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Lady Gaga’s belly


This is what people are going nuts over? Crazy talk.

Chances are you saw Lady Gaga’s halftime show at the Super Bowl. It was the second most viewed half time show ever with 117.5 million viewers. Katy Perry’s performance has the most views of all time (120.7 million) if you are curious.

It was an amazing performance! Although I did get a little embarrassed when I looked down and I had the same outfit on that Gaga did. Faux pas for sure.

Through all that I kept hearing a similar comment from social media and other “news” outlets. “Yeah it was a nice performance, but what’s up with her jelly roll?”

I thought I was crazy because I hadn’t noticed. I was too busy being blown away with her cardiovascular fitness! She did not breathe hard one bit or even stammer despite being all over the place and jumping off of high places.

First off, this didn’t hurt Lady Gaga one bit. She sold 150,000 albums and singles on Super Bowl Sunday. Can’t imagine what that number is now.

But onto a bigger point. You never know what that person you are criticizing has been through.

That lady you admire in the gym that seems to have the perfect body, the guy who likes to flex in front of the mirror, or Lady Gaga. Exercise is a coping mechanism for a lot of other problems people face. Lady Gaga has been vocal about her struggles with eating disorders and body image issues.

I’m no Lady Gaga fan, despite all these Gaga facts I’m throwing out here. I am a fan of people who are bold and focus on their strengths, despite what others think.

Focus on getting stronger, not skinnier. Focus on getting healthier rather than getting into that old pair of pants from college. Focus on changing your lifestyle, rather than getting ready for that event you have coming up.

When you change your focus something weird will happen. You will still fit into smaller clothes and you will still look better but hurtful comments will not derail you as easily.

You do you, baby you were born this way.

PS- I realize this has cost me my man card, but I don’t care. I’m too busy trying to get my cardio to Gaga level.

The Super Bowl XLIX Workout


The Super Bowl is on Sunday! Whether you are watching for the actual football, the commercials, for Katy Perry, or you are just there for the food you will probably be watching this weekend.

Why not make it a little more interactive? Sure you will look like a freak, but that's ok! We're still all friends here.

Use this list to make the game a little more interesting for you and those around you.

Enjoy the game!

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp Recipe



Happy Super Bowl Weekend! I'm pulling hard for commercials this year. No team affiliation in the pros, I'm more of a college football fan.

I do love the sport of football and since my son is a big Peyton Manning/Broncos fan I am rolling with them. Who are you rooting for?

Since I am headed to New Orleans today for the Rock N' Roll Half Marathon, I wanted to share this recipe I got from a buddy of mine in New Orleans. Great recipe to try for the big game.

Hopefully the four times I've gone running since I signed up will pay off. Don't do this at home kids.

Without further ado, here is your recipe!

New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp

Serves: 4
  • 2 lbs shrimp, unpeeled
  • ½ lbs butter (real butter, not margarine)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Paul Prudhomme Seafood Magic seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons creole seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 4 oz Tabasco sauce
  • 2 oz Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce (I dare you to say that W word and sound sober)
  • 2 lemons, sliced, seeds taken out
  • 1 cup dry white wine


  1. In a large saute pan, melt butter and add all ingredients except shrimp.

  2. Bring to a low boil and allow to cook for a moment or two, stirring frequently.

  3. Add shrimp and cook for 5 to 10 minutes until shrimp are just fully cooked.

  4. Be careful not to over cook.

  5. Serve immediately or allow to steep in the juices, covered to stay warm.

It looks like a lot of work, but it isn't that bad once you get started. And for any of you who care, it is Paleo friendly. Hope you like it!

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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