A Brief History And Future Plans

Reminiscing About The Past

Thinking about the Present

Exploring Future Plans

 

When I first began researching health and applying what I had learned in 2003, I had no doubt in my mind that I would succeed. Almost right away I felt the effects of eating healthy. My skin cleared up, my allergies were cured, I slept better, and felt like a new person. It might seem strange that at a young age someone could say that, but I think that most people are not living to their full potential. There are many studies published which show that large numbers of people are deficient in many nutrients, and these impact how the body and mind functions. Lack of physical exercise can also have an impact on health, too. Just eating healthy isn’t enough, especially when it comes to your mind.

I’m not perfect when in sticking to my goals and routines. How many time have I said before that I will start exercising, only to get distracted some weeks later by something and then stop? I can very easily stick to a healthy diet, but keeping an exercise routine for me has been difficult. We all make excuses why we can’t do something, and we give up too early before we see the benefits from our efforts. I suppose this could be applied to many areas in life, wouldn’t you agree?

What I Need to Focus On

Now that I’ve been working from home for over two years, my life has definitely changed. I don’t really enjoy being on the computer all day, but my work requires it. And then after I finish work, sometimes I get caught up in other things and spend even more time on the computer. Trying to get a healthy balance here is difficult at the moment, so I need to work on my own goals and become fully self employed so I can do the things I want. So after a long period of saving, I’ve decided to lower my work hours down to the minimum, and focus on other areas.

I’ll be spending the extra time working on my own projects, including this site, but this one will get a little less attention than the other niche sites for the moment, as I work on monetising them. I definitely be making more of an effort to post more frequently on this site from now on. Writing blog journals like this takes much less time; but writing articles where I feel obligated to provide accurate information takes more time because of the research I have to do.

On the topic of working from home, here’s  funny little comic from the Oatmeal about working for home. It’s not quite that bad for me yet! haha

I Want To Take Classes

I clearly need to become more physically active. I already go for walks and runs some mornings, but it’s not enough. I really would love to do Kung Fu again. It’s the same place I went before (I wonder if any of the same people are there) and classes will be twice a week. The last time I trained there it really helped me focus, stay grounded and it was nice to belong to a club. Martial Arts is not simply about learning to fight, but provides many other benefits which can enhance well-being.

Learning Martial Arts is always something I’ve enjoyed in the past. The first class MA class I ever did was in Taekwondo (Korean martial art) just down the road from me in a small community centre. I was very excited at the time, especially after watching The Karate Kid, but for whatever reason, I stopped after a few months I think. But damn, in that time I developed good kicking technique and learned to do the splits. =)

Later on I experimented with Judo because my best friend at the time and brother went. It wasn’t really my thing, but it was fun for a while. After high school I was invited to take a Karate classes, which I did for over a year. I think I remember how to do some of the Katas still :). And more recently I went to Shaolin Kung Fu class for a short while, but my previous job where I worked evenings got in the way of me saving for California.  It’s only been in the last 2 years that I have the freedom and the time to take the evening classes. I know I should do it, it’d be great for me. Perhaps on Thursday I’ll check it out and perhaps start classes next week.  I’m also going to go to the gym with a friend on the weekend. So that’ll be 3 days of the week training. I may have to reduce the level of calorie restriction that I’m currently doing for the moment as well.

Looking back, I’ve always been very active for most of my life, so these last few years have been unusual. I’ve not mentioned many other things I’ve done in the past, one of them was football (soccer for Americans) which I played for 15 years almost every day. I was very good, but never had a strong desire to try play professionally. As we grew up, playing against adults was a lot more rough, and after already suffering two big injuries myself, I didn’t fancy getting my bones broken as I tried CR and tried living healthily. My friend Joe who was also very good at football, ended up getting tackled and having his bone stick out of his shin, which of course needed an operation. There are many other instances where things got kind of rough playing as adult against local teams. Some players were just very sly and dangerous and got away with stupid stuff because the referees were too lenient. Besides, football is kind of boring to me now anyway. 🙂

“Nam Pai Chuan Competition at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff”

Future Posts

What I’m going to do is write a sort of diary type blog entry more often, with more informational blog entries and reviews coming perhaps weekly or biweekly . This way I can keep people informed of changes I’ve made, and provide some good information about health and well-being whether it be calorie restriction, veganism, supplements, anti aging treatments, skin and hair health. I will be broadening what I write about.

I’ve also wondered if I should create a Facebook page for the blog, so I can share news about nutrition and health that I come across almost every day daily. I don’t what this blog becoming a news site, but Facebook would be great to share that kind of information as I don’t want to fill my own personal Facebook with news articles.

Setting Goals

Always Set New Goals 

Not too long ago I was thinking that I hadn’t really challenged myself much lately or set goals for myself. Calorie Restriction can be a challenge at first, but eventually it does become routine for most of us. Some of us would spend a lot of time learning about nutrition by reading books and science articles to understand more about nutrition, health, and longevity. Although there’s a lot of new information come out all of the time about nutrition and the benefits of certain foods on disease and health, we learn learn plenty to be able to sustain ourselves on a calorie restriction diet and practice it safely. From that point we are essentially on autopilot. Many of us move onto other interests, while also maintaining this lifestyle.

Learning New Languages

So, back to what I was going to say: It’s normal that once we get comfortable with things how they are, we stay there and don’t take steps to move out of it. When we are children we have so much curiosity and are always exploring new things. Some people stay curiosity in life, while others stick to what they know and rarely venture outside of that for whatever reason. In life it’s important that we don’t get into a routine that makes us become stagnant and stops us from growing as a person. We should always explore new things, keep learning new skills, take up new hobbies, and meet new people. Ultimately it is up to us to make life the best it can be.

 

languages

 

I was introduced to K-pop last year by a friend and instantly loved it. At first it’s a bit ‘sensory-overload’ – but after a while you get used to it. Then I started to watch popular Korean Dramas and loved those too! They were different than the one’s I’ve watched in the UK or from the US. In my opinion, the dramas I’ve watched so far, including “Shine or Go Crazy and “My Love From The Star” are very good. My love from the Stars was streamed 14.5 billion times.

I think the Korean dramas have a more authentic style, better connections between the characters, beautiful fashion and costumes, and they are just wonderful to watch. What they sometimes lack with special effects, they more than make up with very good plots. They are funny, cute, interesting, and can be addicting!

After a while of learning more about Korea I’ve started to learn more about the history of Korea and their culture. It’s all been a fascinating experience so far. It’s almost like a new world opening up. And I guess that’s one of the best part about learning a new language.

Now that I’ve fallen in love with South Korea, I’ve begun learning the language because I would love to be able to communicate with the people when I eventually visit the country. (I will also visit Japan on the same trip). So I’ve set myself a goal to become quite fluent by next April, which I think is more than enough time given how much time I spent actively studying. For now I’ll study at home and look for South Korean stores and places here where I live so I can practice the language, as well as using Skype to talk to Korean friends of course. I’ve been researching a few Korean places local to me, and luckily there’s a few! Most South Koreans that come to the UK reside in London, though.

My Plan

When I get a good handle on Korean I will then start to introduce another language. Right now I still have a good grasp on Spanish, so I will listen, read, and try to speak more so I can improve to where I can converse easily. When I was studying it before I never really spoke much, and speaking is much more difficult compared to just being able to understand what is being said.  But for now my most active language will be Korean. At some point over the next few months I will also start to learn Japanese, too. But I won’t stop there! I intend to learn many languages… So far the one’s that I plan to learn are as follows:

Korean

Japanese

Spanish

Chinese (Mandarin)

Why Learn All of These Languages? 

Firstly, why not? Once you’ve learned them you can enjoy all that these countries have to offer. By learning these languages I will be able to speak to people from these countries and create new opportunities. Here where I live we’ve also had so many university students from China in recent years, too! And language learning also helps you think differently. It improves your memory and keeps the brain young!

As I was trying to look for tips on learning new languages, I came across a guy who speaks 50 languages – not all fluently, but many of them he is exceptionally good at. He also has a love for Asian languages and culture. You can see him converse in them in the video below.

My experience in learning Korean has been great so far. I love every minute of it. It doesn’t even feel like I am studying because I enjoy it so much. And that’s the way language learning should be! 🙂 It feels amazing to just be able to understand suddenly a few verses in a song that you couldn’t a few weeks ago. Over time things that were just “noise” become clearer. It’s these little achievements that make me excited! But the real benefit for me would be able to speak to people in their native languages. This is my goal, and I will achieve it!

Okay, that’s all for now. There’s lots more to update you on with regards to new goals of mine, but I wanted to stay on the topic of language. 🙂

Creating The Right Attitude To Achieve Your Goals

Creating The Right Attitude To Achieve Your Goals

Why is it that some people can achieve their goals more easily than others? Well, you can assume that they simply have more willpower; but if everything was a constant challenge, eventually, even the most determined person will slip up and either get poor results or just quit altogether. You know how it is when you start to exercise again… At first it’s really hard and challenging, but eventually you get into it and it becomes easy. You don’t dread that morning run, you actually start to enjoy it and you feel energised and ready to take it on! You’ve conditioned your body and mind and now it makes you feel good. It’s a positive cycle! You associate running with all good things, not the aches and pains the morning after as most beginners find out. So when you start a new healthy lifestyle, you want to make sure you’re getting positive things from it, and not make it about a life of deprivation. This is negative thinking and will no doubt be the cause of your failure.

When achieving something, it comes down to your belief in what you are doing — this determines whether or not you’ll take it seriously and work hard to achieve your goal. If you don’t believe this diet will work in helping you drop some weight, make you healthier, and increase your lifespan, then the chances you’ll stick with it are slim. So if your belief is low to start out with, then you’ll never achieve the results that you should and could get. So changing how you think is critical to your long term success.

When I embarked on this journey, I already held a strong conviction that I would a) Be healthier by doing it b) I would stay looking younger for much longer. c) I would live to over 100 and therefore give me a greater chance to reach a point in time when science could effectively rejuvenate the body and cure aging.

I remember thinking when I was younger that I could see myself being 30, but only looking only 20. Or I would project into the future to where I was 50, but had the body and mind of a 30 year old. In my mind, this wasn’t a possible reality, this was the only reality — this is what was going to happen, I thought to myself. Whether or not these were entirely realistic goals didn’t matter so much. They were necessary for me to stick with the plan when I had many people all around me telling me to quit and eat a “normal” diet like everyone else. Now I am almost 30 years old and so far I seem to be doing just fine. If you do what your friends and family are doing, then don’t expect to have radically better health. You have to do something different! Otherwise you’ll likely experience the same kind of diseases as they suffer from as you age.

 

What you can do to change your mindset and create positive reinforcement

  • Fast forward: Close your eyes and imagine that you’ve achieved your goal weight. How happy does this make you feel? Feel how light you are on your feet, how radiant you look, and how free you feel. Think of all the things you can now do! See yourself in that favourite dress or suit you’ve wanted to wear again. Hold onto that image and the feelings of happiness associate with it. Remember, this is not just a ‘possible future’, this is your future.
  • Surround yourself with people who live active and healthy lifestyles (positive examples). The environment you’re in can have a great influence on whether or not you stick with the changes that you’ve made.
  • Set realistic goals – track your weight and progress over time – reward yourself for good behaviours and reaching targets that you’ve set.
  • Write a small journal about how you feel, as this will give you something to look back on and see how far you’ve come. Sometimes we forget what it felt like before we started the diet. Most people don’t just become overweight and unhealthy over night – it’s a process that takes months or years – so subtle changes are missed.
  • Get blood tests to determine your current health and redo them periodically (every 12 months). Seeing the dramatic improvements in glucose, cholesterol, inflammation, and other health biomarkers can be a great motivator to keep doing what you’re doing. The more feedback we get from our body, the better we can make decisions and tweaks to get the most optimal results.
  • Keep learning and experiment with new recipes and foods. Keep it fun and new! Living healthy does not have to mean boring and bland foods.
  • Join the Calorie Restriction group on Facebook to get support from others who are thriving on this diet.

Recommended watching:  Tony Robbins: Why some people take massive action and others don’t 

Plans for the next year

I’m probably going to stop being lazy now and start doing a lot of different stuff. Back in November 2007 I mentioned that I would like to take Acting classes, so I been looking this up and found a few classes that start in end of September, might for those and they aint too expensive. Then I also got to take some singing lessons as in September I’m starting a new band. I also want to probably take a part time course at the college, maybe Spanish, but I’m not sure. I’d rather not waste an entire acedemic year doing nothing. I also am working much more now to so I can pay for all of this. This isn’t all I want to do! I have so many ideas and plans, no wonder why I want to live a long time. I love everything haha 🙂

A few other things that I need to work on is doing Yoga more consistently again, and also want to get back into Karate as soon as possible too. But I won’t push this because I need my achilles tendon to heal fully first.

As for the allergic reaction below, well, there was just some Rash that came up for no apparent reason other than some medicine I took last night for my stomach. It’s pretty much ‘almost’ faded now, but I hope it goes by tomorrow because I have work! 😀

Books I’ve read

I thought I’d share with you a list of books that have in a lot of ways made me who I am at this point in time. Books are so great, I can sit down and read them for so long! And in high school I didn’t even want to spend 1 minute reading a page, maybe it was the fish oil? hehe. I’ve just became so interested in everything, I just wish I could absorb all the knowledge better.

So heres a lsit of my most recent books that I enjoyed reading, and please do recommend some if you think I’ll like!

Age of Spiritual Machines – Ray Kurzweil
Fantastic Voyage – Ray Kurzweil
The Singularity is Near – Ray Kurzweil
120 Year diet – Roy Walford
The Spike – Damien Broderick
Okianwa Diet – wilcox brothers and suzuki
Nano
The Final Theory (science beyond Newton and Einstein)
Citizen Cyborg – James Hughes
Longevity Diet – Walford, Delaney
Living with the genie
More than Human – Ramez Naam
Quantum Reality
The new Quantum Universe
The First Immortal – Halperin
Anyone Can do it – Duncan Bannatyne
Our Molecular Future
Nanotechnology
Molecular Biology of the Cell 4th edition

So please list some books that you think I should buy and read. Warren from the CR society recommended “CyberEvolution and Future Minds” and i’ll be ordering this one next week, can’t wait, he says its awesome.

Reading and Day dreaming

I’ve not really read much lately so I thought i’d order some books, I really started to enjoy reading after I found Kurzweil Book so facinating! In fact his “Age of Spiritual Machines” was the first book that I read fully and it changed my outlook on the future and he certainly has had a massive influence on the direction of my life… Thank you! — he was also kind enough to get three autographed books sent to me last year, how awesome is that!

So anyway I thought I’d read some other stuff than technology, the future and all that kind of thing. I bought a book called “Anyone can do it” by Duncan Bannatyne and what an amazing read so far… basically he is saying that anyone can do what he did, he earned himself 160 million in a very short space of time. He left with school with no qualifications, he was really poor, and one day he decided he would become very rich. He never invented anything, he was just careful with his money and he built up small businesses. I’m only about 1/4 way through the book and so far he has led a very interesting life. He also thinks he’s going to live forever, in that video on the link above he says he will live to 500 because he loves life.

While at work I’ve just been thinking about all my family members that are extremely wealthy and how they made it, and its all to do with being sensible with money and working hard. They all moved to places like austrailia and spain now, except my uncle who lives a couple of minutes from me and I go see him a few times a year. My family in Austrailia have invited us over and we use one of their 3 ‘massive’ houses for 4-6 weeks or so, but my mother never took us, even though they offered to pay for everything while we were over there. You may have heard of the Oracle? Well she (my mothers aunt) was in a very high position in this company in austrailia. And her sons own companies, one which creates all those flashing signs you see in places like vegas, new york etc… And two of my uncles own like 10’s of properties and is worth millions… I just can’t believe it! — They should all be donating to the mprize! lol. I’m really suprised that people who have billions and millions have still not donated to the mprize. Yes there has been a few, but I hope there are a lot more. I think one of the problems is their public image, what if people say “why didn’t you donate to something more important, like cancer, heart disease, children in africa” and so on. But the more people that donate the louder the message becomes.

Maybe this book will inspire me to make goals for myself, to somehow make myself wealthy by working hard. One way was buying property, but I the prices now are so damn high, i’m not sure if that will ever be a possibility, at least not right now. Duncan says you can go the same way as he did, maybe you can? The population is getting older now, maybe it will soon be a good idea to open up some care homes or something. I’ll just carry on day dreaming at work (its boring) and think something up one day. Then when I become a multi-millionaire help all my family out and donate shit loads to the mprize.

Other than day dreaming and reading, I really have to finish this damn human physiology essay. ahhhhhh.