Sunday, August 28, 2016

Why Blogging is Like Farming

I'm celebrating my 7th birthday as a blogger tomorrow on 8/29.  In many ways, I'm like a farmer.  I rise early to plant seeds before sunrise, work in the fields all day and hope everything makes it to harvest.  There are droughts to contend with, scorching heat and rampant flood waters.  My seeds are thoughts.  They sprout words.  Some never survive the editing stage.  That's okay.  I'm satisfied with my creative farming techniques, though unconventional. 

Perhaps the greatest lesson I learned as a blogger is to keep farming in good times and in bad.  Consistency matters.  Seven years seems like a lifetime in the blog world.  Most never make it to harvest.  I'm one of the lucky ones.  Daily blogging shaped my writing muscles and transformed me from an out of shape city boy to full fledged owner of my own field of dreams.  I'll never stop farming.  This is my life.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great day.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Small Stuff

Small stuff.  It's what makes dreams come true.  Even baby steps count, especially at the beginning of a new project.  I'm in the first 30 days of my next writing adventure and the small stuff is starting to add up.  It wasn't easy during my first days of recovery from surgery but I forced myself to push through the pain and work on small stuff.  Have a great weekend.  I'm cheering for you to work on small daily improvements that lead to staggering long-term results.  You can do it.  Thanks for visiting.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Stop Waiting for Success

If you're waiting for success to knock on your door, you may have a long wait.  The above quote summarizes it well – success is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

Think back to a time in your life when you waited for some big event to be achieved.  Did it go according to plan?  If you had to do it all again, would you?  Thank you for stopping by today.  I wish you well with your choices.  Have a great day.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Daily Weight Tracking Aids Your Goals

The chart you see above represents nearly one year of data from my caveman food experiment.  My starting weight was 185 pounds approximately two weeks before the digital tracking was implemented.  I use daily tracking to account for any food changes I introduce.  This helps me identify which foods may be an issue.  I find sticking to mainly fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds keeps me within my body's "happy zone" of 150 to 155 pounds without any effort.

It's funny how something so small such as stepping on the scale every morning helps you stay on track but I know subconsciously that any deviations in my food program will immediately show up on the scale.  I recommend purchasing a digital scale with Wifi tracking.  Try this with a friend who is willing to be your accountability partner and include your partner on the digital tracking.  It works.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back to My Day Job Today

I'm rejoining my day job peeps this morning.  The bosses found a way to work with my doctor's orders and I'm approved to return as long as I avoid lifting more than ten pounds for the next couple of weeks.  I'm excited to rejoin my team.  I would like to thank all the people who helped me in my recovery process.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Trails

Like it or not, you're on a trail today.  The good news is you have one choice even if you can't control which way you're headed.  That choice is happiness.  Look around.  What do you see?  Who else is on the trail with you?  Are you so focused on the destination that you're forgetting to savor the view?

The trail you see pictured on the left was shot a couple of days ago on a day hike at Lake Iowa with Mrs. Caveman.  It was one of the most picturesque days of our Midwest summer.  The temperature couldn't have been any more ideal.  I was surprised only a few people were taking advantage of this amazing place.  The same thing happened late in the day yesterday when our daughter asked us to go hiking in the Amana Colonies not far from our home.  We were the only people on the trail.  I'm one of the lucky ones.  All my adventures are happy trails, even the ones filled with challenges.  I have some steep hikes ahead.  The mountains won't be easy to climb.  The air may be thin.  Temperatures will fall below freezing.  The one thing I can assure you of is that I will choose to be happy on every trail and I will always be grateful I'm healthy enough to keep walking.  Choose happiness.  And take a hike. Have a great day.  Happy trails!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Life is an Adventure

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Is this day something you're looking forward to or did you notice it's Monday and you want to crawl back under the covers?  Mondays are scary for many Americans.  One story I read over the weekend mentioned early Monday mornings are prime time in America for heart attacks.  I discovered I was one of those people at risk of a heart attack late in August one year ago while on vacation and I decided to decrease my risk factors.  I overhauled my food program and I changed my attitude about life.  Rather than cram all the fun into one annual vacation, I decided to make each day an adventure – even Mondays.

If you or someone you know is at risk of a heart attack because you've lost your way, please don't give up.  It's not too late.  Stay with me.  I'm sharing all the lessons I'm learning about how to turn your life into a series of 24 hour adventures.  Let's work on this together.  Here's the first tip:  make a shopping list for your next visit to the grocery store.  The only items on your list are items without food labels.  Hint:  you can't go wrong if you choose fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  In my opinion, if you eat this way from now on, you will have more Mondays (and all other days) than you could have imagined.  Try it.  Enjoy the journey.  Have a great day.