Focus T25 Day 32 Beta Cycle – Core Cardio

Happy Monday! Another 25 minute workout done, 427 calories burned. I’m seriously happy with the way T25 has been working out for me, the quality of the workouts in only 25 minutes are superb and fit into my busy schedule.


Fitness Motivators – What are yours?

I often get asked how I “did it” what did made me “do it” and at first I had no good reason other than It sounded like a good idea. But then I really started thinking about it, which led me to this blog post about my personal fitness motivators… Here we go..

I’ve tracked aspect of my left for the past 14 months. My steps, stairs, miles, food, calories, protein, carbs, fat, weight, measurements, exercise, sleep, heart rate and blood pressure all to various applications that are connected to give me metrics about my life. While not always perfect, it serves a purpose for me. I’m actually so into the metrics I wear a Fitbit and a Nike Fuel Band, just to compare them.

Thinking further into this journey, this blog, the last year, how I have put myself out there on a more intimate and personal level more than ever before. I was that guy who wore a shirt at the pool, I would generally just skip the pool because I wasn’t comfortable with my weight. I never fathomed putting a picture of myself without a shirt on a website, nor being this open about it for the world to see.

Headshot – 110lb difference

A year ago in Feb 2013, I weighted 295 pounds. I was miserable, puffy and tired but I didn’t vocalize it, complain about or frankly do anything about it. Looking back, internally it was something that did bother me. I’m sure someone reading this blog post will relate, either consciously or subconsciously (don’t be afraid to contact me I’ll give you some advice). If you relate and are struggling, I encourage you to take that step towards a better you, a simple walk or cutting out sugar drinks is a good first step and slowly add other positive things to achieve the goals you want.

2013 vs 2014 – Fitness Motivation!

In Jan 2013, something clicked for me to be motivated enough to make this life change. Perhaps, it was the pants that were size 46 that were getting tight, the XXL shirts that were getting snug, the consistent sweating or maybe it was when my 2-year-old wanted me to chase him and after 5 minutes I was sweaty wet mess and out of breath.  Subconsciously, and after many hours of mindless thinking about this subject while sitting on planes and in airports I came to the conclusion I didn’t want to be that dad who sat on the bench, couldn’t chase him, couldn’t play catch, football, soccer you name it.

Actually, I think reading Tony Hortons new book “The Big Picture” really got me thinking about this journey in a different way.

Anyways, everyone has a motivator, mine is being around so I can be a dad, live life to my fullest and be there for as he grows up. My secondary motivator was for myself and my wife, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I didn’t want to be out of shape or eat horrible food and I didn’t want to be a statistic. I wanted to wear those jeans (pick a brand), you know the ones you can’t get in size 46? I’m sure I could keep going, but you get the point. It’s really that simple, those things made me change my lifestyle. I’m still on my journey, I’m still tweak my eating, I try new things and I continue to mix up my workouts.

I was doing T25 this morning, I thought to myself seriously it only takes 25 minutes to do this workout. ANYONE can find 25 minutes to workout with this program OR go for a walk or a run or a bike ride. I’ve put together some tips here here if you are ready to get started on your journey.

The more I think about this, the more I want to help others succeed. The journey was hard, but wasn’t unachievable. It just takes motivation and the willingness to change, did I mentioned I usually eat out 2-3 times per day while I lost my weight? It can be done..


Focus T25 Day 27 – Speed 2.0

Today was the second day of Focus T25 and the workout was Speed 2.0 as I mentioned yesterday I’m really going to enjoy this cycle of the T25 workout. Additionally, I decided to try to eat as close to Paleo as possible for the next 30 days. I really have no reason in particular to try this style of eating other than I wanted to challenge myself to try something new and force myself to eat different things. Today was my first day and I managed to stick pretty close to the Paleo “style” of eating. The biggest thing I miss so far is my morning oatmeal and my protein bars.


Focus T25, Running, Nutrition

I’ve recently been able to catch up on posting my Focus T25 videos and they are now available in my Youtube Channel.

My diet over the past couple weeks hasn’t been the greatest but I’m managing to try to keep it under control. I’m thinking about trying something new for March and will attempt to try eating Paleo to see how well it goes. Unfortunately, this means giving up the protein bars and oatmeal that I love. However, I feel like I need to try something new and give myself a new challenge to keep things interesting.

I also went to a Running Clinic last week and found out some rather interesting things. The clinic measured all aspects of my running, nutrition, mobility and food pressure. The end result I needed to add more carbs to my diet, focus on core strength and my runners knee is compounded by lack of strength in my hips and my shoes. I’ve been running in Saucony Mirage 3’s and after reviewing my running on video with the team at the running clinic I need to get a pair of shoes that will help stabilize and correct my pronation, more to come.

You can catch up on Focus T25 days 19 – 25 video blogs on my Focus T25 page.


Focus T25 Day 18 – Lower Focus

Another great workout! Ever since I injured my right leg doing lunges a few weeks ago I find myself favoring it. My leg doesn’t hurt but I do get a dull pain sometimes after pushing a hard workout. Loving T25!


Focus T24 Day 14 – Alpha Cardio

I took a week off from T25 after pulling a muscle in my leg last week, I’m back in the GAME! This mornings workout went smooth, I kept it easy on the lunges. It feels good…