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One of my favorite lessons I learned in early recovery, was how to view everything as a privilege rather than an obligation or chore.

In my past, I looked at most things as something I was being forced to do. I had to have a job to pay bills and fines. I had to stay sober so people would leave me alone. I had to call my family because they needed me to check in. I needed to work out because I was so unhealthy. What an awful, victim mentality…it got me NOWHERE!

My first opportunity was going to jail. It was a chance to get clean and take my mind and my life back. Because I was able to view incarceration as a gift and an opportunity, I decided to continue with everything after the fact. Leaving jail was a gift. My family support and my first job were gifts. Everything is a gift, a blessing, or an opportunity; including my LIFE.

Change the way you look at your job, your life, and your relationships. Today is a gift and so is everything and everyone in it. Thank for giving me the opportunity to share what God has done in my life.

I hope your week is awesome!



Full-Body Strength

Warm-up: 5-10 minutes of light cardio (e.g., treadmill or stationary bike)

  1. Squat:

    • 4 sets of 8-10 reps

    • Use a barbell or dumbbells for added resistance.

  2. Bench Press:

    • 4 sets of 8-10 reps

    • Use a barbell or dumbbells.

  3. Bent-Over Rows:

    • 3 sets of 10 reps

    • Use a barbell or dumbbells.

  4. Romanian Deadlifts:

    • 3 sets of 10 reps

    • Use a barbell or dumbbells for this hamstring and lower back exercise.

  5. Pull-Ups or Lat Pulldowns:

    • 3 sets of 8-10 reps

    • Focus on controlled, full-range movements.

  6. Planks:

    • 3 sets of 30-60 seconds

    • Strengthen your core with these static holds.

Cool-down: 5-10 minutes of stretching, focusing on major muscle groups.

Workout provided by: Juan Martinez at West Texas Strength Training Facility


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