Thursday, April 13, 2017

Stairs 2017

In the beginning of 2016, I had the crazy idea to get into shape. 
So, since I didn't have any free time nor a place to spend the nonexistent time... I decided walking the stairs was a great idea. Coworkers were doing it, it'll be fun. We'll get to walk and talk, and bond. Maybe I could even make a friend or two!
Until I realized I could climb 3 floors without wanting to fall over and pant for air. I was that out of shape. 
I was so embarrassed. An Army Veteran, couldn't even scale 3 floors without needing a rest. 

In this post last year I get more into detail about the experience and how I overcame it. I want to say it was quick and easy but it took a lot of work. 
But... the work was worth it because now I can do crazy cool things in the same stair well. 

I want to share one with you. 

Thursday, April 06, 2017

True8 March

Recently I had the honor of joining Josiah Novak's True8 March. I want to share my experiences.
But first, Let's back up. There's a super hero origin story in the works which puts the rest into perspective.

100 pounds ago (heavier), I was looking for ways to get my health under control.
By chance, I'm came across The Model Health Show by Shawn Stevenson. It changed my life in many ways.
Along the journey I was introduced to Larry Hagner. He runs the The Good Dad Project podcast.
Another aspect in my life which needed work was my parenting skills. I started following Larry and joined his Dad's Edge group.

It was in that group I discovered Josiah Novak. 


Now Josiah's words resonated with me. Over the past year, I developed a relationship with health. I could tell he shared many of the same values I discovered.
It was inspiring, because I could see myself in him in about a year. Father, friend of the community, passionate about health, fitness, life. We synced up!
We both believed in a system of healthy discipline, not a world of toxic deprivation.

My timing was perfect! I discovered him right before he began a wonderful endeavor, podcasting. I had the blessing to follow his show from episode 1.
After hearing his initial show, I was compelled to leave him a review. The thing is, I've never set up iTunes.

Shawn Stevenson's, Larry Hagner's, both great podcasts. Still I didn't go through with it but something about Josiah's, I took the leap.
Well, unbeknownst to me, he was conducting a iTunes comment giveaway on Facebook. My comment was a winner, and I just stumbled into his March True8 Challenge. (http://www.thetruetransformation.com/)


So here I am, just checking it out and I tell you, the information is legit! Great lessons, group calls, one on one consultation. Does this guy even sleep?
He even has an app with smart, laid out exercise routines. There's  gym workouts, home workouts, workouts tailored for women. Each workout has variations. Like this is $500+ worth of value stuff I stumbled in on. I don't even know what the price was.
The first few weeks I observed. Everyone was having great progress with the program. We're becoming a family. It was Great stuff... but I stayed as an observer, doing my own routine.

But on week 4... I finally got over myself and when full in.
Wow! His phase 2 exercises double down on his knowledge and expertise. Even I who's been training physicality for a year now am sore to the point I walk like robocop. My muscles are ripping out of my body and it's only day 3 of phase 2!
I almost regret not jumping in full throttle week 1. Lesson learned. Let me learn that lesson for you. Jump all the way in day 1 and don't stop. Ask him all the questions, no matter how dumb you think they are. Josiah loves what he does and has a servants heart.

He's walked several of us through even the most elementary steps with a smile on his face and joy in his breath.

The cool thing is he's going to start another True8 in May. Now's a good time to sign up, because it'll get sold out.

Funny part, he doesn't even know I'm writing this. He's just given me so much value, I'm compelled to share the fact he'll give you as least that same amount of value too. And that's worth sharing. Of course, it's only a matter of time before he realizes he's undercharging everyone and his prices are going to double. I recommend getting in while the offer is still a steal. You don't even have to tell him I sent you. But it'd be cool if you did.  http://www.thetruetransformation.com/


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Blogging La Veda Loca - Day 1-5


This is my third year to VEDA (Video Every Day in April).
I struggled with think up of a concept for a while so I decided to peek in my journal to get inspiration.
Then I realized, my journal has plenty of content! 
So I decided to review my journal for my benefit and hopefully it will benefit you too because I will be recording the process. 
Maybe it'll even inspire you to start one of your own. 

Day 2

Roll with it - Shout out to Drake and Jake
My dedication and thoughts behind it. 
My initial page in my journal and thoughts behind it. 
My struggles with reading my own writing. 
Simple is fine in the beginning but don't stay there. 
With Change Comes Challenge

Day 3

Starting a gratitude journal inside my 20167 journal.
Muddling through my cryptic writings, remembering to expect future self to read it. 
How to Slay Dragons FB Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/slaydragons/
The importance of nutrition vs exercise
The importance of quality over quantity

Day 4

Live from Roanoke TX
My daily gratitude
That time my ambitions included an ebook
What the heck was I eating in January?
You don't have to be a perfect journaler to journal.
Start where you are but don't stay there. 

Day 5

My voice may be gone but my passion remains.
Eating an arrow for lunch. How it filled me up. 
My plans for the day
My daily gratitude and riffs off it. 
Laughing at myself from 3 months ago.
Getting spiritual
Faith is a muscle you must exercise
Stealing wisdom from smart people

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

My First Men’s Summit

In the beginning of this year, an opportunity appeared for a conference in the Dallas Fort Worth area. This is my record of it.
It took us about 5 hours to get from League City to Roanoke with a stop midway at Buc’ees in Madisonville.
By the time we had luggage down and secured, it was time to head to the conference. This was my first so I had no clue what to expect.

The campus was huge and food trucks and entertainment courses lined the parking lot. At registration, I found out the first meal was free. I heard about Fuzzy Tacos from somewhere, never had them, so had to try them.

After dinner, it was time to line up. There were thousands of guys beside us. The group wanted to sit together. Good luck sticking 20 people together, right?

After the night’s session, they had more entertainment options. It was a wonderful event. We rocked and rolled until they kicked us out for the night.

Next morning, I went rogue and detached from the group. I realized, a singular entity can make their way up to the 3rd row for a concert. Sorry guys, but I’m already a free radical and we’re hoteling with each other. We have plenty of time to connect and reflect there or back home.

I discovered a ton of new, cool, and interesting people. Peter and Alexandro who were amazing partners at archery tag. Nick from Amazon Fulfillment in DFW who was an awesome row mate at the conference. These people I would have never met if I had stuck to the group.
I’ve always been a scouting type who’d break beyond existing group borders to find other interesting people. I was the kid in school who was cool with all the groups, just because they all interested me. I forgot that part of me and am grateful I discovered it. I see it now in a lot of things I do. I’m a huge sampler of life.

One things I realize I do need to work on is my audacity. I’m too reserved in many ways. So much I fill I miss a lot of interesting opportunities. There were several people I could have made longtime friends with. Pray I flex my outgoing muscles more.

Monday, April 03, 2017

My Weekend at Camp K

You'd think all 3 my kids were in cub scouts but it's just the middle. We roll in as a team though. Stay in the mix. Get the fullest out of the events

Emily is a huge help and John isn't much of a bother so the den doesn't mind. Thank God.

Anyway, we had the opportunity to go camping with the cub scouts at Camp K about an hour or so away from the house.

The thing is, we didn't have a tent... Or sleeping bags... We didn't have much of anything. Besides people.

So, I reached out and asked the community if we could loan some gear. My circle responded with more generosity than I ever expected! Family blessed us with a new tent, sleeping bags, and camp lights. We had everything we needed to go camping!


I decided our inaugural trip, only Colin and I should go. Too many variable with multiple first time campers.

Also, the weather forecasted to be stormy Friday night. I took a 1/2 off so we could beat the weather.

We ended up being the first to camp. Which was great cause we had no clue where to go. After bumbling around a bit, we found our location and pitched the tent.

We also explored the campsite a bit. It was big, but there was only one thing which captivated Colin's interest, the fort.

He pretty much lived in the fort with his cub scouts that weekend, but lucky for me, it was just us 2.

After a bit, we found a tree to climb on. It amazed me how easy it was to ascend the tree. I've never done such a thing before, even as a child. I was even able to ascend higher than the other kids. I'm sure my arm span helped, but without the strength, I couldn't have defied the gravity to do so. It was amazing.

About 2 hours after our arrival, the next group showed. 2 hours later, the rest of the campgrounds started to populate. By night, various packs from around the community packed the campsite.

It turned out, there even was a large Boy Scout event that same weekend.

On Saturday, we hiked out to visit them. It was so cool seeing what was in store for our future scouts. We were even given the opportunity to play real-life angry birds with boxes!

After an awesome adventure, we headed back to make deserts in Dutch ovens. Our den even won the pack's taste test competition. There were also a ton of marshmallows to roast on the fire. We had a great time.

Excited for our next trip.

I have a feeling we’ll be doing a lot more camping in the future.

Do you have any interest camp stories? I’d love to hear them. Maybe they’ll give me some great ideas to take the kids on.

I appreciate any info.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bell Pepper Week

Some you know I'm working with Josiah Novak. I had the privilege to join his True 8 March Program. It's great!

It's full of high motivated, highly helpful people excited to pump each other up. It's hard not to grasp onto the energy there.

Also, Josiah keeps dropping knowledge bombs, recipes, and workouts. It's a great watering hole of inspiration!

Anyway, this week I decided to post to the group some of my dinners. I wanted to also share them with you.

We had a bunch of bell peppers in the refrigerator this week so I dubbed this week, Bell Pepper Week!


Taco Tuesday!

It's a tradition in the household.

My boys like meat and cheese, Emily usually it plain.

I'm usually making burritos of quinoa, black beans, and taco seasoned cauliflower. I'm a mad scientist in the kitchen. I love it.

Well, we had a ton of Bell Peppers, no quinoa, and I wasn't feeling the black beans and cauliflower.

So I decided to make Bell Pepper Nachos.

My first attempt was cutting the pepper into 3, dumping in the meat, topping with cheese, and nuking for 30 seconds.

Well, the pepper was still pretty trick and crunchy so it wasn't the best.

Later my wife and I cut another into 3, baked it, letting the pepper break down a bit, and then topped it with taco sauce. SOOOOO Good!

I loved it and am looking to growing some bell peppers and making it routine.


Pasta Wednesday

We have to pay homage to my wife's origins.

Also, I'm honorary Italian.

My maternal grandma was Italian.

My mom married into an Italian family.

I married into an Italian family.


The kids had pasta and I decided to do a repeat of yesterday.

I chopped the pepper in thirds, tossed them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then spooned in the meat sauce and sprinkled mozzarella on top.

This time instead of nuking for 90 seconds, I roasted the whole thing. Took longer but was so worth it.

After I pulled them out, I sprinkled a bit of crushed red pepper on top and delic! Must Try!


Now Monday, we had the standard fare of roasted chicken with rice and green beans (I rotate veggies).

Well, we still had leftovers because my lunch was last weeks leftovers.

That's the curse of eating less. Sometime you cook way too much.


I pulled out the leftovers and heated them up.

I then sliced and diced the chicken and rolled it into tortillas to make tacos. Cheese on the chicken for the boys, and plain for Emily.

Then I served then up with rice and some tortilla chips on the side.

I offered green beans which, surprise, surprise, were refused. And let the go to town.

For me, I sawed off the top, nipped the bottoms for a flat surface, then stacked leftovers and cheese until I ran out of room.

Thinking about it, Stuffed Bell Peppers are great portion control. The bag of tortilla chips however... Yeah, I should had put them away. Whoops.


What do you think of my recipes? Are you going to try any?

Do you have any Bell Pepper recipes of your own?

Let me know.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Not Giving Away My Shot!

This morning I weighed in a full pound heavier than yesterday.

Flip the table!

Then the split second of anger subsided to a chuckle.

Yes, I still have a tendency to kick myself in the morning but I'm finding it's starting to be a healthy thing.

My trigger now triggers a healthier introspection of my previous day. Instead of condemning myself, I review the day and see if there's something I did wrong.  Yes, that took me a while to learn how to do.

In fact, there was.

Yesterday's Dinner

Yesterday I made chicken, rice, and green beans. Not too bad right?

I also toasted up some bolillo bread in the oven. Being health conscious, I divided each 6 in loaf into two, serving size friendly pieces.

Being smart, I abstained from getting the second piece during dinner.

Fast forward to clean up. There was the other half, next to a baking pan of chicken grease and roasted seasoning.

I tell you like a viper I struck.

I dropped that half of bread right down on the pan, cut side down. I knew exactly what I was doing. I knew I was being naughty.

I watched and salivated as the bread started to soak up all that flavor.

Then, I devoured the sopping bread and licked my fingers after.

See, I'm not perfect. I still have my vices.


You know, I could kick myself over it. But what good will that do?

Instead. I'm logging it down. Writing it to be transparent, to you, but more so, to myself.

Ever have an episode like that?

I still do, all the time. But I found food's not stronger than me. I also grow stronger each day. Yeah, it's work, but it's worth it. I'm learning to persevere and the identify my weak areas. Then I'm given the opportunities to try, try again.

That's the key. Not quitting.

When you find that dead end, when you find yourself blocked, it's about the pivot. It's about re-positioning, moving lateral until you find the next open hole. Sometimes, it's about moving back to get momentum to cross a chasm. Sometime you have to back up to make the leap.

Each set back is an opportunity to regroup.

Each down is the opportunity to huddle up and review your next play.

Every stumble is an opportunity to fall forward.

Every fall is an opportunity to rise up.