Matt’s Birthday Week!


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Your birthday is the beginning of your own personal new year.  Your first birthday was a beginning, and each new birthday is a chance to begin again, to start over, to take a new grip on life.”
— Wilfred Peterson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It’s my birthday week!! WAHOO! Get excited!!

My birthday is on Thursday, November 11th and I get the day off of work in conjunction with Veteran’s Day.  I would like to take a moment to reflect and thank all those who have served our country.  Also thanks to my Mom and Dad for coordinating everything like it happened so that I could be born.  Additional thanks to Mom and Dad for having me born on Veteran’s Day.  And thanks to God the Father Almighty for creating me the way I am. 

I have a birthday run planned, as well as a birthday bike ride, followed by a RIDE at RIDE Indoor Cycling, and then am treating myself to a massage.  Yes, I am one of those people who loves celebrating their birthday. 

On this amazing Monday let’s celebrate life. 
Because every day is a gift. 
We don’t know when we might die.
But I do know when I was born, and it’s this week. 

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1) Today I celebrate the unique person that I am.
2) Today I celebrate the unique gifts that God gave me.
3) Today I celebrate the love I have in my life and the unique way God made me.

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Dare to be Different


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The best project you’ll ever work on is you.”


Happy Monday and Happy November 1st!

Today marks the official beginning of November and the start of my favorite time of year.  It is a new month and November holds a new energy.  November is my birthday month.  My birthday is on November 11th.  The weather has finally turned a little cooler.  Thanksgiving and the Holidays are right around the corner.  And I am looking forward to it all this Fall.   

I wanted to highlight some cool music that I have been listening to lately that keeps me motivated.  I just bought and downloaded this album called “Dare to Be Different” from fearless motivation.  If you like motivational rap and rock music, this is a MUST LISTEN for you this holiday season!  

Grab or stream your copy here using your favorite music service:

One of my favorite songs so far is called “The Best Project” because it has a strong catchy beat and lyrics along with a powerful message.  In addition to that, it has a near-perfect running cadence of around 90 bpm.  If you double 90 bpm you get 180 bpm which is a great running cadence.  It’s a song about how the best project you can work on is yourself.  And I believe that wholeheartedly. 

I also recently downloaded and purchased a great electronic music album from Ben Böhmer called Begin Again.  I have been listening to it a lot this week.  Every time I start it, I think to myself it’s time to “Begin Again”.  The title track “Begin Again” does not have any lyrics to it.  However, I think to myself when I play it that it’s time to begin again. 

Additionally, I think how often in life we get to begin again. 

Every day can be a new beginning. 
Every hour can be a new beginning. 
Sometimes I feel like after I go for a short walk during a break at work I begin again. 
Or I start to drive somewhere and I think OK here we go. 
We are going to begin again.

Do you ever have any moments in life where you think about beginning again? 

Today I dare you to be different.
I dare you to embrace who you are.
I dare you to do those weird things you do.
I dare you to trust God’s whisper into your life more than the demands of the world around you.
I dare you to take a step in the right direction for your life
I dare you to eat healthy.

Finally, here is one more quote of the day:

“Acknowledge the abundance in our life, it creates waves of grace on which to move in the world. Generosity means giving, and it begins in the heart by affirming confidence in the abundance of the universe. Abundance flows in a circle, so when you fear and think scarcity thoughts, then the flow of abundance in our lives becomes contracted. Generous actions for a generous heart bring peace and abundance for you and all in the circle. Recognize that you always have something to give, and then share it with others.”  

Venerable Dhyani Ywahoo –

Happy Monday!

I hope you have a great day, a great week, and a great month ahead!

From Coach Matt

1) The best project you can work on is yourself.
2) You deserve all the best things that life can offer you.
3) You were made for a purpose and a reason. 

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Do you love you body?



“Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself ‘I love you,’ if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.” — Ashley Graham

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Do you love your body?

If our thoughts are powerful enough to affect everything we do, then how do we think about our bodies?   Do we give them enough love? Do we give them enough rest? And finally do we give them enough healthy foods, water, exercise and fresh air?  

I think if you do you will find that your body can be a pleasant place to live.  Happy Monday!

From Coach Matt


1. I love my body, just the way it is.
2. My body is the perfect size, shape and weight.
3. I give my body what it wants.
4. My body is healthy, strong, and radiant.
5. I treat my body like royalty.



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 


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.



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!

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…


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

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!


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


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!


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

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?


“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

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 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


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.