Lose those “Easy First Five Pounds”

JohnnyO
JohnnyO

I can hear the gears grinding already. The “Easy First Five Pounds”? Be serious. You are laughing now and saying, “There are no easy pounds to lose”. Oh, but you can lose weight without dieting and without changing your life style very much. Did you get that? Not very much. But, you have to do something.

Now for all you doubters I want to provide a little disclaimer and a peek into how I look at life. First, this plan is based on eating what I believe are good foods. I am not a dietician or doctor but I try to cover the four food groups and eat sensibly. I try to listen to my body and eat what I’m craving as long as they fall into the “good category”. I rarely eat candy bars anymore but I do eat protein bars that are often chocolate and peanut butter flavor, fill my need for protein and satisfy my desire for something sweet. I try to think outside of my normal diet for things that can be good for me but still satisfy. Mixing chocolate protein powder with skim milk in a blender makes a high protein meal and a dessert all in one. Try it. It is delicious.

The other thing I want to emphasize is that I don’t diet. I adapt my lifestyle to help me feel good and get to where I want to be. Sure I am cutting back on calories, but what I really have done is change the way I live on a permanent basis. I have cut way back on salad dressing and butter for example. They contain lots of empty calories and a little goes a long way. I am always looking for ways to change my lifestyle for the better instead of looking for something temporary. Finally, I am a creature of habit. It is just the way I am hardwired. I often eat the same things are day for days on end. I believe repetition helps regulate my cravings for bad foods, but you might need more variety than me. That is fine. We each should be able to adapt our lifestyle for our own best use.

end of part one

Next post  ——-Here’s how I got started.

My Purpose in The Great Third Act of Life

 

JohnnyO

My purpose in life is to be a bright, shining example of what it is to be Healthy, Wealthy and Happy while chasing a dream in the Great Third Act of Life.

Do you know what your purpose is? I found my purpose in life this year. Actually it would be more accurate to say that I found my purpose for my Third Act this year. What am I talking about?     I subscribe to a general concept that life is broken into four parts.

Act 1. Development (birth to age of majority)

Act 2. Achievement (career success, finding a mate, children etc)

Act 3 . Fulfillment ( Midlife – What fills the soul and what do you do when the nest empties and you are back to focusing on you again).

Act 4 (Finality and Preparation for Moving on.)

Of course there is a great variation as to when we each enter and leave each of these stages. Some start certain Acts early and other leave them later, but that doesn’t mater much. I don’t remember thinking about needing a purpose statement in the First Act. In the Second Act I was aware that I was trying to be the best husband I could be and raise my children right (whatever that meant).

Now I find myself on the edge of what I love to call my Great Third Act of Life. My kids are grown, I am single again and I am scared, excited, frustrated and rearing to go all at the same time. Let’s get it on, eh?

So why did I choose my purpose? I want to be an example. Why? I have always believed that setting a good example is the best way to lead, teach and influence anyone whether they are your child, a friend or an employee. I have a goal to be that older guy everyone knows who just is living and enjoying life at a high level. I want to be respected and my way of gaining your respect is to be a good example.

In addition to a Written Purpose I also have a written Vision of myself , written Goals and written Core Values. I will be sharing these in coming posts. These goals represent who I want to be.

I have no advice as to what your purpose should be. I can only tell you that I spent a solid year thinking about it, reading about purpose and values and developing my own purpose. I wrote it all down because I believe that act of writing down your goals and thoughts makes them more real, more consistent and more likely to stick to you.

I repeat my purpose out loud to myself multiple times a day. In the morning, in the evening and many times in between. Do you have a purpose for your life? I hope my example might inspire you to think about your purpose. Peace.

our purpose should be. I can only tell you that I spent a solid year thinking about it, reading about purpose and values and developing my own purpose. I wrote it all down because I believe that act of writing down your goals and thoughts makes them more real, more consistent and more likely to stick to you.

I repeat my purpose out loud to myself multiple times a day. In the morning, in the evening and many times in between. Do you have a purpose for your life? I hope my example might inspire you to think about your purpose.     Peace.

Exercise Releases Your Feel Good Endorphins

8-1-2014.1 headshot4 preferredDid you know that exercise releases “feel good” endorphins in your brain? I do some sort of vigorous cardio exercise every single day and add weight-training to that every other day.

 

http://articles.healthrealizations.com/TedsSPGroup/2018/01/08/The-2018-NEW-YOU-Double-Benefit-Best-Form.aspx

I do 3.5 miles every single day, a High Intensity Interval Training one day and a Power Walk the next day. I am not a passionate runner so the interval training takes the drudgery out of running staright through, and the power walk is almost like a day of without a day off.

The 45 to 55 minutes I spend doing cardio exercise is often my best thinking time and I am always exilerated at the end of my daily session. Am I tired and sore? Absolutely, but the feel good endorphins easily overpower those feelings. Within an hour of finishing my exercise I am full of energy and upbeat.

There seem to be a thousand different exercise plans, fads and regemens, but I’m not a fad guy. When I was designing my plan I just tried different things until I found what works for me. I’m not here to give advice and tell you how you should do anything. My goal is just to be an example by showing what works for me. I hope you find something valuable in my health writings.

Daily Exercise makes me feel great and is truly the best part of my day! Give it a try.

2018 – Let’s get back on track

Swedish Johnny

It’s that time of year when everyone including me wants to lose those extra holiday pounds. Many of us get excited about eating better and start looking for a diet that will burn off those pounds quickly and easily. You’ve heard of many of them, The Keto diet, Low carb, DASH, High protien, South Beach and on and on. Every year US News and World Report rankes the diets on long-term weight loss success, ease of use and overall impact on health.

The results are in for 2018. Don’t take my word, read it for yourself.

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/04/health/keto-worst-diet-2018/index.html

I don’t diet and I don’t believe in diets. Diets are short term commitments to lose weight. I believe in adopting a positive daily eating plan that fits the lifestyle you want to live. A diet may get you to a goal but there are far too many people who fall back into old habits and gain the weight right back. A better way to do it is to adopt a positive eating plan that works for you every day. You will probably lose weight a little more slowly but you will get into regular routine and it will be easier to stick with. Over time you will lose weight and your body will plateau at a different and lighter place.

Over the next few weeks I will be showing how I do it.