Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rob a bank, get medical attention

I heard about this news story yesterday:

A man went into a bank. When he got to the teller, there was a note handed to the teller. The gist of it was, "This is a holdup. Give me $1 dollar and medical attention." The man then calmly waited for the police to come and arrest him. He is now sitting in jail awaiting his doctor's appointment.

The "bank robber" is in a situation similar to mine about a year ago. Like myself, he had recently lost a job after being there for 17 years. And like me, he had a hard time finding another job, and he wouldn't get one paying like the job he lost and he definitely wouldn't have the benefits of the job he was forced to leave behind. He had to take a job in a convenience store, one he couldn't handle some of the physical demands of. He had to leave that job and also needed some medical attention. He couldn't afford to go to the doctor and that's what lead him to his "bank robbery."

Now before you say that he could have gone to a free clinic, think about this: Most free clinics are only open one or two days a week, and the line to get in one is very long, and the services are limited. Many folks who find themselves on the street are middle aged folks and not quite old enough for medicare. And the only thing "Obamacare" has done so far is raise the cost of medical care to those who can afford it. If it does anything, it will be a few years up the road.

Although my health care costs are higher than two years ago, I still have benefits at my new job. I'm one of the lucky ones, I have a job I can do sitting down most of the day, although I do make $6 dollars less per hour than I did 2 years ago. I don't have as desperate as the man who robbed a bank for medical attention.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Trying something new

A few posts ago,I mentioned about my new iPhone. I thought I would try to write a post with it. The one finger typing takes some getting used to, but the portability makes it worthwhile. Still doesn't beat the laptop I normally use,especially when it comes to uploading photos. Now my distant relative in Florida with the same name told me that he wrote a book using his iPhone. Maybe the poetry will be easier to compose than a regular post. Maybe I can get the hang of this and I will returning to posting on a more regular basis. Time will tell....

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cycling for fun and fitness

Riding on the bike path
Taking a little time
Crusin with my grandson
Not costing me a dime

Seven miles one way
Might seem to you too long
Quality time is priceless
And you never can go wrong

We then stop at the west end
To rest and get a drink
We turn around and go home
Not too long a ride I think

And now I start to wonder
If I will make it back
Grandson stays ahead of me
And now I start to slack

I start to stop more more often
To rest and take a drink
No doubts that I will make it
Just longer than I think

Back home at last, I make it
My legs are very sore
Another time I'll ride the trail
And go through this some more

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Intellectual Clutter

Over the years, I have collected a substantial quantity of motivational material.  It's in the form of books, cassette tape, CD, and now in mp3. It started around 1982, when my cousin got me involved in Amway. He told me that I was going to be rich! All I had to do was follow the plan and that included listing to a tape a day and read a book a week. All that was well and good, but I also had a full time job and was a new father. But the books sounded good. And they must have been popular since the shelves at Goodwill have several copies of any popular self help title.

But there are 2 things about me that are important to this post: I have always been easy to persuade, and I'm a pack rat. The latter is an inherited condition. I'm still going through belongings of my mother and brother. Mom's been gone 7 years and Ricky, 3 years. And now back to the post.

My cousin told me to read some classic titles, such as Psycho Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz, and Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. Both of these books have some great content, but have a tendency to be boring. Now a classic I do love and have read many times is How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. I also have this book on cassette.

Modern authors, whose works I love are folks like Zig Ziglar, John Maxwell and Mark Sanborn. Zig has been a favorite for many years. this began when I used to listen to a program he had on the radio, called Daily Christian Motivation. This led me to look for some of books, and See You at the Top soon became my all time favorite motivational book.

Mark Sanborn, in my book, is a classic good guy. I have fully recommended his book, The Fred Factor on this blog and he thanked me via the comment section. The Fred Factor is a book Mark wrote about Fred Shea, his one time postal carrier, one who took an ordinary job and performed extraordinary duties with it. A good read and an excellent listen as an audio book as read by the author. Mark and I have also chatted via email and facebook chat. Mark even has posted responses to my Question of the Day. I wholeheartedly recommend you check out his site and invest in some of his leadership materials.

Problem is with all these good authors and good books, there are also those who come up with some catchy titles and would have done well to have stopped there, and I own some of those. And I need to weed my intellectual garden. This requires getting down hard on the lone who is most resistant to it, ME! You have no idea how many diet books I have passed up in the most recent past. I do have the understanding that no book helps you lose weight, you have to do this yourself. I just have to get my motivational and inspirational material pared down to a workable pile.

Cliff Note: Mark Sanborn, if you have time, please stop by and say hi to my friends, which now includes many of my high school classmates. And if you don't mind please offer some of your valuable insight.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Little victories mean a lot....

...You just have to share them with the right people.

Case in point, it's who you share your weight losses with. I have this relative who thinks I need to lose a ton of weight, which I do, but expects to see it off all at once, or so it seems. Some time ago, I had lost about about 5 pounds and I was proud of it. I let this person know about it and the response was "Well whoop de do! I could have done that by (performing a certain bodily function.)
This person is a Jerry Maguire type, you know, "show me the money." So I have to find others who know the real value in a 5 pound loss.

Just about all of us will never get the chance to have Bob and Jillian get in our faces. We will also not have others prepare our meals for us who know the total value of proper nutrition. We will also not go into Subway and have their ad agency pay us for making sandwiches. And we also won't have the whole country able to see us lose up to 20 pounds in one week. Welcome to the real world where we aren't as big of losers.

But in the real world a 1 to 2 pound loss in a week isn't bad. Keep this up and in a year you could be 75 pounds lighter. Not bad if I say so myself.

Now in the past couple of weeks, I did have a couple of "Bob and Jillian" moments": First one was at the doctor's office. He took a look at my blood glucose readings and told me that the next step could be insulin shots. That scared me into taking a look at my carb intake. second was was at work a week ago. I felt light headed and felt a "fog" come over me. I took a couple of calls afterwards, but had to go outside for some fresh air. I was afraid I was having a stroke. that did it. I had to do something about this. And make it yesterday!

But like I said at the top of this post, I have started celebrating some small victories, and I'm finding people who are willing to celebrate them with me. Bnd there are some close to me that realize the seriousness of my diabetes and are cheering me on. some don't agree with me when I look at candy as poison, but they don't have to consider insulin shots at this point in their lives either.

And besides, 75 pounds less of Cliff could be a good thing. We may have a party-BYOV, or Bring Your Own Vegetables.

PS: I have lost about 10 pounds.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Donate if you can!

With the Summer months starting, the need for blood everywhere will be high. If you are able to, please donate.

My friends over at WIXY/100.3 in Champaign-Urbana Illinois, have kicked off the WIXY 5000, where they are trying to get over 5000 pints of blood donated. And boy, do they have some incentive. Folks donating will go into a drawing for iPads, and everyone attempting to give will get a special WIXY 5000 t-shirt.

I contracted hepatitis when I was working in a health care profession back in the 80's. I can't give, but if you can, please give a pint. Even if you don't have the incentive for an iPad or t-shirt, give some life. Wherever you are. It's needed everywhere.

This has been a WIXY's Gone Bananas public service announcement. And maybe I've kissed up enough for them to send me a t-shirt. XXL please.