Category: First steps


Ready.  Set.  Move.

I have written thousands of exercise programs and blogged countless posts.  All to inspire and prescribe one simple function, medicinal movement.

We are bombarded on a daily basis with information.  In my opinion most of it is not necessary, and the stuff that is, usually doesn’t get it’s fair right to be heard.  The presentation is lousy, and the take away message gets misinterpreted and played out incorrectly.  Not always by malice intentions, moreover, ignorance and playful stupidity.

This post is being written to communicate to you with the most direct presentation and purposeful intention.  I am here to voice out loud that your freedom of movement exists in the one step just ahead of you.  Go after it.

Follow the signs,

 

Coach Sanity

My Sanity

Albert Einstein defined insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”.  Even though we know this to be true, several continue to replay the same insane scenario over and over again.  When will it end?

I believe I have found an answer to that question.  Rather than looking at the, when will the insanity end, I suggest we focus on when sanity can begin.  You can spend several precious moments on worrying about what is wrong.  Or you can spend your moments on falling in to what can go right.

Just like insanity, sanity can also live all around you.  One of the reasons why most have only replayed the insanity version is because, in spite of wanting a different result, we are creatures of habit.  However, if you peel down toward the second level of a habit, you find that our habits can also be re-wired.  How so?  With movement.

You ever wonder where the phrase, “movement is medicine” came from?  What all that information boils down to is that although we are creatures of habit (mentally), our physical body can create the stimulus for our brains to re-wire a new habit.  That ability is something that no pill, machine, or late night infomercial can ever duplicate.  That is our own, and we can either use it or lose it.  So, where do we go from here?

I suggest you first recognize that you may be living in a world of insanity.  Next, you decide if the smile on your face is genuine or not.  Then decide to seek the direction to lead you toward finding your own sanity.  That process takes action.   Your action to continue to see through, what you first envisioned as a new you.    I am not here to give you your way because it is your way.  I am only here to point you in the right direction.

Follow the signs,

Coach Sanity

 

 

:) First, thank you. You are taking action and reading this post.  You obviously are searching for a new experience. Something different, and may we say, something more successful.  Your past approaches may have done their job in the past, however, that is the past.  And yes, you may want to use the same approach, but let’s recall the definition of insanity. Doing the same you over and over, and expecting a new outcome.  So let’s agree that now is a good time for a new approach. And this approach will be the one you use to always find a way back to a better you.   Agreed? ;)

 

Second, resilience: such positive beliefs include:

  • negative past events do not necessarily predict or determine the future
  • challenges or tragedies are not a constant part of life
  • setbacks are situations that people can overcome
  • setting goals and planning can help to achieve success
  • A resilient individual manages their stress largely by managing their beliefs. He or she views difficult circumstances as temporary, and the view that humans are capable of rising above adversity.

    Third, an action for change: Our bodies have an incredible  opportunity to experience a success after a period of challenging conditions.  A reward is earned from the completion of a so called challenge.  And in this case, your reward is the awareness of a new you.  The you that can allow yourself to experience ALL of the end because you saw yourself to the end.

    Now fast: Now that we are past our holiday season, we have in front of us a year of opportunities to adventure.  Your first reaction may be to grab as much as you can before you make your way into the trenches, when in reality, what is most needed is less than you may think.    Take the next 3 days (72 hours) and remove as much sugar and alcohol as you possibly can from your food intake.  And in place of it, slowly chew lean proteins, healthy fats, fibrous vegetables, and lot’s of water.

    Why?: In abundance, alcohol and sugar are two calorie sources that, among other things, have a tremendous negative impact on your metabolism.  Or in other words, your body’s ability to break down and utilize calories.  I know I consumed both sources in excess over my holidays and now it’s time fore less.

    Diet?: No, you are not on a diet.  You are simply allowing your body to do something it already knows how to do, however, rarely gets the chance to do it.  You are cleansing.  The human body has been around a lot longer than any cleanse available on the market.  We know what to do, and how to do it, and all we need to do is to see it through.

    Now what?: After your 3 day cleanse you should take note on how you feel.  And really ask yourself that question.  You may need to add a fourth day to really squeeze out all those toxins.  And if you do, then I suggest you do it.  We now have an opportunity to solidify a new habit and that habit will be a new set point of tolerable toxins you allow in your body.  Congratulations, you are now more in tune (who here hates radio stations out of their frequency?…noisy!) and more aware of how good you want to feel.  Our next step is to maintain it which I will share in another post.  For now, see this through!

    Follow the signs,

    Coach Sanity

     

Pink Ninja

Illustration by Tony Gil

1. Gym contracts have their own shape and better still, using the gym membership will help you find yours.

2. As a beginner, everything works until you are no longer a beginner. Give yourself some serious credit since you earned another level of fitness.

3. There are more than enough tools to use at a gym to get you fit

and 4. you will not need all of them to do it.

5. Progress comes when you go. Meaning when you go to the gym to create the stimulus, and when you go home to allow it to manifest into the new you.

6. Not everyone is looking at you,

and 7. if they are, they are wondering if you are looking at them.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad/Coach Sanity

 

 

In an age of instant answers and instant gratification, we are raising a generation of youth that are told, ”The End before they ever step one foot past “In the beginning”.

Just because they can, all answers are not meant to be experienced instantly.  One of our biggest fears is our ego, and when ones’ ego is instantly fed, said ego never experiences a full moment of vulnerability.  Those moments are when leaders are made, voices are strengthened, and direction becomes solidified.

Time spent in new surroundings awakens our spirit.  It brings us back to life, back to present moments, and allows us the opportunity to find closure in one, before we begin another.

I suggest you do not rob yourself of this wonderful experience.  Not everything can be found on Google.  If you want it, put one foot in front of the other and grab your own sanity.  This present moment in time is your most valuable gift.   And may I also suggest, if you’re going to use it, do it with flavor.

A Sanity Approach,

Daniel J Sanidad/Coach Sanity

Wakey wakey, it’s Monday morning.  What are we going to do today?  You already have your routine of daily living.  I wake, I work, I eat, I work, I drive, I sit, I sleep,  I repeat.    Does any of this move you closer to sanity?  A daily routine of the excepted norm from our lives, yet still, we doom ourselves another unsuccessful repeat.

It is now Tuesday and you awake with a different perspective.   I wake,  I work, I eat, I work, I drive, I sit, I reflect, I repeat what worked, discard what didn’t, repeat.  Lesson learned?  An object in motion will remain in motion, but will begin to slow because of the dead weight they still carry.

Whenever an athlete loses momentum, he or she goes back to the basics.  Not to start over, moreover, to reflect on what remains to be effective and what needs to be discarded to further excel.  The basics represent the foundation of simplicity that all skills can continue to flourish upon.  What are the basics for you and me?  I suggest you find those elements by asking yourself one simple question, What do I need to do today to allow my tomorrow to flourish?

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I already left you the spaces to fill.  I’ve done my job, you do yours ;)

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

Get to vs Have to

Do you want to take your life from negative to positive?  Do you want to change the outlook on the events that will always continue to come into your life? If yes, than my answer: transform the word have into get.

You see, we really don’t have to do anything. We always have an opportunity to make a choice. However, if you discontinue to make your choices, life and those around you will begin to make them for you. A better influence of the outcome means a change in the way you live out the decisions.

I get to invest in myself vs I have to lose weight

I get to make my living vs I have to get myself up and go to work.

I get to learn something new vs I have to read this entire chapter.

The above are Just a few examples on how your internal interpretation of words can begin to give you a direction rather than high walls and closed roads. Change the equation by placing sanity in the middle because things just seem to flow a little bit better (my slightly biased opinion ;) )

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

Start ups

Growing up in the Silicon Valley of California means I have lived amongst an abundance of start up companies.  My environment is completely surrounded by the next “thing”.  And as many that have succeeded, simply means that A LOT more have failed.  Still, there are lessons to be learned from each of them.

Ironically , we each are a part of our own start ups.  At any given moment you can decide your next adventurous excursion.  Where do you want to go?  What do you want to do?  So long as the the answers remain a sun rise decision, you always have an opportunity to start.

The skill lies in 3 elements:

1.  Readiness – to wake with the mind and body prepped for the day’s tasks.

2.  Steadiness - to not stray from the day’s tasks

3.  Adaptedness - to possess the ability to reconstruct your tasks to fit the dynamics of  that day.

 

The mastering of these elements is to be amongst the Sanity Valley.  To unquestionably maximize every day you open your eyes to.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

Lucky

Winning the lotto?

So simple right?  It can make all of  your dreams come true.

Question, what are your dreams?

Don’t worry, I’ll wait…

…While we wait, I must say that I am lucky.  Why?  Because my dreams were made clear when all around me was not.  I have lived a multitude of bad experiences and still voice, I am lucky.

It is the darkest of days when clarity provides a light because it is the only direction to travel toward.   And just so you know, it will be far away.  That’s the point.  The journey from here to there is YOUR lifetime.  You’re so lucky!  You get to experience things that I don’t.  However, upon time of reflection, we can share our stories together.  So still, I am lucky.

A Sanity approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

 

 

 

How much can you carry?

I ask this question because as simple as it may be to read, it is not as simple to answer.  And let me take it one step forward and ask,

How much can you carry, and not weigh you down?

Now we’re cooking with some propane (me being silly).  Our mind has a capacity to carry, for lack of a more complex word, tons of information.  Question is, do we need to carry all of that with us at every given moment?  There lies the goal in how we organize our brain storage.  People tend to organize their brains similar to hoarders organizing their living rooms.  There is room for chaos and the same space can be filled with clarity.  A room to stand still in, or a room to move around.   A room to find peace, or a room to end up without it.

First step?  Remove before you add.

You may not know this about me, but I can see the emotional baggage your mind carries as you walk into my front door.  Individuals have a bad habit of not being able to handle their present moments.  We wake up to a day of appointments to get to, at the end of the day we end up with more than we can carry.  Portion control for food is exactly the same as portion control for the mind.  If I gave you a small plate to fill, what delicacies would you want to place on it?  Or would you mindlessly fill it with stuff you really don’t even want?  Be mindful of the size plate you want to carry each day.  And before you think of adding yet another (quite possibly larger) plate, learn to know when enough is enough and recognize when you have finished before you begin the next serving.  The flip side, you end up in a gluttony of mental hiccups and what is sure to be a night of tossing and turning because of it.  I suggest tomorrow beginning with a little less than yesterday and see how you feel.  If you feel the same the next day, then even a little less.  Learn to remove before you add because in the long run, we still end up with the right amount we truly need AND the energy to make more if necessary.

Stay tuned for part 2

A Sanity Approach,

Daniel J Sanidad

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