I Want To Stand Out

114-Blue-RFor the past several weeks since the first day of Spring and since Spring is still working on getting here to southeast Wisconsin, I have been diligently working on rebuilding and enhancing the appearance and effectiveness of the Get Yourself Fit website. I am trying hard to be different and bring the site more up-to-date with the times. I soon hope to include Audio and Video enhancements as well. There have been some dramatic changes with the inner workings of the site that now brings you to the About Us page when you log in instead of directly to our Blog. To get to the blog now, you wither have to follow a given link or reach it from the Menu Bar. There are many reasons for the changes but I feel that the time is here now for me to become a bit more familiar with web design, writing, composing and the many other elements.

With all of that being said, I will now speak from a Mental Health point of view and hence the title of this post – “I Want To Stand Out”… as my passion continues to grow as well as my urge to help other people in this day in age, the basic design of this website must evolve with my feelings and heightened interest and desire in my full-time endeavor.

As defined  in the “All About Les” article, my life has been defined by a definite collection of chapters. When I began the assent to the height of each chapter of my life, the one common denominator has always been the passion that developed along the way up the mountain.

So, if you want to define this post as one about self motivation – do so by all means as it is meant to be. Even as a young man and starting from scratch as a musician not knowing the difference between C or a B on the scale or what a fret bar was and learning on a $7 hand-me-down guitar and ultimately performing on stage opening for nationally known super stars – I finally reached my level of passion and appreciation for what I was doing and how I worked to get there. Later, in my next chapter working my way up from a Product Inspector to a Manufacturing Engineer in a major organization in 18 months as I was developing my photographic portrait skills. Those skills ultimately took me to a level that allowed me to command unusually high rates for my services. It's all about passion!

Then there was a decade of working in a hospital that really opened my eyes to the needs and personal responsibilities of taking care of ourselves with correct healthy and nutritional rules to follow and the passions developed there has then led me to start Get Yourself Fit.com and now I am attempting to become a Web Site Designer (chuckle if you will) but do keep an eye on me!!

So, as the title of this post states I Want To Stand Out – You must work towards developing your own passion for what you want to achieve in your life. You need to be self-driven and prepared for all the bumps in the road. Life, no matter what your choice of direction may be, is all up to you and you own design. Speaking of “quality of life” allow me to close with a quote from who I think was one of the greatest football coaches of all times…

“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor”.  a quote by Vince Lombardi

 

The Beauty of Spring…

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Although we have already had a few 50°+ days here in our home state of Wisconsin, Mother Nature still has a few tricks up her sleeve!

This is not a complaint as I am used to having to wait for the warmer weather, having lived here most of my life. I just wanted to share an image of one of the shrubs around our house today after a quick walk on the icy sidewalks and grass in the falling, freezing rain.

While just 12 days before…on March 11th, as I was trekking around in Pike Lake State Park on a 54° day and I was able to capture this image (below) of a pair of  very shy Sand Hill Cranes!3-11-16_0883-R2

It's a “changing time” of the year. We are given warmer days where we can happily shed the layered clothing and even try out a pair of shorts! I am anxious to get some early paddling in – this year, as we love kayaking.

Like the weather, our own lives tend to reflect the weather's changes – in our moods and modes. Instead of slipping into a state of hibernation like the bears do, both my wife Suzan and myself have maintained regular visits to the gym – especially on days like today, to stay active and continue working towards or health goals.

So, I have the gym and I have the great outdoors and although I am a city dweller, we do have a beautiful state park just 5 to 7 minutes from our home. So, what I'm suggesting is that attempting to keep fit should be a 12 month program – no matter where you live.

So…get outside! If it snows buy or rent some cross-country skis, if it rains throw on a raincoat and enjoy a walk in the rain! The weather does not really matter as long as you dress properly and apply some common sense.

In closing, as you may have noticed…we are updating our web site. Please excuse the inconvenience and what probably appears as useless clutter but I promise you'll like the end results!

Until next time,

ShortSig

 

 

 

Les

A Tale from the Darker Side…

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By Les Wallack

I have tried many things throughout my life and the many tried and failed attempts over the years – I have found – can oftentimes cloud your reality.

What does it take to wake you up?

There is that old statement or quote as described as the definition of insanity that goes something like this:

“Insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result each time”.

But we all know, should know or at least have heard…is that; “to bring about change in your life, you have to change yourself first”. The originator of that statement may have been Napoleon Hill but I’m not sure. (If you happen to know where that statement originated from, do let me know).

The point is this. I like to think of myself as a positive individual that is goal orientated. It is a bit painful to wake up one day and find out that what you think about yourself may not be all that true – after all! It is so very important that we realize just how our minds play a role in our lives. Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy and I have found – throughout life – that there are many people, whether by their own unconscious thought or by some illness, that one becomes convinced that the feedback he or she is getting from his conscious mind is correct.

I agree and always have that the human mind is an unnumbered “wonder of the world” and if used correctly, can and will make you or break you in your endeavors – whatever they may be.

I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist nor do I pretend to be but, I am convinced that the human mind is at the root of all that we do in our lives. I am also convinced that the “subjective” part of our brain or sub-conscious part of our mind is oftentimes ignored or at least is incorrectly interpreted.

It has been my observation that when you do receive a “subjective thought” upon awakening, and you begin to analyze it – it is vital that you must match that thought up with one or more of your current objectives in your life.

In an effort to help anyone else out of the “Gerbil on the wheel” syndrome that I have been dealing with, I would like to share my “Ah Ha” moment from this morning with you…that has compelled me to write this post.

Since 2009, I have been searching (and maybe even before that) for a means of total self-improvement and I’m talking about in ALL seven areas of my life and I have come so close to finding the “golden ring” so many times – but never all the way. If I achieve what I am attempting to achieve currently, you can count on the fact that I will be releasing a book that will go into details on the whole experience.

But this morning’s reality check that slapped me in the face and REALLY woke me up actually blew my mind. I thought of the old V-8 juice commercial where the person in the ad slaps himself on the forehead or a cartoon where it shows a light bulb going on!

In my first efforts of “losing a few pounds” and after studying what seemed to be hundreds of solid programs, diets, nutritional info and the like, I amassed a huge library on the subject and ended up spending thousands of dollars looking for the “Golden Ring”, the perfect plan or correct combination of programs to lose the fat. I finally narrowed down the best of the best and that along with other acquired information assisted me to lose a total of 87 pounds in 18 months! (No – I’m not attempting to sell anyone anything!) Even my own medical doctor said to me…”Les, I hear the same thing from so many patients about themselves but finally YOU actually did something about it”!

That was then and I forgot to mention one of the underlying reasons for the whole lifestyle change. I was diagnosed having the dreaded silent killer Type II Diabetes and even after losing the 87 pounds – although there was an improvement in my body chemistry I still did not eliminate the problem of having to take those dreaded statin drugs (medically prescribed). Yes my blood numbers and body stats looked good and were improving but I was still on those darn pills.

Another Hurdle…

I don’t want to get off the track too far but, January is a bad month for me in that we call it “Birthday Month” and we have 7 to 10 birthdays to celebrate in 31 days and keep in mind that January follows Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s festivities as well. I know, I know…all the experts say…”that’s okay, you just have to maintain control”.  Yeah Right!

Now back to the present time…

So here I am, working out at the gym now 6 or 7 days a week and weighing each and every scrap of food that I am putting into my body as a meal and investing more money on more programs and information. I even moved my first medical appointments of 2016 out another month to give me a little more time to get into better shape!

Here is my Ah Ha momentWhen I got up this morning after spending weeks writing new notes, designing new plans, purchasing more diets, I decided to pull out my “OLD” notes and “work out guides” and then I slapped myself on the forehead. I then saw the light! I already had the answers and the picture was right in front of me! My intention over the past 5 years has been to rid myself of my Type II Diabetes – and with all of the best laid plans…I did not follow my plan of action. Instead, I kept looking for some different solution. Always stay FOCUSED!

So, remember this….

  1. Never expect to keep doing the same thing and expect different results.
  2. Have a definite “objective” in mind and keep it in sharp focus!
  3. Think and layout a definite “plan of action”; dates, times, people you must contact, etc.
  4. Follow the information that you have already discovered that works for you. Keep FOCUSED!

And, remember thisin this day in age it would be rare to find that someone has built a “better mouse trap” than the one you have been using successfully before. Stop and THINK before investing in additional information at additional expense to accomplish what you have successfully discovered before. Instead, look deeply into your objective and think about how you can and will improve it and then FOLLOW IT!

Please let me know what your thoughts are on this post.

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Les

Welcome The Season…

019-2cRWe welcome the winter with open arms and look at it as a brand NEW and Fresh, yet exciting beginning! I look forward  to new directions, new interests and new ideas. Hopefully I will get the hang of this Internet Marketing stuff after 7 years of trial and error!

I have retired from my regular job as a security officer as of the end of 2015.

I hope to spend this year doing a measureable amount of paddling around the local lakes and rivers in my kayak, fishing, hiking and a new found interest in dog training. All of this plus daily workouts at our local gym should keep me fairly busy as well as healthy.

I am stressing proper nutrition this year more than ever and hope to reverse my Type II Diabetes before this summer. If you don’t have anything funny going on with your body…now is the time to make the changes that are necessary to insure yourself of a healthy life and a problem free body as your life goes on. Most of staying healthy is simply common sense.

In fact, right now, we are offering some great values at Food Matters – one of my favorite Nutritional Sources that I affiliate for. You  can view the current specials by clicking on the Food Matters ad above, or in the column next to this post. Check out the specials on their selection of E-Books – especially on Detox! Check them out now while you’re still thinking about it.

Also since I’ve been working out every day now I have been relying heavily on the Bio-Trust Low Carb Protein Powder to rebuild my muscle fibers after the strenuous strength training that I have been enjoying. Look at the page tabs under the masthead above and click on Bio-Trust OR click here to learn about their unique Protein Powder and what it can do for you.

I know that you know most of this stuff but I’m just trying to “nag” you a little with a new year ahead of us. So, bear with me as I continue to search for other Health Minded people that would like to join our ranks.

My recent retirement has taught me something special that was not obvious to me before the big move happened;

  • Slow your life down! No need to keep rushing around. Plan your actions and take your time. What you are now working for or toward, will surprisingly arrive in the same amount of time – whether you rush or not!
  • Get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every night even if it means re-arranging a way-too-busy schedule.
  • Make sure to have at least one Green Drink a day. The rest of the time; stay away from sugar (in any form). Avoid alcohol other than a very casual drink from time to time, avoid most all breads, cakes, muffins, biscuits and try to get by with just Ezekiel bread that you can get at most Pic N’ Save stores. Ezekiel bread is processed differently and will not harm your health with the wrong ingredients or methods of processing.
  • Avoid any foods that indicate that they were Genetically Re-engineered.
  • Drink at least 2.3 liters of pure water with some Pink Himalayan Sea Salt added to it – each day.

Just try these 5 life-saving tips for three weeks and get back to me and let me know how much weight you’ve lost and how tremendously your energy level has increased.

Until next time…be well and stay healthy!

   Les Wallack

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe that the holiday season is here but then it is a Birth Day and they do come each anWS-11d every year – right?

In the Great Lakes area, our weather has been effected greatly by El Niño this year! Yesterday, although it rained our temps were near the 50's! And thinking about “rain” – if this was all snow… we would have several feet by now!

Every three to seven years, variations in tropical winds and pressure shift warm ocean water east to the South American coast, causing the El Niño Event. For more info on this, go to El Niño.

This season is my “roller coaster” time of emotions. I love the Christmas season but then I'm saddened when it's over and then there is the healthy rejuvenation that occurs with a New Year. A new beginning… A new birth – if you will.

I just wanted to wish all of my readers and followers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

019-2cRLet's all look towards 2016 as a step up into a NEW world.

With holiday love, cheer and spirit,

Les Wallack

P.S. Spend abundant time with your families and loved ones this season!! And, don't be shy about leaving me a comment or two!