Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

This December has been a busy month! Because we live nowhere near to either of our families, December is the month of traveling to visit relatives.

The first weekend, we went to Minnesota to visit my family. We celebrated Christmas early, as usual. For the past few years, the weather has been relatively mild in Minnesota. Not this year! When we arrived, the high was -10F. Talk about frigid! We knew it was going to be cold, so we'd packed warm clothes, but nothing can prepare you for that harsh bite of cold on the face. Brr!

I felt sicker earlier in the week and when we got to MN, I felt even sicker. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Influenza A. Fabulous. For the most part, I stayed put at my parents' house because I felt too awful to do anything else. Plus, I didn't want to get anyone else sick. I'm bummed I didn't get to see any of my good friends, but at the same time, I didn't want to get them or their kids sick.

Keenan Family Christmas
As always, I had such a fun time hanging out with my family. My nephews are getting so big! They're 4.5, 2.5, and 0.5 years old now. I love watching them open presents!

J's Birthday
December is also the month of J's birthday! (It's an expensive month for me!) He didn't want a party of any celebration, so we just spent some quality time together. We went out to eat to celebrate another friend's birthday, and J got a free dessert, so that made him happy.

Rhode Island
This past weekend, we flew up to Rhode Island to celebrate Christmas with J's family. While there, we met up with several other YouTube guys and had some great workouts and conversations. It's always fun to meet up in person with online friends. Each guy did a collab video of one of the workouts; it's fun to watch them and see the different perspectives! We also chatted with Steve Reeves, a bodybuilding champ and one of J's friends.

One of the gyms where we trained was so cool! It was basically in a garage, with all the equipment crammed together. One on of the old televisions, a Jay Cutler DVD was playing. It was so motivating to train there - everyone was enthusiastic, determined, and motivated. So much positive energy!

Nick Pinheiro, Bobby Arcand, J, me
We had a really nice visit with J's family! His niece is growing up so quickly - it's hard to believe she's 2 already!

J and his niece, Khloe
New Year
We flew home on Christmas morning, after celebrating on Christmas Eve. We were surprised by how many other people were traveling on Christmas too.

Christmas Day at the Providence airport
As we move into the New Year, I've been thinking about goals and things I want to focus on in 2014. One of my main focuses will be social media. I want to grow my online presence in an authentic and classy way (i.e. not using T&A, which is an easy - and cheap - way to get followers). I welcome any and all advice from you social media gurus! I realize I need to blog more often; that's another one of my 2014 goals. :)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed some quality time with family and friends!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Self-Righteous Donkeys

One thing I've noticed a lot this year in the fitness industry is a marked air of superiority. From Facebook posts to tweets to Instagram pictures, I see people bragging about how much junk food they're eating, how high their calories are, and how little cardio they're doing. It's not only bragging, it's an attempt to make themselves feel superior to others who don't subscribe to the same approaches.

Personally, I don't care what others eat. I know which foods work best for MY body. I know which method of dieting works best for ME. It's not the same approach that works for everyone, because every body is different. But I sure as heck don't go around bragging about my diet and insinuating that others are stupid for not doing things my way! And I most certainly don't suggest that others are doing it "wrong" or that I'm better than anyone else because of how I eat.

I don't understand where the arrogance and false confidence came from. Where did it start and why?

I wish people could realize that no one person is better than anyone else. I eat this, you eat that. So what? Neither of us are better than the other; we're just different. I do cardio, you don't. Neither of us is wrong; we hold different beliefs about cardio and have different body ideals. The world is a richer and more interesting place when there are differences of belief, of opinion, of approaches.

Why be a self-righteous donkey when you could be a soaring eagle, diverse and beautiful in your own way?

I hope this culture of superiority and arrogance changes soon. I see it alienating and dividing people who used to be friends, or at least had mutual respect for one another. I realize there's always the option of "unfollowing" or "unsubscribing" from social media feeds, but I really wish that didn't have to even be a consideration.

My wish for 2014 is that there is more celebration and respect for differences, and less "holier than thou" attitudes.

Have you noticed this trend also? Do you know people who seem to love to brag about their diet and training program while putting down others who follow a different approach?