Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Biggest Loser of the New Year

The update came in just after yesterday's story was published and it's a whopper – 16.8 pounds released thru day 21 of the Caveman Challenge.  Chris's doctor will also be pleased with his reduced blood pressure readings which decreased from 134/71 to 122/65.  Chris is hopeful his doctor will cut the bp medication as these readings continue to decline.   I'm thrilled with all the reports.  We're not even at the half-way mark and these volunteers are feeling great about their progress.

If you're curious how so many people are losing weight, it's not too late to join the challenge.  There is no cost and the payoff is huge.  I read a quote about how losing ten pounds can reduce the risk of getting diabetes by 60%.  This is important to me because it runs in my family.  Here's what the latest group of volunteers committed to in the Caveman 45-day Challenge:
  • Concentrate on five foods – fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.
  • Avoid processed foods or packages with artificial ingredients.
  • Skip dairy.
  • Limit alcohol to no more than two glasses of wine per day.
  • Give up buns on your burgers, tortillas and chips.
People ask, "is this really something I can do?"  My answer is, "it depends."  Consider how risky your current situation is, including your weight, your need for prescription medicine, your lipid panel readings and your blood pressure.  Are you willing to risk your health because you're not sure you can give up certain foods?  I believe eating like a caveman for 45 days is a small price to pay in order to avoid something terrible  – like a heart attack, stroke or cancer.  Give this challenge a try and join my skinny friends today.  You may be the biggest loser of the year.  Have a great day.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Caveman Volunteers Celebrate Losses

Helen and Brittany from my day job are teaming up to lose weight and Helen reports a ten pound loss in her first week.  John is also down ten pounds.  Chris will be sending in his third weekly report this weekend, complete with weight, pulse and blood pressure readings.  Paige loves wearing her size 0 jeans.  Others are jumping on board.  Everybody's losing.  The Caveman Challenge is catching on.  I'm really happy because this is typically the time of year when most people give up on their goals and revert to their old way of life.  These folks are committed.  The caveman challenge is not only about the first 45 days of the experiment – it's about making permanent changes to your eating habits in order to live a long and prosperous life free of health issues.  I'm nuts about it.  Stay tuned for more updates.  It looks like this is going to be an amazing year for all the lab rats.  That's the skinny on today's report.  Have a great day.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Watch Your Reactions

The way you respond to the world around you affects the quality of your life.  What will it be today?  Rewards or consequences?  You decide.  I'm going to pay special attention to my reactions today.  The world is especially volatile and I'm going to make sure my reactions are polite and respectful.  Have a great day. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Can You Pass the Sustainability Test?

Can you go the distance?  That's what sustainability means – the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.  It's what separates fad diets from permanent lifestyle changes.  Anyone can lose weight in the short term but what about keeping those pounds off forever?  The same is true with relationships.  Anyone can step up to the altar and say yes.  What about that time period after the honeymoon?  How do long-term couples stay together permanently?

I don't have all the answers.  What I do know is my faith is a big factor in my sustainability.  I believe I was created in the image of an all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving God.  He has no beginning and no end.  As God's creatures, we are designed to live forever.  Sure, there's the growing old part and a death scene we all face, but I believe there is something after that lasts forever.  This belief in eternity makes everything else seem less cloudy.  The uncertainty dissipates.  Sustainability is part of my DNA.  I believe I can go the distance.  How about you?  Can you pass the sustainability test?  Give God a try.  He will get you to the finish line and beyond.  All you have to do is ask.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How You Can Change the World

It's happening.  I thought it was some far-fetched dream at first but it's really happening.  And it can happen to you, too.  It starts with an unshakeable belief that you can change the world.  It doesn't matter where you live, how old you are or what you do for a living.  You can be the difference maker.  Ready?  Here goes:
  • Take an inventory of all the gifts you have.  If you're not sure about this step, ask the people closest to you to identify your best qualities.  Write everything down.  These are the ingredients for your "change the world" recipe.
  • Cultivate your gifts.  They work best when they're used on a daily basis.  Practice, practice, practice.
  • Never give up.
  • Don't listen to the naysayers who secretly want you to fail because they're afraid you may succeed if you keep trying.
  • Learn as much as you can, especially from your failures.  
  • Seek out people smarter than you who are willing to share their life lessons with you.  These mentors will teach you how to survive on days when you think your idea about changing the world is impossible.
  • Change the world.
If you need some re-assurance about today's thoughts, please bookmark this page and put a note on your calendar to come back on May 1.  Or, subscribe to this blog and we can work on this idea together, one day at a time.  Today is your day to change the world.  It's time.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What an Odd Year We're Experiencing

"I'm supposed to root for the Chargers next year?  Say what?"

Nope. I'm not gonna go there.  I know the door's wide open but I refuse to write about politics, other than to say our world is about to be shaken up big time later this week.  Our political world isn't the only one going through upheaval.  Take a look at what's going on in the world of football.  My favorite rivalry is the Raiders vs. the Chargers.  It got so intense that I refused to buy tickets to these games for personal safety reasons.  The weirdness won't stop.  The Chargers are moving out of town to a soccer field in LA and the Raiders are relocating to Vegas.  As John McEnroe would say, "You cannot be serious!"

Odd year or not, I'm counting my blessings.  They tend to be more lopsided in the odd years.  My odd-year good luck streak began in '87 when I met my wife.  We married in '89 and had three kids in '91, '93 and '95.  My first business venture hatched in '05 and my first book was birthed on St. Patrick's Day, 2011.  The second semester of my latest book writing adventure is almost over and it looks like the due date of 5/1 will keep the odd years memorable.  Stay tuned for the rest of the story.  Have a great day.

Monday, January 16, 2017

When a Chapter Ends

It's not the end of the world in San Diego but if you're a Chargers fan like me, it may feel like it.  My heart aches for all the fans.  It feels like losing a family member.  Even the local moving companies are refusing to participate in the relocation.  It's too painful.  While the book may appear to be closed for San Diego, life must go on for some of my favorite people including Phil Rivers, Antonio Gates,  and Charger newcomer Joey Bosa.  I will never forget the amazing Ladainian Tomlinson or "Lights Out" Shawn Merrimen.  These are the people who inspired me to give my best every day.  Now it's lights out in America's finest city for professional football.

There's always some amount of pain associated with the conclusion of a chapter.  It's okay to feel not okay.  In fact, it's part of the healing process.  My last experience with the Chargers took place at the beginning of the 2016 season when my family traveled to an away game in Kansas City.  We dared to enter Arrowhead Stadium decked out in Chargers gear.  We reveled in the magical play of Phil Rivers and company playing their best football ever in the first half.  The crowd was silenced.  Then it happened again.  The other side interrupted our fairy tale vacation with a surprise ending.  Someone turned the lights out.  It was a foreshadowing of a nightmare to come.  I must remind myself, "if it's not okay, it's not the end."  Have a great day.