Bigger Leaner Stronger

Reviewing Bigger Leaner Stronger by Mike Matthews

Recently I read Bigger Leaner Stronger by Mike Matthews and really enjoyed learning new techniques to become leaner and stronger. I’m not really too concerned with being “big” I just want to build muscle and become lean. Mike really backs up a lot of his techniques with research and focuses on not lifting a lot of […]

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Path To Recovery

It’s been a while since my last post and I figured those of you who follow my blog deserve to know what’s going on and hopefully it will help others by sharing my story and being open about it. In a previous post I mentioned that I had a mild form of bipolar and I hit […]

Change Ahead

Transform Your Habits & Make Them Stick

Developing new, healthy habits can be hard. For those going through recovery, it’s critically important to understand how habits are formed and how you can build new ones. It may seem strange for people with an addictive personality to have difficulty creating healthy habits, but they’re different as, quite often, healthy habits won’t have the […]

Marcus Aurelius: The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it

Emotional Reasoning and Addiction Recovery

While reading a recent article in The Atlantic called “The Coddling of the American Mind” a few things jumped out at me and really made me think about how, in an attempt to “protect” people, we’ve led people down a path with fewer “tools” than ever before. What do I mean by tools? Tools can mean many […]

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Exercise for Treatment & Better Habits

Make no mistake about it, I’m a fan of exercise as a form of treatment for those struggling with their addiction(s) or mental illness. It’s why I started Active For Recovery. I truly believe a missing component in many treatment programs is the introduction of personal fitness and health into an individuals life. However, exercise […]

Impostor Syndrome

Breaking The Cycle of Feeling Like an Impostor

Sometimes I feel like an impostor. Especially over the past couple months, it’s been difficult to get back on track after life takes you down an unplanned path. Even with my certification in nutrition, I would eat unhealthy but give advice to others. I wasn’t exercising as much as I once did, but gave my […]

Bob Marley.. Life Is...

Wake Up And Live

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live! – Bob Marley  

Your Future Is Created By What You Do Today Not Tomorrow

Favorite Motivational Images for September 2015

I figured I’d share some of my favorite motivational images that I’ve stumbled upon….

Believe It Can Be Done

Believe It Can Be Done

Back in 2014 when I started Get Leveled Up, I had this “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” in the back of my mind. I knew I wanted to help people by sharing my experiences, but I hadn’t quite nailed down how. I spoke about an event to raise awareness of addiction recovery, but it took me […]

Whole Life Challenge 2015 Aftermath

Former Addict Finds Purpose In Biking

Every morning for a year Andrew Tatum woke up, went to his living room and crushed oxycodone pills on a glass table. What he put up his nose helped steady him after a long night out. He weighed 150 pounds. Now his morning routine is a bit different. He wakes up and heads straight to the […]