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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Most Helpful Thing

Recently Tom Ziglar asked me these amazing questions:

What has been the most helpful thing on your journey to keep you moving forward? What do you do daily, even when you may not feel like it?

Wow! Right?

They aren't easy to answer, that's for sure.

But I did and I feel others could gain value from my answer so I'm posting it here.

My Response

That is a really good question Tom!

Also it's a pleasure to get an email from you! Blown away!


I sat on this question and let my mind take me on the journey.

After a while the answer became so crystal clear you could make a telescope out of it.

Then I realized it's one of those secrets everyone knows but no one does.

It was logging my thoughts and actions. Note taking. Personal accountability.


Once I realized it, my memory jumped to your dad's lesson on how note takers were so much more likely to close than those who didn't. It made sense!


I mean it's really hard to improve on something you don't track.

Before I started to take notes, I got lucky every now and then but...

  • Not 80 pounds in under a year lucky.
  • Not recovering from 10 years chronic depression lucky.
  • Not recovering from 20 years of resentment lucky.

That took figuring out what worked and what did not. That took note taking. Logging. Journaling.


That also took listening to myself and writing down truth and discarding false evidence appearing real.

That took me reading my truths daily until they conquered my anxieties.

That took me watering my seeds of positivity and plucking the toxic weeds of negative thinking with a tome of positive affirmations.

And that took the Holy Spirit giving me the power to break down strongholds in my heart.


I'm really glad I wrote my experiences down because now I'm helping so many other people with them

It is amazing seeing how I can positively influence other peoples lives.


A lot of it is thanks to you, your dad, and so many other people for risking to positively influence the world.

To make art. Beautiful, life changing art.

In the words of Seth Godin, making a ruckus. Helping others to help others.

Take Away

So many people want to lose weight, to get fit, to lose weight, to fight anxiety.

Yet they don't even log their journey down.

If there is one thing you do in your journey that will help all other journeys, it's record the journey.

By recording it you aren't burdened with remembering everything all the time. It's written down.

You don't have to think about what you had last week. It's written down.

You know what helped you lose that 10 pounds. It's written down.

You know what helped you gain 5 pounds back. It's written down.


Now you know what works for you and what doesn't. Milk it and win.

Start logging your victory.

If you hit a plateau, tweak your routine and record it.

Tweak it once a week until you find the key. Milk the new strategy and win more.

Take Inventory

"You run the day or the day runs you."

Take inventory of your day

Find out what exactly are you doing with your time.

Are you being efficient with your day?

Are you running your day?

Or is the day running you.

Are you so busy playing catch-up, you feel like a professional juggler?

Your Day

Take inventory

Find out what you do, when you do it, and why.

Once you discover your routine, start to tweak it.

What's really important and what's wasting your time?

Are you utterly inefficient with your time?

I was.

Found Time

Now I'm amazed at what I can do.

  • I found time to cook healthy, real food with 3 kids.
  • I found time to exercise
  • I found time to devote to those I love.
  • I found time to learn new skills.

Don't Wait

Find ways to optimize your available hours

But waiting for your available hours to optimize themselves is waiting to lose.

Don't wait to lose.

Take inventory and start winning.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

500 Mile Guac

Picture this.

Texas man in the middle of a meat fast on taco Tuesday.

Not a pretty picture, eh?

But I wasn't going to allow that ground round crackling on the stove to tempt me so I invented Baked Cauliflower Picante.

At first taste, I melted but after recomposure, I knew what had to be done.

I knew what would elevate this already amazing dish to Olympic proportions.

Guacamole!

Combining these 2 awesome dishes into one meal was amazing, you just got to try it.

But first, you need to know how to make it.

Ingrediants

  • 2 Avocados
  • Rotel Chili
  • Diced Purple Onions (or Onion Powder)
  • Minced Garlic
  • Lime Juice
  • Pink Rock Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper

Directions

  1. Peel and mash avacados into a serving bowl.
  2. Stir in Rotel, Onions, Garlic, Lime Juice, Salt, and Pepper.
  3. Season to taste.
  4. Chill for 15 minutes.

Thoughts

That's it! It's that simple.... But the taste is divine!

It's a great dish by itself but married with the Baked Cauliflower Picante, this pair would make famous chefs weep with joy.

It was THAT good. It also didn't last long. Even my carnivorous children surrounded me like ravenous wolves to get to it.

The Guac was a dish to walk 500 miles for. The Cauliflower, 500 more. Just don't be the one who walks 100 miles to fall down at my door.

I Used To Care...

We all struggle and to share just my 'highlight reel' or personal progression is disingenuous. So I'm going to do the painful thing and talk more about what hurt. Both before and during my journey.

It wasn't easy. I'm not an overnight success of health.

I struggled!

But this is also a message of hope. Keep the faith and the storms will subside.

You WILL come out the other side transformed like caterpillar to butterfly!

I Used To Care...

I used to care about many things but I realized they were all the wrong things to care about. There was nothing I could do to influence it anyway. At least... Not in a meaningful manner.

So I stopped caring. I stopped caring about the distresses the media fed me. I became carefree. Or so I thought.

I really became careless.

Instead of living a relaxed life without anxiety, I lived a sloppy life full of fear.

It it not a good life to live.

You see not caring was even worse then caring for the wrong things.

So I took a chance and tried to care again. It was awkward like a toddler's first step. It was clumsy and painful but I knew I couldn't go back. Not to where I was. Death was there.

I stepped again with a foot of faith and finally landed firmly for the first time in forever. In the distance, a faint glow. Was it the light at the end of the tunnel?

At least it is something.

Something better than the dark nothingness I knew so well.

Thoughts

This speaks to how deep into depression I really was. I felt I was in a dark death. I felt I had no purpose.

My mind travels back 6 years for this. Finally I can confront and put it to rest. It is well with my soul. I punched through the black veil of depression.

You can too.

The storms subside.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mouth Watering Baked Cauliflower Picante

It was taco Tuesday and I was on a meat fast. What do I do?

What's more, I have ground round in the pan frying up for the kids. They weren't interested in meat fasting. What do I do?!

I peeked inside the refrigerator and look around for some healthy options. That's when I found it.

An amazing head of white cauliflower.

Now I remember seeing something online about buffalo style cauliflower bites and wondered, would it work for tact Tuesday? Could I make cauliflower tacos? Is that even legal on taco Tuesday? What do I do?!!!

I went for it!

Ingredients

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • Pink Rock Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Taco Sauce or Hot Sauce (I like Valentina Salsa Picante)

Directions

  1. Cut cauliflower florets from the central stem and then chop into small, bite sized pieces into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix in olive oil, salt, pepper, and sauce.
  3. Line evenly on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Roast, tossing occasionally for 30 minutes.

It was fabulous! But as I devoured my first baked cauliflower picante wrap. I knew what I had to do.

Add guacamole!

My next post I'll share my guacamole recipe that made this taco the best I ever had.

Sorry beef!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Who is this for?

Art for everyone at best will be mediocre.

Instead of chasing the loudest noises, consider focusing on what's harmonious with you.

Instead of diving into a sea of cacophony, build a harbor that attracts the ships you're looking for.

Let the others deal with the people who don't harmonize with you. With your vision.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Is Losing Weight Easy?

Once you've figured it all out, losing weight is easy!

But like a Rubik's cube, if you don't know the secret, good luck solving the problem.

Most people don't know how to solve a Rubik's cube and likewise many obese people struggle solving their own weight loss puzzle.

To them, losing weight is Not easy.

It's hard.

Good News

The good news is like the Rubik's cube, weight loss is simple.

Sure, there's a cacophonous sea of diets vying for your attention but the foundations of weight loss are the rocks those waves turn to.

That rock is simple.

  • Eat more nutritious food
  • While Consuming less calories
  • And Be more active

You used to need a nutritionist to know nutrition and calories.

Now there are a ton of free apps.

Losing Weight Is Simple!

But it's not easy.

Not in the beginning.

But it gets easy.

Need help?

Send me a comment. I'd love to connect with you.