Happy Sunday & Why No Site Updates Last Week

I really hope you’re having a happy, blessed Sunday.

Whether it’s on a Sunday or not, don’t forget to take a day of rest each week…both mental and physical rest. On that day, do something good for yourself like take a walk in nature, go sit by the ocean or a lake, read some spiritual and/or self-improvement literature, and/or spend time with a friend or loved one.

Some people, myself included, tend to feel guilty about having a day to ourselves and taking a break from ‘getting stuff done.’ But the reality is, your other six days will be much more productive if you do take a day of rest.

Moving on…

Just wanted to let you know why there haven’t been any new posts in a week or so. I’m happy to report I was back home visiting family in Sweet Home Alabama. I was fortunate enough to have a little over a week of quality time with them…and it was awesome! Especially considering I hadn’t been back home in well over a year. So much like I talk about taking a day of rest each week, I took that week off from writing, blogging, etc. I’m sure you understand.  ;)

Speaking of writing and blogging, I’m gonna run for now and get to work creating some new content for you.

Your friend in fitness,

Dr Clay

Why New Year’s Resolutions Suck – How to Make LASTING Change!

Yeah, I said it…New Year’s Resolutions suck. If you don’t agree, think about all the resolutions you’ve made. Compare that to how many you’ve actually kept. It’s not many, is it?

In fact, the success rate of achieving a new year’s resolution is even lower than the win rate of the Oakland Raiders over the past few years…that’s LOW!

Why Resolutions Do NOT Work

Resolutions don’t work because they’re really nothing more than wishful thinking. And as the saying goes…wish in one hand and poop in the other and see which one fills up faster.

Most sources you read say that losing weight, quitting smoking, and exercising more are three of the most common resolutions each year. Spending less money and saving more money is another common one. Those are all great resolutions! So it’s not bad resolutions that’s the cause of their lack of success. It’s the fact that they’re not tied to action that’s the problem.

What DOES Work

Take another look at those four common resolution:

  • lose weight
  • quit smoking
  • exercise more
  • spend less/save more

Let’s think logically about how to achieve these…or any resolution for that matter. The only way to achieve any of these is to take action. I know that sounds rather anticlimactic, but it’s the truth.

The only way to achieve any goal is to take a step towards it…even if it’s a tiny step.

When it comes to losing weight, a small step toward achieving that would be to eat a smaller portion of food at dinner. Another would be to forgo the honey bun that you have in the morning. Or you could have a protein shake in the afternoon so you’re not as likely to wanna pig out at dinner. It doesn’t matter what it is, just pick a positive, productive action to take…then do it!

If it’s stopping smoking you want to achieve, smoke one less cigarette per day for a week, then drop another cigarette the following week, and so on.

Let’s say exercising more is your goal, commit to walking around the block a time or two after work every day, Monday – Friday. Then in a couple weeks, walk another lap. A couple weeks later, jog during part of that walk, and so on.

If it’s too cold out, buy a jump-rope and start by jumping rope for a few minutes before or after work. Then add a minute to your jumping every week.

I think you get the idea now. It’s taking action that results in change, not simply thinking of a goal or resolution you’d like to achieve.

You’re probably already aware that I recommend the book The Slight Edge, if not, you are now. The reason I like and recommend it so much is simply because it discusses the real way to achieve a goal, and how to do so with only the slightest of changes. If you’ve got a goal you want to achieve, I HIGHLY recommend you get you a copy of The Slight Edge. It’ll be worth every penny, I assure you! (By the way, I have zero affiliation with the book, I simply recommend it because it’s good. Just treating you like a friend…that’s how I roll;)

Happy (Early) New Year!

I sincerely hope 2015 is your best year yet! If not, I hope it’s at least better than last year. And my definition of better, by the way, is happier. So here’s hoping 2015 brings you LOTS of love and laughter.

And while you’re making goals (and planning what action you’ll take toward them), don’t forget to count your blessings.

Your friend,

Dr Clay

My Post-Christmas “Grown-Up Toy” Wish List

Happy day after Christmas! I hope you had, and are having, a blessed holiday season.

If you’re like me, you’re lounging around and eating some good left-overs. There are a couple bowl games on today, but none that I’m all that interested in. However, come January 1 I’ll be GLUED to the TV watching my Auburn Tigers, plus the two playoff games: Oregon vs Florida State and Alabama vs Ohio State…WAR EAGLE! Go Ducks! and Roll Tide!

Just for kicks, I thought it’d be fun for us to share our grown-up toy wish list. In other words, what’s a couple/few things you’d like to have but don’t really need…toys for grown-ups.

I’ll share mine here, then you can comment down below and share yours.

Note: I definitely prefer to focus on things I have, not things I don’t have. Being grateful is very important. But we’re not being ungrateful here…we’re just having fun :)

Here are a few of the toys I’m hoping to have one day:

My Grown-Up Toy Wish List

  • An Old Jeep – I wouldn’t mind having one already restored, but I’d honestly rather restore it myself…I think that’d be fun, and I’d then orange jeepbe even more proud of it. Whether it’s an old CJ-5, CJ-7, or an old Wrangler, as long as it has round headlights, I’ll love it! For some reason I’ve always pictured my old Jeep being yellow (maybe because years ago I saw a yellow one that I loved), but these days I’m thinking orange would be a good alternative (partly because my two favorite sports teams – the Auburn Tigers and the SF Giants – have orange in their color scheme). I’d want the inside black and waterproof, with decent-sized tires but nothing ridiculous. And, weather permitting, I’d always be rockin’ a bikini top.
  • A Stand Up Paddle Board – Given this is far more inexpensive that the SUPaforementioned Jeep, I’ll probably have a SUP much sooner…maybe even next year. :) I’ve been SUP’ing a few times and it’s a BLAST! To me, it’s like a meditative, even spiritual form of exercise. I love it! What I haven’t done is boarded on waves. I’m sure I could get the hang of it, but it seems a LOT tougher than my paddling around the docile (but scenic) Lake Vasona in Los Gatos, California. I have learned that my big butt needs a wider, more stable board…but they’re pretty easy to find.
  • A Sweet Chopper – Boy do I want a motorcycle…I LOVE being out on the open road! It’s like manly therapy for me, and I’ve heardcustom fat boy other guys say the same. If money wasn’t a consideration, my dream bike would be an Arlen Ness Highliner like I test drive in this video. Of course if I was gonna have a bike that nice I’d have a custom paint job and a couple other things to put the finishing touches on tricking it out. The much more reasonable motorcycle option I’d go for would probably be a Harley Davidson Fat Boy. As with the Jeep, I really like to trick it out myself as opposed to buying one already fixed up. The one above is pretty freakin’ sweet! I’ve owned a crotch rocket before (a Ninja), but have only rented Harley’s. By the way, the time I rented one and road down to past Big Sur on PCH Hwy 1, and then up to Lake Tahoe, was one of the coolest ‘bucket list’ type things I’ve ever done…SO Beautiful!

That’s enough about my grown-up toy wish list. Tell me about yours!

Your friend in fitness, fun, and frivolity,

Dr Clay