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Preaching To The Choir

Posted: March 30, 2016

From time-to-time, people ask me what I do. That can be a little tough to answer sometimes. It kind of depends on what day it is, or even what time of day it happens to be. 

For example, right now I feel like a writer (you’ll have to make your own decision about that). Maybe not in the sense that I’m being paid to write, like real reporters. But I do write a couple things a week, and have done so for years. That’s pretty challenging.

It’s hard being interesting ONCE a week, much less twice. Every so often, the well just kind of runs dry. But I find different things interesting, so in the end, I just kind of tell the story about those different things. Now if I actually got paid, I’ll bet I could be much MORE interesting!

You’re the “Secret Sauce”

Posted: March 30, 2016

Health and fitness do not come in a bottle, no matter how good a bottle it happens to be; or how good the stuff inside it is. It might be beneficial; maybe even very beneficial, but there is no “secret sauce” in there. YOU are the secret sauce!

Health and fitness come because of a decision you make. Several decisions, really. The decision to start; the decision to stick, and the decision to start over, when you need to. And you usually need to. 

Without these three things, no program will work for you, no matter how great their ingredients are. Some programs make it easier to plan meals. Others make it easier to get the right nutrition. Some seem to be easier to stick with. But the one thing they all have in common is you.

Self Defense in Today’s Society (Part 8)

Posted: March 27, 2016

In this last of eight articles about self defense, I’d like to finish by focusing on some other killers: High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, and Diabetes. Many people are facing these diseases today, especially in connection with obesity. 

Over the years, I’ve met hundreds of people who have let their weight get away from them. I’ve done it too. Now being overweight doesn’t guarantee you’ll have other health issues. But if you’re obese AND have a family history of heart disease, or diabetes, you’re much more likely to develop a problem yourself.

Once afflicted, it’s much harder to turn things around. It becomes more difficult to be active, so calorie burning gets harder. That creates a vicious cycle that’s hard to escape from. You end up fighting your own body. Like the old saying goes, “We have seen the enemy, and he is us!”

Self Defense in Today’s Society (Part 7)

Posted: March 17, 2016

We’ve spent six weeks looking at the different aspects of both armed and unarmed self defense. Now I’d like to come full circle and write a little bit about fitness. 

You might be wondering what fitness has to do with self defense. A lot actually. Your fitness level sets the upper limit of what you can do, and how long you can keep doing it. 

If you are sedentary and out of shape, your reaction time is going to be much slower, and your ability to effectively mount a defense is severely compromised. 

Three Steps To Making Change

Posted: March 16, 2016

I can’t think of many things left on their own, that automatically get better. Usually it takes being intentional about things if you want to make positive changes.  

Even when you let your body fight off a cold or flu virus by itself, there are some very intentional things going on. Antibodies are produced, and white blood cells attack the invading armies. If your system is strong enough, it will prevail. If it’s not, then you’ll have problems. 

Many of life’s struggles begin like a virus. They start small and seem innocuous. But let them get a foothold and they can end up overwhelming you. Simple thoughts can turn into small compromises, which in turn open the door to much bigger problems. 

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