I am my own problem, but also my own solution

For the most part, I believe that you have a say in whether you keep going or fall down. Sometimes you really will fall down no matter what you do and that is okay. But, generally speaking you have a 100% freedom to choose to get back up or stay down. Sometimes it’s necessary to stay down, to recover and build yourself back up. But you can’t stay down forever. I go through challenges and I know I can’t stay down forever. And I’m not saying I’m falling right now, but there’s plenty of times it has happened. You never know what the future holds. But I’m gonna keep fighting matter what gets thrown my way. I have to, and so do you. I always tell you guys to take it one day at a time. You win some and lose some but no matter what don’t let a bad turn into a bad week and then months go by and then years later you still haven’t “gotten back up”. I have told you guys this before that I feel better now than I did before my cancer diagnosis. I am nobody special but I share my journey and hopes to inspire other people that you can overcome the adversity is in your lives. Maybe you need help standing back up? Reach out to those who are close to you. It’s not going to happen overnight but every step that you take in the right direction is a start.
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Leave Your Excuses Behind: Get Right Fitness Apparel

 

I came across Get Right Apparel on Instagram one night and decided to learn more about them for a couple reasons. One being they are based locally out of OC California and another reason being what they represent and the story behind it.

“Get Right is a brand who’s goal is to help remind people to leave those excuses behind that life can fill in your heard and stay focused on achieving your goals”

IMG_8316.JPGThey represent those who are dedicated to work hard whether its at work or the gym and don’t care about about the little things that don’t matter. They are a brand for people who wake up everyday and know they need to get things done! Whether it be in a gym or going to school or work etc. Get Right is a brand who’s goal is to help remind people to leave those excuses behind that life can fill in your head and stay focused on achieving your goals

 

 David Eufracio is the founder and owner of the brand which he started after he decided to overcome a challenge in his life. David used to weigh 330 lbs and he started waking up everyday with pain in his chest and struggled to get through his daily activities without feeling exhausted. This was a real low point for him in his life and he decided it was time for a change! He started eating right going to the gym daily and now he is at 265 lbs! He suffers from a disc disease so everyday is a struggle with weight training and running but he gets it gets it done!
Get Right came as result from his days as a football and track coach at Burn Park High School. They would get kids complain all the time about little things like “I can’t do this or that or I’m messing up in class for these reasons” and it was something he started telling them “to get right”. My favorite quote from David was “people always put excuses in front of themselves and that’s the main reasons their goals fail!”.
“Our main goal is to motivate people to live a better life in fitness, health, and overall we want to build a community of followers who want to get better each be everyday! Some people think that motivational videos or pictures can make some one get up and move but my belief is you don’t always need those if you build a lifestyle of motivation and by that I mean living the motto Get Right not just talking about it actually being about it and that’s pretty much all I have I hope it’s good enough.”
– David Eufracio, Founder

 

I will work only with brands who represent the same core values as me. I believe that there is this stigma around fitness brands for the everyday person and a lot of people see all these other brands and feel that intimidation how they feel like they can’t go into a gym without feeling pressure to look and act a certain way. They feel they can’t just workout and build on their goals without being judged. That’s where Get right feels they are different they want to work to build a community around the focus that all that matters is you working hard to achieve your goals.

I am excited to watch them grow and wish David the best of health and strength as he continues on his fitness journey! As they expand they will also continue to post recipes, expand product offering, share motivation info , and fitness tips here on their website!

Paper or Plastic: Neither

There is one habit that we all can change today that will make an impact on the environment and that is paper bags and plastic bags/bottles consumption. I think most of us are not truly aware of the devastating effects of these items.

When I was in high school I did a project in my Marketing class about creating and selling a fake reusable bag brand. While I was doing research I was shocked at all the info and facts. for example,which bag do you think would be the most “eco friendly choice”, paper or plastic?

Well plastic bag production creates less waste than paper. However, plastic bags remain with us for a long, long time. Paper bags waste a lot of water but plastic bags waste a lot of electricity. The answer? NEITHER! You can read more about the breakdown on Tree Hugger.

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Our current consumption:

In the Us alone we use over 14,000,000,000(4) plastic bags are used per year and only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling (3). The worldwide consumption is at a mind blowing 4,000,000,000,000(3). Just one of those plastic bags is estimated to take 1,000 years to biodegrade in a landfill.

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Other Key Issues:

  1. Waste of our Precious Resources:
    • 14,000,000 trees cut down for paper bag consumption in the US each year(5)
    • 12,000,000 barrels of oil required for US annual plastic bag consumption(6)
    • Consider the energy, water and waste emissions to produce plastic and paper bags (ratio of 1 part pulp to 400 parts water to make paper bags)
  2. Damaging Wildlife:plasticbagPlastic bags kill an estimated 100,000(1) marine animals each year and the average number of pieces of plastic in each square mile of ocean 46,000(2)! I love my beaches here in cali and the beautiful marine life that lives in it.

What Can you do?

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  • Use a cloth bag and save 6 six bags a week. That’s 22,176 bags in your lifetime. Ask a friend to do the same and that number doubles. Ask another friend and it triples. You get the idea.
  • Trader Joe’s has a very durable canvas bag that I own a couple of. They are better in me option to carry groceries in anyways! I job that would taken 3-4 plastic bags fits in my large canvas bag. Whole Foods also has some different size options to fit everyones needs (some of my bags pictured above)
  • If you are shopping at the mall, bring a bag or purchase a reusable bag at the cashier.
  • if you must buy a bag, recycle or repurpose
  • When a cashier offers you a bag for something you can carry or stick in your purse decline and save the bag!
  • From an energy standpoint, according to this Australian study, canvas bags are 14 times better than plastic bags and 39 times better than paper bags, assuming that canvas bags get a good workout and are used 500 times during their life cycle

 

Sources:
1.Sea Turtles Don’t Shop. Earth Resource Foundation.
2. Keep the Sea Plastic Free-Bin It. Australian Government, Department of the Environment and Heritage.
3. Plastic Bags: A Necessary Eyesore? Worldwatch Institute.
4.Sack Tax? ABC News. December 9, 2003.
5. Paper or Plastic?. Healthwell. March
6.Reusable Bags Tackle Plastic Bag Mess. Organic Trade Association