I want to start off by apologizing for being so busy lately and not writing more entries. I recently just finished competing in the Sacramento championships November 1st where I finished in first place. I did my own diet for this show for the first time in many years. I felt I brought one of my best all time packages to date. I am learning a lot about my body and learning to fine tune it. I weighed my heaviest ever and was my best ever condition at 223lbs. I am shutting it down for a whole year until next November where I will be competing in nationals in Miami. Why? Because I have out grown my class and I need a full year off to come back at a legitimate weight of 240lbs to compete as a super heavy weight. Since the Sacramento show I have not really been doing much in the gym these last 2 weeks, I have been giving my body a much needed break because I have been on my precontest diet since February. It’s time to rest, recover, and come December… It’s time to grow!
Another reason I have been so busy is on top of having a full time job, bodybuilding, church and more. I also have a ton of clients on the side. I have 12+ clients at the moment and another guaranteed 12 come January first. It seems like every 5 days I am getting a new client. I don’t really have down time, that’s the big reason I have not been able to write more articles for this site as often as I used to. At home, at work, on the treadmill, at church, I am answering client emails, texts, and writing diet plans. This is what I wanted right? I mean after all, for years, I have pursued the dream of helping people through health and fitness (which I feel the most impactful form is writing peoples diet and nutrition plans). I always wanted to do this, I always wanted the high income that comes with it, and I always wanted to help people. But it’s funny, we all want it the easy way, and forget the amount of time, hours, and dedication it takes to be successful. It’s not going to just happen. It’s a constant daily grind, from sun up to sun down. And it can be exhausting. But if you’re chasing dreams you need to stay motivated.
All these years I’ve wanted this and it’s finally happened; now I’m surprised I am always busy and have no real down time? It’s like wanting to be in shape or a successful bodybuilder but don’t want to put in the time, effort, and work ethic to achieve it. Fitness is a lifestyle and over flows into every area of life, much like a relationship with Jesus, you can’t just put it in a box, it’s a daily walk that takes time, effort, and self-denial in order to continue to grow spiritually. In Luke 9:23 Jesus says “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Notice he said Daily? Not once, but every day. It’s like putting your work boots on and going to work every day.
So should I be upset that I am finally seeing success but at the cost of taking up so much of my time? No. Should I be upset that I need to put more into my body building this off season than last season so I can become a pro bodybuilder? No. Should I be upset that if I want a better relationship with Jesus Christ it is going to take more effort on my part? No. If you want something you need to go get it and work for it, harder than ever before. My pastor once said “You can have as much of Jesus as you want. In fact… you already do!”
Stay tuned, I may have a job opportunity to move across the country. Keep me in your prayers as I have some big life changing decisions coming up.
-Conquer the Flesh