Monday, July 26, 2010

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Cassie from Life By Cassie has presented me with the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks Cassie!

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 newly discovered blogs.
4. Let your nominees know about the award.

So here it goes!

Thanks Cassie for giving me this award!  You have always shown me amazing support and I appreciate it more than you'll ever know!

7 Things about me:

  1. I grew up in Cary, North Carolina. Its a great state but ultimately its not where I plan to settle down. I hope to plant my roots in Chicago, its the most amazing city I have ever been in.
  2. I have a degree in Construction Engineering & Management. Construction has always been a passion of mine since I was a little kid. When I was in kindergarten my teacher told my Mom that I would be an Engineer one day, she said all I ever wanted to do in class was build things. I also plan on getting my MBA in the next few years.
  3. For those of you who don't know I am on a mission to lose 250 lbs. To date I have lost 93 pounds which took me about a year and I am looking forward to losing the rest. Its not the hardest thing I have done and at the same time its not the easiest.
  4. I am an extremely shy person, if you know me online you probably can't tell. When I usually meet new people it takes me awhile to open up and be myself. This isn't true in all cases but it is in most. I have a huge heart but keep it safely guarded.
  5. I have a fear of snakes and heights!
  7. I love to cook for people.
12 Discovered Blogs!  (yes I broke the rules)

  1. Seattle Runner Girl
  2. Where's the Beach
  3. Jump the Dock
  4. Healthy Loser Gal
  5. All Things Power
  6. Low Fat Kat
  7. I'm No Ironman But I Still Tri
  8. Low Fat Pie
  9. Share it Fitness
  10. Fat Girl vs. World
  11. Eating Journey
  12. Happy Well Fit

Thursday, July 22, 2010



OK I have a 30 day challenge for anyone and everyone! In the past weeks I have talked to alot of amazing people who are trying to lose weight, get healthier, and just reach personal goals. One of the major topics in alot of the conversations has been the scale and how people don't like the number it shows them. I know society pushes use into these beliefs that we need to weigh a certain number to be happy and healthy. I disagree with this belief, I think the feeling you get when you look at yourself should judge how happy and healthy you feel. The scale is just one of MANY tools we can use to measure success.


Everyone will weigh-in sometime Sunday July 25th, preferably in the morning. Starting on Monday July 26th I will challenge everyone to not use a scale for 30 DAYS.  Yes I did just say 30 days!  Whether you are trying to lose weight or not, I think this challenge will be great for everyone. I will be taking part in this challenge also and I want you all to join me. If you are on board then please send me an email with your twitter handle,something you want to accomplish during this challenge, and if you want your starting weight from sunday's weigh-in (optional).  Remember this challenge is for people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ever judge a book by its cover?

I was in the gym today doing some step ups when a man I have never met before started a conversation with me. The conversation started by him asking me if I liked the team that was written on my sweatshirt. We talked about the team for about 2 minutes and then he began to tell me how he used to be alot bigger than he was now. He told me he had lost 200 lbs and wanted to lose another 40 lbs. He had lost all the weight just by working out and eating healthy. He used to wear a size 60 pants and was in the 40's now. We had a great conversation about weight loss and healthy living.

Now if he had not started a conversation with me I would have never even thought he would have such an amazing story. Unfortunately in the past I have judged people based on their covers. Sounds kind of ironic right? An overweight guy who has judged people based on the outside picture that is portrayed. For example when I used to see people on who were addicted to drugs and alcohol I would always think to myself  "wow those people are so weak, they cant even control themselves". But I was the guy who couldn't control his eating! I would convince myself that I had deeper issues that they couldn't see without even thinking that maybe they had the same issues. I hated that I looked at people like that. Whats even worse is that I used to judge overweight people also. I am not proud of it. I would see large people and think they just didn't care about themselves, or they were to lazy to workout. I would look in the mirror and say I wasn't like them, in my head I put them down to make myself feel better about how I looked. It was a cowardly act but I am just being honest.

I no longer look at people like I used to. I don't want to be judged by my cover and I don't want to judge others by theirs. Everyone has a story, you might not ever get to hear it but it exists.

Friday, July 9, 2010

What is Rocky Balboa mode ?

Some of you who know me know that I am a huge Rocky nut. To me they are more than just movies, they are a way of life. Rocky never gave up on himself. He started out as being a bum as Mickey would say. He fought his way up from the streets of Philadelphia and into a life of riches and luxury. He never gave up in the ring, even when he was getting beaten to a pulp he always stood up and bounced back. Even after losing everything he had worked for and ending up back in the same streets he started his career in he never have up. He was resilient.

In the last Rocky movie he said something to his son that will stick with me forever,

" The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody, is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done ! Now if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers, saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody ! Cowards do that, and that ain’t you!".

I mean how true is this! My love for everything Rocky led me to create the twitter hashtag #rockybalboamode. I often use it when talking about my workouts and such. Its more than just a hashtag to me, it means something. Its mean never giving up on yourself no matter what. Never cheating yourself. Never walking away knowing you didn't give it a 100%. 

How many times have you been in the gym and decided you weren't going to finish all the sets you intended to finish?

How many times have you cut your cardio short?

How many times have you said I cant do it?

I have done all those things in the past and I cheated myself by doing them. Your body does not control what it can and cant do, its your mind that controls it.  This doesn't mean that your body will never give up on you, yes your muscles can literally fatigue and give up. But there is always a way to finish what you started. You can always drop the weight down some, you can slow your pace, YOU CAN DO IT.

Another Rocky Balboa mode principle is always being honest with yourself, this has been one of my key ingredients to my success in weight loss. I often tell people its easy to be honest with others, but the hardest thing in the world is being honest with yourself. Your heart and soul often get in the way. I lied to myself for years on why I was eating uncontrollably, part of me knew why but I wouldn't admit to it. My life was never going to change until I came out with the truth, and when I did it felt like the world was lifted off my shoulders. My goal is to never again lie or cheat myself. I use the word goal because we are all vulnerable  and we are bound to make mistakes from time to time.

I challenge everyone to be honest with themselves even if you don't like the answer. I want you all to join #rockybalboamode with me, whatever your goals are we can achieve them together.

When I need inspiration I watch these rocky clips:

Also this is my Rocky Balboa Mode Playlist:

Not all the songs are Rocky related but they each mean something important to me.

Better off Alone - Alice Deejay *I always warm up with this song*
Perfect - Simple Plan

No Air - Jordin sparks
Meet you there - Simple Plan
Mysterious Ways - U2
With or Without You - U2
Always - Bon Jovi
Let the drummer kick - Citizen Cope
God Loves ugly - Jordin Sparks
One Step at a Time - Jordin Sparks
Dear Mama - Tupac
Eye of the tiger - Survivor
Going the distance - Bill Conti
Burning Heart - survivor
No easy way out - Robert Tepper
Hearts on fire - John Cafferty
Mickey - Bill Conti (<----this is the perfect cool down song!!!)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Updated Progress Pic

I am finally starting to see a difference between my old body and my current body. To most people my weight loss has been obvious but its funny how it takes your own brain awhile to catch up. I can honestly say I haven't smiled at a picture of myself in the last 10 years. The picture on the right makes me smile, I haven't reached my goals yet, but I am well on my way.  :-)