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Focus on the Win

Focus on the Win

There is a lot of things you could be thinking about now.  Most won’t help you.  My barber reminded me to focus on the win.  I have a conversation with him and my son this week on the podcast.

With everyone home, the old heads like me are considering buying a gaming system.  I asked my son for a run down on what the most popular ones are, the benefits to each, the cost, and what games cost.  And introducing Steve da Barber on:
Barbershop culture
Tips on Manhood now 
Chasing Money
Focus on the win
“Danger is real, fear is a choice.” – After Earth 

He is someone (Steve)  I have known for 15 years.  He’s a humble guy, a man of faith, but street hardened. He has been on the “inside,” but turned his life around.  By his own admission he is not a perfect guy but a man of his word.
He values integrity and thinks we should teach that to our young men.
He came to my attention from a Facebook post admonishing his peers to think better, do better, charge what they were worth and not settling for crumbs.  To not fight each other.  To not be afraid.  
Book Steve:  https://square.site/book/92NGEGYPE575N/please-book-exact-age-group-type-cut-you-need 
Tips for maintaining yourself during your quarantine. 
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Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Losing Weight

Losing Weight

It’s that time of year again. Do you want some real tips on how to lose weight?

I developed my six pack by sucking in my stomach every time I saw a bikini.

I found out that there are many ways to lose a lot of weight fast. Not all are healthy or for everybody. Most of them will make you hungry and feeling like crap. The shirt I am wearing was supplied by BornTough.com. I really like their line.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas out of the way, many of us start to think what we could or should do to get fit in the New Year. If you are over 50, it is not too late. There are three things to concentrate on to succeed. One of which is not what to wear or how much equipment to buy.

The first thing if you haven’t had a physical in a while is to check with your doctor. If you have been inactive, you may have some risk factors for heart disease that you want to get advice on. You might be better off than you think. Don’t let your mind take you out of the fight. Your chronological age may be 55 but you might be 35 on the inside. After that, get moving.

Your diet is extremely important. You can lose weight by eating better. But don’t stop there. Every bit of movement counts. Here are a few tips to help you lose weight quickly, and without hunger. It can also jumpstart your metabolic rate too. (That is a good thing.)

1. Cut Back on Sugars and Starches

The most important part of losing weight is to cut back on sugars and starches (carbohydrates).
When you do that, your hunger levels go down and you end up eating much fewer calories. The Keto diet I started with the help of my daughter helped me with this. A good diet will make you burn carbs for energy. The Keto diet done right makes your body feed off of stored fat.

Another benefit of cutting carbs is that it lowers insulin levels, causing your kidneys to shed excess sodium and water out of your body. This reduces bloat and unnecessary water weight. It’s the water weight you will shed first.
It is not uncommon to lose up to 10 pounds. That is about the weight of a gallon of milk.

2. Eat Protein, Fat and Vegetables

Each one of your meals should include a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables.
Constructing your meals in this way will automatically bring your carb intake into the recommended range of 20–50 grams per day. Imagine this for breakfast and it being good for you. Cheese, eggs and bacon and avocado. Nothing wrong there!

Protein Sources
Meat: Beef, chicken, pork, lamb, etc.
Fish and Seafood: Salmon, trout, shrimp, etc.
Eggs: Whole eggs with the yolk are best.

The importance of eating plenty of protein is “huge.” It supposedly has been known to boost metabolism by 80 to 100 calories per day.

High-protein diets can also reduce cravings and obsessive thoughts about food by 60%, reduce the desire for late-night snacking by half, and make you so full that you automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day — just by adding protein to your diet. When it comes to losing weight, protein is the king of nutrients.

All vegetables and fruits are not equal. Some have high natural sugars or carbs which you don’t want. Don’t be afraid to load your plate with low-carb vegetables. You can eat massive amounts of them without going over 20–50 net carbs per day.

Here are some:

Brussels sprouts
Cauliflower – I was introduced to pizza with cauliflower crust.
Swiss chard

Eat 2–3 meals per day. If you find yourself hungry in the afternoon, add a 4th meal.
Don’t be afraid of eating fat, as trying to do both low-carb and low-fat at the same time is a recipe for failure. It will make you feel miserable and abandon the plan.
Assemble each meal out of a protein source, a fat source and low-carb vegetables. This will put you in the 20–50 gram carb range and significantly lower your hunger levels.

3. Lift Weights 3 Times Per Week

You don’t need to exercise to lose weight on this plan, but it is recommended. I lost thirteen pounds in a 31 days not lifting.

By lifting weights, you will burn lots of calories and prevent your metabolism from slowing down, which is a common side effect of losing weight. Strength training is important because it improves your strength and posture, maintains bone strength, reduces the risk of lower back injury, and also helps you tone. If lifting weights is not an option for you, then doing some cardio workouts like walking, jogging, running, cycling or swimming will do. And if you want to look good while you work out. Try BornTough.com’s line of products.
Studies on low-carb diets show that you can even gain a bit of muscle while losing significant amounts of body fat.

You want to include aerobic exercise. Aerobics work the large muscles in your body, benefitting your cardiovascular system. Make sure you can pass the “talk test,” which means exercising at a pace that lets you carry on a conversation.

You also need to stretch to maintain flexibility and range of motion in joints. They also reduce the risk of injury and muscle soreness.

The Center for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week. You should combine this with two 30-minute strength training sessions per week. The intensity of cardio should be challenging, but tolerable. You may want to grade the intensity of a workout on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being incredibly difficult. Aim for exercise somewhere in the 4-8 range. If you are just starting out, start with a less difficult routine and work up to more challenging exercise. If you want to keep going past the first month.
If daily exercise is new to you, don’t worry. Start with just ten minutes of exercise per day, and build up from there. Most importantly, find what works for you.

BornTough makes gym wear that is robust. The workout shirt I just got online is better quality than the two high-priced brands I was looking at in the mall. I had never heard of them until recently, so don’t feel alone if they are new to you too.

I was pretty disappointed at the clothing that is being sold today in local stores when I went looking for work out gear. It is not made to last. I bought some pants that were so thin, that when I tried to wipe off a stain, I almost put a hole in them. This is not the case with BornTough products, check them out.


Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Starting BJJ

Starting BJJ

When you start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) you don’t need much but patience and a good teacher. The right clothing however can make your journey more comfortable.

The uniforms of BJJ have evolved from the universal Gi’s used in Tae Kwon Do or the heavier ones in traditional Judo. Some according to my friends are too soft for anything more than pajamas and others too course. The ones featured here that the host of the WarriorCast podcast is wearing are functional, comfortable and stylish. They run a little smaller than I am used to. The ones in the picture are marked A4.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling-based martial art whose central theme is the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force him to submit. Due to the fact that control is generally easier on the ground than in a standing position, much of the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is centered round the skill of taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling for dominant control positions from where the opponent can be rendered harmless.

The Warriorcast podcast is a weekly show of interviews and viewpoints from Ken Blanchard, II about MMA, boxing, and pop culture. You can listen at warriorcast.com

It usually starts with the thought, “I want to try out jiu jitsu.” Start with an intro class at your local gym. It may be a solo class or with a small group with the instructor to teach you the basic movements. This is your opportunity to see if you like the environment, people, and setup as well as ask them any questions that you might have about how things are run. I would expect them to talk to you about how they structure their program (pricing, contract terms, etc.) after the lesson, but you should not feel pressured to sign anything. It is 100% ok to say that you want to think about it before signing anything if you aren’t ready to sign for any reason.

If you’re not sure about something like what to bring/wear, just ask on the phone.

I often see two things that a lot of people worry about but that are rarely issues. First, they think they’re going to show up and basically get beat up for an hour. That is not how it works. They’ll help you get acclimated, you’ll do some warmups, then you’ll spend most of the class drilling. You might do some live rolling at the end, but again, most schools have you sit back and just watch the live rolling for the first class or two. Once it’s time for you to roll, all your anxiety will be gone.

Also, a lot of people think that they’re going to be an annoyance to whoever they are training/drilling with. That is rarely the case, either. 99.99% of the folks in this sport, regardless of belt color, are more than happy to help new people with questions, technique, etc. Don’t feel like you’re holding them back. We’ve all been in the same place.

Is a great resource for people just getting started or just thinking about getting started. It will answer most of your questions and some questions you didn’t even know you had.

Beginners are sometimes the most dangerous people on the mat. They want to prove themselves. They don’t want to get tapped. They don’t want their ego bruised. For the safety of all your rolling partners, do the exact opposite. They will roll as hard as you roll. They will take into consideration that you are a beginner and try to teach you and go easy with you. Accept that, and leave your ego at the door. You are going to get beat thousands of times before you actually feel experienced. That is called learning.

Also beware of gyms with bullies, and people that want to hurt you. There are a few of them. They are the exception to the rule but watch a class first or get a recommendation from someone you know.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.

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