I’m Baaaaaack!

Sep 26

I’m Baaaaaack!

So, four months later, and here I am, finally. Nothing like a week of sitting around on your butt in Mexico at a 5 Star all-inclusive resort, being waited on hand and foot in a stunning environment to catch your breath and re-focus! (Yeah, that photo is a picture of one of the local beaches. Gorgeous!)

Still struggling with the balancing act here. Back to doing regular shifts at Gymboree in addition to everything else as they’ve lost some employees so I’m filling in while they get the trainees up and running. However, I’m not so stressed. I’m taking things in stride, and feeling quite good about everything. I’m much more disciplined and focused (though my desk has exploded again…) I have a major project in the works, which I’ll tell you about later, and I’m back walking, though not actually training. The weather here in Calgary is currently beautiful as I write this, and has been for weeks, so getting out for a walk is fabulous. I’ve found a great friend to walk with, and we get a 5k walk done 4x a week at around 10:00 am. Two days a week I teach at Gymboree, so that pretty much fills out a great workout plan! The training will come, but I think I’m really going to have to get into a type of Polyphasic sleep pattern (probably the 3 hour core sleep one) in order to actually get everything done well that I want/need to do, but I can’t follow that until I’m really done with Gymboree as a day at Gymboree has no breaks so I’d not be able to nap. Might take a look at this again in November.

I’ve been doing some great reading lately, which I’ll probably share along the way, and I’m feeling like I’m ready to tackle my eating habits. I need to keep it simple because I can’t handle anything more complicated right now. I’m thinking a nutrient dense protein shake in the morning, a vegetable/bean soup and boiled egg at lunch, and a protein and salad for dinner with natural yogurt and seeds for dessert. I’ll toss in some Omega 3 fatty acids along the way, and Bob’s your uncle! Not hugely varied, but for now, it’s easy, nutritious, low-calorie, and brainless. From where I stand now, that looks like a good plan! 🙂

One thing I’ve been doing is filling my mind with ideas that help me be more disciplined, focused, and aligned with my main purpose. This started when, for fun, I picked up Og Mandino’s book “The Greatest Salesman in the World“. After you get about half way through the book he suggests reading each of the seven scrolls (part of the story) 3x a day for a month. When you’ve done that with the first scroll, you move on to the second scroll and do the same thing – read that one 3x a day for a month. There are 6 scrolls to read like this. I actually scheduled the reading into my daily calendar and am finding it helpful for keeping focused on the important things and not allowing myself to be distracted by things that aren’t that important. Because I’m also trying to get a better handle on my finances, I started doing the same thing with Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and since coming home, I’ve added Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles(TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” though the latter two I only read once a day – one at lunch and one at bedtime – as the chapters are much longer.

I think this is really helping me. My goal this year is to finally drop the extra weight (which has increased slightly since Mexico…Sigh…) and pay off our credit card debt. In three years I’d like to be fully debt free (including having our house fully paid off), and financially free through location independent businesses. I’d also like to be traveling regularly and living in a self-designed house somewhere in the mountains.

With that kind of clarity behind me, I’d like to get back into blogging on this blog (I still blog regularly at HotSpot Promotion) and sharing a bit of my journey. I want to go back to creating an “automated lifestyle” by adding habits once a week and mastering some of those things that are making me weak and ineffective.

If you want to join me, here are my goals for this week:

  1. Read “The Scroll Marked II” 3x daily from “The Greatest Salesman in the World” (I already started this a few weeks ago, so I’m a bit ahead of the game here)
  2. Read Chapter 2 “Desire: The Starting Point of All Achievement” in “Think and Grow Rich” daily at lunchtime (I started reading this last week, and up to this point the chapters are not really worth repeating daily, so if you want to start with this, read up to the end of this chapter first, as your first reading, and then just repeat chapter 2 every day).
  3. Read “Principle 1: Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life” from “The Success Principles(TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” daily at bedtime (again, let your first reading catch you up to the end of this chapter, and then read just this chapter each day).
  4. Exercise according to the schedule I laid out above.
  5. Begin each day with 1/2 litre of water sipped slowly over a couple of hours.
  6. Make a daily high nutrition protein shake for breakfast each morning (currently mine consists of 1 Tbsp ground flax seed (I grind it fresh), 1 tsp Nutra Sea Fish Oil
    , 1 scoop Garden of Life – RAW Meal meal replacement, 1 cup frozen mixed berries, 1 cup pure coconut juice (I use Sun Tropics juice from Costco), 1 cup Knudsen Mega Green Juice, and 1 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Milk, Unsweetened Original)

That looks a little overwhelming for a starting place if you’re just jumping in with me here. I would recommend doing only one of the books (Og Mandino’s is the easiest and shortest read) and then start either with the exercise or the breakfast/water. Add the others in as it becomes manageable.

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