Feeling is Important

This is the first of a series of posts about the importance of feeling. It’s vital to our health to experience, to emote and to share with the world. Do things and be present to receive them fully. Learn to let yourself be alive; don’t stifle the laughter or the tears. Appreciate the opportunity to feel yourself, to feel another, to be able share experience and emotion.

Feeling is Important: Experience Food
Feeling is Important: Apathy and Fear
Feeling is Important: Epic is Cool (video)
Feeling is Important: Hallelujah (video)

Financial Freedom: Emotional Intelligence Can Be Controlled

The following notes are from Robert Kiyosaki‘s Cashflow Quadrant on page 153:

1.) FINANCIAL FREEDOM — Not security!
2.) MANAGE RISK — Don’t avoid risk!
3.) PLAY IT SMART — Not safe!
4.) HOW CAN I AFFORD IT — Not I can’t!
5.) WHAT IS IT WORTH, LONG TERM — Not it’s too expensive!
6.) FOCUS — Rather than diversify!
7.) WHAT DO I THINK — Not what will my friends think!

Victorious Recovery from Holiday Baggage!

In case you haven’t been following along, my December was a bit too relaxing. “This month (December) has been full of wonderful people and new experiences, but it’s been abscent of any routine outside of sleeping at least once per day and eating too much food. I have no regrets, but it’s time to get back on the wheel.” (Happy New Year!)

So, I returned to Santa Barbara in early January and got back on the wheel. Here are the results:

01/08/2011
Age: 24
Height: 6’3″
BMI: 24.0
FAT%: 11.6%
Weight: 192.0 lbs
Fat Mass: 22.2 lbs
FFM (muscle): 169.8 lbs

01/16/2011
Age: 25
Height: 6’3″
BMI: 23.5
FAT%: 8.8%
Weight: 188.2 lbs
Fat Mass : 16.5 lbs
FFM (muscle): 171.7 lbs

How did I lose 6 pounds of body fat and gain 2 pounds of muscle in 8 days?

1.) Diet is more important than exercise. Stop thinking so much about food and what you eat; this is easy. Just eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants. At home, I have only vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, beans, and protein powder; mostly Paleo. When I’m out, I don’t eat fried or super-sized more than twice a week. Just relax, eat something fun when you feel like it; but enjoy it fully and don’t gorge. More ideas for eating here: How should I eat?

2.) Exercise. I’ve exercised 5 times in 8 days, but here’s the catch: it’s fun. Three of those 5 “workouts” were dancing with friends, one was Yoga (Vinyasa Flow, not Bikram), and I only went to the gym once. Note: if you’re going to the gym, leave the weights alone; do bodyweight exercises: (push ups, pull ups, sit ups, variations and light cardio.

3.) Be patient; give it time. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’m comfortable making sacrifices and exercising self control over laziness and hunger. Don’t be discouraged if your results don’t come as quickly; be proud that you’re making progress! Don’t be discouraged if you relapse; ask me sometime about my December of 2010.

Good luck to you all in keeping your New Year’s resolutions and leaving the Holidays behind!

Love the world and it will love you back.

The details of my afternoon and negative emotional transition are unremarkable, but what struck me was the abundance of misery that I’ve noticed while browsing my facebook and twitter feeds in the hour that followed:

“Depressed.”
“I don’t want to talk about it.”
“Depressed and despondent.”
“Go **** yourself, ***.”

On any other day, in my happiness or bliss, I don’t see these kinds of posts. Is everyone having a bad Sunday or does misery beget misery? Misery begets misery as happiness begets happiness and love begets love.

Smile and be happy. When you smile, others will smile back (unless you’re in a city in New England). Hug a friend; they will hug you back. Be happy and the world will give you good reason. Love the world and it will love you.

Framework by Nicholas A DiNubile

Quotes from Dr. Nick’s Framework

“Warmup increases the temperature within muscles and tendons as a result of enhanced blood flow and greater metabolic activity.”

“Tai Chi promotes blood flow to tendons and synovial fluid into joint surfaces.”

“You can pick an activity, and I can tell you what’s great about it, but also the risks it poses and the work it leaves undone.”

“Runners who only run will have great hearts, but they will also have extremely tight and overdeveloped calves, relative weakness of the front muscles in the shin area, extremely tight hamstrings, tight lower backs, weak abdominal muscles, wasted upper bodies, and weak quads.”

“Cyclists who only bike have the massive quads, but often an underdeveloped upper body, with tight shoulders, quads, hamstrings, iliotibial band, and hip flexors.”

“Swimmers who only swim have big shoulders and strong backs and generally well-developed legs (especially the upper half, closer to the pelvis), but they will pay a price in their overworked shoulder joints.”

“Martial arts and ballet come the closest to being the perfect activities, but even dancers and martial artists will have some pretty classic imbalances.”

“Excessive acohol consumption, smoking, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition can make you old before your time.”

“Each decade after 25, you lose 4 percent of your muscle mass. After age 40, you lose 1 percent a year. Some people lose more.”

“For real cardiovascular conditioning, the conventional goal is to attain the range for your target heart rate and maintain that for 30 minutes. In other words, if you want to be truly “in shape,” you need to do the following calculation:
1) Take the number 220 and subtract your age.
2) This is your maximum heart rate; you don’t want to exercise here!
3) Multiply that number by 0.6 and by 0.85 to get the lower and upper threshhold of your aerobic training range.”

My numbers:
Max: 195
Upper Aerobic: 167
Lower Aerobic: 118

“When runners go over the 30-mile-a-week mark, running injuries increase exponentially.”

“Your heart rate is a good indicator of overall fitness. Usually the lower your resting heart rate, the more fit you are and the more efficient your heart works as a mechanical pump. A normal heart rate for healthy sedentary individuals is around 72 beats per minuts, but as fitness levels improve, this drops into the lower sixties with many elite athletes being well below 60.”

My numbers:
RHR: 50

Bob Anderson’s Stretching (Amazon.com)

My Review:
This was an enjoyable read and the medical information was informative, but it hurts me to read physical training advice from doctors when they encroach upon the physical trainer’s realm of suggested movements. I highly recommend reading this book and skipping the large middle section, Strength and Flexibility Routine. That being said, it’s probably safeer and more effective than anything the trainer at your local gym would tell you. I didn’t get very far after this disappointing section, but plan on finishing the book next year.

Becoming Superhuman by Brett & Kate McKay

Becoming Superhuman in 2011 | The Art of Manliness

As we advance in the spiritual life and in the practice of systematic self-examination we are often surprised by the discovery of vast unknown tracts of the inner life of the soul. They seem like great plains stretching out in mystery and wrapt in mists that sometimes for a moment lift, or sweep off and leave one looking for one brief instant upon great reaches of one’s own life, unknown, unmeasured, unexplored. Men stand at such moments breathless in wonder and in awe gazing upon these great tracts upon which they have never looked before, with kindling eyes and beating hearts; and while they look the mists steal back till all is lost to sight once more and they are left wondering if what they saw was reality, or the creation of their fancy. Or sometimes they see, not far-stretching plains which fill the soul with an awestruck sense of its expansiveness and of how much has been left absolutely uncultivated, not these plains but mountain peaks climbing and reaching upwards till lost in the heavens, echoing it may be with the voice of many streams whose waters fertilize and enrich those small tracts of the soul’s life which have been reclaimed and cultivated and which many a man has thought to be his whole inner self, though he never asked himself whence those rich streams had their source. Now he sees how their source lay in unmeasured heights of his own inner being whose existence he never dreamed of before. In one brief instant they have unveiled themselves. He looks again, and they are shut out from his eyes, there is no token visible that he possesses such reaches, such heights of life. The commonplaces of his existence gather in and crowd upon him, the ordinary routine of life settles down upon him, limiting and confining him on all sides, the same unbroken line measures his horizon, such as he has always known it, the same round of interests and occupations crowd in upon his hours and fill them, the pressure of the hard facts of life upon him are as unmistakable and as leveling as ever, bidding him forget his dreams and meet and obey the requirements of the world in which he lives. And yet the man who has caught but a momentary glimpse of that vast unknown inner life can never be the same as he was before; he must be better or worse, trying to explore and possess and cultivate that unknown world within him, or trying—oh, would that he could succeed!—to forget it. He has seen that alongside of, or far out beyond the reach of, the commonplace life of routine, another life stretches away whither he knows not, he feels that he has greater capacities for good or evil than he ever imagined. He has, in a word, awakened with tremulous awe to the discovery that his life which he has hitherto believed limited and confined to what he knew, reaches infinitely beyond his knowledge and is far greater than he ever dreamed. -From Self-knowledge and Self-Discipline by Basil William Maturin

“I know this has happened to me. I’ll meet someone who has an amazing level of some virtue or strength, to the point they’re truly radiating it, and when I encounter them and partake of their aura, it stirs a dormant desire within me; a part of myself I’ve shoved down and buried awakens to exclaim, ‘I too could live a life like that!’ All the rationalizations for having been too lazy or too fearful to work on that part of myself evaporate in the presence of someone who could have made the same excuses but didn’t.”

Flight Radar, Air Traffic and Weather

Flight Radar 24
Watch Air Traffic – LIVE!

A Day in the Life of Air Traffic Over the United States Video

(http://www.airlinenewsresource.com/video67.html)
“An efficient and effective air traffic management system is vital to the U.S. transportation infrastructure. Since 1978, when the airline industry was deregulated, the inflation adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) has increased by 62 percent. In this same time period, total output of scheduled passenger air transportation (as measured by Revenue Passenger Miles) has increased by 190 percent and total airfreight ton miles have increased by 289 percent. Since 1997, flight delays have skyrocketed – doubling in only four years. These trends are expected to continue. In 1998, airline delays in the U.S. cost industry and passengers $4.5 billion — the equivalent of a 7 percent tax on every dollar collected by all the domestic airlines combined.”

CWSU National TAF METAR maps – NOAA NWS
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/zoa/mwmap3.php?map=usa

Happy New Year!

Even if you don’t think you need excuses, leverage the motivation of a New Year to make progress towards your goals. Even if you claim not to acknowledge New Year’s celebrations or think resolutions are malarky or don’t believe in a fresh start, I know you call tomorrow January 1st. If nothing else, use the convenience of a new calendar to start tracking your progress towards your goals.

This month has been full of wonderful people and new experiences, but it’s been abscent of any routine outside of sleeping at least once per day and eating too much food. I have no regrets, but it’s time to get back on the wheel. I’m buying a new workout log book and heading home with my new Vibram Five Finger KSOs to lose the useless weight I’ve gained this month. (I hope my parents’ scale measures a bit on the high side.)

My plan is to start fresh and ease back into a routine similar to last year. I’ll be moving to Los Angeles soon and joining 24 hour fitness. I would like to alternative between yoga, running, biking, and swimming; and restart my body-weight strength efforts with a reduced volume and focus on push ups, pull ups and sit ups. As usual, I’ll keep you posted with progress, thoughts and breakthroughs.

Regardless of your goals, good luck to you. If you have any questions, please always feel free to contact me. Best wishes to you and have a happy new year!

Travel Hacking Basics

All credit to Chris Guillebeau,
creator of the online manifesto “A Brief Guide to World Domination”.
http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/

The following is taken directly from Chris Guillebeau’s book:
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live The Life You Want, and Change The World

Travel Hacking Basics

  • Once you earn elite status with one airline, you can request a “status match” from several others to become a high-flyer on every major airline alliance. (Just be careful, because some airlines only allow one status match per lifetime.)
  • If you’re stumped with a travel dilemma, visit the forums at FlyerTalk.com. Some of the experts on these boards are even more experienced than I am, and if you ask nicely, several will offer free advice on your itinerary or travel issue.
  • If you’re looking for lodging and hotel prices are high, check Hostels.com for a large database of guesthouses and smaller establishments. In addition to dorms, many of the properties offer private rooms with breakfast and Internet access. If you’re up for company, you can also stay for free thanks to CouchSurfing.com
  • Priceline.com can be a good source for discounted hotels (it’s not usually worth it for plane tickets), but the company has an advantage on consumers by not disclosing the minimum successful bids. To negate this advantage, use Google to search for “Priceline winning hotel bids” to find several sites that list the hidden information. I’ve used this strategy to stay at the Brussels Marriott for $60 (usually $240), the Prague Sharaton for $45 (usually $195), and many other nice hotels all over the world.
  • If transatlantic airfare is pricey, look for a repositioning cruise. These cruises take place twice a year as cruise lines move their ships from the Mediterranean to the United States. (A smaller number also go from Alaska to East Asia, and from California to Florida via the Panama Canal.)
  • I use round-the-world tickets for most of my long-haul flights. The booking process can take some time to navigate, but if you travel extensively, it’s well worth your time to study up. My tickets are usually booked through the OneWorld or Star Alliance airline families.
  • Without a lot of effort, most people can easily earn at least 25,000 miles a year without changing any of their spending habits. That’s enough for one free ticket – and for those who are up for it, you can spend more time on it and earn up to 100,000 miles without much difficulty.
  • When redeeming frequent flyer miles, you can request rewards on partner airlines, and the value is often better than on the domestic carrier. I’ve used partner rewards to go to Mongolia (Korean Airlines, booked with Delta SkyMiles), Kuwait (Qatar Airways, booked with American Express points), and dozens of other places.