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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

“I’m getting better every day in every way” Joel Olsteen

Often, we tend to want to do so much, in so little time, we push and push and push and then get frustrated with what we perceive to be shortcomings or imperfections. These imperfections can quickly consume our focus if we let them. Of course, when we focus on our imperfections, we magnify them and we give them more power than they need to have.

None of us will ever be perfect, but we can all progress forward by daily improvement. But we Some days those improvements may be large, and sometimes they may be as simple as sharing an extra smile or word of encouragement with someone.

Remember that when we give up judging ourselves, we have more we can give to others. When we focus on our imperfections we sap our own energy and have less to give to ourselves and to those whom we care for. Today, when you find yourself pushing yourself back instead of forward, recite today’s affirmation.

I am getting better every day in every way.


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PURPLEALLY 9/3/2009 7:29AM

    Thank you so much for your inspiration.

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JACKLIN11 9/1/2009 9:44AM

you always inspire me. Thanks

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BLABBERMOUTH2 9/1/2009 9:19AM

    Another good one, Eric. emoticon

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Hidden Success

Monday, August 31, 2009

Did you know the Levi Strauss was originally a tentmaker in the 1850’s?
He used a heavy-duty denim fabric he had invented to make tents.
He failed at his tent-endeavor.

I wonder what we would all be wearing if he would have succeeded?

I have always found “hidden success” stories interesting and representative of how many successes are journeys including obstacles, “failures,” detours, roadblocks, and road bumps. I believe obstacles, “failures,” detours, roadblocks and road bumps are ingredients of success. Challenges teach us to stretch our thinking, reframe a situation, expand and explore possibilities.

If I could redefine success, I would make the definition read: A series of mistakes, small steps, accomplishments, detours, road blocks, dreams, and persistence eventually leading to a desired or discovered goal.

With this definition, perhaps we might expect these “side-steps” and take them in stride versus seeing them as reasons to abandon a goal. These are not steps backward, but required steps toward a desired end result.

Post this new definition of success somewhere you will see it regularly. How could reframing your thinking in this way help you move forward versus step backward?

(Write this in your Catch-All Notebook) and say it aloud at least several times today:

There is no such thing as a setback. Every step, whether desired or undesired, planned or unexpected, is a step toward success.


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PURPLEALLY 8/31/2009 7:47PM

    it's sort of like Abraham Lincoln, I can't remember exactly but I read something about all the things he failed at and one would never think he was a "failure". But you learn and grow from mistakes and disappointments.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Every day is a birthday; every moment of it is new to us;
we are born again, renewed for fresh work and endeavor.
~Issac Watts~

According to Issac Watts, I guess a Happy Birthday is in order! Happy Birthday everyone! In all seriousness, isn’t this a hopeful quote filled with the wonder of newness? Have you ever thought about why we are so happy when a baby is born? Or why do we countdown the seconds to a new year? These events speak of new opportunity, fresh starts, hope.

This quote brings us to the very important realization that the same opportunity, newness and hope resides in every day - in every moment. All we have to do is accept it. Today, you could make the biggest change of your life. There is no need to wait.

When you look back at your life, what makes you say “I wish I would have done this differently.” Embrace whatever your answer is. Then today, take a step toward writing a different ending.

P90X "BRING IT" TEAM, this follows along the same lines of "Do Your Best & Forget the Rest"
Every day is a new day to "BRING IT!" Forget about yesterday, today is a new day "B-DAY" to do better.

Keep pushing play!

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BJENKINS1014 9/4/2009 3:24PM

    Thanks for the new beginning!

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ANDREA0301 8/31/2009 12:15AM

    Here's to new days!!!

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TOTS_ROCKS 8/30/2009 6:59PM

    TWO THUMBS UP!! I like that Eric!! Thanks emoticon

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TRAIL75 8/30/2009 6:21PM

    I enjoy reading you blog. Have a great week

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JKSTEIN123 8/30/2009 6:03PM

    This is so true.

My friend has stage four cancer and she says you really look at things different when you are dealing with a life threatening disease. She has opened her eyes to what life really is all about.

Every day is a new beginning. Tomorrow may never get here.

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BLABBERMOUTH2 8/30/2009 5:56PM

    Thanks for givig me an "aha'" moment.


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Starvation Mode

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Disclaimer: I am not recommending this for anyone! HAVE A SEAT AND GET COMFY :)

After finishing my first 30 days of P90X, I wasn't satisfied with the results of the nutrition plan. So I decided to make a change. I was chatting with a sparkfriend of mine (I would consider her as the lovely Andrea as Tony puts it) and the following menu was suggested. A person eats this same food everyday for 2 wks. NO CHEATING! I couldn't believe I was looking at another nutrition plan that recommended eating 12 egg whites. I couldn't do it with Phase 1 of P90X. I didn't know how I was going to do this. So I thought about it and made my decision to do it. I was concerned where I was going to get my energy to make it through the P90X workouts, but I told myself I was going to "BRING IT" no matter what. First couple days didn't really bother me that much. I guess it was because I had all the carbs stored up. According to my calculations of the brands of food I purchased the macros were 11F/77P/12C. About 4 or 5 days later I started noticing my body getting week. My pumps on my strength training was getting less and less. I gave it everything I had, but you can only do so much with the energy you have. I could feel and see myself getting smaller. I was anxious for the 7th day to arrive so I could measure my results. I lost a 1/4 inch in just about all of my measurements. Results indicated that my body was using my muscles for energy. I had put my body into starvation mode. I had mixed feelings about it. I lost fat in the places I wanted too, but I also lost muscle in places I didn't want too. When I first started this, I told my sparkfriend that I could do this for a month. By the time I reached my 7th day, I was eating my words. I was committed to finishing what I had started. Around the 9th day, my body stopped losing the weight and leveled out. I had dropped 6lbs in 9 days. I couldn't wait until today when I could eat something different. The cravings started around the 8th day, but I knew I couldn't give in. It was a very challenging 2 wks. I don't regret doing it. Today was measurement day. Looking at the stats for the 2 week period, doesn't look that bad. Personally, I was pretty happy with it. Needless to say, today's workout was awesome. I fed my body well before workout and I was pumping dumbbells like they were sticks :)

Here is the meal plan that I ate every day for 2wks:

12 large egg whites
1 c raw spinach
1/2 med red bell pepper,diced
1/4 med onion, diced

5 ounces tuna

6 ounces chicken breast
2 c romaine lettuce
1 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 scoops whey

2 scoops whey

12 ounces chicken breast
1 c cauliflower
2 c romaine lettuce
1 cucumber
1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Bedtime snack
5 ounces tuna
1 scoop whey


2 Wk Results (August 12, 2009 - August 25, 2009)
Weight...(B)=164.4...(A)159...(D)= -5.4 (158 was the lowest I dropped down to)
Neck...(B)=15 1/4...(A)=15...(D)= -1/4
Chest...(B)=36 1/2...(A)=36...(D)= -1/2
Rt & Lt Arm (Flexed)...(B)=13 1/2...(A)=13 1/4...(D)= -1/4
Waist...(B)=34...(A)=33 1/4...(D)= -3/4
Hips...(B)=35 1/2...(A)=35...(D)= -1/2
Rt & Lt Thigh...(B)=20 1/4...(A)=20 1/4...(D)= 0
Percentage Body Fat...(B)=17.38%...(A)=16.39%...(D)= -.99%
Muscle Gain/Loss= -1 1/4
Total Fat Gain/Loss= -2 3/4

Here are the picture results. Not a whole lot of change, but you can see some.

I see a difference in my chest area. More slim

My back looks more toned.

I don't see much here. Maybe over all thinner.

Same comment as above.

Not much difference in my arms. I did lose 1/4 inch.

Same comment as above.

I don't see much change here.

I feel like a new person today. Like I mentioned before, I have mixed feelings about doing it. I have learned a lot in the past week about my body and what the correct way is to reach my goal. Another very inspirational sparkfriend is guiding me on the right path to reach my goal.
I can visualize my goal and I feel great about my new plan. I am PuMpEd, SiKeD, and MoTiVaTeD, to "BRING IT" to the next level!

New goal for right now:
1) 9% body fat by the end of December
2) only do weekly weigh in's
3) follow my new nutrition plan
4) continue to log results
5) start training tomorrow for my first 5k in October (I'm already running 10k, just want to increase my time)
6) continue to "BRING IT" to all of my workouts every day
7) continue to lead, inspire, and motivate, the greatest team on SP

New Motto: "Lose body FAT, NOT body WEIGHT"


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DIVEGODDESS 8/30/2009 8:51AM

    two weeks isn't too long to really put your body into starvation mode, but I wouldn't suggest you going longer on such a low carb diet. The important thing is that you tried something and stuck to it, and learned from the experience. You didn't lose too much muscle, you'll be able to regain that quickly.
Definitely go by how you look and not the scale. My trainer taught me that lesson last year. keep up the good work you are going great.

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PMMCIVER 8/27/2009 2:54PM

  You did great. You said you were going to do it and it was tough but you stuck it out. I only made it 5 days but it was enough to shock my body down to my magic number 10%! To reach extreme goals we take extreme measures. You did Just that! Lots ot luck to you.. as always
Monday is the homerun Phase 3 for me

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RAINRUN 8/26/2009 10:04AM

I agree with Jon 2 weeks isn't that long.
I will be curious to see who your body is going to react in the next week or so.
You will have to keep up updated.

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GLOBALDAD 8/26/2009 9:14AM

    Wow, you are making solid progress.

The takeaway for me is that everyone is different and our bodies all respond differently. Being a very data-driven guy, I have consistently followed the SP recommendations on the Protein/Carbs/Fat %s and have found that my weight loss tobe very steady but slow! I have decided to go to a more different ratio of 30%/30%/40% ( Protein/Carb/Fat) distribution and see what happens.

I do not know that I could manage the incredibly protein heavy/low carb routine that you have accomplished and I give you tremendous credit. We are all different, so that seems to work for you and I applaud this!

The key is to know what foods and %s work for each of us and unless we try to determine this we will continue to do the "...same things expecting different results"..

Here's to you and to your success. We will all be following with great expectations!



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JKSTEIN123 8/26/2009 8:27AM

    Wow, you are a very determined person! I can see the difference. I don't think I could be so strict with my food. You Go!!!!!!!!! I see you will have to use that grill later. LOL

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PURPLEALLY 8/26/2009 8:17AM

    I see a huge difference so you got the results you were looking for.
Pretty sure that is not something I could do, I am too much of a runner to cut out carbs, I really need that for fuel.
You are doing a great job BRINGING it!!!

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JONDECKER76 8/26/2009 7:47AM

    Cutting your carbs out as you have found will definitely shed body fat (and unfortunately some muscle as well) very quickly. I dont' think 2 weeks is such an extreme amount of time that you have to worry too much though. Amazing how week you feel, isn't it? This means that you probably were successful in putting your body into a ketonic state. If you want a better understand of what was going on inside your body from your diet, do a google search for ketosis - it will enlighten you a bit! I also do some carbohydrate deprivation in short burtst to try to speed up my fat loss..

As others have pointed out, you did get some very noticable results from your experiment!

It probably wouldn't hurt if you carb loaded for a couple of days to get your body balanced back out

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SHERLYNN43 8/26/2009 6:28AM

    I see a HUGE difference. Especially in that first photo. You have really slimmed down and look great! Wow! I dont think i could eat the same thing every single day. I eat a lot of the same things....but alternate it throughout the week. The photo towards the bottom showing you from the back with your arm flexed.....you can really see a difference in your waist. NO LOVE HANDLES!!! Way to go!!

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MESHIE75 8/26/2009 2:01AM

    Hey!! I have to say I have mixed feelings about that as well. As many nutrition programs and nutrition classes I have taken as well as I have TAUGHT (yes, I have taught weight management classes--I found myself not following my own advice the past few years and got away from the fitness part of my life that was so important to me), it is really not the best for you to go without the complex carbs. As you found, you got weaker. Correct? Yes, you lose the fat, and as soon as you begin incorporating it back into your diet it will come back on. I know its tempting, and I do it and have done it many times as well, and I know for my body, it loses weight the best and fastest with eating plans similar to yours. However, I find I don't have enough energy to do the work outs as hard as I want to. Anyways, I like the immediate results, but not the long term.

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What are you focusing on?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by what you bring to life."
~John Homer Miller~

Optimism is a key that opens doors and opportunities. There is a story about a man who is locked in a room with a closed door. He is frustrated, negative and miserable. "I'll never be able to get out of here with that door closed," he mumbles while sitting and staring at the doorknob. He is so busy staring at the closed door that he never notices the open window.

Negativity causes people to focus only on what can't be, while missing all the avenues that can lead to opportunity and success. Optimism makes people more pleasant to be around and an optimist is bound to enjoy life and live a fuller life than that of a pessimist.

Sometimes our negativity is verbal and directed outward at society or others in our home. Other times we may say negative statements to ourselves like, "I look terrible today," or "I'll never accomplish what I want." These statements are harmful and eat away at our self-image.

Optimism, appreciation, faith and belief are some of life's most important survival tools. We need to practice them and cherish them daily so we can pass them onto others.

Be aware that negative statements often turn into negative outcomes. Look for the positive in situations and encourage your child to do the same.

Each day demonstrate optimism, appreciation, faith and belief.


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SAMIAM130 8/30/2009 4:18AM

    I love this because we often forget those concepts. We truly can make big changes by changing our thought life and our attitudes. God has given us a choice. A lot of times we need a little dose of this sort of reminder, that you have provided, in order to get back on track. This is great!

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QUARKY 8/24/2009 7:41AM

    On the other hand, if you're pessimistic, you're more likely to look out for bad things and avoid them, which might help you live longer! emoticon Seriously, I find often it is the most grumbly, cantankerous sods who live longest! Not that it's a happy life - although, who knows. Maybe they enjoy their grumbles! Gives them spirit and something to focus on!

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    so true!

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RAINRUN 8/23/2009 9:55PM

    emoticon b log

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ANDREA0301 8/23/2009 4:41PM

    Another awesome blog! Thanks!

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LUCY419 8/23/2009 11:20AM

    I love the way you think, and i keep telling people the same things, if only they would hear the words of wisdom ! instead of thinking what does this person know... well, people could just be a lot happier in life it's not that hard ! Hugs.... lucy

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ISLANDGIRL2013 8/23/2009 11:10AM

    So true!

It must be true if this posted twice! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/24/2009 2:37:31 PM

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GLOBALDAD 8/23/2009 11:00AM

    Another great blog and one that I always look forward to reading.

Thanks for taking the time and what a gift in writing!

Have a great day!


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ISLANDGIRL2013 8/23/2009 10:54AM

    So true!

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BLABBERMOUTH2 8/23/2009 9:52AM

    Eric, I hate to keep saying the same thing, but this is another excellent blog. Thanks for the post.


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