“When you think that you are done, you’re only 40% into what your body is capable of doing. And that’s just the limits we put on ourselves.” ~David Goggins
Category Archives: Motivation
What I liked?
All of it. I guess to me Vinnie Tortorich is my Jack Lalanne. Why Jack? Read the book and you’ll know the significance of Jack. Anyway, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to Vinnie’s message on health and fitness on the America’s Angriest Trainer Podcast with Anna Vocino and thoroughly enjoy it and have learned tons. Dean Lorey and Vinnie do an incredible job at getting me inside Vinnie’s life through the book, which is probably rare from the average health and fitness book. This book is eye-opening, entertaining, and inspiring. I consider this my health and fitness bible.
Funny how after quitting addiction to sugars and grains, one becomes addicted to having quit sugars and grains. Replacing those addicting substances with an addicting NSNG lifestyle and community. #FitnessConfidential is the bible.
I also consider Vinnie Tortorich to be the Bruce Lee of fitness, health, and weight-loss. Not only because they both are phenomenal athletes and trained big names in Hollywood, but because of how they organically transformed, developed, applied, and shared something special in their art, philosophy, and lifestyle despite not having mainstream acceptance.
Bruce began his way of fighting by using the martial arts base of wing chun kung fu. Later he incorporated other forms of martial arts like fencing, western boxing, Greco-Roman wrestling to name a few to create his own formal fighting this became Jeet Kune Do. In JKD you basically take what is useful to you and make it your own. When learning JKD your start with its foundation based on Wing Chun Kung Fu. JKD is not a martial art but a way of fighting. Each person’s JKD is personal and based on their body, capabilities, and situation. A technique or movement that works well for one person may not be effective for another. Like a roundhouse kick to an opponents head is not helpful if the kicker is significantly shorter. Perhaps a kick to the shin, kneecap, groin shot instead. JKD is fluid and adaptive. Like water. At some point he stopped believing in styles of fighting like Japanese style, Korean style, whatever style, because in a real fight, style does not matter. His decision to teach martial arts to anybody and to a broader ethnic community got him criticism. Teaching Chinese martial arts to non-Chinese was not acceptable at the time. Other martial arts practitioners were close minded to this fighting philosophy. Over time Bruce proved his way to the world in combat, books, a deep lineage of students, fans and film. Bruce is considered the ‘Father of mixed martial arts’ and revolutionized the movie action fight scene.
Similarly Vinnie has his own “way”, not of fighting, but way of eating. Eating to lose weight and be healthy. His “way” is the base, the core, the key principal and it is simply: No Sugars and No Grains (NSNG). It’s not a diet, but a lifestyle which will result it weight loss and improve health over time when practiced. Minimizing or eliminating sugars and grains is key. Eat what is useful: greater amounts of healthy fats and moderate protein. This way of eating is very adaptable because carnivorous, paleo, ancestral, vegetarian, and vegan ways of eating can incorporate NSNG. Folks with food allergies or sensitivities can too. This way of eating is not strict nor prescriptive, but rather versatile and customizable. Going NSNG is not a fad diet nor gimmicky lose pounds in a short time program. There are no scam products, programs, supplements, DVDs, packaged meals, or machines. Just a lifestyle choice that the human body agrees with. Unfortunately due to heavy marketing, bad science, big food, and big pharma, not everyone is ready to accept this way. I know in time there will be a shift. More and more people are discovering and changing their lives for the better. I have personally. Vinnie is who I consider to be the ‘Godfather of Fitness’.
Whom would I recommend?
I recommend Fitness Confidential to everybody.
Why did I choose this rating?
I chose 5 stars and would give it 10 because I enjoyed both the Kindle version and Audible audio as well.
“Stay focused and disassociate because it’s not going to last. The deal is, no matter whatever it is, the bad or the good will both pass so you just have to stay the course. It’s only momentary.” ~Errol “The Rocket” Jones
“Most people never get there. They’re afraid or unwilling to demand enough of themselves and take the easy road, the path of least resistance. But struggling and suffering, as I now saw it, were the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not constantly demanding more from yourself—expanding and learning as you go—you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.” Dean Karnazes
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Teddy Roosevelt
“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired…You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.” ~ George S. Patton, U.S. Army General and 1912 Olympian
About a month since the RnR San Jose Half marathon. I’ve been keeping my runs to an hour during lunch. I’ve cut weight and lost 10 pounds since mid-Sept. About 6 weeks to go from 162.8 to today’s weight of 152.4. A couple of weeks ago Kaleo was stuck at home sick from some virus. He couldn’t attend preschool, so I stayed home with him. Needless to say, I had no choice but to take a week off of running. Halloween day was the first day I got back out and I ran a hard hour. It was hard because I allowed myself to slip into speedwork sessions wearing Vibram FiveFingers. Later than night trick-or-treating with my son and already worn out from the midday run, I ended up carrying the little guy most of the outing. Little did I realize how exhausted my body had gotten until the following night, when I lazily hunched and reached out to pick-up my son for a bath and put my lower back out. I had to let my son go so I could get on the floor and get through the pain as I attempt a neutral position. As of this post, I’ve done a week of recovery and feeling much better. I stopped taking the prescription muscle relaxant and actually knocked out a few push ups last night and did a quick chest session at the office fitness room. I know two weeks of back rest is enough time to allow me to run 3 miles. I know three weeks of back rest can get me up to 6 miles. I know because I was in the same position 2 years ago. I look forward to getting into some regular run again.