People don’t believe me when I tell them I used to weigh over 230 pounds. Even fewer believe me when I tell them that I used to be a hot-tempered, selfish, lazy jerk — a shiftless employee, a crappy father, and a thoughtless husband.
Fortunately I have the pictures to prove the part about my weight (I’m the one with the beard — the little blonde guy is my son who’s now 33 years old). As for my bad attitude, well, I guess you’ll have to take my word for it.
How did I turn myself around? Martial arts. I lost 80 lbs of weight and doubled my income within two years of taking up martial arts. But to tell you the truth, nothing is a magic wand — not even martial arts — and nothing can help you until you get your head straight.
After a health scare or two and a couple of deep realizations, I finally figured out that I didn’t have a temper problem, a weight problem, a work ethic problem, an attitude problem or a relationship problem. I realized I had one big problem — a self-esteem problem that I was allowing to wreck everything else. I hated myself. And I had been lashing out at everything and everyone else around me, as if anyone other than myself was to blame.
That was thirty years ago. 2016 is my 30th anniversary in the martial arts.
Everything I know about the martial arts and self-transformation and I have packed it into my forthcoming eBook. If you want to turn yourself around 180° go pre-order it now. You won’t be disappointed.
And now for the Cabal Fang Workout of the Week — WOOTW #9.
* 7 x 1:00/:30 of Kickboxing on the heavy bag AHAYC, then
* Full pyramid to 7 of #20 Sandbag Burpees and Sandbag Sit-ups (that’s 49 each total)
Finish it faster than 23:00 flat and you got me beat.