May 2020 Review

It’s been another month of coaching, creating, contemplating, fitness training, reading, writing and having fun family time.

Coaching 

We continue to deliver results based 1-to-1 coaching sessions to our amazing clients. They are all doing great, making steady progress while producing solid results. 

When this whole ‘lockdown’ happened I was confident that my Crew and I could still deliver fun, dynamic fitness lessons. We have and will continue to do so going forward. This makes me happy and proud. Pablo, Grant and I are all enjoying the new way of delivering our lessons. 

We all have very rewarding coaching projects evolving with our clients, who are producing incredible results right now. 

It’s exciting to see that we are about to hit 1,000 hours of paid 1-to-1 coaching during this lockdown period.

training

Still, we really miss DMC HQ. We are all looking forward to getting back in the gym and delivering our lessons from there again. I fully believe that this will happen very soon. 

Maybe you are feeling a bit bleugh… 

Out of shape, overweight and uptight.

We can help you turn that around in no time, so if you are fed up and fed up with feeling fed up, then please get in touch.

We only have limited space available, so do it NOW.

It’s true that making a positive change is tough, it does help when you have a highly skilled coach to guide and care for you. That positive change is just a message away.

Creativity

In April’s review, I talked into creating and building something really beautiful that will become my life’s masterpiece.

This project is now starting you take shape. I’ve had some really good meetings with my legal team and other experts that I will be working closely with.

The last time I took a massive risk like this was in 2011 and that worked out perfectly. This feels really good and my intuition dances every time I visualise it. So based on that I know it’s right. The actual project is still a secret right now. I will share more in due course. 

My daily DMC Fitness training

In my April review, I shared my summary stats from my heart rate strap. I use a polar heart rate monitor and I use the ICardio App.

My April activities were stretching, weight training, kettlebells, walking, yoga, circuit training, skipping and boxing.

As you can see below I walked a total of 68.5 miles and exercised for a total of 90 hours. 

During May I increased distance walked by 35.4 miles and my total exercising time was increased by 45 hours from 90 hours to 135. I am very happy with this progress in 4 weeks. What you measure gets managed. 

Here are my stats for April and May. 

iCardio April-May

Now in June, my intentions are to walk less and skip, sprint and cycle more. It’s all part of my 2020 program.

Around 4 months ago I injured my pec (chest muscle) which set me back many months in my strength and kettlebell work so I am putting a lot of focused time back into these activities now.

It’s all moving in the right direction. I’m feeling strong and able. I love how hardy my body is, how well it performs and how quickly it recovers. 

I’ve set up a solid outdoor training area for my martial arts and self-defence practice and I’m having a lot of fun training in the garden especially when the sun is out. Massive thanks to Steven for hanging my bags for me.

We are transforming our garden to make it ‘more’ training friendly. ill share photos in my June review.

Our happy home

It’s been calm and connected in the McConnachie household. Like all families we clash at times and it gets noisy but for the majority of the time we are happy. 

Julie is doing an amazing impersonation of Wonder Woman. She’s taking care of us all, the house and groceries and is smashing the homeschooling which can be an arduous task at times due to my boys being little rascals most of the time… I don’t know where they get that from 😈😈😈.

Fresh juices, smoothies, soups, salads, stews, bread, cakes and lots of healthy wholesome nutritious delicious new recipes are being tried.

Freshly squeezed OJ

Lewis helped me shoot a video of us making our favourite protein power smoothie.

James has been learning about Vitamin D. 

James loves his exercise especially trampoline, free-running and climbing. as he’s only been able to do the trampoline he chose to do a mile every day in May for his own personal fitness challenge. He walked, jogged or cycled and got a total of 28 miles achieved. He’s only 7 and came to us with the idea.

Lewis likes exercising as well. This time he isn’t as consistent as James. He’s running laps, walked, cycled and enjoyed some martial arts training with me. 

We have planned family days as well. Water fights in the sunshine, a picnic in the park (don’t tell anyone) and a cinema day with all the trimmings hotdogs, nachos popcorn and sweets. 

cinema night food

We’ve even been to watch the sunrise together as a family. We’ve now watched the sunrise in Scotland, Spain and in South Africa.

I am really enjoying being in my family full time every day which is new to me.

kids and sunset

As much as COVID is dangerous and disruptive, there is an upside. Everyone I’ve been talking to say they are cooking more, connecting more, chatting with family more, learning new stuff, exercising daily and being as healthy as possible. 

At this point I offer my deepest heart felt condolences to those within our community who’ve lost loved ones due to COVID.

Personal Development 

I’ve been educating myself doing in-depth studying on the effects of alcohol and my body. 

I’ve read and listened to several books, and watched the Wasted documentary on addiction

This has produced a massive shift and allowed me to access a new level of knowledge and understanding and facilitated deeper healing.

May books

It’s no secret that since 1989 when I started to dabble in recreational substance use that I’ve had my fair of issues during those 31 years.

It’s all inter-connected to my violent and abusive childhood, my teenage delinquency and subsequent substance misuse. 

For the last 3 years I’ve been battling with alcohol addiction and at last I am out in front of it. 

I’m journaling about my new perspective and how I’ve found this light. I’ll share more on this in a couple of months. That blog will be the most real and raw share I’ve given to date.

I’m sharing my truth here on this blog as part of my healing. It’s really important that I share openly and transparently. Telling the truth about all this is really important to me. I understand that many will judge and many will relate. If it helps just one person then it’s worth opening up and showing some vulnerability. 

I went to Rythmia to explore this and to facilitate my healing. 6 months in and it’s all starting to take shape and make sense to me. 

As Dr Gabor Mate says,

“It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour.

Entertainment & education 

I watched Icarus  for the first time. What a documentary that is. Pretty much the world of professional sport is full of steroid using cheats. Who’d of thought eh? 

We’ve also had Netflix and chill. White Lines was epic. The Last Dance, Chicago Bulls story, was that good, I’ll be watching again. 

Ozark is another we’ve enjoyed and we are excited that the new series of Queen of the South is starting again.

So glad to have the UFC back showcasing live Mixed Martial Arts fights again. The fight cards have been awesome. One of my favourite battle being Justin Gaethje Vs Tony Ferguson.

The UFC 250 card just passed was also epic. Well done to Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes for retaining her title once again.

We’ve been watching documentaries on ayahuasca and it’s healing properties.

RECONNECT THE MOVIE

Reconnect is London Real’s fifth feature-length documentary film and documents Brian Rose’s journey to Costa Rica where he participates in multiple ceremonies with the plant medicine Ayahausca. The movie stars Graham Hancock, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dennis McKenna, Sadhguru, Dorian Yates, Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Michael Pollan, and Dan Pena.

From Shock to Awe

From Shock to Awe asks, ‘how do we heal our deepest wounds?’ An intimate and raw look at the transformational journey of two combat veterans suffering from severe trauma (PTSD) as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief through the mind-expanding world of psychedelics. Recent scientific research coupled with a psychedelic renaissance reveals that these substances can be used to heal PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) for individuals and their families. The documentary focuses on veterans, Matt Kahl and Mike Cooley, and their challenging post-war lives.

My spiritual development 

I’ve spent a lot of time walking into the sunrise and being amongst Mother Nature. I see birds, ducks, swans, hares, deer, pheasants, cows, calves, sheep, lambs and horses. It’s such a beautiful place where I live. 

Being in Mother Nature has held space for me to be introspective and see exactly where I am, what I am doing wrong that needs fixing and where I/we go next. Its been a really deep and beautiful with many peak experiences.

After many years of self-discovery and development I am happy being content and satisfied in myself. I’ve learned to embrace my dark while illuminating my light. 

We all have shadows inside us its part of being human. It’s within these shadows that we find our light.

We all have past pain and trauma to transmute, it’s our responsibility to find a way of doing that. 

As Carl Jung said, 

“Everyone carries a shadow and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.”

As I’ve walked I’ve contemplated the following questions, 

Who am I ?

Where am I from ?

Why am I here ?

What am I capable of doing ?

Where am I going ? 

I’m content in the clarity of my answers and I’m really excited about what’s about to happen next. 

Have faith and believe in yourself.

Until the next time,

“Strength for Life”

Davie

Davie McConnachie

Davie McConnachie

Davie McConnachie is a passionate teacher and artist. The creator of DMC Fitness and Dynamic Mind Conditioning, he’s an expert health and wellness coach, multi-award winning motivational speaker, award-winning gym owner, writer and published poet.

Athletically, Davie has competed nationally in MMA, Boxing and Thai Boxing, and internationally in kettlebell sport. Davie enjoyed the London Marathon, several half marathons and is a regular mountain trekker. 

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