This first picture here was a couple weeks ago when I was five weeks out from the Arnold Classic 2018. I was feeling great! Unfortunately, I came home to Santa Barbara to visit my family and I started throwing up for two days. Since I don’t normally complain my coach, Chris Aceto, recommended that I go to the hospital thinking that I may be overly dehydrated. I ended up being rushed by ambulance from one hospital to another that had better facilities to care for me. I was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Not only did I have the horrible flu going around but my hemoglobin level was at 4 (should be around 14). I lost A LOT of blood due to two ulcers bleeding into my intestine over a period of time. I was given 6 blood transfusions that brought my body back to levels where my body could reproduce enough blood on its own to normal levels. Since it is so close to the Arnold, I am disappointed that I must announce that I will not be competing in this years Arnold Classic 2018. I am thankful that I am feeling better!! And I am thankful for all of the support from my family, friends and IFBB Pro League. I am back to training hard and pushing myself to bring my BEST to the Olympia 2018! I will still be at the Arnold Classic 2018 to cheer on my fellow athletes and to chat with all the fans! I am looking forward to visiting with fans when I’m not on “diet brain!” Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Happy Valentine’s Day my love 😍. What can be seen by the eyes, hear by the ears, is nothing in compared when felt by the heart. When I’m with you time seems to slow and I am able to see further than I ever dream. Because of you my heart smiles every day. #love#family#faith#happyvalentinesday#happiness
This is real talk for everyone going through a rough day, week or month. Life is too short to stay angry at the world. Don’t let someone else negativity or small mind ruin your day. We all have the same 86,400 second each day. This too shall past. #smileandwave
Tag a friend that need a reminder. #realtalk#imjustsaying#moveon#liveyourlife ......
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Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. – Og Mandino.
I will succeed!!!! Not just at this sport but in life. As a father, as a husband, as a provider, at business, and as a man. I will succeed. #watchmework#dream2believe#thebestisyettocome#shawnrhoden
Can I tell you a secret? I am who I am today because of you. Thanks for being my strength and my rock. Because of you I can see further than I have ever dream. Because of you my heart smiles every day. #family#familyfirst#dreamteam#mylove