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Bundy punt return keys Boulder Creek win

by Jason Stone

Two quick strikes and a key goal-line stand was all Anthem Boulder Creek needed to turn a close game against Cave Creek Cactus Shadows into a rout Friday night in Anthem.
Wide receiver Marquis Bundy scored on a punt return and a long-pass play in the first half, and Boulder Creek’s defense came up big when it mattered as it pulled away for a 48-20 victory in the season opener for both teams.
“We needed it to spark us,” Bundy said about the big plays. “Everybody needed it. It feels good.”
The first-ever matchup between the two north Valley teams was even for most of the first half. In fact, Cactus Shadows dominated possession of the ball and twice held leads in the first half. But Bundy’s 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, followed by a 51-yard scoring reception later in the half got Boulder Creek going for good.
Bundy’s punt return started out ominous as he fielded the ball at the 30, but dropped it after a short gain. The ball fell right in front of him, however, and he scooped it up, ran the length of the field and high-stepped it into the end zone.
His 51-yard touchdown reception midway through the second quarter gave Boulder Creek a 14-13 lead, one it would never give up.
In between the Bundy scores, Boulder Creek’s defense staged a big goal-line stand on a 7½-minute, 16-play drive for Cactus Shadows late in the first quarter. Boulder Creek held on downs when a fourth-down pass from the 1 just fell off the fingertips of Cactus Shadows receiver Kyle Gladstone in the end zone.

Published at azcentral.com • Aug. 26, 2011

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Naked Life Coaching: The Revelation

by Jason Stone

This journey is taking me out of my comfort zone.
But it’s hard to imagine being more uncomfortable than sitting naked in a room around people who DON’T want to have sex with you.
But there I was last night sitting around five other men in a room at the Phoenix Goddess Temple with no clothes on, telling a naked woman what I want in life and asking her how to get it.
If you haven’t heard of “Naked Life Coaching” don’t be surprised — just about everybody I told about it to asked, “what the hell is that??” In short, you get to the “naked” truth about yourself.

The Naked Truth

The woman who runs the program believes nudity helps honesty and people to peel away their barriers that stand in their way of getting what they want. Of course, it also helps to know what you want and she tries to dig that out of you as well.
Get-Naked-BookIt emphasizes mind over matter thinking and choosing to be happy, not being a victim and letting life happen to you. It also helps you learn to not worry about being judged and to do what you truly want.
I will admit it’s odd and definitely not for everyone.  For the first few minutes before undressing I wasn’t even sure I was going to like this. One guy my age just got up and walked out near the beginning.
Nadine, the instructor looked at him quizically and asked, “Um, you’re leaving?” He turned around slowly, looked at her and just made a face to say, “what does it look like lady?” and walked out the door.  I would like to know what set him over the edge.
But right after he left it was time to remove our clothing and sit in a circle on couches.  She started with me because I was the new guy.  I told her about the new healthier journey I was on and how I have figured out to do things for myself and create my own happiness.

Stripped Down

Despite having no obvious professional training in any of this (she said she was a stripper … guess it makes sense), the advice she and the other guys gave actually made sense to me. Furthermore, after about 5 minutes I actually forgot that I was naked if you can believe that. It is amazing what the brain can train itself to do.
Anyway, I got a homework assignment. It is to not dog on myself either in my head or out loud. I have already promised 10 pushups to somebody everytime I do that and now i have two reasons not to.
Chalk this up to another successful foray outside my comfort zone!!

Click here for the Naked Life Coach’s website

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Runner’s High

by Jason Stone

I have heard about a runner’s high before but never had I experienced it until this week.
While training for my first 5K on October 1, I started my first week of road racing and not the treadmill.
Maybe it was the 6 weeks on the treadmill that prepared me every day but I’m discovering an amazing thing I never knew ..I LOVE RUNNING!!!!!
  • It’s hard for me
  • It challenges me
  • It makes me sweat like nothing else
  • It makes me feel fit
  • It puts me in control
  • And I look forward to it every day now
In five days I now wonder: how can i ever get back on a treadmill. It’s so limited.. I now have an HRM. I can go ANYWHERE!!
And the best discovery of all: Arizona is an amazing place to run in. Always dry weather. Not too hot in the morning but just hot enough to heat you up and make you feel amazing…
I even ran for the first time WITHOUT music today and loved just hearing the sounds in the park and at the school behind my house. some elementary school students said hi to me as i jogged by them.  I thought that was so nice I told each who acknowledged me to have a great day in school and learn something good for our future….
 I CAN’T BELIEVE I HAVE A RUNNER’S HIGH!! THIS IS SO DAMN COOL!!!

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Zumba, the Series Finale

by Jason Stone

So I met my challenge and finished my second Zumba class.  But my challenger didn’t even show up? Yeah, grandma was a no-show today, as was half the class from last week.  All that did was give me more space to look ridiculous.
I like how zumba makes me feel with the workout, but man I HATE IT! There was some strength-cardio aerobic thing going on after that class and I think I will start taking that one next week. It starts into my bedtime, but I’m already zumba-ed out…..
And by the way, I like the new me doing things I hate without a blink of an eye…..sometimes the most unexpected things can turn you on without even realizing it beforehand…

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Burnout???? Blah!

by Jason Stone

No, I’m not burning out! I’m AVOIDING it! How you may ask? Anyone for tennis?
I am signing up for a 11-week tennis “university” course at the local pro tennis center here. It’s 6-weeks of instruction, 4 weeks of play and 1 week of tournaments.
I cannot wait. Runs from early September to middle of November on Monday nights.
But wait….there’s more…..if you keep reading you will get TWO blogs!
No really, on Tuesdays and Thursday nights in September I am signing up for a swimming class where an instructor takes you through the different strokes, proper breathing, etc. I have always wanted to regularly swim laps because it is actually something cool to do here and I always feel good with water workouts…
So that’s the latest! It’s off to Zumba Part Two today! It may be the final installment but damn it I’m doing it today!!