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Goodbye 2013: Live With Fire in ’14

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My 2013 literally ended with a “BANG“! On Friday December 13, 2013, I was standing in my office at Max fitness when I heard the most violent and sharp “POP”.  I was a 12B (combat engineer) in the army, and immediately my training from Ft Leonardwood was recalled in the split seconds that followed the sound of an explosion.  The room was instantly filled with powder residue and my ears were ringing as I walked around the small office disoriented and confused.  I remember thinking that I must have set off a small device designed as a prank.  A few seconds later, still confused, I realized if it were a prank, something had gone horribly wrong.

gunshot woundMy legs were aching and bleeding badly, like someone took a baseball bat to my knees, yet still I stood. I never thought to call out for help, as I was still dazed in my office with the door shut and the light off.  I’m not sure how long I would have stood there bleeding trying to make sense out of this if one of my employees hadn’t thought to check on me. He entered the office and immediately says “oh Steve, you’ve been shot”.  As much as I was totally confused about having been shot when I was by myself in my office, I was relieved to know why I had holes in both legs.

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He laid me down and we began working on getting the bleeding stopped, and my staff called paramedics for help. As I started making sense out of the gun shot, realizing it wasn’t a small bomb, I was able to calm my mind a little in the bloody smoke filled office.  With the confusion subsiding, my legs began to start hurting. And hurt they did…  The 40 caliber hollow point round had come from an adjacent office through my legs and continued into another office finally stopping in a metal cabinet. The powder residue that seemed like an explosion was merely the powder from the bullet going through drywall. With everything coming together in my head, this is the point where I was finally calming down, except for the pain… I picked up my phone and started taking “selfies”.

Steve PfiesterHaving a degree in physical therapy I know the damage and destruction that an accident like this can have on arteries, bone and nerves. My legs felt paralyzed and I was bleeding from both thighs.  At the time I was thinking the worse. Did it hit my femoral artery? My leg hurt with an intensity I’ve never felt. Surely both femurs were broken in pieces.  Hitting nerves never entered my mind until the bleeding slowed. Oh, the relief that overwhelmed me as I sat up and could move both feet. Praise God! I’m not paralyzed, just wounded.  The bleeding began to slow, which confirmed no arterial damage, and I was able to bare weight as the paramedics put me onto the gurney for transport.

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The 40 caliber bullet went through 3 offices, 2 legs and and a filing cabinet.

Super long story short, I spent the rest of the night in the ER learning how blessed I truly was that both legs were just soft tissue damage. How could a 40 caliber hollowpoint round from about 5 feet away go through both legs and not cause any permanent damage? I will tell you how – but that’s another blog for another time.

I wanted to tell you this story for a few reasons.  One, first and foremost, how can any of us ever deny that our maker is merciful and full of grace to watch over us, even in the times we let our guard down the most. Second, no matter what circumstances we deal with throughout our lives, we HAVE to believe we are allowed to endure them to make us stronger – emotionally, physically, mentally, and yes… spiritually!  There is not one single thing you’ve ever experienced in your life that could not be used to make you a more loving husband, a better father, a better friend, or even a better athlete.  Reebok has a slogan that me and other bloggers use when we use social media, and never has it meant more to me than these last 2 weeks.  #LIVEWITHFIRE

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Reebok livewithfireThis my friends, is my plea to you. LIVE WITH FIRE! In everything you do, resolve to yourself that everything you experience can make you better. Yes, even the messes we make ourselves. Those are especially the best in making us better. I no longer believe in coincidence, or luck (good or bad). I believe in “providence”  that all things can work together for good. But that is completely up to us and what we believe about our situation!

NO whining, no unforgiveness. Be patient and think about your circumstances and how they can soon (not right now, but on the on the end of whatever it is) grow you into who you are supposed to become!  Live with fire, take those lemons, and make lemonade!!!!

Reebok NanosagePS: A very special thanks to Reebok for the timely delivery of these super comfy shoes that I would highly recommend the next time you are shot in both legs and can’t put on regular shoes. lol These are the Reebok Crossfit Nanossage. They are designed to help you decompress post workout (or post shootout!). They are even machine washable, just in case you get blood, I mean sweat, on them. 😉 They are so soft you will want to purrrrr.

Inspired by the foam roller, this shoe is built on a natural last and features a 4mm drop with ultra soft cushioned foam. Dual web pull entry allows for easy on, easy off – thank goodness for me, they were indeed easy on, easy off! The perfect recovery shoe!!

Reebok Nanossage

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Build-A-Thruster Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebell WorkoutThis killer kettlebell workout works your core, shoulders, legs and glutes, as well as your cardio. If you don’t have a kettlebell, you can use a dumbbell – or even a gallon of water! Click on each exercise to view video instruction.

Do 3 Rounds!

New Reebok Shoes: 

Reebok One CushionReebok One Cushion – This is Reebok’s newest shoe. It’s designed to maximize comfort and performance for runners with a neutral gait and a strong arch. Although it’s designed for running, it seems to make a great cross-trainer too since it’s relatively flat. Here was my formal review: “The landing is the best part. I get great feedback from the ground and at the same time reebok ONE provides such a soft landing. It felt very comfortable throughout my first run. I conditioned in them yesterday (crossfit style workout) and they gave me the support I needed, and then some. It’s only been a few days, but so far this is great shoe!”

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How to Live With Fire

Recently I’ve given much thought to Reebok’s campaign to #LIVEWITHFIRE.  From time to time I get philosophical and sort of lost in abstract thought of the weirdest things.  So this blog is me inviting you for a road trip with me and my brain.  Turn the music up and take a look around my cerebral cortex as I ponder what it is to “Live With Fire“.

Living With Fire is NOT Complacent

ComplacencyFirst, I think about what it isn’t.  Living with fire is not complacency. I think its important to be fulfilled, and even satisfied, about where you are going – but maybe not be overly satisfied with where you are.  Content with your present, but pressing on to be all who you were called to be.

Living with fire is not living with rage, or resentment.  That state of mind can drive us to overcome and accomplish a lot of things, but to what cost?  In that frame of mind, we are rarely satisfied in accomplishing anything except vengeance, and still are never satisfied.  No, friends, that is NOT living with fire.

tenaciousTenacity, perseverance, consistency, courage, willpower – THESE are a few defining characteristics of what it means to me to  #LIVEWITHFIRE.

1. Living With Fire is: Tenacity

Tenacity is defined as the quality of being determined to do or achieve something.  And I love the following definition: firmness of purpose.

2. Living With Fire is: Perseverance

Perseverance is next on my list of defining this Reebok Mantra.  Perseverance is definitely a synonym for tenaciousness, but lets further define living with fire by defining perseverance with a definition from Webster: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.  To me, living with fire comes alive in the second part of this definition; to continue DESPITE difficulty!  I think I should end the blog now – but I wont.

3. Living With Fire is: Consistency 

consitstencyConsistency brings the “ing” to the phrase. See, to live with fire could be mistaken as a moment in time, but livING with fire gives the idea of continuing to strive for that “pressing forward” . To be consistent in our quest to live with joy and zeal for more in life. Consistency could have a couple of different meanings. Both of which I believe are applicable.

The first, is degree of firmness, density, viscosity, or resistance to movement or separation.  Our ideals and level of effort should have a routine firmness. Not hot and cold, not soft and hard, but consistent effort in every attempt. Then, the more traditional thought for the way we describe consistency is the ability to be asserted together without contradiction. This would also be the idea to live beyond contradiction, above reproach. (We all fall short here, but when we get it right what victory we have.)

courage-john-wayne4. Living With Fire is: Courage 

This brings us to courage on my synonym list of living with fire. Webster says courage is: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.  Interesting that courage is not the absence of fear, but for someone to withstand fear or difficulty.

In other words, to persevere even in the face of fear. OK, I hear! WHOA!

will power5. Living With Fire Requires: Will Power

Lets finish our thoughts of Living With Fire by defining “WILL POWER”: The strength or will to carry out one’s decisions, wishes, or plans.  This definition left no discussion for feeling or emotion.  The idea is to DECIDE on what you want and SEE IT THROUGH – not allowing circumstance or excuses to compromise your decision!

What if we all “lived with fire”, in learning more, loving more, living more?  I believe the key is in the desire.  Decide what it is you really want.  Dig deep to find a burning desire to accomplish or acquire it with a relentless, stubbornness that knows no quit.  Never never never give up!

I believe this so much, I tattooed it on my body:
SEMPER PERSEVERA – Meaning, Never Give Up.

Never Give Up

Here are some pictures of some amazing athletes who clearly Live With Fire and never gave up – even when they had some pretty awesome excuses. If this doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. 

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FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hard Core Abs Workouts

 

Here is one of the workouts we did this week! I thought you might like to give it a try.

Hard Core

Click on the links below to see video instruction:

Combine this workout with another ab workout and really blast those abs! Or combine

Before You Quit…

What if you were on the brink of something great? Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Henry Ford all shaped our world, yet failed over and over and over before they became the amazing men as we know them.  But they were all just as amazing even before they overcame. The fact that they had every reason to quit, yet did not, is why we know how amazing they are even to this day.

What if the next number called was your million dollar bingo but you walked out just one number to soon?  You must keep the faith and hope that your hard work is on the brink of a huge pay off.  Keep your eyes on the prize, don’t let doubt, or the temptation to quit, lie to you.  Maybe the struggle you are enduring is preparing you for the success you are on the brink of achieving!

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