Aug 13, 2011

The Journey: Gym People, Part 2

As I mentioned in part 1, to keep my mind off the misery of working out, I spend my time at the gym observing those around me. I've begun to label & categorize some of them...

Smelly Guy: I don't say this to be cruel... But dude, you stink. How can you not smell that? It's like a skunk ate a bunch of garlic and then set itself on fire. And then hopped on the treadmill. I'm struggling to catch my breath, and I haven't even started working out yet.

The Fashion Diva: They're not just here to work out... They are here to look good. From their shoes to their head band, they are color coordinated & shiny. And it's not just limited to the ladies... There are some guys there that are sportin' the look too.

Rebels Without A Clue: This is the three teenagers running around. And for some reason, it's always three of them. Not two, not four. They'll spend a few moments in the weight lifting area trying to see who can lift the most. And then they spend the rest of the time running around acting like idiots. There's an upside though. The dumber they act, the less likely they are to ever get the chance to breed & reproduce. So it works out.

The Mixologst: I'm not sure what these people are all about. They've got 55 gallon drums of a powder mix in their gym back and they spend a lot time mixing up these protein drinks. They say their goal is to get bigger. Shoot, I think a few Big Macs would do the job faster...

People Like Me: We range from chubby to really chubby. We are just there to erase the guilt of the donut binge from the night before. And we hope all of the work will show some results. After all, we are having to put up with these Gym People all around us.

Aug 9, 2011

The Journey: Retrain Your Brain

I read this great article the other day on retraining yourself on how you look at food and eating. You can (and should) read it here.

The article says that are brains are hard wired to eat fatty foods... "To avoid dying in a famine, the brain is wired to pick up on signs that calorie-rich foods are nearby, which helps explain why that piece of cake on the plate in front of you is so irresistible, or why seeing a sign for a doughnut shop draws you in even when you know you need to watch your diet."

 But more than that, it also says "that while we're born with certain cravings, there's also evidence we start to crave whatever we eat in large quantities."

So in the sort term, dropping the junk food in favor of healthy fare is hard, but in a short amount of time we can retrain the brain to crave the healthy food. And that's important to remember when you fighting the craving for a bag of M&M's. Those feelings will soon subside. You won't have to live in denial forever.

The article goes onto to suggest some tricks to help the process along, which include cleaning the junk food out of the house so it's not as accessible and keeping plenty of healthy snacks on hand.

Aug 7, 2011

Financial Peace University in Wasilla

I've locked in the details for my next Financial Peace University.

This time around the class will be held at the Working Place in the Meta-Rose Square on Yenlo Street, near Carrs in Wasilla. The free preview is on August 23rd at 6:30 pm.

The classes will be on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30, starting August 30th and going 13 weeks to November 22nd.

The cost of the Membership Kit is $100. Kits may be purchased from me. If you purchase from, the cost is generally higher.

Class size is going to be limited, so if you are interested, go to to register.

This class will teach you everything you need to know about dumping debt, building wealth, and changing your family tree. More than one million families have attended FPU with amazing results.

We also invite you to join us on facebook.

Aug 6, 2011

The Journey: Best Idea EVER

My little brother is a GENUIS! He recently posted this idea on Facebook:

Someone should open a donut shop named The Gym. That way I could post everyday on FB "at The Gym" and feel good about myself.

They could name their maple bars "cardio" - then I could say "at The Gym for some cardio". or "I hit The Gym hard today and am really feeling it in my abs."

Of course, this is coming from the guy who when in Bible College named his bed “prayer”. That way when he was tired in class he could say that he was tired because he spent all night in prayer.

Aug 2, 2011

The Journey: Gym People, Part 1

Going to the gym for a work out is an essential part of The Journey, but that doesn't mean I have to like it... To keep my mind off of the misery I'm putting myself through, I've begun to evaluate & categorize the people you'll find at the gym.

The Ghost: This is the person who signs up for a cardio machine but then NEVER actually shows up & uses it. And they always sign up for the good machines. I'm too much of a rule-follower to just hop on anyway. I'm afraid the gym police will show up...

Awkward Naked Guy: A certain amount of nakedness is required in the locker room, so I'm not being a prude. I'm talking about the guy over at the sink brushing his teeth in the buff. Or the three guys discussing politics while wearing nothing but a smile.

'Gave Into Peer Pressure' Chick: This is the slightly chubby, out of shape girl that's there with a couple of skinny, fit friends.  She has no desire to be at the gym. She's only there because she neglected to listen to Nancy Regan and just say no! She's easy to spot by the "what the heck am I doing here" look on her face.

The Butterfly: I don't know if they are ADHD or hopped up on energy drinks. But they go from the treadmill to the stretch area to the weights to the bike to the stair stepper. All in 5 minutes. They burn more calories in transition then they do working out.

The Chandler: If you've never seen "Friends" you probably won't get this reference... This is the guy that has signed up for the gym but this will be the one and only time he works out. He's signed up for the reoccurring payments directly drawn from his bank account. Four years from now he'll still being paying his monthly fee.

The Socialite: They aren't at the gym to work out. They are at the gym to hang out with people who work out. They can be a little hard to spot, because they are dressed in work out gear. But if you watch, they never actually work out.

There's more than just these five types, but we'll start with this... There's more to come, including Smelly Guy & the Fashion Diva.