LIFE is a GRIND…

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

I went to my diabetes doctor the other day and he walks in and the first thing he says is, “Diabetes is a grind.”  I couldn’t understand him at first because he had his mask on and it’s kind of hard to understand him.

I said, “Oh wait what did you say?”  He repeats himself and says, ” Diabetes is kind of like a grind.”  He explained how it’s always going on and it’s always something you have to monitor and keep up with.  You don’t get a break from diabetes management.  There is no vacation from it.  (I tried that, but that didn’t work) It’s just there with you all the time and you have to live with it and manage it.  

And for the most part, I do a great job with it.  But there are times that it gets a little out of control.  Either my blood sugar goes too high or the times where my blood sugars go too low.  Going low does not feel good at all.

Managing diabetes is kind of like LIFE.  

In life, you have emotional highs and emotional lows.  You have good times and bad.  And one of the things I learned along the way is that consistency is key.

I have an exercise schedule I try and follow consistently.  I have an eating schedule I try and follow consistently.  I have a sleeping schedule I try and follow consistently.  I have a work schedule I try to follow consistently as well.  

Life is a grind and so is diabetes.  

We get through it and we keep going.  

If I can do it, so can you.  

Keep grinding towards your goals.
Keep grinding towards your dreams.
Keep grinding towards your path.  

One day you will find yourself on the other side of all of it and look back and see that it was all part of the divine of life.  Amen?  Amen!    

From Coach Matt 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) Life is a grind
2) I wake up motivated.
3) I wake up hungry to work.
4) I live my life with purpose.
5) I am always thankful.  
6) I can see the positive amazing things around me all the time.

GOALS!


Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~ Zig Ziglar


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I set a personal goal to ride my bike 42 miles in my 42nd year of life.  I wanted to do this goal soon after I turned 42 but the holidays were a busy time and I was not able to do it then.  I put it off for a while but still had it in the back of my mind.  

Over the summer I felt like it was too hot to achieve this goal so when the cooler weather hit I felt like it was the perfect time to do this. 

It required me to ask my wife to agree to give me about 4 hours on a Sunday morning off and then a route to do it.  It would be a really cool bonus to have another rider with me. 

I sent out some text messages to my biking group and they said they could maybe join me. 

The weekend of this event I still did not have a definite go-to person. 

I prayed about it and asked God.  I said Lord please help me find another rider.  After I tried my personal friends and those plans didn’t work out.  I was searching desperately for another person to come.  I texted friends.  I posted on my Run Matt Run page but no one responded. 

At some point on Saturday morning, I felt like I heard God say – just wait and let my plans unfold.  I was like OK GOD.  I will wait and see how this will unfold. 

You see I am a planner.  I like to know the plan ahead of time. 

The plan that happened was a great plan and totally worked.  Karen texted the group text on Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. that she could ride the downtown loop.  I said great, let’s do it. 

We set up a time and it happened. 

The joy, and fulfillment, and elation, and adventure and fun of completing the goal were all there.  It was so cool. 

I even randomly ran into my wife and kids who had a play date at the park at mile 40.5.  They were cheering me on as I passed them.

Anna wanted me to stop and so I did and we talked for a minute or two. 

What a fun way to start the day!

The ride itself wasn’t that hard.  There were a couple of hill climbs but nothing crazy.  Karen and I had the same “sense” of direction and rode by feel instead of an exact planned out route.  I am kind of directional challenged.  But we figured it out!

What are some of your goals?  You still have time to do them by the end of the year!

Once you started setting goals and completing them it makes you realize how capable you actually are and how amazing your body is. 

For me, the event in my head, is always bigger and harder, than the actual event itself.  Such was the case for this.

Happy Monday!

From Coach Matt

p.s. Our family made it to the pool this weekend and was a great joy!


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 
1) Today I will take a big step toward reaching my goals.
2) My mind is energized, clear and focused on the process of my goals.
3) I free myself from the doubt and pessimism that keep me from achieving my goals.


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Garmin DATA Of the RIDE

Me at the end of my 42 mile RIDE.

Karen and I near the end of the RIDE

When life throws you a curve ball…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When life throws you a curve ball, don’t let it knock you down and keep you down.  Get up, re-adjust, brush yourself off, and keep it moving forward.” 
~ George Bronner ~


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Most days in Austin, TX go pretty well.  We live in a great city, with lots of cool trails to run on.  We have some pretty cool bike lanes throughout a lot of the city.  In fact, I rode on some this weekend from North Austin to downtown and back.  That was fun!  32 miles!

We wanted to go to the pool this Sunday and we ended up driving all the way to the Round Rock YMCA on Sunday, only to get there and find out that the pool was closing early.  So no swimming! 

I was kind of sad and mad because of this.  All my wife wanted to do all weekend was go swimming.  She tried on Saturday but they didn’t have enough lifeguards to open the family pool  And then Sunday didn’t work out either.  But ya know that just happens sometimes in life. 

I tried to think of all the other cool things that happened that day. 

Sometimes I think of this quote or idea that some child in Africa is dreaming about having my worst day ever.  We have it so good.  We live in a wealthy country in a great city.  And we often forget that.  So it’s all relative I guess.  And we can take the proper perspective on it. 

So get up, re-adjust, brush yourself off and keep it moving forward.

From Coach Matt

p.s. Here is a little fun rap song I did about our final quarter 4 class we are starting today. 

Quarter 4 – Fitbit Rap by Coach Matt


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 
1) I am filled with gratitude
2) I am filled with grit and determination
3) I am equipped with everything I need
4) I am a boss
5) I am blessed

Celebrate that!

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 
Celebration is a kind of food we all need in our lives, and each individual brings a special recipe or offering, so that together we will make a great feast. Celebration is a human need that we must not, and can not, deny. It is richer and fuller when many work and then celebrate together.” ~ Corita Kent 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: We just finished up another 12 week Fitbit class that I lead for the City of Austin.  At the end of it, I encourage people to celebrate whatever they have accomplished.  Being able to do some positive, whether it’s big or small, let’s celebrate it all.  That’s where I found this quote for today.  A lot of people get a lot of steps in every day.  That’s great!  Celebrate that.  Some people don’t meet their daily step goals.  At least they are trying.  Let’s celebrate that!

We should celebrate more things in life.  Right? 

Do you have a joyful moment or a celebration to share?  Let’s hear it.  Reply and let me know. 

Here are some things I encourage people to celebrate:

1) Getting your 10,000 steps in more days than not.
2) Trying every day to get your 10,000 steps in.
3) Practicing a new fitness routine.
4) Rising in the morning to get your body moving.
5) Having a meditation practice. 
6) Having a gratitude practice. 
7) Waking up today. 


What would you add to the list? 

TGIM! Let’s celebrate this day!

From Coach Matt


AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) I am enough. 
2) I celebrate the little things in my life.
3) I celebrate the big things in my life.
4) I celebrate me and my accomplishments. 
5) I enjoy sharing celebrations of other people. 

Little things that make a big difference…

Happy Monday! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
~Winston Churchill

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Our attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference in our lives.  Maybe you are not having the day you had anticipated.  Maybe it is not going that great for you.  What can you do about it? 

Believe it or not, I have bad days too.  I have days where I am not happy or am feeling down.  I think we can do some little things that can make a big difference in our lives.  One thing I like to do is have a gratitude practice.  I just start naming things I am grateful for.  This is a small thing that can make a big difference. 

I also like to text my friends and just share how I am doing.  Sharing this also makes a difference.  Having someone to express my feelings to makes a significant difference. 

The other day, I noticed that the chain on my road bike was making a little bit of noise.  I decided that I would try to lube up the chain.  I had some lube and applied it to the chain.  This was a very small thing I did and it took less than 5 minutes.  But I noticed it made such a huge difference on my 30 minutes ride that afternoon.  Riding the bike felt so smooth.  It felt so much easier to pedal my bike.  It felt like it did when I first got it.  I definitely will be doing that more often.  Maybe even once a month instead of once every 6 months like I had been doing it.  Such an easy thing I just forgot to do. 

What little things in your life do you do daily, weekly, or monthly that make a big difference?

Reply and let me know. 

From Coach Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 
1) I welcome positivity every day.
2) I believe in myself.
3) I am comfortable being myself.
4) When I can’t change the situation, I change my attitude.
5) I am peaceful and content at a deep level of my being.

Exercise much?

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: 
“When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.”
~ Tich Nhat Hanh

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I don’t always feel like exercising.  I don’t always feel motivated to exercise.  But usually, after I do exercise I feel better.  The exercising I am doing these days includes two days of Camp Gladiator a week along with about 3 or 4 times riding my bike. 

Camp Gladiator’s Birthday is being celebrated this week on August 31st and for $9 you can join and get 4 weeks of virtual classes and in-person classes.  It’s their annual birthday deal!

I like Camp Gladiator because it helps me move my body in different ways than traditional running or biking does.  We move sideways.  We lift dumbbell weights.  We strengthen our legs, arms, and core.  And not only that but a certified personal trainer is out there with you cheering you on and correcting your form.  Camp Gladiator workouts have been working for me for years now and I would strongly recommend you check it out if you have not done so already. 

Let me know if you want to try it out!!  I can send you a link to sign up and I will get a referral credit if you come and check into camp only once!

Exercise gives you endorphins.  The quote today says it’s like a magic potion that helps you feel better. 

I hope you can make time to exercise and play and have fun this week!

From Coach Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 
1) Today I will exercise my body and experience the full benefits that it offers. 
2) Today is a great day to be alive.
3) Exercise is fun.

Newness…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Newness inspires me. New opportunities. New places. New experiences. Learning new things, new skills. New roles!” ~ Annie Wersching

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Welcome to your brand new day!  Welcome to the first day of your week.  Welcome to what we call Monday.  Welcome to Matt’s Motivational Monday email!  

Today is another amazing opportunity to get this day right.  It’s a new day.  It’s a fresh clean state to eat right, to exercise, and to move your body.  It’s a new day to think and to work.   

This day has its brand new energy. 

On Saturday, I rode my bike with my good friend Jeff.  We biked a new route.  This felt good because it was a new experience for me.

Be thankful that you are alive today to experience all the good, the bad, and the awesome that this day has to offer. 

Are you with me? 

Let’s do this new day. 

Tough times don’t last.  Tough people do. 

From Coach Matt
 

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1)
I am open to the magic that each new beginning brings.
2) I unlock new possibilities by being open to what I’ve never seen before.
3) With all my heart, I believe in the power of a fresh start. 

Pressure is part of success.

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds. Pressure is a part of success.”

– Eric Thomas

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

You can only find out what you are made of if you TRY!

You can only find how far you can go by going there!

You can only figure out how hard to push yourself by pushing yourself! Anticipate hardship as just part of life.  Look for the blessings in the midst of the hardship.  That is the key to living a good life.

The person that you will spend the most time with in your life is yourself, so you better try to make yourself as interesting as possible.

Today may your heart be filled with love for yourself and love for other people.

Today I say to you – YOU GOT THIS!

Today is not just another day on this planet earth. Today is a unique opportunity to be your best self and put your best foot forward. Today is a unique opportunity to live and show up and honor this day.  Today you get another chance to live. Today you can get your steps in and move your body and eat healthy foods and live your life on purpose.

Today you got this and can have a positive attitude about what happens to you today.

TGIM!

From Coach Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 


1) I respect myself and love myself.

2) I am flowing easily with new experiences.

3) I am a beam of joy.

4) I am an important part of the universe.

5) Today is a great day to be alive.

Practice kindness and compassion.

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Practice kindness and compassion.  You never know what someone else is going through or has been through.  


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  On August 17th my kids will start back to school.  I wonder what kind of things they will be learning about.  Then I wonder what life is teaching me right now. 

The quote of the day today seems good for any time of the year.  Perhaps parents are experiencing more stress as their child enters a new school year.  Or maybe they are glad that they will be entering school again after a long summer break.  But whatever they are feeling having kindness and compassion for other’s is a good response. 


This Monday just keep in mind you never know what someone else is going through.  You don’t know what is on their mind.  So maybe a little kindness and compassion could go a long way for the person in front of you on the highway, or the person in line at the grocery store, or the person you pass on the street corner.

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY:

1) Be weird, be silly, and just be you.  Don’t worry about what other people think of you. 

2) I am strong and I am confident and I am kind. 
3) I will do 3 acts of kindness of kind today.

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The sun shows up every morning…

Happy MONDAY! TGIM!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “The sun shows up every morning, no matter how bad you’ve been the night before. It shines without judgment. It never withholds. It warms the sinners, the saints, the druggies, the cheerleaders—the saved and the heathens alike. You can hide from the sun, but it won’t take you personally. It’ll never, ever punish you for hiding. You can stay in the dark for years or decades, and when you finally step outside, it’ll be there.”
~ Glennon Doyle

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: I was rereading this quote this week and I thought it was pretty good and worth sharing. What do you think?

I also wanted to highlight one of my new favorite apps for motivation.  I have had it for a while now but it always delivers a motivational message of some sort.  It’s called the Mindset and you can get it here: https://www.mindsetapp.com/

One of the things someone said on it recently was if you let your mind go in a negative direction it will do that automatically.  You don’t have to work on that.  If you want to guide your mind into a more positive fashion you have to work on that. 

One thing I sometimes use are called mantras.  These are short positive sayings that you can repeat in your mind over and over again.  A key time to practice that is when you are relaxed and not going through a hard time.  Then when you do need it in a hard time you can recall it easier.  Make sense?

Do you have any mantras you use? 

If not, I always include affirmations of the day that can serve in this way. 

I hope your day goes smoothly.

From Coach Matt

AFFIRMATIONS OF THE DAY: 

1) Each morning I open my eyes to the light of a new day with feelings of joy and wonder. I experience life with renewed vigor and optimism.
2) Every day is a new day, new hope, and new opportunity.
3) The morning shines upon everyone the same. Its beauty is for rich or poor alike. You are not less than anyone else in the eyes of the morning.