You don’t ‘feel like it’, you are ‘not in the mood’, you ‘don’t want to’ … but yet down inside you envision and hope and dream for not only things to be different but for you yourself to be different. I’m going to tell you something. If your pattern is to wait until you feel like it its never going to really happen. There where be moments where you ride the wave but they will be fleeting. Happiness, energy, productivity, fitness, creativity, accomplishment, love making, adventure – whatever goals and attributes of life and identity you want to happen, that you want to become will not occur if behavior does not come first. First you perceive (create a vision in your mind) then you behave (act) and then you will become. As Scott Sonnon rightly said ” We don’t merely behave how we feel; we feel how we behave: it’s a two-way biochemical street. No matter how you may feel right now, act how you wish you felt and create the state-change though the doing.” Act, the mood will take care of itself. Why let something like ‘mood’ dictate your life in the first place? You want more energy-get off the sofa and move. You want to be a writer, write. You want be kinder, show kindness to others with you feel like it or not. You want to be strong grab that kettle-bell. You want to have a better love life with your partner, will you get the idea. Mood follows action. Action creates. Thoughts might show you the door but it is action which gets you out there.
Perceive BEHAVE Become.


My own little op ed…
Interesting observation the past month…not counting my own life long inclinations towards minimalism and a touch ludditism (more of a appreciation for simple ingenious tools than a hate of anything) I’ve encountered a significant number of people across various demographics who profess a desire to scale back and even eliminate a lot of the ‘matrix tools’ as I call them. This includes not only retreating from online social media but ousting their TV’s and video game consoles, going back to basic cell phones and in several cases canceling cell service for old landline phones-even tracking down rotary phones (yes they are still out there), canceling internet at home and even selling off any computers they have, content with using one at the public library when desired. Also in more than one case they express or are even in the process of selling houses for something smaller – out of the suburbs or city bustle if possible, getting rid of vehicles, and a general jettisoning of material possessions. Some of these people have a professional background, others don’t, some have an adequate income some don’t, some are highly educated some not. Some of them have admittedly, like myself, had a life long appreciation for minimalism but for others this orientation is a paradigm shift and they are not sure where or why it has come.
I think it says something about a shift in values, about a shift away from some aspect of daily operation that deletes qualities of being alive in a poor trade off for some hooked up plugged in alluring candy. I am starting to wonder if perhaps this is not so random but a larger social trend across a wide spectrum of society? Not that we are all going to go join the amish but perhaps the dazzle of the past 15 -20 years is impressing us less and we are coming out of the spell it has had on us. I don’t think it is a mere nostalgia for things of the past or a retreat to the what was or some imagined simpler time. I think for some of us of a age that can be a factor but many who are recalibrating their lifestyles are too young for such a recollection. I guess if when I next visit the local library I find some twenty somethings sitting around reading the likes of of Wendell Berry out of a real book I’ll have my confirmation… and probably a quiet smile.

Back by Popular Demand

A beautiful New Year to all High Mesa Fitness® students and friends.

I am here to announce the return of the High Mesa W.O.W (workout of the week). Several of you have recently made the request and I’d like to honor it.
To make this a viable service I will need have at least 10 people sign up with a commitment of at least 2 months. The cost will be 25.00 per month, to paid via paypal for the time being.

As per the past, all subscribers will receive a workout flow the beginning of each week to implement as their weekly training for whatever the fitness goals they have, or as a compliment to other training they might be doing. It stands alone or in harmony with other modes of exercise. For instance you might be enjoying the slopes a lot this winter, or getting reading for a spring 1/2 marathon, or maybe have returned to the dojo. Either way one will want some solid trusted conditioning to construct a rock hard foundation.

The base of each weeks workout will be body weight training, a.k.a calisthenics, but might also include kettle bells, clubs, rings, medicine balls, or other props. Along the way I will make suggestions of gear you should have access to either in a gym or at home… and honestly I feel a home based gym always the best. Not that I don’t like a good ol classic iron dojo. Other modes of training will be incorporated include moving in outdoors, in nature, with a bow to Bush Parkour®, Mobility training (joint mobility and haha yoga), and ‘natural gymnastics’. This is all focused with cultivating a love of movement and even play, while engage in exertion and purifying perspiration – a true holy water.

Each weeks flow will have adjustments for what ever level is most appropriate for you. This is not merely for one demographic. We are all on this path together.

Two new aspects that will be added are a upgraded delivery format rather a plain email, and video tutoring.

Anticipated launch date is set for Feb 1st.

To sign up send a email to . Subject line W.O.W. 2016 . Simply say “YES’ in the message. Questions are of course welcomed.

I look forward to hearing from you and envision a magnificent year for all of us with robust vigor, health, and peace.

In strength and courage,
Coach Joe Sheader