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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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Where Warriors Meet

Today I am up with an early start and back at the office.  Yes!!!  Time to work out.  This feels like a long awaited moment with all the hype and expectations, all the trash talk and the legacy two warriors about the meet for the first time with one massive explosion of talent and in the end when all the dust settles, when all the blood sweat and tears hit the canvas. There will be only one WARRIOR standing.

Wait!!! I know you don’t think I am talking about that UNBELIEVABLE EXCUSE OF a fight Saturday night whose names are not worth mentioning here?  Ah, ah, ah.  Oh grasshopper, how easily fooled are you.

Hey have a great day as always.c698e36d3b53bd6419e34391e2c6f15f

Ten Great Benefits To Exercising

Eating-FruitsMy mind matures the older I get and it’s understandable too. Over time you accumulate knowledge, experience and so forth right? Tell me if you get this. We mature however, the mind stays young while the body throws up red flags, sickness, and limitations due to the aging factor. I can surely tell you if I knew back when what I know now, I would have prepared much better. The great news is I realize I have an opportunity to slow down the process by taking care of my body with good maintenance through eating healthy, exercising and getting the proper rest.

Ten great benefits of exercising;

1. Reduce Stress
2. A Release of Endorphins which increases happiness.
3. Building Self Confidence
4. Maintain Cognitive Mitigation
5. Become More Creative
6. Increase Relaxation
7. Boost Brain Power
8. Increases Energy
9. Helps Ward off Disease
10. Creates a Stronger Heart

Here’s a bonus, you get to lose weight!!! Lol!!!

Thanks for reading my post today. As always I wish you a great and prosperous day.

Champion Your Life

It’s that time again. You guessed it!  It is time to hit the office and put in work.  You know that great part about putting in the work.  You get to grow as a person, you get to feel what’s it’s like to work hard for something. Sure there are times you feel discouraged but you put in the work anyway, and in you get to see what you are made.

There may be times when you feel down and out and you hear that voice inside you that won’t let you quit. This allows you to grow in strength and integrity. There are even times where life derails you but the champion in you finds the correct detour to get back on the track of success.  This is when you let that fire in your belly burn, the urge to succeed takes over and keeps you on course.  This is what solidifies YOU as the WINNER YOU ARE!

It doesn’t matter what you are trying to achieve in life, if you truly want it go get it.

BE THE CHAMPION OF YOUR LIFE!

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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

I Believe In You

You know, I believe in many things and have faith in so much that I never really gave it thought to just how much faith I have in things. Let me explain; I take it for granted that I will wake up in the morning and go about my day. Sure I awake in the morning and the first thing I do is give thanks to my God for allowing me to rise and be blessed to use all my faculties. I go about my morning routine and when I’m done I get in my car and have faith it will get me to destination A and B without incident. I take it you do too.

I believe all drivers do. It’s not as if we wake up anticipating something bad will happen. We go on the assumption all will be ok, or we believe or have faith that we will get to destination A and back without anything incidents occurring. For the most part nothing happens. Or perhaps it does. We believe, have faith, or assume we will be successful in the drive that it becomes second nature and we drive without giving it thought because we are sure in our ability not only to drive well enough four ourselves but through our experience driving we have become skilled enough to drive defenselessly to avoid disaster or an accident as best we can.

Think about this for a moment. When you first started driving you weren’t confident, you were apprehensive about certain maneuvers, a little on edge and excited but as time passed on you were in your groove and comfortable driving by yourself and with others.
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If you can give that much faith, trust and belief in driving you can do that with anything you desire to do or be in life. You can become what every you want, achieve the impossible and like driving, at first you will be uncomfortable, uncertain, and perhaps a little afraid. However, if you keep striving to be all that God intended you to be you will discover you were created to do extraordinary things in life that you would had never imagine if you did not decide to get behind the wheel of life and drive to your ultimate destination of success. I believe in you, do you believe in you? Make sure you signal to the right lane that lead to your success today!

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