Thursday Book Review: Sell or Be Sold

We live in a world of sellers.

A good read

These days many sales people are called “influencers.”

Online or in-person someone is always going to try and sell you something that you don’t want or need.

I think back of what McDonald’s was doing to me as a kid.

My mom was a fabulous cook.

We would turn up our noses at her delicious soups and stews and wonderful meals because we wanted McDonald’s instead.

Ugh!.

Her homemade quality meals were so much better than horrible fast food from McDonald’s.

Not only were her delicious main courses fabulous we also enjoyed her wonderful baking.

Yet the power of mass media changed our minds about her hard work.

Nevertheless she instilled in me a love for good food, especially good healthy food.

Delicious homemade food

My cooking is not perfect and sometimes I burn things but I know I’m eating better by eating at home.

A little about the author.

He is a great real-estate salesman.

https://grantcardone.com/

A little about the book.

It is a tutorial of sorts to help the person who wants to be successful in business and in life.

Cardone has a podcast the Cardone Zone and also a YouTube channel.

https://youtube.com/user/GrantCardone

Although I am only halfway through the book I find it very illuminating and informative.

Sell or be sold, you decide.

Wednesday Diet Wisdom: Early Bird Exercise Experience

Brand new morning 🌄

This morning I was up at 5:15am.

I planned on going to a 5:45am strength-training class at the Recreation center I’d recently joined.

When I got there I was surprised to see how many overweight, obese and over-50 ladies there were there. Not all were fat, however. Some looked great, and a few were younger than the rest.

I was thrilled there was a good turn-out so early in the morning.

But, I was frustrated with the look of the space. It seemed crowded.

I was not wearing a mask, and neither was anyone else!

Instead of jumping into the strength class, I got on a parallel elliptical machine to tighten my thighs, and then I rode a stationary bike that had a video game on it.

That was pretty cool.

I have an online membership included in my gym package and I have free weights at home.

Back home I did some stretching with the video to loosen up my shoulders and back.

It’s important to warm up before you exercise too.

Before I left for the gym this morning I made a cold caffeinated beverage. Ice cubes, oatmilk and a shot of espresso from my Nespresso machine.

It didn’t burn my tongue like the usual hot coffee I make every morning, but I didn’t think it tasted all that great.

I will start weight-training at home today.

As for my weightloss journey, I an thrilled to say I am close to no longer being categorized as obese.

Since I started in May I have dropped 12 lbs. I hope to drop another 12 pounds by mid-August .

Then I will no longer be classified as obese!

I look forward to the time when I will not be in the overweight category either.

I want to be able to be in the normal weight range again and dress up in cute retro-outfits like this.

Slim and trim goals

But, it all takes patience and time to make it to your goals.

And I always track my calories on my Samsung Health app.

Tracking my calories on my cracked smartphone as usual

P.S. All diet advice by me is my opinion and does not reflect on any professional advice. Lose weight at your own risk.

Fitness Paradise

Today and every day I get to go workout and go swimming! 🏊‍♂️

Fun pool

I love to swim!

Rec center

I joined our local community recreation center!

Nice folks

The recreation center director was kind enough to have one of the employees give my husband and I the grand tour.

The swimming pool is huge

Spin classes. a specially treated comfy walking track, a giant pool and exercise equipment, all at our disposal!

Then dessert

All that swimming made me hungry!

On the Tube: A Novel Character

Miss Fisher

Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries are always a fun escape into a lush world of an Australian aristocrat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phryne_Fisher

Sometimes I find her a little too unnaturally daring, and the circumstances surrounding her plots, a little unreal.

But the whole idea is she is some sort of woman superhero, who always gets her criminal!

There is a back story too, regarding her sister who was murdered as well, adding to the suspense and seriousness of the story.

However there is a lot of humor injected into each mystery as well, making it somewhat campy at times.

Overall, I enjoy the series and I’m revisiting it after a few years.

I also like the sequel they created called, “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries.”

Not as popular or as long-running as the original TV series.

Peregrine Fisher

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ms_Fisher%27s_Modern_Murder_Mysteries

Overall, I like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries as well as it’s spin-off.

Car Watch: Explore Autofest

Today’s grand day out

We enjoyed a sensational experience for car-lovers today.

Autofest.

There was a variety of cars and trucks!

Sweet classic

An unusual variety of vehicles were on display.

Dune buggy

I couldn’t resist all the fun cars!

Me and a cool roadster

We enjoyed old and new cars and trucks.

The hood ornament is a rat!

Over the next few Sundays I will feature more cars from the 20th Annual New Ulm Auto fest Cycle and Car Show!

Freaque’s Guitarist’s Unique Techniques

Last night hubby & I went out for some live music.🎶

The group “Freaque” was made up of one singer & 3 musicians that accompanied on a variety of instruments.

It was all original music mainly composed and song by the lead singer Gabriel Roderick.

I was very much impressed with the unique guitar technique with the metal rod on the strings.

The Freaque band plays around Minneapolis

The lead singer calls his brand of song-writing dirt-folk.

https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2019/08/29/dirt-folk-hero-freaque-shines-a-light-on-darkness

Fun with me & Jim also a music group 🎶

Wednesday Diet Wisdom: Don’t Get Dressed in the Dark

So today I had my bra on inside out and my pants on backwards!

I was dressing in the dark so hubby might sleep.

I felt this was an analogy for not eating blind.

You need to shed light on your nutrition and your physical condition.

I am sticking to my calorie-tracking, never exceeding 1450 calories a day, and raising my metabolism by weight-lifting and cardio.

My pants are feeling looser and this week I found my good measuring tape.

Good measuring tape

I plan to fill in my measurements chart tonight with the help of my husband. It always helps to have someone measure you. But, you can also do it by yourself.

Stats

Just like knowing your weight and size, (and how to get properly dressed,) knowing your calories and nutrition is important for weight reduction and getting healthier.

Plan your work and work your plan and do it for yourself!

Food and focus go hand in hand.

Eat right. Feel right. Look right. Dress right!!! 🙂❤

Focus on good food

P.S. All diet advice by me is my opinion and does not reflect on any professional advice. Lose weight at your own risk.

On the Tube: College Capers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Be_Very,_Very_Popular

I recorded an on-demand silly yet fabulous film on YouTube TV starring Betty Grable.

When the movie works, it’s great.

This movie is involved with a hypnotized vulnerable exotic dancer and her friend who wind up in a fraternity, while they run away from a bald killer.

It is really funny in places, and the dance segments are phenomenal.

You have a college man, who ends up staying in college for 17 years.

I don’t want to do all the work for you, but if you like comedy mixed with hijinx you will totally like this film

The nice thing is that it is NOT a musical with dreaming and singing with invisible orchestras, so it seems cooler than that.

I hope you give it a glance if you want to laugh at people getting bonked on the head with a detached mannequin’s arm.

Car Watch: Mustang GT

American automobile Ford Mustang

It’s a very hot day!

Solar-powered waterfall

Time to “pony” up a hot car, The Mustang GT.

https://www.motortrend.com/features/what-does-gt-mean-on-cars-where-did-it-come-from/

Convertible Mustang GT

The Mustang has a long history.

Find out more here:

https://youtu.be/vBJODV_tyDA

Grand Touring