Happy Thursday ya’ll! How are you? I guess we will get right to it cause I have other things I want to talk about other then my silly ass.
So last week although my body fat was lower my weight had pretty much stayed the same after a solid 3lb drop the week before. This week I really watched what I was doing even more so that I could be 100% compliant. I had everything under control down to the very little meatball at my friend Ken’s house. Speaking of crazy, excessive Ken… he was totally #teamfranco this weekend. I get to his house in OCMD after 5 hours in the car in the middle of Hurricane Laraine and he had chicken marinated and grilled for me. No craziness. No having to suck it up or eat around what was offered, he had chicken waiting for me. That was awesome. I had two drink at Fagers. Very low carb and portion controlled and Sunday morning I fasted until I got home from the shore late morning. All is well
I did cardio every day this week and I lifted and crushed my program. I checked in today and broke through plateau #1 by almost 2lbs. So we’ll take it. I am 3-4lbs from goal 1. Goal one is basically 100lbs lost from my 4 year start and exactly where I was at the end of last June when I got hurt and had to have surgery. I am down 18bs since April 13th. So there is that. I know it’s not going to come off as fast as I’d like it but it is coming off. And I didn’t stay in my plateau for longer than a week or so. I get to have carbs on Sunday for fathers day and I’ll be at the shore so I am excited.
Speaking of Father’s Day. Most people that read know that I have two stepsons. Brandon and Brett. I have their initials tattooed on my arms. I raised them When I am gone… they are what I leave behind. (be very scared). They also have a dad who is still around and sometimes it’s a hard pill for me. I know most of it is in my head but Father’s Day is always just kinda weird. Amber actually makes it nice for me no matter what… But on this fathers day I saw a post that caught my eye and I decided to borrow some and make it my own. So here are my rules for my sons.
RULES FOR SONS:
1. Never shake a man’s hand sitting down. Stand up. Great women the same way.
2. Don’t enter a pool by the stairs. Jump in, stay young as long as you can.
3. The man at the BBQ Grill is the closest thing to a king. In our case that has always been a queen.
4. In a negotiation, never make the first offer. Never take advantage of anyone. A win/win for both will go a long way.
5. Request the late check-out. Why rush home if you are with your loved ones.
6. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.
7. Hold your heroes to a higher standard.
8. Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.
9. Play with passion or not at all…
10. When shaking hands, grip firmly and look them in the eye.
11. Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be. Make your dreams come true and don’t be afraid to change those dreams.
12. If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point. Music is nice but remember to take it all in.
13. Your mom is always going to be the #1 lady in your life. She’s earned every hug, text and phone call you make.
14. You marry the girl, you marry her family. Take a good look at that family too.
15. Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath. You will get to your destination.
16. Experience the serenity of traveling alone. Don’t be afraid of movies, diners, shopping or anything alone. It’s your time to just be with yourself and think sometimes. Must here is a must too.
17. Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room, something neither son has a problem with.
18. Never turn down a breath mint. Duh!
19. A sport coat is worth 1000 words. Your are from a fashionable family. When in doubt, ask grandpa.
20. Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.
21. Thank a veteran. Then make it up to him.
22. Eat lunch with the new kid.
23. After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it. Trust me. This works.
24. Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win. Never has, never will.
25. Manners maketh the man.
26. Give credit. Take the blame.
27. Stand up to Bullies. Protect those bullied.
28. Write down your dreams. Change them when you need to.
29. Always protect your brother (and teammates). Say what you want but he will always have your back.
30. Be confident and humble at the same time.
31. Call and visit your parents often. They miss you. Yeah Brandon.
32. The healthiest relationships are those where you’re a team; where you respect, protect, and stand up for each other.
#32 can include your tribe, family, band, etc…. I will walk through fire for my step-sons. I have gone to schools and raised holy hell like a wild man for them, even when I knew that they were wrong… that, yeah he let the kid cheat… yeah… he probably did whatever.. but this is my kid.. 🙂 my kid wouldn’t do that.
Brandon and Brett… On this 20th fathers day or so that I have been here…. I hope that you see the potential to be better than me, to be happier than me, to live life better than me… we’ve made a lot of sacrifices for that happiness. And that’s what we want more than anything for you both. be happy! It’s easier said then done.
Get your skinny asses to the gym cause the older you get the harder it is. trust me.
For all the step dads out there who rose to the challenge. Who stepped up. Who never, ever uttered or thought the words “they aren’t my kids”.. This weekend I take my hat off to you and together we’ll raise a toast. You my friends are real men. Any asshole can have a kid. It takes a man to be a father.
Okay. Sorry about that. Back to my diet and gym talk!
Love you guys!