Tag: Choices

Making Excuses

Making Excuses

People have been making excuses since the days of Adam. Adam & Eve had the first excuses: Genesis 3:11-13 Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

How often do you come up with an excuse for what you want to avoid (including avoid trouble)? I’m too tired to work out. Or how about this one: It costs too much to eat healthy. Humans in general avoid situations they think will be uncomfortable. The trouble with excuses is it will keep you from experiencing the life you want.

I’m pursuing my dreams. But to do this, I’ve had to drop my excuses. And I’ve chosen instead to find a way. If you want to continue making excuses for why you don’t have the life you want, feel free. But, if you want a life that your dreams become reality, then you will have to drop your excuses.

In choosing to become a leader, I’ve had to quit making excuses. What if Jesus had come up with excuses when He was walking the earth on his earthy ministry? Jesus is my ultimate leader. I look at His works and how He handled all kinds of situations as I learn to do this. One thing Jesus didn’t tolerate at all was excuses. And He didn’t come up with excuses when He didn’t want to do something either.

What if Jesus had come up with an excuse for not going to the cross? I’m thankful that He didn’t! My point is this: stop coming up with excuses. And go after the life you want.

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Dreams

Dreams

Dream on, don’t stop.

Don’t give up, keep on going,

You can do this.

I gave up once, but then…

New friends,

New leaders,

They became one…

My friends are my leaders

 

When your friends become your leaders

You discover a drive that wasn’t there before!

It comes from their heart to yours

You wouldn’t want to let them down

So, you can’t quit!

In this you discover a love for something

And within that love you get a drive that pushes you further than you ever thought possible.

 

It becomes a part of you.

You can’t quit dreaming,

You dream more

                And bigger

 

Dream

 

Fact and Fiction: Vegetarian Lifestyle

Fact and Fiction: Vegetarian Lifestyle

One of the things I’ve been learning about is the vegetarian lifestyle. This blog and next week’s blog will focus on this lifestyle. Today, I want to dispel some of the myths surrounding it. There are many, but I’m only going to talk about 6 and answer 3 questions about it.

Myth: You can’t get enough protein from plants.

Fact: lentils, beans, nuts, seeds and almond milk are excellent sources of protein.

Myths: Your workout routine will suffer

Fact: A vegetarian diet will give you the energy you need if you keep your protein and vitamin B12 levels high enough. And my friends Dana Arcuri and Shannon Cleary have told me that they have excellent B12 levels. Both very much die-hard vegetarians.

Myth: It guarantees weight loss

Fact: Being a vegetarian does not guarantee weight loss, if you are eating processed foods the odds of you losing weight is slim. Weight loss occurs when you follow a healthy diet without processed foods.

Myth: Only liberals are vegetarians.

Fact: I have friends who are liberals, conservatives, and in the middle who are vegetarians.

Myth: It costs too much!

Fact: Meat is expensive! And if you eliminate meat from your diet, you will save money.

Myth: It must be all or none

Fact: Trimming your meat habit even a little can cut your risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. On my previous entries on the Mediterranean Diet I talked about this. We would all be healthier if we cut meat (especially red meat) to 2 or 3 times a month.

Questions I have been asked, or I asked myself regarding this:

  1. With the quality of our food today how does one eat healthy enough to actually nourish ones body?

Answer: when the vegetarian lifestyle is followed correctly, you can get all the nourishment you need from it. Next Thursday I will show a 1-week meal plan based on the vegetarian lifestyle.

  1. What about B-12? Can I only get that from meats?

Answer: No, you can get it from fortified foods or from a supplement. There are times and lifestyles where a supplement is absolutely needed. This is one of them.

  1. Doesn’t the vegetarian lifestyle get boring? I don’t want to eat just salad all the time.

Answer:  I’ve been looking up recipes to develop a week-long eating plan, I’ve been surprised to see all the choices available! This lifestyle is anything but boring!

 

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Being QuitProof!

Being QuitProof!

My amazing friend, Tom Jones, is “QuitProof”  I met him through another amazing friend, Dr. Reggie Cochran (who I call “Reg” most of the time). They both exemplify what it means to be Quitproof. These two amazing men don’t quit! This applies to all of my friends who are leaders in martial arts, network marketing, and in school.

Over the weekend I was asked a question that I had a very simple comeback to. “What if reaching black belt wasn’t an option?” My response was “that isn’t an option.” I don’t quit. My response was quick and natural. After that brief conversation, and after thinking about it, I realized that this applies to every area of my life. What makes me any different than you?

I’m not any different! Except that I follow a very simple law in my life from John C. Maxwell: The Law of Victory. This says that anything less than success is unacceptable. And they have no Plan B.  I don’t have a plan b for any of the plans I have. So, success is the only option.

When you decide that success is the only option, you become Quitproof. And quitting doesn’t even enter as a possibility. Jesus said that nothing is impossible. And when you decide that quitting isn’t an option, you will begin to see the impossible become possible.

I’ve not hidden the fact that I am a follower of Christ. Isaiah 55: 10-12 talks about the Law of Victory. Leaders communicate until they see results! I’ve seen this in EVERY leader I know. Both Christians and non-Christians alike. Here’s what it says:

10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth, (His word will get results!)
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater, (His Word will furnish tools & resources)

11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (His Word will meet needs)

12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. (His Word will satisfy the soul of the hearers)

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is that when you make quitting an option, it gives you a way out. So, simply, don’t give yourself a way out and in doing that you don’t make quitting an option.

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But my diet is good, oh really?

But my diet is good, oh really?

What is the danger of being on a restrictive diet? I’m not going to name certain diets in this blog. But on Facebook recently a friend asked me about a certain diet that she follows. In this diet, a few things concern me.

One, it is restrictive. And diets that are restrictive long term sometimes are not safe. Plus, it just isn’t realistic to stick with long term. And as I’ve said previously, if you can’t stick with it long term, the odds of being successful on it are slim.

Plus, some foods are called superfoods. These foods are heavy in necessary nutrients. Examples are broccoli, watermelon, cauliflower, eggs, and many others. But with some diets, these necessary foods are not allowed.

Another concern with some diets is that it just isn’t based on science. One person told me that follows a certain diet used the argument that medical professionals are biased. And don’t know. Now, I recognize the fact that many doctors are not taught much about nutrition. Most only get 12-25 hours of training. But, if a doctor makes a recommendation you can be sure he or she is making the most informed decision possible.

Some restrictive diets can be dangerous for some people with certain medical disorders. An example is diabetes. A restrictive diet can be void of foods that can help that medical condition. So, what do you do?

My personal recommendation is that you get help setting up a healthy diet from someone who has the knowledge you need. I can do this, and don’t let cost prevent you from asking me for help. If money is an issue, we will work it out.

 

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Meats and Other Occasional Foods!

Meats and Other Occasional Foods!

One of the things I’ve learned is that cutting out sweets and other foods that we like isn’t realistic! This includes red meats. It also includes cake, ice cream, and even the occasional processed food. These foods are not healthy for anyone. But, the Mediterranean Diet does allow for them. And that is why I love this strategy. But how often is occasional? The word “occasional” is synonymous with infrequent. So, this essentially puts it on you. If you are battling a medical issue, then this may be at the most 5-6 times a year. But for others, once a week may be okay. It really depends on your medical needs. So, what do you do when you want something sweet? You choose a healthy sweet. One of my favorites is fruit. I will grab a handful of frozen strawberries, or cherries, or blueberries. And that will satisfy it. You can also make a smoothie. I gave a recipe for one when I talked about fruit in this series, about 2 weeks ago.

I know a lot of people who have chosen to cut out meats completely, and it is healthy. But, what if you don’t want to cut out steak or your favorite meat? Earlier this week on Facebook I asked what is your favorite meat. I got some good responses. One friend said in Texas said she uses her crockpot, and cooks until it is tender enough to fall off a fork and has awesome flavor. I admit, this is one of my favorites too. My friend Bob said Standing Rib Roast, cooked medium rare and served with Yorkshire Pudding and Popovers. Other said short ribs, roasted chicken, filet mignon, grilled salmon, grilled lemon pepper chicken and shrimp.

Beginning next week, I am going to look at different diets, including the blood type diet, the low carb diet, and the ketogenic diet. So, stay tuned! And if you need help developing a healthy diet, please contact me. I’d love to help. I’m also increasing how often I post, so stay tuned!

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