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Facing 40 (Minus 1): Positive Change
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Feb. 15, 2013 5:15 p.m.

By Chad Smart
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Iíve been struggling with
this blog for the past few days. Iíll get to the reasons why in a few
paragraphs. First, a quick recap of why we there are non-wrestling related
blogs on my123cents. <>
(In best TV announcer voice)
Previously on my123cents, Kevin started a series called ďFacing 40Ē where he
reflected on his mortality as he closes in on the big 4-0 in March. His initial
purpose was to talk about healthy lifestyle changes he was making in his life.
After reading his blogs, I realized I should probably follow his lead and make
some changes of my own. <>
The first step I wanted to
make was to seriously commit to working out more and trying to shed some excess
weight. Through a conversation with a co-worker, I ended up ordering DDP Yoga
DVDs. When I ordered the DVDs, I
hoped they would help get my body in shape. What I didnít expect was for DDP
YOGA to be the catalyst for a potential complete life changing experience. <>
While I was waiting on the
DVDs to arrive, I started searching YouTube for videos of other people using
DDP Yoga to see how high I should set my expectations for success. What I ended
up finding were two YouTube users chronicling not only their weight loss, but
also other ways they were making their life meaningful and helping to give back
to their communities. <>
The first was a guy named
Ben who runs this website. For every pound lost, Ben is donating a
pound of food to a local food bank.
Check out his website and his video blogs to learn more. Whatís better
than helping others while helping yourself? <>
DDP Yoga
The other person is a guy
who goes by the YouTube handle of Slimtronic5k. Looking at his video uploads; I noticed they were either labeled,
DDPYoga or TheNext40Days. At first
I only watched the Yoga videos as I was interested in seeing if the Yoga was
working. Finally curiosity got the better of me and checked out the Next40Days
videos. What I found was something that cut straight to the heart and weighed
heavy on me to make real changes to my life this year. <>
In simplest form, the Next
40 Days is a program where for 40 days you set a goal or make a sacrifice.
After the 40 days are up, you move on to a new goal or sacrifice. You can find
out more about Slim and his wifeís 40 Days at their website, The Next 40 Days.<>
After finding that website
and watching the videos, I decided to try and come up with my own goals for the
rest of the year. I think Iíve got
some good ideas, but Iím still struggling to fill out two of the 40-day slots
on the schedule for the rest of this year. Even though Iím still trying to
think of something to put into those slots, I still wanted to get this blog out
for two reasons.
The first is the hope that by spreading the word it will
inspire someone else to make a positive change. As I look around and look at
society as a whole, I canít help but think we would all be better served by more
positivity and less negativity in the world. The second reason is
accountability. By putting this out into the world, Iím making a pledge which
people can call me out on if I fail to stick with these plans. <>
Here is what I have listed
right now. <>
Jan 31-March
11 - DDP YOGA: Starting off simple. Commit 40 days to the program that started this
snowball effect of change. In addition to working out, also trying to abstain
from fast food and eat healthy. <>
At Wrestlemania weekend with the Headbangers
Photo courtesy: My 1-2-3 Cents
March 12 -
April 21 Ė MORE SOCIABLE: I am not a people person by any stretch of the imagination.
Working in a field where networking and socializing are keys to future
employment, I really need to work on my social skills. This 40-day period also
coincides with the weeklong trip to New Jersey/New York for Wrestlemania 29.
With over 50,000 people converging on the area for the week, there should be
plenty of opportunities for social interaction. <>
April 22 -
May 31 Ė WRITING: February 22 marks my sixth year of being in Los Angeles. In that time I
have yet to do any writing. While I never set out to be a professional writer
(and if youíve read enough of my blogs that fact should be pretty obvious) I
would like to accomplish either writing a film or television script. <>
June 1 - July
10 Ė TRY TO LEARN SPANISH: I would really like to be multi-lingual and feel the first
step is learning a language that I hear on a daily basis. <>
July 11 -
August 19 ĖNO TV: I donít watch a lot of television anyway. However, cutting out TV will
hopefully allow more time to read the books I bought two years ago when
Boarders went of business or continue writing or learning a foreign language. <>
August 20 -
Sept. 28: TBA<>
Sept. 29 -
Nov. 7: TBA<>
Nov. 8 - Dec 18. - CHARITY WORK: Figure putting this one at
the end of the year would make sense due to the holidays. If Iím in Los Angeles
for Thanksgiving, Iíd like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for Thanksgiving
dinner. Then with Christmas, sure there will be numerous opportunities for
other charitable work. <>
I am open to any
suggestions for the two unclaimed spots. One of the ideas was the Acts of
Kindness that Slim and Laura have listed on their schedule. I may work this in,
but I also think this is something I could be doing in life anyway. Weíll see
what happens. If I make it to August and still havenít thought of anything,
besides being really bad at thinking of positive changes, Iíll probably add
some really basic and simple ideas. <>
I donít know if this has
had any affect on you as you read it. But if youíve been thinking your life
could use a change, or want to try and have a positive effect on your
community, I encourage you to either give this plan a shot or come up with
something on your own. <>
This might hurt, it's not safe<>
But I know that I've gotta make a change<>
I don't care if I break<>
At least I'll be feeling something<>
ĎCause just okay is not enough<>
Help me fight through the nothingness of life<>
I don't wanna go through the motions<>
I don't wanna go one more day<>
Without Your all consuming
passion inside of me<>
ďThe MotionsĒ-Matthew West<>
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