When the penny finally dropped in 2013 I realised that I was severely overweight and unhappy with myself. At the time I was in Scotland for my sister’s 30th birthday.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself that trip because it was an active holiday in a beautiful place, the one part that I didn't enjoy was buying my own snacks to hide in my room. Though I didn't enjoy it I knew it was safer than eating all the food in the house that other people might want. :-) It was a way for me to hide my issues, even though just looking at me was a clear sign that I had a bit of a problem...
I sat in my room the one night, nibbling on my crisps after a long day of walking and I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to be able to make it through some exercise or a walk without feeling like death.”
Back to the story of Friday. My friend Gaz (who reads this blog, hi Gaz) also has the luxury of being born in November. We decided late on Thursday night that the weather for Friday was looking good, plus it was his actual birthday. We both wanted to do something a little different to celebrate, so we packed our bags, and set Ken (the Australian GPS) up with the address to Snowdon in Wales.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of a climb because I have never really climbed a mountain before. Gaz on the other hand has climbed quite a few. Words simply cannot describe the climb but I have made a video to sum it up and I have linked it below.
I don’t want this blog post to waffle on and on about things, I also don't want you to sit there thinking I am looking for praise. I would like you to sit back in bed or on the train or where ever you are reading this and watch something that will inspire you to jump up and get moving. Just over 3 years ago I couldn’t walk up a hill without stopping, all I wanted to do was feel better about myself and move better.
On Friday I managed to achieve more than just reaching the top of Snowdon, sure I had climbed a mountain without feeling like death, but I felt I wanted to prove that anyone can overcome their demons. Inherently there is a reason mountains serve as the perfect analogy for life...
You just have to put one foot in front of the other, sometimes you will stumble, you'll face major obstacles, but if you believe in yourself and stick to your convictions then you will succeed in getting to where you want to be!
Go out there this week and give the world the best version of yourself, take positive steps towards your future.
Trust me; the view is worth the climb!
Enjoy this video!
STAY STRONG AND KEEP MOVING!
I had a blog post lined up and whilst sitting here this evening I reached a block. Maybe it has been a long day, maybe I just couldn't quite round things off properly, I'm not entirely sure...
As I sat pondering how to finish the post off I thought to myself, 'my message isn't really clear here...' 'What am I trying to say to these wonderful people that read my blog?'
So I sat for a little bit longer, made some tea, watched a bit of Tarzan on TV and my mind was taken back to a message I received on What's App about a year and a half ago. It was completely out of the blue and it had a video of a loud American (possibly Canadian) guy basically telling me that I was awesome.
It was such a nice message to receive - I even managed to find the original video for you - it is linked below. Whilst the blog post that I had drafted up will come to fruition at a slightly later date you can sit in comfort today knowing that I have a message for you.
The message is that YOU ARE AWESOME and I am sending you out positive vibes, love and happiness for your week ahead!
Now the challenge is in your hands, you have the power to make someone's day even better by appreciating them and telling them that they are awesome! Send out positive vibes, love and happiness and see people light up with a smile.
Have a great week ahead and keep an eye out for the unfinished post that prompted the thoughts that lead to this one!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
When I started losing weight I never ever thought I would be where I am today. Sure I always thought that it would be nice to have bigger muscles and be fitter but I never thought I would see a day without a belly.
The more I trained and the more I saw results the more I wanted to see how far I could take change in my body.
A lot of people wonder why I am so hell bent on pushing myself to my limits with different training programs the whole time, why I try all sorts of different training modalities. There are three reasons really:
I think that the 3rd reason is probably the most important, simply because it is the biggest challenge I have ever put before myself. I bet you really want to know what the goal is right?
Well the truth is that if we are to break the goal down it is actually very complex, in fact it turns into less of a goal and more of a mission statement. In amongst the goal/ mission statement is the ability to do a salmon ladder pull up, be able to sprint fast and efficiently, to straighten my back out more, to move fluidly, to sustain my training with good wholesome food. The list actually goes on for a while.
What I managed to do in my process of change was write a mission statement for myself - “to be the fittest and best version of myself whilst helping to make the world a healthier, happier place.”
Sure, I have lots of little goals written down, but they all stem from my mission statement. As long as I remember what my mission statement is, I will align with my goals. The great thing about the mission statement is that it is fluid, ever changing and encourages me to engage with other people.
A major part of my weight loss journey is my…
Most people close to me will know that this is a flappy part of my life that I try to embrace each day, even though it bothers me.
I’ve had so many people ask me if I would consider surgery, I have also had a lot of people tell me that (for them) loose skin is a barrier to losing weight. (If you are eating food you might want to come back to this later). Over the last 3 years I have been tracking the belly skin and to my surprise there has been quite a change.
The pictures below go from early 2014 at the top to today at the bottom.
As you might be able to tell, I am in serious need of a sun tan... And there is progress being made. The subcutaneous fat is diminishing and the skin looks like it is lifting. Whether or not it will return to where it used to be is still unknown.
The reason I am showing this to you today is because I have not been focused on reducing my loose skin, I have just worked hard at my mission statement and the skin is actually starting to take care of itself.
Does it bother me? HELL YES! But I know that I am much much happier having the weird belly skin than not being able to see my toes. I also think the main thing that I always try to remember is that it could be a lot worse.
So to wrap things up this fine Monday why don't you take some time today, sit in a quiet zone and spend some time thinking about what you'd like your mission statement to be. What would you like for yourself? What would you like for the world around you?
Big companies have mission statements, small companies have them, your company or place of work probably has one, so why don't we all have a one?
YOU NEVER KNOW HOW FAR YOUR MISSION STATEMENT COULD TAKE YOU!
Stay Strong and Keep Moving!
Last week I wrote about how excuses don’t cut it anymore. If you haven’t been able to read it then be sure to check it out. In that post I talked about self belief and getting on with things in your life.
Today I will be talking about our own modern day Forest Gump. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you’ll know that I have written about him twice before!
Ben Smith, started out over a year ago in the pursuit of running 401 marathons in 401 days. You can read my initial reaction to him and his adventure in the two blog posts below...
Ben Smith 1
Ben Smith 2
After 284 consecutive days of running Ben was forced to take some rest when he developed an umbilical hernia. It caused him a lot of pain and meant 10 days of rest and recovery before resuming the challenge.
I remember watching the video he put up on his Facebook page where he was clearly in emotional and physical pain - he was in a place in his mind where he was thinking of giving up and not completing the challenge.
To my surprise he pushed through it, and I mean that in the nicest possible way, simply because he looked a mess and his body was crying out for him to stop. His mind said otherwise. He took 10 days to rest and then started to make up the lost miles.
So why am I writing about him for the 3rd time on this blog? Is it because I'm going to tell you that putting your body under that much strain is good for you? HELL NO!
I am writing about him again because, he has completed the 401 challenge! Whoohoooo! And not only that, 401 stands for something. Ben stands for something!
He stands up as inspiration to those who have struggled with their sexuality and for those who have suffered physical and emotional bullying in any shape or form. Moreover Ben stands up as a person who could have let all the negativity in the world bombard him and force him to shy away from the things he wanted to do in his life.
I struggled with bullying at high school, I know what it can do to your thought processes, it can make you doubt yourself in the most simple situations. It can make you hide from the world and lock you into a very negative place.
To see a person rise from the ashes of their former self is a beautiful and uplifting thing. It gives us warmth and a sense of pride that there are human beings out there who are genuinely trying to make a positive impact in the world.
I have a lot of time for that. I truly believe that life is a wonderful adventure; we should be striving each day to make a positive impact in peoples' lives. That is what Ben has done so well, he has connected thousands of people across the UK and the world through his energy and positively influenced the way that they train, move and live their lives.
How did he do it? He set himself a goal, he made small steps towards it each day and I truly believe that his adventure is only going to grow and become more positive as a result.
I know that just from writing and doing some extra reading on Ben yesterday I was motivated to get my body moving and enjoy a great training session with a friend.
Ben reminded me that it is important to be fearless in your pursuit of my goals each day. He reminded me to remain determined and most importantly to create a positive sense of inclusivity that resonates with people.
My question to you this fine Monday is.... What inspiration can you draw from Ben?
Pop your comments below and have a great week ahead!
Stay Strong and Keep moving.
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Brendan is the owner and head trainer at Raw Motion Fitness.