I’m going to write about making changes after a setback like the COVID-19 outbreak or any other struggle.
Often we experience a setback that causes us to change our behavior or our routine.
I’ve started today to do things differently. On short notice I might have to act as the caregiver for my mother.
It’s the classic dilemma: How to care for yourself as well as you care for others?
I’d like to talk in future blog entries about how to overcome setbacks.
In the coming blog entry I’m going to talk about how to feel like you’re in control when things are collapsing in front of your eyes.
The COVID-19 outbreak is no joke. It has tested everyone’s ability to be resilient.
So what I’m writing I hope can help others as we move into 2021.
November is Native American Heritage Month.
We should remember the Indigenous forefathers of our country.
They risked their lives to continue to live here. Thousands were killed in the worst genocide in American history along the Trail of Tears.
We should honor their peaceable worship of nature and the natural world and the Spirit.
It’s why I prefer to celebrate the Giving Thanks part of Thanksgiving.
Not the shop-till-you-drop Black Friday frenzy.
I recommend keeping a grateful journal and writing in it 5 things you’re grateful for as often as possible.
I’m grateful my family is here to celebrate with me.
A Happy Season to You!
The year ends soon.
The advent of January brings out the focus on New Year’s resolutions.
You can click on my goal-setting Category to read blog entries about the Changeology book 5 Steps to Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions.
I’ve used this 90-day action plan to set and carry out numerous goals in the last 3 years.
I would like to talk about goals and resolutions in this blog again.
How sometimes you reach a point where you shout: “Enough!” or basta as Italians would say.
What I know with confidence:
A change that happens out of the blue is not always sudden or quick. Your discontent with an aspect of your life was most likely percolating in your mind.
This subconscious brewing leads to the day when the water in the coffeepot whistles because it’s reached boiling.
This is how you’ve come to do something different after months–or even years– stuck in an old familiar behavior.
The day comes where you shout: “Enough!”
The point is that any serendipitous change should not be discounted or questioned. In fact I’m not so quick to abandon one change I’ve decided to make.
Waking up one day and deciding: “Today is the day” is the beauty of self-change. It can happen at any time in a person’s life.
Having lived through the pandemic for 9 months it’s possible that you and I are giving birth now to an idea a plan a Self that has been growing inside of us.
Should you find yourself suddenly faced with the desire to make a change or two I say: go with this and go for it.
The time is now. And for goal-setting I will once again recommend Changeology: 5 Steps for Realizing Your Goals and Resolutions.
2021 can only be better. I firmly believe this. Cheers.
Dumbbell squat (Holding dumbbells by your side – feet shoulder width – back straight – chest up)
Single leg dead lift (Dumbbell is on opposite side of working leg – back leg rises as upper body lowers)
Single-side hip bridge (Push off of heel on the working side to raise hips as high as possible)
Side lying hip / leg raises (Similar to side plank – can add dumbbell to thigh)
Side-to-side medicine ball slam (20 throws each side)
Alternating V-ups (10-15 each side)
High knees (30 seconds +)
Alternating knee tuck (with hands behind for support – 15 tucks each side)
Single-arm kettlebell chest press – 10 pound x 15 reps
Resistance band row (resistance is created by distance between feet – hips back – back straight – pull handles to bring shoulder blades together) – 15 reps
Resistance band curls (one curl at a time – focus on squeezing bicep at the top of each curl – finish each curl before you stand the next) – 15 reps
Lying down dumbbell tricep extension (holding dumbbell at the base – lying flat – bend elbows back behind head – extend forearms / elbow back towards ceiling) – 8 pound x 15 reps
Jumping rope jumps – 30 seconds or 30 jumps
Flutter kick (lying flat legs up alternate kicks) – 30 seconds
Fast-paced step ups on platform – 30 seconds
Russian twists (using body bar with kayaking motion – I have 10 pound bar) – 15 twists each side
It’s Autumn again in New York City.
The time when I scout around for produce at the Greenmarket.
This fall I intend to focus on eating well and breaking a sweat.
In a couple of weeks I should be able to post a new workout routine.
I ordinarily do the Upper Body and Lower Body workouts for 12 sessions each.
For over one year I have done something unusual. Not that it is uncommon for me to do something unusual:
I’ve been exercising on the hardwood floor in my living room. Every 12 weeks I meet my personal trainer at the gym to be given a new workout routine to do. This routine I do at home as I’ve talked about before.
As I got older I could no longer exercise at the gym ferociously like I used to.
The year ends in just over 2 months. I think everyone could benefit from revising and reviewing their routine while Mercury is retrograde this month and through early November.
This is my plan: to eat well and break a sweat. To not get hung up over the times when I don’t do what you’re supposed to do.
A reappearance of COVID-19 is expected in November.
This is why now is the time to take care of our mental and physical health.
I expect in 2 or 3 weeks to post another workout routine.
October 10 is World Mental Health Day.
To my loyal band of followers I say thank you gracias merci grazie thanks a million for joining me in championing mental and physical health.
I prize having fitness of body and mind.
World Mental Health Day should be the day we commit to doing things to nourish our own mental health and to help others flourish too.
The truth is people can recover. Those of us doing well owe a debt to society to help others less fortunate. People who will always have a harder time of it throughout their lives cannot be forgotten or abandoned.
All of us are human beings doing the best we can with what we were given.
To remember is to understand. I have told my story to give others hope.
Keeping things hidden only serves to reinforce feelings of guilt and shame surrounding having an illness of any kind.
Why the secrecy when we’re not monsters?
In speaking out my aim is to give others permission to tell their stories.
Every day should be a mental health day.
Every day it should be a common occurrence that love for ourselves and others rules.
Kettlebell Squat with Upright Row 3×15 10 pounds
Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift 2 10 pound dumbbells 3×12-15
Farmers Walks 15 pound dumbbells walk 15 steps back and forth 5 to 6 times
Kettlebell Swings 15 pounds 3×15
30 second Jumping Jacks
Leg Tucks / Crunch combo 15-20 reps
Jump Rope Jumps
Planks (hold as long as possible)
The gym reopened. You can only wear a mask to the gym not a bandanna. My trainer gave me a new workout routine. It’s an easy routine made harder because I do 15 reps not 12 reps.
Dumbbell Row 3×15 10 to 15 pounds
Floor Dumbbell Chest Press 3×15 10 to 15 pounds
Seated Dumbbell Curl 3×15 10 pounds
Resistance Band Tricep Extension 3×15
Side to Side Medicine Ball Slam 16 reps
Jump Forward and Back 20 jumps
Alternating Leg Tucks 15 each side
This might not apply to most blog readers. However I want to write about it because who knows–maybe a reader falls into this category.
In New York City those of us who collect SNAP benefits are eligible to obtain Health Bucks at our Greenmarkets.
For every $5 spent in SNAP benefits, a person will get a $2 Health Bucks coupon.
Thus enabling you to get more fruits and vegetables.
To do so:
Bring your EBT card to the market manager tent at the farmer’s market.
Swipe your EBT card and in exchange get tokens and Health Bucks to spend at the market.
I don’t take kindly to people who resent others for buying organic food with their SNAP benefits.
Individuals living on a low income deserve to be healthy and eat nutritiously just like those of us who are well-off.
This is what I say:
Cut it out with the comments about people using SNAP to buy juicy heirloom tomatoes.
Regardless of your income there’s no shame in wanting to be healthy.