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Preparing For Old Age While Living In The Present

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I am constantly learning about my own limits and the constant changes to my body as I am slowly approaching age sixty in a couple of years.  Desire to lose weight, working out, and watching what I eat is not the only thing I must be aware of.  I must also pay close attention to the changes in my body and the new limits that are set by aging.

Our mind does not age as fast as our bodies.  When it comes to age, our minds can be deceiving, which most of the time can be a very good thing.  We all heard the old saying, “Age is just a number.”  When it comes to the mind it’s true.  However, the vessel that houses the mind says something different.

Preparing for old age while living in the present can be provide us with a wakeup call.  As our bodies start to deteriorate our mind appears not to age at all.  Of course, that is how I feel at least.  I notice the older that I get, my mind says I am able to do something until the limitations of my body counter acts with a severe shot of reality to my mind halts or slow down my progress.

The older I get, the more I feel I am running out of time.  I know I cannot be the only one who feels this way and can only imagine there are so many people who feel this way as well.  When we are young we feel invincible, but when we are in our middle age we start to shift our perspective with an emphasis on living longer and having an income to provide us to live comfortable in our golden years.

We also start to take more stock in our health, what we eat, what we put in our bodies, and how simple things that we do or normally take for granted becomes a little challenging to do as we age.  Then we notice things are changing for us.  Our vessels are aging and for some of us, our past of doing harmful things to our bodies come back to haunt us, as we pay the price of bad decisions and wished we had listen to those around us who warned us we should stop doing was it was that was harmful and may cause adverse effects on our bodies in the future.

It’s like playing catch-up, but the damage is already done.  We cannot change the past, but we can control we do for the future to mitigate the deteriorating effects of aging with a less stressful life that includes a healthier outlook on the rest of our life.  In order to do this, we must maintain a good balance in our life.  Something I am still working on myself.

Balance is easily said and a little more difficult to do.   I admire those who can seemly do this with out any thought at all. It comes so natural for them.  They are surrounded by family who love them, friends who admire and adore them.  They have good health, a healthy financial life, good careers and hobbies, a spiritual balance of belief, and a great sense of who they are, which helps them live a fulfilling long life.

At the end, that’s what it’s all about.  Having a sense of gratitude and a sense of establishment having contributed to society as well as enriching the lives that we encounter.  Servicing our ultimate purpose for being here as we shared our god giving talents, gifts, compassion, and love. So that as we lived, we may leave knowing we accomplished what we set out to accomplish with no regrets.

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Build Your New Life One Rep At A Time

Today while at the gym a thought occurred to me as I was pounding away in repetition doing crunches. I knew I needed to work on my overall package, (my entire body) and have been neglecting my midsection for some time. It’s been over a week since I have done any crunches. Looking down at my mid-section I would consider, how on earth did I missed that? We do reps to break the muscle down to failure and build it back up stronger than before. What I am looking to do here is firm up my mid-section and have it nice and tight, something I can be proud of when I look in the mirror. In order to achieve the look I am after I would have to do a variety of exercises that isolates the different muscle groups that make up the mid-section area including the oblique’s muscle group.

Imagine if we were to workout in areas of our life. What I mean is; you find one area you want to improve upon and find a series of proven strategies you know that if you do them you would create the outcome you were after. One rep at a time. One successful activity after another consistently over time would ensure your success of the outcome you desire. It’s like building a muscle in the body. You have constantly work that muscle out and do rep after rep to make it bigger and stronger. It’s the same thing with our lives.

If we want something to change, we have to change. If you desire a bigger bank account you may need to re-educate yourself one book after another, and perhaps change your philosophy as well. We live in the information age which is simply a period of time of accumulative information to measure. One minute after another and one piece of informative advice after another over time, one rep after another, do see my point?

This is colossal information and yes, when you apply the proven strategies to develop what it is that you are trying to achieve it comes with a price. So what are you willing to sacrifice? What are you willing to let go of? What habits are you willing to change? It all boils down to this! HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?

In the gym they have mirrors where you can look at yourself working, to make sure you are using the correct form and or simply enjoy being vain if that’s your thing. But the mirror can also serve as pivotal focus point when one is about to give up. When you come to the point and say to yourself why am I killing myself? It’s not going to happen I am never going to lose all this weight and self-doubt starts to overwhelm you.

Then you look up at the mirror and suddenly you realize this is why you are here at the gym, to stop looking the way you look. To stop feeling the way you feel about yourself at that moment of despair and doubt. So you begin to move with a new sense of determination, with a new attitude and start to feed your mind with one positive thought after another on why you need to stick with this workout and NOT GIVE IN OR GIVE UP. YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON YOU!
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I Constanly Look To Improve

Explosive day at the office!

I will be looking at maximizing my workout time to burn as many calories in a workout as I possibly can. Then I will start watching what I eat and to be sure to consume 2600 calories a day per my friend who is a nutritionist and advised me to do.

The reason for the change is I noticed my heart is in the right lane but I lack the ability to effective create the desire change I so desperately seek. I have already started this regiment and have notice some changes just within the several days I have been trying this.

You know, that got me thinking. Sometimes it’s good to acquire or enlist the help of someone who is very successful at what you are trying to achieve. If I can do this about with health, I can certainly do this spiritually, financially, and academically. This is a great way to achieve faster results and learn how to avoid the pitfalls they have encountered. In essence, we can learn from other people’s success, failures and forge our own success with all of our hard work.

I guess we must be certain of what we want out of life to forge a clear and laser focused path to our desire results. Are you sure you are on the correct path or are you doing what you think is expected of you?

I talk a lot about passion because so many people are not doing what they are truly passionate about. I for one can attest to this because I am passionate about writing, encouraging, motivating others through my writings. That is the reason I write here every day.

Enough about me.

Start asking yourself life changing questions. Am I living in the house I imagined? Have I travels to all the destinations I wanted to? Does my life reflect my imagination? Have I lived up to my own expectations, or can I achieve more out of life? If not, WHY?

(Personal note, these are questions I have asked myself just over six months ago. I feel my life changing for the better for having asked and responded.)

Don’t answer these questions here but write your answers on a piece of paper.

1. What am I most passionate about?
2. Am I living my passion with purpose?
3. Do you have a bucket list? If not, why?
4. What are my strengths?
5. What are my weaknesses?

This is what I would like to achieve in the next year __________________. Why?

This is what I would like to achieve in the next 3 Years ____________________. Why?

What is stopping me from reaching my current goal?

Why?

What can I do to change my outcome?

As always I want to thank you for reading my post. I hope you challenge yourself to answer these questions. For now have a spectacular day!

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Startling Facts About My Bad Habit

In a world where there is an abundance of food choices we can only imagine the temptation that accompanies a variety of delicious cuisines.  I for one love sweets and is tempted every to engage my taste buds with mouthwatering chocolate delights that seem to light up my day.  Yes!  Light up my day!

I am all smiles when I have my daily dose of chocolate and it appears I can handle just about anything that comes my way.  Crazy right?   Well, I discovered that we are capable of believing in some silly ideas about all sorts of little quirks and habits that we have formed over the years.  We even have our very own personal data to back of what we believe it to be factual.  The truth of the matter is our habits are just that habits.

Whether you are junk food junkie or sweet fanatic like I am, or perhaps have to have a couple glasses of wine or a couple of bottles of bear every day, there’s no harm in that right?  It’s just the opposite; you are forgetting about the power of compounding effects over time.  So, I set out to find out some basic facts of why I should stop eating so much chocolate or simply stop eating it all together.  Let’s face it, if I don’t find out about everything I intake or ingest into my body.   I am only kidding myself to think I can become healthier while slowly and methodically killing myself through choices I have made over time.

Let’s take my own habit Three cookies a day, let me digress a moment to inject this thought.  We are creatures of habit, some of have more habits then others and we trade one habit for another.  The key is to trade bad habits for good ones, so keep that in mind.

My three cookies a day cannot be that harmful I thought.  But, it can depending on what could be happening with the physiology make up internally that I cannot see.  Let me explain.   Chocolate is high in calories and leads to weight gain.  I go to subway every day to purchase those wonderful mouthwatering chocolate wonders which for on cooking has 220 calories.  (3 cookies x 220 = 660 calories)  Talk about shooting yourself in the foot this is ridiculous.  That is why it’s taking me so long to lose the weight.

Chocolate is also high in sugar and too much sugar over time can lead to becoming a diabetic.  Remember the compound effect is at work here.  So, I know what you are saying, 3 cookies are not that bad, so let me break this insane idea down for your further.

3 cookies = 660 calories a day!    660 x 30 = 19,800 calories a month!  19,800 x 12 = 237,600 a year!

Insane right! Not Even!  I been doing this for five years I have been working on my job so let’s do one more fact.

237,600 x 5 = 1,188,000 THAT’S INSANE!!!

Well I know what I have to do from this point on, do you?

What is it that you harmlessly consume?  Have you seen some of the learn term effects of what alcohol does to the pancreas, liver, or kidneys?  Not to mention the brain. The same with smoking.  All I am saying is think about your bad habits and start replacing them with good ones.

Below is an excerpt from an article from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body

 all-bad-habits-start-slowly-zig-ziglarBrain:

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.

Heart:
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease.

Liver:
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:

  • Steatosis, or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Pancreas:
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.

Cancer:
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Live Your Passion The Healthy Way

What’s your passion?

You know I have asked many people this question and it’s funny how everyone I asked pause, pondered and appeared to be somewhat perplexed. That led me to believe so many of us are living our lives without a passion driven purpose.  When I turned fifty years old, I not only reach a pivotal point in my life by age but also through purpose, desire, a deep of understanding and personal reflection.  My mental capacity have made three-hundred and sixty degree turn.

I woke up one day and realized we do things for seasons in our lives and like the season winter, spring, summer, and fall, we have to change and adjust according to our season in life. Whether that season is long or short, I believe life gives clues as to when the seasons are coming to an end and time for adjustment is approaching.  Let’s take the season summer for example; we all know summer can be brutal with its massive heat waves and relentless humidity in certain parts of the country.  Then when things start to cool off as fall approaches and we sometime have to adjust what we wear.

As winter approaches depending where we are located in the country some of us have to put on sweaters, jackets or coats.  We get that, right? What happens when winter is over and spring is in the air you don’t make the necessary adjustment to your clothing that you wear?  You will experience a great discomfort, you will become very hot, not to mention perspire more than ever. I believe there are seasons in our lives and if we don’t adhere to the season’s shift we experience discomfort.  What we once believed was important no longer hold significance or when we reach a certain season in our life (midlife Crisis) or identity restructuring we tend to re-evaluate our life and reflect on our accomplishments and failures.

It’s funny because in our minds we still feel young and if it weren’t for our bodies breaking down through the many years of wear and tear we will never notice.  So, we start the restructuring process physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially.  At this point in life young, midlife or seasoned we want to live with passion. We want to find the things that will excite us to go to bed late because of it.  Wake up early to embrace it.

Breathe through out of the day to inhale that passion that lifts us up from the state of normality to fly upon the wings of life with exhilarating passion for that thing that we now live to share the world with. But!!!! You cannot enjoy your passion in bad health as much as you could in good health.  Live your passion in a healthy way.Its-about-time-to-switch-out-stress-for-passion..-Cant-wait

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