Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Don’t Wait for Things to be Just Right

April 5, 2017

I was at a Leadership Corpus Christi application (talk to me if you are interested in applying) function two weeks ago and was introduced as a personal trainer to one of the applicants.  She immediately told me she that she needed to start doing more “fasted cardio”. 

My first thought was, “why is she telling me this”? 

When introduced to a financial advisor I don’t immediately tell them I need to deposit more money into my Roth IRA, but she and many other people I meet feel the need to immediately tell me these things when they find out what I do for a living. 

My second thought was, “why was she waiting to fast before doing cardio”? I know some of the research about fasted cardio but I was more interested in WHY she wasn’t just getting the cardio done, fasted or not. (This is how my crazy mind works!) 

Why not get the cardio done, regardless of how much she ate or didn’t eat?

Why do we need to wait for things to be “just so” before we start or continue with what we have set out to do?

When we wait for things to be “just right” we usually wait too long and miss the opportunity and we suffer. Sometimes we suffer mentally (anxiety and frustration) and other times we suffer physically (health and quality of life).

Getting started doesn’t need to be a huge leap into the unknown. Getting started can look like:

  • Research
  • A Phone call
  • A Walk
  • Showing up to Your Next Scheduled Training Session
  • Throwing Out the Junk Food in Your Pantry and Refrigerator
  • Pouring the Sodas down the Drain or into the Garbage Can Outside.
  • Packing Your Lunch
  • Prepping a Meal or Two for the Week
  • Scheduling and Sitting down for a Success Session/Assessment
  • Waking up Early
  • Going to Bed on Time
  • Writing out Goals

Don’t wait for things to be perfect before you begin.  Otherwise you may never start!

Committed to Your Success,

Adam

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,

Adam