Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday

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“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius
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Consistency is critical to our success. Doing little things each day will contribute more to your success than doing a whole lot in one day. I call these things my daily rituals and they work, at least for me.

Pick one thing you’d like to improve–say reading. Instead of trying to read a whole day, just read one chapter or a few pages. Do this every day and you’ll be reading more books in a year than you did previously. It’s all about consistent effort.

The same applies to exercise, learning, or writing. Just do a little each day for a pre-set time period and you’ll be better for it. Consistency is key.

Here’s what I’m up to…

Physical:

My goal is to get my body fat down to 15% by year’s end.

My last weigh-in was this morning: 224 lbs.

Bodyfat 33%

Currently following the Labrada 12-week lean body trainer. I just finished week 1 today, 11 weeks to go.

Mental:

My goal is to finish 12 online courses by year’s end. I am at 6 so far. I finished the Udemy Non-fiction writing course last week. Still working on Public Policy and Learning How to Learn.

I also want to read 36 books this year. I’m at 23 so far.

Writing my blog post every day except Sunday and work through my non-fiction project daily (knocking off little bite-size pieces as I go). Right now I’m researching, analyzing my reader and audience, and putting together topics that I’ll organize later.

Spiritual:

My goal here is to finish my discourse by year’s end, read my Bible daily, Meditate/Pray twice a day, and keep a dream and gratitude journal. All of this is on track so far.

I am participating in a workshop in Canada, another workshop here in Michigan in September, and already served on a panel and gave a talk at our spiritual center in February.

Social:

My goals are to build my readership to 500 by year’s end. I’m currently at 386! If you know anyone that would benefit from my blog, please send them my way!

Attended a Sound of Soul meetup, held by the local Eckankar group. Great fun and a nice dinner afterward!

My niece visited this week and we had some great fun. We went out to eat, saw a movie, and talked on our back porch. It was good to see her (she’s on her way back home to AZ as of an hour ago).

Well, that’s my week folks! I hope you have a terrific week!

Until next time…

Dave

 

 

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Daily Ramblings – Spiritual Saturday

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Paying attention to foods can help you lead a better spiritual life. People ask me, “What is good food?” There is no good food or bad food for everyone. It depends upon the individual, upon his particular health condition. Who can best tell what’s right for you? You can, of course.—Harold Klemp The Language of Soul

Ah, food! My evolution with food is slow but sure. I have been reading a lot of books about nutrition. Some of it was absolute BS but there are some little nuggets of gold here and there.

For my current weight loss efforts, I am tracking my food intake daily and monitoring my carb, protein, and fat intake. One of the books I read explained how type O blood folks (that’s me) are really good at digesting fats and proteins. Our particular weakness is with carbohydrates, particularly those nasty ones in grains and dairy products. Unfortunately, there are no studies out there that verify that the blood type diet or any of the other diets out there do anything for your waistline, however, there were some items in the type O diet that I already knew I had a problem with.

My body loves protein but I discovered in the last few weeks when I began paying more attention to what I was eating, that Whey protein products are a no-go. I only drink about two protein shakes a day and they were causing some major issues with my digestion. I’m trying an egg white protein now and it appears to be ok with my physical makeup.

This is what Harold is talking about. What’s bad for me, may be good for you and vice versa. It’s really important to find this stuff out before you have a major allergic reaction or you screw up your digestive track. For me, it’s important to eat whole (non-boxed foods) and make sure I supplement properly to recover from my workouts.

So, folks, take some time to analyze your diet and identify those foods that might not be working for you. You can also visit your doctor and have him send you to a nutritionist if you have a major concern. These folks can make diet recommendations to get you started. Regardless, the food you eat, the supplements and vitamins you take, really are individual. Some supplements I have tried have ZERO effect, while others have been very helpful. Experiment, test things out. You’ll feel a lot better in the long-run.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thinking Thursday

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Well, I started the 12-week Labrada Trainer and it is good so far. It’s a 7-day workout, with a little less cardio then my previous workout routine (1 session a day) but has a 2 day on and 1 day off schedule. The split looks like this: Back and Biceps, Chest, Triceps, and Shoulders, Legs and Abs. Again, the goal is to lose between 1 and 2 pounds per week, resulting in about 12 – 24 pounds of weight loss.

Books:

  • The Shariyat Ki Sugmad, Paul Twitchell
  • Turn your passion into a thriving business, Gundi Gabrielle: I finished this one last week. It has some great ideas on how to monetize your passion, including writing a book, creating and managing a blog, affiliate programs, networking, and all the rest. It was a pretty good read with lots of links to training videos provided by some of the best marketers/bloggers in the business.
  • Andersonville: A story of rebel military prisons, John McElroy
  • The Orion Plague, David Vandyke
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles
  • The Spiritual Exercises of ECK, Harold Klemp

Classes:

  • Public Policy, Hillsdale College
  • Learning how to Learn, Coursera
  • Mini-Habits Course, Udemy (putting this one on hold until August)

Documentaries:

  • The Civil War, Ken Burns (Netflix currently)
  • The West, Ken Burns (Netflix currently)
  • Vietnam, Ken Burns (Netflix currently)

Movies:

I went to the show to watch the movie SOLO and it was a lot better in my opinion than what the critics were saying. I’m a big Star Wars fan, so this was a no-brainer for me. I also watched The Last Jedi on Netflix and it was again a big surprise. The story was terrific! I won’t give you any spoilers, but if you are a Star Wars fan, both movies were great.

Fun:

  • Hell on Wheels (Currently on Netflix)
  • The Hollow (Currently on Netflix)
  • Goliath (Currently on Amazon Prime) – Finished Season 2. Wow! If you had the opportunity to watch Goliath Season 1, you’ll enjoy this one as well. They did a great job and the story was full of twists and turns. I don’t want to spoil this one for everybody, but it’s worth a look if you are a fan of the first season.

Workout Routines and Other Weightlifting Knowledge:

https://www.bodybuilding.com/

For access to every supplement on the market, access to the top trainers in the world, and gain access to their training routines, this is the one-stop, shop for anything related to fitness. This one will cost you if you want access to the trainers and their workout routines. It runs me about $8.99 per month.

Well, that’s it for this week folks! I hope some of this information has been helpful to you.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday

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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

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Knowledge is so fleeting, isn’t it?

We learn something, gain some knowledge, apply that knowledge and learn more. So much of what we learn, gain, and apply is unique to each of us. Our unique nature drives us to learn things that others are not interested in, but literally, drive us to learn more. The more we learn, gain, and apply, the more nuances we discover during the process that are specific to us.

I find that knowledge, along with any skill we develop, evolves. The better we get at something; the more opportunities arise that allow us to grow again. Learning then is evolutionary and continuous. Each time we learn something new or gain proficiency in something provides more opportunities. These opportunities are more like capabilities. The more capable we are, the more things we can do, the more things we must learn, and the upward spiral continues. Each time we elevate to a new level compels even further learning, further improvement, and even more discipline than we had before.

This plus factor is continuous. There is always something more to learn, something more to explore, something more to experience. There is a catch, however. If you fail to push your limits continually, you will stagnate and digress.

The best analogy for this is exercise. Your body is an incredible machine that will adapt to new environments. If you stress your cardiovascular system, central nervous system, lymphatic system, musculature, tendons, and bones, the body responds by making them stronger. The body by itself is very stupid. It doesn’t know that you are curling a 20lb dumbbell or a 40lb dumbbell. It only knows the stress that is placed on it is greater than its current capability to lift or move this weight. Subsequently, the body over adapts by repairing that muscle to meet the demands that were placed on it. The same follows for every system in your body.

Each of us is unique but the principle of the plus factor is active in all aspects of our lives. Take advantage of this factor by improving all aspects of your life. Push yourself to get better physically and mentally. Increase your social circles and your network. Pursue improvements in your spiritual life. Each time you reach a new level, you’ll be able to do more. Then push again.

This is what this quote means to me. Each time we learn something or achieve something, we are on new ground. That new ground requires us to learn the new rules that only exist at this plateau. Be the very best you can be and continue to raise the bar. Growth is healthier than decline.

Until next time…

Dave

 

Daily Ramblings – Thinking Thursday

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This week is a holdover week for weightlifting. I’m continuing to hit weights and two-a-day cardio sessions but have made some adjustments. My cardio will be executed this time around on the elliptical.

I learned that my body is not a big fan of carbs during the last 8-week trainer I just completed. The last week of the program is where I had my big losses, and this is exactly when I was down to very low carb amounts (less than 50 grams a day). Subsequently, I’m looking into KETO and other low-carb diets to see how these will affect my muscle growth. Right now, I’m only interested in maintaining the muscle I have and reducing my body fat from 36% down to about 15%. The KETO diet appears to be a solution to my dilemma.

I’ve also been investigating some local sites who can provide accurate body fat measurements and I found one today! It costs 115.00 for the initial visit and 95.00 for subsequent visits. BINGO!! I’m going to set one of these up next week to get a good baseline before commencing my next transformation routine. The reason for spending some money on this is that my entire meal plan is based on accurate weight and body fat measurements. Without these, I’m just guessing. More to follow on this front, folks.

Books:

  • The Shariyat Ki Sugmad, Paul Twitchell
  • Turn your passion into a thriving business, Gundi Gabrielle
  • Andersonville: A story of rebel military prisons, John McElroy
  • The Orion Plague, David Vandyke
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles
  • The Spiritual Exercises of ECK, Harold Klemp

Classes:

  • Public Policy, Hillsdale College
  • Learning how to Learn, Coursera
  • Mini-Habits Course, Udemy (pending for next month)
  • How to Write a Non-fiction Book
  • I just finished this course and I have to say it was decent for the 11.99 price tag. By the way, when you pay for a course on Udemy.com, you have access to it for life. The course covers topics like researching your topic and investigating other books, determining who your target reader is, and then using various tools to begin outlining the book, writing the book, locating an editor and proofreader, revision processes, and finally getting the book onto the market. If you have aspirations about writing a non-fiction book, this course will be worth your while.

Documentaries:

  • The Civil War, Ken Burns (Netflix currently)
  • The West, Ken Burns (Netflix currently)
  • Vietnam, Ken Burns (Netflix currently)

Fun:

  • Hell on Wheels (Currently on Netflix)
  • The Hollow (Currently on Netflix)
  • Goliath (Currently on Amazon Prime)

Workout Routines and Other Weightlifting Knowledge:

https://www.kagedmuscle.com/

Kaged Muscle is run by CEO Kris Gethin. This website provides workout routines, supplements you’ll need, nutrition advice and a whole lot more. I am currently working through the 8-week hardcore trainer.

https://www.bodybuilding.com/

For access to every supplement on the market, access to the top trainers in the world, and also gain access to their training routines, this is the one-stop, shop for anything related to fitness.

Well, that’s it for this week folks! I hope some of this information has been helpful to you.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday

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“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” – John F. Kennedy

Boy, is this a good one!

When I was studying for a Doctorate, I truly began to realize how true this and other statements are about our limited knowledge in so many fields. When we discover something new, we begin to discover more avenues to follow and begin to discover there is a lot more to understand. It’s almost like running down a never-ending rabbit hole, much like the one in Alice of Wonderland. The key difference is the rabbit hole only leads to other ones, and other ones, ad infinitum.

I think we just need to understand that this seeking will never end. There will always be something more to know, more to apply, more to do. It is never ending because with each new discovery, more doors open in other fields, more doors open for commercial application, and more doors open to refine the idea just discovered.

Subsequently, science needs to keep seeking to understand that it needs to seek some more only to understand that this answers this question and presents ten more. We need science, but science will never discover the truth about our reality. Truth is only experienced. Truth is known when we see it. Truth is unchanging. When you find the truth, you don’t need to continue looking. Truth just is.

Our search for knowledge also concerns other aspects of our lives. Think about happiness for a moment. Are you happy? If not, why not? Happiness is a state of mind—an attitude. You either are happy, or you are not happy. Happiness, like truth, is within. We must learn how to be and nothing more.

Until next time…

Dave