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Saturday is March 1st. It’s time to get in shape for the summer! It’s been a long winter (and it’s not over yet). This brutal winter has kept many of us indoors and stagnant. It has been easier to put our resolutions on hold than to face this cold. Let’s make the goals and decisions necessary to get in shape.
How many people don’t get to enjoy summer activities because they don’t feel comfortable with themselves? How many of you are missing great opportunities to do things with friends and family because of your own restrictions?
Ask yourself, if it was July 1st, and your kids wanted to go to the beach, would you feel good? Luckily for most of us, it’s not July 1st, and we still have four months to get in gear. Lets work to make sure we can’t give ourselves or our friends and family any excuses to not enjoy ourselves.
I’m lucky to be 68 and in shape. The healthier and happier you feel, the more good things happen for you.
When I need to get in shape and jumpstart my routine, I cut out sugar, carbohydrates and gluten. The best way to kick these three things to the curb? Google what each of these do to your body, and hopefully you never look back. Understanding the effects that sugar, carbs, and gluten have on your body will make cutting them out easier and all the more necessary. Feed your body, not your appetite. Eat for health, not for comfort.
Once you’ve successfully gotten your diet on track, exercise is next. It keeps you motivated, especially this time of year. For example, if you get up in the morning and you’re down on yourself, you will only keep going in circles. You have to have a purpose, and that goes for anything in life. I’m going hunting in Colorado in seven months. Every day, I wake up to a picture of the place we’re going to hunt. It becomes my motivation and purpose to eat right, stay in top shape, and prepare for this trip.
If your purpose is to make it to the beach with your kids this summer, put a picture of the beach in plain view of where you lay your head to rest at night and you will wake up to be reminded of your purpose every day. From there, you will make your goals to eat right and get in shape in order to achieve that purpose.
And maybe you’re not worried about the way you look. What you’re really worried about is the way you feel. And you can most certainly change that.
In reality, your purpose could be anything. Maybe you have a project coming up in the next couple months, or maybe you’re building something. Define it. Desire it. It will give you the energy to wake up every day and chase it. You have something to look forward to. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. As long as you keep it in sight and set attainable goals to reach it, you can do anything.
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Valentine’s Day is about affection and relationships. It’s like the mark of a new year for your love life and your relationships. This time of year, I vow to reflect on my relationships, stop judging a partner, and try to be more understanding.
Two of the most important things that I see missing from relationships:
The first, and arguably the most important component, is communication. The couples that are happy always have great communication. It helps them to better understand each other and their feelings. It’s never healthy when you’d prefer to have a dialogue with yourself instead of your partner.
The second missing component is hugging, touching, affection. When was the last time you had a good hug and a good laugh with your partner? I’ll bet a big percentage of people, especially those that have been engulfed in a long relationship or marriage, couldn’t answer it. Be proactive in preventing your relationship from turning stale. Be spontaneous, creative, and diversified to keep it fresh. Be honest with yourself, share it with your partner, and change it.
The beauty about being single is having so many options in life. And when we get into a committed relationship or a marriage, life becomes repetitious and you catch yourself just going through the motions. You never allow the relationship to grow.
I see good relationships very few and far between. Whether you’re married or not, I’m asking you this Valentine’s Day to make a Valentine’s Day resolution. Commit to yourself and your partner in pushing your relationship in the direction that you mutually agree you’d like it to go. Laugh and have fun. Show the affection that each of you are craving. Because whatever you’re doing, it ain’t working.
The number one offense in a committed relationship or marriage is not allowing your partner to be who they are; they can’t be their own wolf that I’ve mentioned so many times before. Just because you’re committed, it doesn’t mean you are not your own individual. And this is exactly where communication comes in full force. Express what makes the two of you happy in life, and allow each other to pursue it.
I feel that if two individuals allow one another to pursue their own personal goals, journeys and aspirations, it makes us that much more eager to come home and share our lives with each other. Go on that fishing trip, go on that spa retreat, just have fun. You will establish an open and receptive attitude, which in turn creates harmony in the home. And don’t forget, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Instead of buying the flowers and the chocolate and the jewelry this Valentine’s Day, give your partner the gift of conversation, understanding, spontaneity, creativity, and a new commitment to making your relationship stronger in the coming year.
In closing … stay horny my friends. As always.
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First, let’s be grateful to the big guy upstairs. There may not have been a Super Bowl had we not had an opening of decent weather.
More importantly, this Super Bowl performance should be a lesson to all of us that it doesn’t matter what the odds are against you; if you believe in yourself, good things will happen. It takes me back to when we won our first Stanley Cup against the Bruins in 1973-1974. The Bruins, at the time, were favorites. Just like Denver, they were loaded with skilled players; Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Ken Hodge, Wayne Cashman and more. They had a heck of a team, and they should’ve won in 4 or 5 games. And here we were; a young team, seven years since our fruition, and we won the Stanley Cup in 6 games.
I have a feeling that psychologically, the Denver Broncos weren’t ready. They weren’t prepared and weren’t passionate enough to take home that win. They took the game too lightly. And then in comes a young team that dreams about winning this Super Bowl 24/7. They’re hungry for it, and they take it.
Peyton Manning’s performance was poor, and it started with the first play, missing the snap. He was named the MVP of the league, offensive player of the year; all of these accolades, and he fell short at the biggest game of the year.
But collectively, the whole team played poorly and you cannot hold one man accountable for this loss. There was a lot of miscommunication and the tackling was terrible. At one point, a Seattle receiver shook off four Denver defenders and walked gracefully into the end zone. There was a clear lack of preparation as a team, including the players, the management, and the coaching staff. I think they came in with the idea that Manning, in general, would take them to the Promised Land. Instead of taking action and doing their jobs correctly and efficiently, everyone laid down and died.
Will Peyton Manning retire? I don’t think so. If he’s healthy, he’ll play one more. He’s had a heck of a career and a heck of a comeback. He can’t go out like that. That can’t be his last game.
Seattle’s players individually executed their role on the field and played to the best of their ability. Across the board, from the defensive backs, linebackers, defensive line, offensive line, running backs, and the rest of the skilled positions performed at their highest level. They were more aggressive and created an atmosphere that Denver could not overcome, and collectively, they came together as a team to win this game.
Going forward, Seattle is a young team with a great coach, and they believe in themselves. If they stay healthy, they will be a tough team to beat.
Out of the 48 Super Bowls that I’ve watched, as a spectator, you want to have a closer game to be able to enjoy it. After a time, the excitement of the game was gone and it became a social setting. However, no one expected this outcome; but hey, this is the magic of sports.
Whether you’re in business or playing a sport, as long as you have a team full of players that play their individual roles effectively, it doesn’t matter if the odds are against you. It doesn’t matter what people think about you; it matters what you think about yourself. I lived it.
Oh, and the Budweiser commercial with the little dog and the Clydesdales was my favorite advertisement.
And I am officially convinced that Tom Brady is the quarterback of this decade with 3 Super Bowl rings out of 5 appearances.
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I understand that the fans are upset that the Eagles didn’t go any further. They’ve been starving for a championship for many years.
But hear me out, Philly fans!
We have a rookie coach and a second-year quarterback that hasn’t started a full season yet. And we played against hall of fame quarterback, Drew Brees, and hall of fame coach, Sean Payton. It’s very important to understand that.
Secondly, it seems as though people are criticizing Foles like they would criticize a five-year veteran quarterback in the National Football League. As an athlete, even if you play for fifteen years in a league, you will fall under criticism. But we should be careful in the way we deliver it. The guy hasn’t even played a full season, and he led the team to a 10-6 record. He fought hard against the Saints in the wild-card playoff game. He drove the Eagles offense down the field and took the lead. Yes, it slipped away. Yes, they made mistakes. We all make mistakes. Even the great ones make mistakes. I think we need to lighten up on the criticism and give praise where it’s due. We’re talking about a first-year starter, and look what he’s done with this team to date. It’s incredible.
Last year, when the Eagles were 4-12, everyone would have laughed if someone had predicted they would come out 10-6 this season. We were three seconds away from marching on to the second round of the playoffs, and there would have been a party on Broad Street.
Look at what the Eagles have accomplished in such a short amount of time. Imagine how they’ll grow and continue to succeed in the upcoming seasons. Constructive criticism is fine, but I think we need to focus on these accomplishments and continue to grow.
THEY WERE 10-6! At one time, they were 3-5! And at that point, six or seven wins would have been fine!
No matter which way you look at it, Chip Kelly and Nick Foles exceeded EVERYONE’S expectations this year. No question.
So, Foles is not the franchise quarterback? He needs to change this and that?
His jersey hangs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a record-seven touchdown passes in one game and he’s going to the Pro Bowl.
Some respond, “Yeah, he threw seven touchdowns, but it was against the Raiders.”
Well, the Raiders played 15 other games, and none of the other quarterbacks threw seven touchdowns against them. Why must we try to tear down his accomplishments? Why not give him the credit he deserves?
I hear some experts say, “They’ll have to work with Foles on footwork.”
I’ve seen him run. He’s not a deer by any means. But, when he has the opportunity, he’ll take off. He’s also not afraid to throw a few blocks!
I was really impressed with the players after the loss to the Saints with how upset they were. You could tell in their interviews that they were sincerely feeling this loss. They didn’t just come back and say, “Oh well. We’ll get ’em next year.” They were hurt. You could see it in their faces. They have passion again, and that is a good sign.
And I have to applaud Chip Kelly on his emphasis on nutrition, practice, good sleeping habits and on the players’ taking care of their bodies and their minds, etc. This philosophy will take this team a long way. I think this played a big role in winning those 10 games.
Take a look at what Chip Kelly has accomplished. He was a successful college coach, but coming into the National Football League, it’s a whole different world. These aren’t the kids you recruited; these men are professionals. Not only did he make this transition, he got the entire team roster to believe wholeheartedly in him and his philosophy.
Yet, people still question him.
The league is changing and I’m so excited for this team next season. I think even the team was surprised with its own success. Chip Kelly is intelligent; he surrounds himself with good people. Of course the Eagles have some holes to fill, all teams do. But he finds a way to get his team to play at an exceptional level, and the players want to play for him and for the fans.
I honestly see some great similarities in Chip Kelly and my coach, Fred Shero. Kelly has the ability to make the players believe in him and his philosophy with everything they have. The players want to play for him. Also, Kelly has the ability to take what’s in front of him and adjust to his surroundings. He’s very creative and it shows on the field. It’s rather impressive.
As Eagles fans, we need to be grateful for what’s ahead of us. No one believed me when I said it would be an exciting time for Eagles fans. Now, we have something to cheer about! We need to stand behind the Eagles and march on with our team.
Finally! Fresh air for Eagles fans in Philly!
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New year, new life. Make 2014 your best year yet. If you want to live a quality, productive life, try implementing these four things into your daily routine.
Love people in general. I don’t necessarily mean finding a partner or romance. But it’s important to take the time to get to know as many people as you can, reach out, and love them. Take a different approach than what you’re used to when you typically meet people. Be kind, engaging, share compliments, care. Be the one to brighten someone’s day, make someone else smile. You will make others feel good about themselves, and you’ll be surprised how good you will feel in return.
Laughter is important to your mental and physical well-being. If I need a good laugh, I’ll manufacture stories about people I know taking a trip to the moon. You may think it’s silly, but if I need a pick me up, I will FIND a way to get a chuckle out of myself. Surround yourself with people who love to laugh with you (not at you). I am most comfortable with people who can laugh at themselves and laugh with others in a kind and loving way. There are times to be serious, no doubt. But some can’t find the funny in anything. Remember that laughter is a clear sign of the enjoyment of life and your surroundings. We are attracted to those people; the laughing, fun-loving people. And if we mirror that, others are attracted to us. You, as an individual, have the ability to walk into a room full of people, captivate them, and leave them happy and having fun.
You know that really deep belly laugh; the one that comes with tears in your eyes and a bellyache? That laugh alone leaves you in euphoria. There is a chemical that is released in your body that produces that feeling. You won’t feel sad after that laugh. Minutes, hours, even days could pass by, and you still feel good. There have been times that laughter has made me forget about my cold, my headache, my bad mood, and more. It is no coincidence that laughter cures diseases. It truly is the best medicine.
Pay attention to the love and laughter you are cultivating and the people you will attract with it. It is definitely contagious. All of the pieces have to work together. Even if someone throws a stab at you, if you live out of love and you love that person, then you won’t be seeing that joke as an insult. Keep the negativity out.
Nutrition often comes to light during the beginning of a new year. People make their resolutions to lose weight and reach a personal goal. Eventually, old habits resurface. As far as nutrition is concerned, ask yourself, “Is this good for me? Is it good for my body?” Take a good look at the food in front of you and make the decision to stay on track. Clearly, your nutrition is a factor in your health. Bad nutrition can lead to a multitude of diseases. And diseases don’t typically surface over night. Repetition in terms of bad nutrition will build up to disease over time. The lifestyle that you lead for years and years will eventually catch up with your body. There is no better time than now to change it.
I met a great doctor, Dr. Fuhrman, who preaches eating organic foods, fruits, vegetables, etc. I apply these ideals to my daily life and throw these foods into a Vitamix to feed my body the proper nutrients. There are thousands of cases where people have adopted these ideals and reversed diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.
Of course, you want to look good and proper nutrition will be the jumpstart you need.
Exercise is the last step to bring all of these ideals together into one central, balanced lifestyle. Exercise complements the other three steps, and the puzzle would be incomplete without it. It is the icing on the cake. You don’t need to push yourself to the point of exhaustion. You will find the exercise regiment that is right for you, whether it be walking, biking, weight lifting, swimming, etc.
A body in motion tends to stay in motion. A sedentary body will stay sedentary. You have to do something, anything, to achieve your goals. And do it at your own pace. You will look better, and ultimately feel better.
Keep a list of goals and track your progress. You will be amazed what you can accomplish in a short amount of time, but you can’t accomplish your goals without action.
Go for it! It’s a beautiful thing!