Well, this is exciting to write about! Yes, I hit the 70 pound weight loss mark and I'm pretty excited about my progress! There's been some ups and downs, but here's a few gems of knowledge that I have been learned along the way.
Motivation is fleeting, remember what first inspired you!
There were days I felt like I could do anything! I could lift anything, do hundreds of push-ups and hours of wall sits! And then there were the other days where I felt like I'd like to curl up and do nothing that required any energy or effort. Take the good with the bad, right?!
To get me over the humps, I go back to a time I felt strong enough to make a decision that would benefit me and my family in amazing ways: opening my own martial arts studio, Dynamic Martial Arts. In doing that I put myself in a position where the only direction was forward, the only option was hard work and dedication. I set myself up in a position of leadership where I HAD to become someone who represents the benefits and values of the martial arts I teach. This is what excited me to start this journey and is something that re-inspires me when I feel the motivation slipping!
Most of my success happens in the kitchen!
C'mon, we all have to know at some level that we are bombarded daily with terrible choices when it comes to the food we eat!! You can't drive to work without passing dozens of tempting places practically begging you to eat their food!
I had to drastically reduce the eating out. Do we really know what's in the food that's prepared for us? No, we don't ... and we'd probably be pretty shocked to find out how it's prepared and what it's cooked in.
My solution is to take control of what and when I eat. I have eliminated almost all processed foods and consume almost no sugars. When I cook for myself, I can control what I eat and how it's prepared. Simple!
I plan rest into my weekly routine!
I am notorious for being hyper-focused when I get into a workout routine and have, many times, burnt myself out obsessing over how many of this I'm doing and how much of that I'm lifting. NO MORE!
This time around I am keeping harder workouts to certain days and allowing myself to be more relaxed on the other days. Now, even on my 'resting days,' I am still pretty active, looking for places to walk or chores that will keep me moving, but nowhere near the level I train on the 'work days.' I am giving my body a chance to recover and my tired muscles a chance to heal and, as a result, my workouts have been much more productive!
To sum it up, I learned to listen to my body. I stopped overthinking things and kept it simple. I realized that this is a lifelong journey and not a sprint to the finish. I took control and ownership of my well-being and am working to set a positive and inspiring example to the people I serve. I fully accepted my role as a father, husband, and teacher.
As a member of the Ultimate Black Belt Test 2018, I am dedicated to improving myself and the martial arts I teach by passing on the lessons I'm continuously leaning through the process. I am committed to adding to the work of my mentor and UBBT creator and coach, Tom Callos, by expanding on what martial arts can represent in our studio and in our community. If you'd like to know more about the Ultimate Black Belt test or the work of Tom Callos, please feel free to visit the sites linked above!