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New YouTube Videos Up   Leave a comment

“Keeping Your Headlights On” and “Using a Victory Log” are now up on YouTube.  The first video talks about how your being happy isn’t just for you.  The second video expounds on the concept of a Victory Log, that I mentioned in the first video.  Check them out.  Like and comment if enjoyed the videos.  Subscribe and click the bell for notifications on YouTube if you want to be notified every time I put up a new video.  Have a geat day.


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Weigh In 11/12/2018   Leave a comment

Did my weekly weigh in this morning.  Last week was a disappointing gain in weight.  This week was a triumphant comeback.  A week ago I weighed in at 277.2 pounds.  Today I weighed in at 273.0 pounds.  A 4.2 pound drop for the week and that places me 1.4 pounds under what I was 2 weeks ago.

For muscle mass I was at 27.2% last week, and now I’m at 27.7%.  In pounds that’s 75.4 pounds last week and 75.6 pounds this week for a gain of .2 pounds of muscle.  Not a lot, but a gain none the less.

For body fat I was at 37.3% last week, and now I’m at 36.6%.  In pounds that’s 103.4 pounds last week and 99.9 pounds this week.  I’m down 3.5 pounds of fat.  More importantly I’m now under 100 pounds of body fat.  So very excited about that.  I even had to redo the math a second time when that came up because it surprised me so much.

Exercise wise it was a great week.  I closed all three rings every day of the week.  I got in 2 workouts a day of fifteen minutes, or more, each.  I’ve been including more body weight exercises in there, which explains the slight gain in muscle.  I feel stronger and healthier each day.

Mentally, it’s been a very positive week for me.  I’ve noticed at work that I’m not letting things that would have gotten under my skin rattle me anymore.  I respond better to customers who are being difficult.  And the few times I did start to lose my cool my mind immediately jumped in to remind me I’m a happier person now and it diffused.  I’m reading more, and I think a little quicker.  As I approach the end of the year I just feel better and better.

Finance wise not much to report.  I’m doing better with my money and haven’t wasted it on silly things.  I catch myself when I want something and think about whether it’s really a necessary purchase or not.  The answer is mainly that it isn’t.  Bonus time at work is coming up soon and I plan to use the bonus to pay down credit cards.  Overall I feel a lot more positive about my finances.

And I feel a lot more positive about my life in general.  I’m less than 2 years from turning 50 and the road ahead of me looks better to me every day.  And I’m more confident about my long-term goals, like enjoying life on the road going from place to place as I get older.  Kind of a vacation that’ll last the rest of my days.

I hope things are going well for you all, like they are for me.  If not, hang in there.  With time and patience it can get better.  I know because it has for me.  Have a great day.

Shred the Past   Leave a comment

A popular plot in movies involves a person, or persons, who are able to go back into the past to change something.  The movies generally end one of two ways.  First, the person somehow makes a change and returns to the present and finds a ton of unintended consequences, like in the Butterfly Effect.  Second, the person tries and tries to change the past but no matter what happens the future seems immutable.  The person might create minor changes but the future that is meant to be will be, like in the Terminator series.

Both ways teach us one thing, the past is the past.  And it really needs to stay the past.  Bringing the past into our present (or making your present the past) never ends very well for us.  Thankfully, movie plots aside, you can’t actually change the past.  However, as many prove, you can live in it.

Every time you made a decision, the decision led to a result.  Some good, some bad.  Take me for example.  In the past I decided to eat what I wanted and not exercise a lot.  The result was I put on  a lot of weight.  Other examples might be you have had an unpleasant disposition in the past.  The result is nobody wants to be your friend.  Maybe you were very poor, or just had little skill in managing your money.  The result is you experienced a lot of lack in your life.

The thing is that when you look at these traits you used to have, sometimes you identify with them in the here and now.  Even if you’ve made a lot of changes in that area.  You might have, like I did, lost a lot of weight via dieting and exercise.  Or you’ve learned to be happier.  You’ve created budgets for yourself so that your obligations are met and you aren’t in debt anymore.  All of these are good things, but you won’t be able to move forward if you’re still stuck in the past.

If you identify yourself as always fat, always lonely, or always poor even after you’ve made all those changes you’re definitely living in the past.  And no matter what progress you make if you keep your focus on your past self you’ll sooner or later bring your past back into the present.  It’s the Law of Attraction.  What you think about and dwell on most will be attracted into your life.  In psychological terms it would be refered to as self-sabotage.

Maybe it’s time to get rid of those past beliefs.  But how would you do that?  You can shred that past.  Here’s how it goes.  Take out a piece of paper and a pen.  I think this exercise works better going old school and actually writing it out because it’s more personal when you move the pen across the paper.  Having said that, if you won’t do it other than on a computer and printing it, by all means do that.  It’s better to do it that way than not at all.  Now start writing out past qualities about yourself that you feel you’ve moved away from.  Include things you’ve done that you regret doing and wouldn’t do again.  Avoid writing down things you know still are in the present.  Like if you had a habit of needlessly complaining, and don’t complain nearly as much any more, but still find yourself complaining about things sometimes, don’t include that.  It all needs to be things you’ve moved on from.  Anything that is in your past, you know isn’t relevant in the present, and you don’t want interfering with your future.  You don’t have to make sure and get it all down on paper.  So don’t wrack your mind and stress yourself out making the list.  Also, keep in mind these are past qualities that don’t apply to you anymore.  So make the list without judgement.  This is who you were, not who you are, so no need to judge at all.

When you’ve jotted down your list and feel good that it’s complete enough, hold the list in your hand.  Tell yourself (out loud or in your head, whichever your prefer) that this is a list of the past.  Tell yourself that as it’s the list of the past you, it holds no weight in the present.  These are things that don’t apply to you anymore and you don’t need to carry with you anymore.  Then walk over to your shredder and shred it.  Or if you don’t have a shredder, walk over to the trash can and rip it to shreds and toss it away.  Shred your past.  I’ve heard of doing the same thing by burning the list as well.  If that’s how you’d prefer to destroy the list, feel free, just be safe doing so (preferably in a fireplace or fire pit designed to contain the fire).

Once you’re done shredding (or burning) just let it go.  Relax.  Take in a deep breath, then breath out.  It’s gone.  Destroyed.  Out of your life.  Keep it that way.  If you feel the past is creeping back in again, repeat the process.  Every time you remind yourself the past doesn’t control your present.  Remind yourself enough of this, and you’ll be more positive about your future.  Have a great day.

The Universe Doesn’t Value Things Like You Do.   Leave a comment

I’m a big fan of Doctor Who.  Haven’t always loved the individual Doctors themselves (never really took to Colin Baker’s portrayal of The Doctor) but I’ve been in love with the show since the late 70’s (when Tom Baker was The Doctor, and still my favorite Doctor) until now with Jodie Whittaker (the first female Doctor, and my third favorite just after David Tenant, the 10th Doctor).

The license plate on the front of my Prius is a picture of the TARDIS in space and says “My Other Ride Is The TARDIS”.  I even have a couple of sonic screwdrivers.  The most frequent question I get asked about my love of Doctor Who is, funny enough, “Why?”  Most of my friends can’t for the life of them figure out why I’m such a fan.  I’m not sure how they can’t be.

Of course the answer to both questions is pretty easy.  We all value different things for different reasons to different degrees.  The fact that my friends clearly aren’t enlightened enough to understand what a great show Doctor Who has been for longer then I’ve been alive is just a matter of taste, or possibly lack thereof.

Seriously though, I’m sure you find this concept easy to relate to.  You’ve been super excited about something and go to explain it to someone else only to get the response “And?”  You go to a movie with a friend and afterward they just rave and rave about it, for reasons that escape you because you thought it was a big waste of time and money.  There are tons of examples in your life about things that are important to you, but not so much to others you know.

It all comes down to value.  We naturally understand that due to tastes, or philosophies, or backgrounds, we all value things differently.  But for some reason when we think something is big and important to us, the Universe and the Law of Attraction (LOA) must put high value on it as well.

The Universe, and the LOA, just doesn’t put the same value on things as you do.  Next time you’re out at night, start counting stars.  You probably won’t go for long before you realize there are just too many for you to count.  The Universe is vast.  Things that you think are so big and so important, generally the same things you are trying to attract to yourself using the LOA, are really small and of no value to the Universe.  It’s all the same.

Take money for example.  It’s probably the most frequently sought after thing using the LOA.  So why isn’t it just as frequently manifested?  Because the people trying to do so are placing such high value on it.  By placing such a high value on it the person subconsciously reinforces the idea that it’s something hard to get.  The LOA can pick up on that subconscious belief and give you what you’re focusing on.  That money is hard to get.  Now stop and really think about this.  Does the Universe really cares a lot about money?  Why would the Universe need or want or care for money?  It’s the Universe, money isn’t important at all to it.

So the value the Universe is putting on it is being created by you, not it.  Same for expensive cars.  Or big mansions.  Or private jets.  The Universe doesn’t value these things.  It really doesn’t care about these things.  The Universe is vast and has everything.  So to the Universe, giving you a new Bentley is no different then giving you a $100 bill.

The next time you decide to attract something to yourself using the LOA use that mindset.  The Universe doesn’t care and value like you do.  So no matter what you’re asking from the Universe it’s all the same to it.  So just ask.  Don’t fear or speculate on the chances.  In fact, go ahead and ask for it, or something the Universe feels you’ll want more.  And then just let it go out into the Universe to be fulfilled

No worries, no concerns about it being too big or too much.  Just ask and trust the Universe can deliver all things big and small to you equally and without judgement.  Have a great day.

 

New YouTube Vlog   Leave a comment

I have the latest vlog up and running on my YouTube channel.  This one is on using a Gratitude Journal, including a review of the Five Minute Journal.  It’s a wonderful practice that can help you lead a happier life.

Check out the video.  If you like what you see and hear feel free to go over to YouTube and leave a Like and a comment.  Subscribe if you’re so inclined.  If you hit the bell when you subscribe you’ll be notified every time I put a new video up.  At the moment I’ve been doing one a week every Wednesday.  I’ve been wanting to do shorter ones like product reviews so that could change to more frequently at random scheduling as well as the Wednesday vlog.  Hope you’re having a great day.

Monthly Update with Pics   Leave a comment

Time now for the monthly update with pics.  I weighed in this morning and the news was not good.  Last week I was 274.4 pounds when I weighed in.  This week the scale read 277.2 pounds.  I gained 2.8 pounds.  Not sure why or what caused the gain.  I didn’t fast this week, which could be the issue.  I tried a new keto shake, which also could be.  I’m thinking more the former then the later as there’s nothing in the shake’s ingredients that would be any different from stuff I’ve already taken without any issues.  As always I keep in mind that it’s just a number and not a judgement.  And it’s one point on the journey, not a reflection of the whole trip.  So by next week we’ll see if this gets turned around.  If not I just look at the situation harder and come up with a plan.  But I’ve definitely decided not to let it stress me out.

Mainly because at the start of last month I was at 279.8 pounds.  So even accounting for the gain this week I’m still down 2.6 pounds for the month.  Not as much as I’d have liked but down is down.  And I started out at 352.6 pounds so I’m still 75.4 pounds lighter than I was when I started.  It does bring my monthly average down to 7.54 pounds, but it’s still a respectable average.

Body fat this week was 37.3%.  Last week it was 37.1%.  Last month it was 37.8%.  At the beginning of the year it was 52.0%.  In pounds that’s 103.4 this week, 101.8 last week, 105.8 at the beginning of last month, and 183.4 at the beginning of the year.  So up 1.6 pounds from last week, down 2.4 from last month, and 80.0 from the beginning of the year.  An average of 8.0 pounds of body fat lost a month.

Muscle mass this week was 27.2%.  Last week it was 27.4%.  Last month it was 27.0%.  And it registered as 25.0% at the beginning of the year but that’s because 25.0% is the lowest it’ll read.  In pounds that’s 75.4 this week, 75.2 last week, and 75.5 at the beginning of last month.  I won’t do the yearly because it’s not an accurate number.  So slightly higher than last week, and slightly lower over the month.

Overall when it comes to exercising I’ve gotten better since the beginning of last month.  I put more minutes in.  I close the 3 rings on my Apple Watch more consistently.  In the time I exercise I’m working harder on average by including more time on the steps and jump roping.

Meditation wise I’ve reached the point where I’m not making big progress.  It just gets a little easier each time to clear the mind and stay focused.  In other areas of mental health I’m doing much better.  Like this morning when I weighed in and saw the number had went up my total reaction was just “Huh.”  Didn’t get mad or upset or down, just was a little surprised and moved on.  I’m also finding myself less inclined to respond back to every perceived slight.  I just say “Ok” and move on.  Things that used to really irk me now don’t even move the needle.  Some areas, like my patience behind the wheel, could still use work.  But for the most part much better at reacting with calmness and kindness.

So now for the photos.  The one with the neon yellow top is the current.  The one with the gray sleeves is the last month pic.  The plain red top was my first monthly pic.  The flash top is my “starting” pic taken a little over a week after I started.  And the final pic is from 2013 at the bottom of the Staircase of death.  Hope you’re having a great day.

Suppose you just asked for what you wanted?   Leave a comment

Consider this.  You’re driving down the road with the stereo on.  It’s tuned to a station playing exactly the kind of music you love.  Or perhaps its a talk radio station.  Whatever it is, you enjoy it immensely.  As luck would have it, you have your smart phone there with you too.  So you pull it out and start playing a station or podcast with similar content at the same time.  Now you’re really enjoying the drive listening to two different sources of entertainment or information at the same time.  It’s like stereo, only better.

Of course I’m being silly.  Having two different stations going on at the same time would only be confusing.  You couldn’t possibly enjoy one station or the other because the one broadcast would interfere with the other. To get good entertainment “results” in this situation you need to have one radio tuned to one station.  So how do you pick that station?  You need to focus on not just what sounds good, but what is truly informing or entertaining you.

Silly as this scenario sounds, it’s exactly what we do all the time with the Law of Attraction (LOA).  We focus on many things at once and we often play conflicting messages.  Each comes with its own set of problems.

First up, we focus on too many things at once.  Instead of focusing on one goal and devoting our attention to it, we take the shotgun approach.  Just blast a lot of mental buckshot out there hoping to hit something.  The problem with buckshot though is it’s only truly effective at shorter ranges.  If you want to hit a specific target at a distance you want one well targeted round.

So instead of using the LOA to attract health and wealth and relationships and cars and mansions and whatever, take time to aim the LOA.  Pick a target.  A specific target.  And zero in on it.  If health is your target of choice, what constitutes a bullseye for you?  Is it being able to go the whole day feeling full of energy?  Is it running very fast?  Is it having chiseled cheeks and six-pack abs?  Don’t just go for the target, go for the bullseye.   Put time in considering what it is your truly want.  Then focus your mind on it.  Visualize yourself as that specific view of “healthy” you have for yourself.  Meditate on it for some time in the morning, and then again before bed.  Perhaps even throw in some visualizations throughout the day.  Not to excess mind you.  As any marksman will tell you, you can aim the bullet only so well.  At some point you need to pull the trigger and let the round fly towards the target.  So put in a little effort a few times a day and then let it go and see what happens.  Once you’ve gotten what you desired from the LOA, then go on to the next target.  It gets a little easier each time, just like shooting.  The more you hit a bullseye the more confident you are that you can do it again, which improves your results.

The second issue we have is conflicting messages.  A prime example of this is what most people want to use the LOA for, a big pile of cash.  Well why do you want a big pile of cash?  A big pile of cash in itself doesn’t do anything good for you.  It’s only good if you spend it, and then it isn’t a pile anymore.  So what do you really want with your pile of cash?  Is it a Tesla?  Well focus on the Tesla then.  If you send out the desire for a big pile of cash to the LOA it’ll be confused by the side broadcast about the Tesla.  Have you ever tuned your radio to a frequency that is close to two different stations?  Didn’t work so well did it?  It’s the same for the LOA.  If it’s receiving interference from what you say you want, it can’t materialize what you do want.

And this works for another reason.  Let’s say that you focus on your big pile of cash.  But that isn’t your real goal.  Your real goal is feeling safe because you don’t want to worry about having enough money to survive.  The LOA is getting a mixed message, one part of which is a big pile of cash.  So it’s going to do it’s best with the mixed signal to get you a pile of cash.  But even if it does cut through the static and crossed signals that’s just one avenue of “safety.”  Suppose you just asked for what you really wanted, safety?  Then the LOA is open to provide anything that gets you your safety.  It could provide you with a nicer apartment in a better neighborhood at a cheaper rent.  It could provide you with a more reliable car won through a contest.  It could provide you with a better job or a promotion.  Because you just asked for what you really wanted, safety, the LOA is wide open in how it can provide that for you.

So take a little time and ask yourself why you picked the target you did.  What is the true nature of that target that makes it of interest to you.  If you were initially interested in having the body of a Greek god, decide why.  If it’s really because you want to attract more women, use the LOA to ask for the women instead.  But maybe it isn’t the women you want but the love.  Even better, ask the LOA for love.  Let it decide the best way to provide that love to you.  Or maybe you really do want a big pile of money.  It’s ok to ask for that too, if that’s what you want.

Suppose you just asked the LOA for what you wanted.  Suppose you just asked the LOA for that one thing you wanted most, in specific detail.  I think when you can get to the point where you can focus on one desire and make it a true desire, that’s when you’ll go from supposing to succeeding.  The LOA is here to help you have a better life.  So why not help the LOA along by asking for just want you truly want.  Have a great day.

 

Posted 10/28/2018 by senso1970 in Uncategorized

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