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I tend to keep healthier when I feel good about the universe, and ....
I came across this little story I thought you might like.....
STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.
Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.
Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.
And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.
Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.
One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.
He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.
Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago street . But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he would ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
The poem read:
"The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still."
STORY NUMBER TWO
World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare.
He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.
One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.
He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.
As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American Fleet.
The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenceless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes.. Wing-mounted 50 calibre’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.
Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.
Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.
Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of honour.
A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his medal of Honour. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.
SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?
Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son..
Some people don't, but I love ll that sort of stuff.
Stay healthy - the best time to start is yesterday, the second best time is today. Let me know when you're ready.
Stewart "Easy Stewart" Robertson.
So I heard an observation recently that I took on board.
It was relevant to me – and my outlook when it comes to exercise.
And I thought I'd share it with you......
Everyone remembers when they were at their best, regardless of how good that 'best' was.
I always remember that excellent golf drive on the 18th , that cracking game of 5-a-side when I just didn't run out of energy and that time when I could regularly bench 100kg for reps.
And until I heard that bit of advice – I've been setting myself up for disappointment just about every time I exercised.
So now I remember that it was about 15 years ago when I bench pressed my personal best.
I was in my 20s when I 'ruled the 5s pitches' (no-one who actually played football with me back then is allowed to say anything cheeky just now :-) ).
So now I train relative to where I am now. And I suggest you do the same.
I take an extra day recovery and make sure I get my 8 hour sleep.
If you were really active 'pre-baby' – be patient and take your time to get back to that level.
Make sure you get plenty of sleep.
Make sure you take an extra recovery day when your body tells you to.
With a consistent exercise plan you can surpass many of your goals and become the best version of yourself possible.
Good luck and keep moving
Stewart 'still-got-it' Robertson
PS: not promoting anything today – just wanted to share the message.
It was great to be able to cross the finishing line on one of these rare scotching Scottish Sundays - after being able to enjoy myself for the last hour and a half, rather than just hoping I won't run out of steam.
What a difference it made being able to enjoy the blue sky and focus on my breathing.
It also reminded me of how much fun it is training for a day for several weeks - and then everything going to plan on the day itself.
Sure, my legs had the normal wobble trying to get used to switching from a cycle to a run (first pic below) - but I had practiced during training and new that the secret to a decent run section is to start steadily - rather than racing away at 100 miles per hour - and then finishing strong with whatever you have in the 'tank' for the last 10 minutes or so.
As usual, I'd love to share with you exactly how I did it, while looking after 2 small boys and working as well. Check out the plan from my shopping page here - or why not try the very inexpensive Amazon version for your Kindle here?
I can wait to work with you guys.
I don't know if you have ever come across something online that's been written about you - by someone you haven't heard of.
It's a worrying few minutes as you begin to read what's been written. There are lot's of not-very-nice Internet Trolls in the world - and some would take great delight in trash talking just about anything.
You know already that I recently launched my new SRF TriPlan - triathlon training for busy mums.
What you may not know is that I put a version of this on Amazon as a kindle book. Check it out here!
When I was Googling my little book to get the link for this email, I found a 'review' of my TriPlan from a blogger I had never heard of.
The good news is that apart from calling my Robinson instead of Robertson - and pointing out a technical oversight on my home page - it could have been an awful lot worse.
Have a quick read of the blog here.
It's nice when you find something positive about yourself.
My programmes work. Why not order the SRF TriPlan from my site, Stewart Robertson Fitness Site - or else get the Kindle version instead here - Amazon Kindle Version.
I'll look forward to working with you.
Stewart 'famous author :-)' Robertson.
I have recently finished a short book by a guy called Rich Roll called Finding Ultra.
Without spoiling anything, he was an alcoholic, unfit lawyer who had a bit of a breathless fright when playing with his daughter when he was 41 years old.
So he decided to do something about it and used his addictive personality to embrace exercise. He didn't do it by halves, and entered himself in an Ultraman race.- a three day, 320 mile triathlon!
With help of his coach (quite a character), the story is of how he get's him self from overweight to ultra-fit. (if you Google him you'll see what I mean).
He's in his early 50s now and not slowing down.
His message is, and the message from this email, is that you'll be amazed what your body can do in your 40s, 50s and beyond.
I'm beginning to find that out (albeit in a slightly smaller way) myself - with my body standing up to a big increase in swimming, cycling and running without collapsing in a broken heap.
The secret is to train smartly and now go all-out without a plan.
Based on many of the principle I have learned over the years, through knowledge from people like Rich Roll - to experimenting on myself, I have designed my SRF TriPlan.
Whether you're interested in entering a race at some point, or simply want to get into the shape of your life in a safe, fun way - it's worth checking it out here.
Remember - you really are amazing. Make a decision to unleash your potential - you'll be happy you did for the rest of your life.
DON'T JUST ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE - ADD LIFE TO YOUR YEARS (cheezy huh? but I'm quite proud of it. Might make it my slogan :-) )/
Stewart 'Amazing' Robertson.
PS: I ran a one-to-one online coaching plan with several clients a year or so back. I'm thinking of bringing it back - let me know if you're potentially interested and we can train together. Good luck.
Holidays are a time to relax and charge your batteries - and I won't tell you any different.
I was lucky enough to get away to Marbella last week for a golfing break. With my Dad, Brother and best pal.
Don't know how I managed to wangle that - but I'm sure Sarah will get her own back soon enough (there are already murmurings of Stobo Castle).
So the first few days were proper chill. Drinks at lunchtime and nice big dinners with deserts - with lot's of lounging in the sun when not golfing.
Then I started to get a bit restless and found myself actually wanting to exercise (the old me would never have wanted that).
Now the last thing you want to be is a holiday bore, who doesn't eat tasty ice creams and spends sunshine time indoors at a gym.
And of course, you're keeping your four wheels on when you're here.
But what you can do is sneak in some stealth exercise.
So we all went for a big long walk - albeit with a few bar stops along the way :-). And I spent a lot of time in the swimming pool. (You'll remember that swimming is the thing I have most problems with.)
So with lots of swimming and walking- and even some golf thrown in there - it ended up quite an active holiday.
That said, you need to listen to your body. If it needs some time completely off, it'll tell you. So do it.
And certainly don't beat yourself up about chilling out and having a lovely relaxing break.
You deserve it!
Till next time
Stewart 'Sunburned' Robertson..
PS: To get to the stage where your body will be iching for you to get up and move, you need to get there in the first place. Quickly and enjoyably. Remember to check out the SRF TriPlan - which'll tick all of your boxes. Ta.
I'm speaking with you from sunny Spain. Don't know how I wangled it with Sarah - but a few days with friends golfing in Marbella. I'm sure I'll pay for it later.
So after MUCH chat, my SRF TriPlan aid, to get you into the shape of your life - and help mums to smash their first triathlon event, is here.
Just check out the front page - SRF TriPlan.
I've had great feedback from my early adopters - so go for it and I can't wait to work with you.
You can think of overall fitness, and therefor a healthy lifestyle, as a vehicle.
And that's vehicle need four wheels.
If you miss out any of the four wheels then it's just not going to drive straight.
Let me tell you what the four wheels are ...
1: Cardio - doing your classes, going for jogs / hikes / runs / swims and cycles.
2: Resistance - the bit lot's of mums leave out. Doing some sort of bodyweight (or dumbbells etc) exercise is super-important. Check the link to the fitness article I found below just on that topic for women like you
3: Nutrition - you can't out-run a bad diet. You don't need to tell me that you need to fill yourself with decent stuff. Aim 80% o the time so that you don't beat yourself up over that big bit of carrot cake!
4: Rest and recovery - get your 7 or 8 hours sleep, and take gaps between exercising to let your body repair.
Here's a link to an article on why mums need to include resistance training in their schedule.
Thanks for reading.
Last thing, my new TriPlan product launches for real tomorrow (Friday). You can still get the reduced early buyers price up until midnight tonight. And it looks after all four wheels without you thinking.
So I have been going on about triathlon training an awful lot recently (in case you didn't realise).
Apart from the obvious - that I have a 'can't live without' training aid coming out on Thursday, I received a bunch of question, which I always welcome.
Primarly about why triathon training is great for mums. And why triathlon is great.
I have previously shown you smoothie recipes (with perhaps the worst video ever created), and even how to get moving again after a big exercise break.
So click the RSS feed, check out my FB page, and subscribe to my emails on the right there - loads of free stuff on all.
Thanks for checking us out.
Triathlon Is Ace For Mums
I have made a little smoothie top tip video – to show you an additional ingredients which allows you to make a leafy veg protein shake without it tasting like garden. (it is probably the worst made video you have ever seen – I'm not confident of a career in Hollywood – but I'm sure you don't care much).
Here it is …..
How To - Kale Smoothie
I've said it before – but I think triathlon is a just fantastic option for mums looking to get into (or back into) pre-baby shape while doing something enjoyable at the same time.
You know why I love it? Coz it's not boring.
A lot of exercise is.
Doing the same class over and over. Even sticking to a gym routine that you have plateaued at, and can no longer see any improvements with.
It's not your fault!
Because there is a bit of swimming, a bit of cycling and a bit of running – there is loads of variation (especially if you chuck in some yoga), and by having an event to look forward to and focus on, there is no better motivation to get you moving.
You do have to train smart though.
Luckily, there is something coming next week that'll help with that – even if you're not ready to pick an event (triathlon training is fun even if you never plan to race).
I'll keep you posted. Thanks for watching / reading.
PS: As usual, feel free to like and share and all that other stuff.
And for more free recipes and workouts check out my FB page. FB Page. Ta.
Stewart Robertson is a fat-loss specialist for Mums (and dads :-) ).