Sunday, January 23, 2011

Living and Changing

Hello all my peeps and new friends, This was a fun week work and life wise. I have found like Forrest Gump said "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gonna get" and that is so true. Most that truly know me know I'm pretty easy going But they also know I'm all or nothing. An addict for life, Literally and physically, never a maybe, unless I'm messing with you,,,HAHA,,, As the week went by some were so pleased I was able to save the day and others were angry because there world was against them and not happy to see me. I did what I usually do, Roll with the punches and keep smiling. Hopefully easing there troubles and making them smile. I always hope the light in me shines towards the lite in them, Just like in yoga. The biggest piece of chocolate came on Friday during the start of a 40 day transformation class I'm taking at Zuda Yoga. 60 Awesome people coming together for one purpose, CHANGE !!! We each had our own reasons or wants for our own personal transformation and each was beautiful. Once a bunch of strangers, now a family on a journey toward greater spiritual earthly peace.
We are on our third night, For me so far it has been smooth. I'm good with my diet, even though it has been a long road for that one. I will find it fun to try (I dislike using that word) I will find as much pure untouched, untampered foods as I can. I'm a foody who loves eating. Eating is so soothing and comforting. I always think eating a hole cherry pie is better than drinking a fifth of jack and getting high. I wouldn't get zooted now, Just lace up my sneakers and go for a run hoping for a runners high and then have one slice of homemade all natural organic pie my wonderful wife baked ( If we ever have a transformation potluck I will bring some)
So far so good, 3 days with yoga and runs, meditation and reading too. I'm excited to get back to biking to tomorrow. Any one up for a ride after 6am classes this week ??? Next week I will write about my experience with meditation. Since it's too early to pass or speak of any decisions. It did seem that I have got allot done this weekend and my mind seems clearer. Almost racing in many different ways which I think is AWESOME (also my favorite word since moving to California) Some say meditation will do that. Any one agree or disagree I would love you to chime in. Hmm LOVE that's a topic I will blog on soon, Nick,,, I know I never say it but I love you bro, I would love my peeps new and old to have an Awesomely Blessed week, I hope you become followers or future readers, Until next time this is "Jeff da Plumber" saying Shalom and Namaste !!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

What sort off New Years resolution should one whom believes in GOD make ???

OK so It was my Sunday to give the sermon at the Sacramento senior centers and as always what topic should I talk about. I always struggle with this since I'm a simple guy from N.Y.C. who was not raised as a scholar of the bible or the LORD. The good thing is when growing up we mature and I continue my appetite for knowledge, Here's what I said,,, Hope you enjoy it !!!

"What sort of New years resolution should a Christian make ???"

As we begin a new year already 2 weeks in, Who in the room has made a New years resolution, Many have, WHY ??? what do they or the act mean, The practice of making new year resolutions started over 3000 years ago in ancient times by the Babylonians. They believed the new year gives you a fresh start, a new beginning of sort, One can start a change. The BIBLE does not speak for or against a new years resolution, If you believe what do you chose.
Common resolutions are to quit smoking, stop drinking alcohol, Manage or save money better, spend more time with family. The most common one is to lose weight and eat more healthier.
Let's start with that one, I searched the BIBLE for a passage on exercise and I found one (TIMOTHY 4:8)"For physical training is of some value, But GODLINESS has value for all things, Holding promise for both the present life and the life to come" That is a clear passage where exercise and GOD go hand in hand, JESUS cares for us to move around a bit, get the blood moving so that we will be ready to work in heaven.
Now as for Christians I have heard they will go to church more, pray daily or read the BIBLE more. Again all AWESOME goals, But in society we usually go the less spiritual way because there is no real spiritual power in making a resolution due to the year changing, as believers we should live that way each day. That is also why most resolutions fail. I searched further for spiritual validation,,, In (PHILIPPIANS 4:13) it said "I can do anything through him who gives me strength" And in (JOHN 15:5) "I am the vine, Your branches if a MAN remains in me and I in him, He will bear much fruit, Apart from me you can do nothing"
Lets set goals, Resolutions, Or simply change some bad habits. They will make us greater, But you must include GOD in them. Not written down or spoken, Just simply include HIM in your heart and spirit, Reading the bible regularly as you read the news paper or your Facebook posts, When you do this you will be successful in achieving all that you set out to accomplish. In case your afraid or scared to follow the path here is some tips I found all on the Internet for achieving goals or resolutions with the assistance of GOD,,,

1- Pray to the lord for wisdom (JOHN 1:5)
2- Pray for the wisdom as how to fulfill the goals GOD gives you
3- Rely on GOD'S strength for success
4- Find an accountability partner who will help or encourage you
5- Don't be discouraged if you fail, Instead allow them to encourage you to try harder,
Maybe they were hard and GOD was not ready for you to achieve them yet, You were not ready
6- Don't become proud or vain with out giving glory to GOD

PSALM 37:5-6 "Commit your way to the LORD, Trust in him and he will do this, HE will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, The justice of your cause like the noonday sun"

So I ask again What are your GOALS or RESOLUTIONS ???
Let us pray:
Dear GOD, LORD, FATHER, as we begin our new year making promises to you and our selves give,,, No provide us with the strength to succeed, We will thank you ahead of time and everyday for the wisdom to complete them, we will continue to give you the glory you hold in our hearts, mind and soles , THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, In the glory of our Father and everybody Say's AMEN

Thanks for reading and till next time "Jeff Da Plumber" OUT

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Water and your Health

Another little tidbit that's news to me. Always knew to drink a lot of water, but who knew timing played a role on the anatomy.

Drinking water at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the Human body:

2 glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

I though I would share this With the people who follow me. As I'm out there training for my Iron Man competition keeping hydrated is so important. But it is also important to your everyday health. So put down those sodas and Alcohalic beverages and drink your water... Until next time "JDP" OUT

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Goals for 2011

OK so today is the first day of the new year and most make resolutions, I say just set goals because a resolution is just you wanting to change a habit and as we all know most times when you change a habit you replace it with an new habit. Calling them goals means you don't have to change any habit, You are just making your self better. You probably have heard me say this once but it is something I repeat internally all day. G.B.B. Good,,, Better,,, Best,,, Your never Good if your not Better than your Best, So go out and strive for greatness. I will present my yearly goals to you all and I Would like to see you do the same so that we will push through all that trials and tribulations of life and Have another Awesome successful year :
Goals for 2011

1. Climb to the top of Half Dome with rules: This must be done early in the year, on a moon lit night, hiking in darkness to arrive at the peak to see the sunrise
2. Learn to scuba dive
3. Finish the Iron Horse bike race
4. Win in a running race
5. Join a team
6. Go on a mission trip that will enable me to use my hands the way God intended them to be used, Building for others to make there life’s Blessed
7. Change a Mona vie Rank
8. Finish a full distance Ironman race
9. Swim from Alcatraz
10. Really Write my story
11. Lear how to meditate,,, I.e. strong yoga training
12. Learn how to play the Guitar
GOOD LUCK FRIENDS, Because I know I will need it !!! For Today Jeff da Plumber OUT