Monday update for the new week

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So today is Monday and I like most Americans was back to work.  I got up early to clean up some dishes and straighten up the apartment a little.  Doing this helps me feel motivated and productive.  I was able to break out some task and set my pace for the day. I think it’s really important to make small wins especially in the morning.

It always helps me when I’m feeling a little sluggish to get up and be active. Of course when I say active I mean just get up and get a couple things accomplished.  It doesn’t help that accomplishment can be found in laundry and baking. You know, when you do something for 5 minutes and then sit waiting for 30 to 45 minutes for something to finish.

That makes going to the gym a challenge.  Growing up on a farm you learn that running is to get away from a charging animal. It’s puzzling to sometimes to see people push themselves so hard at the gym or to see people running Marathons. A marathon is 26.3 miles. I mean really? Running 26.3 miles is about the equivalent of the drive we had to make to get to town when I was growing up as a kid.

Another good thing that came out of this morning is organizing.  I had a pile of mail on the table that I hadn’t completely gone through. So I went through the pile and threw away half of it. All the mail seems to be to just pile up.  I mean why is there so MUCH junk mail? People must respond to it and so the companies find value in it. I wish they would stop.  You think there’s a service to a list to get on to get that to stop?

Hey ask the all might internet and ye shall receive.  So there’s a site dedicated to reducing junk mail. I took a quick look and credit card offers is one of the things they call out. I know I get plenty of that kind of stuff.  Again there must be a big payoff in order to justify send out all those offers.

Check it out:  https://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail

So part of my new years goals was to eat healthier.  So for dinner I had some frozen burritos, fresh salsa and black beans. I made sure to eat more of the black beans so that I wouldn’t be tempted to eat more of the burritos. That kind of the direction I’ve gone. If I’m going to overeat something it’s going to be a vegetable. I need to drink more water too. I don’t really thirst so it makes it difficult.  I can sit all evening and not drink one drop of liquid.  Not ONE DROP I tell you.

I also went to the gym.  That’s important! I think in terms of weight lifting we did biceps and triceps today.  I’m bad about that.  I don’t really pay attention. Then we did 30 minutes of cardio. I’m not setting the world on fire but I made it to the gym and did exercise.

So that’s post is all over the place but I wrote over 500 words!  Again it’s all about habits and repeating those actions over and over again. Creating a new habit can be hard. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. So take the small win.

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While driving home today, holy cow!

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I leave work at 5 PM normally.  So it’s the height of rush hour here.  The freeway is packed with cars and it’s kind of a stop and go situation.  Tonight driving home I drove up to find a bull/steer standing along the freeway.  I had a good laugh over that for sure.  As I thought about it I started thinking someone probably should call it in to the highway patrol. Then of course I thought why don’t I do that. I called 911 and the officer who answered started taking my report and when we got to ‘what’s the object in the road?’ … I respond ‘a cow’. Of course we already know I thought it was pretty funny. The police officer on the phone sounded surprised but also she heard someone else in the office talking about the cow.  We wrapped up the call pretty quickly but I’m sure tons of people were freaking out. Maybe people thought the cow was going to run out in the freeway.

So since we’re on the topic of livestock.  I read these articles regarding a program going on in prisons where the inmates help train while horses.  I was pretty impressed by that as they can be dangerous and they aren’t doing traditional breaking.  These guys are “gentling” the horses.  Which has a lot to do with earning the trust of the horse. So these guys are on the farm taking care of the horses 24 X 7.  As you can imagine many of these guys don’t have a long temper and those working with these horses can be a real challenge because it doesn’t instantly happen.

Programs like these are located in California, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada and Wyoming. These horses are managed or fall under the purview of the Bureau of Land Management.  The Bureau deals with the mustang population as well as wild burros in the western states. It’s been estimated in the New York Times article that after the 2017 season there may be as many as 86,000 mustangs or burros.  In the New York Times article is mentions that the ranch in Carson City Nevada has UP TO 2,000 horses corralled at any one time.

I thought the other thing I read which was interesting is that the program auctions off the horses they train.  So this would help subsidize the cost of feeding and training the horses.  When they have these auctions sometimes the inmates put on an impromptu rodeo and ride the horses in front of the crowd to show off the results of their training.  The record for one of these horses is $15,000.

It made me feel good that something good came out of this program.  Rehabilitation of inmates is something people don’t believe in many times.  Here’s an exactly of a program that’s working. It would be interesting to see if any of these men end up back in the system after going through this program.

For more information you can check out these two articles.

Prison inmates taming wild horses are learning how to handle themselves By Harry Smith – 

https://www.today.com/pets/prison-inmates-taming-wild-horses-are-learning-how-handle-themselves-t120889

Wild Horses and the Inmates Who ‘Gentle’ Them  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/fashion/mens-style/prison-horses-rehabilitation-gentling.html

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Starting a new year

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Hi everyone, just opening up the browser to start a new behavior in the new year.  That’s the hardest thing, right?  To start a new behavior is very challenging.  So we’ll see how this goes.

There are always things we want to do each new year.  Sometimes we can meet those challenges and actually change our daily behaviors.  Even something as simple as writing can be a real challenge because we’re connected to the internet and it is SO easy to get distracted.  It’s happened twice already in just writing this short amount.

So let’s see, some things I’ve been thinking about that I’m going to put in writing.

  1. Learn to be more positive (I’m a pretty happy go lucky guy…)
  2. Read more (got to find a topic/author I get into)
  3. Write more (just write, don’t get hung up on what, right?)
  4. Learn to focus more and get distracted less (WOW?!?)
  5. Be more organized (unclutter my life and learn that boxes and list aren’t a bad thing)

So let’s address why I think I should focus on these 5 things.

  1. Learn to be more positive

I’m a pretty go lucky guy but with everything that’s going on in the news, but it can be really difficult to keep a positive outlook.  We have a president who doesn’t support my views and he’s regularly attacking people on Twitter.  There’s been 4 or 5 major natural disasters in the past 6 months. (is that right?) Not to mention other news from different countries on Earth.

2)  Read more

Wow, I think this is just something that’s been slipping away from most people for decades. It seems like it’s not being encouraged in a manner that’s really encouraging. From other events going on in our country, it seems as though people don’t read and expand their view of the world. I guess I don’t want to say this but ‘the dumbing down of America’. is how it appears.

3)  Write more

This is something I view as an exercise for the brain.  By writing, I’m challenging my brain in a be creative and analytical. It takes a couple brain cells to come up with new topics and be able to put those in writing. If I can put at least 500 words down, that will be a mild goal really.  If we recorded everything we say in a day I’m sure it’s probably 10X 500 words in writing.

4)  Learn to focus more and get distracted less

This one is going to be a challenge. Doing just this post I ended up on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and did laundry. Taking the time to focus on 1 particular item is again something people are doing less and less.  When the prime advertisement is only 30 seconds or a YouTube only last 3 to 5 minutes … that’s got to say something. This will improve the brain as well.

5)  Be more organized

This is going to be a real challenge. If you’re organized that means you know what’s going on and have a realistic view of what needs to be done. WOW! Again it will help the brain and focusing on 1 particular action could change my life. I try to keep my closets clean and not many things around that its becomes clutter rather than decor. This applies to finances and so many other things as well.

So there we have it.  That’s what I wanted to get off my chest and burn a couple brains cells today.

Oh, I almost forgot…

Made in the USA … I found this company today that makes jeans in Chicago.  Check out DearbornDenim.us today to see what they have to offer. For some Americans, these jeans will be too expensive but for those of us who can afford them … think about buying some jeans. Use the link above or go to http://rwrd.io/pteqsfc to 10$ off of your jeans.

Have a great day everyone!

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