Welcome To My Personal Journey For November, 2014
This is a new feature to my blog that I recently added. Each month, I’ll give you an inside look into my personal journey, and what I’m up to in my health, fitness and business.
I’ll be doing this not only to keep track about my own progress, I want to be completely open and honest about what I’m up to in my own life, and let you know what’s working and what’s not working for me.
Like you, I’m battling to become a better person, wanting to help more people and live the life that I desire, fulfilling my purpose. I have my share of struggles, and want you to know that we all share in the struggle to be better people. I want to give you insights into my journey in hopes that they inspire you.
Update On My Health – Blood Sugar And Weight
If you remember from my Personal Journey For October, I had a doctor’s visit at the beginning of October and my blood sugar tested high. This was a bit alarming to me, but given my history of having a sweet tooth and loving chocolate, the result was perhaps not all that surprising.
My doctor suggested I lose 10-15 pounds, and I decided to eliminate processed sugar. And while I haven’t been 100% perfect, I am doing much much better on eliminating the sugary foods from my diet. Even better, I’m not craving them. I think this is because I now have my big WHY staring me in the face – high blood sugar – and I don’t want it to get worse and lead to diabetes.
I weighed 201 pounds at the doctor’s office, and I’m now down to a lean 185 (I’m 6’1″). I don’t really believe in the scale, but I’m monitoring my weight for a few months, just because the doctor recommended I lose a few pounds.
I’ve also been experimenting with some Paleo dessert recipes that are lower in sugar, and sweetened more naturally, with ingredients like bananas. I actually have 2 Paleo dessert recipe books on Amazon that you can check out – Simple Paleo Desserts, and Simple Paleo Holiday Desserts which I just launched last week.
I made some mini Paleo pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and they came out delicious. This was from the Simple Paleo Holiday Desserts book. Check it out!
First Half Marathon Is In The Books
On November 16, I ran my first half marathon in Las Vegas. It was the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon and I had a blast. I did pretty well too, finishing with a time of 1 hour and 58 minutes. My goal was to beat 2 hours, so I accomplished my goal with 2 minutes to spare!
That was good enough to place in the top 12.7% out of over 25,000 runners. Here I am right after the half marathon. My girlfriend Lori greeted me with this poster. I have to admit, I felt proud of myself.
If you remember from my post last month, I’m not a big fan of running long distance, and so I trained for the half in a bit of unconventional fashion. None of my workouts involved straight up long distance training – no 8 mile runs, 10 mile runs, 12 mile runs, etc. None of that.
Instead my training involved a mix of weight training/bodyweight conditioning circuits, high intensity interval training, speed training, Fartlek intervals, hill training and shorter cardio sessions. It’s been proven that training in an intense fashion improves your cardiovascular fitness and running times. In fact I’ve seen it over and over again with my clients. So there is no need to run really long cardio sessions to get ready for a half marathon. This also reduces the mileage on your joints, saving wear and tear on your body and reducing injuries.
I documented my entire half marathon training protocol, and I’ll be releasing it as a new product in early 2015. It’s geared specifically for people running their first half marathon or seasoned runners who want to lessen the pounding on their joints.
The other fun thing about my trip to Las Vegas is that it was our first ever Fit For Photos Reunion! It was amazing to meet so many incredible and wonderful people from the Fit For Photos community. I am so grateful and blessed to have them in my life and I can’t wait for next year’s reunion. Here is a picture from our dinner at Cabo Wabo
Sharpening My Public Speaking Skills With Toastmasters
One of my goals for 2015 is to land some public speaking gigs. And in fact, I already got my first one – at the Weekend of Wellness Health and Fitness Festival in Telluride, Colorado June 11 – 14.
I’m interested in sharing my message to a larger audience, so I’ve been trying out different Toastmasters groups in Denver, and will be joining one for a year so I can be a better public speaker.
Fit For Photos – 63 Day Program In January
It’s that time of year again when we’re ready to kick off 2015 with our January Fit For Photos program, which starts on January 5. This is our 63 day hands on coaching program for women designed to make you look and feel beautiful, fit and strong.
This is usually one of our most popular programs of the year since a lot of people want to get 2015 off to a great start. And we’re adding a couple surprises to make sure you get even better results, and keep them too.
You can check out all the details about Fit For Photos here, or email me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Check out a few pictures of one of our most recent Fit For Photos rockstars, Marina.
Unplugged Weekend In The Rocky Mountains Of Colorado
This is something brand new that I put together that I mentioned in October’s update.
It’s our very first Unplugged Weekend in the Rocky Mountains of Estes Park Colorado from April 24 – 27, 2015. It’s going to be an incredible retreat where you’ll reclaim, rebalance and rejuvenate your life.
The Unplugged Retreat will be a journey of personal discovery, a reboot away from your busy schedule and hurried life where you’ll take a deep breath, relax and make time for YOU. Get ready to reclaim your breath, restore your balance and rejuvenate your life.
You can read more about our Unplugged Retreat here. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Power To Change Podcasts
I had a great month of podcasts. Having an accountability partner really kept me on track. In case you missed any, here is a quick overview of November’s podcasts:
Planning For A Big 2015
I am so excited for 2015 and what it has in store. I have big things planned. Big big things. And I’ll share all of them with you very soon!
But just to give you an idea where I’m headed – I am becoming more and more interested in helping people change other areas of their lives besides their physical body. So many people are not living a life of purpose and passion and are letting fear get in the way.
So I’m planning some big things in 2015 that will help you overcome fears and make big changes in your life. I’m planning on meeting more of you in person. I’m planning on giving back more. I’m headed back to Guatemala to build another school and I want to take you with me.
And I’m planning on creating a tight knit community, one that I can call my family. I want more people doing things each and every day that make them happy and I’m going to help get you there.
And I plan on saying thank you more, and showing you how grateful I am for you.
Which brings me to…
November is the month for gratitude, right? It’s where we give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my girlfriend Lori and my friends Tiffany and Bryan.
Right now, I want to express gratitude for my Dad. He’s an amazing father and someone that I lean on for all the big decisions in my life.
He’s had a bit of a tough couple of months with his health. In October, my dad was diagnosed with a type of skin cancer called Squamous cell carcinoma. On November 12, he had Mohs surgery to get rid of the cancer, which was located next to one of his eyes, and then the following day he had reconstructive surgery.
The cancer was deeper and more aggressive than they thought, so the Mohs surgery was more involved than they originally planned. Everything went well with the surgery, but because the cancer was deeper than they thought, there is a higher chance of it recurring. So the doctors are recommending 5 weeks of radiation to be on the safe side.
My Dad is currently weighing is options. But he remains positive and upbeat about everything and I’m glad about that.
I’m on am mission in 2015 to express gratitude each and everyday. Today, I am thankful for my Dad.
I hope you enjoyed reading about what I’ve been up to. I’m looking forward to a great December which includes going home to Virginia for the holidays.
If I can help you in anyway, please feel free to reach out to me at any time.