Stress, we all know how much it impacts our health. But what isn’t discussed much is how to deal with it. A couple of days ago I told on here that I was going a new direction on this. And I am. And I also told that if you were interested in nutrition and/or martial arts to stay tuned. Well, today I’m telling what is coming. Since I completed college in February, I’ve looked at one wellness program after another that is simple to follow. And I can only find 2 out of the hundreds I’ve looked at that I would recommend. Today, I tell what they are.
One is a wellness program connected to the network marketing company I’m with. It is based on making 3 changes, adding 3 products, and sticking to it for 3 months. The three products are these:
Burn: it gives you an energy boost to get your day started off right
Sync: gives fiber and is a drink you have in the evening.
Sustain: gives you protein.
The 3 changes are great! And this system gives you 5 options. You just choose 3 of them:
Walking 7,500 steps a day
Drink 5-12 oz. glasses of water a day
Avoid sugary drinks
Don’t eat fried foods
Eliminate the white stuff
The other program I found that is effective and interesting is Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone Diet. Don’t let the word diet fool you. A good reminder at this point is what the word “diet” means: the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. This is a program that is effective and anything but a diet! You follow a healthy diet, but all sugars as well as anything that your body converts to sugar is eliminated. Sometimes for a season, sometimes permanently. I know several people who are on this program and the fact is: it works!
But how does this work if you’re in martial arts? Whether you do it as a hobby or a career? I’ve also spent some time looking at the different martial arts styles. Personally, I do the Chuck Norris System. This is in the category of Karate. In upcoming posts, I will go into other forms of martial arts, but this week I’m going into Karate. Having a simple nutrition program to follow when you do martial arts will make it simple to follow when you are training. And with myself, and martial artists I know, that is constantly. We are always training. And that is a category that sets martial arts apart from other sports. Football, soccer, baseball, basketball: these are all seasonal. But martial arts is not seasonal, at least for those who do it consistently.
In upcoming posts, I will talk in more detail about what role nutrition plays in martial arts. So, stay tuned. If you want to know more about the weight loss programs, contact me here: Malissa Van Zee
One of the things I’ve been doing recently is writing out why I’m doing martial arts. Specifically, I’m in UFAF, which is short for United Fighting Arts Federation. My amazing friends Dr. Reggie Cochran, Gena Norris (Chuck Norris’s wife), Cubbie Lewis, David Dunn, and Master Stephen Hammersley are all leaders in UFAF. I thought after reading this that I would post it and hopefully it would give you some incentive to give UFAF a try. I am a Gold belt currently in the Chuck Norris System.
It’s helping with weight management: with power training, and pushing yourself, you will lose fat and gain muscle.
Stress reduction: an effective martial arts training program creates an atmosphere that thrives on discipline and community. As a result, stress is reduced. Many times I have gone somewhere with an open space to take out frustrations whether it is from school, or family or just life in general.
Increased flexibility. Many of the kicks, punches and blocks use joints and muscles that are connected to your joints. As a result, you are more flexible.
As you are training, if you decide to push yourself, you will sweat and this is good for your heart. So, martial arts training can be an excellent cardio fitness program.
It’s fun to learn new things! One of my favorite shows from childhood was Little House on the Prairie. In one episode, I remember Caroline Ingalls said to Laura something to the effect that the wise never stop learning. And you will learn many new things in martial arts training. And not just self-defense.
It’s a great way to expand your social circles. Over the past few years, I’ve made some amazing friends because of my martial arts training. And these are the friends I know I will have the rest of my life.
You will gain a new perspective on the world. As I was thinking about this I came across a quote from evolve-mma.com that said, “Martial arts, especially, will make you discover many things about yourself, inspiring you to unleash the warrior within you and improve yourself mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.”
It gives you an opportunity to be creative. When you train in martial arts, you harness your creative side because you will need to be creative to know how to adapt to your style. As a bonus, this can be a bonus in your career because you will begin to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. This is something I’ve learned from watching my friends and I’ve noticed it helps with my getting creative to find answers to whatever I’m facing. Even though I work from home.
It can help you overcome unhealthy habits by giving you a focus point. Sometimes when I want to get junk food I will practice karate to deal with it and it works great!
It helps boost confidence and help face fears.
You will have a healthier relationship with your body. You will want to be healthier to be more effective. Now, there are martial artists who are not healthy, but are effective. But even so, you will notice that even if they are overweight, they are very strong mentally. I’ve seen this in many of my friends who are leaders in various martial arts systems.
You will have improved mental health. It can help with many mental issues including depression and anxiety. I’ve seen this personally in my own life.
You will make more deliberate choices. It doesn’t mean you won’t make unhealthy choices, but when you do it will be on purpose.
It will help with reflexes and coordination.
It will help with motivation. I’ve heard stories of people who “suddenly” had a new motivation to quit smoking or reach a goal they had given up on. For me, I wanted to return to school to get a degree in nutrition. I ended up not only graduating, but graduating with honors.
Friendships! I have made many new friends because of martial arts. Some are famous, others are not.
Fun! I have fun practicing!
Without a doubt, this list will continue to grow as time goes on.
One of the things that martial arts is known for is power. You see the power in the blocks, kicks, and punches. But power is much more than that! Power begins in the mind. You must see in your mind how powerful you want the block, kick or punch to be.
Power isn’t always about speed. In fact, to get power at times you must begin slow and develop the speed to have control! This is something I’ve been focusing on this week, and it can be tough! So, what do you do? When I asked Reggie what to do on something I was struggling with in the Chuck Norris System he said this:
“Work on seeing how slooooow you can throw each kick in proper form. It will build strength and balance. And as you feel comfortable with each kick… increase the speed you are throwing them over time. The main thing is the form / mechanics of the kick first. Being able to relax while throwing the kicks. And then adding power to your kicks by adding speed & not trying to muscle them.”
Have you ever noticed how if you do something fast, it leads to a sloppy or bad job at what you are doing? This applies to so many directions in life. But, to slow down, you must think before you act. And as you slow down and get the form correct, then add speed to what you are working on, you will have the speed but you will also be doing it correctly. And as you work on doing this perfectly, you will have the form, speed and power you want.
If you don’t know Jesus and have the power of the Holy Spirit, I invite you to pray this:
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and confess with my mouth that You are Lord. I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead. I thank You that I am now saved from my sins and can look forward to spending eternity with you. I ask You to give me the Holy Spirit with the gifts that come with this decision. Help me to develop a mindful mindset and give me victory over everything I battle. In Jesus Name, Amen.
I encourage you to get lessons on how to live this new life by going through these teachings from Kenneth Copeland.
Sometimes you have to make a conscious decision to become successful in a particular area, no matter what it takes. And that decision will require you to go a different direction than the normal person. I’m at a decision point like that myself right now.
I want to be in martial arts and have been working consistently at this for years. But right now, my schedule with school will not allow me to go the direction I’ve been going. My classes beginning on September 21st will be on Monday and Thursday. But my martial arts classes are at the same time, same nights. So, it come down to 2 choices.
I can quit until I finish college next year or
I can find another way to do this.
I’m going with plan 2. I go to school 100% online with Kaplan University. Now I’m going the direction of doing martial arts online as well. And whenever possible take part in a class that is connected to my school. At a minimum this will be yearly in Los Vegas where my sensei will be.
I’m going through Top Form Karate & Fitness which is part of the Chuck Norris System. I have many friends in martial arts, and the one thing that stands out among all of them is their mindset. I love this aspect about martial arts!
But I also love the mindset of all the people who have made the decision to go a different direction in their lives. And the ones who are successful have a unique mindset. They decide that they will find a way to accomplish what they want. Even if it means they are going a different direction to accomplish what they want.
Last week I talked about faith. This week, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit who guides every decision in my life, I’m going to be focusing on mindset. Without a mindset that allows you to be successful, you will shoot for nothing and hit it everytime. I challenge you to adopt a mindset that will allow you to be successful, no matter what.
If you don’t know Jesus and have the power of the Holy Spirit, I invite you to pray this:
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and confess with my mouth that You are Lord. I believe in my heart that God raised You from the dead. I thank You that I am now saved from my sins and can look forward to spending eternity with you. I ask You to give me the Holy Spirit with the gifts that come with this decision. Help me to develop a winner mindset and give me victory over everything I battle. In Jesus Name, Amen.
In 10 days, I’ve got a final doctor appoint for a broken hand which has put me on the sidelines from martial arts since last December. During this time, I’ve made a very conscious decision that when I get cleared from my doctor to go back that I would not quit. Ever. I absolutely love studying martial arts. I also love the friends I’ve made in this arena.
Friends like Dan Ross who practices Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Kempo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Debbie Goodman who does Kung Fu and Tai Chi plus she added that she will hang out at her friend’s schools and practice whatever they are doing.
One of my closest friends is named Bob Judd. He does Shotokan, Shuri Ryu, Dux Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, and good old-fashioned street fighting.
My friend Amanda Meeks has done Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do. Reggie Cochran is one of the leaders for Chuck Norris System.
Tang Soo Do
Mixed Martial Arts
In total, there are over 150 different styles of martial arts. To see a more comprehensive list, check out this link: Martial Arts Styles. I would also encourage you to follow my amazing friend Andrea Harkins on her blog to learn more about this amazing activity.
In coming weeks, on Saturday’s I’ll talk further about this. If you have any questions about this, comment here or message me on Facebook. This applies to anything I post on this blog. If I don’t have an answer, I will find out what it is.
Following is an essay I wrote for Composition 2. Which is why I’ve been so quiet for the past 2 months. I’m in school through Kaplan University studying Nutrition Science. I’ll graduate in November.
Network marketing is an industry that is exploding. And the reason is simple “An estimated 38 million households in the U.S. live hand to mouth, meaning they spend every penny of their paychecks.” (Lake, 2016, paragraph 7). Therefore, people should seriously consider network marketing as an additional source of income because of the residual income they can build. Why network marketing compared to another home-based business? One, the average person can do network marketing effectively. Two, the success one achieves is dependent on himself or herself. And three, business leaders and celebrities endorse this line of business. In this essay, proof that confirms all this will be presented.
Why are people against this industry? There are five basic reasons for this, which is summarized from the article “Network Marketing—The Truth, The Hype, and the Opportunity.” (Nichols, 2010) First, the so-called pyramid scheme. In this industry, we become leaders by developing leaders. One person is not at the top. Second, some people believe that no one can make money in this industry. This is false. I have many friends who make anywhere from $500 a month to over $10,000 a month in this industry. Plus, the Network Marketing industry is growing consistently every year. This chart based on data from The Direct Selling Association from 2013 to 2015 shows this
Third, that this is a “get rich quick scheme.” This is a business, and it takes time to build it. One should plan on from three to five years of consistently working on this business to be where it can be done full-time. Fourth, the products are hyped up. This does happen unfortunately. However, if one hears this, then that person should tell the person saying it to prove it. Some products do work rapidly, but in general, this is not the case. And the fifth reason is inadequate training. Companies are taking this seriously across the industry and developing plans to help associates become successful. Plus, there are outside resources from Network Marketing Pro and Social Network Marketing Academy to help achieve success. Network Marketing Pro can be accessed by going to the website by the same name. The same is true for Social Network Marketing Academy. Both can also be found on Facebook as well.
Who does network marketing? In this industry one will find people from all walks of life as well as different careers. One will find doctors, lawyers, teachers, students and stay at home parents. One friend named Alan Sickman said in a private discussion (I) “was at the end of my career in the military. Evaluated options and found Network Marketing offered the greatest potential for freedom and income.” He is now a Crown Diamond with Max International, the Glutathione Company. I quoted him with permission. One will also find famous people in this industry. People such as Chuck Norris who is the spokesman for Max International, The Glutathione Company. Megan Fox who endorses Avon, and Carmen Electra who endorses Global World Trade. (Nuyten, 2014). There are many others as well. President’s, former President’s and business leaders also endorse this industry. President Donald Trump, endorses this industry. Former President Bill Clinton said “You strengthen our country and our economy not just by striving for your own success but by offering opportunity to others…Your industry gives people the chance, after all, to make the most of their own lives and to me that’s the heart of the American dream.” (Russel, 2015). Warren Buffet endorses this. Robert Kiyosaki said “The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for a job.” Bill Gates said “If I would be given a chance to start all over again, I would choose network Marketing”
What is success dependent upon? One, willingness to learn new skills and apply them. John R. Hobbs’s said:
“if one is motivated, flexible, want more of a work-life balance. Or if one enjoys networking, recognition of accomplishments, and/or entrepreneurial opportunity. Including earning extra income, or the ability to drive their own career. Or wants to purchase products at a discounted price: this is for that person.”
Finally, to be successful one needs to learn some basic skills. Which is simply learning to talk to people effectively. And with a purpose in mind. One purpose would be using the product or service. The other purpose is joining the business. There are seven specific skills that Eric Worre teaches in Network Marketing Pro. One, finding prospects. Two, inviting them to look at the product or service. Three, presenting the product and/or business. This is most effective if done separately. Fourth, following up with him or her. Fifth, closing which is getting them started on either the product, service or opportunity. For those who join or begin as either a customer or business associate step six is getting people started. And last, for those who join the company, the associate will promote the event. Social Network Marketing Academy is a wonderful resource for finding resources and inviting people to look at the product, service or opportunity.
In closing, if one decides to join a network marketing company there are four things to consider, which I learned from “Rise of the Entrepreneur” (Powerhouse, 2016) documentary published by Network Marketing Pro in 2015 and became open on YouTube in 2016. One is the product or service. One, does he or she like it? Two, is there a need? Three, does the product meet that need? Four, is it priced to sell? And fifth, is it priced for profit? Next, one should look at the company. Is it run well? And does he or she believe the management team is effective? Also, are there videos or other things available to show how the products or service work? Third is the compensation plan. Can people generate income quickly and develop a moderate part-time income within a reasonable time frame? And is there the possibility of full-time income? Last, one should look at the support. Is there a website? Is there comprehensive training? Are events hosted? The person considering this company should also look at the leaders above the person introducing them. Does he or she have good support in place? Especially if the person is new to the industry. The support may or may not be in the person’s upline. The important part is: does he or she have support?
In closing, at the beginning of this essay I said one should consider network marketing because of the residual income they can build. Jackie Ulmer said ““Residual income in network marketing is income you continue to earn based on efforts you put forth initially.” (Ulmer, 2010). One develops residual income by building a business. Which although does take time, it is worth it as myself and many others around the country are doing or have done.
Dr. Reggie Cochran, Chuck Norris, Aaron Norris, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, James Wilson, and Esau McKnight: all world famous martial artists. But as I’ve gotten to know several people on this list I’ve seen more to them than just being Masters in martial arts. Which all of them are, and I have a huge amount of respect for all of them. And that is what this entry is about. Martial arts incorporates a different mindset and lifestyle, at least to those who are Masters. And it’s one I’m developing. It’s one of a fierce determination that defines who they are. They decide early on to become a master. And it carries over into their entire lives.
They are the ones who reach for the stars and reach them.
They set one goal after another and reach them.
They do things differently than others around them and it shows up in their relationships.
The friends they have realize they are friends, no guessing “am I a friend or not.”
A month ago, today, I was a victim of a hit & run accident while walking. In the subsequent weeks since then it has been my friends in martial arts for the most part than have been there when I was hurting, either emotionally or physically or a combination of the two. I can (and do) go to them for advice without any hesitation at all. I see them as much as friends as leaders. I love calling James, Don, Esau and Reggie friends. All of them are wonderful.
If you want an exercise program, martial arts in FANTASTIC, but as you get involved in it, be aware that a great school will incorporate a lot more than a tough workout. It will incorporate a new mindset as well for you to embrace. Do you want to see what I mean? Check out the movie “The Martial Arts Kid” starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, TJ Storm and several other true martial artists. It is available through Traditionz Entertainment, as well as on Amazon and other venues as well. The producers connected to Traditionz are my wonderful friends Anita Clay (who is an AMAZING actress to be watching for as well), James Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, and Don “The Dragon” Wilson. As I talk to James, Don and Anita I have learned that they really want martial arts to be more than just a way to fight. Don Wilson said in response to a comment I made about “The Martial Arts Kid” this: “The Study of the Martial Arts involves more than just the fighting aspect….and the only time to use it is to defend others or yourself. It is not for Bullying others!” And this is so true!