It’s been a fun week. It’s been a busy week. It’s been a very rewarding week. First off, the switch in my diet is paying off and I have found some MUCH needed energy. That’s been the hardest thing for me the past couple years. Broken thyroids don’t lend themselves to giving out much energy.
But, this week — I’ve felt a tremendous difference in my energy levels. But, I am not going to talk about that here. Scroll down in my weekly numbers and I’ll come more in depth. I just needed to mention it here, because it’s something I’ve been PRAYING for, for years.
One reason I have also felt very energetic as of late probably has a lot to do with Spring and the switch of the clock. This time of the year has always been my favorite — especially after months of dark, cold, stupid winter. Spring is a renewal of all things — and quite honestly — I get more excited for my projects now than at the start of the year. This feels like the start of the year to me.
And, I guess, historically speaking — April was the start of the new year on many calendars. So, there’s something there in how I am feeling.
This past week I’ve had some great advances in a few projects I am working on. As might know, since November I’ve been involved with Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) — I joined a grassroots movement in Bountiful and have been involved since.
But, one project that Jorge and I — along with a few others — have kept fairly quite about. But, we have started a race series called RACE (Runners Against Child Exploitation) — I won’t bore you with the details here. But, scroll down a bit more for more information and our social media links. I’m WAY stoked about this project — because this is a cause that I am extremely passionate about.
Anyways — as you can tell — I am very excited about many things right now. I haven’t even mentioned that it’s Easter weekend … and … that I have a race tomorrow. I am running the Eggs Legs 5K in North Salt Lake with Elsha. Won’t lie … I’m also excited to run with Elsha! But, then again … who isn’t?
Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy Friday! Actually — Happy Good Friday! Happy Running! And, why not .. Happy Life!
IT’S A NEW “ARE WE PREPARED, YET?!!”
Pod Bash took a bit of a sabbatical last week after the passing of Chunga’s father. My deepest sympathies to Chunga, Spinari and their family. Losing a family member sucks — and it’s a bittersweet time. And, after a week off — Chunga is excited to be back at work and so are we!
This episode of AWPY? talks about disaster movies. No, not disastrous movies. But, movies about disasters. You know, like — 2012, Day After Tomorrow, Dante’s Peak, Twister, etc., etc. Spencer and I are going to occasionally review these movies and tell you what things you should and should not be doing from their (good/bad) examples.
It should be a fun project. Give it a listen here …
THE ABOLITIONIST MOVIE
This past week, the producers of The Abolitionists held a special screening of the movie at the Megaplex Legacy Crossing Theatres in Centerville for the volunteers, donors and families of those involved with the grassroots causes in Kaysville and Bountiful last year.
This was the first time I’ve seen the movie. Sure, I’ve seen the trailer and a bunch of content from the movie — just not the full movie. Until, now. And, it’s changed my life.
I didn’t know exactly what to think or feel about going into the movie? So, I just kind of let myself be unguarded and open to what I saw and felt. And, it got me — numerous times. Numerous times.
The ugliness of human trafficking — especially that of child sex trafficking — is beyond description. It’s an ugliness that’s not just seen with the eyes, but felt with the heart. It’s ugly. It’s powerful. And, it’s real.
We believe the notion that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln — but, sadly that is not true. He might have helped end institutionalized slavery within our country — but, it hasn’t ended. In fact, there are over 27 million enslaved people worldwide! And, of those 27 million — two million are children. And, a number of those are sex slaves.
Basically, there are more slaves NOW in the world today than at any time of our history. Even when institutionalized slavery was the law here in the U.S. Just think about that?
Can you start seeing why I am involved with organizations like The Abolitionists, OUR, Fight The New Drug and UCAP? This is a fight not just to save children from slavery, but this about rescuing them and persecuting their captors.
If you want to see The Abolitionist it will be hitting theaters here in Utah on May 16th. Stay tuned into my Facebook and the blog for more information. And, if you are interested in getting involved please .. and, I mean please … contact me.
RUNNERS AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION
As mentioned above my friend (and I guess business partner, but more friend than anything) Jorge and I have started a non-profit called Runners Against Child Exploitation (RACE). There are many reasons for this — namely, because we’ve been touched by the missions of OUR and The Abolitionist and have known for quite a while that we NEEDED to do more.
Being heavily involved in the running community we wanted to combine our two passions and the creation of RACE is our way doing that.
So what exactly are we doing? What are we about?
Well, I’ll give you a 10-second answer to that — because, we’ll be adding a few things in the near future that I can’t announce quite yet.
First off, we’re going to be organizing a number of local and statewide races — mainly 5K and 10K races under the banner of RACE. These races will benefit organizations like OUR and other organizations both local, national and international that are dedicated to eliminating child exploitation worldwide.
We are shooting for our inaugural RACE 5K/10K in July or August of this summer. Odds are it will be in the Salt Lake City area. Again, more details will be made available later. So hold tight.
We have been working closely with OUR and a number of other local organizations on launching the RACE series. And, both Jorge and I have been BEYOND anxious to get things going. And, after watching The Abolitionist on Wednesday night — that anxiousness elevated itself.
That anxiousness isn’t from the eagerness to just start a project or do what we’ve been planning for months. It’s an anxiousness to save kids — to save their lives, grant them their freedom and to change the world. I can’t think of bigger social ill plaguing our society than human trafficking — specifically child sex trafficking.
It’s time that we stand up and erase this ugliness from our society once and for all. It’s time to say NO more!
If you’re interested in joining our cause — you can join us right now on our Instagram account. We’ll be launching a website shortly — so please stay tuned.
THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS
COMMENTARY: It’s been another great week for me. Lost another 1.4lbs — which makes me happy. Especially considering how busy of a week it has been. And, honestly, I could have done more. I wish I got one more run — I missed Tuesday’s workout because of a few projects I had to get done in the evening. Plus, I accidentally slept in — I missed my 5am alarm.
Anyways — I am still going in the right direction and that’s what matters. The garcinia combogia and foresklin have been helping and quite honestly most of my success probably comes from adding that to my diet. They’re not magic pills — but, they help burn fat and suppress my appetite. Which has helped me not crave lots of sugary or sugar loaded foods.
Anyways — I am excited to see what I can do next week! I am hoping for a big number — especially considering that I will have most of my evening frees for a few longer-ish runs. YEAH!
WEIGHT: 277.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.5%
WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
LAST WEEK (3/18/16)
WEIGHT: 278.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.8%
THIS WEEK (3/25/16)
WEIGHT: 277.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.5%
THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT: -1.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: -0.3%
- I’ve been following all the news — like mostly everyone else around the world — about the Brussels terror attacks. One of interest is that of Mormon missionary Elder Mason Wells — one of four Mormon missionaries injured in the attack. Did you know he was also in Boston during the Boston Marathon bombings AND was in France (albeit a few hours away) during the Paris attacks last fall? Amazing coincidence.
- This has kind of been all that my running groups have been talking about this past week. Did Molly Huddle swing her arms deliberately? I’m not sure? I’ve been trying to figure that out myself … it sure looks suspicious, but I’m inclined to think no. Still … DAH, DAH, DAAAHHH.
- This seems like something I should be doing this Easter … mmmmm … Peep Sushi.
- Not going to lie — this is a great read. I love sharks, but I am a little nutty specifically about whale sharks. Not sure exactly why? But, I think they are the great things to grace the ocean blue — and one day I want to swim with them.
- An All That reunion show? I’m all about that!
- The Runner reality show? Um, I’d probably be out on week one … but, I want to do it. But, then again I’ve always wanted to be a reality show. I tried out for The Biggest Loser twice — obviously didn’t get on. And, I may or may not have tried to apply for The Bachelor. Their lose.
- Oh man — posts like these make me miss my Grandma. She would deliberately do things like these — knowingly and unknowingly.
- Luckily, I’ve never had a situation at work where I’ve had to leave a note to try to dissuade people to steal my food. But, for my entertainment — I’m glad these people did.
- Bananas? Songs? Banana songs? Yep, and here are the top six songs about bananas.
- This is too cool. This 12 year old is trying to race a 5K in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. I love that kids this young have such ambitious fitness goals. I only wish I was similarly like minded at that age. But, I wasn’t — I was off daydreaming about fruit turnovers and Gummy Bears.
- I love historical pictures like these — especially when they show a ‘NOW & THEN’ picture of the same place. Pretty cool.
- And, I’m leaving you with this awesomeness. This is how I want to go out when I kick the bucket!