Some tough times so far

Man oh man! These past months have been a bit tough time for the U.S., and internationally. How one gets through some of the toughest times in ones life is not science. It is only by getting into the groove of making oneself resilient, fit, and above all humble.

Humble in the knowledge that God is in control. Whether you believe in God or the Power of the Universe you must have a humble attitude because we really don’t know what we don’t know. Stressing over what you’re hearing and seeing is totally normal. What you must do is not live in Fear. Stressing about anything or everything is not healthy. Go and Learn something new to improve yourself, family, friends and/or your community.

Where as the stress levels have gone up all around us here with the Ruff Crew’s workouts we are doing our bit to help fight-off the stress that causes Hypertension, insomnia, stress/binge eating and other not so subtle effects of depression in times like this. I don’t believe we have had such an event as this since the late 1800’s where every human being is a partner to the dire effects of this Pandemic.

Turn off the TV, News sites, FB, Twtr, and the like to keep you sane. Then once you unplug get out, and Move!!

This is what it looks like in pictures to de-stress, and Motivate others to do the same. Yes, we suffered in Hot, Cool, Humid, Wet, and dry conditions. Why? Because humans like you, and I need relief from stress to center ourselves to be more human, civil, and humble to be able to live longer together in this little blue planet.

Within you have a capacity that is truly untapped. Go outside get some sun, walk, run, bike, swim if you can and learn to enjoy being a human that is capable of movement just because you can. Enjoy that ability to live, laugh, breath, and share experiences to others who need to hear your story of success so that others may not feel like it’s the end! Mental Health at the forefront of everything you do will be a light to yourself then others. Take good care to listen to your inner voice. You WILL believe what you tell yourself. So, be kind to yourself daily. This is NOT your fault. None of it is. You are in control.

Always strive to take one day at a time and smile. It sounds simplistic yet it works by changing your psyche. The old song lyric ‘smile, though your heart is breaking (by Nat King Cole)” rings true. It speaks of your heart breaking due to a break up, lost love. I challenge you to look at it as an over comer. Champion yourself up, and above the buzz and chaos around you. Be the light that others see forging ahead and lead others to it so that they themselves become lights themselves. Be selfless daily. Help yourself, and your fellow humans.

Yours,

Mi A Gi

Cooking out

Spent the majority of my morning wishing I had a bottomless cup of Coffee, but it was not in the cards! It all started with placing an order from a Big box retailer for pick up. Got up, walked my Gunner, fed him and made a cup of Joe. Got in the car and headed out with the assumption of just driving up, pick up and haul it back home to use it.

The it happens to be a grill. Our first grill that we can call our ow, and it’s awesome. Ok, back to our debacle. Arrived, gave our info and waited. The website does not provide information stating that our product was prebuilt, and we assumed ( you know the saying) that it was boxed. Hahahahaha on me! Pre built equipment does not, and repeat does not fit in a small car no matter what you try to throw out to make things fit!

Heck, I tried to unscrew some of the attachments (one actually popped right off to our surprise but we were stumped. Sideways, backwards, forwards and even had a gentleman offer to take to our house and wanted for us to pay him. Heck, we both had the same car, and who’s to say he wouldn’t driven away with it and left us high and dry anyway?

Weber grill

We made a few calls and had a bite, and it totally fit! Drove it back, and got it situated. Oh, heck we need gas/propane container so we can use it. So off we went to our provide around the corner. Oh, the luxury of having something close by and open. Of course that was an event too. Called to reserve it, but could not reserve. First come first served. Arrived only to be sent to the filling station, then directed back to storefront and back twice without container because two people could not communicate with their handsets properly.

Purchased the container, put everything on properly and tested the connection. Safety first, so they said. ‘Nene said ‘how do you know if it turned on?’ (You know where this is going don’t you?)

Well, of course I being the intrepid gentleman I said it feels warm, but it’s hot today and it could be just the sun radiating from the grill so reaching in I glanced my thumb on one of the burner shields and ooooohhh boy yeah it works alright!

Prepped a little meal for us to break it in, and boy was it delicious!

Medium rare please!

Oh, now after late lunch enjoying my Perdomo Cigar, Guinness, and much needed sun! Food was delicious! I can’t wait to use it again and explore some delicious ways to cook food also.

Have a great Sunday all! Grill on, and be merry!

G

Sunlight and you

It has been eons have gone by with hominids enjoying the benefits of the sun. How, and in what ways? Let’s see –

Agriculture, hunting, gathering, pro-creation. Yes, the sun has the ability to help in all of the above items. It helps the soil enrich itself, along with the rain for you to grow crops. The land, and the crops feed the wildlife, which in turn feed, and fuels us.

Thus the wildlife with which we’ve cultivated our livestock, and wild game for nourishment for such a time prior to gains. The gathering or harvesting of our agriculture has placed food on our tables, plates, hands for us to grow as a species to become what we are today.

Procreation, yes the ability for our species grow has helped us to also nourish our ability to be able to have off spring with a healthy immune system that we can thank our beautiful Sun. Vitamin D has shown to be one of the most incredible substances on earth that we can really not be without.

We get it through our wonderful first line of defense, the skin. We absorb it, and cherish its wonderful sensation on all of our being. We feel happier, feel energized, and at times euphoric on very cold, frigid days when we can not even imagine functioning. We grab a beach towel, and head to the beach, park, backyard just to lay in it to have us soak it up and feel like a new human being.

Above it all it is FREE!! Go get your Sun on people If you have a dark pigmentation stay out longer.

Summer is here!!! It is time for you to recharge that low Vit-D storage and be healthier. No sunblock, just the un adulterated sun baby!

Sun on!

G

p.s. A study here you can read up on Vit-D

link – https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/15/12/2794/htm

Virtually

The drop phrase for 2020 is ‘Virtual’. Yup, you read it right. I began to see this as a trending subject mid year 2019 while training for some races in the U.S. Virtual racing was not starting out, it was gaining speed.

Run to the Moon, run across the U.S., and all virtual. Solo, partnered, or Team. You choose how you want to do it as long as it gets done. Run, train, run, sign up, get a virtual and printable certificate of completion and some cool swag. Maybe even a really nice collectible medal to boot, or trophy if you raced in an Elite category.

I don’t know about you, but lacing up and pinning my bib on race day and walking into a starting line with other runners to gauge my competition – nothing like it in the world! It is however our reality. Would I race as I’ve raced before? Yes. I maybe alone on that starting line, but it is my choice how I live my life.

I love going for my runs, training in the park alone or with my fiance. I get weird looks now as I did before this ‘pandemic’ was here so I’m okay with it. I’m not okay with people being socially isolated, and not having a true outlet. Yes, I have made a choice to be active and to remain active regardless. Others have also made a choice to not be active. I get it. We are adults and as such we live with our choices, and also be it as it may die by them.

Being active provides me the opportunity to be healthy both mentally, and physically. How can we reach out to others to have what we have? Well, all it takes is honestly a wave when you’re running, or a funny remark while you’re suffering in the park while you workout to show that there is something that seems doable, or attainable to anyone because you made them feel like a human, made them smile or even laugh and now they’re intrigued about what you are doing.

There may be a possibility of them watching How To videos on exercise without equipment, or finding a running club or even ‘Virtual’ coaching. That’s where I come in, yes I do virtual / Remote coaching. Have been doing it for some time, and it is not going to go anywhere anytime soon. It’s actually going to pick up momentum as time goes by.

So, what are your thoughts on ‘Virtual’ coaching, racing? How will you motivate yourself, then others to help them become better versions of themselves in this environment we find ourselves in?

I’ll see you soon,

G

p.s. I’m actually contemplating signing up for some virtual races. What are you running/racing this summer?