Herbalife: Problems With Razor Bumps? Try This!

Well, well, well! It’s been a while since I’ve put up a Herbalife video, so here’s my next one!

Back in 2004, I was getting a haircut in the westside of Las Vegas and I told this lady, “excuse me, my faces itches after I shave.”  She said, “you shouldn’t be shaving; our skin is different from white people’s skin!”

I didn’t know what the meant at the time, but she was somewhat right.  She introduced  Skin Tight Extra Strength to me (the one in the photo) and I’ve been using that the past 14 years of my life.  Well, I’ve had this specific bottle for almost 3 years already and it’s probably just a few months away from running out.  With no friends or family willing to send me another bottle, I turned to Herbalife.

Because I’m a proud user of Herbalife, I knew that a scrub-aftershave combination could probably reduce the itching.  Not only did it do just that, but it has cleared up my skin significantly over time.

Here’s the video down below.

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Spartan Super: Chon Buri, Thailand – The Good, The Ridiculous, The “Come On, Man”

The Race – A Debacle of Astronomical Proportions

This is a very infuriating situation that was BECAUSE OF ME.  I couldn’t believe out FAT and out-of-shape I was for this race.  Did I feel fat? Well, the extra fat on my stomach is absolutely noticeable.  However, I think a lot of it had to do with the people I ran with.

The situation was much worse  this time because it was just a walk-a-thon.  In the first four KM, I wanted to quit.  I’ve never felt that before in my life.  I think 60% of it was because I kept looking back and never got into a rhythm in terms of running.  Two, I honestly have done only a few classes at my gym in one month.  That’s a recipe for disaster.  Normally I do two classes a week, but three classes are better.  I didn’t have anywhere near the amount of strength I had in the past.

This was a very sad reality.

When you’re able to Face What Isn’t Working, you’re able to think clearly about situations.  A day after the race, I’ve cleaned up everything.  Yes, I had that sugar craving and wanted my gummy bears, but I didn’t because I have a nasty image of what I’m becoming engraved into my head, and that’s the most terrifying part about all of it.  So, I just keep asking myself, “if I buy those bags of candy, I won’t be proving a god damn thing to myself.”

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Stephen Covey’s Four Dimensions of Renewal – Physical Dimension – Stop Being Lazy (Physically)

How can you preserve and enhance the great asset you have?

Physical: Exercise, Nutrition, Stress Management

Social/Emotional: Service, Empathy, Synergy, Intrinsic Security

Mental: Reading, Visualizing, Planning, Writing

Spiritual: Value Clarification & Commitment, Study & Meditation

George Sheehan, the running guru, describes four roles: being a good animal (physical), a good craftsman (mental), a good friend (social), and a saint (spiritual). Sound motivation and organization theory embrace these four dimensions or motivations – the economic (physical); how people are treated (social); how people are developed and used (mental); and the service, the job, the contribution the organization gives (spiritual).

“Sharpen The Saw” means exercises all of these regularly and consistently.

Physical Dimension

Eating the right food, carrying our body, getting sufficient rest and relaxation, and exercising on a regular basis.

  • I’m doing exactly this and without a doubt.  I’m VERY serious about my sleep for the most part.  Some of my friends call me after 10pm, but I’ve already meditated into sleep.  Others asked me why I sleep early, and it’s because I know, sometimes, that I’m at the end of the road at night and know that I can’t get anything else done because of mental fatigue.  So, I hit the sack.

“Most of us think we don’t have time to exercise.  What a distorted paradigm!”

Let me give you an example of this.  Last week I had to work a 9-5pm teaching test prep courses and work a mere 2 hours at night for a minimal rate.  However, I still exercised, did my podcast, ate well, slept well, and posted two blogs.  Could I have been more efficient with more time? Sure…but I didn’t make excuses to why I didn’t exercise.

You don’t need special equipment to exercise.  A good exercise program is building your body in three areas: endurance, flexibility, and strength.

To be honest, you’re considered minimally fit if you can increase your heart rate to at least one hundred beats per minute and keep at it for 30 minutes.

Flexibility obviously comes from basic stretching (warming up and cooling down especially), which loosens the muscles up.

Strength comes from resistance exercises such as calisthenics, push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.  I’ve raved so much about the gym I go to because I’m on a course.  Lab Leaner, which is designed to shred body fat in a rigorous, 45-minute round of hell.  Then you have Lab Strong, a course designed to build strength.  Of course I can add in kettlebell strength and another class during the week, but I throw in lots of cardio because that’s by far the most important for the Spartan Race.

One of Stephen Covey’s trainers had Stephen almost collapse a barbell full with weights onto his thoracic region.  His trainer helped him at the very end and said, “well, why did you wait so long?

He replied, “almost all the benefit of exercise comes at the very end, Stephen.  I’m trying to build strength and that doesn’t happen until the muscle fiber ruptures and the nerve fiber registers the pain.  Then nature overcompensates and within 48 hours, the fiber is made stronger.”

All in all, the essence for renewing the physical dimension is to sharpen the saw.  If you haven’t been exercises, your body is going to protest this change in its comfortable downhill direction.  You will hate it, but be proactive.  Do it anyway.  Get soaked under the rain.  Feel the burn in your legs in that last one hundred.  Scream when you’re going up the steps.  Put your favorite song on and sing it while sprinting down the street.  This is no quick fix.  This is going to bring phenomenal, long-term results.

Interviewee #10: Dana & Dennis of Wodbudsuds

I had the absolute special privilege of interviewing an amazing up and becoming health and wellness business called Wodbudsuds – a business that creates soap. Not only that, but hearing the stories of both Dennis and Dana was remarkably inspiring.

The 9-5, the drab job that continues to torment the majority of the world, had gotten a hold of them. Working for 8-11 years, respectively, in their chosen fields of work, they just simply wanted more.

It brings me back to the story of my personal development journey. When I was making a mere $600 USD a month, I asked myself, “if I had any dignity, I would just quit right now.” Two weeks later – I did. This was the beginning of my fear-filled journey that had lots of traps, holes, and setbacks.

With Dana being a Yoga instructor and Dennis being a crossfitter/manager, all while caring for their son, they knew enough was enough.

Turning a kitchenette into a full-on business in the basement of their home, they converted and began making soap, which took 6 months to complete.

One year on and an amazing lifestyle later…here’s there story.

http://wodbodsuds.com/

https://instagram.com/wodbodsuds

https://m.facebook.com/wodbodsuds

You’re Either Positive; Or You’re Negative

Family

After going through a journey back home to America in 2012, meeting some of the most magnificent people in Thailand, Japan, and Hawaii, you could imagine how high I was on Cloud 9.  I felt like I had conquered everything.  I was really unsure of my whereabouts over the ensuing months, but I was still elated at the fact that I went to a wild Bangkok/Phuket and I touched down in Japan.

The moment I got home, my mother picked me up at the airport and took me back to that “neighborhood.”  I was in limbo and still in vacation mode, but then slowly I smelled (marijuana) in the neighborhood and in my house – nothing had changed.  For one year I was gone, my family was still circling around in that wheel of life many people fall victim too.

I was lecturing my sister that evening about my travels to Japan, what was happening in my life, meeting people at a bar not too far from my house, and of course, the girl racial comment I got was from an anglo woman making fun of the Japanese Kanji lettering on my t-shirt.  Welcome back to Las Vegas.

My brother had a cluster of bumps on his back and ultimately needed surgery; my oldest sister was going through a TERRIBLE breakup and kept bitching about her BF, and my youngest sister, cleverly, tucked herself away in the bedroom.

Look, either you’re going to be positive or negative.  I didn’t know anywhere near as much as I do now, but I knew that complaining about reality and circumstances were going to get me nowhere.  My mom lost her job because of poor decisions, and I don’t ever recall my mom getting a job until I left (9-10 month period).  So, my brother and I had to pay the bills and it was competition.  If I paid 20$, he paid 30$ and told me I wasn’t doing much for mom.  Every time he came around me, he was always upset and wanting to bitch about something.  I could feel the energy when he walked by, and luckily, just days before my departure, the eruption didn’t happen.  I felt it festering because I wasn’t talking to my family AT ALL, but thankfully nothing ridiculous happened before I left.

Some things I will just never understand I suppose.

Teacher Ray

47-year-old Irishman who I worked with at my first, and worst job (of my life) back in Chanthaburi Thailand, which is located about 3 hours southeast from Bangkok.  Now that I look back at this particular individual, I realize that he’s the epitome of what’s wrong with foreigners in Thailand – and now he’s trapped with a child the government has taken away from him.

He had a wife that barely knew any English, and one of the most wonderful daughters one could ever imagine.  She was delightful and had a contagious laugh; also calling me “Uncle Buck.”

However, Ray would talk about his past life heaps for some odd reason.  There was a particular character he worked with and he just couldn’t let the stories go.  I’m guessing this is what he ended up running away in general.  He would go to bars, have sex with women between 18-30 years of age (in Thailand it’s extremely easy when you’re of a fair complexion), and cheat on his wife continuously.  Every time I was around him, he complained about the world and all the politics.  He never smiled or laughed about anything – just full on rants.  Last time I heard two years ago that his life left him, taking the child.  He began dating someone at the school we worked at and then broke up (super awkward situation).  He then started spewing a lot of hate at staff and then POOF! Just like that…he up and left.  Most foreign men over 40-45 years of age in Thailand suffer from the same thing.

Last Job

40-45 year olds complaining, bitching, having sex with the staff behind their wives’ backs, pointing fingers, saying their students are dumb, alcoholics, drug addicts, whore buyers.  You name it.  This was my workplace.  All of them? Well, about 75% of them.  The other ones I just couldn’t figure out.  In 2016 and after reading Jack Canfield’s book, I realized that being around life-sucking animals was stumping my growth, so I started ignoring everyone and then the “taddle-telling” began.

You had a teacher who was 72 and had a 40-year-old wife, insulting her on a continuous basis and spewing hateful rhetoric about muslims at work.  You had one of the most despicable human beings who was 50 and had a 18-year-old girlfriend.  Apparently he was a neighborhood drunk and constantly argued and beat her, all while smashing bottles out on the streets.  Another one, who was actually the worst teacher and had the worst complaints, had sex with staff, and on a nightly basis, he drove to 7-11, chugged down 3 beers, and went home.  Another one was jacked up on drugs.

I mean, why am I telling you these stories.  One, be grateful.  Be grateful that you’re not trapped in a country you absolutely hate (well, most of us).  Realize that everything you’re putting out is going to ultimately come back.  If you’re a negative, newly divorced old man, southeast Asia isn’t for you because you could be part of the jumping men, which are men who hurl themselves over balconies in Pattaya, Thailand, killing themselves.

If you move to a country because you think women are submissive and you think it’s an easy life, you’re going to find yourself hating that country because you will attract to you the bottom-of-the-food-chain-women who will milk you of all your savings.  I used to see this everyday in Pathumthani, a province north of Bangkok.  On weekends, the play was overflowing with pedaphiles trying to solicit young girls and boys to sex, but of course police did NOTHING because they were “white,” through the eyes of the dumb-beholders.  Seeing this everyday — working at a job where the British head teacher, too, was a wife-tourist — was disheartening and infuriating.

I wanted to be happy.  That area was slum-filled with the worst of mindsets.  So, how I had to infer and look at my life through a strangers eyes.  I was unhappy, terrible health (lots of pollution around there), racism, removed from company, lack of hours and money.

LEAVE.

I was either going to be on the offense, or be defensive. I was either going to surround myself with writers, business owners, trainers, and successful people – or be around men who escaped the past.  It was one way or the other.  I chose to go right.

Herbalife Blog + Video #1: Mint Chocolate/Vanilla Recipe

Welcome back to another Herbalife blog and I’m bringing to you TODAY — a recipe.

That’s right.  With a YouTube video down below, I break down the ingredients, metrics, what to put in a shake and other things to try out.

Today we’re featuring Chocolate Mint, Vanilla, and Herbalife 24’s Vanilla (endurance athletes). Also, I love to add in organic almonds, cinnamon, and a few other things (depending on what my workout was in the morning).

Without further ado, tune into the video down below and look at how much protein, carbs, etc is in each scoop of healthy meal.

Mint CHocolate

Key Benefits
  • Fiber and 17 g of protein (of which 9 g are provided by soy protein, and 8 g are provided when mixed with 8 oz. of nonfat milk) help support weight management
  • 21 vitamins and minerals
  • 170 calories when prepared as directed
  • 0 cholesterol, 0 trans fats
  • Excellent source of antioxidant Vitamins A (as beta-carotene), C and E

Creamy Vanilla

Key Benefits
  • 9 g of milk protein help support lean muscle mass
  • 90 calories
  • 1,500 mg* of L-glutamine support muscle growth and immune function
  • Healthy meal for athletes
  • Carbohydrate blend provides immediate and sustained energy
  • Antioxidant support
  • NSF Certified for Sport®†
    • Tested – Clean of athletic-banned substances
    • Verified – Meets label claims and contaminant test criteria
    • Audited – Manufacturing facility is GMP compliant

I normally add one scoop of the vanilla, mint chocolate, and a Herbalife24 Vanilla scoop (depending on how rigorous the workout was) with some organic almonds, three teaspoons of cinnamon, and an 8 oz glass of low-fat milk.  You have to add some ice cubes, too! The thicker you want it, the more you add.  It’s all an eye test!

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Herbalife’s Aloe Vera: The Second Digestive System Option + Anti-Bloating

So, I made a video on probiotics, which amassed an incredible amount of views.  Since the time I made that video until now – I haven’t made any others in regards to Herbalife, unfortunately.

However, I’m back!

I contacted my friend a while back in Australia telling her that I needed an immediate supply of probiotics.  The probiotics, being in a very small bottle, ran out in about 4-6 weeks.  After that, my stomach began to go haywire YET AGAIN!

I tried eating chia seeds, almonds, avocados (I’m totally lying about the avocados because one of them here in Thailand costs 4$), and other things to help with smooth digestion in the morning.

All failed.

So after not following through with the buying and shipping of the wondrous probiotics, I immediately needed something else that was going to help me.

It was a Tuesday morning and I went walking down the streets of Bangkok in sweltering heat, doused in sweat and discontent.  I knew if I went to Herbalife, I would find a surprise.

After getting there, I saw that they launched a series of new products, including RoseGuard (immune support) and a few others.  When I went to the counter to place my order, I looked over my shoulder and there it was….the 24 line.  I jumped up and joy, purchased it and it’s an absolute BEAST (will talk about it in a later blog). But the focus here is of course Aloe Vera, which changed my digestive tract within a six-hour period.

Are there other alternatives for it? Absolutely.  I would suggest pineapple and yogurt.  On the other hand, if you can get your hands on some of THIS?! Your digestive tract will never be the same again.

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Traveling + Fitness Goals = Malaysia/Singapore Spartan Is On The Board!

There’s been some hard decision-making going on my end, but I’m finally kicking off my travels this year with a minor bang.

Like I told you in the beginning with my blog, outlining the possible scenarios of traveling….it’s now evident that I will do a small travel at this juncture of the year, basically due to the fact that work is fluctuating like crazy at the moment.

Since I got some excellent feedback with crazy jobs, big projects and not quitting my main job (fully), I decided to go through with it.

I stated that I would be completing the trifecta this year in Spartan: sprint, super and beast being the races I would need to compete in to obtain that unique medal.

So, if I can take a pre-workout with the sprint in Malaysia/Singapore come March/April, compete in the Super with a massive team in May, and top if off with the Beast in Australia come November = WIN!

Now that I’ll be on a visa that enables me to travel every 2-3 months, I have even more opportunities to visit the likes of Jakarta, Bali (against), and hopefully fulfill that fantasy of doing a Tedx in Morocco later on this year.

The Problem

Airlines going to and from both KL and Singapore are infamous.  Air Asia, being a low-budget airline, forces passengers to pay for extra luggage.  Not only that, this airport is no longer in the vicinity where I live.  I would have to trek to northern Bangkok, stay at a hotel in the weeeee hours of the morning, then check in at 5:30am.  That’s a pain in the ass.  Furthermore, I have to pay for luggage and fly to the dog-house (KLIA 2 – the airport that smells like URINE – LOL).

If I go to Singapore, I can fly with scoot, who’s known for cancelling flights (like Australia’s Tiger Asia).  I get free baggage, but I might not get there.  Plane tickets are around the same cost….but Singapore’s hotels are more expensive, and the day of the race requires me taking a train and a cable car to Sentosa Island, something I seriously don’t want to do after a race.

So with the ridiculous but manageable problems, I decided to make a podcast that was just about everywhere in terms of information and throwing my arms in the air.

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https://www.spreaker.com/user/thearseniobuckshow/traveling-fitness-goals-malaysia-singapo

 

Wheel of Life: It’s A Little Foggy + Heart Talk Achieved!

Oh, yes! Welcome back to another edition of the wheel of life, which is coming about 5 days earlier from when I normally debut it.  I’m grateful as hell, regardless of all the things I’ve been through, but I do believe I’ve been looking in the wrong places.

Over the course of this month, it’s been a bit turbulent.  Job offers but no jobs; a woman applying for jobs for me – only to tell me “they chose another teacher;” British language center (not my cup of tea) which said they would use me, but they never did.

These are all just forms in the road and it revolves a little bit around career.  It’s been a bit wild in general, but it’s time to go over the month in it’s entirety!

Family & Friends – 4

Yeah, definitely a bit low from the last time.  Remember the story about the Indian girl who’s a fitness trainer? Yeah, too much baggage, lies, voids and no trust.  Dumped like a bad habit.  I’ve also realized that one of my best friends is an afterthought now.  This category took a ferocious hit this month.

What Now?

Ok, the loose and unwanted baggage has been taking out.  So what’s the next step? Nurture those life-time relationships I already have and don’t take the newcomers too seriously.

Family will always be family.  Not much around but hear some motivating words from my family from time-to-time.

Health – 7

In terms of my healthy living, it’s extraordinary.  I get enough sleep and I haven’t had any allergies whatsoever.  My mileage on my runs continues to go up and I don’t feel extremely tired after my runs, either.

However, I lost my shape 🙁 I’m very diligent now with my funds until something is consistent, so I haven’t been joining my workout class twice-a-week like I normally did last year.

Fun & Hobbies – 6

This is a bit unchanged because nothing miraculous happened over this month.

Romantic Relationships – Hell No

That’s a big hell no, too.

Career – 10

*CLEARED CONSCIOUS*

YouTube hit the biggest peak just a few days ago with people in almost every country listening to me.  It’s unbelievably fascinating and sooooo exciting! People are commenting, suggesting, recommending and speaking about me – on top of sharing my videos.  So grateful!

Podcast hit some massive spikes over the past week.  I’ve gotten some great downloads from countries such as Mauritius, and lots of isolated towns around America are figuring out about me.  I mean it’s finally beginning to promote itself!

Blog/website is very enticing to say the least.  I get sparks from Greece, Mexico, Tanzania and a few other countries, looking for my education blogs and whatnot.

The ultimate project I got could possibly land me residual income for the next 10 years, so now I’m hustling big time in terms of making practice tests and getting ready for the massive herd of people who are about to come in by the thousands – literally.

My graphic designer, who I probably will cut ties with soon, did my Facebook cover art and a few other things.  However, having things put off and attitude is started to make me second guess everything.  I think I will upgrade my wordpress site and install plugins.  MAYBE!

This is probably the immediate things that are happening.  Of course there are probably another half-dozen things that are taking place at the moment.  I’m just TOO EXCITED!

I think what’s happening and what just happened with my primary job, as of today, was a blessing in disguise and made me rethink a couple of things, thanks to someone who cares about me.

Personal Development – 9

Found ET (Eric Thomas) YouTube channel, along with listening to Be Inspired (another YouTube channel) has really changed me a lot over the past several days.  I’m literally on fire.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading and converting so much of it to blogs and podcast.

Physical Environment – 8

Now, I’m dumping the trash out right now.  Once that’s over, my environment should be at a consistent 10 every month.  New jobs all around Bangkok, wonderful women that I work with, big projects and living in a gorgeous condo says it all.

Wealth – 7.5

Worst month in terms of salary in January at the burning trash dump (lol – I love creating nicknames for this place).  However, I got my projects on board, teaching trainer project, and so many others are coming in.  This month I’ll be in a very good surplus, but March, April, and May will determine the outcome of whether I stay or go to possibly Spain or France.

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Wheel of Life – January 2018: We’re Back!

For those wonderful beings tuning in for the first time, this is an excellent exercise that I use on a monthly basis to figure out where I’m standing in different categories of my life; moreover, if I’m creating balance, or neglecting particular categories.  This helps me out tremendously.  Here are my scores for the month.

Personal Development: 9.5

I’m doing work in this realm, and now after having an amazing 3.5 hour conversation with a remarkable human being, I’m so excited of what is taking place inside of me.

Physical Environment: 9.5

This was the best move I could’ve ever done.  Being away from slum mindsets was the stepping-stone to true fulfillment.

Career: 9.5

This was a big whirlwind/spin because I applied for jobs in Chile, and thought I was going to get a job here in Thailand.  How dumb of me.  LOL!  The fact and matter is that I was too impatient.  More in the podcast.

Fun & Hobbies: 9

I’m enjoying myself now.  Every Tuesday and Thursday – sometimes I go running, then I schedule podcast interviews for that time, and there’s just so much happening.  I’m enjoying my life now since living in Bangkok.

Romantic Relationships: ?

Honestly, I just don’t know at this point, and I won’t even be getting into it and jinx myself.  However, there’s true potential….but that’s all I’m saying.

Health: 8

I kind of slacked off the past week in terms of weight training and my classes, but I’ll be back on track beginning next week since I’ll be training for a competition in Singapore.

Wealth: 6

Now, I knew this month would be ugly, but I know I would be setting myself up big for the coming months.  After doing my pay for this month, I was extremely angry at my present job (soon to be past job) simply because I told myself that I would NEVER fall below a threshold.  Once I did, the ultimate rebellion would take place.  More in my podcast down below.

Family & Friends: Family — / Friends In Thailand – 9

From interviewing Rich, to now befriending an awesome guy by the name of Steve Pipe, and now having another wonderful trainer friend who’s Indian but born in Thailand.  This has been the most successful month in terms of friends IN MY LIFE.  Period.

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