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Skedge 3/19/18 (Get the Crayons Yourself…)

By CEEJ | In St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp | on March 18, 2018

I got 99 problems, but the Skedge ain’t one!!!


Upcoming Event… Save The Date!!

“Birth-Camp-iversary” Party!

(2017 Birth-Camp-iversary… Don’t ask…)

It’s that time of the year again… My Birthday… My first day as a Bootcamp Trainer… and my conversion to Bootcamp Ceej-E-O… all took place on approximately the same date:  April 8th.

It’s a special time of year for me because, in my mind, it marks the date that I found my true calling.  As such, I’d like to invite you to celebrate with me as it provides a great excuse for the Bootcamp Family to go out and be social somewhere outside our familiar soccer field setting.  Come out and have a few adult beverages with myself and your class mates.

We’ve had an absolute blast with this event and great turn outs in the past.  So if this is your first year at Bootcamp, be sure to come out and make some new friends and some new memories.

What:  Birth-Camp-Iversary Party!!

Where:  Joey B’s (near Manchester and Baxter Rd)

When:  Friday, April 6th
Time:  5ish–??

(No gifts, please… just come out and have some fun!)  🙂


Getting the Crayons Yourself…

What does resilience mean to you?

For some people it’s polishing off the last slice of an extra large “personal” pizza when you think you’ve totally hit the wall.


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Last week, I thought I was resilient in overcoming some personal obstacles to survive the Quivering Quads Half Marathon Trail Run.

Although following the race, while practically immobilized on my couch, I barely had the resilience to reach for my remote control.  (I mean, it was waaaaaaaay on the other side of the table!!)

We all face adversity in life.

It’s our level of resilience in facing those adversities that ultimately shapes our character, impacts our self-esteem, and influences our personal sense of power.

The power to overcome.


The DIS-empowering allignment with the roll of ‘victim’.

One of the most epic resumes for resilience I’ve heard recently comes from Devon Still, former NFL defensive end.

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Without a doubt, there are mountains of adversity separating any high school hopeful from the elite level of the NFL.  (Even future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady, was the 199th overall draft pick, which makes you wonder just how many great athletes never even make the cut.)

However, Devon’s route to the Big Show, was littered with more adversity than the average bear.

His career should have been over countless times with potentially career ending injuries including a broken leg, a blown out knee, broken leg (again), blown out back, torn rotator cuff, broken toe, dislocated elbow, back blown out (again), and was nearly killed during post-surgery blood clots in his lungs.

And you thought you were having a bad day!  Lol.

Time and time and time again… Devon showed remarkable resilience.  He overcame immense physical adversity (not to mention the mental and emotional toll that comes with each setback) to ultimately fulfill his dream of becoming an NFL athlete.

And again had to overcome multiple setbacks at the professional level!

But as fate would have it, all of these events were merely a warm-up for what was to come.

Devon’s biggest challenge came when his 4-year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer and given only a 50% chance to live.

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Devon chose to put his NFL career aside to teach his ailing daughter everything he’d learned about resilience.

After one of her first surgeries, little Leah was physically depleted, bedridden, and mentally exhausted.

To distract herself, she decided to do some coloring in her coloring book, but her crayons were out of reach on the other side of the bed.

She asked her daddy to hand her the crayons, which is when Devon had a choice to make.

He knew this could be a learning point.   This was a special moment where he could cultivate resilience in his daughter.  Obviously, he wanted to do what any parent desperately wants to do…

He wanted to GIVE her the crayons…

He wanted to make things easier… he wanted to shield her from any discomfort… he wanted to make everything ok… he wanted to help…

But what would actually ‘help’ his daughter most??

Devon quarreled with the decision internally until he considered the alternative…

“We could start resilience training tomorrow.” 

But the words rang hollow in his ears, because he knew from personal experience that “tomorrow” never comes.

Devon realized that, trivial as it may seem, by giving Leah the crayons, he’d be taking away HER MOMENT.  This was Leah’s chance to cultivate resilience, and he wasn’t about to take that away from her.  So training began…

“Daddy needs you to get the crayons yourself.”

Leah looked dejected…  She argued…  She winced… She used her puppy dog eyes…

And then… she fought.

It took a number of attempts but she ultimately rocked her body forward from off the bed to retrieve her crayons… and, more importantly, earn her courage points for the day.

This, of course, was only the first of many levels of adversity that young Leah had to overcome.  But retrieving those crayons provided a foundation of resilience that Leah was able to build upon and a belief in her own ability to overcome when things got tough.

And the father-daughter team celebrated every subsequent victory along the way.

Now, let’s be clear…

No 4-year-old should ever have to endure what little Leah went through.  How do you explain to a child that young that her life is in danger?  That she has to undergo surgery?  That she’ll have to experience pain and sickness and stay in the hospital away from her home?

It’s simply UNFAIR.

But life ain’t fair.

And it’s a lesson we all have to learn sooner or later.

Some of us have to learn it at 4.  Others still resent this reality at 40.

But overcoming ‘UNFAIR’ is what resilience is all about.

Leah was fortunate to have a dad that had years of on-the-job training in resilience.  A dad who had the strength and courage to forego his own instincts and refuse to take that magic MOMENT from her.  A dad who helped her to ultimately, as Leah put it, “BEAT UP CANCER”.

Often times in life, we long for someone to pass us the crayons.

We want someone to make things easier.

We wish someone would acknowledge our struggle and throw us a friggin bone.

If we could only win the lottery… If we could just lose the weight… If we could just have more time…

We wish away the pain in our lives like oversized 4-year-olds wishing every day could just be play time.


But the fulfillment of such wishes comes at the cost of our MOMENT.

Our chance to level up our resiliency.

And if you build up enough resiliency… you may one day find yourself in a position to help someone else cultivate theirs.

Stop asking life to pass you the crayons…

And go get them for yourself!  😉

Here’s the link to Devon’s full interview on Impact Theory that inspired this post”


Much love,



Sign Up | The Battlegrounds Mud Run

Mark your calendars for 5/19/2018!!

That’s right!… We’re going back to the Battlegrounds!

Our crew had such a blast in the last one, that there was no hesitation in signing up for the next one.  

You gotta get in on this! 

AND… If you register early, you get a discount!  (Discount code:  LETSBATTLE)

Don’t miss out!

Here’s what to do (step-by-step instructions):

Go here:  http://thebattlegrounds.com/events/

Click Sign Up Now!

Click Sign Up Online Now

Click Register Now

Choose Afternoon Waves 12-3pm

Fill out the form… (CHOOSE Distance:  5k) (CHOOSE Team:  Battle-Tested Bootcampers)

Before you finish checking out, use DISCOUNT CODE:  LETSBATTLE to get $10 OFF!

Hoping to get a big team together for this one, dominate the course, create some new stories, and party like a rockstar at the finish line!

Discount code may only be good through the end of October… so don’t wait… sign up now and schedule your life around this event.  😉





CJ’s Book of the Week: 

“Food:  What the Heck Should I Eat?” by Mark Hyman


“Skedge” for 3/19/18-3/24/18

Manchester (Class Times:  Mon-Fri @ 5:30/7:00/8:30am & Satuday @ 7am)

Monday:  Upper (CJ)

Tuesday:  Core (CJ)
Wednesday:  Lower  (CJ)

Thursday:   Upper (CJ)

Friday:   Core (CJ)  

Saturday: Lower (CJ)


CJ Thomas

Owner, Operator, & “CeejEO”

St. Louis Fitness Bootcamp

ph:  314-266-9729

email:  CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com


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