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Last night as I slept, I had another one of those dreams that revealed so much about myself to me, stuff I already knew, but stuff that is hammered home MORE every time I see it.
And part of that dream, or I think part of what I saw when I woke up and was between the completely unconscious and the “semi conscious” . . .
. . . It was a picture of me. Yours truly.
From the BACK.
Now I’ve often had dreams of me doing pull-ups etc succeeded by workouts where I did exactly the same.
But I’m not quite sure why I saw my BACK – specifically, my LOWER back in the dream . . . but I get it now.
Actually, it came to mind while I was brushing my teeth, and now here I am, writing to YOU about it!
(There in itself is a clue in terms of the inner workings of your REAL mind, the TRUE seat of power, and no it ain’t got nothing to do with brushing your teeth either!!).
What do I mean?
It’s not always and usually not the fat you have that is VISIBLE.
I’ve said this in terms of subcutaneous and visceral fat, the latter being invisible and far more harmful, lapping around your organs . . .
And in terms of fitness, it’s really the BACK that shows you how fit and strong a person is my friend.
The ENTIRE back.
Upper, mid and lower. And the forearms and legs.
It’s NOT THE chest and six pack.
Sure, those might come about as a result of you training the right way, but they ain’t the only indicator by far.
I still remember a dude telling me the following a couple of years ago (which I did write about).
“Do you go to the gym? Your back is built!”
And this was when I was somewhat out of shape (well, not really, but by MY own high standards) and had more fat around the midsection and arse than I’ve had liked.
Yet, he could tell.
And one of the litmus tests of fitness (note – not necessarily piddly body fat levels and all that) is the SIDES of your core.
Notice how Apollo Creed’s trainer playfully gives him Rocky one to the sides before asking how fit he was.
And Apollo goes, we’ve been living MODERN, but we’re going to train OLD style now (this while standing in that dank, damp dungeon which produced CHAMPIONS!).
For me, it’s always been about my lower back which I cannot see.
I always “reach around” (when in doubt) and try and “grab” the area around the spinal erectors for one.
If there is ANY “meat” on there I can “hold”, well, I’m getting out of shape.
But in general, and usually – there is nothing.
Just smooth skin and solid MUSCLE.
And the same thing for my entire back.
And that, my friend is the real litmus test of whether or not your overweight etc.
It’s not about the front of the body. It’s about the BACK. You truly do gotta “back it up” as they say!
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As the violence on the streets rages on throughout the U.S., one has to stop and ask the very pertinent question . . . At what point is ENOUGH ENOUGH?
I don’t care if you’re talking protests (which probably started out as peaceful and then descended into the chaos we see now) or anything else – there is a limit to everything.
Was the killing of George Floyd WRONG?
Should we take action against the guilty officer(s)?
That one is so obvious I’m not even going to dignify the question with a response . . .
But again, and I want to ask people – at what point is enough enough?
Do we simply burn the entire country down to the ground because of the actions of a certain group of people (a MINORITY)?
Do the actions of ONE guilty cop speak for ALL?
I can tell you one damn thing – cops in general have a tough job to do, and (at least in the U.S.) they do it exceedingly well for the most part (and I’m not talking the exceptions to the rule).
I remember one night I was walking back on campus (when I was in college) to my dorms (late at night, around 4AM or so) after an all night programming session, and was stopped by an officer asking to see my ID.
No reason given. None at all.
And yet, the WAY in which he said it was so friendly that I had no option but to pull out my ID’s – both of them, hehe, and show it to him.
“Here you go man”, I said.
“Thanks man”, he replied, handing one of my ID’s back. “I just wanted the student ID”.
He made a quick call.
“Ok, sir, sorry to bother you!” and off he went . . . or was about to, until I spoke again.
“Don’t worry about it buddy. I’m not doing drugs or anything. Got enough on my plate to worry about!”
The officer laughed back, shook my hand, and off he went.
Flash back to another scene outside the dorms where I lived on campus when the cops once “asked me to wait outside” before entering the building.
Being I was in a rush, this ticked me off a bit, but just a little.
I asked why.
“Because someone that looks Hispanic like you just committed a robbery and ran” was the non committal response.
Ok, no problem.
In another 10 minutes or so, the officers apparently figured I wasn’t the one, hehe, and said I could leave, while apologizing again.
And I did so.
And the above two are cases that could easily have gone down as “tragic” or at the very least “racial discrimination” cases.
I COULD have jumped up and down about “racism”, if you think about it, and yet, that would be the last thing I’d do.
Things happen for a reason. People say what they do and think what they do for a reason. And while blanket categorization ain’t right, try telling that to the cop who has to solve a crime – or detain a person – often in the spur and HEAT of the moment – with weapons and much else involved.
Sometimes, you just have to co-operate with the cops, and in the vast majority of the “tragic” events, I’ve seen evidence that the person didn’t co-operate at some point.
Am I saying what happened was right?
Am I saying stopping me on campus on “suspicion” was right, and that my white buddy at the time wasn’t stopped?
But things happen, my friend. And for a reason.
And when things descend to the levels that businesses and normal life across the nation is being destroyed, then it’s time to call a spade a spade and call the people engaging in said activities what they ARE – that being domestic terrorists.
There is NO excuse for the looting and vandalism (and destruction of businesses owned by people of all colors, my friend – in some cases businesses that took years to build).
Hate does NOT go away with more hate (see what Martin Luther King had to say on that).
And while Prez Trump is being pilloried as usual for his statements on bringing the military in – well – to those that are pillorying him – WHERE do we draw a line in the sand?
Obviously the States have not been able to control what is happening, and keep it within LIMITS.
Do we just let the entire country descend into mass chaos and anarchy (not to mention the COVID crisis which hasn’t really been solved as of yet – and no I ain’t advocating more lockdowns!)?
I think NOT.
I think there is a limit to everything, and someone needs to take a stand, and I personally am glad Donald Trump has taken a stand – albeit an unpopular one (but sometimes, as Alan – a guy on my list – once said “unpopular is often what needs to be DONE”).
And so it goes with fitness too my friend.
Sometimes, you have to take a look at that expanding girth – waistline – and “gluteneous maximum of plenty” and declare that “enough is enough”.
Sometimes, you just have to stand up and say that TODAY is the day I’m going to start to change my life – both fitness wise – and OVERALL!
And sometimes, in fact often times, you need to draw a line in the sand, and say enough is enough, and the change – back to positive – begins NOW.
Or ask yourself the question I posed above.
And that, my friend, given what is going on globally seems to be about as pertinent of a topic I could talk about today.
Back with more later!
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As I wake up this afternoon (my usual time of 1130 AM, hehe) I got an email saying that the first ten pages of a book I’ve been getting translated are ready.
And as I checked, the work was impeccable, and I “approved” the translation.
But something stood out. For some reason, I couldn’t figure out what the translated name of the book was.
And in Portugese, a language I don’t know a word of, it translates over to the following - - “Em forma com ZERO desculpas”.
And as I checked online using a translation tool I’ve got on my comptuer, it translates rougly into “Fitness with no apologies”. Or something like that.
No apologies fitness, as it were, and while that wouldn’t be the English name I’d give it, hey, if that is what it translates into in the local language, then guess what name I will give it.
It’s funny how translation works between languages, epsecially Asian and other languages (but apparently Spanish and Portugese too).
For instance, “How are you” in English translates to “Ni hao” in Chinese (which if you were to literally translate over to English, would read “You good”).
And when you think about it it makes sense in a strange sort of way.
After all, you wouldn’t want the guy or gal in front of you to be doing “bad”, would you?
So you say he’s doing good anyway, hehe. Sort of like a “dictat” which says you better be good, or else . . .
Anyway, this brings me to my central point – that being how lucky I am to have created a business that truly SPANS THE GLOBE, and is GROWING as I type this.
My subscriber base is growing. I’m getting my books translated into different languages. My coaching programs are going GANGBUSTERS.
And so forth . . .
And as I expand the base of people that I help through my produts and coaching, one thing comes to mind, or it did last night at least.
What if I knew all this before?
What could I have done if I started all this WAY back in the day – in 2004 (which I could have, if someone had told me HOW TO!) for that matter?
Or even back in 2007 when I had a site, which I (inexplicably) gave up . . . including the content on it (it wasn’t much, but still, it was a START!).
And so forth.
If I had stuck to it back then – and knew what I do NOW – I’d have saved myself a lot of headaches in the interim in terms of knowing what I was truly cut out to do.
Napoleon Hill said it best in “Outwitting the Devil” when he spoke of leaving various jobs and businesses that he started from scratch; seemingly for “no reason”.
Jobs that he was getting paid well at.
Jobs that netted him good money.
Businesss that as his friends and family told him “he was crazy to give up”.
And while the logical side of him agreed with this, the emotional side did not.
And as I’ve written about before, I have experienced the exact same thing MYSELF in this regard.
It’s a matter of finding out “what makes us truly happy and what we were cut out to do”, my friend.
Or, “our mission in life” as it were (if I were to put in a slightly more esoteric manner).
And until you find that mission and nail it, you’ll always be struggling to come “full circle” as it were.
Anyway, the English books are all sold on my own site and elsewhere, but the Spanish and Portugese (and others, as I find new markets) translations will not be – primarily due to copyright issues and also to ensure that the translators etc get paid per sale.
And I’ll let you know the link for this one as soon as I have it, hehe. I’ve already got the Spanish version out online, so if you hombres out there are reading this, holla and I’ll send over the link!
And that’s that for now. Truly a global business with NO borders and it’s the way I’ve always wanted it!
P.S. – Here is where you can pick up the English versions of our products -https://0excusesfitness.com/products/