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Welcome to "The Fit Focused Ready Blog" by me, Bo Bland, where we dive into the essence of mental toughness and resilience, beyond just the physical aspects of fitness. This blog is your go-to hub for exploring the power of a focused mind, simplified strategies for mental strength, and the effectiveness of bodyweight workouts. 

It's all about embracing simplicity in our approach to both physical and mental fitness. We'll venture into how fitness intersects with daily life challenges, offering insights and real-life experiences to guide you. Join me on this journey to fortify your mind, body, and life, keeping it real, raw, and remarkably simple. Let's get fit, focused, and ready for anything!
Blog Post #12: 
Unyielding Heroes: 
Embracing the Power of Mind, Grit, and Greatness
Written by Bo Bland on January. 26th, 2024.

Dean Karnases

Courtney Dauwalter

David Goggins

Kobe Bryant

In the relentless pursuit of my own potential, I've found a unique kinship with a select few individuals – my heroes. These aren't just inspirational figures; they resonate with me on a deeper level. They mirror my understanding of the extraordinary capabilities of the human mind, the transformative power of enduring hardship, and the sheer tenacity to push beyond the imaginable. They're not guiding forces in the traditional sense; they're more like kindred spirits, echoing my own beliefs and convictions about what it truly means to harness the mind's power.

Dean, in particular, was the spark that ignited my journey, showing me the vast expanse of possibilities that lay beyond my imagination. His story wasn't just an inspiration; it was a revelation that set me on my path, challenging me to redefine my own limits and chase after the unfathomable.

As for the others, they are individuals with whom I find a profound alignment. They, like me, seem to grasp the intricate dance of the mind and the body, the necessity of facing adversity head-on, and the exhilarating rush of breaking barriers. They embody what I've come to understand and appreciate about life's toughest challenges – that within them lies the greatest opportunities for growth and self-discovery.

These heroes are reflections of my own journey – validations of my belief in the mind's unyielding power, the benefits that come from pushing through pain, and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. They represent a shared understanding, a common thread that ties us in our respective quests for greatness. Through their stories, I find not just inspiration, but affirmation of the path I've chosen – a path marked by resilience, determination, and an unwavering belief in the impossible made possible.

Dean Karnazes – he’s not just a name in the annals of ultra-running; he's a legend that redefined the very concept of human endurance. When I first stumbled upon his story, it was like a light switched on, illuminating a path I never knew existed. Dean showed me a world brimming with relentless challenges and awe-inspiring possibilities, a world where running wasn't just a sport but a journey into the depths of one’s soul.

His feats are the stuff of legends – from running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days to conquering the Badwater Ultramarathon, a grueling 135-mile race across Death Valley, often dubbed the world’s toughest footrace. But what truly sets Dean apart isn’t just his superhuman stamina or his laundry list of jaw-dropping accomplishments. It’s his unshakeable belief in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, his unwavering commitment to testing the limits of his body and mind.

Dean’s philosophy transcends the realm of running; it’s a testament to the power of the human spirit. He embodies the notion that our capabilities are not set in stone but are as limitless as our will to pursue them. His journey speaks to the core of what it means to be truly alive – to embrace suffering not as a foe, but as a catalyst for growth and transformation.

For me, Dean Karnazes is more than a hero; he’s a living proof that the barriers we perceive are often self-imposed. His life is a vivid tapestry of perseverance, resilience, and an insatiable thirst for adventure. He stands as a beacon for anyone who dares to dream big, challenging us to step out of our comfort zones and embark on our own odyssey of self-discovery.

In Dean, I found more than inspiration; I found a mirror reflecting my deepest aspirations – to test my limits, to endure, and to discover the true extent of my own strength. His story isn't just one of running; it's a narrative about the indomitable human spirit, a chronicle of what it means to truly live fit, focused, and ready for anything.

 Courtney Dauwalter stands as a towering figure in the world of ultra-endurance sports, a true embodiment of grit and skill combined. In her, I see a reflection of what pure determination and unyielding perseverance can achieve. She's not just an athlete; she's a force of nature, redefining the limits of human endurance with every stride she takes.

Cortney's triumphs in ultra-running are nothing short of spectacular. From winning the Moab 240 – a staggering 240-mile race – by not just a few minutes, but by hours, to her awe-inspiring performances in countless other ultra-marathons, she has cemented her status as one of the greatest endurance athletes of our time. Her ability to endure, to keep pushing when most would falter, speaks volumes of her mental fortitude and physical prowess.

What truly sets Cortney apart, though, is her approach to these Herculean tasks. It's not just about crossing the finish line; it's about embracing every moment of the journey, no matter how arduous. Her resilience in the face of exhaustion, her ability to find joy in the midst of grueling challenges, is what makes her an icon, a beacon of inspiration for anyone who seeks to understand the depth of their own potential.

Cortney exemplifies the true essence of mental strength – a deep-rooted belief in oneself and the sheer will to persevere against all odds. Her story is a testament to the power of the human spirit, showcasing the extraordinary things that are possible when grit and belief converge.

In Courtney Dauwalter, I find a hero who resonates with my own journey and beliefs. She’s not just an ultra-runner; she's a philosopher in motion, teaching us invaluable lessons about endurance, resilience, and the limitless potential of the human body and mind. Her achievements are a clarion call to all of us, reminding us that with the right mindset, even the most daunting challenges can be conquered. Her legacy is one of unwavering strength and indomitable spirit – a shining example of what it means to be truly fit, focused, and ready for life's greatest adventures.

David Goggins – a name synonymous with unparalleled grit, sheer willpower, and an almost mythic ability to push beyond the conceivable limits of the human mind and body. When you hear his story, it's like peering into the heart of what true mental strength can achieve. Goggins isn't just a man; he's the epitome of the human alter ego brought to life, a living testament to the incredible feats the mind can accomplish when fueled by unyielding belief and determination.

His journey from a troubled youth to becoming one of the world's most formidable endurance athletes is nothing short of awe-inspiring. A Navy SEAL, an ultra-marathoner, a world record holder for the most pull-ups done in 24 hours – these are but a few chapters in the extraordinary saga of David Goggins. His life is a relentless pursuit of self-imposed challenges, each more daunting than the last, each a battle against his own limits.

What truly captivates me about Goggins is his raw, unfiltered approach to life and the lessons he imparts. He doesn't just talk about toughness; he embodies it in every fiber of his being. His philosophy cuts to the core of what it means to harness the power of the mind – it's about facing your demons, embracing the pain, and emerging victorious from the depths of suffering.

Goggins' philosophy resonates deeply with my own beliefs. His insights on the transformative power of suffering, the importance of stepping out of one’s comfort zone, and the ability to forge an ironclad will are lessons that transcend the realm of physical fitness. They are principles that apply to every aspect of life.

David Goggins stands as a beacon for all who seek to understand the true potential of the human mind. His life and teachings are a guide to navigating the challenges of existence with strength and purpose. In him, I see not just a hero, but a fellow philosopher and warrior of the mind, constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible. His story is a powerful reminder that the only limits that truly exist are the ones we impose on ourselves.

Kobe Bryant, a legend whose legacy transcends the boundaries of basketball, embodies a mindset and philosophy that deeply resonate with me. His untimely passing brought a wave of retrospection, unveiling the depth of his understanding of mental strength, focus, and the power of the alter ego. Kobe wasn't just an extraordinary athlete; he was a philosopher whose insights into the mental game are as profound as they are practical.

What strikes me most about Kobe is his relentless pursuit of greatness, not just on the court but in every aspect of life. His "Mamba Mentality" is more than a catchy phrase; it's a mindset that encapsulates the essence of determination, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Kobe's approach to basketball – studying, practicing, and perfecting his craft – is a testament to the power of focused dedication.

Beyond his physical prowess, Kobe's psychological acumen set him apart. He understood the importance of mental preparation, the need to embrace challenges, and the value of learning from failures. His ability to switch into his alter ego, "The Black Mamba," exemplifies his mastery of mental fortitude. This alter ego was more than a nickname; it was an embodiment of his fiercest, most competitive self, a persona that allowed him to face any challenge with unwavering confidence and focus.

Kobe's philosophies extend far beyond basketball. His insights into the importance of setting goals, maintaining discipline, and staying curious are life lessons that resonate with anyone striving for personal and professional growth. He was a visionary who saw beyond the game, understanding the broader implications of his mindset and approach.

In Kobe Bryant, I see a kindred spirit – someone who not only recognized the power of the mind but also harnessed it to achieve extraordinary heights. His teachings and legacy continue to inspire, offering valuable lessons in resilience, perseverance, and the relentless pursuit of greatness. Kobe may have been known for his basketball skills, but it's his mental acumen and philosophical insights that truly make him a hero to emulate and admire.

As we reach the conclusion of this exploration into the lives of my heroes – Dean Karnazes, Courtney Dauwalter, David Goggins, and Kobe Bryant – it's evident that their stories are more than just tales of physical prowess and endurance. They represent a deeper understanding of the human spirit, the power of the mind, and the limitless potential we all possess.

Each of these remarkable individuals, in their unique way, has demonstrated that true strength and achievement lie in the ability to push beyond perceived limits, to embrace challenges, and to continuously strive for excellence. Their journeys are testaments to the idea that mental fortitude, coupled with physical effort, can lead to extraordinary achievements.

Dean opened my eyes to a world of possibilities, showing me that limits are often just illusions. Courtney's unyielding grit is a lesson in the power of perseverance and belief. David Goggins exemplifies the transformation that can occur when you harness the mind's strength. And Kobe Bryant, a legend in his own right, taught me that the path to greatness is paved with discipline, focus, and an unbreakable will.

As I reflect on these heroes, I realize they are more than just individuals I admire. They are embodiments of principles that I hold dear – the power of the mind, the benefits of enduring hardship, and the endless pursuit of self-improvement. Their stories are not just narratives to be admired from afar; they are blueprints that can guide us in our own journeys, pushing us to explore our boundaries and redefine what we believe is possible.

In sharing their stories, I hope to ignite in you the same spark of inspiration they have ignited in me. May their lives encourage you to explore the depths of your potential, to face challenges with resilience, and to approach life with the same fervor and passion. Let their legacies be a reminder that within each of us lies the capacity to be extraordinary.

In the end, these heroes are more than just figures to be admired; they are mirrors reflecting the possibilities that lie within all of us. They show us that with the right mindset, determination, and willingness to push through adversity, we can achieve greatness in our own right. So, as we move forward, let's carry their lessons with us, applying their wisdom to our own lives, and strive to be fit, focused, and ready for whatever lies ahead.

Bo Bland

Blog Post #11: 
The Two Faces of Fitness: 
Lifestyle vs. Looks
Written by Bo Bland on January. 24th, 2024.
In the world of fitness, there’s a growing divide that's hard to ignore. On one side, you've got folks embracing a fitness lifestyle – they're the marathon runners, the MMA fighters, the mountain bikers, and the triathlon competitors. They’re about pushing limits, crushing personal goals, and creating fit bodies to live life to the fullest. Then, there’s the other side, where it's all about looks – how much you can bench, sculpting abs, and chasing the perfect physique. It's a world that often seems more about showing off than showing up for yourself. Let's dive into these two distinct approaches to fitness and see what they're really about.
Fitness as a Lifestyle: More Than Just a Workout



When fitness is a lifestyle, it's about the thrill of the challenge and the joy of the journey. These folks aren’t just working out; they’re training for something bigger. They’re the ones waking up at dawn to run miles because there's a marathon coming up. They're in the gym honing their skills for the next MMA fight. They're hitting the trails on their mountain bikes, not just for the exercise, but for the adventure. It’s about setting ambitious goals – like completing a triathlon – and then smashing them.



For this crowd, fitness isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling alive. It's about testing their limits and seeing what their bodies and minds can achieve. It's fitness with a purpose, and the purpose is to live life fully, vibrantly, and with gusto.


The Looks-Focused Fitness: A Shallow Approach?
Then, there’s the looks-focused side of fitness. It’s what you often see on social media – people flaunting six-pack abs, obsessing over glute exercises, and bragging about bench press numbers. It’s more about vanity than vitality. Sure, looking good is great, but when it becomes the sole focus of your fitness regime, things can get a bit shallow. This approach often feels more like a competition for likes and approval rather than a journey to personal betterment.



In this world, workouts can start to feel like a chore, something you do to maintain an image rather than to enrich your life. It’s about appearances, often fueled by the latest trends and fads rather than what’s genuinely good for your body and mind.


The Growing Divide
It’s hard not to notice how this divide is growing. On one hand, you've got fitness as a meaningful part of a lifestyle, and on the other, fitness as a means to an aesthetic end. And it seems like the looks-focused approach is gaining traction, especially among younger generations who are constantly bombarded with images of 'ideal' bodies on social media.


What’s the Real Deal?
The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good. But when it overshadows the real essence of fitness – health, strength, endurance, and personal growth – we need to take a step back and evaluate our priorities.


Fitness should be about feeling good, challenging yourself, and enjoying life. It's about finding a balance – looking good on the outside while feeling fantastic on the inside. So, whether you’re training for a marathon or just trying to beat your personal best at the gym, remember, fitness is a journey, not a destination. It’s about being the best version of yourself, not just the best-looking version.


In conclusion, the world of fitness is diverse, and there's room for everyone, whether your goal is to climb mountains or just climb out of bed feeling great. What matters most is that you're moving, challenging yourself, and having fun. So, whatever your fitness goals, keep them genuine, keep them joyful, and keep pushing forward.

By Bo Bland
Blog Post #10: 
Heroes, Movies and Mental Strength
Written by Bo Bland on June. 29th, 2023.

Recently I have been thinking a lot about heroes and movies and it got me thinking. 

So, imagine stepping into a world where facing life's challenges is like being the hero of an epic movie. Just as heroes overcome obstacles, we too can conquer our struggles through mental strength. In this post, I want to explore famous movies that can inspire us to overcome doubts, develop resilience, and find the mental strength needed to be triumphant in life.

Movie #1: Embrace "The Matrix" Mentality:

Have you ever watched the movie "The Matrix"?  Of course, you have but...It's about a character named Neo who discovers that the world he thought was real is actually an illusion. This makes him question his beliefs and realize that he has the power to change his reality. In a similar way, we can reshape our own lives and overcome the struggles we face.
Sometimes we hold onto beliefs that limit us and hold us back. These beliefs come from our past experiences or what others expect of us. They make us feel like we can't do certain things or achieve our goals. But just like Neo, we have the ability to break free from these beliefs and think differently about our challenges.
To start this journey, we need to recognize our limiting beliefs. These beliefs make us feel stuck and prevent us from trying new things. But by embracing "The Matrix" mentality, we can challenge these beliefs and see that they're not true. We can change our mindset and believe that we have the power to overcome any obstacle.

To change our reality, we have to believe in our own potential and growth. We need to know that we can learn and improve, no matter what difficulties we face. Instead of seeing challenges as roadblocks, we should view them as opportunities to become stronger and better.
Just like Neo trained himself to navigate the simulated world, we can train ourselves to face our struggles. It starts by being aware of our thoughts and noticing when we're thinking negatively or limiting ourselves. We can replace those thoughts with positive and empowering ones.

During this journey, it's important to have supportive people around us. They can be like the friends who help Neo in the movie, guiding and encouraging us. Their presence can boost our confidence and remind us of our unlimited potential.

Embracing "The Matrix" mentality means taking control of our lives and shaping our own future. It means stepping out of our comfort zones and facing our fears with determination. As we challenge our limiting beliefs, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and create a reality that aligns with our dreams.
Remember, just like Neo defied the boundaries of the Matrix, you too can break free from your own limiting beliefs. Believe in yourself, change your perspective on challenges, and create a life full of possibilities and success.

Movie #2:  The Karate Kid - Taking Action and Building Mental Strength

In the movie "The Karate Kid," the main character, Daniel, faces numerous challenges as he learns martial arts. He is initially overwhelmed by the skills he needs to acquire and the obstacles he must overcome. However, with the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, Daniel discovers the power of taking action and developing mental strength.
Just like Daniel, we all have the potential to unlock our inner hero and face life's struggles head-on. It starts with taking action. When we take that first step, no matter how small, we begin to build momentum and create a positive change in our lives.

Taking action means setting clear goals and breaking them down into manageable steps. In "The Karate Kid," Daniel had to learn specific techniques and practice them consistently to improve. Similarly, we need to identify the areas in our lives where we want to grow and take deliberate actions to move forward.

However, taking action alone is not enough. We also need to develop mental strength. This is the ability to stay focused, resilient, and determined in the face of challenges. In the movie, Daniel encounters setbacks and moments of self-doubt, but he pushes through with unwavering determination.

To develop mental strength, we must cultivate a positive mindset. We need to believe in our abilities and maintain a resilient attitude, even when faced with obstacles. Instead of viewing failures as permanent, we can see them as opportunities for growth and learning.

In "The Karate Kid," Daniel's mentor, Mr. Miyagi, teaches him important life lessons while training him in karate. Similarly, seeking guidance and support from mentors, coaches, or trusted individuals can greatly enhance our journey of developing mental strength.

Building mental strength also involves self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Just as athletes train their bodies to perform at their best, we need to prioritize our physical and mental well-being. This includes getting enough rest, nourishing our bodies with nutritious food, and engaging in activities that reduce stress and promote overall well-being.

By taking consistent action and developing mental strength, we can navigate life's struggles with confidence and resilience. Like Daniel, we have the power within us to overcome adversity and achieve our goals.

So, let's take the lessons from "The Karate Kid" and unlock our inner hero. Let's step onto the path of action and cultivate true mental strength.
Blog Post #9: 
Simplification 
Written by Bo Bland on March. 9th, 2023.

"The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple."
-Albert Einstein

Everything in life is complicated, no matter the subject. Even the simplest of things are incredibly complex and daunting to understand. 

For example, in the year 1910 mathematician–philosophers Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russel published Principia Mathematica, the landmark work in formal logic. And for simplicity and time's sake, I'll give you the gist. In the 680 pages of Whitehead's and Russel's book, they took 379 of those pages to prove that 1+1 really did equal 2. 

1+1=?

To me, that is amazing and something I may not ever fully understand. And that's ok. Most people will never fully understand the works of Whitehead and Russel, but we do understand its most simple form 1+1=2. 
The point of all this is to prove that, yes, things can be complicated. But my question is, do they need to be? Or should they be? I think we can all agree that if it took a few hundred pages to explain 1+1 to a child, we would still be in the Stone Age. But we didn't; we took the most simple form and ran with it. Everyone can do that math without even thinking. Yet, time and time again, we take things that should be very basic and try to make them as complicated as possible. Like it's an expression of our egos to go into the very nitty gritty on every detail on every subject. We say we want to help people understand, but we do quite the opposite. No matter the topic, from finance and gardening to cooking and fitness. The over-complication is hurting the exact people we are trying to help. 

The common view of it is this: if you give someone more details and information, they will, in turn, be wiser for it. Unfortunately, this is not the case. What you have done is made the vast information a barrier. A hurdle that is often the stopping point for most people. The intimidation of so much information makes people feel overwhelmed and confused. 
The health and fitness industry is one of the worst culprits of this. Each professional has to prove how much industry jargon they can spit out in one sentence. Meanwhile, their customers just want to lose some weight or get a little fitter. Quite often, they leave feeling more confused than when they started. There is no reason for this. 

We, as the professionals, need to do our part to simplify the solutions. We want people to have success but far too often, we add too much and create confusion. There are hundreds of exercises, and thousands of supplements, and customers simply want 1+1=2. It is our job to give them that. Yes, everyone is different, but it is our job to understand that, look at the variables, make a decision and simplify the solution. People will not do things they do not understand or are overwhelmed by. If we can give them the 1+1=2, we remove the confusion barrier for every problem they have. They will feel more confident in their ability to execute the program, and they will get the results they want. 

I see that as my job as a health, fitness, and mental strength coach. Remove the confusion and give you the simple math to have lasting success. 


Blog Post #8: 
Pivoting
Written by Bo Bland on Feb. 27th, 2023.
Hello everyone; it's been a few weeks. I've had writer's block, as they say. As I am not a natural-born writer, this blog comes with a lot of effort. But when I get a topic I am passionate about, the words come to me a lot easier. 

For this blog post, I want to discuss a topic I have been thinking about a lot, Pivoting.

 According to CHAT.GPT pivoting is: 

 "Overall, pivoting refers to the process of making a significant change in one's approach, perspective, or organization of data to simplify a problem or achieve a desired outcome."

Basically- pivoting is readjusting and continuing on. 

Sounds super simple, right? Sure, and on the surface, it is.  
Then why do so many people have an issue with it?
The reason why is that pivoting is seen as failing. To outsiders looking in, the person doing the pivoting has failed at what they were doing and has to try again. 

Ok, no big deal. You have to try again; why is that a problem? 

It's a problem because people do not like looking like a failure. In fact, people fear it. People are so worried about what other people think that they are willing to suffer for years. If not their entire lives. Just they are not seen as a failure. So they continue fighting until they give up, retire or die. 
It does not have to be that way. 

So, you have an idea and decide to give it a go. After putting in a lot of hard work and effort, You find out that, for a variety of reasons, this plan is not going to work. At that point, you have several options:
  • Option 1 - Keep pushing it until it crushes you so you are not seen as a failure. 
  • Option 2 - Give up, take the "L" and go back to your old life. 
  • ​Option 3 - Learn from your mistakes, use your new knowledge, pivot, and keep going. 
Option 3 is the clear winner here.

 For most people, the activity or idea that they are pursuing is not the actual goal. It is just the vehicle they choose so that they can get to the goal. This can be an odd concept for some, but think about it like this:

You are a creative individual, a real out-of-the-box thinker. You are also an entrepreneur who would like to have a thriving business one day. With this out-of-the-box thinking, you have this idea for a new flashlight. You understand how to make this new flashlight a reality, and you decide to go forward with it. Six months later, you realize that with supply chain issues and startup costs, the flashlight is just not feasible. At this point, you decide to move on. Yes, there was money spent, but you learned a lot, and the flashlight was never the goal in the first place. It was just a vehicle to get to the goal of having a thriving business. So, you pivot with your newly acquired knowledge and start again. 

The flashlight was never the goal!
The goal was always the thriving business. To outsiders, this looks like a failure, but to the individual, it was just a lousy vehicle. A failure would be not to try again. 

The ability to pivot is probably one of the greatest skills a person can learn. Yet, most will not. The fear of looking like a failure is just too high.
Blog Post #7: 
A question on life and fitness (My answer to an email)
Written by Bo Bland on Jan. 17th, 2023
In this week's blog post I want to share my response to an email I received. In this email I was asked a question about fitness and weight loss that required a longer response. Knowing that I would not be training this person, I tried to give him a vision for fitness, weight loss and health that is not generally talked about all that much. Attaching your health and fitness to an ultimate goal. Your ideal life. By doing that fitness can be seen as steppingstone, a foundation, a motivator, a driver. Something to pursue that drives you forward. Like building up an armor for the challenges ahead. 
Here is my response, I hope it can help you too.
Hi ####,

A lot of people look at fitness as a chore and dread it. Or weight loss as something that just needs to happen. That's a great way to hate what you are doing and eventually, the cycle will repeat. Fat -skinny fat-skinny and on and on it goes. Till you get too old and give up. That's a completely flawed approach. Your fitness should be tied to your life, your goal, your ultimate goal. What your life would be if you could Dreamit up. I would bet that in your dream life you are not fat or overweight. Nope, id bet that in your dream, you look pretty damn good. But I would bet that in that dream/goal, you can probably see a few other things - career, house, family. And that's good. You have an idea of exactly what you want. Go get it! And we are going to be real with ourselves.

What will it take to get there? And this is baseline for everyone. In career, if there is a step that needs to be taken, take it. If that means pivoting or starting over, or learning, do it! Do not delay. Next we cut the bullshit. If there is anything that is keeping us from our goal, it has to go. This is a hard one but if you look in the mirror and ask - is helping me or holding me back- you will generally find the answer.

Next up in that goal/vision of your life, you looked pretty good, didn't you? Fit, driven, attach that vision of you as a stepping stone to get that goal. So to get that goal, to be that person, things need to change. You want to be fit? You want to be driven? take the steps, A fit driven person does not eat like any everyday joe. You eat to thrive. And don't make excuses. Our time with food should be enjoyed. So we have quality meals and enjoy them! If a fast food meal during the week is only to satisfy hunger, then what are you doing? Get a healthy snack and move on. If you are going to eat something unhealthy, do it with friends and family and enjoy it. If it is not a quality meal to be enjoyed, then don't do it. You should never walk into a fast-food joint. Go get a stake at a quality restaurant. Short on time? Have a Healthy snack and move on.

Fitness drives your ideal life. Picture how you want to look and go after that. Fitness opens doors to everything. A fit person can do literally anything, walk 18 holes, hike the grand canyon, do the new york city marathon, do a weekend hiking trip, ski, scuba dive, mountain bike, literally anything. Your fitness and diet drive your motivation moving you forward toward your goal. And like magic, you get there.

But through this whole process, you need to be taking stock on your mental game. Always be conscious of your thoughts and emotions. Be aware of them, so you are not making decisions based on emotion. Also, know that your emotions will lie to you. So, asses the real situation and go off of that.

I hope that helps and clears a few things up.  But if you need more help breaking all that down just let me know and we can hop on a call or zoom and figure it out. 

Bo
The point of that email was to get him to look at health and fitness in a different way and to give him direction. 

Sometimes we don't see life as everything being connected. When in reality everything we do is connected, it all has an effect. 

Find the goal that motivates you and go get it. But go get it as the very best you.

Check out this video for YouTube I did about attaching your health and fitness to goals.  
 Bo Bland YouTube 

That is the reasoning behind Fit Focused Ready  and One Mindset Away Your health, fitness and mindset are more important than just looking good and feeling good. They are tools to a greater life. 

This is what I excel at, this is what I teach people. Find what drives you, forge your mental game, attach your health and fitness. See results like you have never seen before.  
Blog Post #6: 
 Why I Love Push-ups and why you should too.
Written by Bo Bland on Jan. 10th, 2023
I love Push-ups; I always have. They are a simple and effective exercise. They can be done just about anywhere, at any time. It doesn't matter whether you are a beginner or a seasoned fitness professional. Push-ups are a great way to improve your strength, endurance, and overall health. 

Here are just a few reasons why I love Push-ups and why you should start including push-ups in your home workout routine:
  • Convenience: Push-ups can be done anytime, anywhere, with no equipment needed. All you need is a flat surface and a little bit of space. This makes them the perfect exercise for people who don't have access to a lot of gym equipment or who are short on time.
  • A Full-body workout: Push-ups work multiple muscle groups, including the chest, shoulders, triceps, and core. By doing push-ups regularly, you can improve your overall strength and muscle tone, as well as your posture. (More details on this below)
  • Improved cardiovascular health: Push-ups are an excellent cardiovascular exercise. They can help improve your cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
  • Stress relief: Exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress. Push-ups are no exception. By focusing on your breathing and your form as you do push-ups, you can really clear your mind and reduce stress at the same time.
  • Versatility: Push-ups can be modified to suit any fitness level. If you are a beginner, start with modified push-ups (on your knees or with your hands on a bench or sturdy object). As you get stronger, you can try more challenging variations, like one-armed push-ups.
But what muscles are used in a push-up?
Great Question.

The primary muscles used in a push-up are the chest (pectoralis major), shoulders (deltoids), triceps, and core. These muscles all work together to lift and stabilize your body as you do each push-up.
  • The chest muscles, or pectoralis major, are responsible for the majority of the work. These muscles are responsible for lifting and lowering the body by contracting and relaxing. The chest muscles are also responsible for rotating your arms inward and outward.
  • The shoulders, or deltoids, also play a key role in a push-up. The front, middle, and rear deltoids all work together to stabilize the body. Witch helps in the lifting and lowering of the body.
  • The triceps, located on the back of your upper arms, are also engaged during a push-up. These muscles help extend the elbows and assist in the lifting and lowering of the body.
  • The core muscles, including the abs, obliques, and lower back muscles, all working together to stabilize the body and maintain proper form as you do each push-up.

But how do you do a push-up?

Another excellent question.

Here's a step-by-step guide:

  • Start in a plank position: Place your hands on the ground, shoulder-width apart, and extend your legs behind you, with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your body in a straight line from your head to your toes, with your core engaged and your shoulders back and down.
  • Lower your body: Slowly bend your elbows and lower your body towards the ground. Stop when your elbows form a 90-degree angle or your chest touches the ground.
  • Push back up: Exhale and push back up to the starting position, straightening your arms.
  • Repeat: Continue to lower and lift your body for the desired number of repetitions.
Remember to maintain proper form when doing push-ups. Keep your body in a straight line, with your core engaged and your shoulders back and down. Avoid sagging in the middle or lifting your hips too high.


In summary, push-ups are a great full-body exercise that engages multiple muscle groups. By doing push-ups regularly, you can improve your overall strength, muscle tone, and cardiovascular endurance. So next time you do a push-up, remember that you're not just working your arms – you're also engaging multiple muscle groups and improving your overall health and fitness.
Blog Post #5: 
Only keep healthy foods in your house.
Written by Bo Bland on Jan. 4th, 2023
When it comes to eating habits, it’s easy to get into a rut of relying on unhealthy, processed foods. These types of foods may be convenient, but they’re not always the best for our bodies. That’s why it’s important to only keep healthy foods in your house.

By keeping healthy options like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your house, you’re more likely to make healthier choices when it comes to meals and snacks.

Another reason to only keep healthy foods in your house is for overall health and wellness. Processed foods often contain added sugars, preservatives, and artificial ingredients that can be harmful to our bodies in the long term. By choosing healthy options, you’re fueling your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly and stay strong.
It’s also worth considering the impact that unhealthy foods can have on our mood and energy levels. Processed foods can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar, which can result in energy crashes and feelings of sluggishness. On the other hand, healthy foods can provide sustained energy and support a positive mood.

What you have in your home plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While it's easy to indulge in junk food every now and then, keeping it in your house can lead to unhealthy habits and make it harder to reach your health goals. Here are some reasons why you should not keep junk food in your house:
  • It's tempting: When junk food is easily accessible in your home, it's harder to resist the temptation to indulge. It's much easier to say no to a bag of chips when you have to go to the store to buy them, rather than having them sitting in your pantry.
  • ​It can lead to overconsumption: It's easy to mindlessly munch on junk food, especially if it's right in front of you. You may start out eating a couple of chips, but before you know it, the whole bag is gone. This can lead to overconsumption of calories and unhealthy ingredients, which can have negative effects on your health.
  • ​It can disrupt your healthy eating habits: If you're trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet, keeping junk food in your house can be a major obstacle. It's much easier to stick to your healthy eating plan when you have healthy options available in your home. On the other hand, if you have junk food readily available, it can be harder to resist the temptation to indulge and can disrupt your healthy eating habits.
  • ​It can lead to weight gain: Junk food is often high in calories, sugar, and unhealthy fats, which can contribute to weight gain. If you're trying to maintain or lose weight, it's important to be mindful of the types of food you have in your home. By keeping junk food out of your house, you can reduce the temptation to indulge and make it easier to stick to a healthy diet.
  • ​​It's not the best option for your overall health: While it's okay to indulge in junk food every now and then, it's not a healthy choice to make on a regular basis. Processed, high-sugar, and high-fat foods can contribute to a range of health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. You can prioritize your overall health and well-being by keeping junk food out of your house.
In conclusion, keeping junk food in your house can be tempting and make it harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It can lead to overconsumption, disrupt your healthy eating habits, contribute to weight gain, and negatively impact your overall health. While it's okay to indulge every now and then, it's important to prioritize healthy options in your home to support your health goals.
Blog Post #4: 
Working out using your own body weight.
Written by Bo Bland on Dec. 31st 2022
Working out using only your own body weight has many benefits that make it a superior method of exercise compared to using weights or other equipment. Here are five reasons why you should consider using only your own body weight for your workouts:

1. It's more convenient: 
One of the main advantages of using your own body weight for workouts is the convenience factor. You don't need any special equipment or a gym membership to get a great workout. All you need is a little space and your own body. This means you can work out anywhere, at any time, without any excuses.

2. It's more cost-effective: 
Another great benefit of using your own body weight for workouts is that it's much more cost-effective than other methods of exercise. You don't need to buy any expensive equipment or pay for a gym membership. This means you can save money while still getting a great workout.
3. It's more effective:
Using your own body weight for workouts is actually more effective than using weights or other equipment. This is because you are using your own resistance, which is more challenging and results in greater muscle fatigue. This leads to more muscle growth and better overall results.

4. It's safer:
Another reason to consider using your own body weight for workouts is the safety factor. With weights or other equipment, there is always the risk of injury if you use them improperly or if the equipment is faulty. With your own body weight, you eliminate this risk and can focus on proper form and technique without worrying about getting injured.
5. It's more versatile:
Finally, using your own body weight for workouts is much more versatile than other methods of exercise. You can do a wide variety of exercises using just your body weight, including push-ups, squats, lunges, and more. This means you can work out all of your muscle groups and get a well-rounded workout without having to buy multiple pieces of equipment.

In conclusion, there are many reasons to consider using your own body weight for workouts. It's more convenient, cost-effective, effective, safe, and versatile than other methods of exercise. So next time you're looking to get in shape, consider using your own body weight for your workouts and see the great results for yourself.
Blog Post #3: 
Choices, decisions, and goals - Daily, short-term, and long-term. 
Written by Bo Bland on Dec. 29th 2022
Choices, decisions, and goals - Daily, short-term, and long-term. 

Today I want to talk about choices and decisions. We make them every day. Like:

1. What to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner  
2. Whether or not to exercise  
3. How to spend our free time  
4. Who we choose to interact with and how much time we spend with them  
5. Whether or not to take on extra responsibilities at work or school  
6. What clothes and accessories we wear each day  
7. What activities we participate in during the day (i.e., hobbies, sports, etc.)  
Those are just a few, not scratching the surface of the long-term choices and decisions we must make.
Like:

1. Investing in education
2. Building a retirement fund
3. Purchasing a home
4. Starting a business
5. Saving for future medical expenses
6. Creating an emergency fund
7. Investing in stocks or bonds
8. Making lifestyle changes to improve health and wellness
9. Developing long-term financial goals

Feeling overwhelmed yet?
It's ok if you are. These are all hard decisions to make, with so many choices to choose from. The point is not to overwhelm you but to stress a point. With so many choices and decisions you must make, you are doing yourself a disservice by not having well-thought-out goals. Both short-term and long-term. The goals you make will drive your decisions, and you will have choices from the decisions.

Whether you make the right call for every choice or decision is unimportant. Of course, you will have setbacks, and those are just part of the learning process, which is part of the decision process. The important thing is making decisions that are positive to achieve your goal. Here is where the power of the goal and decisions comes into play. When you have done a hard look inside, seen the life you truly want, and understand the steps to get there, you then have the advantage over your decision process. You can look at every choice, every decision through the lens of will this help me or will this set me back.
I do want to note that we will never have all the answers, and we will make some wrong decisions. That is not the point; the point again is that we make decisions that we believe are positively pushing us toward our goal. Whether you make, the correct decision is not essential to your success. You are playing a knowledge and numbers game. You are using the knowledge you have to make the best decision you can, do this enough time, and you will eventually win. This also includes learning and adjusting from mistakes, but you get the point.

That brings us back to choices, but I want to approach this from a different angle, your thoughts. All choices go through a thought process, with emotions, positives, and negatives. Then, after going through the yes, no maybe, we decide. If we stop for a second, take the brain off autopilot, we give our brains a second to think. Is this the right decision? Am I making a conscious, calculated decision, or and I just going off of emotion and routine? If we can stop, think, and then act, we have a better chance of staying on track.
This brings me to the last part, long-term goals. If you have ever wondered why some people are so calculated in their actions. This is why. They have a long-term goal, can see how to get there, and are moving in that direction. Even if they make a wrong decision, they can pivot and keep going. That is why a solid long-term goal is so powerful. With a clear view of what you want for the long term, you can base all your daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly decisions on that. Otherwise, you are blindly deciding based on emotional wants, not goals or your future.

In the end, you have one decision to make. Does this action help me or not?
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I hope this helped you in your decision process.
Bo Bland  
Blog Post #2: 
Why Do People Hate Running? 
Written by Bo Bland on Dec. 22nd 2022
Why do people hate running?
I recently did a YouTube short on why most people hate running. (I linked it below) In the video, I talk about how most people hate running because they are simply running too fast. I explain that when people start out on a run, they are starting at a pace that is too quick. This leads to the inevitable labored breathing and tired legs. Ten seconds in, they hate life and, by extension, running.

You can solve this problem by doing one thing, SLOWING DOWN!

By slowing down your pace, you allow your body to do a few things.
First, to warm up. Taking it slow in the beginning gives your body the time it needs to warm up properly. The warming-up process increases your heart rate, blood flow, and body temperature. This helps to prepare your muscles for the activity by loosening them up and increasing their elasticity. Warming up also helps reduce the risk of injury as it increases flexibility and range of motion. Last but not least, warming up can help improve performance by getting both the cardiovascular system and muscle fibers ready for physical activity.

Secondly, having a slowed down your pace, even after properly being warmed up, allows you to breathe more easily and maintain the pace for a longer period of time and really enjoy the experience. And that's basically the goal, right? To be able to run for extended periods of time and for it to be as enjoyable as possible. Other goals, like weight loss and training for a race, come secondary. And you should treat them as such.

If you approach running with the goal of enjoyment first, you have a greater chance of longevity in the sport. Once running is a more pleasurable activity, your secondary goal of training for a race, weight loss, and fitness come into play.
But Bo, so and so says I should be hitting a certain pace and heart rate to achieve my - X - weight loss goal. - My answer to that is -
 I don't care; slow down.

How are you going to achieve your goal if you stop two weeks in because you hate running, you hate the feeling of being out of breath, and your legs hurt? The running industry and, by extension, running coaches have done many people a disservice by pushing speed to the extent they have. Without knowing it, they have created a standard that speed is better. I am here to tell you that it is not, and it has never been. Speed is a great way to hate the sport before you even get started. I have had so many people tell me that they tried running once or twice but were so slow that they felt embarrassed. Embarrassed!!? How ridiculous is that? But that is the standard they have created, and I'm pushing back. It's time to slow down, forget the hype, and enjoy running for all the positives it brings.
But Bo, I really like running fast.
Ok, that's great. So do I.

I am not saying don't run fast. What I am saying is speed does not matter. If you choose to run faster, it should be because you enjoy it and not because you feel that's what you are supposed to do.
In the end, my goal is to get as many people into running as possible. While also making it as approachable as possible. If I can do that, the sport of running will grow, and we all win.

First Blog Post: 
Who am I, what am I doing, and how did I get started? 
Written by Bo Bland on Dec. 13th 2022

Hello, my name is Bo Bland. I am the founder and CEO of FitFocusedReady.LLC.
FitFocusedReady.LLC is a company with two training programs. Fit Focused Ready and One Mindset Away. Fit Focused Ready is a step-by-step system for accomplishing goals by strengthening your mind and your body. One Mindset Away is fitness and weight loss through mindset.

Both programs are based on everything I learned going from an out-of-shape, unmotivated, unhealthy, smoker to an ultra-runner, Ironman triathlete, inventor, author, business owner, running coach, personal trainer, and so on. All the steps I took with fitness, mental strength, mindset, diet, and understanding the importance of simplification. It took me 14 years of chasing my goals and improving myself, to get to where I am today.

And here is how it all happened.

To explain a lot of this I need to go back to 2009.
Sunday, March 1st. To be exact 

I was sitting at a bar, getting drunk with my cousin and two friends. Here is a picture of that night.
I don't even like looking at this picture, but it is a great reminder of how far I have come. 

It's also amazing that this picture even exists because this is the night that changed my life, and it was all because of one sentence.

 “You should do the triathlon Eric and Kup are doing”.

It's funny to even think about how this one seemingly unimportant sentence could change my life.

But that's what it did.

Fast forward a few months. I had reluctantly agreed to do the race, half-ass trained, and it was now race day.

This was the Assateague Assault Sprint Triathlon. If you don’t know, a triathlon is a three-stage event. First, you swim, then you bike, then you run. Consecutively without taking a break.
The race I was just about to do was called a Sprint Triathlon. It consisted of a half mile ocean swim, then biking 14 miles and finishing with a 3.1-mile (5k) run.

This was pretty crazy for a person who had never done anything like this.

Long story short, I completed the race. It was not a pretty sight, but I did it.

I suffered the entire time, came in last amongst my friends and thought I was going to drowned. I was such a bad swimmer that during the swim portion I was actually swimming in circles. One of the volunteer lifeguards paddled over to me and yelled “hey man, you are swimming in circles”. During the bike portion, my bike tires were close to flat. I didn’t even think to pump them up. Plus, my bike seat hurt my butt so bad I had to duct tape a sweatshirt to it. Even with all of that, I still managed to finish.


That day was horrible and a ton of fun at the same time. It was also a significant moment in my life changing process. Even though I did not know it at the time. The race managed to spark a little fire in me

I liked the challenge; I liked being pushed.

It was some time after that race, I’m pretty sure it was Fall or around that time of year. My dad gave me a book, Called Ultra-Marathon Man confessions of an All-Night Runner, by Dean Karnazes.
This was the book that turned a flicker of a flame and turned it into a full-on bonfire!
My entire world was turned upside down. It was insane! The things this guy was doing blew me away. Here was a guy running 100mile and 200mile races. Going through deserts, through the artic and over mountains. To put icing on the cake, he was an ironman Triathlete.

 Up until that point, I did not even know people could do things like that. Like I didn’t know it was humanly possible.       I was hooked!

I knew at that point I was going to be an ultra-runner; I was going to be an Ironman. Nothing else mattered. I may have never run further than 4 miles at that point, but it was official. I was now an ultra-trail runner; I was now an Ironman triathlete. I just had to make it happen

This coming from a guy that drank way too much alcohol, smoked far too many cigarettes, was at the bar every weekend night and sometimes during the week, I’m not going to lie. Plus, I ate junk food like it was my job.

None of those things mattered, I was going to get there. That meant I was going to have to change everything about my life.

And let me tell you ladies and gentlemen - Change is…. not…. Easy!

1. I had to quit smoking
2. Stop eating junk
3. And figure out this whole alcohol thing.


Absolutely none of that was easy for me. Just quitting smoking when ALL my friends were smokers was incredibly difficult.

But little did I know, this was when my real lessons began.

I was learning the ABCs of willpower and being mindful. Quitting smoking was huge for me. What I learned during that process was incredibly valuable. Even though I didn’t know it at the time.
I was learning that I could force a hard – “No Thanks” - out of my mouth when offered things I absolutely wanted.

When it came to food and my diet? Forget about it! That was horrible as well. I made every single mistake you could think of.

In the beginning, I was eating HUGE bowls of cereal and thinking that was healthy. Then 5 minutes later I’d be passed out on the couch from a sugar and carb overload.

- I did an all-fruit diet.
- A mostly meat diet.

I had no idea what I was doing, and I was trying everything.

At that same point in time my training was steadily increasing. I was doing more triathlons; I had completed my first marathon. It wasn’t pretty but I was actually doing it!

The more racing and training I did, the more trial and error I had with my diet and fitness. Things were slowly improving.

Eventually, I had my eating dialed in and my diet became super simple. After so much trial and error, I knew what worked and what didn’t. Health became easy to me. I felt great and never worried about weight loss again. It was perfect. I called my system of eating – Only Good Options.

Meanwhile, all this running and triathlon training I was teaching me the huge benefits of basic overall fitness. Since I was pretty broke most of the time, a gym membership was out. So, I trained at home with my own body weight. I did very basic body weight exercises and saw amazing results. My physique improved and I was looking pretty damn good. I also felt better. I had less body ache, I stood straighter, and my all-around body movement was different. I could not understand why more people weren’t doing this. The more exercises I did, the more I leaned, the better I got. Eventually, I had a system. A stupid at home system and it worked amazingly.
I called it - Fit for Function. And even now, so many years later, I still use it every day.

Now my health and fitness improvements were amazing!
But…...

 My largest area of improvement, where I had seen greatest strengths. Was in my head. With this racing and training I was learning to be an absolute master of the space between my ears. The more I did, the greater that skill increased.

Not only that, but with this new health, fitness, and mental strength came something that was completely unexpected. I now had this was a new ambition for life, for complete improvement.
I wanted to be successful in all areas of life. I stared reading books on success, money and self-improvement.

I went through the entire Rich dad poor dad collection, by Robert T. Kiyosaki
I then moved on to Think and grow rich and Outwitting the devil by Napoleon Hill
Then, Richest man in Babylon by George s. Clason
And the list goes on.

The deeper I went into the subject of self-improvement the more I saw something.
There was this repeating theme that came up over and over again.
Belief ……and Mental strength……Belief that you could do it and Mental strength to see you to the end.

THAT’S IT!

Like those two things were last 2 keys to everything! And here is the kicker
I was already using a system that put all the parts together.
And I didn’t even know it…….

My training, racing and bodyweight exercises all kept me in amazing shape.
While also fueling my ambition, willpower, and the belief that I could do anything.
The last part was my little, super simple, eating system. It kept me incredibly healthy and feeling great.

I was ready for anything. Wherever I pointed my attention to, I became better at that.

• I roes up the ranks at work becoming higher paid and put into leadership positions.
• Became an inventor.
• Became an author
• Became a running coach
• Became a personal trainer
• And investor

I had this simple system and I applied it to everything. I let my health, fitness and mental strength dive my success. but I wasn’t satisfied.

Now I had to teach this system to others. To the people who don’t know these things. So, they can connect all the missing pieces and have the same success I had.
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I learned to explain it like this:

You have a goal. Be it weight loss, learning a new skill, starting a new business.
What your goal is does not matter. The same rules apply.
You let your mental strength, health and fitness drive your success.

When applied. Your belief and mental strength get you started and keep you on track. Your health and fitness are the fuel. Think of it as turning an average, everyday car into a souped-up muscle car. Ready to take on any race or competitor. That’s what proper diet and fitness does to mental strength. It is amazing!
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The problem I saw was that people don’t connect their health, fitness, and mental strength to their own success. And that’s a huge issue. If they could connect the three, they would see how massive the change can be. Life is so different when your mind and your body aren’t fighting with you. But instead driving you forward. To feel and see the physical changes that occur when you change your mindset and improve your health and fitness. 

You become limitless.

My Ironman swim start

I had officially become an Ironman Triathlete 

The promo video for my first 100 miler - The Leadville 100 run

My first 100 miler belt buckle. I had officially achieved my goal of becoming a 
100-mile ultra-distance runner

Yes, they give out belt buckles to finishers in 100-mile races. 
I'll tell you why in another blog post



That is why I created FitFocusedReady.LLC. I want to teach people what I have learned so they too can find the successes that I have found. 

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Hope you enjoyed my first blog post, there are more to come.

Author: Bo Bland

Founder and CEO of FitfocusedReady.LLC.


You can reach me at:

BoBland@FitFocusedReady.com

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