Saturday, July 25, 2015

Doing Solitary -taking a swim in lake me

Hello All,

When I first chose to become healthy I was so overwhelmed by information I decided to start with going for a walk, so I grabbed my mp3 player and took off. I'm very happy to say within days of my little walks the first smart thing I did was to leave the tunes at home.

I soon discovered my mind was filled with all the conversations and bits of news of the day, a real cluster fuck of information pounding away at my mind. A funny thing happened though as I continued my walks, I found the sounds of nature to be very calming, and for the first time in a long time I started to hear my own TV pundits telling me what to think.

This was all very new to me and I was approaching the early stages of meditation and was aware it was having a very profound effect on me.

My early walks were very structured, I would walk out 20 minutes from my door and turn around there by getting in 30 minutes of walking plus ten minutes of fat burning. I was and continue to be a guinea pig trying new experiments every month. My walks now have no agenda other than quiet time to ponder and be as far away as I can from my desk at work.

I have also become a big fan of bike riding, I try and get in at least 10 miles a day and much more on the weekends. Bike riding has opened many doors to my peace of mind. My body is being pushed and my spirit as well. Each hill I climb is a question of do I have what it takes to make it and when I do succeed it carries me on to the next challenge.

A good example of this for me as I was riding an overcame some bastard hill and I was sucking air but still feeling proud of my achievement , I thought how close I was to giving up and yet dug deep and made it through. So I soon started to apply this thinking to every difficult problem.

All you really need is a quiet spot to sit,I prefer to be on the move but whatever works for you. The main thing is to unplug from all the bombardment of information and give your self time to think and reflect. We live in a world of 24 hour news and every jackass feels the desire to spin every story to aid their cause or destroy anothers.

These results I cherish came about by finding some time to be alone with my thoughts. Its a wonderful feeling to not give a damn about what other people think of you, or what people would say if you were to try this project or that idea.

Be true to yourself, take a step away from work,family,friends and listen to your own beliefs and act on them.

I feel like a better man to my family and friends as well as my work because I have found doing a little solitary can be fine company.

Peace and Love

Sunday, July 12, 2015

breakfast-Markie Porridge

Hello All

Breakfast, whole lot of talk about this topic from most important meal of the day to I will throw up if I eat anything before noon.

My thoughts are I'm a busy guy and I need fuel in the morning and I might not have time to eat again until I get home. I think of my body like a car and I'm prepping for a long drive so I better have gas in the tank before I hit the road.

So here is my morning routine:

My alarm goes off at five and I find I am normally awake before it goes off so I tend to get up with little effort(I try maintain the same hours on weekends as well makes life easier)  I put on a pot of coffee and drink at least two tall glasses of water. I get myself ready for work and than I make what I like to call Markie Porridge:

I toss in about a half cup of instant oatmeal and water and heat  it up in the microwave for a minute, while its still hot I add a little maple syrup,cinnamon and a drop of almond butter and mix it up.

I make it a thick paste and it fills me up along with a cup of black coffee and I have a lot of energy to take on my morning.

This is very easy,fast   tastes great.

Simple enough routine I quickly fell into to start my day off right.

Peace and love

Monday, July 6, 2015

Goodbye Paleo!

Hello All,

About three years ago I read Mark Sisson's wonderful book the Primal Blueprint and I stand by my statement that  it saved my life. I was over 315lbs  and was headed to an early grave. He wrote in his book question everything including his findings . The main thing that paleo did for me was to get me off of sugar and over processed foods. I lost weight and I have not gained back more than 10 lbs in more than three why stop???

I started training for distance bike riding and I just did not have a lot of energy, any type of hill would knock me out. I started looking online for biking tips and these guys were eating lots of carbs and sugary fruits. What the hell??!!

I was shocked to find out that doctors want nothing to do with advising what we should actually eat!, its just too difficult to say.

Mark Sisson himself (his wife is a vegan) had this to say:

"If there were a right answer, everyone would be doing it. I guess the best any of us can do is to align the “receptivity filters” in our brains with our current belief systems and create habits that reinforce those beliefs – and that, hopefully, result in healthy bodies and minds. Ultimately, I have chosen to believe that we were programmed to eat primarily small portions of meat and vegetables, with a little fruit thrown in occasionally. It works for me (53 years old, 5’10” 165 lbs and 8% body fat)."

So I continue to question and experiment with what is the correct diet for a healthy lifestyle.

My thinking now is to cut way back on eating animals and switch over to a diet more based on plants and fruits. If I was a hunter and brought home fresh meat that would be one thing, but when you look at how we raise livestock I just don't feel safe eating drug induced animals.

So I am swapping out high protein and fat for plant based and fruits with a little fish here and there. I will continue to document my efforts and any recipes I enjoy I will share. I've been getting a lot of good advice from my friend Kevin Randsdell whose entire life is being a lab rat trying this and that.

So thats my big surprise in short I'm going 95% vegetarian and I will see where this takes me.

So long paleo you served me well and introduced me to healthy eating, I see this as a natural progression.

Peace and Love all

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I am an Empath

Hey all,

Always on the path to understanding why we do what we do I stumbled across (as I always  do in my clumsy manner) the term Empath, that is to say someone who has empathy for  others. So let me get out of  my lotus pose and stop hugging my tree for a few minutes and fill you in on what I discovered about Empaths.

If this sounds like something out of Star Trek than your not wrong, there was episode back in the 60's with Kirk and the boys about this empath stuff. Very strange Penny Lane but  here's what I already knew about myself.

1. Everything is intense with my feelings.

2. I can tell when someone is lying.

3. I feel  joy at the thought of some people just walking into a room and equally  repulsion of other people.

4. I worry about other people being OK more than myself.

5. I need to be alone to recharge myself after being in crowd for too long or with negative people.

6. I laugh and cry very easily.

7. Music, film , books are all very powerful and stay with me  for a long time.

8. I have people in my life I love with all I have no matter how long I have known them.

9. I want to help solve everyone's problems.

10. I see all life as important and with a reason for being.

The list goes on and on and I just never had a name for it.

I write this blog to not only share my insights but to figure myself out as well. So what have I learned in the past 50 years or so? I have learned that all along I knew I was different from a lot of people around me and I also now look at it as good thing. I may hurt more (airport goodbyes are like death for me) but the day to  day joys are so over the top I can't complain. The loss of a dog will stay with me my entire life,but so will the joy it brought.

I can't help thinking of that moment in Highlander when Connor feels the "Quickening" and is aware of everything. I no longer hide my emotions although I do try and curb them and not hug everyone I see, (no one needs that guy around).

My favorite complement I get is "your different"! I know there are a lot of you out there that will understand this right away and guess what, my hunch is your an empath, the folks that shake their heads or don't care please skip down to my basement gypsy video of Kubla Khan and I hope you enjoy the tune.

I am a very happy person who feels connected with everything around me, if you know me a little I'm thinking I know you a lot. Its just how it is with me..

Peace and Love

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The gift

Hello All,

There is a wonderful story  that I have heard told several different ways ,but  the basic story is at a small school in Africa the children are bringing in gifts for their teacher.

 One at a time a child would walk up in front of the class with a wrapped present and the teacher would thank them and kids would clap as each gift was unwrapped and the nicer gifts got more claps.

 One boy walked up with a shell and handed it to the teacher and said he picked it special from the far end of their village.
 The teacher knew of the area and was aware of the dangerous cliffs the boy would have had to climb to reach the path to that side of the beach.

 She looked at the boy and asked why would you go so far and risk hurting yourself when there's plenty of beautiful shells right here on our beach? 

The kids laughed and the little boy hung his head as he said "Teacher, the trip was my gift for you!"


The world is hard and cruel and filled with selfish people, but it is also filled with beauty and wonder and kindness like this child that thought up this wonderful gift.

Peace and Love