Crossfit to Bodybuilding

From Crossfit to Bodybuilding and Back

    My Reasons and Thought Process for Jumping into Bodybuilding. I began training in earnest for the 2017 Crossfit Open in May of 2016. Five days per week, with no missed days for nearly a year. It was a serious commitment. Following Misfit Athletics programming, I was putting in 3 hour training sessions almost every time I stepped in…

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acetyl-L-carnitine

How to Boost Mental Energy the Easy Way

Today, after a gut wrenching early morning cardio session, I followed my regular routine of taking two 500mg capsules of acetyl-l-carnitine. No big deal. This supplement has been around forever and doesn’t really get much hype. The only reason I added it to my supplement stack in the first place is because Robb Wolf recommended it back in 2011 in…

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Discipline

Discipline

My friend Roberta called me “disciplined” on Facebook the other day. I thought to myself “Disciplined? When did this happen?” Growing up with ADHD no one ever compliments you on your self control. In fact, “You lack discipline,” is a phrase you hear all the time. Mostly from your parents but teachers, scout leaders, and pastors too. Even a few…

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broccoli angels

Broccoli Angels

I used to work in marketing for an insane asylum. Ok, now we call them “behavioral health facilities”. You wouldn’t think a hospital for the mentally ill would require a marketing department. It’s not like mental patients are known for browsing brochures and reading Yelp reviews before committing themselves, at least not most of them. But the mentally ill were…

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The Modeling Career

At seventeen I still didn’t know what to do with my life. School sucked and college seemed like more of the same. Bussing tables at Catfish Charlie’s for minimum wage was even worse. Why are all the fun, well paying jobs so much work to land? There should be a fast track for people like me who just want to…

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Ambush

  Wherever I go, I carry one God and one demon with me. The God is a tattoo of Ganesha on my right forearm. The demon is addiction. Ganesha is the elephant headed Hindu God of overcoming obstacles, but I don’t pray to him or anything. He’s just a badass looking deity who lives on my arm as a nod…

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Charter School Problems

Fraud

I stood nervously behind the stage, trying through sheer will to prevent the little beads of sweat from forming on my forehead. It’s not going well. I’m about to walk out in front of a large crowd of people and openly commit fraud. Certainly this is fraud. I’m about to accept a high school diploma that I know I didn’t…

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The Lost Year

I never went to 3rd grade.   When I tell people, their first assumption is that I had Leukemia or something. The conversation goes roughly like this:   “Oh, were you sick?”   “No, I just sat out for the year.”   “Did you have to make it up?”   “No, I went to 4th grade the following year. My…

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Flamboyantly Straight

I love my gays. Not like “OMG gay people are soooooo fun!” the way female twenty-somethings do their first time at a gay bar. This goes a little deeper than that. My love developed organically. Like one of those scientist who goes off to study a tribe in the Amazon, only to fall in love with them and spend the…

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The Froyo Life

At sixteen years old, I got it in my head that I needed a motorcycle to look cool. Since no one in my life was senseless enough to buy one for me, I got a job. TCBY was the first company ever to take a chance on me. In my hometown there was a shortage of warm bodies capable of…

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Mary’s Room

1. Yellow.   Nothing is more irritating than choosing the wrong colors for a bedroom and having to live with it for a whole year.   When we purchased our home, life was a blur of nesting activities, DIY projects, and HGTV. It was a race to prepare for the inevitable visitors and guests set to arrive with the approaching…

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Maldives GoPro Stillshots

We love the Maldives! I captured all of these still shots from GoPro video footage that we shot in the Maldives. The process was simple as demonstrated in this video. Also you can use the Capture App on your iphone but I think you have to send them to your computer somehow and I’m not sure about the quality. I…

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Sugar Addiction Demon

The Sugar Demons

  It’s 7pm. I’ve just had dinner. Ground turkey, a sweet potato, a few cups of steamed broccoli, the perfect amount of nutrients to help me recover from a long work day that included a challenging training session in the gym. But before I can sleep, there is one last struggle to overcome. It’s the nightly assault of the sugar…

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Dubstep Doggies

  It was a gorgeous Sunday morning so I thought I’d get some footage of my Shih Tzu gobbling some treats. Turns out it goes nicely with some dubstep. Wait for the drop…

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Joseph Never Got Older

  We met at a boxing match. Not a prize fight or anything glamorous like that, more like a series of hopeful amateurs fighting in a dingy warehouse gym in the south Houston area known as the 3rd Ward. I was new to that gym. Having just joined the day before, the coach invited me to come in the next…

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