And the Beat Goes On

19 06 2012

26 weeks into my quest for better health through a mostly plant based diet and increased exercise. Acupuncture has remained helpful to me. I’ve lost 8 pounds in my first 8 days after beginning treatments. My cravings although lingering from time to time have greatly decreased. This still doesn’t stop me from doing occasional boneheaded things like eating way to much steak for Father’s Day. It’s weird actually, despite eating mostly plant based for over 6 months, I think my taste for a good steak will never completely diminish. This is a repeating pattern for me though, make some great gains towards my goal then gain some weight right back. I lack discipline. Some days are good and I am strong but then I fall apart. It’s frustrating but it is life.

The other great part about the acupuncture treatments is that my pain is really subsiding. Shoulder pain that I have dealt with on an increasing lever for about three months is now quickly fading away. If I wake up with it in the morning, it leaves quickly. Some mornings I have no pain at all. My ankle also feels a lot better. I tend to think I’ll have a long road to go to get it to where it needs to be but it is feeling better and I can’t argue so far with the results.

The needles in my ear to decrease the cravings, reduce stress and bump up metabolism are killing me this time around. With each session, the ears are switched. But this last round hurts so bad that massaging them is nearly impossible. I’m not sure how much of a benefit they are without the massage. The Chinese tea and herbs still taste like dirt and bark but I’m getting by with them.

I started out the day with yoga this morning and wrapped up the day with some exercise targeting specific muscle groups. I’m hoping that by my next acupuncture appointment on Friday, I will be able to say that the hard work has paid off and that I’ve lost more weight. Some of my eating this weekend has not helped me though. So now I have to play the catch up game. When I finally get the diet, exercise and treatment all going full bore, I’ll be dangerous.

Always Forward, Never Straight

30 05 2012

So yesterday, I had a little blog meltdown. I got a bunch of feedback about chilling out and not worrying so much. I guess to better explain it, I’m not so worried about the weight gain as much as I am about going off course. Some people will look at it and say, “just don’t eat garbage, it’s all in your control”. And at the end of the day, this is true. But when you have issues with food, it becomes more complicated than that. As with any addictive type behavior, when you fall off track a little, it can very quickly become a lot. Having lost significant weight in the past only to gain it all back very quickly – I know that this needs to be an everyday battle.

A friend said to me yesterday (about a different matter) – “Always Forward, Never Straight”. That sums it up pretty nicely I think. I hope the failures of my past will lead me to become smarter and more steadfast. For now, I feel like I’m getting back on track.


27 04 2012

Fear holds us back. It tells us that we aren’t good enough. That we aren’t worth anything. It tells us that we can’t succeed. That we’ll never have the discipline to “make it”. That we shouldn’t try. It tells us to stay in our comfort zone. That we should not allow ourselves to become vulnerable. It tells us to be content. To not reach for something more. To not strive for something better. To forget about what we thought we were destined to become.

My fear says I’m failing. It’s says I won’t succeed. It says I can’t sustain this. My fear says that I won’t like what I see in the mirror tomorrow. It says there is no need to exercise today because staying heavy is safer. It says this slice of pizza won’t hurt me. It says go ahead, have another. It says eat and eat some more and keep eating after that…build up a wall around you. Don’t be vulnerable. Don’t let people in. Be lazy. You’re not up to this challenge. You can’t do this. Everyone is going to watch you fail. It says stay quiet. It says don’t share me with anyone. It says the person you have been is all that you will ever be. It says all hope is lost.

Wrestling with my Weight

24 04 2012

And so begins week 18 of my switch to a plant based diet and exercise regime. This week I lost another pound bringing my total weight loss to over 62 pounds. It was nothing short of a miracle to lose that pound this week because at one point I was several pounds up. My schedule was so packed with things to do that my discipline became severely tested. I had two pro wrestling photography gigs (including the great honor of photographing the 2012 Wild Samoan Cup) which meant late nights editing pictures. So on both nights when 2 or 3AM rolled around, I got hungry. My food choices weren’t always the best. But really, anything to eat at that time, just isn’t wise. I also only got in a DDP Yoga workout twice last week. Luckily snapping 1300 pics is no easy task and requires a lot of crouching so by the end of the second night I felt like I had done several back to back Yoga sessions. One thing I’ll say for the yoga, it helps me stay in a crouched down position for a heck of a lot longer. My flexibility is definitely improving.

One of my favorite pics from this past weekend:

and this one:

I’ll be spending the next two days driving down and back up the eastern seaboard of the US for work. Should be interesting to see how I can maintain a plant based diet while on the road like this.

The Diamond Cutter

3 04 2012

One of the really wonderful things about doing this blog is the interesting people I get an opportunity to meet.  From talking to you the reader to interviewing people like Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, together we will find a way to better health and wellness.  Many of you are already far along this path and are living roadmaps for a person like me.  Others are just beginning the journey.  But no matter where you are, we are all on the journey together.

Over the weekend it was my extreme pleasure to receive two phone calls from  3 time former world heavyweight wrestling champion, Diamond Dallas Page (DDP).  If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you’ve realized that I am a giant pro wrestling fan. So it is not everyday that someone gets the privilege to speak with one of the truly greats in the industry.  Truth be told, I was trying to line up a future interview with DDP as I had recently been reading about his hybrid yoga plan that had really been changing people’s lives.  I had read wrestling great, Chris Jericho, say that the program had been successful in helping him return to the ring after a several year hiatus.  I had read that other wrestlers like Kane, Mick Foley, The Miz and Perry Saturn were using it as well as many indy wrestlers.  I had also heard that it was changing the lives of many average folks like you and me.  I had sent an email of inquiry to DDP’s people.  I never expected for the man himself to actually pick up the phone (while he was away, busy at Wrestlemania weekend) and call me – two days in a row!

DDP told me that he had been reading this site.  We talked nutrition, exercise and shared our individual stories.  While I was really looking for an interview, I was also interested in the program and wondered if it would be beneficial to me.  We spoke about that too.  DDP doesn’t mince his words.  He said that if I would work the program sincerely and put effort in, he and a network of people on Team DDP Yoga (a support website) would be there to help me along the way.  I decided that I was all in.  It would be a great tool in my expanding tool kit and after watching some video testimonials on line I thought that i could really have some success with it. It’s not every day someone gets the personal phone number and email address of one of their idols.  Plus, it would be something fun to blog about.

So I put my money down and the program is in the mail on the way to me.  It was not gifted to me. Like everything in life – the things that are worth something need to be worked for.  I try not to do anything half-hearted and I want to continue to make the necessary changes to take my life back.  I think that this can really make a big difference.  Watch this video and see what I mean:

The greatest transformation in fitness history! from Dallas Page on Vimeo.

Pretty amazing huh?

This blog is going to continue to be about many things.  I will continue to embrace a multi-disciplined approach to obtaining my goal.  Along the way, I’ll be trying acupuncture, traditional yoga and other modalities that I’m interested in.  But you will hear about this program, and as I have done in the past, I will shoot straight and tell you if its working for me or not.  But because I’m going all in, I definitely expect to see awesome results with improved flexibility, muscle tone and weight loss.

The other good news is that DDP agreed to do the interview and that will be physically happening on April 16th, with the interview itself being posted soon afterwards.  DDP’s people have graciously allowed my readers to get 10% off of anything they order between now and 24 hours after I post the interview. The special promo code is JGEE

Yes I have my very own promo code! Sweet!

While there is a commission based affiliate program, I’ve decided not to be part of it. For the integrity of the blog, I will get no monetary reciprocation for blogging about this. It’s all about getting better health and wellness. See you on the path friends. Buckle up, its going to be a great ride!

Our Body is an Instrument… what kind of music are you making?

10 03 2012

The best thing about getting in shape is that success or failure rest solely with the individual. I’m in charge and if I stay diligent and have discipline I will achieve my goals. If I lack drive, focus and commitment, I will fail to achieve what I have set out for. With health and wellness there are no excuses. The only one I have to blame for allowing things to get so out of hand is me. If I want to change my situation then I am the only one who can ultimately do it. Sure I can solicit advice from those already on the path, but I’m the person that will need to put in the hard work and the effort. I have no one to blame but myself if I have a bad week or a bad day. I can take the journey as far as I want. It is completely up to me. How different are so many other things in life? .

I think about my artistic pursuits in music. I’m in a band; the clubber lang gang. I sing and sometimes I add hand synthesizer or other efx. I’m definitely not talented enough to make anything sound worthwhile solely by myself. We’re in the process of recording a new album right now. I need my friends who are guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and singers to make the songs shine. It is truly a group effort. Creating music in a band can be difficult. Everyone brings their own talents as well as their idiosyncrasies to the mix. In order for good music to be created, everyone has to function together as one unit. This can be difficult because as people we are all different.

With health and wellness, my body becomes my instrument. With practice and dedication I can turn this out of shape mess of a body into a perfectly working instrument. One that will yield beautiful music if I work hard enough and remain patient. This is something I can do on my own without excuses. The journey is mine alone and I’m eager to get where I’m going. The worthwhile part though is the struggle to get there. Once I have arrived, there will be some other hill to climb. But this is the big one, and I’m going to savor it. It’s freeing to be in control of ones destiny.

Wishing you all well in your individual pursuits.
This is a song from our first album, Now Here This, available on itunes and many places online. The song is about getting on the good path and making changes, living the life you want to live for you, cutting out the excesses that damage, healing, finally getting it right. The seed was planted awhile ago. Unfortunately it took longer than expected to put it into motion. It’s too late to go back now so forward I go.

The Get Right by the clubber lang gang

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