There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker

or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.

I think it’s time.

I first set out to do this back in 2013. I had planned to run a marathon later that year, October in fact. Then, I broke my foot. The break happened the Thursday of Easter weekend. How do I remember that? I remember because I had all of Friday to ice it. I didn’t know it was broken. I iced it through Friday and the weekend thinking it was only heavily bruised. Then Monday still having a large amount of bruising I thought it’d be best to go to the hospital. So I did and I was told of the break. I left the hospital with a removable cast. Did it stop me? Honestly, no. I still trained at the dojo with the cast, going through a couple. Saturday’s work outs were brutally hard being given ‘alternative’ exercises. When I wasn’t at the dojo I would go to the rec centre to get in some laps in the pool. I had to work hard. I was grading for my Nidan (2nd dan black belt) this year and I knew what I was in for.

So I had to do what had to be done to get ready. Didn’t bother me though. I actually kind of loved it. Never really felt like I had to drag my ass up to do these things. It’s just what I had to do and I was going to do it.

I graded and it went well. I went to Okinawa and graded again, and again it went well. But I never did run that marathon. I trained hard that year. A couple times running more than 23 miles at a time, almost a marathon, but not and it really doesn’t count unless there’s a ribbon, right? But I never did the marathon. I think breaking my foot scared me. It made me nervous about a future injury as this was my first break ever.

I haven’t been that Darryl for a while now. And I don’t know why, I really don’t. I can blame work. Work has been consuming a lot of my time, especially the last 2 and a half years. I’ve been teaching a lot more too, but I should be making up that lost time some other way. But right now I’m not the best role model for physical health, I’m not. But that’s changing. I’m going to become the lesson.

I mentioned that I have enrolled in Cornell University’s plant based nutrition certification course, right? I’ve already completed my first segment. So I’m really getting more serious about proper nutrition. I can talk the talk and soon will back it up with proper credentials.

But I want to walk the walk. I want to be that guy. Yeah, I want to be ‘that guy’ but in a good way. I want to the one that people look to and say ‘he’s a machine’ and then they will be even more amazed when they realize that I am doing incredible things AND EATING ONLY PLANTS! NO MEAT, DAIRY, EGGS, FISH.

Then ask the 5 year vegan where he gets his protein. Burpee challenge? I’m in and I’ll kick your ass.

I’m going to be that person who breaks the stereotypes.

Fragile and weak? Nope! No one will be able to tell me that a whole foods plant based diet, for me a vegan life, lacks what we need to be awesome!


I’m gonna prove it. Watch me.



I’m gonna change this world


Author: darryl bennett

A certified Canfitpro personal trainer specialist, and a Sandan (3rd Degree) black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate, training at Ferraro Karate under Sensei Stephen Ferraro. Soon to be certified whole foods plant based nutritionist. Fitness and health have been a big part of my life, and always will be.

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