How Hard Would You Work For Greatness?

I came across this video clip and thought it was truly inspiring. A must see that we can all apply to any area of our lives and truly a testament that greatness comes from hard work, determination and passion. What’s funny is that I have heard similar messages from other people at the top of their game. Coincidence?

Exercise Your Mind

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I am a big believer in the power of the mind.  I have seen how positive thinking can influence outcomes and likewise, how negative thinking can be attributed to negative results.  Call it what you will, we are surrounded by books that try to explain this Secret of Success.  I have read countless books on this subject and as you study them you come to realize, they are all very similar.   As a Man Thinketh author, James Allen says, “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.”  And this quote, like many others in similar books, can also be attributed to the bible.  For example, Galatians 6:7 states, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” And in Job 4:8, “As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.” read more

Minimizing The Cost of Staying Fit

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“Do you need help picking something out?”, the twenty something year old Academy Sports employee asked as I eyed what seemed like hundreds of pairs of athletic shoes.  “No”, I lied.  “Just looking around.”.  He vanished as quickly as he appeared and left me staring at options I didn’t know I had.  Running shoes, cross training shoes, tennis shoes, walking shoes.  And of course, each category had various brand options.  I could opt for the well known Nike or Under Armour but which ones?  Some looked like they were designed by aerospace engineers and would instantly make me faster and able to jump higher.  Some had dials, some had no laces and some looked like feet. There were high dollar versions and low dollar versions.  And then there were the lesser known brands I’d never heard of. read more

The Carb Police

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“You look great!  What are you doing?”, asked a neighbor I had not seen in a couple months.  After explaining how I have gone low carb, paleo, primal (call it what you will) I was met with a look similar to one my mom gave me after failing a math test in seventh grade.  “You know that’s not good for you”, he explained.  “You have to eat more carbs.  What you’re doing is actually bad for you.”  I nodded my head up and down, listening on as he gave me a quick lesson his trainer taught him, thanked him for the information and went on my way. read more

I was a Boot-Camp Junkie

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Yes, I was one of them, the boot camp junkies.  Up at 4:30 AM three days a week for an early morning, outdoor butt whooping and a Saturday 7:30 AM class.  An occasional run with a friend if the weather was nice would add to my “cardio” day.  But one thing I noticed was not happening.  I wasn’t losing weight.  But why?  Doesn’t lots of cardio cause weight loss? After all, I’m working my butt off and getting up early!  And I like to think I was eating fairly clean, although it was easy to cheat, knowing I did more than enough cardio to justify it.  So why am I the same weight and so tired all day?  Now don’t get me wrong! These classes are GREAT and, if combined with proper eating, will definitely get results.  It wasn’t the classes that weren’t working, it was ME! read more

Staying Paleo on Vacation

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“How about a 20 mile ride tomorrow morning?”,  my brother in law asked with the enthusiasm of a school kid on his first day of summer.  “We can head out about 7 AM and be back in time for the beach!”

This is my vacation.  A twenty mile bike ride on a rented, one speed beach bike did not sound fun so I politely declined while four of our other vacationers accepted the offer.  I began to wonder if my next seven days on a beach in Florida would lead me to bad eating decisions and if maybe the ride was a good idea.  After all, aren’t vacations a guaranteed weight gain?  I decided then and there that I would stick to what I’ve been doing the past two months.  Stay away from bread, pastas, refined foods, sugars and anything else I did not need. read more

How to Properly Prepare Lettuce Wraps

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I have tried for years to make lettuce wraps (thank you PF Changs) but have always had difficulty getting a large leaf that would hold my prepared food.  I constantly ripped the leaf I was trying to use, regardless of how careful I was being.  So I finally Googled my dilemma and to my surprise, there were a number of videos, all suggesting the same method.  And it was surprisingly simple!  By removing the stem and running water over the head of lettuce, the water allows the large leaf to peel off as a whole piece, eliminating the need for careful pulling and tearing as well as the frustration that comes along with it.  I have included one of the videos that explains the process.  I have used these leaves to replace just about anything that required a bun or tortilla (Hamburgers, burritos, wraps, etc.) and the taste is fantastic. read more

Six Weeks In!

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I’m to the point now where I have forgotten how many weeks in I am, which tells me I am starting to feel this is simply a new way to eat and not a 90 day, get results thing. And if imitation is the best form of flattery, my brother in law asked what I have been doing to get these results and he is now changing his eating as well!

This week I did measure as well as weigh and, as expected, the weight loss was very good.  I think this is because, as I mentioned last week, my Friday night (the day before weigh in) huge steak birthday dinner with my wife may have contributed to my gain last week.  But still very pleased!  First thing Saturday morning was to measure the belly.  While not a huge loss, I am now at 37 inches (down from 40).  I do believe this will be some of the last fat to go since my weight for the week was 196.5, down from 199.3 last week.  It’s so hard to say where the weight is coming from since I see myself every day, but I do believe my upper body is showing some definition.  I am going to go ahead and attribute this to weight loss and heavy lifting. read more

Six Pack Abs in Just 730 Days!

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I was standing in line at the grocery store and could not help notice the headlines on the magazines.  Flat Belly in Just Thirty Days! Bigger Biceps in a Week! The Trick to Getting Bigger in 90 Seconds (true headline!).  As I studied these obviously well written grabbers geared to our obsession with instant results, it got me to thinking, do these really help us or is it in reality, do us an injustice?  I mean, I know I’m not going to have a flat belly in thirty days with out some major surgery.  But I would love it if I could!  And so I buy the magazine. read more

Five Week Paleo Results and Cryo

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Week five of the Paleo lifestyle is in the books! I really am starting to wonder why I did not follow this years ago.  Feeling more energy, not as hungry and loving the food! I did decide not measure this week and instead, will begin checking every two weeks.  As far as my training this week, I kept the same schedule but did some sprints on Wednesday.  This was MUCH more painful than I thought.  That pain in my back radiated when I ran, getting me to purchase a Groupon for three sessions of Cryotherapy.  I’ve heard good things about it and figured the $40 was worth the try.  As of today, I have gone twice but still have the pain.  Fairly confident the third won’t make a huge impact but I will be going again this week and then a doctor. read more