Compelled

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I’ve been taking a bit of a break from most things internet related, except for learning about playing the guitar (and banjo,ukelele,dobro,etc) Not only have I been obsessed with guitar, and learning more about music, I feel like I’ve been learning a new language meeting lots of great people both young and old. I’m open to many kinds of music and find that when I listen to and/or play music not only does it open up a whole new form of communication, it is often very therapeutic. I’ve noticed that moods can change in an instant, smiles take the place of frowns, and when toes start tapping and bodies swaying we are making the best of that moment…and how cool is that?
Today I feel compelled to take a break from my internet sabbatical and begin to share whats going on. Sometimes it has been a bit of an obsession (in a good way) I feel so fortunate and blessed to be involved with all the different elements of making music, meeting musicians and continually learning more about this art form.
My plan is to start posting more regularly and while my mindset hasn’t shifted from the knowledge that we can create a fantastic life by channelling our thoughts and energies in positive directions and being open to all that life has to offer, music is now another way in which I communicate…It opens up so many possibilities and I’m so excited to share with you what I’ve been exposed to and learned (and am still learning every day)
Well that’s it in a nutshell, just a heads up that you can expect to hear from me more regularly, and making music will become a new element of my communication.

I’ve been travelling in Mexico for the last month or so and have had an opportunity to chill and re-evaluate…I’ve decided its not right to keep it to myself…and I feel compelled to share.

Here’s a sample of what’s been giving me inspiration

Mexican Sunset

 

Adios for now,

Have a fantastic day!

Pete

 

Happy New Year

OK, so I’m a week late, but Happy New Year anyway. I hope that you’re sticking to your resolutions, especially the ones related to your health and wellbeing. (which covers about 90% of most people’s New Year’s commitments)

Most of you have probably checked it out already, but I’d like to officially announce that Karlee has her new blog up and running and it’s fantastic. Lot’s of great stuff on healthy lifestyle and balanced living. For a unique and brilliant perspective we can all benefit from, check it out at http://bringingbackbalance.com/ .

For any of you that may be struggling with your health related resolutions, I’d like to pass on a “secret” that could make all the difference.

The “secret” is that great health begins in your mind, not your body. It’s your thoughts about how you see yourself and your world that impact the choices you make in every moment of every day. Great health and wellness is the result of healthy living…so tell me something I don’t already know, Peter. OK then, here it is…

The picture we hold in our mind of who we are and just as importantly who we are becoming is what drives our decisions about whether to have that piece of cheesecake or to to take the dog for a walk or to read that book instead of becoming mesmerized by the TV. And these decisions are really influenced by the ideas rooted in our subconscious mind related to our self image. Most of our decisions are essentially made before we consciously weigh the pros and cons and then take action.

The image of the confident, beautiful, happy, vibrant, energetic, healthy, loving person that is you is what is deciding for you. Getting clarity on who you really are will relieve you of the “torment of choice” And remember, you are the thinker…you get to choose and shape your thoughts and beliefs.

Become crystal clear on what you really want and then see that picture in your “mind’s eye”….and hold that image so that it becomes your “operating system” . Then your decisions become easy and you’ll be well on your way towards turning your image into reality!

Oh, and one more thing, I know this stuff works, but that doesn’t mean I’ve got it mastered. Knowing something and doing it are 2 different things. But I’m committed to staying the course and allowing my “best self” to emerge. And I look forward to sharing my successes and failings with you, keeping in mind that failing doesn’t make me a failure. I only become a failure when I quit trying!!

Have a fantastic day

Peter

“All the water in the world cannot drown you unless it gets inside of you”   Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

Glisten, Glow and Gallop into 2012

Ringing in the 2012 New Year has a different meaning for everyone – some people like to forget about all of the bad choices they made in 2011, some are looking forward to a fresh start in 2012, many people make a thorough list of resolutions and goals, and many want to continue on the healthy lifestyle train. If you aren’t quite where you thought you would be at the end of 2011, don’t fret! You still have time to jump on board the train! Still figuring out how to make healthy choices (especially fitness) fun? Well what is better than sweating it out with your favorite people?? If you will be in Vancouver on December 31st, then I encourage you to join me on the 1st Annual ‘Glisten, Glow and Gallop’! What is the mighty GGG? Well my friends, we are all going to partake in a little fun 5km adventure around Mundy Park in Coquitlam.

My goal of the event is to connect with my family and friends through one of my favorite activities: SWEATING! We will start the morning off by meeting, as a group, where we can assemble walking groups, racing buddies or running companions. Next we will all power through the 5km by walking, prancing, running, jogging, skipping, or dancing. After sweating it up, we will gather our endorphin-surged bodies for one final hoorah in the parking lot – who doesn’t love a good tail gate partay! I am still working out the details, but I am thinking delicious goodies, hot dranks, smiles, hugs and laughter. (Ok who is bringing the beer?)

Now can you think of a better way to finish off 2011? Why wait until January 1st to start healthy behaviors. Start 2012 off on the right foot, and do something good for your body, mind and soul. I know many of you won’t be able to trek to Coquitlam for the event, but I hope that you still find a way to get sweaty with your family or friends. Every day is a chance to Glisten, Glow and Gallop!

Who says that making healthy choices can’t be fun? Well definitely not this girl! I hope you all join me in making the last day of 2011 a happy and healthy one.

-Karlee

P.S. The tentative plan is to meet at Mundy Park on December 31 at 930am and to start sweating at 10am. Stay tuned for more information, as we are still ironing out the final details.

Making Choices

To feel good and be healthy is a worthwhile objective, and we have a lot of information about healthy choices at our fingertips, but to reap the rewards of great health and wellbeing we have to decide to make improvements in our current habits. Being aware of our choices is an important first step. The next step is taking positive action and actually making improvements in our diet and lifestyle habits.

If you have the knowledge and don’t do anything with it, you’re no better off than the person that doesn’t have the knowledge!

The choices I make will not be the same as yours. We are unique individuals in unique situations with different habits, body types, metabolism, etc. An important element of making decisions that are best for you is to become clear on what works for you…and sometimes the only way to find out is to try something new.

I’ve been frequently questioned as to why I decided to take the 21 day vegan challenge with Karlee. My answer is that I wanted to determine the effect of a meat and dairy free diet on my health and how I felt. (Another reason was that Karlee challenged me to try it) I found that dairy products affected me more than I realized. And I haven’t yet reintroduced them into my diet. My plan is to stay with a dairy free diet for the next few months to see if there are continued improvements in how I feel. Then I’ll try reintroducing a few dairy products…(I really like cheese)

Many people don’t realize the effect that diet has on our overall health and wellbeing. The decision to find out how different foods affect you is the first step in determining the ideal diet for you. And once you have the knowledge, then of course your next step is to make the changes that are best for you, and which will ultimately become part of your personal ”Excellent Health Program”.

Have a fantastic day

Peter

 

“Not to decide is to decide”

 

 

From Vegan to Caveman?

Now that I’m almost through with the Vegan Challenge I’m reflecting on what I’ve learned and am thinking about my next step in discovering the ultimate healthy diet.

I’ve been doing a little research on the Paleolithic/Caveman Diet….no cereals, bread, milk, butter, cheese or sugar but lots of of lean meat, fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts. Also known as the hunter-gatherer diet, it is based on the foods that would have been consumed by “cavemen” during the Paleolithic Era that ended about 10,000 years ago along with the advent of agriculture.This diet consists of foods that can be hunted and gathered, such as meat and seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and spices. Foods that are excluded from the diet are the ones that were rarely consumed by humans before the agricultural revulution such as grains, legumes (beans and peanuts), dairy products, refined sugar, alcoholic or fermented beverages. Many “Caveman Dieters” eat only lean cuts of meat, such as wild game meats and grass-fed beef since they contain higher levels of omega-3 fats, less saturated fats, and fewer additives than grain-produced domestic meats.

I like the idea of eating food free of additives…If I can’t pronounce the ingredients, I’m not eating it. And I’ve already decided to reduce or completely eliminate dairy from my diet. But cutting out bread or sugar entirely could get a little dicey. I’m going to do a little more research on it before I make my decision.

In the meantime, I’m on the “Get off the Couch Program ” I’m taking my dog for more walks, getting a few more things done around the house, taking the stairs instead of the elevator….at least 30 minutes of activity,  just like Karlee prescribed. Getting a little closer to my goal of being in great shape and at my ideal weight.

One more day of being veggie man!!  Yaaaaay!!  Maybe the carnivorous thoughts I’m having is really the caveman in me coming out :)

PD

 

“We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.”  T.S. Eliot