Whats going on in my life?
Spent the weekend in one of my favorite places on Earth – San Diego. Getting away from the snow was a great reset for me and a reminder to be ever grateful for the weather we get during the summer in Boston. I absolutely love Boston and the life I have created for myself there but the weather is a deal breaker.
While away I still got up at 3am and worked till almost 8, jumped for a few hours, worked for a few more, went and got some food, and went to bed at 8pm. Not a ‘vacation’ as such but that wasn’t the point of the trip. It was basically what a summer weekend looks like for me while I’m in Boston.
The main purpose of the trip was to get some training in for a BASE jumping trip I have planned in June and thats exactly what I did. I also did my 200th skydive which is a big milestone. I can now ‘officially’ jump with a camera even though I’ve been doing it since I’ve had 80 jumps or so and I qualify for my C license. I never even got my B (eligible after 50 jumps) because I was lazy about it and kept putting it off.
I’ve said it time and time again but I never really feel the need to get away from my life. When I leave everything tends to follow me. I still have pretty much the same responsibilities as I do when other than physically being in the gym coaching. This is a very important factor to me and I miss it when I’m gone. I miss have my people around me! I love all the computer work I have to do and staying in touch with clients and it’s great that I can still do that while away.
Each time I come to Cali I always think that I would love my life exactly the way it is but have it be there. If I could just pick everything and everyone up and move it all to San Deigo it would be so much easier!
Having said that I think I will eventually end up out there at least for part of the year more permanently. My vision of how to make it happen is becoming more and more clear so it’s just a matter of putting it in motion.
This year I’m going to post a review of each month for myself to refer back to as well as a way to keep me focussed on the goals I have set for myself.
Great start to the year. I hit the ground running and I’m confident I can keep the momentum going.
Spirtual/Mental – I’m back consistently getting up super early and reading for 1-2 hours a day. I’ve finished 4 books already and I’m currently in the middle of 3 more.
Physical – I worked out consistently this month. This has really helped me a lot mentally to stay centered. Doing hard workouts is very meditative for me and even though I still can’t do Pull-ups or too much volume upper body wise I’m really enjoying training at the moment. I’m still weighing and measuring everything I eat 5 days a week with a little flexibility on the weekends.
BASE/Skydiving – Unfortunately I didn’t get a single jump this month. Combination of the weather not being cooperative and me putting in long days at work. I have plenty of adventures on the horizon this year so not to worry.
Work/Business – I put in a lot of hustle this month and the gym is starting to really pick up as a result. I’ve also been having a lot of fun coaching again and helping people on their journey.There are a couple of ‘non gym related ventures’ that I’ve started to explore that I won’t be releasing any details on just yet but I’m excited for what the future will hold for each of them.
Travel – I spent 4 days in Vegas this month celebrating my 30th birthday with Sara and my parents. This was my 5th trip to Vegas and the first that wasn’t solely focussed on getting as fucked up as I can and losing money. We went to an awesome show, took a city tour, ate really good food, and I even got a few workouts in. So many people have been asking me what it’s like to be 30 I honestly feel like I have just started living. The amount of change and awesomeness I’ve experienced in the last 10 years is pretty crazy and I’m looking forward to saying that again when I hit 40.
It’s only the beginning of February and I’ve already got several more trips planned. Some are family related and some are for Jumping – All very exciting.
Not really fitting into any of the above categories but I also got my Leg sleeve started and first piece finished.
Very coincidental point: When writing this post I googled ‘owl symbolism’ to something to post underneath this pic and I took the Spirit Animal Quiz below and I actually got the Owl as mine -Perfect
I knew that owls symbolize wisdom and that was my intention with the tattoo. The lock and key in the center were to represent that we all have wisdom inside ourselves and we hold the key to unlocking it.
Characteristics: Intuition, ability to see what others do not see, announcer of change, wisdom
Spirit Animal Profile: The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of the animal guides you, you can the true reality and see beyond illusion and deceit.
2014 was a mess for me workout wise. I’ve written several times about how I basically took the year off from training and spent most of the time working around one thing or another. Every time I attempted a ‘come back’ I came on a little too strong and kept getting knocked back.
What I’ve come to realize now is that Training for me is now about being healthy and feeling good overall. It’s a way for me to keep myself centered and always humble. There are always things to work on, things I could be better at, and things I cannot do, and thats all part of the game.
I’ve started to accept that there will always be some kind of obstacle I am trying to overcome physically and to not let that frustrate me.
For the past 6 weeks I haven’t been able to do any upper body because of an elbow injury. This wear very upsetting at first but I got through it and started working my lower body like crazy and really nailed down my nutrition.
Yesterday I Back Squatted 335lbsx3 for 5 sets. The video below is from the 2nd set. Doesn’t even look that hard right?
To get to this point I took things very slow and went:
Take your time and things will come.
2nd accomplishment of the week is I’ve lost 10lbs!
I started weighing and measuring using the protocol one of my coaches has been doing for a while and its fuckin awesome.
The basic idea of it is that you are given a Protein, Carb, and Fat prescription based on your bodyweight, activity level, and what your goal is. As long as you hit the numbers for each you have a little cushion in terms of what you can eat which is great.
My goal is to lose some weight in order to increase my reaction speed when jumping, be a little more agile for flips, and to make climbing crazy tall ladders a little easier.
Needless to say I am psyched with the results so far. I had initially given myself a year to drop 15lbs gradually but it’s honestly been pretty easy so I’m going to get there a lot faster. In the time I’ve been doing it I’ve made it through Xmas and New Years which both had several write off days.
And to finish off this post heres a video of me failing horribly at a Front Flip. I missed 11 times and ended up walking away. I’ll get this one soon enough and begin refining it, the same as everything else.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you really need to do, in order to have what you want. _ Margaret Young