Long post alert
\nThis episode of wellness Wednesday brings me back to a year ago. This time last year I posted both useful and useless stuff about me, life, and issues I see all around us.
\n A year later I am still here working my butt off every day for my family. I put my family first. I have read a ton of posts in recent weeks and months about various political nonsense. Non of which were from actual politicians. There seems to be two very distinct groups.
\nAnd a third group of folks who want a change and don't care who the head stiff is.
\n These groups are perfect. They have their views and when they feel the need they tell it to Facebook and other social media sites. I have no knowledge of anyone calling their elected officials. So I am guessing they don't.
\n So I have also seen families turn on each other. Friends no longer communicate. I have even been blocked for having an opinion and of all things called a racist. Oh well, whatever.
\n This stuff is out of control. Did you know that you can ask Google anything and word it in such a way that your answers are exactly what you are looking for?
\n There are a million things wrong in the world. Our nation had deeper issues than some wall.
\n I call it the next big thing syndrome. Here is a history lesson and pay attention to what was a big to do and what is not anymore.
\nLet's see in no particular order
\nThe war on drugs
\nFamine in Africa
\nToyota floor mats
\nOzzy makes songs that encourage suicide
\nMerry Christmas or Happy Holidays
\nTo immunize or not
\nWe fight about every damn thing. This newest round of social media hatred is sickening like early 2017. If you are that unhappy leave our country or do something about it. If you have time to post all day long about current events, run for office and be that one person who makes a difference.
\n I certainly enjoy some conversations these topics. It is amazing how many experts in everything the world has.
\n How does wellness fit into this? Wellness starts in your head. I find it hard to believe that if a person is totally consumed with posting all day long that they are seeing the big picture.
\n If you stress out about stuff that is out of your control you are doing yourself any favors.
\n Take that energy used posting your dislikes and go for a walk. Go to a gym and lift some weights. Do something.
\n Focus on you, your family, and relationships. Let all the other crap in the world figure itself out.
\n Being mentally tough and physically capable is how we survive. In my words run laugh live. It is the path to happiness.
Right or wrong this is how I start my day.
10 to 16 ounces of water as soon as I get up
Make my Swamp juice and coffee.
My shake is usually around 9am
On occasion we will go to our local grease pit for breakfast.
Start the day out right. It's not perfect but it has gotten the job done.
Try this for a week solid.
What a difference a year makes. In a matter of 7 days my world had completely changed. The true colors of many people came out.
\n It has been a rough 12 months but guess what haters, I am still here kicking ass.
\n My will cannot be broken. Some think they are so GD special. Well everyone is special. Special nice and special out of their freakin minds rude and obnoxious.
\n I have to be true to me and have worked so much anger out of me. But when the time comes I am armed for a war you cannot win.
\n Silence is your choice. Live with it and please grow up. We are not in high school anymore.
I had origianlly posted this on FB. I removed it for a million reasons. I have been working very hard to stay positive. I do pretty good most days. The big life lesson has been trust. I trust my wife and kids. I trust my family. I trust my friends and my teammates. Notice what is left out.
Having a voice should not be looked at as anything but being human. I cannot change my voice. I cannot change my way of being me. So to those who do not like me, see ya when you grow up.
The other life altering event casused me to rethink my choices. I made myself better with lots of help. Voiced one unpopular opinion and am shunned.
Some that I thought were friends turned and showed their true colors.
So I have mt mission to help anyone I can. I fully understand what people think and have just decided to move on.
My focus is my team.
Let me tell you something about my journey to healthy happy and fit.
It is not easy. There is no magic pill. It takes dedication and will power. It also takes a bit of faith in the process.
I have been a happy isagenix customer for almost 4 years. I have seen some incredible changes in me and others. The most rewarding thing about finding Isagenix is helping others.
I have seen a lot of posts here about try this and try that. There are pictures of success stories all over the place.
So here is the real deal. A diet and exercise routine alone does not work. It is not sustainable. A lifestyle change is really what gets the results.
Before I started Isagenix I tried other shakes and things. I read the ingredients and looked at the company from an investment perspective. Here is what convinced me.
1. The shakes simply taste so much better than anything else
2. The company has very strict quality standards.
3. The products do not have any fake sweetners. I don't have any scientific proof, but am sure in my mind that fake sugars can't be good for anyone. You will not see things like sucralose saccharine or aspartame in our products.
4. There is a money back guarantee like most anything in the world these days.
5. Isagenix is a private company. They don't have a board of directors who live for money making decisions. You won't see TV commercials or 30 minute information commercials all over the place. And yet yesterday another major business goal was passed.
So, is isagenix for you? I would dare to say sure. There is something for everyone.
And to answer one big comment that I always see, yes, in some cases you may gain weight if you stop. Why? Because of the crap food choices that are made sometimes. I am guilty of this. I love burgers and fries. So I made a decision to cut out fast food donuts and soda. These were my kryptonite.
If you want a comparison of a dozen or so shakes message me and I will send it.
Life and health is no joke. Health care is very expensive. Interestingly enough in 4 years I have been ill once or twice. Where it was previously once or twice a month that I would feel sick.
Here is me before and during as I am still a work in progress.
4 happy years
50 pounds released and still gone
Went from barely walking 30 minutes to running a marathon. I was not an athlete!
So my journey to reclaim my life should have started 6 years ago today. For many weeks prior to today back in 2012 I thought I had pulled a muscle in my back again. I started having on and off pain, and then weird fevers. Turns out I had a peri-anal abscess that had begun to poison me. Oh goody. Who knew! Well it turns out that my unhealthy life style really could have killed me.
You know that appearance of beer belly? Even if you do not drink? It was my poor body storing what is called visceral fat. It was strangling my insides. It did such a good job strangling my insides that i sprung a leak in my intestines and it formed a fistula which formed the abscess.
So after 3 very painful procedures over the next 6 months, I was cleared to do what ever. So what did I do? I went back to the same crappy diet that go me in trouble in the first place. So it ended up being two years before I wised up and took control of my life. I have not looked back since.
So what does this have to do with anything? Nothing! Like I said yesterday, I love history, even if it is mine and the dumb stuff I do.
Lesson to be learned, listen to you body. You do NOT get a fever from a pulled muscle. And a Seton String is a evil invention!
I can assure you of this much. I will not go back to the state I was in 6 years ago. Being this happy and healthy is a gift. I would prefer to never to through that pain again.
While trying to come up with a catchy name for a website I was thinking about things I like. It was actually hard to come up with it. I have no idea why. This is my darn website and I can call it what ever I want. So here is my explanation.
RUN: I love exercise. I had gone a long time without really doing anything. I guess life just happens that way. When I started my journey, one goal was to run a 5k because I was told not to run anymore. So for the most part RUN is just a word used to just get off your ass and move.
LAUGH: Life is way to short. You need to be able to laugh off some stuff while keeping true to what makes you tick. Not all of life is a joke or funny, but taking yourself less seriously will help with fixing all kinds of stuff.
LIVE: You have to get out and enjoy life. Nothing is easy and you need to make time for you. We are all torn in a million different directions. Take time for you once in a while. I do not care what it is. Find someplace to get some quiet in your head. Get out and about. Take in all that the world has to offer and experience things.
All three together runlaughlive is my way of life. Is it yours? Who knows. In future posts I will elaborate on these items more. Incorporating little tidbits from my life that have shaped me. Until my next post, think about what makes you tick. Are you trying to fit all the pieces of life together? Are the pieces not lining up? If you are trying something, that is half the battle.
So here is a little things about me. Today is Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. I love holy week because it is a week of reckoning. It is also a time for reflection. I often think of things like, if I was to go tonight in my sleep, would I have done all I could to leave a lasting positive impression on the world? Perhaps yes, perhaps no. My biggest goal is to have my children be well rounded educated stewards of life. They need to know that life is far larger than our small house and our community. They may be a little young to comprehend a global life, but they will.
I also like this week, because there is a ton of cool documentaries about the start of the Catholic Church. I am not a huge bible thump-er, but have always been fascinated with history. I for one believe in my religion. In my eyes there is nothing wrong with believing. Some may have differing opinions. That is fine with me. Talking religion is sometimes labeled as taboo, or networking suicide, or an invitation to a social media shit storm. There is a time and place for it. Work is not one, so I leave it alone. I ignore the blasphemous remarks of most people I know. I laugh when the 3 times a year Catholics bitch about working on Good Friday or Christmas. These are not my battles. to each their own. All I know is that It is my life and I will do what I please. I will never push a religious agenda on another person, and can only hope for same level of respect.
There, a little about me. That was easy.
Step 1, get over yourself.
I lived a life of feeling sorry for myself. The injuries from my days in the Army took over my life. No exercise. Eating like crap. Barely sleeping. Drinking like a fish. Smoking like a chimney.
A recipe for disaster. So how do you fix it? Find one thing at a time and focus on that. My deep ah ha moment was when I was in college. I was 27 and a freshman. Holy culture shock. I thought I knew it all. I knew nothing. It was a shock to my ego for sure. Within a week I decided I needed to just suck it up and work harder than my classmates.
Then I was given the shock of my life. I lived in Massachusetts and was denied unemployment. They said I made too much in the Army. Um? The irony of those words. So to fight this, I got a job.
So getting over my thoughts of the world owed me something started a few weeks after becoming a civilian. This is a daily struggle. Not the job thing, but the life goes on and just make your own path by opening all the doors.
So step 1, get over it McCloud started a long time ago. It is a step that needs to be taken every day.
My focus changed from looking for the easy way out to working hard everyday and accepting that life will be difficult at times.
I have been following and networking with some marketing super stars on Facebook for quite some time. Today all the training finally sunk in. All I can say is wow. My life is my life. I have so many stories and interests.
\n So what in the world is this all about? This is what makes tick. Over the next undetermined amount of time I will give thoughts and opinions on stuff that matters to me. You may like some and you may not like some. Too bad so sad.
\n So here we are. Chapter 1. What I am all about.
\n I am Patrick McCloud. I am here to inspire you all to reach for heights you never knew you could reach. How do I know I can help you? Well I have done it. I have studied and listened to my coaches and my team. I have become part of an unstoppable force and everyone needs to give it a shot!
\n So tune in for more goodies. I am going to bed with a full heart and many thoughts. Of future tales of what actually worked to make me whole again