Proper Sit-Up Instruction
Think and Grow Rich
Foodie Friday with Rose Ciampa!
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You have stumbled onto another edition of Get Your Fill – Financial Independence and Long Life where we explore ways to achieve those joint goals. The music that you’ve just heard is an original score by Carl Zukroff, a talented musician and member of the band, Blue Hotel. Check them out at TheBlueHotel.net.
Today is an even-numbered episode so we’re using the Sunrise Series format and working our way through the week. For Move-It Monday, let’s continue with bedcercize. With the cold weather, I find it difficult to get out of bed some mornings and once I get out, I’m not necessarily thinking about exercise. Also bedcercize warms me up so sometimes I’m anxious to throw off those blankets.
Do you know how to do a sit up? Sounds like a dumb question, right? Everyone pretty much knows how to do a sit up – except they don’t. When I used to go to the gym, I’d see a lot of people doing sit ups that forced their stomach muscles out. Since I don’t want my stomach muscles to stick out, that never seemed to be that good of an idea and sure enough, it’s not. You want to sit up just enough to pull your muscles in. There’s a video on the website, GetYourFillPodcast.com, that I found on YouTube that will show you what I mean.
So while in the bed with the blankets still on, cross your arms over your chest and imagine that a string is tied to your chest and it’s pulling you up. For most of the way up, your stomach will be nice and flat and taut. If that changes and your stomach muscles push out, you’ve gone too far. The goal is not to be able to touch your nose to your knee, the goal is to make those muscles nice and flat and strong. Use the blankets for some additional natural resistance. Do a few of those to get your blood pumping.
TAGR Tuesday – we’re working our way through Napoleon Hill’s life-changing book, Think and Grow Rich. We’ve finished up the chapter on Desire and hopefully you’ve used the six-step formula to create an affirmation for yourself to get you closer to your goals. The next component is Faith. If you don’t have faith that the affirmation will work, it won’t. This is all about your emotions. Do you know how radio waves work? It’s really fascinating. The announcer talks into the microphone. Her voice is then sent up to the transmitter that increases the vibration of the sound waves. Imagine an invisible rainbow up in the air with each color of the rainbow having a different frequency. AM and FM radio have different frequencies and so maybe one would travel in the blue lane and one in the red lane.
Each station that you listen to has a different piece of that rainbow. If you want to hear 102.5 FM, you tune your receiver – your radio – to pick up that frequency. When you invoke the law of attraction, which is what Napoleon Hill is teaching us to do, you’re raising your own vibration. The higher your vibration, the higher level of things and people and experiences that you attract into your life. The higher your vibration, the more likely that the life you’re trying to attract will hear you – because these experiences that you desire are tuned in or listening to the higher frequency. If you don’t have faith that what you’re doing works, you won’t be able to reach that high frequency. Does that make sense?
How can you have faith? How about if you just take my word for it? That might work for some people but for me, I like to see things in action. If you’re like me, you can try it. When you see that it works on something very small, then keep trying it on bigger and bigger things until you honestly and truly know and believe in your heart that it works.
I’ve seen the law of attraction do amazing things in my life but let’s start with something small. Think of a hot beverage that you enjoy, maybe coffee, tea, hot cocoa, whatever. Close your eyes and imagine yourself wrapping your hands around the warm cup. Think of the way the drink smells. Are you adding cream or sugar or marshmallows? What does it look like when you stir it? How does it taste? Completely immerse yourself in the experience of this drink and see what happens. Come back and put it in the comments. I don’t want to influence the outcome so I’m going to stop there.
Where-are-we Wednesday? I’m playing a bit of catch up on my holiday prep. I adopted a family from the Salvation Army this year – as I have several other years. It was my friend, Monica Page, who told me about this program. In her usual way of being quietly amazing, she had adopted a family and got everyone at work involved in giving gifts to these folks who would not have had a Christmas without her. It’s so sweet the things that the kids ask for. It’s usually simple things like art supplies, pajamas – this year my family would like twin sheets for the kids. Such mundane things that they just can’t afford on their own. One year I adopted a family where the dad had died when the baby was 3 months old. They had five kids, no dad, I was very grateful to be able to share my abundance with others. But I’m a bit behind the eight ball and just have a few days to finish up the shopping and get the gifts to the Salvation Army. Whether or not you celebrate Christmas, you can be Santa Claus for a family who desperately needs to believe that there is a benevolent person out there who cares. Believe me, I get a lot more out of the experience than they do.
Where are you? How are you doing as we inch toward the end of 2019? Let me know, share with me in the comments or send me a private message through the website, GetYourFillPodcast.com. Absolutely let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.
Thank you Thursday is my favorite day of the week. Stop a minute and think about your life. Were you able to get out of bed this morning by yourself? Not everyone can. If you’re experiencing this podcast, either by listening to it or reading the content, you have something there to appreciate. For me this week, I want to express my gratitude for my good health. There are so many people my age who are sick and dying, who are suffering with cancer and other diseases, with pain and arthritis, with depression and loneliness. I am grateful to be alive and feeling great!
Foodie Friday – today we have a real treat: my partner’s mother, Rose Ciampa, is going to show us how to make her holiday apple cake. This was filmed and broadcast on the Sunrise Series on Facebook. There’s a link to that video on the website, GetYourFillPodcast.com, or you can like my facebook page, ChrisMcCarronSpeaks, and watch it there but I have the audio for you here. A bit about Rose, she’s 86 years old, a widow. She drives, she cooks and bakes, she is getting her FILL! Rose, what do you have for us today?
Rose’s Easy Apple Coffee Cake
Preheat oven to 350F
1 package of yellow cake mix
4 oz (1 package) instant pudding
1 cup sour cream
½ cup oil
2 sliced apples
Mixture of ½ cup sugar and 1 T cinnamon
½ chopped nuts
Grease and flour a bundt pan. Put half of mixture into the pan. Lay half of the apples on the batter then sprinkle with half of sugar/cinnamon mixture. Pour the rest of the batter into the pan. Arrange remaining apples then sprinkle with remaining sugar/cinnamon mix. Bake for about 50 minutes at 350. Cool and enjoy!
For Surprise-me Saturday, this is the season for charitable giving – and not just because you want to reduce your taxes. What institutions have you really enjoyed this year? I always give to ArtsEmerson, Longwood Players and the Coolidge Corner Theatre because I know I’ll be enjoying the fruits of that donation all year. Maya Angelou has a beautiful way of thinking about charitable giving. She says – and I’m paraphrasing – I seem to have more than I need and I see that you have less than you need. Allow me to share some of my abundance with you. This year, ease the burden of another and make yourself feel good in the process.
We’re going to take the rest of the year off. We’ll be back on January 5th, 2020 with part two of the interview with Joe Yoder, who you met last week. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Blessed Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, if you don’t celebrate anything, hopefully you’ll be getting some time off work that you can use to plan an amazing 2020. See you soon with 2020 vision!