Monday Funday!

Yesterday, I mentioned that I was doing a 30-day Nutritional Cleanse by Isagenix.  Although a bit pricey, it has really transformed our lives.

This cleanse involves “shake days” and “cleanse days.”  Shake days consist of having two absolutely good tasting shakes as meals and then having a “clean” meal that consists of about 600 calories.  Throughout the rest of the day, you can have healthy, clean snacks such as veggies, some fruits, nuts, etc.  These snacks should only be about 10-15 bites.  Shake days are fine, but some days, especially when exercising and doing Insanity, I just want to hit the floor.

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Dogs and carpet . . . Why!?

So, as I mentioned on my “About Me” page, we have two dogs.  They have (mostly) been the love of our lives for over 13 years.  They’re getting old (13 and 11).  With age comes some interesting things.  Different smells, different sounds, different temperaments, and, for one of them, becoming crazy scared of thunderstorms.

DogsAbout 4 years ago, our changed a bit and for some reason, wouldn’t wait until we got home to go potty.  We installed a doggie door (because she can’t handle being crated) and everything was fine.  That was until about last year.  Now, when we have thunderstorms, she will not go outside.  Usually, she will go hide in the closet.  When she has to go potty when we aren’t home. . . forget it.  She find a great place to relieve herself.  Although we have laminate and tile throughout the house her favorite place is right smack dab in the middle of your living room rug.

Last week, she relieved herself about 5 times in the exact same place.  We thought the rug was going to be garbage.  We scrubbed and scrubbed and no matter how much product we used or which type, it still smelled horrible.

Thankfully, my good buddy, Joe, pointed me to a great company to get our rug cleaned (shout out to:  www.ftworthcarpetcleaning.com).  To tell you the truth, carpet cleaners aren’t my favorite type of business people.  You know . . . the ones that have that great coupon and they show up and say, “well that’s extra because your carpet is beige or dirty” and then they up sale you and you end up spending twice as much as you thought you would?  LOL.  I can say, though, these guys won’t.  Give them a shout if you’d like.  You, most likely, won’t be disappointed.

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Cardio Exercises To Improve Your Overall Health

Exercises that help you achieve cardiovascular fitness are ideal for your health. The best cardio exercises are those that help you reach your targeted heart rate in the process of exercising.

To know your heart rate during exercising, position your thumb underneath your wrist to locate your pulse. Count the pulses for fifteen seconds and multiply that number by four.

That number that you get is your heart rate. To determine your ideal target heart rate, subtract your age from two hundred and twenty.

Everyone likes to perform in their preferred way. Nevertheless, here are some easy exercises that help to successfully achieve the desired heart rate and prove to be among the best cardio exercises.

Walking As Exercise

Walking is an easy exercise that most certainly suits diverse lifestyles over a wide age group. Almost anyone can do it. For deriving the most out of it, you should start at a slow rate, shift to a medium pace and then walk briskly to gradually build up the tempo and achieve the desired heart rate.

A simple way to increase resistance while walking would be to go over an incline for increased heart rate. There is a feel good factor associated with walking and is the best cardio exercise that may be made more enjoyable by walking with a friend.

Bicycling Exercise

Bicycling exercise also poses no restrictions on age and people of nearly any fitness level may do that. Bicycling exercise benefits by way of building your strength and agility.

As in the case of walking, you can find your best heart rate target by gradually increasing the resistance. Bicycling exercise despite being one of the best cardio exercises is one exercise which is least likely to make you feel bored.

Swimming Pool Workout

A workout in the swimming pool is an ideally suited exercise for full body exercise and provides cardiovascular fitness also. You should appreciate that water exercises are not hard on the joints as the water helps to support the body while offering natural resistance in the process.

For having a balanced workout, you should use different strokes or varying lengths to workout on different muscles. Swimming is surely one of the best cardio exercises as it facilitates reaching your targeted heart rate in a lesser time.

Elliptical Exercises

Elliptical exercisers allow you to have one of the best available cardio exercises. The benefits of exercising on an elliptical are quite similar and comparable to working out in the swimming pool. Both forms of activities provide cardiovascular and full body fitness.

The movements caused by the use of elliptical exerciser are very natural and complement normal body movements thus making the workout feel easier. Elliptical exercises offer a safe workout by reducing harmful stress and acting forcefully on your muscles & joints.

The period of any cardiovascular fitness exercise should be for at least twenty minutes and may be continued for a maximum of sixty minutes. Keep a check on your heart rate during exercising and get to know the perfect heart rate you should target.

To get to know your target of perfect heart rate keep increasing your speed or resistance. That enables you to derive the maximum benefit from the cardio exercise.

Female Body Sculpting for a More Feminine Look

Female body sculpting procedures are great for attaining a more feminine look. This very popular form of cosmetic surgery for the female body involves a combination of technology, the skill, empathy and commitment of the cosmetic surgeon, and measures to ensure patient safety. The results from each of the procedures give women a renewed sense of confidence that make them shine at the workplace, in the company of a loved one or at social gatherings.

Popular Body Contouring Procedures for Women

Women from around the globe seek body contouring procedures such as those described below and benefit from them:

Liposuction – Modern techniques of liposuction are safer and more reliable than the traditional method which means women have less cause for worry. Included in these modern techniques are Smartlipo (laser body sculpting), VASER (uses quality ultrasound energy which detaches the fat cells before suctioning them out) and tumescent liposuction (involves filling up the fatty layer with a dilute mixture of local anesthesia and medicaments prior to liposuction). These modern methods of female body sculpting offer the following benefits:

* Minimally invasive
* Local anesthesia
* Precise and proportionate contouring
* Short downtime
* Minimal blood loss and scarring

Your cosmetic surgeon would be happy to tell you more about the individual benefits of a particular technique that’s suitable for you. Smartlipo using the Smartlipo Triplex™ system works amazingly well for secondary liposuction procedures, fat deposits of different sizes, and fibrous regions of fat.

VASER Hi-Def Liposculpture – Unlike the VASER liposuction technique, VASER hi def liposculpture is for slim and healthy women. It gets rid of deep fat surrounding muscle groups to make the underlying musculature more clearly noticeable. The removed fat can be injected into areas that require more definition. Liposuction of the deep fat is done using the VASER® Lipo system. VASER hi-def liposculpture can be performed on female body areas such as the abdomen and breasts to give them a more attractive appearance.

Abdominoplasty – This female body sculpting procedure is ideal for women with a lot of loose skin that’s residual post-pregnancy. Women left with loose skin after considerable and dramatic weight loss can also benefit. The procedure would take off excess fat and loose skin from the midsection and tighten the fascia as well as the abdominal wall muscles. With the procedure you can have a tighter, slimmer and firmer stomach.

Brazilian Butt Lift – It is surgery to augment the buttocks and improve their shape. It involves taking fat from other areas of your body such as the abdomen, hips, thighs or flanks and introducing that into the gluteal muscle. However before that, the extracted fat is purified. Only select cells from this purified fat are injected into different depths of the gluteal muscle in such a way as to ensure that each fat cell receives sufficient blood supply. The result from the procedure is a well-shaped, rounder, and bigger derriere.

Attaining Your Dream Look Is that Easy!

Whichever female body sculpting procedure you opt for, it’s going to give you slimmer and enhanced contours/curves. Schedule an initial consultation with a reputable cosmetic surgeon and he would tell you if you are a candidate for the procedure. Getting a more feminine and youthful look is really that easy. No more do you have to spend countless hours at the gym or force yourself to go on a crazy diet.

Such a sad event

My thoughts and prayers are with the Americans that died in Orlando.  We are living in a world that is in a free fall.  We are living in a world that has dissolved into something unrecognizable.  We are living in a world that has a religion that has been taken advantage by some to inflict terror on our way of life.  We are living in a world that our leaders fail to recognize the problem and makes use of such a tragedy to further their agenda.

Let’s take a breath and look at what has happened before blaming any religion or item, such as a gun.  Let’s take a look at ourselves and figure out why we are in a moral decline.

Let’s talk to our children and get back to teaching them right from wrong, quit mocking peoples religious beliefs, and go out and talk to our neighbors.  Let’s bring back the America that was so great when I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s.

I’m going to make use of my new outdoor living space and invite my neighbors over and hopefully, we can build back our values and community one neighborhood at a time.

Poker Anyone!?

So, my son (10 years old) came to me today asking me to teach him how to play poker.  I love the game, but I started questioning his motives and telling him it’s a real tough game to learn and there are many types of poker.

Well, digging to the root reason of why he wanted to learn was that he “wanted to win all of my money.”  I like his ambition and it definitely put a smile on my face.

Instead, we played the game “Left, Right, Center” and used quarters instead of the little chips.  After 4 games of using three quarters each game, he lost all four.  Visibly upset and wanting to play more to win his money back, mom and dad was able to teach a valuable lesson tonight about gambling.  In the end we gave him his money back (he’s only 10) and I think he learned a good lesson on gambling.

I wonder if he’s still going to want to learn how to play poker!?

Crappy Tile Layers

Ahhh.  As they say, “you get what you pay for.”  Just got done tearing out 4 brand spankin’ new tiles from our bathtub surround.  We just had the tile redone to get rid of the 1980’s pink tile.  It looked somewhat decent when they completed the job.  It wasn’t perfect, but the pink tile was done.

The other day I went to put the bathtub faucet knob back on and noticed that it wouldn’t turn on all the way.  Why, you ask?  The dips put two thick of cement board under the tile and the wall was too thick for the faucet to operate correctly.  So now, I get to pay a plumber to reposition the valve.

You’re probably asking right about now why I didn’t just go through the drywall behind the tub?  Well, it’s a brick exterior wall on the other side!  Good times and the joy of hiring probably not the best folks to do a job.  Don’t let it happen to you!

Insane!! Dig Deeper!

WHAT’S UP Y’ALL!  If anyone has done the workout Insanity, you know what I’m talking about and you might just want to punch Shawn T in the face!

Feeling good today.  I took a week off of exercising after completed the first round (9 weeks) of Insanity.  I just did the Fit Test to start round 2!  Am I crazy?  Probably, but I have done well over the last couple of months.  I’m down about 16 pounds and feel great!  I’ve coupled the workout program to a 30 day cleanse (ends Thursday) using the Isagenix program.  Love it and love the way I feel.

Take a look at my progress . . . .

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Does my kid have a bad baseball coach?

My son is in his first year of baseball.  He just turned 10.  He has played flag football for the last several years and, I must say, is pretty good.  Being a huge fan of football (and I enjoy coaching), I wanted him to play this season.  Unfortunately, he wanted a break and decided to give baseball a try.  Growing up, I played baseball every year from T-ball until I was about 16.  Loved it and had great coaches that I still think about some of the lessons that they taught me on sportsmanship, hustle, and love of the game.  I try to instill those virtues to my kids and the kids that I coach in football.

Sitting on the sideline is not easy as a coach.

Against our advise to our boy that there were going to be great players on the team that have been playing for years and that he probably would be behind in skills.  He’d probably spend some time on the bench and in “dreamer’s corner.”  He decided to play.

I should have known at the first practice . . . 

First impressions are everything.  By the third practice, the coach was still calling the new kids “you, you, and you.”  It drove me crazy that he wasn’t even making an effort to learn their names.  I finally told my boy that the next time he calls you “you,” tell him what your name is!

With three games left of the season, I’m done.

Of course we’re going to finish the season, but man, I’d love to just call it quits because it’s been a waste of time.  Other parents aren’t too impressed, either.  This league has a rule that you can only score 5 runs in an inning and the game is over after 1 and a half hours.  We were down by 10 runs in the last inning.  Knowing that there was no chance to win, as a coach, I would have given the kids that sit on the bench half of the game and are relegated to the outfield a chance to play in the infield.  What does our coach do, you ask?  Keeps the 5 kids that play every inning in the infield and keeps the boys that sit on the bench often, on the bench.  It truly amazes many families that are observing.

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Southwest Airlines

Wow.  I was thinking about this the other day.  Southwest Airlines has gone through some many changes lately (i.e., buying Air Tran, flying into ATL, etc.).  An article was written today that says Southwest Airlines’ ranking for on time arrivals has decreased.  Could it be because of all of the recent changes over the last few years?

When I studied for my Masters degree several years ago, I did a lot of research on the airline because I thought they had a great model.  One of the amazing things about the company was that they only went into small airports and didn’t do the traditional ‘hub and spoke’ route system.  I’m sure that flying into ATL is not helping their on time arrival numbers.

I’ll share with you an essay I wrote about them in 2010ish.  Let me know your thoughts.

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