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My Two Point Epiphany

It seems as though it’s been some time since I’ve posted.. Lazy.. ha… not really, just felt I haven’t had much to write.

I realized two things today.  I felt young and I’m moving.

I was standing looking out my office window and I felt young.  Like early twenties young.  Physically and mentally.  I just felt young.  It was weird.  I’m sure we all get that feeling once in a while, but today it really stuck with me.  It must come with age.

I also realize I’m able to move.  I have the ability to move.  We all do.  Some do it well.  Some don’t.  I played volleyball tonight and I’ll be honest, I was probably close to if not twice as old as most of the people on my team.  To me, not a big deal.  I was able to keep up (I think).  But after I got home I realized I can still move.  I’m closer to fifty than I am to forty and I know some people that can’t do that at my age or even half my age.

I feel most of it I owe to discovering a healthy lifestyle.  It’s been about a dozen years since I’ve started a ‘healthier’ lifestyle and moved from about 30% body-fat to less than half that and whatever I’m at now.  Kettlebells are a big part (ask anyone who knows me), other fitness tools and somewhat diet (I don’t really watch what I eat – I should).  At times I have great dreams of getting an SFG or RKC certification, but I have some little issues I need to deal with first.

I want to point out I am by no means an athlete.  At this point in my life I’m training to be able feel young and to move.

It seems to be working. For an old guy.


This

This…

…is some of the stuff I have in my basement…

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…is more of the stuff I have in my basement…

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…stuff looks at me each time I make my way down  the stairs to the basement…

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…stuff can be used damned near anywhere…

…stuff keeps me in reasonable shape…

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…stuff takes up a small amount (relatively speaking) of space…

…stuff can kick your ass…

…stuff can be used in a space easily about the size of two or three yoga mats placed beside each other…

…stuff will show you how strong you are, how strong you can be…

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…stuff will reveal your weakness and show you areas you need to improve upon…

…stuff helps me release stress and tension of a trying day…

…stuff will make you sweat…

…stuff can be used by young and old…

…stuff will make you strong…

 


Don’t Flaunt It – Sorta

Chances are pretty good I’m guilty of being ‘that guy‘ when it comes to getting healthy and fitter.  I’m pretty sure there were times I was kind of annoying and in people’s faces to a certain degree when I hopped aboard the path to a healthier lifestyle.  After all I wanted to shout from the rooftops I had arrived at a lifestyle change.

That’s nice…

Good for you…

Face it fitness friend, not everyone wants to hear about kettlebells, undulating periodization, the latest on protein to muscle mass ratio.  It’s good that you do, but not everyone wants to hear about it. ALL. THE. TIME.

I fear I was that guy.  I might still be, who knows?

One does not need to get preachy about a healthy lifestyle. Encourage but don’t be preachy.  If someone is curious about how you made your changes let them know.  Discuss it with them about your journey and how you arrived at it.  A gentle nudge is way better than a you-better-do-this push.

If you think about it, you are essentially a walking billboard for a healthier lifestyle.  If you make dramatic changes to your body there may be nothing better than people seeing those changes.  Especially if they haven’t seen you for some time.  A healthier, fitter person tends to walk taller, prouder and well, look different than they may have a few months ago.  Sometimes that’s the only sales pitch you need.  If they get curious, they’ll ask.  If they’re interested and sincere they may join you.

Sure, encourage, but don’t annoy.  Use subtle encouragement.

 

 


You Are Not Being Selfish

Selfish…

I’ve heard that term used by others to describe me taking time to improve my health and well-being.  It’s never been used by my family toward me.

Selfish…

Some say taking time to train, practice, workout, eat healthy or whatever is selfish.  As though one is stealing time they could be spending with another.  By regaining or improving your health and well being by as little as three hours a week, you can end up spending a longer life with those you love.

Selfish…

If you are taking three to five hours a week for yourself by training, that’s hardly being selfish.  There are one hundred and sixty eight hours in a week.  Three to five to yourself is two to three percent of the total weekly hours you get.

Selfish…

Just the word lately angers me.  If someone claims it’s selfish you are spending time to improve your health and not spending time with you, aren’t they the selfish one by claiming you may not be spending any time with them?

Selfish…

How is improving my health, which potentially will help one live longer (and ultimately spend more time with those you love) selfish?

I get it.  Everybody boards the ‘healthy me‘ train at different points in their lives.  As a guy who hopped on board a while ago, I need to understand those around may not be ready to punch their own ticket yet.  That’s fine and fair.  Not my job to judge.  Maybe encourage, but not judge.

The track goes the other way, too.  Just because you may not be ready to ride the rails doesn’t mean you should yank someone off the car.  Who knows, maybe one day you’ll want to grab a seat next to them.  This will be a topic for another day.

You, as a person on a journey to health and well being, are not being selfish.  You’re getting stronger, healthier, more flexible and adding years to your life to be with those you love or perhaps help others in need.

Go.  Be strong.  It’s not selfish.


(Re)Build Your Foundation

My commute to work takes me through various parts of Central Alberta.  I get a chance to witness spectacular sunrises, sunsets, storms (winter, spring, summer and fall), a hint of the foothills and a taste of the prairies.  Honest to God, this is some of the most beautiful territory on Planet Earth.  Period.

On my journey one morning I noticed for the first time a place where a building used to stand. The building isn’t there anymore, but the concrete foundation is.  Farmland is all around it which has been tilled, planted and harvested many times around the square remains of whatever building used to stand there.  Roots, weeds and debris of all sort litter around it.

This got me thinking; if  a structure were to be reconstructed, the base, its foundation, is already there.  The basis onto which a building can be built is in place.  It’s likely solid and ready for any kind of construction.

Human foundation is much the same.  Once you’ve got that basic foundation constructed, the rest can be built.

Human foundations may vary from person to person.  If you’re struggling with healthy eating, build a basic foundation to start.  Remove one poor food choice from your menu and build from that.

If your foundation is to build strength, start at what many people call ‘the core.’  That would be your abs and trunk.  You know, the part that joins your top and bottom.  Sure you can make a strong top and a strong bottom individually, but if the middle is weak the top and bottom can’t really work together or complement each other.  Your ‘core’ doesn’t need to be ripped either.  Plenty of people have a strong foundation without the six pack and if that’s something you want work on the healthy eating foundation.

Once the foundation is there, build up from there.  Keep building till you get to a set goal and rebuild some more from there, kind of like adding another story to a building.

If you’ve had a strong foundation in the past it can be rebuilt.  Find what needs to be corrected within it and start the rebuild.  It’s likely still there, just needs the field around it cleared to get to it.

“Because if you have a strong foundation like we have, then you can build or rebuild anything on it.  But if you’ve got a weak foundation you can’t build anything.” – Jack Scalia


Essential Oils – They Do A Body Good

I’ll be the first to tell you I’ve been skeptical.  Which is weird because I sometimes think Big Foot is real and UFOs have probably visited our planet.  And yes, everyone, there is a Santa Claus.

Yet I have been skeptical of essential oils and the good they can do.  My belief on them has changed over the past few years.

My son, Matthew, was about six years old and dealing with some stomach and digestion issues.  Like parents do we wanted to make our child well, so we visited a number of places to see if they could deal with whatever the issue was and solve it.  No luck.

Finally, it was suggested we visit an acupuncturist in Rocky Mountain House.  Her name is Carla Green and she runs Rocky Physio and Acupuncture.

oreganoH. O. L. Y. crap.  What a change.  Within a few visits and needles my son was much better.  And to top it off, the use of Oil of Oregano.  Seriously.  This stuff as far as I’m concerned is close to the be all end all as you will ever find.

The benefits of it are almost endless.  Here’s a list:

Anti-aging, powerful anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, arthritis/rheumatism, respiratory, infectious diseases, infections/tuberculosis, and digestive problems.

This was my introduction to essential oils from Young Living.  From that moment on I’ve been sold on the benefits of essential oils and natural healing.

Onto my situation.  Somewhere along the way I did something to my hip/back.  It’s been a pain for over two years now.  Sometimes the pain is mostly gone and sometimes it likes to remind me who really is in power.

Over the last few years I’ve tried numerous things.  Some of which I’ll swear by and others I’ll simply swear at.  Meaning some worked and some didn’t and well, became a learning experience.

Enter, once again, essential oils. I started with a supplement called Sulfurzyme.  Then I got my hands on a blend called “Deep Relief” which seemed to help a lot. Kinda like A5-35, but better.  It’s not synthetic.  Then I tried to blast some of that hip pain and a new knee pain (happened Monday night) with a three oil combination.  Did it help?  Damn straight it did.  A few applications of PanAway, Valor and Peppermint Oil and voila, I feel like a hundred thousand bucks (hey, I’m not greedy).

We’ve gotten so used to using products we see on TV we sometimes forget about the things that are more natural.  When I first hurt my back, I scoffed at all the ‘back pain’ pain killers.  Telling me how after one pill I could whip out the tennis racket and get swatting.  Right.  That’s when started to explore more natural alternatives.

The uses for Young Living essential oils seem unbelievably endless.  Treatments for burns, cuts, scrapes, insect bites, general health, well-being, joy, and more (including making your home smell good without chemicals).  If you use plug-ins or any other chemical based fragrance in your home, you may be doing your body a pile of bad.

I’m speaking from experience here.  They worked for my family and they can work for you.

My wife and I are holding an Essential Oils class on March 30th.  Click HERE for more information or to ask questions.  It’s free and informative and you may learn some things about natural health.  I hope you can make it!

My wife also other alternatives to cosmetic surgery.  A way to stay younger without going under the knife.  If you’d like to see what that’s all about visit her site at Health Happens.

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”  ~Josh Billings


“Failure Is Not An Option.”

Watch this, then read on:

Okay, get it?

That is from “Apollo 13” and the main character in this scene is Gene Kranz played by Ed Harris.  Apparently Kranz never actually said “failure is not an option.”  He explains as such:

“In preparation for the movie, the script writers, Al Reinart and Bill Broyles, came down to Clear Lake to interview me on “What are the people in Mission Control really like?” One of their questions was “Weren’t there times when everybody, or at least a few people, just panicked?” My answer was “No, when bad things happened, we just calmly laid out all the options, and failure was not one of them. We never panicked, and we never gave up on finding a solution.”

Regardless, the point is ‘failure is NOT an option.’  And this is the case no matter what situation is tossed at you as try to achieve your fitness goal.

Take all the scientific and engineering jargon out of that scene above and replace with comments you face day to day as you make your journey.  All the negative ‘this can’t be done’ crap is the same, just with different terminology.  I’m not kidding, saboteurs are everywhere.  ‘Have this cookie’ could be the same as ‘you can’t run a vacuum on twelve amps!’  

No matter where you go or what you do there is always someone with a negative point of view regarding, well, everything.  Honestly, it gets tiring.  Remove yourself from the situation as best as possible and show them it CAN be done.

Toxic environments suck.  They suck the life out of you.  They suck the drive out of you.  And they suck the determination and motivation out of you.

Lace ’em up and get going.  Failure is not an option.

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.”  ~ Zig Ziglar

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.

Zig Ziglar

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You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.

Zig Ziglar

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