Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sustainability – The Most Important Step in Your Weight Loss Journey

Is permanent weight loss achievable?  Most people I know don't believe so.  They're hesitant to try diets because they fear any weight they lose will eventually return.  Or worse, the scales goes even higher.  I'm one of the few who go against the grain.  I refuse to give up even when all the odds appear stacked against me.  I believe with all my heart sustainability is possible and I'm attempting to prove it with my own life.  The skeptics are watching my every move.  They know it's been a year since I lost 33 pounds and they're waiting for what they believe is inevitable – a return of the "before" picture.

I started this journey as a food dummy.  I was in the obese category.  My blood pressure and cholesterol levels were both in the danger zone.  That's when my cousin stepped in at the peak of my crisis and offered me a 45 day food experiment.  He believed I was suffering from inflammation and his idea was to eliminate all foods except fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  After 45 days I was allowed to add small amounts of fish, chicken, eggs and red meat while keeping an eye on the scale.  The experiment worked.  The foods still off the table are processed foods,  dairy and products containing gluten.

I'm not sure how many years it will take to silence my critics about the sustainability argument but I'm willing to stick to my cousin's food experiment for the remainder of my life and I plan to add more lab rats to tip the scales in my favor.  Take the first step in your weight loss journey today and make sure sustainability is your final step.  You can do this.  Have a great day.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Which Script Are You Following?

Like it or not, your life is like the movies.  What do others see when they watch you on the big screen?  Can they follow the plot?  How do you feel about the part you play?  The answers to these questions are dependent on your relationship with the writers and directors. 

There was a time in my life when I turned down certain roles because I didn't care for the script.  I find it ironic how the parts I declined were actually specifically written for me long before I was born.  My own stubbornness blinded me and I tried unsuccessfully to live my life without following any scripts.  Peligroso! Muy peligroso!  It's a good thing I found the right agent to represent me.  The truth is I didn't find my agent, he found me.  He convinced me to change my ways.  He asked me to trust the writers.  That's when I found my purpose. 

If you're feeling lost or if you're having trouble finding the right script for your life, give my agent a try.  He's been negotiating contracts since the beginning of time and inspired the world's best seller.  He prefers working as a ghost writer and is never seen in public but I can assure you he's the best agent you can have, especially because of his intimate relationship with the Executive Director.  Ask the Holy Spirit to find the perfect script for your life and follow it.  Study your lines and live them every day.  You are perfect for the part.  Have a great day.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Do You Have Success Issues?

Success means there are changes on the horizon.  For some, it may feel like a bad storm approaching.  Who really wants to change, even if it's for the better?  I know the pain required to achieve a successful outcome and I also the know the peer pressure.  The other side of the coin is regret.  Regret is what happens when you let success issues seep into your daily life and you give up on your dreams.  Ask yourself one question, what am I born to do?  Once you answer that question, forget about what everyone else says or does to try to stop you.  Choose to be the best version of yourself you can be.  Success is your reward for dealing with all the obstacles, including any negative feelings or fears you may have.  Go for it.  Have a great day.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Virtual Envelope Method for Debt Reduction

We started small with a coffee can for our loose change.  The outside of the can is labeled "vacation."  Then we added envelopes for entertainment and emergencies.  These envelopes helped us to wean ourselves from our credit cards.  Now we're adding a new twist with a paperless method to acquire our next vehicles.  The idea is to make the car payments to ourselves in advance in a separate checking account designated for our replacement vehicles.  We are not allowed to access the account for any other purposes.

I really like the envelope method because it works.  The virtual envelope uses the same simple idea – keep the funds out of site so they are not readily accessible.  The envelope marked "emergency fund" is our first defense against tapping into the virtual envelope.  The second defense is a good mechanic.  Our man, Adam, understands our desire to keep our jalopies on the road long enough to avoid car loans.  He feels confident he can do the job, even though our combined odometer readings are now over 400,000 miles.  Give the virtual envelope method a try for your next vehicle or home improvement project and make sure to keep your creditors out of the picture.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Lab Rats are Multiplying

News is spreading quickly about the Caveman Food Experiment, a 45 day trial program for individuals seeking a solution for possible food related ailments.  I have Paige to thank for that.  She checked in yesterday seven pounds lighter since beginning on Labor Day.  Her energy levels are increasing and her friends all want to know her secret.

I'm super excited to share more in future posts.  Stay tuned.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to Curb Your Debt Appetite

 Debt is like seasoning you use in the kitchen to add flavor to your meals.  I believe credit card companies dole out enticing 0% APR offers to get us to add more spices to our wallet.  Left unchecked, these temptations turn into powerful addictions similar to heroin.  The "high" we get from buying stuff we really don't need with money we don't have turns into a devastating crash when the bills come in.

Hello.  My name is Michael.  I'm recovering from poor choices I made regarding excessive credit card use.  The journey is not easy.  I understand how powerful the debt spices are.  It's been about six months since I paid credit card interest and over three years since I paid interest on a car loan but I don't believe I'm out of danger.  Even though I opted out of the marketing offers, credit card companies find a way to fill my mailbox with new products.

The best way I know to curb your debt appetite is to change your taste buds.  Many people may think my cash diet is bland but it leaves no bad aftertaste.  I have a new sense of freedom that reminds me how simple life was when I was delivering newspapers as a young boy and I actually had money in the bank.  Read the menu and study the prices of every item you are about to purchase.  Remember to factor in the cost of interest if you're going to add the spices.  If the money isn't in your wallet today, don't order anything you can't afford.  Cash is the best spice around.  Try it.  Have a great day.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Who is Your Role Model?

Who are your heroes?  Maybe they're famous people you've never met in person who inspire you to try harder or live better.  Or perhaps they're regular people who live in your neighborhood.  Did one of your teachers light a fire inside you that forever changed the direction of your life?  We all need role models to help us reach our full potential.

I'm fortunate to have many mentors in my life.  The greatest of these works in mysterious ways.  I read stories about people who became transformed after their encounters.  How can someone change your life after asking you only one or two questions?  That's powerful.  They magically know exactly what you need.  They lead by example.  They look beyond your weaknesses.  These heroes bring out your best.  They stand by you in your darkest times.  I know I'm never alone because of the hero in my life.  His name is Jesus.  You can read all the stories about Jesus or you can close your eyes and invite Him into your heart.  The experience will bring you peace and you will find your way no matter how lost you may be.  If you're looking for a role model, try following Jesus.  Have a great day.