way most people don’t think that i have a job because I’m usually in the gym every day starting at 9 am and leaving when we are done.  That might be 11 and it might be 12.  I travel once in a while, which might or might not be for work.  Last year it was for a bunch of obstacle races.

The way i see it is that i found the things in my life that were holding me back or dragging me down or were just a waste of time.  I cut them out.  I decided that i would rather spend time on trying to build something related to fitness or making people better.  I still have some things that I feel that I may be missing but overall I am living my passion.

 

While I searched for something that would allow me to really make a career out of my new passion, I came across a lot of other people who are living similar lives.  They have an appreciation for many of the same things that I do and they are motivated and inspiring.  They all have set their goals and they focus on them.  One of these people is Chase Reynolds a running back for the St. Louis Rams.  We started training together during the 2013 NFL Offseason.  We pushed each other hard and every day hit a new level of motivation.  We realized that we bother were interested in helping other people achieve their goals and we decided to start a motivational brand.  The brand is The Promise∞Line™.  Chase’s entire life is based on it and my life has been more fulfilling since I found it. If you really want something bad enough you are willing to work on it every day.  Stay focused on it.  We wanted a brand that has a positive impact on how it makes people think and feel.  It’s a reminder of what goals they have set for themselves.  We call our goals promises and we don’t like to break themScreen Shot 2014-07-26 at 9.28.10 PM.

In creating The Promise∞Line™ I have had to start working over 50 hour work weeks again, but I am still getting it in at the gym from 9 until we are done.  I’m still keeping my priorities and this time I am working for my passion.  I have made Promises to myself and Chase my business partner and we pan on building a brand with an impact.

#PromiseToSeizeTheMoment

#ThePromiseLine

 

Looking Back On My Transformation Was It Really That Hard?

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One day I made the decision to transform my body.  I ended up transforming my life.  I look back on it now and some times think that it really wasn’t all that hard to accomplish.  What makes me think that?  I’ve learned a lot since I surpassed my original goal.  Most of what I have learned has been about myself.  The greatest thing that I learned was being able to take control of my mind.  That truly is the hardest part.  If you can control your mind, you can control how and what you eat.  If you can control your mind, you can also train several days a week.  If you can control your mind, than you can give up what is holding you back.  If you can control your mind you can clearly see your goals and you can reach them.  

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that it is easy.  And I am not saying that you can just convince yourself that you will live a healthy lifestyle and have a fit body.  It does take time and if you are like me, you will probably expect more from yourself.   You may have setbacks and you may have to convince yourself that you are strong enough to control your own mind every day.

What was once impossible can now be accomplished once you take control of your mind.  The hard part is being strong enough to be able to take control of your mind.

I Am Not A “PUSSY”!!!

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I am not trying to be offensive.  I’m just being real.  If you really want to know what it took for me to learn how to take control of my mind, you will get that by reading this.  Offensive or not.  I rather be truthful and accurate about my own experience, instead of provide you with some half truth.  I guess I could have said, “I am not a PUNK” or I am not a “LOSER”, but that is not real.  That didn’t happen to me.

Once I’d realized that I could transform my life, by taking control of my mind, I put one of the worst things that I could think of into my head.  It actually started out when I decided that I had to quit chewing tobacco.  Which was several months prior to starting my transformation and building the body that I desired to have.

I started chewing tobacco when I was a senior in college at the age of 22.  Twenty-three years later, I was still chewing.  I unsuccessfully quit several times.  I would think about things like how gross my habit was and how it would make me feel in the morning when I was dehydrated from it.  Sometimes my breath stunk from it.  I even damaged keyboards and entire computers.  In one case I dumped chew spit on a $3,000 MAC.  That was one expensive tin of Skoal.  I had to buy a brand new one.  I also knew that it had a negative effect on strength and muscle development.  I thought about losing my jaw to cancer and even had numbness in my throat and check along with other strange sensations.  Fortunately, none of those problems currently exist.   Based on doctors and dental visits, I have no medical issues from chewing.  I use to watch the singing cowboy commercial (TRUTH – “You Don’t Always Die from Tobacco”) and think, what if that happens to me.  I would rather die than go through that.  None of these things made me quit.  But they did make me think about quitting.

One day I realized that I could quit if I really wanted to.  So I thought about one of the worst things that anyone could call me.  “PUSSY”.  Next thing I know, I would reach for my tin and in my head, I would say, “If you take that, than you are a PUSSY!!!”  It’s funny.  It worked.  I don’t want anyone calling me a PUSSY, including myself.  I wasn’t a PUSSY, because I chewed tobacco.  And I don’t want to say that it was easy to quit.  But it was all because I convinced myself that if I could not control my own mind than I was a PUSSY.

When it came time to starting my transformation, I decided to use the same motivation.  Obviously, a lot more than that motivated me, but this helped.  And within the first week, I was a PUSSY one time during the whole 16 weeks.  It’s not something that I can settle for.  I rather be a BAD ASS than a PUSSY.   My greatest strength is my MIND and I do control it.  I can break bad habits and enforce good ones.  I AM NOT A PUSSY!!!

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