Fitness Over 40

No “Guaranteed Results!”

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”- Carl Jung

About to turn 46, I would believe at this point that I have learned quite a few things about life and human nature, all which I am grateful for and able to apply to my life on a daily basis.  One of the reasons I was motivated to sit down and write “Reinvented: A Survivors Guide” was that I remember feeling just few years back, when I had achieved probably the best level of health and fitness in my life, how I would have bet I found the answer!  Each day, was just a pillar in my belief system strengthening my foundation towards a healthy and active lifestyle.  I thought there was absolutely no way, having learned what I learned, applied what I was applying, that I would ever result back to being out of shape and over weight again.  Several years later, I can remember just thinking, “what the hell happened?”

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Writing the book was a therapeutic journey for me to reflect back on the changes I had made in my life, and how creating these small successes in my life, and being grateful for all that my life had to offer me, helped develop my mindset to shed well over 30 pounds, and feel better about my physical and mental state than before.  The hard part, was then having to dig into those memories and occurrences in my life that began to subtlety tear apart the fabric that had been woven in my life.  Small stresses that I allowed to dominate my thoughts, and cultivated those beliefs until it grew into constant anxiety.  Anxiety that soon had taken over my subconscious mind and the only way to alleviate moments was through alcohol.   In combination with the reduced anxiety and stress, also reduced my ability to control my will.  I found that during the day, I would eat healthy and stay motivated, until the mental laxative of alcohol soon let everything come out.   I would be quick to anger, quick to explain everything that was wrong with society, and quick to eat whatever the frick I wanted.  Slowly, that weight of 190lbs was over 200, then 210, then 220 and ultimately 230lbs of depressed and frustrated man.

I needed this though.  Just last evening, sitting with my family for dinner, and my youngest son said to me, “dad, I like when you’re sober.”  I wanted to first get up and dismiss myself, not from anger at my children, but from complete embarrassment.  This was their father?  I had let it get that bad?  But hearing that, was just more confirmation of why I am doing this.  For them.  I know it will not be easy, and it will be a daily struggle, but I will replay his statement to me every second I can think of it.  Which is what I explain in my book, and why I titled this post “No Guarantees” because in order achieve anything worth while in life, requires constant, consistent effort.   Chances are, if something comes quickly, it will be gone just as quick.  Reinvention, so to speak, occurs on a daily basis.  We all wish we could hit that “reset” button and start over, but unfortunately, every day we face the world, we are going to be hit as hard as we are willing to push.  This is why now when I see weight loss claims about “losing it and keeping it off” I am just like, “no, no, that is not how it works, sorry.”  This reinvention has to occur everyday, and everyday you choose to pursue that goal, you must gather the strength to tackle that task.  The greater the reward, the greater the resistance.  I knew I had to change, and I knew the strength was building inside me, and I so badly wanted it to happen immediately, however, I wasn’t ready.  The world still hadn’t prepared me to reinvent myself into the person I knew I should be.  I still had to go through some more bumps and bruises.

I can still remember though, the day I woke up and said, “today is the day” and from that moment, I was like a fist of fury, obsessed with my outcome and the 21 Shred was how I was going to prove to myself that I still have the mental fortitude to pursue and persist.  As I write this, completing 2 days of workouts, and 19 more to go, I am sore as you know what, but my passion is just growing stronger every second to prove to myself that I am one of the most persistent and mentally strong people I know.  I have never accepted defeat easily, and I will look for every opportunity to turn a negative into a positive.

So my wish, during this journey, is to hopefully inspire, at the least, provide someone the encouragement that failure does not exist until accepted as such.  I think Bruce Lee said that, but if there is something you want, you are going to have to go through walls, but if in your mind, you have already decided it has been accomplished, it now just a matter of time and consistent effort, and the Universe will decide when you are ready to receive.   I would highly recommend that you download my 5 Steps To Manifestation on the sidebar if you are at a point in your life that you know you want and deserve more, but are not too sure how to get there.  I put myself through this exercise, and this process is what connected my thoughts to the Universe and taught me how to listen.  Once you listen, the Universe will align you with the people and the opportunities that will guide you to your desired outcome.  THIS, I guarantee!!

I wish you health, happiness, and success in your days!

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The Beginning Has Begun

I honestly had troubles sleeping last night.  A mixture of excitement and nervousness consumed my mind, causing me to wake up several times throughout the night, mixed in with dreams of how my video production and getting everything set up was in complete disarray.  Well, workout #1 is completed, felt awesome to do so, but no doubt, looking forward to upgrading and improving the “exercise studio” to every ones viewing pleasure.

I wanted to post the video to todays workout, so anyone who is curious what the 21 Shred Workout looks like, can watch in its entirety. After today, all the daily videos will be on our members page at http://www.whatsyour21.com and click on “shred heads”.  I am surprised (also concerned) that my legs are a bit wobbly now that the workout is completed.  Might have some soreness tomorrow that I have to work through.

Now that the workout is complete, I will finish my large glass of water, enjoy a hot cup of black coffee, then off to the Co-op to get some organic produce for my first meal at 11am.  Still not completely sure of its ingredients, a lot depends on what’s available there and looks ripe.  My goal is to make a green smoothie with almond/coconut milk, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana, spinach or parsley, hemp seeds, and maybe some mango or pineapple.

Anyone not familiar with intermittent fasting, remember to first:

  • welcome the feelings of hunger.  Science has already proven the benefits of this program for our bodies and mind, so this state of hunger was something modern man and women experienced and adapted to.
  • Don’t calorie count!  Remember, you are eating for only a 8 hour period, eat throughout the day foods that are low on the glycemic index (all explained in my book).
  • Stay away from “set meals” throughout the day.  Eat only as your body requires, just grazing on foods at intermittent periods.  Your last meal of the day is your feast!

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The Recharge I Needed!

Last week, I was fortunate to arrive home safely from our trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the Keewenaw, which is right on Lake Superior.  I have never discovered as much beauty in this world, until I visited here.  There is no question, my soul values time to be in peace and feel connected to the world around me.  Shuffling around on a crowded beach with thousands of people around me is no idea for me of a relaxing vacation.  Being able to take my coffee, sit quietly with my feet in the slightly cold waters of Lake Superior, surrounded by forests, wildlife, bald eagles, and just the calmness of the waters so gently washing up against the sand.  It is amazing out rejuvenated I feel after several days of this luxury.

During this time, it allowed me to focus in on “who is the person I want to be?”  It became ever so clear, when defining my passions in life, outside of family, more in line with my purpose, these are:

  1. health and fitness- regardless of my personal struggles in this area, it is still what drives me each and every day.
  2. Helping people- I never thought I was a true people person, since my personality is more of an introvert, however, that sensitivity is what allows me to see perspectives from other peoples eyes.  In my opinion, I don’t believe there is a better quality that could exist than the goal of always seeking to understand before seeking to be understood.
  3. Being an Entrepreneur- My mind never shuts down, it is probably just another situation that creates anxiety and the purpose behind my “whatsyour21.com”  I have taken up meditation, which has helped, but as soon as my feet hit the ground, my mind starts going a mile a minute.

All this, tied up neatly in a bow, lead to my www.whatsyour21.com.  I realized that if I can put myself out there as someone who can help people, I first need to learn to master myself.  This is my journey, this is my passion, this is my purpose!

Health and Happiness!

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Tomorrow: My life changes forever!

It has really been a mental warm up to get to this point, but I am ready for the challenge, and more importantly, the change.  Tomorrow morning will be my first day on my 21 Shred challenge, which is going to test me mentally and physically by going 21 consecutive days performing the 21 Shred workout program, and the 21 day nutrition plan that includes Veg-Aleo and Intermittent Fasting.  Truthfully, that is the easy part for me.  It is also the first time in almost 10 years that I will be refraining from alcohol for that long of a period.  It seems so sad to me to even write that, but it’s true.  But I am doing this for my children, and most importantly, my middle son with special needs, who needs his dad around for a much longer time.  He will be my motivation through this.  No doubt, I am excited, but at the same time, so nervous.  My anxiety has been a challenge to deal with, and the use of alcohol for almost 10 years has created that dependency that will be hard to break.

My hopes are that I will be able to connect with others who are going to be going through similar challenges, and we can all pull together to encourage and motivate one another to create this change that will hopefully be long lasting.  I have been around the block long enough to know that it takes 21 consecutive days to form a new habit, and at the age of 46, teaching this old dog a new trick will be nothing short of a miracle.

Tomorrow morning will be my first of the exercise program, which not having exercised rigorously for over a month, I am going to welcome the challenge.  My objective however, being that I have to do this for 21 consecutive days, I will have to remember to not completely exhaust myself in that I will create soreness that will make day 2 very uncomfortable!  I have my dumbbells, and I have my space cleared out to get this program under way!

This is a call to any out there like me, who have been wanting to overcome either a food or lack of motivation habit, and want to finish the year of 2017 in a stronger and healthier body.  Go to www.whatsyour21.com and consider joining the challenge with me!  The more we get together for support, the better chance of success we will all have!

Cheers to a healthy and happy rest of 2017!

Fitness Over 40

Setting the Vibe

Over the last year, I have attempted to incorporate this routine first thing in the morning, which I have found, really helps me get my mind into the correct state and help me be more productive and positive throughout the day.  I used to always wake up and watch the news, however, I simply can’t stand to turn on the news anymore!  I am so sick of all the negativity and bad energy that is occurring in this country.  I am not saying I don’t care or want to know about the current state of our country and world, unfortunately it just creates negativity and fear into the minds of society, and for me, it serves no purpose to fill my head with more anxiety.  Among all the chaos, I still have a family to provide for and a mission of my own to complete.

Before anyone else is awake, I go downstairs, I find my comfortable spot, open up my iTunes, and I have about 10 different selections of meditation style sounds and frequencies to get me into the right place.  Today was the 528hz frequency with ocean sounds and ambient sounds.  img_0267For the first few minutes, I really like to focus on my breathing, I follow a inhale for a 4 second count, drawing in as much air into my lungs as possible, then hold for 7 seconds, release all the air for a 8 second count, and keep my lungs depleted for the 4 second count before repeating.  After several minutes of that I just really try to empty my mind, which is nearly impossible, but I really just try to be in the moment.  As soon as a thought enters, and no doubt, 9 times out of 10 it is something that brings me anxiety, I will then do all I can to remove it.  It took me more time to be able to do this, but it is possible.  Usually my response when that occurs is to say to myself, “I am attuned to the frequency of my purpose” and this is usually effective at getting that negative thought out of my head.  Once I feel I have been in the completely relaxed state and emptied my mind, I finish with stating my gratitude.  Things in my life I am thankful for.  This whole process is about 15-20 minutes, but I will never question the effectiveness and benefits I receive from this almost daily routine.  If you are interested in learning the proper technique as well as the benefits to the mind and body, you can listen to Dr. Weill on Amazon.

I save a later post for how and why this practice is so important to the aspect of happiness in our lives, but for now, I would like to encourage you, that if this is something you have not done, to try to incorporate it into your daily life.

So this morning, after completing my meditation and proper breathing, (and my cup of coffee), it was time to hit the basement for my morning workout.  All I can say is, “man, I hope these get a little easier!”

7/25/17 Workout:  5 Rounds of:

  • 30 calorie row on the concept 2
  • TRX chest press with fly for As Many As Possible (AMAP)
  • 50lb kettlebell goblet squat for 10 reps
  • ab roller for AMAP

Ab Roller on Amazon for $17.99, comes with a knee pads (which is highly recommended!)

Concept 2 rowers never go on sale, so no need to keep waiting around.  It is the same price here on Amazon as direct from Concept 2.

TRX Home Unit is $40 off Amazon right now, that is an awesome deal!  I like the Home version since it comes with the door mount.  I personally screwed additional 2 x 4’s in my basement to mount off the wall which if you can do this, you will get so much more from your TRX!

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Early Morning HIIT this 24th of July 2017

This morning completed 10 rounds of:

  • 150 meter row
  • 10 TRX crunches

Funny, after the first set, I was thinking “hmm, I might want to add another exercise to make this more difficult” well, by the 5th set, I was sucking eggs! Why I like this is that the concept keeps track of the entire session, so now my goal is to be able to complete faster than my 27 + minutes.  (The calorie is not cumulative, but per 150 meter.)

Here is a little summary of how things went.  Thank god it’s over!  Trust me, it is still embarrassing having my shirt off, but I guess its not where you’re at, it’s where you’re going!

Without hesitation, when asked what is the best fitness equipment to own, the first two things are the Concept 2 Rower and a TRX Suspension Trainer.  You can accomplish so much with these!

TRX is running $40 off right now!  That is an awesome price since I never see these things go on sale!

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Goin Back To My Roots…Way Back

Looking back a few years ago, no doubt, implementing my “Veg-Aleo” eating was the single greatest contributor to getting lean and in the best shape of my 40 year life! Over the last several weeks, I have found myself slowing shifting my daily diet back into a more “off the land” mentality. As I describe in book, it brings a natural primitive feeling to me and seems to feel connected to my soul. Of course I am asked constantly about what I eat throughout the day, so today I took a pic of “what’s in my lunchbox?” Just another day to reinvent yourself and be your best! I will update later as to the “-Aleo” part of my food intake.