Monday, June 23rd 2014

Amazing Early Summer Fitness Updates from AtlasVille

Wow... It's been over 3.5 months since my last blog post here. There were so many comments on that last post - it was great to see all that feedback... Very MUCH appreciated - and it made me think even more deeply about "what might be next"... These last 3.5 months have actually been a time of reflection, pondering, LIVING... and - Observing. In February, I was able to finally find and secure a beach location for business activities... Yes, the business of fitness as I live it - and that means the 'LIFESTYLE' approach of living to the max... Living FULLY. (I will revisit this later to delve deeper as there are several ways to interpret/misinterpret that). One of the key reasons for doing this was to make it easier and more natural to live healthy - to expose my kids to opportunities of active living - interacting with nature - both mentally & physically - and also spiritually. Doing this is allowing me to see, firsthand, how our environment and surroundings influence our daily habits and activities. It is giving me insights to share with others who are making efforts to lead the type of life that naturally improves health, fitness and quality of life... The enjoyment of living. SO MUCH has happened here in the last 3 months, there would be no way for me to cover it all in this single blog post - but you can be sure I will be in touch more often from here forward and I'll be sharing the most interesting & helpful pieces with you. One thing I have decided to place on the back-burner is the idea of a 'dating/relationship' focused blog with podcast. (the one I mentioned in that last blog post) Why? ...Because I've realized how much time and energy it would consume. And it's not that I don't want to share my perspectives, observations and new lessons - But, rather I don't want to spread myself too thin and end up 'burned-out' by it... See, when I do something - I put lots of emotional energy into it - not just physical... And with the other ideas I have in mind - I just wouldn't have the capacity to develop that one fully. I will, however, share what I can (i.e.; new books I'm reading, new revelations, etc...) right here on this blog - - as I journey forward. If I believe something is worth sharing, I'll do it right here on this site. I still do plan to create another site/podcast - most likely focusing on marketing - marketing through connecting with people through educational content. That's the short version plan right now :-) ...Stay tuned for more on that - Plus a few other things in the works. OK - so, it's time to give you a taste of what I've been up to in terms of expanding my 'fitness lifestyle' during the last few months... About 3 years ago I started surfing. I'm still doing it and so are the kids. As a matter of fact, My youngest just started surf camp this week - (a camp hosted by the great team at Jax Surf & Paddle). But we've found another awesome water activity to add to the mix - one that allows for more time in/on the water and more incredible experiences together... Let me explain: Once I got here, the people I began to meet would often talk about "SUPing" - Stand-Up Paddleboarding. I had seen lots of this going on, simply by spending more time at the beach the last few years - but since being here - I've slowly been pulled into this new culture of SUPing... OK, ok - maybe quickly pulled in, lol... The final catalyst to get "on board" happened during a conversation with a new friend, about 5 weeks ago. She shared one of her 'adventurous' SUP stories - and I knew it would only be a matter of days before I was doing it. First lesson, was on the ocean during a relatively "choppy" day. (Marisa, who handles most of the back-end support for Joe E Atlas, Inc. was visiting for biz development meetings, and she was all in when it came time to get on the SUPs). We both got thrown around a bit.. BUT, we were hooked. We then set-up up a group outing which included my two oldest kids (photos below).. And they LOVED it. I bought a board ASAP from the awesome team at Jax Surf and Paddle ...Here's Jessica handing me my new BOGA:
[caption id="attachment_1221" align="alignnone" width="600"]Jessica Hands Joey His BOGA SUP - Neptune Beach, FL Jessica Hands Joey His BOGA SUP - Neptune Beach, FL[/caption]
joey walking with sup board Joey Walking BOGA Stand-Up PaddleBoard Out in Atlantic Beach
joey heading out on sup Joey Getting On and Heading Out
joey coming in on sup board Joey Heading Back In to Shore
[caption id="attachment_1210" align="alignnone" width="600"]Group SUP Outing on Guana Preserve Waterway Group SUP Outing on Guana Preserve Waterway[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1209" align="alignnone" width="600"]Daughter Impresses Dad with Headstand During First SUP Outing Daughter Impresses Dad with Headstand During First SUP Outing[/caption]
Wow - it took quite a bit of work and time to get those photos "into" this blog post - so I hope they tell a story that is of value to you... If not - ponder this... Just a few weeks ago NONE of us had ever set foot on a SUP. Getting on a SUP requires the expansion of your comfort zone. There are risks - those risks create fears - some are healthy fears which are actually more a sign of respect for nature - and our close interaction with it... On the waterway there are alligators and snakes (yeh, deadly ones are around). In the ocean there are sharks. LOTS of 'em... BUT, they don't want to eat us....
[caption id="attachment_1226" align="alignnone" width="600"]6ft Bull Shark Within a Few Feet of Shore in Atlantic Beach - June 2014 6ft Bull Shark Within a Few Feet of Shore in Atlantic Beach - June 2014[/caption]
As a matter of fact - this 6ft Bull Shark, above, had its chance to snack on 3 kids and one meaty adult. But, instead, it chose to eat a bunch of yummy fish as the kids and the dad 'quickly' stepped out of the water. There's a story to this photo - but for now let's just say the sighting was quite surreal... AND we were back in the water the next morning :-) But it doesn't beat the story of paddling out, side by side with your 18 year old son, to coast into a school of dolphin - and have them greet you by swimming with you and coming up just a few feet from your board to "see" what we're up to... SIMPLY AWESOME. Or to see your older daughter rock a solid head-stand her first time out.... Or to have your younger daughter say; "Just put me on the board and hand me the paddle." All of our worlds have expanded by trying something new. Something new we plan to do for a long time. Not surprising is the sweet fact - this new activity we have added to the mix has connected us to other new and interesting people. Go figure :-) Yes, it's been a while since my last post - and maybe I left some info out in the above post - but I'd love to hear from you... That is why you see the comment section below... It's there for you... Maybe you have questions about today's post? Or maybe even a story of your own that has something to do with what I've shared today? Either way - more to come from me soon! Thank you for reading today's post. - Joey :-)

  • Kathy Smiley

    Joey! Have missed seeing your posts! Thanks for the inspiration as always. 🙂

  • Jennifer Schulz

    I have a fear of deep water (although I can swim) and yet SUP is so intriguing to me because the challenge of finding balance and facing the fear! Thanks for sharing your “journey”.

  • Beverly

    Joey its good hearing from you, Like the post

  • Marylin

    Way to go Joey! It’s great to see you taking advantage of the Florida beaches and spend such great quality time with your kids! Keep having fun and of course HANG TEN for me! 🙂

  • CDogRun

    I took our norwegian exchange student last year – first time for both her & I, loved it, she went on a group outing the next week (i couldn’t go); i’d love to get into it more but a good board is expensive! And I guess you all have better surfing than we do on the gulf coast (clearwater).

  • JoeyAtlas

    You got it! 🙂

  • JoeyAtlas

    Let me know if you give it a try, Jennifer! The bigger the board – the easier it is 🙂

  • JoeyAtlas

    Thanks Bev!

  • JoeyAtlas

    You got it, Marylin!
    Thanks for reading

  • JoeyAtlas

    Surfing is better on the East coast – as we do get some waves here 🙂 .. BUT, for SUPing – the Gulf side should be amazing… With the flat, calm waters you can SUP all day!!

  • for america

    I need the accountability have not been doing good glad t hear from you!!

  • Glenda

    Glad you’re taking care of yourself and enjoying your kids. You’d be proud of me, though. I’ve kept your routine up and I’m ready for summer!!

  • JoeyAtlas

    Don’t forget to send us your success story!! 🙂

  • JoeyAtlas

    Today is a new opportunity to get started – remember to focus on the reasons why you want to improve your fitness in the first place.

  • Karen

    I have recently lost 25 pounds. Here’s my issue, 2 years ago I has a two level lumbar fusion and a year ago I had a single level cervical fusion. I need to work on my abs but due to the fusion I am limited on safe movements. Any advice would be great. This is the first time in 8+ years that I am functioning with minimal pain. I need exercises for abs that are safe post fusion if you know any. Thank you. Cant wait to hear from you.

  • Michelle

    Every time I neglect to do your wonderful exercise routine for a while and then I start doing them again – the first thing I notice is that my posture straightens up from the very first time I do them – it is so amazing! Thank you!

  • JoeyAtlas

    Hi Karen – I’d love to help but this is where your physical therapist should be guiding you on safe movements.. Get what you can from them; LET THEM KNOW you have bigger goals in mind – and then my programs should be the next step.

  • JoeyAtlas

    Thank you for posting this, Michelle – LOVE hearing the positive effects! 🙂

  • Karen

    Thank you Joey.

  • Jan

    Hi Joey, I moved to the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane 3 months ago so know how you feel. So enjoying the surf plus great walks on beach, plan to get back on surf ski plus learn kite boarding. All the best!

  • JoeyAtlas

    You’re welcome, Karen.

  • JoeyAtlas

    AWESOME, Jan!… yeh the kiteboarding is wild here when those guys get going – amazing to watch 🙂
    All the best you too, over there!!

  • karen eachus

    Hi Joey ~ Thanks for the e ~ mails! Like your pics! I’ve been blessed with grandkids this summer….I ‘ve been doing water yoga with friends & can bring kids! good friends! Hope to join you soon ~

  • JoeyAtlas

    Keep at it, Karen- thanks for posting!!
    All the best,
    Joey 🙂

  • Colleen

    Looks like great fun with you and your kids…..we live in a great part of the country, but we always have to look out for nature. Enjoy your summer, be safe, be blessed.
    I’m heading to the islands for vacation with my beautiful daughter. Yes I’ll be trying hard to keep my Atlas body going…lol. Live Out Loud Joey!!!

  • JoeyAtlas

    Awesome, Colleen! Enjoy ‘to the MAX’!