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Q & A with Myself: "Why do you post so many meal and workout pictures?"

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If you follow me on social media you have likely been inundated with pictures of the meals I am eating and the workouts I am doing.

I'm guessing you may even be wondering what's with all the pictures. Well, here goes with my first Q & A with myself.

"Brenton, why do post pictures of your meals and workouts? And why do you have Balvin Get Fit accounts on Facebook (Balvin Get Fit page) and Instagram (@BalvinGetFit)?"

Thanks for asking!

There are a few reasons why I do this.

1. It keeps me accountable.

I have found that the more public I am with my fitness journey the more likely I am to stay on track. I am in a routine of posting meals now, and so when I am tempted to eat junk I ask myself, "Would you post this?" If the answer is no it is easier for me to say no to the temptation. Of course I eat some things I wouldn't post, I'm not trying to hide anything, but being in the routine of posting good meals helps me to keep in the routine of eating go…

A Review of Zenni Optical and My New Glasses

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I'm stoked. Yesterday I got new glasses. It's my first new pair in about eight years.
I hate buying new glasses. I hate going through the exam. I hate trying on all the frames. I hate the outrageous costs associated with it all.
So, I've stretched every pair of glasses I've ever owned as far as I possibly could.
But the time had come. My wife couldn't stand looking at my old frames anymore. I needed an upgrade, but I wasn't sure where to go.
Then a friend of mine told me about Zenni Optical. Zenni is a web based company that offers a full range of prescription glasses at ridiculously low prices. It was started by a couple scientists in San Francisco. You may have seen their Facebook ads and not even realized what an awesome company this is.
The website looked good, but I was a little skeptical at first. Could you really get glasses as inexpensive as advertised. And if you could, I figured they would probably be pretty junky. Bad lenses, cheap frames, incorrect…

If You Aim at Nothing, You'll Hit It Every Time

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"If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time." - Zig Ziglar

The main idea behind this quote is obvious. If you want to achieve something you have to set a goal, direct you energy at it, and go after it. If you don't have any goals or any direction you are aiming, you won't do anything. It's like hoping in a car and driving around in a circle. You never really go anywhere.

I've had times in my life where I have experienced the thrill of working hard and achieving a goal. One of the primary examples of this was in high school grade 10 when I set the goal of being the best hockey player in my grade. Whether or not I actually was the best could be debated, but in my mind I know I succeeded because of the growth and development I experienced as a young man and a player. I set the goal, I took aim, and then I directed all my energy at that target.

As I've gotten older I have had to set new targets.

Graduate college.
Help launch a new church.
Improve my…

"No More Bedtime Song Please Dad"

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Almost every night, for as long as I can remember, I have sung the kids the same song before tucking them into bed. I'm sure you've heard it before.

"I love you, you love me, we're a happy family, with a great big hug and a kiss form me to you, won't you say you love me too."

Stephanie and I sang it before Barney did, just for the record!

Last night as we were watching the Alabama football game Jacob asked me, "Dad can you not sing the I love you song anymore at bed? It doesn't mean that much anymore."

CRUSHING!!!!!!

I  had wondered when this day would come. Jacob turned 13 in September and he is in the process of becoming a young man. Even though I knew someday he wouldn't want a song, hug and kiss before bed, I still wasn't completely prepared for it actually happening.

Jake is an emotional, sweet boy and I'm a touchy dad so he won't escape my hugs and kisses for ever, but I have to admit it was a little strange walking out of…