Posts Tagged ‘overcomiing’

Finding the Balance to Reach Goals: Exercise and Eating Right

There is not a miracle cure, program or pill out there when it comes to achieving a healthy weight and fitness level.  Actually, their is simple math to the whole thing:  Burn more calories than you consume.   I have had doctors tell me that most people don’t understand that they can do more for themselves than a doctor or hospital can do for them.

I am the first to admit that now that I am closer to 50 than 40, eating right and staying physically fit have become a priority.  I am in a different season of life.  My eyesight has given in to reading glasses.  My pants’ waistline has attempted at times to go another size up.  I tend to want to sleep a little longer.  And on and on it goes as we get older.

I lived a very active life in my younger years of 35 and below.  Then I was in my corporate/work mode and lost my focus and desire to stay in shape.  So here we go again, setting goals and making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle.  Here’s what I have done to get reengaged:

1.  Started slow.  I heard about this one guy who had a plan for eating and exercise to kickstart my effort.  Go here and learn more.  http://www.fit2fat2fit.com/

2.  While I had initial success, life got in the way of my focus after 60 days.  It was then 6 months later that I restarted.  This time with quality stretching and daily jogging.  What started out as 1 mile without stopping has expanded to 3+ miles in 60 days.

3.   Now that my commitment level is back in line, I am going back to the fit2fat2fit game plan.  I needed to see myself exercising whether or not I had a program to follow.  If it was always about a program, then I wasn’t committing to myself.

4.  Working out in the early morning is my best method to stay committed.  Nothing interferes with my mornings.  I am talking about exercising for 30-50 min between 4:30 am – 6:30 am.  I believe in the philosophy that if I workout early, the burn lasts all day.

Get started, do something, sweat, drink water, change your diet little by little, find a partner, stretch well, push yourself, set goals, track your results.

You Only Know what You Know, Usually Based on Your Experiences

42-movie-poster__spanMy wife and I just got home from seeing 42 the true story of Jackie Robinson. No, I cannot imagine what it was like in 1948, let alone the 60’s. I only know what I know from the short life I have lived at 46 yrs old.

I remember in 1989, right out college, working in sales in southern Arkansas. I visited a couple of very small towns to talk to the physicians. Some single doctor clinics still had two entry doors. It was understood within those communities that your skin color determined which door you entered to sit in a waiting room. I had never been exposed to accepted segregation prior to that experience. And still today, there are some who look at the color of skin and not the heart, words or actions to determine the character and quality of a person.

Because people are racist towards religion, skin color, political party affiliation, income level, etc., I am sure it will never truly go away. I guess the hope in the movie 42, is that there are some strong people who will have the character to stand strong and find a way to overcome those who hate. Be the person who stands up with these individuals and win the hearts of those who hold up the barriers.

So What’s Your Excuse for NOT Accomplishing Your Goals and Dreams?

Even “Inspirational” speakers need to be inspired and keep focused on goals and dreams.  This video is about a young man who has gone on to perform with excellence in an industry that many thought he may not have a shot.  Is there any chance that when you are sick and tired of not achieving goals in your life that you could get back up and try again after viewing this video?   Richie Parker designs NASCAR components with his feet.

Before Facebook, I didn’t really know how You felt about a Subject

Before 2009, none of my family was on Facebook.  We actually gave the FREE service to our children as a Christmas gift.  AAAAAAAALL their friends had FB pages, but our children didn’t for nearly a year.  And since we are parents, parenting our children, we allowed them to have a FB profile when we let them.  Fast forward to 2013 and now FB is a way to be in constant communication for many areas of our lives.  We can learn just about anything about anyone if we want to based on their pics, posts, likes and so on.  If you read my blogs or posts, you know that I am huge fan of Personal Responsibility.  Here’s a FB post I made regarding this topic:

I just visited a FB page that has very opposite views of mine on many topics. I would suggest they rename it to:
“You DON’T have to take Personal Responsibility for Your Life Decisions and My Life is Someone Else’s Fault and the Government can Fix Everything for Me.”

 

Life is not roses and puppies, so every now and then I have to put up a shock post to wake some folks up.  :o)

It was a God Thing

So how about a God thing tonight?  5+ yrs ago, Kevin Miles came in to my life and I watched from afar as a man chased a vision God gave him to start Go the Distance Ministries. Their purpose is to help men and women: Recover their PASSION, Find and live their PURPOSE, Restore their Hearts to live in FREEDOM and Enjoy LIFE in God. This past weekend I accepted Kevin’s invitation to participate in Hearts Alive & Free in Michigan. (based on John Eldridge’s Ransomed Heart ministries.) Question for you that hit me this weekend: Are you authentic or a poser? If you Are who you Aren’t, then you Aren’t who you Are. It was a great weekend for getting FREE!!!

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Is it Business or Politics when talking about Taxes (FairTax.org)

I love the USA and can’t imagine being a citizen of any other country because of the potential of the person you can become in our nation. Are you ready for it…. buuuuuut… no nation is perfect and should always be focused on how to do things better.  Because my IQ may not be at the level of the top intellectual (I used spell check to get that spelled right. LOL) thinkers, I count on them to provide concepts and ideas that I could never imagine.  The most recent one is in regards to the USA tax system.  Because the average American has no chance of understanding the current 71,684 pages of tax code, there has to be a better way to more efficiently fund the needs of our nation and allow the citizens to gain a better hold and understanding of their hard earned income.  Welcom to the Fair Tax!  Go to the website and read a little info below:

The FairTax Act (HR 25, S 13) is nonpartisan legislation. It abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax  administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.

The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system.

The FairTax:

  • Enables workers to keep their entire paychecks
  • Enables retirees to keep their entire pensions
  • Refunds in advance the tax on purchases of basic necessities
  • Allows American products to compete fairly
  • Brings transparency and accountability to tax policy
  • Ensures Social Security and Medicare funding
  • Closes all loopholes and brings fairness to taxation
  • Abolishes the IRS

The last bullet may be exciting for some and very uneasy for others.  As a business owner, what I see is an opportunity to improve a part of a large company, our government, to improve efficiency and increase the revenues by collecting from all.   When I say all, I mean those who may be visitors or legal or illegal citizens and those who may be in professions that while they do have income, legal or illegal, we see little if none of it being accounted for through our current tax system structure.

Make time to understand the Fair Tax and see what a positive difference it can make for ALL our citizens.

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Promote what you believe in!

One of the organizations I have learned to appreciate is Family First. They are out of Tampa, FL and sponsor the All Pro Dad and iMom programs.  You can learn more at their sites, but the All Pro Dad “Play of the Day” is a must for any husband, father or son.  Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of it.

Here’s the latest play of the day titled, 10 ways to not waste your life.” This type of thought process always fires me up.  Give your life everything you’ve got.

What’s your excuse for not achieving your potential?

I guess I can thank God for wiring me to have a positive outlook on my life or that I accept the timeline/journey He has for my life. Then again, maybe I just choose to live this way.  Whatever the reason, I am inspired by many and it usually comes through written word, a movie or verbal story.  Make time to read about Zach Lipson “Perseverance Pays Off for Student Manager“.  So what’s your excuse for not achieving?  Are you over it yet?

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