Picking up the cardio pace

Check out my activity on Strava: https://strava.app.link/vqFsfyjkeY

I do cardio first thing in the morning so it is time limited, as the 5k walks were getting easier I had to find a way to increase my output, so went faster! But initially for less time and distance, however this will pick up and I will pass my previous calorie expenditure in no time, proving that sometimes to move forward you have to take a little step back.

Practice the Preaching ep16

I haven’t done one of these for a while, I’m not sure why but as one is long overdue I thought I would sit down and justify why I say what I say and do what I do.

Physical Goals

I have made significant progress with my physical goals and am marching on to where I need to start from, that may sound a little odd but hear me out, I have alluded in the past to having trained fairly seriously as a bodybuilder for some considerable amount of time, 4 years to be precise and then for whatever reason I let it all go and ended up the way I was just under a year ago, my goal back then was to be a competitive bodybuilder and it is something that I never even came close too as I gave up just around the time I should have been considering cutting up and entering my first show, so skin willing I have set a goal of completing a competition in a years time (by skin willing I mean that I am concerned I will be left with a lot of excess skin from the weight loss) so as my diet is working for my current goal it will be interesting to see how it has to change in order to achieve a different outcome, I am also going to tighten up my regime a little more as it has started to wander a bit of late.

Financial

When I started this blog it wasn’t just so much about just blogging my personal journey, although some of the response I have had to events in my life so far have been really nice and I am happy to keep updating day to day life, it was to start a resource that could be trusted and help people that really needed it with honest useful information as a sort of mitigant to the cynicism, bad advice and in a lot of cases bare faced con artists that continue to make a good life for themselves off the backs of others.

I have looked at many different ways of making money online and I have to tell you that nearly all have ended in the same tired global MLM schemes that will do nothing but push your money up to the top of the pyramid, and anybody at all that wants to challenge me with a get rich scheme and thinks I am talking rubbish please let me know as I will follow the plan to the letter in the hope that I am proved wrong, so I have settled on a few ideas one of which is trading online, this is a business model that has made people very very rich, but it needs to be treated with respect because it has made even more people very very poor,

I intend to learn from the best I can find how to do this and will document my findings along the way, hopefully we will all make some money.

But seriously my advice so far, find a way to benefit people and you will be rewarded, provide value to the lives of others and they will keep coming back, that is why I run adverts, so far I have made nothing but if this ever takes off I will do OK and still not have to charge anybody a cent for the privilege.

Other than that I just intend to keep on expanding the site and keep up with my new Instagram (rather predictably thetraineesuperhuman64 ) and hopefully build something useful.

What would you do?

So far, with the assistance of my family I have actually achieved more in the last 11 months than I have in 43 years on this planet (with the exception of my Wife and Children) and, in contrast to sitting back and congratulating myself it has just given me more drive, I was thinking about this last night and asked myself some questions that I think we could all do with asking ourselves and answering honestly.

Questions ?

  1. What if we could release the full power of the mind – There are many people that believe in the power of the mind and there are many more that exhibit extraordinary ability in many different ways.
  2. What is holding us back from doing the above – Are we really just to scared to try, is it just lack of effort or is there more to it ?
  3. Do I really do enough each day to get to me goals – effort is something only we can feel, it is true that we can show outward sign of effort when there is none just as opposite is true and people looking in can not see the effort we are exerting, there is a saying in Yoga “Storm within calm without” and some people live their lives this way.
  4. And what would you do if you suddenly found yourself at your end goal?

So far I have begun a turnaround in my life and have noticed a difference in my children my wife and generally the people around me, I had a fascination with becoming the best I could be and helping others to do the same thing, that fascination has become something more, a tangible emotion.

When I was younger I was really into mountain biking, trail riding mainly and I became fairly good at it, I would spend entire days riding out across fields and through woods, at a fair pace too, obviously I do not need to explain how it went when I sat back on my bike at 25 and a half stone, the back tire went flat and I was out of breath after about a minute of pedalling, but yesterday I went out on it for the first time in a couple of months, and I had that feeling that children get when they do something for the first time, that surprise and elation that whatever it was just worked, my pace was back up into the 11 – 13mph range and my only concern as far as distance was concerned was the fact that for the vast majority of the ride I was lost!

I have been working on a system of meditative thought that I call “driving through the brain” using the power of the mind to influence the body rather than using the body to influence the mind and the results have been very positive and I will share this as we go on of course.

You know you are lost when the plan is to follow the train tracks because they must lead somewhere!

Hope none of this sounds to weird and that you stick with me as I start to push even harder toward my goals, and with any luck inspire and assist anybody who decides to come along to achieve theirs too!

Practice the Preaching ep13

Good morning! and it is a good morning sun is shining and birds are singing etc, etc, I realised that I spend so much time talking about pushing boundaries and how the body only responds to stress beyond it’s normal capability that I felt I needed to speak a little about the importance of rest and I don’t mean just sleep (although sleep is awesome).

I mean more specifically resting your body and mind, sounds a bit spiritually fanciful I know but hear me out, Evolution is a long process and we are just starting to catch up with the technology revolution, this can be seen in the generational gaps that we observe and are often the subject of good-hearted jokes and routines of stand-up comedians, each generation becomes more comfortable with technology such as phones, home media, home automation and so on, but it does not stop there, you see the world has become virtual almost overnight, it really was not that long ago, maybe 20 years or so when we didn’t have 24/7/365 news feeds, social media updates, whatsapp and high resolution games featuring cute cartoon cats bursting bubbles all at our finger tips.

And all the time our bodies are still running on the circadian rhythm of wake / rest, so we start to feel tired and sluggish as we push through yet another phase of our cycle in order to watch the 20th video on how to become a billionaire by the time you are five, or how to lift like a strongman after only two days training, or indeed typing out a blog about all the above!

As this diagram courtesy of Wikipedia demonstrates perfectly there is an order to things and I can see several points on it that I merrily sail through, now the reason behind this post is I emphatically advocate pushing boundaries and we cannot accomplish the things we do by sticking to a set of rules that limit us to a time scale our bodies developed before Instagram and Clickbank, but there are some things the body and mind need us to listen too, these are the instincts that tell us when we have pushed too far, take the gym for instance, you go there to hurt, your muscles burn you are sweating like you are in the desert, breathing like an asthmatic camel and running periodically to the door to be sick, this is good, this what we came here for, but when you start to feel faint or dizzy that is when to stop because you have gone too far, and too far is destructive we are now longer pushing boundaries smashing them and ripping up the foundation as we go.

And why is this on “Practice the Preaching” ? well because I want everybody to succeed and we get bombarded by people everyday telling us that if we are not in the gym 6 hrs a day we are not trying hard enough, if we are not up all night coding and sleeping through the day we clearly do not want our website to be a success, and we deserve to fail, problem is that message contradicts the following advice that success takes time to accomplish and it is persistence that pays off, you cannot persist at something if you take yourself out of the game by injuring yourself physically or mentally.

So listen to your body and mind, the clues will all be there and regardless of schedules and training routines take a dive when you need to, as long as you are honest with yourself it will not be very often, so you will not lose ground the only thing that will hurt is your pride, but don’t worry that will get better when you reach your goal quicker than you would if you had to take a week or a month break due to over stretching it.

Things to watch for

  • Over tired and irritable and an inability to sleep soundly
  • Dizziness when exercising or a feeling of pressure in the chest
  • Inability to keep your focus on a screen or blurry vision
  • Any pain that is outside of muscles, you don’t grow tendons!
  • Short tempered or lack of patience
  • Sudden lift in heart rate when resting or the feeling of panic
  • Constant headaches that feel like you a have a tight hat on your head

In general when we are under constructive stress, sure we will feel tired and a bit stressed because we are striving, but once it goes beyond that it becomes toxic we are literally sowing the seeds of our own failure, so just stop sit back, go for a walk, read a book or something the polar opposite of what you were doing.

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You can’t hit an invisible target so how do you expect to reach an invisible goal?

So the first thing that I started to think about was “what makes a Superhuman?” and here we have the first of many questions that are completely personal in their reply, however there is a certain amount of commonality when considering this question, it is easy to say that a Superhuman has some extraordinary power or trait that sets them apart from the rest of the human race, but as we are nearly all slaves to the Hollywood machine that is about as far as it goes, they can usually fly and see through walls and lift cars as if they were toys,

as tempting as this was for me to be able to aspire too I was painfully aware that I was never going to fly without a plane wrapped round me and I am far to old to start trying pick up cars!

No I had to dig deeper into the question, for me (and it will inevitably be different for most people) a Superhuman had several traits, physical fitness, a caring selfless personality and financial freedom enough that they could live their life without the stress of money and enrich the lives through education and security of our children and loved ones, and it should be noted that at the beginning of this journey I tick none of the boxes.

More History

I realised sometime before my first catalysing event that I had to change my life but I did not look any further than the need for more money, what I didn’t realise was that I was looking for the wrong commodity, you see money in itself is pointless, money unspent is simply paper at most and a number on a screen at it’s least, if your figure is only double digits and you are unhappy then unless you change your environment that figure can become ten digits or more and you will still be unhappy.

I wandered from business idea to business idea with no direction and no idea of what I was looking to achieve as a result I gained nothing, sure I did get a better job but due to lack of purpose or goal I simply grew quickly into the increased income with no change in environment and thus stayed unhappy.

One observation that I did make at the time was that I never had any idea if what I was doing was getting me anywhere or not, progress through any scheme wasn’t quantifiable, I have now realised in retrospect that this was a direct result of having no end goal, ask yourself this, if you set off out of the house with no destination in mind how do you know how close you are? simple you don’t ! and I didn’t and so I wasted years just aimlessly existing and making no progress at all.

Time to Stop the waffle and make my point!

So I sat down and actually looked at my life, took stock of what was making me unhappy and used that to formulate my goals, they were as follows

  • Physical Fitness (I was hugely overweight)
  • Financial Security for me and my Family (we were broke)
  • Time with the people I love and for myself (I spent most of my time working for a pittance and trying out ideas to make a million)

The way I worked this out was to start at the top, what life would look like if I could wave a magic wand and change all that was wrong overnight, then slowly methodically working back from the top identifying what life needs to be before I can move onto the next stage, the process was long but I eventually had the issues in the brackets above, and the goals without brackets.

Now, there is no magic wand, no five minute montage to inspirational music, and here’s a real kicker nobody is going to help you (at least not for free)

So I encourage you to do the same, and before you start remember some key points to help you keep motivated along the way,

Concentrate on moving Forward

Anything in the past is in the past, this is true of any event that has gone before, agnostic of it being positive or negative we cannot turn back the clock we can and should only ever move forward, sometimes that will clearing up mistakes of the past, and that is perfectly fine, in fact the lack of courage to admit past mistakes is what holds a lot of us back, and of course facing the pain of whatever we need to do to fix the mistakes, I tell you something, it certainly kept me back for a lot of years.

You have not failed

A person can only be regarded as a failure if they do not get back up, on your journey, as in mine there will be things that do not go exactly as planned, that is life not a reflection of your effort, and it affects as us all, you have already begun to fight back by looking for an alternative to your current situation.

Don’t forget the cliche

You get out what you put in, it is old and far from original but it is true, 100 percent effort will give 100 percent return, careful though cos 1 percent effort will give 1 percent return, be vary wary of people offering quick fixes to all your problems.

Quick reminder

I am sharing my journey because I fell into every trap and went down nearly every rabbit hole before I learnt how to start putting my life back together, while I will never charge anybody directly for my musings through subscription or such, I do fully intend to make as much money as possible from advertising and affiliate schemes, and I completely encourage anybody to do the same.