Tag Archives: health

In Loving Shape

15 Nov

In Loving Shape

You cannot run a marathon
Unless you’ve done the training
No one’s won an election
Without lots of campaigning

You cannot be well versed on topics
Without much research
Your soul or spirit cannot grow
If confined to one church

In all aspects of life we can’t
Do things we hope to do
Unless we do the work to get
In shape to see it through

Which brings us to the people who
Wish they could show more love
Despite their wants they do not have
Much training to show of

And how does one prepare themselves
To love all selflessly?
By loving themselves just as much
To very same degree

Much of loving lies in caring
Protecting, defending
How can one love others when
To themselves they aren’t tending?

How can someone who abuses
Their bodies with drugs
Or alcohol or cigarettes
Hope to give loving hugs?

How can someone who slowly
Poisons their veins with junk
Clogs their arteries and makes
Their heart strain, lurch and clunk

Hope to care for someone else
And rise to do what’s needed
To take care when their own advice
Goes constantly unheeded?

How can someone not in shape
From loving their own body
Caring for it, protecting
So that it isn’t shoddy

Hope to be in any kind
Of shape to love another?
If you can’t help yourself, how much
Can you do for your brother?

Your sister? Mother? Father? Friend?
Your children and your pets?
The most love you can give is the
Same as your body gets

So show some love and make the choice
That’s not rooted in craving
Physically and mentally
We should ourselves be saving

Not torturing ourselves over
Regrets from the past
And not consuming things that have
Bad effects that will last

Get in loving shape by caring
For your own well-being
Then you’ll start to see your love
For others fully freeing

                                    ~Miro

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What People Will Think

28 Apr
What People Will Think
 
You know what must be done but 4 words always hold you back:
“What will people think?” has always halted your attack
Those 4 words keep you from doing the things that must be done
To own your life and live with confidence but everyone
 
Casts judging eyes which make you second-guess yourself and say
“They’ll think I’m weird or crazy” if you choose a different way
But here’s the truth about what they will say if you decide
To empower yourself and choose to not blend in or hide
 
The cowards will think, “I wish I could be so very bold”
The narcissists will think, “There’s one less that can be controlled”
The fighters will think, “If they can then perhaps I can too”
The Warrior won’t think a thing ‘cause they’re right beside you
 
Do not be timid with your health, opinion or your soul
Do not allow what others think to unnerve or cajole
The weak and selfish will think poorly, the strong will be inspired
And none of it will play a part in what will be acquired
 
When you have done the work and earned unyielding self-respect
When you have sacrificed and sweat and kept your ego checked
When you have paid the price for iron will and steely grit
Nothing people think will ever coerce you to quit
                                                      ~Miro

Too Little, Too Late

22 Mar
Too Little, Too Late
 
Some folks choose to live their lives as though there’s no tomorrow
But not as in the sense that they live without fear or sorrow
They live without awareness of comeuppance, consequence
All they live for is cheap thrills, the price: their common sense
 
Drugs or booze or trash that masquerades as food these days
They slowly kill their body in a grease and sugar haze
They indulge laziness and play their games and watch TV
And hide behind their feelings, “Nobody better shame me!”
 
Society now says it’s wrong to speak against weak will
“Smoke and drink and eat all that you want and pop a pill!’
Do nothing and be nothing, destroy yourself for years
And any words of warning to the like falls on deaf ears
 
But guess what happens when a human body is attacked
For years with garbage shoved and stuffed through its digestive tract?
The body finally says what the owner found so tough:
“ENOUGH! ENOUGH! ENOUGH! ENOUGH! ENOUGH! ENOUGH! ENOUGH!”
 
It is a concept quite foreign to most, the idea that
Despite your continued cravings for drugs and booze and fat
Despite the fact that you still want, your body says, “No more!”
Despite your cravings, your body no longer will ignore
 
Heart problems and cancer, seizures, organ failure too
These drastic repercussions give weak wills a different view
They finally awake and learn the price of all their thirst
And hunger so they swear to change…now that they’ve been coerced
 
Too little and too late for many of those who do swear
To take care of themselves now that they’ve had their little scare
But sad truth is an iron will is not forged within fear
And most of these assurances are not all that sincere
 
I’ve seen it time and time again, the pattern just repeats
Self-destruction, promises, then corpses white as sheets
That “wake-up call” for many is actually a death-knell
Too little and too late and no will power now will quell
 
Years of lack of awareness, and once again, “Don’t shame!”
It’s just “bad luck” that they will die, right? They can’t take the blame!
The time has come to say “Enough” to self-indulgent thicks
Who squander their own health each day in order to get kicks
 
Life’s not fair and you don’t always get back what you gave
But one thing that’s for sure is if you crave and crave and crave
And pour and shovel anything down your throat to feel good
Instead of moderation and eating health foods you should
 
Your body will revolt and no promise or bargain will
Undo the damage that obliviousness does instill
No pleading with the God above, nor doctors up the street
Undoing years of ignorance: an impossible feat
 
Repairing damage from cravings: a futile waste of time
Moving after years of lethargy: too steep a climb
A short and painful death that’s filled with wishing for reprieve
Followed by years of sorrow by your loved ones who grieve
 
My words are meant to be as sharp as the sword that I wield
But they are not written in hopes that the sick will be healed
I’ve given up on those weak wills, they’ve made their beds to lay
My words are meant for those who care for their bodies each day
 
Do not quit, do not give up, don’t grow tired and stray
Don’t follow the drunk, drugged and obese crowd, do not betray
Yourself, keep fighting, keep caring, keep paying that high rent
On your body with exercise, nutrition, don’t relent
 
It may not guarantee more years but quality will rise
More energy, intensity, more passion, clearer eyes
Do not be a “too little, too late” person like most
The world does not need another repentant, rueful ghost
 
                                                    ~Miro

Nurture Thyself

11 Dec

nur·ture: to care for and encourage the growth or development of. To encourage, promote, stimulate, develop, foster, cultivate, boost, contribute to, assist, help, abet, strengthen, fuel.

“Do you love yourself?” I often hear people ask. “You’ve got to love yourself!” And almost always, the answer I hear is, “Yes, I love myself!” This to me is a good example of how the great and powerful word “love” is overused and has lost its meaning. I think a more appropriate question would be, “Do you nurture yourself?” Because that’s what love is. It’s not just standing around with warm, fuzzy feelings floating around in your brain for someone else or for yourself. It’s making an effort, taking the time and doing the work to nurture.

After completing my 10 Day Juice Fast, I can say in complete honesty that I love myself more than I ever have. I know for sure because I feel the love and appreciation resonating throughout my body. It feels amazing and it’s letting me know. Regardless of what your belief system is, whether you believe that humans were created by a higher power or not, no one can deny that the body is a living organism, and all living organisms function “better” (for lack of a better word) when they are nurtured. I shake my head at people who claim to love themselves, yet they turn the organism they dwell in, their bodies, into addicts of nicotine, alcohol, sugar and grease. We can even include the mind, which can be nurtured with deep, creative works such as poignant, intelligent books, art and music, yet some people who claim to love themselves only feed their mind “junk food” like shallow, stupid or hostile creative works. They also feed themselves with “junk people” as I wrote about in a poem once.

The funny thing about humans is that they know the difference between what nurtures and what harms. They may not like to admit it, and they may be very good at lying to themselves about it, but deep down we’re all programmed with that inescapable conscience that knows what we’re doing is positive or negative. Strong or weak.

Do you love yourself? Of course you do! Everybody knows the right answer to that question! But here’s a tougher one: Do you nurture yourself? Think it over and have an honest heart-to-heart with your own body. It’ll tell you the truth.

Nurture Thyself

“Do you love yourself?” the question
Is so often asked
“Of course!” the answer’s said with a
Smile that expertly masks

A body that is not nurtured
It’s slow and brain is fogged
Black tar coating lungs and grease
Within arteries clogged

An irritated attitude
Frustrated and hostile
“Yes, I love myself!” some say
Despite all of the bile

That does reside within them, that
Love quickly turns to hate
When they don’t get their way, they grow
Offended and irate

And all because they’re weakened by
The lack of nurturing
The failure to treat their body
Like it’s a Queen or King

To love thyself means to encourage
Your own health and strength
To stimulate, develop, foster
Go to any length

To sacrifice in order to
Fuel love’s demanding fire
To not just say the concept but
To work, to do, perspire

And when the work is done, you won’t
Need to answer the question
Your glowing skin with pinkish hue
Will serve as your expression

Your wide awake and alert eyes
Will provide your reply
Your focused thinking, energy
Cheer and joy will reply

Love yourself? Of course you do!
Who’d admit they do not?
But do you nurture yourself? That
Will take a bit more thought

~Miro

Day 10!

10 Dec

It’s the final day of my 10 Day Juice Fast!

In addition to losing 10 pounds this week, I’ve also lost 2 dozen followers on my Facebook page. Very happy to see both of these forms of dead weight go! 🙂

There are people out there who are quite sick and tired of my constant Juice Fast updates, and probably think is has no part on a page calling itself “Warrior Poet Wisdom.” Unfortunately those people have missed the message I’ve been conveying right from the start here: one cannot only be a warrior in mind and spirit, they must be one in body as well.

The hang up for too many people is that they see someone else with a six pack of abs and go “I can’t do that!” So what? It’s not your duty to look as good as someone else’s potential. It’s your duty to look as good as YOUR potential. A warrior is not someone who has potential. A warrior is someone who is POTENT. There is no more “Slowly getting there! Getting better!” A warrior is THERE. A warrior doesn’t try to achieve someone else’s best, they achieve their OWN personal best and don’t measure themselves up against others.

Some have said to me, “But you don’t look like you need to lose any weight!” Compared to them, perhaps, but I don’t measure myself up against others. I knew I had a few extra pounds that weren’t doing me any good; only adding more pressure to my bad knees and making it harder to get out of bed in the morning. The extra weight had to go and I feel 1000% better now that it’s gone, no matter how much other people think I looked fine to begin with. The people who say “But you look fine” reveal a little about themselves right there. Looks have nothing to do with it.

Trust me, I’ve heard it all from overweight people. All of the excuses as to why they can’t lose the weight. I was one of them, and I spouted that horseshit myself for years until I showed some accountability, pointed a finger squarely into the mirror and said, “This is YOUR fault. Now YOU are going to fix it.”

Always remember that the mind cannot be strong unless the body is the strongest it can be. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve got some legitimate physical issues that keep you from being a professional athlete. Lord knows I’ve got a laundry list of them myself, but I refused to let those injuries, aches and pains keep me from being the best this body can potentially be. I have bad knees, a herniated disc in my neck and a severe shoulder injury that hurts ALL THE TIME, but I don’t let it keep me from being POTENT. I refuse to be another overweight victim of my circumstances, and I’ll never stop making an effort and trying harder than the average victim who gives up and says, “I can’t! It’s too uncomfortable!”

Stay potent,
~Miro

10 Day Juice Fast: Day 1!

1 Dec

Juice fast

It’s the 1st day of our 10 day juice fast, inspired by Joe Cross’s documentary about juicing, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” Feeling super-charged after a jar of “Mean Green” this morning!

“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRtSo-YpWbk

Weight Loss Tricks

16 Sep

Warning: The following is for Warriors only. Not intended for weak, sensitive, easily offended , soft normals.

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Weight Loss Tricks

Bombarded by all of the ads
All of the latest tricks and fads
New shortcuts that have not been tried before

Let me be bearer of bad news:
If you buy in, you’ll only lose
When you engage in that fat-burning war

The trainers and nutritionists
And pro-fighters who tape up their fists
And have a six-pack can’t save you at all

Even I, who’ve conquered my
Long battle with large gut and thigh
Don’t have the inspiration or the gall

To claim that I can enlighten
All that my “tricks” do is frighten
“Suffer” is all the advice I will give

Sweat and hurt and be stretched past
The point you thought you couldn’t last
Keep going when you’d much rather not live

Keep going when your sides both stab
Deep underneath all of  that flab
Keep going when your body says, “I quit!”

And only then will knowledge dawn
On you that you possess the brawn
To overrule the mind and not submit

To not depend on any tricks
Or rely on someone to fix
The flabby mess that you made all yourself

The most effective way to lose
The weight is to light your own fuse
Under your own ass and take back your health

To have accountability
To look in the mirror and see
The culprit who did this misdeed to you

Yourself; the one who chose great taste
Which left your own body disgraced
And left you feeling bloated, slow and blue

The naysayers will jump in, hurt
And angrily remind and blurt:
“No, Miro! You must love yourself they say!”

To that I strongly disagree
I love NO ONE who does hurt me
And that includes myself if I betray

My own body with choices that
Will leave me feeling weak and fat
The one who makes that choice can go to hell

I’ve killed that enemy within
Who caused my bad knees and stretched skin
And now I am lithe, toned and muscles swell

I’ve earned the right to have self love
Because I fought to get rid of
The “tricks and shortcuts” to transform my body

I stopped searching for someone to
Save me from all that was so true:
It was my fault that I had become shoddy