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Captain U.S. Army, Retired

Author, Digital Artist and Creative Mastermind

"the science fiction and fantasy author who thrills and terrifies us to the point of addiction"

The Bodybuilding Lifestyle philosophy encompasses all areas of a healthy lifestyle. It spreads its influence through an individual's existence and includes all aspects of fitness but is not limited to just the physical side of life. The bodybuilder's spiritual, psychological and intellectual areas 

The hardest part about not being 100% is accepting limitations and I have to confess that I push myself too hard. Now this may sound odd for a disabled bodybuilder, right? Isn't the goal for every workout to push the body to its limits and beyond? Absolutely! I go until I think I can't go anymore and then I go a little more. This type of training allows for improvement and ultimately muscle growth and enhancement. Instead I am talking about life and activity outside the gym. Sometimes I carry that hardcore attitude too far when I am out of the gym and end up getting hurt. I forget that the gym stuff is controlled and calculated and I step into a situation that I cannot easily control. For example the Hammer Strength Bench allows me to progressively press more weight than I can carry outside of the gym. I can press a lot of plates on that machine but that doesn't mean I can carry a box of books up the steps and into the house. I know this because I tried and I fell. Feeling big and strong after a workout I saw a box and decided to pick it up and carry it inside. Before I even had it all the way up in my arms my body screamed out in pain but being stubborn I didn't stop. Instead I took two steps and forgot that I don't use of half the nerves in my left leg and I feel. It was painful reminder that the gym is a safe place to push my body to its limits and beyond and that the real world is a place where I am better off working within my limitations. It is less painful that way and falling up a set of steps is the kind of pain I want to avoid.

Zechariah 4:6 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. I am not supposed to be able to walk right now. I am supposed to be in a wheelchair. God gave me as much healing as I needed to overcome and it has been a struggle and I fight it every day! The fight continues but I know where my strength comes from.....

I don't want your sympathy; instead this post is meant to encourage you....since the crash I've had more than 14 surgeries...i know that God used bodybuilding to save me and still uses it to keep me out of a wheelchair....

I believe that God has a plan but my problem is that I want that plan fulfilled right now. Being a successful author is right around the corner; I can feel it. In the meantime I push on and do my part. But honestly it is hard to wait....I need to remember that I am right where God wants me right now......

Take it as far as you can and then take it some more.... When Arnold was talking about training shoulders he said that the key was to go until it burned so bad that he thought he couldn't do any more...and that's when he would make himself do another one........

 The best RX is not found on a prescription pad or in a bottle. It is found at the gym in the midst of my iron brothers and sisters as we all strive to better ourselves. Without hurting anyone else we beat into submission the demons that haunt our lives and seek to consume us. Aggression and depression are both tempered by pumping iron with any negative side effects. Negativity becomes positivity with every rep and set completed. I know that if can survive the iron jungle I know that I can survive the concrete jungle.

A sense of humor goes a long way in life. Don't take life so serious that you are miserable. Happy people are a joy to be a round; negative people are a drag to be a round. When I grow out my goatee I am usually hear people say, "Hey look. I thinks it's Heisenberg but he's too jacked/diesel to be Heisenberg." Yes, they are referring to the dude from Breaking Bad. So I make a joke of it and tell them that I quit making meth and now I make and sell protein shakes. We all enjoy a laugh and usually they want me to take a selfie with them. Funny stuff makes life more enjoyable. So relax, smile and have a good laugh......

Enjoy the NEW YEAR because I know that 2016 is the year of Jubilee. It is a time of renewal, rich reward and blessings. I am looking forward to the awesome things God is going to pour into my cup this year, aren't you? I want to see my cup fills until it overflows and I want that overflow to bless others beyond measure. HOWEVER, this doesn't mean I sit still and wait for God fill my cup. No sir, I jump up and race over to the fountain because I want to be ready when God turns on the faucet. Do you follow my point??? If you do get after it and be ready for the blessings to come. Otherwise the blessings will start to flow and your cup will still be in the dishwasher! 

Did you know that your mind creates a blueprint for you to follow? In other words how you see yourself is how you will be.... It's time to change the way we think and create a new image in our minds....our bodies will listen and obey the blueprints our minds creates....

How do you see yourself? How you see yourself will determine how others see you. If you see yourself in a negative light, others will see this. What you feel on the inside can be seen on the outside through your eyes, your attitude and your confidence. If you feel good about yourself your eyes will dance and you will walk with your head up. 

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Absolutely not. Why? The answer is simple: every day is new day and being the 1st day in January doesn't give it special powers. Instead every day during the whole year is a special day to make positive change in your life. In fact I always have a list of positive aspirations and changes I desire to make. I strive to improve myself on a daily basis and I want these changes to be a positive influence on those around me and for those changes to last a lifetime.