Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
A health risk factor I wish more people knew about. Visceral fat is a very serious indicator of poor health. This type of fat is found in the area commonly referred to as the “spare tire.” Because this fat is stored in the abdominal cavity close to vital organs it puts a person at a very high risk for serious health issues such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and more. A significant amount of visceral fat comes from poor nutrition and exercise habits. If this applies to you, please consider getting moving more with exercise and trying to eat better. Visceral fat is like a “check engine” light in your car – you can ignore it only so long before it will break down in a serious way.
A great experience I had this week. Last week I went to get a haircut at a new place. The barber was an interesting guy and really impressed me. He took extra time to fix some “mistakes” he’d seen from my last haircut (probably many), told me about his scissors that he’d gotten from Japan and why it was an investment not a cost, told me about his father being a barber and how close they were, and shared some of his personal feelings about life and business that I found very relevant. The reason that I was so impressed was that he is what I call a “craftsman” – someone so experienced, passionate, and proud of what they do that it comes across instantly. When I meet people like this, I love to ask them questions because I want to figure out their “secret sauce.” Anytime I encounter someone like this I try to come away with something I can implement in my own businesses or life. I left this gentleman a big tip, brought my kids back the following day and will be going there exclusively from now on.
A recent observation. My wife works part time in a nutritional counseling business. The program is expensive, and monitors everything eaten and done each day. Hearing portions of calls with clients and listening to my wife discuss clients with the owner of the business I have noticed a common theme. People that want to succeed always find a way and those that are failing are their own worst enemy. Both groups make mistakes but the ones with a good attitude and true desire to change are very open to feedback. They correct mistakes and forge a better path forward and take pride in each small victory. This creates momentum and soon small changes turn to larger ones.
Conversely, those with the negative mindset behave as you might expect. They argue with the people trying to help them, make ridiculous excuses (trust me on this) and outright lie to themselves and those trying to assist them. Essentially, they self-sabotage themselves. This observation was a great reminder to me that to change you must first have a desire to do so. I heard someone say it perfectly the other day – “your attitude will either open doors or close them.”
A piece of exercise advice I often give. Many of us have types of exercise that appeal more to us than others. For example, some like weights, some running and some Pilates or yoga. Ideally though, we want to be somewhat well rounded. The three aspects I recommend having at least some aspect of in your regular routine are cardiovascular, weight training and some type of stretching. They do not need to be done equally but having some portion of all 3 in your weekly routine will help greatly.
Some quotes I love.
“A lion never has to tell you he’s a lion.”
“Freedom terrifies people who want to be led and empowers people who want to be represented.” – Colin Noir
“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite!” – Buddy the Elf
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