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Dropping Excuses and Succeeding

I was wanting to make a post to update all of you, my subscribers, if anyone still checks in on my blog once in a while.  I wanted to be spontaneous and original, and I wanted to express myself as genuinely as possible.

I feel that this is a successful attempt at that.  The title for this post, Dropping Excuses and Succeeding, happened to be a blog that I almost wrote WAYYY back in April.  That’s right around the time that I quit blogging because I was working so much.  I worked so many hours that, while I had a chance to write, I really just didn’t want to do that.

I put myself first the past 9 months.  This website was a duty to me, a hobby, and a job.  When I got a new job in March, my priorities changed.  I had to pay off debts, work really hard, and figure out what to do with myself!

However, the Christian Boyles that went to work at this job was not, by any means, the Christian Boyles that worked at his previous job.  Over the past few months, I’ve been told numerous times by people with much higher positions than myself that I’m very analytical.  This has been a good thing for me, and their statement was a reminder of all the days I sat by myself thinking and when I wrote posts for Maxed Out Muscles.

More than anything, this website has been a place of growth for me.  Having time with myself and sharing my thoughts with others, while learning better attitudes and attributes have brought me to the conclusion that I needed this site.

Since the last time I wrote I’ve went from being an inspector(temp-employee at that) to a team leader, and as of this week I have been promoted to the title of production supervisor.  That brings me to the moral of the story, the whole point in writing this post, and the reason I’m here today:

It makes sense that I was moved to begin writing a post in April titled “Dropping Excuses and Succeeding” because that’s exactly what I did, and what I will continue to do in my life.  It’s what I, the writer, would urge you, the reader, to do with your own life.  It’s not impossible, and the success may not even be difficult, but you’re the first person you have to win over.

My new car.  I love it!
My new car. I love it!

You’re the first person you have to win over.  You’re the first person you have to convince that you’re good enough.  You’ve got to take pride in yourself, affirm yourself daily as someone who will succeed, and go out and show the world what you are worth!

Along the way, people will notice and you will gain mentors.  At that point, it’s important to remember that you can’t always be a talker because it’s time to listen.  You listen to your mentors, push hard, and hold your head high.  You can achieve anything.

I’m so glad I was making this post 7 months ago, and I’m elated that I can finish it from a place of experience.  I’m finally not telling you these things out of simple faith, which is important, but from actually walking the walk and going through it!




Deadlifting PR and Brag Session

Hey all!

Today I managed to do something that I haven’t done in a long time.  That is…hit a new personal record in the gym!  Here, just a week ago, I was saying to you that I have been having trouble staying consistent.  However, I pushed through my off season and my winter blues and I managed to add some strength.

Where I was deadlifting a maximum of 345 lbs before, I managed to put on three 45s on each side and a 25 on each side today.  For those of you who aren’t gym savvy, that’s 365 lbs!  I know that may not be a lot to gym veterans, but it’s a ton of weight in my mind as I have struggled for a year to cultivate some quality mass.

Just warming up with 315 lbs earlier. This is what I posted to snapchat.
Just warming up with 315 lbs earlier. This is what I posted to snapchat.

Shoot…I know some people who have been lifting for a while that talk about deadlifting 245 for reps.  I think that’s fine, and I’m honestly just bragging.  I know bragging isn’t necessarily a very great trait to find in someone.

However, today I want to talk about bragging and why I think it’s okay to give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while.  (just don’t do it until  your arm gets tired)  I think it’s fine as long as you aren’t dragging others down to bring yourself up, so if you do something that is worthy of praise…

well, then go ahead!  Let people know that you did something right and hold your head high.  Part of me is worried about the off chance of sounding like an egomaniac, but I truly believe that if I worked hard lifting weights for a year and I got something out of it, then I can brag a little bit about it today.


Today, I not only posted to brag about a personal record or my weight loss during this cut.  I’m also posting to invite you to give yourself a pat on the back.

To add a little backstory to my PR and my sudden affinity for bragging, I’d like to let you know that I almost didn’t even work out today.  I almost chose to take another “rest day” and lay around the house.  That would have been the worst decision I could have made today, and I think that sometimes you have to push yourself forward when you’re wanting to give up!

Please let me know in the comments about your fitness journey.  I want to hear bout times that you struggled with going to the gym, about times that you overcame the biggest obstacle in your success…your own mind.  I want to hear you brag on yourself a little bit!   Let me know in the comments below.

Originally posted 2016-04-17 23:25:13.

Saraswati Says Put Your Heart Into Your Work

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts.  This is the secret of success.”

Above is a great quote I found by renowned and deceased Hindu teacher Sivananda Saraswati.  This rung so true to me as I thought about the past few months, and what I’ve noticed.

While I can’t say anything from long term experience, I can say that in these past few months that I’ve been working harder at everything I’ve been involved in!  And I’ve honestly felt more successful!  As I said in another recent post(click here to read “Climb To The Top And Do Not Look Back Down”) I haven’t fully defined myself as successful, but I am much better off than I was six months ago!

..and you can be too!

I’ve had real conversations with you guys about my own struggles with complacency and how I didn’t enjoy certain parts of my life, but I kept pushing(click here to read “The Key To Climbing To The Top And Why You Should Do It Today”).  Since I’ve had my ups and downs, I know that I’ve grown a lot and I am maturing.  I know that I will be successful! 

..and I know that I’m already very close.

I’m getting so much healthier, stronger, and leaner as I continue to go all out in the gym.  I continue to learn more about nutrition.  I’ve learned a lot about blogging, creating content, writing, distributing, and networking.  I’ve also learned some humility from working a job I didn’t like, along with patience.

..and I don’t tell you these things to brag!  I tell you this because the only way I can explain these thoughts of mine is through my experiences.  So I say to you today..


..go for what you want and pursue your passion!  Work hard!  As Saraswati says “put your heart, mind, and soul into your work”, and all you lifters work hard so you can have maxed out muscles!

Originally posted 2015-11-07 21:17:20.