365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-Being


Day 7

Are you comfortable looking in the mirror?

  • I haven’t always been. During my junior and senior year of college I struggled with looking in the mirror and even when I was younger I didn’t particularly enjoy looking in a mirror so I carried the habit of avoiding mirrors through my adulthood (unless I HAD to). It took a professor of mine to make it a habit of me having to look in a mirror while exercising to watch my form and technique — before I could do it at the gym & it not bother me. At the time, it was due to my weight gain that I avoided the mirrors and didn’t particularly enjoy seeing myself in the mirror because it was like a constant reminder that I looked gross. I had never had weight issues growing up — always been healthy and lean / so when this happened it terrified me and angered me and gave me anxiety and made me more self conscious about my appearance overall. Now, I have my days where I avoid the mirror in general besides when lifting out of habit when I don’t feel or look the best (but doesn’t have much to do with my body) more so, my overall appearance & I don’t like looking at myself in the fitting room mirrors [[ never have]] because they all differ and many times give me a bad perception of how I look compared to how I feel. 
I have never been comfortable looking in a mirror, so now that I feel more comfortable doing so when I need to or when lifting at the gym, I feel I have come a long way from that fear — and it shows my growth and trying to overcome an obstacle of self worth. 

My First Fitness PhotoShoot (Back In March)

I forgot to post these on the website and on my blogs and honestly, I am glad I took the plunge because I plan on doing another photoshoot — hopefully outdoors and with a better physique but this was a grand experience and now I have somewhat of an idea on what to expect, so hopefully all of you enjoy these as well. 


365 Days of Self Discovery: Your Dreams/Wishes/Hopes/Future


Day 39

What are your career goals?

  • Full time personal trainer at a big gym — personal trainer manager even
  • own business CPT (independent contractor)
  • full time blogger/writer being paid
  • successful podcaster
  • business — line of my own products 
  • strength and conditioning coaching
  • working with elite athletes — colleges, professional sports teams
  • traveling CPT — and online training coach
  • motivational speaker worldwide 

My First Fitness Photoshoot

Well, Friday was my birthday and Saturday I had my first fitness photoshoot. It was fun and a great experience that scared the hell out of me but I did it and I will continue to do it now going forward. I made a short post about my experiences and learning to pose, etc find out here what I had to say about the photoshoot.



Deadlifts/Squats Week 5

Day Two

Warm up:

  • Alternating stationary lunges: 4 x 15
  • Side leg swings: 4 x 15 each leg
  • Quadruped hip extension: 4 x 15 each leg
  • Conventional deadlift: 5 x 5 x 75%, 225 lb
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 5 x 75%, 170 lb
  • Box squats: 5 x 5, 200 lbs
  • Single leg linear leg press: 5 x 5 each leg, 298 lbs
  • Kettlebell one legged deadlift: 5 x 5 each leg, 12 kg
  • DB bulgarian squats: 5 x 5 each leg, 50 lbs
  • Weighted hyperextension: 5 x 8, 45 lb weight plate

Training Squats & Deadlifts Week 5

Squats & Deadlifts

Warm up:

  • Band squats: 4 x 25, green band
  • DB Romanian Deadlifts: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • Band Abduction:4 x 25, green band


  • Sumo Deadlift: 5 x 5 x 75%, 215 lbs
  • Barbell back squat: 5 x 5 x 75%, 170 lbs
  • Box squats: 5 x 5, 200 lbs


  • EZ bar goodmorning: 5 x 5, 60 lbs
  • Glute bridges (weighted): 5 x 5, 50 lbs

Bench Week 5

Day One Of Week 5

Warm up:

  • DB chest press: 4 x 25, 30 lbs
  • EZ bar bentover rows: 4 x 25, 20 lbs
  • Triceps extension machine: 4 x 25, 35 lbs


  • Barbell bench press: 5 x 10 x 60%, 75 lbs


  • DB bench press: 5 x 10, 50 lbs, 60 lbs, 70 lbs
  • Barbell bentover row: 5 x 10, 65 lbs, 75 lbs, 80 lbs


  • Smith machine one handed row: 5 x 10, 50 lbs
  • Floor row: 5 x 10, 100 lbs, 110 lbs


  • Assisted dips: 5 x 10, 90 lbs
  • Wide grip assisted pull ups: 5 x 10, 100 lbs, 110 lbs, 120 lbs
  • Stair stepper: 8 minutes, level 8