My Incredible Morning Run

IMG_8755In my on going efforts for fitness, health, and continued youth I woke this morning, dressed in my sweat suite, grabbed my cell phone and ear plug headphones and embarked on a morning run. After I was done I realized what an extraordinary start to my day I experienced.

It was a cold March morning with temperatures in the upper 30s. As I left my Renton home through my garage I zipped up my jacket all the way to my neck. I plugged my headphone buds into my ears, plugged the cord into my phone, and turned on the music. I like up-beat music as I run, and classic rock is my up-beat music of choice. Journey was the first band I enjoyed.

At 51 years of age with arthritis in my hips and a slightly torn right labrum loosening up for anything physical takes a little more time than it used to. The darkness of pre-6am enveloped me as I awkwardly began running out of my driveway. The first few hundred yards of my runs see me looking quite geeky as I shake off the cobwebs of a nights sleep and free-up my muscles and joints. I’m flapping around like a fish out of water, and my legs are rotating as a wheel with no lug nuts.

After the first song had played Led Zeppelin was in my ears and head. Good Times, Bad Times. I wasn’t feeling great. My hips were growling at me and the cold was nipping at my ungloved fingertips.

I then looked up from the sometimes dangerous cracked sidewalk and saw a beautiful full moon through the Douglas Firs setting in the west. It shown through the trees and was hallowed by a cloudy mist. It was my beacon lighting my dark path on my journey. It inspired me. Between looking down to watch for missteps on the uneven sidewalk I would look up at the glowing orb. Sometimes I had to search for it as it ducked behind a tree or apartment building. Cars whizzed by at 40 mph when I finally grunted my way to a main road with a smooth level sidewalk, the moon still glowing in the west, descending over the Olympic Mountains.

I run a route that’s about 3.5 miles. It takes me about 30-35 minutes. I’m not fast, just steady. As I rounded the Fairwood shopping center I began the journey home. That would take me east. No longer fighting to keep running or feeling stiff from old age and a thorough nights sleep I am quickening my pace. And a funny thing happened. Dawn had broken.

Rush, Seal, and Pink Floyd sang in my ears as the sidewalk became more easily visible in the growing light. As more hills, and the start of a side-ache begin to challenge me I begin reciting the Hail Mary, over, and over, and over again asking the Mother of Jesus to bless me in my efforts and carry me through.

The final 2-300 yards to my home is the steepest hill on my route and a real struggle as I’ve already run over 3-miles. But not this morning. My eastward trajectory and up hill slant had me peering into a glorious sunrise. Pink skies and some blue clouds inspired me to sprint. It was a beautiful morning.

Sunday, daylight savings time begins. So my next run will be in what is now the 5am hour. It’ll be dark, and I won’t see a darkness and a full moon followed by a beautiful sunrise in the east. I realized and asked myself how often, in the Pacific Northwest, will I run on a clear sky morning, with a full moon, and clear starlit skies followed by sunlit blue, and biting and exhilarating cold all during the same 30 minute run.

Is it pessimistic to say I may never experience this glorious combination again? There are only 12 full moons each year, the number of clear skies in Seattle are notably few, I only run 2-3 days per week and because of my age and my arthritis that amount is going to decrease as time moves on.

My morning run was extraordinary, special, inspiring, fun, and possibly one-of-a-kind.

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Half of All Americans Take Supplements- Why don’t You?

According to Harvard University’s Men’s Health Watch Newsletter roughly half of all Americans take at least one health or vitamin supplement on a regular basis. So…for the half of you doing so…ask yourself are you sure of what you’re putting into your body? Or could you do better with better products from more reputable suppliers?

For the other half not taking any health supplement to improve your nutritional intake, why are you? You realize you probably don’t get the best health benefits from your diet, right? You realize that even if you are very conscientious about your diet you still aren’t getting all that you need, because food no longer contains as many nutrients as they used too.

In its 2012 report Harvard reports that over $28-billion dollars were spent on supplements in 2010. The figure is considerably higher now.

Since 1993, AdvoCare has been a world-class nutrition company specializing in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance. AdvoCare submits more of its products to independent testing than any supplement company in the world. AdvoCare also has more professional and Olympic athletes endorsing the products than any other company. And NONE of these athletes is paid by AdvoCare for their endorsement (the lone exception being our national spokesperson Drew Brees). And AdvoCare offers a money back guarantee. How many nutrition and/or supplement companies can say that?

Remember these fact when you buy your health supplements. You could be doing a lot better for yourself, and for your wallet.

This author has been a regular user of AdvoCare products since June 2012. Since beginning their regular use I’ve lost 45-50 pounds of fat and gained 5-10 pounds of muscle. My cholesterol count has dropped below 180. I’d never measured below 210. My pre-diabetic blood sugar levels have collapsed back down to safe levels. And I’m wearing a pant size I’ve not been able to wear for nearly 30 years. I simply feel and look better than at any time in my 50 years of life.

Products my family uses includes the following (just click on the pictures to be taken to a link in which you can order and try the products):

24 Day Challenge

Meal Replacement Shakes

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Spark Challenge

 

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20 Things the Rich Do Every Day – daveramsey.com

It has always amazed me that so few look to duplicate the actions of the successful. As I wrote in The Swings of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb I believe that emulating those who are successful will do far more for your well-being than any thing else. This piece tells you what you ought to be doing. So…do it.

20 Things the Rich Do Every Day – daveramsey.com.

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How Much Are Women Really Spending On Their Hair?

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The above link is an interesting article talking about how much women do for, to and spend on their hair. In the article the person who spends the least claimed to only spend $900 per year on their hair. All the rest claimed to spend well over $2000 per year. In the case of one woman, over $10,000 was spent on her hair…which…as the article points out is dead and will be cut away in a short period of time. And none of the women in this article are women of colorI guarantee black women with any means at all spend much more on their hair than the average white woman. MUCH MORE! 

 

I don’t have any issue with women spending a lot on their hair. A woman with a good looking, nicely styled head of hair can really accentuate her beauty. However, I have issues with women spending lots and lots of time and money on their hair while being seriously out of shape and unhealthy. Where are your priorities ladies? Your poor fitness could kill you. It certainly will shorten your life. And in terms of attractiveness, speaking as just one man, a woman with a fit body and…less than perfect hair is more attractive than an unfit, unhealthy body with a perfect do.

 

Spend nearly as much money and time on your body as you do your hair and this country would not have nearly as bad an obesity problem. It would be cut in half, leaving only the men with the need to fix their weight issues. Because I guarantee any woman willing to put as much time and money into their body as they put into their hair will not have a weight problem.

 

This has been something I’ve wondered about my whole marriage. Fortunately my beautiful wife and I found AdvoCare to help us both with tremendous weight loss. And my wife’s hair is gorgeous in spite of caring for it on a tight budget. Certainly, a tighter budget than the women listed in the above article. AdvoCare helped her and I lose a combined 100+ lbs. in only 7 months, thanks to the 24 Day Challenge (Contact us if you want help with AdvoCare)

 

I just got a hair cut. I might get 6-8 of them in a year and spend $20 each time. I have no idea what I spend on shampoo and conditioner but if I were to guess, each bottle costs $5-6 and lasts 3-4 weeks, I might spend another $70-$80 for a total yearly investment in my own hair of less than $240.00. And keep in mind I’m not the only one in my household using my shampoo and conditioner. Obviously women have it different. And I understand that. But $900? $2000? $10,000? YIKES!

 

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The Little Engine That Could, Could be You

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In recent months I’ve been reminded of a childhood book we all remember, and remember with fondness. The Little Engine That Could is a children’s book, published in 1930 and written by Watty Piper. In recalling this tale I am reminded of a more recent adult self-help book by Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten. Don’t hit, don’t fight, be nice, share, listen to your teacher, etc.

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And we also learned, or should have learned, to try hard and to help others. Few books teach this lesson with such clarity as this little children’s book. I recommend you click on the link below and refresh your memory of the old story.

Watty Piper’s 1930 “The Little Engine That Could” – Print Magazine.

I continue to represent AdvoCare Health/Nutrition/Weight Loss products while continually saying to myself and my wife, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…” And we’re chugging up that mountain and as in that story we’re slowly going faster and faster.

In the story the toy train‘s engine breaks down and strands the toys and nutritious food intended for the children on the other side of the mountain. The toy clown asks for help to get the train and its toys over the mountain to the children. But nobody will help.

And think about who these big arrogant train engines represent. The Shiny New Engine might be the bank that turns down your home refi. The Big Strong Engine might be your boss that turns down your raise AND asks you to work extra hours away from your kids. The Rusty Old Engine might be your parents who look at your Multi-Level-Marketing or Direct Sales company and say, isn’t that nice while they turn away and provide no referrals, help or encouragement.

The little blue engine is you; anonymously doing your work around the train station. You’re moving train cars from one place to another. You’ve never been over the mountain. But you could…if you tried.

No if you’re going to get that train over the mountain, you’re going to have to do it yourself. We’re going to have to do it ourselves. And…I think I can…I think I can…I think I can. As we chug chug chug along it gets easier. There is no question you, we, can make it up that mountain and get over to the other side to help people who need us. But we can’t do it if we stop; if we give up.

Chug chug chug your way to the top. Then you can coast alllllll the way down the mountain, all the way saying happily, “I thought I could, I thought I could, I thought I could…”

Robert Fulgham was right.

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The Mistake of Reducing Expenses

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See if this sounds familiar to you. Your personal or business finances get tight, you have more bills at the end of the month than you have money to pay for them. And what do you do? You decide its time to cut expenses. You try to save money by eliminating unnecessary bills, those things you can cut back on, and those things you can accept in lesser quantities or lesser quality. Pretty soon you find out, it doesn’t work. All you’ve done is lower your standard of living, but months or even years later you’re in the same position that caused your austere spending to begin with; too many bills and not enough money to pay them. This is the trap faced by many in today’s economic world. And unless something changes nothing will change for you and your family. And if you’re the bread-winner in your home its time to recognize an ugly reality…you’re failing your family.

The solution is easier than you think. But if you’re like me you took the austerity road first before realizing what that simple solution is.

Maybe you’ve done some of this:

Cancel all Newspaper and Magazine subscriptions.

Check.

Cut back your TV cable or Dish service; maybe change service providers.

Check.

Reduce your auto insurance coverage…possibly down to the legal limit of only Liability Coverage.

Check.

Refinance your home mortgage to take advantage of near record low-interest rates.

Check.

Stop buying clothes for yourself and for your children, unless absolutely necessary.

Check.

Sell your car and buy an older cheaper one.

Check.

Eliminate vacations.

Check.

Buy store brand grocery items at a discount store.

Check.

Reduce your thermostat to cut back on heating bills.

Check.

Turn off lights…unplug unused appliances…

Check.

Did you find it’s not enough?

You know why?

It’s not enough because things you don’t have control over but need to spend money on are going up at a faster rate than your income or your austerity measures.

  • Health insurance premiums have climbed already, and will climb even higher when Obamacare takes full effect in 2014. Forbes reported this month that rates in California alone could climb as much as 146%.ObamaCare Bear
  • Increased employee expenses in industry, as a result of increased health-care costs will drive up the cost of manufactured goods.
  • Gas prices are and have been consistently over $3.00 per gallon for the past couple years, and the periodic dips into the $2.00 range and especially the $1.00 range (as happened during the Bush years) are a distant memory. The price of crude oil is over $94-per-barrel. Gas prices are more likely to exceed $4.00-per-gallon and stay there than they are to fall.
  • Trucking is still the primary method of moving food in this country, and the increased gas prices will add to food costs.
  • Mortgage interest rates have been held down by the Federal Reserve’s low or no interest short-term financing for 4-5 years. But this week
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    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Fed Chair Ben Bernanke suggests that time is coming to an end by the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

  • Taxes on the local, state, and Federal levels have all increased in the past year and will only go higher in the next four years. President Obama was re-elected promising to raise taxes.

There is more of course. But the point is you and your family have no choice. These things you will pay for and you will have less to spend on other matters. It’s simple math. Even if you can count on a pay raise, which have been few and far between for most workers in recent years, there is no way any employer is going to keep your compensation increasing fast enough to keep up with these known mandatory expenses and their increases.

If you’re like me. Your austerity efforts have proven worthless. And my wife and I make a good living. For the past 20 years our income has placed us in the upper 5-25% of income earners in this country. And, no; we didn’t make the mistake so many other Americans made and buy too much house. Even with 4 years of declining home values we’ve never been upside-down in our mortgage and have always maintained a healthy level of equity.

But for years I always thought we could simply cut back and get ourselves out of the tight conditions in which we found ourselves. Like so many others. It didn’t work. The solution I finally realized was we need to make more money. We need a Plan B income. And so do you.

Take a look at your situation. Where are you going to be in 2 years? In five years? 10? What is going to happen to make things better?

For too long I fooled myself, and patted myself on my back for making an above-average income and being so much better off than most other people. But most other people live lives of quiet desperation. Most people are a lay-off or a single medical emergency from financial ruin. Does this describe you?

Our solution is already working. After loving the health and nutrition and weight-loss products from Advocare, we decided we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to represent this fine company and its products and help other people realize the benefits we each realized. Our friends who introduced Advocare to us have been representing the company for less than 4 years and no longer work outside their home. They have a growing income of $25-$30-thousand per month. We are paying off debt and will record our highest family income in close to ten years, thanks in part to AdvoCare.

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Author Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad, calls the business plan used by Advocare “the perfect business plan”.

I let go of all my prejudices and suspicions about direct-selling businesses and realized AdvoCare was different and better. And my family is repeating the benefits.

Be it AdvoCare or some other vehicle, read the writing on the wall. The only way things change for your family finances, is if something changes. A secondary or Plan B income is the only way to thrive in the world of today. If you want to learn more. Contact me. I can help. And would love to help.

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Obesity is a Disease? Only if a lot of Other Human Problems are Disease As Well.

American Medical Association

American Medical Association

The American Medical Association has voted to label obesity as a disease. At its annual meeting in Chicago, Tuesday (June 18, 2013) they issued the following statement:

“RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association recognize obesity as a disease state with multiple pathophysiological aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.”

Forbes reporter Bruce Japsen writes that before the voice vote Hershey, PA obstetrician Dr. Virginia Hall said, “insurers can stop ducking their responsibility” in paying for obesity treatments. And therein lies the truth behind this decision. Money. More money will flow into the bloated medical community’s pockets with obesity labelled a disease. In the future you will have those who are diagnosed as obese eligible for counseling and disability payments once they’ve been seen buying more than three Big Macs over a week’s time. Doctors will bill their patient’s insurance coverage for the doctor’s trips to Burger King. Calling such trips patient research into disease prevention.

In this article by NPR “AMA Says It’s Time To Call Obesity A Disease” sociologist Abigail Saguy correctly states “People think that being obese means being sick, and there are some health risks, but risk is not the same thing as illness,”

There is no question obesity in the United States is a problem. Obesity rates have tripled since 1980. 72-million people in the United States were obese in 2010. In 2010 nearly 60% of the entire populace was overweight or obese. But a disease? We have lots of things in this country that are a problem. But is poverty a disease? Is unemployment? Unemployment or underemployment has been at or near 15% for at least four years. Fewer Americans work today than at any time since the 1970s. Should health insurance pick up the tab for that too?

Obviously unemployment and poverty will never be labelled diseases. But if obesity is a disease how about the root causes of obesity? Can procrastination be a insurable disease? How about laziness? Can we receive an insurance check for spending all our waking moments lounging on a couch? It’s important to solve these personal responsibility problems in this country so let’s make sure Obamacare provides coverage for buying Captain Crunch, Fruit Loops, and Cocoa Puffs.

The author 6-19-13 at 205 lbs.

The author 6-19-13 at 205 lbs.

June 18, 2012. 48 years old 241 lbs.

June 18, 2012. 48 years old 241 lbs.

For all the fat people out there, you have my sympathy and empathy. I know its hard to lose weight. Been there, done that. I’m forty-nine years old and have basically spent my adult life obese. Currently I’m 10-15 pounds overweight. Though one year ago I would never have dreamed that I could weigh 205 lbs. as I do now. Given that I was 210 lbs. as a 23 year old, newly married man who was pretty active I thought getting to 210 at my current age, with greater muscle development was extremely ambitious. But thanks to AdvoCare and its 24 Day Challenge I’m down 40 lbs and my wife is down 50 lbs. It cost me a relatively small amount of money. It cost me the pain of changing some long practiced eating habits. And it worked. After losing my Uncle from a heart attack at age 61, my Dad at 64, and my Grandpa at 65 I became scared for my life expectancy. Anyone who is obese should have that fear. Because you will die young. You will not live long while carrying around more than 30 extra pounds. In my case, I love my kids and eagerly await loving grandkids some day. I decided life is too precious to piss it away merely because of bad habits. Habits that can be changed, and replaced with new habits. AdvoCare has shown me that.

So that’s what we’re talking about. Personal responsibility or lack of it determines your physical condition. The AMA is making a money grab and should be recognized for their greed. Grow up America. Take control of your life. Nothing is guaranteed, but if you can change habits, fill your body with proper nutrition like what AdvoCare provided my family, you increase your odds of a longer, healthier, and happier life.

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