Showing posts from November, 2016

Diets of Deprivation

You don't have to deprive yourself to lose weight. A diet of deprivation is starvation! Stop defining goals on can't. Good things don't grow from seeds of negativity. Instead, work on switching worse habits with better habits. It's not about perfection, it's about progression. Make a discipline of continual improvement. You can't solve problems with the same level of thinking that caused them. Switch up a few variables and discover a new solution. Take the wheel and explore until you find something that works, then worry about upgrading your autopilot. Though we be products of our environment, we have the ability to create our own environment. We have the ability to change. Try immersing yourself where you want to be. At least try to immerse yourself at the halfway point.

Buried In Bread

In the beginning of this year, I quoted Bilbo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” Since then, I have come to find there is always too much bread. Bread is something you can't control. There's always another interest, another issue, another emergency demanding your immediate attention. What's more, none of us has enough butter or attention to consider the amount of bread piled on our plates. It grows by the minute. Good News. We can control is where we scrape our butter. We control where we pay our attention. Ask yourself, where do you pay yours? 2015In 2015, I scraped my butter over everything I could get a hold of. With work and family, I was ran a Dungeon & Dragon's Adventure League for the Greater Houston Area. That was 3 full time jobs itself and I didn't even know what I was doing. I also dedicated a lot of my butter to video games and to a structur…

GMB Elements

This weekend I attended a disc golf tournament. I didn't take part in the tournament itself, I was just there to support it. While there, I took the opportunity to run around and have some fun with the kids. I don't remember last time I had that much energetic stamina. I could keep up with them all! One of my favorite parts was with the organizer's kid. We were bear crawling up hills, hopping like frogs down, and moving like monkeys. It was great fun doing that without gasping for breathe after 5 minutes. Or course, Anyone who's followed me this year may recognize those moves I referenced. They are the keys to GMB's Elements. Looking back, I remember when I first found out about GMB Elements. I was looking for an exercise routine to get into shape. Elements was one of my final choices, but in the end there were 3 reasons why I didn't pick it. Because I felt it would be too elementary for me. I wasn't interested in flexibility, just getting into shape.…

Interview Prep

A videographer recently asked to interview me. I figured it prudent to dwell on my past to better convey it to the interviewer. Mindfulness is still something I struggle with so any prep I have is good. Anyway, while pondering, my mind chased a few rabbit holes. They were insightful, but maybe not what the interviewer wished to frame. I want to share them with you. It's hard talking about the past, I look back and wonder, what was I thinking? Where was my head at? In 2015, I was over 300 lbs. Obese, depressed, feeling like an empty shell of a person. I Felt I lost all my passion in life. So many wasted opportunities I squandered floating down the lazy river of life. Looking back, my life wasn't even that bad, but I kept comparing myself to others. I focused on how other families had more time, more love, more success. I ate that up. I devoured the toxic fruit before me. Looking back, I'm wondering why was I tripping? It's hard to get back into that mindset... or is…

Giving Bad Directions

Giving directions to a place in Houston does you no good if you're in the middle of San Antonio. Direction matters but so do current positions. You can make great time going west on I-10 but if you're in San Antonio, don't expect to see Houston for some time. Of course, going west from Beaumont is a great idea if your destination is Houston. What I'm saying is before you tell someone to take an offramp, find out where they are.

Supplements are Additive

Supplements are additive. They only work if you work. They don't counteract damages from bad diets. Instead of loading up on supplements, start a food journal. Become aware of the food you eat. Then, start making small changes and track your progress. If you need help doing this, message me.

Protein Shakes

Those protein shakes look amazing but they don't outperform bad diets. Stop falling for fool's gold. Until your eating habits change, you're going to remain where you are. Good news, change doesn't have to be hard and it doesn't have to be radical. All you have to do to start is change one thing but change that one thing today. Health isn't binary. It's an ideal and every day you have the opportunity to progress toward it.

Fighting my Failures

I suck at push ups. What's more, this year, two friends nominated me for the 22 push up challenge for veteran suicide awareness. Yeah, I did 5 before giving up. Not 5 days, 5 push ups! That bad! After my first failed attempt, day 1, I told myself I'll just hold off on the challenge until I get better... But If I never practice, I'll never get better. Right? I needed to set up a routine to do push ups so I could get better, so I could take on the challenge. BackstoryThis wasn't the first time I met a challenge I couldn't overcome. This January, several coworkers created a stair challenge at work. 6 flights up and 6 flights down, once a day. Well, the first day I tried, I barely made it to the 3rd floor. That's right, in front of everyone else, I had to stop, sit down, and recover. My legs were on fire and my breathe was gone. I felt pathetic I was so embarrassed. I knew the next morning everyone would meet back and they'd stop at my cubicle on the way …

Back on Track

The last few months, I've been ranging around 210-215 lbs. in weight. As you may know, my original goal was under 200 lbs. by the end of the year. The thing is, I'm happy about current weight. I look great and I feel great! So now I am wondering why should I even lose more weight? What's more, instead of going for my original goal, how about I work on another goal (which I have been doing). My new goals are strength based and skill based, like pistol squats and pull ups. RevelationWell yesterday, I had a revelation. It is a lot easier to lift 200 pounds than it is to lift 215 pounds. 15 pounds is significant! I realize remaining where I'm comfortable will prolong my journey toward my next goal. It would behoove me to get under 200 pounds. Not like I can't gain the weigh back once done, right? Anyway, I get more into it in this video. I hope you like it. ShareIf you know anyone trying to lose weight, send them my way. Maybe I can help them out. Thanks for stoppi…