Monday, December 22, 2014

Deadlift and Surprise Guest at the Gym

Had a fun Sunday morning workout at the local YMCA. They gym was empty except for two of Stratford's most popular native sons.

1) Ol' CB - 233,000 like on Facebook
2) Justin Bieber - a bazillion likes on Facebook

Bieber was with his dad, and they were only in the gym for a few minutes before heading to the basketball court. If only Mikey "Pancakes are better than Biebers" Whitfield was there, he and I could have taken on the Biebers in a game of 2-on-2.

Oh well, makes for a funny story. When I dropped by Bally the Dog's Grandma's house and told the story, she said, "Was he there with his bodyguards?" No, not quite. He picked the right time to go.

Anyways, back to my workout...

It was deadlifts and swings.

1A) Deadlifts
1B) Long Jumps

225 Deadlift Challenge - separated by 2-3 minutes each
2A) Snatch Grip - 6 reps (tough on my weak grip!)
2B) Regular Grip - 13 reps (double overhand)
2C) Trap Bar - 21 reps

Then 250 swings. I feel great today. Had an extra pep in my step while walking the dog. Lots of work to get done before taking the rest week of the week off from my regularly heavy workload. I'll be staying off the internet and my mobile phone from noon on Christmas Eve until 6am on Saturday. Device free Christmas.

Lots of books to read, such as a Power Vinyasa Yoga book, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain's vocabulary is rich and extensive. He has me making a list of words to check in the thesaurus. 

There's also a lot of 2015 BIG thinking to do. Had some breakthroughs during yesterday's Device free day, as well. Good times!

Today's Kick Butt Mindset Tip:

"Take full responsibility for your actions or lack of action." – Kekich Credo #43…Take full responsibility for your work environment and behaviors.

Everything you do sets you up for success or puts another obstacle in your way. You can't go blaming everyone else for the life you are living. You control your actions, your reactions, and your thoughts. You control your life. Take charge today. If you don't have social support, take charge as the leader. Be confident in your choices. People will respect your decisions, even if it seems at first that they don't. Eventually, a lot of people will come to you for advice and support. You are the one making the right decision. Never forget that. And never, EVER give up on what is important to YOU.

Stay strong and push on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - Only a few days till TT Transformation Contest #22 starts...

...and when it does, remember this classic:

"Fat loss is simple once you realize how hard it is."

Then you will accept how much effort, honesty, responsibility, long-range planning, creativity, intensity, discipline, thought and control the process is going to take. It is not easy. It is not going to happen from any magic pill. Only once you accept that will you succeed.

Fat loss requires you to set up routines and stick to them. It is the creation of the routines that requires more discipline. Your workout requires intensity for maximum results. Focus on quality, not quantity. You need to integrate all aspects of your lifestyle, from diet to exercise to stress relief to social support, for maximum results.

And stay here for social support and accountability. You CAN - and WILL - do it. I believe in you. I've seen it done a thousand times by every age, in any circumstance. This time is your time. Never quit.

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