The Beginning – A Journey in Personal Development

Today was a great day,

As I sit here apprehensively typing this, I’m really on the fence about whether or not I actually want anyone to find this page. It isn’t so much that I don’t want people to know what I’m thinking, or worried about any negative repercussions. It’s more about the fact that if I actually start this blog, tell friends and family and try and make into something pretty cool, it means I’m committed. Commitment is hard, really hard. That being said, a little background to how I wound up on this site typing out a post named “The Beginning,” is probably pretty fitting.

Like a lot of others in my generation, things came pretty easily to me growing up. I never had to struggle without shelter, or spend a night cold or hungry. I never witnessed domestic violence or experienced abuse directed at me in any way. Hell for me, Mom or Dad being five minutes late to pick me up from hockey practice was about as rough as it ever got!

That ease translated to school too. It isn’t easy to think back now and understand why, but for some reason, I went out of my way to under-perform in school. I refused to do homework, finished papers and projects the night before they were due (or the morning of in some cases) and was a general pain in the ass to my teachers. Maybe I was bored, who knows. At least my parents weren’t dumb enough to dump Ritalin down my throat and hope I’d sit down and shut up!

Maybe I’ll pick that story back up another time but the point I’m trying to make is that when you go through life and have everything come easy to you, it’s tough to really push yourself when the time comes. For me, that transition began during my sophomore year in college. A couple professors at Niagara University had a pretty profound impact on me, maybe without even realizing it. Overbeck and Pikas, as they were called, were the first instructors I ever had who outwardly expressed their faith that I could become something great. Or rather, something even moderately better than average. It was then that I began to make my first conscious efforts at anything. Now, over half a decade later, I have those two (as well as many others along the way) to thank for helping me not only become the person I am today, but the person I will continue to grow into. This blog is a chance for me to push my limits and boundaries again, to test my comfort zone; I don’t want everything the easy way out anymore.

For fear of overdoing my first post but to honor the commitment I made to this being a “Health and Wellness” Blog, I will make my first entry into the two sections I hope to comment on in every single post: Books and Workouts.

  1. Books – This will be where I give some summary and synopsis of whatever it is that I happen to be reading (Or listening to) on the day of my post. Today, the book section and the workout section happen to fit together quite well. The reason I decided to start this blog is based on a book I finished today. “Living with a Seal” by millionaire and Marquee Jets co-founder Jesse Itzler is awesome. I’m going to write a bit more about my respect for SEALs in subsequent posts but basically, the “SEAL” portrayed in this true story is truly inspirational. Referred to only as SEAL in the book, David Goggins is a former United States Navy SEAL and he is a total badass. Jesse is a badass too because for some reason, after seeing SEAL run 100 miles in 24 hours, he invited the guy to come live with him and train him for a month! Needless to say, if you need a lesson in self-discipline and mental toughness, there is nowhere else to look than this book.
  2. Workout – This will be where I chronicle my fitness exploits for the day.
  • 20 minute warm up on the rowing machine.
  • 50 Chinups (This is a workout Goggins made Jesse do. He would make Jesse complete a certain number of reps before they were able to leave, no matter how long it took). 50 wasn’t easy for me, it got to the point that I could only do one or two each time I grabbed the bar. It probably took ten or fifteen minutes to complete all 50, but I did it.
  • 30 Minutes on the stationary bike. 15 minute warmup followed by 10 intervals, 30 seconds on, one minute rest with the bike on level 15 or 16
  • 80 pushups (five more than yesterday’s 75)
  • 160 situps (10 more)
  • 200 body weight squats

Check out the link to understand a small piece of what I mean when I say David Goggins is a bad man:

Finding The Door: The Secret To Never Ever Stopping – Ever

Well, that’s it for my first post, hopefully it wasn’t too disappointing!

 

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