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These are a collection of some thoughts, ideas and experiences that I’ve had – I hope they help you on your journey.

Dozen Months of Discovery in 2020

January 7th, 2020|

It’s 2020 and the Dozen Months of Discovery have begun! Part of the premise of the Just Get Started Podcast is to get out of your comfort zone and try to accomplish things far greater than you ever imagined. Whether it is changing your eating habits, a better fitness routine, starting a business, etc.

The Surprisingly Simple Way to Make Sure You Start In 2020

December 29th, 2019|

It’s a new year, a new decade, and a clean slate to get it all right this year. “This is going to be my year”, It seems is the type of thing we say to ourselves each orbit around the sun. Why will this year be any different? What have you learned in the past 12 months that will make you believe you can change?

It’s Halftime…How Is Your Sales Year Going To End Up?

It wasn’t too long ago when everyone was at the same starting line. I don’t care what company you are at or how big your quota is. We all started from the big "goose-egg". Sales, unlike many other careers, has very specific metrics to it. Generally, called a Quota, it’s a number the company gives you that in their estimation is how much revenue you should bring in for the given year. This number can be calculated a variety of ways and it depends on the company and their specific goals and projections for the year as a whole. Bottom-line, You either hit

July 2nd, 2019|

A Tribe Called Next — The Evolution of the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

As a 1st time “Gen-er” (Is that a word? We’ll make it a word!) to the 5th Annual NextGen Summit I wanted to share a few key thoughts from the observation deck that might prove useful as you go about your day. Before I jump it, let me take a quick step back. NextGen is a group of thousands of entrepreneurs that are looking to develop the next wave of innovative products and services to shape our future. It was started by Justin Lafazan and Dylan Gambardella five years ago and has had a “rocket-ship like” trajectory in years since.  Enter NextGen Summit.  This is

June 11th, 2019|

CrossFit Journey – 2018 Year in Review

2018 has been an incredible year for my health and fitness and I couldn't have done it without the help of CrossFit.  The goals I set at the beginning of the year have been met and I am excited for the next chapter in my fitness journey come 2019. 2018 was a great testament that consistency wins.  I certainly didn't see the big gains out of the box but after months and months of consistent hard work, reshaping my nutrition, and seeking out valuable advice, I was able to improve dramatically and reach new PRs along with become more technically

December 24th, 2018|

Weeks 38-41: CrossFit Journey – Back and Hip Health

Now that I've gone to write these CrossFit posts once a month it's giving me a chance to sit back and reflect a bit more on the bigger picture.  My life has changed a lot recently and it has made me have to alter my entire schedule and has completely shaken up my world. However, when you have motivation followed by an intent to achieve certain goals nothing should keep you down.  You have to keep pivoting and make it work and do whatever it takes. One of those areas is around your overall fitness health.  I've never seen a

November 26th, 2018|

Week 33-37: CrossFit Journey – Triangle Invitational

I had been dogging it on my CrossFit journey posts lately due to some personal challenges on this end and only getting to the gym 2-4 times a week the last several.  But, my focus is back and I was reenergized today by spectating at the Triangle Invitational hosted by the gym I belong to, CrossFit RTP. It was amazing to see the teamwork and camaraderie across the various events and was awesome to see our team, the RX team from CrossFit RTP bring home 1st Place! I believe the reason I was so inspired is that it reminded me

October 22nd, 2018|

Week 32: CrossFit Journey – Be Smart!

This past week was a short week due to Hurricane Florence ripping through North Carolina and that brought about cancelled/postponed classes.  However, it did teach me an important lesson about overexerting yourself. On Saturday, they had an open gym as the weather was starting to clear up but there was still a threat of bad storms.  I went in for a short period of time and did the prescribed WOD. The first part was to do a 5 Rep Max of Deadlifts.  This was another milestone day for me with Deadlifts as my 1 Rep Max 10 weeks ago was

September 16th, 2018|

Week 31: CrossFit Journey – Back Squat PR

Well, this weeks post spilled over by a day as I wanted to share a quick story that was a big accomplishment for me. It was only 6 weeks ago when I stopped doing squat therapy (normally squatting with plates under my feet) and was able to move to no plates and doing a normal squat.  The squat was tough for me and my 1 Rep Max for the Back Squat (with plates) was 170 LBS. But, with continued practice AND now having the proper nutrition I have been able to crush numbers especially my squat. Tonight we were working

September 10th, 2018|

Week 30: CrossFit Journey – Motivation

Anyone that strives for anything needs motivation.  That is certainly a blanket statement but it is important to remember.  Motivation, the cousin of Momentum, can help you excel to another level and improve your performance beyond your current capabilities. The reason I bring this up this week is a conversation I had with a fellow CrossFitter this week.  She had been away all summer in NYC but has now returned to town to go back to school and, of course, get back into the CrossFit RTP scene again.  I had been very confident this summer with my change in nutrition

September 3rd, 2018|

Week 29: CrossFit Journey – Consistency

Over the last several weeks I have started to think about different aspects of fitness and how they all work together and will certainly get back to the training aspect in upcoming weeks but I did want to layer in on the topic of consistency. My schedule has been a bear and very weird.  Somedays I was going to CrossFit at 5:30am while others I had to make it to the 6:30pm class.  The word "consistency" comes up time and time again when you are looking at successful individuals and that "success" can be a number of things.  What rarely

August 26th, 2018|

Week 28: CrossFit Journey – Reflection

This week was a big learning week for me and it made me reflect on the last 6 months and this CrossFit journey I am on. I look at my progress and where I came from and it again reinforces that old Tony Horton saying "Rome wasn't built in a day, neither was your body".  The commitments I make each and every week to get to classes and my increased focus on nutrition has allowed me to accomplish many new goals that I never thought possible. From squatting heavy weights to my endurance, I've been able to get in the

August 21st, 2018|

Week 27: CrossFit Journey – Welcomed Rest

Week 27 of my journey saw me only hit 2 days at the gym (Monday and Sunday) due to a work event most of the week and wanting to get a round of golf in on Saturday.   But...some of that was intentional and used to give myself a little rest before I go straight for about 2 weeks. I'm continually coming back to the notion that you must listen to your body and not try to overwork it when you feel a bit off.  I had a sore left should/neck area going into this past week and after the workout

August 13th, 2018|

Week 26: CrossFit Journey – Halfway Mark

I cannot believe 6 months of CrossFit is already in the books.  Incredible! Each week has been it's own special challenge but I wanted to piggy back this weeks post off of one from a few weeks ago and just confirm that proper nutrition, along with proper sleep, are so important to training.  Maybe more important that I've ever realized.  Earlier in the summer and, in fact, in workouts well prior too I definitely didn't put a lot of thought into how much eating the right amount of calories and proportions of Carbs, Protein, and Fat were to reaching my

August 5th, 2018|

Week 25: CrossFit Journey – Injury and Prevention

Had some great workouts this past week but thought I'd take an opportunity just to mention the importance of listening to your body, especially when it comes to injury.  I'm not a doctor but I've found that logical diagnosis often times wins the day. During Tuesdays workout I was pushing hard through this RFT workout of 70 cal row, 50 pushups, and 40 wall balls.  I must have tweaked something with my bicep because on Wednesday it didn't feel all that great.  I had a little soreness but my arm felt weak. My self diagnosis was "bicep tendinitis" which I

July 29th, 2018|

Week 24: CrossFit Journey – Nutrition

Had another great week of killer workouts but this week I'm going to focus on nutrition as it has been a big key for me lately. I've been monitoring how I feel in correlation to my eating over the past month or so and realized I'd be spent in regards to energy when I tried to workout in the evening.  What I came to realize was that I wasn't getting near enough calories a day and lacking very much in my protein intake (which wasn't helping my muscle gain goal). I spoke with a nutritionist on Monday and it cleared

July 22nd, 2018|

Week 23: CrossFit Journey (Test Out Week)

Well - the 12 week Strength Training Program came and went and it was an incredible ride of learning, pushing, and grinding until the end.  Here is the final sheet of the breakdown - Strength Training Program Weekly Breakdown Overall I was pleased with my mindset going into each workout and focus on improving the movements in order to maximize the weight I can safely lift.  Additionally, just pushing myself beyond my comfort zone, which I've written about throughout this program, was something I am proud of and can use as I continue on. One last piece I didn't think

July 15th, 2018|

Week 22: CrossFit Journey (Week 12 of 12 of the Strength Training Program)

This was our final week of the 12-Week Strength Training Program and my first week back from a 10-day vacation - See Results here - 12-Week Strength Program Results  I didn't take it easy, however, and pushed myself through 6 straight days of workouts to get me back on track.  My body was beat come Sunday but I felt really good and it was a nice "off" day to relax a bit.  Here's a peak at the workouts I went through this week: I had a lot of fun this week with some of the workouts and really enjoyed the

July 8th, 2018|

Week 21: CrossFit Journey (Week 11 of 12 of the Strength Training Program)

Well, after 20 weeks of CrossFit I finally took a long break and relaxed for the past 9 days.  Besides a ton of walking (which just offset my poor eating and many LBS of Ice Cream), I really only worked out one time during the vacation.  On past vacations I made it a point to work out more but I've changed my thinking a lot on this..here's why. I believe it's good to take a break from your routine and just relax your mind and body and let it rest.  You can continue to push yourself day after day but

July 1st, 2018|

Week 20: CrossFit Journey (Week 10 of 12 of the Strength Training Program)

Heading into the final stretch of our strength training program and had a short week this week due to a family vacation. Two big "Aha" moments of the week: I noticed that my food intake wasn't the best and I was lacking energy on some of the days.  This has also been a trend the past week or two especially if I am working out after work.  Teh combination of not enough calories along with using my standing desk is making me a bit more fatigued.  The key here is I have recognized this pattern early and will take measures

June 24th, 2018|

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