So i traveled to newport beach today to watch my girlfriend compete in a cross fit competition. Yep watching my girlfriend lift weights. How manly of me. Whatever dude it’s 2018.
Anyway i fought the traffic, brought the kids and we had a good day.. or most of the day. We got there mid day and man it was busy! Finding a parking spot was tough but we eventually found a spot that you could park for two hours at. Well one thing led to another, lots of weights got thrown around and, oops my two hours were up! I thought ahhhh nothing to worry about they won’t tow my truck yet. …
Or will they?
Well after I meandered for a little bit i made my way back to the parking lot and saw a tow truck just pulling in and a parking dude standing by my truck!
Well i don’t think i have ever move that fast before but i beat my ass over to the truck and started my fast talking. The parking guy didn’t seem to care bout my predicament about having 4 kids at the beach and i need my truck to get us home but luckily the tow truck driver understood my pain! He was like ‘ ok man I am not towing you today, we will find the next one’! can you believe that!?
Anyway i did notice who the company was so I am giving a big shout out to Speedy Towing and Recovery LLC in St. Louis. Low these guys now and if i ever need a tow truck or auto work I am going to be using them for sure!!
Finding time to work out is hard enough, so it is important that each workout is done as efficiently as possible to achieve maximum results in less time. Here are 5 easy to get accessories that you can use to maximize your next workout.
By adding weight and resistance to your body as you exercise, you force yourself to exert more force thus building your strength and endurance. The extra exertion of force in your workout also helps you burn more calories and adds variety to your routine. Ankle weights and wrist weights are the most popular form of wearable weights and are especially good for stationary exercises.
Level up your fitness tracking and be on-trend with wearable tech. Depending on your focus and budget, you can buy shirts, leggings or even sports bras equipped with sensors then measure heart rate, muscle activity, breathing rate and other measures of workout intensity. These measures are likely to be even more accurate than your typical smartwatch, allowing you to get more accurate results and real-time feedback.
Stability / Exercise balls
Posture and core strength are key elements of a fit physique. Exercise balls maximize targeting of your core and can be easily integrated into many exercise routines.
These are a gym must-have. Frequent weight lifting or use of certain machines can quickly lead to uncomfortable callouses. Using fingerless gloves will protect your hands whilst still ensuring you achieve a good grip.
Pesticides And Chemicals
Coffee is one of the heaviest sprayed crops in the world. This is not to be taken lightly as these harmful chemicals and pesticides have shown over the years to cause serious harm.
Coffee Stimulates Hydrochloric Acid Production
Coffee on an empty stomach first thing in the morning encourages the production of hydrochloric acid. HCI is designed by the body to assist in the breaking down of food but if stimulated without due reason, the body may begin to find it difficult to produce when large meals are consumed. Coffee causes the relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, causing this small muscle to remain open. Therefore, allowing hydrochloric acid to burn the lining of the stomach.
Over Consumption Can Cause Stress
The abuse of coffee promotes the release a stress hormone by the name of cortisol. This encourages the body to go into “fight or flight” mode.
Headphones & Mobile Wristbands
Music can be a great motivator and help make workouts more enjoyable. A simple pair of adjustable headphones is a great accessory especially for workouts like running, jogging and weightlifting. Use with a mobile wristband to keep your phone, iPod or mp3 player nearby but not in the way. Or better yet, invest in a pair of wireless headphones and a smartwatch or fit band that plays music.
With persons making less money while working longer hours, a usual gym membership has become somewhat of a fairytale as so many of continually tell ourselves it is real but come to find out we can’t afford it or we simply don’t have the time.
Luckily yet again we find that human intervention has always seemingly been at the root of our problems but still within the solution as it seems the kettlebell was created to fit those needs.
So thank you very much to our awesome realtor Brian Van Bart at Oliver and Associates In London. Brian helped us find a new location and we are very happy to be moving on up to some fancy digs!
Do you know the real estate industry is booming again right now? There is no better time to buy that new home than now. Sellers want to move to other parts of the state for various reasons, there is increasing value buying in the industry, some of our listings have special financial incentives – the list goes on.
What does this mean for you and your family?
It means now is the time to take action and get the best deals yet. With Brian’s experience as a team combined, he was able to help us buy something we can be proud of, something we can call our own.
Now was the time to make that leap.
And we love it! But we did have tough decisions to make…
So, buy or build? I have been asked this question to death. It comes up every time someone is trying to make a decision especially when money isn’t a problem. If you are cash conscious then, buying is a no brainer.
On the other hand, sometimes, when we are spoiled with choices we often face a dilemma. Do we build or should we buy? There is a solid argument for either of the line of thought. In fact, for every “pros” of either side, there are corresponding “cons”.
Building is expensive BUT it gives you exactly what you WANT. On the other hand, with the right agent and careful planning, BUYING is as much a good decision. You have the entire work cut out, you can just inspect and “know” when you’ve seen the one that fits irrespective of the price.
Building takes time – but, of course if you want to build, you know you have the resources and time to develop the plan and execute it. On that basis, buying makes more sense if time is a factor. The only issue is, it’s one or the other. Do you build when you have time and the resources or do you buy and be done with it? Tough call when you have choices.
Buying with the right team behind you can be a really painless process. Unfortunately, the truth is, buying without a trustworthy agent is a tasking and demoralizing as losing a large chunk of one’s savings. So, why risk such a high level stage in your life to an untested, selfish and unwilling person?
Finally, there is no right or wrong about these options. It’s all entirely based on your preference, resources and plans.
Every worthwhile engagement takes planning. If you plan right, you will reap the reward of your time investment. On the flip side, you can’t take chances.
Anyway we are moving and we couldn’t be more excited. stay tuned for some transition pics and happy health to everyone out there!
So i had an eye doctor appointment the other day and man was I surprised at what the ol doctor had to say to me. My eye is degenerating at a faster than normal pace for a guy my age.
My age? Why I outta….
After getting over the initial insult from this obviously insane so called ‘doctor’ I really started to think about it and of course she was right. My eye sight was really getting bad, and I had been putting off this checkup for a long, long time. I don’t know why really, likely because I knew what I was going to hear. My 20-20 was no longer even close to that and man I hate getting old.
So What’s My First Step.
Well first of all I need classes. I figured it would come to this as my parents and siblings all have glasses and have had them for years. I was a little apprehensive at first about getting glasses but after looking at all the styles and picking out a few I actually like the way the look! Now all i have to do is make sure that I wear them ALL the time when doing anything strenuous — which is all day every day ya know. Really. Not kidding.
But that’s only half the battle apparently – according to Mrs. Doctor Know it all…..
I am learning that lighting in my home is a huge deal. I live in a bit of an older home and there is not a lot of ‘overhead’ lighting in my home. So I set out to discover the best type of lighting to use and the benefits of certain types of technology and bulbs out there.
Wow are there options!
Since I am super cheap I was trying to stay away from the compact fluorescent light bulb, sometimes abbreviated as CFL, just on price alone. But I am learning that they save a lot of money over their life span so I went with them.
Next is to make sure i have task lighting where i need it. My living room, where I spend a lot of time has no overhead lighting at all. So I made the call to PDR Electrical Contractors and they did an amazing job installing some new pot lights for me, complete with long lasting CFL bulbs. Not only is the lighting much better now but they look awesome!
I have added lamps around my house where I need them and yes I am wearing my glasses (most of the time) so I am hoping at my next appointment the doctor will give me a passing grade. If not, she is absolutely nuts. No doubt in my mind!
Today I want to talk about a dirty word…Neglect. Specifically I want to talk about neglect and the affects on the human pschy.
Neglect comes in some many different forms in my point of view. You can neglect your front yard, letting that grass grow until it is 2 feet high or growing that awesome field of dandy lions that now one but the bees like. You can neglect to do your homework. You can neglect to wash yourself and have all your co-workers neglecting you because of it… You can neglect your health care blog and not post anything in like a month…. ah hem…I am talking to you Sam…oh right, that’s me. Stop talking to me …Me.
Back on track here…Neglect is generally never a positive thing, actually I can’t think of one certain time when the accurate use of the word neglect has any truly positive meaning. Neglect is almost always used in the same vernacular as abuse. “He abused his body”…. or She abused her child…. could easily have used neglected in those statements. Anyway neglecting something almost always has a negative impact on your mind, your attitude or your way of life. Think about it. Coming home to a neglected yard full of weeds has to have an impact on your mood or your self worth. I know it stresses me out to no end to see a disaster of a front yard (i pretend not to see my back yard for it is way worse ALL the time). Hell when I look at my neighbors disastrous attempt to ‘pretty’ up her yard it drives me nuts, I mean pinwheels? Really? It looks like a gingerbread house scene…seriously!
Anyway i haven’t even touched on neglect when it comes in direct human to human form. Child neglect. Spouse Neglect. Family Neglect. I don’t have the energy today to go into how damaging that is to the human spirit. What i do want to touch on though is how to avoid that neglect.
Get your sh*t together!
The best thing i have ever done was to get my stuff together. I listened to stories of people that are successful and that make millions and they all say you have to get your shit together and organized yourself. Create goals. Write things down on paper and hold yourself accountable to them. Stop the neglect
So that’t what i have done and i can’t tell you how awesome it feels to at least feel organized and have a list of accomplishments by days end. I strongly suggest everyone out there do this and start to kick some but yourself. Make a list. take a class. learn to paint take a karate lesson and stop the neglect of yourself and your happiness.
How many times have you said that? “I just don’t like it anymore’. ….. or “I am bored of the same old thing”
I used to say this. like once a month or so with my old gyms. I would go, usually by myself and do a ‘workout’. You know the kind, the kind where you pick up a few weights do a bit of work then walk around and check out what everyone else is doing. You may go back and do another set but you don’t push yourself. Or may be you feel like ‘i will just do a little cardio today’ and you jump up on the treadmill and run at about two while watching Oprah make another billion dollars on TV.
I had had enough. I wasn’t going to keep giving some big corporation my 40$ a month anymore for something i just wasn’t doing anyway. So then I went home and got fat. Brilliant. But i still wasn’t going to give them my money. Personal training? 100 for a few sessions to have some muscle head stand over top of me, then go sit and play on his iPhone? I don’t think so.
So I realized that i obviously needed some exercise but also needed some motivation while i was there. So i joined this gym that is called combine. It combines (brilliant i know!) Cross-fit and Fit into your workouts. All classes are instructor lead so the motivation and no fucking around is there. I know a lot of people shit on Cross-fit but i don’t, and even if you do this place is different. They tell you to pick a weight you are comfortable with, instead of the absolute heaviest you can lift. Anyway the transformation has been awesome lost 30 pounds, made lots of friends and still love it after three years. Never bored.
My son is sick and that means I am exhausted . Not much of a post happening here.
But why is he sick? Germs i guess. He is a tough little guy but germs get us all down from time to time. But this is a health blog you say! tell me how to be healthy! Exercise and healthy food. shocking I know! get out and get at it honey bunch.
But I hate Exercise
we all hate exercise that is exercise. The trick is to find something that will burn up some calories that you don’t hate, maybe even that you love. Jogging. Cross fit. baseball. lawn bowling. Ok lawn bowling may not be the best form of exercise but Betty the lawn bowler may send you home with an awesome home made pie if you play your cards right. That Betty, she is a real peach :)
Anyway I know this was not profound and not long but you know what? It’s my blog and i am tired and cranky (obviously) not even Betty’s pie is cheering me up.
I am a summer guy. Love it. Loved winter when i was a kid also but now I am all about the warms rays. I just love how it brings people out of their homes and into the neighbourhood, ,or the park or the campground.
My kids will finally go outside again. I mean they will play in the snow form time to time but it never lasts to long because it’s too dam cold. And who can blame them for wanting to come back inside? I can’t! May be to much of me has been handed over to them, but as a kid i was always outside living it up – no matter the weather. Anyway enough of this old man talk, what i really wanted to talk about is my new travel trailer from Huron RV ….oh did i mention i like camping??
What? What the hell does that mean you crazy man Sam? Color therapy?
I know right? It sounds so weird, like some hippy new-old wave of tree hugging way to zone out of the world for a little piece and quiet. And may be it is. But then again may be it isn’t
ENOUGH ALREADY. WHAT IS IT?
I have learnt a lot about colour therapy — the effects of color on the human mind and spirit and mood. Ever heard of a mood ring? of course you have, you are not living under a rock (there is no WiFi under a rock) and you were likely a child at one time that got your poor sap of a parent to put a quarter into a gum ball machine and to get you the ring that changed colors with your mood. Well I am not certain if those rings actually work but I am certain through my research that paint colors, specifically colors of the walls in the rooms in your house can dramatically effect the moods and energy levels in individuals. Now they won’t have the same level of effect on all individuals but there is an effect.
There are 1000’s of studies out there to this affect. All these studies have found that differing colors have differing effects and that certain colors are best used in certain settings or situations (think different rooms in the house for my arguments sake) Here are just a few colors and their attributes
Calming effects for the mind and the body.
Good for regular meditation and prayer.
Enhances purpose and self esteem.
Heightens our awareness and helps us to give of our very best.
Use it in :
Entry areas to clinics and hospitals
Helps to open up our intuition about our surroundings
The colour of divine knowledge and the higher mind.
Use it in:
more ‘quiet’ places
Treatment rooms in hospitals or clinics
Black used with another colour enhances the energy of that second colour
Black gives us the sense of space for reflection on oneself
Use it in:
well no where really as a single color. but use it everywhere to enhance other colours.
my daughter wanted to paint her room fire engine red. what does this say about her personality? I am not to sure.
So i interviewed a painting company about some of the more ‘spiritual’ works they have done for clients. I had to ask some weird questions (or so i thought) but turns out that most painters are artists at heart and really understand this whole hippy painting color world. One company i talked with does such awesome work i had to mention them here. Creative Trends Painting has been doing commercial and residential painting for years and specialize in custom artwork and murals. They indicated it is not a weird request to have a client ask for a specific mural to be painted on their wall so the client can just sit in front of it and meditate. Makes a lot of sense. As the world keeps moving faster and faster it would be pretty cool to have a special spot to just sit and think (or not think) about anything.
I have the best kids in the world. Seriously it has been certified. Look into it. They are mine and you are jealous. Well maybe not, but I still have the best
One of the reasons is that I try to instil confidence and self-esteem into my kids through sport. Any sport. As I wrote before my son is really into hockey right now. I love how he can’t wait to meet up with his teammates and the high fives and the
kids loving the game
tomfoolery that goes with young boys hanging out. It all works toward mental well-being in my book.
Now jumping onto teams and being part of a crowd comes easy for my son, my daughter makes friends easily but needs to be pushed into the situation a bit more. This beautiful creature has so much to offer and pours her heart out to other kids which sometimes leaves her vulnerable to the nefarious kids in a bunch. And there are some. This is my blog and I don’t have to be politically correct about any of that shit!
SO WHAT TO DO?
I started her playing soccer and she liked it but didn’t love it. She played for a few years, made friends easily but there was no passion for the game so when it came time to register she said she didn’t want to play. No problem from pops, I believe in pushing my kids into things because of the natural unknown from them and the natural fear they have but I definitely don’t believe in making them do something they already know about, and don’t want to do.
Right beside my gym that I take them too is a small Karate, BJJ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other Martial Arts Studio. I almost joking said to her why don’t you try Karate out, and surprisingly she said yes! Looking back I shouldn’t have been too surprised as she loves to dance and tumbling and structure so it was almost a natural, albeit weird, fit.