Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Staying Sane In These Crazy Covid Times!


Here we are, now 8 months or so into this pandemic and there really is no end in sight to the madness.  From crazy, self important Karens harassing store employees for being asked to wear a mask, to the protests that continue to go on all over the US, we certainly are in a whole new world now.  And it's not a good one!!

Unemployment is at an all time high, homelessness has reached epic proportions; not only in California, but now also in states that had nowhere near the homeless problem that more populated cities like New York, Portland and other major cities did.  Tent cities have sprung up everywhere, and their number grows daily.  Looming mortgage crisis, the Fed pumping more dollars into the system, thereby devaluing the dollar dreadfully, big name companies going bankrupt, thousands of jobs lost that will never be coming back, wholesale political unrest, a horrible presidential showdown on the horizon.... WHEW!!!

This is a lot!!!

How is a person to keep it all together with all this doom and gloom lurking just below the surface?  How can one even be optimistic about any happy future (for all) at this point?  And our poor Gen Z's.  They are not even getting to enjoy the fruits of their labor after they come out of college, because jobs they once could look forward to vying for may now be non existent or scarce.  I feel for them. I really do.  One of the most exciting times in life was breaking through those milestones in life, with everything set up right for me to do just that.  Jobs were easy to get, education was less expensive than now.  Our grads now come out of school with back breaking debt and few prospects (unless you're a tech grad, and even that is going to be competitive as hell).  I wish them all luck.

Well, here is where your real coping skills are going to have to really step it up and kick in!  While we're all waiting for the world to get back to "normal", another thing you can do to keep hope alive is to take this time to reinvent yourself and/or your life!  Those of you sitting at home now have a huge opportunity to learn new skills online, really explore your creative passions, talents, skills and abilities,  and also to try entrepreneurship.  That work from home business you've always talked about starting?  Well, here's your chance!  No excuses!  Get to it!   You have all the time in the world now.

My prescription for coping with these crazy times is this:


Self Educate


Self Motivate

TTLIL (Turn These Lemons Into Lemonade)

That's it.  Make it your habit to do a few of these each day.  The meditation is a good way to kick off your day.  It will help you set your intention for the day, and it's a mental trick that will help keep you focused and on your path.

This will be an exercise in making the best of the worst of times.  You can do this, I know you can.  I'm working on a few genius plans, myself.  Write out your ideas, form a plan, follow the steps, and do it!  Let's beat this Covid thing and not let it beat us!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

10 Easy Calorie Burning Tips

It's a busy, busy life we lead, and for many, finding the time to squeeze in enough exercise to really affect the changes we want to see in our physique is quite a challenge.  However, where there's a will, there's a way!  As they say, there is more than one way to skin a cat!  Not that I would ever do anything to harm a cat; I love cats! ๐Ÿ˜

Here are a few habits that will contribute to helping you increase your metabolism over time and also shed some pounds in fractions. They are fairly easy to do, and in no time you will be burning more calories and getting closer to your weight loss goal.

These are simple actions you implement without having to go through a whole lot of effort to start revving your metabolism up right away. They won't take any time away from your regular schedule, and they can affect your metabolism in an incremental fashion.  The great thing about them is that you can incorporate these habits into your life anytime and just about anywhere, no gym necessary!

Sedentary people burn about one-third less calories per day.  By simply taking every opportunity possible to move and be more active, you can make a dramatic difference in the amount of calories you burn every day. Small movements will add up over time to more calories burned.  The simple trick?  Just keep moving! Also, change some of your "down time", the time spent sitting and doing work or standing in lines to get in some exercise that is really easy to do.

Here are some simple solutions you can implement in your daily life for burning extra calories:

๐Ÿ’ฅTap your feet while seated

๐Ÿ’ฅMove your legs while seated at your desk: heel raises, flipper kicks, ankle circles

๐Ÿ’ฅDo mini push ups while seated at your desk 

๐Ÿ’ฅInstead of a chair, opt for a stability ball to sit on while you work

๐Ÿ’ฅPace up and down when you are at home or in a space where this is doable

๐Ÿ’ฅAlways use the stairs

๐Ÿ’ฅPark in the furthest corner of the parking lot so that you have to walk farther

๐Ÿ’ฅDo basic exercises like squats, heel raises or leg lifts when you are watching TV or are on the phone

๐Ÿ’ฅDo isometric exercises (Clench, hold and release your muscles intermittently) anytime you are seated or standing in line

๐Ÿ’ฅEat smaller meals every 2 to 4 hours every day

Try these suggestions out!  I tell you, I do this myself.  When I am standing at the gas pump gassing up my car I do heel raises for my calves!  When I am driving, I do isometric abdominal holds and I also practice sitting up as straight as I can, making sure not to slouch.  My abdominals have become stronger and my entire core stays in shape from doing just that!

Pick out a few, start doing them, and let me know how it all works out.  To your fitness, cheers!

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Guess Who's Still Kickin'? ๐Ÿ˜„

Yep, that's  right! Thought I had dropped  off the planet, perhaps? Lol, in a way I did, I dropped off the blogging planet! Life has changed and I'm  doing something  completely  different  now! 

Just thought I'd  check in, and I must say I'm  amazed that Google has not deleted these blogs! I remember  when keeping this blog going was of the utmost importance!

As you guys can see, my dedication to staying fit and being the best version of myself I can be has not changed! I'm  older, wiser and still on it, still out here chasing dreams! Hopefully  all of you that used to follow this blog are living life to the fullest as well! I will check in from time to time, so, see you soon! :)

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