Attitude & Mindset

Stack the Odds in Your Favor in 2019

Merry Christmas! Happy (almost) New Year!


This is one of my favorite times of year; this down time between Christmas and the New Year! Time to revel in all the happy holiday feelings, and plan with optimism the New Year.

I LOVE planning, and I LOVE New Year’s time.

I don’t necessarily love the idea of waiting until New Year to make improvements. (Eat your vegetables today, obviously. Don’t wait a week. Go for a walk now!)

BUT - I LOVE the unbridled optimism, the hope, and the energy surrounding the New Year. Since it’s pretty much here right now, why not use that to channel your energy into your goals?

Stack the Odds in Your Favor in 2019

This might sound like a big ole “DUH” but the easiest way to reach your goals is to be crystal clear about them. It’s too easy to get through just this workday, this week, or the next little project. Before we know it, time passes and we haven’t really gotten anywhere.

If you are intentional about moving toward goals, instead of passing through time, you will infinitely stack the odds in favor of reaching your goals.

What Do You Want?

What do you want in 2019? This is a big question! Ok, start with this: What is important to you?

Take time to sit down and think on this. Figure it out. Write it down.

It’s ok if you still have questions. The process of figuring out what you want and how to get there is just that: a process. Some things you’ll figure out as you go. Some things require forethought and planning.

Some Questions to Get You Started

Do you want 2019 to be the same as 2018? If so, good! Don’t do anything different. Keep doing what you’re doing.

If you want to be healthier, richer, less busy, you’ll have to make some changes. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you do on Saturday afternoon, when your time is yours?

  • What do you do when you get to do what you enjoy?

  • What’s stopping you from doing that more?

  • If you can’t think of things that bring you joy, look at your calendar and your bank account. Where you choose to spend your time and money is usually what brings you happiness.

  • What have you always wanted to do that you put on the “to do in the future” list (which of course is a moving target)?

  • What do you want to make? Art, woodworking, calligraphy?

  • What did you love as a kid?

  • What kind of legacy do you want to leave?

Write It Down!

Seriously, go write it down! Burn the list later if you don’t like it. Perfection doesn’t matter. The good ideas will stick with you, and you’ll find what you really want keeps popping back in the forefront of your mind.

Email me or leave in the comments what you’re going to move forward with this year! I can’t wait to hear!

Go make 2019 yours!!

On my list: gardening again, painting for fun, and keeping my blog current! (Email me if you have ideas you’d like me to cover!)

If your goals involve fitness and you’d like my help, I’d be honored! I have a workout plan you can do on your own, and I have some morning and mid-day sessions available in the Austin area.

Message me on this page if you’d like to get started!

How to Make Yourself Take Action: Exercise Minute with KVUE

How to Make Yourself Take Action: Exercise Minute with KVUE

How to make yourself start. If you want to start something you but need a little momentum, start here. Set aside a few minutes for this post, though. We cover some psychology which you can use to help change, and sit down with Erika Lopez of KVUE for the Exercise Minute.

Iron Game Chalk Talk with Ron McKeefery

Ron McKeefery is a coach I have looked up to for years, so you can imagine how excited I was to be on his podcast, Iron Game Chalk Talk. Coach, thanks for having me! 

Check it out below, and check out his previous podcasts for many more great episodes at

Things we mention: 

A book I love, one of the most instructional books for coaches and trainers: Coach McKeefery's #1 Amazon International Bestseller "CEO Strength Coach"

Ed Cosner's PowerSport Strength and Conditioning 

Physical Training for Tactical Populations: An Optimal Approach - Matt Wenning, M.S., and Major Mark Ivejaz. Info here

Jocko Willink's Podcast

Stephen Makes Austin Fit Magazine

Stephen Makes Austin Fit Magazine

Did you all catch this? You might remember Hyde Park Gym's 2016 Squat by Southwest meet, which I wrote about here. It is an annual event, but we turned this year into a fundraiser for Stephen Moore, one of our own trainers, who was in a motorcycle accident in which he lost his right foot. 

Stephen was a powerlifter for Louisiana Tech University, and had moved back to Austin shortly before the accident. He was, and continues, to be a powerlifter, and an inspiration. 

Read more about his inspiring attitude at Austin Fit Magazine: It's Not Over Until You Quit

What Real People Do to Be Successful

What Real People Do to Be Successful

Do you ever wonder what other people do to be successful? How do others set themselves up to get their workouts and make smart meal choices? 

I wonder too, for a second… then I usually just go ask. I’m nosy, I mean, curious like that. 

In the past two posts, I discussed how you can take control of your life and how to do that even in crazy situations. (Parts 1 and 2 here, in case you missed it.) More recently, I went straight to my sources and asked people who get it done how they do it. 

What to do When Life Gets Crazy (Taking Ownership, Part 2)

The process of creating new habits takes effort at the beginning, but it becomes easy once you are in the routine. Your workouts will make you feel good all day and sleep better at night. Healthy meals will help you lose fat and avoid the random energy slumps during the day. 

Once this becomes second nature and you are in your groove, you will wonder how you lived before feeling so good. It seems easy. You’ll see.

Then, BAM. Life will hit you. 

Here's what you do to get through it.

Take Ownership to Get What You Want

Taking ownership of your life, your body, your habits, and your results is the most important thing you can do in life.

This will be the most important blog post I write.

More important than any technical info, any recipe, or any magic secret. Taking ownership gives you freedom, control, and means you can get what you want. Read on to find out how.