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Count Your Blessings: TCC Episode 30count  your blessings

Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
~ Og Mandino, Author and Motivational Speaker

Today's Episode:

  • Counting Your Blessings
  • List Your Blessings
  • Happy and Grateful Affirmations

Counting Your Blessings

Count your blessings. You are one of a kind. There's no one in the world like you. You are amazing.
Richard Simmons, Fitness Guru and Motivational Speaker

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale tells a story about a man who lost everything. Had that man sit down and started listing off the things he did have. He listed things like his health, loving wife, good kids, a brain to think with, etc...

I've been there and may be you have too. I realized that I'm in a recession when my neighbor loses his/her job. It's a depression is when it happened to you. Instead of dwelling on those things you lost, start listing what you do have and be grateful for them. Life is too short!

List Your Blessings

  • Faith - I still have a God that loves me even though I forget to tell him/her
  • Family - I have a good wife mother to my great son, my mother is still with us, my brothers, and my Organo Gold family
  • Friends - I have friends who support me
  • Fitness - I've lost 86 pounds. I can still speak, hear and see. I can move around easily. I still have a few hairs on my head.
  • Finances - I will be a coffee millionaire. I have a roof over my head. My car gets me to where I need to be.

Happy and Grateful Affirmations

In the movie, The Secret, I heard the statement I am happy and grateful now that... and you fill in the blank. These are affirmations that you can use to take you to your hopes and dreams.

I am happy and grateful now that I have a loving family that supports me.

I am happy and grateful now that I am a Diamond in Organo Gold living the number one lifestyle in the World.

I am happy and grateful now that I have the freedom to help and serve other people everywhere.

Richard Simmons, Count Your Blessings, http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/blessings_3.html#ss843g02sfBBOe5f.99

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How to Resist Temptation: TCC Episode 26resisttemptation

Today's Episode:

  • The Temptation
  • How to Resist Temptation

The Temptation

I love my coffee business and what it has done for  me physically and financially. This last weekend my buddy, while helping his coffee business, kept referring to other network marketing programs he was involved in. After the event was over he told me about his success at losing 19 pounds over the past few months and made me one of his shakes to try.

I said, "I've lost 83 pounds with my coffee and capsules (danhansen.com/13) since the beginning of June 2014", which is very significant since I don't work out or starve myself. I realized I was very happy and grateful for my coffee company and the benefits it provides me and my family. My buddy was trying to get me to be a customer for a product that I have tried in the past without the success I'm having now.

Shakes are good, they provide nutrients and stuff, but I forget to make one as I'm running out of the house with my coffee. I have to ask why should I buy another shake product when I have several in my house that have probably expired like my stationary clothes hanger.

I probably should have said no but he said to get his coffee in, he adds it to the shake. I thought, "how interesting make me one of those". I tried it both ways and loved the one with the coffee. Gee! it tasted like my mocha only cold with a teaspoon of peanut butter. I feel a new coffee recipe coming on, peanut butter mocha.

How to Resist Temptation

  1. Just say NO - For some that could be difficult especially if you work real hard to help others. Clear (2014) suggested that learning to say no should be a developed skill to help you in any endeavor. I have to agree.
  2. Remember Your Goals and Dreams - Ask yourself will this take me away from or toward my goals and dreams
  3. Who are you listening, What are you reading - if you hang around and listen to people who are living your dream, you'll more then likely succeed especially if you imitate them and do what they do. Hill (1937) suggested that you should have a mastermind alliance and surround yourself with people who will help you reach your goals and dreams.

References:

Clear, J. (2014). How to say no, resist temptation, and stick to your health goals. Retrieved from http://jamesclear.com/how-to-say-no

Links:

Coffee Recipes - http://recipes.organogold.com/

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So far I've taken off 74 pounds.
I've taken off 74 pounds.

4 Steps to Weight Loss: TCC Episode 23

Today's Episode:

  • Why I Want to Lose Weight
  • How This Applies to Your Scholarly Journey
  • 4 Steps to weight loss
    • Make a Decision
    • Create a Picture in Your Mind
    • Change Your Coffee! Change Your Life!
    • Experiment with Your Body

 Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.

~ Phil McGraw - Psychologist, Talk Show Host

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.


Why I Want to Lose Weight

I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and morbid obesity with an A1C of 7.1 and weighed in at 380 lbs over a year ago, when I was laid off from Chicago Public Schools in June 2013. My doctor suggested that I start taking medicine or lose weight. I discovered over the years after trying many weight loss products and fad diets that I had to change my approach. Robbins (1991) suggested that your past doesn't equal your future. This meant I had to do something different.

In March 2014 I was stuck just over 345 until May when I had a chance to hang with the millionaires in my coffee company. I was sitting in the back of a coach bus with 2 (Mr. Jose Ardon and Ivan Alberts) who were talking about driving Ferrari's on the Autobahn in Germany and shot me a challenge to join them. I knew to do that I needed to have the financial freedom to do that and lose weight so I could travel comfortably. I reached a point of being sick and tired of losing and gaining weight.As of my last physical my A1C was 5.1. My last weigh in, I was 306. This time it had to be permanent and part of my scholarly journey.

How This Applies to Your Scholarly Journey

Like any good race, you need to be in peak performance and have the stamina to get to the finish line. Those late night writing sessions. Preparing to defend your dissertation. As I have lost the weight I find that I have more stamina and some mental clarity. I found that when my health was failing so was my productivity. I want to look good walking across the stage at graduation too.

I started slowly and with great effort I had been losing a pound a week. Then in May 2014 when I made a decision, I kicked it into overdrive. Schwarts (1987) suggested that you are your own laboratory and can experiment on yourself. I did that and found my 4 steps that helped me lose 74 pounds.

4 Steps to Weight Loss

  1. Make A Decision
    1. To get healthy
    2. To fit comfortably in booths and airplanes
    3. To make it a permanent change
    4. My Goal is 224 pounds, what I weighed on my honeymoon 1984
  2. Create the Picture in Your Mind
    1. Last time I weighed 224 was in 1984 (I will look for the picture)
    2. I picture myself traveling all over the world in comfort and style
    3. Goal is to race Ferraris on the Autobahn in Germany
  3. Change Your Coffee! Change Your Life!
    1. I infused my body with Ganoderma
    2. I didn't drink any other brand of coffee or teas
    3. Goal to create financial freedom
  4. Experiment with Your Body
    1. I gave up breads and desserts (became easy by drinking the mocha or hot chocolate)
    2. I did a few detoxes with fruit fasts
    3. Goal to do another the 30 Day Coffee Challenge

The 30 Day Coffee Challenge

Drink one cup of Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee a day, there are 30 individual servings per box for black or latte. Then contact me at dan@wantmycofee.com to let me know how did you like the taste and how did it make you feel. You can buy a box at http://wantmycoffee.com

References:

Hansen, D. (2014). Take Care of Yourself. Retrieved from http://danhansen.com/take-care-of-yourself

McCraw, P. (2014).Weight Loss Quotes. Retrieved from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/weight_loss.html#byLyj8uFIBif2kM8.99

Schwarts, D. J. (1987). The magic of thinking big. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Links:

Dr. Phil McGrawhttp://www.drphil.com/

Buddha quote about the body/mind - http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/body.html#rkPWSA7fv5SxR1yA.99

Ganodermahttp://wantmycoffee.myorganogold.com/company/ganoderma/

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Day 24: How I Lost over 50 PoundsDay 24: Pick something from your Bucket List

  • No TV
  • No Newspapers
  • Read 15 minutes/day of a Good Uplifting Book
  • Listen to Personal Development Audio
  • Associate with positive people
  • Drink water & take Organo Gold (Nutraceuticals) Capsules
  • Exercise
  • Reflection Time

How I Lost Over 50 Pounds

Before 6/12/2014 and After 8/19/2014 – Those are the same shorts
Before 6/12/2014 and After 8/19/2014 - Holding the shorts that I wore in the before picture 🙂

Ever Since my last Podcast Episode this week, I've been getting questions on how I lost over 50 pounds. People then asked if I had changed my diet or eating habits. I answered Yes and No. It all started with Organo Gold not only the coffee but also the company.

With Organo Gold the first step is be a product of the product, which means use all the products. When i first tasted it my skin felt electrified. So basically I was feeling good. Another thing Organo Gold has done for me was to listen to personal development. In March 2014, on our way to the Organo Gold International Convention in San Antonio, my brother, Ray, and I listened to Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich.  We came up with the idea and challenged each other to Think and Grow Thin. 

I was diagnosed with diabetes with a A1C of 7.1 and weighed in at 380 pounds. The doctor said lose weight. I was so desperate that I even auditioned for The Biggest Loser, didn't get on. In march I was stuck at about 350 area and injured my knee. I was still drinking my coffee and occasionally taking the  Organo Gold Capsules. Then at the end of May at the Organo Gold VIP Red Carpet Event, I was able to hang with the people I wanted to be like. This sparked a hint of a vision. Then on the ride home something happened in my thinking. My wife did something that would have normally made me angry but I was able to channel that energy into the picture I had of a skinnier and more energetic me.

I just amped up my game by making sure I took my Organo Gold Capsules daily without fail.  I start the day with Grapeseed Extract with Ganoderma, definitely helped with my knee problem. I even texted a friend of mine who had the same injury to tell her I no longer had the pain even that started happening when I got more consistent. Then 3 Mycelium daily, which helped with mental clarity. Midday, I take the Ganoderma capsules for overall health and body detox. Just before bed I take the Spore Powder. All I know is I get a better quality of sleep and I find I don't crave the breads or the sweets. If I feel the need for something sweet, I drink an Organo Gold Mocha or Hot Chocolate. Now I looking forward to my Wednesday weigh-ins!

What really got my attention was when I weighed in this week and was in the 320's. I haven't seen the 320s in almost 15 years. So i even re recorded my podcast to share this

No TV or Newspapers

No newspapers or TV.

Read 15 Minutes a Day of a Good Book

I'm reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.

Personal Development Audio

This Morning I listened to Robert T. Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules

I start the day with Grapeseed Extract and Mycelium great for arthritis and mental clarity. Midday, I take the Ganoderma capsules for overall health and body detox. Just before bed I take the Spore Powder. All I know is I get a better quality of sleep. Looking forward to Wednesday weigh in.

Exercise

Decided to walk the mall sampling people since it's raining.

Reflection Time

Just went deep and pictured all those things I want. I think it's about time to do some guided meditations.

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5 Ways to Get Over The Wall: TCC Episode 15

Dan's Aspen Trip with Family
The before picture taken in the Maroon Bells, CO 6/12/2014
Dam Before and After
Before 6/12/2014 and After 8/19/2014 - Those are the same shorts

Today's Episode:

  • What is the Wall
  • My Wall was My Weight
  • 5 Ways to Get Over The Wall

What is the Wall

What is the wall?

  • Divides rooms
  • Provides privacy by blocking a view or keeping people out
  • In this case, a barrier (2014) which is an obstacle, imagined or real, that keeps people or things apart, prevents communication, or slows progress.

The wall to me is the third definition. I had this habit of sabotaging myself especially when it came to my weight. I'd come up to the finish line and pull a hamstring, trip over my shoelaces, or just plain stop.

My Wall Was My Weight

I got so stuck on the how-to that I forgot to get to basics, the want-to. I had to ask better questions. How can I turn this around? What can I do to get over this wall?

I have been a yo-yo dieter. I have struggled with my weight since I was young. I was diagnosed with Morbid Obesity at 380 pounds. The last time I weighed 200 lbs I was 13. My wall was 340 pound mark.

Since I started using my coffee and taking the Organo Gold Capsules, part of my 30 day mental fast, I have shed over 50 pounds. I found I no longer crave breads or desserts. I no longer have a taste for beer which is weird because I used to brew it. Now I'm weighing in at 328.8 as of this post.

5 Ways to Get Over The Wall

These are 5 ways I took to get over the wall

  1. Consume Healthy Products: Take Organo Gold Capsules and Drink the Coffee. There is a mind-body connection.
  2. Ask Better Questions: I just started asking "how do I" or "how can I".
  3. Take Action: Schwartz (1987) suggested to overcome obstacles you must take action.
  4. Baby Steps: Kiyosaki (2000) suggested that you take baby steps.
  5. Picture It: Picture in your mind overcoming the obstacle.

References:

barrier. (2014). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/barrier

Kiyosaki, R., & Lechter, S. (2000). Rich dad, poor dad: What the rich teach their kids about money-- that the poor and middle class do not! New York: Warner Business Books.

Schwartz, D. (1987). The magic of thinking big. New York: Simon & Schuster.

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Day 20: Wow!!! Wednesday Weigh-InDay 20: Become a champion

  • No TV
  • No Newspapers
  • Read 15 minutes/day of a Good Uplifting Book
  • Listen to Personal Development Audio
  • Associate with positive people
  • Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules
  • Exercise
  • Reflection Time

Wednesday Weigh-In: My Wall Was My Weight

Before 6/12/2014 and After 8/19/2014 holding shorts wore in the before :)
Before 6/12/2014 and After 8/19/2014 holding shorts wore in the before 🙂

I got so stuck on the how-to that I forgot to get to basics, the want-to. I had to ask better questions. How can I turn this around? What can I do to get over this wall?

I have been a yo-yo dieter. I have struggled with my weight since I was young. I was diagnosed with Morbid Obesity at 380 pounds. The last time I weighed 200 lbs I was 13. My wall was 340 pound mark.

Since I started using my coffee and taking the Organo Gold Capsules, part of my 30 day mental fast, I have shed just over 50 pounds. I found I no longer crave breads or desserts. I no longer have a taste for beer which is weird because I used to brew it. Now I'm weighing in at 328.8 as of this post.

 

 

 

No TV or Newspapers

No newspapers or TV.

Read 15 Minutes a Day of a Good Book

I'm reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.

Personal Development Audio

This Morning I listened to Robert T. Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules

I start the day with Grapeseed Extract and Mycelium great for arthritis and mental clarity. Midday, I take the Ganoderma capsules for overall health and body detox. Just before bed I take the Spore Powder. All I know is I get a better quality of sleep. Looking forward to Wednesday weigh in.

Exercise

I walked for 45 minutes.

Reflection Time

Just went deep and pictured all those things I want. I think it's about time to do some guided meditations.

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