…Where are you in terms of your ideal self? Think lifestyle-wise: fitness, nutritional habits, physical appearance, sleep patterns, energy through out the day…etc.

Where are you on that scale?

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This is a cool practice I like to take with people that are new to my coaching to help put some perspective in their lives. Here’s the thing; a lot of people I start working with come to me to fix their problems. To shut off their mind and just do. And while I get that, that really doesn’t hold a lot of weight long-term. It’s not addressing the behaviours that got them to the point on the scale in the first place. If we truly want to correct lifestyle issues, we need to start at the source.

So, what number are you?

To borrow a practice I picked up in Precision Nutrition coaching curriculum, take that number and subtract it from 100.

There.

Now you only have ______ days until you’re at your ideal self if you focus only on improving 1% each day.

Perspective is interesting, isn’t it?


If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help change your mindset, attitude and behaviours to help increase your quality of life I have a couple options for you:

  1. For those of you in Calgary, Alberta – I’m hosting an interactive 3-day workshop geared specifically to help you improve your quality of life. While this workshop is geared to musicians and the music industry, it is an open invite to anyone to come and learn. The stuff I teach is applicable in just about anyone’s day to day livelihood. Here’s the link if you’re interested. ——> https://www.long-mcquade.com/news/3081 $149 for all three nights. Movement on Tuesday, Nutrition on Wednesday and Thursday we tackle Mindset. You get a copy of my first book as the text and you save $149 on any coaching with me upon registration. It’s a pretty sweet deal and you’ll be able to do so many more high kicks per performance.
  2. If you’re not in the Calgary area but would still like to work on curbing poor lifestyle habits and bringing that number up on the scale, check into my online coaching services. You get a comprehensive exercise and nutrition program that I tailor to your goals with the help of Precision Nutrition. Sleep better, have more energy to play with the kids and feel more confident every day with the year long curriculum. Make 2018 the year to become the greatest version of yourself yet. Just email me at mike@mikeschwartz.ca and we’ll get some more info and the specifics of what you’re looking to do.

I’d love to field some more questions and help direct you to some of my favourite resources and other health professionals so reach out and share this read with your friends and family if it resonates with you.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, namaste sweet!

 

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I know, right?

What a thing to say in a world that is so focused around getting to the next level, pushing and climbing your way to the top. And for what? Do you feel happy? Is that success?

I dunno, I must be getting soft in my old age, but now more than ever I’m more inclined to put myself in only the situations that bring my joy. When I’m happy, I thrive. I like feeling restored, energized, positively happy, and I really like to help others feel that way too. It’s super cool to help someone make that flip. That’s what we talked about in therapy this week; how to make that switch with as limited emotional duress as possible. A part of that is reflecting on my days and recognizing what I’m grateful for. Do you do something similar?

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The shadows show more than the eye can see as I ride back home up the monster hill. It’d been far too long. 

Today was a really nice day. I rode my bike for the first time seriously for commuting

purposes. I want to get back to that again. I just feel so much better. It’s freeing. And that’s what I want to write about, how once you find something that’s freeing, you should do it. And do it for as long as it brings you peace. One of those things for me is cycling.

 

 

 

 

This whole weekend was great actually. I’m very happy to be back enjoying movement again. Saturday I was invited by my friend, Jess Smith to accompany her for a Yoga class that’d feature us in the beautiful Yoga Passage, a gorgeous studio fulll of beautiful humans, here in downtown Calgary, Alberta.

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However, prior to the super mindful, health conscious Mike – the rock star lifestyle Mike happened…

unfortunately for my wellbeing, but par for the course (as an industry it’s not uncommon to be out all night) I had to “take one for the team”. I  ended staying out waaaaaay past my bed time after the Canada’s Music Incubator, AE West program wrapped up. Well, of course I’d like to go to the afterparty….

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There’s a lot of stories. So I’ll give you a bit of Matt Blais… good friend of mine and our shenanigans with some food (that turned out to not even be ours!)

Let’s just focus on how great the music was. Canada, you have a lot of amazing talent coming up out of the West. I’m happy to help foster and develop all of these amazing talents.

This is Atlaas – she’s from Winnipeg and you should check out her EP. She’s an amazing soul. And that voice…

 

but yeah… and I got in around 4:30 am. Good thing I didn’t have any plans until Jess and I had yoga to cleanse the soul and stretch the mind and body…

Sunday I got up, headed over to a train an in-home couples training session and then ripped to the stairs to hit up Sunday Funday.

After the workout, I ripped home let Dar out and got down to toss a Teddy Bear on the ice at the Hitmen game. Here’s what that looks like. Must have been somewhere near 22,000 Teddy Bears out there.. it’s an annual thing. Super fun. I go every year.

I did have this weird revelation that I’ve had in passing before. I nearly bought an art set with canvas, an easel and something like 110 pieces. I have no idea how to art though. Are any of you artists? What would you recommend for someone who is looking to get into it? I feel pretty strongly about abstract art. I like rad stuff. I have a lot of energy and creativity and for some reason art seems like a really cool outlet when I don’t music.

Any recommendations for what to go for, what to look out for and the like would be awesome.

And in the meantime… find stuff that fuels your creativity, fuels your happiness and I really think. you’ll see that success thing everyone is always talking about. Don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t done this and feel silly for not figuring it out. Sometimes it takes getting out of your lane in order to find what you’re lane truly is.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, stay sweet.

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As I stand here, warming up in the bomby -2.5C Calgarian November morning, I look around to see nothing but open park, glorious cityscape and a few tourists over the stairs at Crescent Heights. The same stairs that the team and I meet every Sunday, at 11:07.

Not this Sunday though. I was the lone wolf.

I heard lots of inquiries, lots of interest, some were unfortunately sick and others had previous engagements and that’s all fine. I’m okay if you don’t show up. I have zero influence on what people prioritize until they see what health and wellness will do for them.

Ironic because most of the excuses I hear revolve around “I’m tired, I’m gonna sleep in, I’ve been working nights, I’m getting sick, I have no time for that…” which all stem from the root of why you should be joining me every Sunday at 11:07!

I don’t do this because I like it all the time. I do it because I know the alternative of depression, anxiety, poor conditioning, sickness, lethargy, zero motivation, ambition and the feeling of insecurity far outweighs the shitty 35:07 of a little hard breathing, muscle soreness and pounding heart. Yeah. I show up.

I’d encourage you to do the same the next time you say you will. Physically and mentally. At the end of the day, you’re only letting yourself down.

I did my reps.

Again.

Today was a lot better. It’s a constant battle however, to delay the emotional suffering until you are in a safe place. You fight through. You kick. You almost have to wear it on your back instead of power it through your feet.

But that’s only sustainable for short amounts of time. The healing needs to take place and Flo says it best, “it’s always darkest before the dawn.”

Keep chipping away and things will turn up. Keep chipping away and do things day by day. They will be better. It’s just around the corner, I promise. When it rains it pours, and things are going to get real good, real soon. Just chip away.

I’ll wear the Albatross for one more day.

 

I’m participating in Movember to help support men in the music industry that battle the depression, anxiety and mental illnesses like I have – feel free to check out our team page here – https://mobro.co/coachschwartzy?mc=1

Thanks for listening,

Ciao

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For some reason Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out” popped into my head and I was carefully cycling home tonight from work. I mean, yeah – I’m a little crazy for biking in -20. But today it’s out of necessity. And cycling is fucking therapeutic. Movement and motion is fucking therapy. I mean, I would have done it anyway if I did have gas in the Tiguan, but today wasn’t by choice because it was a nice day for a ride.

The line “It’s always darkest before the dawn” really echoes with me today.

I had $3 in change to pay for groceries today, thankfully I had $20 to redeem but I had to get crafty to hit just over $20 to be able to use that reward. $23.74. Thank God.

That’s how close to poverty I am right now. I just spent the weekend riddled with another bought of depression, triggered by memories of certain places within Calgary I hadn’t been to since my time with my now ex-wife, and former friends and family of mine. It was very abrupt. It was very cruel. And depression doesn’t give two shits if you’re ready to deal with it or not, it comes in waves. I truly felt like I was drowning.

However, the bike ride taught me a few things.

No matter how slow the go is, you just focus on one pedal stroke at a time and you’ll get there. Don’t focus on the result, focus on the process.

Being physically fit to ride across the city at any given time in any given season is fucking rad. I’m grateful for my physical ability and health.

Also, much like overcoming the darkness of mental health, even the most seemingly insignificant victories go a long, long way to the betterment of ones psyche. And you need to close down those past traumas and reinvent yourself.

So while to some the thought of biking home in the cold, dark winter of Calgary in November is just silly… to me it means a lot more.

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Thanks for listening. If you feel compelled, please consider helping to bring awareness to mens mental health issues in the music industry. I’m very proud to be a part of Mo Music. I’m fundraising for Movember and representing the men in the local music industry. Depression is a fickle bitch, anxiety is running rampant and the stats on men committing suicide are ridiculous. Help keep our music industry men healthy and let them get treatment and have the resources to stay away from the darkness.

After my bought last week I remember all too well how cold that darkness is. -20 on a bike in the dark at 9pm in Calgary has nothing on the deep freeze anxiety and depression has put on me. But I am working on that. I want others to know that they’re not alone.

Please support me and my homies of Mo Music here ———> https://mobro.co/coachschwartzy?mc=1

Every single dollar helps.

Thanks for listening,

 

 

What does it mean to down regulate?

Some people say yoga, stretch, relax, walk, meditate. Well, all of those things could be ways for you to down regulate, but really what I suggest is asking yourself the question – “What do I enjoy doing the most?” What activities do you do that bring a sense of calm, inner peace and a slowness to your breathe unlike anything else?

For me, it can be music or motion, creating, thinking, learning. Other activities that bring me ultimate freedom are when I go for a long bike ride, or a walk with Darwin, my pooch. I just feel like I’m not expecting anything, can embrace nature and live and breathe slowly and focus. It’s a cleansing type of feeling for sure. I hope you have something that makes you feel that way.

I really enjoyed my weekend of “chill vibes”. It was full of down reg. I was able to produce a couple videos, in which I played drums in my first drum cover (stay tuned to Wednesday’s post for the link to my YouTube if you’re into that…) and I was able to do some yoga-fused dynamic stretching, again making a video. Check it out below…

In any case, figure out what things bring you happiness. You can choose to move or sit still. It’s all about finding peace, quieting your mind and learning to breathe again.

Try it out. Please comment and let the rest of us know… How do you down regulate?

Til Wednesday, stay sweet!

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Featured image: Photo by Jamison McAndie on Unsplash

Have you been in a place in your life where you just want to try everything? Like an 8 year old in a toy shop (or in some cases, an adult in a toy shop…), you wanna touch everything…? Okay, for this one I’m here to say “I know what you mean”. Because I really do. These past two weeks I’ve been integrating more “stuff” into my life. Why? I am cat like in personality, but I’m sure I’m not the only one. To keep my interest in all things in my life I crave constant challenge. That’s with everything. Exercise, hobbies, career goals. You name it.

So if you’re one of me… raise your hand. I got you. And there’s actually been TED talks about it. Check it out. —-> https://embed.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling

So how do we keep on point with all of those things we want to do? Society tells us we’re weirdos and that we should settle down and see things through. While I agree it’s important to follow through on some things, the ability to identify when you’re not pumped on something and have the guts to switch it up mid flight is far underrated and you should be proud to have that ability. Have you seen my youtube channel yet? I’ve got a bunch of stuff going on. And I love it all. I think you’ll dig it, so take a peek. —> Check out my YouTube Channel!

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To answer the original question; you gotta schedule, list, and make a point to complete tasks. If you’re one that is results or goals driven, you’ll get a lot out of the simple art of crossing off things from a daily list.

 

 

 

 

Let’s take for example me and my Saturday. My list looked like this. I just saved it on a task reminder on my iPhoneScreen Shot 2017-10-08 at 10.32.16 AM.png:

  1. Important to note this list was just my work-related goals for the day. Key principle is to task everything. Include your meal prep, bedtime routine, exercise and time for yourself to down regulate. You’ll start to see what you write down you actually complete.
  2. Don’t worry if you miss something. Tomorrow is a new day, add it up to the list and make an effort to accomplish it then. 1% each day, that’s it.
  3. Order the most important things at the top. Time sensitive and high importance should reign champion. For me, work related deadlines get the prize and on my personal goals, one’s that involve just me top the charts (such as my workouts or exercise for the day – today is yoga).

Make sense?

So if you’re wondering where the name of this blog came from… well, last night as part of my downtime I decided to pick up my guitar and start writing a song. I have had a lot of creativity pent up lately so when I had a melody in my head, I just wrote some simple parts on a guitar to capture it. Nothing fancy, because let’s be honest – I’m a drummer. But it was fulfilling to have my story expressed through music and notes and those little intricacies no-one can explain. And my point? Well, I usually get my creativity out on the drums. But wanted to switch it up this time (You can check it out on my Instagram – look for the drummer with a guitar in his hands…). Like I said, my story started through the notes… the lyrics to follow.

So, that’s me – and if this sounds like you too, I get it. I really do.

I do the same thing with exercise. I go from CrossFit, to hockey, to yoga, to Olympic Weightlifting, to speed skating, to cycling to…to.. to…

And the list goes on.

And I’m okay with that. Because as with exercise, as long as you keep moving forward there’s no right way. Just do you.

Thanks for reading, I’m holding drop in Sunday fitness camps in the next little while so if this excites you and you’re in the Calgary area I’d love to see if we can spark a new interest and give you a new goal to reach for. Check out my open outdoor “Sunday Funday” camps where we do everything from running, to cycling, stairs, bodyweight bootcamp and yoga rain, snow or shine (unless theres a windchill/frostbite warning, then we go for coffee) to see if it’s something you want to give a shot. I have to cap it at a dozen people so we are safe, but this Sunday, October 15 we are headed to Memorial Stairs for a little booty workout! Register below so I can send you a gift and confirmation.

www.mikeschwartz.ca/SundayFunday

Until next time, stay sweet.

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