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October is #BreastCancer Awareness Month. #GoPink Please get routine checkups and #mammograms. Early detection is a person’s best protection. #BeMoveDo

October is #BreastCancer Awareness Month. #GoPink Please get routine checkups and #mammograms. Early detection is a person’s best protection. #BeMoveDo

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As I revisit the entire redecorating strategy for my apartment, I am on an “idea safari” seeking inspiration. My goal is to declutter and live simply yet elegantly. Check out this NYC apartment I discovered on YouTube. It is a clean crisp modern example that you can have a home with where the furniture has multiple functionality without sacrificing design. 

I’m not afraid to jump for joy when I feel it. #LifeIsGood #EnjoyTheView #Celebrate

I’m not afraid to jump for joy when I feel it. #LifeIsGood #EnjoyTheView #Celebrate

There are 99 days left of this year.

Received a newsletter from Martin Rooney reminding that are 99 days left in year 2014. The question that begs to be asked is “What “resolutions” did you make and what goals did you set yourself to conquer before 2015?” Have you fulfilled your New Year Resolutions or are you still on the path? 

Let’s look at the results of your actions year-to-date. Place your feelings aside. Have you…

1. Exceeded your expectations of what you thought you could achieve. 
2. Met expectations of what you set out to accomplish.
3. Fallen below your desired expectations of what you wanted to accomplish.

Here is the GOOD NEWS there are 99 days left to this year to finish 2014 strong. You can establish momentum to ensure a fast start to 2015. How FAST you begin the New Year is directly associated with how strong you finish each of these remaining 99 days.
 
Whether you understand “WHY you do what it is you do” need not negate taking action. Sometimes the answers are there waiting for you on the other side of the journey, not at the beginning. What is important is you get going.

Be.Move.Do. Exercise consciously.

Erwin 

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Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.
The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.
Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.
So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.

Be heard.

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Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.

The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.

Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.

So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.

Be heard.

Being young is a very specific time in life. We treat it like a thing. We think it is fixed and belongs to us. We don’t regard it as a precious moment, we see it as a birthright. Some of us even go kicking and screaming into the night trying to recapture those glory days. 
"Old people" attempting to impart their wisdom are so bothersome. Nothing they say is relevant because that was then and things are different now. The universe must offer special protections for the blithely ignorant. 

Being young is a very specific time in life. We treat it like a thing. We think it is fixed and belongs to us. We don’t regard it as a precious moment, we see it as a birthright. Some of us even go kicking and screaming into the night trying to recapture those glory days. 

"Old people" attempting to impart their wisdom are so bothersome. Nothing they say is relevant because that was then and things are different now. The universe must offer special protections for the blithely ignorant. 

In life, you don’t always get to meet and know you’re childhood heroes. I was very lucky I have. I post his in memory of the great.  She was kind beyond words and so thoughtful. I have met few celebrities who lcked the pretense and was as generous with her attention. My deepest condolences are extended to her daughter Melissa, grandson and loved ones, as I know first hand, the days ahead are challenging.

In life, you don’t always get to meet and know you’re childhood heroes. I was very lucky I have. I post his in memory of the great.  She was kind beyond words and so thoughtful. I have met few celebrities who lcked the pretense and was as generous with her attention. My deepest condolences are extended to her daughter Melissa, grandson and loved ones, as I know first hand, the days ahead are challenging.

I don’t believe in destiny. I’ve witnessed bad things happen to very good people. I’ve witnessed good things happen to very bad people. And most commonly, I watched nothing happen for lazy people. I’m of the opinion, you get the life you have, the body you live in, choice by precious choice, and not via divine intervention.

I don’t believe in destiny. I’ve witnessed bad things happen to very good people. I’ve witnessed good things happen to very bad people. And most commonly, I watched nothing happen for lazy people. I’m of the opinion, you get the life you have, the body you live in, choice by precious choice, and not via divine intervention.

I feel your pain

My morning training sessions generally begin at 6:30am. As I arrive, there is usually a few young guys and girls up out to improve themselves. I admire their enthusiasm until I observe their sweatercise and acrobatic routines. Sometimes it's amusing to watch and sometimes it's downright painful. Either way, it is hard not to stare. 

I remarked to my client that as impressive as these wannabe ninja warriors can be, the joints are not designed to sustain that repeated abuse, especially movements performed haphazardly. My client turned to me this week and said,”You know Erwin. You are going to have to accept that in your ‘Be.Move.Do.’ philosophy there is also room for chaos.”

I concede. There is ALWAYS room at the table for chaos. There is also room for precaution.

Is the temporary glory worth the price you end up paying?Whether we like it or not, we are only made of flesh and blood. Eventually, gravity wins. There is no pill or surgery that will restore any body back to 100% or to another era in time. If there were, I would definitely consider taking it. I’m only human too.

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Hear about the NEW #IceBucketChallenge already? #ALS is an underfunded HORRIBLE disease that turns its victims bodies into a prison as the brain remains unaffected. The organization deserves every dollar pledged to it. There are over 2,000,000 posted online. Whew! Your nipples are hard, it’s cold. We get it! Here’s some news…
780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.
Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
Here’s the NEW Challenge: If you are going to do the Challenge then be equally charitable and please skip a shower or two that week. This challenge is also retroactive.

Hear about the NEW #IceBucketChallenge already? #ALS is an underfunded HORRIBLE disease that turns its victims bodies into a prison as the brain remains unaffected. The organization deserves every dollar pledged to it. There are over 2,000,000 posted online. Whew! Your nipples are hard, it’s cold. We get it! Here’s some news…

  • 780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.
  • Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.

Here’s the NEW Challenge: If you are going to do the Challenge then be equally charitable and please skip a shower or two that week. This challenge is also retroactive.

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Life is as hard as you make it.

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Life is sometimes hard. However, life is, often, only as hard as you make it. If you are unprepared to ask for help, accommodation or assert your needs, you are certain not to receive assistance. There is zero valor in taking the hard road simply because you don’t want to face the music or humble yourself. It will only cost you time, money and tax your wellness. Conversation is the access to power and it is much more uncomfortable to avoid them. Think about it.

Exercise Consciously.

On Depression & Getting Help

This was originally posted February 26, 2010.


I deal with suicidal, unipolar depression and I take medication daily to treat it. Over the past seven years, I’ve had two episodes that were severe and during which I thought almost exclusively of suicide. I did not eat much and lost weight during…

Birthright

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Standing, grounded.
I’m done with pounding 
the soiled laundry 
on the rocks.
No more trying to release what bonded to the fibers when 
the shit hit the fan.

Folding, analyzing, accepting
some stains are permanent.
From 50,000 feet, patterns emerge.
Striving to not repeat same mistakes, out with the old.
Baggage unpacked. 
Hello bespoke life. 

Mental strength like muscle 
strength is not unlimited; 
The grit to know 
“NO”
and adultproof life’s blessings,
forgiveness becomes the new black.

Inviting Love, 
Celebration, self-actualization; 
Make your
SELF 
happier NOW.
Act of courage? No.

It’s our Birthright.
- ERG

Had the honor of seeing #Violet the Musical during its closing week. You must go if you can. #Amazing #Uplifting #inspiring #suttonfoster You will leave feeling healed.  Thanks for recommendation (at American Airlines Theatre)

Had the honor of seeing #Violet the Musical during its closing week. You must go if you can. #Amazing #Uplifting #inspiring #suttonfoster You will leave feeling healed. Thanks for recommendation (at American Airlines Theatre)

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What trainers don’t share about exercise…

I am so sore right now, I can’t pretend that it feels good and spin a story about how exercise is always awesome. I live a physical life. Not shy about it, but it comes at a cost. It is not always a Disney Day. If you need that message, watch the video below.

The truth is every fit person is living in some form of pain. (That goes for every dancer, athlete, soldier, fireman, EMT, physique model, action star, and anyone who uses their body daily. Even Mr. INSANITY himself told me he’s injured and looking to retire soon.) Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone you admired told the truth? It is almost as if being HUMAN makes one weak. Look past the pictures you see. Real life is not about posturing as a guru, posting selfies and enhancing image via smoke and mirrors. It’s about hard work and managed pain.

Oh, since I’m coming clean let it be known that I go to bed hungry some days too. I’m not fasting, taking supplements and doing a liquid cleanse. I manage my diet so to meet my energy needs. I restrict my calories. I avoid a diet of junk. It takes more thought but so does managing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Physically, I am also not taking short cuts. I’m not out having aerobic orgasms at SoulCycle or performing some generic adrenaline fueled workout of the day at my local social club. I methodically push myself to strengthen my core, maintain my mobility, increase my flexibility and sustain my strength. The mix of diet and exercise makes life challenging. Sometimes that shite downright hurts.  

It is not every day that I’m aching but there many days when I spill out of bed with my muscles screaming. And before you think it, it is not an age thing. It hurt even when I was twenty-six. The difference is with age, you don’t spring back as fast. (There are also many people living in pain who don’t exercise at all. It is another type of cause-and-effect.)

Having admitted all this, I need to assert that being sore doesn’t mean I haven’t gone grocery shopping today, nor trained again, nor trained a client, avoided home cooking, agonized about writing this blog, refused to ride my bike in favor of a cab (almost), am not cleaning my home and won’t go to the theater tonight. I will have done and will do all these things but it doesn’t change I will do it all sore. Again, no regrets.

"Why bother" you may wonder. Well, the alternative is to not meet life’s challenges in the best shape I can manage. I like fitting into my clothes. I enjoy feeling good about myself, emotionally, physically and sexually. Living with regret, making excuses, being defensive, avoiding my reflection, seeking misdirection by vanity obsessed entrepreneurs, these behaviors would certainly hurt me more, nag at my spirit.  

As long as I have ibuprofen. I have a friend. And not to mention the Dalai Lama approves. 

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