The Illusion of Perfection (and how it holds us back)

The Ilusion of Perfection (and how it holds us back)

Perfection is a myth. It’s also a deception. We often let the idea of perfection 1. keep us from being happy 2. keep us from improving. We often put things on the pedestal of perfect as something we can never attain or we break our backs trying to put something up there.

How many times has someone asked you about a part of your life (school grades, relationship, job) or your life in general and the first words were “It’s not perfect but…”. Sometimes I counter with, “Well what is?” Sometimes perfect in our eyes isn’t necessarily flawless but it does draw on this utopia where everything is so complete and we have no complaints or grievances. My friend, that world does not exist. There may be times where a peek into another’s world may look perfect but believe me, it’s not.

I made 2 points earlier about perfection and I want to address each separately. So, #1, we let the idea of perfection keep us from being happy. We don’t allow ourselves to be happy until things are perfect. That is both doing yourself a disservice and setting an impossible benchmark. Even if your idea of perfection isn’t flawless, per se, our barometer for perfection changes as we evolve.

“Okay, things will be perfect when I lost 100 pounds.” Then you lose the hundred pounds. “Okay, not yet things will be perfect when I add some muscle to my jiggly arms.” You attain said muscle, then what? “Ok things will be perfect when I have abs.” You get the picture and guess what happened during that whole process? You didn’t stop to appreciate how far you’ve come and you forgot to be happy. I could go on for days just on the topic of happy but that’s a different post for a different day. Today is about trying to be perfect.

Person 1: “Hey, how are things with your girlfriend/boyfriend?”

Person 2: “Well, we’re not perfect but I guess we’re all right.”

If you’re waiting for things to be perfect to fully enjoy and embrace your mate then you might as well end it now because I’m afraid that day will never come and even if it does, your idea of “perfect” may have changed and things still won’t be “perfect”.

Stop and embrace the person you love for the imperfect person they are and love the hell out of them. If you can’t do that, then you don’t need to be together. Would you want them to wait until you’re perfect to full engage and be involved with you? Of course not.

Now moving to point #2, the idea of perfection keeps us from improving. How so? I’m glad you asked. People tend to downplay or deny accountability for their flaws under the guise of “I’m not perfect.”

Person 1: “Why can’t you stop cursing out everyone who makes you angry?”

Person 2: “Well, I’m not perfect, so people are just going to have to deal with it.”

Why would you improve who you are when you can just hide behind the shield of not being perfect? “I’m not perfect..” is an excuse to keep you from being your best self. It’s an excuse to keep you from pursuing all the things you wanted to do.

“I can’t pursue this business because I’m not perfect.”

“I can’t fully accept God or God won’t love me because I’m not perfect”

Your imperfection is what makes you perfect! It’s okay to want something more and to improve yourself but how you are right now is exactly how you’re supposed to be. So strike that word perfect from your vocabulary, it has no place unless you’re talking God Almighty.

Bask and revel in the fact that you’re not perfect nor do you have to be nor does life have to be. Life is a splendid thing no matter where you are or who you are in it. If you want to improve, do it, just don’t waste your time on the illusion of perfection.



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If You Want to Change the World…Start With Yourself.

Change the World

We all have big dreams, most of us anyway.

We dream of taking the world by storm; some conquering it, others saving it but we all want to leave our mark on it. We want to leave something behind when we die. We want to have a legacy. We want to be remembered for whatever it is we did.

So how we do go about doing that? Before you even begin to partake on that mission, start with yourself. As Gandhi stated, “Be the change you wish to see.” Take an assessment of who you are and think about what change you wish to see. Do you embody it? Do you live the way you want to see others live? Is your own life fulfilling? Are you confident? Are you selfless? Are you humble? All these things play a part and you need to consider them. This is not to say you have to be perfect or wait until you’re perfect because that’s an endless road but you have to at least make sure whatever you want to change is a direction you’re headed in. How can you want to feed starving children when you won’t give a homeless man a dollar?

Many times people feel like in order to influence change they have to be the next Martin Luther King or Malcolm X or you have to be a great speaker or organizer. Others feel like they need to influence a whole group of people at once. No, friends, not so. I’m none of those things but I won’t let that deter me from my mission. I prefer to make change one person at a time. I’ve inspired and motivated others to pursue their fitness journeys even though I’m not that far along on my own. Why? Because I’m being the change I wish to see. I’m practicing what I preach. Granted, I still have a ton of change to make but in order to influence change, you have to be a part of it, not just complain about what you want and expect people to listen.

One key point I want to make here is don’t get stuck on the assessment stage. Don’t wait to get started on the path you want to go on but internally process as you progress .

You have to get from behind your computer (after you finish this blog, of course). Signing e-petitions, taking opinion polls, and writing your opinion all over social media just isn’t going to cut it UNLESS it’s followed by action. Armchair activism is the lazy man’s way and unfortunately many think that it’s enough. While it’s a start, you need put foot to pavement or take action in the places that matter.

Start with your own doorstep and work your way outwards. It doesn’t require you going off to Africa or to some impoverished nation. You don’t have to be a missionary or a freedom fighter. You just have to want to help.

Volunteer work is excellent. Charitable donations are great. Become a mentor. Become a Big Brother. Do some non-profit work. Offer something you’re skilled at pro-bono. How you raise your children is a form of world change because it will affect them for generations to come. So many ways, you just have to think about what direction you wish to go in.

By writing this, I’m by no means saying that I’m an authority on the topic but, like you, I have so many dreams I wake up with. Often, they don’t involve me making a huge amount of money or being famous but more to me contributing something to this place called Earth. I’m still discovering my gifts and I’m still working on myself but little by little as I make internal change, I can effect external change.

How will YOU change the world?



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Doc’s Log #17: Inspiration and Divine Guidance

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This week’s weight loss wasn’t too much. I only lost about half a pound. I won’t speculate over where I went wrong because I put in a valiant effort, it just so happens the scale didn’t show it. Considering the fact that I’ve lost 18 pounds in the past 3.5 weeks, I’m perfectly okay with only a half pound loss.

I didn’t get the 6 work out days that I planned but I managed four strong ones. My calories remained pretty consistent but there may have been a few days where my salt was a little too high or my water was a little too low and considering my sensitivity to sodium that could have easily contributed to the scale not moving as I intended.

But I did finish 2 weeks of Couch to 5K, I completed week 2 last week and I completed Week 3 this morning! Thursday I begin Week 4, which is the farthest I’ve gotten in the C25K in the past so that spells progress!! I also did something else I haven’t done in a while. I lifted some weights on Sunday. I did 2 different full body circuits (this and this, 4 sets of each) and boy am I sore today but it hurts so good!

God has truly been blessing me in this area among so many others. He has been feeding so many sources of inspiration, motivation, and guidance. You ever commit to do something your mind and suddenly it seems like every road you travel is pointing in the direction or there a bunch of signs practically showing you the way? THAT is how God speaks to me. Sunday’s message at my church was about Living with the Holy Spirit and I feel Him inside me in everything I do lately, good and bad. Warning me when I do wrong, guiding me toward what’s right. It’s amazing when you feel the Universe working in your favor and when it isn’t, you have the Faith to overcome the fear and not worry. I’m seeing everyday for the gift that it is.

I was inspired  by a video I saw this weekend. It begins with a woman talking about how she overcame the pain and depression of a bad breakup by getting in the gym and working on her own body. Her name is Massiel Arias but she goes by Mankofit. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen plenty of workout videos before but something about her just struck me. I could sense her struggle and her resilience and determination. As I watched her kill it during her work out, I thought WOW, I would love to be as fit as she is. I don’t normally feel that way when I see a fit woman, perhaps because I’m a man. While she is definitely attractive, sexy and other superficial words of adoration, it was her fitness that I enjoyed. The way she attacked her workout, her positive message, and the way she overcomes herself every single workout. To think, she’s only been working out hardcore for two years. But enough talk from me, check out her video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kprwxwlTTmQ

In other news, within the next month or two, I’m going to start pursuing my personal trainer certification. I decided why wait until I have my body the way I want it. Who’s to say I can’t work on the physical and mental at the same time right? So I’m looking forward to that. I’m like going to pursue mine from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Then my health coach certification from ACE Fitness so I can add the non-fitness component to it and get that that full body wellness happening. Yes, can’t wait! More developments to come and I’ll definitely be keeping you updated!

Ciao, friend!

Goal for this week: Lose 4 pounds. Work out 5 days.



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Kindness is a Gift

Kindness is a Gift

“Be generous with your compliments; be stingy with your complaints.” ~ Joel Osteen

 

First off, let me clarify the title. When I say kindness is a gift, I don’t mean a gift as in a talent, although for some, it may be. What I mean is being kind brings you rewards. Giving allows you to receive.

I know this can seem illogical or even counter intuitive but trust me on this. And when I say giving,  I don’t just mean monetarily. Kindness can be in the form of a kind word, quality time, sharing something you have or simply helping someone in need.

The kindness or blessing you give will be returned to you and more but not necessarily in the manner you gave it and not always from the same source. If you were kind with your money, you may be blessed with great advice or finding an answer to a question you’ve been muddling over.

The true blessing from kindness comes in the sacrifice, in how much of yourself you give to help someone else.


And guess what? The bigger your sacrifice, the bigger the reward. It’s not about how much you give, but how much of a sacrifice it is. Using money as an example because it’s easily quantified, giving someone $50 out of your $100 is a bigger sacrifice than giving $5000 out of your $1,000,000. When you do something nice for someone who treats you badly, that is a bigger sacrifice than doing it for someone who treats you well even if you do the same thing for both.


This is not to say that small acts of kindness go unrewarded. It doesn’t have to be backbreaking to be beneficial, so don’t stop holding the door for the person behind you. It’s just that the more you choose to give, the larger it will be returned to you. The concept of “paying it forward” pretty accurately describes what I’m talking about, but kind of in reverse. You receive then you give in kind. However it goes backwards or forwards, it still benefits you to give.

However, there is one caveat for all of this to work.

 

Your heart has to be in it. If you’re giving only to get, there is a big chance it won’t work. If you only give money to get money, if you only do a favor for someone because you know they’re in your debt now, then God (or the Universe, if you don’t believe in God) may not make it happen. Giving sacrificially comes from the heart. If your friend asks you to help him move his stuff out of his apartment, do it to help your friend not to ask him for something later though that may very well be an option.

Kindness comes from within and though it may not be evident to the person receiving the gift, your intentions are revealed to the Universe. You can call it a part of karma.

So when was the last time you showed kindness to someone?



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Don’t Try, Just Do it! AKA Things Yoda Taught Me

Do or Do Not

Definition of try:

: to make an effort to do something : to attempt to accomplish or complete something

: to do or use (something) in order to see if it works or will be successful

Let’s talk about the word “try”. Try is one of the most useless words in the English language. Why do I say that? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Try has become a word used to make not giving it 100% okay.

“Oh well, I tried.”

“At least I gave it a try.”

In my words, try is a word people use to excuse themselves for not putting forth enough effort. It’s a psychological victory. It’s a consolation prize, a way to make us feel better about ourselves. It allows us to not take ownership for the times we fail.

“I didn’t succeed but I gave it a try.” No, my friend, you failed this time. It’s that simple.

“Don’t be content with failing; don’t be content with not giving your best.”

How many times have you decided you’d like to do something and you said, “I’m going to try it.”? Have you ever taken on a task that you’re not sure about and said, “I’ll try.”?

Yoda said it best , “Do or do not, there is not try.”

You’re defeating yourself before you even begin. You have to claim the victory! Declare the win before it even begins!

If you don’t succeed, then you failed….this time. But don’t take it hard, some of our best lessons come from our failures. Just get up and go for it again like the champ you are.



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Doc’s Log #16: The Process of Progress

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Good morning, friends and famlee! It’s another glorious Monday in our lives! If you can read this, then you’re already ahead of the game.

The past 3 weeks, I’m convinced, have been the tone setters for the rest of my year. I feel so awesome that I almost feel like I’m going to burst sometimes. Why, you ask? Well, I’m not sure but I can pinpoint a few things.

1. I’ve been keeping up with my Bible reading.  One of the biggest goals I’ve set for myself this year was to complete the Bible in a year. I had a few weeks worth of time where I fell off earlier but as of Saturday, I am back on track to be done by the end of the year! That alone feels great, but I feel like I’m really absorbing the message, like God is speaking to me through it. By taking in the Word, I’ve been filled even more with his Spirit. That alone is enough to justify how great I’m feeling. I’ve been praying more, listening more, hearing more when God speaks. I’ve been fulfilling the purpose of Lent and it’s paid off.

2. Since I’ve been on the Daniel Fast, I’ve been keeping junk out of my system. First, let me give the disclaimer. I have not been eating 100% perfectly throughout this fast. I’ve slipped up and had chips a couple of times and a Honey Bun a few days ago and, of course, I allot for mom’s home cooking on Sundays. But in the grand scheme of things, out of 28 meals in a given week, one meal a week and a few slip ups is still leaps and bounds ahead of the way I’d been eating before. It’s almost like a reboot. I feel more energized, more upbeat and stronger. This subscribes to what I always say about how mental well being and physical wellness are so often interconnected. What and how you eat can determine your mindset just as much as vice versa. I look forward to continuing a lifestyle comparable to this one when Lent is over. Not as strict (definitely want to keep bread, cheese and eggs) but refocusing on a mostly plant based style of eating, recommitting to my Flexitarian diet.

3. I’ve been exercising regularly. Though I haven’t been working out everyday like planned to originally, I’ve been working out more with each passing week. The first week, I put in 4 days, this past week it’s been 5. Exercising makes me want to eat right because I don’t want to unravel everything I’ve learned. It also reinforces my healthy eating by contributing to my caloric deficit so I can lose weight and shed fat. I look forward to aiming for 6 days this week! I’m almost done the 2nd week of Couch to 5K!

4. I haven’t been bombarded with the constant negativity I find on social media and have been forced to find other ways to connect.  Between different social media sites and, in turn, different real-time feeds, I’m constantly bombarded with people’s complaints, judgments, criticisms, etc. After a while, it tends to take a toll on you. When I find myself being annoyed by every other update I see, I realize that it’s time to take a break. I noticed it weeks before Lent but I figured I’d wait it out. One thing I notice that I miss most about social media is the sharing part of it. I miss speaking and being heard. I was watching an interesting TED Talk today called “Connected, but alone?“.

It talks about how we post, e-mail, text on a consistent basis and we think it makes us feel connected but it often leaves us feeling more lonely and it resonated with me. It made me think about how hesitant I am to speak to people in person but how I thrive in a virtual setting. Strangers I may not have said 2 words to in person, I’ve had excellent conversations with online. The talk said we do it because we can put our best selves first. We can change what we say,  think before we reply, post our best pictures, show our best moments and it makes us feel like we’re connected…yet still lonely. If we’re not posting, we’re all alone. I realize then that that is the feeling I felt that first day of Lent. I felt……lonely. Three weeks in now, it’s become therapeutic. I’ve eschewed many of my virtual connections in favor of real life ones. I make at least one or two personal phone calls daily and they fulfill me despite how my mind fights me not to. On the phone, I’m vulnerable. I can’t delete and fix my words before I send them. In person, I’m vulnerable. I can’t delete and show another version of myself. And you know what? That’s okay. I’m okay. I think this one contributes way more than I thought it would to my happiness and I didn’t realize it until I typed it just now. Revelations are beautiful. 

In other good news, I dropped 5.2 pounds last week to reach 296.8 pounds!

I’m definitely going to take these next almost 4 weeks of solace and make the most out of them. Friday reaches the halfway point of Lent and I look forward to what the second half brings. I hear God speaking to me and I’m listening. Are you?

Goal for next week: Work out 6 days and get down to 295 lbs.



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Change starts in the heart…but it doesn’t always stay there.

Change starts in the heart...

 

How many times have you declared in a moment that your life was going to change? Perhaps you read a book that inspired you. Perhaps it was something someone said. Perhaps you just noticed something that needed to be changed and you decided at that moment you weren’t going to take it anymore.

And the next day, you were off and running. You were great for a day or two then things started to change. You weren’t quite as motivated. The need to change wasn’t as evident. It became progressively harder to do what you wanted to do.

“What happened?”, you ask yourself. “I thought I wanted this. Maybe I don’t. Maybe I’m not supposed to change. Maybe I’m not MEANT to change. Maybe I’m too weak.”

Well, let me be the one to tell you, you’re wrong, totally wrong!

You just relied on your heart solely to get you through it. Somewhere in there, you figured as long as your heart was in it, it was going to be easy street but Life showed you differently.Change starts in the heart but it doesn’t always stay there because it takes more than you heart to get you through it.

Erasing a bad habit and/or creating a good one are both very difficult things. You can’t just unravel a habit overnight. You can’r create a new one overnight. You have to deprogram or reprogram yourself and that takes times. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult and it’s during those times when your heart is tested.

But the fact that your heart wants you to stop and second guess yourself is proof positive that you’re headed in the right direction.

As Winston Churchill so simply and eloquently put it, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” When the going gets tough, that’s when you’re in the thick of it. That’s when you’re in the right place. Your heart tells you stop, but your mind has to say “No, we are going to do this! There is only one direction, forward!”

Don’t let your heart not being in it be what keeps you from progressing. Even if it’s your favorite thing in the world, there will be times where you just don’t feel up to it. The awesome thing is, if you keep pushing through the mud of doubt and despair, you come out stronger and your heart will rejoin you in the fight.

You heart is all about feelings and feelings change but if you set it in your mind to do what needs to be done, your heart will come back to you.

Just don’t rely on your heart alone. That’s only the beginning.

 



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Doc’s Log #15: Lent Update (5 Weeks to Go), No Complaint Challenge

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Hey everybody!

 

We are officially 12 days into Lent and I have to say it’ s going well. I probably won’t refer to Lent too much after this because let’s face it, you don’t want to hear about this every week for the next 5 weeks and I don’t really want to beat a dead horse.

Unfortunately, I didn’t reach my goal of getting under 300 this week but I did lose a pound and a half this week to get down to 302.0 lbs. Even though I fell short, I still have no complaints.

I finally completed Week 1 of Couch to 5K though I did switch to a different C25K program. The first week was tough but it’s gotten better. I’m looking forward to starting Week 2 tomorrow.

Last week was a bit of a crazy week so I didn’t work out everyday like I’d been planning to but I won’t make any excuses. The time was there but my motivation wasn’t. It doesn’t take much to talk me out of working out. If I hit the workout everyday, I would have reached my under-300 goal.

I still miss being on social media but my productivity has definitely been good. I’ve been getting things done and God has been blessing me. I feel like something BIG is going to come during this fast. I’m just giving each day my all and seeing what comes, not giving tomorrow too much thought.

One thing I’m trying to add in to my everyday routine is meditation twice a day. I feel like I need this in my life and I’ve been hearing/reading about it left and right. I’m not even looking for it, it just kinda shows up in my face. I want this for me and I know God wants it for me. I have to put it into my schedule, 20 minutes x twice a day along with some yoga. Those two seem to go hand in hand so I can carve out an hour of my day (total) for it.

I’ve started the No Complaint Challenge again. I feel like it’s time. It’s not because I’ve been complaining a lot but mainly because I need to cleanse myself from absorbing and spreading negativity. I’ve made it as far as Day 3 before having to restart which is good but typically I find myself complaining about 2-3 times in a given day which isn’t bad but the point of the challenge is 21 days no complaints so that’s still the goal.  If you’ve never done it before, I definitely advise you to give it a try. If you feel like it will be difficult for you, that’s all the more reason to do it. Although the challenge is to go 21 days without complaining, this is something you can apply for life and can benefit not only you but those around you.

And on that note, friends, ciao!

This week’s goal: To begin establishing a regular meditation and routine and also to get my weight back under 300 pounds (so a weight loss of at least 2.1 lbs.)

 



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Doc’s Log #12: #Lent, The Daniel Fast and Exercise Stuffs

Doc's Log #12

 

 

This is very uncommon for me, writing 2 entries in one day, but this update is long overdue. So let’s get right into it…

 

Long story short, I’m back up to 315. Eating has been crappy and workouts have been nonexistent. Lacking motivation has made progress not only nonexistent but has reversed it.

It’s pitiful, I know.

I’m as disgusted to say it as you are to read it. So with Lent starting yesterday, I decided I needed to do something drastic and I needed to make the promise directly to God and ask for his guidance.

So this year I decided on the largest Lenten changes I’ve made since I’ve been taking a part in it. What are they, you ask? Glad you asked, I’ll tell you.

With the exception of updating this blog, I decided on giving up all social media again this year. Some people asked me why do I keep giving it up every year? It’s because every year it’s still hard to do. For 45.5 weeks every year, I’m Facebooking, tweeting, G+ing, instagramming, etc. just about everyday so when Lent comes around, it’s the perfect time to take a break. The first day is always so surreal because I’m used to being bombarded with info. This morning, I felt a stillness and in some ways, loneliness. It’s like living in the big city all your life then spending that first night in the quiet of the country. The quiet is almost deafening. Imagine that but for your eyes. That’s pretty much what I experience and today was no different. As I get used to it, it begins to feel normal but the first week is always difficult.

In addition to that, I’ve also elected to add in two things to do over the course of my Lenten fast.

Yesterday, I began the Daniel Fast. As written in the description, it’s a “biblically based partial fast” which is derived from two scriptures in the book of Daniel, Chapters 1 and 10 to be exact.

Here is a brief overview:

It’s designed to be done at least 21 days but they recommend no more than 50, so my goal of 46 days is pretty close. Essentially, this is a vegan diet but with more restrictions.

Below is a list of the allowed foods:

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

As you can see, there isn’t a whole lot to choose from as far as food groups but it’s definitely not impossible and it’s not calorie restrictive. I think what I will miss most is bread (no PBJ!) especially since I can’t have meat but luckily I can have whole grain pasta, rice, and quinoa which I all enjoy. This will DEFINITELY be a journey.

My only exception will be my mom’s Sunday dinners. Those will remain. Outside of that, it’s all Daniel Fast, all the time…or as often as possible. There may be some moments where I don’t have that option but I’ll do my best to limit those or keep it as close to the Daniel Fast as possible.

I’ll continue to practice Intermittent fasting with this. That style of eating has become a style that I’ve gotten used to and have grown to enjoy and since that is time based, it can work with any style of eating.

I’m also committing to working out everyday during this fast. Incorporating a basic but intense (for me) calisthenic workout, I’ll be alternating between two circuits on opposite days: wakeupworkout workout

 

And alternating between these two cardio workouts on opposite days:

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Though it says treadmill, I’ll be doing it outdoors.

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I’m two days in, with 44 to go so so far so good.

The ultimate goal of Lent is to bring myself closer to God. THAT is the priority. Asking the Lord for strength and turning to him when I feel myself going wrong is crucial. Lent for me has always been about simply the challenge while totally missing the most important part so, in that respect, this will be different from all my past Lents. 

So, if you pray, pray for me. This is going to be tough but, I think, necessary. When this is over, I’ll be a better man. I can feel it.

Work like it’s all on me, pray like it’s all on Him. Later, friends…

 

 



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Happy 3rd Blogiversary To Me!!

Happy 3rd Blogaversary To Me!!

 

 

This blog has undergone many incarnations and many platforms (Blogger to Tumblr then back to Blogger then here to WordPress). It began in 2004 as simply a place for me to vent and share my thoughts, then it became a ghost town unused for years. Then it became a place for me to just share stuff.

Then it became the creation I came to call and you came to know as Dr. Marctagon™.

I didn’t really think of the anniversary of when I started this blog until I had a conversation about it. And I thought, hmmm, when would my blogiversary be?

So I looked back at the posts and I decided on the first post of the latest form of the blog and saw the date, March 5th , 2011. So while I didn’t get to celebrate the 1st two anniversaries, better late than never right? :)

So Happy 3rd Blogiversary to me!!

Ironically, I’m pretty much back where I started so  I don’t really feel like I have much to celebrate but at the same time I have so much to celebrate because while the scale hasn’t moved and physically I’m still out of shape, I can say I have 24 races under my belt, including my first marathon which is definitely up there as one of the best (or worst) days of my life.

I’ve evolved as a man. I found and fully embraced the Lord since I started Dr. Marctagon™. I was baptized and I joined my current church. My outlook on life is more positive and open than it’s ever been. My heart has enveloped itself in so much love that sometimes it feels like it’ll burst. So I spread that encouragement and love to others because it’d be selfish to keep to myself.

I’ve been told by many that my actions have inspired them or my words have encouraged them and, in hindsight, that’s more rewarding than any weight loss.

BUT…

 

..and this is a big but…

 

I still have weight to lose. I still have my physical weight loss journey to complete and other goals that depend on it. Pretty soon, I’ll begin studying for my Personal Trainer Certification but how can I train people if I don’t train myself? So, while I prepare myself mentally, I have to prepare myself physically.

But we’ll get to all that later…today we celebrate!

I want to say thank you to everyone who has read, shared, commented, contacted me via e-mail or social media, or prayed for me. I value all of it and I Love you for it. I want to spend this next year meeting some of you in person, becoming more familiar with your journeys, and connecting with you.

This blog is only partially about me. I’m here for YOU. I want to help those who need it and see you succeed, whatever that means for you.

Again, thank you. *hugs and brownies*



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