Fight the quit

So, I’m a few chapters into this book by Richard J. Machowicz called “Unleash the Warrior Within” and I stumble on something he refers to as “Verbal Command Request”.

Machowicz is a former SEAL member and the creator of Bukido, which is a training system designed to get over fears or obstacles that stand in the way of accomplishing what your really want in life. I’m always looking for books or articles that help me stay focused in life, and this one seems decent.??

Anyway, Machowicz refers to VCR as ‘a command you use on yourself or another that is structured in a specific way to elicit a known result’. Basically, a short phrase that you use to help you focus, relax or possibly build adrenaline.

I thought it was a little corny, but I’m at the gym yesterday busting out some dead lifts and my mind starts to quit. I’m fatiguing and I’m thinking of just moving on to something else. Just then, a phrase (maybe from a movie?) pops into my head: “Can’t quit, won’t quit”. Suddenly, my focus came back, I was rejuvenated and I finished out the rest of the set. I kept repeating the phrase throughout my workout and ended up having a great day at the gym. It’s like the phrase wouldn’t allow me to shut it down without finishing what I came to do.?

I thought I would share this, because we all battle mental demons on a daily basis. Our bodies are capable of so much if our minds are right. And you never know what will get you through a tough workout, a hard day at work or any other obstacle. So try the VCR method, you might be surprised. I know I was.??

A new Diet Coke? WTF!

As unbelievabl as it sounds, Coca Cola plans on launching a new version of diet coke in the spring of 2007.? It will be fortified with vitamins and minerals.? According to a cnnmoney.com article, this will be the first nutrient enhanced carbonated soda to be offered by a major brand.

This “enhanced” version of diet coke is undoubtedly due to Diet Coke’s lagging sales.? With all the energy drinks, teas, etc. out there, diet coke has nowhere to go but down.

Green tea health claims unsubstantiated.

Green tea has had a great run in popularity over the last 5 years because of it’s health benefits.? Many people have forgone coffee for this supposed “healthy” drink.? Well, in 2005 a Japanese company that bills itself, the worlds largest green tea company, and it’s American subsidiary, petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).? They were in quest of making the claim that five ounces of green tea per day may reduce the risk of heart disease.

The FDA rviewed 105 articles and other literature submitted as part of the petition but found no evidence to support the beverages health claims.?

?”FDA concludes there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea or green tea extract and a reduction of a number of risk factors associated with CVD” or cardiovascular disease, Barbara O. Schneeman, director of the agency’s Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, wrote in a letter denying the petition. The FDA posted the letter to its Web site Tuesday.

Health Alert from Newsmax.com

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Failure

“Act as though it were impossible to fail.”

Winston Churchill

50 ways to spice up chicken

Any bodybuilder or person that is looking to get?into shape and stay healthy knows that chicken is one of the leanest?foods on the market. Chicken should be a staple in anybody’s diet that is looking to pack on muscle and stay lean. Another great thing about chicken is that it’s cheaper than steak or pork – especially frozen and in bulk – so it’s usually the meal of choice come most dinner times.

The problem is that chicken can also be boring as hell, especially if you’re eating it two or three times throughout the day to feed your growing muscles. Without having to drop too much more coin at the grocery store, here is an article from Men’s Health.com that offers different ways to jazz up the protein-packed bird: 50 ways to Feed Your Muscles.

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