Eyes Up Here: Lindsey Pelas

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Nowadays there are so many podcasts to choose from, and it can be overwhelming, but rest assured Lindsey Pelas is here. Lindsey Pelas is fun, witty, and straightforward. I’ve been following Lindsey on Twitter, and she’s a joy to follow on there as well as Instagram. Lindsey does not hold back, and she’ll be quick to point out idiotic comments on her social media, and she’s very engaging with her fans. It’s refreshing to get an insight into Lindsey’s world and how she handles situations, which she details in the first episode of an incident at a restaurant that shall not be named in Beverly Hills. If you’re into fun and engaging conversation then you need to subscribe to Lindsey’s podcast.

You can subscribe here and be sure to visit Lindsey’s site as well.

Working Out No Longer Sucks

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Working out can be a daunting task. With busy schedules, these days, fitting a workout into your busy lifestyle can be tough. There is always a solution to a problem that you’re having, and that solution is Bulletproof Vibe. What is Bulletproof Vibe? Bulletproof Vibe is a 15-minute whole body workout and vibration therapy.

Listed below are some of the benefits of using the Bulletproof Vibe:

Detoxifies and strengthens the immune system (by moving the lymph system).

Helps build/regain muscle strength and bone density.

Reduces workout recovery time.

Stimulates healthier brain function.

Give you huge bursts of energy! 


Your might be saying right now, “how do you use this?” And the answer is simple: you simply stand on the Bulletproof Vibe, and the vibrations will travel from the feet through the spine and into the head. Be sure to stand on the Vibe with your knees bent. It’s best to always set your posture this way so that your head does not shake. Keep in mind that any movement while standing on the Bulletproof Vibe will have an increased benefit.

Stretching will be way more efficient, workout routines will return better results, and normally unused muscles or tissues will be stimulated. Try doing some standing yoga poses on the Vibe. You can also perform push-ups while on the Vibe.

How long should you use it? 5-15 minutes depending on how you feel. It is safe to use the Vibe every day if you choose to do so. It’s recommended to start using the product 2-3 times per week for only 5-10 minutes each session. The Vibe will introduce a new stimulus to your body, and you should give your body time to adapt to it. After a week or two, you may start to increases your sessions’ frequency and duration. As always, continue use with caution and listen to your body.

Enjoying The Journey: Fitness and Lifestyle

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Year after year the same problem exists for many people: they just don’t have the time to work out and focus on getting healthier. There always seems to be an excuse and fast food and junk food seem to be easier options these days. I’m here to tell you that there are “easy” ways to get into shape and stay away from bad food choices.  I’m no expert, but I’ve had success in achieving my fitness and lifestyle goals (I dislike the word “diet”).  First off, you have to evaluate what your goals are going to be (that’s right, goals). Having goals will get you to where you want to be. If you don’t set goals, then you’re going to end up disorganized, and ultimately, you won’t be achieving your fitness and lifestyle goals.

 

So, where should you begin? You should start by figuring out what kind of working out that you want to do. There are several options that you can choose from: do you want to add muscle like a bodybuilder, or do you prefer to be lean and toned? Now, how many days do you plan on working out? Three times a week, five times a week, or 6-7 times a week?

 

The next step in your fitness and lifestyle journey is to decide how you’re going to work out. Again, there are several options. There are various gyms that you can go to, but also consider working out at home. Everyone has their preference on where they would like to work out, but working out at home has a lot of benefits. I’ve experimented with working out at gyms, but nothing compares to working out at home. First off, you don’t have to worry about membership fees, and you can exercise in the comfort of your home without anyone watching your every move (literally). One of the best at home workout programs out there is P90x. I’ve completed the P90x program, as well as P90x+ and P90x2 with success. If P90x is not your type of workout, there’re tons of other workout programs out there. I’m a big fan of beachbody.com they have something for everyone that will fit your needs during your fitness and lifestyle journey. Also, there are a lot of apps if you prefer to workout from your phone. FitStar is a program that I’ve been using recently, and it’s an excellent program. The main thing to take away from here is to commit to something, and stick to the plan no matter what! Scientific studies have proven that if you stick to a habit (in this case, working out) for 21 days, you’ll do it without even thinking about it, and it will become a part of your daily routine.

 

One of the most integral parts of your fitness and lifestyle journey is what you eat. Admittingly, this was the hardest part for me (and at times, I struggle with this a bit). This was not easy for me, and I researched the heck out of what I should be eating. The tricky part is that everyone is different, and there is no “one size fits all” eating menu. It’s just not realistic, and you’re going to have to see what fits in your daily life and be prepared for a whole lot of ups and downs with this one. Once you get this down, along with your workout routine, you’re going to be unstoppable. Have fun with this side of your journey, and it’s ok if you eat “bad” more often than you eat “right.” Just remember that you can always turn it around, and get back on track. With the holidays upon us, it may be a challenge to eat the right things but pick your battles. If you know that you’re going to eat a lot during the holidays, set yourself up for success beforehand with working out and eating right a few days before you go all out.

 

Working out and eating right can be an uphill battle, but with determination and the motivation to change things in your life, you can expect to see incredible results. Don’t tackle all of this at once. Take it one day at a time, and go at your pace. Before you know it, you’ll be telling someone else about your journey, and helping them along with theirs.

 

 

In Pursuit of Success

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Success. We all have our own definitions of the term, but most people misinterpret what it is, or how it should be. Traditional success can be defined as having an education, a job that pays well, and nice home/marriage. But, it’s not that simple (and neither is life). Which is why it’s important to understand people and their decisions in life. You may think you know someone when you talk to them, but you really don’t. We all have had that moment when we were talking to someone, and thought that they were not really “successful.” It’s something that we have been taught through social conditioning our whole lives. What we have to understand is–that there is no true definition of success, and there shouldn’t be. I’ve met a lot of amazing people over the years, and they’ve all had their own take on success. Since starting this blog, interviewing people on my blog and podcast, I have had a crash course on what it takes to be the best that you can possibly be. Of course you don’t always get what you want or go after, but you’re gonna get pretty damn close if you take action and go for it. Whatever it is that makes you happy or passionate, I strongly recommend that you go after it. I’ve waited to take action on certain things in my life, but that does not define me, nor does it tell my whole story. You will get judged by people in your life on what you do and what you don’t do, but don’t let that discourage you. Develop thick skin and forge ahead. Be relentless and willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goal. It won’t be easy (nothing worthwhile ever is), but you’re gonna find out a lot about yourself in the process, and when you look back at all that you’ve accomplished–you’ll have a greater sense of the person that you’ve become. I’m here to cheer you on and to tell you that it can be done. Good luck in your pursuit of success, and remember to have fun along the way.

 

Super Bowl XLIX Spotlight: Tom Brady

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Arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time, Tom Brady will be appearing in his sixth Super Bowl tonight. There was a lot of talk lately about “DeflateGate” and the media questioned if Tom Brady was a cheater. Like him or not, Tom Brady has worked extremely hard to get to where he is today. It all started 14 years ago, when Drew Bledsoe went down against the New York Jets with internal bleeding. Tom Brady took over, and he never looked back. In the video below–you can see from a simple throwing motion video, Tom Brady is competitive and is willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

 

Without question, Tom Brady will be in the NFL Hall of Fame, and people will talk about his legacy for years to come. It takes a special kind of person to be a fourth string quarterback in their rookie season, and not get discouraged. When New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited the team during training camp in Tom Brady’s rookie season, Tom Brady shook Robert Kraft’s hand, and told him “I’m gonna be the best decision that you’ve ever made.” It’s safe to say that Brady has lived up to that remark. As Super Bowl XLIX approaches upon us tonight, you can be sure that Tom Brady is gonna be laser focused, and is on the path to making NFL history.

Why Do We Fall?

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Six months ago I stepped into an MMA gym (Stars and Strikes) wanting to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone. With no prior experience in any martial art, I was intimidated at first but everyone at my gym was very helpful (especially my coach) in teaching me and giving me great advice. My first week was tough (very tough) in the fact that I thought that I was in great shape until I started doing the workouts, sparring, and grappling. It’s an extreme, grueling process that will push you mentally and physically. Even learning the moves and techniques was an exhausting practice, but very rewarding once class was over. Upon leaving the gym, I felt a sense of accomplishment and purpose. After a month of solid training, I was hooked and looked forward to learning anything that I could. Aside from training at the gym, I was making new friends and forming a bond with the other guys/girls at the gym. Going to my MMA gym is like going to a family members house; everyone takes care of one another, and we treat each other with the utmost respect. While I was having a great time training at my MMA gym, I had to deal with criticism as to why I was training and at first I was puzzled by the criticism, but then I came to realize that there’s not a lot of people who train in MMA in today’s society. Most of the criticism about MMA comes from simply not being educated on the sport, and once I explained the sport to people—they came to realize that it’s a sport that requires commitment, dedication, and the willingness to improve each day.

 

With each passing day that I was going to the gym, I realized something: my teammates are really good (scary good) at competing and ultimately, winning many titles and awards that go up on our gym wall. I first got a sense of the MMA world back in January, and watched my teammates compete in an amateur MMA league titled PCFL (Prison City Fight League) in Jackson, MI (hence the prison city reference). Watching them compete was an incredible experience, and I could not believe that the guys I was watching—was the same group of guys that I train with on a daily basis. Each show that came up, I was sure to be there and root my teammates on. Then after about the four-month mark of training at the gym, I had a thought: I want to compete.

 

Aside from MMA, my gym also competes in amateur kickboxing shows. I felt that it would be a great way for me to start out, and to see if I could compete in such a pressurized environment. Now I just had to talk to my coach and teammates about it.

 

“Absolutely! I think kickboxing would be a good start for you,” said my coach after telling him that I wanted to compete in the upcoming amateur kickboxing show. That part was out-of-the-way, but the hard part would be getting a match up. Almost a month had passed by since I put my name in to compete, and I was losing hope that I would not be able to get a match up. Coming into the gym one evening—my coach had great news: he had found a match up for me. I didn’t know much about my opponent (other than the fact that he had been knocked out in 12 seconds in an MMA match). My immediate feeling was a sense of relief, but that quickly went away when my coach smiled and said, “you’re getting shark tanked soon.” For those who don’t know: a shark tank consists of you sparring against a number of “fresh guys” for 8 minutes long, and no rest at all. A shark tank is supposed to get you to your breaking point (mentally and physically), and to see what you’re made out of.

 

It was a Thursday night, and as I entered the gym—I felt anxious, nervous, and scared. The time had come for me to get shark tanked. Exhausted, broken, and tired were the exact diagnosis of how I was feeling during the shark tank. Getting hit repeatedly, trying to breathe, and movement seemed like an endless carousel that I was on. Once time was called out, I was drained and had nothing left to give. Going through the shark tank was one of the hardest things that I have ever endured in my life. I learned a lot about myself during the process, and I’ll never forget that night. As if the shark tank was not hard enough, I had a harder task to go through: weight cutting.

 

Weight cutting is an integral process in combat sports. The point of weight cutting is to get down in weight, and on fight night be at your everyday weight. For example: my everyday weight is around 164-165 lbs. My fight was scheduled for 150 lbs., so in theory—I would be 14 pounds heavier on fight night, which would (hopefully) give me a strength advantage and overall performance advantage. It would be my first weight cut, and it was hard; extremely hard. I stuck to a strict diet/regimen and not going over 50 grams of carbohydrates in a day was tough. The process was grueling and as weigh-in day approached, I was desperately trying to hold on. On weigh-in day, I had no food and water for the whole day (weigh-ins were scheduled for 7 p.m.), and throughout the day, I could actually feel my heart beating slowly. Stepping on the scale, I was praying that I was exactly 150 lbs. and when the final numbers came out: I weighed 148 lbs. and I was relieved, and could not wait to start hydrating and eating (normally) once again. But before I could do those two things, I had to face-off with my opponent. Finally, after training hard for this fight—I got a good look at my opponent. He was quiet, and didn’t say anything to me but just nodded when I told him good luck on our fight.  After weigh-ins my coach and teammates headed out to Starbucks and let me tell you: drinking coffee and feeling go down my throat was exhilarating. I know you’re probably laughing at that statement, but try to deprive yourself of your favorite foods/drinks, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

 

Fight day had finally arrived, and it was definitely an interesting and exciting buildup for me. My mind was racing with all kinds of scenarios and situations that I was imagining for my upcoming fight. Arriving at the venue, my nerves started to sink in for me. Checking in and after clearing medical checkup, all that was left to do was to wait for my fight. Being in the back room was nerve-wracking, and just knowing that my turn was coming—was a crippling feeling to me. It all felt surreal to me that I was about to fight. Putting on my fight trunks, having my teammates support me, and my coach trying to calm me down was an experience that I will hold on to forever.

 

The time had come. It was time for me to fight, and it was all becoming a fast reality for me. With Metallica blaring through the venue, I walked out with my team. Stopping at the front of the cage, my team had a gathering and everyone was giving me encouragement for my upcoming battle. Then they left to their seats, and leaving me alone to face the toughest challenge of my entire life. Stepping up to the cage and hearing it close, I felt a sense of calmness that came over me. That sense quickly faded when I stared across the cage to my opponent (he looked like he was on a mission to destroy anything in his path). The referee slapped his hands, and it was go time. Touching gloves with my opponent, I was getting ready to throw a combination, when out of nowhere (seemingly) I got blasted with one of the hardest shots that I have ever felt in my life. Then another one came, and each one more crushing than the previous one. Falling down on the mat, I was about to experience my first standing eight count. The ref holding my gloves, and counting to eight will be etched in my memory for years to come. I was OK, but a little woozy. The ref slapped his hands for a second time, and we were off once again. Hitting my opponent with a kick, he came at me with the ferocity of a 19 year-old Mike Tyson, and again, his crushing blows were too much for me to handle. I was seeing gloves coming my way, the ref, the crowd, and the cage all at once. It’s a helpless feeling, and scary at the same time. As expected, I went down again. This time the ref signaled to the nurse to come check me out. The nurse gave me a series of tests and after examining me, she told the ref that she will not let me continue to fight. And just like that, the fight was over. Leaving the cage was the most embarrassing moment in my life. I had just been destroyed in front of strangers, friends, family, and teammates.

 

Going in the back room, I knew something was wrong when one of my teammates grabbed an ice pack, and put it on my right eye. Looking like Rocky, the embarrassment set in even more. My coach and teammates offered words of encouragement and praise, but I felt otherwise. Getting dressed and getting my stuff together, my brother appeared and told me how proud he was of me, and told me about one of our favorite scenes from the movie Batman Begins “why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up,” said Thomas Wayne to his son, Bruce. When my brother said that to me, it clicked in my head: you have to fail before you succeed.

 

I have absolutely no regrets about my first kickboxing match, and I learned a lot of valuable lessons that night. Take it from me: get out of your comfort zone, and see what happens. You might fail like me, but even doing something that you set your mind to will be extremely gratifying. Don’t waste any more time, and really commit to the goals that you’ve set for yourself. You just might surprise yourself on how far you can actually go.