The Beating is all how you take it

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The Beating is all how you take it

Marc shares a little bit of the peace he has found through Be Activated and through a little book called The Book of Joy.

July 25th


Activations with plank and bird dogs


Prowler 3 laps, 2 with weight and 1 none, walk a lap


Leg repair is going well.  The light leg work went good with no acute pain, just minor dull pain now. Still hammering the activations. Pretty amazing that before them, the area was tight but ROM is good, light pain now. As soon as I hit the spots, the leg is lighter and the pain is almost gone after activations.   If you have a chance to go to a Be Activated or RPR clinic, you NEED to go.  It will make a difference no matter what you are trying to do. It applies to anyone young or old, athletic or not. Whatever they call it, it works.


Public service announcement done, I can say I thought June had its problems, but July is no slouch either. Nothing catastrophic mind you but some beatings taken.  Usually during these times, I go off the reservation but I am not as bad currently.  You could also say that I was struggling in the deep end of the pool but now I am just splashing in the kiddie pool as far as my stress.  I am still prone to get caught up in the whirlwind and a tornado has erupted from time to time but mostly kiddie pool level stress now.  Been constantly re-listening to The Book of Joy with the Dalai lama and Desmond TuTu.  I have not been listening to any other books as I feel this is where I need to focus right now.  Lots of mantras on all aspects of life and death and great wisdom on how to enjoy life.  I have a good life so don't get me wrong. Success and peace with yourself are two different things. A very successful friend told me to take time for myself and enjoy life. He spent many years building and grinding away never taking time for himself or family until the housing market fell and his business dwindled back down to where he started. I trained him for years while we were opening stores and working on several businesses. He kept telling me over and over to give myself credit and take time to enjoy life. He says that is the one thing he wished he did was enjoy life more. The only breath that matters is the one you are breathing at this moment.


I always take bits and pieces from everyone that I think apply in life.  I just never used them like this before.  Of course it is “Spud Style” which adapts them to how I work. Ha!.  These meditative mantras are very calming and helpful. My days seem to be happier and I take less shit so personal.  I know this is baby food for many people, but it is a starting point for me.  So far I meditate for 10 mins when I get in bed and for 10 mins when I wake up on the joy and well-being of others. These are people in my life and people affecting my life good and bad. Sometimes they are people I don't know.  Just wishing them well-being no matter what they have done.  Other things include death mantras which sound morbid but honestly the more I say them the more I relax.  I also do a lot of breathing work beforehand which I have been doing with BAT but this reinforces the mantras as well.   Both The Dalai Lama and Bishop TuTu talk about pulling back and widening the perspective or just plain changing the angle you look at a situation from.  Look at the situation as an observer and not entangling your emotions.. I have a very long way to go but this type of work for my head and BAT/RPR for my body seems to be moving me in a better direction.  No idea if I will ever get there but I do want to be and just feel better.




July 26th




Did some belt squats with almost no weight (a little band tension) 8x5


Reverse hypers 5x12


Ab work-heavy long strap pulldowns with planks


Prowler 3 laps, 2 with weight and 1 none,  1 lap walk


Wide stance leg press slow tempo, pause off the pins for 2 secs then finish 6x6


July 27th


Light activations


3 laps prowler 2 med, 1 no weight, 1 lap walk


July 28th


Activations and plank/bird dog work


Two laps heavier with prowler and one lap walk with some high stepping and breathing work.


Close to the 30 days of daily prowler. Weight has dropped to the 225lb so far.  Gotten down to 223lb so far but would call that water.  Still shooting for the 220lb number on Monday or Tuesday. May or may not get there.  The breathing work has paid off pretty well so far. Regulating and recovering faster with shorter breaks. I did my heavier day that I had been doing at one lap with pretty good time for two laps today.


Light upper work


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