50 Jumping Jacks a Day for 10 Days
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50 Jumping Jacks a Day for 10 Days
Let me know if you want involved or request membership via this LINK
I’ve had a couple of comments from people over the last few days that hit me somewhere deep. Before getting into that. I have to provide some context.
Context #1: I have a public Facebook Page called DaddyShip. How this amazing name came about?
So Daddy Ship it was. My 4 year old daughter Ella and I make videos together. I came to the realization that I wanted to have real and true memories from my life for her and I to reflect back on, so videos have become a staple of our life together.
And, I’ve come to an astonishing realization. I don’t need to make long cinematic productions. In fact, I much more enjoy small snippets of something fun that we are doing together.
Context Number 2: Over the last year I became very focused on fitness and I recently set up a FB Challenge for people that were looking for a way to slowly get back into fitness. I used “My Road To Sparta” blog series to help motivate and have been blown away by how many people took it on, and how much fun it has been. I even made videos of Ella and I doing workouts together and posting them to the group.
So back to the comments.
The First: A coworker and good friend, made a comment about my video with Ella. He thought it was amazing that Ella was only 4, yet so into fitness and working out. He told me she would know and love fitness her whole life because she was growing up with it.
The Second: From a girl on FB who is in my Fitness Challenge.
Today was a rough one, my emotions got the best of me. The husband got home from work, I laid my youngest down for bed and I got in the car. I started to turn into the parking lot of the liquor store, at this point balling my eyes out because I couldn’t handle how I was feeling and didn’t want to handle it. Then I remembered your words and I turned the car around..so here I am at the gym. Where else would I go!? You’ve been an inspiration and I thank you for it!
The Third: From a FB friend after commenting on a picture of Ella, and me replying Thank you.
You’re welcome! All of the videos you two make together are the cutest!…you guys are making amazing memories for her to cherish one day…she is a lucky girl to have such amazing, loving, caring parents
These comments presented a clear problem.
And it all comes back to this site and the brand that I have been building.
I love the word Meraki because it means to put love, soul, and creativity into all that you do. It looks cool and it sounds awesome (May Rah Key). The number 5 ensures it’s uniqueness and represents 5 pillars to be founded on.
My content touches 1 of these 5 areas. I firmly believe that true happiness comes from elevating all the areas of life that mean the most to you.
Meraki5 is a mechanism to bridge the professional world. But that was a mistake. And these comments helped to highlight that.
I am my own brand and I am seemingly hiding behind a “Meraki5” image. Trying to keep my professional and personal life separate is not only stupid, it’s working against me.
I need to be genuine and authentic….I need to be myself and let you into my life. I don’t yet know how to solve this problem but I wanted you, as my reader, to at least have insight into me and who I really am.
I love being a dad first and foremost and will never offshore that to someone else because I am too busy with work.
I want my daughter to have many many many meaningful conversations with me so that I can teach her and guide her. I don’t want that being filled in by babysitters, teachers, coaches, etc.
I love my career and challenging myself. But I also love writing. And podcasting. And my friends. And fitness. And sometimes getting really really really drunk with my fellow tribesman (those that are the closest to me).
I am NOT someone who has it all figured out. I spend lots of time each day trying to learn. Trying to grow. Trying to expand. Trying to become better.
BUT you don’t know that. Because you don’t really know me.
And, I cannot set out to do what I want to do, with that being the case.
Which is, to help where I can. To share insights that have had a profound impact. To entertain and to add value. To you. For you and for me.
I don’t know how to solve it. But I do know this. If you have enjoyed the content thus far, it will only get better from here on out. Because I’m taking off the mask.
The Meraki5 Fitness Challenge Started Today. We have over 40 members committed to start adding exercise into their daily lives.
50 Jumping Jacks a Day for 10 days. Day 1 and Day 10 you will do as many jumping jacks as you can in 2 minutes. The other days you do 50 jumping jacks all at once or throughout the day. That’s it.
There will be incremental activities I post each day to keep you engaged and having fun. Members have no obligation to complete these but I encourage all to give them a shot.
LINK is HERE if you would like to join.
Day 1 Motivation Letter to all Members:
This is day 1
The Start of A Journey
Not his, Not Hers
This is your road, because it’s you who will build it
You’re here because you’re sick of the NORM
You’re sick of living within the confines of mediocrity
Beneath the weight of common beliefs
You’re sick of not feeling attractive
of not feeling good
of having little energy
of being stressed
of being full of emotions, that are weighing you down
You’re sick of caring about what other people think
You’re sick of all the baggage
And you’re ready to light it on fire
To take back what is yours
To start living for you
The stress will fall the more you sweat
The sad emotions will be replaced by euphoric like sensation
The confidence will erase the care for others perceptions
The haters will die, and the legends will flourish
Life happens at the end of your comfort zone
Get ready for discomfort
Get ready for pain
It’s you’re ticket to fulfillment
And it will cost you a change in mentality
From being a sheep to becoming a lion
Take what is yours
Live with Meraki.
I am envious of this up and coming generation
Drinking no longer seems to be cool
Fitness and health are top priority
It’s life adventure over possession
Experiences over big houses and debt defining cars
It’s all about chasing freedom
And finding fulfillment
Sure, there are still A holes
And pampered babies
But the cool cats know what’s up
They don’t bully, they include
They don’t criticize, they encourage
They’d rather ride a bike to work than own a car
They’d rather save for living than live in debt
They refuse to be fooled by the food industry that has sickened us all
Smoking is absurd – it just is
Avocados and quinoa are here to stay
Ski a mountain
Surf a wave
Hike a trail
Fall in love with this beautiful creation from God
I spent my 20’s partying – The new generation will spend it living a life we all dream of
At least, that’s my hope.
Have you ever felt like you say too much?
Or, do you sometimes feel like you said something stupid?
Something that you now regret?
If you are anything like me, you just said “yes, yes, and hell yes.”
And, you may enjoy this short reading as much as I did.
As always, I pulled together a podcast for me to have as my own reference and am sharing for anyone who is as interested in the content as I am.
The new podcast is up – A quick (6 minute) reading from “The 48 Laws of Power” that I found highly entertaining and insightful.
Law #4 – Always Say Less Than Necessary.
For me, an insight into why I sometimes need to just shut up.
Find it by searching for “The Chad Shipley Show” on all major podcast platforms. Common platform links below:
…continued from “Performance over Perception”
I hated running
But I started to run
1 mile, 3 miles, 5 miles
11.2 miles – on the beach, in the sand
No shirt, no shoes, no problem
And I wasn’t just running
I was racing
Racing an old me
An old time
1 mile in under 7:30
Then under 7
Then under 6:30
2 miles in 15:30
Then under 15
Then under 14
3 miles in 27
Then under 25
Then under 24
Insanity and Shaun T was over
T25 was fun, but behind me
It was time to design my own workouts
To become my own coach
My own inspiration
I dreamed about having my own gym
And helping people feel what I was feeling
Like I was on top of the world
And that I could do anything
I was focused on the race but dreaming about the next one
And the one after that
And the one 10 years from now
With my daughter at the finish line
Cheering me on
Yesterday she said
“I hope you win daddy”
I told her that I probably wouldn’t
Her response will live with me forever
“Work hard and don’t ever give up”
And she’s right
I already won
Because I’m in the race
Off the couch
And finding a better me
I’m proud of myself
And I feel proud for what I have done
For what I have become
And for what I have shown myself I can do
For what I’ve taught my daughter
For what I’ve taught myself
It’s an amazing feeling
It was an amazing journey
And I know there’s more to come
My first spartan race is tomorrow
Mens Elite Sprint
No age bracket
No beginners run
No friends to joke with while they pull me up the wall
It’s me and my destiny
…continued from “My Demise”
The mindset started to change
From other’s perception
to my own reality
From looking good
To feeling better
From looking strong
To being stronger
A notion that consumed me
Mental and Physical Performance
An elevation of life
To push boundaries
To escape comfort
And to live a life worth living
It was becoming bigger than that
I needed to test my performance
and figure out my flaws
I needed a call to action
A road that led to battle
A clear wish often becomes reality
And reality was right in front of me
The Spartan Home Page
An overview of obstacles
And then the date
3 months away
The open race that meant nothing would be fun
The elite race that puts it all on the line would be outright embarrassing
I’ve taken the easy route before
Too many times
And I’m after something different
Something that will make me feel better
About being me
Elite Mens Race it was
Time to kick it up…
Making the decision to change is step 1. Following in love with the Process is step 2. Battling setbacks is an inevitable step 3. Pushing new boundaries is Step 4. You can and will do THIS.
….continued from “A Key Insight”
It was three months of hard work
Of balancing fitness with life
Of finding something deep inside
Of becoming something better
Of becoming proud
It was three months of decent eating
And 0 sips
I mean absolution
Not 1 sip of alcohol
Not because it’s a problem
Because it’s an ingredient for a different type of life
One for a life I used to live
A couple drinks here
A couple drinks there
This new road required a different standard
For three months I was on it
The only person who could stop me, was me
And that’s when it almost happened
When I let weakness creep in
When I began to think that I could integrate this new path of fitness with poor fillers of gratification
Most people can and do
But to me, even a sip takes me away from being the person that I am setting out to be
And worse, 1 day spent hung over, has always been enough to derail all physical progress
And here I was
At the crossroads
a St. Patty day dinner party with my family and 300 other enthused and lit up goers
Live music from the 50’s and 60’s
Drinks all around
I started with a bottle of water and some pink salt
An electrolyte cocktail
But then it moved on to an innocent drink
One after the next as we spent the night dancing
It was fun and it was safe
What most people would consider a necessary night out
But it was enough to throw me off balance
To question all of the work
To question this desire to keep pushing forward
To keep growing and chasing
This is how it happened every time before
Some people climb mountains
Some never leave a sofa
Most live somewhere in between
Which is fine, if you keep growing
But I was settling
And settling is dying
I couldn’t do it
I couldn’t throw away the work
Not this time
I was back in the gym pronto
And back on a road that needed to be built
A destination that needed to be chased
There would be more similar bumps along the way
And it would take months before there was another “Enough is Enough” moment
But the test of persistence started on that day
3 months in
5 months ago
The next stop
Getting hit is inevitable. Getting back up is the true test of courage. I know you’ve been hit and you may fear getting hit again. Greatness comes when you stand back up and FIGHT.
…continued from “The Insanity”
It was 7am
A war between four walls just came to an end (Racquetball)
I stepped out of the court and into the gym
Inspiration was all around me
There was only 1 thing left to do
1 thing left before returning to my mediocre life
To my 8-5
To my place as a spoke on a spoke wheel
It was time for pain
An exercise routine I call a 5x5x5
5 Exercises, 5 Reps each exercise, for 5 sets
As fast as you can
All in push up position
You only break when you need to
Somewhere in the middle I broke
My knees hit the floor and my chin hit my chest
My vision was a wet blur
And my breathing was out of control
And then it happened
One of the most profound insights I have ever had
I looked at the floor 2 feet below
I saw a puddle of sweat and I smiled
I shook my head
Because I realized that this is what it’s all about
Becoming unstoppable and unbreakable
Realizing how far you can go
How much pain you can endure
And how good it really feels
My pain now was different than my pain 3 months ago
It wasn’t the pain of being out of shape
It was the pain of hard work
And it felt beautiful
Outcomes (like a 6 pack) are byproducts to the true reward
The glory is in the work
It’s in the process
And it’s in everything we do
If you don’t love the work, then the outcome will always suffer
But when you fall in love
With the sweat, and with the pain, in the process
Then there is nothing that can stop you
And there is no outcome that you can’t achieve
It’s a mental war
The only thing that can limit your greatness is you
And that’s exactly what almost ripped me apart
And brought it all to an end
I’ve let myself down time and time again. So have you. I know that because we all have. This journey was no different. I hit hurdles and I struggled with finding a balance between social enjoyments and optimized health. It was my personal downfall that we all can relate to in one way or another. Read about my struggle.
…continued from “The Dad Bod”
I was 5 minutes in and I thought I was going to die
60 days of this was impossible
Another 20 minutes was impossible
I was never going to make it
But there was no way I could quit…not yet
I had to keep going
Alone in my basement
In front of the TV
There I was
Standing at the border of mediocrity and greatness
Up, down, side to side
On my knees
On the ground
Begging for air
Pleading for recovery
Whining like a baby
Shaun T and his perfectly sculpted physique telling me to move
To go harder
I hated every grueling second
And I was mad at how hard it was
Mad at how out of shape I was
And how long it would take to get back
I had no idea how much joy was waiting on the other side of this process
Did I do every single workout – No
Did I stick to the plan 100% – No
Did I keep going – Yes
Did I finish every class I started – You bet
Did I get stronger, faster, and in amazing shape – Roger that
Was I dripping in sweat after each workout – Ya buddy
Did I do it even when I didn’t want to – Every time
Did I start smiling – Yep
Did I start living – Like never before
Did I stumble upon an amazing and profound insight
This isn’t just my journey. It’s the beginning of yours. I struggled to find this part of my life and I spent years searching for fulfillment in all the wrong places. If you fear the work required to find the joy, you have to know THIS.