Today’s workout was one of the hardest ever!

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Slim


I’ve got to be honest with you: today’s workout was one of the hardest that I’ve had; and while the intensity was relatively high, I’m actually speaking about a lack of motivation this morning.

I woke up 20 minutes before my alarm (which always sucks anyway) and struggled to get out of bed. I was a tad sluggish as I tried to get my body in motion to pack my gym bag, lace up my shoes, and head out of the door.

The whole drive to the gym found me wanting to just go to bed.

I sat in the parking lot at New Image Fitness thinking “I don’t really want to workout today. Perhaps I’ll just take a nap here in the truck.” But then I thought about what it was I was fighting for and managed to pull myself out the door and into the gym.

I stepped up onto one of the many elliptical machines and slowly started to move as I turned on some entertainment on Netflix.

Not but 5 or 6 minutes in, I literally felt sick to my stomach because I just did not want to workout. In my head, I even justified my lack of workout as the 5 or 6 minutes I had done was “good enough.”

I hopped off the machine. I started to head to the locker room to shower and change when I was stopped by a woman that I’ve never spoken to before who said “I just have to tell you: you’re such an inspiration to me. I see you in here working out and it pushes me to work harder. I want you to know that I’ve lost 15lbs and it’s because of you. Thank you!”

While you would think my heart had grown three sizes in this moment, I was actually pissed off.

How could I not put in a killer workout now? How could I stand face to face with someone pouring their heart out to me about their struggles to lose weight and how MY story has helped her and NOT give her reason to stay motivated.

I went to the aerobics room and knocked out a DDPYOGA Energy session that made me feel like a god of some sort giving me the energy, determination, focus, and motivation to hope on a treadmill and bang out a quick 650-calorie stroll this morning.

All in all, I burned around 1000 calories this morning… on a day that I was completely unmotivated to put in the work. I’m thankful for this woman who stepped in and kept me from quitting, despite my desire to punch her square in the mouth at first.

It goes to show that you never know who is watching you and what they are gaining from your story and from you leading by example. Some days it will be hard, but I KNOW that you can push through it!

Be awesome today, friends!

Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,

Video Update – April 22, 2014

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Slim


You would think that at over 23 minutes long, I would actually have something useful to say…. I don’t. haha..

After getting slammed with a cold out of nowhere, I loaded up on too much cold medicine this morning before realizing that I wasn’t taking the non-drowsy kind. PLUS, I had just wrapped up a nearly 650-calorie burn workout, so I was a good bit loopy when filming this. There IS, however, a small nugget of win, plus a bunch of rambling. Perhaps some people will find something worth while in this rambling video. ;-)

We are now just a few days away from this end of this 40-Day Challenge of clean eating and daily workouts. How am I doin’? Watch and find out!



Video Update – April 7, 2014

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Slim

Man, I feel AMAZING! This will likely be one of the shortest update videos I’ll ever do as there’s not too much to say right now. You can expect more at my 1 month weigh-in.

It’s been a great few weeks now that I’m back to being CLEAN and HEALTHY again. I’m gaining all kinds of strength and flexibility again, and feel very light on my feet and full of TONS of energy! Watch the video below for more info, or follow through to YouTube here:

A family in need could use your help:

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Slim

ATTENTION: We’ve been made aware of a family that is in great need, if you can spare a few dollars, please respond to this email or comment below if viewing on our website, and we will send you the information.

Thank you all so much in advance for your willingness to CHOOSE LOVE and to reach out to those in need. You’re a blessing in my life and in the lives of countless others! -SnL


“Too fat” to be Batman…

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Slim


I’m fortunate that I don’t deal with much fat-shaming or ridicule in “real life.” I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m a generally bubbly person, or it’s the larger than life personality that resides in me, or the fact that if you don’t know me, you may assume that I’m tougher than I actually am… whatever it is, most people don’t make fun of me to my face.

I’ve been very lucky that way through most of my life. Sure I’ve dealt with bullies here and there, but for the most part I’m AWESOME and everyone loves me.

But this morning, as I was strolling through my local Publix supermarket for some breakfast, I was reminded what that felt like to be cast out:

A young, somewhat pudgy little boy was shopping with his mom when he spotted me in my Batman shirt.

“Mommy! It’s Batman,” cried the boy!

He was so excited to see me, a man he assumed to actually BE the Batman, that he could hardly contain himself.

I chuckled as I walked nearer to my biggest fan and his mother.

The moment I was close enough to him, the boy reached out his hand as if to shyly beg for a high five, and with a more timid voice said “hi Batman!”

My heart was filled with joy as I got ready to smack this kid’s palm with mine. But that joy quickly faded as the boy’s mother grabbed his hand and said “that’s not Batman. That can’t be Batman, because he’s fat. You know that Batman is skinny and muscular!”

I was a bit stunned, having forgotten what it was like to have someone think that I’m lesser on account of my size.

She continued, “remember what daddy and I keep telling you about exercising more and not having so many snacks? This is why! If you don’t start playing more and eating less snacks, you will end up fat, sad, and lonely like this man.”

I was shocked.

In this moment, I was completely unsure what to say.

“Do I go on a rant about how I’ve toured the country playing music, launched multiple successful businesses, was overflowing with people ALL OVER THE WORLD to either love me, want to hang out with me, or actually want to BE me,” I thought to myself?

I could verbally eviscerate her perhaps, or whip out my phone and show her that I’m married to the hottest broad on the planet who that literally can’t get enough of me to prove that I’m far from sad and lonely.

I could have stooped to her level. I could have lashed out. I could have made her look foolish, or my personal favorite: made her cry in front of her kid. Instead, I had pity.

I pitied the woman for her need to put others down to feel better about herself. I pitied the woman for being stuck in a life that made her miserable, WISHING that she had chosen another path. I pitied the boy for being raised in a household where shaming other people because of their differences is something that is actively TAUGHT, and I pitied the fact that he’ll constantly be trying to live up to ridiculously high standards that his parents have set for him.

I pitied her because with some hard work and DDPYoga, I’ll lose this weight… but their aint no cure for “douchenugget.” ;-)

Instead of reacting, I simply knelt down to the child’s level and I sad “your mother is right: you need to exercise as much as you can and eat good healthy snacks and food; this will help you grow big and strong. But always remember: if you want to be a superhero, you need to love everyone, regardless of how different they are from you; and no matter what size or shape you are, you have the power to help change the WHOLE world!”

I told him that I was proud of him and then handed his mother a TN40D business card and asked her to check out our website in hopes that she would see this post.

Ma’am, I don’t know if you’ll ever see this… but if you do: know that you’re loved, not just by me, but by countless others whom you’ve never even met.

Smile more often, will’ya?

Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,
-SLIM (aka the fat, sad, lonely man from Publix)