Movie Star to Pot Belly to Daddy-o

Since my son was born in August last year, I've been a stay-at-home dad, full on embracing the absolute joy and gratefulness from being a father, and full on embracing the absolute bliss of the "dad bod." He's now almost 7 months old and so is my pot belly. *See picture for a photographic illustration of my journey.* Lately, I've been getting back into working out and less into beer belly balancing and its been a tough go. I'm close enough to my college years to think, "I can just run a mile and do 100 sit-ups and BAM, six-pack greased up and movie worthy!" But far enough to realize "Gravity succksssss...!!!" So like my body, I've got to refresh my mind and get back into the mindset it takes to achieve my goals.

I'm working out at 5am these days since the family is still asleep and that's the only time I can get away from the house, which is not making this process any easier. That leads me to this morning and the 'afterafter' photo. I got this t-shirt from two long time clients and friends of mine (thanks again superheroes). Although I've never participated in an Ironman event, nor will I likely ever, wearing this shirt inspires an Ironman mindset in me. I'll be running, or pushing, or pulling, complaining that its too early, or gasping for breath and I'll get a glimpse of this shirt and say, "You think this is bad daddy-o? Try doing this for 140.6 miles. Your pain is temporary, its fleeting and its infinitesimal compared to that of an Ironman. So buck up, daddy-o! Shake it off and finish strong!!" And I do. I buck up, I shake it off and I charge towards the end of my workout like its a finish line I've been clawing after for 15 hours and my family is there waiting and cheering.

All this being said, life is anything but a straight line. You'll have your Ryan Gossling moments and you'll have your ...not-so Ryan Gossling moments. The key thing is that you can laugh at yourself, enjoy the ride and remember what's truly important to you. Try and remember too that your pain is temporary, someone else is suffering worse, we are just a pale blue dot floating through the cosmos and your loved ones are cheering for you at the finish line.  

In love and strength. -Angelo

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Own Your Mind

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Weave this Chinese proverb into your mindset and overcome anything and everything. A more common phrase that’s widely adopted is that, "we are products of our environment." The above proverb holds more truth than the latter because the latter implies a lack of control. Yes, we may be encouraged by our environments but not in the sense that we are shaped by them extrinsically. Rather, it’s our intrinsic motivation and the ownership of our ability to conquer our own thoughts and beliefs that carve our character. Own your mind, every piece of it. Take control of the voice inside your head and make it your voice. Speak to yourself with confidence and with love. Know exactly what it is you’re made of and wear it like a suit of armor. Because if you are so sure of yourself it will act as armor, and you can be dropped into boiling water or any other circumstance and come out of it like the unwavering legend that you are. 

In love and strength. -Angelo

Tortoise or the Hare?

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Tortoise or the Hare? Both. Although the image may be something uneasy to look at, the concept is profound. The world is at an all-time level of competition and craziness (that’s not the most uneasy image on the internet…). I vehemently encourage you to approach life as expeditious and speedy as the hare, while simultaneously embodying the steadfast determination of the tortoise. If you truly want to succeed and reap outstanding rewards, then you must be too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated. Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.

In love and strength. -Angelo