My purpose is to motivate people to do what they can. I see how many years I've wasted when I look back at my past. Sitting around complaining about all the things I couldn't do, and counting all the reasons why I couldn't do them. I was so focused on what I couldn't do, when I should have just been getting busy with what I could. It doesn't matter how small that "can do" may be. It will still be better than doing nothing. Do what you can, with what you have right now, and every step, every day, you will get closer and closer to achieving your dream. It's not fancy, but it's real and it works. If I were the 2013 Bodybuilding.com Military Spokesperson, "Do What You Can" would be my motto.
I can think of at least 10 good reasons why I would make a good Military Spokesperson:
#10. At the age of 17 earned the title USMC, at 22 an Airborne Ranger, at 27 a Green Beret, and at 37 soy Lancero de Colombia.
#9. Retired from the U.S. Army after nearly 30 years of service. In all that time the only ID Card I ever smiled for was the blue one I now carry. I smiled so big you can count every tooth.
#8. Even with all my military accomplishments and awards, I was still defenseless against my bad habits, and as a result I became a casualty of the dreaded middle aged spread. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/body-transformation-preacher-of-consistency.html
#7. I've been a member of Bodybuilding.com's BodySpace since 2008. I called myself Mr.Tuffbody long before I looked like it. I was 44 years old when I started and competed in my very first bodybuilding contest at the age of 48. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/military-bodybuilder-of-the-month-bruce-coleman.html
#6. My whole journey from an overweight, alcoholic, pack-a-day cigarette smoker to a drug-free, nonsmoking, nondrinking, NPC national men's physique competitor is all documented in my BodySpace BodyBlog. Over 500 blogs with real content.
#5. Just had my 50th birthday. I have long suspected that life really begins at 50. Now that I am 50, I can tell you without a doubt that life really starts when you begin to walk in the light of your re-birth in Christ Jesus.
#4. My first transformation took me about four years to accomplish. My challenge for this contest was to do it in only eight weeks.
#3. I'm a grandfather three times over. Ayanna, my oldest, is an athletic superstar as well as an honor roll student. Savion is a chip off the old block, and my youngest, baby Genesis, is capable of melting the coldest heart of the largest stone giant with just a smile.
#2. I'm a card carrying member of AARP with six pack abs. I have no need for meds of any kind. I don't use anabolic steroids, growth hormone, nor any other performance enhancing drugs. Is it because I have mutant ninja genes? Certainly I have been blessed in that department, but what you do with your genetic potential is much more important than how good or large it may be (see Matthew 25:14-30). Is it because of my hard work? Sure you're right, but it is God who has given me both the desire and the ability to work hard (see Philippians 2:13). And then there is opportunity, yet even this is in the hands of the Most High (see 1 Chronicles 29:12). All is of the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 4:7, and Ephesians 1:19-23). Soli Deo Gloria!
#1. And the number 1 reason why I should be the 2013 Bodybuilding.com Military Spokesperson of the Year is not just because of the path that lies behind me, but because of the vision that is set before me. My best is yet to come.
I just love the word "serendipity." It occurs when some fortunate event takes place unexpectedly, and it flows off the lips like honey off the comb. It is the best way I can think of to describe my daily grind today. Veterans day and I thought I knew what the holiday hours were at my new favorite gym on Fort Bragg. I didn't bother checking before I left home. I got there and it was closed. I drove to the back-up gym and it was closed too. Sure there are other gyms on Bragg, but these two are the only ones with the bumper plates I need for the Olympic style lifting in my current routine. Okay so my planned routine wasn't going to happen today. I sat there in the parking lot considering my options.
I could just call it an unplanned rest day. I was a little tired anyway. Or I could swap my Tuesday and Monday workouts. That would make a mess of the rest of the week, so I didn't really like that option either. Then it came to me. I have two kettlebells at home that I have been ignoring since sometime last year. Here's the serendipitous part, I would have never even considered using my kettlebells while finishing up the Bodyspace Military Challenge. My good fortune because at this point it is just what I need. There are less than three weeks remaining in this contest and I still need to lower my bodyfat. I don't want to cut my calories any more than I have already, so I started playing the cardio card last week. I've added in 30 minute sessions of easy cardio, but still not as big of a fat burning boost as I would have liked. Enter the kettlebell. The total body workout that burns calories long after you stop lifting it. Just what the doctor ordered.
I started with my 20 kg bell. Swings, clean & press, snatch, overhead squat, wind mil, wood chopper, and crazy 8 between the leg passes. One set of each exercise with first the left arm and then the right. I took at least a minute between sets. I thought about doing two sets on each side, but it didn't take long for me to realize that was a bit over reaching. To finish up I decided to do one set of the above lifts using my lighter 16 kg back to back with a modified tabata protocol. Instead of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest, I alternated 20 seconds of work on one side with 10 seconds of work on the other. Back when I was doing this regularly I did two of these sets to work both arms equally.This only takes 4 minutes for each set, but after the first set I didn't want a second one. I had decided to record this 4 minute set though. I'm not sure what happened, but that first set I did wasn't recorded at all. This forced me to do the second set to get the recording. So glad it did. Turned out to be an outstanding workout. I think I will add this workout into my routine two days a week for the rest of this challenge.
Eureka! a perfect storm for muscle building. If someone had told me I could gain 35 pounds in 2 & half months without drugs, I would have thought they were crazy. Granted it isn't all muscle, but I'm pretty pleased with the results. I hesitate to call it a dirty bulk though. Sure I had cake, ice cream, and a lot of other stuff I wouldn't normally eat, but I didn't go crazy stuffing myself with junk. Even though I wasn't trying to stay lean, I still didn't drink any non-diet soda or eat any carb without also eating some protein. Other than that my only dietary guidline was to eat as much as I could. I don't really count calories, but I was eating 4 to 5 meals a day. That's about 3 to 4 times more food than I've gotten use to eating.
I would do about 25 grams of whey protein as soon as I woke up. Breakfast was my post workout meal. For most of my bulk I used ON Serious Mass weight gainer. I dropped this toward the end of my bulk though, in favor of making my own weight gainer shake. I used about 50 grams of whey protein, a couple of big scoops of peanut butter, and a couple of bananas. I've been taking 5 grams of creatine for about a year now. No need to cycle off creatine. It's great stuff, a proven muscle builder, and really inexpensive. I'm talking about pure creatine monohydrate, not any of those fancy pants designer creatines. I also rotate test boosters supplements every couple of months. Nothing special. Pretty standard stuff.
Check the video for the workout routine, the end results, and why I thought this bulking program was so successful. Now I'm going to spend the next 56 days getting ripped for the Bodyspace Military Challenge, and after that I'm going to do another bulk.
My butt is big! When I look in the mirror I can see it from the back, the side, and the front. I don't mind that nearly as much as my belly being big though. I'm not liking my big belly at all. I did this on purpose. I'm so glad this is the final week of my bulking. It has been tough forcing myself to eat so much food. I will have to figure out a better way to shelve in the food with my next bulk. Right now though, it is almost time to cut it up and see how much of this new bulk is actually muscle.
Looking forward to starting a new workout routine as well. I'm seeing good progress with my current routine, but today's workout kicked my butt. I've learned from experience that when my workouts start to get really tough it is time to change it up. So starting next week I will make some adjustments, but some things will remain the same.
I will still get up early. I spend the first hour of everyday seeking God with the Bible and prayer (see Mathew 6:25-34 to understand why this is important). Then I get on the foam roller for a SMR routine I've put together. Followed by a quick routine to maintain joint mobility. Then I do what I call essential kung fu exercises for balance, flexibility, and flow. This routine has developed over a five year period and I can't imagine any reason why I would ever go back to staying up late like I did when I was much younger.
I believe the bird that wakes up early to go to work gets the worm. The sloth that sits up late to watch TV gets no satisfaction. Only kids think staying up late makes them grown up. You can stay up late and get up early for a time, but if you burn the candle of your youth at both ends like that, you will get old before your time. It took me years to accept the fact that nothing good happens past 9 pm. Go to bed early, get up early to train, and arrive at your destination sooner. That's my motto. Try it. You may just find that it works for you too.
Even though last weekend was full of sunshine, I was having a hard time seeing it through the clouds in my soul. You will have to look back in a few of my blog posts to understand how these clouds came about. I will say it again, I'm not unique. God causes His rain to fall on all of us a some point (see Matthew 5:45). That should give you comfort, and hopefully what I've learned in hindsight will give you more.
We should never mistake the silence of God for His approval nor His disapproval. The mistake of the unbelievers who practice the things the Bible speaks against is in assuming that God is okay with it (consider Psalm 50:21-22 and be afraid). For believers, it's easy to mistake the silence of God and the difficultly of the way as signs showing God's disapproval for what we are doing. This was the cloud I was under this weekend. When God is silent and you can't see His invisible hand anywhere, the temptation to doubt God will jump on you. Those who wait on the Lord though, will be blessed.
To wait on the Lord means to hold on by faith alone through the weeping of the night until He sends the joy that comes in the morning (see Psalm 30). When the clouds of doubt surround you and the night seems very dark, when God is silent and you can't see His hand anywhere, there is only one thing to do. Make sure you are in accordance with the written Word and then hold to the course God set you on even though it may be difficult. "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10
Yesterday those clouds departed. I saw the Military Challenge on bodyspace and immediately I recognized it for exactly what it is to me. A God given opportunity through the hands of bodybuilding.com. In fact, the clouds departed so fast I didn't even know they were there until they were gone. I registered for the contest today and once more I am sure of way. The contest starts on 30 Sep. I will continue my bulk until then. It is a pretty short contest (only 8 weeks). I'm looking for God to do through me what only God can do. I am already amazed.
A 40 year old is the result of the habits they have been practicing since their youth. Do they have bad teeth? They will have poor oral hygiene habits. Are they overweight? This is the natural consequence of the accumulated years of their dietary habits. Do they lack the vitality of youth? The result of years of spending their strength without the habit of routining building it with exercise. Lines in the face, and posture of the body both take on the reflection of habitual patterns of thought. I firmly believe that life really begins at 40. It takes at least this long to be done with the foolishness of youth. Some may do it earlier, for some like myself it may take a little longer. For others it takes much longer if it happens at all.
There is an understanding though, that will ensure a better quality of life for you than what you have right now. Regardless of whether you are young or old. It is this: In the beginning we make our habits, in the end our habits make us. A better quality of life requires better habits. Start today, practice tomorrow, and continue the days thereafter. It may not be quick, but it is sure. It is never too early or too late to begin. Wherever you are today, this is how you can transform your tomorrow.
The biggest mistake to avoid is changing too much at one time. Going from 0 to 60 in less than 3.7 seconds is great when you are only going a quarter of a mile, but it doesn't do much good over the long haul of many years. Start with your one worst habit first. Work to replace it with something better. Replace, not just eliminate. Getting rid of a bad habit will create a vacuum. Better to fill it with something good on purpose, rather than something by chance or worst, going back to the original bad habit itself.
To break my habit of Friday night binge drinking and club hopping, I started going to the gym at 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. on Friday nights. It broke the cycle. Instead of sitting around thinking about drinking and partying I was in the nearly deserted gym getting busy. Eventually I no longer needed the late night workouts, and my desire to go back to my old Friday night debauchery was gone.
Change just one thing for the better. Give it a few months to make it stick, then change one more thing. Make this your habit and you will be better tomorrow, than you are today. Of this sweet dreams are made. It may not be quick, but it is sure.
The below progress picture this morning was a direct hit to my confidence. It was one of those accidental shots that just happen when you do self-photography. I was not flexed, not posed, and it was a terrible angle. I cannot deny the raw reality that I am getting bigger all over. Even the places that I would rather not. It's a hard thing to deal with for a person who used to be fat and not know what to do about it. Even though I do know what to do about it now, I would rather not be reminded of that time in the past. Really had me questioning whether or not I want to continue with bulking.
It's not an easy thing to say full speed ahead when torpedos are staring you right in the face. I've set my course on bulking up to 220 pounds. I'm going to adjust my "not so good" carb intake, but I will not stop. There are no guarantees. This may or it may not work. I'm willing to accept that.
If only I had game like LeBron, an eye brawl like the Rock, and a medicine cabinet full of designer pharmaceuticals like a highly paid pro, then I could be a baller, a shot caller, and a world champion. Or maybe you think you need a fat farm with big brother and the whole world watching you 24 hours a day. Or maybe you just need the high profile celebrity trainer to finally get it done. I used to think stuff like this. Most of my life I've always felt like I've been missing something that I needed. Well, not any more. This was a part of my daily Bible reading this morning:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:14
As soon as I read this I knew that I have the grace of Jesus, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. The one who has this has it all. God alone is more than enough. If you are reading this and understand it, that understanding is from God. Do not hardened your heart. How long will you return God's call with a busy signal?
About 15 to 20 years ago dietary fat was believed to be responsible for making people fat. Low fat diets became the norm and what happened? People got fatter than ever. Why? Because a low fat diet means a high carb diet. The easiest way to cut the fat is to reduce animal products. Get rid of the animal products and you also eliminate a lot of protein. So to fill the calorie gap the only thing left is more carbohydrates. It's not the fat that's causing the obesity epidemic, it's the carbs. Specifically sugar and refined grains.
Sucrose, aka table sugar, is composed of one glucose and one fructose. Glucose is a ready energy source used by every cell of the body. Muscles store glucose in the form of glycogen to provide the instant energy you need to run from that wild beast that is about to eat you. Now glucose has a double edge sword effect. Blood glucose levels control fat storage and fat metabolism. Let's say you decide to have a couple of doughnuts and a glass of orange juice for breakfast. It is not the amount of calories that you just ate that will cause fat storage, so much as it is the type of calories. The doughnuts are made with refined (white) flour. Basically they strip all the fiber, protein, and vitamins from the grain leaving only the starch which is just a lot of glucose. What about the juice though? Lot's of vitamins in fruit juice. Well you get some oxygen with every inhale of a cigarette, but I still wouldn't recommend it. Fruit juice is the same. The fiberless sugar is much worst for you than the benefit you get from the vitamins it contains. Half of the sugar in the fruit juice is also fructose. I will get to that just in a minute.
You take this meal void of protein, fat, and fiber, and your blood sugar level will rapidly increase above the normal range. To compensate your body will release a hormone called insulin to bring the blood sugar back down to normal. Insulin is the body's storage hormone. It causes nutrients to be taken out of the blood stream and put into the cells. In the case of glucose the muscles take it in until glycogen storage is filled up, and then any left over is stored in the fat cells. The muscles can only hold so much glycogen. Fat cells don't seem to have the same limitation though. They just keep growing and growing. When glucose levels are constantly being spiked from these types of carbs, insulin starts to lose its effect. This is somewhat oversimplified, but the lost of insulin sensitivity brings on the metabolic syndrome (obesity, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease).
I said it was a double edged sword. Here's the good news. Insulin is a natural anabolic hormone. To take advantage of the storage mode it creates, take some simple sugar with a whey protein shake post workout. Pure 100% honey is my post workout sugar of choice. Post workout your muscles are hungry to repair themselves. Whey protein requires practically no digestion and the sugar causes an insulin spike that helps to transport nutrients into the cells. The effectiveness of this is increased by keeping your insulin levels low at all other times.
The other half of sucrose is fructose. Fructose has been called a poison. Just like alcohol only without the buzz. This is because just like alcohol fructose can only be metabolized by the liver. Fructose is stored as liver glycogen after being metabolized. Once liver glycogen stores are filled though, it is converted into body fat. This is important to understand if you are trying to get ripped. Even if your overall calorie intake is low, a high level of fructose in your diet will make it very hard to eliminate body fat. So what about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? Metabolically it is nearly the same as sucrose. That's not the problem. The problem is that HFCS is ridiculously inexpensive. It's basically cheap sugar. As such it is now in just about every thing. That's the real reason HFCS is considered a worst threat than regular sugar.
Don't let any of this scare you. I would never suggest you go "no carb" or try to live on "zero sugar." I've done that, been there, and returned that t-shirt for many reasons. People who suggest such extremes are sugar terrorists to me. And when you are too afraid to have a piece of your own birthday cake, they win and you lose. What I am saying is that you do need to restrict your carb consumption and keep sugar intake to a minimum. Not just for those who want to get ripped, but for everyone who wants to be healthy and avoid being a victim of the obesity epidemic that is sweeping our country as well.
1. Good Carbs. The best carb source I've found is the sweet potato. To be sure there are other good sources like brown rice, quinoa, and oats. For ease of preparation and taste, the sweet potato wins with me hands down. Vegetables would also be in this category. I'm not sure if it is even possible to eat too many vegetables. So have at them, as long as you don't cover them with sugar and salt.
2. Not So Good Carbs. This category includes all those things that taste really good, but have relatively high sugar content and/or limited nutritional value. This would include most bread products, cakes, cookies, and pizza. I'm sure you can think of many more that fit into this category. If you are trying to get into single digit body fat levels or just have a lot of extra body fat to lose, you may want to eliminate any of the carbs in this category for a while. For everyone else moderation is the key. Go ahead and have a slice or two of pizza at a party, or a piece of cake on that special occasion, but don't eat these types of carbs everyday.
3. Ugly Carbs. This is the way too much sugar category. These things aren't fit for human consumption. Avoid them like you would a little guy with a white coat trying to reverse liposuction five pounds of blubber on your belly. Soft drinks and fruit juices are the ugliest carbs in the world. Sodas are liquid sugar and have to be the fastest way to sky rocket blood sugar levels. Fruit juices are made by separating all the sugar from the fiber in fruit. The result is a non-fizzing soda with vitamins. I stopped drinking both soda and juices a few years ago. I will have a diet soda with a meal every once in a while. This is only when I really feel like having one. Never because I'm thirsty or just want to drink something though. I do not consider artificial sweeteners as harmless like vegetables just because they are calorie free. Most artificial sweeteners were made in a lab, and are a lot like those electric cigarettes they make these days. You may not be on fire, but you are still smoking. Better to just break the sugar addiction.
What about raw fruit? I would place natural fruit in between categories 1 and 2 above. Not all fruit is created equal, but as a whole they are full of vitamins and antioxidants. Good stuff to be sure. You still need to treat the fructose in fruit with the same caution as any other sugar though. Moderation is the key.
Wow! I had no idea this post would be so long. I was just trying to answer a question from one of my bodyspace friends. I hope this covers it.
A few years ago when I was a fat, pack-a-day smoking, rum guzzling alcoholic, I often suffered from cluster headaches for months at a time. The headaches would come and go a couple of times a day. They would be so severe that I couldn't see straight or sleep. Since my total life transformation though, I don't remember the last time I've had any cluster headaches. That is until recently. This morning I woke up with a headache that reminded me of the ones I used to have years ago. I just laid there in bed for about 5 minutes thinking about how I should just try to sleep and forget about working out this morning.
I know some of you will find this hard to believe, but I don't always feel like getting up at 3 a. m. when the alarms goes off every morning. This morning was definitely one of those morning when I just wasn't feeling like getting it going so early. Let me tell you something you already know though, nothing is accomplished without consistency. It was consistency that got me out of bed this morning, not my feelings. Feelings are like the wind. Don't anchor consistency to feelings which change like the wind. Time will come when the wind is contray. Put out the oars and go to work. So glad I did this morning. Once I got moving my head cleared and I had an outstanding workout.
You will never win a lottery you didn't enter. Your chances of getting struck by lightening are better than winning the lottery you do enter. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Just because something is free doesn't mean there is no cost. You don't have a long lost relative in Europe who just died and left you millions. There is no foreign government waiting to send you a couple hundred grand as soon you wire them $2000 dollars for processing fees. No amount of drugs and hard work will turn you into Mr. Olympia if you don't have the genetics. Not many of us will ever be a NBA superstar with our very own line of over-priced basketball shoes. Few of us will ever even attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. And only a very small percentage of us will get close to being a king of pop or a rapper delight. So what does all this mean?
I am so done with looking for short cuts, easy, and instant. I will waste no more time crying about what I don't have and what I can't do. I will do what I can, with what I have right now. In the end, it's not how high you've reached. It's the distance travelled from where you started to where you finished that matters.
How did I get back to lifting so soon after injury? Do I have some sort of mutant ninja healing powers? Not exactly. I've been given a mustard seed of faith, and by the grace of God I'm learning to fan it into flame. I'm I pain free? Nope, but what does that have to do with the fact that I'm totally healed? You've got to believe it before you see it or feel it. Otherwise it's not faith.
I'm making some changes to my training though. Getting me to change my "always go hard" personality has been a long process. I was going into my forth week of hitting it hard six days a week when pain forced me to back off. I picked up on Labor Day where I left off a week ago with no problem. Yesterday I had an early appointment at work so I didn't get my complete workout done. Today I was back on the full daily grind and bam....I was struck with an epiphany for altering my current training plan. Here it is:
There are only two types of exercise. Those which are capacity building and those which are energy enhancing. Examples of capacity building would be weight training, sprinting, long distance running. These increase the body's ability to lift more, run faster or longer by overloading the body's current ability level. These activities are metabolically expensive requiring the tearing down of tissue so it can be rebuilt bigger, faster, and stronger. Any activity that temporarily depletes energy levels and requires rest/recovery would be classified as capacity building. Energy enhancing exercise is just the opposite.
Examples of energy enhancing exercise would be tai chi, yoga, dynamic mobility, stretching, foam roller, walking and other forms of light cardio. These types of exercise are low intensity and approach no where near failure. Basically, if it is easy and gets the blood and breath moving, it will probably be energy enhancing. These activities are done well within the body's current level of fitness. So why do them?
I discovered the beneficial effects of easy exercise quite by accident. Energy is in the blood and breath. Like a river they are designed to flow. The circulation of the blood, and the in and out of the breath, are both enhanced by movement. Movement is necessary to keep things flowing, and a body that doesn't flow is a dead sea. This is why the typical sugar filled diet coupled with sitting all day at work, and sitting all evening watching TV, is the 21st century double barreled kiss of death.
The easiest energy enhancements are to just stand and walk more. Our whole modern society will not make this easy for you though. There are chairs in every room. Every where we go requires a car. Every Walmart has little electric cars you can drive around those superstores 24 hours a day. Every building has elevators and escalators.
This photo is funny, but it is the same flawed mindset of those who drive around the gym parking lot looking for the closest spot to the door so they can go inside and get on the treadmill.
Okay, I'll get off this soapbox now. My epiphany today was for perfecting the mix between energy enhancing exercise and capacity building exercises. I believe the perfect ratio is 2 to 1. That is twice as many that are energy enhancing as those that are capacity building. I am still going to continue with my energy enhancing work six days a week, but I'm going to limit the capacity building to only three days a week. I'm going to run with this for the next four weeks. That takes care of the training piece.
The diet is a little harder than I expected. It is hard to eat as much as I would like too. Maybe it's because I was doing intermittent fasting for so long. Doesn't matter. I'm looking to gain another 10 to 20 pounds, so I'm going to end this blog and go eat. I wish you peace, and some hard movement with twice as much easy.
Your gratitude and attitude locates you mentally, just like longitude and latitude pin points your location physically. Those who find no gratitude in the past, and have no hope for the future, will find themselves stuck in the mud and mire of the valley of despair. Those who are full of gratitude and hopeful for something better, even though they may sometimes slip and stumble, will always be found climbing the mountain of achievement.
In a couple of years' worth of daily checking my weight, I've learned that it doesn't matter which way you want the scale to move, it will almost never move in a straight line for more than a few weeks. It will go up and it will go down from day to day and even from one hour to the next hour. Realize that weighing yourself is like taking a picture. It is just one particular moment frozen in time. For this reason it is wise to detach your gratitude and attitude from the constant swinging motion. Instead be thankful always (see Thessalonians 5:16-18), and live by faith (see Jeremiah 29:11-13). These are the keys to patience.
This is week number 5 of my Operation Increase Da Beef. After last Saturday's workout however, the focus of this week shifted to recovering from a back pain so severe that it left me in bed for nearly two days. Physically I wasn't able to lift anything, and mentally I wasn't able to force myself to eat as many calories as I did last week. So where am I? Gratitude check: I am thankful for the rest. It is way too easy for me to push myself until I break. You can take the Ranger out of the woods, but you can't take the Ranger out of the man. I'm working on getting better at this. I would prefer to willingly lie down in green pastures when it is time, rather than having to be "made" to do it (see Psalm 23:1-2). Attitude check: The unexpected is to be expected, and the destination is only reached by making adjustments and holding to the course (see Proverbs 4:26-27).
I have become convinced the only true set back is to quit. Everything else, distractions, detours, and obstacles are common to every journey. Be steady, and you will have the patience to overcome them all.
This is by far one of my favorite videos on YouTube. I seem to learn something new every time I watch it. Here's my list so far:
1. At 00:36 - Don't take age so serious. Life is full of pain. Don't let it cripple you mentally.
2. At 1:49 - Pray that the weight will feel light. Give a Ronnie Coleman shout of faith, "light weight baby!" Then get it lifted.
3. At 4:15 - Ride the wave of the present. Thoughts about the past and the future have there place. Do not let them distract from the now. The secret of enjoying the now is summed up in the following quote:
"For all your days be prepared, and meet them ever alike. When you are the anvil, bear - when you are the hammer, strike." --Edwin Markham
Eternal life is suppose to start on this side of eternity. Continue to work the body without neglecting to workout your salvation (Philippians 2:12-13 - Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose). Wrestle with Philippians 2:12-13 and do not let it go until you are touch by its truth.
This divine guidance is just one of the wonderful promises of God. Obedience to the spoken and written Word of God is the key. I am convinced that you will never hear the spoken without obedience to the written. You will never obey the written without faith. Faith is spiritual muscle. Saturating the mind with the written Word and persevering through testing, are to faith what protein and weight training are to muscle. God has already provided you with both faith and muscle or you would not be reading this. Development of both, either, or neither is your choice. No one else can workout for you. We are not to be like the horse or mule to God (Psalm 32:9 - Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you). Willing obedience is the key.