Week 8 – Thank You’s and Best Wishes

One week away.  All I can say is that I’m ready to rock.  I’m pretty sure I’ll make the bantamweight class that I wanted to make (I weighed 148lbs yesterday first thing in the morning without eating), so there is not much more to say about my contest preparation.

Since this is the last entry, I thought I would thank the people who have helped me along the way.  Although as competitors we stand on stage alone, there are always people who have supported us that deserve a ton of credit.  In a writing forum like this, you really get to sit back and think about all of the things you should say, or want to say, to the people that are closest to you.  Sometimes in person you just don’t get the right opportunity –  you are too bashful, you can’t find the right words to express yourself, or the timing is not right.

If life really is all about the people around you and the friendships and connections you make, than I feel like I am a very lucky man.  Without further ado, here are my random thoughts and thank you’s.  If you don’t want to read about my personal support group, I understand, and won’t be offended if you click away to something else on this site.  But hey, this is my blog, I’ll write about what I want to write about!

To Musclemania:  Thanks for giving me the opportunity to write on this site.  It has been a lot of fun and has helped me to discover one of my true passions in life — writing.  I will continue updating a blog on my own site and also want to start writing informative articles, and ultimately, books.  If you’ve followed this blog, I hope that you continue to follow my work.

To all the turkeys of the world:  I have my eye on you.  We have a date for Thursday 11/26, and I can’t wait.  Enjoy yourselves now because with all of the post-competition Musclemania competitors returning home for a Thanksgiving feast, your time is limited, my friends.

To the Miyaki Brothers and Sister:  Thanks for giving me role models to look up to.  How about this for a cool article — six brothers in health & fitness?  I have five older brothers, and although I am the only one involved in fitness competitions, we all have found our own way to stay in shape.  Dan is an extreme sports guy — he’s surfed for over 30 years and tears it up snowboarding and wakeboarding.  He also used to train in judo.  Pat works like 18 hours a day as a partner in a law firm, but he bikes to work every day, hits the weights at his home gym, and follows a Zone-type diet.  Mike is really into boxing and kickboxing, and does a lot of training related to that, along with hours and hours of banging on the drums.  Shawn is into the weights like me.  He is the one who got me into weight training and took me to my first gym.  He’s the best training partner that I have, there is nothing like working out next to a guy that you’ve looked up to your whole life.  Matt should be on dancing with the stars, that guy can cut up a dance floor like nobody’s business.  And my sister Kelly, the oldest sibling in the clan, she used to be a ballet dancer and could probably beat the crap out of all of us.  To all of the non-competitors reading this, the moral of the story is you just have to find what works for you to get healthy and stay in shape.

To my Dad:  Athletes battle through a ton of adversity to compete in their sport of choice, but all of that pales in comparison to what cancer patients face.  My dad was recently diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer.  He endured 7 weeks of chemotherapy, daily radiation treatments, feeding tubes, a ton of medication, etc.  I actually think the fitness lifestyle helped him get through it, but that could be my own personal bias.  Before treatment he was hitting the weights 3 days a week and walking on off days (at 71 years old), so he was in good shape before going in.  He was also downing protein smoothies right before treatment to help him build/maintain muscle.  The battle was tough, he endured so much and wanted to quit several times, but he persevered and made it through.  It makes training and dieting for a competition look like a piece of cake.  That guy is my hero.

To the rest of my family:  You know who you are.  From football to pro wrestling to acting to the rock band to bodybuilding to starting a business, my family has always supported me in any endeavor that I’ve pursued.  Although they might not have always understood what the hell I was up to, they always stood by my side.  They celebrated my successes like they were their own, and they never made me feel bad or ridiculed me when I failed — at least not to my face!  That’s all you can ask for.

To my friends:  I miss you all.  Sorry I’ve been in hiding, I’m in training man what can I say?  We’ll catch up soon.  Thanks for supporting the blog.  Lou has told me about a couple of email exchanges he has had with you all.

To my clients:  Thanks for believing in me and trusting that my expertise can help you achieve your fitness goals.  We’ve had a lot of intense workouts over the years, but we’ve also shared a lot of laughs.  I can honestly say that there is not one of you that I don’t consider a true friend.

To the Musclemania competitors:  Thanks for providing me with new inspiration.  By following the other blogs I’ve been able to see what incredible levels of physique development you can achieve as a natural bodybuilder.  You give me something to shoot for in the future.  I’m motivated more than ever to train hard and continue improving over the next few years.  I look forward to making some new friends in Vegas.  Good luck at the show.

You always have to save the best for last.  To my wife, my beautiful Hawaiian Queen:  Where would I be in this world without you?  No ten-second blurb in a blog can express my gratitude for having you in my life.  Personally, I think you could have done a lot better, but now you’re stuck — haha.  Thanks for supporting me in whatever I do, and always making me feel like I’m the most important person on earth.

It has been my honor to write this blog, thank you all for following it.  I wish you the best of luck in whatever your life’s pursuits may be.  Take care.