(Quick Note: I am excited to share this blog post. I really believe this is my best post to date. I wrote this for Dynamic Performance Development and my good friend, Matt Espinoza. Matt is one of the best young trainers in the area and I have been fortunate to watch his handy work first hand. Check out his page by clicking here.)
“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”
A year ago I felt trapped. I couldn’t exactly tell you how or why I was trapped, but I knew for certain I was trapped. Whenever these thoughts would creep into my mind, I did my best to ignore them and focus on something else. But, these feelings were a legitimate warning sign. Much like the “check engine” light on your car, my feelings of being trapped were telling me that there was a problem. As I look at it now, I can see clearly what the problem was, but at the time, inside the situation, everything seemed so overwhelming. Now, I understand that most of what I’m going to be saying in this post, people will believe is just positive thinking nonsense, but my hope is that a few won’t. A few will see there is value to a shifting mindset and will work to begin improving their lives as I have. But first, a little backstory. Continue Reading
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
When I first started my lifestyle transformation, my close friends knew what was going on. But, most teachers spend at least 8 hours of their day at work. That means, that unless your best friends are other teachers, you are spending a lot of time around other people. So, it is important that your co-workers know that you are making changes. They will probably be skeptical at first, because this is probably not the first time you have attempted to lose weight and improve your fitness. However, this is a key component of your weight loss and fitness success because you spend so much time (at least 1/3 of your daily hours) at work. Here are a few suggestions to help your friends and co-workers support you at work. Continue Reading
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
So I quit coaching to get my life together. That was back in March of last year. Up until 2 weeks ago (December 27th, 2011) not much had changed, except I had more free time. I was still out of shape, finances a mess, wasting a lot of time, making excuses. You know the average American stuff. However, over the break one of my close friends, Kyle Morrow, founder and CEO of Thirsttees (www.thirsttees.com) was encouraging me when I told him I needed to start eating better and start working out. He had me check out stickk.com while we were hanging out one day. The site is basically a place to put your money where your mouth is. If you want more information, check it out for yourself. Anyway, making a real commitment to myself with actual money at stake made all the difference for me. Darren Hardy, in his book, The Compound Effect, calls this your “why-power”. I decided to eat primally (check out marksdailyapple.com for more info on how I’m eating) and at the start of Day 3 I had a ridiculous change in my energy level. All of a sudden, I felt amazing. Since then, that experience has happened every single day. It’s been incredible. That one change started a ripple effect for me into lots of areas of my life. Continue Reading
“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.”
Again, I mentioned it earlier, but the book, The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy is a fantastic book for anyone trying to change the trajectory of their life. Okay, on to the point of this post. Last week in our achievers group, I shared some brief thoughts on how to communicate more effectively. One of the suggestions I made was to, Practice Random Texts of Kindness. I thought it was really catchy, so far I’m the only one. Anyway, the basic point is that I have been trying to start my day every morning by texting someone something that I appreciate about them. I started this as a way to make sure I was being intentional about letting people I care about know it, but it turned out to have two other huge benefits. Continue Reading
“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”
Prelude: As the summer approaches, I thought it would be helpful to share some thoughts on staying productive during your teaching break. Obviously, the focus is on fitness, but progress can and should be made in all areas of your life. Be on the lookout for a more in-depth, “How to Attack the Summer” kit in the future.
Ahhhhh….summer. When you ask a teacher why they are a teacher, “summer’s off” is mentioned within the first three things, usually first. I remember anxiously waiting for the last day of school. I think as a teacher, I looked forward to it more than when I was a student. I couldn’t wait to just relax and do all of the fun things I had been putting off all year. The thing is, usually I didn’t do many of them. Continue Reading
I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody — somewhere — was practicing more than me.
So I was listening to Robert Sharma today talking about the 11 Obsessions of an Entrepreneur, and I couldn’t really get past the first key. Before I begin, let me backtrack a little. I am still planning to do a paragraph a week on the lessons I’m learning from the Think and Grow Rich stuff I posted in my last post. But, today I had an epiphany and wanted to share it, more for my own learning than anything else. However, hopefully it will help someone else. Continue Reading
“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”
So when I initially set out on my journey to change my lifestyle on December 27, 2011, I was skeptical. I had tried and failed to lose weight numerous times. I felt stuck in most areas of my life. My career was comfortable, easy, and I had summers off. Was I maximizing my potential? No way. But, it was what I had done almost all of my adult life so it was familiar and comfortable. Alan Stein, noted Strength and Conditioning coach, regularly talks about how achieving our best happens only outside our comfort zone. I have learned this from my journey. At first, it was not comfortable to change my eating HABITS. And really, that was what needed to change, my habits. Was my diet terrible, and filled with tons of fast food and meals I didn’t prepare? For sure, but again, this was really just a symptom of the real problem; I had not learned to cook healthy meals in a way that fit into my life. I had read tons of books on health and nutrition and honestly, probably had an expert level of knowledge on the subject. However, I hadn’t committed to applying that knowledge into my life. Therefore, I continued to gain weight and live a life that was totally unhealthy and ultimately was leading me toward an early death. That is not exaggerated, that is the reality I knew was coming. Continue Reading