Ultimate

When I was in college I was introduced to Ultimate. Ultimate or Ultimate Frisbee is an amazing game. Being introduced to Ultimate was like meeting a best friend for the first time. I knew this was for me.

When I was but a wee lad I played Frisbee, or should I say flying disc, any time I could. One summer at camp, you could find me on the parade field throwing that disc any chance I got. I also remember spending a week with my cousin playing Frisbee and fishing. It was all I wanted to do. So when Ultimate and I were introduced, I was hooked.

I started playing with classmates in College (Mercer University). It was such a great time. One day a classmate came to me and explained that he had discussed Ultimate with the school and had secured funding so that he could get a team together and they would provide uniforms and entry to compete at the collegiate level. I had played some intramural football, the thought of playing ultimate against other schools was very exciting. So we started having regular practices.

Not long before the first tournament, funding was pulled. Thus ending my inter-collegiate athletic career. I was sad, but could use the extra time for studies. We still played and practiced, but soon studies took me away.

I was a co-op student. This meant that every other quarter I would work instead of study. It was great, but I co-oped in Columbus, GA, and so I moved every quarter. While there one summer I was told about a group that met to play Ultimate. I was there and had a great time.

Fast forward to now, more years than I care to think about. I haven’t played Ultimate since college. As I’m using Shakeology and doing P90X3, I’m feeling energetic enough to consider playing again. Could it be I’m feeling like I felt in college? Exercise does make you younger.

As I look into it there are hundreds of Ultimate players in the Portland area. This should not surprise me. The great thing is that there is a group that meets once or twice a week at lunchtime near my office. Something to consider…

Motivational Breakage

The last couple of days I’ve had quite a few things break. Yesterday morning the vehicle I use to get to work would not start. The battery was dead. I jumped it off and went on my way. I was thinking that something must have been left on over the weekend and my wife turned it off. Either way, I needed to get to work.

When I returned to my vehicle after work, it would not start. Well, I could try to get someone to give me a jump. I could call AAA and they could help. But I decided to walk the 2 blocks or so to the auto parts store and buy a new battery. This seemed like the quickest and longest term solution.

As I was returning to my vehicle I was very glad I have been exercising because batteries are heavy. I am not sure if Tony Horton had carrying a battery in order to get home as part of the reason for creating P90X3, but it was reason enough yesterday.

Speaking of P90X3, as I was preparing to do what turned out to be a killer exercise, I noticed the TV or the DVD player was not behaving as per usual. Instead of attempting to troubleshoot the problem, like any good engineer would, I sided with expediency and used the portable DVD player I had used this weekend to complete my exercise while the kids were watching a movie.

Later this morning I decided to have my Shakeology for breakfast since that was such an intense workout. It was Accelerator of the P90X3 program. After my Shakeology I blended up some lunch to take with me. The mighty Blendtec sounded strange. I have heard that sound before. It was the sound of the seal seizing up. This had happened before. My lunch was ruined, but worst yet, the blender was no longer usable. I think they fail because I have not heeded the “proper care and maintenance” portion of the agreement. The next one I shall do better.

So here I am with many failures. Some are due to normal wear, some to abuse (I’m sure the kids had something to do with the TV) and some to negligence. What I learn from this is that things fail for many reasons. We can get caught up in why and beat ourselves up over it. Or we can accept and learn from the failure. We do not have failures, we have successes and we have learning opportunities. The only failures we have are those opportunities of which we do not learn from.

Now, I had better examine that TV before tomorrow’s exercise.

Sleep

Sleep is very important. Sleep is when cells are repaired. Sleep is required for sanity. So maybe this explains some of the craziness in my family. You see, sleep problems run in my family. For the last few days I have been having difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. This happens every once in a while. I’m not certain the cause.

Once I had this much difficulty I had adrenal fatigue. I just thought  about this last night. I have been taking melatonin without much success. Last night I even took melatonin and magnesium. This combination should have me sleep very well. Last night, it took me an hour to go to sleep. I was able to stay asleep, but I think it was because I thought about adrenal fatigue.

I took a class from Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing. From Dr. Christopher I learned that the adrenal needs food. Ok, you may be thinking, all I have to do is eat. Well, the adrenal prefers certain kinds of food. I know, those picky glands. The really nice thing is that one of the favorite foods of the adrenal has no calories. So last night I gave my adrenal some food and I did again this morning. Last time I had adrenal fatigue it was during a very stressful time at work. I was putting in long hours and under some very tight deadlines. I don’t have that at work right now. But my new exercise program, P90X3, is rather intense and could be taxing my adrenal.

Wait, what is that? Oh, what did I feed my adrenal? Oh, well I’m sure the FDA has not looked into this, but I use a decoction of licorice root. It feeds the adrenal and adds zero calories to the diet. Oh, and if you add it to peppermint tea, it tastes real good.

So I will be adding licorice root back to my routine and see what happens. I’ll keep you posted.

Labyrinth

I walked a labyrinth the other day. God was showing me how life is like a labyrinth. It seems like a maze and we often think we are lost. We end up stopping to look around, because we do not realize the path we are on was designed to be followed to the end. Sometimes people even stop, say “This is confusing” and leave the path. Persistence is the key. Jesus told a parable of a woman who kept asking for justice (Luke 18:1-8). This is a story of persistence. We should not stop because things look hard, we should not stop because others tell us we are crazy, we should not even stop because we think things are crazy. We do not stop until the goal is reached, and then the wise advice will be to set new goals and keep on. If we are not making any progress, we look for help, we do not stop. The difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person is persistence. The widow Jesus told about would not have gotten justice if she would have asked once or twice and stopped. She only received justice because the judge realized she would not stop. This is what we need to do with whatever we are pushing toward. Let our career, our fitness, the industry, whatever, realize that we will not stop until it has yielded to us.

Why I Became a Beachbody Coach.

I have studied nutrition and running for about 12 years. I have been out of running for about a year. Running takes a good bit of time out of my day, at least an hour. I cannot run at my house because we live in a mountain range. It is something to build up to, not start at. I came to Beachbody reluctantly. My wife started doing PiYo. It sounded crazy and looked like too much movement for me. I am certainly use to basic movements. I learned to lift weights in high school, and I learned to run on the treadmill. Basic movements repeated a lot. Maybe I don’t need to say here that I’m not a very talented dancer. So my wife was doing PiYo and enjoying it. She started losing a little weight and was getting excited about what she was doing. Good for her, I thought. Well, there was a lady at work who had been doing some crazy exercise videos too. She went on and on about how great they were. She lost 27 pounds. Well I found out that what my coworker was doing and what my wife was doing were related. Maybe there is something to this. Then I learned that my wife was buying Shakeology. Oh great, a “lose weight quick” gimmick. Guess what, my coworker was taking Shakeology as well. My wife showed me one of the Sakeology commercials on YouTube and I though it funny and well done, but really? So one day I looked at the ingredients. Now remember, I have a number of years running and eating to run better. I have two marathons under my belt, and thousands of miles. I have been a raw vegan 95% for a year and about 70% now. I am also a certified Family Herbalist. I at least like to think I know a little about nutrition. I was blown away by the ingredients. Some of them so exotic I had to Google them. It really is packed with superfoods. So maybe there is something to this Beachbody thing.

I then took some time to look at lots of videos of the exercises and the results. I found myself thinking the same thing I thought when first introduced to raw vegan, “If half of what they are claiming is true, I want it.” So I signed up for P90X3. I was excited about getting serious results with only 30 minutes a day. After a week or so of this, I decided I wanted to be a coach. A day or so before my wife convinced me to be a coach, I reached out to my Facebook friends and family to help me stay accountable to keep up with the exercises. Being a coach gives me a discount on the Shakeology, which I really believe is helping, and also helps with accountability. If I am a coach, my physique should reflect that. So now I have Facebook and Coaching to keep me accountable.

Being a coach also puts me in a great place to help others. I come from a state that is typically number one for obesity. Those aren’t statistics, those are my family and childhood friends. I have been looking for an avenue to help the South to get out of their poor health. I found help in the Pacific Northwest, and I want to share my knowledge. Beachbody’s main goal is to eliminate obesity. That is a goal I can join with happily. I will work to get in amazing shape while I am showing others that it can be done.

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