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I apologize if I’m ever a jerk. Sometimes I get caught up in this never ending mission to perfectly orchestrate the largest fitness operation possible to man while juggling the stresses of a small business and the financial restraints that we undoubtably suffer in this unforsaken service industry where people often take us and our services for granted ALL WHILE consistently  maintaining the perspective that all of our efforts are for the betterment of OUR community and the wants needs and desires of our clients and their results BUT somehow I still manage to forget often in the mix that the most valuable trait that I can possibly possess is how I treat people. 

If I do anything, I’m doing it 100% 

How you do anything is how you do everything. Words to live by. As a coach one of the most difficult things for me to comprehend is lack of commitment. You put in half the work you get half the results. That is pretty cut and dry. I understand bad days, but consistent bad days just doesn’t make sense to me. Especially when you are in direct control of your own perspective. Your life sucks, change it! Everything is too hard for you, toughen up! You can do it!!!! This day in age everyone wants to bash the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality. I agree, it’s the worse. Common sense prevails against a big tie. In my gym daily I see people who are entirely turned off by or against the competitive mentality of our program or the “seriousness” of it, if you will. As a coach, common sense prevails against that. I mean…yes…it is cute to just show up and go through the motions. Everybody finishes…high fives! We had fun. You know what’s real fun, being ripped when you take your clothes off. It’s fun being confident in who you are. It’s fun not being insecure with yourself and your abilities. The ones who really see the most change are the ones in here competing their asses off daily. The ones MAKING the change. And I’m not talking about people trying to go to the games. I’m talking about people trying to beat who the were yesterday. It’s all mentality, mindset. What is yours? I get it! You just don’t wanna be that serious about it….then just don’t be that serious about your results either. For real y’all. They coincide unfortunately. I’m in here enough to know. Trust me, I have a fake hip and  I’m not ever going to be as good as I could have been. I can relate to excuses BUT I’m still trying to beat myself daily because I’m trying to be the best me I can be. Let me restate. I am trying to kick my ass daily, and destroy who I was, grow into a man I’ve never been before. I embrace how weak I am and understand the pain I need to go through to become as strong as I am capable of. I’m not trying to be average. I ain’t even trying to talk average. You either get better or get worse. You don’t stay the same. Decide which direction you are going in today, then embrace your path. Realize you are in control and no one else. Embrace your journey as it unfolds good or bad and decide what kind of person you want to be. How you do anything is how your everything. It’s that simple. 

30

Been a great day, great year, great 30 years for myself. Not really one to get excited for any day over another. It’s just not in my nature- but turning 30 did feel something different. I am blessed to have the amount of gratitude I have been shown over the last year . My new hip has bred new life in me as I wholeheartedly feel re-born in this moment. I get request frequently about rejuvenating my blog post and the reason I don’t. Truth is whenever I feel like talking and speaking my mind- I know I will. As I sit here looking over the social media activity this evening -it is not hard to see that this is not a normal social media night. I can’t stand the audacity some of you have to speak your mind when your mind is so weak. And I know in a lot of ways this same concept applies even to the situation that is at hand. I’m not here to push my opinion on you. I would never have the audacity to talk about those types of things unless that was my platform. Point is nothing will get solved if people keep taking sides. That’s the problem with our government. That’s the problem with your post. All of them. It’s not your place to beat your chest one way or the other when you don’t have shit to do with any of it. Instead look at the bigger picture and what you can actually control. Mindset is everything In life. If your mind has no stability then neither does your thought process. Ignorance is rapidly being spread throughout our society- do you contribute to it?

Probably.

So don’t anymore. Quit talking about what’s wrong because you aren’t doing anything to fix it. Because you can’t. Because none of us here can. Because it’s not our problem.
Raise your mind. Reach higher. Elevate your beliefs—-but don’t belittle others. You can’t change what you can’t change. What you can change is you.

give more,expect less

Short and Sweet. Trials and Tribulations are what you make of them. You can’t deal with struggle any different than you know how to, but you can dictate your ability to love other people. It’s easy to get rundown and accept a mediocre life when life keeps beating you up. I’ve been there, as of very recent. But people, good people have pulled my spirits up through Gods work. Through the act of giving- I have been given a a greater perspective for my life as I come near 30 years of age. To all the people who have donated 🙌
Thank you from the bottom of my full heart. I am overwhelmed from your generosity. Now something seems possible to me that seemed impossible just weeks ago. You can probably say a lot of things about me- but one thing you can’t say- is that I don’t have great friends and family in my life. So if you feel the same way…if you are blessed with a good support system…
Then realize that.
Then realize that you have the opportunity everyday to be the support you are blessed with, for the ones around you. Then stop making excuses. Start making progress…and when life has you beat up- you keep fighting for them. It is Gods will. Be alive today.

Character

So I haven’t touched this in a while. Adversity will cause stress- and it hasn’t been a coward towards me as of late. My hip ain’t right. At some time in the nearer range of my future I will need a hip replacement. But it’s all good. I know that. I know because i’ve faced adversity before. Hell i face it in other ways right now. But most importantly i know because that is how I’m going to play my character. Character is the number one priority of every smart person. Read that again. Ok. And I’m happy with who I am. I’m happy with what our gym represents and the value it creates for our community. I’m confident in the discipline of our routines, movement preparation, programming, and coaching. I’m solid with what we have created and built from the ground up. We started from the bottom now we’re here.
And I’m happy here.
From Boyde cleaning the gym with purpose,
to watching so many people move efficiently consistently,
to A Cracked Almond being the talk of the crowd with their wonderful food,
to my good friends who are now coaches invested in changing life and doing it the right way in Willis, Hville, and Lake Conroe,
to the bear in the box, stain on the platforms, quotes on the wall,
to the music that nobody likes but everybody loves, to hard work,
to Oly Lifts,
And now to the dog with no name….
It’s all character.
And I don’t know one place that has more.

What to eat?

Very Informative post for all CrossFit Conroe members created by Justin Ellis

MindBodySoul

I am on the run a lot and don’t have the time I would like to, to cook.(Not very good at it anyway) So I have figured out how to stay close to the paleo diet while on the go and enjoy it! Here are a couple local spots I like to stop by:

1. Chipolte Menu Link– They specialize in burritos but instead of the tortilla get the salad bowl. I then get double meat, extra vegetables, pico-de gallo, and maybe some guacamole. Perfect clean eating meal. Now to change it up sometimes I add a minimal amount of maybe rice, black beans, or corn none of which is Paleo. Avg. Cost about $8-$11

2. Free Birds FreeBirds Link– Very similar to Chipolte but I think they have a couple more options. Again instead of the burritos I get the “Freedom Salad” no rice, no beans, no…

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