THE GAME

THE GAME

Usually, when it's the holiday time, and everyone knows they will be busy, stressed, and knows that there will be tons of sugary goodness all around them, the tendency is to say that you'll get back on your diet and your workout program after the 1st of the year. Sure it sounds like no big deal. But if you started at Halloween and go for 2 months of eating crap and not doing your workouts....guess what your New Year's resolution will be. Maybe you are lucky and are one of the younger kids that have the metabolism of a raging fire. But if you're in your 20's and you throw it all to the wind, you WILL notice it. So what are you supposed to do?? We know the cleaner you eat and the better workouts you do will make for the body you want. But it shouldn't be an all or nothing thing. There is a gradient you can use to your advantage. If you have been working out and eating right, then your "fitness curve" should have you close to the "fit" side rather than just "well". The thing with being healthier before the holidays is that you can then get a little sloppy with your fitness. As you slide towards the "sickness" side you still have the protection of the "wellness" area to get through first. Meaning you can afford to let your nutrition and health go a little bit. But if you haven't been very good, then you are probably starting in the "wellness" area and the next stop is "sickness" (or unhealthy like weight gain, decreased physiological reactions, decreased recovery and muscle growth, increase inflammation, etc). I'd say the BEST way to handle this is to NOT let yourself chuck it all until Jan 1. Pick something you can do. Make yourself get to the gym AT LEAST 3 times, or at least make 30 minutes of some activities like burpees, hill sprints, or go to the park and do "Cindy". Or do you absolute best to eat 80/20 healthy. Every time you want to eat something bad, cut it in half, or only have it on the weekend. By putting these little barriers out there, you will be better than you would have if you just went nuts. Staying on track needs to be like a game. There will be some wins and loses but try to stay on the winning side. If you have a loss, don't get bummed. Just keep on trucking. Don't set an unrealistic goal to achieve. This will be the ONLY time I say to set an "achievable" goal. Just get yourself through the holidays the right way!! :)

FEEL THE BURN!!!

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TRADITIONS

TRADITIONS

Tradition doesn't have to be traditional. I heard this phrase yesterday and I loved it. A tradition is a long-established custom or belief that has been passed down and repeated. It is something that is important to people and is continued through the ages. Whether you are in the fire service, or on a team, or go to a particular school, or do certain things on your birthday, or something you do on holidays, traditions are those activities that make that thing special. They are unique to that specific activity and group. For example, when football teams smack a sign or a piece of wood from the old days right before they run to the field, this is their games tradition. For me, one of my Christmas traditions is to not listen to ANY Xmas music until Dec 1 and then once it hits, I ONLY listen to Xmas music. I used to have my firefighters listen to it all day long in the station and the engine. But the phrase above is great because it opens your "traditions" to be anything. The traditions can be YOUR traditions. Just because it isn't the exact setup or performed the exact same way, it is still important and isn't any less than the normal version of the tradition. We all have so many different lives than when we were younger. We have great memories attached to doing thing a certain way. But it doesn't mean that if it isn't done the EXACT same way today that the tradition is wrong. The feeling is there. The importance is there. The main points of the tradition are there. So when you are out and about doing your holiday thing and you feel like this year will be different because this isn't there or that's not happening, it doesn't mean the holiday is ruined or that you aren't following your traditions. Maybe you had to change and modify this or that. It's ok! Is the core there? Then the tradition is there. I guess what I'm saying is that if your holidays are different than they normally are, of they will be different now, or this year is different than its ever been, know that you might just be creating a NEW tradition based on the original. Its still as important, as special, and meaningful. Tradition doesn't have to be traditional!! :)

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BAD WAVE GOOD WAVE

BAD WAVE GOOD WAVE

It's so easy to get caught up in the bad things. The bills, the responsibilities, the troubled relationships, the injuries, the "why me"'s, etc. If you sit in that arena then you will drown under massive waves of "bad". It's just so easy. It's not that it's not real. It is all real stuff. But it comes down to how you deal with it. And how you add goodness to your life to brighten up those dark moments. We have all done it. Bought presents just to buy them. They don't "mean" anything really other than another box under the tree. Well, maybe the normal routine of just buying a bunch of stuff just to wrap and give isn't the answer. There is an idea of quality over quantity so instead of trying to fill the space under the tree, go for the one important one, or meaningful one. Maybe you need to hit a reset button for yourself during the holidays. Think about doing something to recharge yourself. Go hiking, climb a mountain, go surfing, watch the sunrise or the sunset at the beach. Take a moment to reflect on the good things around you. Take time with loved ones. Just play. Laugh. Tickle fight. Sit and smell the smells of the holidays. See how amazing everything looks. And enjoying this for what it is, not for how it doesn't compare to some other mental vision of the holiday, or even how it has been in the past. This doesn't change many of the situations. It doesn't add more money or give more time. But it does put you in a better frame of mind to handle all the things around you. When you are in a better mindset, you will be able to think better, plan better, be more creative, and better at dealing with the things going on around you. We are always better when we are happier. And since we get to choose how we react and respond to the things around us, we get to choose to be happier or not. Happiness and Joyfulness are much more fun and enjoyable waves. Ride them this season!!:)

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WORTH IT?

WORTH IT?

Was it worth it? My buddy Chuck Liddell had his fight this weekend against Tito Ortiz. It's been 8 years since Chuck fought last. They called the guys out to the ring. They each had their entrance songs blasting in the packed arena. They bounced around getting themselves psyched up. The ref started the bout and they both came out. They looked like they were trying to feel out how each was. Tito had been knocked out 2 other times by Chuck and there was some obvious hesitation. You could see the timing for both guys was not what it was used to be. And after some small little flails, there was one scramble where Chuck did what he usually does which is to get in close and swing as he is backing out. But Tito caught him. Connected one time to the face and then a second square in the nose and Chuck went down. Lights out. The fight was over. All the hype, and it was done. It's easy to say, while sitting outside the ring, in your own comfy chair, that it was a waste of time, or that Chuck didn't have a chance, or that he waited too long to fight again, or that he wasn't ready, or that he got caught. Was it worth it? I can't speak for Chuck but if it was me, I would say yes. Chuck got back into shape. He physically looked great. Better than I have seen in years. You could tell how good the training made him feel. You could see how happy it made it him. Sure he lost, but for the past 8 months he had been training and feeling good again. Feeling the joy for what he loves to do! I know he wanted to win. Everyone that competes wants to win. But in ALL competitions, there is only one winner. Winning is obviously amazing, but winning doesn't make it worth it. Going for it makes it worth it. And what makes it worth it is that its worth it to Chuck. He wanted to go out and do it. He wanted to get back in there. He wanted to train and push himself. Win or lose, for him, it was worth it. They say you have to enjoy the journey because you can't always control the result or the outcome. This is that case. I hope he is happy with the journey he took, the prep that he did, and knows that it was worth it. I'm proud of you brother!:)

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YOUR CHOICE

YOUR CHOICE

Chuck Liddell is fighting tonight. Some people say he shouldn't have come out of retirement. He is too old. Josh Bridges only wanted to compete in the Open division, instead of the Masters' division. I was told NOT to quit the fire department to do the gym thing. I can go down a massive list of situations where we are faced with wanting to do something and have to have others tell you what THEY think YOU should do. These people might be loved ones, parents, friends, etc. They might feel they have YOUR best interest at heart. But they are giving advice for what they think they would do. You are not them. You have a different skill set. You have different dreams. You have different goals. You have different strengths and weaknesses. So should you listen to them? Well yes, if they are someone important to you. But listening means to take the information and then assess it. Not blindly follow it because they said so. Now if you are younger and you don't have any experience with life and stuff yet, then you need to use the advise more as direction. You need to get experience to make a good choice. But as you get a little older, then it's up to you to make the best decisions for yourself. My oldest daughter will be going off to college soon. Of course, the dad in me wants to tell her to DO this and DON'T do that. But all I can do is give my advice. It will be up to her to make her choices after that. I will probably make her "explain" some of these choices more than she will want to but that's only so that it forces her to really look at the choice rather than "because I don't want to do" this or that.....(ok maybe I want her to convince me so I'm ok with it also but that alright lol). What I'm saying is that there will be things you want to do that everyone around you says you shouldn't do. You are the one that will have to live with the choices you make. Realize there will ALWAYS be consequences, both good and bad, for each choice, and you will have to deal with those. No way around it. If you are good with it and have looked at it, and you are all in for it, then do your thing! Stand tall. Be proud of the choices and actions you are taking and then GO FOR IT!!!! :)

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