Journal Entry 222 – Post Wedding, Menno Consult

Last weekend was my brother’s wedding in Dallas, so I didn’t get a chance to post. It was an awesome time and probably one of the most expensive weddings I will ever attend. My brother’s wife makes a lot of money and always wanted a big wedding, but I say she pulled it off pretty good. I was the number one best man followed by my brothers best friend Matt as the co best man. I assumed I was number one due to my speech order and the order I walked down the aisle haha. I had to give a speech at the reception in front of close to 100 people. I had some pretty bad anxiety/nerves before, but it turned out very good. Made my brother tear up and apparently some others in the crowd as well. I actually started to cry a little during the co-best man’s speech. They have been very good friends for a long time and my brother (Justin) is moving to Chicago in a couple weeks, so they won’t see each other very often anymore. I don’t cry very often either, but it was a big moment and I really couldn’t help it.

Other than that the food was really good and the alcohol was aplenty. Open bar three days in a row and the food was buffet style. The food after the rehearsal dinner was amazing. Buffet style Tex-Mex. The food at the wedding was average, but I was so nervous for my speech my appetite wasn’t very high. It was good seeing a lot of people there, since we all live in different areas now, it’s pretty rare we all see each other. It may even become more rare now, as there won’t be a whole lot of reasons to gather together now that Justin is leaving.

I admit I may have drink a bit too much though. I felt pretty bad all week, especially yesterday with a sore throat and cough. My strength in the gym was not very good either. I dropped about 5lbs on all my lifts. Squats and bench felt tremendously heavy. Not sure why, but anytime I get out of my groove this tends to happen. Not sure if it is circadian rhythms, bad eating or not eating enough, too much alcohol dehydration, lack of sleep or just a sheer combination of everything that contributes to my lack of energy and gym performance after traveling. This morning I slept in til 9:30 which is 4 hours past when I usually do. It’s the first time I have had the chance to sleep in since I got back, so if that isn’t a sign I don’t know what is.

Anyway I have a few new things coming up. One is I have a new schedule of Sunday – Wednesday 6am – 5pm schedule. 4 10 hour shifts with one one hour lunch break. This means a 3 day weekend of Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Not bad. The main thing I worry about is the lack of time during the week to hit the gym, cook meals and just have enough time to relax, but we will see how it goes. Other advantages of this are you could take one day off and have a 4 day weekend and only a 3 day workweek. OT is more with these hours as well.

Second I plan on getting Lasik eye surgery soon. I estimate after talking to certain people and based on my vision for it to cost around $3000. A very worthy investment in my opinion, because I can’t see anything far away in any detail. I can’t even watch TV or play a game with my friends without wearing glasses. I also cant drive, see movies and barely see myself in a gym mirror without some type of glasses. I hate contacts because they dry my eyes out and I dont like glasses very much. That leaves one option and that is Lasik. Really looking forward to it though to get 20/20 vision or maybe even better. I mean you use your eyes everyday, so if you enjoy seeing then I would say it’s worth the money.

Lastly I’m hiring Menno Henselman’s for a one week consult to move me in the right direction. The consult sheet you had to fill out was very detailed and after reading his articles and listening to his podcasts, I know that he will do a really good job and provide some really good advice for my goals. He is also one of the few people who won’t give you basic generic advice that I could have found by searching on google and pulling up the first page I found. If advice like that worked for everyone then no one would have issues in this field and everyone would look awesome. I enjoy playing around with my own routine, but would love to see what someone of his education level and someone who works with advanced level athletes would recommend for someone like me. My goal is just to listen to everything he says and pretend like I know nothing, so no personal bias or views get in the way. I feel like this will be much more effective then just grilling him amount every topic I can think of. Simple is almost always better.

As for my workouts this week, just did a 3 day strength split with some walking on other days. All I really felt like doing after last weekend. I also didn’t set any PR’s haha.

2 thoughts on “Journal Entry 222 – Post Wedding, Menno Consult

  1. Carson


    Congrats toyour Brother!.

    Hiring Menno eh…no more fucking around lol.

    How much did that 1 week consult cost if you dont mind me asking?

    I had PRK sugery 4 years ago. Best money i ever spent!. You save money in the long run anyways avoiding glasses/contacts. You wont regret it!


    • Michael Cocchiola


      Yeah thanks man.

      I’m really interested in Menno’s work cause he just seems to know more than most. His consultation was very indepth which was very promising. $399 for a week of coaching. He has other prices but that would be too costly for me. I feel like it’s going to be worth every dollar though.

      Good to hear on Lasik. I honestly can’t wait.


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