What Unfortunately Happens While Seeking A Faster Fitness Highway

What are the main roads you find yourself driving on everyday?

When was the last time you found yourself automatically arriving at a destination while your mind daydreamed while driving?

Imagine having consistent roads like that in your life every single day. Roads in which you space out because your body automatically knows how long it’s going to take to travel on that route.

As you travel to work in zombie mode, you happen to glance at a sign:  New Highway Coming Soon.

Is that actually true?

You receive a notice in the mail later that day that states this new highway will provide a new path that goes directly to your job’s location. The information in the pamphlet states that your current 45-minute drive will only take five minutes on this new highway!

No longer will you have to daydream on the way to/from work because this new road will be a faster straightforward linear path. You become giddy with excitement as you realize how much time this will save each day!

Two weeks later

You get another notice in the mail stating that the new highway’s construction will begin shortly. To help pay for the construction, the county will add a new 5% highway tax.

“How dare they try to raise my taxes without my permission!”

You slam the letter down in anger. Minutes later, you decide to calculate just how much money all of this will be costing you. As you do the math, you realize that the highway taxes will cost less than your current weekly trips to the gas station.

“I guess it is a bargain. It’s only a temporary tax.”

You use that positivity and look forward to the project being completed. The letter states that it will be completed in less than a year.

Construction Begins

construction worker with blue hard hat and orange safety vest

On your way to work you start to notice construction zone signs with cones placed in the area where the new highway will begin.

“Yes! They are breaking ground!”

You see the construction crews in their orange safety vests and cool construction equipment. Tractors are moving dirt while pile drivers are breaking ground. You see about a hundred workers dedicated to their tasks.

“Wow, they will get this project done easily! Look at how many people they have and their dedication!”

Month Two

The crew has been working hard and you can see that the new highway will be beautiful. It will have lots of lanes so the traffic will just flow naturally. You’re super excited.

Month Three

As the new highway is being completed, you start to notice that the road you’re currently traveling on is starting to get even bumpier than it was before. You notice rubble from the other road’s construction start to make its way onto this main road.

As the month carries on, you start to see warnings signs and more lanes being merged down. Your previous 45-minute commute to work now takes an hour and half to complete.

Month Five

You start to get frustrated every time you drive on your main road because now it takes you almost two hours to get to work.

“What the heck is going on?”

As you pass the new highway, you notice you don’t see as many construction workers as before. You barely see ten on a good day.

“Is this what my taxes are paying for!”

Month Six

This is the month you thought they would be at least half way down with the new highway. You’ve noticed that there hasn’t been any progress in the project for over a month. You’re furious and demand an explanation because now your main road takes you two and a half hours to get to work!

“If I had known it was going to be like this, I would have never agreed to pay for that new highway!

Which Road Do You Constantly Choose?

Person looking at a winding road

Like everything in our precious world, we want results NOW! Not tomorrow but NOW! When we go on our diet and exercise journeys, we get excited by others before and after photos. We expect those same results in that same exact time.

What normally happens is that our progress is great during the first month. We are firing on all cylinders. We have almost no obstacles at all.

But over time, the program loses its attractiveness. Life gets in the way and we have setbacks and delays. That brand new highway (or body) that we strongly want seems to be taking longer than planned.

We become just like the construction workers in this article and start taking breaks. By taking breaks and losing our focus, we delay ourselves from getting to our final destination in a timely manner.

Remember that both of these roads are going to the same place. One was suppose to be a short cut while the other can get you to your destination as long as you keep following it. All you need is patience.

Know that no matter what obstacles pop up (vacations, all you can eat buffets, late business meetings, hotels with no gyms), it’s going to be up to YOU to decide just how long it takes.

Don’t’ be so quick to look for shortcuts in health! Otherwise you will always be stuck on “fast” highways that go nowhere!


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Should A Traveling Fitness Coach Become A Certified Personal Trainer?

I don’t know about you but for the longest time I thought personal trainers were worthless.  How many times have you went to the gym only to see trainer’s teach their clients bad technique?

Shouldn’t they be helping their clients?

While it’s true that there are TONS of bad personal trainers, I can’t deny that there are several good ones out there. 

After doing some research, I found out there’s more to being a personal trainer than I originally thought.   

Watch to video to hear more.

Some video highlights:

  • How I use to skip the scientific explanations of weight lifting
  • My frustrations with people’s egos while at the gym.
  • How come people can’t do squats!
  • Am I the only one that see the mistakes people make while at the gym?  ESPECIALLY the guys!!!
  • Should you NOW listen to me just because i’m certified?

Why You Need To Show Up And Work Hard Like An Olympic Champion

Do you realize what you have should have in common with an Olympic athlete? I do!

The 2016 Summer Olympics are here! Are you excited?

Even if you don’t like sports you can learn a lot about yourself by watching these athletes compete. Watch this video to find out why you have to keep pushing yourself even when no one is looking.

Nothing happens overnight! You have to keep going even when no one is looking to get the results you want! Those are the moments that make you a champion!

Go down summer olympic memory lane with me as I recall past summer olympics of my youth and how it relates to achieving your fitness goals.

Feel free to share your past olympic experiences in the comments section below.

13 Delicious Summer Food Cravings

Summer Summer Summer time!

With the temperature in the high nineties for 5 straight days, I guess you can say that summer is definitely here! The weather outside is hot! Depending on where you live, there’s most likely a lot of humidity along with the natural heat.

Air conditioners are running at full blast to make people’s days more comfortable. Electric companies are smiling as we use their services at higher rates.

With this new change in seasons, come new cravings. I previously talked about my fall cravings. Now it’s time to dwell in on the opposite of that spectrum. Let’s dive into my personal summer cravings.

Your cravings will differ depending on your childhood experiences and what part of the country you lived at. I grew up in Northern Virginia and spent most childhood summers in Cincinnati. I also spent my college years in the hot muggy streets of Philadelphia as a struggling college student.

Those three locations have pulled me in several different directions when it comes towards my summer cravings.

Here’s what I crave during the summer:

Grilled Food

Hot dogs, chicken, ribs, burgers, corn, steak, ribs, cabbage, squash, potatoes, fish.

Grill plus Food = Happy Mike!

‘Nuff Said!

Baked Beans

Baked beans
You mean to tell me that premade baked beans came in a can? I had no idea because my family always made our own baked beans. It’s blasphemy to see a person just scoop the beans out of a can and heat them up without spicing them up.

If there’s a BBQ going on, I’m bound to get a taste of some non-watery baked beans.

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

When the weather turns warm, I instantly think of banana pudding. It was a specialty that’s been passed around from both sides of my family. I remember as a child my Grandma Gardner and my Aunt Pam (see How I Finally Understood The Importance Of Leaving A Legacy) making this dessert quite often. My other grandmother and Mom would also make this dessert during summer events.

The secret was always the wafers! As my brother use to tell me “You could never have enough wafers!” as he started perfecting his own version as well!

Chili

Bowl of Chili
Being a young kid, I didn’t really put much thought into the fact that Cincinnati was known for it’s chili. That information was lost to me because my family didn’t really go to the famous chili restaurants. We would just make our own.

A nice warm meaty bowl of chili just seems to perfectly blend in with my summer nights. This was one of my dad’s specialties.

Cheesecake

Cheese cake
For some reason I associate this food with summer. Maybe it was because my Aunt Pam knew how to make this from scratch. I didn’t’ really eat cheesecake year round; it was more of a summer dish. Since my Aunt Pam made it, and I only saw her in the summers, this brings back summer memories for me.

Peach Pie/Cobbler

Delicious Peach Pie
When peaches are in season, that’s when these pies are the best! Of course you can have this fruit year round, but there’s something magical about this fruit when it’s at its peak.

Out of all the pies, peach pie has crossed my lips the least. That is why I like to eat it whenever it’s being served during the summer.

Watermelon

Watermelon slices
Everyone’s favorite simple summer picnic fruit! A couple of weeks ago, I talked with my wife and realized it had been 2 years since I had watermelon! How could that be?

I think it has to do with the fact that I’m African American and when at the grocery store…. I don’t want to give into stereotypes. I didn’t even think about that, so I was sure to get some yesterday!

No matter what ANYONE had to say!

Cool Whip

Tub of Cool Whip

If it’s a dessert and it’s summer, I have to have my whip cream! I typically go with Cool Whip instead of regular whipped cream just because that’s what I was exposed to as a child. I know the ingredients are awful, but this is about summer cravings right!

Potato Salad

Potato saladSomething so simple to make yet how many times do we go to parties and the potato salad is just awful! Luckily I grew up in a household that knew how to make good potato salad. It wasn’t until my older years that I started understanding why people were worried to eat other’s potato salad.

The worse thing you can do is buy it from the store! 9/10 it’s going to be terrible!

Macaroni Salad

macaroni salad
Due to my family knowing how to make good potato salad, I rarely had macaroni salad. I remember the first time my Aunt Pam created it for me, I was shocked at how simple and tasty the salad is. I like to get my hands on some at least for one meal every summer.

Pasta Salad

Pasta salad from cookingwithcurls.com
I had pasta salad more than I had macaroni salad growing up. The difference is salad dressing (mayo) vs. salad dressing (Italian vinaigrette). It’s something about the vinaigrette and pasta that makes this a delightful dish. Once I have one helping, I’m normally back for seconds!

Cheesesteaks

Philly cheesesteak

I spent a good five years of my life in Philadelphia during my college years. Four out of the five years, I actually stayed in Philly for the entire summer. For those unfamiliar with Philly, you can get a cheesesteak on almost every block.

For me, I just remember working and sweating my butt off during those summers. In particular a UPS type delivery job at Temple University Hospital. During my lunch breaks or on the way back to my apartment I remember being exhausted and eating a piping hot Philly cheesesteak.

There’s something about having a cheesesteak in a blue-collar town after coming from YOUR blue-collar job during a HOT muggy day that brings back good memories of how far I’ve come in life.

Ice cream

Of course I saved the best for last. Without a doubt, ice cream is my #1 summer treat. Like the song says:

“I want it all…I WANT IT ALL…AND I WANT IT NOW!!!”

Where did my obsession with ice cream begin? Was it derived from my genetics? You see my mom is an ice cream connoisseur and always had to have two different stashes of ice cream in the freezer. One with nuts and another with opposite flavors. Nothing simple either, the more toppings the better.

Could it be the ice cream trucks? There was a time in which ice cream trucks actually SLOWED DOWN AND STOPPED to let kids get ice cream. I didn’t frequent the trucks, but I’ll admit that that sound makes me want to start sprinting down the street even as an adult.

As I’ve gotten older, I’m more mature in ice cream pursuits. Just give me a gallon and 30 minutes, and I’ll show you an empty container!

Obvious ice cream is one of my trigger foods (see Release The Beast) so I try not to go overboard. But during the summer, it’s always on my mind when it’s time to have my treats.

multiple ice cream flavors

I’m a simple Vanilla man, but let me go to the ice cream aisle and I swear it would take 20 minutes for me to make a decision. Don’t believe me, ask my wife!

So there are my summer cravings, what’s yours? Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s Talk About Summer Sleep Issues

Today Michael V. Moore aka MicVinny talks about his current issue with falling asleep during the summer time.

Do you have the suffer from the same problem?

How are you handling it?

Let me know by leaving a comment below.