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Congratulations Marissa on your success! Proud of you! Pictured above.


Being one of the Trainers for the DCG (Abq’s Pro-Football Team), I get to see what most do not. I get to see the tears, fears, and anger experienced only through the eyes of a professional athlete when experiencing a loss. I also get to experience the excitement, exhilaration, and joy of the wins standing inside the pit with the players during games. The difference between both is mindset.

Let me explain. Going into the second half in Phoenix we were up by 2 against the top team in the entire IFL (the league we compete in.) While in Phoenix Arizona in front of over 10,000 individuals in the same stadium the Phoenix Suns play, we were beating this top ranked team. The last play of the 2nd quarter going into half-time our QB was sacked and suffered a pretty serious injury. Those that don’t know the QB is the heartbeat and the mastermind driving scoring in the game of football. I along with Nancy carried our QB off the field and begin providing medical services to him. The entire mindset of the team went from excitement and exhilaration to fear and anger instantly. We were obliterated in the second half of the game and lost.

The opposite was true just this last weekend. We went into the second half of our home game against the second-best rated team in the IFL 0 to 30. Yes, we did not score a single point and they scored 30. Embarrassing to say the least. Remember we are down our star QB, and our new ones just hadn’t clicked just yet. Coming out of the locker room into the second half though, something shifted. The mindset of the team! We had a great play by our offense that drove our first point of the game and all of a sudden, a “can do” attitude came upon the entire team. The drives were harder, the plays were better executed, and the overall mindset shifted. We outscored the visiting team in the second half of the game but unfortunately it was another loss suffered by our players.

What was the difference between the first half and the second half of both games – mindset. What is the difference between you achieving your fitness goals and not – mindset? What is the difference between you achieving any goals you set your mind to or not – YOUR MINDSET!

Our players raw talent is better than any team out there. Their ability to keep the mindset necessary to stay in the game while facing adversity is where the problem lies. I try not to get political in anything I do but just look at the term – Be a Zelensky. In the face of overwhelming pressure and power he has some how found a way to win. Now winning in these terms is up for interpretations but you understand my point.

So, if this man can overcome all his adversity – why can’t we achieve that which we desire? Its our mindset period. You have to want what you desire more then anything and then fight like hell for it. You can never give up and if you fall down – get your ass back up and fight again with differing tactics. Our players used differing tactics to win our second half. They didn’t give up and they outperformed the other team that was royally kicking our asses. Although it wasn’t enough – I was sincerely impressed.

Your action items:

1. Reflect on your current mindset when thinking about your milestones in life you would like to achieve.

2. Is it one of “I’ll get to it tomorrow” or is it “I’m starting right now and come rain, snow, hell, or high water – I’m going to do it?”

3. Be real with yourself and be aware of your mindset toward that desired goal.

4. If the mindset isn’t there – I’d suggest finding something that is more worth your while.

The beauty of eVOLV and UpMo is that our community is supportive and has the correct can-do MINDSET. Those of you needing a supportive community of fitness enthusiasts, I invite you to get your booty in here or use on of our virtual options to see what we are all about. I also invite you to attend this years Rise of the Phoenix Fitness Show and Extravaganza April 23, 2022, at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque Hotel. This may be just what you need to be inspired for your own mindset. More information below.

Speaking of mindsets, I proudly produce eVOLV Strong with C.J. Podcasts Tuesdays and Thursdays in order to keep wellness front and center of your thoughts. The only charge is to subscribe, rate, and share! More information below.

Our schedule of wellness is as follows:

Monday – eVOLV’s Newsletter covering “Healthy Habits” & recipes.

Tuesday – eVOLV with C.J. Podcast & a Positive Member Highlight

Wednesday – C.J.’s Wellness Blog (the one you’re reading today)

Thursday – eVOLV with C.J. Podcast

Friday – eVOLV’s Newsletter giving you a weekend healthy recipe!

These pieces are meant to help remind you that your health is critical in this thing called life! These tidbits of information are here to help inspire you to make the right decisions during your day. Use them! Share them! Subscribe to them!

Speaking of being inspired, the 2022 Rise of the Phoenix Fitness Show and Extravaganza is right around the corner! I invite you to come and help celebrate the successes of this year’s participants April 23, 2022, at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque on University and Menaul with doors opening at 6 pm MST. Here is a link to purchase this year’s tickets (THEY ARE SELLING OUT SO DO IT NOW):

I’ll see you again tomorrow on eVOLV Strong with C.J. Podcast!

Start Strong, Stay Strong & Always Be eVOLV and UpMo Strong!

Your Trainer – C.J.

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