Archive for December, 2013

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Hey Guys,

Seeing as it’s the last day of the year I thought I’d write a small post about some random stuff and kinda just go with the flow…

Where do I start? 

2013 has been one of the best years of my life. I started the year with no vision that I’d be where I am today. Life has a way to carry you down this stream if you learn to go with the flow. I’d set many goals at the start of 2013 and through setting out to achieve them, life has taken me down this path that I hadn’t anticipated.

I’ve learned a lot about myself as an individual by going through life and trying to learn from everyday experiences.

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This year I’ve travelled, achieved goals, met new friends, over come challenges, helped people who’ve come across my path and I am living everyday as if it’s my last – I am literally trying to squeeze as much joy out of life as I can. Imagine life was toothpaste in the tube about to run out – That’s the type of squeeze I’m talking about lol.

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I done it – I made it happen – So can you!

 

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Never give up!

I never started the year knowing that I’d compete in not one, but two bodybuilding/fitness shows standing in front of 1000’s of people. I never knew that I would experience my first professional studio photo shoot with a top photographer in the city of London. I never knew or saw any of this guys. I mean, I saw it in my mind and knew that I would make it happen one day but I never this year would be the year. It makes me think, none of us know where life is going to take us. We just gotta stay positive and keep trying. PERIOD!

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First Photo Shoot – Grown man Swag 😉

 

Life’s way too short not to enjoy. It’s too short to remain angry at someone because of something that happened in the past. It’s too short to harbour negative energy towards anyone because in turn all that will happen is it will affect your happiness. 

I mean think about it. If you’re in a state of mind where you’re constantly seeking to get revenge on someone, how happy in your life can you truly be?

I have learned to forgive all the people in my life who have hurt me in the past and who will hurt me in the future as I want to live in peace with myself and be happy. Deep down we all know that true happiness doesn’t arrive until we are at peace with ourselves.

Please do not confuse what I mean when I say forgiveness. I don’t mean forgiveness in the traditional sense as in “Forgive, forget and be friends again”, but forgiveness as in to forgive so you can be at peace of mind.

I look back at my life now and can see that I have truly become a man. Upon reflection, I can see that I have come a long way from where I use to be. I now recognise that my life has been one big lesson. Each day is really a school for learning. 

All the situations I’ve been in that I once called negative or bad have been stepping stones to make me the guy that I am today. 

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“Without negativity in my life, I wouldn’t aspire to be positive” 

I know this may sound crazy to some but I now appreciate negativity in my life. In fact, I appreciate all the polarities which fall under negativity.

Let me explain. When I’m angry, I learn to be remain calm. I don’t like getting or being angry, so I consciously focus my attention on remaining calm when I find myself in “negative” situations. Through mastering and learning to control all negative aspects of ourselves we become stronger individuals. I hope you now have a better understanding of what I mean when I say I welcome negativity in my life.

I now view life as a game. One big massive game. And within this massive game contains games within games (Inception).

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We all play the numbers game which requires everyday participation.

In fact, the numbers game takes up the majority of our lives. If you are not playing in this game, life will become very difficult for you.

If you hadn’t clocked on by now I’m talking about “Money“. In today’s reality we are all playing the numbers game and you have no choice but to play (unless you live out in the hills somewhere)

But I’ve realised something – Life isn’t actually all about money. You may think I’m contradicting myself, so again allow me to explain…

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On the bigger picture of life, we are all human. We all have the same God given needs and are made up of the same bio-logical structure. We all need love, food, shelter, health and air to breathe right…

From what I find truth in, life is all about creating. It’s about creating and sharing with the world what you are good at. Developing your natural born skills, loving others and doing your part to making the world a better place. However, this isn’t our reality…

 Instead, we live in a world where our reality has become “Survive Survive Survive”.

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We are all so busy trying to survive and live…So much so that we’re not getting the opportunity to truly live and enjoy life. You following me?

It’s not all bad though as within all of that I have also learned something else. We all have the power to shape our reality…

Who controls your thoughts? YOU

Thoughts are what make up your…? REALITY

Now, if your thoughts are what make up your reality and you control your thoughts then you can clearly understand that you are the one with the power. And we all know that with power comes responsibility…

WE ALL HAVE THE POWER TO SHAPE OUR REALITY

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When you make a comment such as:

“I’m depressed because this person hurt my feelings” OR

“I’ve had a bad day because my boss was being a bone head”

Do you realise you that you have given that person the power to control how you are feeling? You are consciously allowing them to shape your reality. No one deserves that sort of control over you but YOURSELF! Never forget that!

Looking back at life and thinking over 2013 I can truly see that I am living in a different reality to which I use to live. I don’t even feel like myself any more at times. That might sound bad but it’s actually a good thing.

I think what has happened is, I’ve realised my true potential and what I can achieve in this life time. But because I’ve created this self image of myself which is a portrait of all my lower aspects, I’ve identified myself with all those lower aspects and have been living my life thinking that “That is who I am” and “That is all I am” .

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When I speak to people about this subject, I see that we are all in it together. Many others have created this poisonous “Self Image” of themselves that have stemmed from hurtful past experiences which have built up and manifested into emotional blockages such as confidence issues, fear, worry of failure, lack of self worth, fear of rejection…We don’t believe in ourselves and I believe this is the root cause of it all.

We don’t see all the good things we have been doing in our lives. We don’t recognise all the wonderful things we have been doing for ourselves and others around us until someone points it out. Why?

Because we were “just” being “Ourselves”

What does your self image say about you?

Do you walk with confidence because you know your true worth or are you living a life filled with fear?

 

Do you know how special you are? If so, do you embrace it?

If not, ask yourself why exactly you are not special?

Listen to the answer you hear in your mind? The answer may be along the lines of a mistake you’ve made in the past.

Whatever it is, face it, analyse it, work with it and make peace with it. Don’t move into 2014 with any unnecessary emotional baggage. If you are carrying baggage, make 2014 the year to drop the load and live in peace. 

I could type forever but seeing as it’s New Years Eve I don’t want to bore you any longer lol.

Guys, I wish a you all a wonderful 2014.

Don’t be too down on yourself if you never made it happen like you wanted to in 2013. Just review what could have been better and make it right for 2014.

That’s the good thing about failure. You fail, You “learn”, You make it right and go for it again and again until you finally get right…

You will realise soon enough though that because of “failure” you learned to reach success and had it right all along…

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014

Yours Truly

David Richards

MR DEE’S FITNESS

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Stay Fit with Dee this Christmas

Happy Holidays 😀

With Christmas only being tomorrow, we know that a lot of eating is going down lol

In fact, the eating has already started with a lot of people including myself and it’s safe to say that some lbs are going to be added on just in time for the New Year 😉

But it’s all good as today I’ll be sharing with you some tips to help you avoid some unnecessary weight gain for 2014. These tips can also be used as apart of everyday life and not just Christmas 😀

Dee’s Fat Buster Christmas Tips

 1. Never Eat Until Bloated – I know I know, we’ve all been there before – When the food taste so good that you struggle to put the knife and fork down.

You’re feeling full already but the flavours are so immense that you can’t help but to keep going. You feel that bloated feeling coming on but you can  still some how find space for desert.

You chew your way through that cake and ice cream and hear a knock at the front door …

It’s your long time friend Mr Bloat.

He’s come to visit you and plans to stay for a very long time lol…

The Lesson

Never eat until you feel bloated, it’s really not a nice feeling. Portion control becomes a myth when the food enslaves you. And that leads me onto number 2..

2. Portion Control – Fat people are fat because they cannot control their portion sizes. That’s not me being harsh, it’s the reality.

imagesConsider the amount of money fat loss companies make for selling “special” fat loss foods, products and “special” diet programmes.

If you look carefully at the foods they sell, you will see that  it’s your normal everyday foods – However, it’s been portioned down accordingly to help promote fat loss via a smaller daily calorific intake. If portion control is too much for you…

3. Put it down & Walk Away – Before I continue, just to let you know…

These are all tips that I have used previously or still use to this day. They’ve all worked for me at one time or another and have also worked for many others whom I’ve shared them with. I wasn’t always in the shape that I am in today due to my weakness in controlling portion sizes at one stage in my life.  However, my love for food still remains 🙂

But back to what I was saying…

Sometimes you just gotta put the knife and fork down and walk away. I know it can be hard sometimes, but depending on how hard you find it, you’ve got to take a step back and really ask yourself:

“Does food enslave me or is the food my slave”

4. Breath Mints on stand by – This tip has worked with EVERYONE that I’ve told. When you know you’re not hungry but you’re still craving for a naughty snack, ice-cream for example – Throw that breath mint in your mouth and see how much you want ice-cream now lol.

Crazy little tricks but they do work. The last thing you want to do is eat with your mouth tasting of minty freshness.

5. Alcohol Alert – It’s Christmas – It’s inevitable the drinks are going to be flowing and people are going to be getting merry – I mean, isn’t that why they call it Merry Christmas 😉

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If consuming alcohol, spirits contain less calories compared to say a pint of beer which contains an enormous amount of calories. Did someone say “Beer Belly”.

Binge drinking not only gains the pounds and adds inches to the waist, it also leaves you feeling like an absolute mess the next day – Did someone say “Hang Over”

6. Could you chew any faster – Again, I know the food taste good and the spices combined with the flavours are creating aromas that are just out of this world…

But Jeez…Slow down a little lol

I’ve seen people eat like it was their first time seeing food…EVER hahaha

Seriously, when you chew your food, go slow and appreciate the flavours and textures. Give your brain and stomach time to communicate with each other to signal and let you know when it’s time to stop eating.

When you eat too fast and you full your stomach before your brain acknowledges it, by the time your brain is aware of what is going on…

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It’a your friend Mr Bloat again…

7. Boredom Strikes – You ever been bored and decided to go and see what was inside the fridge lol. Since when did boredom and eating become friends?

Boredom & Eating – How do the two even interlink?

I mean imagine, you’re sitting in your room bored whilst browsing the Internet and randomly you think to yourself:

“Maybe I’ll go have a burger or even just eat for the sake of it”

It’s actually quite funny when you think about it like that. At times like this though, you’re better of finding something else to do rather than fridge hunting.

Boredom eaters are usually on a deeper level trying to fill an emotion. That’s why whenever I find myself going  through the (BES) “Boredom Eaters Syndrome”

I will always ask myself:

“David, are you really hungry?”

And if the answer is no, I then ask;

“Dave, what emotion are you trying to fill bro?”

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And there we have it folks. Some tips that if consciously applied and put to use, can greatly help you not only this Christmas but for 2014 and the foreseeable future.

I will be back before the end of the year to wrap up 2013…

Until then – Have a Wonderful Christmas guys and don’t eat too much 🙂

~Much Love~

David

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Stay Positive Brothers & Sisters

 

Hello Hello Hello my wonderful people 🙂

How are we all doing today?

Christmas is around the corner and I know the binge eating has started already after speaking to some of you LOL. As long as you’re happy and enjoying life it’s all good – But do be careful that you don’t go TOO overboard as that bloating feeling is never nice and the weight gain really ISN’T cool – I’m sure we’d all agree on that right 🙂

Anyway, how quickly has time flown. We’re rapidly approaching the start of 2014 whilst simultaneously approaching end of 2013. Did you all have a successful 2013? I sure hope you did. If you didn’t, it’s not the end of the world and you should never be too hard on yourself – What’s the point?

2014 is a new start for new success, new money, new memories, new love, new friends and new clothes if you so desire LOL

But on a serious note, if you didn’t achieve what you wanted to achieve this year, reflect upon why that is?

Really sit down in silence and ask yourself some questions – You may find that talking to yourself a few times a week actually helps you to put things into perspective and helps to give you clarity as to what it is you really want from life.

It’s a big misconception that talking to yourself deems you as mad – I actually talk to myself aloud for at least 20 minutes a day (by myself of course LOL) and it has helped me to work out situations, dilemma’s and major break throughs that I wouldn’t of arrived to had I not been speaking with myself.

With that being said, allow me to share with you todays “Quote of the week” from my main man Will Smith – Who remembers Fresh Prince 🙂

“No matter how hard things may seem, don’t get down, and don’t give up. The clouds will clear, and there are brighter days ahead”

A lot of the quotes I share with you are along the lines of “Not Giving Up” and that is because as humans, we tend to give up easily upon being faced with a difficult situation.

We all like the easy way out as the easy way out is the easiest option of course. I mean, it is easy to quit, give up or stop trying (which are all essentially the same thing) because then we can tell our minds:

“Well at least we didn’t fail right…”

WRONG!

By quitting, we enrol onto the course at the “Failure Academy” and are well on our way to a masters degree/PhD in Quitology – Am I right or am I wrong?

When we quit, it is planted into our sub conscious minds and it remains there as emotional blockage until we do something about it. We continue with our everyday lives carrying this blockage at a cellular level tricking ourselves about the whole thing – Who can identify with this?

We feel down when things don’t go our way and then we get even more stressed when we quit. So in theory, what we have just done here is created a vicious cycle for ourselves.

I call this “The cycle of doom”

When we are in the cycle of doom or in the picture frame metaphorically speaking, it’s inevitably impossible for us to see the bigger picture – But we must remember, where there is dark, there is light (even if you can’t see it at the time)

Saying that, I then ask you this:

If a situation you deem as bad helps you to become a stronger individual, can it still be deemed as bad?

You see, whilst in the “bad” situation, you are in the picture so to speak, and again, this makes it difficult for you to see the bigger picture.

Allow me to share a quick exercise with you all which helps me at times like this.

Paradigm Exercise

1) Close your eyes and imagine yourself very clearly in the picture and all that’s going on around you

2) Imagine yourself now stepping out the picture whilst holding onto the frame for guidance and support

3) Now, imagine yourself again very clearly looking at the picture you just climbed out of, however, you can still see yourself in the image (the situation)

What this does is puts you into what I call “3rd person perspective” and allows you to analyse the situation from another perspective than how you’d normally view it – Very Powerful Exercise!

As humans, it’s in our nature to be hard on ourselves – Where did this even come from?

What has being hard on yourself ever caused you but grief, headache and possibly a degree of self hate (Would you be hard on a loved one – Your child, parent or lover?)

I’ve said it many times before but I’ll say it again – There is a difference between being critical of thy self and being down right hard (sub-conscious abuse I call it)

I have discovered the poison in my mind and I am consciously working with it and on it EVERYDAY. The sad thing is right, a lot of people live their lives this way and never work at ridding the poison of the mind (most likely due to their lack of awareness of it all) which is why I combine motivational quotes with my personal experience to hopefully help some of you who may be going through what I’m currently going though. They say, help others and you indirectly help yourself – So true!

I’ve discovered that Life is a game of polarity – What do I mean exactly?

Well…

We appreciate good times for we know bad times

We know happiness as we’ve felt sadness

We know of ying and yang

And we recognise darkness as we are moving through the light of Life 🙂

Life is a game of polarities and to master the game, we must learn to integrate both the polarities…

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Key points for today

* Keep loving yourself as being harsh for making mistakes isn’t loving yourself

* NEVER GIVE UP

* Step out the picture frame every now and then (See my blog post on 3rd person perspective where I go more into the subject)

* Talk to yourself like you would a Guru/Master Teacher or God (If you are religious that is)

* CONSCIOUSLY ENJOY LIFE AS LIFE IS ENJOYING YOU

RECOGNISE THAT YOU ARE LIFE ITSELF AND THAT WHATEVER CREATED YOU ALSO MADE YOU A CREATOR OF LIFE – DON’T LET THESE WORDS GO OVER YOUR HEAD!

I love you all

David Richards

DEE’S FITNESS

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Hey Guys,

How are we all doing today?

I cannot say good morning any more as it may be evening for you if you are one of my International readers or even night time – So instead I will just say hello and send my blessings out to you all 🙂

Now, today I’m just going to touch up on this subject as I need to do some more research into this area, however, this subject is so interesting I had to share a little with you guys.

Let’s look at what Kirlian photography is and why it relates to the foods that you eat.

First we need to understand the Science

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Paramagnetism: Live raw food benefits your body’s electrical field simply because it still has it’s own paramagnetic field. Kirlian photography is one way that this has been demonstrated. Live foods add a paramagnetic charge to your body, thus increasing the radiance of your vital life force. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Fritz Popp discovered that humans retain, absorb and emit photons (light energy). 97% of human DNA has also been shown to give off photons. You absorb the photons from food to fuel your bio-electric field. Cooked food literally requires your body to fill the dead matter with photons so that it can be assimilated, thus weakening your body.

So what is Kirlian Photography?

Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who, in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate.

In laymans terms, it detects the amount of energy being emitted from the food in question (see picture above)

What I find interesting is that raw foods have significantly more energy being emitted than cooked foods, canned foods, processed foods and snacks. I don’t actually find this surprising to be fair, but to actually see a picture of it is what I find interesting.

Today is just to bring your awareness to the technology at hand and how it can help us look at nutrition differently and explore nutrition from a whole new paradigm.

I invite you all to research the subject and we’ll see what we can put together 🙂

Take care & eat well.

NAMASTE

Sources:

http://www.phreshproducts.com/alive-raw-green-superfood/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirlian_photography

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Morning guys,

Thursday already – Time has definitely speeded up somehow LOL

I was thinking the other day that life is short and I’ll tell you why…

It feels like just the other day I was in secondary school and now I’m quickly approaching the age 30 (5 years give or take LOL) but never the less, I look back and think where has time flown…

I don’t know exactly where life is taking me, but I do know that I consciously make the effort everyday to help make tomorrow better than it was today by simply applying myself.

This mindset helps me to stay striving and pushing for better as I believe if I continue with this attitude for the next 5 years, my life path should be one filled with blessings and success.

They say, “You reap what you sow” so it makes sense to focus our attention on sowing continuously everyday in all aspects of our life so we continue reaping – Common sense right or is it?

I’ll leave you to think about that one….

Have another blessed day and keep shining like the star that you are…

David 🙂

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Hey Guys,

For those of you who drink whey protein, what do you make of this poster?

Hemp Protein vs Whey Protein

It’s defiantly a new area of study for me as all I know is whey protein like some of you, so I will get to researching and do a write up about what I find.

For now, I invite those of you interested in the debate to do some research with me and we can see what we come up with.

In life, it’s all about being open minded as an open mind will allow you to explore new ideas, concepts, suggestions and anything new.

Although I’ve taken whey protein for the last 3 years, I’m open to looking into other avenues if it means an overall improvement to my health.

Love to you all and I’ll be back soon 🙂

David

Morning guys,

I wanted to share this video clip with you all as I have recently been speaking with people who appear to lack self confidence for a number of reasons.

A lack of self confidence can hinder the quality of your life in a number of ways and in the next few weeks I will cover the subject more as ALOT of people suffer with this condition or even state of mind.

What does a lack self confidence mean exactly?

Well firstly, let’s look at what “Self Confidence” means:

“A feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement”.

So a lack of self confidence could lead one to not live to their true potential.

I find this quite sad as the world “would”be a better place if we all shined our lights bright with confidence.

We are ALL special in our own right and all have the skills and abilities to make the world a better place. It’s just about digging deep to find our talents and having the confidence to share it with the world.

State of mind is something I will be covering a lot more as I get more into my psychological research/studies.

For now, enjoy the video and remember:

“Fears are like limitations, they don’t exist”

Have a great day and Love to you all

David