|Sunday, May 9th 2004|
Thank you for your patronage.
May God bless you.
Discipline yourself to do what you know you need to do
to be the very best in your field. Perhaps the best definition of self
discipline is this: "Self discipline is the ability to make yourself
do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it
or not." It is easy to do something when you feel like it. It's when
you don't feel like it and you force yourself to do it anyway that you
move your life and career onto the fast track.
Ready, set, go? Well, perhaps not so fast. After a long winter hiatus with little or no physical activity and, perhaps, even putting on a few pounds, it could be a mistake for weekend warriors to plunge back in and expect to pick up the pace of outdoor activity they left in the fall.
Too much physical activity too fast could result in injury - anything from muscle strains to heart attacks.
Many times over the winter, people pack on the pounds because they become somewhat inactive. Once the weather turns colder, many people are like bears going into hibernation. Then when spring fever rolls around, they want to get out there and pick up right where they left off.
The problem is that our bodies may have become deconditioned over the winter, and thinking you can do the same things you've done in the past is wrong. You could become injured.
Common injuries include muscle strains and pulls, but it's not uncommon for a deconditioned person who may have put on few extra pounds to have more serious complications. Many times, especially in an older population, you get people cooped up in their houses and as soon as spring rolls around, they hop right in to getting their lawn or garden ready. They could experience a problem, even one as serious as a heart attack.
It's important to build up the level of physical activity - slowly. If you haven't done anything, take baby steps. You have to retrain your body. The amazing thing about the body is once you start taking baby steps you'll quickly get back to where you left off. Gradual progression is key.
A jogger, for example, might start off walking. Start at a slow pace. Focus on time. Think about being active for, maybe, 15 minutes Monday, Wednesday and Friday - maybe a combination of a walk and slow jog. Then start increasing your time. As you build up time, you can begin to build up days.
If you haven't been active, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any workout program. And then start slowly. There has to be a gradual progression. Even if it's something simple like gardening or mowing the lawn, don't go out and try to do it all in one weekend.
As the weather turns warmer, be aware of the temperature and your body's need for fluid. Gradually acclimate to the higher temperatures and put yourself on a fluid schedule. For an athlete, that might involve drinking 20 ounces of water or a sports drink that is low in sugar two hours before engaging in strenuous outdoor activity. Fifteen minutes before starting, the athlete should drink another 8 to 16 ounces, as well as another 8 ounces or so every 10 to 15 minutes while engaged in physical activity.
The average person may require a little less.
It's also important to prepare the skin for sun exposure. Wear the proper clothing with light, breathable fabrics. Cover up. It's fine to have that golden bronze look, but it's more important to avoid sunburn and skin cancer. Be sure to use a sun block with an SPF rating of 15 or higher and then re-apply frequently during the course of activity.
There's no reason to become physically inactive during winter. A little indoor effort could go a long way toward enjoying the warmer months outdoors. There are things you could do in the house if you don't want to go to the gym. Do a push up. If you can't do one on the floor, do one against the wall. Use household items. Pick up a jug of water that's around 8 pounds and mimic the exercises done in a gym. Walk up and down stairs. Take caution, though, against doing too much too fast. No pain, no gain is the worst advice you could follow. Pain is your body's way of telling you that something's wrong. Back off, take a break. Listen to your body. And enjoy the warmer weather.
"It ain't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich."
-- Josh Billings
How do you define ‘rich’?
If you want greater wealth, what does that mean for you? A large annual income? If so, how large? A beautiful home? Health? Security? Happiness? To be in service?
Get really specific about what would bring you a rich life. There are no right and wrong answers here. Don’t judge your desires. Just dig deep to discover what it is that you really want. If you want things, explore what qualities of life those things represent to you.
"No one can tell whether they are richer or poor by turning to their ledger. It is the heart that makes a person rich. One is rich according to what one is, not according to what one has."
-- Henry Ward Beecher
"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed."
-- Edmund Burke
1 head iceberg
Cut up the lettuce and cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Toss it into a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and refrigerate covered overnight. It needs the overnight marinating in order to get all the flavors blended nicely. You can vary the recipe by adding a cup (or more) of grated Parmesan. This makes quite a large amount of salad, great for parties and gatherings.
Total calories – 3,351 Total grams carbohydrate – 146.1
serving – 226 calories 7.7 grams carbohydrate