Category Archives: Family

Setting visual goals

As part of my New Year’s Resolution I decided that I was going to lose weight. While I did have a number of pounds to lose I also chose an article of clothing for my goal. Not surprising but I chose a pair of paintball pants as my article of clothing. They were given to me as a gift by a friend who I consider family and that’s why they’re special. I could have very easily had them swapped for a size that fit, but they are my motivation pants so I kept them. The motivating part is in the fact that they are a medium/large (which is a 32 to 36 waist). See when I started playing paintball I started in XXL pants and over the past year I’ve been able to move down to an XL. While playing this past Sunday I noticed that my pants were getting loose so I decided to try on the medium/large pants that up until now I couldn’t get into. Much to my surprise I was not only able to get into them, but button them up and move around enough to possibly play in. While I may hold off on playing in them, it surely was encouraging to see that my goal is attainable. Finding motivation in any way shape or form is important to keep on the right track. In my case the scale has been moving slowly, but I can see it in my clothes and now my motivation pants.

photo 4

photo 1

What goals did you set for yourself in 2013? How do you plan to measure your success as you go towards your goals?

Lazy Sunday

One thing I never get to enjoy anymore is a lazy Sunday. You know the ones where you run around the house in your pajamas all day and never leave the house. That’s what I’ll be doing today – going to Starbucks with the boys followed by a nice home cooked breakfast by the wife while I read the Sunday paper. Then I’ll be moving over to the couch where there will be mass quantities of snuggling with the boys and watching TV. Maybe I’ll squeeze in a nap or two but who knows. It’s a lazy day and anything could happen so I’ll take what I can get. The only plans the wife and I have are going to my mom’s place for Christmas dinner. Yes that’s right I said Christmas dinner. It’s actually tradition to do Christmas Eve dinner at my mom’s house, but this year she went up North to be with her mom for Christmas so we postponed dinner. So instead of dinner at our place we’ll just have dinner at mom’s place and hopefully AVOID Coldstone as it’s too close to her place.

Starbucks

couch

assed out

Do you ever get to have a lazy day? What’s your idea of the perfect lazy day?

New Year….. New Rules

With 2013 starting off on a positive note I’ve decided it’s time for some changes in my life. No longer will I allow others to dictate how I spend my time and I’ve decided to allow for more “me” time. This year will be filled with the things I love such as paintball, theme parks and plenty of fun times with friends. Last year I allowed my life to be dictated by others and this made for some pretty miserable times. With that being said I’m holding myself personally accountable for the following.

Family:

This year I’ll work on trying to deal with family in a better way. I’m fine with most of my immediate family; however there are a few that the relationship is strained between. I’ll do my part to try and rectify things, but it’s a two way street and I’m not going to put in 100% of the effort.

family 2

Paintball:

2013 is the year of paintball for this guy and I’m committing to do at least three different scenario games. Whether they are at our local field, South Florida or even Georgia they are on my radar and I will pick at least 3. I missed out last year on a few events that I wished I had done, but time just didn’t allow for it. This year I won’t allow that to be a factor. I’ve made some good friends thru the sport and look forward to expanding and making even more friends who share this common interest in 2013.

paintball

Fitness:

This year I’m committing myself to a fit life. No longer will I be a slave to the sweets and allow them to affect me physically or emotionally. This is important to me as it will help me pursue my paintball aspirations. I know last year I said I wanted to play at least one tournament and I think this will be my year to do so. In 2013 I’ll be devoting more time to a sport I truly love and fully support. For those I know who play as well I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming season.

Gym

Relaxation:

I’m holding myself personally accountable for at least one fun day every two months. This could be a simple as a quiet day at the beach with my wife or visiting our favorite Theme park (Universal Studios) for some fun filled rides and excitement. Either way it’ll be about taking time away from work to spend with the wife, something we are both equally guilty of doing.

blue

Sleepy Blue

Charity:

With the year kicking into full gear already we’d like to spend more time doing charity work. This could literally be anything from helping out at Habitat for Humanity or even helping out with Toys for Tots. We’ll also be collecting bikes again for Jingle Bikes for Kids again. I was genuinely surprised at how few bikes they had to give out this past year.

Habitat

What changes have you vowed to make in your life for 2013? How do you plan to accomplish them?

New Year’s resolutions

With 2012 coming to an end I’ve started thinking about New Year’s resolutions and decided 2013 is going to the “Year of Mike”. Something I’ve tried in the past but failed miserably at due to letting others manipulate my schedule. The year seemed as if it flew by and now with 2013 approaching it’s time to set some resolutions.

Fitness:

In 2013 I plan on creating a workout routine and sticking to it, holding myself accountable with goals and rewards. With that being said I’ve decided my goal weight is going to be 200lbs. This will leave me with about 35lbs to lose over the year and I know I can do it if I stick to my guns and workout as I have in the past. This will also be the year of my first 5k race. I’m not sure when or where, but I will commit to and run one.

photo 2

Vacation:

In 2012 once again I’ve failed to take all my vacation time, time which my company gives to me and if I don’t use it I’ll lose it. I’ve determined vacation is going to be a key ingredient in making my resolutions a success. Vacation will also allow me more time to be spent doing the hobbies which I love to do. Hobbies that help maintain my sanity as well as reducing stress.

1

photo 2Charity:

Charity is another area where I was lacking, but I feel 2013 will be a great year for us and doing as much charity work as our schedules will allow us to. This is going to be the year we spend growing Jingle Bikes for Kids.

bikes final

Family:

Family time seemed to be at a minimum for 2012. I’m hoping to spend more time doing family “functions” or “activities”. Family activities this year seemed to be at a minimum due to work schedules. Vacation time and working normal hours should allow for this to happen.

4

Blogging:

I know I haven’t been blogging long, but I plan to be more active with my blog in 2013. This past year if I’ve only learned one thing about blogging is to post often. I’ve been thinking about this one for a bit and I’ll be attempting to expand my blog over the next year and create a more structured approach. I’ll be incorporating several items and features which over time should take me to where I’d like it to be.

What goals have you set your sites on for 2013? How do you plan on reaching and maintaining them?

Coincidence or Fate

Not many know but this Dec 4th was two years since my father in law passed. A man who I admired for many reason. He lived most of his life from a wheelchair but that never held him back in the least bit. From opening and running several businesses and always making time for family no matter what. He loved the holiday and family much more which why I’ve chosen to do this post today.

206956_1030904344433_1321_n

The past few months have been a constant reminder of how we all miss him but have decided to try and make a difference in our lives or the lives of others. As I previously posted this year the wife and I decided to create a tradition, one to honor his memory and let his spirit for the holidays live on. We’ve gone and bought two bikes and created a Facebook page called “Jingle Bikes for Kids”. The purpose for this page was to encourage those to take the time and consider donating a bike to “Toys for Tots” or any other charitable organization. After all the holidays are about the kids and who didn’t love waking up to find a new bike under the tree? He did love the holidays and all the joy it brought the kids.

On Friday Nov 30th 2012 the wife (who belongs to Yelp Elite) got an invitation to go attend a VIP party at Busch Garden’s (Christmas Town) an event that after going we knew it’s almost like it was designed for her father. The lit trees everywhere, Christmas carolers, sing-along train and many attractions are things he would have total enjoyed. Coincidence or Fate?

IMG_3717

Prior to going to Busch Garden we had extra time before the event so we chose to eat prior to going. Right next door to Busch Gardens is Mel’s Hot Dogs yet another place my father-in-law loved so we ended up eating there. This was actually the first time I had been there but I knew of the place. From the minute I walked in I knew why my father-in-law loved the place. See he was a huge Coca-Cola fan and the colors in Mel’s reflected that, not to mention the food is awesome. So after eating we made our way to Busch Gardens and proceeded to enter. Walking thru the entire time I kept thinking “If he were still here this is where he would have wanted to come for the holidays”. As we continued thru we came upon a row of what appeared to be small cottages which sold everything from Christmas ornaments to delicious holiday treats. The wife and I stopped at one to get a hot cup of cocoa and a cookie. While we sat there in soaked in the sights and sounds I couldn’t help but think of my father-in-law. I could totally see him sitting there in his wheelchair sipping a hot cocoa and eating a cookie while carrying on a conversation with Mrs. Claus. Yes….. Mrs. Claus was there walking around taking pictures with people, signing autographs and greeting all the little ones (who all were smiling from ear to ear). Continuing on we stumbled across a huge Coca-Cola sign there and once again we thought of him. He was an avid Coca-Cola collector and it showed. If it was Coca-Cola related he either had it at one time or still did. Walking thru the park we next stumbled upon the sing along train. We boarded the train which took us around the park at night. The train lit with lights and played Christmas music for all to sing along with. I sat back and watched as kids as young as five to people in their eighties all smiling and singing along. After getting off the train we walked back to the front of the park enjoying once again all the holiday sights and sounds. As we were leaving I couldn’t help but think of my father-in-law as the whole experience start to finish was something he would have enjoyed. Also throughout the night we saw many things that made us think of him and helped us remember why many people loved and admired him. So as my wife and I drove home discussing the events of the evening and how strange it was we couldn’t help but wonder. Was the entire evening fate or purely coincidence?

IMG_3782

IMG_3689

IMG_3730

IMG_3781

IMG_3780

Have you ever had a time where you felt like fate was the driving force in an event? Or do you feel as if it were pure coincidence?

The end is near

No I’m not referring to the Zombie Apocalypse, but the end of my vacation. I’ve been off the entire week and it’s taken me all of that to catch up on chores that have piled up over the past few months. I fixed a few things around the house, ran errands and even started to clean the garage. The one thing I did not catch up on is sleep. It’s funny how your body can get used to a schedule and not be able to adjust. I’m usually up between 5:00am and 6:00am for work during the week and my vacation apparently wasn’t any different. While everything was business as usual (as far as holiday stuff) we did take the opportunity for an impromptu visit to The Seminole Hard Rock Casino on Friday for a bit of much needed fun. We played the slots and ate lunch at The Hard Rock Café which is something we hadn’t done in a while. The place was empty and you could hear bells everywhere (even on the machines Nanci and I played). We were up on the slots and kept playing and playing for what seemed like hours until we were back to what we took with us. You see what I consider to be a good day at the casino is coming home with what you took (or maybe a bit more) and playing for a while with their money. Saturday brought Nanci to the movies with some family and I never left the couch (well maybe for a few but I decided to just relax, watch some TV and turn off the brain for a bit). Later than night we ended up at Nanci’s brother’s house for some pulled pork, corn muffins, coleslaw and grilled corn. You see her brother is a master chef when it comes to cooking (I believe he inherited that from his mom). Hopefully today will allow Nanci and I to get the Christmas tree setup and spend the last little bit of time together with the boys before going warp speed back into that crazy thing we call work and life.

Hard Rock

Hard Rock 2

Hard Rock 3

Lazy

Blue Elf

What do you normally consider a good vacation? Do you ever get any down time or is it as crazy as usual?

Random thoughts running thru my mind

I’ve decided to devote today to random thoughts that have been running thru my mind lately. With a million things going thru my head right now I’ll limit it to just a few.

1: Will we ever win the lottery? This one goes thru my mind all the time as I have a dream to build and run my own paintball field. The sad part is I have the location picked out, the store and fields designed in my mind. The only thing stopping me from doing this is the money. Another thing I’d do is donate part of it…… we have a few charities in mind and would definitely spread it around.

2: The wife and I have a special project in mind for the holidays and hope it will become a tradition for many. This one has been at the top of my mind as the holiday season grows closer. I can’t give any details yet but look for a special blog dedicated to it.

3: Will Tampa Bay Damage win World Cup? I know this one may seem silly but I feel for the guys now. They’ve referred to themselves as “Prelim All Stars” as they do great in the Prelims and then seem to fall apart on the day that matters. I wish them the best of luck and would love to see the last set of the season give them the big win.

4: Will I finally find balance between work and home? Those who know me think I’m a work-a-holic and it’s true for the most part. Even when I’m home I’m guilty of thinking about work. I know it’s sad but that’s why I’m trying to create more to do outside of work.

5: Will our family ever be complete? As I sit and play with our niece I wonder one day if we’ll ever have our own. I feel as if I already know the answer to that one but one I’m not quite ready to let go of it yet.

6: will my blog ever take off? I’ve been wondering this as of late. I’m impatient by default and expect things to magically happen overnight. I know deep down it will happen but the impatient side of me wished it would happen overnight. Realistically I’m happy with my progress and plan to continue regardless.

What random thoughts go thru your mind? Have you shared them with anyone lately?

A helping hand

I know most of my blogs have been paintball related and I’m trying to be a little more diverse in my posts. This year I’ve had the privilege of working with some worthwhile charities and as we get into the holiday season I’d love to do more. I know financially that just isn’t always possible, but your time can be just as valuable if not more when it comes to charity. My mission this season is to try and make time to work with a charity for a little bit. The only question is which one? There are so many worthwhile charities deserving of donated time from individuals that it’s hard to choose. Last November while out in California on vacation, we went with some family and actually donated time. Sitting here writing this post has made me reflect on those who are less fortunate. While there are those who will sit back and complain that they only got a 16gb iPod but wanted a 32gb. There are those who will be perfectly happy getting some crayons, coloring books and stuffed animal because their parents simply don’t have the means to provide them with all the presents they’d want to and more. So this holiday season, think about taking some time out of your busy schedule and donate to a worthy cause. I know I will be

Do you know of any worthwhile charities and if so what are they? Then take this challenge and make some time to donate this season to any charity. You’d be surprised what even one donated day can do to make someone’s holiday that much more special.

1

2

3

4

Back to the basics

Back to the basics can apply to many things as well but the one I plan to focus on is my personal fitness. This time last year I was about 215 and a few sizes smaller in the waste. Funny what a year of poor eating, not working out and being stressed will do to you. While I still have the stress in my life but at a much smaller level it’s time to introduce exercise and diet back into the mix. Exercise should help me reduce that stress even more and diet will hopefully help take the weight off. My goal is to hit 220 by the end of the year. Although it’s a pretty aggressive goal I’ve never been one to dive into anything slowly. I’ve also found that it’s easier if you have someone else working with you. In this case it’ll be my wife (she just doesn’t know it yet). My plan is simple……we’re going back to the basics – the basics of eating healthy, working out, and cardio. The basics of taking time out to concentrate on things we want and need to do. Also planning for the future and whatever it may hold for us. While it’s not going to be an easy road the basics is all it takes to make those little things in life you want to happen. With that being said chose one thing in your life that you wish was different and take it back to the basics. Rebuild from there and conquer what it is you’ve chosen.

If you could take one thing you’d want to take back to the basics what would it be and why? Now take this and use it to challenge yourself. There isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished by going back to the basics and putting forth an effort.

 

 

Mike 1

Mike 3

Mike 10

Mike 4

Mike 9

Mike 8

Mike 6