Rearview Mirror

This Weeks Thought: The Rear-View Mirror

On a car a Rearview Mirror is really important, in life and when you are trying to make a change it’s one of the most crippling causes of failure. Often times when presented with an opportunity or new program we quickly check our past accomplishments, “No, I’ve never achieved at that level before. In fact, I’ve failed time and time again!”

Not looking behind you can have its advantages, when it’s moving forward and attacking a goal or when you are pulling your first ever 26 foot camper like I was 4 years ago.

Brandy and I had camped for nearly a decade, we both loved it! It was an opportunity to unplug, reconnect with each other and in general just be in nature. The struggle came when the miracles we call Seth, Sam and Brooklynn were born. God bless my wife, she was determined it wasn’t going to stop us from camping so she would do everything in her power to make it happen.

Including breastfeeding an infant in a three man dome tent (the kind you can’t even stand up in).

This lasted for several years, until one fateful night of pouring rain, a stomach virus that had all three kids throwing up and a zipper breaking on the front door leaving us without a blanket and getting rained on in the North Georgia Mountains.

That’s it, we’re DONE.

A few months later we bought our first ever camper (26 feet of awesome-ness!). Only problem, I’d never really pulled anything before. Never-the-less something this big and complicated to hook-up, steer and back-up!

After only a few minutes on the road I realized something – I can’t use my rear-view mirror! I can’t look behind me at all. For miles and miles I would, out of habit, look in the mirror before trying to change lanes. It was really frustrating, to say the least.

Then something started to happen, I started trusting new tools; such as Brandy helping me back-up into spots and add on side mirrors but the kicker was when I decided… I’ve got to stop looking behind me and focus on whats in front of me.

This week, your “Mission, should you choose to accept it” is to stop thinking about your goals in terms of past failures. Start looking to the future and begin using new tools and beliefs to get you there. Here are a few suggestions to how you can STOP looking at why you didn’t achieve the goal last time, but what you CAN do to achieve the goal this time!

Action Item:

  • Once per day (either before bed or first thing in the morning) write down your goal and that you WILL reach it. For now, don’t give it a deadline but rather focus on the positive affirmation instead.
  • Share the goal with your coach, accountability partner, spouse or anyone you think will help hold you accountable.
  • Write down ONE thing you will do that is different than what you’ve been doing, that will help you reach the goal.
  • If you find yourself saying something  like what I used to say a lot, “SEE, that’s just my luck”  when the first obstacle comes your way repeat this mantra… I’m STRONG and I will work around this new obstacle. Don’t slouch, stand up tall pull your shoulders back and BELIEVE what you say… Even if you don’t really believe it, fake it until you make it.

This week, don’t look back, look ahead and go after your goals my friends. You are capable of so much, now lets make it happen!

Be S.T.R.O.N.G.

Coach Jeremy

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Bridge the Gap Between Right Now and What You Really Want

Do you know what you want to accomplish, do you know your goal weight, strength needs and what you want your body to look like, but don’t know how to bridge the gap between where you’re at and the goals you have. That gap can seem like the Grand Canyon if you don’t know the right action steps. This can have you feeling like you will never reach & maintain your goals. If you will stay with me, I can show you how to fix all that.

You and I are living in a time and place that offers more gyms, more fitness magazines filled with insider secrets, personal trainers, crossfit facilities and resources than ever before. Yet, most everyone has yet to tap into their full potential and reach their health and fitness goals. I’m not cool with that, are you?


Have you ever felt like you’ve gotten really close to your big goal, maybe even reached that goal but failed to maintain it? Perhaps you’ve felt like you’re constantly chasing your potential, getting closer and closer but every-time you scroll on Facebook you see people who “must” have it figured out and suddenly you feel further away than ever! Their posts and their before and after pictures are amazing, what do they know that you don’t know?

I call this the Canyon Effect. Meaning you see the body and the life you want on the other side yet you feel stuck. You know what you want, but you don’t know exactly whats needed to bridge the gap and cross that canyon.

Here are the four most common mistakes I see,
*Frustration over lack of progress. I know I know, we want it NOW.
*Spending too much time thinking about the actions we should be taking to create the results we desire but then we don’t take those actions. Otherwise known as Analysis Paralysis
* Thinking that the first few days of the new habit are how the habit will be forever, these 7-10 days are short term and with a proper plan it will move from Unbearable to Uncomfortable to UNSTOPPABLE!
*Trying to do it all alone. Finding a workout friend, accountability partner or a coach increases your chances for success by over 300%.

The Canyon varies in size from person to person. Whatever the case is for you (driving the golf ball further than your buddies, running faster and easier than your girlfriends or being strong enough to get down on the floor and play with your grand-kids), know that you can absolutely positively bridge the gap and start living up to your full potential.

I can assure you through my own transformative journey- from the depths of making excuses about life being too busy and too demanding to almost instantly obtaining decade long goals that I almost never thought possible – your commitment to this daily development is going to be instrumental in your own transformation.

Time to Reach your 20x Potential

As a mentor of mine would say (Mark Divine/ “You are capable of 20x more than what you think you can do”. Another reason people don’t bridge the gap of the canyon is they feel Overwhelmed and Overrun by the day-2-day schedule and demands.

Stop allowing current life situations to eat up all your time and energy needed to work on your dreams and aspirations. The actions that are more important WILL get done, and we can help you, right here in this very moment you can make the same choice that I made. In order to save your life from one of mediocrity and become what we call GTS Strong (mentally and physically strong enough do anything in life that brings you joy) I only need 6 weeks from you.

The other side of your life, the 20x side, the side void of regret and blah can be yours. Are you ready?

If so, Email Kari, to begin construction of the bridge that leads to the most extraordinary life you’ve ever imagined.

I can’t wait to hear your success story.

Your Coach

Jeremy Gritton
Owner, Gritton’s Training System

P.S. Be sure to ask Kari about the “early bird” special when you email her.

Sloppy Joe Boats

I know, it’s not the same as when it’s slathered on a big fluffy roll but when you are trying to stick to a plan, sometimes you find ways to enjoy the good stuff without derailing your efforts. The beauty of this healthy version of a sloppy joe, is you can serve it however you like to fit your family – my kids enjoyed traditional sloppy joes while we had sloppy joe in some romaine lettuce boats to spare the carbs. Either way this is an easy to put together meal and makes plenty of it.


  • 2 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey (or grassfed beef)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large white onion, diced
  • 1 large green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar or honey
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder (or dijon works too)
  • 1/2 tsp rep pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • Romaine leaves


  • Add oil to a dutch oven pot and heat on medium.
  • Add ground turkey or beef and cook until brown.
  • Drain liquid and return to heat.
  • Add onion, bell pepper and garlic, cooking for a few minutes until they soften up.
  • Add in ketchup, tomato paste, coconut sugar, mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce and water.
  • Stir and combine all the ingredients together, season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes to let flavors marry.
  • Serve by spooning into romaine leaves and top with fresh pepper.  (For the kids, spoon on to buttered rolls and top with a slice of provolone.)

Healthy Bolognese Sauce

An traditional Italian cook might look at this and call me an amateur but this is how I make “turkey sauce” in my house and my kids eat it through the week.  It comes in handy on busy weeknights.  I toss it over pasta for them, or zucchini for me.  This saves really well and you can load up the turkey to make this really protein rich. Enjoy!


  • 1-1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 – 14oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 – 15oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • pinch pf coconut sugar


In a deep pot, heat oil, onions and garlic until onion become translucent and garlic is fragrant.  Add turkey, dice up with a flat wooden spoon, cooking until browned.  Add chili power, mix well.  Stir in all tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried herbs, salt and pepper and simmer on low heat for 20-25 minutes.  Add coconut sugar to taste.


How To Thai Curry Anything

I love Thai food but I don’t love the mystery of what is in the dishes they make.  Surely there is some sorcery going on to make it taste that good.  It is rather simple to make at home and the vegetables and protein you choose are limitless.  I have a basic recipe that can be used for any combination of ingredients.  Only rule of thumb is cook the more dense veggies first and the softer ones last.


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp minced or grated ginger
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • optional: 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 3 Tbsp red (or green) curry paste
  • 1 14-ounce cans light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • optional: fresh basil or cilantro for serving

Use any vegetables you like: zucchini, squash, peppers, peas, lima beans, eggplant, chick peas, etc.  Protein could be chicken, shrimp, or extra firm tofu (but add that last).


  1. Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add coconut oil, ginger, garlic and onions, and cook until softened.
  2. Add curry paste and chili flakes, stirring frequently until combined.
  3. Add any veggies that take longest to cook, combine with curry mixture to coat.
  4. Add protein in small pieces (bite size), turning until cooked through.
  5. Add coconut milk, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, coconut sugar and any smaller beans or peas. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then reduce heat to low and continue cooking (uncovered) for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Adjust flavor as needed, adding salt for saltiness or coconut sugar for sweetness. If you prefer it hot add cayenne pepper.
  7. Add any last minute ingredients like spinach or tofu to wilt or warm up in the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Serve over brown rice, cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash.  Top with fresh herbs, sprouts, green onions, and/or your favorite nuts or seeds.