This morning was hell getting up, I felt more tired then I have ever been while still being able to stand up. Thank the universe for my husband and friends who encourage me to push thru those feelings and these hard days.
I literally felt so tired that I was concerned about passing out. I was to tired to drive. To tired to even think while working out. My gym partner took the lead today because I could hardly answer basic questions. I got there tho, I paid my dues toward my goals.
All I could think and all I had the energy to think was “I am going to make it thru this day, I am going to do normal weight, and then I can lay down.”
It’s amazing what you can do when you stop just wanting to do something and feel a need to do something. Today I’m celebrating the fact that even tho I couldn’t even, I actually did.
My #ManspirationMonday this week is Damien Rider.
Damien fought his demons left from severe childhood abuse, and used fitness and sports as an outlet for his emotions. He started the Rider Foundation which aims to provide fitness related outlets to young people, and help guide them to better outlooks on life.
You can follow Damien @damienrider on Instagram and you can check out the Rider Foundation by visiting theriderfoundation.com.
Thank you Damien for being so open about your past, you will inspire me this week to be more open about my own past, and to use that energy to better myself.
If you did not know me and my husband created a local fitness social group called #Woofpack in Grand Rapids, MI for Gay men. We are up to 22 members more than 80% are very active and I am so thrilled with the success of it all! This community is so in need of positive platonic relationships between gay men that isn’t centered around dating and bars and I feel good about where we are so far!
I had a few thoughts about leadership and mentorship that was made apparent by running this group.
#1 I was impressed that I could keep my standing as a leader even though I am not the fittest person in the group, which honestly I did not expect. I think a good leader always assumes he SHOULD be the best at something in order to lead, but I think that anxiety is driven by heart, which is the real value of a leader.
#2 The power of having both mentees and mentors in your life is crucial to making a difference. If I were doing this alone I might talk about my goals to my husband, to my co-workers maybe a few friends which is great, but it can lead to major feelings of disappointment if you fail. Seeking out people with a similar vision to mine, and having them physically join me to achieve something good for everyone has motivated me more than ever. Each week I post a #ManspirationMonday not just for how they look but I research what they have achieved and what these men do each day to get better. Them and my husband I consider my mentors, people who achieve a lot in the field of fitness and health. It isn’t just enough to be inspired though, you also have to inspire others which is the real fast track to success. Celebrating with others, and developing a tribe is the best way to goal-set and be successful, we often need other people to change our lives with us.
#3 You have to protect your vision with conviction. I’m learning that it just simply is not O.K. to let people share negative opinions with you about your goals. Goals and achievements change people, changing your lifestyle changes yourself, and that is perfectly fine. Just like having mentees and mentors that share your vision can help in a huge way, the people that want to keep you the same, or the people who bring negative opinions into your space are extremely toxic. I myself am a little “to nice” and although I want to make a positive influence on everyone’s life I am learning that a lot of people are just not ready to be inspired, they are not ready to change for the better. I have even gained some enemy’s which is a new thing for me and I don’t always handle it well because I want to be friends with everyone. The truth is it is almost guaranteed to happen that people will be jealous, and will try to find fault with you if you are achieving something that they are not. Although it isn’t easy, you HAVE to argue with those people and your HAVE to get rid of them. It is your personal responsibility to yourself to put as little turbulence as possible between you and your goals!
It has been a wonderful learning experience so far, and I am so proud of these wonderful men who are helping me to change my life!
Thank you #Woofpack for all you do!
Winner of the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, Mat Fraser is considered by many to be one of the fittest men on earth.
Mathew will inspire me this week to mix it up, and sweat harder than before.
You can follow Mat on IG & Twitter @mathewfras.
Thanks Mat you are a champion!
My #ManspirationMonday this week is two-time bronze medal conoer and LGBT 🏳️🌈 ambassador for the British Athletes Commission #MattLister.
Matt will inspire me this week, to focus on getting lean enough to cut thru the water!
You can follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter @MrMattLister.
Loving our #WOOFpack and the extra hours at the gym it’s sparking for us. I’m starting to feel less like I have sacks of potatoes tied around my waist and my arms are responding very well to the lifting program. Still a few weeks away from my second set of progress photos, this selfie isn’t my best, but I am celebrating it because I would have never taken a photo sitting in this position a few months ago.
Here’s to better selfies and better health!