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Parents and Children

Parents and Children

Warning: this will upset some people. But I am more concerned with our kids and their future than the  people who get upset with me on this post today.

Iowa obesity rate:
Adults: 32% (#13 in the nation)
Youth 10-17 y/o: 29.9% (#30 in the nation)

Does this get your attention? Or does this get your attention more?…


  • Colorado has the lowest obesity rate at 22.3%
  • West Virginia has the highest obesity rate at 37.7%.
  • All other states range from 22.6% to 37.3%.

The top 5 worst states are:

  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • and Louisiana

Now what about kids between 10 and 17?

  • Utah is the best at 19.2%
  • Tennessee is the worst at 37.7%
  • All other states range from 20.3% to 37.1%.

For our kids,  the top 5 worst states are:

  • Tennessee
  • North Dakota
  • Mississippi
  • Florida
  • and Rhode Island

I want your help. What needs to be done to lower the obesity rate? More government intervention? Or can parent’s do more? I read this in one of  my text books:

“In one study, parental obesity doubled the risk of adult obesity for both obese and non-obese children less than 10 years of age.” (Brown, 327)

Parent’s have control over what is brought into the home! Schools are told what to serve for lunches by the government.

Brown, Judith E. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, 5th Edition. Cengage Learning, 20130625. VitalBook file.

The statistics from above were found at this website: State of Obesity. You can  look up the numbers for your state from it.


So, Martial Arts Can’t Change A Family?

So, Martial Arts Can’t Change A Family?

I have a young friend who last year decided she wanted to get healthy. She will not be named because of her age, but I am going to call her Andi. Andi is 16 now and a year ago was wearing a size 28. Her parent’s (who are friends of mine) also have battled weight problems. Andi lives in a small town in western Texas. Last year before I was in the accident Andi decided to take control of her health and get healthy even without her parent’s help or support. She came to me to ask for help, knowing I am studying nutrition at Kaplan.
Andi and I spent some time talking about her like, dislikes, hobbies, and other things related to her entire life. I learned she likes martial arts movies and other action movies. She also likes to watch tv shows like “Dancing With the Stars.” Like many teenagers who battle weight issues she struggled with low self-esteem, depression, lack of confidence, and other problems. In response to learning this, I gave her some advice such as eating more vegetables, and work on portion control. I also told her to talk to her doctor and to get a full blood work-up. To get her lipids and other blood levels checked. Which she did and then gave it to me.
But I also encouraged her to get involved with activities that would get her moving. Andi chose 2 activities and got a couple of her friends to support her. One is martial arts. She chose Tai Kwon Do, because there is a dojo walking distance from her school. She is now a green belt and determined to reach black belt before she graduates from high school. She also began to take dance lessons and is loving it. But how has martial arts changed her family?
About 3 months after beginning the lessons and making changes in her eating habits, her parent’s decided to join her. Andi now Andi does all the cooking and her parent’s are loving the new eating habits. Andi also has a younger sister who is 8 and also started Tai Kwon Do. Andi’s little sister I will call Summer. Summer has never had a weight problem. And because of the lifestyle changes initiated by Andi, she likely never will.
As of about a week ago,  Andi now is at a size 18 and plans to be at a size 16 before her prom in April. Plus she has her first boyfriend who is completely supportive of what she is doing. Andi after high school is considering becoming a dietician or a health coach.
And has decided that martial arts will remain a permanent part of her life. Her parent’s and sister are loving martial arts and are planning to continue in it as well. Andi attributes the biggest change because of the mindset she has because of martial arts.
Just something to think about.
Credit to the “parent/child” picture goes to my friend Professor David Dunn. His website is Premier Martial Arts, Santa Clarita Valley, California. Professor  Dunn  is one of the leaders for UFAF, or the United Fighting Arts Federation. The same group I am part of with Top Form Karate & Fitness. UFAF has a network of schools all over the country. Look at the website for UFAF to find a school near you. Or, you can do like I’m doing and use the Top Form Online School. In the few weeks I’ve done this, I have already passed my first test, which is a written test. And I will test for Gold belt in a few weeks.
What is YOUR mindset???

What is YOUR mindset???

Mindset: an attitude, disposition, or mood. And, an intention or inclination. 

With this in mind: how do you keep your mindset positive? What are some actions you can take to have a positive attitude, disposition, or mood? How do you keep your intentions and inclinations going the right direction?

Here are some things I have done to keep positive:

  1. Start my day off right. I do daily affirmations. Then I eat breakfast. Then I exercise, these days by training in the Chuck Norris System.
  2. During the day, if a negative thought comes up (and it happens), I replace it with something positive.
  3. If I get hit with bad news, I find something positive in it. It’s the idea that there is a silver lining in every cloud. It’s not always easy to find, but it is there. For example, Las Vegas was hit by a shooter overnight last night. That is a bad thing. But I’m thankful that more people weren’t killed. This doesn’t mean I’m not sorry for the losses. I am very sorry about it. And I did cry over it.
  4. If I get frustrated, I practice martial arts or do something that gets me moving. As I exercise, I am able to literally work-out my frustrations. And then I go back and finish whatever I was working on. Whether it is school or my business or something else.

How do I keep my intentions positive?

  1. I stay focused on my goals. And review them frequently to make sure they are where they need to be at.
  2. I stay connected to my leaders and give them the freedom to speak whatever needs to be said, either good or bad, to me.
  3. I make sure that I am worthy in my own actions to be a leader. I can’t expect anyone to follow me if I am not actively doing what I would expect others to do. I am a leader, not a boss. And I keep this in the forefront of my mind.

What are some things you do?



Being an effective learner begins with…

Being an effective learner begins with…

Yesterday I watched a replay of a webinar from Kaplan University. This webinar talked about 6 things it takes to be an effective online learner. But there are some applications to life that I’ve been thinking about.

One, reminds me of Boy scouts. My 2 boys were in Cub scouts and eventually in Boy scouts. They are prepared. They get what is needed for the task ahead. If they are going camping, they figure out what is needed and pack appropriately. For example, if the boys were going camping in the summer, they wouldn’t pack a winter coat, they would pack a swimsuit. By the same token, if you are undertaking a new plan in life, you need to figure out what is needed to be successful.

Two, they manage their time. Set self-imposed deadlines. And devote sufficient time and effort to excel at it. And don’t procrastinate. Do you want a successful life? Make it a point to do this. Make time to exercise, eat right, and learn what is needed to learn to be successful.

Three, take initiative! Decide what you want, take control of the learning process to achieve it and be prepared to do problem solving when it’s needed. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Be self-motivated. Yesterday I told you what my grades have been with Kaplan, I accomplished those grades by being motivated and by taking the initiative to do what is needed. If you don’t know what those are, go back and look.

Four, exceed other’s expectations of what they expect of you. And exceed your own expectations of what you think you can do. By the way, this goes into the black-belt mindset you’ve heard me refer to on Saturday’s. Henry Ford said: “If you think you can or think you can’t, your right!”

Five, seek to be an effective communicator. I’m not talking about being a public speaker. Communication is a developed skill and to be successful, you need to be willing to put forth the effort to improving it. Learn to seek out and take advantage of available resources. If you need some ideas or need to know where to find help on this, reply here and I’ll help.

And six, be persistent! Learn to tolerate technical problems. It happens in the age we live in. If the internet isn’t working, work on something else until it’s corrected. Seek help when you need it. Work daily on what you want. When challenges come up: persist. I’ve been told (and I’ve repeated this MANY TIMES) “tough times never last, but tough people do.” Tough people last because they persist. Or in other words: quitting isn’t in their vocabulary! It’s not an option.

So, how do you do these 6 things? Here are some tips:

  • Access materials and people you need to be successful
  • Connect to people more successful than you are. Remember: you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with. Do you want success? Hang out with successful people, both on the internet AND in person.
  • Plan your week in advance.
  • Establish times to work on your goals.
  • Impose your own deadlines for what you want.
  • Take the initiative to learn what you need to be successful in whatever you endeavor to accomplish.
  • Recognize what is expected as a minimum, then take it to a higher level.
  • Accept constructive feedback from others more successful than you, clarify as needed, and then apply it.
  • Finally, be empowered to overcome any obstacles that come up.



Mindset when…

Mindset when…

I’m starting a new term with Kaplan University on Thursday. I’m registered for 2 classes. I’ve already decided my priorities and how I will do this term. Going into it, I have taken 7 classes previously. In 6 of them, I’ve gotten an “A” and in the other one I got a “C.” Knowing that, I bet you are thinking that I’ve got my eyes set on getting another 2 A’s.  But you know what, you’re wrong!

My eyes are set on doing my best! But also with keeping my priorities straight! Reggie Cochran reminded me earlier this year that my GPA isn’t on my diploma! And that was his way of saying that I need to do my best, but also to keep my priorities straight. So, what are my priorities?

Well, here they are in order:

  1. God comes first. I know by seeking Him first, everything else will fall into place.
  2. Yes, I put myself at the top. But it’s because if I don’t take care of myself I won’t be any good for anyone else. This means that I eat right, exercise, and get the rest I need.
  3. My family. Especially my kids!
  4. My friends! I love my friends and if they need me: I’m there for them!
  5. Business: I have a business that I love! It isn’t work to me, because I’m focused on building relationships and helping people be healthy.
  6. This blog. It’s a priority!
  7. Then school. I love learning, but it doesn’t take the place of living my life.
  8. Playtime! This includes playing games on Facebook or other things.

When your mindset is focused on what is important, then you will have a successful life. It’s that simple! Now, you are noticing that money isn’t a priority. I don’t have it as a priority because the attitude I have is that money will fall into place and I’ll have everything I need because I put people first. The people I have the most respect for have plenty of money, but they have made a conscious decision to put people first.

Another side benefit of my mindset is I don’t worry about things. Whenever a concern comes up, I make a conscious decision to roll it over to the Lord. It gets easy after a while. And it’s literally a lifesaver. Many people every year lose their lives to stress related disease. It’s not worth it to worry. If you know my story, you know that I lived a stressed filled life for years. If you don’t know me: contact me on Facebook and I’ll talk to you further. But, that being said, I don’t focus my energy on the past. I look forward and I don’t allow stress.

You may be thinking: this is great, but there’s no way I could do this. You can, if you want help, reach out to me. And also ask God for help. Simply pray this:

Lord Jesus, I’m tired of being stressed out and I need help. I come to You now and ask You to help me. I thank you that I’m now part of you family and I declare You are Lord of my life. I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit now and walk with me.

If you prayed this just now I want to welcome you to the family of God. And I would encourage you to go through this teaching by Kenneth Copeland Ministries and learn to walk with God.

Finally Choosing No More Stress




“That’s Violent!” And other myths!

“That’s Violent!” And other myths!

I’ve been told that learning martial arts is all about learning to be violent! I can laugh about that now, but at the time I was just thinking about learning martial arts I was strongly advised not  to do this because of that. But here’s what I’ve learned about martial arts.

It’s not about violence! There are people who use martial arts in a bad way, but a good sensei will come down hard on a student who uses it this way. It’s about self-control, and using it to defend others. In the movie “The Martial Arts Kid”  with Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, Jansen Panettiere, Kathryn Newton, Matthew Ziff and TJ Storm, Robbie learns martial arts to defend himself and to defend people he cares about. A good sensei will teach this way.

It makes you aggressive! No! It doesn’t! By learning self-control you learn to not be aggressive. Aggression comes from LACK of self-control! You learn to defuse confrontations. It helps to deal with bullies too, because it builds confidence which makes them less of a target!

You need to be in shape to be in martial arts! Listen! You will get in the best shape ever as you train! You will develop flexibility and get a great cardio workout. Most martial arts schools welcome people with disabilities! Including those who are blind, disabled, or even wheelchair-bound! ANYONE CAN DO THIS! I’ve got into the best shape I’ve ever been by training in martial arts.

Here’s another myth: “It’s hard on your body and leads to lots of injuries!” False! If you practice it safely and do it as your taught, your risk of injury is low! Yes, injuries happen! But only when doing it incorrectly, or in competion or else in real world use! Did you know that the sports that rank highest on injuries is cheerleading! Football and soccer rank higher than martial arts too! What is the hardest thing you can do on your body??? INACTIVITY! That’s right! Being sedentary is hard on your body! Martial arts gets you moving, boosts your strength, builds your heart and works on flexibility!

It doesn’t work in the real world. In the movie “The Martial Arts Kid” there is a scene that I love! Robbie has been confronted by a bully named Bo. Aunt Cindy comes to his defense and fights off Bo using martial arts. Now, I can imagine you are thinking “this is in  a movie and not in the real world.”  I am friends in the real world with Don Wilson, Anita Clay, James Wilson all of which are producers in this movie. They have confirmed to me that this movie was done based on the real world. In this interview, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson of The Martial Arts Kid Movie, Don talks about this movie and about martial arts in general.

Here’s one my favorites to debunk: Martial arts teaches eastern religion! No, it doesn’t! Religion isn’t taught in martial arts! I’ve done martial arts in churches and in traditional dojo’s. The values that are taught in martial arts are universal! Respect, discipline, self-control, perseverance, leadership, goal-setting, courtesy, focus and other things. This is universal! Martial arts you will find  will compliment the teachings of your faith.

Finally, a black belt is an expert. FALSE. Reggie and all the other black belts I’m friends with have told me in words and in actions that reaching black belt is just the beginning! When you reach black belt, you have just barely mastered the fundamentals. A quote I came across recently is “Sometimes a teacher, always a student.” Take a look at the masters and you will see how true this is.


What is YOUR mindset?

What is YOUR mindset?

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.

  1. I can quit until I finish college next year or
  2. 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.

I encourage you to get lessons on how to live this new life by going through these teachings from Kenneth Copeland: http://www.kcm.org/believers-academy/topic/foundational-teachings