November 19th Picture Day

The motto used by the U.S. Army

“The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.”

November 19th was official “picture day.” It was a good experience and a new application of some things I already knew. And what was that? one might ask.

Several things have come to my mind and I think they are lessons worth sharing.

Since my body is not yet where I want it to be, to fully eclipse, I decided not to take official pictures. My intention and plan to peak on the 19th was a “man-made” deadline. I can see that my eclipse, the “impossible,” will take a “little longer” than I originally planned.  I remain committed to the outcome.

We can plan for an outcome and I think that’s good. We can attempt to force things to happen and that may not be good.

Things we decide to do, or deadlines we impose are all man-made. Deadlines like a contest, cosmetic nutrition, training, a certain condition or appearance, are all man-made, or “man” determined.

Can we fit our recovery neatly into a 7 day man made week?

Can we make pin point accurate predictions about variables that we didn’t know exist or things that are out of our control?

The muscles recover when the system has been restored. Period.

Competition- whether its figure, bikini, or bodybuilding- it’s all man-made and even when you don’t use drugs the condition one achieves is not normal. In many instances this can mean that this low fat muscular condition may not be healthy or safe- but it does look good to the eyes- even though it will usually only last for one day!

How long does it take to achieve this condition and still feel healthy?

Each one of us will have to discover that for ourselves.

Yes- I know that we can “Transform” our appearance in a matter of weeks- and even then there doesn’t seem to be any guarantee that this Transformation condition can be maintained– unless we know how to.

I believe what I am expecting from my body is possible, it will just be a question of time.

I am reminded of the motto used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Seabees”) during World War II:

“The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.”

If we force ourselves to respond to someone else’s program we may experience an injury that will set us back and completely discourage us- which can take us completely “out of the game”. Ask me how I know this.

I believe I need to practice “Regret Prevention” by giving my body whatever time it needs to fully recover while I hold in my mind the image of what I want to accomplish.

I’m going to have to travel at the speed of Carlos if I am to remain healthy and avoid over training or injury.

So I didn’t make my “deadline.” Now what? Have I “failed”? Do I give up? NO! Think about Thomas Edison’s 10,000 experiments to find the perfect incandescent light bulb that would eventually be sold to the consumer and provide light to every household. He never gave up and never considered a “failed” experiment a “failure”!

He made many discoveries about what did not work! What if he would have given up? So…No. It’s not a place to be discouraged, or give up. To take a cue from Edison, we now know what did not work. Or took longer to work based on body recovery time. That’s all! He remained committed to the outcome because he didn’t give up on his desire, and neither should we!

You too will have to “Stay in your own lane”.

So dear reader this quest you are on- it’s really about you. Not what others have done, (whether possible or impossible). It’s not what others have accomplished, how they accomplished it or even how much time it took to accomplish! That information can give us motivation and inspiration. At the end of the day- your quest is about you finding what works for you.

Your Experiment Of One.

I remain committed to the outcome, however long that will take. I hold firmly in my mind the outcome I desire….it is only a matter of time for the “impossible” to be made possible. Watch me!

I maintain my current momentum and shoot for my next picture goal date of December 30th for my next attempt. I’m on course, working with my body, and fully committed to the outcome I hold clearly in my mind.

We must remember that our man-made deadlines must factor in elements of the unknown and may need adjustment when our goal date comes and goes without having realized our desire. Do we use this as an excuse to not be 100% committed to our current goal date? Do we use it as an “out” for not trying as hard as we can? NO! We do this with integrity. Full throttle, as if there were no other option!



An Almost Forgotten Concept

Normally when we think about momentum we think in terms of the speed that is built up as a result of an initial thrust. But lets take a look at what I feel is an acceptable dictionary definition for the purpose  of this discussion.

mo-men-tum (mo mentm, m-) n. , pl.  -tums or -ta (-t) [[ModL < L: see MOMENT]]   1 the impetus of a moving object   2 strength or force that keeps growing [a campaign that gained momentum ]   3 Physics, Mech.  the product of the mass of a particle, body, etc. and its velocity

So then what is an “impetus” in this context?

im-pe-tus (imp ts) n. , pl.  -tus-es [[L < impetere , to rush upon < in- , in + petere , to rush at: see FEATHER]]   1 the force with which a body moves against resistance, resulting from its mass and the velocity at which it is set in motion   2 anything that stimulates activity; driving force or motive; incentive; impulse

When we begin a program there is an initial setting of things into motion, a push or a thrust.  The impetus would be the driving force or our GRW (Great Reason Why) we began this undertaking to begin with.

In addition:

“1: a property of a moving body that the body has by virtue of its mass and motion and that is equal to the product of the body’s mass and velocity; broadly : a property of a moving body that determines the length of time required to bring it to rest when under the action of a constant force or moment

2: strength or force gained by motion or by a series of (continued) events

So even though we have an initial starting point or thrust it can slow down and lose speed and as stated even  “come to a rest” if we do not continue to apply the necessary action that will keep it building up speed. The more components we add, the more “speed” we will build. We know the components- nutrition, action, consistancy, and the motivation to continue.

Sentence structure:

“The company has had a successful year and hopes to maintain its momentum by introducing new products.”

So remembering the concept of momentum can be an encouragement to all of us on those days when we think we are not seeing the results we were hoping for. Its important to remember that we have set these things in motion by the actions we have already taken and it could just be a matter of time before we actually see the results.

My thoughts are that my continued training for those 30 years after competition has given me the momentum to attempt the Eclipse, because as long as we continue applying action- we are building up speed- a very important thing for me to remember right now.

Eight days away from the Target Photo Date and my thoughts are since I have built up momentum in these last few months and switched from year around strength training to the Eclipse mode and because-

“The truth is that I am committed to the outcome (The Eclipse) not the method.” 

And at this point not even the time frame I am looking at this photo session as my first attempt.

Mission Eclipse First Attempt 8 days.