Monday, March 21, 2011

just another post.......

Instead of just staring at this blank screen I figured I'd just tell you that I was staring at it so I'd at least have some words in the space that was previously empty. What can I say to inspire, motivate, or otherwise have you hire me to help you get in shape? I can tell you what to eat, how to lift weights, what to lift and how many times a week you should do cardio, but what I can't give you is the drive you need to make the changes. I find motivation in all kinds of places, but sometimes my biggest motivator is my lack of self acceptance. I know what you're thinking........we're supposed to accept ourselves on all levels, love ourself unconditionally, but for me a certain amount of dissatisfaction with my physical appearance works for me. It"s my refusal to wade in the pool of mediocrity and complacency. I don't just want a flat stomach I want a six pack, I want to kick ass in the "spartan race" on June 4th and not just finish, I want to see what the results will be if my nutrition is near perfect. With that being said, each day is a day to perform at my best on all levels, to re-committ to my program and not settle for less than my highest expectations. On the flip side of this is my reality.......which is that I'm very human and subject to all the things that distract me from those lofty goals. So what do I do to avoid that middling state and stay sane at the same time? I look at each day as practice, and like I've mentioned in other posts......"skilled people were not born with their skills", they work their ass off. I try not to avoid the tough challenges, I strive to meet them head on, and most importantly, all I need to do is give my best effort, have some patience and be consistent. In retrospect, I've come from writing about my lack of self acceptance as my motivational tool to the patience I have for myself. Here is where my humanity lies, In the contradiction of it all.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

meditate your way to a six pack

Anyone who reads my blog may be wondering why I'm always writing about all this spiritual stuff and to be perfectly honest, I sometimes wonder why I can't just stick to writing about bench pressing and squats and be done with it. I guess I can't because that's not who I am, I know the direct connection to being centered mentally and how that automatically translates to being in top physical condition.
I've dabbled in meditation before but was never able to sustain a consistent practice, but over the last few months I've been able to sit down and meditate for at least 10 minutes a day and the results show. My practice has been focused on stress release and less about trying to attain a higher consciousness. When I focus my breath on the most pressing issue which is usually stress or anxietyI free myself from it. I have a clearer purpose of what it is I'd like to accomplish during my day and find the strength to move forward. In turn I sleep better, conserve more energy, have time and focus to eat right, train right and live the way I want to live. So focus on your breath, be still and get ripped.

Friday, March 4, 2011

perserverance:

steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. ... This has been on my mind all day today in reference to phone call I had with a friend. My buddy was telling me about another personal trainer with many accomplishments both physically and academically, and not just in the field of fitness either. I know people or hear of people who've accomplished many things and I must say that I admire it. Were these people born with these gifts? Was there a certain drive that planted itself within their hearts, minds and souls in the womb? I don't know, because to tell you the truth I don't have it, I'm part of the "skilled people weren't born with their skills" group, the practice makes kinda good but not perfect click.
The reason I'm writing about this today is because hearing about this other trainer did elicit a reaction, which as I said earlier was admiration, In addition to that I had a sense of my own ability to achieve whatever goals I truly want to attain. In the past I would have thought of this guy as an asshole......without even knowing him, "probably got rich parents" I'd think and run with that and use it as an excuse not to move forward with my own plans.
I've changed, not due to wishing I would change but because of action, of trying to the best of my ability to practice what I preach, to show up no matter what, treat others as I would be treated, train each client as if they're my only one..... and all that other good shit. Do I do this perfectly? No, but I really do the best I can. That's what I'm expecting readers of this blog to do, the best they can, not the best that they think others might believe is their best, but they're true best. Set yourself free.