Welcome To My Personal Journey For October, 2014
I’ve decided to add a new feature to my blog. 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.
My Scary Doctor’s Visit – Giving Up Sugar
October was a busy month of new happenings, including a rare doctor’s visit!
That’s right. I rarely go to the doctor (I’m afraid of them), but a few weeks ago, I needed to. You see, last October, I got my blood work done, and everything looked good except my Testosterone level. It was lower than normal.
When my doctor called me with the test results last year, he wanted me to come back and get retested to make sure the number was correct. Well, being a guy that is afraid of needles, I never went back.
So you’re probably wondering why I decided to go get re-tested this October. Well, there are days that I feel like I’m lacking energy, and I was wondering if low Testosterone had anything to do with that. If it did, I wanted to possibly get treated for it so I could feel better.
So I scheduled a doctor’s visit in early October. I had to choose a new doctor because I had a new insurance plan. And he decided to do all sorts of tests on me – cholesterol, blood sugar, liver, kidneys, and thyroid.
When I got the test results a few days later, my Testosterone was normal, as was everything else, except for my blood sugar. It came back a little high.
Much to my surprise, the doctor recommended that I lose 10-15 pounds. Now, I know that on the day of my doctor’s visit, I wasn’t at my fittest, but I had still been working out. They weighed me in at 201 pounds (with my clothes and shoes on). And this was the heaviest I’ve ever weighed. But being 6’1″, I was surprised at the recommendation to lose weight.
Now here’s where I have to admit something: When I’m not training for a specific purpose, like a photo shoot, my sweet tooth still gets the best of me. In fact, there are days where I’d eat some candy, some ice-cream and sometimes even a pastry. And I’m talking big servings of each of these, which I know could equate to hundreds of grams of sugar.
So if anything, my sugar intake is too high. So even though the doctor didn’t recommend I eliminate all sugar, that’s what I’ve chosen to do – I’ve eliminated all processed sugar from my diet. To be frank with you, his diagnosis scared the heck out of me. It sounded like I might be close to having diabetes.
I always tell my clients to come up with a bit WHY they want to achieve a particular goal. Well I now had my big why! Giving up sweets, especially chocolate, has always been a challenge for me. Well not anymore. I’ve got that blood test result in the back of my mind, and that’s my big WHY.
And I ate no candy on Halloween for the first time ever! 🙂
I also borrowed a scale, and even though I’m not a big believer in weighing yourself, I am keeping an eye on my weight. My doctor wants to check my blood sugar in 6 months, and as of writing this post, my weight is down to 187 (no clothes or shoes).
Besides giving up processed sugar, I’ve also made a couple other dietary changes in hopes that would help my energy level. I’ve given up red meat (which I used to do a long time ago) and I drink a green smoothie every day. All 3 of these dietary changes have led to higher energy and I’m feeling a lot better.
I Bought A Blentec
Speaking of green smoothies, I bought a Blendtec this month, and I am in love with it. Ever since seeing a demonstration of it in Costco a few months ago, I’ve wanted one. That’s my other nutritional weakness – not eating enough green vegetables.
With my new goal of eating more greens, I knew I wanted to do that by drinking a daily green smoothie. And I also wanted to upgrade from my cheap Oster. So I bit the bullet and bought a Blendtec, and it’s been great. To save money, I purchased a refurbished one.
I’ve been keeping my recipes fairly simple and very low sugar. Here is the recipe I’ve been using almost daily.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 serving Biotrust Vanilla Low Carb protein powder, 2 cups chard/kale/spinach mix (or sometimes just spinach), 1/2 avocado and ice.
This green smoothie is delicious and keeps me energized during the day.
Training For My First Half Marathon
On the training side of things, I am training for my first half marathon in Las Vegas. We are having our first ever Fit For Photos reunion in Las Vegas from November 14 – 17 and it coincides with the Rock and Roll marathon. A bunch of us are running the 1/2 marathon including me!
Now, I’m not a big fan of running long distance, and so I’m training in a bit of unconventional fashion. None of my workouts involve straight up long distance training – no 8 mile runs, 10 mile runs, 12 mile runs, etc. None of that.
Instead my training has involved a mix of weight training/bodyweight conditioning circuits, high intensity interval training, speed training, Fartlek intervals, hill training and shorter cardio sessions. I created a Fit For Photos program aimed at improving body composition along with improving running times and athletic performance. It’s called Power Intervals For Athletic Performance and I’m following that program.
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.
Unplugged Weekend In The Rocky Mountains Of Colorado
On the business side of things, I’ve got a cool new project I’ve been working on. I’ve been getting more and more interested in personal development, and helping people reach goals in other areas of their lives besides transforming their bodies. One of the best ways to work on yourself is to unplug from technology.
So I’m pleased to have put together 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.
Fit For Photos Holiday Edition
I just launched our second annual Fit For Photos Holiday Edition. It runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve. Don’t worry, we kick off the program on Thanksgiving with a big reward meal! 🙂
We did this program last year and probably had the most fun out of any Fit For Photos program. Most people gain an extra 5 – 15 pounds of ugly flab over the holidays. Plus they feel awful. Don’t let that be you! This program is specifically designed to prevent weight gain over the holiday while still allowing you to eat your favorite foods at your holiday parties. And the workouts are short, with a lot of bang for your buck.
If you’re interested in the details, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Power To Change Podcast
I’ve been slacking big time on getting new episodes out for my podcast The Power To Change. I’ve been wanting to release a new episode once a week, but haven’t been consistent. I really want to bring you more inspirational stories from people who have made big changes in their lives, so I’m rededicating myself to making this happen.
I just paired up with an accountability partner who is going to keep me on track.
I did get one interview in at the very end of October. It was with a young man named Mario Colao who lost 240 pounds (he started at 460) and quit smoking 2 packs a day cold turkey. I can’t wait to bring you his story. Be on the lookout for it in early November.
Here’s a picture of his transformation.
Mastermind In Laguna Beach, California
I made my first trip out to Laguna Beach, California earlier in the month to participate in a Mastermind meeting led by James Wedmore, a very smart internet marketer.
For those of you who don’t know what a mastermind is, it’s when a small group of like minded individuals come together and help each other reach goals. In this case, everyone in the mastermind meeting had their own business and we all put our heads together and brainstormed how we could help each other run better businesses.
I love mastermind meetings as I always come back refreshed and energized with new ideas for my business, and ultimately that means better things for you.
Books I Read This Month
I read (and actually finished) a couple of books this month. One was called Profit First by Mike Michalowicz which teaches a different accounting method to ensure that your business becomes and stays profitable.
The second book was Unstoppable Referrals by Steve Gordon. This book outlined a unique approach to getting a steady stream of referrals to your business.
I’m in the middle of a third book. It’s called Vision To Reality by Honoree Corder. It teaches you how your daily action steps will lead to achieving your long term life goals and dreams.
I usually have a hard time finishing books, so I was proud that I finished 2 of them. 🙂
Hiring A Financial Planner – Saving For A Home
I also hired a financial planner this month, through a financial planning company called LearnVest.
Saving for a house has been a goal of mine for awhile, but I’ve never come up with a step by step plan to do so. I’ve never owned a home before and you would think that since I know how to achieve a fitness goal pretty easily, that I should be able to come up with a plan to save for a home.
Nope! I need help! So I finally hired a financial planner to help keep me accountable. She gives me monthly challenges, I track all my spending, I don’t use my credit cards anymore, I have an emergency fund and a monthly budget. And I started a home fund.
I wrote about hiring a financial planner in another post, which you can read about here.
2 Anniversary Celebrations
October was also a month for me to celebrate 2 anniversaries.
The first anniversary that I celebrated was the 7 year anniversary of my blog. That’s right! I started my blog way back on October 29, 2007 and my first blog post was called Sprint Your Way To Flat Abs.
Back then my blog was called The Abs Expert. I more recently changed the named to Scott Colby, as I thought it might help my readers identify with me a little better if you knew my name! Anyway, I wanted to thank you for being a reader of my blog. I’m not sure if you were with me back then, but I’m really thankful for you now.
The other anniversary to celebrate is my one year anniversary of my first photo shoot with Brett Seeley Photography. Brett is considered the top fitness photographer in Colorado and so last August, I decided to hire a trainer to get me in the best shape of my life, and do a photo shoot with Brett on October 26, 2013
I loved my pictures and here are just a few of my favorites.
Well, that’s about it for my personal journey in October. It’s been a busy month, and I hope you enjoyed reading what I’ve been up to.
If there is anything I can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Here’s to an amazing November!