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5 Months Later

Updated: Dec 11, 2022

Admittedly, it's been a while since my last post, but I promise I haven't forgotten you. I've just been a little busy with the fitness goal I set for myself this summer. Honestly, I've practically been living in the gym.

I spent the first couple months of the autumn getting ready to hire my bodybuilding coach. (I knew I wasn't physically prepared to just jump right in. I needed to prep my body a bit for what I imagined would be a shock to my system.) During that prep phase, I went to the gym for an hour a day 5 days a week. Then, in November, I hired my bodybuilding coach and boy was I right about the shock factor! Following his program changed everything.

My workouts went from an hour a day 5 days a week to 3 hours a day 7 days a week. After my workouts, I was tired and sore. Even my fingers hurt, and just sitting upright was a new challenge that I didn't expect. I started working out like it was my job, which is sort of true now that I think about it. I've actually spent more time in the gym this season than I have at my writing desk. Let's face facts here. Bodybuilding is actually a career for many people, and if I want to succeed with my birthday goal to get into the best shape of my life, I need to be willing to put in the same amount of time and effort as the professionals do.

I'm not complaining though. I have definitely started to see the results of my hard work. Just look at these progress shots. The first was taken on August 26, 2022 and the second one is from 2 weeks ago. I'm loving how my abs and my Adonis Belt are starting to show again. (For those of you who don't know what an Adonis Belt is, click here.) Most of those results came from the first month of my coach's program, and I really do have to give him credit for that. Though I've been a personal trainer for most of my adult working life, I have to admit that hiring a bodybuilding coach was the best decision I could have made to make this goal a reality. Even experts need an objective third party perspective on themselves from time to time.

Progressing From Here

As much as I love hitting the iron, I have missed my writing and connecting with y'all. So, I started to ask myself how I could spend the necessary hours in the gym and also come back to my writing, and I came up with an idea. Why not blog about my personal hedge witch path and include my fitness journey along the way?

These two overarching topics are really not as divergent as they might appear at first glance. If you've followed me on social media for any length of time or you've read any of my Gay Witchcraft books or Magick From The Mat, you probably know that I am a firm believer in the philosophy that the physical body is just the witch's primary magical tool while alive. Like the cauldron, the besom, or the athame (which get a lot more attention in traditional Witchcraft 101 materials), the physical body helps witches to direct our energy when casting our spells as well. Unlike those other tools, however, the physical body doesn't merely funnel a witch's magical energy. It also generates that energy.

What you probably don't know is how to fully take advantage of this energy-generating tool, but don't stress though. I intend to address those types of questions and concerns head on in the posts that follow. Bear with me on posting schedules though. I really do intend to treat this as a diary. There won't be a regular pattern. Posts will happen as inspiration hits, and the topics will range from a simple check-in or progress shots to philosophical concepts surrounding occult principles and everything in-between.

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