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Old 01-14-2015, 11:57 AM
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I've jam packed my schedule today in Denver. After a great dinner of sea bass, a little bit of a friend's ribeye steak, a baked potato, and spinach last night at Ocean Prime (and no drinks despite much drinking going on around me), I woke up at 4am to write.

I was tired. But I did 1,000 words and then meditated. That actually wakes me up, because meditation is like taking a nap. Then I went straight to the gym, the Colorado Athletic Club, for a heavy squat day.

1A) Squat
1B) Prisoner Squat Jumps (this is a complex, as Todd Durkin explains in our TT Summit interview below)

2) Good Mornings

3) Lunges

Legs are going to be sore tomorrow.

Followed that with a big breakfast of 4 eggs and spinach with olive oil, and a Green Tea.

Now I'm in the office with lots of meetings on tap, then writing, then interviews, then email, then done. Tomorrow is an all writing day, as is Friday, then Saturday is all filming.

Here's a GREAT bonus for you:

This has to be in my top 3 of all TT Trainer interviews. I just grilled legendary trainer, Todd Durkin, about bringing the energy to workouts and his favorite workout challenges. It's slanted towards trainers but everyone is going to get something out of this:

=> http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=64433721

And more importantly, you'll get a hint of what he's going to bring to the TT Bootcamp at the 5th TT Summit in San Diego on June 6th. Don't miss it!

Streaking Update:

1) 3000 words per day

Started with 1,000 words on Roosevelt before my workout. Will finish a few more profiles later today. Also very busy with interviews ... doing one with Yuri Elkaim and then another with Ray Ortiz.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Super great behavior last night at a big work dinner. Most of the guys had a couple of cocktails, and some had three to four glasses of wine after that. And then they had peanut butter pie.

But ol' CB was strong, remembering his commitment to you.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

None yesterday (see above) and I doubt I'll have one tonight. I need to get to bed early and catch up on some sleep.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

I know today will be great...already has been with pleasant, British Gentleman style interactions in the gym, with the room service guy, and in the hotel elevator (it freaks people out when you say a chipper Good Morning when you get on an elevator).

5) Healthy Gut Days

Everything is rocking. Wise choices are being made. Feeling great.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt .....

Greatness requires you to think differently and throw out the average approach to life, especially in the face of intense peer pressure. Be prepared to be strong and have 2 solutions to overcome all obstacles. Plan in advance for what your ‘enemies of greatness’ will throw at you. People that are best prepared perform most powerfully.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

PS - You CAN succeed at any age. You can’t ever give up.

No matter what your situation and circumstances, you can move forward, right now, towards your big goals and dreams. It’s finally the right time for you. It’s not your fault you struggled in the past. You didn’t have all the answers back then. But today everything has come together. You can do it. You MUST do it. There will never be a better time than right now. This time it’s different. This time is YOUR time. Let’s go!
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:55 PM
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Streaking Update:

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

I know today will be great...already has been with pleasant, British Gentleman style interactions in the gym, with the room service guy, and in the hotel elevator (it freaks people out when you say a chipper Good Morning when you get on an elevator).
You could really freak folks out if you streaked onto the elevator with a chipper Good Morning.
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Old 01-15-2015, 12:16 PM
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Another great day in Denver yesterday, and so far today.

Today's workout:

1A) Bench Press
1B) Barbell Row

2A) Military Press
2B) Machine Chest-Supported Row

3A) Dips
3B) Pullups

Great times.

Followed that with a 4-lap indoor/outdoor swim at the hotel. Who knew swimming in Denver in January would be warmer than swimming in Miami. And cool to have the downtown Denver Clock Tower in my view from the (heated) pool this morning.
















We are receiving so much great feedback on www.TurbulenceTrainingFanpage.com during our 250,000 Fan contest. For example, here's a great success story:

“Craig – I cannot thank you enough for Turbulence Training. My new year's resolution last year was to lose 10-15 lbs and eat healthier. After several years of being out of shape and not eating very well, I was skeptical that I'd do it. I found your program on a whim by searching the internet for "workout at home." I needed an alternative to running, which kills my knees, and swimming, which was tough to fit into working and taking care of two preschoolers. What I found is an amazingly efficient and fun program that has given me a passion for life, healthy eating and physical fitness.

"I lost 25 lbs in 3 months - back to the weight I was at 25. I have a leaner and more muscular body than I did as an athlete in college. I've kept the weight off and continue to be fueled by the amazing energy your program has given me. I am more positive about everything in life. I feel confident, healthy, fit and younger.

"I am so excited about your program that I'll tell just about anyone about what an incredible impact it's had on me physically, emotionally, and mentally. So far, I've recruited some co-workers and possibly the biggest skeptic - my husband.

"Also, my 6-year old worked out alongside me doing the Buff Dudes and Hot Chicks workout C on Saturday. Although she improvises a bit, it was awesome and motivating to see her excited about working out with mommy.

"My 2015 New Year's resolution is to share your program with as many people as I can so that more people can share in the benefits I've so appreciated. Last year for Christmas, I dreaded getting more clothes that would feel tight and uncomfortable. This year, my list included things like a TRX, a bench, and a pullup bar. Santa delivered and I'm ready to go for another year of fantastic workouts with you and your team.” – Denise Zorn

Awesome!

Streaking Update:

1) 3000 words per day

More profiles...on Marie Curie, Margaret Thatcher, and also some very cool insider info about Richard Branson's secrets.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Early room service dinner last night so I could rest. Big filming weekend coming up.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

None yesterday. Might have one tonight.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

I was great on my interviews but could have been better in a couple of meetings with team members. I need to get focused and anchored and mentally prepared to get out of my selfish introverted state and focus on the feelings of others.

5) Healthy Gut Days

Everything is rocking. Wise choices are being made. Feeling great.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tip:
When faced with hard times, we have a choice...we can keep going or we can quit. All tough times come to an end. If we quit, we only make it worse and learn nothing. But if we keep going, though the situation may be frustrating at first, you WILL be making progress. Things WILL get better. The future WILL become brighter. It may be slow, but it WILL be sure. Stay strong. Push on. Never give up on what is important to you. You WILL achieve your goals. You will win. I believe in you.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:03 PM
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Streaking Update:

1) 3000 words per day

Writing a lot, even with filming and travel. I'll be back on the farm for 7 days starting tomorrow, and will be able to focus on major projects and newsletters.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

On track. Really rocking, even when I mess up the next streak. I've been helped big time by my 12-hour dinner-to-breakfast fasting rule, and streak #5 below (avoiding many specific foods has eliminated temptations).

3) 1 Drink Maximum

I keep breaking this one. Had 2 drinks last night celebrating the end of the latest 40 video filming.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Really great here. Better than ever.

5) Healthy Gut Days

Everything is rocking. Wise choices are being made. Feeling great.
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Old 01-21-2015, 02:03 PM
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On Monday we finished 25 new workout videos (+ 10 bonus 1-minute workouts) and you won't believe the quality of the production. It's simply amazing. It was filmed in an NBC TV studio, so it will be like watching the REAL thing...real TV. I was impressed.

Almost as good as:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0_aBMgBo_k



The new videos will be available just before Ballantyne's Day...another reason it's the world's favorite holiday. Double =>

1st day home in Canada this year after a 23 day road trip. Glad to see ol' Bally the Dog, not so glad to see - and feel - the snow and freezing cold during the 6am dog walk. I'm getting soft. Good to see that he likes it, though. Made up for my softness with a 10x10 70-pound KB Goblet Squat workout supersetted with kb swings and box jumps (5 sets of each).




Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
Work on your #1 priority right away to give you momentum and an early victory that cannot be taken away from you no matter how chaotic the rest of the day. Push on to take CONTROL of your life and own your days.

Do not let peer pressure interfere with your path to success. Do not let random, unimportant people stop you from achieving your big goals and dreams. You must know who and what really matters.

And finally...

My Streaking Update for the 22nd TT Transformation Contest:

1) Write 3000 words per day

Today's profiles on Mark Ford and Steve Jobs, plus how to sneak in another 4 weeks of high-quality work in a year, and research to see if I can find something good from MLK Jr's daily schedule.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Back on the farm where I never have post-dinner overeating.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

None yesterday. Might have one tonight.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Taking a day at home so won't see too many folks. Had one phone meeting this morning with an old buddy, setting up next summer's www.BlackSmithCamp.com - it will be amazing times.

5) Healthy Gut Days

Healthy day, great choices so far. Had a little caffeine in some Green Tea, but that's a lot better than the Coke Zero I had the other day.

Getting better every day.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
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Old 01-24-2015, 12:45 PM
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Streaking Update

1) Write 3000 words per day

Plenty of writing over the last few days here on the farm. Been up early and well-prepared. Lots of progress being made. Had fun writing an essay for ETR...watch for it on Friday, Jan 30th.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Been so good on this that I've been waking up too hungry in the morning. That's easily fixed!

3) 1 Drink Maximum

No need for cocktail hour this week, but will have one tonight with friends.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Been at home just with a few family and friends. Next week will be easy too. Next weekend will be a challenge at the big BioTrust Superbowl party as there will be three days in a row of heavy 'extroverted' socializing testing my introverted nature.

5) Healthy Gut Days

On a streak of perfect gut health nutrition.

Everything is easier when you remove temptations, interruptions, and distractions from your life.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

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Old 01-27-2015, 09:36 AM
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Streaking Update

1) Write 3000 words per day

Profiled the Pope today. Interesting read.

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Ate early, bed early, travel early. This weekend will be a nice obstacle course of challenges with 3 big events back to back to back.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

Had one on Sunday, but the good thing about big work events is that I don't drink at them. That will make this easy, and point 2 easier.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

So far so good on the travels. Patience, preparation, and being ahead of the calendar work best for me.

5) Healthy Gut Days

I am well prepared for the weekend, and will stock up at Whole Foods later today to make sure I have everything I need.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

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Old 01-29-2015, 08:46 AM
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Streaking Update

1) Write 3000 words per day

Whatever habit you practice becomes more ingrained in you. For writing this 3000 word minimum each day, it was best for me to immediately start working on it as soon as I sat down in front of my computer. I could not go to any websites or open any other documents. It was writing 1000-2000 words first thing that got me off to a great start.

The more I cultivated that habit, the easier it was to produce my daily work, and the faster the book made progress, and the sooner it got into your hands.If you don’t want a bad habit, don’t feed the bad habit. Suffocate it by replacing it with another. Celebrate each small victory the longer you can resist a bad habit. Celebrate each victory each time you practice a good habit. Build upon right decisions and right actions.

Know what you want to achieve, and do the right things.

“To live a life of virtue, match up your thoughts, words, and deeds.” – Epictetus

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

I've had a couple of large dinners at Joel's the past two nights, thanks to the incredible meals created by his family's personal chef (for $300 per night, Joel has a local chef come in - about 4 nights a week - and he creates an epic meal that serves 10 adults and 4 kids - his inlaws plus his wife and kids...it's so much cheaper and healthier than going out for dinner like we used to do) and there are leftovers for 15 people - including nanny, housekeeper, in-laws, guests, etc. - the next day for lunch and often for dinner. It's amazing what Chef, as they call him, can do. He's from France and runs a local catering company. It really is neat and might be something you could try once a week, perhaps even cheaper with a local chef school student?

Anyways, there's no room for post-dinner binging when you have a pork chop, an extra large sweet potato topped with bacon, 2 helpings of green beans, and fruit salad. Fantastic dinner.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

Been dry all week and probably will remain so until I get back to Canadia.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Hard to get upset when you visit Joel's house. Everything is taken care of and I love his family.

5) Healthy Gut Days

I ate a few too many brussel sprouts the other night, and that might have left me a little bloated. And this morning I had some caffeine because I'm about to go for a big deadlift workout. But other than that, things are going great and I feel good today.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:33 AM
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Streaking Update

I dropped a streak last night in celebration, but it was harmless. On the bright side, some great force took over my fingers this morning and I smashed out 2250 words in an essay about email addiction, all in less than 90 minutes between 4am and 5:25.

1) Write 3000 words per day

I cultivated my habit. I woke up and went right to work. I skipped going online. I avoided looking at my to do list. I started typing and boom, the words spilled onto the page as well as they ever have. What a great start to the morning, and I still have another 2000 words to get through as I finish up the CTT newsletter of the month. That's why I like to work on Saturdays. It's one of my secrets to how I get ahead of everyone else.
- http://www.earlytorise.com/my-wild-a...rday-mornings/

2) No Post Dinner Binge Eating

Dinner was a big disappointment last night. It's the downside of large group events. We had over 60 people in the restaurant, and food didn't get to our table until nearly 9pm (even though we sat down at 7:15pm). So I skipped it, left the event a little early, walked Joel's wife back to the hotel, read a little, and went to bed. That certainly solved the post-dinner binge issue.

I have a big breakfast planned with Kevin Harrington.

3) 1 Drink Maximum

Here's the one that got broken...seems to be the toughest one. We had a couple of celebratory drinks pre-dinner. But I stopped at 6:30pm. That allowed me to have 3 hours between alcohol and bed time, part of my 3-2-1 Goodnight Formula:

If you want to sleep better and live healthier, here's a simple 3-2-1 formula to use for bedtime. It helps you avoid interrupted sleep, heartburn, and insomnia.

First, stop drinking all alcohol three hours before bed. Alcohol might make you feel sleepy at first, but it impairs your natural sleep cycle and interrupts valuable deep sleep.

Second, finish all eating at least 2 hours (and preferably more) before bed. I'll admit, that's the toughest one for me, especially when traveling for work and trying to stick to my early bedtime. However, the New York Times recently reported that eating close to bedtime increases your risk of heartburn.

Finally, turn off all electronics one hour before bed. The blue light emitted from screens makes it difficult to fall asleep. Spend the final hour reading books, talking with your spouse, meditating, taking a bath, or enjoying 'other' activities in the privacy of your bedroom - but don't be reading your iPhone or Tablets just before bed, unless you want to stare at the ceiling for another hour. Use that simple 3-2-1 rule and you'll be better rested to control your morning and win your day tomorrow.

4) No Outbursts or Snarkiness

Great night of conversation plus two excellent work meetings. Everyone was in great spirits, and we are surrounded by dear friends. Makes it very easy to be a good boy.

5) Healthy Gut Days

Yesterday was nearly perfect eating. I had a Coke Zero in the morning, but no caffeine today. I need to get a nap instead.

Time for breakfast.

Stay strong and keep on pushing on,

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The Saturday morning article was great. It's my plan to spend a couple hours on Saturday morning studying and planning before the family gets up. Thanks!
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