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The more you know about exercise, the less complicated the equipment you need.
How I stopped consuming alcohol, coffee, sugar, and smoking

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

Hippocrates

There was a time when I made the worst mistakes of my life. During my last two years of primary school and during high school I cared the least about my health.

  • I smoked 10-20 cigarettes per day;
  • I drank weekly - a lot;
  • I drank 4 cups of strong coffee daily;
  • I ate a lot of sugars (sweets, soft drinks, desserts, cereals, fruits, etc.).

Whenever people see me now and I tell them about my past, they don’t believe me. I can’t believe what I was myself.

I am actually glad that I tried all these substances because it helped me distinguish good from bad.

The only thing I didn’t do is consume drugs.

The truth is, it doesn’t really matter the substance or activity you are engaging into; as long as it is reinforcing, rewarding, and you need it in order to feel good, otherwise, you are incapable of sustaining day to day activities, you are addicted, my friend.

Why holidays have gone wrong

It’s Christmas! What a joy… or is it? When I was a little boy I couldn’t wait for holidays to come. No school, presents, right? Growing up, I have started to get in touch more with adults. I realized one thing: what was an excitement for me is a terror for adults.

What's your excuse?

A loss is not a failure until you make an excuse.

Michael Jordan

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
You receive what you are not what you want

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Wayne Dyer

When I was a little boy in primary school and a test was on its way I was always relaxed and smiling. Even if I received a bad grade, I still was trying to focus on being happy. Then, an inner (grown) voice started saying: “Hey Razvan! You just got a bad grade. Why are you smiling?”. Even my friends wondered “How can you smile when you got a bad grade?”. Some of my colleagues even cried.
We are raised with the wrong mindset that something good needs to happen in order to be happy and smile. No, no, no my friend. It is exactly the opposite.

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
Your life, your rules

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I…I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

One man's food is another man's poison
You attract what you are not what you want
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it
When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay around people who don’t.
We fall in love by chance and stay in love by choice
Appreciate what you have

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

The universal secret ingredient all healthy and delicious recipes need

Why does grandma’s recipes taste so damn good?

If you are one of the children who spent their entire summers together with their grandparents, then you know exactly what I am talking about.

Just because my path is different doesn't mean I'm lost
I am not who you think I am; I am not who I think I am; I am who I think you think I am.
Let go, forgive, and be free

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu

I was watching an episode of The Flash, in which Berry Allan had to accept his mother’s death in order to be free, and I got really inspired. He kept saying that his mother’s death was the reason we has running, but it was actually the reason he was not running fast enough. In order to become his best version of himself

Ignore the naysayers

If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.

Malcolm X

I know you’re afraid. I know your pain. I know your sadness. I know your disappointment. I know your anger. I have them too. You have an idea or more ideas, but don’t have the courage to pursue them. You probably told your friends what you want to do or your ideas and they laughed at you. So what?

Do you believe in destiny?

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have seen so many movies and cartoons with characters who lived average lives until out of the sudden some ancient guru or messenger appeared and revealed a prophecy in which they would be heroes and save the world of some chaos. In other words, their destiny was to be grater than average. So many ideas and fictions about destiny made me wonder… is destiny a fact or a fiction?

Trust yourself no matter what anyone else thinks

The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct

Confucius

There are so many things I would have done in the past and which I would still do, but I was afraid to do it. I was afraid aboout what others might think of me. I was paralyzed by the fear of failure. I did not trust myself enough and still don’t and this is the biggest sin one could ever commit. You know why?

Be the star of your own movie

All things splendid have been achieved by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.

Bruce Barton

When we are children, we see ourselves as superheros from comic books and cartoons. I enjoyed imagining myself as Batman and Spider-Man. I also wished I could fly or have superpowers like those from X-Men. I don’t know if kids nowadays still play like this, but I know this is what made me dream. Me, seeing myself as something greater, bigger, stronger, is what gave me energy.

I remembered I used to look up in the sky an imagine myself being anything. This started to fall apart though as I grew up and as teachers and adults have been started to tell me that I can’t be whatever I want. I have to go to school, go to college, get a degree, get a job, start a family, and, eventually, die.