Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stinging Defeat Fuels Desire for Self Improvement

Losing stinks.  We got the same results yesterday in the championships that we got two weeks ago, a 3-2 team loss.  It came down to a super tie breaker and the other team closed it out.  We are still waiting to find out if we advance as a wild card team and won't know until Wednesday night.  All I can say is the fight isn't over.  It's time to step up the training.  I can do better.  The silver lining is that my caveman food experiment is helping me with my endurance.  It's really fun to compete at this level.  Now it's time to get back to the basics and learn how to play better in the wind.  I applaud our opponents for their great play yesterday.  Have a great day.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Another Date with Destiny

Today is the first time since joining the men's Iowa USTA tennis league that our team has home field advantage for the state championships.  I plan on savoring every moment on the court with my doubles partner who has a wing span like no other, except maybe his son who plays college tennis and sometimes practices with us.  The weather will be cool and breezy.  A couple of family members are coming out to cheer for us as we defend our title and I'm feeling better than ever, even though I'm one of the oldest players in the 40+ division.  We are still awaiting word about a possible wild card spot in the 18+ division where our team came up short by one match in the finals.  Today's showdown is against many of the same opponents we faced a couple of weeks ago.  These are the kinds of days that take my breath away.  Today's match is dedicated to my Aunt Peggy who will be watching from the grandstands in Heaven.  One of my favorite memories is being on the courts with her and a couple of other relatives for a tennis lesson.  If you live in the Iowa City area, stop by and say hello at the University of Iowa tennis courts.  We will be playing all morning.  Have a great day.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Got Joy?

Some things are meant to be deferred.  Joy is not one of them.  If you believe you can't have joy until a later date due to something you need to cross off your check list, I have a feeling you may not ever find it.  I encounter joy in the daily process of living no matter the circumstances.  It really is an attitude.  Ask yourself where the joy is in your life.  Stop looking for it on the calendar.  Have a great day.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cleared for Take-off

My doubles partner for Saturday's match was out of touch for a week.  He booked a four day tennis camp and came back a new man.  Last night he shared newfound wisdom from some of the best doubles players around and all I can say is, "wow!"  We played for two hours and it was action-packed.  I believe we're cleared for take-off in our playoff match on Saturday morning and the weather is looking good.  I'll let you know how it goes.  Have a great day. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice Today

If you like sunshine, today is a great day.  This is the longest day of the year.  The sun will still be shining when I hit the tennis courts at 7 pm for my final practice before our big showdown on Saturday.  My biggest hope right now is that the sun doesn't set on our dreams of advancing to the Midwest championships.  What separates us from the crowd is our willingness to practice regularly.  I love being around people who pursue excellence.  Enjoy some time in the sun today.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Can You Survive When Your Body Declares War on You?

The most dangerous kind of illness is the one you are unaware of.  Sadly, many of the modern day afflictions in our world today come from the foods we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.  Our own bodies are responding in a way that actually make us sicker.  How can that be?  Aren't our natural defense systems supposed to make us better?  Keep in mind most doctors are trying to solve the problem by prescribing pills that only treat the symptoms.  It's difficult to find the source of the problem when your own body is fighting itself and nothing shows up in the tests.

Odds are really high you know someone, maybe a relative, who is under siege and they may not know the attack is coming from within.  Here's a partial list...

High blood pressure
Crohn's disease
High Cholesterol
Alzheimer's disease
Parkinson's disease
Heart attacks

I'm a survivor.  I discovered my own body was attacking me by cutting off the supply lines of the foods that were the source of my problems.  At the time, I was totally unaware what these foods were or if food was the cause of my high blood pressure.  I will never allow my own body to attack me again.  I will also do my best on a daily basis to help others understand how to win a war declared by their own bodies.  Masking the symptoms only prolongs the war and makes the drug companies richer.  Winning the war comes from understanding what causes the body to attack itself and making changes.  Have a great day.

Monday, June 19, 2017

How to Tip the Scales in Your Favor

You really don't need to be a calorie counter.  I find it unnecessary as long as I make the right food choices about 90% of the time and avoid eating anything on my danger list.  It's all about balance.  An ideal month for me is eating out no more than 3x.  Dining at home consists of mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  Small amounts of fish, chicken and red meat are okay as long as the portions are light.  Dairy is permanently off my list.  So are all processed foods.  Other banned foods are soda, canola oil, flour and artificial ingredients.  I've been doing this for nearly two years and it's been smooth sailing.

The next major test is on Saturday, 6/24 when my men's 40+ team plays in our state championship match.  My secret weapon is my down-sized waistline.  What a difference shedding 30 pounds makes.  Tip the scales in your favor today.  You can do this.  Have a great day.