Today

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What are you going to do today to make a change?  What will you choose to do today that brings hope, life, and a difference to someone else’s life?  It’s not just about you.  Life is meant to give to serve, to  make the lives of others better, and in the process become stronger and grow as a person.  Live today as if you had nothing to lose, whether it’s chasing after your dream in order to make the world a better place, whether it’s doing something for your family that you’ve been needing to do for some time.

Live today and make that special someone feel like a million bucks.  Live today and kick that habit you don’t want.  Live today and get the body you’ve wanted.  Live today and make a change. Make a difference.  Today.

Bring The Change

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What are some ways you can make a difference? Really. How do you influence others, how do you make the world a better place? Surprisingly it’s not some big huge event, doesn’t require millions of dollars, backing by a movie star, or political leadership. It requires you making the right change in your life every day. Sure we screw up. Everyone of us do. But we have to strive to live life that we can be proud of, that our children could be proud of.

Our actions should be those of which if someone had a 24/7 camera on us they wouldn’t find any reason to be ashamed.
Lofty goal? Yes. But doable? Yes.

Start today, start making right decisions. Whether it be simple decisions at your job. Doing things properly when everyone else is taking shortcuts. Walking away from a party you know you shouldn’t be at.

Getting out of a relationship you know is unhealthy. Staying true to the person you are in a relationship with.

Stop wishing things would change, and simply live the change live out an example you would want to follow each and every day. Don’t stop. And don’t ever ask if it’s making a change, because you may never know whether it is bringing about change, but people are watching.

Meet The Waves

Took my daughter to the beach just a week ago. The first day didn’t go well. It consisted of her clinging to me and freaking out if the sand touched her. She’s a bit OCD when it comes to messes to the point where she walks around picking up any little things on the floor and throwing them away. She couldn’t stand the mess or the thought of what she thought was dirt being on her. She didn’t leave the beach blanket the whole day.

So going back for the second day I wasn’t sure how it would go.
It started off better, she walked down to the beach area despite the sand getting on her feet. I picked her up and took her down to the water. With each wave of water that crashed onto us she clung a little tighter to my neck and pointed to the shore where she wanted to go to get away from the water.

I know my daughter and she is a little adventurer. She has no fear and I can tell already she has a type A personality. She strikes up conversations with everyone she meets and is a take charge person in a group of kids, so I knew she would love the ocean if she just got over that initial fear.

So despite her requests and pointing to go back to the beach area I stuck it out. Soon I knelt down so that when the waves came they would hit her. At first she started freaking out. But after about 10 minutes she started to get used to it. She then was brave enough to release her death grip around my neck and stood in the sand as the waves crashed around her feet.

Five minutes later she was running towards the water, letting the water crash over her and laughing hysterically.  She had zero fear as the water smacked her in the face, and she ran up and down the beach giggling for an hour.
How often do we act like that? We don’t know how something is going to go, so we just stay where things are safe, where we are comfortable. We are comfortable with the seashore, but don’t want to venture towards the waves, so we stay with what we know, we stay where it’s comfortable, and because of that we miss out on so much of life. There is so much waiting if we put our foot in the water and embrace it. So what is holding you back?

What do you want to do that you have fear about? Get over your fear and race out into the water. You never know what great things are waiting for you.

Stop Listening

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Stop listening. That’s right. Stop listening to the doubters, the haters, the naysayers. Stop listening to society who says it’s okay to cheat. Its’ okay to lie. It’s okay to not take care of your body. It’s okay to not discipline your children. It’s okay to look at other women, okay to ignore real world problems. Okay to not step in when you see something wrong. Okay to look the other way.
Stop listening to all these lies, because they are nothing more than that. They are lies, and dangerous ones at that. Start listening to your gut, not what others are trying to shove down your throat. We all know what is truly right, and what is wrong. But that gray area in between seems to get larger and larger, until we no longer even see the right or wrong.
Stop listening to white lies and take charge. Take ownership of your life and the actions you choose and stop letting what is popular or what society deems as satisfactory rule your life, and step up and stop listening.

What Can You Do?

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Often we are faced with challenging situations. There’s the friend who wants us to go to the party and we know there will be some questionable things going on.

We have the friend who asks us to help them do something that isn’t extremely bad, but still breaks some rule.

We are in a day and age when morality is put into question. We are bombarded with tv shows and movies that show it to be normal to be “bad”, to show that it’s okay to be unfaithful. It’s okay to look, okay to be a jerk, okay to look out for numer 1.

And it’s slowly becoming a reality. I saw a news clip that horrified me of a lady begin beaten by a man in a public place while ten people just stood there filming on their cell phones. What’s more the ladies son about 4 was the only one trying to get the man off his mother.

Everyone says we are in such a sad state. But what few realize is that the breakdown doesn’t just happen overnight. We don’t just wake up one morning and there are no values. We’ve become desensitized. Desensitized to people’s pain, desensitized to things that are wrong. Desensitized to lust, to cheating, to violence.

Morals and values are important and we can get it back. But you have to want it. You have to want to stop making questionable decisions. You have to want to care about others more than yourself. You have to want to be faithful.

Don’t try to figure out what is wrong with the world. Try to figure out what you can change.

Kick Butt Today

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It’s Saturday! For many of us it’s a day off. But far more than that it is a day that you can turn your thoughts inward a little more and focus on what things you want to do. What goals, dreams, and aspirations do you have that you want to do? What drives you, what makes you feel alive?

Get out there and do it. We’ve been talking a lot about fitness this week, and today could be the perfect time to get your new food regime kicked off, or your new exercises routine. It doesn’t even have to be traditional. Go for a bike ride, go hike on a nature trail, there are so many activities you can do to benefit your fitness that don’t require going to a gym.

Make the most of today, tonight when you lay in bed what do you want to know that you’ve accomplished and conquered today.

Grab today by the horns and own it, make progress, and kick butt. You’ve got this.

Get Back Up

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Failure is inevitable in life. None of us are perfect. Not one of us. Whether we are business execs, athletes, warehouse workers, clerks, waiters, we will have bad days and we will fail.

Likewise in our fitness goals we can be prone to failure. There are days we will give into our mind convincing us not to go run or not go to the gym.

There is a poster at the gym I go to that is a long saying from Michael Jordan talking about all his missed shots. He lists an enourmous amount of missed shots, he says how many games he lost for his team by taking the last game determining shot and missing.

But do we remember Michael Jordan for his missed shots? No. We remember him as a great athlete. But why? He messed up a lot?

But the point, he kept trying, he kept striving to make his game better. He didn’t let his failure or short-comings keep him from getting back on the court and showing everyone up the next time.

If you fail if you fall short of your goal, don’t worry about it, get off your butt and try all the harder. After all, we fall so that we learn how to get back up.

So stop giving into the failure mentality, stop getting depressed because you aren’t hitting your goals just as you would like. Keep trying, keep going, and keep pressing towards the goal. You can own this.

If you have any questions when it comes to fitness, or goals, or nutrition, leave a comment or send me a message, I would be more than happy to talk about any fitness questions.

What’s Your Story?

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What’s your story? To continue with our fitness talk this week. What was your defining moment for wanting to get in fit? What motivated you to start? Was it a lightning strike moment or a gradual thing?

For me, my story borderlines cheesiness but here it is. When I was 17 I decided to watch all five rocky movies. I had never seen them in their entirety so I sat down and over the course of a couple weeks (okay it may have just been one week), I watched them. It was then and there I decided I wanted to be in shape.

I bought a weight bench and a punching bag.

The boxing didn’t work out but the weight lifting stuck. I found my niche and loved it. I laugh when I look back at my beginning days. It was embarassing how small I was and how little I could lift. But it was my beginning. It was my START moment, and I am thankful for that.

Today my goals and why are completely different but my love/hate relationships with weight lifting has remained. I am still hooked on it, now more than ever.

For many years I just did the workouts. Then about 3 years ago I decided to start changing my diet. It was then that the biggest change started. I was very limited by how far I could go when I continued to eat in a way that didn’t propel my weight lifting. I still have cheat days (you have to), but my diet and workouts are completely different from before.

My goals change even from year to year, I always set goals for where I want to be by the end of the year, and this year I am half way there.

It’s good to set goals, good to constantly strive for more.

So what is your story? I’d love to hear when/why you began, or why you are beginning now. Comment or inbox me.