Cognitive Levees

It’s been a whirlwind of events, days, emotions, and so on. I’m here at J&B Coffee house to get out of the house and divulge in some writing, reading, and advancing.

Last week was a slow week in regards to training and this week is proving to be the same. The big problem there is when bills seemingly all come due around the same time. Looks like I need to rearrange when some of these bills a paid!

From an emotional standpoint, I feel exhausted. It feels like I’m on the brink of a panic attack , but I push it off with exercise, diet, or sheer will. Those cognitive levees will either hold or break. My past two days in the gym have been absolute trash and I’m hoping to bounce back tomorrow or just scratch this whole week off and rest. I’m leaning towards the week off and just focus on the business side of things, but after last weeks biometric data news, I feel I would be cheating myself of some advances in my health and overall fitness.

Navigating the sales aspect of this job and putting yourself out there is indeed the toughest part of this career. While my speech last night with the Texas Tech Panhellenic group proved to be a new high in regards to putting myself out there, having those nights just once a week won’t cut it. I need more and from the signs I got last night, those nights could be coming.

In a change of pace from my normal routine, I actually said a prayer this afternoon. If you truly know me, I’m not one to be open with my spirituality much less actually saying a prayer. I can’t even remember the last time I did something like that. But earlier this afternoon, it felt needed. Did it make me feel any better?

No.

But I did it regardless. And what will come will come.

-James

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What Do You Bring to the Day?

This is truly one of the cold weather days where I truly want to stay in & do “nothing”. By “nothing”, I mean blog, podcast, make flyers, and advance the Cerebral Fit name.

At that same time, it’s also paramount to collaborate with others who are working towards similar goals as you: Sneaky Bandz and Collar & Elbow Wrestling Podcast are two other podcasts (available on the Anchor FM app & other podcast platforms) out there doing their respective things. Give them a listen and show your support! I’d be remiss if I forgot about the Ramblings of Mad Men Podcast as well. Those three podcasts are the best Texas based podcasts you aren’t listening to. Unless you are a well known figure with an already established fan base, getting your podcast known to the masses is a daunting task. But that’s apart of the fun, isn’t it? The challenge of it all.

It’s only Tuesday, but so far this week I’ve noticed significant gains with all of my clients. From stamina increase, weight loss, speed, and strength, progress has been made and this is an amazing thing to behold. As I have stated on my podcast, the Cerebral Fit Podcast, there is no magic pill to fitness and health: it takes work. Lots of work. It’s cliche & a tiring comment to mention but I cannot stress that enough.

I have some exciting and different engagements coming to fruition later on this week. Public speaking hasn’t exactly been my strongest character sheet trait, but it will certainly be put the test. For an introvert, I’ve certainly had my moments of being able to publicly speak with ease. Shocking I know. It’s there though. Regardless of how this goes, it’s going to be good to get the practice in. As one trainer told me last year, you practically have to “whore” yourself out there to get clients. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to THAT point. Then again…

I still don’t miss that government life. Not at all.

This is the part where I come up with a witty conclusion of some sorts to finish this blog post up. I keep staring outside my window though and looking at the cold overcast sky above me. The cars coming and going on the Loop and the birds walking on the top of my fence. It’s oddly peaceful. With this peaceful time comes with the opportunity to reflect back and also look towards what’s ahead. I’ve been heavily pondering about each day and what I can bring to the day rather than what it brings to me. It makes for more of a challenging adventure.

Snow Days

I prefer my Snow Days to occur when I’m either in the Rocky Mountains or in the Pacific Northwest. Being here in the South Plains just makes for days when the city basically shuts down and causes the citizens to drive like absolute dolts.

The best thing about today was seeing my dogs really enjoy the snow. Last time it snowed here in Lubbock, the snowfall wasn’t very much. A dusting if you will. This time it was more than several inches and actually made it difficult for them to walk (at first). Seeing them run around in it & play was a joy though. I got a lot of laughs from it and they didn’t seem to mind the cold temperatures.

January Can’t Come Sooner

December is proving once again to be financially difficult. The cold weather keeps people indoors and less likely to hit the gym which means less money and work for yours truly. 

While I did get some good down time today, I’m looking to make some money and keep this personal training business of mine growing and not stalling. 

The melted snow from today is slowly freezing over the roads which will make the morning commutes hell. Believe me, I know. I do plan on working tomorrow afternoon at the gym and doing deliveries. Money is to be made. 

Six Days a Week

I feel it’s time to expand to six days a week when it comes to training at the gym. My energy levels have been outstanding as of late and it’s time to hit the numbers I’ve been wanting to hit. To do that before January would be a great way to start 2019 and establish a strong baseline of what my training will build upon going forward.

Now is this something I recommend any of you to do to start off the New Year? 

NO.

That’s a fast way to burn yourself out. Remember-this is a level up process and not a race. 

Straight Edge Days

Meal prepping has come back into season for me and thus far, it’s been incredibly helpful once again. I attended a burrito bowl making party this past weekend. A kind, sweet, and beautiful friend of mine invited me and I couldn’t resist. I got five days worth of meals made and thus far, they have been amazing and hitting the spot. I’m getting my macros in with these bowls and they also saving me some money by keeping my ass out of Chipotle.

Knowledge Can’t Wait

I’m nearly done with one of my continuing education courses for the my NASM personal trainer certification. As a trainer, it’s imperative to keep your education going (and also necessary). You don’t want to be content in the knowledge base you have-you need to always going for more.

The course is done through www.ericleija.com and it’s can be done at your own pace. If you are a personal trainer or just an avid kettlebell user, I strongly suggest studying Eric Leija’s courses & techniques with the kettlebell. It’s one of the best tools in the gym and if you do it correctly & often, your body will develop in new ways ( in my expert opinion). In the picture below, you see me doing a close grip kettlebell push-up. This is something I’d recommend if you have great push up form, upper body strength, and exceptional core strength. 

This was not easy. 

Day Three of Straight Edge 

 It’s been three days of a cleaner December for me. At times I have craved a beer, but I’ve substituted beer for tea. It’s been working for me since I bought myself a fancy ice tea brewer from Target. It helps curbs the cravings and is a far better substitute than if I started drinking soda again. I can’t even recall the last time I had a soda. 

The other night I was around a friend of mine who had WAY too much to drink (among other things). Suffice to say, it was sad seeing him in a nearly unconscious state. It was sobering for me to remember the times I’ve been in that state before and got lucky that nothing worse came of it.

Last year, I got so intoxicated that I passed out on the ground in the parking lot of a bar. Lucky for me, I called an Uber to come get me and to make it even better, she was incredibly nice and got me home safely. I could have gone to jail (or much worse), but I lucked out that night. 

It’s embarrassing to think I was in that state of public drunkenness, but it serves as a benchmark moment of stupidity for me. 

Some moments can break us and sometimes they can push us to a clearer path of how to navigate through this game called life. 

Until next time,

Ruiz out. 

The Tides of Decemb3r Approach

11/27/2018 is in the books and now for the nightcap. 

No booze for me this evening, but I did get my fair share of carbs. There is a really good Hawaiian BBQ place here in town and they fed me quite well this evening. I only have till Friday evening until I stop drinking alcohol through the majority of December. Of course, I have those stipulations in place, but even if I go two weeks or three weeks, it’s still going to be a good recalibration for my body. I did have alcoholic seltzer water last night and it wasn’t bad, but not great either. 

The secondary job kicked into gear yesterday, but even more so today. It certainly will add up in cash, but they are some variables I need to add/subtract to make this a bit more easier on my gas mileage and time. I received my first tip as an adult worker(!) and it honestly felt really good. Better yet, my perspective changed dramatically with my perception of the service industry and why tips matter, but also, customer service.

More CBD Please

I need more of these. 

As mentioned in my previous entry, I finished the last CBD oil infused water bottle last night. I woke up a little later than I’m used to getting up and I felt normal. My sleeping pattern wasn’t great so I can’t say conclusive if it truly effected my sleeping cycle. Needless to say, I really can’t give a conclusive answer on how I feel about CBD oil and it’s use. More testing is needed (one month would be ideal) and maybe soon I will get the opportunity to do so.

I’m researching to see if I can just purchase the oil and infuse it in my smoothies, water, and food. I’m certain it can keep the majority of its properties or at least that is what the information is telling me. Time will tell on this one.

Testing the Waters?

One thing about being a personal trainer is obviously putting yourself out there. Recently, my gym hired a new trainer and actually advertised his arrival on social media and plastered flyers around the gym. Was this done for me?

Of course not.

While I have been doing my own form (using my money) of advertising on Facebook, Instagram, and this blog and my podcast, it wouldn’t hurt to have a flyer of my own on my own “turf” if you will. The problem is I believe they (management) won’t be to thrilled with this idea considering I couldn’t even put my business cards at the front desk for our gym members to see. As the header implies, I feel it’s time to do some flyer maker on my own and letting the gym members know about my services.

This passion turned into a career is still very much a business and I need more clients. Putting yourself out there is key in this field and essential for your survival. The higher ups in my gym may not approve of this, but quite frankly, my table could use more food on it and my bank account looks much better when it’s full. And they aren’t doing anything to help me out with that. 

Until next time,

James