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BeAwesome: #332 4 Things I’ve Learned From Rocky
Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!… You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life.
I am not a huge fan of movies. I try to catch a flick if the buzz is worthy. I try to look in on what the public is saying about a film. I also try to think for my overall interest and self when deciding what to watch or pay for. Ideally, I could care less about movies. But I do appreciate a good film that is well produced and directed.
Recently I’ve taken a time capsule into the 80’s-90’s, and found some of my all time favorite fighting movies. Now don’t get me wrong, I am far from a violent person, but do enjoy a good action film once in a while. I have to tell you the 80’s-90s are full of great films and actors.
Without any debate, I decided to watch Rocky II, which turned into Rocky III, which turned into Rocky IV (Sylvester Stallone). I was easily interested at the very beginning of Rocky II. The theme music and words of inspiration automatically hit my eyes and ears at first glance. I forgot about the hidden messages about love, heart ache and pain, the inspiration in following your dreams, working hard and being motivated. I forgot about a great film and production.
As I watched Rocky II, I started to think about the conversations he (Rocky) would have with the other co-stars during the film: Apollo Creed (Friend/Champion), Adrian (Girlfriend) & Mickey Goldmill (Trainer). These were individuals Rocky would always talk to/or about. If you really take in on the conversations and feelings that were played out during the film, you could start to think of the lessons to be learned from watching the film. I took in 3 Rocky films and this is what I learned from each relationship:
Rocky & Apollo Creed:
Rocky III: Nobody owes nobody nothin’. You owe yourself.
Besides from being the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World and given nicknames such as, The King of Sting, The Master of Disaster, The Prince of Punch, Mr. Creed played a vital role in Rocky’s success as a character (physically & mentally). If you watched the early years of Rocky, you know the underlining of these two characters. In short: Apollo beats Rocky in a spilt decision in Rocky I, and in Rocky II, Rocky win’s in knockout fashion. Through the two films (Particularly Rocky II) you start to see a sense of respect from each fighter. The hard work and dedication between two professional athletes show as they embrace in a fight that means so much more than a belt or a status.
Apollo retired from boxing after the fight, and credited Rocky for his work ethic and hard-fought battles. Balboa and Creed instantly became friends, and Creed decided to help Rocky win in Rocky III.
Friendships should never be taken for granted. You may fight with each other. You may knock each other down. You may even make each other bleed and feel really bad about one another, but even if these things happen, you must understand that friendships are built and created through fight and struggle. Friends hold together because of these experiences. Never lose a friend because of a silly fight. Always remember that the person, the human, the individual is more important.
Rocky & Mickey Goldmill
Rocky IV: Going in one more round when you don’t think you can – that’s what makes all the difference in your life.
Mickey managed a gym. Rocky was a regular face in his open space at the time at a local boxing club. From the very beginning, when know one thought Rocky would be anything, Mickey knew all along. He eventually, approached Rocky about being his manager. From day one, Mickey was Rocky’s number one supporter. Motivating him when he never thought he could do something. Pushing him to levels everyone else in the world thought he would never reach.
In Rocky III, Mickey becomes ill from a fall. Rocky loses a fight, and loses his mentor and father figure in Mickey. Later Rocky defeats his former opponent in respects to Mickey’s death.
The importance of having a mentor or someone who can guide/help you through life is important. You may think you are super (man or woman) but you are not. Even those with who have the greatest talent need guidance and help with their craft or journey. The art of listening to others and allowing others to speak is becoming non-existent. We think we can do it all by ourselves. Listening to others and taking criticism is a part of life. It is how we learn and become better people. Having a mentor or someone you can talk to does not make you less of a person. It simply means you are open-minded and able to listen and apply suggestions from others.
Rocky & Adrian
Rocky IV: I guess what I’m trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change.
Adrian was a close friend of Rocky who simply worked at a pet shop. In Rocky II, Adrian and Rocky would tie the knot and marry. They had a son name Rocky Jr. Over the course of their relationship, they manage to overcome struggles together; Adrian’s pregnancy, Rocky’s fights and lavish life and many other decisions made together between the two.
In Rocky IV, Adrian became a source of stability for Rocky though she never enjoyed the act of fighting. She continued to support and encourage him to do well during each and every fight.
A relationship can mean a lot to an individual. It does not have to be intimate to be a successful relationship. Throughout life we need individuals to keep us grounded. Individuals who will tell us the things our friends and family are scared to say. Everyone needs a boy they can talk to. Everyone needs a girl they can speak with. Relationships are what you make them into. You have the power to make all relationships successful. Having people you can sincerely trust and rely on is important. It gives the person a sense of comfort when speaking or exploring ideas. A good friend is something everyone needs. If you want one, you should start by being one.
Rocky is about facing your fears and pushing yourself to the limit. Creating long-lasting relationships and understanding what it takes to be successful.
Inspiration from the #Rock:
BeAwesome: #330 Why Writing A Journal Is Important
Sometimes we need to express our thoughts. We have so much to say and no one to tell it to. Sometimes a friend is not what you are looking for. Sometimes our mom and dad are not the ears we want to express our feelings to. Sometimes your thoughts need to written instead of spoken. Here is why a writing in a journal is important:
Talk about yourself:
Who doesn’t like to toot their own horn (Talk about yourself) once in a while? A side from being cocky or full of yourself, you should be able to praise some aspects of “you” every day. We often forget that this is an important part of mental health. In your journal should reflect on how life is going, the people around you, the past and things you love most. It is an open book for you to talk about experiences and “you”. You should always be able to find something positive about your self in your journal.
A journal is a great place to write down your goals and accomplishments. It can also be used as a schedule. For starters, you can write the things you want to complete in a day, week, month and eventually a year. A long with planning, a journal should also be used for goal setting. Making a list of things you want to accomplish is important, and should be used as a reminder for everyone.
Hold yourself accountable for what you write in your journal. Your journal should be a place were you tell the truth. Writing down what you truly believe will allow you to make a bigger and more realistic picture of what you want. With that, it will help you figure out how and what you need to do to get there as well.
Writing a journal today is more than, talking about a girlfriend or a boyfriend. It is not about gossip or telling yourself how much you hate your best friend, teacher or coworker. Writing a journal is about relaxing your mind. Taking you away from your normal life and writing. Writing about what makes you feel good. How things are going. What you can do to make your life more pleasurable. Journal writing is about finding you. Finding different interest. Finding what that makes you smile. Of course it can be used for sad and angry times of your life, but remember: All negative things in life should be used to motivate you in a positive light.
Be a Writer
BeAwesome: #327 Thoughts About Yourself
Because of fast trends, music, pop culture and people who our world is built around. Celebrities. Videos. Commercials. Technology. Social Media. We now allow all of these things to control who we are and what we do. We change when they change. We eat what they eat. We watch what they watch. We forget about our own image and thoughts. Even our own feelings. As an individual in the world, we need to realize that we are special too. We do not have to be rock stars to be special to someone.
When you wake up in the morning, and brush your teeth, get in the shower and eat breakfast, tell your self “ I love you”. We go days, weeks and even months and years, without having the conversation with ourselves. An important part of self-worth, and confidence is believing that you are special. Every day we will encounter someone or something that tries to make you feel inferior. You need to build your confidence so these moments are used as positives instead of negatives. Negative things are so beneficial to us, but we never realize and understand them until it is too late.
Loving yourself is agreeing that what you see and what you do, and who you are is what the world wants and needs. If you change that (because) of what others say, you are not being true to yourself. People give suggestions. People help change lives. But deep down you need to figure things out for yourself. You need to want to do it. And want to be whom you see in the mirror everyday. What can you do to remind yourself about your worth?
- Write down 5 things you love about yourself
- Name 5 things you are proud of
- Make a funny face and take a picture (frame it)
- Ask a best friend to write you a letter explaining why you are both friends
- Smile more
I can’t run the fastest
I can’t swim the sea
I can’t type the quickest but
I love being me
I can’t kick a ball
or even climb a tree
I can’t roll in the grass but
I still love being me
You see, this is my life
as others would see they
don’t know what it’s like
to really be me
So next time I’m about
rolling down the street
don’t think of me disabled
but someone cool to meet
I have lots I can teach you
I have loads I can share
you will never gain my wisdom
if you just point and stare
So maybe I can’t run the fastest
maybe I can’t kick a ball
but I wouldn’t change being me
not for you, not at all
BeAwesome: #320 Top 5 Fist Pumps of All-Time
Throughout history the fist pump has become a popular way to express ones emotion. These emotions are usually positive. The fist pump is a tool to inspire or encourage great action, acts or involvement in an occasion. It is a celebratory gesture in which your fist is raised in your own particular manner. Your body’s adrenaline is racing through your veins like a Nascar. Your heart is beating like an African drum. Enthusiasm. Excitement. Energetic. What is your fist pump? What get’s you excited to do more? Be more? Work harder? Strive for greatness at what you do. Find your fist pump and start changing the world.
Here are the top 5 fist pumps of all time:
Martin Luther King Jr
Watch and listen to the video R.I.P MLK
Fast forward to 3:20
The best basketball player to ever play the game. Need I say more? Sure why not. 5 NBA Regular Season MVP. 6 NBA Championships. 6 NBA Finals MVP. 10 NBA First Team. 9 NBA All Defensive Team. 1 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Get my point?
Say what you want about Tiger, but when it is all said and done, Mr. Woods will go down as the greatest golfer to ever play the game. PGA Tour Wins: 77, European Tour Wins: 39 Japan Golf Tour Wins: 2 (to name a few)
Over the past couple of years, Sidney Crosby has been criticized for taking time from hockey and dealing with nagging concussion like symptoms. I know it is a short season (2013) but Mr. Crosby is the Offensive Point Leader so far with 53(As of March 28th/2013). The Pittsburgh Penguins are also the best team in the Eastern Conference. Not to mention The Kids awards: 1 Stanley Cup. 1 Art Ross. 1 Lester B. And the list goes on and on.
Miss Williams owns 18 Grand Slam Single titles, amongst many more. With this type of resume, Serena has the right to “come on” and fist pump up and down the clay, carpet and grass when suited up for action. (Sorry Sloane Stephens).
Note: Tommie Smith should have been mentioned in this blog as well
Find your fist pump and work it to perfection. All the greats have one;-)
Dear Normal People,
I am sorry I am not like you. I am sorry I cannot go through life with a normal schedule and set plan. I apologize. I am sorry for being myself. Doing what I want and following my dreams. I apologize. I am sorry. I am sorry for not publishing my relationship status on facebook. I will be sure to update you on my love life very soon. I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry that I enjoy time alone. Reading or Writing. I know that is strange so I am sorry. I apologize. Sorry for wanting to see the world and explore different cultures and backgrounds. I am aware that this may change my view on life, so I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for praying every morning before I go to school. I know you do not understand why I do this, so I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for being a teacher. I know males are not supposed to teach, so I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for being black and and wanting to be successful. I know you see the world in one color so I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for being motivated and trying to learn. Gather more information about life and how to treat people. I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry you do not see my view on life. Being nice to people and believing in yourself. Taking chances and making mistakes. I am sorry. I apologize. I am sorry for liking Disney. And for eating lots of junk food. I am sorry. I am sorry I do not smoke and know longer drink. I know I ruined the party. So I am sorry. I apologize. I know this letter is getting long so I will stop now, I am sorry.
You should never have to apologize for who you are. If you find yourself doing so, STOP. You are allowing others to define you. How you should talk.What you should wear.The things you should do. Everyone is not going to like you. Unfortunately this is how life works. Find the common ground between the person in the mirror and who you present on a daily basis. Be yourself. Stop caring about what others think. Find all the reasons in the world to love yourself. Be a weirdo. Be different. It is okay. Follow your mind but take your heart with you.
So I was talking with a couple guys today and it kind of dawned on me that there needs to be a more in-depth conversation on carbs with you. We all know how I feel about carbs, and for more information you can view my previous blog (if you haven’t I recommend you do before reading this, but you won’t have to) by clicking here! But today let’s explain it a little bit further, and better yet, let’s start looking at food in this way so we ensure a healthy diet, great healthy weight loss and lean muscle gains!
Before we start! I do not go completely carb free. This is one huge mistake people can make. Yes it is true that it does lead to quicker weight loss, but you will also put weigh back on quickly when you start eating carbs again (one major pitfall of the atkins diet). This can lead to yo-yo dieting and much less safe alternative. I often recommend low carb diets that incorporate slow carbs with low GI numbers. You can have carb free days, but there are some days you need slow carbs to be incorporated ESPECIALLY if you don’t take a cheat day.
I will quickly give you the summary of carbs. Unlike what you might think, fat rarely makes you fat, but it is rather carbs that make people fat. Carbs are things like Bread, Pasta, Candy and sugars. When you eat foods like this you put your body into fat storing mode and open up pathways for these nutrients to become love handles. They do this by spiking your insulin levels which in turn activates a compound called GLUT 4 which is basically the guy holding the doorway to tubby town. Take note, carbs are drastically different in terms of quality. Many foods are given a Glysemix Index (GI) number, and this will essentially rank food as a bad carb. It’s simple, A bad carb will have a high GI number and load. A healthier carb will have a low GI number and load.Keep in mind these are easy small changes from things like white rice to brown rice that can drastically increase your weight loss. Not to mention that low GI foods make you feel full longer, and you will eat less!
Below you will find a chart provided by Harvard that works great for evaluating foods! If you see foods that aren’t here try googling them, product’s GI numbers are relatively easy to find for almost any food! Thanks Harvard!
Note: white bread (~ 70) is known for being fairly awful. Aim for foods with at least a lower GI number than this with the ideal being around 50 or less. Take notice also of nuts and beans being awesome carb sources for diets (~30)
*For anyone dealing with blood sugar issues or is a diabetic, you should always consult your doctor before adjusting your carbohydrate levels.
|FOOD||Glycemic index (glucose = 100)||Serving size (grams)||Glycemic load per serving|
|BAKERY PRODUCTS AND BREADS|
|Banana cake, made with sugar||47||60||14|
|Banana cake, made without sugar||55||60||12|
|Sponge cake, plain||46||63||17|
|Vanilla cake made from packet mix with vanilla frosting (Betty Crocker)||42||111||24|
|Apple, made with sugar||44||60||13|
|Apple, made without sugar||48||60||9|
|Waffles, Aunt Jemima (Quaker Oats)||76||35||10|
|Bagel, white, frozen||72||70||25|
|Baguette, white, plain||95||30||15|
|Coarse barley bread, 75-80% kernels, average||34||30||7|
|50% cracked wheat kernel bread||58||30||12|
|White wheat flour bread||71||30||10|
|Wonder™ bread, average||73||30||10|
|Whole wheat bread, average||71||30||9|
|100% Whole Grain™ bread (Natural Ovens)||51||30||7|
|Pita bread, white||68||30||10|
|Coca Cola®, average||63||250 mL||16|
|Fanta®, orange soft drink||68||250 mL||23|
|Lucozade®, original (sparkling glucose drink)||95±10||250 mL||40|
|Apple juice, unsweetened, average||44||250 mL||30|
|Cranberry juice cocktail (Ocean Spray®)||68||250 mL||24|
|Orange juice, unsweetened||50||250 mL||12|
|Tomato juice, canned||38||250 mL||4|
|BREAKFAST CEREALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS|
|Coco Pops™, average||77||30||20|
|Cream of Wheat™ (Nabisco)||66||250||17|
|Cream of Wheat™, Instant (Nabisco)||74||250||22|
|Instant oatmeal, average||83||250||30|
|Puffed wheat, average||80||30||17|
|Raisin Bran™ (Kellogg’s)||61||30||12|
|Special K™ (Kellogg’s)||69||30||14|
|Pearled barley, average||28||150||12|
|Sweet corn on the cob, average||60||150||20|
|White rice, average||89||150||43|
|Quick cooking white basmati||67||150||28|
|Brown rice, average||50||150||16|
|Converted, white rice (Uncle Ben’s®)||38||150||14|
|Whole wheat kernels, average||30||50||11|
|COOKIES AND CRACKERS|
|Rice cakes, average||82||25||17|
|Rye crisps, average||64||25||11|
|DAIRY PRODUCTS AND ALTERNATIVES|
|Ice cream, regular||57||50||6|
|Ice cream, premium||38||50||3|
|Milk, full fat||41||250mL||5|
|Milk, skim||32||250 mL||4|
|Reduced-fat yogurt with fruit, average||33||200||11|
|Peach, canned in light syrup||40||120||5|
|Pear, canned in pear juice||43||120||5|
|BEANS AND NUTS|
|Baked beans, average||40||150||6|
|Blackeye peas, average||33||150||10|
|Chickpeas, canned in brine||38||150||9|
|Navy beans, average||31||150||9|
|Kidney beans, average||29||150||7|
|Soy beans, average||15||150||1|
|PASTA and NOODLES|
|Macaroni and Cheese (Kraft)||64||180||32|
|Spaghetti, white, boiled, average||46||180||22|
|Spaghetti, white, boiled 20 min, average||58||180||26|
|Spaghetti, wholemeal, boiled, average||42||180||17|
|Corn chips, plain, salted, average||42||50||11|
|M & M’s®, peanut||33||30||6|
|Microwave popcorn, plain, average||55||20||6|
|Potato chips, average||51||50||12|
|Green peas, average||51||80||4|
|Baked russet potato, average||111||150||33|
|Boiled white potato, average||82||150||21|
|Instant mashed potato, average||87||150||17|
|Sweet potato, average||70||150||22|
|Hummus (chickpea salad dip)||6||30||0|
|Chicken nuggets, frozen, reheated in microwave oven 5 min||46||100||7|
|Pizza, plain baked dough, served with parmesan cheese and tomato sauce||80||100||22|
|Pizza, Super Supreme (Pizza Hut)||36||100||9|
BEAWESOME: #316 Schedule (Tips on how to make a successful Schedule)
Scheduling (for me is great) it is something I use daily to keep track of what I want to complete and what I want to start the following day. A lot of us hate to make schedules because they are reminders of the things we technically “ do not “want to do. It does not have to be this way. Create a schedule of things you like. And look forward to as well. But never put things on the back burner that are important.
Do you need a schedule?
It depends how busy you are. And rightfully so, do you want to start it. Anyone can create a schedule, but not everyone is going to follow through now are they. Schedules depend on life and responsibilities, priorities, interest and commitments. You may not need a schedule. Some people simply have no matter worth keeping track of. They like to do what ever they like when they like and it often never affects anyone.
Those who are successful (often/not all the time) use schedules. Why? When using a schedule you are able to organize a variety of things at once. It helps you coordinate a variety of activities with the rest of your life. For starters, remember to write down important dates. When you see important dates, you are reminded of how much time you have before this date will arrive, and what you can do in between before this date finally comes.
What really matters vs what kind of matters
A schedule takes away the surprise of forgetting and remembering (followed by panic or hyperventilating) It gives you time, or and outlook on what you need to do in this amount of time.
When creating a schedule you often run into conflict or trouble. Things do not always go perfectly. The good thing is, you’ve already thought about this conflict 10-20 days before it has happened (if you created the schedule). The juggling, mixing and matching, the perfect order is tough to manage and put together but it works when done correctly. The fact of the matter is, sometimes you cannot do everything you want. Sometimes you forget and spend too much time on something that should only take a few minutes. Creating a balanced schedule is not easy.
How to create an AWESOME schedule:
– Write down what is important (On your schedule-Circle/Highlight/Underline)
– Needs vs Wants (On your schedule-Circle/Highlight/Underline)
Do you need to get this done? Or is this something you want to get done?
Understand the differences and what is important to you at the time.
– Remember within your schedule you have to eat and sleep
(How much and how long is entirely up to you) I will be different for everyone
– Make sure your schedule is full of things you love to do
If your schedule is created and you see that the “don’t want to do’s” out weigh the “love to do’s”, you need to really think more about your scheduling
– If you cannot do something, say you cannot do it
A lot of people will take on too much, and find themselves in a jam by the end of the week or month. Do enough to be satisfied. But leave enough to keep you motivated.
– Go through with it
If you create a schedule, follow through with it. It is giving you the responsibility and ownership of what goes on in your life.
– Find time for friends and family
– Remember to be nice to people and believe in yourself
BeAwesome: #315 Diligence
Diligence is the mother of good luck- Benjamin Franklin
A special secret to success is diligence. Doing something with care and showing conscientiousness in your work every single day. 100% is not enough for you to get better or to make something great. It is about consistency. Giving and going beyond 100% and giving it that little bit extra. That is how special things/people are born. Everyone out there is doing 100% and working hard. You need to work that much harder to get over the top (110%). Think about it this way:
Growing a success plant:
You have to believe it is going to grow eventually. Start from the bottom up. You give your plant (your goals and dreams) your undivided attention. Add water (heart) and plant soil (determination). Understand if it needs to be damp or dry. Don’t over water it, check for the right consistency (work hard at it, but never over work yourself so the dream dies). Make sure you have proper lighting (Make sure you are doing what ever it takes to make your dreams come true). Select the best location for you to place your plant (Put yourself in a place that negative energy cannot affect you. Be brave enough to continue what you love to do). Add fertilizer to the soil (get help if you need it). A plant needs to eat too (Listen to others). Keep the temperature ideal. Just right. Choose a pot that is best for the plant. Some plants need larger pots so the roots will have room to grow. Check the humidity. (Give it 110%. Take pride in what you do and how you do it. It’s not about having the best plant. It is about preparing yourself to do your very best every single time)
When it comes down to it, you create your own success. Some people have connections or are born into successful families with more privilege, but everyone has to work hard to be truly successful. Diligence and patience is the key to this madness. Go beyond your ego, and get your hands dirty. Step outside your comfort zone and make a commitment to yourself to grow the best plant (for you) You are in competition with you. Do it the right way, and you will see your plant blossom in no time.
313. BeAwesome: #313 I Get #High
Work hard & achieve anything. Aim higher. Dream bigger. Fear less. Love more.Look after yourself. Be grateful. Stay blessed. Trust your struggle. It’s now or never
I get high all the time. Of course my high affects me differently. I spend my life in the clouds. I feel weightless. I am amazed by pictures and the things around me. Sometimes I go really fast. Sometimes I walk in slow motion. I get extremely happy. Sometimes I feel sad as well. My highs change every year. It makes me laugh. Often by myself. But sometimes with friends. I see great detail most people usually overlook. A small fly on the wall. A piece of lint on the pillowcase. A curved line or mark on a book or a piece of paper. I get absorbed into an object. I think deeply. I go on random journeys and spend time with my thoughts. My mind flows differently. I think deep and long about the things around me. These thoughts bring ideas. I understand magic better. I am able to write and sing a bit better as well. I get lost in success. I get trapped in my world and surroundings. I experience thinking and problems I have never faced before. It let my mind go off in its own direction. I look at words and conversation differently. My high doesn’t harm me. Not the least bit. My high doesn’t cause the munchies (well sometimes it does). My high is legal (around the world). My high smells good. My high allows me to see clearly.
My high is not a drug but it does the same thing. My high is #LIFE. What is your high?