My Story

Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve had a hell of a ride these past few months. With the wife being in and out of the hospital since Christmas, with no explanation of her symptoms, I’ve been spending a lot of time offline. It’s been difficult enough just to stay consistent with my own workouts when I’m spending the night in the ER, let alone get online. So why am I sharing all of this? I want you all to know that I haven’t forgotten about any of my readers, and even though I haven’t posted anything here on my blog, I’ve been busy on the back end. In fact, I’m working on a project that I’m very confident will blow away a lot of the martial arts market. But before I get into too much detail, I want to recap a little bit of what’s been happening the last few months…

 So over the last year or two, I have not been actively instructing martial arts. I assist at the gym that I work out at, and do some coaching, and occasionally I hit the weights. Aside from that, from August 2011 to December 2012, I’ve been pretty sedentary, and I put on about 40 pounds going from 180 up to 220, hitting my peak around Christmas (of course). I hadn’t worn jeans in over a year because I refused to buy a larger waistline. So decided that I need a change of pace, and as such, I started getting more consistent with my workouts, and I restructured my diet to an intermittent fasting schedule. I’ll get into more detail on that in another post.

Well in the first 4 weeks, I burned off about 12 pounds, going down to 208. So the IF diet definitely made a huge difference. At this point, however my wife started going in and out of the hospital, and she needed more care at home so my workouts at the gym became sporadic, and my weight loss and strength gains slowed down a bit. As my workouts became more infrequent, I started to slip with my diet as well (I’m getting to the point, I swear.)

So I’ve been working to be more consistent with both diet and exercise. A few weeks back, I did a 3-day detox to reboot my system, and I burned 8 pounds during that time, and the weight actually stayed off! Just for the hell of it, I tried on my size 34’s and they actually fit. A little tight at first, but I could still wear them comfortably. Damn, did it feel good to get back in those jeans. In addition to just wearing jeans, my energy level jumped back up, and I’ve been feeling great. Now I’ve still got work to do but I’ve made a good start, and I’ll be revamping my diet similar to the One-Day Diet to really burn off the other 20 pounds I gained, but I’ll be trying it in a side-by-side comparison with Prograde Protein. I just ordered a couple of their combo packs, and I’m expecting delivery sometime today. I’m excited to try out all my new stuff, but that still doesn’t fix my consistency issues. Then I heard from one of my old students…

Tangent: A few weeks ago, I get a text from one of my old students. It was a plea for help. I had helped Tony develop into a powerful fighter, developing a foundation in his striking skills and his conditioning through our TKD and kickboxing classes. Well since I moved to Mesa, he’s been training with a MMA team, and doing pretty well. He’s had a few fights, and a few KO’s. When he texted me though, he mentioned how he’s losing his focus and his foundation. At first, my response was that it would be difficult with him in Illinois and me out here in Mesa, AZ.

So I said “What the hell? My student is asking for my help and I’m making an excuse about distance?” This is my kick in the ass to get myself back in shape, and to help my students in need. Even if I can’t get away to go to the gym, martial arts workouts don’t need equipment, don’t need a gym, and don’t need weights. What excuse do I have for being out of shape? Why can’t he learn from me? I’ve already uploaded several instructional videos on Youtube. I can take it a step farther. So over the past few weeks, I’ve been developing a project just for you, to give you that flexible instruction right in your own home. Stay tuned for my progress. I’ll be posting more frequently.

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