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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.


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.

Keep Your Goals in Site

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Why is it that when I ran yesterday, I stopped about 5 times?  When I did the same thing today, I blew through it and didn’t stop one time.  Over the last two days I went to Busch Wildlife in Defiance, MO and ran the same trail each time.  I usually look for trails that are off of the main trails and have little or no traffic.  The trail that I ran was mostly steep hills with a lot of high grass and brush.

After wrapping up my run yesterday I was pretty disappointed in myself.  I’ve got a 13 mile Spartan Race (Beast) coming up in about a month in Vermont.  It’s going to have plenty of hills and I need to be training on hills for it.  I was just in Vermont running Hills, a couple of weeks ago.  I felt great running them.  Yesterday, I sucked ass.  I wasn’t tired I just didn’t want it bad enough.

I had planned on running the hills out there both days and was pissed at myself most of the day yesterday for not pushing myself.  I went to bed late last night and woke up late this morning.  I was contemplating blowing off my run later in the week.  For whatever reason, I decided to head back out to Busch Wildlife.  I realized that I wasn’t really focusing on my goals or my upcoming races.  I was going through the motions and that was it.  I didn’t really feel like I had anything to run for, not even myself.

I didn’t get to where I am by taking the easy way out.  I didn’t always have someone to push me.  I don’t care where you are in life, if you give yourself the chance to slip you better realize it and pick yourself up and go after what you want.  I did just that, as soon as I started my run.  First I got pissed at myself for letting myself down yesterday.  Second, I thought about what I would be going through on the 21st in The Spartan Beast.

Not only did I finish the same run without stopping but I ran and extra hill at the end.  Don’t let your mind slow you down or hold you back.  Make it push you forward and keep you going.  Focus on your goals.  

Getting Prepared For Your Transformation

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I wasn’t going on a diet, I was going to start living a healthy lifestyle.  I needed to prepare for this so that I had set goals.  I had motivation to reach them and that I had a plan to get me there.  Be prepared.
Before you EVOLVE, you must Learn to S.W.I.M.™

Set your Goals and write them down.  Post them somewhere that you can see them everyday.

Write down your weight

Write down your measurements (waist, neck, arms, legs, chest)

Write down your body fat

Take BEFORE Pics

Plan your healthy lifestyle (nutrition and training)

I also wrote down everything that I planned to eat.  I would write down next to it what I actually did eat.  (It is ok to switch something healthy for something else healthy).  I did this for the first 7 weeks.  At that point I realized that I wasn’t going to cheat and that my nutrition plan was working for me.

Make sure that you can enjoy your food.  Be Accountable.

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