Quote that inspires me:

“Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.” – Anonymous
 I am starting a weight loss regiment this coming week.  The plan is to lose 25-30 lbs for my daughters wedding so i look good in the pictures.  This quote is on my white board to remind that I can do this!  Keep me in your prayers, I am such a foodie this is going to be really tough.

Memory of the Week:

Dropping off my eldest son off at college.  Last weekend I sent my son off to the University of Notre Dame.  It was an amazing experience see him welcomed by his dorm mates at #SiegfriedHall. Pulling up to the hall to get him situated, seeing the older guys clapping and cheering, welcoming him. One guy yelled out, “Christian! What’s happening dude?” I smiled so big inside. He has an awesome roommate from Long Island.  He is so stoked about his schedule, his dorm, just being at Notre Dame.  My dad would be so proud.  One final note.  As I pulled away from the dorm and saw Christian out of my rear view mirror raising his hand to wave good bye, tears streamed down my face and it took all I had to just keep driving.  At that moment it was all surreal to me, images of my boy growing up flashed through my head like a slide show, it all happened so fast. The last thing I remember as I drove off the campus, the marching band was practicing in an open field, playing the Fighting Irish Football fight song, I knew then everything would be okay.

Christian & Billy
Christian and his roommate Billy from Long island, NY

Music I’m relaxing and Jamming to:

Two options for completely different scenarios.  “Lei Pikake” by Hapa (relaxing).  When I am feeling stressed out, I close my eyes and turn on Hapa.  This song always relaxes me.  I heard this several years ago while I was in Hawaii and it has been a “go to” for me ever since.  It’s Friday so I am Jamming out to “Sugar” by Maroon 5! This song always makes me sing out loud and it’s responsible for two awkward moments. One, was singing this at the top of my lungs in my office when I realized one of our Chinese students was playing the piano in the room next to me.  The other I was blasting this in my car, bouncing around and singing the words when I looked at the car next to me and it was someone I met a Chamber of Commerce meeting. They smiled at me the next time I saw them and I knew what they were thinking!

Something I am really excited about:

My daughter’s wedding is coming up in late October.  I promised myself that I would lose 20-30 lbs to look good for the wedding pictures.  I start this Monday, wish me luck!

Former Navy SEAL Having Huge Problems Getting Basic Help from VA – HELP him now!

Help This American Veteran & Hero

I believe that our American Veterans have put up with enough incompetence from this administration and especially from the VA.  The bureaucracy is killing many of our Veterans and we can’t stand by and watch anymore. Today I ran across a fellow Navy Veterans post [see below] about the problems and run around he has been getting while trying to get diagnosed for some medical issues he’s been having.  I will let him tell you specifically about how he’s been treated at the VA.  I wanted to get this out there for people to be able to share that aren’t following him on Facebook and tell you that this man is a warrior, non-complainer and in my eyes the epitome of an American hero.  I believe this man deserves our help!

His Facebook Post

Latest on my current VA debacle: After 4 visits to the ER over the past 2 weeks, the VA STILL can’t tell me my white…

Posted by Craig “Sawman” Sawyer on Monday, August 10, 2015

3 Ways You Can Help

  1. Go and “Like” his Facebook Page and let him know that you appreciate his service and ask him how you can help! [Click Here to LIKE his page]
  2. Submit a complaint to the VA via: on Behalf of “Craig Sawyer” Tucson, AZ VA, Not getting proper attention for medical condition, not getting reimbursed for Authorized visit to civilian hospital – see FB post for more about issues he’s having.
    1. VA Office of Inspector General Website
    2. Send an email to the OIG Hotline [[email protected]]
    3. Call the OIG and make a complaint – 1 (800) 488-8244
  3. Spread this Story Everywhere! Facebook, Twitter, Google+.  We can’t help all our Veterans but we can help this guy.

Link to use when sharing on Social Media —> Copy & Paste [http://wp.me/p2J6hH-3y]

About Craig “Sawman” Sawyer

Craig “Sawman” Sawyer is a Marine veteran, former Navy SEAL, sniper, and combat instructor. Sawyer is also the owner of Tactical Insider, which brings technical advice on weapons and combat to Hollywood films and actors.  Sawyer began his military career with the U.S. Marine Corps, but switched to the U.S. Navy to pursue a career in special operations as a Navy SEAL graduating from the Basic Underwater Demolition (BUD)/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) training class 149 and serving in SEAL Team ONE.  He then went on to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Throughout his career, Sawyer has become an expert in several military and combat disciplines like shooting; counter-terrorism; surveillance and counter-surveillance; climbing; criminal investigation; parachuting; and hand-to-hand combat, among others.After his military career, Sawyer has run specialized teams to provide security to politicians and dignitaries including Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Negroponte.  Sawyer founded Tactical Insider to provide training and technical advice to films, actors, and corporate clients.  He has contributed to news shows like FOX News[1] and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. He has also been a frequent contributor to History Channel‘s show Sniper: Deadliest Missions. Since 2010, Sawyer has been a recurring trainer for History’s marksmen competition Top Shot, appearing in all five seasons. In 2013, Craig lead a team of fellow spec ops veterans on a series of tactical missions against rhino poachers in Africa. These missions were filmed and aired on Animal Planet’s series, Battleground: Rhino Wars.

Sawyer is also a motocross racer and local Las Vegas champion. He was also selected by Maxim as “Maximum Warrior”.[2]

Other Ways We Can Help!

If you know any other ways that we can help Craig, please comment below and I will update this post.

10 Dumb Reasons You Are Probably Giving Yourself on Why Not to Attend Your High School Reunion

1.  It’s too Late! I didn’t have time to lose weight!  Guess what?  None of us did.  What we care about is you and that you are alive and that we get to see you again.  Hopefully we are all old enough now to get past how we look.  We all have put on a few pounds, lost some hair and gained a few wrinkles.  I think Gahr Gladiators are like fine red wine, we get better with age.  Don’t let this stop you from enjoying what should be an amazing time reminiscing and celebrating our mutual history together.

2.  I don’t remember anything about high school.  I think it’s safe to say that we all feel that way in some way or another.  Many of us want to forget certain events about our high school days.  We have forgotten classmate’s names, what classes we shared, certain events or memories.  We are all searching to put missing pieces of the memory puzzle together, I know I am.  We need each other more than ever to help us all remember the good things about high school.  It’s a reset, we are coming together to help each other find those great moments, heal some old wounds and make some new friends.

3.  I was shy and quiet in high school. So was 90% of our class.  Not everyone was in the popular crowd and we’ve all grown up since then.  We have come into our own 30 years later.  We shouldn’t let the past dictate our future.  We are coming together for the purpose to reconnect with our past and some awesome people we share a common bond with.  Growing up in Cerritos in the 70’s & 80’s was a unique and special time in our lives.  I think it’s like a safe harbor for all us ships that have set sail.  Let’s come together and see where it goes. I’m sure we will all be pleasantly surprised.

4.  Nobody will remember me.  That’s okay. That is why we are coming together.  To share a common past and to make some new friends with people we share that past with.  It’s gonna be fun recognizing some people and discovering who we’ve become.

5.  I am a grumpy old person, who doesn’t like people.  Okay, you got me on this one.  Maybe it is a good idea to stay home.  Actually, get over it and put a smile on your face and come on out and have the time of your life.

6.  I am struggling with some old hurts from high school.  Believe it or not this is one of the biggest reasons people don’t come to reunions.  It is also the best reason to come, because most people who have felt this way find healing.  Those old hurts and rivalries don’t exist anymore and for those of us who reach our 30th class reunion, these are replaced by talk of grandchildren and other major life events.  Some of those people we had rivalries with want to say they are sorry too.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to move forward.

7.  I was popular in high school but I’m not a Gazillionaire.  Well that’s ok.  Welcome to the club.  We are not gathering to brag about what we’ve done or how much we have, that was the 20 year reunion and we didn’t have one.  Now it’s time to pull together and just be who we are.  Honestly no one cares about the drama in high school (unless we still are that way)  so come with your smile on and get ready to have some fun.

8.  I’m scared to death.  I think all of us are a bit scared if we are honest with ourselves.  Absolutely!  Class reunions may happen everyday, but ours only happens once every 10 years or so. This is your opportunity and if you have the means to go, then do it. Forget the anxiety; none of us are the same person we were 10 or 20 years ago. It’s been 20 years since our last reunion and who knows what is going to happen in the next 10 years.  Let’s do this together!

9.  I feel so old!  Yes,we’re older, wiser, and the people who pushed us around when we were kids are nothing to be feared anymore. By coming to our class reunion, we gain the opportunity of re-establishing some friendships we may have forgotten about or forging new ones we might never have considered. For one night, we’ll be able to relive some of the fondest memories of our lives and have a chance to make some new ones.

10. I’m friends with most of these people on Facebook, I don’t need to go.  As we all know, our Facebook lives are just a small part of our real lives and even though we post about things we eat, when we workout and great selfies, there is way more to us than what you see on Facebook.  Come out and fill in the blanks and get to know the real people.  Facebook will be so much more meaningful and there is more we can relate to about each other.

Don’t miss this once in a 10 year opportunity! Let’s face it, we aren’t getting any younger and we need to stick together.  This is our time to celebrate where we come from. Go Gladiators!