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Mind, Body, and Spirit – Part 5 – The Last Dragon

Do you have the Glow?

I can’t remember when I saw Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon for the first time, but I can tell you it changed me. Ever since I saw that movie, and I couldn’t have been any older than 12 or 13, I’ve wanted to become the Master and glow like Bruce LeeRoy. Unfortunately, my parents couldn’t afford to send to me to a local Kung Fu School, let alone fly me out to New York to train with the Last Dragon. Needless to say, I did not achieve the glow back then, but I’ve kept the secret of it stored inside my head. “To reach that upper level, your mind, body and soul must be one.” It has taken me 15 years, but I think I’m starting to figure out what that actually means.

“Its all about balance.”

With a Sharp Mind, Fit Body, and Peaceful Spirit, you can defeat the world.

I’ve spent this week talking about how I plan to improve my over all sense of self. I’ve spent time talking about how I plan to clean the clutter out of my mind and sharpen my wits, what I’m doing to get myself from being a giant flab monster into the greatest of the campy action heroes, and how I calm myself down to keep from loosing grip on it all. The important thing to remember though, is that it isn’t any one aspect that must be focused on, its all three together that lead to true happiness.

The long road ahead.

There is a lot of work for me to do this year to get where I want to be. I know that I am up for the challenge. I’m actually looking forward to the finished new me so much that I have to keep reminding myself that I can’t push too hard, or I will loose that balance and fail again, like I have so many times in the past.

Its the first week of January, 2011. I am 27 years old. I am 6’1″ and weigh in at a ridiculous 356 pounds. For the first time in a long time, I actually feel like my spirit and my mind are in a good place, and that means I am ready to handle the body. In the past, I’ve tried to just focus on the physical improvements, and have been horribly disappointed at the results. You cannot change one side of the triangle without changing the other sides as well.

My journey officially starts on Monday, though I’ve already done a few things like getting rid of the 40-60 oz of soda I was drinking everyday. I’ll keep you all updated on my progress.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

2 thoughts on “Mind, Body, and Spirit – Part 5 – The Last Dragon”

  1. Tracy says:

    Hey! Good luck! I’m rebooting my workout regimen and focusing on overhauling myself as well. I let a lot of things slide and really need to get going again. You can do it. It’s not easy but it is worth it. We’ll both be feeling better by the end of it!

    😀 Good deal getting rid of the soda. That is a big one to break. What are some of your other “weaknesses”? Mine used to be chips and salsa but since I’ve had to back away from starch – I don’t miss it anymore. I’m not a big sweets person. Don’t try to do too much at once though – small changes, incrementally… I’m right there with you!

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      My other weaknesses… too many to name. I’m a foodie by nature, and love to eat. For me, right now, its all about finding new cookbooks and things so that I can make healthier delicious foods. I look at this as a good chance to relearn cooking also. Best way to cut a lot of calories out is for me to cook it myself.

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