Archive for the ‘mindset’ Tag

Weekly Weigh In 2019-04-15   Leave a comment

This week’s weigh in is up on YouTube.  Great gains (or losses I guess) made this week.  Last week my weight had gone up quite a bit, and I did manage to lose most of it again this week. Made some gains in happiness, too.  Figured some issues out I was having with exercise.  All around a pretty good week.  Let me know what you think of it with a comment here or there.  If you enjoyed the video please leave a Like.  Subscribe and click the notification bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I post a video to YouTube.  Thanks for all the support.  I hope you’re having a great week.  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 Weigh In 2019-04-08   Leave a comment

Here is this week’s weigh in.  Numbers are a bit up.  I did decide to go off keto for the tail end of the class and that did result in a bit of weight gain.  And I’m ok with that.  I made a decision and I’m willing to live with the consequences.  There were some lessons learned as well.  Leave a Like if you enjoy the video.  Subscribe and click the bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I post a video to YouTube.  Leave a comment here or there letting me know what you think about this week’s weigh in.  Hope you’re having a great week.  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 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.

Weekly Vlog Up On YouTube 2019-03-13   Leave a comment

This week’s vlog is up on YouTube.  It’s about what’s important to you. We are often told what is and isn’t important in life from the perspective of others or society.  None of that is important.  You have to decide what is and isn’t important to you and prioritize what is.  Leave a comment letting me know if you agree or disagree.  Leave a like if you enjoyed the video.  Subscribe and click the bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I upload a video to YouTube.  I hope you’re having a great day.  See you soon.  Peace.

Weekly Weigh In 2019-03-11   Leave a comment

Here is this week’s weigh in.  Gained a smidge this week.  I know why, and I’m ok with the why.  I explain in the video.  Also an employment update.  Check it out.  Like the video if enjoy it.  Leave a comment here or there letting me know what you think or how I can be better.  Subscribe and click the bell if you want to be immediately notified every time I post a video to YouTube.  Have a great week.  Peace

Quick Thought   Leave a comment

Having a rainy day is ok if you can see the silver lining.  Take today for example, was a literally rainy day.  I had decided earlier in the day that I would do a jump rope workout today.  I was getting ready to do it when I heard the sound of pitter patter on the roof.  It was raining outside.  It would have been easy to decide to do an easier indoor workout.  In fact I had contemplated the idea.  And then I realized it’s just a little rain.  I had decided to do a jump rope workout for a reason.  It burns more calories and strengthens the body due to the impact from jumping.

The downside of not working out with the jump rope was fewer calories burned and less progress in my fitness program.  The downside of doing the jump rope workout was I’d get wet.  Getting wet seemed the lesser evil so I grabbed the rope and went outside.  It was a better workout than I had imagined.  That was the silver lining.

For one, going out in the rain to work out showed willpower.  And willpower is a muscle all its own.  The more you work it out the stronger it gets.  And with it the positive mindset and happiness of knowing you did the right thing.

Second, I had to learn to adapt with the jump rope.  The rope I use outside is a leather jump rope.  And the thing I learned today using the rope in the rain is that the leather jump rope absorbs water really well.  And that throws off the timing because the rope got heavier as the workout moved forward.  It was fun having to mindfully adjust to the changes as the rope got heavier.

Next, along with the rain was the wind.  That throws the motion of the rope off a bit, too.  Unlike the rain which slowly made the rope consistently heavier the wind picks up and recedes so the effect was erratic.  Again, it taught me to be more mindful of how the rope was swinging and how I was controlling it.  Bonus.

And finally, the rope wasn’t the only thing getting heavier.  I was.  As the rain soaked my clothes I was getting a little heavier.  Not a lot mind you. It wasn’t like the rain added 20 pounds or anything.  But as the workout went on and I was naturally getting more tired it did make it a little more taxing then if I had jump roped on a dry day.  So it took the workout up a notch.

So there you have it.  A rainy day didn’t have to be a bad day.  In fact it was a great day because it made me a little stronger and a little better.  The silver lining in the rain cloud.  Hope you had a great day, rain or shine.  See you soon.  Peace.

Hanging Tough   Leave a comment

There used to be a show on I loved to watch called American Gladiators.  The show had many events all of which were designed to pit weekend warriors against the professional gladiators.  The idea was simple, compete in an event against the gladiator doing the best you can and if you did well enough you’d get points. Collect enough points and out score your fellow weekend warrior and you won.

Each individual event had its own challenges.  Powerball required you to be fast, but also agile.  You had to meet the dual goals of getting soccer balls into the baskets and avoid being train wrecked by a gladiator.  Or Assault, where you had to advance toward the gladiator who was shooting tennis balls at high speed your way.  Get hit you were done.  To take it up a notch you’d have to stop at certain stations to attempt to shoot and hit a target located right behind and above the gladiator.  Assault required you to stick your neck out to make the shot.  The event I’d like to focus on today is Hang Tough.

Hang Tough was simple in concept.  You start on one platform holding onto a gymnastics ring.  And then you’d swing from ring to ring, attempting to land safely on the platform on the opposite side of the field.  There were a couple of minor hiccups, though.  First, you were working against the clock as you were holding up your entire weight by the hands as you went from side to side.  Anyone who’s been on a jungle gym knows that the longer you go the more tired your arms get.  If the warrior’s grip gave way before he or she reached the other side they’d fall and lose the event.  Oh, and there’s the small issue of a gladiator coming your way on the rings from the opposite side, intent on taking you out.  And I don’t mean dancing.

The rings were spaced such that you could reach the next ring while still holding on to your current one.  You didn’t have to let go until you were assured you had a good grip on the next ring.  But the presence of the gladiator could rock that boat.  Sometimes you’d have to quickly move from the one ring to the next and couldn’t test your grip first.  And on some occasions the warrior, in an effort to dodge the gladiator, would have to let go of one ring before even grabbing the next.

Life can be like Hang Tough.  It’s nice when you have the time and energy to go safely from one life choice to the other.  Being in a position where you can test your “grip” on the new life event before releasing the past one is awesome.  But sometimes life throws you a curve and you’re left with a decision.  Go before you know, or stay the steady course and risk the gladiator.

Maybe you get lucky and dodge the gladiator safely.  Maybe you get lucky and the gladiator’s grip gives way before yours.  If you’re not so lucky and the gladiator catches you, now you have a lot of extra weight on your shoulders to deal with.  The gladiator, and life, try to drag you down.

Then again maybe you’re that person who decides to be bold and go for it.  You understand the risk.  If your grip isn’t true you fall.  But if you grab that next ring securely you’re past the danger and on your way to victory.  You just have to be willing to assume the risk and live with the consequences.

The consequence, of course, being you fail, and fall.  Cool thing about Hang Tough was that many a warrior fell, but all would go on to compete again.  Failure was embarrassing.  A bit regrettable.  But never fatal.  So they’d pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and get right back to competing.

What set the risk takers apart from the guys who played it safe wasn’t so much that they’d take the risk, it was the understanding that even if you risked it and failed, you still could come back and succeed.

So remember this week to Hang Tough.  And if you’re the risk taker, do so boldly, knowing that as long as you’re willing to accept the risk, even if you lose you can still win in the end.  Have a great week.  Peace.