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The end of one challenge, and the beginning of the next!

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Slim

Unfortunately, I got tied up at work all weekend and we didn’t get the chance to film an update video yesterday. Perhaps we’ll film one later this week, or just wait until this coming Sunday.

In any event, I just wrapped up my last workout of this challenge, but certainly not my last workout ever! This has been a really great challenge for me. After the setbacks at the end of this past year, I was very much looking forward to a bit of a reboot! I’m so thankful that my sweet wife fights so hard through these challenges with me.

We started out very diligent with this challenge, before we quickly realized that on performance days (for me), it was increasingly difficult to find the time for a full 60-minute workout. We had to make a slight change to the plan and make a small addendum: for this challenge, we would EITHER do a Diamond Cutter workout or 60 minutes of intentional cardio each day (a couple times, I was actually able to do both!) That definitely made it a bit easier for me to stick to the challenge, as there are days that I work 20+ hours a day, and just can’t find time for a straight hour workout, but found that I could easily do several 5-10 minute workouts!

I saw myself lose two holes on my belt as I completely had to retire the pair of pants that I wear the most. I saw myself start to become even more flexible and even did several DDPYoga moves that I’ve never been able to do before!

While my new found flexibity and lost of inches on my waste are a great feeling, the scale doesn’t necessarily represent the way I feel.

Unfortunately, as many of you that follow my journey have come to know, my body just does not handle antibiotics well. Any time that I have to go on them, I easily gain 5-10lbs per week while on the medication. A couple weeks ago, I went to the dentist for the first time to get some pretty serious issues looked at. He determined that I had a pretty dramatic disaster zone and scheduled me for emergency surgery to have 6 of my teeth extracted, all the while prescribing massive doses of antibiotics in preparation of the coming surgery.

Sadly, just before the surgery, the dentist called to let me know that he was uncomfortable doing this surgery himself on account of how bad it was, and referred me to a specialist.

After two weeks of the antibiotics, I was able to step on the scale the other morning to see “438” on the read out. Despite losing a couple pants sizes and belt holes, I GAINED 8 pounds this past month. As I was talking with fellow Team DDPYoga member, DJ Clark, we came to the conclusion that the gain of flexibility and loss of inches is still a total win, especially knowing how jacked up the antibiotics make me.

I’ve just finished this round of antibiotics, so I’m looking forward to seeing that weight fall off quickly!

I can’t help but think that I’ve lost a month towards my goal of weighing less than 370lbs at the wedding of a couple of my best friends in just a few short months. Despite that, I’m going to keep moving forward the best that I can! Maybe I’ll make that goal, maybe I wont… either way, I know that I’ll be a healthier happier Slim even if I come short of that goal!

With that being said, tomorrow morning starts a brand new challenge: the “40 Days of Love” challenge”, in honor of Valentine’s Day!

For this challenge, we’ll spend the next forty days identifying and show gratitude for things that we really love about our life together. I’m really excited about this challenge as it will definitely help us be more intentional about letting the people and things we love how much they mean to us! What do you say, you willing to take this challenge on with us?

Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,
SLIM

#lifewiththegillians – February 1, 2015

Posted on February 2, 2015 by Slim

There are genuinely no words for the ridiculousness of this “update video” which contains no actual “updates”… it’s not short of laughter and shenanigans though.

Fair warning: it was too gorgeous outside to film this with the windows up, so the windows went down… and the wind came in. We promise though that putting up with a bit of wind distortion here and there will have a great payoff!

Watch above, or click through to watch on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/sgK6_hO4B4E

Enjoy! -SnL

#lifewiththegillians – January 25, 2015

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Slim

There’s really not much to report this week, despite the longest video we’ve ever uploaded!

All is really well! We both feel great and are enjoying our recently revisited flexibility, as well as the benefits from eating super clean again. I’ve found myself with so much energy again; too much, at times, it seems.

I’ve always been apprehensive about going to the dentist. Since I didn’t know what to expect, I’ve always been a bit nervous on account of seeing a pretty traumatic dentist appointment go awry with my brother when we were younger. Sadly, he found out the hard way that he was allergic to the anesthetic they used and his visit ended with an ambulance ride to the the hospital.

Couple that with the horror stories that I hear from the apparent disdain for the dentist and the astronomical bills I hear about from my friends, I was genuinely uninterested in passing the threshold of one of these torture factories, despite the fact that I desperately need some work done.

Fortunately, a new insurance plan at Laura’s work made it possible for me to obtain dental insurance.

Yesterday, I went to the dentist for the first time. I think I was noticeably a bit on edge. The staff truly went WAY above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and as if I was part of the family there. After a thorough exam, I’ve been scheduled for an emergency surgery to extract four of my teeth next Monday. I’m sure that will make for a rough week, but hopefully I can still plug through it and stay on track!

If you haven’t yet, watch the video above for some shenanigans from #lifewiththegillians or click through to watch it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/EjIyYTXxh60

Wish me luck, friends!!

Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,
SLIM

We’re Not Lost Yet! Video Update: week of Jan 19

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Slim

**WARNING! I DID NOT PROOFREAD THIS POST AT ALL, so it’s likely laden with errors. Please forgive me.**

I must say that I’m a bit surprised by how many negative emails I received last week for not having posted a new update. Emails and messages of genuine concern were very nice, however the majority that came through my inbox were, at times, a good bit on the negative side. With that in mind, I’ll help squash a rumor real quick: no, I’m not “already off the wagon.”

My cousin Chelsea is a few years younger than me, and despite our close proximity in age, we’ve never been in the same room before.* For Christmas this year, my older brother Bishop and I decided to fly Chelsea down to FL from WV for a week-long vacation and family time. When I picked her up from the Punta Gorda Airport, I was filled with excitement as we rushed towards each other and finally shared a hug we all had desperately been longing for!

For those that don’t know much about me, I come from a very blended family. As with any broken home or blended family, there is inevitable fallout or just straight up relationship casualties. It’s not much a secret, especially if you closely follow the things I post online late at night when my filter has been lessened, that this is one area of struggle for me. It’s always bothered me that I can’t tell you the names of all my FIRST cousins. Hell, I can’t even tell you the name of their parents (my aunts and uncles) most of the time.

To sit alone in darkness and know that there’s so much family, so many people that I share a bloodline with that I don’t even know often hurts me.

Usually, though, those thoughts and feelings tend to fade away as I think about the amazing family that I AM in contact with, and all of my dear friends that have stepped up and taken over the position of brothers, sisters and cousins that I never had.

I’m so blessed to have spent a week with the cousin that I’ve been able to connect the most with. Chelsea has even transcended DNA and simply become one of my very best friends! Naturally, I wanted to maximize my time with my sweet cousin, so I was intentionally vacant from much of the internet, really only posting things on a whim here and there.

Here’s a dreadful picture of Bishop, Chelsea and me (from right to left) on Chelsea’s last night in town:

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We’re back to regular posting, although we never stopped our 40 Days of Diamond Cutters challenge! In fact, we’ve been absolutely THRIVING in this challenge! I have yet to see how much weight I’ve lost since tightening up my eating habits again and hitting the mat every day. I’ve even found myself becoming more and more disciplined, and turning down food a good bit more easily. In fact, Laura and I were walking through Target on Sunday and I was loading my cart up with snacks and goodies for the day, and even though the things in the cart were totally well within the realm of “healthier choices”, I found myself putting everything back and exchanging them for fresh fruit instead.

Just last night, Laura asked if I would like a second helping of what she prepared for dinner and I just said “eh… nah.”

She was shocked. She was so stunned, in fact, that she thought I didn’t like what she had made. (It was chicken fajitas. They were breathtaking!)

I’ve found my clothes fitting better again and my energy to be through the roof. All in all, I feel like a million bucks!

I DID have to make a little addendum to this challenge though. I realized that especially on days that I have a performance contract, but the time I get off the stage after performing for 4 hours, it’s incredibly hard for me to find the strength and energy to workout. In reality, each of those contracts (1-2 times per week) carry with it 4 hours of performing plus at least an hour each of set up and strike. What’s worse than no energy or ability to workout after a show, is the the inability to FINISH a performance strongly because a workout I had earlier in the day.

So here’s the change that we’ve put into place: we’ll be doing the Diamond Cutter workout every day with the exception of show days. At 6-8 hours for each performance contract, I put in a brutal cardio workout there on stage.

Other than that, all is well in our world! We’re rockin’ and rollin’!

If you haven’t yet, be sure to watch this week’s episode of #lifewiththegillians (you can watch above or, or watch directly on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAiHXfORRe4) but excuse us in advance for some audio problems during filming. Something was causing some interference with the audio, and we’re not sure what it was. We’ll do our best to correct it for next week’s episode though. ;-)

Thank you all so much for your love and support! You guys are awesome!!!

Peace, snugs, and MEGA love,
SLIM

*it’s entirely possible that we were around each other when we were too young to remember.

A New Member of the Family!

Posted on January 8, 2015 by Slim

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I usually try to refrain from blowing up my relatives and friends on this page, however the birth of my new baby nephew definitely merits some bragging. ;-)

I posted this earlier on my personal page, but wanted to share my excitement with all of you as well:

“My little nephew had to wait for the first snow day of the year to come into the world. But alas, he’s here!!! Mr. Avett Lee Rocket Carter, 9lbs, 20″ born at 5:22pm on January 7, 2015 after an incredibly short labor.

This dude isn’t even a day old and he’s still more awesome than pretty much everyone I know.

Haley [my baby sister] and Luke Skype called us last night so that we could see him. Haley must be the most graceful new mother ever! She was acting like she didn’t even.. y’know.. just have a kid… Haha… Handled it like a boss! Baby and mommy are both healthy and happy, under the care of daddy’s watchful eye.

If I may:

Dear Avett,

I’ll be the first to admit that this planet can be strange at times. Life will not always end up as you plan it, but I will tell you this: if you work hard, roll with the punches, and use what you’ve been given to help those around you, you’ll end up right where you want to be, young man.

Your mom and dad are two of my very best friends. They’ll never steer you wrong. Trust me.

Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in and for what is right and when given the option, always choose love.

There will be plenty of people that will tell you otherwise along the way, but truly I tell you this world is a beautiful place, and while you may not know it yet, you are the world’s most precious gift. Don’t waste it. Change the world, nephew.. I know you will.

Welcome to the party, Rocket! Strap in, ’cause it is going to be an awfully fun adventure!

Love you, buddy!
-Your Ride or Die Uncle Slim”

#rocketlaunch2015

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