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How To Become More Present Now, And How To Use Exercise To Do It

This is a story of how I took my first steps, into an ever present state of awareness, and transformed my life.

I was a poor student who had not attended college for at least a year and a half because I believed I was smart enough to get a good education from the free public education offered at my high school. I had the opportunity to participate in two short-term courses in physics, but chose to take only one, a course in exercise science. I did not know my high school science lessons were anything other than a series of mindless repetition that I had learned in school, without any regard to any scientific process. I had been studying for the ACT test and I was on the verge of passing it, but I just didn’t feel inspired.

I had a choice to make. I could continue on as is, do all the “right” stuff, and try to pass the test next time. This was what I had been doing for years. I was getting in shape, and I was getting a great job, and I was doing everything right. I thought if I would just continue with this routine of routine I would ultimately get the job and be happy.

But as we all know, things don’t always work out for the best. The opportunity was not in the hand I was dealt…

It was in the hands of the Universe, and I chose to exercise.

Over the first month, I did not really do much and I did not feel motivated. I used the exercise as a distraction from my boredom and apathy, and tried to get in and out of the gym as quickly as possible. If that was not enough, I tried to use my weight training skills to burn off any extra calories I had gained from the exercise.

I was doing a lot of exercises, and as my body began to crave more weight lifting, I did not want to stop the program. I figured if I just had to take it one day at a time I will eventually be back at the gym or at work. I took one day at a time, and tried to make it as difficult as I could.

Then one day I woke up and I had been exercising for 36 hours, and I felt a new spark. “How am I feeling” I asked myself. Then a wave of euphoria enveloped my entire body. I was feeling alive. I was feeling empowered. I was feeling confident. I was feeling awesome. “I AM ACTUALLY BORN!” I shouted in my mind.

I didn’t stop. I continued with my fitness regimen and kept going throughout the entire summer, into the fall semester. Over that time frame I lost over 100lbs! My body felt amazing and I felt good about my physique. My confidence grew, and I decided to begin pursuing my dreams.

After graduating college, I worked as a life coach and fitness instructor. I kept a strong fitness routine going from the beginning of work until now, and I always felt good about everything I did. But during that time period I also struggled with my own self-judgment. I was often confused about how I should have been feeling in the first place.

Finally, I decided it was time for a change and I decided to take the next step. The next step was to go back to school, attend college and attend college as an exercise science major. I was extremely motivated to do so and I had made it through three straight years of high school without ever taking a single classroom science class, so I just started with something really easy.

I took two classes from my college’s science department, and each of those classes were a study of their subject. In their study, they took real experiments and they measured the results. I would sit in on lectures, in the lab, and I would listen closely to the professor explain what he learned, and the other test subjects that the lab was observing.