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How to make an excuse smoothie

I found a way to get rid of all of your excuses for skipping exercise. So get busy! Need a (more…)

I’ve gotten rid of your excuses (video)


Listen to this man, he invented peanut butter for goodness sake!

I asked my boot campers to write down their best excuses for skipping exercise in the past. Here they are for your reading pleasure. Then there will be a video at the end where I get rid of your excuses.
The Great Big List of Excuses
Too cold
Too tired
This is not the Huntsville Happy Hour I signed up for
Joe's minute is not 60 seconds
My fat doesn't want to cry this morning
I'd rather burp and pee on my own time
Kid's activities
Pure laziness
Didn't feel like getting in the car
Takes energy to exercise
Bad knees
Bad back
Don't like it
Happy being fat
Don't see immediate results, give up too soon
Too fat and embarrassed
What's the use, I'll never lose weight!
It's 27 degrees we were supposed to be inside!
Death in the family
Snow/ice in the road
Schedule conflict
I don't feel like it
My dog ate my exercise clothes
I don't feel well
It's been a long day
Baby clings to me every time she sees me
My head hurts
There's too much Internet to read
Housework counts, right?
My heart has a finite number of beats in it. Exercising will speed up my death.
It's too early
It's too late (same person on both of these)
Gravity is too strong
It hurts
Someone will make fun of my shoes
Gyms are expensive
I'm really lazy
The weather is too nice
The weather is awful (once again, same person)
I need to lose weight before I start exercising
I would rather be doing ANYTHING else
 Cheryl's not going
I'm gassy
I can't do it
I'm happy where I am
I have no upper body strength
I'm not losing weight for you (talking about her husband)
I don't want to get muscle bound
Too old
Too young, I can worry about this later
Too boring
Don't have exercise clothes and can't afford to get any
Can't jeopardize my hairstyle, I pay too much money for it at the hair salon (I totally ge that one)
I exercise. I walk to the bathroom, to the break room, and to my car. I'm active.
I will start exercising tomorrow
I hate the gym
Hate exercising alone
No motivation
Too sore
Cant' exercise because I don't have time, money, attire, ability, or energy
That time of the month (this one is like kryptonite to male trainers. Absolutely no comeback)
I don't want to!
Too stressed
It's too dark and I can't find my mace (I took  a mental note on this person and will not make her do any more exercise than she wants to)
I'll do it later
I don't like to sweat
It's not working
I've tried before and failed
Can't find my keys!
Watch the video below to get rid of your excuses!
How to make an excuse smoothie

Do you have this problem?

My tip is a little bit different today. It is more about living your life to the fullest and getting the most out of life. It's all about maximizing what you do have and not fretting about what you don't.
Do you have a problem being a common person? Average? Just because my name is Joe does not mean I want to be average.
 A lot of you have heard of Tony Dungy, who is a Super Bowl winning coach and all around good guy. He talks about a coach he once had who would tell his players he was looking for uncommon people.
His coach said, "Success is uncommon and not to be enjoyed by the common man. I'm looking for uncommon people because we want to be successful, not average."
 Being successful is not easy, if it was, everybody would be successful.
If exercising at 5:30 in the morning or after a long day at work was easy, my class would be full year round.
 If sticking to a workout was easy, I wouldn't have a job.
 So I have 5 ways to live a more successful life that I got from Performance Coach Jeff Higuera. You can apply them to your life and your fitness program.
1. "Live with passion and enthusiasm." People tell me all the time, "Man you must be exhausted all the time with your schedule!" If I didn't love what I do, my schedule would be brutal. No amount of money is worth being miserable all day long. Find things in your life that get you fired up. They are out there you just gotta find them. I wake up ready to roll because I believe that every day I go to work I am helping make someone's life better. 
2. "Always take the high road." This one can be really tough some times, but your choices determine your success. Never burn a bridge, it might be the one you're standing on.
3. "Don't hoot with the owls if you want to soar with the eagles." Who you hang around with determines a lot of what you do, such as your food choices, social options, physical activity, etc...Find someone who is going to pull you up, not down.
4. "Work harder than everyone else." As an athlete I was never the fastest, strongest, or smartest but I was always one of the better players because I did everything in my power to get there. I take the same approach to my job now. I am not the smartest trainer, I am not the best motivator, but I study and get better at my job every day. Not Monday-Friday with weekends and holidays off. I learn something and treat myself as a guinea pig. Kid tested, mother approved exercises just like Kix cereal.  I have never asked someone to do something that I haven't done myself. It all goes back to what you're passionate about. If you haven't achieved your goals, ask yourself that hard question. Did I do ALL I could?
5. "Catch a break." It is true what they say, a lot of things boil down to who you know. Try and meet as many people as you can. I am interested in people, so that really helps me. I am always fascinated to learn how people got to where they are today. Try to meet at least 1 new person every day. You never know who might be able to help you or who you could help. My problem is overcoming my natural instinct to keep to myself and only speak when spoken to. Since I have started getting out of my comfort zone, I have met a bunch of awesome people who have helped me and I have been able to help them. If you don't ask, the answer if always no.
Have you ever heard this saying? "The harder I work, the luckier I get."
Not really a health or fitness tip, but maybe it can help you anyway. 

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Santa's evil plan


It looks creepier every time I look at it.

  Santa Claus is awesome. He brings cheer, presents, and joy wherever he goes. But Santa has a dark secret. Santa wants you to be jolly and round just like he is. He dispatches his Keebler elf Special Forces team to bring sweets and vast amounts of food everywhere you go. Shopping puts you on the Nice list, while exercise puts you on the Naughty list. “Adult” Christmas cheer is brought in by his Budweiser Clydesdale Calvary unit. Santa has vast resources, years of experience, and an iron will to crush your healthy holiday plans. Not this year fat man! It is time to fight back against the 3 main forces Santa will deploy: over eating, no time to exercise, and alcohol consumption. Parties, family gatherings, luncheons (I’m 34 and I still don’t know what all a luncheon entails), people bringing in baked goodies; there are so many traps you need a plan to overcome it all. Here are a few simple plans you can use: -bring your own healthy dish to the party top make sure there is at least one healthy thing there - eat only the food you really like so you don’t waste calories on the other foods - fill your plate with vegetables - get rid of your plate right after you finish to avoid eating seconds - eat with your weak hand to slow down your eating. Spare time for exercise tends to get filled with other activities, so you need to change up your exercise methods. -Increase your exercise intensity and decrease your rest breaks -break your workouts into mini segments throughout the day - find one of the many 10 minute workouts that are out there - exercise early in the morning before the hustle and bustle of the day take over -just find some way to get your exercise in, no excuses Not having an hour to workout is no excuse for not exercising. Holiday "cheer" is full of useless calories and can derail your fitness quicker than you think. Here are a few ways to reduce calories from alcohol: -drink light or low calorie beer (genius huh?) -stay away from any pre-made mixtures -have a glass of water in between drinks (also better for your head the next day) - mix liquor drinks with tonic water instead of sodas and juices that are high in sugar and calories - find a designated driver that refuses to take you to Waffle House and/or Taco Bell. Well, I guess I’m in trouble for foiling Santa’s plans. Does Walmart take back lumps of coal without a receipt?

Tomorrow is not promised

Have you ever known someone, maybe a friend or family member, who had unhealthy signs and symptoms? That you could pretty much guess where it was going to wind up if you didn't do anything?
What did you do?
Personally, I did nothing. I knew a friend of mine was going through a tough time and had some health problems.
I thought, "What can I do?" He's a grown man, he doesn't want my help. I figured he was too proud, too strong, too bull-headed for me to do any good.
Things would work out. They always do, right?
My friend died on Thursday.
At the age of 38 from a heart attack.
Now I'm not blaming myself because ultimately it comes down to personal responsibility.
-Nobody can make you exercise
-Nobody can make you eat right
-Nobody can make you go to the doctor when you know something is not right
If you can't do it for you, do it for your family. My friend's family is absolutely crushed right now. No parent should outlive their child.
Make the commitment today that you will never put your loved ones in that situation.
You know what you need to do better than anyone else. Including your doctor.
What's it going to take for you to change? Start changing TODAY because tomorrow is not promised.
If you do have that family member or friend that is going through a tough time, help out! Just lend your support and let them know you will do anything you can to help.
Or if I can help in any way, I will do anything I can.
I can't do anything about the past, but this will be my motivation for the future.

Do this for 5 minutes and you can add 6 years to your life


Doing the opposite of whatever this man does also increases your life span

It’s a busy world we live in. When you get really busy, you become overwhelmed and a lot of things start eroding. Your health is usually the first thing to go, but is more important than anything else. So I came up with 5 things you can do, that take 5 minutes but can improve your life. It can even add years onto your life!
  1. Foam rolling- Yeah I said it again. One thousand times I’ve said it and I will say it one thousand more. By spending just 5 minutes rolling around on this tube you will feel so much better I promise.
  2. Toasty pants- These aren’t all scientific, this is just what I do. When it’s cold like it is now, this can really help. Throw your pants, socks, and the shirt you are going to wear in the dryer for 5 minutes. By the time they are done, you pull out the clothes, get dressed and you get a warm jump start on your day. Great for having an excuse for walking around the house in your boxers too, if you’re into that sort of thing.
  3. Get up- This one is pretty simple. Every hour, get up and walk around and stretch for 5 minutes. If you are the type that gets tied up in their work and doesn’t know what time it is, set an alarm to remind you. Every hour, do it. Your back, hips, neck, eyes, and energy levels will thank you.
  4. Floss- Seriously! This doesn’t even take 5 minutes, unless you have teeth like Gary Busey. Studies have shown that you can add 6 years onto your life by flossing. 6 years! Imagine the shuffle board domination you have to look forward to with all that extra time on the end of your life.
  5. Quiet- Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you had 5 solid minutes of complete silence? You probably can’t even remember. Between TV’s, radios, iPods, cell phones, and everything else silence is very rare. Take 5 minutes every day in complete silence. You will be amazed at what it can do for your stress levels. Turn everything off, tune everything out, put the kids in their sound proof room, and just chill. You can plan out how you are going to attack a problem at work, pray, meditate, clear your mind of all the junk, or whatever you choose to do. Works wonders for improving thought clarity as well.
It probably only took you about 5 minutes to read this, so you have plenty of time to start putting these into your daily routine. You have the time if you make it.
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