Five For Success

One of my favorite business and personal development authors is John Maxwell.  In his most recent book he put together what he calls a compilation of his life’s work, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  The CEO of my company is rather obsessed with names and numbers and numbers and names.  The title of this book is right in his wheelhouse.  15, that is specific and measurable.  Invaluable, now that is very descriptive.

Invaluable; having great value that is impossible to calculate. 

Just by definition who wouldn’t want 15 principles of such great value that it is impossible to calculate?

 I wrote a while  back about one of the laws that really struck a cord with me The Law of 5. 

Law of 5 – What 5 things, if  done every day, will help you reach all of your goals? Achieve greater success?  Fulfill your dreams?  Help you live a better life?

You might find, as I did, that it is easy to come up with the first three or four.  I came up with these…

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Run
  4. Connect

But then I was stuck on #5.  And, I stayed stuck for several months. 

Then, I did what is very rare for me (and  probably you too).  I asked for help.  We had just started a new 2013 tradition of eating in the dining room at least one night a week (more on that later) and I asked my family for help.  Now, we are all clowns by nature at my house, and this turned somewhat into a comedy show for a minute, but then things started coming together.  I had mentioned a conversation with the CEO and he said “you can never give a bad presentation.  You always have to be prepared and you have to present like it will be the last presentation you ever give or it might just be that.”

My husband turned that into “rock the room”.  Since 4 out of 5 start with Rrrrr my daughter tweaked connect and now I have my 5.

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Run
  4. Relate
  5. Rock the Room

Read, take care of your mental self.
Write, take your personal growth to the next level
Run, take care of your physical self.  Get oxygen to the brain to pull out your creative senses and perform better all day long!
Relate, take care of your social self.  Establish more than an aquaintance with people.  Build a connection.
Rock the room, play full out when it matters the most.

What are your 5? 

How did you come up with them?

Please comment below.

Stop Watching Start Living

I hear a lot of crazy remarks about my lifestyle.  People love to MSU – Make Stuff Up. These same people who make up stuff about how I get things done also make up stuff about why they can’t get more done.  What kind of stuff am I talking about?  Reading, writing, working out, volunteering, you know the kind of stuff that has the potential to make you more successful and more fulfilled.

I have been subject to lots of imaginary made up stuff about how I can possibly do everything I do in a day: work, kids, life, running…  I was talking to someone this week who told me that they shared with other people (really?) that my mom lived with me and took care of the kids, errands, etc.  Crazy!!! 

There is one very easy secret to how I get it done.  Once revealed you will see how very easy it is for you to get more done. 

It won’t be popular with Disney, Lowe’s, Time Warner and the like.  Nope, but it is effective at facilitating a more rewarding and fulfilled lifestyle.

Here’s the secret.  I don’t watch TV.  OK, I watch a little TV.  Very little, but I don’t have a regular regimen of can’t miss TV.

Complete this chart of your favorite TV shows watched regularly.  Include those you record and watch later.  If there isn’t enough room on this chart for all of your favorite shows then here’s some news for you:  CNNreports on TV watching.

 
SHOW
LENGTH (minutes)
SHOW
LENGTH
(minutes)
SHOW
LENGTH
(minutes)
TOTAL TIME
(minutes)
SUNDAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MONDAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TUESDAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THURSDAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FRIDAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total time spent watching TV each week
 

If you have filled in even one box on the above chart then you can say you have a habit.  A habit is defined as a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.  Since habits are hard to give up and even harder to start then we rather think of replacing one habit with another.  If we can shift our habits from those that are less productive to those that can be more fruitful then we can find more success and fulfillment.

30 minutes watching TV = 35 calories burned

30 minutes walking briskly = 135 calories burned

30 minutes running a 10 minute mile = 300 calories burned

Calories needed to lose 1 pound about 3,500 calories burned

You can watch 3,000 minutes of TV to burn enough calories to lose 1 pound, if you can avoid the TV munchies, or you can walk briskly for 780 minutes, or run for 350 minutes.  Heck, you can dance around your living room and burn 240 calories every 30 minutes.

Replace just 30 minutes of TV daily with 30 minutes of reading and you can easily put away a book or two a month.  I’m not talking Harlequin or E L James.  That’s replacing junk with junk.  Read something inspirational, motivational, or educational.  Here’s a great resource that can get you on your way to earning your PersonalMBA .

Do more with less time.  I found a VolunteerGuide that has recommendations for you to make a difference in just 15 minutes.

Here’s a great Ted Talk on success.

The Path That Lead Me To Insanity

The path that lead me to Insanity . . . On October 21, 2012 I completed my 5th marathon.  I blew away my goal time and shocked myself finishing in 4:03; 19 minutes faster than my previous PB.  The self gratification of that feat is indescribable.

Friends had asked me to join them in P90X and held off their start date so that I could join them on November 1st.  Over the next 90 days I watched
my body transform into it’s most fit state ever.  The muscle tone and firm core, that I could not get from running 50 miles a week, was the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

My hubby joined me in P90X and was also ecstatic with his results.  He wanted to do it all over again as soon as we finished, but I urged him to try Insanity with me because of the shorter workouts.

Insanity

Day 1 – fitness test. 
Day 2 – Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  I felt like this guy after the 10 minute warm up
Day 3 – Cardio Power and Resistance.  I almost didn’t die during the warm up.
Day 4 – Cardio Recovery – Who does this many squats during recovery?  This is INSANE!
Day 5 – Pure Cardio – This is where the name Insanity comes from.  OMG I thought I was in shape.
Day 6 – back to Plyo Cardio – The warm up is getting easier.
Day 7 – REST (not really in my vocabulary)

By day 8 I wasn’t feeling like I was going to die anymore in the warmup and really started to enjoy the workouts.  I don’t want to compare P90X to Insanity until I complete the program.  Until then here are some basics

P90X vs. Insanity

 
P90X
Insanity
Fitness Goal
Tone and build muscle
(ladies, lean muscle not bulk)
Improve cardio conditioning and lose weight
Time commitment
75 minutes +
40 minutes +
Program length
90 days
60 days
Workout type
Muscle confusion
Interval cardio training
Equipment
Pull up bar and weights or resistance bands
You!
Instructor
Tony Horton
Shaun T.
Mantra
“bring it”
“dig deeper”
Price
$119.85
$119.85
Includes
12  workouts
Plus 2 additional workouts
Plus 5 new workouts
Nutrition guide
10 workouts
Plus bonus Fast and Furious workout
Nutrition guide
 

Fave Breakfast – Sausage Sandwich

My job, heck my life, takes a lot of energy.  It is super important to start out with a good breakfast.  Here’s one of my favorites to get me going in the morning.  I was super surprised the first time I tried the Morning Star sausage patties.  Except that they are greaseless, I would have never known that they are meatless.  So delicious!!!

From the P90X Nutrition Guide – Breakfast Sandwich

1 lite whole grain English muffin
2 Morning Star sausage patties
1 oz mozzarella
(I find all of these ingredients at Costco)

Prepare the sausage patties
Lightly toast the English muffin
Assemble the sandwich open faced and place under broiler to melt cheese

350 calories
12 g fat
32 g carbs
33 g protein
8 g fiber

Don’t worry about those carbs.  You get to subtract the fiber count from the carb count for a new carb total.

What’s your favorite meal of the day?

Cheers to the Fricken’ Cupcake

Did a double workout yesterday; P90X then 30 minutes on the elliptical all because my kids wanted me to bake cupcakes.  I know me, and when it comes to sweets – no discipline.  So rather than worry about it I just put my tunes on and got in an extra  30 minutes of cardio. Every song that came up on my favorite play list I inserted the word cupcakes.

Here’s Rihanna.  Cheers to the Fricken’ Cupcake 


Cheers to the fricken’ cupcake
I eat to that, yeah-e-yeah
Oh, let the frosting sink in
I eat to that, yeah-e-yeah
Don’t let the haters get you down
Turn it around and don’t gain a pound

There’s a cupcake o’er here yo
Everybody pull ‘ya paper off
And I eat to that
Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah(And I eat to that)Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah

Life’s too short to be sittin’ ’round miserable
People gon’ talk whether you doing bad or good, yeah
Got a cupcake on my mind and my mind on my belly, yeah
Looking so bomb, gonna find me a honey, yeah

Got my Nikes on and I’m feelin’ hella cool tonight, yeah
Everybody’s workin’ out so we give fat a fight, yeah

Cheers to the fricken’ cupcake
I eat to that, yeah-e-yeah
Oh, let the frosting  sink in
I eat to that, yeah-e-yeah
Don’t let the  haters get you down
Turn it around and don’t even gain a pound

There’s a  cupcake o’er here yo
Everybody pull ‘ya paper off
And I eat to that
Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah (And I eat to that)Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah
‘Bout to hop on the treadmill,
workin’ on my cardio tonight, yeah
Might be sore in the morning
but you know we goin’ hard tonight
It’s getting Coyote ugly up in here,
no Tony (Horton)
It’s only up from here, no downward dog ‘yo

Got my Nikes on and I’m feelin’ hella cool tonight, yeah
Everybody’s workin’ out so we give fat a fight, yeah

Cheers to the fricken’  cupcake
I eat to that, yeah-e-yeah
Oh, let the frosting sink in
I eat to that, yeah-e-yeah
Don’t let the  haters get you down
Turn it around and don’t gain a pound

There’s a cupcake o’er here ‘yo
Everybody pull ‘ya paper off
And I eat to that
Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah(And I eat to that)Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah
(And I eat to that)Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah(I eat to that)Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah

Cheers to the fricken’ cupcake
I eat to that, yeah-e-yeah
Oh, let the icing sink in
I eat to that, yeah-e-yeah
Don’t let the  haters get you down
Turn it around don’t even gain a pound

There’s a  cupcake o’er here ‘yo
Everybody pull ‘ya paper off
And I eat to that

Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah(I eat  to that)Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah
(And I  eat to that)Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah(I eat to that)Yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeahYeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah, yeah-e-yeah(And I eat to that)

Next up on the playlist, Ziggy Pop, Lust for Icing (Life)
What’s your favorite workout tune?

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