#57 THEY WON!!!

Good Morning!

I can’t believe I woke up so late this morning.

Well, I understand why I did though, it’s because The Toronto Raptors won the NBA Championship last night and I watched the entire game!

It’s kind of a big deal.

It’s the first time that a Canadian NBA team has won the Championship.

I’m not a huge fan of basketball or any other sport for that matter, but out of all sports I do enjoy watching basketball the most. I think all those hours of playing NBA Jam on my Super Nintendo back in the day might have had something to do with that.

If you get a chance, catch the highlights. It was an awesome edge of the seat game.

Thanks for reading (or listening) and have a great day!

#55 Reading Faster

Good Morning!

On Monday I wrote about increasing the reading speed and linked to the free speed reading software, that trains you how to read in phrases at readspeeder.com.

The idea to reading in phrases is instead of reading single words you’re reading groups of words, much like you read groups of letters and not the individual letters themselves.

Reading in phrases allows you to read more visually, actually visualizing what your eyes are showing you.

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#49 Health Blog – Getting The Mind Right

Good Morning!

I’ve been writing about “getting my mind right” in the past couple health blogs. How we think about our bodies is just as important as how we treat our bodies, maybe even more.

How we think affects how we take action regarding certain things, so it makes sense that changing our thinking should be a huge part of any major change.

I’m reminded of the saying: “What you think about most tends to manifest.”

It has a lot to do with our perception of the world, and how we see things.

There is far too much information about our surroundings for our brains to process at any given time, so the brain prioritizes what we need to acknowledge moment to moment. If something isn’t deemed important, we don’t notice it right away.

For example, you buy a new car and are enjoying driving it, and then one day all of a sudden you seem to start noticing all of the other versions of your car popping up around you. They were always there; you just didn’t notice them before it was important to you.

Once your brain is programmed with what is important and what isn’t, making the choice more in line with what your goal is becomes much easier because the poor choices don’t get noticed first, as often.

So, the importance of how getting gains, burning fat, getting healthy, or however you want to frame it, needs to be programmed on this subconscious level.

The how, as in taking action, is the difficult part of the programming. Our brains are continuously being updated with what needs to be important to us.

The why, is what makes the how, important.

The why is what causes us to put the how into action.

Here’s the hack: The why has to be important already.

This is the process that unfolds naturally when someone’s why is to get healthier is so that they’ll have a better chance of living longer in and order to have the energy to provide for their children and/or to be there for their friends and loved ones.

The easiest way to make something important is to attach an emotion to it. How you feel about it. Emotions by their nature, are important.

We are emotional beings. Every choice we make can be in some form or another can be boiled down to how we feel about it or something attached to it.

Here’s a way to attach an emotion to a thing. We do this all the time without actually thinking about it already, but we can use this as a tool to rapidly change our thinking more in line with the goals we want to achieve.

Love and grief are the strongest of all emotions to use for this exercise. They are the easiest and most effective ones to use and the ones I will use for the following.

Pick up the food you want to eat that you know is bad for you and hold it in your hands. You can visualize the foods in your hands instead, but it works more effectively if you have physical contact with it.

Use the why you don’t want. Close your eyes and visualize the moment where the people you love in your life standing at the edge of your grave on a rainy day, crying and emotionally destroyed because you’re finally being lowered into the ground forever, because you died from a disease caused by something as stupid as the choice of food you put in your body.

When you visualize the why you want to avoid with as much detail as you possibly can, you’ll eventually be able to recall this so fast when you’re reaching for a box of sugary cereal that you know you shouldn’t be eating, you’ll pull your hand back so fast as if your hand were going to be crushed by it.

On the flip side of things, it’s good to reinforce the why of making better food choices for your body.

Pick up the food you want to eat that you know is good for you and hold it in your hands. As I mentioned above, you can visualize the foods in your hands instead, but it works more effectively if you have physical contact with it.

Use the why you do want. Visualize yourself far into the future surrounded by the people you love singing happy birthday to you. Feel the genuine joy and bliss that their song brings to you as you notice the reflection of the candlelight in their eyes from the two number eight candles stuck into the bowl of strawberries arranged so perfectly. It makes you smile and feel their love. Experience the feelings of thankfulness that you’re still able think clearly and can still move on your own two feet. Another exciting year of life to celebrate. Oh, the things you’ve seen and the love you’ve experienced with your long life.

What is your why?

Progress

I think this is why weigh-ins are typically done at the end of the week: I’m seeing a about a 2 lb fluctuation either side of 344 lbs. It seems like my body weight set point is right around 344 lbs, and has been for the past several weeks. The fluctuation could be attributed to a lot of things, but what makes most sense is water retention provoked by the inflammatory foods I’ve been eating. Inflammation and water retention go hand in hand. It’s neat to see on a day to day basis how the weight fluctuates. Data is king, after all.

At The Gym

I wasn’t feeling all that great for my training session yesterday, but I persevered and went anyways. My joints seemed to be clickity and I also had some knee pain so the trainer modified the routine to guard the knees.

After some stretching, here’s what we did:

  • TRX Bench Squat, 3 x 20, bodyweight to warm up.
  • 90° TRX Squat, 3 x 15, body weight + with 50 lb tension band placed just above the knee.
  • Straight Leg Cable Lifts, 3 x 15, 7.5 lbs.
  • Straight Leg Glute Rear Raise, 3 x 15, 10lb ankle weights.
  • Straight Leg Dead Lift, 3 x 12, 70 lbs.

The Next Meal

I picked up a deli chicken, a couple kg of carrots, and some more bacon. I still haven’t had the chance to slow cook those ribs, but I suspect that will be happening for dinner tonight.

I got hooked on Newman’s Own Mango Salsa. Seriously, it’s amazing.

I’m going to make a smoothie for lunch: banana cream pie and triple chocolate protein powder mixes, giant handful of spinach, and a couple tablespoons of peanut butter. This is incredibly satisfying. Keep a look out for the video.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Disclaimer:
I am not a medical professional and I don’t claim to be.  Any health-related things that I write or talk about in my blogs, emails or how ever else you get the information from me should NOT be taken as medical advice. Make sure you check with your health-care provider that whatever it is that you want to do, is safe for you.  Any health-related information is intended for entertainment purposes only. Use at your own risk.

#33 Add This To Your Morning Routine For An Awesome Start

Good Morning!

I’ve written about the morning routine quite a bit already, and there is good reason for it.  Starting the day off in the right direction and setting yourself up for success sets the tone of the day.

I wrote previously about the 20-20-20 morning routine and you can read about that here.  Take an hour for yourself and well-being in the early hours to get your sweat on,  grow, and reflect.

I’m going to add one more thing that I feel is just as important as the others: laughter.

Being amused is a very powerful state for the mind and body.  Getting a good belly laugh in as the finishing touch to your morning will put you into a state where you’ll be in a better position to handle just about anything that life throws at you.

So many things happen in your body because of laughter.  Read about them here.

Watch a video, read a comic, listen to a podcast, tell a joke and then be told a joke, do something silly, anything!

Try it and let me know how it turns out for you.

Have a great day today!

-Karsy

#21 Making Your Bed Could Save The World

Good Morning!

Last night’s show was great! I had so much fun.  Catch the replay here.

The coffee needs to be strong this morning.  I woke up a bit late because the stream ran late, and I stayed up late making some highlights and going through the stream.  That makes the schedule a bit more erratic than I’d like, but it’s moving in the right direction.

As I was waking up this morning, I was tempted to not make my bed, but I remembered the super inspiring video I watched, a commencement speech given by Navy Admiral McRaven at the University of Texas, Austin in 2014.  The full video is here.

The part of the video I want to talk about is about the importance of making your bed and why I didn’t skip on it today. Watch it below.

Here is the transcript from that part of the speech.

“If you make your bed in the morning, you will have accomplished your first task of the day.

It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to complete another task, and another, and another

And by the end of the day that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed.

Making your bed also will reinforce the fact, that the little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.

And If by chance you have a miserable day, you’ll come home to a bed that is made, that you made.

And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

So if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

This is why I pulled the sheets and comforter up neat, arranged my pillows and made sure everything was tucked away behind the chest at the foot of my bed. 

It’s such a simple task and it really does set the tone of for the productivity of the day ahead.

If you want to get inspired, make sure you watch the full commencement speech here.

Have a great day!

-Karsy

#20 Some Stuff You Didn’t Know About Lettuce

Good Morning!

The plan is starting to come together! I was up at 5:30 and out of bed by 6.  I made coffee and even did some cardio.  Wrote some stuff down in my journal about yesterday, some thoughts about yesterday and how today was going to be an awesome day.

This morning I sat down to write today’s blog with no specific topic in mind other than writing other than getting some thoughts down paper, so to speak, but what I was writing down was a bit more personal and it ended up being my journal entry for today instead.

I cruised through my social media feed and a few things provoked some creative thoughts. First was a post about the brown spots on lettuce and the other about the MLM marketing business model.

Here is what I wrote about the brown spots on lettuce.

I read somewhere in the past that the brown spots are generally considered safe.  They’re referred to as russet spotting.  From the following articles, this tends to occur in lettuce because of exposure to low concentrations of a gas called ethylene. 

Ethylene is used during food transportation to ripen fruit and veggies. I surmise that what happened with your lettuce was that it was transported in the same container/trailer as other fruit or was transported in the same container or in a trailer that had been used previously and was exposed to that gas in trace amounts.

Brown spots on lettuce like in your picture doesn’t mean actually the lettuce is gone bad, but is considered ‘fully ripe’; mind you it’s not a plateable as non-spotty lettuce.  I eat lettuce like this quite frequently because I tend to buy it and not eat it for a week or like 3. However, I don’t eat lettuce that’s fully brown and slimy, that’s just nasty. Food is much to expensive to just throw out if its not actually bad.

Here are the two articles I read.

https://www.firstforwomen.com/posts/brown-spots-on-lettuce-169147

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00344-007-9002-y

The post I saw this morning regarding the MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) business model was a troll making fun of someone doing a live stream promoting their products.  I’m not going to call anyone out on anything because people are fully entitled to voice their opinion and how they think about things.

But seriously, if someone you know is trying something new to make some money, especially by demonstrating the value of what their selling, then why steal their thunder? Not cool. You’re like the heckler at a comedy show. And moreover, why would you do that to someone so publicly you consider a friend?

MLM is a shitty and kinda scammy business model. I fully dislike the entire idea about it; it’s incentive-based sales-team-building structure is the wrong way to get people to want to sell more of your products.

If the product is actually awesome and it sells itself and there is no other decent product that compares to it in your own experience? Well, I guess dancing with the devil isn’t so bad. As a consumer, all you need to do is buy the product.

Thanks for reading!

-Karsy

P.S. Tonight I will be streaming live on twitch under my gamertag Karsypants, and tonight’s show will hopefully be the first of many shows with a guest.  We’re going to play some video games, have a few beers and a few laughs, and no doubt it should be both interesting and entertaining. Expect some talk about food, drinks, gaming (of course), cars, wrenching on stuff, and probably a bunch of other things too.  Grab some popcorn and tune in at 7 ET.