Monday, February 18, 2019

Your Body Is A Reflection Of Your Lifestyle

                                                        "Take care of your body.
                                               It's the only place you have to live."

                                                               - Jim Rohn

A little over a month a go I decided to do something that I have been wanted to do for a while.
I went up to Curves in Conroe and had a BioAge test done.

What is a BioAge test?

It is a health assessment tool using a series of metabolic, physical and behavioral evaluations.
We all have a chronological age. We can never get away from that number, even if we sometimes want to lie about our age.
But we can't change the year that we were born, and how old we are today.

But there is also a BioAge. Your actual body age.

In this test they will look at your blood pressure, nutrition, smoking/day, your alcohol intake/week, stress level. Your waist/height ratio.

You also have to do 4 physical tests.

I legged balance

Sit and reach

Core endurance 

Chair squats

Then they will take the results of all the answers and tests and put it together to figure out your BioAge.
Hopefully it will come out lower than your chronological age.

My good friend Melanie Michaelchuk did the test.
Melanie is a fitness specialist at Curves and she put me through this tough testing procedure.
It wasn't that bad at all, and we had a lot of fun.

Since today is my 57th birthday, I thought it was a great time to share my experience and my results with you.
When the test was done my chronological age was 56 and my BioAge was 47....WOW!!!!

Thanks Melanie.....I had so much fun! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dress for Success

                                                   "You cannot climb the ladder of success
                                                        dressed in the costume of failure."
                                                                      - Zig Ziglar

I have said for a long time....take me inside your house and show me your kitchen, and I can pretty much figure out what kind of person you are.

If your kitchen is messy and unorganized with the sink full of empty dishes, and your refrigerator is dirty, chances are that you are also that way.
Messy and unorganized.

Yes, our own environment will tell other people who we are.
Of course there are always exceptions to every rule, but overall I believe this is true.

Your level of self-esteem, in other words how much you like yourself and how much you respect yourself is largely determined by your self-image.

Self-image is the set of ideas you have about your own qualities and abilities. Self-image is how you perceive yourself.

Our kitchen in our house is a way of telling others who we are. How we see ourselves. Our character.
Almost about your car? What does it look like?
And your desk?

                                                 "You can have anything you want in life
                                                                     if you dress for it."
                                                                       - Edith Head

Now, another way of finding out who someone is, finding our about their character, is to look at the way they dress.

They way we dress, is a way of telling people who we are.
If you dress like a bum, you are in fact saying to the world....."This is who I am. I am a bum."
If you dress like a successful person, you are saying to the world....."I am successful."

You see, human beings are very visual and the way we groom and dress, tells the world, who we are.

How you dress and groom is a statement to others about the person that you are, on the inside.
Now, the good thing is that we all have control of our dress and grooming.

Successful people look like they are doing well.

What are you telling the world and other people about you, by the way you dress?


Monday, February 11, 2019

Getting Through The Fence Of Fear

                                                     "Fear is the highest fence."
                                                             - Dudley Nichols

My first dog was a Labrador retriever named Holly. It was in the early nineties and I absolutely loved that dog. But when she was a young dog she loved to dig in the yard. Looking back on it now I believe that she was just bored and that she just wanted something to do. On one side of the fence lived another dog and they both dug from each side of the fence to try to meet each other. After a while we finally had to put up an electric fence at the bottom of the tall wood fence to keep Holly from digging and trying to get out of the yard. It helped and she learned quickly to stay away from the electric wire because it would give her an electric chock and that would give her some pain. Holly learned that to avoid the pain she needed to stay on a certain distance from the fence and don't try to get to close to it ever again. Because if she did it would certainly give her pain and make her feel uncomfortable.

You also see the same type of fencing when it comes to cattle. They put up electric wire fencing to keep the cattle inside the designated area. If they get too close to the fence it will  most certainty give them a chock. Animals learn quickly that they don't want to experience pain and learn not to attempt to get out into the other side of the fence. In other words they are staying inside their comfort zone. They know if they remain where they are they won't get hurt and experience pain. Even if the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence and there might be some other cows on the other side of the fence that they might want to meet. They learn quickly to remain where they are.

                                   Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear

This is also true for us humans. As long as we stay within our comfort zone, we usually won't feel any pain or get hurt. But remaining in our comfort zone will eventually choke the life out of our souls. We want to try new things, grow, learn, meet new people, take on new jobs, start new businesses, meet new life partners, make new friends. But we know that this will involve certain risks and also taking a chance that it might not work out. In other words, getting chocked by the electric fence.

Instead we remain at a safe distance from the electric wire, just like the animals do. We continue to dream of bigger and better things, but actually getting to those things means having to go up against the electric wire, feel and endure the pain for a while in order to get to the next level of our lives.
You know if you just walk up to the fence, feel the discomfort and then continue to move on, the pain and the uncomfortable feelings will soon dissipate.

                                          Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will

This past month I have been dealing with a somewhat painful situation. I have been unloading a lot of things in my life in order to be able to move on and get to where I want to go. By now I have done this many times and you think that it would have gotten a little easier. But NO, it hadn't.
Even through it was change that I, myself chose, it was very painful, sad and downright uncomfortable. But stepping out into the unknown is seldom easy and it requires a lot of courage.

It's mentioned a lot that courageous people somehow don't feel fear. Not true. They feel the fear but they decide do go ahead and do what they want to do anyway, despite the fear. They know that they just have to get passed the electric wire for a little bit. Feel the pain for a while. And they also know once they have endured the pain for a little while, they will be on the other side of the fence and there anything is possible.

So, I did what I had planned to do for a while. In order to get to the next level I had to unload some things that were weighing me down. I was excited to do this because I knew it would help to get to the next level.
Sometimes we have to unload things, people, an old job, a relationship that we have outgrown. Maybe we need to move away from the town or the city that we live in for a while to get to start a new more exciting chapter in our lives. Or maybe even move to another country.

                                             To escape fear you have to go through it

During this past month I was brushing up against this electric fence many times. Yes, it was painful. And yes, it was uncomfortable. But I also knew if I persisted, I would be able to push on through the fence and the pain and eventually get to the other side. And I am happy to announce that I did.
But towards the end I really felt that my own mind was playing a trick on me. It felt like my brain got hijacked by all the fears and all the "stinking thinking" of all the things that could go wrong and why I just needed to remain where I was and play it safe. But I knew that it was my brain trying to protect me from danger and letting me know that I better not try to get to this new level.

I kept on pushing and I am happy to announce that even though the pain was uncomfortable, it didn't last too long. I got up to the fence and then I pushed through.
Now I am on the side of the fence and when I reflect back on the experience I am so excited and proud of myself for sticking to my vision and my goals and for enduring the pain while getting to get to the other side of the fence.

                           You gotta get through your fear to see the beauty on the other side.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Create Balance In Your Life

                                                             "Take care of your body.
                                                It's the only place you have got to live."
                                                                - Jim Rohn

It is extremely important that we all take excellent care of our physical health.
We have to make sure that we eat healthy and nutritious food. Make sure that we don't overeat and that we have the proper balance in our diet.
An excellent and well balanced diet will have an immediate effect on our thought and our feelings.
What we put in your mouth will make a huge difference in how we think.
What we think we can feel in our bodes. But what we eat will also effect the way we think. It's a two-way street.

                                         "Those who think they have no time to exercise,
                                          will sooner or later have to find time for illness."
                                                           - Edward Stanley

Resolve to get regular exercise. At least 30 minutes per day or around 200 minutes per week. Choose an exercise that you enjoy doing and you will be more likely to do it. Walking, running, cycling, hiking, swimming or working on equipment in the gym are all excellent choices of movement.
When you exercise on a daily basis, you will feel happier, healthier and you will also experience lower levels of stress, anxiety and fatigue compared to someone who spends their entire evening on the couch glued to the TV, day in and day out.

Make sure that you get plenty of rest and relaxation. Make sure that you will recharge your batteries on a regular basis. If you are going through periods of stress and difficulties in your life, it is even more important that you take time to recharge your batteries. Fatigue doesn't lead to anything good in our lives.

                                                      "Fatigue is different than being tired.
                 When you are tired, you know that if you can just get some rest you will feel better,
                                 but fatigue is still there when you wake up, it stays with you all day.
                    It is a lack of energy, a feeling of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion."

There are a few factors that will predispose us to negative emotions of all kinds and they are..... not taking excellent care of our health, not exercising, non-stop working without proper rest and also fatigue.

In in the end we must all create a balance in our lives.