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Minimalism Part 1: Health

As I stated in my last blog, I am going to do my first post series. Recently I finished a great book by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus called Minimalism: Living a meaningful life. Over the next few weeks I am going to take each week and implement a different chapter from the book.  This first week, I am going to talk about Health.

I will make a promise to you that over the next week I will stick to the things I am going to say here and then next friday I will write the next post and give a update to how the past week has gone.

The Beginning

In this chapter, they talk about the main ingredients of getting and being healthy, eating and exercising. Not even remotely a surprise there. What you put into your body encompasses more than your diet (pg. 38).  And this is something I have “known” for a long time, the struggle is taking this wisdom to heart and putting it to work in our lives.

This post and the weeks to follow are all part of this reboot that I am doing in my life to get my health, myself, and my life where I want it to be.  I know I have said it before, but it is worth saying it again.  It is a process, it is slow slicing success and a day by day process to see the results I desire.

Medicine, Gluten, and Packaged Food

Most of the time I do not do any kind of medicine.  I have in the past done allergy relief medicine when my allergies have gotten out of hand; nowadays I don’t do any form of medicine.  I try as much as possible to go natural, not as a nudist, but in medicine.  I will do essential oils for certain ailments, peppermint and fluids for a headache, and will do as many natural remedies as I can for any health issues.  It’s not that I don’t trust doctors, at times I do, seeing what has happened with the health of relatives and friends as they are prescribed pills upon pills.

The rage right now is gluten free eating and living.  Even in the book they discuss living a gluten free life. Both of the authors live a pescatarian lifestyle of eating, which means vegetarians who eat fish.  I don’t know about you but, I enjoy chicken, turkey, the occasional red meat too much to forgo it all.  I am not going to talk about a Paleo lifestyle since I have written about it several times.  Although, it is an option which to discover and see if it is a eating change that would work for you.

Lastly, processed and packaged food.  We all know what these are, its the middle of the grocery store, all of the bagged and packaged things.  Several bloggers that I read and follow have talked about the one way to grocery shop is to follow the outside of the store and completely avoid the interior aisles.  Now of course there are a few good things in the interior, frozen vegetables, protein bars, teas and some of your gluten free goods.  However, the healthiest options for you are on the outer aisles and circumference of the store.

Exercise Habits

Something I realized this afternoon once again, is that we don’t need to set aside hours of our day to get the workout in. Often times we think, “Oh I need to workout today.”  And we dread the thought because, at least in my mind, it means I have to set aside several hours to do it.  In reality, all I need is 30 mins.  Either broken up throughout the day, or all at one point.  I am pretty sure that any of us can find a mere half hour to get the exercise in and begin to see a slow, but steady transformation.

Most of the time, if not all of the time, our “limits” are all in our minds.  We can do this, we can make the changes necessary and become the people, the men and women, we desire to become.  It takes dedication, effort, and persistence.  We just need to get up and give in to those desires and go out there and commit to making a change.

Go out and feel the burn today nerds.  Leave a comment, question, response.  Would love to hear from you!

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Life is like…Instant Oatmeal?

Actually life isn’t at all like instant oatmeal.  Although we all wish it was, sadly this is not even remotely the case.  In actuality, life is like a slow cooking pot roast.  As much as we desire to see instant results from eating right for a week, working out for an hour etc it just isn’t going to happen.  It takes dedication and hard work to achieve the results we desire in any area of our lives.

What is change really like?

In reality, it is all about slow slicing success.  In his sermon of the same name, Pastor Levi Lusko discusses slow slicing success in regards to being a creature of habit or changing our habits. He discusses how the chinese used slicing or Lingchi to slowly cut a person to death. (Click the link to read the description of true Chinese Lingchi, rather gruesome.)  However, Pastor Lusko makes a great point, we need to use slow slicing success in our lives to make lasting and effective change.  We cannot expect to hack off large chunks and expect to see lasting change; it has to be done in slow slices, a bit at a time.

To really see change, this poster makes a great point.

day mo 77 Daily motivation (25 photos)

In our American culture of quick service, instant meals, fast food, express lanes, drive thru service etc we have come to expect the same of change in our lives.  We have become an impatient and inconsiderate society, wanting everything now and not have to wait.  With almost everything, we “Want it now!” (<- check out the video! a classic) And we don’t want to work for it.

“She was a bad egg.”

Just as Mr. Wonka states after Veruca falls down the chute. That is what becomes of us as we desire the reward without the effort.  We become bad eggs, selfish, self-seeking and impatient.  And I have to remind myself quite often that it is all about slow slicing success; if I want to see the change I have to stick it out, see it through and wait the weeks it will take to get to where I want to be. I cannot expect to “want it now.”

Slow cooking pot roast

And that is something that is so difficult, I want immediate results. I want to see the calories and inches just fall off after eating a healthy meal, or working out for an hour.  Unfortunately, life isn’t instant oatmeal.  Unfortunately, life is like a slow cooking pot roast, it has to sit and cook for ours in a broth to achieve culinary perfection.  And just like instant oatmeal, you may enjoy the quick results, but they aren’t lasting; instant oatmeal isn’t filling for a long time.  Pot roast is a filling and lasting meal, you are full for hours afterwards.

We need the same results from our eating, exercise, and weight loss habits.  Powders, supplements, and shakes are great as instant oatmeal; however you need to have real and lasting change.  That is why I am big on eating right without all the supplements, powders, shakes etc.  That is the direction I am taking in my life, finding natural and lasting options instead of using meal replacement shakes and all of the other “healthy” weight loss alternatives.  This options require you to continue their use after you reach your goal to maintain that achievement.  Why would I want to do that?  I would much rather achieve my goal through natural means and be able to easily maintain through continual eating right and exercising than continuing the use of shakes, supplements, and powders.

What point are you trying to make?

Good question. Let me sum up everything I am saying.  As much as we desire it, life is not like Instant Oatmeal.  Life is like a slow cooking pot roast.  It takes weeks of effort and dedication to reach our goals for change, weight loss, or any desire we may have.  We cannot expect everything to get better over night.  Look up success stories of people achieving their goals, none of them were overnight sensations.  For some, it took years, even decades to reach their lifelong dreams.  So I tell you this today, continue the effort and push forward.  It is all about the slow slicing success.  Take off little chunks at a time, little slices here and there and eventually you will reach that highly sought after achievement.

Let me know what slow slices you are currently making.

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Pot Roast (also a recipe)

Hulk Smash

Go ahead and get mad, get really angry at your circumstances, I give you permission.  Get angry at your weight, get angry at your eating habits, get angry at your jealous girlfriend (kidding I wouldn’t recommend that!)  However I do recommend being Bruce Banner at your life!  Go ahead and Hulk Out today!

I say that because that is what I have chosen to do as of today, get angry at my weight, eating habits and lifestyle (habits, time spent, finances etc). I have had enough of looking at others around me who embody what I want to look like and I am getting angry at myself, above all, to go forth and conquer!  Starting today I am aiming my  gamma infused fists at areas of my life that need HULK SMASH.   But I need your help!

For the next 30 days I am going Hulk angry at my eating habits, for starters, and doing intermittent fasting (what is it?). Along with that one meal I do eat, which i am planning on being lunch only, I am eating salads.  The kind and type doesn’t matter, making a smallish change by eating a salad that is variably healthy, not overloaded in crap.  Secondly, I am budgeting myself to certain amounts I am allowing myself to spend every week and only using cash.  When the cash runs out then that is it until my next paycheck.  *working as server and here soon always having cash on hand will cause me to reevaluate this at a later date.* The leftover money from every paycheck will be divided up into my savings and paying off debt.

Third, I have some other habits that are going to be the hardest to overcome.  Habits I will not disclose here but ones nonetheless that I need to eliminate from my life in order to continue with the process of leveling up.  Those are going to take the biggest effort and most of my Hulk Rage to destroy, but totally do-able! And the victory that will come with it will be most warranted!

There are times that we don’t want to make the tough choices or work hard to see a desired result.  Most of the time it is easier to give up and shrug our shoulders and move on.  However, with this great quote it changes things (in my opinion): “A person’s health can be measured by the number of uncomfortable decisions he or she is willing to make.” -Steve Kamb of NerdFitness.( <- take a couple minutes and read the article that inspired this post!)

If you think about the Hulk, most of the time He had no choice if he changed into the Hulk or not.  One little thing could set him off and all of a sudden you had a rampaging, green, rage machine on your hands.  Let us begin to behave the same way towards those things in our lives that we have finally had enough of!  However, from the list of things I have read recently, start off small, getting raging angry (new phrase?) at one thing and when that one thing is destroyed, then do the same at another and another.  Until one day down the road, maybe months later, you can look back and breath a breath of fresh air because the number of things you need to get raging angry at are minuscule from what they were!

Go out and Hulk Smash today Nerds and Nerdettes and Feel the Burn!!

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Polishing the Mirror

Doing Cardio  zumba after pushing myself during my bodyweight circuits yesterday = two left feet.  After my muscles warmed up and caught up with my brain then I didn’t fail as bad.  I am feeling those lunges in my thighs for real, squatting down and bending over makes my muscles scream.  However, the soreness is well worth it as my gaze is set upon what I will look like in a few months from now.  March 18th was when I had picked up with the focus to lose weight, I dropped out of the motivation zone for about 9 weeks.  That is crazy how fast time can fly when we lose our motivation, focus and/or drive.  I am thankful that I finally got that back and I have to attribute it to friends and the Lord for choosing to hold me accountable and willing to push me to get going and off my butt.

Now that Colorado has finally got it’s weather hormones in gear and we are passed memorial day, I am excited to get my swim on, or hike Chautauqua park in Boulder.  Either way it is going to be great getting back outdoors and into this beautiful state.  I also need to tan this Irish body, cause right now I could be used as a reflector for a light house and that is scary! (no really I am pretty sure that I glow in a dark room)  Tan and working out?  Am I on Jersey Shore or something?  Correction, never would I want to look like ANYONE from that show.  I prefer to look like myself just healthier and fit, not like someone who will eventually look like a leather couch after years of tanning. But this Irish guy with 25% Native American has to braise the irish part to kick in the Native American side, otherwise I will never get darker.  It is all worth it though.

After posting the pictures of my current image yesterday I printed out what I looked like back in 2011 and yesterday and have them hung alongside the image of Zac Efron as a reminder to myself why I am doing this.  I have the past hung up as a reminder of where I was, current as to where I am now and Zac as where I want to be by the end of the year (at least my goal weight if not toned out, Lord willing).  We all need those reminders to keep us going, let them be the first thing we see in the morning to motivate us to do that workout or to push ourselves just a single rep farther than yesterday.  Cause as the days and weeks go by and we take pictures to document our progress we will realize that it was all worth it.  That six months or even a year from now, we may not even recognize the person we see in the mirror cause we have come a long way from the obese person we saw daily.

But let us not go another day without changing even just one thing in our die, let it be switching one soda for water or picking up an apple instead of that Klondike bar.  Because we do not want to look at ourselves a year from now and see someone twice the size of the person we see today. I am not trying to bash the ladies in the picture, cause Lord knows He sees them as beautiful even if their weight is extremely unhealthy, I am using it as a reference point if we continue to do nothing about our weight.  Each step we take towards a healthier lifestyle is one step closer to looking in the mirror and seeing that “celebrity body” we have desired to attain.

What thing(s) are you going to change or make the immediate effort to change today so that you can get one step closer to your goal weight or body?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Go out and Feel The Burn today Nerds 🙂  Cause I know I am