My Simple Morning

On your mark, get set, SNOOZE BUTTON!

Snooze

That is how I typically would start my day.  I’ve had times where I have been disciplined enough to get up and workout.  Here lately that has not been the case.  Being a dad of 3 daughters with full time job, rec soccer coach, taxi driver, husband, volunteer, husband, ect…  Making time for exercise has moved to the back burner.  As I look back at the times when I have be consistent with exercise, I have to ask myself, what was different.  The answer….  A ROUTINE.  Nothing over complex or complicated, but a simple, planned routine.

Trying to figure out where and how to start is the hardest part!

Over the next few weeks, I will introduce the “My Simple Morning” plan that, for busy parents (or anyone who needs a simple plan), will help you create a routine.  You will learn about the 3 C’s of a simple morning!

A morning without a plan is like a day without a purpose! tweet this

The best part is it takes 12 minutes.  Just 12 minutes!! 12 minutes to become more focused, energized and thankful. Can just 12 minutes change your day?

Stay tuned to find out!!

Never Stop Starting!!!

Heard a great statement today at church. We had a guest preacher who was probably near 80 years old and he issued a challenge to “Never Stop Starting”. 

   The nature of the challenge was to not let the success of our past be the thing that defines us but we have to keep starting everyday.  

  I love that. As someone who has been in sales and management for years, these positions start over every month with being measured. (Example…You exceed your goal for September, great, Now do the same in October.) 

So  what can you apply this to?

-faith

-family

-work

-exercise

NEVER STOP STARING!!

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished!

Wether your a hunter like me, or you can find some other reason to get in the woods (camping, bird watching). Whatever your reason, just find an opportunity to unplug and get in the woods.  Here are a couple of quotes that will help in explaining better than I can:

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. Anne Frank

Here is a video of a recent trip to the woods. If this does make you feel a little less stressed, not sure what will. 

  

Shave like my Grandad!

I remember being a little guy watching my grandad shave, and he always used a razor that was different than my dads.  I know it was different, but it wasnt until about a year ago, that I really understood why.  Being a 4 or 5 blade guy for years, I finally made the plunge into to world of the Safety Razor.  After doing some research, about blades, type of brushes and type of soap to use, I am now officially a safety razor shaver.  Nothing makes you feel more manly than whipping up a hot lather in your cup, and applying the soap to your face.  The advantage, besides the clean feel from the safety razor, is the price is minimal compared to the 4 and 5 blade cartridges.  To top it off, I finish up with some old school   

Clubman Pinaud aftershave which has one of the best reviews I’ve ever seen on Amazon whih is pictured below.  

  

 

So, do yourself a favor and  “man up” and start shaving like a real man.

Shop Amazon for all of your Safety Razor needs.

Official Man Day (unofficially)👍

Yesterday was one of those great days.  Not only did I get to spend time in the woods, I was able to fellowship with a great friend. To add even more to it, we built a deer stand for the upcoming season. One negative was the nest of yellow jackets that left me with 6 stings.  There is something peaceful about spending time in the woods. For me, part of getting connected with manliness, is being in nature. Our world is covered up with technology, activities, and well….life. An interesting quote I heard lately was:

We are running through life to sleep!

Most days I feel like that is true. Especially as a #threedaughterdad. But when you get to spend time in the woods, build something with you hands, these are the moments when time and hurry are not thoughts that enter my mind.   

View from a tree!  

DEER Stand big enough for two.

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YELLOW JACKET NEST in the ground. OUCH!  
  

So…….  If all of the above wasn’t enough, one of my threedaughters wanted to set up the tent and camp. So that’s what we did. Set up the tent, built a fire and this is the view we woke up to.  Again, nature=relaxing. 
 

5×5 Strong Lift App review 

Started using this a few weeks ago and really like the concept behind it. It Is a heavy lift regemin using 5 sets and 5 reps per set. I don’t use it all the time but there are times when I travel that I have limited time so it works well in those instances. It is also nice to mix up the routine every now and then with some heavy lifting. 

Available on the App Store for iPhone. 

  

Diy Microwave popcorn

An easy and healthier option for microwave popcorn. All you need is a paper sack (lunch style) popcorn kernels, olive oil and salt.  Grab your paper bag and let’s get started. 

  
Gather your supplies. To make it simple I grabbed a 1/3 measuring cup from the measuring cup and spoon organizer from a previous blog. 

  
Next is a 1/2 Table spoon. 

  
Fill the 1/3 cup with kernels. 

  
Pour in the bag

  
Add the oil 

  
Fold over twice

  
Place in Microwave

  
Set timer for 2:00 (give or take a minute depending on your microwave)

  
Listen for the kernels to slow popping and your ready to serve. 

   
 
Add some salt to taste!!

Delicious and easy microwave popcorn. 

Enjoy!!!

DIY Tricep Pushdown

Check out my easy DIY Tricep pushdown system. Simple to make and effective.  A few eye screws, carribeaners, and pullies.  Grab some 500lb capacity rope and your set.  The carribeaners and pullies are all weight rated above any weight that I would use from a system like this.  The end opposite the handle has another carribeaner that goes around the handle of a dumbell or kettelbell and clips back to the rope.  As with paracord, I always burn the ends of the cut rope to keep it from fraying.  
   
 

KIND BARS Copycat-Nut Delight

I found several easy recipes for a DIY KIND BAR Nut Delight. Easy to make and turned out really good.  I used this recipe

http://www.theyummylife.com/recipes/323

I altered it a little so I could use what I had on hand  but they turned out great.  

I used 3 1/2 cup of the raw mixed (unsalted) nuts from Target.  Remember to toast the nuts for 10 minutes on 350.   

I Used 1/2 Cup of Fibre One pictured below instead of puffed rice.   

I didn’t have brown rice Syrup so I used Light Karo and Honey heated to 260 degrees.     

Here is the finished product. They are a hit with the whole family.  Simple to make. Took about 20 minutes total with the majority of that time being spent heating and stirring the syrup/honey mixture.   Wrap them individually in wax paper and twist the ends like a tootsie roll for a transportable healthy snack.   

   

Buffalo Cauliflower

You may be thinking, don’t you mean Buffalo Wings?  The American favorite!  Nope…  I mean Buffalo Cauliflower.  Saw this recipe on Buff Dudes website and had to try it. I love a good fried buffalo wing as much as anybody but trying to be healthy and control fat and calorie intake I had to give this a try. The verdict…..

Really good.    There are some alternative recipes with flour and butter which would give it a crispier finish, but I was trying to keep it as natural as possible.  I used a Mild Buffalo wing sauce at my coating.  Click below for recipe.  


http://www.buffdudes.net/2015/02/healthy-cauliflower-buffalo-wings-recipe.html