Why Blog?

In the world of social media, one could make the assumption that a blog is just another platform to overshare.  There are many reasons as to why people choose to blog whether personally, professionally, branding, memory preservation, or for collaborations across brands.

All blogs have their purpose for the identified author and audience.

 

When I first started my corner of the blogging world, I started out with sharing experience’s, places, networking and promoting brands and products with giveaways and challenges.  It has evolved into a place where I can share stories of what means the most to me as it relates to the people, events and experiences I surround myself with.

Mostly,

I blog for memory preservation and for story telling.

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I am not a big fan of documenting my every move and every photo on traditional social media platforms. My mind has shifted over the years to providing rich snapshots of my life versus a smattering of unrelatable photos and check-ins.  My blog provides me an outlet to share the what and the why’s behind my actions, my thinking and my surroundings.

 

  1. Places!  I love to share the places I have visited or roads I have traveled.  Reasons being are twofold: 1. It helps promote the business/location and I am all for giving someone a glowing recommendation when warranted (and also why you will see me hyperlink businesses) and 2. It gives readers ideas on where to travel or points of interest to visit on their next adventure.
  2. Friends!  My blog allows me a platform to brag on and show-off my friends.  I have a lot of fierce women surrounding me and I get the opportunity to show them off in the beautiful light I see them in and gives YOU, the reader, the opportunity to see their personalities and true beauty too!

     3. Personal!  It’s my place to share my beliefs, ideas, tips but also the highlight reel of my family life, married life, biker life and all the things in between that mean so much to me.

But, to dive a little deeper… I blog for memory preservation.  Alzheimer’s and memory loss are legitimate concerns for me.  I do a lot of reading on Alzheimer’s and memory preservation.  My memory fails me often the more I shove in my brain over the years.   I often joke that I have early onset, mostly because there are many events/moments that I simply do not remember that others do, but I also know that is partly because I wasn’t making a POINT to imbed some of those moments into my long-term memory.

At any rate, I want to be able to look back on the special moments in my life and read about those experiences long after the little details have left my mind.  I want documentation of my thoughts, my adventures and progression of my personal and professional development.

 

Blogging provides a different platform to share.  It’s my platform and little corner of the world, and for those of you who continue to follow along, I thank you.  Thank you for taking time out of your life to read about what is going on in mine.  You have taken a deeper love and interest in me and what I find important and valuable.  Thank you.

I only hope I provide you the same respect, love and admiration.

 

Cheers to living, breathing and loving this life we have.

5 Habits That Block Happiness | Stop Them Today

We all have those days.

Days where we wake up feeling great, a smile on our face and ready to conquer the world.   Then we arrive at work and an email takes that happiness and flushes it right down the toilet.  Or we open up our plethora of social media accounts and someone else’s post or photo leaves a bad taste in our mouth.

There are many reasons as to why we may, or may not, be happy at any given moment.  Sometimes we can control our happiness.  Sometimes we cannot.   Identifying the happiness blocking habits that we can control and removing them from our mind will lead to a happier day.

 A happier life.

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5 Happiness Blocking Habits to Drop

1. SEARCHING FOR GREENER GRASS

Everyday we see friends and acquaintances receive work promotions, buy homes, purchase new vehicles, have a baby, become engaged, move to a different city.   Naturally, we find ourselves wanting the same.   Perhaps not exactly the same, but we want to feel what they are feeling at that moment.  True happiness.

But, happiness comes from an appreciation of what we have and who we are.  Being envious of what other people have is a sign we aren’t happy or appreciative of the life we have now.  We have forgotten how to live in a place of gratitude.  When we set our sights and create goals based on a life that someone else is living, we aren’t actually following our own path to happiness.   The foundation of the goal is to actually negate the other person’s achievements.    To be happy, we should be living our own life, our own way, but in support of others and their accomplishments.

So, the grass looks greener on the other side?  Please remember that the yard you are looking at is a result of someone else’s hard work.

Create your OWN greener grass.   Find passion in everything you do.  Find meaning in every event of your own life.  Appreciate the life you have and all of a sudden your side of the lawn will start looking greener by the day.

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2. GETTING CAUGHT UP IN THE DRAMA

Many times we find ourselves getting involved in a situation that centers around drama.   We see it, hear it, fall into it and sometimes even create it.  It’s almost as if we are addicted to the shaming, the chaos, the victimizing, the “look at me” syndrome.   Learn to stay out of the drama.  Learn to stop creating the drama.  Learn to know when to walk away from a conversation.  Know when you are creating the situation.   Understand that feeding into others drama is causing drama.   Be neutral.  See all sides.  Learn to be comfortable in the quiet, uneventful times of our lives and leave other people’s drama to them.

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3. FORGETTING TO MAKE TIME FOR EXERCISE AND SLEEP

Make time for exercise and sleep?  Yes, you read that correctly.   We tend to forego exercise due to lack of time.  We tend to forego adequate sleep due to other pressing activities.   Laundry, dinner, dishes, tv shows.   Besides the benefits of exercise on our overall health and well-being, exercise releases endorphin’s in our body and endorphin’s make us feel good.  Who ever left the gym or a sweat session with the feeling that it was a total waste of time?   I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone.   Exercise leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment.

What about sleep?   Sleep gives our body a chance to rest and rejuvenate, our muscles to repair, our minds to calm.  Sleep gives our bodies reason to shut down and start over fresh.   A happier outlook on life is just a good nights rest and an exercise session away, literally.

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4. COMPLAINING WITHOUT ACTION

Venting or complaining?   Your actions tell the difference.

Challenging situations and circumstances that cause frustration will always be a part of our lives.    An occasional venting session is healthy.  Constant complaining is negative.   What we need to focus on are the opportunities that arise from challenges.  Change the complaint into an action item and move forward, even if it means to merely acknowledge that nothing can be done.   The action step is what creates balance and provides vision and clarity.    Constant complaining shows a lack in ability to move forward.

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5. BEING CONSUMED BY WORRY AND STRESS

Worrying changes nothing.  The only thing worrying is good for is taking away today’s peace and happiness.   Let go.  Let it be.

“Worrying is like a rocking chair.  It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you any where” 

Give your mind and body something positive and constructive to do.   Take action.  Is there something you can do to help alleviate the cause of worry and stress?   Create an action plan and get to work.   Focus the energy on the positive action and you will begin to see your happiness come back.   Worrying won’t change the outcome.  Action will.

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Stay true to you, live your life, surround yourself with good people

…there is much happiness to be celebrated.

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Can I Really Handle Insanity?

I think it’s safe to say the majority of people have heard of the Insanity workout thanks to the popular DVD program that hit America by storm a few years ago.  Luckily for those folks who enjoy working out with a group of people, rather than by themselves at home, Insanity Live was formed and became available in group exercise classes.   Insanity is one of the most challenging workouts I have offered in my fitness career, but in return, the most rewarding.

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So, what is INSANITY?

It is a total-body conditioning program based on the principles of MAX Interval Training.  The  workout itself is based off blocks.   Each block consists of four moves, each move is performed for 30 seconds creating a 2 minute solid workout, followed by 30 seconds of rest.   Each block is repeated for a total of 3 times with the very last round followed by a 60 second power move.  To break it down it looks like this:

Block 1

  • Move 1 – 30 seconds
  • Move 2 – 30 seconds
  • Move 3 – 30 seconds
  • Move 4 – 30 seconds
  • Rest – 30 seconds
  • Repeat 2 times with the third round ending in a 60 second power move.

 

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Insanity at 24 Hour Fitness – Omaha

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How intense is it, really?

With MAX interval training workouts, intensity is critical and every interval must be performed with 100% effort.

Now, this is where I throw in my disclaimer.

100% effort.  This is 100% YOUR workout, so when I say 100% effort, it is YOURS to define.   It is not defined by the person standing next to you.  Not the instructor.  Not the person across the room from you.  You choose your level of exertion.  You choose your level of modification.

I give you the options, you choose the option that challenges you.

We are all at different levels of physical ability and fitness.   All I want to see is you working at YOUR 100%.  If I feel you aren’t going at your 100% I will move towards you and encourage you to keep pushing… 10 seconds left… now how many reps can you give me before that 5 seconds is up… ONE MORE REP!!!

 { Fist bump.  You did it. }

As long as you are working to your potential and pushing yourself just a little harder each time, then we are golden.  You are doing your job and I am doing mine.

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Can I handle it… honestly?

The BIGGEST misconception is that you have to be super fit to take an Insanity class.  No, my friends.  You don’t have to be!   Insanity allows for beginners and athletes to workout together thanks to advanced moves and accompanying modifications.  No matter what level you choose, INSANITY is suitable for ALL fitness levels.  Like I mentioned before, the key is to work to your personal maximum capacity.   You will reap the same benefits as the person next to you no matter what level you choose.

100% is 100%   

Do what YOU can do and improve as you go.

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Benefits of INSANITY:

  • Calorie & fat burning up to 16-24 hours post workout (EPOC – which I will explain another day)
  • Building lean, toned muscle
  • Healthy, happy heart ❤
  • Improved VO2 Max
  • Rocking metabolism
  • Results
  • Endorphins – the good stuff
  • New friends – because a bond is formed when anyone works out this hard together.

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INSANITY is one of the top-selling fitness programs of all time. With nearly 2 million DVDs sold there has NEVER been a better time to get involved in INSANITY LIVE.

Join me:

Council Bluffs, IA YMCA

  • Tuesday | 5:30 – 6:00am
  • Tuesday | 4:45-5:15pm
  • Thursday | 5:30-6:00am
  • Thursday | 5:20-6:10pm

 

24 Hour Fitness – Cass Street – Omaha, NE

  • Saturday | 8:15am-8:50am
    • followed by 30 minutes of Abs and Toning class (also instructed by me)

 

IWCC – Staff and Employees Only

  • Wednesday – 4:45-5:35pm

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Unable to Join My Classes?

Join me virtually!  I will help hold you accountable, give you motivation and provide the support you need!   Let’s chat about Insanity or Insanity Max:30.  (<- LIVE links)

 

Email: jordan.pirtle@yahoo.com

Facebook: Jordan Pirtle

 

Cheers!

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I Did It!! 2015 Beachbody Master Trainer Ambassador

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I had a dream.

I had a dream that I wanted to turn into a reality.

For an entire year I sat on this dream when finally 4 months ago I made the commitment to follow through.  My recent post about fear (here) and my Facebook posts have been directed towards this goal.

I was scared. 

Scared of failure. 

Scared of rejection.

It isn’t easy putting yourself out there for others to critique you.  That is HARD.

And down right humbling.

This dream that I speak of was to become a Beachbody Master Trainer.  Master Trainers are some of the hardest working folks in the fitness industry.   These individuals are hand picked to lead, inspire and train others in the fitness world.  Train the Trainer is the simplest way to explain what a Master Trainer does.

I kept sight of my goal and my dream.  It was there in the front of my mind 24 hours a day, even when that dream started to dim because the fear was taking over.

I was mentally prepared, physically prepared and the only thing holding me back was self-doubt and the fear of the word no.

I am not one for being the center of attention unless I am in my element..  Most situations that put me on the spot make me incredibly nervous.  Speaking up in a large team meeting makes me cringe but I don’t think twice when speaking in front of 50 counselors and administrators about my job.  Teaching fitness classes in front of a classroom full of students makes me feel alive!

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It’s all about being in my element.

So, why was I letting fear take over my audition?   This is what I was meant for.  This is something I LOVE to do and brings the most joy to my life.  And the timing was perfect.   We were already scheduled to be on vacation in Colorado the SAME weekend Master Trainer Auditions were being held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  A mere 2.5 hour drive from Copper Mountain where we were staying.

It was like the stars had aligned.   I couldn’t NOT go.  Just couldn’t.

And so, February 28th, I faced that fear and walked out of that audition room feeling more alive, confident, humbled then I’ve ever felt before.

I had officially been accepted into the Beachbody Master Trainer Ambassador program.

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I did it.

I chased a dream.

A BIG dream.

A dream I never imagined possible.

 

I am still on Cloud 9.  I am overwhelmed, thrilled, nervous, eager, grateful and humbled.

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So what now?  What does all of this mean?

Let me break it all down for you from the audition to the training to the actual job.

Audition

The audition process was simple in structure.  All Master Trainer hopefuls gathered in front of the panel of judges.

The judges at my audition were Barbara Brodowsky, Field Director of Certification, California; Katy Meuer, Master Trainer, Colorado; Jessica Booterbaugh, Master Trainer, California; Joie Walsh, Master Trainer and Top Master Trainer in the Company, Massachusetts; Maksim Seredov, Master Trainer, Colorado.

When they called out the participants names we stood in front of the judges and answered a series of questions.  Mostly about ourselves, our interests, our experiences, etc.   Then it was our time to shine!  I chose to teach Insanity. (Round 10 for those fellow Insaniacs following along).  We stood in front of the other master trainer hopefuls and taught them!  Talk about a rush teaching some of the best of the best. 🙂

When I finished, Joie asked me if I had ever considered doing Turbo as well.  OF COURSE, I said and then proceeded to show a quick 8 count move that I remembered from a previous round.  HAHAHA.  It was almost like on American Idol when the hopefuls make a last ditch effort to redeem themselves.   Too funny.   Joie and Barb said that I looked like a natural for Turbo as well and that I fit the persona of a Turbo girl.  Happy, smiling, excited, ponytail flying.   You have NO idea how good that made me feel at that exact moment.   I knew I did ok in my Insanity audition, but I got my ass handed to me thanks to the Colorado altitude.  You guys!  That is NO JOKE!   I can typically slam out a solid minute of burpees with great technique.  There?  I got 4 in and had to demonstrate modifications.  All new respect for athletes who train at that elevation.  Dang, kids.

Which reminds me.  During my actual audition I yelled out during the 2nd 30 second move “Can I get a HELL YA for this altitude”?

It was perfect.  The room lit up with smiles and laughs and we chugged right along into move #3.

After everyone had their chance to audition, we were gathered into a large circle with Barb in the middle.  She congratulated all of us for our hard work and clear dedication.   She made sure to mention that we were one of the best groups she had seen in 2015.

And then the moment of truth.  She called each of our names, told us what we did great and what things needed improved on.  And then it was either a yes, you made it, or no, try again next time.

She got to me.

Jordan – you have the body build of an athlete.  Your moves were good with a few minor adjustments to be made, in-particular, your straight arm jacks.  Arms need to be straight, fists need to be tight.  Over-exaggerate your moves.   As a Master Trainer everything has to be bigger, louder and over-exaggerated.  Oh, and we really think Turbo should be your other area of focus as well.  Congrats, you are in.

I wanted to cry.  I really did.  I held it together but I was dying on the inside.    That was the end of the audition.  Those of us that made it congratulated each other, gave hugs and took a group photo.

Cheers to the 2015 Master Trainer class!

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Jordan, Quen, Jessica, Aimee, Kent, Sarah, Saare

Jessica From New Mexico.  Turbo Girl!  She just shined on stage.  Such energy she has and of course her adorable smile!
Aimee From Colorado.  PiYo girl!  She is a personal trainer, PiYo teacher amongst many other fitness genres.  And this girl is ripped!  Reminds me that I need to get back to the weight room, stat!
Kent  From Utah.  Such great energy, good form, warm smile and welcoming attitude.
Sarah From Wyoming.  Her story is so incredibly inspiring.  Just view her FB profile pic and you will get it.  She cried when she found out she made it in and all I wanted to do was give her a giant hug, but I knew if I did, I would cry too.  She is one inspiring girl. 🙂
Saare From North Carolina.   She’s a PiYo girl and WOW was she just amazing to watch. Her technique, form and energy was just incredible.  AND – she’s 7 weeks pregnant.  They know she has the drive and determination to make this work.  They know that she might be in training a little longer due to her little bundle of joy, BUT, that didn’t stop them from accepting her now into the program.  How incredible is that?  She has big dreams and big plans and I am so excited to watch what she does.
Quen From Arkansas.   He’s an Insaniac through and through. In FACT: he was in the Round 11 Insanity training video.  This guy has SO much energy, he’s incredible.   He made me feel so much more at ease before the audition.  To watch him perform was mesmerizing.   True athlete.
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And, this is me literally 15 minutes after I found out I had made it.
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First phone call:  Clint.  Pure excitement.  Fast conversation.  Stress relief.   He made me feel so good before and after.  ❤

Second phone call: Mom.  I cried.   Haha.   Why is it when you call your mom about exciting things you cry?  Or is that just me?  Love you, mom!

Third Phone Call: Kayla.  AHHHH!!!!  Pure excitement.  I think the feeling was mutual because I could hear the excitement in her voice coming right back at me.

Tyree, Nicole, Sara, Grandma, Jessica (<– who didn’t pick up.  tsk, tsk)… they were all called next before I made the executive decision to stop calling and focus on my driving.   I had another 2.5 hours on the road BACK to Copper Mountain, in the dark, in the snow.   I made it back at midnight.

The older boys were still up when I walked in.  I got a big congrats from Kyle and my nephews Connor, Zach and Devin.  Made me feel super special.  Love those crazy kids.
And then my giant hug from the hubs.
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Training
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Now begins the 6-9 month training period.  I will be paired with a mentor during my training period and will be submitting a lot of videos of my form, technique, class teaching style, etc.   I will also attend as many trainings that I can close by to gain additional expertise.   Training will consist of several other elements such as how to conduct a certification, how to set up trainings, marketing, business management, etc.   That entire schedule wont be laid out for me until next week, so right now, my training knowledge is limited.
Once through the training period I will earn my trainer title and then will start offering my own trainings/certifications for Beachbody LIVE formats.   I will be focusing on Insanity and Turbo.  I have a little part of me that hopes to add P90X and maybe PiYo if I can start getting that practice shoved into my schedule.   But for certain, Insanity and Turbo it is!!!
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And for the record, I am the FIRST Nebraska Master Trainer.

How cool is that?!

 

What I have learned from this experience is this:

 

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You have to trust yourself.  You have to make a goal and keep pushing towards it.  Do NOT let go of your dreams because of fear and self-doubt.

I am so glad I kept pushing through even though the fear was all but consuming that last month leading to the audition.  I am living proof that if you want something bad enough, and you put in the work and time needed to get it, it CAN be done.

Cheers to the next stage of my fitness career and life.

2015: you are looking mighty fine

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March 2017 Update:

I have officially retired my role as a Master Trainer for Beachbody Live.
For the update, click here.

January Challenge Group RESULTS

Can I get a virtual HIGH FIVE to all the January 21 Day Challengers?!

Just LOOK at these freaking results, y’all!

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23 folks reported results.   Those numbers — can you believe it???   23 people lost a TOTAL of 181 pounds and 139 inches.

There were even more folks who chose not to report, but hung right in there with us.

I can’t say enough great things about each and every person in this challenge group.   Each day they made a decision to choose the right foods, workout and report in how their day went.

Every. Single. Day.

For 21 days.

Dang.   PROUD COACH right over here.

I want to point out that it isn’t always about the scale or measurements.   Sometimes we just need the encouragement.  Sometimes we are looking to gain muscle.  Sometimes we just want to be a part of a team effort.  Camaraderie.   There is plenty to gain from participating in a challenge group.   I asked for folks to give me some non-scale victories as well…

I feel lean!

My clothes are baggy!  I have no idea if I lost inches since I didn’t measure myself, but my clothes tell me I did!

I am seeing some muscles peek through.   EEK!

I feel better overall.

So happy to exercise!

Baby steps – I am getting there.  This helped me get started. 🙂

 

And, this…  

I feel my biggest success is that I’m starting to live again… I lost my husband last April and since then I have just been existing. I needed to get out of that mode for myself and our 17 year old son. I’m so glad Jordan answered my questions a few weeks ago and encouraged me to try. It’s a difficult road but for the first time in a very long time I’m thinking of myself and making things better for us. I’m so proud of myself. Baby steps will get me healthy and back to living again. I’m so glad I joined!

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This is what makes it all worth it.

This is what is important.

This is why I love what I do.

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And now for the individual shout-outs.

  • Stacie
    • 9 inches
  • Laura
    • 3 lbs & 12 inches
  • Erin
    • 6 lbs & 6.5 inches
  • Kathy
    •  16 lbs & 9 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 10 lbs & 8.5 inches
  • Niki
    • 7 lbs & 8 inches
  • Chris
    • 13 lbs & 12 inches
  • Diane
    • 6 lbs & 5.5 inches
  • Shelly
    • 12 lbs & 14 inches
  • Kristy
    • 9 lbs
  • Katie
    • 7 lbs & 5 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 4 lbs & 11 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 6 lbs
  • Sam
    • 6 lbs & 5 inches
  • Jennifer
    • 10 lbs
  • Kendi
    • 10 lbs & 4 inches
  • Nancy
    • 10 lbs & 7.5 inches
  • Whitney
    • 5 lbs
  • Andrea
    • 6 lbs & 6.5 inches
  • Connie
    • 7.5 lbs & loose clothes
  • Kalyn
    • 6 lbs & 5 inches
  • Scott
    • 16.5 lbs & 6 inches
  • Paige
    • 5 lbs & 4.5 inches

 

To the January Challengers … Congrats!

You are on your way to making 2015 your best yet.   

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Team Fit Focused

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