Just Breathe

Breathing
-Just breathe
-Breathe

It is important that you learn how to control your breathing. Just paying attention to your breath is called meditating. When you control it by taking deeper breaths in, pausing, and exhaling slowly, you will learn that it can relax you. Doing this will also clear your mind. It will allow you to be in the present. You will have less anxiety, less depression, less fear. You will not be thinking of your past regrets or future fears. You will just be. Here and Now. Now is when action is the easiest.




What are you afraid of?

I started this site because I wanted to create something. I want to have a contribution. As time goes by, I am filled with doubt. My mind thinks my posts are not good enough. That my writing is not good enough. That I should wait to post when I have some amazing breakthrough I want to share. It’s not about that though.

It is about where I am and what I can do to get better. Just writing my thoughts is not good enough, I need to be of help to the reader. It doesn’t need to be perfect it just has to be better then the last. I have to remind myself ‘progress not perfection’.




A great minimal workout tool

Work out using gymnastics rings.

It is a good hobby that will improve your life. If you combine your workouts with healthy eating, you will feel so much better. I am actually tired when I lay down to go to sleep.

I use my rings to do a basic Push-Pull-Legs-Push-Pull-Abs routine. I use the rings to do 3 sets of dips, 3 sets of pull-ups,  I do 75 to 100 bodyweight squats, then get back on the rings to do 3 sets of pushups, one final exercise of 3 sets of rows on the rings, followed by 3 sets of ab wheel rollouts.

That is my workout routine. With a weight gaining diet, I am able to get bigger and see increased muscle mass. You really only need your body and a set of gymnastics rings to get in great shape. With dedication,  you could easily build up to doing muscle-ups and more advanced exercises.

These rings linked below are the exact ones that I have been using for over a year now. They are well made and hold up nicely.

Learn how to handle discomfort

Have you ever been in a situation where you just freeze up? Your breathing gets shallow and you cannot catch your breath. It feels like your heart is going to jump out of your chest, you start blushing from your body heating up, and your palms get super sweaty.

On the first day of class, when the students introduce themselves one by one, I would always get as I described above. Super anxious.  You must learn how to handle this bodily reaction. Deep breathing and meditation help, but cold showers finally put an end to this overreaction.

By taking cold showers, I got used to this reaction and learned how to push through the discomfort. You should try finishing your shower with a cold rinse. Everyday you should try to get uncomfortable like this so you know how to handle the fight or flight reaction and use it to your advantage. Just Breathe!




Do as you say and say as you do

Most people do not follow their own advice. You see these people everyday. It is a sad sight to see. You notice something off about them. Something isn't right. When someone puts others before themself, they have to lie or make promises they cannot keep. You would not put your full trust into this person.

You need to realize we are all human and are inherently flawed. Saying "No" to an idea or person can be so freeing.  So put yourself first and make your needs number one.




Uncomplicate with Minimalism

I see Minimalism as a “back to basics” it makes things fun again. I am into cycling and it can get really complicated. Like there are all these sensors and monitors that can tell you everything about your riding. Speed, distance, cadence, heart rate… The more complicated it gets the less joy there is. I recently took all that junk out of the equation.
I rode, just me and the bike. It was the best ride I have had in what felt like ages. You can use this concept in any of your hobbies or extracurricular activities

Use ‘back to basics’ to get your enjoyment back.




The healthy elimination diet

Have you heard of the new fad diets? Paleo, gluten free, keto, vegetarian, vegan? Why do people eat this way and how can you benefit from eating differently?

Do you have skin problems or digestive problems? I used to have bad acne and gallbladder problems. My hands had little pustules and tiny itchy red bumps. I thought it was poison ivy on my hands. I also had a rash on both of my elbows. I tried an elimination diet and it corrected all those problems.

You should do an elimination diet. Eliminate the major allergens from your diet for 2 to 4 weeks.
1. Wheat/Gluten: breads, cookies, cakes, beer, flour, noodles, etc.
2. Dairy: milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter, etc.
3. Soy
4. Corn: maltodextrin, corn syrups, there are too many to list here.
5. Nightshades: some people have problems with these.
6. Eggs

After your body has rid itself of all these foods, you pick one and reintroduce it for a day. Eat at least 4 servings of it during the day. Over the next 3 days pay close attention to your body. Are you more sluggish? Does your skin break out in acne, rash, or bumps? How is your digestive system? Do you poop more or have bad diarrhea or gas? Say after you added wheat back, you had a bad reaction. You should stop eating wheat/gluten because it causes those terrible reactions. After the 3 day observation, add another food back into your diet and observe your body’s reaction to that for the next 3 days.