Movember is not about the moustache.

If you lost a son, dad, husband or friend due to cancer or a heart attack, which you felt that it could have been prevented if the illness was detected earlier. If he only went to the doctor earlier. Or if he took his illness more serious.

 

It is a fact that men die earlier then women. Thus the importance of an event like  Movember to generate awareness of various illnesses related to men.

 

Men don’t look well after themselves and are more likely to die of heart disease than women. The main reason is that men don’t like to go for check-ups therefore risks, such as poorly treated high blood pressure or unfavorable cholesterol levels will result in heart attacks or strikes.

Men are more likely to commit suicide then women. This is true despite the fact that depression is considered more common among women and women make more (non-fatal) suicide attempts. Some attribute this to the tendency for men to avoid seeking care for depression and the cultural norms that discourage men from seeking help for mental illness.

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History of Movember

Movember all started in 2003 when two mates (Travis Garone and Luke Slattery) meet up for a quiet beer in Melbourne, Australia. It turned into an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness on men’s health, more specifically on illnesses such as prostate cancer and depression.

Rules

  1. Must begin the 1st of November with a clean shaven face.
  2. You must grow and groom a moustache for the whole month.
  3. You cannot have a beard – which means no joining your sideburns to your beard.
  4.  Nor can you join your chin to your handlebars.

So next time you see a man with a moustache during November, please remember that it is about awareness.

As a MoBro you are welcome to visit my Fundraising campaign. Donations will be used for programs supporting prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. FAQ

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Believe in yourself

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To live a life of high achievement, you must fully believe in yourself and your ability.

Find me an extremely successful person who doesn’t greatly believe in themselves. It’s not going to happen. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jordan, Elon Musk and Mark Cuban are just a few highly successful individuals who benefited greatly from this confidence. However, it’s not their levels of success that I want to talk about. It’s their willingness to get up again and again when they failed or experienced a setback while in pursuit of creating the life of their dreams.

Here are two of my daily habits that have consistently helped me increase my belief in myself and shatter all self-imposed limitations.

Count your wins.
As human beings we naturally have the tendency to get stuck on the negative and think about all of our losses for the day, instead of counting our wins and finding all of the good that took place.

I use my gratitude journal to capture all of my wins at the end of each day. This can be the wins from today, last week, last month or even last year. It doesn’t really matter when, but the key is to just get in the habit of capturing all of your wins. This will bring you a complete sense of joy that will let you know that you have done some incredible things in the past and remind you that even bigger things can happen in the future.

Whether big or small, it doesn’t matter — just count your wins!

 

Talk to yourself like a champion.

Just as my friend and bestselling author Jon Gordon always says, “Talk to yourself more than you listen to yourself.” Just for one week, try talking to yourself like a champion instead of listening to yourself as a victim. I guarantee that you will be blown away by the results. It may seem weird to talk to yourself, but give it a try and then see if it’s worth the “weirdness.”

Thinking positive and empowering thoughts is one thing, but talking to yourself like a champion reconditions your thought process in an instant. When you form the habit of talking to yourself like a champion you don’t give the negative and discouraging thoughts the time of day.

With power and conviction, repeat phrases such as, “I am the greatest at what I do,” “There is nothing that I can’t do when I fully commit myself,” and “There is nothing ordinary about me. I am a champion.”

If you don’t have a huge amount of belief in yourself, then there is no way you can expect anyone else to believe in you. If you are an employee, you can’t expect your boss to fully believe in you if you don’t even believe in yourself. If you are an entrepreneur, you can’t expect an investor to believe in your ideas if you don’t even believe in yourself.

The men and women that change the world all understand the incredible power of belief.

Being your own Boss

Starting your own business is very exciting, however the truth is, entrepreneurship is hard — it’s hard as s**t.

There are no shortcuts or magic formulas to make piles of cash appear in your bank account overnight. You have to work ridiculously hard and anyone telling you different is trying to sell you something.

However there is 3 benefits about being your own boss that I love and ultimately the reason why I became and entrepreneur.

1. No cap on your income.

Most people don’t get into entrepreneurship to make the same income they made at their day job. Unlike what happens most day jobs, there is no limit to how much you can earn. If you want to make $100,000 a year, you can do that. If you want to earn a million $ year, or even $10 million, those are within the realm of possibility, too.

There is no one there to tell you “no.” No boss to beg for a raise. No performance review to pass that determines how much you’ll get. Your income is tied to your success — and nothing else.

 

 

 

2. Excitement about your work.

How excited are you to wake up on Monday morning? For most, Mondays are grueling because they start a new week. But for most entrepreneurs, Monday mornings are celebrated because work is exciting! I love the challenges that present themselves to me each week because they are my challenges — not my boss’s.

3. Flexibility to enjoy time off.

Yes, entrepreneurs work a lot. I’ve often heard it said that an entrepreneur is someone who works 100 hours a week to avoid working 40. While this may be true, the difference lies in the flexibility available

Entrepreneurs can work when they want, how they want, where they want. If they want to work 100 hours per week, they’ve chosen to do so.

There is no “time off request form” you’ll need signed from four supervisors in order to take off time for your mom’s 80th birthday party. When you come down with the flu, no one is looking down on you wondering if you are “really that sick.” Your time is your own, and you alone decide how to spend it.

 

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Caring for our kids

14 Des. 2015 - Jones (36) By: Antonio Jones

In my last blog I shared how my wife and I uses running to keep our kids happy and healthy. The response was so overwhelming that I decided to have a follow up article.

I always knew that the current lifestyle that we as parents, and ultimately our kids, have will result in overweight or obese adults and children. My own Body mass Index (BMI) also suggest that I am overweight, hence trying to include healthy eating and some physical activity in my lifestyle.

I took some initiative and did some research on the topic and found that the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) presented a report to the WHO Director-General on January the 25th 2016, which found that at least 41 million children in the below 5 age group are obese or overweight.

According to the report, many children are growing up today in environments encouraging weight gain and obesity. The marketing of unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages was identified as a major factor in the increase in numbers of children being overweight and obese.

 

6 main recommendations from the report:

Promote intake of healthy foods

I am not a food expert, therefore I prefer or are forced to get the information on food. Get yourself a guide to help you identify which foods to consume or which ones to avoid. I found a very useful e-book that gave me most of the information I was looking for. The best part is that it was not very expensive (I am a little bit of a cheapo, as my wife would say, but in the economic crisis we are we should count our pennies) and I could download it immediately. At least it is an investment into the kids health. See link below for more detail.
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Promote physical activity

As a runner I would suggest running, but there is a wide range of physical activities that can be practice to ensure kids are active. Remember a good example set by parents go must further that forcing kids to become active. In other words, for those how did not get the message, be active with your kids. A simple walk in the park or around the blog will be as effective running. Just get the kids off the coach. I used the ebook below as a guide to help me get into running. It includes a lot of theory of running as well as info on nutrition. Helpful tips for starters to prevent injuries.

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Preconception and pregnancy care

Integrate and strengthen guidance for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) with current guidance on preconception and antenatal care (to reduce risk of childhood obesity by preventing low or high birth weight, prematurity and other complications in pregnancy).

Early childhood diet and physical activity

Provide guidance on, and support for, healthy diet, sleep and physical activity in early childhood and promote healthy habits and ensure children grow appropriately

 

 

Health, nutrition and physical activity for school-age children

Implement comprehensive programmes that promote healthy school environments, health and nutrition literacy and physical activity among school-age children and adolescents (by establishing standards for school meals; eliminating the sale of unhealthy foods and drinks and; including health and nutrition and quality physical education in the core curriculum);

Weight management

Provide family-based, multi component, lifestyle weight management services for children and young people who are obese.

Most of the information I got from World Health Organization website.

 

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Happy, healthy and successful children – and adults

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A mere 20 years ago, children used to play outside all day, riding bikes, playing sports and building forts. Masters of imaginary games, children of the past created their own form of play that didn’t require costly equipment or parental supervision. Children of the past moved… a lot, and their sensory world was nature based and simple

Children now rely on technology for the majority of their play, grossly limiting challenges to their creativity and imaginations, as well as limiting necessary challenges to their bodies to achieve optimal sensory and motor development.

Getting your children to start a healthy habit like running during childhood tends to flow over into adulthood. Active children are more likely to become active adults.

 

Physical benefits for kids that runs includes the following:

–  Stronger immune system (Less prone to allergies, colds and cancer)

– Lower blood pressure and better cholesterol profile

– Lower risk of type – two diabetes

– A stronger bone structure

– Less likely to become overweight

– Legs will develop stronger and form more muscle

Running might also be the best way for kids to become a well-balanced and contributing member of society. It is an irreplaceable activity for young athletes to learn fundamental life skills, like teamwork, goal-setting and hard work.

 

My wife and I introduce running to our two daughters at a young age (Around 7 years) and it give great pleasure to do 5 km runs with them. In the beginning we just taught them how to run and how to enjoy the run. Allowing them to figure things out by themselves is an empowering experience.

However please take note that kids are still growing and should not run too much, can result into injury (Please consult  professional advise and training plan before starting to run with your kids)

Below is some personal pictures from park runs as well as races we competed in.

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Gaming for family time

As a runner, there is usually not much indoor activities, other then games to keep you busy (unless you’re blogging).
As a family, we like to spent a lot of time together, and games bring a lot of fun.

As the only guy in the family, I am suppose to be the champ, but the girls rock.