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March 12th marks the date that changes our time clocks, and to varying degrees, changes our internal body clocks as well.

For some, springing ahead is often easier on the body than falling back. Warmer temps and longer days (available sunlight) are two of the reasons.

As you’re approaching warmer days it’s important to revise your life plan. Simple adjustments that factor in a higher level of motivation, being able to perform more outdoor activities, warming up faster, feeling more flexible, sweating more, drinking more water, eating different foods and meals, and others you need to consider and plan for.

Follow basic principles, considering all elements, and I bet many of you will be proudly posting selfies wearing your sexiest bathing suits!

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Canadian Queen Doer

Meet the Canadian ‘Queen Doer’

I have worked with Rosalie Brown for 20 years. She’s a highly decorated international fitness authority, mother, grandmother and inspiration to all who listen to her and attend her classes.

Here’s one of Rob Rosalie Brownes’ ABDOBICS routines I think you’ll enjoy.

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Uploading Software into our Mental Hardware?

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As a former strength and conditioning coach for numerous Olympic and professional athletes and teams, I know that when an athlete pessimistically thinks about their weaknesses, failures, fears, or injuries; is intimidated by their competitors; or has the slightest doubt in their performance-abilities, chances are that athlete will validate what they’re thinking about…and fail. These failures – which I’ve seen more than I care to admit – prevail even when the athlete has a superior win-loss record and physical attributes when compared to their opponents.

Every champion athlete will tell you that when it gets down to the wire, when they’re consumed in the heat of fierce competition and everything’s on-the-line, their chances for success rely on a very predictable performance ratio between physical ability and mental fortitude. In fact, after many months, even years of training, on the day of competition, when it’s all on the line and nothing else counts but winning, the ratio requirements for the mental aspect of performance is claimed to be as high as 90%.

Just because an athlete has inferior physical abilities in comparison to their competitors doesn’t always mean that athlete is sure to lose. We see it all the time, especially now in the fastest growing sport in the world, Mixed Martial Arts. A champion fighter gets into the cage, surging with adrenaline and testosterone, sporting a win-loss record that’s splattered with a string of KOs; or as a champion, they’re fiercely determined to defend their title and win the prize money that will allow them to continue to support their loved ones. But minutes, sometimes even seconds, after the 1st round’s bell rings, the fighter gets clobbered by their underrated (underdog) opponent and is knocked out cold.

One of the greatest sporting examples of the underdog prevailing over a superior opponent was the Ali vs. Foreman Rumble in the Jungle. The majority believed — including the Ali camp, that Foreman was the stronger, tougher, superior opponent. Ali, however, had his own opinion, believing he was the more talented athlete, and he maintained that mindset until the referee counted Foreman out. Ali had an enormous amount of determination. His will to win at all costs, coupled with the pride not to lose; both mental attributes, allowed Ali to prevail when he wasn’t supposed to. Ali was physically victorious because he was mentally superior.

Strong belief in oneself enables a person to superiorize themselves into acquiring a necessary psychological characteristic for success; i.e., Confidence, or that for sure attitude. Confidence is a basic trait needed for success and achievement, and it’s also an essential attitude that must be maintained during times of challenge, struggle and failure –tough times don’t last, but tough people do! Mix in a person who’s fueled with confidence during times of fear and struggle and we discover the equation for courageousness, bravery and heroism.

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Flexing Your Mental Muscles:

The brain is comprised of living tissue just like our biceps. And if our muscles don’t receive proper nourishment, they become instable and weak. Lack of focus, doubt, confusion, frustration, thoughts of fear and failure, and all negativity, can be considered mental junk food that destroys the integrity of the brain and its thinking mind. However, when the brain is given adequate nourishment, it does strengthen. Thoughts being intangible elements of energy facilitate potent influences on brain chemistry in extraordinarily profound ways, and that chemistry travels to and greatly controls every cell and organ in the body. Depending on what and how we think determines the health of the chemistry inside our brains, and bodies; the tools we need to construct positive and successful consequences for ourselves.

The Technique of Exchanging 

For those of you who have a copy of Vital Living From the Inside-Out™, you are well aware of the psychological technique I refer to as exchanging. This remarkable Brain-Training™ method can be implemented immediately to help anybody turn negative into positive. It’s simple, but like other self-improvement techniques, it requires discipline . . . Here’s what you do:

When a negative word, thought, belief, or memory enters your mind, it’s your chance to play the exchange game and think of something positive. Just perform the switcheroo to nullify the negative energy and influence that thought has over you. To arm yourself with an arsenal of power weapons in your attack against negativity write out a list of words and phrases on paper that contain positive energy. This directory of self-professed words and phrases will give your subconscious mind quick and convenient accessibility to positive options it can exchange to. Include words like strong, courage, happy, money, dynamic, attractive, charismatic, patient, confident, sensational, competitive, healthy, loving, happy, rich, tolerant, successful, peaceful, and zillions of others that will serve as your updated (personalized) vocabulary.

You can also rely on modern technology for assistance in your brain-training process with another simple technique. All you need is an inexpensive audio recording device to record your own personalized motivational audiotape (PMA); just like the ones you’ve purchased right here at Nightingale-Conant featuring a high-powered motivational speaker — instead, this time, you’re the motivational speaker!

Simply press the record button on your recorder and start talking to yourself. Use the words from your list, or just recite scenarios that you desire to actualize. Assume the roles of your own coach, motivator, disciplinarian, and, above all, best friend. Encourage yourself. Defend yourself. Support yourself. Challenge yourself. Correctly critique yourself. Push yourself to strive more ambitiously toward all your goals and to accept struggle as a conditioning tool the Universe throws at you to become a stronger person. Persuade yourself that you can handle, and defeat, any challenge, and that you are always strengthening all of your (emotional, physical and academic) characteristics. It’s your job to convince yourself that you’re a success that’s consistently, and steadfastly, always in process.

Above all, respect and love yourself. If a friend or loved one ever came to you in need of support for an extreme challenge, I’ll put money on it that you’d respond by acting like a motivational powerhouse. You’d share your best passionately-charged advise, and strive diligently to see them relieved of their trepidations. So why not use this same technique on yourself?

After you record your own PMA, it’s time to rewind and listen. You can listen attentively, focusing on every word and statement that you recorded; or you can attend to other tasks, not really paying (conscious or focused) attention but, nonetheless, allowing your (self-recorded) words to subliminally influence your subconscious mind. Either way, a constant influx of these words, and the energy they provide, will re-program and condition your brain, and you will begin to realize a positive shift in all directions in your life.

The trick to continuously improving with PMAs is to always speak to yourself from a first-person perspective; you are talking to you with an I have or I am meaning, not an I want one. For instance, don’t say “I want to be rich”, instead say, “I am rich”. Speak only in the present-tense as the subconscious believes everything its told, down to the minuteness of details. And make sure you verbalize these words and phrases with passionately-charged feelings, as the tonality in your voice delivers a very special meaning as well.

And since change does happens, you MUST periodically erase and re-record new PMAs when you reach higher levels of accomplishment. Older recordings will become outdated and can hold you back from further progress because they’re littered with passionately-charged advise that was intended for a less mature version of yourself.

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I’ve successfully used PMAs as an extension for my one-on-one motivational work with athletes, businesspeople and everyday folks who need a constant influx of motivation. This technique is useful for improving all aspects of our lives because the consequences we experience are often the direct cause of our choices and decisions of the past. Change the thought, change the thing!

As I always say, your results are not only possible, your results are inevitable™. Stay consistent to your own self-betterment. Become your own ‘head coach’. Expect that you will continue to improve. You are terrific!

I Wish You the VERY Best of Success!

John Abdo

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Brain Sensation: Part 1

BSMYou’re relaxing in your backyard on a warm, sunny summer day. Without warning some punk detonates a firecracker. You explosively levitate off your lounger and think, “Where’s the punk who blew off that darn bomb?”

From the moment you heard the sound of that explosion, instantaneously, your brain sent out a threat alert to various organs in your body. In particular, the adrenal glands are commanded to secrete a powerful hormone called adrenaline, our fight or flight hormone.

Adrenaline is an essential component of man’s genetic code bestowed upon us by Mother Nature. And although it’s quite an antiquated hormone (another caveman gene) it does offers plenty of modern-day uses like enabling us to fight off an impending pick-pocketer or to flee (flight) the neighbors’ angry pit bull.

In the wake of this brain-adrenal reaction adrenaline serves as an only-when-absolutely-necessary super-powered fuel source that alarms the auditory, visual, muscular, circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems (to name a few) to escape and/or endure life-threatening events. As a result of adrenaline, our hearts beat much more rapidly to increase the circulation of energy-rich blood throughout the body. Our breathing (respiration) accelerates to provide our muscles with more oxygen. Our hearing and eyesight acutely hone in on, “Where’s that punk?”

We need adrenaline, and the brain is the only sensory organ that has the authority to command the adrenals to manufacture and secrete this audacious hormone. And since rises in adrenaline often result in concurrent rises in testosterone, playing sports, participating in extreme activities, or just working out, all qualify, to some degree, as adrenaline instigators.

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Written by John Abdo, ©, All Rights Reserved

Excerpts taken from Brain Sensation & Motivation

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Sweet Behavior

I’m sure you’ve heard many people say, “I get fat just thinking about food”. As bizarre as that statement sounds there really is a lot of (scientific) truth supporting it. Here’s a simple explanation.

Sugar ingestion of any kind, natural or man-made, releases insulin into the bloodstream. Produced by the pancreas gland, amongst other roles, insulin is a hormone that serves as a shuttling agent responsible for chaperoning glucose (sugar) through the bloodstream and into the cells of the body to provide the cells with energy. The more sugar a person eats the more insulin their body needs to produce placing greater demands onto their pancreas glands. Those who are addicted to sugar, and consume it consistently, condition their pancreas to release insulin more frequently and at greater volumes than normal; this is a classic maladaptive behavior habit.

What’s so ironic, the brain-pancreas system becomes so conditioned to releasing insulin for chronic sugar-holics that these people don’t even need to actually (physically) consume sugar to trigger this effect. Whenever their brain senses sugar a ‘conditioned response’ (neuro-programming) is trained to believe sugar ingestion is surely going to occur. The sensation or anticipation from the thought, smell, sound and even sight of sugar alone is sufficient instigation to trigger insulin production. So if you’re trying to lose excess weight make sure you close your eyes and plug your ears during television commercials advertising all those yummy-for-your-tummy deserts and insatiable dishes at famous pancake restaurants. This might sound pseudo scientific, but it’s as factual as a person who ‘thinks’ (fantasizes) about a sexual experience and concurrently releases a variety of procreative hormones.

Needless to say, excessive sugar consumption and insulin secretion becomes a dangerous habit that destroys cellular integrity and overall body constitution. It’s a process that inhibits useful blood glucose to enter the cells where it’s used as energy. So instead of yielding energy this process actually stores it away; and in places people just struggle to deal with like their love-handles, saddlebags, chins, etc.

Maladaptive behavior directly related to sugar consumption often leads to diabetes and obesity, epidemics that are completely out of control for adults and now youngsters in our high-sugar era of consumption. Additionally, sugar addiction degrades the integrity and vitality of the pituitary gland that, in turn, struggles to produce and release sufficient supplies of growth hormone that are necessary to keep the body charged with a healthy metabolism and to maintain homeostasis.

Insulin flow chart (basic understanding)

• Sugar is sensed by the brain; i.e., thought (memory or future projection), sight, smell or actual consumption.

• The brain reacts by signaling the pancreas to release insulin in preparation to manage energy.

• Insulin enters the bloodstream that then binds to sugar molecules chaperoning them into muscle cells.

• Muscle cell receptors will grant entry to sugar only when that muscle is depleted, or has room for this energy source.

• However, when muscle cells are already saturated with sugar; called glycogen at that point, the sugar is rejected by the muscle receptors returning it into normal circulation. When sugar is denied tissue access it has a higher (and easier) tendency to convert to fat and become stored within the body. (The genetic construction of the body desires to keep and preserve energy, it’s a caveman gene we haven’t yet outgrown.)

• Insulin-induced diabetes is linked to depression, hormonal imbalances and sexual dysfunctions, obesity, chronic fatigue, insomnia, and reduced quality of life.

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Written by John Abdo, ©, All Rights Reserved

Excerpts taken from Brain Sensation & Motivation

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Sins of the Mind

AAAAAAAAA dramatic example of purging the destructive negative energy that inhabits many a person’s brain and body is gratifyingly depicted in the blockbuster film inspired by a Stephen King novel called The Green Mile, appearing Tom Hanks. John Coffey, played by Michael Clarke Duncan, is an enormous yet humble muscular black man who was wrongly convicted of raping and killing two young white girls. Coffey, who was discriminately sentenced to death, realizes the judicial and penal systems have closed the book on him leaving the actual offender of these crimes at large.

In addition to being a simple and kind man, Coffey possessed extraordinary healing powers. Under eyewitness accounts by the prison guards, Coffey resurrects a dead mouse lying on the jailhouse floor and healed the terminally ill wife of the prison Warden by swallowing the negative energy stored in her body. When asked how he was able to perform such miracles, Coffey replied in his strong Southern draw, “I took it back”.

Countless gifted people throughout history, who have been declared healers, are known to command sin to egress from another person’s body resulting in instantaneous exorcisms, or healings. According to many faiths, the use of the word ‘sin’ is merely referring to a person’s negative thoughts and beliefs, or Prompters, according to U.S. Anderson, the author of Three Magic Words. Other healers actually use their own bodies as intermediaries, exorcising the negative energy out from the ‘sinners’ body and absorbing it into themselves, or, as Coffey put it, taking it back.

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brain cellsOne day, as another death row inmate frighteningly staggered down the green mile; the long green-tiled corridor that leads to the execution chamber, the convict makes several desperate attempts to stall his execution as the guards are escorting him toward his expiration. The prisoner has a heavy burden on his mind and in his heart but knows it’s too late to disclose. In this moment of despair the prisoner is overwhelmed with guilt, especially as he nears Coffey’s cell. Then, unexpectedly, the inmate reaches out to touch Coffey. Instantly, Coffey psychically senses an explosive surge of negative energy penetrate into his body, immediately realizing he’s face-to-face with the rapist and killer of those two young girls who was, coincidentally, convicted of another crime. Coffey, who’s witnessed plenty of evil acts and injustice in his life, sinks deeper into his melancholy state of consciousness realizing he cannot escape evil, but rather, his life has been constantly surrounded by it.

Heal Thyself:

During his long agonizing prison stay waiting his own final day, Coffey witnesses multiple evil and sadistic acts on other prisoners by a guard named Percy Wetmore. One incident was during an actual execution in which Wetmore was in charge of preparing the prisoner for the electric chair. To quickly deliver a humanely applied life-ending electrical surge into the prisoner, a black hood is placed over the prisoners’ head and face to block the potential expulsion of their eyeballs, blood, saliva and vomit, while an electrocution head cap is fixed on top of their head. Before the electricity is activated, the bottom of this cap that contacts the skull must be saturated with water by the guard, as water serves as the conductor of electric current. However, Wetmore, deviously and sadistically intentionally places a dry cap onto the prisoners’ head so he could purposely observe a much slower, inhumane and sadistic execution. This evil act did not go unnoticed by Coffey, which sickened his emotions by the cruelty one man can inflict on another.

Not too long after the intentionally botched execution, and during a routine cell check, Coffey had the opportunity to grab ahold of Wetmore. As Coffey pinned the evil guard down on the cold prison floor he regurgitated the negative energy he swallowed from the Wardens’ terminally ill wife and transferred it down Wetmore’s throat. Instantly, Wetmore collapsed into a permanent state of catatonia, subsequently needing to be admitted into a mental institution for the remainder of his life. When interrogated why he would do such a thing, Coffey replied, “I punish them bad men.”

The other prison guards were certain Coffey was innocent of the crimes he was convicted of. Knowing they would risk their jobs and reputation, the guards still desired to help Coffey escape. When they found their chance to let him run free outside of the prison walls they told Coffey, “Go ahead. Run for your life John Coffey”. But Coffey stayed still and replied; “There’s too much pain in the world. I’m rightly tired of the pain.”

On the day of his execution, Coffey asked the guards if they wouldn’t cover his head with the black hood. The guards curiously asked this muscular giant of a man, “Why?” Coffey replied, “I’m scared of the dark.” Coffey was properly executed by electrocution.

The moral of this story is whatever you decide for yourself. Maybe there’s more than one moral, maybe the moral today will not be the same moral you’ll have tomorrow. The mind evolves.

(Taken from Brain Sensation & Motivation, Abdo, ©, All Rights Reserved.

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