Monday, July 19, 2010

Review of Unlimited Power By Tony Robbins

I've read a few books on Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) the past but Id say so far this is one of the best I have read. The first couple of NLP books I ever read were way too technical and a bit hard to follow at times. I've even read A dummies guide to NLP and that didnt even give me a full understanding of NLP. It also uses some self development and personal development principles but Anthony Robbins primarily uses NLP as his tools for change and success. It has a very positive message, especially towards the end, and has a lot of practical knowledge. With reading this book, I've been using some of the principles and techniques to work, primarily the swish pattern, I have a much better understanding and knowledge of NLP though I would like to get some training in it in the future. In time Id like to re read it and really put all of it to work, but with future self development books, I think more and more I am going to put it to work more and not just put that information and power on the back burner. If I want change Im just going to change it right then and now and not later. I have another book by Tony Robbins Ill read in the future, but I would highly recommend this book for those looking to improve their persuasion, speaking, communication skills, and for those interested in self development and especially practical application of Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

7/14/10 HIT 24 Hour Fitness

Seated Row: 145/:45
Chest Press: 145/:54
Pulldown: 160/:59
Overhead Press: 125/:25
Leg Press: 250/:33
Standing Calf Raise: 135/6
Forearm grab: L= 60/6 R= 60/5
bicep curl: 1
weighted crunch/ab machine: 50/3

Was disappointed about the gym, I haven’t been to a 24 hour fitness but half of the gym was cardio machines, and the weight machines were all second or third rate machines, only one exercise I did was a hammer strength. Didn’t have any Nautilus or Med Ex machines whatsoever. Despite that made some improvements and had a good workout. Also ran into someone I knew at gym too which is cool. Before workout had to go through a guest trial membership setting up deal with one of the trainers there and was trying to sell me personal training or something else. Also told me some things about HIT I don’t necessarily agree with but I was civil, even though I wanted to call BS on him, said machines aren’t necessarily HIT because they don’t use stabilizer muscles, its better to do once you slim down and also it can cause a lot of stress and pain on your joints, body, muscles. The last part is somewhat true, but I know how to do exercises safe and effectively, MAE and BBS for the win 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

FR: Two Strip Club Time

So last night I went to two strip clubs, I first went to Exotica, to be honest, the place blew. Was there for about 10-20 mins, the place was pretty cool looking with lots of stages and porn playing on the tv, well softcore porn at least. They had one dancer on one stage, and after one or two dances got off and was giving someone a lap dance, after getting an overly priced water, decided to check out some other places. I texted cha cha about some recommendations and to see what strip clubs are open the latest, bars and clubs are only open to 2:30 am, but i swear I remember hearing about a strip club open until 4 am on KUFO but I could be wrong. Anyways I decide to head out to Cabaret, and when I get there, I remember that I've been there once before, and the time before was when I was with my friend Frank (who sadly passed away :() and with a few people from high school, one of whom was turning 21 and danced on stage and was making out with a stripper.

That night I felt pretty chill and relaxed, though I did get overheated and felt a bit out of it but not as bad as I have in the past. At Cabaret, I talked to a few people and one or two dancers but was mainly talking to the bartender, mainly just fluff stuff, talking about her job or what she did for fun, etc. She seemed pretty friendly but I didnt get much of a sexual rapport or go direct at all, which might have been to my detriment. There was one dancer there whose birthday it was, she wasnt the best looking but seemed like a lot of fun, was going around being spanked and dry humping customers and dancers alike lol.

Near the end of the night I busted out with hey can I get your number to the bartender, she told me she didnt give it out and there was a bit of an awkward pause but then asked If I needed something else. I had a few drinks by now but nothing really, a shot of rum and kahlua mixed with cream. The rest of the night afterwards, which was only for a little bit I was a bit upset, in bad mood and bad state. In fact I was the rest of the night. I walked to my car and didnt get upset to the point of crying but was reflecting some, just on that night and my progress over the years, thinking to myself its now or never and im going to do whatever it takes to realize and get to my full potential and live a life and lifestyle of abundance and happiness no matter what. And to approach any girls I see that I am attracted to or like.

I am a bit confused as to what im going towards, at least game wise, im working on unplugging myself from some my own messed up belief systems and some faulty beliefs ive gotten from the community or just things that have come up from having this information but not using it, or as often as I should. Im going to do at least 5-10 approaches and make the most out of them, be sexual, dominant, alpha, always be closing and take chances. Ive often just been comfortable with my results or with my life but Im making conscious effort to be in control of myself, my emotions and destiny. Im unsure of how to go sexual though or what to say at times so im going to start reviewing some pua material, as well as self help, nlp, socializing, etc. I havent been with too many women, have had few relationships so to really embrace or express my sexuality when its been repressed, by social conditioning or still being laid im going to embrace it full.

Review of 2012: A Time for Change

So on July 8th I went to see 2012: A Time for Change at the living room theaters in portland, which is an incredible theater and very comfy, with nicely cushioned chairs almost like mini couches in the theater. Its based on the book "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl" by Daniel Pinchbeck, who is also the narrator and main figure in the movie, interviewing such people as Sting, Ellen Page, people involved with the Buckminster Fuller foundation, a co designer of the Euro and economics expert, among many other experts and a few random people off the street. The director and animator for the movie is Joao G. Amorim who is an Emmy nominee. It starts out with an interesting story of the Mayan's origin story of how humankind came to being, with some rather interesting animation as well.

I dont remember all of it but the gods tried making humans out of wood and mud, but neither attempts worked, but then made them out of corn but were too powerful. They were also in touch with nature, but in time the gods felt they gave them too much power and blinded them with a mist, in time they ignored nature, fought amongst each-other, cut down the forests. The movie then starts with some background information on Daniel Pinchbeck, providing some social commentary on his personal life and work, hes a journalist that advocates the use of psychedelic drugs, which the movie goes into some depth about, primarily iboga used by the Bwti tribe in Africa and Ayahuasca. His previous book before his 2012 book was primarily about the use of drugs and how it led to many of his personal and spiritual revelations, even saying that after taking part in a Bwti shaman ritual he severely cut down his alcohol consumption.

Ayahuasca is used by Santo Daime churches, which is a combination or blend of Christianity and spiritualism. Daniel interviews Sting about his use of Ayahuasca after he visited a Santo Daime church in Brazil, of which he said helped him deal with alcoholism. Later on he admitted to be a tree hugger and has done yoga every day for many years. The movie talks and covers a lot of topics covered in the Zeitgeist movies of which I am a big fan and since watching have become an active participant in the Zeitgeist Movement, I went to Z day and joined the local PDX Zeitgeist Group. He interviews Ellen Page about her experiences with aquaculture and says at the time she started doing it and being an activist, it was a good spiritual experience for her, especially since it was around the time her popularity and movie success was skyrocketing. He interviews those involved with permaculture communities and I like how they take a symbiotic approach to use of land, water and resources to grow crops, plants and food, and by mimicking and using the concepts of nature. It also shows clips and interviews with Buckminster Fuller Foundation members, and how he does the same with nature and architecture, and his vision of the future.

Jacque Fresco who is the founder of the venus project and is combined with the Zeitgeist Movement, I know spent some time with Buckminster and is where he got a lot of his ideas from, they showed some inventions he made and they were rather remarkable. They compared the dymaxion car to a car of the time he lived in, and his car got a lot better gas mileage, carrying capacity and higher top speed. He also was able to construct buildings in about 24 hours as opposed to the longer process it takes now to build houses. He also used less living space then people living in his era as well.

He interviewed a chemical engineer, who has a PHD in chemistry and demonstrated how using electrolysis, had created a battery using water for a scooter. Another person he interviewed, was able to clean water in septic tanks and in a greenhouse, with plants and plant matter and within a few days was able to use it for watering and other purposes, not clean enough for drinking water but rather impressive. Daniel interviewed a scientist who is a big believer in the power of mushrooms that grow naturally, who spoke at TED, and demonstrated how mushrooms planted in contaminated soil (whether it be toxic chemicals or oil) and cleaned it up within a few weeks in time lapse photographs.

This movie really inspired me and i liked it a lot, i believe they covered a lot of ground on social issues, environmental issues and even economic issues, when it comes out on dvd id love to buy it and would love to see it again. One of my best parts of the movie was when Daniel Pinchbeck interviewed an economics expert on the economy and said that how the current economy is, it isnt set up to deal with the environmental issues, or current economic issues, and gave an awesome analogy. The analogy he gave was he said that the current economic model or vehicle is if someone were to drive a car with no brakes and a bad steering system, no matter what you do, your going to crash even if you get a new team of experts in the car. He also went into some depth about how if something can't be made a profit off of it, it is not really thought of, especially in our capitalist economy. They even talked briefly about an Oil Tycoon that is buying up water companies and reserves and selling it, for profit, a natural resource that should be available to anyone. I thought the analogy he gave was pretty spot on as Im fed up with how the current economy is, debt system and even how money is literally made out of thin air by the federal reserve. Thats how money is made people! The only other person that can make something out of thin air is God.

This was an awesome movie I would recommend to anyone and to those that say its already too late, or have a negative cynical view, I say sometime sooner or later we will have to deal with it. Like one of the native americans that Daniel also interviewed, I believe a lot of people give over their power or faith to such things as the economy, your job, or even religion, distinctions between good and evil, or that someone will ultimately save us. It may happen or it may not, i dont mean to encroach on commonly held beliefs and opinions, but thats what they are, commonly held beliefs that aren't apparently true, its time to wake up, dont drink the coolaid and think for yourself. Just because your doing okay now and have in the past, theres always something more and better to work towards, dont give your personal power away to such a thing as a job, career, or even life itself I believe. I hope that my book and ebook, if nothing else will wake people up and shake them to the very core of their realities and perceptions. Anyways, go out and see this movie, and tell me what you think, what do you agree or disagree on. I think we have all the tools and resources to figure out all our problems, its just our attention or focus is not on it but on ourselves, materialism or something else.

HIT 7/7/10 Return of the Machines?!

I went to LA Fitness in Beaverton and did this, it seems they had a lot of good quality Nautilus machine, much to my delight. The seated row machine was different and was called mid row. They didnt have one machine that I wanted to do the standing calf raise with, Im not sure what its called, but they have one at the gym at the high school I used to go to and at the LA Fitness in vancouver, I think the only exercise you can do it with is standing calf raise or possibly a squat. I did a mix of machines with TULS (time under load) and MAE exercises with rep count, in total I did 8 exercises.

Seated Row: 135/1:08
Chest Press: 135/:58
Pulldown: 150/:53
Overhead Press: 135/:47
Leg Press: 215/2:02
Standing Calf Raise: L= 60/10 R= 60/10
Forearm grab: L= 60/8 R= 60/9
bicep curl: 90/5
weighted crunch/ab machine: 75/7

At the time I was unable to do bicep curl, because of previous exercises, so I did them today (7/12), I used a dumbbell for one arm on forearm grab, then used a pulley machine to do other arm, it took a lot more weight, so might not be fully accurate. Ive also been doing about 9-10 pushups about once a week and sprinting for added strength gain and skill conditioning, though I dont think its entirely necessary. The Leg Press I could have added more weight, was a bit different since it was a machine where I sat still but pushed the platform away from me with my feet, instead of the leg press machines ive used before that is like im pushing myself back with my feet. My leg muscles I feel always seem to get a good strength gain and in time I think they will be as thick as tree trunks, in fact they are close enough.

Still have some bodyweight id like to get rid of, mainly around my belly and upper body, but feel in time I can burn that off, been very closely following my diet and restricting carbs and taking into consideration my source of calories, not necessarily the amount, though I have been watching that as well.