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Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July

When I was a young man, the Fourth of July had very special meaning. For one, it was my Mother’s Birthday. So, as well as well wishes for my Mother, it also meant cake. Yes, I love my Mother, and I love cake too! The Fourth of July also meant fireworks. well, not really fireworks per se, since my family was of more modest means. Actually we had sparklers, usually several boxes of them, and smoke bombs. The sparklers we would throw into the sky, often to the dismay of my Mom and Dad, imitating the fireworks that we would see the more affluent kids would have. They would crackle and into the sky, then fall to the earth. Usually Dad would then warn, “make sure you get them off the grass before you forget them, and I mow one of them”. Sure we had smoke bombs too, and we even had snakes. I loved snakes, they were always so funny to watch, but if you think about it, there wasn’t really that much to them. Smoke bombs on the other hand, well if you lit enough of them at once, you could hide in a cloud of smoke. Just like what you might see a wizard, or a witch do on TV. Perhaps a magic act. Maybe “I Dream of Jeannie” As I grew older, the Fourth of July just became a reason to party. In my 20’s and 30’s, any reason to celebrate and have drinks was a good enough holiday for me. Heck, if I think back on it, I am pretty sure that we even celebrated Ground Hog’s day with a few shots of something alcoholic once, or twice. In my later years, the Fourth of July became a day of physical exertion. Actually it was only

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Standing at My Monday Morning Crossroads…Again

Standing at My Monday Morning Crossroads… Again

It is a Monday morning, and like many of the recent Monday mornings of weeks, or rather months past, I am at a crossroads. It’s funny how that happens so often as I get older. I mean, be at a crossroads of sorts, where I feel like I need to make changes in my life, and will know how to do it! Like most men of my age, and one who has his own company, I spent most of my weekend playing catch-up. Actually I don’t think that is a task unique to the self-employed, because I remember my weekends being one of catching up on things, quite often when I was working for others. I guess in life, we are always working for others. So my weekend was spent like most, doing chores, and trying to get boxes checked on my list. Always the first question, “where was I to start”? No, like most of you, though I did get started, many of those tasks stay on the list, to be done another day. Another thing that seems to happen often to me, is that despite my best efforts, I find myself falling off of my healthy-eating binge. I guess you can’t really call it a binge per se, since I do eat somewhat healthy all the time. Well, I mean, better food for you since it’s very little processed, or filled with sodium. I hear those are two big no no’s for any diet. What I am really speaking of when I say that I fell off my diet, is that I started eating my healthy food. Yet, I ate a LOT of it. Everything tasted good, and when I meant to have a stick of cheese, I had three. When I was to have one serving of

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Saturday Morning Gym Reminder - Runner

Saturday Morning Gym Reminder

Setting Goals to Do Something for Yourself Like many Saturday mornings, I stand ready to try to figure out what I am going to do today? Yes, actually like many of you, I have a long “to-do” list. I have many things to get done today, and this weekend. Something about making a list of tasks to get done. It makes me believe that I have the power in my life, that I could actually do what I want to do, versus what needs or has to be done. Yes, like many Saturdays I plan to work on my blogging, concentrating on content. Like many Saturdays, I should also work on my other business, which needs constant attention. No, I don’t like that it needs constant attention, but it pays the bills for the most part, so I have to give it that credit. What I added to my list today, that I had really not thought about adding was a return to the gym. I have struggled with getting there lately, and though paying my monthly fee religiously (yes they auto deduct), I still have not gone to the gym for over a month. No, I have not been a total slug, I have gone for a long walk every few days. Yes, I have done a bit better at that, and even this morning, a walk to the dumpster, prompted me to think that today was the day to get back to the gym. Did the dumpster trip make me remember that I have a gym membership? Did my walk, remind me that I can do more for my health? No, it was actually something else entirely. While I was walking to the dumpster, with both hands full of trash, a man probably not quite half my age

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Remembering Lessons Already Learned Before!

Remembering Lessons Already Learned Before!

It has been several weeks now since I last wrote, and I have many reasons. One is that I have started some new business ventures that have pulled me away a bit. You know how those can be, easy to get immersed in getting ready, to get ready. Second is that my primary job for my earnings, has demanded more time of late since it is warming up where I live, and that affects my business. Gotta pay the bills you know! The third reason that it has taken so long, if you have visited the site of late is pretty easy to figure out. I will admit, I crashed the site. I crashed it big time, or as our new President would say, BIGLY! It started out innocent enough, me just trying to save some money (I like to do that when I can). Deciding to not have my site hosted on one type of server set-up, but instead have it moved to another where I can host a multiple of sites. A good way to save some money they told me. No big deal to move it they told me. For me the no big deal line, usually means LOT of trouble for me, and it certainly did in this case. I actually tried to move two sites at the same time, making matter double the fun, just teasing. They said that it would be easy, and even sent me specific instructions, a YouTube video, and even walked me through half of the process for one of the sites. I thought, wow, this is going to be great, and I can get it done in a day, at most……wrong! Well, that should have been the signal, so much information coming to me at once. What was supposed to

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Tasks: Deciding What to do First?!

Tasks: Deciding What to do First?!

How do You Prioritize Your Day and Your Life If you are like most of us, you might be struggling with a list of “things to do”, that is long, diverse, and in many cases, consists of items long-since added to the list. I know myself, I have domains that I bought over two-years ago, that I need to cancel or use, that I still have on my list to do either one. This morning, I set my alarm early enough to go to the gym, but instead tossed and turned in bed, then finally……reaching over to grab my iPhone. You thought that I was going to say “turn off the alarm”, or “turn on the light”, didn’t you! No, that was not what I did, I grabbed my phone instead. Laying there, I scrolled Twitter to see what today’s news was, did anyone send an early morning tweet? (wink wink) Then from Twitter I went to Facebook, to see what my friends were doing, had done since the last time I checked, or perhaps were they waking up too? Of course many were, and all of us on Facebook at the same time. Good way to start a Monday I thought. As I journal this morning, I re-thought my day yesterday where I searched online for some inspiration on how to get organized, and how to stop procrastinating so much. At my more mature years, I struggle with it as much now as I did in my early years, and perhaps more so. I say that because I think at my older years, I sometimes feel that I am on a major deadline, trying to get it all done before….you know what I might have said. That “thing” that we all know is going to happen, but we aren’t

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5 Dos and Donts for Mature Men

5 Things that a Mature Man Does or Doesn’t Do

The Changes We Make in Our Life As you grow older, you make changes in your life. As a mature man, those changes can be subtle, but sometimes they seem to be much more drastic. As little as social nuances or adjustments, to as big as what type of guff you will accept from others, or will not. These are the 5 things that a mature man will usually do, or not do as they grow older. 1. Don’t sweat the future, it’s here already! The mature man will stop worrying about the future as much. They will realize that though they still want to plan for retirement, that is if it is even possible, they won’t sweat the small stuff. I think that some of the reason is that you realize that the blessing is to still be alive, since you will know so many who you used to know, who are not. 2. Stop running the streets all night, and sleeping all day! Yes, it was fun when we were younger, and was always such a kick to walk out of the bar or club and see the sun already be coming up, peering over the trees, but we don’t want to do that anymore. Instead we enjoy the idea of getting to bed early, and waking to watch the sun come up on our own terms, usually with a cup of coffee. 3. They like to see, and spend time with their Parents. The mature man realizes that time is precious and it doesn’t last forever. They understand the physical nature of life. They also realize that with that, that means that their parents are usually 18, or more years older than themselves, so they most likely will not be around forever. Perhaps medicine will change that someday, but

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Avoid Overeating for Weight Loss - balloons

Tips to Avoid Overeating and Weight Gain

Enjoying the Party While Sticking to Your Diet This video offers tips on how to avoid overeating at parties, especially holiday parties, and the weight gain that comes with it. With the holidays being just around the corner, I thought this would be useful to publish. Plus for me it’s always good to be reminded. I found the video pretty helpful, because even though some of the tips already knew, there were others that I found were good to be reminded of again. One of the suggestions that I found a be really beneficial, was the idea that you plan to eat before you go to the party, so you won’t be tempted by the various sweets, and other items that are usually being served. I know myself if I don’t eat light, or not all before going to party, there’s a chance I will overindulged. If you are trying to avoid overeating, these tips are great ways to start! Remember drinking, does add a lot of calories too, so carry a bottle of water with you or pick one up on the way to the party. That way you’ll have something refreshing in your hand, and most people won’t ask about since it is so commonplace things days. Plus, it will help you from over indulging on adult beverages. Take a look at the video, and if you know of other suggestions post them in the comment section below! A reminder, some of the links above may be Amazon Affiliate links, and I do make a small fee if you purchase something using them. However, you don’t pay more, but the fee does help me pay for the site. Thanks in advance for your purchase, and for bookmarking the link, and buying often!  Video courtesy of Sixpack Shortcuts  

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