August 1, 2011

Rant and Tip for August 1, 2011

Good Morning everyone! I did not sleep well last night I was up most of the night. I even got out of bed and went to watch some television to see if that would help. Funny though I do still feel pretty refreshed. I did get into some REM sleep which to be honest with you is the first time in a long time I can remember dreaming. I have blogged about sleep already so let’s just move on.

I recently heard from someone looking for assistance and they asked me what they could do to get back into shape. They are struggling and do not have extra cash to join a gym or to buy some dumbbells at this time. The good news is that the exercise programs I set up on this site can all be done at home. Instead of using dumbbells you can use an empty 1gallon jug and put water in it to get the weight you want.
The jug has a handle on it so you can use it like a dumbbell. You can also use a pillowcase and put heavy items in the bag to use as a dumbbell as well. One benefit of the pillowcase is that you will also work your forearms. Since you have to hold the closed end of the pillowcase tightly you will be working your grip and grip strength comes from the forearm. The big thing this person has going for them is they have the determination to do what needs to be done to hit there goals. It really makes me proud when someone comes to me for help with the determination this person did. One last thing and this is directed to that person. GO AND GET IT YOU DESERVE IT!

Determination is something that can elude many people when it comes to health and wellness. We tend to take care of everyone around us and forget about ourselves. Then when you do take care of yourself you have those who think you are being selfish. Most of my determination to get fit came from my children. It was not from those close to me who insisted on calling me fat and unattractive. It came from the ones who call me dad. If you have read my success story you know I was to the point where I could not keep up with them. I am no longer at that point and now run with my daughter when she needs a running partner for Tai Kwon Do and I can wrestle with my son or help on his soccer team with out getting tired out. You are not being selfish to take care of yourself. You are being responsible to your friends and families, in assuring you are around for the long hall. Do not let people tell you it is selfish to take the time to get fit. It is the right thing to do. I do not know what you religeous beliefs are, but in the bible it states your body is a temple. We need to try to treat it as such.
Have a great workout!


I recently found a quote by Liane Cardes and it is "Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential." This is so true. How many times have we started something and stopped. We are strong enough and we have the intelligence but we stop and never hit our true potential. I know many people who have struggled with weight loss. They have not had an easy time losing their weight. Funny, the one person I have in mind once said “Jim can lose weight just by wiggling his ears.” Another person has struggled with physical set backs, these two woman inspire me to continue to move forward in my goals. They did not have an easy time losing the weight they wanted to lose. However, through “CONTINUOUS EFFORT” they have succeeded and continue to inspire others.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your post and encouragement. I agree that it really is a lack of determination more than anything else that stops us reaching our goals - be it weight loss, getting fitter or anything else.