Monday, July 20th, would be my Dad’s 70th birthday, but a little over 2 years ago he got sick, was diagnosed with cancer, and he passed away last September.
Surprisingly, our family doctor said my dad had colon cancer for about 10 years or ever 12 years, but he just didn’t know it.
It’s a long, long story with a lot of lessons.
You see, my Dad made 3 big mistakes.
But I don’t want you to make the same ones.
1) My Dad drank too much.
This was by far the biggest factor in him getting sick. And I don’t mean 1 drink per day. He unfortunately drank himself to an early death. This never had to happen.
2) My Dad didn’t go to the doctor once in the last 25 years of his life.
Obviously, this is NOT a good idea. For anyone from my father’s generation who is listening, stop being “too proud” to go to the doctor and get your butt in there every year. Take the tests they want you to take.
3) My Dad didn’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
His diet was not so good. Believe it or not, my Dad lived on coffee, toast, an egg, maybe a ham sandwich for lunch, too many beers, a glass of milk, and a lot of candy for the last 20-30 years of his life.
But he did a lot of things right, too.
- He was always busy with projects and stayed mentally active.
- He was physically active everyday, often doing hard manual labor.
- He was never overweight.
- He had good social support.
Those four things helped him survive as long as he did.
So my dad taught us all a lot of powerful lessons, indirectly, on what to do and what NOT to do.
1) If you drink, do a mirror check. Are you drinking too much? Is it affecting your life? Your work? Your family? Look at your kids. Don’t you want to see them grow up and have kids of their own?
2) Are you active? Are you busy with projects and constantly learning or do you just watch TV?
3) Have you been to the doctor this year? Why not? Have you noticed something that just doesn’t feel right and should be checked out? Don’t be scared! Just go. Despite all the hard times that people give the medical industry, technology and medicine is catching cancer early and treating many of them well.
Don’t be a stubborn old fool!
Go to the doctor!
Better you lose a little pride and gain a lot of years.
So there you go…now let’s get you transforming…
Monday – July 20th
Transformation Tip: Do not stop!
A Turbulence Training member emailed me this morning and apologized for falling off the wagon…I told him not to worry, sometimes it takes a couple of cracks at this to get it right.
So don’t quit just because you stumbled once. This goes for anything in life including giving up booze and cigarettes too.
Over on my facebook page, we recently had a chat about how to give up cigarettes. Almost every single person said they quit cold turkey, but most of them said it required a few tries.
But they didn’t give up trying.
So no matter what you want to do, never give up. Fight fight fight. And get social support from friends and family. And that’s what we are here at TT, friends who become like family to you.
Join me on facebook at www.facebookcraig.com or join us in the members forum at www.ttmembers.com.
We’ll be looking out for you, I promise.
1A) T-Squat (15 reps)
1B) Feet on Ball Pushup (12 reps)
2A) Chin-up (Max-1)
2B) Hands on Bench, Feet on Ball Pushup (15 reps)
3A) Pushups with Hands on Ball (15 reps)
3B) 1-Leg Deadlift (12 reps)
4A) Inverted Row – Feet on Ball (12 reps)
4B) Spiderman Pushup (8 reps)
5A) Side Plank Leg Lift (10 reps)
5B) Split Squat with Front Foot Elevated (12 reps)
5C) Spiderman Climb (12 reps)
5D) Stability Ball Rollout (10 reps)
5E) Plank with Arms on Ball (30 seconds)
Interval Workout A
Time for your 30 minutes of fun activity…
Well its been a heavy update so far, hasn’t it…so let’s lighten things up.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your 30 minutes of off-day activity?
My old man used to wrestle my friends in his underwear. Man, you think your dad was embarrassing…so beat that.
But if you aren’t going to wrestle people in your underwear, what else can you do that’s fun and different?
Bedroom activities don’t count.
Do people still skinny dip anymore?
We should all be doing more of that…man its been years…I bet over 10 years since my last skinny dip with some girls. Man, I gotta do something about that…
If you got a pool why don’t you make skinny dipping your 30 minutes of activity of fun activity this week.
Or if your neighbor has a pool, see if you can’t sneak in during off hours! Might be too intense if you get caught and have to sprint out!
1A) Prisoner Squat (10 reps)
1B) Prisoner Lunge (8 reps)
1C) Inverted Row (10 reps)
2A) Pull-up (Max-1)
2B) Elbow-to-Instep Lunge (8 reps)
3A) Hands on Ball, Feet on Bench Pushup (15 reps)
3B) 1-Leg RDL (10 reps)
4A) Shoulder Press Pushup (15 reps)
4B) Stability Ball 1-Leg Curl (10 reps)
5A) Jumping Jacks (60 reps)
5B) Chop (15 reps)
5C) Stability Ball Rollout (10 reps)
5D) Chin-up (6 reps)
Interval Workout B
30 minutes of fun activity…
And so I bought this blender and now I’m hooked on blender drinks.
It’s crazy. Two a day! Here are some tips to increase the nutritional value.
- Add spinach
- Add 4-5 pieces of fruit (one frozen)
- Add cacao nibs, nuts, seeds, goji berries
1A) Y-Squat (10 reps)
1B) Elevated Pushup (12 reps)
2A) Diagonal Lunge (10 reps)
2B) Step-out (8 reps)
3A) 1-Leg Bench Squat (10 reps)
3B) Chin-up (Max-1)
4A) Waiters Bow (12 reps) video
4B) Spiderman Pushup (10 reps) ==>
5A) Siff Squat (20 reps)
5B) Stability Ball 1-Leg Curl (8 reps)
5C) Stability Ball Jacknife (12 reps)
5D) Pushup (Max-1)
5E) Side Plank (30 seconds)
And remember, you can never have enough good friends…
- So check in with a few today.
- Hit up some on facebook – and me too
- Go back to your hometown and see an old high school friend
Sunday – Plan, Shop & Prepare
Another 30 minutes of activity.
Plan, shop, & prepare and when you shop, check your labels.
Watch out for added sodium. After all, we only should be getting 1500mg of sodium per day. The worst offenders are:
- Hot dogs and hamburgers
- Processed foods
- Canned soups, beans, and chili
Be careful with those!
Whew, that’s it for this week. Heck of an update, wasn’t it?
Have a great week,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT