Results of 21 Days of Intention

Hi all,

I’ve completed my first 21 day transformation cycle and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with myself. I have put in place some pretty good habits.  While I can’t say there have been really noticeable changes yet, I feel I’m on the right track and if I keep up with them by August I might have some real improvements to report. I’m putting a link to all the videos I released last week on youtube relating to the subject on one video so you can pick which if any subjects you are wondering about.

LINK TO OVERVIEW VIDEO of the 21 day transformation

In this series of videos I’ve mentioned a few items/products that I’ve been using so I wanted to put them in the comments so you know what I’m talking about.

During the 21 days I’ve focused on the following: Prayer, Reading the Bible, Exercise, Posture, Facial toning, Upper arm crepy skin toning.

Items I’ve been using during the 21 days that I will continue to use for a few months to see if progress is real and if it continues:

Youversion Bible app

As I mentioned I take time every morning to read the Bible. Right now I’m writing out the New Testament in long hand. I thought it would keep my mind from wondering as it sometimes does, but in fact your mind can drift even as I’m writing. So I now listen to the chapter, write it and then listen to it again. ( I will NOT be writing out the Old Testament.)

Since I’m not highlighting the Bible this round I use a FREE app on my phone that gives you multiple versions of the Bible. You can highlight a verse and save it, or compare a particular verse across the different versions, you can email verses to yourself or to someone else, you can share on social media etc. Many of the versions have an audible version associated with it.

Also on Youversion is a tab called “Plans” this is again free, and there are dozens or hundreds of plans focused on topics such as: prayer, joy, pain, depression, imagination, anger, Holy Spirit etc. Some are 2 days, another might be 3 or 21 days. The New Testament plan I’m on is a 360 day plan. It allows you to read verses that apply to a particular topic each day with a devotional type of set up. I’ve enjoyed several of them including: How to get more with Less which is about getting rid of some of your junk.

There are several on the subject of prayer that I’ve enjoyed. So check them out.

LINK TO THE VIDEO ON PROGRESS WITH ‘FACE’

Nurse Jamie Uplift Massaging tool (I got this for Christmas from one of my daughters. Can’t swear it works but in conjunction with other items I think I am see a difference in my skin, face and arms, so I’m going to keep doing it for awhile. It’s easy and feels good so will keep using for awhile anyway.

https://www.amazon.com/Nurse-Jamie-Uplift-Massaging-Beauty/dp/B01M9IJ3QV/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1530292529&sr=8-5&keywords=nurse+jamie+facial+massage+tool&dpID=31o4KNii2SL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

 

Jawzrsize Face exerciser Level One

I did buy this myself. Caution would  be if you have bridge, or cracked tooth (like I have) you might want to be careful as there is quite a bit of pressure.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4R5VY2?aaxitk=a2R5V3ph0mZAQttx2v6vdw&pd_rd_i=B01N4R5VY2&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3930100107420870094&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-top-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=facial%2Bflex&hsa_cr_id=1036553930601&th=1

 

Facial Flex kit

I bought two facial exercisers YEARS ago, could be even 10 years. I mentioned two types of facial exercise things I used as I found them both in my drawers as I was cleaning things out. One is Flexaway but I am finding I like the Facial Flex better so that’s the one I’m going to be continuing using daily for a few months. I’ll let you know what happens. (It says use 2x a day, I’ve only been using it 1x a time….we’ll see if I can bump it up to 2)

https://www.amazon.com/Facial-Flex-Facial-Exercise-Toning-Carrying/dp/B000K7J1PI/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1530292902&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=facial+flex+facial+exercise+and+toning+kit&psc=1

LINK TO MY VIDEO ON POSTURE

Inversion Table

I bought an Teter inversion table again YEARS ago, 8-10 maybe even 13 years ago. I didn’t use it for many years as I hated the feeling of being upside and blood rushing to my head. BUT I didn’t get rid of it. So recently I read so much about the benefits of the table I got mine out and tried it again. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. The one I have doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the new one. My is from the TEETER company but it’s simply a flat table of some sort of cloth and there are no ankle straps which I’d like as mine is a compression around the ankle but it sometimes hurts my ankles.

Anyway I found that if I use it first thing in the morning before I have anything to eat or drink, I don’t get that rushing feeling to my head. I use it pretty much every morning and while upside down I do my face exercises, massaging, rolling the nurse Julie tool, facial flex etc all while be in a steep incline listening to something uplifting.

 

Seconds App for timing

Another app I use every day that is FREE and on my iPhone is  called SECONDS. I set up several different timers but one of them is for when I’m on my incline table. I have it set to ding at certain intervals so I know it’s time to switch to the next exercise. I have mine set to start with 4min (for facial flex), then it goes to 1 minute dings so after my first 4 minute ding, I do left side face massage for a minute, then a ding, then I do right side face massage for a minute, then my neck, then I roll the massage tool on my left side, then right side, then lips and forehead, then neck, then left arm, then right arm etc and it all adds up to 15 minutes.

The “Seconds” app is a handy app for any time you want to a multi timer.

Pilates Pro Chair

This is the area I failed pretty miserably. At this point I can’t say I’m a fan. Granted I haven’t been on it enough to say I’ve given it a fair test and I still have it set up in my room just in case I want to try again, but I don’t like using it. I kept to my daily ‘worship walk’ of 45 minutes, but I’ve not gotten on the Pilates chair more than a few times for the past month that I’ve had it.  We’ll see how it goes in the future but for now I wish I didn’t buy it as it’s not  something I enjoy  using. (could  be just me)

Also using my YOUVERSION Bible app which I use daily in reading/writing the Bible, I found two of the Plans that come free with the app (the app is also free) that I really enjoyed. They motivated me to read two books during this 21 days that impacted me.

One is A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE by Rick Warren (which who knew I already had it on my shelf and didn’t realize I had it. I’d never read it…found it in one of my early ‘passes’ of removing things from my shelves. I really enjoyed the daily messages and the tools given to actually put some items into action.

The second book is “THE MORE OF LESS” By Joshua Becker.  It’s about getting rid of your excess stuff. After reading it I was motivated to getting rid of 1000 items in the next couple of months. I’m up to 450 without being able to look around  and see any empty spaces and admittedly before I was really having to make touch decisions. For example, in my closet I got rid of things like; a few suits I hadn’t worn easily in 10 years. They were nice suits, classic, expensive (kinda any way). I ended up giving them to the local thrift shop.

Here’s a link to the video about ‘lightening my load’.

What’s next for me?

I guess that brings you up to speed on some of my ‘doings’ over the last few weeks. I’m continuing with many of the items. I am kicking up my diet to eat more fruits than veggies the rest of the summer . I’ll be doing a video on it shortly. While I’ve been a vegan for two years I’ve eaten more rice, beans and veggies than fruits. There is a lot of info on how you can use fresh fruit and herbs to get rid of toxins in your body that have built  out over the years. So I’ve started doing short fasts and eating fruits only some days and I will  be introducing some herbs to see how my body handles it. I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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Day 25-Arrogance revisited

If i was asked what ‘theme’ stuck out at me during my first pass of the Bible earlier this year I could say without skipping a beat…God hates arrogance.

The arrogance I’m talking about isYT-TN-VEDA-Day25-Arrogance-revisited the type that when we are successful, or good things happen, we make the mistake of thinking we did it on our own instead of giving God credit.

Over and over again I saw stories of how, when times were good people, including key players, forget that God was the one who got them there. Instead they’d at best forget about him…and at worst they’d start worshiping their idols.

During my second time through I have to say I still see the verses about arrogance, maybe they don’t jump out at me quite as much as they did last time, but I still felt them pulling at me. I make sure to pray that I never allow myself to forget to be grateful to God for everything in my life like I did in the past.

 

Day 13 – Sunday…my day of rest

During my first pass of the Bible and then again in my second pass once again I see the importance God puts on everyone having a day of rest…a Sabboth.

Now I remember growing up nothing was open on Sundays. When car dealerships were thinking about opening it was a huge deal. YT-TN-VEDA-Day13-Sunday-My-Day-of-RestNow when you see places like Chic filet and Hobby Lobby still close on Sunday some people question it, they look at it as being inconvenient.

 

 

So I decided to, as best I could, consider Sunday as the Sabbath. Being in real estate admittedly will admit to checking my emails every few hours to make sure there is nothing time sensitive. But other than that I focus Sunday on God.

I don’t watch television or read anything that isn’t God-centric. It’s setting the stage for my week. I’m finding, even though i’ve only been doing it a couple of months, that it centers me and gives me a sense of peace and well being I didn’t have before.

Now I know everyone can’t set aside the entire day to focus on God, but you might consider setting aside an hour or so. You might be surprised how it makes you feel.

Day 6 – A worship walk

This is Day 6 of SSSVEDA which is doing a video every day for the month of August. My topic today is how I am combining my exercise with worship.

I’ve known for a long time that i needed to exercise but I HATE exercise and I’ve never managed to find YT-TN-VEDA-Day6-Worship-Walksomething I could stick with. So when I went to the doctors recently it was no surprise that she told me I have to get out there and exercise. She said do something you enjoy. Problem is I don’t enjoy any physical exercise (so you can imagine my kids’ surprise when a couple of years ago I told them I was going to walk the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Spain…they thought I was out of my mind) The doctor ignored me and said I needed to get out at walk an hour a day. Tell me who has an extra hour a day laying around?????

Anyway I knew she was right. At 63 it was vital I get my muscle tone back and blood pumping. So I decided I’d check out the neighborhood hiking trail. It had been over a decade since I walked around the pond and back then it wasn’t impressive. No trees to speak up and it wasn’t pretty.

Imagine my surprise when almost two weeks ago I took the walk and found it was lovely out there. This might work. Maybe I could do it a few times a week…

So I got up the next morning before sunrise (and before the 108 degree Texas weather hits) and took a walk. I had a playlist with vertical worship music (the music that talks TO God not ABOUT God) and hit the path.

To my great surprise It was lovely…peaceful, quiet and very spiritual. I use the time to pray, worship and simply…be…. I’m hoping adding the worship factor will motivate me to keep at it but only time will tell.

Now you don’t need a pond…just find your own quiet space and time and commit to your own Worship Walk….or maybe find a place in nature where you can sit and watch the sunrise…i’m telling you seeing some of the beautiful skies and being in the quiet moments in nature makes you feel closer to God even before you say a word…

DAY 4 Turning your life upside down

Change often means you have to be willing to turn your life upside down. I know it did for me anyway. In less than 12 months I’ve become a Vegan (I eat a plant based diet but most people think YT-TN-VEDA-Day4-Turned-my life-upside-downof it as being vegan) But if that wasn’t enough I made a bigger change…a change that goes to my very soul…literally. I became a Born Again Christian (A group I used to toss into one bucket and think they were self righteous prigs…or some such less than flattering description) I almost wrote that I made the decision to become a born again Christian but that isn’t correct. It’s not something you decide. When it hits you…it’s there. It’s not do I want to be this, it’s wow I’m a born again christian.

Anyway when i started the year 2016 I wanted to make changes in my life. Little did I know I was going to change some major core beliefs. But I’m glad I did and I can’t wait what the future holds.

How about you? Are you ready to turn your life upside down?

Yep I go to church

If you asked me a year and a half ago if I went to church I’d have said no…I also could have said that I’d never read even a book of the Bible and I was okay with both. Fast forward a year to summer 2016. Asked YT-Im-a-church-goerthe same thing I’d say I am going to church but I still had never picked up a Bible to read it. Fast forward to today and I consider going to church (I go to One Chapel in Kyle Texas) and the church community groups regularly AND I’m on my second pass of reading the Bible…wow what a change.

See I was ‘anti religion’, more on the New Age page of where as long as i believed in God and was a good person my salvation was assured. Now at 63 years old I have done a 180 on that. I am no longer turned off when someone tells me they are a ‘born again Christian’ or that they read the Bible, both of which were negative to me not long ago. I have been reading the Bible every day since January and reading other books and talking to other people to help me understand it better. Things have changed.

Except for talking about it on Youtube I don’t talk about my new faith yet to anyone really outside the family or people at church. I know how turned off I would have been if someone tried to talk to me about their ‘new faith’ only a few months ago, but I’m working up to that. For now I’m getting my foundation solid then we’ll see how I feel. The Bible is clear about spreading the word…but I guess I’m hanging my hat on the fact that you have to know it before you spread it…

Today’s sermon at church the subject of the Holy Spirit was discussed. Now this is probably my biggest Ah Hah in reading the Bible. I knew who the Holy Spirit was, or I thought I kind a did, I even had memorized prayers that mentioned him in them. But I never got the impression He was a key player in faith and prayer. After my first reading of the Bible I have searched out my reading and info about the Holy Spirit as it’s clear that He is critical in someone who is trying to deepen their faith.

I’ll come back and add Bible verses mentioned in today’s sermon later but for now I wanted to get the video ‘out there’.

thanks and I hope you are on your own faith journeys…it’s quite a ride.

My juggling update June 2017

I thought it was time for a Juggling Update. (In case you want to see where i started check the link below and go to the end…I might not be able to juggle but I really have improved…)

No I haven’t managed to keep the balls upYT-Juggling-June-2017 in the air even a minute yet but I am seeing improvement which is encouraging me to keep at it. I’m committed to finishing what I started because I don’t want to have another thing to add to my list of things that I started but didn’t complete.

It’s not a big thing but I think when I can juggle several rounds consistently I’ll feel I did manage to do something even though it wasn’t easy. So my question to you…Have you learned something new lately? It doesn’t matter what it is…it can be speaking a new language, learning an instrument, learning a new video game…any time you learn something new you are creating new pathways in the brain and the more of them you have the easier it is to learn new things AND heaven forbid if you ever have a brain injury or start losing some neuro pathways you have more to work with. Anyway here is one of the earlier juggling videos so I can prove that I have improved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WompBW9OKts