Archive for March, 2017

The Long Game

March 29, 2017

When prospective clients come through the doors of Pinnacle they are usually looking for a program or workout that will get them results as quickly as possible.  And as much as we want them to get result as fast as possible we know that true success in health, fitness and strength is built over months and years not days and weeks.  Health, fitness and strength is not built in a week’s worth of workouts or in a week’s worth of “dieting”.  And all of the gains made of training and eating right over a long period of time are not lost on a vacation, missing a workout with a sick child or making a few poor eating choices.  That is life.

True sustainable health, fitness and strength is built in small correct choices over a LONG period of time.

I call this playing the Long Game. The Long Game isn’t sexy at first but over time can become VERY sexy!

Playing the long game is kind of like saving 10% from our paycheck every month.  At first it painful.  We focus on everything we are going to miss out on; how much LESS fun we are going to have, eating lunch at work or going home for lunch, not having our pumpkin spice frapacino latte double espresso but getting a regular coffee at home or work.

If we stick with our 10% plan, over time our brain and our budget will begin to adjust and we won’t think about what we are missing out on and one day we look at our savings account and we now have a large chunk of cash saved.

It is the same with our health, fitness and strength.  The first few workouts and the first few modifications we make to our nutrition may be painful and we might fail more times than you succeed.

So what, over the course of a life time a few discrepancies in our nutrition will not throw us off completely.  I am not saying fail on purpose. I am saying health, fitness and strength are not a quick fix and the more we look for those quick fixes the longer it is going to take us to attain good health, fitness and total body strength.  Our perspective needs to focused on the Long Game.

Like I said last week, I tried to cram 15 years of catching up into one night and I paid for it.  Am I still out drinking 4 beers a night and getting 3.5 hours of sleep?  No, I am back on a schedule that will help me remain healthy, fit and strong.  Is it perfect, no.  Is it sustainable, yes!

I am in this for the Long Game not a short quick fix.

I hope that you are finding sustainable long term success at Pinnacle. If you are not, let’s schedule a time to talk.  Email me and we can set up a time to talk.  My email address is


Committed to Your Success,


15 Years In One Night…

March 22, 2017

The Monday before last I drove up to San Antonio to meet up with a group of guys who I have been friends with since I was an undergrad in college.

Two of the guys were my bosses and the other two were students like I was at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.  My friends were all in San Antonio for a conference.

As soon as I got into town we proceeded to a bar for a beer, appetizers and began catching up before going to a Spurs game.

Thanks to a generosity of a Pinnacle client, we had a great seats and a great time at the game!  Bonus, the Spurs beat the Atlanta Hawks in a close game!

At the game we had a few more beers and hotdogs for dinner.

When the game was over and went back to the Riverwalk.   We went to a bar on the Riverwalk and continued to tell more stories and laugh until it was time to say goodbye.

We left the bar around 11:30pm and said our goodbyes.  One of my buddies, who was also the best man in my wedding had an extra bed in his hotel room and I crashed there.  But, before we went to the hotel my friend wanted to get something to eat so we went to another bar and had a brisket sandwich and water. The water was really good. I wish I could say the same for the sandwich.

I got to bed around 1:30am and woke up at 5am to get some work done and eat breakfast before I got on the road. I needed to make it back to the gym in time for our weekly Team meeting.

I made it back in time but was not much of a contributor.  I am pretty sure I had a nap that afternoon.

Why am I telling you all of this?

I am telling you this to let you know I am not a robot.

  • I don’t usually drink more than one beer or glass of wine in one sitting.  I had 4 beers last Monday.
  • I don’t normally eat bar food and hot dogs but that is what was there to eat, so I ate.  I ate some nachos and tuna at the bar before the game and ate 2 hot dogs at the game.  Don’t forget the brisket sandwich at midnight, ugh!!!
  • Am I still eating bar food and hotdogs today? No, as soon as I got home I went back to my spinach and protein shakes for breakfast and salads with protein for lunch.
  • I don’t normally get 3.5 hours of sleep at night but it may be another 15 years before I get to be with these guys and I didn’t want to miss any of it so I was willing to stay up past my regular bedtime.
  • When life events, like hanging out with GOOD friends come along we can be flexible with our eating, sleeping and drinking routines.  And when we fall off the wagon (clean eating, limited alcohol, and quality sleep) you can get back on it ASAP instead of kicking ourselves for not following “the rules”.

Catching up and laughing with my boys was worth any inconvenience to my schedule, diet, sleep, and alcohol intake.  I don’t think I could do this on a weekly basis but once every 10-15 years is doable!

When rare and fun opportunities present themselves don’t miss out on them because of your strict habits.  Bend your rules a little so that you can enjoy yourself and when the event is over, go back to your disciplined lifestyle.

Committed to Your Success,