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Life is short. Stay awake for it.

Monday, August 03, 2009

As we go about our day-to-day business of living, we can take "staying awake" one step further. During our waking hours, we must be "awake and present" to all that life is offering. Every moment has something to offer but the moment can greet us if we are preoccupied, distracted or thinking of something else. In order to find the magic in a moment, we have to stay in the moment.

Lose yourself in the moment at hand instead of contemplating the moment to come. When you play a game with a child, don't think about what you need to do after the game. Instead, jump into the game, absorb it, laugh, be fully present. When having a conversation with someone, listen with your heart and mind versus thinking about what is around the corner or what will be said next. Becoming more attentive, moment to moment, is one of the quickest ways to a more joyful heart and rich life.

While reading this, it reminded me of what was mentioned in the previous blog. Before pressing "play", focus on your workout. Forget about everything else that is going on in your life. Don't think about what you have to do after the workout. Give it your full dedication. After you finish, go on with your day.


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TXMOMOFTWO 8/4/2009 4:44PM

    Great blog! We should always give our full attention to what we are doing, but it is so hard, isn't it! Most important to do this with our children and spouses and the ones we love, so they know we care. But also important in our workouts!

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ROWDYWITH4 8/4/2009 4:34PM

    Love it! :o)

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VICKI1215 8/3/2009 4:56PM

    Great advise and good reminder! Thanks!

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BLABBERMOUTH2 8/3/2009 9:52AM

    Good post, Eric. Have a great week.

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TOTS_ROCKS 8/3/2009 9:39AM

    Great blog Eric,... Life flies by fast enough without us pushing fast forward too!!

I agree with what you posted, yet it can be very difficult to just focus on the task at hand, no matter what it is, because this is such a mutli-taked driven society now. I guess we just need to step back the re-learn that we don't have to always be in a hurry or a rush, enjoy the time... Life is too short as it is!!!

emoticonfor sharing and have a emoticonday!

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GOLIONS 8/3/2009 9:22AM

    Great advise. One should always be in tune to what their bodies are capable of, what they do for us on a daily basis. During your workout don't think about what comes next, concentrate on what you are doing, how your muscles and joints are working, how strong they are!

Thanks for the reminder!

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Not happy with your P90X results?

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Disclaimer: Super_Gurl this is not at all pointed towards you or anyone else for that matter.

I copied this conversation off of facebook that took place between a P90X graduate and Tony Horton. This provides a different perspective on what to focus on and to expect from the P90X program and any exercise program.

P90X graduate said,
"Very frustrated. I have almost completed my second round of p90x. I have two more weeks left. I have not seen any more results via abs, arms and chest. I eat just like the book says."

Tony Horton reply,
Tell him I said that when he focuses on his looks, his looks won't change in a predetermined time frame. If he focuses on getting better, stronger, more flexible, etc., his body will change at the speed it's supposed to change. Everyone is different. For some the physical appearance we long for happens in 90 days. For others (me included) it takes much longer. Getting frustrated because we don't like the "look" we want when we think we should have it, is stupid. Instead of frustration about looks, his attitude should be... Do My Best And Forget The Rest ~ For The Rest Of My Life.


I wanted to post this for the team because it does provide a valuable lesson. When we have new members join our team, I try to set the expectation right then. Don't view this program as just a 90 day program. View this as the beginning to your life long health journey. When you reach your 90 days, your health journey just doesn't stop. You are still at the beginning stages. This should start the roots of eating healthy and exercising daily. It is amazing to me how many people on SP train for triathlon's. I think that is pretty awesome.

Another point I want to make for those people that exercising is not their career. Before you press play, focus on your workout. Forget about everything else "Do Your BEST & Forget the Rest." Give the workout your full dedication for 60 or 90 minutes. After you are done, go on with your day and allow your body to recover.


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LSDALOIA 8/3/2009 12:22PM

    Fearless Leader and Fellow Texan:

Thank you so much for this blog. Personally it is very timely for me. I got on the scale today and saw with dismay that I am up 4 pounds since I started P90X 9 weeks ago. Yikes!

To calm myself, I thought:
1. It's 100 here in the Great State of Texas, so I am probably retaining some agua.
2. My doctor told me not to worry about the scale, since I am building MUSCLE.
3. My clothes sure fit well, so I am definitely a smaller package.

Your blog sealed the deal for me, and gave me the perfect inspiration to recommit myself and keep pushing play.


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KCHARA 8/3/2009 11:36AM

    Thanks for the great reminder!

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DRADDIE 8/3/2009 11:29AM

    Definitely something to remember!

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SHERLYNN43 8/3/2009 9:59AM

    Thanks so much! I actually just started P90X this morning. I agree 100%. This is not a 90 day workout....it is my life....for the rest of my life! Thanks again and have a BEAUTIFUL day!


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TOTS_ROCKS 8/3/2009 12:01AM

emoticon for taking the time to post this! It is very, very true and that is why workouts are for "US" and should be enjoyable not a dreaded chore!!

I LOVE MY WORKOUTS!!! Yes, there are days I drag, but once I finish I am PUMPED and ready to ROLL!!!
Stay focused that as Tony says over and over,.. "Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was your body!" ... anything worth having take time, dedication and EFFORT!! Go get you some people!! and "BRING IT!!"
Make this week EXCEPTIONAL for YOU and you only!! emoticon
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SUPER_GURL 8/2/2009 11:23PM

    Eric, your disclaimer cracked me up!! Let me first say that I am NOT dissatisfied with my 30 day results. I was surprised at the numbers, but I have solidity in my legs instead of the jiggle that was there not too long ago. Of course I'm not ripped (YET) and my legs aren't that of a bodybuilder, but I can tell a significant difference and so far I am loving the results. I guess that's why I find it hard to believe that I'm bigger instead of smaller! I enjoyed your blog, thanks for posting!

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VPLATS 8/2/2009 9:13PM

    This is great, I feel so much stronger after doing the P90X workouts. Nothing I have done in my past years has made me stronger. I feel younger everyday. I can move quicker and faster than I did 10 years ago. This program has help me to lose some weight, I don't have the abs like most people, but that doesn't matter all that matters is how I feel when I wake up everyday. Thanks!

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RAINRUN 8/2/2009 8:52PM

    great blog

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JONDECKER76 8/2/2009 8:09PM

    Thanks for passing this along - its a good reminder to all of us, happy or not with our results.

The way I see it, even if I were to progress no further after phase 1 is finished in a few days, I will be happy. I am much more fit and able bodied than I was starting this, and I have learned a lot already that I can apply in avoiding falling into the trap that drove me to P90X in the first place.

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SDANNI64 8/2/2009 7:59PM

    I just read this to my husband who is frustrated that his abs are not progressing well on P90X. He needs to hear that it is not about the "90 days" but about a lifestyle change and commitment.

Thanks for posting this!! - Sheila emoticon

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EHA1120 8/2/2009 7:13PM

    Thanks for sharing! What Tony says is verrrrry true

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    good points!

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Weight-Loss Plateaus (source: Jillian Michaels)

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Q: How can I bust through a weight-loss plateau? I've been working really hard and have been having success; however, the scale hasn't budged for the past two and a half weeks.

Let me just tell you this, a weight-loss plateau is an integral part of weight loss. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED! It is your body's way of protecting you for survival purposes. The weight-loss plateau occurs because your body thinks there is a famine and has slowed your metabolism in order to conserve calories. This will happen periodically throughout your weight-loss odyssey.

That said, a plateau will usually break on its own after about three weeks, but here are several ways to help get your metabolism back on track quickly!

Exercise Tips

1. Variety: Often we fall into an exercise routine — meaning that we do the same workout regimen for weeks at a time. Think of it like this: if you do 10 push-ups after not working out for months, you will be sore, but if you do 10 push-ups a day for 10 days in a row, you will no longer be sore. This is because your body adapts to your exercise program, and as it adapts, the workout becomes less challenging — and, unfortunately, less effective.

The solution is variety. You have to mix up your exercise routine in order to consistently shock your system. Here are a few different ways to mix up your workout:

1. Alternate the weight — one week lift heavy, and the next week lift light.
2. Change the number of repetitions. This usually goes hand in hand with the amount of weight you are lifting: one week heavy weights, low reps; the next week light weights, high reps.
3. Change the exercise: One week do a chest press, the next week a chest fly, and the next week push-ups.

2. Intensity: The best way to speed up your metabolism is to boost the intensity of your training. By picking up the intensity, you'll burn more calories, challenge your body, and literally force your metabolism to burn a little brighter because of all the energy your body needs to complete your exercise regimen.

Food Tips

1. Eat more: Ninety percent of the time plateaus are caused by your body's survival mechanism of protecting against famine, which is triggered by calorie reduction. The best way to fix this quickly is to give your body a little more food so it feels secure. Varying your calorie intake is my best advice for keeping your body from plateauing: For the next three days vary your calorie intake between 1,800 and 2,400 calories. I know this may sound crazy, but trust me...I know what I'm doing. Then, after three days, drop back down to the calorie allowance that I have set for you through this program.

2. Reduce your sodium and DRINK LOTS OF WATER: Keep your sodium under 1,500 mg a day at most for as long as you can manage. You can achieve this in part by cutting all processed food out of your diet for two weeks.

I promise you that if you follow these tips to the letter, your plateau will be shattered by the end of week 2!


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SKINNYGIRL291 9/4/2009 9:53PM

  VERY helpful tips! I will try them!

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KIRSTENMCMILLS 8/16/2009 10:50AM

    Thank you for the information. I am losing inches but not weight...I want to lose both!

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ANDREA0301 8/2/2009 3:16PM

    Great reminders!

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TOTS_ROCKS 8/1/2009 10:01AM

    This is fantastic info Eric!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!


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To achieve great things...

Friday, July 31, 2009

"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.--" Leonard Bernstein

So many times when we long to achieve greatness, we think we have to wait for "the right time." But the right time never comes. Life doesn't offer clear plateaus without something pulling us one direction or another.

It is when we commit with a solid plan but don't have quite enough time, that we propel ourselves to action. We rid ourselves of excuses and move forward any way. I have also loved the quote, "The best thing about waiting till the last minute is then things only take a minute." While that quote is on the opposite end of the spectrum, it still holds that same speck of truth. When we give up the myth of that "perfect time" we propel ourselves toward action.


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/31/2009 9:26PM

    Interesting thought---not enough time...

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RAINRUN 7/31/2009 7:44PM

    LOVE IT great blog! I really appreciate you!

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ANDREA0301 7/31/2009 11:31AM

    "To achieve things we've never had before, we must do things we've never done before." I just love quotes like this. So simple, and yet so succinct, so concise.

Keep the great blogs comin'!

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PURPLEALLY 7/31/2009 11:19AM

    true enough, I worked on the high school paper and would start my column an hour or so before deadline, used to drive the advisor nuts but I work well under pressure. emoticon

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BLABBERMOUTH2 7/31/2009 10:02AM

    Eric, I had to chuckle when I read , "The best thing about waiting till the last minute is then things only take a minute." That describes my life. I get a lot of stuff done, but I drive a lot of people crazy doing things this way. I work really fast under pressure.

Again, a great blog.


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7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better

Thursday, July 30, 2009

7 Ways to Make Water Taste Better
Simple tips for livening up your drinking water
By Jen Laskey

Add flavor to your water

Not everybody has a taste for water, but we all need it to ensure that our bodies continue functioning properly. If you want to drink more water, but aren't crazy about the taste (or lack thereof), here are some tips that can make it more enjoyable:

1. Add fresh fruit. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are classic water enhancers, but other fruit flavors might also tempt your taste buds. Try crushing fresh raspberries or watermelon into your water, or adding strawberry slices. Cucumber and fresh mint are refreshing flavors as well — especially in summer.

2. Use juice. Any fruit juice can be a good base flavor for water, but tart juices, like cranberry, pomegranate, grape, and apple, are especially delicious. Go for juices that are all natural, with no added sugars. And remember: Fruits and their juices don't just taste good — they contain vitamins and antioxidants that can benefit your health too.

3. Make it bubbly. Many people prefer sparkling to still water. If plain old water isn't inspiring to you, try a naturally effervescent mineral water — which will give you the added benefit of minerals. Or try bubbly seltzer, a carbonated water. You can add fresh fruit or natural juice flavors to your seltzer, as suggested above, or look for naturally flavored seltzers at your local market. If you become a seltzer devotee, you might want to consider getting a seltzer maker for your home.

4. Get creative with ice. Some say that ice water tastes better than water served at room temperature. If that's so, flavored ice cubes may make an even better drink. Use some of the flavoring suggestions above and start experimenting with fresh fruit, mint, or cucumber ice cubes. Simply chop your additive of choice, add it to your ice cube tray along with water, then freeze. You may also consider juice, tea, or coffee cubes. If you want to be more creative, use ice cube trays that come in fun shapes, like stars, circles, or even fish.

5. Drink tea. Herbal, fruit, green, white, and red teas are generally considered to be better for you than black teas (or coffee, for that matter) because they contain little to no caffeine. And there are countless flavors of these teas to choose from. Start with the selection at your local market or health food store. If you're interested in pursuing more exotic flavors and sophisticated teas, start researching the vast array of specialty teas that come from all parts of the globe.

6. Try bouillons, broths, and consommés. If your palate leans toward the savory, you may pass on tea and start sipping one of these hot and savory liquids instead. Choose low-fat and low-sodium versions for maximum health benefits. Because soup is water-based, a cup of hot soup will count toward your daily fluid consumption.

7. Add fast flavor. If you're looking for a quick-and-easy flavor booster, you might also consider sugar-free drink mixes, and flavor cartridges that can be used with your faucet filter system.


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ALNEAGLE 7/30/2009 11:01PM

    Great! Goes hand-in-hand with my blog "the hype about water"! Changing up water makes it so much easier to drink the required amount throughout the day.

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PURPLEALLY 7/30/2009 10:14PM

    I'm lucky; I like the taste of water, especially ice water. Green tea is another fav.

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BLABBERMOUTH2 7/30/2009 3:39PM

    Eric, this should help many of those people who have trouble getting in their water goals. Also, it helps with the daily fruits and veggies. I'm one of the lucky ones. I love, love, love water. But I do like to add some flavors, especially in the summer. Plus I am addicted to pomegranate green tea.

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MPSWEET1 7/30/2009 2:43PM

    Thank You so much for the in-expensive ideas to flavor water.

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ARIELBE 7/30/2009 2:35PM

    Lots of good ideas - the flavored ice cubes are really good

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