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Being happy and being fit

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” === Thomas Merton Over the past few weeks, I have been reflecting upon this quote.  It speaks to me on so many levels. If I think about fitness, it tells me that happiness is not about how “hard I get after […]

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This moment. Right Here. Right Now.

Earlier, I was reading an article on mindfulness, and it said something along the lines of “the practice of accepting the present moment – which is the only reality you have when it comes down to it.” The only reality you have is this present moment. The past is gone and the future isn’t anything. […]

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It’s not all about the pounds.

It’s not all about pounds during your fitness journey. Getting more fit has given me the energy and motivation to do the things I love outside of the gym too (fishing – which is awesome by the way!). In the past, I just watched people enjoy life on TV and Facebook. Now, I AM enjoying […]

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Be around the people who give you high fives.

In his previous blog post on “The 25lb Push,” Jeremy Bradley mentioned, “stick with people that lift you up.” This is incredibly important, especially when you are making lifestyle changes to meet your health and fitness goals. Are your friends aware of your goals? If not, tell them! Let them know your goals, why they […]

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Remember the mindful side of fitness…

“The issues we have with our bodies run deep. Therapists like to say that those issues live in our tissues. The trauma we’ve experienced, the anger or hurt we stuff down, can manifest as anything from a clenched jaw, a painful hip, or tight neck muscles… If we don’t figure out a way to release […]

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It doesn’t get any easier, you just get tougher.

Update time. 11.5 lbs down, 13.5 to go. It’s been a couple weeks since my last post.  Combination of writers block and a tough week. Finally coming out on the other side, and it has brought me some much needed clarity. I was getting tired of the constant “pressure” of healthy living and losing weight. […]

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Read this before you skip your next workout

Even the most dedicated experience a slump and don’t want to do their workouts. It is a normal part of the fitness journey.  But the next time you feel like skipping your workout, read this first.  I hope one of my “Ten Questions” to ask yourself before you skip a workout will speak to you and […]

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Loving the Grind

Not only shouldn’t you cheat the grind,  you should embrace it.  The grind is the part that makes you feel accomplished.  The grind lets you know you are putting in the the work.  The grind is what makes it ok to treat/reward yourself.  Without the grind there’s no looking in the mirror, proud of who […]

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The Right Goals Count!

The more that I work out and fuel my body with the right things, things every body craves, I have realized I train better with goals.  More importantly, specific goals. One thing I really miss is playing competitive sports.  I know skill-wise I can still do it, but athletically my confidence had been shot.  I […]

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Plan your meals + workouts!

Who’s set up to have a successful week? This guy is. Within 2 hours of waking up I have my workout done, meals prepped, and workouts planned. Planning and prep work are the keys to being successful. Do you expect my week to flow exactly how I planned?  Ha, nope! At minimum there will be […]

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