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Weekly Vlog is up 2019-04-20   Leave a comment

Here is this week’s vlog.  It’s on prioritization in your life.  Putting the important things first.  And the most important point is that you’re important too.  So it’s ok to prioritize yourself.  I’d say it’s actually necessary and helpful.  You need to be strong to help lift others up.  Leave a Like if you enjoy the video.  If you have a question, counterpoint, or suggestion, leave a comment here or there.  Subscribe and click the bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I upload a video to YouTube.  Have a great week.  Feel free to put in some quality “me time” for yourself.  See you soon.  Peace.

Weekly Vlog for last week up and running   Leave a comment

Still adjusting to the new schedule so I allowed the vlog posting to get delayed.  Things I’m working on this week, prioritizing!  So here is last Wednesday’s vlog because I do want to have a vlog up for every week, even if it’s posted a little late.  It’s on word choice and how words matter.  The words you choose to describe a situation can change the meaning to your mind significantly.  Specifically it can change something from a moment in time to an immutable character trait.  So it’s important to watch your word choice because words matter.  Leave a Like if you enjoy the video.  Subscribe and click the notification bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I upload a video to YouTube.  If you have suggestions, criticisms, ways I can improve, please leave a comment down below or on my YouTube page.  Hope you’re having a great day.  I know I am.  Peace.

Quick Thought 2019-04-15   Leave a comment

Tax day if you live in the United States of America.  I, thankfully, got mine done a while ago so I wasn’t rushing at the last minute to get it in.  And you don’t want to miss the deadline, at least not without getting an extension.  Miss the deadline and not only do you get to pay the taxes you get to pay a fine as well.

And nobody really wants to pay the fine.  It’s probably safe to say that nobody really wants to pay the taxes.  It’s just an accepted part of living in America.  But if America could run tax-free, I’m guessing that nobody would be taking a portion of their paycheck and sending it to Uncle Sam just because they can.

Even though nobody would pay a tax to the government that they didn’t have to, so many people on a regular basis willingly pay a “tax” they could avoid without so much as a complaint.  What tax is this?

It’s the tax we put on our bodies by the actions we take each day.  Whether it be the foods we eat, the mindset we keep, or what we regularly do to our bodies.

When you eat foods that are bad for you it makes your body run inefficiently.  Processed foods that are devoid of any real nutrition just don’t burn cleanly in the body and cause free radical damage.  Think of it like bad gasoline.  It makes the motor run horribly and can clog up the fuel lines.  We’d never willingly do that to our car but we do it all the time to our bodies when we don’t eat clean.

How about that mindset?  When we fill our minds with negative thoughts that creates stress.  When we believe that our life is terrible that creates depression.  When we don’t see a bright future we create apathy.  All of these emotions are negative.  And negative emotions, especially over the long haul, have a detrimental effect on the body.

And what about our bodies?  If you had a great car but left it in the garage all the time, parked in one place never to be moved, that great car will go bad over time.  Just like a car needs to be driven, so does your body.  Sitting around watching tv or being on the internet is sedentary and will create issues with your body over time.  Or what about all the chemicals we take in using the products we choose to?  Some people even go the extra tax mile by smoking and doing drugs.  Alcohol, other than in moderate amounts, isn’t doing you any favors either.

Eating poorly, thinking poorly, and exercising poorly are all bad for the body.  They, in effect, tax your body.  The difference between that tax and the one you, hopefully, paid by today is that you don’t have to pay the tax on your body.  In fact, unlike the tax you owe the treasury, you don’t get punished for failure to pay.  You instead receive a benefit.

So think about the actions you take each day.  Are they a tax on your body?  If so, just choose not to pay the tax.  Are they a savings?  Then build up the health account for your body so that when you’re older you’ll be able to live a healthy and active life.  The choice is yours.  Have a great day.  Peace.

Weekly Vlog is now up 2019-04-05   Leave a comment

Sorry for the delay getting this week’s vlog up.  Between being at class and getting laryngitis I wasn’t able to do the video Wednesday and Thursday I was in class and travelling back home.  I apologize if I’m a little scratchy in the vlog.  I’ve got my voice mostly back but not totally.  This week’s vlog is about starting over.  Let me know what you think.  Leave a Like on YouTube if you enjoy the video.  Subscribe and click the bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I upload a video to my YouTube channel.  Peace.

Quick Thought 2019-04-02   Leave a comment

I’m 48 years old.  In less than half a year I turn 49.  By conventional wisdom I’m supposed to be too old for a lot of things.  Statistically speaking the better part of my life, time wise, is over.  I’m heading into the period of winding down and accepting what life has given me.

At the beginning of last year, when I was 47, I started my ketogenic journey.  Now I haven’t been able to weigh myself in the last two Mondays because I’m away on training.  But as of my last weigh in two weeks ago I was just shy of 100 pounds lighter than when I started.  But I’m supposed to be too old to lose weight.  It’s just too hard at my age.

Up until last year I spoke only one language.  Ok, technically speaking that’s still true.  I’m only fluent in English.  But I’m working on learning Portuguese, German, and Spanish.  Saturday morning I took an Uber ride with a woman who is a native Spanish speaker and she complimented me on my pronunciation skills.  I’m not fluent by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact I’d say I have a long ways to go to get that level in any of the three languages.  But I’m clearly able to take in a new language and do it correctly.  But I’m not supposed to because I’m too old to learn new things.  In fact it’s at this point that they say I should expect my faculties to start declining.

And job wise I just started a new career.  I’m here doing my training as we speak.  At a time when I’m supposed to be on the glide slope toward retirement at a career, I’m just taking off.  But I’m supposed to be too old to be considering starting over in a job.  I don’t have the years left in me to have a full career if I start over today.

But I’m choosing to get into shape.  I’m choosing to learn new tricks.  I’m choosing to start over.  Why?  I don’t know how much longer I have on this planet.  None of us does.  I could be half my age right now and still could be gone tomorrow.  So I choose not to plan based off of a predetermined schedule that’s been arbitrarily foisted on me.  I don’t worry if I have enough time to complete the tasks.  I just worry about today.

And today I’ve decided I’d like to go to bed tonight a little bit better a person than I started this morning.  Today I’ve decided that I don’t want to waste any of the time I have left on silly things that don’t make me better.  After all I don’t know how much more of that time I have.  Today I’ve decided I’ll start walking down paths that make me happier, including career paths.  I don’t know how far I’ll get down the path before my time comes up, but who cares.  I’d rather spend however much time I do have left on a happy path than I would being given twice as much time to walk down a miserable path.

Wake up each day with one mission.  Be happy today.  It doesn’t matter where you are in life.  The beginning, the middle, or supposedly near the end.  Take whatever time you have left, long or short, and just use it to be happy.  Even if you’re supposed to be too old to start over, do it anyway if you aren’t happy with the way things are.  Better to go out smiling not reaching your new goal than to go out sad living up to the expectations of acting your age.

Here’s to a new and brighter future at any age.  Have a great day.  Peace.

Weekly Vlog 2019-03-27   Leave a comment

This week’s vlog is up on YouTube.  It’s about worry and what you can do about it.  Hope you enjoy it.  Leave a Like if you do.  If you agree, or even if you disagree, leave a comment here or there.  Subscribe and click the bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I post a video to YouTube.  Hope you’re having a great day.  Peace.

Weekly Weigh In 2019-03-25   Leave a comment

Sorry about going dark the last few days.  I was getting ready for my trip here to Orlando, FL where I’m at training for my new job.  As such I don’t have the scale with me so no numbers for this week, just a quick check in.  Now that I’m situated here at the hotel I’ll try to be better about posting daily.  If I miss a day I hope you’ll understand as the priority has to be the training right now.  Hope you’re having a great day.  I know I am.  It’s always fun being to a new city with new things and places to explore.  Peace.

Quick Thought 2019-03-21   Leave a comment

I was at home earlier today, all comfy cozy.  Just having gotten done watching a movie (The Martian, which was rather good if you’re looking for something to watch), I was thinking about what to do next when I had the sudden urge to go to Starbucks and get a coffee and do some reading.

The idea of going there and reading with a hot coffee certainly wasn’t new to me.  Nor unique.  I go there quite regularly as a matter of fact.  It’s a nice atmosphere and a relaxing place to get some reading done.  What was weird, though, was how late in the day it was for me to do that.  You see when I normally go it’s right after my regular weekend breakfast at Mia’s Cafe.  So I’m heading there around 9 am or so.  And here it was about 1:30 pm.  But the urge was there so I decided to follow it.

I got there and it was a little more crowded than the 9 am crowd generally is.  A little noisier than it would usually be for me as well.  But I had driven there so I might as well make a go of it.  I got my coffee and sat down to read and got a few pages in when two older gentleman sat down in the chairs beside me and started talking.  It wasn’t too distracting so I kept reading when I heard one of them say “yeah, I’ve always wondered what Alaska is like.”

Mind you I wasn’t listening in.  In fact I had been doing my best to tune them out.  But the statement had caught my attention because I’ve lived most of my life in Alaska.  So I put my iPad down (all my books are on the Kindle app) and said, “excuse me for interrupting, but what did you want to know about Alaska?”  This started a wonderful conversation that lasted over an hour.  And by the end I had two new friends, Mark and Fred.  It was wonderful.

And all because I listened to the little voice inside my head.  If I had argued with the little voice and said “it’s not the right time”, I wouldn’t have had the situation.  Same results if I had just ignored it altogether.  But instead I listened.  Instead, I took the advice it offered.  And now I’m two friends richer and quite a bit happier.  A little happier still realizing right now how much Mark and Fred enjoyed the information (they learned a lot about Moose).

Sometimes things just pop into your head and you don’t know why.  Maybe every now and again you should just listen, too.  If you can’t think of a good reason why you shouldn’t, just do what the little voice suggests and see what happens.  Maybe you’ll be two friends richer, too.  Maybe you’ll be straight up richer.  Who knows.  But unless it’ll actually hurt to try, why not do it?  I hope you’re having a great day today.  I know I did.  Peace.

 

Weekly Weigh In 2019-03-18   Leave a comment

Here is my weekly weigh in video.  Very happy with this week’s results.  Also happy with a new product I’m trying.  Watch the video to get the low down on how things went this past week.  If you enjoy the video please leave a Like.  Subscribe and click the notification bell on YouTube if you’re interested in being immediately notified every time I upload a video to YouTube.  Hope you’re having a great day and a great week.  Peace.

Quick Thought 2019-03-18   1 comment

Have you ever been driving down the road and all of a sudden you realize you’re way farther down the road than you expected?  Perhaps you’ve been “working” in your office when you notice an hour has gone by and your cursor is still in the same spot on your monitor as the last time you looked.  Or here’s an embarrassing one.  You’re talking with someone when you realize they’re looking at you, waiting for your to respond.  Problem is you have no idea what they just said.  The bottom line in all three cases is that your mind wandered.  It happens to most people, so nothing to feel bad about.  We all lose focus from time to time.  The funny part is that we often don’t even recall our train of thought when we have these lapses in awareness.  So here’s a fun little suggestion for figuring out what you spend your time thinking about when your mind wanders and you don’t know where it’s been.

Either on your phone or watch set a timer for a random amount of time.  By random I mean avoid times like 15 minutes or  2 hours.  Times when you’ll see the alarm coming, like on the hour or half hour.  You want the alarm to be a surprise, out of the blue.  It’s even better if you can find an app that will alert you at random times during the day.

Every time the alarm goes off, jot down what you were thinking right then.  Don’t analyze or critique it, just write it down.  If the alarm goes off and you were wondering if Darth Maul could take Darth Vader in a fight, write that down.  If you were wondering where all those extra socks you lose in the dryer go, write that down.  Do this over the course of a few days.  After a few days logging go back and review what you’ve written down.

Now go an extra step.  Would you classify the majority of thoughts as happy, sad, or random?  While random thoughts, like is it better to put the toilet paper on the roller overhanded or underhanded in orientation, don’t hurt you, they don’t really help you either.  If your thoughts are predominantly sad or angry, why?  Is life really that bad?  Maybe you should police your thoughts better.  Focus more on happy thoughts.

Were the majority of the thoughts positive, happy, or uplifting?  Then good for you.  If you’re writing these down at random and it’s coming up mostly happy that means your mind spends a lot of time in your happy place.  Be proud of that.

Either way you get a good glimpse into what’s going on upstairs when you don’t even realize it.  Do this exercise from time to time to get a gauge of where you are.  Because whether you know your thoughts or not, what you keep your mind on you attract into your life.  Best to keep it positive then.  Have a happy day.  A happy week.  And hopefully a happy life.  Peace.