Hey guys!

I’ve been meaning to update my blog, but have been getting side tracked by other things lately.

Now that we have been fortunate enough to recover from “Super Storm Sandy”, it’s time for me to keep up with my updates.

A lot has happened since my last update…

Some great stuff and some not so great stuff (as life goes)

But…

Everything is cool and I feel pretty friggin awesome!

Here’s a recap of the past few months in a nut shell…

At the end of the Summer, I lost my beloved Boxer, Mr. Louis (pictured left)

He suffered from a congenital heart defect know as dilated cardiomyopathy which apparently is prevalent in Boxers.

Most of you have seen him in my videos.  He was very special to my family and is missed every day.

On bright side…

His little sister Lola has stepped in and has been doing a pretty good job.

She’s a Pit Bull, but we think she has some boxer in her as well.

She still has lots to learn, but I’m sure will make Mr. Louis proud!

September brought the SEALfit Challenge.

Myself and 6 of my friends took on this life altering challenge.

This probably was most difficult thing that I’ve ever done and has definitely given me a HUGE physical and mental morale boost.

SEALfit wasn’t just about getting our asses handed to us for 12 hours, it was ALL about overcoming fears and coming together as a TEAM to perform tasks more efficiently in adverse situations.

It seems like SEALfit has made everything I do much easier.

I still have scars from that log (well worth it!)

Pictured from left to right: Zach even esh, Paul Reddick, myself, Ryan Munsey, Jim “Smitty” Smith, Andres Gonzalez and Vince Gabrielle.

Since SEALfit, my level of training has gone up quite a bit and for some reason, I am able to do things that I have not done in a long time without being in pain such as running.

It was all about gradual progression, recovery, foam rolling etc.., and proper nutrition.

At the time I was training for this, I also incorporated my MiniMetcon workouts.

These short and intense training sessions kept me on top of my game in between the long ruck sack training.

Here’s an unlisted video that I sent my friends during our training…

SEALfit required lots of training with the ruck sack which to this day I am still doing and enjoying the heck out of ( with Lola of coarse)!

October brought us the very challenging “Super Storm Sandy” which crushed many of my good friends houses, and knocked out power for 12 days.

My Aunt and Uncle lost their home in Mantoloking.  It got washed into the bay.

This made me sick!

We stuck it our in our house and made do with candles and flash lights.

We kept the food in ice and used our gas fireplace for heat.

The gas stove and grill worked, so we could cook.

The lack of TV and technology was cool, but my wife got tired of it.

It did give us lots of quality family time and the kids got pretty creative with their playing.

The Point Beach gym got crushed with boats and 3 feet of water, but we bounced back quickly and now the place looks better then ever!

This crazy time brought everyone together as a team of strong and compassionate people which was very encouraging to see.

There was so much devastation, but we are all ok and have great stories to tell our grandkids.

Now, I look back and am glad that my kids got to experience this.

They will never forget and will always have good stories to tell.

Now that the holiday season is upon us, it’s time to stay focused on what’s important…

For me that would mean my family, friends and health.

Just be a good person, work hard and the rest will fall into place.

I have my awesome wife Mary Beth to thank for her patience and supporting me in all the crazy stuff I do!

She is a BIGGEST part of why I feel so fantastic!

Thanks for reading.

Until next time!

Peace

Uncle Mike