How to go back in time 13 years!!!

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There are moments in life where you realize that maybe your priorities are messed up. The daily grind starts to replace the meaningful purpose of inspiration. Your dreams get brushed aside for the more mundane tasks that surviving requires.

Then something shakes you out of that hypnotic state. Something awakens the dream. Something reminds you of what is most important. That something then reinvigorates the meaningful purpose in your soul.

That is how I am feeling today. My dream got a cup of coffee this weekend. My purpose became clear once again. My desire to make a difference just got a hit of smelling salts.

I was fortunate to be asked to be the head judge at the WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) Mr/Mrs Universe and Naturalmania contest on Saturday. I got to sit at the judging table and watch over a hundred natural bodybuilding athletes display their hard work.

There are two reasons why this was so inspiring. The first is pretty obvious. Watching these athletes compete and hearing their stories about how they overcame adversity is as motivational a feeling as one can have.

Secondly, thirteen years ago, on this very same stage, I earned my WNBF Pro Card by winning the Bantamweight Class at this very show. It was one of the greatest days of my life. Years of hard work and sacrifice finally came to fruition. I was transported back in time, to that moment. It felt as real as it did that day thirteen years ago.

But there is more about that weekend(13 years ago) that was dredged up from my emotional footlocker. My wife, Michelle, and I went to Ground Zero the day after the show back in 2003. The area was fenced off. It was still just a big, gaping hole in the ground. There were still signs of the devastation to the surrounding building that survived.

Michelle and I stood over the carnage and held back tears. No words were spoken for the half hour we stood there. No words were spoken in the cab ride back to the hotel. It was emotionally overwhelming.

That feeling reared its head this weekend as well. My hotel room overlooked Ground Zero (reference the picture above). I was overcome with emotion when I opened the curtains to my hotel room and realized where I was.

These events had me sleepless last night. Not in a bad way, but in a hopeful way. My mind raced with hope and urgency and life! I couldn’t wait to get about the business of becoming who I really wanted to be. I created a new checklist of “To Do” activities that will point me in that direction. I re-evaluated the path I have been following recently and I vowed to make corrections.

I was reminded that life is short. I was reminded that I need to focus on the important things. I was reminded that love makes the world go around. I was reminded how fortunate I am to have my family and friends. And I was reminded that in order to leave my mark on this world I need to step up my game, avoid distractions and utilize the gifts I have been given.

Today is a good day. Take advantage of it. Chase your bliss. Everyone deserves happiness. Peace.

Mad Scientist discovers key to weight loss!!!

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“The past” plays an important part in your fitness journey. Actually, it plays a big part in every aspect of your life.

We are shaped by our experiences. Everything we have heard, seen, or felt is carried with us forever. Most of these things are not conscious to us. They dwell in the darkest reaches of our subconscious minds.

Every experience, good or bad, has created the person you are today. Your reaction to, and interpretation of, these experiences is the underlying reason “why” you do the things you do on a daily basis.

The reason you chose the clothing you are wearing, the haircut you are sporting, the language you use, the friends you hang around with and the job you do, are a result of your interpretations of your world.

Had you interpreted your past differently all of these things might be different than they are now.

The same holds true in fitness. Your experiences in trying to reach your fitness goals are a direct result of your perceived success’ and failures in the past.

For example, I have probably 85% of prospective clients tell me that they have been “successful” in the past using (insert any commercial weight loss plan, weight watchers, nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, etc). I then proceed to ask them if their goal when they started this plan was to lose 15 lbs only to gain 25 lbs after. They look at me like I’m crazy and say “No, why would I plan that?” My response is “You told me that you were successful. So I figured the results you achieved were planned.” The puzzled look returns to their face and they say “That’s not what I mean.” I respond by saying “Well, did you lose 15 lbs and then gain 25 lbs after?” They answer “Yes.” I then say “It is time to re-define the word “success.”

The problem with carrying around the concept that a plan worked for you is that it may not be true. Almost all weight loss plans have the perception of success in the first two weeks. Because these plans usually involve exercise and a reduction in the amount of food someone eats there will be weight loss due to less water retention. Even crappy plans have this kind of “perceived success” in the first couple of weeks. But, this is just smoke and mirrors.

Real success comes from implementing a plan over a significant amount of time, learning how your body reacts to food and exercise and developing life skills that you can use to overcome any adversity. Having the capacity to gain or lose weight at your whim is the ultimate success story (yes, there are many people who are trying to “gain” weight).

The only way you can do that is to become like a scientist. You need to forget all preconceived notions you previously had about food and exercise. You need to take emotion and hope out of the equation. And you need to let the experiment speak for itself.

Your past will keep pointing you in one direction. If you have been unsuccessful at achieving your goals it is crazy to listen to this voice inside your head.

You need to think outside the box and be courageous. I design plans for people all the time. Most of my plans are completely contrary to the average persons idea of dieting and exercising. It takes a while for me to gain their trust and get them to believe. But once they do, the sky is the limit.

If you need my “Mad Scientist” skills to design a program for you, don’t be shy. I can just add you to the growing list of clients who are achieving extraordinary results.

How many world records did you set today?

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People often ask “what is the secret to losing weight?” Although there is no, one, all-important action that results in reaching success, there is one concept that without, success is impossible.

That concept is “consistency.” Consistency is THE most important variable in achieving any fitness goal. It isn’t “beast mode” or “no pain, no gain.” It is not intensity or variety. It isn’t even mindset or motivation.

The bottom line is that you need to take daily steps towards creating the fitness reality you want. Consistently following your eating plan, engaging in resistance training and performing cardio are what will allow you to reach your dreams.

As you have probably noticed, there are a million and one exercise routines, weight training plans, diets and gadgets which proclaim that their followers have achieved ungodly results. And, yes, they have. So how can all of these different training plans work? Because they all rely on “consistency.”

That’s right. None of these programs will work without consistency. None of them!!!! To me, that makes “consistency” the most important factor.

That being said, “consistency” alone, cannot guarantee success. What I mean is that the plan (diet and training) need to be solid. If the plan is solid (and reasonable) and scientifically proven AND you follow it consistently, then you will achieve the desired results. If not, you will be “consistently” banging your head against the wall.

Being consistent at a plan that is neither, appropriate nor designed for your needs, can be the absolute death of your drive and determination. It will also cause you to be skeptical and untrusting of future plans.

Without belief in your program, you will give up or give in upon the arrival of the first circumstance of adversity.

So, you need to find a program that takes your unique circumstances into account. Once you discover a plan that is designed to work for you, the only thing you need to do now is to follow it “consistently.”

Give it time to work. Be patient. Have faith that your consistency will result in progress. Grind daily. Dieting is not a weekend warrior activity. It needs to happen daily. Training is not a weekend warrior activity. It also needs to happen daily. You don’t need to create world records daily, you just need to implement the plan daily.

Pumpkin donuts can teach you a lesson

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Today is Labor Day!!! Tomorrow starts the second biggest fitness resolution of the year, slightly behind New Year’s.

Why? Because tomorrow marks the return to normalcy. The kids go back to school. Vacations are over. We start to conform to a routine. The unofficial end of summer is upon us and it brings with it a shifting of gears.

This shift involves an evaluation of ourselves. We start to analyze our physiques. We start to pay more attention to our life goals. In essence, we evolve back into a normal human being and leave vacation mode in our dust.

This is a great opportunity. Most of our counterparts are involved in the same kind of transformation. Therefore, there is a collective mindset that filters through the air. It permeates the universe and you cannot help but be affected by it.

You need to grasp this opportunity because it is fleeting. Pumpkin beer, muffins, coffee, donuts, etc are showing up all around you. I want you to think about that for a moment.

Why do you think these products start to infiltrate our consciousness just before Labor Day? Because marketers are well aware of the mental shift that takes place immediately following the end of the summer holiday. They are tuned into the fact that we are shifting into “Fall” mode. They understand that the shift happens within 12 hours (from Monday night into Tuesday morning). And they are prepared to take full advantage of it. They don’t wait. They “Crush It” from day one.

You need to follow their lead. Today you need to plan your tomorrow. Don’t wait until tomorrow and then “wing it” once you rise. Be like these motivated, ruthless, opportunistic marketers. Get your ducks in a row so that you can be successful first thing tomorrow morning. Don’t wait.

Opportunities will define you, even the ones you miss. Be prepared. Welcome to the second biggest fitness movement of the year. Take it for all it is worth.