DON’T TAKE YOURSELF FOR GRANTED

STARTING A LITTLE OFF TOPIC

I started to write this post a couple of months ago…but didn’t quite finish it…so I saved it to drafts.

A couple of hours later my uncle passed away after his battle with cancer…He had kept fighting for a very long time…Dave was a resiliently strong man.

He was cremated with the Union Jack draped over his coffin as a mark of respect for his dedication to the armed forces…I was truly honoured to have been asked to open the funeral with a poem.

I just want to start by saying…Please don’t ever take anybody for granted…never hold grudges…bare animosity…carry hatred…or feel negativity towards anybody…Just you be you…and let them be them…acceptance…understanding…and tolerance are key.

Attain happiness…enjoy life…love your life and those around it…be passionate…and never go to sleep without being at ease with the world…and at peace with yourself.

It’s just not worth it…because in the end all we become…is memories…and it is those memories that keep us alive…Those memories that dictate who and what we were…what we became.

we should want to be remembered in a positive way…reminisced on…and celebrated as somebody who was loved and cherished…who made a positive difference…a person who possessed character…who stood for something…and stood by both their word and their actions.

It seems like we have so much time but those years go in an instance…After the initial pain…the initial tears…we shouldn’t cry…we should smile…we do not mourn a life lost…we celebrate a life lived…and an amazing person. R.I.P. Dave Stonelake

THIS IS LIFE

Sometimes we really have to question what is important…we need to question the self assessment and the valuation of our principles and our priorities…Each and every single one of us…all take ourselves and many other things for granted on a daily basis…and it’s not even our own fault.

We live in a day and age of complete and absolute information over load…we are all attacked wth constant barrages of information…bombarding us like massed artillery fire…24/7…366…including leap years.

There is no rest…there are no gaps…no pauses…nor breaks…it just keeps on going and going…controlled and orchestrated by such a vast…vassst array of different channels…outlets and media…I don’t even think it could be quantifiable.

This gives birth to the constant distraction…it is the distractions…in which time is stolen…so there just isn’t that time needed within our minds any more…that time to truly guide our own visions…to truly sit back and think of…and about ourselves.

That time within our minds to forget the pace of the world…That time we need within our own personally conceived thoughts,,,allows us to see…to appreciate the things and the people around us…It creates the appreciation for who we are…what we are…and legitimately allows us to realise the true power of the potential we all hold.

Instead our heads are constantly focused…drawn to…or enticed away by so many other different thoughts…so many other different things…which from inception…have always been and always will be…created purposely.

The majority of the thoughts…ideologies…rationales…principles…worries…and stresses…of this day and age…bare no real significance…importance or relevance when the fact one day were gone is taken in to consideration…and really thought about.

 WHY DO I THINK THIS?

Well…Deeply routed in to the vast majority of that information overload…is a constant supply of…consumerism…marketing…persuasion…dictation…and manipulation.

This isn’t conspiracy theory or anti establishment…it’s simply the truth…and again…it’s up to us whether we choose to acknowledge that fact or not.

We as individuals are responsible and accountable for how much we allow it to dictate us and our lives…for how much we bought…or buy in to.

As with anything…we have to open our eyes…but regardless…in this case…it’s pretty impossible now for the majority of modern day people…not to be faced with it in the first place…which is why it becomes part of our subconscious…part of absolute normality.

From the second that any one of us wake up…we are from that moment constantly being sold to…we are being influenced…or many attempts at persuasion will occur…multiple times a day from then on.

From the minute we wake up…till the time we go to bed…at some point the majority of people will turn on a television and choose a channel or a programme.

some turn on or tune in to a radio station…some pick up a paper…some go on to Facebook…twitter or YouTube…and that is just to name a few outlets available and constantly being used.

Most at times will even be doing multiple of these things at once…I bet there are people reading this post right now doing the same…just as i’m typing it on WordPress…while listening to songs on YouTube.

In fact today I saw that it’s estimated Brit’s spend more time online than sleeping!

Each and every single outlet I either just mentioned…or didn’t…I think there is the room to forget that they are all businesses at the end of the day…they are the personifications of advertising…marketing and consumerism…for persuasion…dictation and manipulation…all with many hidden agendas.

Out of every motive they have…the priority and absolute necessity of every single one…is that they all need to generate mass amounts of revenue for many different purposes…for many different people and many different sectors…factions…companies…and business people/parties…including themselves.

It’s about stocks it’s about shares…it’s about money…it’s about control…it’s about power…it’s about dominance…it’s about politics…it’s about many things.

All popular outlets in this day and age…together…in unison…create our abundance of trends…they create and shape our outlooks and our views…our ways of life…they create impressions and beliefs…and create the constant pursuit to pigeon hole us in to a subsection or category…to fit a demographic…to become a target audience…and to fill our heads with so much information that we often forget to remember ourselves…to remember what’s really important…to remember the little things.

It’s right in front of us…pushed to the forefront of our day…Sky have to persuade us from not going to Virgin…Nike need you to wear their brand over Adidas…Loreal need to have you using their hair products over Wella.

It depends on which news broadcast…ad campaign…Tv channel or newspaper you are reading as to which influence…opinion… belief system…agenda and point of view…you will be pressed…and what demographic it is aimed at…The list goes on and on.

I’m not saying to never enjoy any of these outlets…but I am saying that the extent of time devoted and dedicated determines the true outcome…it is easy to get sucked in to it all…blind to the push of ideologies and beliefs subtly selling you materialistic…pointless ideas…pointless things…and bartering ideologies that create rifts and negativity throughout the world.

It distorts what we should be thankful for….even if you try to escape…it is still a part of our subconscious as I’ve already said…bus stops…buses…trains…billboards…ad campaigns everywhere.

There is a reason why the most popular cola on the market is Coke…why it’s the one the majority of people opt for in England…and that’s because it has had non stop…constant…product placement in the vast majority of blockbuster major films and television programs/series…big budget advertising…and backing by the majority of colossal sporting events for the last 30 something years.

That emblem is forever imprinted with the likes of McDonalds inside of our eyelids…instantly recognisable to each and every single one of us from a mile away.

There is even a pizza hut and a kfc across from the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza…need I say any more?

Often a dualism or idiosyncrasy presents itself…For example…sweet old Mr Kipling…who makes everybody their favourite cakes…The family man who brings joy…happiness…warmth and family values to the world…was actually owned by the company…who also owned…Smith and Wesson…the weapons manufacturer…dealers in death…So not only could Mr kipling bake you your favourite cake…but he might even blast you with a couple of 45’s to go with it.

We tend to forget that this is all created and in the hands of professionals…experts who are specialised…some of the most intelligent of minds.

I worked at a big company when I was 17 (honest truth)…that took employees to their own “compound” for…four full days and taught them special sales techniques…how to pressure sell..how to lie without lying…how to sell without selling…and how to deceive and manipulate.

We were shown studies on the mind…body language…pitch…tone..facial expressions etc etc.

It is all a very much a conscious act…based on various science and psychology…All of these things don’t just randomly attract us or stand out to us…by chance or by accident…things do not…can not…will not…and have not become “pop” culture if they are not marketable.

once we close our eyes to it…we become it without even realising…You start to have to constantly keep up…but in 99 percent of the instances where you finally get to keep up…its moved on again…it has to…to keep a regular demand and feeling of want and necessity…a need…in any scenario.

The insane level of materialism promoted and deemed as acceptable within society…creates the avenues of doubt…which in turn leads to us to crusade and keep searching for self and social acceptance…to want to be able to “fit in”…constantly looking for answers that always have to end up with us making somebody money…or more likely us parting with our own.

Feeling an initial sense of self satisfaction…which gradually fades back to doubt…leading us in to having even less self belief and self confidence than before…Stuck in the circle of looking for the next answer…rather than looking at ourselves…rather than looking at what we have…and the power in which we hold.

We’ve got kids committing suicide because they were being bullied about the clothes they were wearing…kid’s wanting to grow up to be gangsters…because it is so glorified in society…families in thousands of pounds worth of debt because their kids all need new Xbox’s…new pads…new headsets…new trainers…regular up to date iPhones…iPads…and MacBooks etc etc etc etc.

We’ve got grown folk committing suicide because they have no money…because they have no boyfriend/girlfriend…because they are “ugly”…because they are fat..because their life is “boring.”

I see people on job seekers allowance…depicting more of a celebrity life style than Diddy on their profiles…spending their benefits on champagne in the club on one night…No money to put gas and electric on…but brand new flat screen tele on the wall…Sky TV…mobile phone…laptop/ipad…internet…and paying 10.00 to get in to a nightclub.

The priorities of this day and age are distorted.

People shrug their shoulders and think of it as a generation…but it’s evolved to the level where it affects everybody…we are absolutely manipulated and controlled from pilla to post…Some people may as well be puppets on a string…That’s the reason why some people grow and some people don’t…because it’s from that point we either develop the sense to understand what’s going on…or we don’t…Things can stick…influence can have consequences.

The circle i’ve spoken about all takes focus…It all takes time…money…it takes our dedication and makes us forget to appreciate the little things…were chasing something that isn’t supposed to be and hasn’t been invented to be caught…Everybody needs an outlet but…nothing is more mesmerising or amazing…than yourself…your own unique individual body and mind…and that/those around you.

WHAT THE MESSAGE OF THIS POST IS ABOUT IS…TO SAY THAT…AS LONG AS YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING WITH YOUR HEART BEATING AND YOUR LUNGS CONTRACTING…THEN IT IS A BEAUTIFUL DAY…WE CAN DICTATE THE INS AND THE OUTS THROUGH WHAT WE ARE PREPARED TO BELIEVE.

THE TRUE BEAUTY OF LIFE IS NOT THE PROJECTION OF PERCEPTION AND IMAGERY THROUGH SOCIETIES EYE…IT IS THE LOOKING IN TO THE MIRROR AND BEING ABLE TO SMILE BACK AT THE REFLECTION WITH PRIDE…SELF BELIEF AND A FEELING OF SELF WORTH…THE TRUE BEAUTY IS BEING ABLE TO TRUST YOUR OWN MINDSET.

WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL…AMAZING…GIFTED PEOPLE.

FITNESS WITHOUT THE LIES

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WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Well…This topic as a whole…is actually a different post I had planned…but before I write it…I feel that there is something I first need to address.

Recently I’ve been getting a fare few comments and emails from this blog…from videos…and from various other channels…all accusing me of being a liar…accusing me of being on the sauce… the juice…the gear.

Apparently it seems to be…”apparent”…that I’m “100% natural lab made hormonas.”

Amongst these steroids that I’m supposedly taking…lies an array of different drug names being brandished around…The type of drugs needed…taken…and related to performance…strength…and physique.
Now if that’s what some people believe…and they are pissed off…then there’s nothing I can really do about it because they’re pissed off with the truth.
If they don’t believe that my progression over the last 4-5 years…is natural…and obtainable…then that’s kind of their issue…not mine..because I know that it totally is.
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Approx 5 years ago

FITNESS IS BASED ON POSITIVITY…SO WHY SO MUCH HATE?
The problem nowadays…is that…it’s all promoted as being so easily attainable…The fundamentals and values are sorely lacking…There is no respect for the craft anymore.
This forces a lot of people to become bitter with anguish towards the people who get the results…which again has stemmed from how easily it was promoted to be in the first place.
It’s from the lack of people’s own success…that a negative outlook is created…One with and lack of any real dedication or drive.
A lot of people aren’t really prepared to do whats needed to be done…to get the results in the first place…They aren’t prepared to put in what needs to be put in…so they lash out at others.
This type of negativity has nothing to do with fitness…It’s a part of life…of the world..Iit’s an insecurity and a way to deflect the feelings of a lack of self belief and self worth.
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Approx 4.5  years ago

I do respect that difference can be both the beauty…and the tyrant of the world…so any form of notoriety is a bonus to me…Whether your bigging me up…or putting me down…respecting me or disrespecting me…I just can’t really see it…or look at it as really mattering.
I thank any person…that takes the time out of their own life…to pay attention to me or mine…whether it be in a positive manner or not….That being said…It is only the fool who goes against positivity…but whatever will be…will be.
Yes…There are people constantly lying…and adding to the confusion and distortion of the industry…all in the name of consumerism…But who are you really to say that I am one of them?..I understand the comments because what I’ve begun to realise…is that…every man…woman…and their dog in this day and age… seems to be a pro on the internet and in the gyms.
A pro with all the knowledge…and all of the know how…all because they’ve watched a couple YouTube videos…did a Google search…bought in to an ideology or two…go to the gym a couple of times a week…read a few magazines…and eat a bit of chicken and rice with a protein shake.
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Approx 3.5 years a go

MY WORD IS MY BOND
It’s absolutely nonsensical for me to start a movement…specifically named fitness without the lies…and to then falsify what got me my results in the first place.
That puts me at a disadvantage before any info even comes out of my mouth?
I’ll always be me and I do what I do…I follow my heart and listen to my gut…I’m farrr from perfect believe me…but my intentions mean well.
The cards are on the table…and you can put your mortgage on this hand…because one thing I’ve learnt in my time…is that you have to be yourself…Youhaveto beyourself…Who you really are…and you have to do what it is that you really want to do.
These together provide the recipe…for the necessity…of total…overall success and progression…It is integral that we know who me…really is in the first place.
You need to know who you really are…before you can start to begin to…workout…to see…to feel…and to create what it is that you actually want to do in life.
Once you know what it is you want to do…only then can you realise where it is you want to be…It’s in the realisation of where you want to be…that the ability to thoroughly analyse where you are…where it is you need to go…and what needs to be done to get there lies.
It’s a process that leads to achieve…in whichever area you apply it to…When you apply these stages to any area of life…this is when you truly pay the attention to the detail needed…to being yourself and what you stand for.
To truly succeed is…to find self happiness…self acceptance…self respect…and the respect for others…True success breeds self belief…self worth…self pride…and self motivation.
If I was taking steroids and I was lying…I wouldn’t have any of that…I would not be…being that person that I wanted to be…I would be basing my life and what I do everyday…my passion…everything…on a lie…a charade that I had to keep up.
The issue wouldn’t be for me the use of steroids……It’s would be calling myself “fitness without the lies” and then intentionally lying about the way I train and what I take etc.
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Approx 3.5 years ago

MY WORD…IS STILL INDEFINITELY MY BOND
Let’s address the first thing guys…I’m not a mass monster…I’m not stepping out on to the Olympia stage looking like Big Ramy…Phil Heath…or Kai Greene…I’m not pulling planes or firetrucks…wearing XXXL t-shirts…or on the front of every muscle & fitness magazine…I’m not even at my peak yet.
But I am heavily involved within different areas…across a wide spectrum and demographic of the fitness industry…6-7 days a week.
I specialise in what I do…and…I guess amongst all of the other things…still…I would consider myself a natural bodybuilder…I’m still a natural bodybuilder because…I am natural…what I have is achievable for me naturally…and I set out to proportionately…aesthetically…and symmetrically…sculpt the entire body.
I set out years ago overweight to begin to transform it…I didn’t care about the number on the scales…or the size of my shirt…I wanted each and every individual…detailed muscle…aesthetically shaped.
It all started out…about the body…but after time…I started to realise that…the aesthetics were nothing more than the benefit of becoming fitter…from developing myself mentally and physically…My passion grew from the the evolution of becoming a stronger… more resilient…more mobile…flexible and efficient person.
That’s what I’m still doing to this day.
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Approx 3 years ago

This isn’t to be braggadocios…or arrogant …or to boast…it’s just…the truth…I have absolutely…genuinely…dedicated more hours than you could ever begin to imagine…I’ve stayed more seconds…more minutes…done more reps…more weight…more often…and I’ve earnt it.
I understand it…I get it…I live it…breath it.
So I say I’m natural…because…Im natural…It’s one life…and I for sure will not be one of the one’s spending it selling people out…and ripping people off.
Deceit and negativity…breeds…deceit and negativity.
If you ever met me…you would know that this is what I am..I have no reason to lie…because what i’m doing and where it needs to go…would work if I was natural…”half natty”…”YouTube natty”…or…even “Full…Natty…Brah”.
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APPROX 2 YEARS AGO

Maybe I just understand what I’m talking about??…but if people don’t like it… If they don’t believe it…or don’t want to accept it…then they don’t have to…they can choose to buy in to me and support my cause…or not…I’m cool with it either way.
All I have to finish this section with is…For anybody who ever “hated” on anybody else for trying to progress…or trying to achieve…The blood…the sweat…the tears…where were you my friends…what was it that you were doing?
 
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APPROX A YEAR A GO – 27

SO YOUR SAYING STEROIDS ARE BAD…AND THAT’S WHY YOU DON’T TAKE THEM?
 
No I’m not at all…because that question’s…answer…depends on the context i’m being asked it in..It depends on the context of the situation in the first place…not to mention that there are far…farr…to many variables and factors to take in to practical consideration.
So with that being said…without delving in to the finest of the fibres…and…or mechanics of this view point…then I would also have to say that yes I am.
For enhancement purposes…what I personally promote is that 99% of people should never use any of these type of drugs or hormones…and even for the 1%…still…the stipulations alone for it to be truly…realistically safe…or responsible…from my perspective…would be unattainable…unachievable and unaffordable for the majority.
Especially if you want to get the true…or maximum efficiency from this type of aid or enhancement…Don’t believe it…don’t have to.
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APPROX 8 MONTHS A GO – 27

SOOOO…WHY YOU TALKING ABOUT STEROIDS?
Because knock knock…welcome to the fitness industry…because I totally get them…I understand them…I may have never taken them…but man have I studied them…witnessed them…experienced them…analysed them first hand.
I have no biased view on the benefits…risk factors…positives…or negatives towards them…I’m neutral thinking…with an abundance of clarity towards the topic.
I’ve been around them for years…Anybody in the fitness industry has…and I’ve seen what they can do…what they might do…will do…would do…could do…should do…so…so…many times.

I embarked on a quest for knowledge…and I don’t mean from the generic forums and websites that pop up on a Google search…I set out to speak to the scientists…I picked the brains of doctors…physicians…pharmacists …the patients…bodybuilders…athletes…gym goers…I read the books the doctors read…watched the seminars and dedicated myself to my search.

People ask me why…and I tell them it’s simple…
There are two reasons…The first is because I was that obsessed with the body and how it worked…that I had to understand the mechanics of these drugs that had the potential to create such change in it.
secondly was that… I’ve met…and/or witnessed…bodybuilders…athletes…teachers…nurses…police officers…fire men…soldiers…and office workers all taking them…I’ve seen roofers…tilers…security workers….prisoners…the employed…the unemployed…males…females…you name it i’ve seen it..
This is happening in the upper class…the middle class…and in the lower class…it’s In the old…the young..and the inbetweeners.
A lot of people nowadays seem either to…be blind to how rife they actually are in overall and general society…or they are choosing to look the other way.
When something that rife goes hand in hand with what you do on a daily basis…then the question I ask is…How could I not want to learn more?
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APPROX 8 MONTHS A GO – 27

 When I analysed the levels of it  happening in everyday life…what I quickly learnt and what I can tell you for a fact Is…steroids go together with the fitness industry…the modelling industry…sports industry…and entertainment business…like fat people go with cake…AND BOY DO THEY WORK…if you get your hands on the right ones…and they are taken in the right manner.
Steroids and the drugs that accompany them are everywhere…Ever since Arnie made it cool to pump iron…then moved on to shooting the shit out of things…with cool one liners…bulging muscles…and always getting the girl in the most alpha male way possible…Just like the bodybuilders…enhancement has been getting bigger and bigger as the decades have moved on.
These drugs are being taken for many different reasons some medically prescribed…A great deal not…You can’t deny a man what he sees with his own eyes…of his experiences…I understand the reasons to take them…the reasons not to take…the before’s…the during’s..and the afters…the pros and the cons…safeties and the dangers…risks and the benefits…the good changes…the bad changes…I’ve seen steroid/drug use…steroid drug/ abuse.
However much you decide to go into it…and however much you decide to take in as a whole…will ultimately create the true outcome of how much you actually understand.
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APPROX 6 MONTHS A GO – 27

SO CMON…STOP WAFFLING…WHY THE 1%
Because…I don’t care how long the guy you’ve been getting them off has been lifting…training…working out…or taking them…I don’t care who you…she…or he knows…or what you or they claim to know.
I don’t care if you or they are an athlete…a “professional”…a big guy…strong guy…or about their “results”…because in 99% of instances…you will still be taking things from an unknown source…injecting and/or ingesting..with no thorough professional medical checks…or standards…no real medical or professional supervision…no guarantee of preventative action….or professional/medical after care.
It’s just dangerous…regardless of any argument put forward against it not being.
It needs to be a doctor…or at least it needs to be somebody with the link..and the access to the doctor…or to the true underground pharmacist/dispensary…I’m talking about somebody who’s job ,,,passion and life is doing this.
You think pro athletes…and million dollar personalities go in blind…you think they go to Jimmy down the pub or the backstreet gym!?
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APPROX 6 MONTHS A GO – 27

Whether positive or negative…more often than not…most opinions and views towards steroids/hormones especially… are based on fallacy…hear say…wives tales…unreliable stupidity…or the fact that the person or people who started…or share…the opinion…has or have not yet truly messed themselves up.
I mean come on guys…the majority of people don’t even know if what they are taking…is actually what they are taking…The majority  of what people are taking…is not what they are taking I guarantee you that…Or if it is…it’s going to be a watered down…weakened…diluted…cut up…poor quality…or stepped on…chopped up piece of shit…mixed with a lottery of different things.
You’ve got the majority of average people getting a 6 week full cycle and “after care” for an eighth…tenth…of the pro…or pharmaceutical prices…These are big money medical drugs.
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Approx 6 months ago

You can say you have a cheaper 100% legit underground lab…But you see…If it’s underground…and it’s truly safe and the best that it could be…You better be able to put your safety on it…in a heart beat that its coming from a true…clean…pure…knowledgeable chemist.
One with morals…and scruples…using the most expensive…and the highest of quality ingredients…who has the interest of the product and the user as priority over revenue.
How often is that going to be in this day and age…really guys…the answers are right in front of us…Look how crooked and bent…the real pharmaceutical companies are…how underhanded and greedy…the businesses and the brands that are legally on our high streets…and in our shopping centres are
So what you think your getting from the average seller breaking the law??.
Your going to need to know or find the Walter White of cooking…and even if you did/do…that’s still not all true safety bases covered…Not just for maximum safety…but for maximum efficiency.
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Approx 3 months ago 27

SOOO..WHAT I’M SAYING ISSS
You give me a sponsorship with Nike…that sponsorship with a big money deal…you endorse my workouts…my physique…my training methods…my motivational speaking and my franchise…put me in to the circles of the best doctors…and physicians in the world…or the best “coaches”…underground pharmacists and people alike.
Get me amongst the people who have access and connections to the best quality out there…medical grade baby…or underground absolute true and pure to professional perfection.
Give me the doctor…or the proven medical professional…who overlooks the cycles…watching and monitoring me like a hawk…Heart rate…cholesterol…bloods…you name it…it’s being monitored…
No steroid abuse…professionally and medically controlled…planned within safe parameters…with preventions…solutions and the identification of any problems before they occur. Full after care provided.
Then who knows…
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