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Joe

How To Live your Ideal Lifestyle and Find Your Perfect Day

It is a good exercise to write out what a perfect day would look like. Knowing this can inspire you to take steps to realize this day for your lifestyle or fitness. For me, the two go hand in hand. Consecutive “perfect days” can create an ideal lifestyle. My perfect day would consist of waking up and having some form of protein and some fruit to get my metabolism going. I would then journal for 5 to 10 minutes to understand what I accomplished yesterday and what I want to accomplish today. I would then mediate for 15 minutes or so to get my mind relaxed. Next, I would get some sort of fitness going whether it would be swimming, biking, running, or lifting to get outside. I find this to be a great to wake up and get the day started right.

 

After working out, I always enjoy a wholesome breakfast with eggs and oatmeal preferably with some good tea. Now if I am traveling I want to go out and explore. Whether this is checking out a new part of a city or going for a trek. I want to do something where I can get out there and explore. If at home, I may still want to take some time to hike or bike. Either way, I would prefer to start work in the early afternoon. As mentioned in previous posts, this would be something that I was passionate about. It would be work that I truly enjoy and could work on continually.

 

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A shot I took of Montreal recently from Mont Royal. Getting out and seeing a city is a great way to get exercise and explore!

 

Morning Ritual to Ideal Lifestyle

Meals in the afternoon would consist of the larger than average protein side with the appropriate carbs sized for my current level of exercise. I also enjoy plenty of vegetables (the more the better). Heading into night I would enjoy interacting with clients and seeing their progress. I find the evening the best time to connect with people and I would use this opportunity to connect with family and friends as well.

The perfect day really would consist of freedom to switch it up from day to day. I love variety and the ability to be creative. The perfect day would bring the opportunity for a new experience tomorrow. Right now I do not live the perfect day and this is why I am working everyday to realize it! Laying out a day like this is a great exercise to give you something to shoot for. Let me know what your perfect day would be and if any of my services can help you realize it!

 

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 3

Joe

How to Find Freedom & Passion in 2016

The more I work a 9 to 5 job the more I want freedom. I don’t like having to check with my boss every time I want to go on vacation. I especially don’t like not being able to take off at a moment’s notice and go do something spur of the moment. This is really why I want more freedom. I want to be able to wake up some mornings and then work later. I want to be able to enjoy a nice day instead of having to go to work. Getting away from the typical 9 to 5 won’t be easy and can be scary. However, it is something I know I need to do.

 

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Finding Freedom in Helping People

I also want to be able to help people directly. By having more freedom I can directly see my influence on people. I want to be able to help people live a fitness lifestyle where they can break out of the constant cycle of stopping and starting. With freedom, I can bring fitness to people directly which will give me much more fulfillment. I am excited to begin this path to freedom and I hope to stay motivated to keep working to get to where I am most passionate and happy.

 

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 2

Joe

2 Common Fitness and Lifestyle Challenges

Finding freedom and fitness

Living a fitness lifestyle is not always easy. There are so many things going on in life and work that make it difficult.  Finding the time to work out with so many other commitments is tough. I find this to be one of my biggest challenges. My office can feel like a prison especially when I can look outside and see the sun shining. I want to have the freedom to be able to walk out anytime and go enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately with a set 9 to 5 schedule this isn’t very realistic. However, I think that you should never settle for something that doesn’t make you happy. This is why I am actively pursuing other business ventures (like this website).

 

I know that staying at my job I have now would be settling, and I never want to settle. I want to continuously work to find my passion whether it comes through a location independent business or different work somewhere else. The important thing is to follow your passion. This is so important with exercise as well. I would not bike, swim, or run if I didn’t enjoy them. I find that doing these things makes me like them even more.

 

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Eating Healthy

Another challenge I have is eating right especially when going to new places. I find that when I visit a new place or city I want to try everything even if it is the unhealthiest thing on the planet. Trying new foods I something I love and I consider myself somewhat of a foodie. I also don’t like calling a day a cheat day. I would prefer to just eat what I enjoy. The best way to combat this is to eat mostly healthy meals. I still want to enjoy myself but I find I feel sluggish if I go too far off the deep end. If I eat something I would consider unhealthy I try to make my next day or 2 days of meals healthier. It also helps that while traveling I am constantly walking around.

 

My challenges may seem difficult at first, but I know I can get through them bit by bit. Making small incremental changes to habits is the best way to overcome difficulty.

 

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1

Joe

The Shocking Truth about Triathlon

Triathlon looks like a tough sport to get into. I never knew I wanted to be a triathlete. Nobody wakes up one day and says, “I want to be a triathlete” (at least most people). There is a story behind every journey. I enjoy listening to and hearing about these stories because they are so different. My story began without any experience in triathlon just like you.

 

No one gets into the sport of triathlon the same way. Everyone finds it a different way. You may still have to forge your story. Do you see competing in triathlon as impossible? Where do people find their motivation? People think that triathletes put themselves through grueling months of training for a few hours of race time? Where is the fulfillment?

 

If you ask any triathlete they would tell you that, “yes training can be difficult but it is so worth it.” The feeling you get while racing and seeing your goals accomplished is incredible. Despite popular belief, many different type of people do triathlons. There are people of all ages and all sizes (after all I am 6’6″ and 200 lbs). The truth is triathletes are like everyone else. I also find that a lot of the training and racing in itself is fun. Personally, I enjoy being able to see what my body and mind can accomplish. It is a great feeling in general being able to work towards something and accomplish it. Crossing the finish line and knowing you gave it your all is an amazing feeling.

 

So why should you start training for triathlon?

 

I think the answer to this question really depends on the person. I know that when I started I really did not understand everything that went into a triathlon. It can be super overwhelming. Wait I have to swim, then bike, and run??? How do I even get between the three? Do I even have time to train for three sports at once? These questions and others come up when someone is thinking about becoming a triathlete.

 

The truth is that when starting these questions aren’t that important. The real question you should be asking yourself is why do you want to do a triathlon? What is the motivation for you and why do you want to race? Before even starting, you should figure this out because it will motivate all your training and racing in the future.

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What type of triathlete are you?

 

Not everyone has the same motivations when it comes to training and committing to a fitness filled lifestyle. Triathletes are typically casual weekend warriors, health obsessed, or semi-professional. Some people are more of the casual triathlete who trains because it adds a little bit of variety to their life. They may not be as serious about beating their PRs or competing in races.

 

Others are training simply to lose weight and maintain good health. They may not care about racing at all and fulfillment comes from feeling and looking better. Semi-professional triathletes are obsessed with that next milestone; whether it is hitting a new PR or completing a new distance. These people dedicate a significant amount of time to training.

 

These categories may exist but that does not mean you fit into one of them. In fact, I know that I have moved between all 3 categories multiple times. Your motivations may change over time, but setting goals for training will provide the motivation to keep going. Know why you want to train and what you want to get out of it. If you want to be a casual weekend warrior that’s fine and of course it’s also fine if you want to win an Iron-man. Your goals will shape your training and lifestyle.

 

Becoming a triathlete is not as difficult as it looks.

 

Triathlon training, racing, nutrition, and equipment looks complicated, but it really isn’t. Everyone had to start somewhere. You would be amazed at the variety of people that train and compete in triathlon. The variety of people that participate in the sport is astounding. Triathletes are everyday people who set a goal and committed.

 

Starting can be the hardest thing but once you get going it is hard to not get addicted. Feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty finding where to start? I am here to help. Please contact me or head over to our training services page to see if there is a plan that fits you! I know triathlon can be overwhelming, but the fulfillment you find from finishing is unbelievable. As always let me know if you have any questions or comments.