Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

Can You Say Merry Christmas?

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This post is a bit stream of consciousness and a bit reflection.  I was out Christmas shopping today, people were pleasant enough but not once did anyone say Merry Christmas, not once did anyone say Happy Holiday’s, it was kind of sad.  It didn’t make me sad, it just seemed sad.  Have we become so disconnected or are we so afraid of offending someone?  I wished everyone a Merry Christmas that I spoke with today and the majority reacted surprised but happy.  The only note of Christmas Spirit I have seen so far has been in two Salvation Army red bucket collectors.  One was so filled with the Spirit of Christmas that he still has me smiling more than a day later.  Why?  He was standing in the cold, singing Christmas/Religious songs, opening the door for people and wishing them a good day.  He had such an impact I almost wonder if he was an Angel to be able to impart such goodwill in such a casual way.  I hope everyone gets to experience that this season, but it will never happen if we don’t share a little cheer with each other.  Then while reflecting on these happenings I saw this video (see below) which has nothing to do with Christmas, it is actually an advertisement, it does give pause to the idea that even the smallest gesture can have an enormous impact.

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgzim5m7oU[/tube]

Remember that Merry Christmas is not reserved for the day or so around Dec. 25th, it the greeting we use during this season to say hello and goodbye, to help us remember the reason for the season and to spread good cheer.

May the Blessing of this season be upon you, Merry Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Halloween

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Save the Treats!

This Halloween support the local Treat Strike as a way of not eating candy and junk food.  Everyone love Halloween candy but does the candy really love you?  (even though Halloween isn’t a real holiday) Halloween begins the Holiday season which brings with it a plethora of foods and goodies that are anything but helpful to your training or your waistline.  Moderation is the key, however, when it comes to sweets there is a certain addictive quality which makes our bodies crave more and more.  Anyone who has cut sugar and sweets from their diet for a time and then had some can attest to this.  So perhaps this season you can start out right by supporting the Treats and respecting their Strike!

 

Fact of the Day: Confucius

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Confucius (551-479 BC) was a famous philosopher and teacher who lived in China nearly 2,500 years ago. His teachings were based on treating others in the same way as you treat yourself. He believed that peace and harmony are achieved by avoiding drastic action or wild thinking. He taught wisdom, love, courage, care, respect, and unselfishness. The Chinese and many other people have followed his doctrines for centuries. Confucius is the Latinized name of Kung-futzu. September 28 is still widely observed in East Asia as Confucius’ birthday. It is an official holiday, “Teachers’ Day,” in Taiwan.

Goals & Resolutions

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A few days ago most of us made some type of resolution for the new year.  You may not admit it to anyone but it is there in the back of your mind, something you’d like to change or do different this year.  Call them Goals or Resolutions they equate to the same thing, a struggle with yourself, often a battle of endurance which requires willpower!  The most common resolutions focus on our personal selves, weight loss, getting into shape, attaining our next belt, other involve our careers or station in life, we will focus on the former here but what we will look at applies to both.  The problem with the resolutions most of us make is, they require hard work and effort.  Let’s face it if they didn’t we wouldn’t need things called resolutions or goals!

I don’t normally go in for a bunch of motivational gimmicks but I found this one that actually makes sense, SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely
    (Get more in-depth details about Smart Goals here)

Basically this boils down a combination of “keep it simple stupid” and “being realistic and truthful”.  You can’t change if you set unrealistic goals, like I am going to loose 50 lbs next week, that is setting yourself up for failure, which if simply an excuse not to try.  I have known so many people who take this path, actually everyone takes this path eventually if they are not truthful with themselves.  We can learn a lot from addicts in this regard since it is easier to deny the problem then to deal with the problem.

So how do we get on track with our diet and fitness resolutions?  First keep reading this blog!  Secondly take the baby step method, I remember watching this in the old movie “What About Bob”.  You know what, it makes sense.  Break your bigger goal into achievable smaller goals, take small steps.  It may take longer to achieve your goal but the results will be lasting.  Nothing leads to short gains and long term losses then fad diets and an excessive ‘must have it now’ mentality.  The catch here is to make the goals achievable but useful, don’t be so easy on yourself that you aren’t moving towards your goal!  If you are trying to lose weight and you didn’t lose any last week, don’t have the attitude, “well at least I didn’t gain any!”  If you do, you will be saying “well at least I only gained a pound this week” before you know it.  Be honest with yourself but not easy!  This is training, no wimps allowed!!

I will leave you with this interesting study at the University of Hertfordshire which showed that the people most successful at keeping their New Year’s Resolutions did at least three of the following things:

  • broke their goal into smaller steps
  • rewarded themselves when they achieved one of these
  • told their friends about their goals
  • focused on the benefits of success
  • kept a diary of their progress.

There you have it, simple advice that will hopefully help you achieve your goals, regardless of when you set them…unless…

but you’re not that deluded…are you?

Happy New Year!!

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Goodbye 2010

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May we look forward with hope and anticipation,
not back with longing and regret.

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!!

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[zdvideo width=”400″ height=”226″]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/MerryChristmasHappyHolidays-Mickey.flv[/zdvideo]

‘Tis the Season

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During this busy time of year we often forget the simple things that are most important, love, charity, and kindness to name a few.  This is the one time of year we are supposed to remember these things above all others, unless you are a Scrooge!  The following video is awesome because it demonstrates the joy we should feel and the way the season should move each of us.

[zdvideo width=”400″ height=”226″]http://karatetraining.org/weblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ChristmasFoodCourtFlashMob-HallelujahChorus.flv[/zdvideo]

One question, if you were in the crowd, would you have stood and joined in or would you leave the singing to the professionals?

Day of the Ninja

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It is the Official Day of the Ninja so don’t forget to send some darts, shurikens, or wishes to your favorite Ninja.

Two of my favorite Ninja-toons: