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31Mar/109

Are You Fit? Or Are You Healthy?

It's funny how many of us these days equate fitness with health. Although I'll stop short of saying that it couldn't be farther from the truth, I will say that there is a big difference.

The dictionary defines fitness as: [capability of the body of distributing inhaled oxygen to muscle tissue during increased physical effort] and health as: [the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor]
For the record, I would like to have both, but health comes first, if there is a choice.

There are finely tuned athletes who have had the endurance of a camel, or the strength of a gorilla, but have collapsed and been hospitalized during competition or training. I would not call that healthy. There are also those who claim to be healthy because they are not sick. This is also a misnomer for the term healthy. Being free from sickness and ailments is only half of it. If you lack vigor and energy in your life, then you are not healthy. If you are depressed, discouraged or angry frequently then you are not healthy. If you are a fit athlete who relies on unsustainable supplements and diet systems then you are not healthy.

The first step to good health is to have a healthy mind.
A healthy body depends on a healthy mind, and by that I mean that you must fill you mind with positive thoughts. Thoughts of gratitude, love and passion. It's what you focus on that you will ultimately become. You must also have a strong driving force or idea that determines and gives meaning to everything you do in life and how you live your life.

Of course your thoughts alone will not do the job of giving you a healthy life but it's the foundation on which you must build all else pertaining to health and well-being.

The second step to becoming truly healthy is education. There is plenty of information both accurate & inaccurate available online nowadays and it's hard to choose which path to follow, which is why some common sense is necessary in deciding on what you want to do.

One thing I do when researching health topics online is to dig a little deeper into articles I read and find out about the author and his/her history and any affiliation with either food, health, or pharmaceutical companies. Reports on 'scientific data' are generally sponsored. Find out who the sponsors are, and the sponsor's parent company or affiliates.

For example in the documentary "Supersize Me" the McDonald's company did their own research with professional (meaning they get PAID) health experts who agreed that a McDonald's meal can be a part of a healthy diet. However, when Morgan (the host and guinea pig) conducted his own random interview with health experts nationwide the vast majority agreed that a McDonald's meal should be avoided in order to maintain a healthy diet.

The third step, exercise, should come naturally if you have the other two in order. You are thinking positively, are motivated and driven and have a reason to live.

You also have the education that helps define what you will or will not put into your body, and what activities you will or will not engage in, and what type of exercise is suitable for yourself.
Just put the pieces together and start over.

This is the first day of the rest of your life, so make the most of it.
Don't hesitate!

I used to be a procratinator, but Tony shook me up at UPW and I've since decided on a few meaningful changes in my life. In short, I've become vegan -- no meat and no dairy products in my life 90% of the time, and I'm sticking to vegetable proteins instead, which are free of acids and other harmful elements.

I'm also drastically limiting all "whites" in my diet. White rice, white flour, and white sugar.

Drinking a minimum of 2.5 liters of water daily (if my pee has any color, I know I'm not drinking enough). Caffeine is out too, along with hard liquor, but an occasional beer or wine is okay.

The great thing is that I no longer feel the need for my morning fix of coffee, since making all the other adjustments has given me more than enough energy in the mornings to compensate.

25Mar/102

Stomping on Fire – BareFooted!

On the first day of UPW right after the doors opened nearly 4,000 people rushed into and filled the main hall to see Tony Robbins. What we found inside was a dazzling array of lights, smoke effects, and a seriously cool audio system. There were four huge screens displaying cuts of music videos and live edits of dancers on the stage. The song 'Life Will Never Be the Same' by Haddaway blared on the sound system as we all started clapping and swaying to the music.

This is how it all started.

Then Tony came on stage. The room exploded with energy as he joined the dancers on stage and added his own style of larger-than-life presence to the scene.

Things settled down after about 20 minutes as we moved into the main part of the classes--if that's what you'd call them. These classes were peppered with sporadic back-massages, breathing exercises, and simultaneous shouts of 'YES!' by all 4,000 of us. Reminded me of the movie 'Yes Man' with Jim Carey.

The main topics covered were about your subconscious being the most powerful deciding factor in your decision-making processes, and how controlling it is the key to getting the extra-ordinary results that you want in your life.

Physiology was another big topic on day one. It was demonstrated to us that our physical position, posture, breathing patterns, facial expressions and the angle or our heads were not just a reflection of what's going on in our minds, but also controlling our very thoughts and feelings. In other words, if you can put yourself into a physical state that exudes confidence, you will feel confident. If you jump up and down, shake your fists in the air, yell at the top of your lungs the word 'YES!', then it's pretty likely the answer will be yes.

And that's exactly what we did. We each paired up with someone who we never met before and told them our deepest darkest fears. Things in life that we know we need to overcome, but for one reason or another haven't yet, and all rooted in fear.

We faced each other and shouted "I OWN YOU!" and had to outdo our partner in whatever way we could.

Now we were ready.

Marching out the doors and chanting 'Yes! Yes! Yes!' toward the burning hot coals we knew we would soon face, we were unstoppable. The hot coals were a metaphor for the thing in life we had to overcome, and stepping fearlessly across them was symbolic of making that hurdle, taking the plunge and doing what you thought was impossible or too difficult for you to do.

I WALKED ON HOT COALS BAREFOOTED, AND I DIDN'T FEEL A THING!
Seriously, I did not feel any heat, nothing at all! After I got to the other side I found my partner and we seriously celebrated, I mean jumping like mad, hooting and hollering, and hugging like there was no tomorrow. When I crossed the hot coals, I had so much adrenaline going that I went without any hesitation whatsoever, and I didn't just walk. I stomped with all confidence that it could not hurt me in the state I was in. I felt as if my obstacle, my greatest fear was reduced to ashes under my feet. If I could do this, I could do anything!

My partner and I walked back to the building together feeling energized, empowered, and like nothing on earth could stop us from getting what we want in life.


20Mar/102

Blame It On Tony!

I'm back and I'm excited! I promised my readers that I would post a report on UPW when I came home from the US, but at the time I didn't realize the tremendous amount of information that I would be exposed to.

There is NO way that I can put it all in one blog post, so I'm going to do it in smaller sections as it comes to me.

For this introductory post I'm going to freewheel and gab about some of the things that stood out to me, odds and ends that I noticed here and there on my trip.

Change! First of all I will state that this is going down in my biography (if one ever gets written) as a turning point, a pivotal moment in my life. It may not take place immediately in the physical, but my thinking and my reasoning has been rewired and this will inevitably bring change to all aspects of my life.

The energy! I have never in my life met a more energetic person-Tony Robbins. I didn't find out until day four about his health and diet plan, which he accredits it to (more on that in a later post.) This guy is jumping around, flailing his arms, pacing like mad, speaking with passion and emotion, & never looking tired from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM! But even more amazing is that I made it through the classes not falling alseep, but feeling energized throughout the day - without caffeine!

The love! The people who attended, of which there were nearly 4,000, seemed like the friendliest, most lovable bunch I've met. There were moments where we had to share our deepest darkest fears to total strangers, but it seemed like the natural thing to do because I felt a kinship with these people who like me were also looking for change in their lives.

"You've gotta be a baby to go to heaven!" Tony kept telling us all to go full-on, without resevation, to express different feelings, and to act like little kids, using our bodies and voices to the max without reservation. This was such a liberating experience for me, as I've been trying for years to stifle these urges and act more grown up. Damn that! I'm going to live life out loud even if I look like a fool!

The music! The music he used in the sessions were mostly older numbers, but real classics-& loaded with energy! They now all have new meaning to me, and are anchors in my memory associated with those experiences every time I listen.

I have so much more that I want to share with you, but it will have to wait till a later date, but I can give you a peek at some of the things I have in mind for the future.

The Firewalk Experience
Health vs. Fitness
How to use pain to your advantage
Breaking negative patterns
Wealth vs. Riches

I know that there are a lot more in my head, but I'm still digesting much of it now and may take some time to put them down in writing.

5Mar/104

UPW

As some of my readers may know, I'll be making a trip to Orlando, Florida on the 10th of March to attend a convention hosted by Anthony Robbins, called UPW, or Unleash the Power Within.

Yaaaaay!

My dad is the one sponsoring this trip and fees involved, and I think it's cool to have this opportunity, along with my two brothers-in-law, Mike & Gabe.

This convention has been known to help many people to have complete turnarounds in their businesses, relationships, social life, and work life.

I think I want to see improvement and maybe a turnaround in all of the above!

Although some will argue that it's quite overrated and overpriced (up to $2,595), I definitely see an advantage and therefore a value in personal interaction over telecommunication via Internet courses, live chats, video speeches, etc.

My Wish List

Although attempting to predict the future may be a waste of time, I think making a wish-list might help me to focus on what I want to take away with me from this convention.

1. Overcome my fears: of failure, rejection, the unknown, losing money, carrots. (Those who know me well will understand.)
2. Reinforce my desire to design and grow a business for future financial stability.
3. Meet new friends and network for mutual benefits.

I'm not limiting myself to these but using them as guides to use when I'm there and may find myself not 100% sure what my objectives are.