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What happens if you are providing your loved one tons of compliments, encouraging words and other affirmations but they still don't feel loved? Then perhaps his or her love language is not Words of Affirmation! Everyone has their own preferred love language so you should be ready to alter your behaviors to match your loved one's favored language. "He tells me that he loves me, but if he really loved me then he would spend time with me." If your partner says something like this, then their language is most likely Quality Time. Spending time where you give your undivided attention to your spouse can be very powerful.

Mark Twain once said, "I can live two months on a good compliment." pg 39

A few years ago, my circle of friends turned me onto a book called The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. It's an interesting and practical view on how we express love to one another. He's got a simple and conversational style and, despite mixing of metaphors, it is a fantastic read. He offers a very simple perspective on why love tends to fade over time and offers practical ways that you can maintain or rekindle love between people (focused on couples and spouses). I was given the basic gist of the book from my friends and it all made sense.

The weight loss continues! I will not be stopped! RAWR!

I did some extra measurements this morning to go along with my monthly photos. My belly is 46.5" around currently, so I checked my first measurements that I did for Insanity and I started at 50.5"! I've lost 4 inches around my belly. :)

While weight fluctuates from day to day, so I may pass this boundary a couple of times in the next week... today marks the loss of a marathon! 

I've lost 26.2 pounds! Not only is it a marathon, it also marks the loss of 10% of my entire body weight. When I started my diet and exercise regimine I weighed 262 pounds, so 26.2 pounds is a full 10%!

Yay!

I took a "before" photo when I started doing the Insanity workout. My joints weren't able to survive Insanity, but I've been rollerblading and biking every day as well as counting calories. I decided to keep taking photos at the beginning of each month to see if I could watch a change happening in my body. I've lost more than 20 lbs so far (crazy), but the changes are still subtle. Click on the photo below to see a large version:

I cannot tell you how angry it makes me when I hear about investors who hire assistants overseas or outsource app development or WHATEVER, especially the ones who are Republicans and/or Conservatives who have been bitching at Obama and Democrats for ruining our economy.

Guess what?

If you fucking love our country so god damned much, then fucking love OUR country!

Insanity has been too hard on my joints, so I've been rollerblading the last couple of days. I used to rollerblade a lot and it's good to get back into it. I took it easy the first day to make sure my knee was ok, but I've been increasing the distance each day. Today I roller bladed 14.7 miles! I rollerbladed to the Los Angeles River and then down the paved bikepath all the way to downtown Long Beach (well, at least to the Shoreline Dr exit off the 710) and then all the way back!

At times in the past, I've discussed with my friends how one is motivated to do things. Where does motivation come from? Or rather, how do you find the motivation to get up and do whatever it is you are trying to do? I like these conversations, because it helps me understand the thinking of others. For me, I don't usually think about finding motivation, but about being determined to make a decision. My thought processes work a little differently. If I make a decision to take an action, I take that action.

Every time I see the commercials for the new Hansel and Gretel movie, my brain does this... so I just decided to make a video:

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