To Be Successful In Your Life, Follow This Advice

I hear that businesses and people really show how strong they are when times get tough…

That success isn’t determined when days are nice and sunny but when they are cloudy and dark. When times get tough only the strong stay standing.

Habits are what define us and make us who we are. Many of us can stay strong in tough times because of the habits we have developed. One of the habits that have helped me be strong is to always do my best. I have rainy days, tiring days, sad days, disappointing days, confusing days, lazy days, unorganized days, busy days, dark days and all kinds of negative days that you can probably imagine. I bet you have also had them all. No one is exempt from them. What I keep in mind is that no matter what kind of day I’m having I always need to do my best.

This is the way I get out of my comfort zone…

I usually know what I am capable of, and therefore I expect that level of performance every time I wake up. Why should I be performing less than usual? Because I know that whatever I put into something is what I’ll get in return, why not just give it all?

I think one of my weaknesses (or strengths) is that I get upset with myself when I feel tired, when I am confused and I don’t know how to improve and continue moving forward. I don’t like feeling tired, and I bet no one does. However, on those days I find the way to break through. Mother Teresa said that the most worthy smile is when we must force one. Everyone can think positively and be happy when things go right, but we can see who’s strong when things go wrong by seeing if they continue smiling and doing their best.

I can’t imagine waking up and saying, “Today I am going to have a mediocre day.” What kind of day would I have? Can you imagine one of my client’s assessments? I am going to listen to you in just a mediocre way. Today is my mediocre day, so you are going to have to wait until I am ready. I can’t put up with that because it is my mediocre day. I am leaving early today even if you need more time because it is my mediocre day.

Or at my exercise session, “Today I am going to lift lighter because it is my mediocre day.” “I am just going to do what I feel like doing because it is my mediocre day.” “I am going to eat Fritos and McDonalds today; it does not matter because it is my mediocre day.” “I might get on time to my session; I am mediocre today. I am just going to perform mediocre because I feel lazy.” Can you see how I am already giving up on doing my best?

Can you imagine having a mediocre day once a week?

Or maybe twice? Or maybe three days? Or why not the whole week? How productive can that be? How professional or reliable or trustworthy can I be? What results can I deliver in my life? How successful can I be?

My goal is not to have mediocre days. Therefore, I wake up every day doing my best. If life is not going the way I want it to, I still wake up and perform as if my life is perfect. If my days are dark I still show everyone that I can continue moving forward and I can serve them. Yes, it’s true when those difficult days hit me, things are more difficult to do, but I still do what it takes. I continue smiling, listening 100% to all my clients, staying late at work if I have to, being on time, improving my habits, understanding people, exercising with the same intensity, controlling my mind and body, doing the difficult stuff, and becoming a better person.

I keep in mind what I am planning and working for because my hard effort does pay off in the end. Thinking that I am wasting my time and my life by not improving my health, mind, finances, knowledge, strength, family and the world makes me sad and upset.

Think about the results you want with your family, health, body, finances, job and life…

I do request the best for my life, but if I request the best I need to give my best. I bet you also want the best for your life and don’t want to have mediocre family, health, body, finances, job and life.

So each time you wake up the first thing you should ask is how can I improve my situation? What can I do better today? What do I need to learn? What was the mistake I made yesterday? Who needs my attention? Who needs to forgive me for my mistakes? Is learning today making me a better person? Does being noble and understanding that I make mistakes make me a better person? Does exercising make me a better person? Does helping others make me a better person?

I know I am having a hard time today, but I am doing my best, and this difficult moment won’t ruin my situation and won’t stop me from moving forward to improve myself. Here now is when I see how strong I am. How I can overcome these problems with the best attitude and without complaining, because complaining will only take energy from me, not help me progress. Plus other people have their struggles as well, and complaining won’t help them.

Doing my best is not only for the moment when I feel like it, doing my best is a lifestyle.

Check Your List To Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals

One of the things I think is fun is checking things off my list…

I have a list of goals that I check every day, and I have another list of goals that I check every week.

The daily goals are usually systems that I have created that help me achieve the long-term goals, which are the ones I check weekly.

Having the list not only helps me save time, but it also helps me be less stressed and determine if I am moving forward on the right track. If I don’t follow my list of daily goals, I notice that I start getting busy with things that don’t matter and end up getting stressed because I have not achieved anything.

You know the days when you have not done much, but you have a feeling of accomplishment? That’s because you focus on your daily goals and know that you have progressed. However, other days you feel like you did a lot yet have a sense of frustration by the end of the day because you didn’t follow your goals and wasted your time on trivial things.

This is how many of us live our lives…

I used to do this. You can turn 28 years old (or 35 or 50) and have the frustrating feeling that you’ve done nothing because you don’t have goals and just go with the flow.

When I turned 28, I meditated my life and noticed that I had nothing. Well, I had a couple of thousand dollars in debt, but that was it. It was because I had no direction or goals to follow. I examined my past life, and everything I had done was nothing more than throwing my life and time in the trash. Now after 8 years I feel different. I have created more than ever in my life. I have two businesses that my co-workers run, I published one book and am ready to publish a second one. I paid all my debt. I have an apartment.

I know all this is not much, and I can lose it at any time because life is never safe. But what I am proud of is that I have become a person who can create, and this is the power of goal setting.

When you know what you want and set goals, you start working towards them…

This is like exercising or building a brick wall. In the beginning you may not see much of a difference. But if you continue working towards your goals, you start seeing results as time passes.

You can set financial goals, spiritual goals, relationship goals, business goals, health goals, charity goals, material goals, hobby goals and personal goals. I set goals in my spiritual, family, health, professional and financial area.

Here is a great example: If your goal is to own a house, maybe you can start by saving a down payment for an apartment, buy the apartment, save more money while you pay off the loan, sell the apartment and buy a house. You can set how much money you need and how long and what you need to do to save it, how long it will take you to pay off the apartment and how to save extra to pay for your new house. This may take you a few years, but if you have your goal in your head, you can do extra stuff every day to reach your goal compared to going with the flow and not achieving anything.

The same thing happens with weight loss:

If you have the goal of losing 50 pounds, you know you need to lose at least 4 pounds a month to get to your yearly goal. If you keep your goal in mind, you will be working on your eating and exercise and choose the right behaviors every day. It may take you even less time. Four pounds a month may not seem like a lot, but over a year it adds up.

Goal setting gives you the opportunity to aim for something. Can you imagine playing basketball or soccer without a basket or goal? What about driving without a destination? This is how many people live their lives, without sense. Goal setting gives you the opportunity to keep track and not waste your energy trying to aim at something that doesn’t really exist.

All successful people use goal setting. Many write their goals down, and others only think about their goal every day, but they have set a target. I think writing them down is more effective so you can refer to them when you are getting discouraged. But for many, especially the driven ones, it’s not necessary to write them down. But once again, what is important is that you have a target or goal.

The Body Is Designed To Exercise

The human body has been designed to dophysical activity

Back in the past our ancestors used their body properly. The hunted and gathered and later harvested crops and foraged for firewood. They traveled on foot and built things by hand, including their houses.  Nowadays, we have designed machines that do many physical activities for us. Our ancestors were healthier because of the active lifestyle they had and therefore live longer.

I remember when I used to get up to turn the channel notch of the television, no too long ago (Well, at least is what I want to think).  Now, people can do it from their comfortable spot with the help of the remote.  We travel everywhere by car and machines do many of our physical tasks.  There is no need for much physical activity anymore.

I don’t think there is nothing wrong with us coming up with new inventions that make our life easier.  However, the consequences that come with it can’t be avoided and ignored, they need to be approach.   We look for ways to make our life easier with less physical activities…

In truth, without all those labor-saving devices, my profession wouldn’t exist.  You need dedicated professionals like me to help you get back in shape.  The human body needs to find ways to compensate for its lack of physical activity.

The reality is that we live less than our ancestors; we are less healthy and we develop more diseases than our ancestors. And this can be because of our lifestyle we are living.

The less we use our body, the faster we lose it.  We aged faster, gain weight, lose muscle and bone mass, lose stroke volume, become less flexible, acquire aches and pains, risk injury and become less useful.

To avoid many of these problems such diseases, injury from falling and getting old faster, we must exercise.

Being physically active is what the human body is designed do.  So make your life easier by exercising regularly.  Five hours a week can keep you fit, 3 hours of strength training and 2 hours of cardiovascular training. The reward of the exercise habit can’t be achieved by any other way. If exercise were in form of pills, it will be the pill more prescribed (I read this statement somewhere).

When we make a change in our balanced environment or homeostasis, we need to always compensate to have a harmonious life.

Take This Into Consideration For Amazing Weight Loss Results

I have been conducting research about foods and many professionals such as George Aisman (RD), Colin Campbell (biochemist  and author), Jane Plant (PhD and author) Anthony Robins and Michael Pollan  recommend usually the same pattern of eating to prevent cancer and of course obtain the desired weight you have always been looking for.

Here I am going to summaries a couple of important points for your weight loss…

Oxygen is necessary to be able to keep the metabolism high and keep our cardiovascular and lymph systems clean. To deliver the necessary oxygen needed by our body, cardiovascular and muscular training, meditation and breathing properly is important.

Water is a nutrient that the human body needs to survive and stay healthy…

The body is made of 80% water.  A 5 to 8% decrease of water can cause fatigue and dizziness. Over 10% can cause physical and mental deterioration. When the body loses more than 15% to 25% of water it can be fatal. To hydrate the body, drink water free of any chemicals or man added minerals. Listen to your body in regard to hydration. The best way to stay hydrated is to eat foods high in water content which are also good cleansing foods. Fruits, Vegetables and sprouts are foods high in water content.

Overeating shortens a person’s lifespan. Overeating is a factor of obesity, diabetes and other metabolic problems…

Portion control is an easy habit to practice when people understand the reasons why they overeat. Overeating can be a side effect from not eating at a regular schedule, eating emotionally or state of mind.

Processed sugars are a contributor to obesity and other metabolic diseases…

Fruits are natural sugars that contribute to good health. Fruits are the best form of sugar that can be eaten. Fruits have many positive effects in the body, including helping the individual achieve a healthy body weight.

Animal protein is not needed for the human body to stay healthy…

However, many people like meat. I think it is okay to eat meat, but with the awareness of the portions that we eat every day. Eating meat once a day is what I recommend. In addition, find local meat, free of hormones and antibiotics. If it is beef it should be grassfed.

Now it is time to talk about the last point. Buy real food. Everything else has the potential to develop a disease in your body and increase your body weight. Real foods are everything closest to the natural state, fruits, vegetables, grains, sprouts and meats. Keep in mind that these products can be manipulated by humans by using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful substances. Most packaged food has preservatives, chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, and other ingredients that are not meant to be eaten. One of the recommendations I give is to cook at home. When you cook at home, you know what ingredients you are using; you don’t use high fructose corn syrup or any other preservatives or chemicals, right? I don’t think it is bad to eat a pastry or piece of cake on special occasions (Once every week or so) if you make it at home or you are sure that the ingredients are natural which it will lead you to buy locally. Mother Earth has provided us with the nutrients that we need. Real foods are not harmful. The problem is when we eat things that are not made to eaten.

Following these recommendations will aid you in achieving your weight loss goals and have a healthier lifestyle. I’m only one source to your health. There are many professionals that are available to help you have a healthier lifestyle. Continue with your own research and don’t forget to meditate any information you.

Take Control Over Your Goals

No long ago I traveled to Machu Picchu. I was amazed not only by the ruins but by where they were built. The place has a divine feeling. It is impossible for me to put the feeling and experience into words.

While there, I also learned how the Incas had a system. Many people, like me, don’t take the time to think about how the ruins were built and the time and effort required. When we think about all the empires and ruins all over the world, we often don’t think about the years it took to build them. It was not an overnight construction or even a couple-of-months project.

Not only did it take time but it required discipline, a plan, structured systems among other things…

The king or leader needed to have control over every single detail to make any of this happen. Of course, just like the present, there are systems they used to control the outcome of their empires.

I could not stop thinking about how many of us want a successful life and to be happy and achieve our dreams — such as losing weight — without even thinking about a process and not taking the time to be disciplined. For example, we think that by taking hormones (or using pomade, or massage treatment, or taking pills, or getting a surgery done) we are going to have a nice body and lose weight.

Many times we put in the effort for one month and get discouraged because we are not where we want to be in a short period of time…

Can you imagine creating an empire in a month by just sitting on the couch contemplating the clouds; or sitting in front of your computer waiting for your multithousand-dollar check without putting in any effort; or having a nice, toned body by getting a massage every day? Everyone by now would have created their empire, be a millionaire and have a nice body.

This is exactly why many of us continue unhappily trying to achieve our dreams. We want things easy and fast. Therefore, we don’t put in the effort, and we get desperate when we don’t see the results.

I became overwhelmed by all my goals and dreams. I started to think about how far I have gotten, but that is nothing compared to how far I wanted to get. It made me think that I needed to be more disciplined about what I do and create a better system and know more and hire the right people to continue improving others’ lives.

I bet everything started with a dream or an idea…

Then that person started to plan and took action. Then he needed to make decisions throughout the process. This is how an empire was created. Nothing happened by accident. We read stories or watch documentaries, and because it takes us only a couple of hours to read or watch a documentary, we can’t really perceive all the years invested in an empire. We have not lived the time and effort invested.

Every decision you make will bring you consequences in the future. People who are successful did not become successful overnight even though it appears that way, just how we perceive an empire when we read or watch a documentary. We have not lived their lives or put in the effort and time like they did.

Successful people have shown us the traits to achieve that same success, but we opt to ignore them…

Now think about your life and see where you are going. If you continue making the same decisions you are making right now, where would you be in 30 years? Is your life looking better? Are you overweight? Are you broke? Are you ill? Are you working in a place you don’t like to work? Are you ignorant? Did you waste time and are you regretting the decisions you made?

Or are you financially free? Healthy with a nice body? Are you practicing your desired career? Are you enjoying every moment with your progress?

Where will you be in 30 years? If you save $5 a day for a year you get $1,825; over 30 years you end up with $54,750. And if you invest that money, it may double by then depending on your investment. But if you do the opposite, you probably will be in debt. The same happens with your food choices. If you have a couple of drinks and eat junk food for dinner every night, where do you think you will be in 30 years — overweight and maybe in the hospital?

The more disciplined and organized you are towards your goals, the more likely you will achieve them…

Every decision, every hour and every day counts when building your empire. Your body is an empire, your family is an empire, your finances are an empire, your connection with God is an empire, your profession is an empire. If you want to be successful in these areas, think about each decision you make every day.

Each decision brings a consequence, and leaders know this. This is why they are able to create empires. This is how you make your life better. This is how you become successful. Everything keeps adding up, and this is what appears to be overnight. Albert Einstein said, “Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.” Not only your money compounds with interest when you invest it, but your actions and habits compound over time as well.

If you think about it when you see a friend whom you have not seen in a while and see the change in his or her body, you see the change but you don’t see the effort and time he or she has put in. Also, when you see a financially successful person enjoying his or her life you only see the success, you have not seen the effort and time the person has invested.

So to create an empire it is not enough to wish or dream. It is important to plan, follow systems, discipline oneself and be careful with every single action we take in every moment. These choices will compound overnight either you want to or not.

The Protein Myth: Fat Burning Food

When I got into exercise, weight lifting, in the year 2001, one of the first things I learned is that if I wanted to grow muscle, I needed to eat foods high in protein…

In fact, most people know about protein shakes. I used to take at least 2 shakes every day. I did not know much about the subject. Like many people, I followed the flow and believed the myths that others told me. Back then, I used to order my protein online. It was cheaper than buying locally. So I ordered protein for other friends as well. A particular friend, who I ordered for, said that protein would give him pimples. Sometimes we don’t use common sense. I had many pimples on my back, but I did not put the dots together. Back then one of my desires was to gain a lot of muscle, be big. So I did not care about any consequences of anything I ate. I used to eat 2 Big Macs at MacDonald’s for lunch often. I used to buy processed food and eat anything because the myth was to eat as much as I could to acquire a lot of protein to build muscle.

At one point in my life, I deeply suffered, but not from the junk food or protein intake. However, that pain opened my eyes. I noticed many things I was doing wrong, such as believing the protein myth. I started a deep research into foods. This led me to study the protein shakes’ ingredients which are full of chemicals that are not made to digest. I continued studying foods and found out that junk food has a lot of chemicals and it was not made for nutrition, but for profit.  I stopped drinking protein shakes and eating junk food, as well as fast food. My muscle mass did not decrease, nor did my strength. My energy levels increased, my skin cleared up from the pimples, my stomach problems stopped and I didn’t get sick anymore. It has now been almost 5 years since this specific change.

The protein myth is what I’m going emphasize today…

We tend to believe what the masses believe. If the masses, including school, tell us that diseases are genetic, we believe it. If they say that the economy is bad, we believe it, and if they said that the world is flat, we believe it. This is also true for the protein myth. We believe we need a high intake of protein, either from meat, milk, shakes, tofu or other products. However, many professionals now claim that we can get all the protein we need without eating meat and drinking other mammals’ milk.  The reality is that many people are conscious about their protein intake. Even vegetarians look for some source of protein to meet their belief.

As a matter of fact, many people believe that toddlers need a good amount of protein to grow healthy. I read several researches that concluded that formulas weaken the infant immune system, cause stomach discomfort and are a factor for later cancer. The real food that Mother Nature provides for a toddler is the mom’s milk which makes the infant’s immune system stronger by protecting the infant against many diseases, infections and allergies; it helps with the developing of the brain and it decreases the baby’s predisposition to become overweight. In other words, babies who are breastfeeding are healthier than those who are not. Mother’s milk is 2.38 percent protein reducing to 1.2 percent six months later. In other words, when according to society we need the most protein is when we get the least and yet, we grow healthier. So, why is the myth so credible?

No one has an idea about how much protein we need…

Just as any other nutrient, including water, every body is different. Many people think that we need one gram of protein per each kilogram. But it is not only the size of the person, but the physiological needs of the person that determines the protein needed. In addition, Dr. Mark Hegstead’s research suggests that most human beings adapt to whatever protein intake is available to them. Also, new research shows that people do not need to combine foods to get complete proteins from vegetables and legumes. A report by the International Union of Nutritional Science claims that adult males consume 39 to 110 grams of protein. There is more research that claims that we don’t need animal protein to survive, be healthy and strong. In fact, much research shows that meats contribute to obesity and cancer among other disease. My point of view is that most meats are grown with hormones, antibiotics, certain grains and other products that are harmful for us. This is the reason why there is a link to health problems. However, the more I read about food, the more I found that protein from animals is not needed to have a healthy life.

The truth is the Western diet is loaded with animal protein and many of these products have been produced with hormones and other harmful ingredients…

I have cut my animal protein intake by more than fifty percent. I usually only eat meat at my dinner. People who have significantly cut their animal protein intake do lose weight drastically. Our success stories are good example. He cut his meat intake, started to exercise at CBF and lost just over 10 pounds on the scale in his first month, additionally increasing his energy and muscle mass.

Here is my recommendation, if you like animal protein and want to live a healthier life and lose weight, start reducing your meat intake. Eat animal protein, including milk, fish and eggs, only once a day. If you are worried about your calcium intake, you can find calcium in vegetables, such as the turnip greens which have more calcium than milk. Also, calcium is not the only mineral that you need to keep your bones strong; you will find the rest of most minerals in vegetables. In addition, buy local grassfed cattle.  Artificially induced hormones do contribute to cancer and obesity. Find a competent dietitian who can help you understand your body needs. There are many people who have gone to a competent dietitian who has helped them to understand their bodies’ needs and they usually ended up cutting meats, especially industrialized meat.

Fruits Are Part Of A Healthy Diet Plan

The other day one of my clients asked me if fruits make people gain weight…

I told her that fruits are part of a healthy diet plan.

She said that she and her coworker were eating a banana and her manager told them that fruits make them fat because they’re high in sugar.

There are many myths about foods and one of them is that sugar makes you fat…

Let me clarify this myth. Fruits are not a contributor of the obesity epidemic. However, processed refined sugars are the real problem.  These sugars are high in calories, don’t have a nutritional value, don’t make people feel full, easy to access, cheap, and they are addicting. Now, can you see why these sugars contribute to obesity?

However, sugars from real fruits are not high in calories; they have nutritional value such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and antioxidants; they are from Mother Nature; they make people feel full; there are a variety of fruits; they increase ones energy; they decreased heart attacks and they are not addicting.

I read that fruits are the most perfect food to eat. If fruits are eaten right, they do not require a lot of energy to digest. Fruits are made of a carbohydrate chain called fructose, but the body can be easily converted into glucose. Glucose is what the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and the peripheral system) needs to function properly. Also, fruits contain 90 to 95% water, not high in calories, and they hydrate the body easily. In addition, a high water content fruit is good for cleansing the body.

The myth of fruits making you fat is truly a myth, or a lie to be more specific…

I have yet to meet a vegetarian person (whom has a high intake of fruits) that is fat. No research has proven that fruits make people fat. Refined and processed sugar does.

So next time you go buy your groceries, fill up your shopping cart with fruits.

To take full advantage of fruit consumption one recommendation is to eat fruits in an empty stomach. Fruits are not primarily digested in the stomach. They are digested in the small intestine. However, if there are other foods in the stomach, such as meats, the fruits are fermented losing some nutritional value. It is okay to juice fruits, but not to buy juice from concentrate. Most bottled juices have been processed and have lost nutritional value. A juicer is a good investment. Someone told me that I should sell my car and buy a juicer instead.

Add fruits to your diet and get the best out of eating fruits. Make it a lifetime behavior, safe money in the long term, avoid diseases, lose weight, feel energetic, and enjoy a good meal or snack without the worry that you will gain weight.

Stay Hydrated

Everything that is alive, has a high percentage of water.

The earth is 70% waterSixty percent of our bodies are made of water. Water is very important to survive. A 5 to 8% decrease of water can cause fatigue and dizziness. Over 10% can cause physical and mental deterioration. When the body loses more than 15% to 25% of water it can be fatal.

I have read that 8 glasses of water a day are recommended. However, others say you should follow your thirst. And some say that if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Everyone’s body is different. Some people are taller than 6 feet and others shorter than 5. Some people are muscular built and others have excess of fat. It is obvious that 8 glasses of water is not truly a proper need for everyone. To drink when one is thirsty is obvious. However, sometimes we don’t have access to water. Drinking water when one is not thirsty is also uncomfortable for some people. Personally, I don’t want to force my body to drink water.I monitor my body and drink when I’m starting to get thirsty or I drink water when I’m not thirsty but I’m aware that I have not drink water. I make sure that I have access to water most times. This can be done by easily carrying a bottle of water.

I recommend buying the 5 gallon jug of filtered water to have at the house….

Let’s face it, faucet water contains many unpurified, toxic products that harm your health including, chlorine, fluoride, minerals, and other substances. And if you are close to a fracking area, you may also have some natural gas on it. Anyway, plastic also contains chemicals that harm your body. Therefore, the glass and metal bottles are recommended that. They are more expensive but more safe. By the way, alcohol is not water and can’t substitute water. It does the opposite; it dehydrates the body (sometimes I get this question or comment).

In addition, to drinking clean water and drinking enough, I recommend you get hydrated by another important intake which will help you more than water. Fruits, vegetables and sprouts are foods high in water. These products are more effective in hydrating one’s body than drinking water alone. Plus, they are also good for cleansing.

Many people eat low or no water content foods…

Guess what processed foods are? No or minimum water content foods. To keep the body hydrated, people should eat 70% of water content foods. Long time ago, before I put some common sense to work, I used to feed dry food to my dogs. They used to drink a lot of water. Every day I needed to refill the jug. Now that they eat high content water foods, they don’t drink much water. Have you checked your diet? Are you eating 15%, 30%, 50% or 70% of high water content foods? There is a saying that states, “You are what you eat.” This is complete true. If you eat unhealthy foods, you will become unhealthy. Organic and natural grown foods are the healthiest foods on earth.

To make a high content water foods diet is simple. Eat fruits as breakfast; snack on fruits and add a high percentage of vegetables to your main dishes, and cut all processed foods.

To conclude, drink water as your body asks you to. Don’t dehydrate yourself before you drink water. Drink clean water and keep pollution out by drinking filtered water and out of a glass container. To further increase your hydration, health and weight loss,eat foods rich in water, such as fruits vegetables and sprouts.

Oxygen Plays A Key Role In Weight Loss

Oxygen plays a key role in weight loss, increasing your metabolism and muscle gain…

Here is why.

Each muscle of our body requires oxygen to survive. When we turn the age of 26, we have less muscle tissue and this is due to the loss of muscle mass aging provides. Every decade the body loses around 5% of muscle mass. American Council on Exercise claims that resting stroke volume declines approximately 30% between the age of 25 and 85 and when combined with the decrease in maximal heart rate, it leads to a drop in cardiac output of 30 to 60%. In fact, resting cardiac output declines 1% upon reaching adulthood. Also, oxygen extraction declines 8 to 10% after the human body reaches adulthood.

Oxygen is necessary to burn fat…

It metabolizes fat and carbohydrates and also makes adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the energy the body needs to function and survive.

When we breathe, we deliver oxygen to the lungs where blood comes and removes it, and then delivers it to the heart and the body, including muscles and cells by the lymph system. As a reminder, the cardiovascular system is responsible to deliver oxygen to the whole body and remove waste from the body. The arteries deliver blood (except for the pulmonary artery) and veins remove the carbon dioxin from the body (except for the pulmonary vein). The heart is the bump that pumps the blood through the body by the “pipes” called blood vessels (Arteries, veins and capillaries).  People who don’t have the habit of exercise have not trained their cardiovascular system to deliver enough oxygen to the whole body to increase their metabolism.

Remember that our body is made by cells which play a big role in keeping it healthy, young and in shape. The Lymph system is a branch of the cardiovascular system. It happens after the capillaries diffused all the nutrients and oxygen in the fluid around the cell. Here in the lymph system is where the cells acquire all the oxygen needed and remove toxic and dead cells. According to research, the lymph system is activated by deep breathing. The reason is because the lymph system does not have a pump like the cardiovascular system. The way the lymph system gets rid of wastes and gets its need is by the muscular movement. The muscular movement that the lymph system needs is by deep breathing and exercise.

Some of us don’t take into consideration the amount of oxygen we are getting…

or if the lymph system is getting enough movement to work to the fullest. According to studies, if the lymph system stops functioning for 24 hours, the body would be dead because of the trapped proteins and excess of fluid around the cells. Personally, I don’t think people need to get tested to find out what their oxygen consumption is. However, they should be paying attention to the behaviors that they are doing and not doing to get the right amount of oxygen and get the lymph system working properly.

The first recommendations are to take care of your body by exercising, meditating and taking time to take deep breathes during the day. Doing strength training will increase the muscle mass of your body. A good example is weight training. Cardiovascular training will train your cardiovascular system including your heart. One example is running. These two exercises will allow you to deliver and extract more oxygen. Meditation it is very beneficial. Besides clearing your mind, it will make you more aware of your breathing and this will improve the function of your lymph system. I recommend you take some breathing classes or learn more about proper breathing.

Motivation Get Motivated and Improve Your Results

Learning has become a regular habit that I practice every day…

I am aware that if I need to become successful in my life, I need to learn from a person who is successful in the area that I want and need to improve.

Many times I hear people sharing a lot of good and valid information. If they would apply the information they share in their lives, they would be in a better position. For example, I have heard overweight people giving advice about losing weight and broke people talking about investing. It is not that the information isn’t good, but they usually don’t know how it feels to apply such information in their own lives. Nothing speaks louder than actions.

So when I want to know something, such as how to make the right investment, improve my relationship, improve my health, improve my business, become a better person or have a higher connection with God, I make sure I ask people who are role models and are living what they know and, of course, are in a better position than me in that area.

I love to study people and make conclusions about who can help me improve my life…

When I am struggling or if I want to improve an area of my life, I make sure I ask the right person. For example, I have friends, clients and family who have been happily married for more than 20, 30 and 40 years. I think is safe to ask these people how they are happily married. Of course, there is not a single answer. What I have discovered is I need people to tell me their story, so I can make my conclusions.

I have heard so many amazing stories. My jaw drops when people open up to me and tell me all the hardships they have experienced, from losing loved ones, to being abused, to sacrificing years of their lives for others. Many are conscious choices and other times life just happens. But the truth is that nothing has been easy for them, and we don’t know how difficult other people’s lives are.

This is the reason many of us don’t improve our lives:

We are afraid of putting the new information in practice and pay the price.

I learned that being smart is applying the information we know and understanding that the information is not easy to apply. But I also learned that we don’t have an idea how difficult life has been for many people, and we don’t know their stories. Many of us think that they had it easy, until we find out otherwise.

I like telling people my story and my turnaround. The reason I tell my story is not to be the center of attention or for people to feel pity for me. I tell them my story so they can be motivated and realize they can do better. Nevertheless, after hearing so many stories about people’s struggles, I am the one who has noticed that I have not lived to my potential yet. These stories end up motivating me.

This is why I love supporting people in their goals. However, supporting people is not the same as spoiling…

It reminded me when I saw a guy finishing a marathon with his foot hurting. I could have told him, “You are hurting. You should stop,” but it would not do any good to his psyche.

We were sponsoring a marathon giving water to runners right before the last three miles. A woman drove to the station and asked me to wait for her boys because they were the last ones in the race. She mentioned that one of the boys had a hurt foot, but he is so persistent that he won’t give up. I responded that she might have a son with a hurting foot and I understand that she was concerned, but she should be proud of her son for being so persistent. These are the people who make it in life and achieve their goals. They learn how to play hurting.

I did not think much of the situation until 10 minutes later when the son arrived. He not only was hurting, he had other limitations, but he had a big smile on his face. The way he was limping showed real pain. Like I said, I did not think much of it. For some reason, I thought that he would just stop at our station and jump into his mom’s car. But he drank his water and continued limping to the finish line.

I am being completely honest with you. I stared at him, and many thoughts crossed my mind. Once of those thoughts is how easy many of us have it, yet we complain about any discomfort. And how much suffering is in this world, yet certain people continue to the finish line just like the brave guy finishing his marathon. This is what I called heart, spirit, purpose, motivation, desire … I thought about my life and struggles, and he lightened my heart to do better. He touched my heart so much that I even cried.

There are so many amazing stories of people who have changed the world…

but not because they are special. They have become special, extraordinary. You and I have the same potential. But we have to have the desire to do better and the courage to endure some pain.

So here is my conclusion: Get all the information you can, from the right people, to improve your situation, and make sure you apply the information to your life; don’t just gather information to collect it and prove you are smart. Smart people don’t just know — they do and live it.

Most of the time we don’t know other people’s stories until we listen to them. We need to listen between the words and understand that to change and become better, suffering is often required.

We think our lives have been hard until we hear someone else’s life story. Yes, our lives are difficult, but many others had it worse, and they have achieved more than we have.

People who have the desire and spirit to continue moving forward even though they are hurting will make it to the finish line. Many times pain is not a sign for you to stop, it is just an obstacle before your finish line.