Why Vibram Five Fingers?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2013 by Optimistic

Why Vibram Five Fingers?

I decided to forward some information on Vibram Five Finger, hiking/running shoes… I recently purchased my second pair and absolutely love them! Have a read, then have a run!! 


Nutrition 101

Posted in Health & body on February 17, 2010 by Optimistic

With all the “Experts” out there hyping their company’s supplements and telling you what it takes to get your money… Who’s to know if what you’re doing is right or wrong. I’ve put together this fact sheet over the past several months/years/days of research to help sort through the bs and get you on track to your goals. If you have any questions, it is my pleasure to help others get results. Set a reasonable goal, short term and long, and stick to it! Trust me, it’s worth every drop of sweat when you pull your shirt off and people look over and turn green with Envy… See you at the beach!

Calories: Your Caloric Intake is a huge factor in getting in shape. The basics, I’m sure you know… Burn more than you consume, lose weight. Consume more than you burn, gain weight. The details though are also important. Good Calories vs. Bad Calories. Obviously calories from a Snickers bar are not the same as from a plate full of Broccoli. Just be smart on what you consume. My simple recommendation is this. If the food your buying will not go bad within a week, it’s not good for you! Basically stay out of the CENTER of the grocery store. Other than Organic Oatmeal, Organic Peanut Butter, Flax Seed, Oil, Vinegar, and Ak Mak Crackers, Everything you need is on the outside loop of the store. The only canned goods I eat are black beans, and… Um… I think that’s it. Oh yeah, Tuna! You should take in between 14 – 20 calories per pound per day depending on what your trying to do. Ex; a person who weighs 125lbs. trying to lose weight, at 14 calories per pound would take in 1750 calories per day. The same person wanting to get up to 130lbs. would need to increase to say 16 – 18 calories per pound until they see some gain. 

Carbohydrates: Carbs are the new thing! Right? Everyone is all crazy about low carb / High Protein Diets. What they don’t realize is that your body CANNOT Store Protein for energy like it can carbs. So, too low of carbs you’ll be burning Protein for energy. A. Very Expensive B. Bad for the liver. Try to take in your Carbs before 6pm so they are not stored. Eat Whole Grain Wheat or even better Sprout Grain in the freezer section. Eat tons of greens; Broccoli, Beans, Zucchini, etc. Eat Oatmeal in the am. Sprout Grain for lunch and greens for dinner. Salads are AMAZING sources of Fiber and Carbs and super low in everything else… Love Chicken Salads and you’ll love your 6 pack 😉 

*(This section can get a lot more complicated, but why would I do that to you?)

Vitamins & Minerals:  I choose not to spend a lot of time on this one because it’s this simple. The Vitamins you buy at Wal-Mart, HEB, Etc. are junk. They are not Quality Controlled per pill. What the ingredients claim on the bottle are tested only at the starting point of the “batter” and who knows what each pill actually contain? Spend a bit of money, get a good Vitamin & Mineral and know your getting what you need every day. I recommend buying one that is natural, meaning they’ve obtained everything from whole foods vs. synthetic.

Protein: Now here is the fun one! If you read, you’ll find all these “Experts” telling you to drink a protein shake every time you blink… Not good. If you’re eating a well balanced diet, containing plenty of Animal Proteins, ie; Milk, Meat, Eggs, etc., you’re pretty much getting all the protein you need in the first place. Protein is digested in the stomach and then absorbed by the small intestine, once broken down into amino acids, they enter the blood stream and are distributed by Red Blood cells and plasma. Excess protein is turned into glucose and used either for energy or stored as fat. Recent studies show that too much protein can be strenuous to the liver and cause hardening of the arteries. Just make sure that every three hours you consume WHOLE PROTEINS. I will paste a list of Amino Acids and Complete Protein Sources to the bottom of this email! The only time I think it’s important to supplement Protein is 1:1 with carbs 30 minutes before your workout, and then half Whey half Casein Protein right after your workout. But again, be sure you have all 8 Essential Amino Acids present or the Protein does NOTHING for you! Your body must have all 8 Essential Amino Acids in order to use Protein to build and repair Muscle Tissues/Fibers. Even if just one is in short supply, the process can not take place and your wasting time and money! And VERY IMPORTANT!!! Amino Acid Supplements can only be absorbed on an Empty Stomach. I take them as I’m walking out of the gym with plenty of water. Just make sure all 8 are there all the time and your good. Complete Proteins obtained from food vs. supplements is superior, by far. (see list of Complete Protein Sources)

Amino Acids: Essential Amino Acids work from both sides of the fence. When obtained from food, your body breaks down the Complete Protein into the 8 Essentials… When obtained from a supplement they are already broken down but must be present at the time of Protein intake in order to use the protein to build muscle and repair tissue. It is best to obtain them from food due to the body’s natural process of breaking down the Complete Protein vs. absorbing them straight into the Small Intestine. The 8 Essential Amino Acids Combine with the other 12 or so non-essential amino acids (these your body can make itself when needed) and these are THE BULDING BLOCKS OF ALL LIVING CELLS. They build up Muscle, bone, skin, eyes, hair, EVERYTHING! If you were to break down the Human body, or any other living organism for that matter, your base would be Amino Acids. (Unless you wanna get into quantum physics? We’ll save that for another article)

So, as long as all 8 Essential Amino Acids are readily available at all times, and you eat every 3 hours, your body will remain Anabolic (building muscle) vs. Catabolic (eating its own muscle for energy).

Just remember, real food is by far the best form of everything. Vitamins, Minerals, Protein, Amino’s, Calories, Carbs, etc. Eating a balanced diet is not only Whey easier than working your ass off in the gym, but also while working your ass off in the gym… At least your optimizing your results.


Training: The main thing to keep in mind is this. Fat can lie dormant and sit there for years, no calories, protein, or carbs are needed to keep fat around. Now muscle on the other hand is ALIVE. Muscle burns calories literally while you’re asleep. This is why if you get BIG and then stop eating a ton of calories, you’ll lose it all. (Like I did 😦   So, the mistake people make is trying to lean out and trying to lose weight while doing all cardio. Cardio is great for the Cardiovascular System and burns plenty of calories too, but once your metabolic rate settles back down, your back to square one. If you build up or at least try to Tone your muscles along with doing your cardio, your body will work a lot more for you on the calorie burning side of things. When trying to really lean out, doing a few minutes of cardio right when you wake up and right before bed does amazing things for your metabolic rate. Jumping Jacks are still the best, mountain climbers, push-ups… Just 5 minutes of full body cardio will make a huge difference in your metabolism. Remember this, once a muscle is toned, it’s harder to break down and increase in size. So when going for size, lift heavy weights, low reps, until you reach your peak. Then switch to high reps low weight to gain the strength you’ll need to lift heavier weights than before. Cycling your routine this way will keep you from hitting a plateau.

Note: Just keep in mind that if your Burning more calories than you consume = lose weight. Consume more than burnt = Gain Weight. The catch is being Anobolic vs. Catabolic (Building Muscle vs. Eating your own muscle for energy) is also important. So there is a fine balance depending on what your trying to do.

Complete and Non-Complete Protein Combo’s

1. Combine Grains and Legumes

Peanut butter on whole-wheat bread; rice and beans; bean soup and a roll; salad with chickpeas and cornbread; corn and beans; tofu-vegetable stir-fry over rice or pasta; wheat bread and baked beans; corn soy or wheat soy bread; legume soup with bread; vegetarian chili with bread etc.

2. Combine Grains and Nuts/Seeds

Whole wheat and peanut butter, breadsticks rolled with sesame seeds; rice cakes with peanut butter; whole-wheat bun with sesame seeds; breads with added seed meals; breads with sesame or sunflower seed spread; rice with sesame seeds etc.

3. Combine Legumes and Nuts/Seeds

Humus (chickpeas and sesame paste) and Trail mix (peanuts and sunflower seeds)

Other possible combinations include whole-grain pasta tossed with peas, almonds, and Low-Fat Vegan Alfredo Sauce; Whole wheat toast with peanut butter; Bean soup with whole grain crackers; and Corn tortillas with refried beans and rice.

4. Grains with Dairy – Homemade Macaroni and Cheese: Make a white sauce using low fat milk and add in grated cheddar. Mix with pre cooked macaroni pasta and top with fresh bread crumbs and parmesan bake until bubbly and browned in the oven

*In addition to the above, by combining small amounts of animal protein – such as meat, milk, eggs or cheese – to any of the grains, legumes, nuts/seeds groups, you create a complete protein. That includes casserole with a small amount of meat; salad with beans and a hard cooked egg; milk and wheat cereal; yogurt with granola; cereal with milk; pasta with milk or cheese; bread with milk or cheese; bean and cheese burrito; macaroni and cheese; oatmeal with milk and so much more.

Being On Time… for Success!

Posted in Business Success on August 21, 2009 by Optimistic

Why is being on time so important? What is being on time? How do you feel when someone is late? How does it make you feel when your late? Ask yourself these questions, and then move on…

In my life I have went through many ups and downs in business. I’ve been late almost every day to a job, and I’ve been on time every single day to another. For me, I have to want to be there in order to give the extra effort to be “on time.” Have you ever felt this way? Well, maybe its the other way around.

I have learned that when you wake up on time, and are truly prepared for the day, everything seems to run a lot smoother. When running late, things do not go so smooth. You hit the snooze button and think, I’ll just sleep in a few more minutes. That few minute set back adds time pressure to you for the entire day. Running late gives you the feeling or emotion of failure. Being on time on the other hand feels like success. Think about it.

For the record, being on time is being late. Being early and prepared for your day is being on time. Showing up 15 minutes before schedule, greeting business partners with a smile and a strong positive energy shows them they can count on you. When you walk into a meeting and a man or women is dressed well, has information just waiting to feed to you, you immediately trust them with your business, right? So be that person.

Make it a habit to be on time. Wake up early, prepare for your day, eat a balanced breakfast, review your schedule and information needed to make progress. Realize that each day is a new canvas for you to paint a picture of your own success. I can promise you that the feeling associated with being on time alone is worth the extra effort. Besides, once you’ve made it a habit you’ll realize its no harder to be early than it is to be late, your still doing the same things.

I urge you to write down your goals. Make it a point to take this seriously. As you condition yourself to being early for everything, notice the relief of stress and pressure that comes with it. As people start to notice the new you, I’m sure you’ll find the added accountability rewarding enough. Think of yourself as a leader and you will become just that.

I have to go now, I’m running late for an important meeting. Just kidding! Wake up every day on purpose and whatever you do, don’t be late!

To your massive success,

Charles Holmes,  The “Vanguard” of Network Marketing                          Regional Sales Manager

Waking up on the Right side of the bed!

Posted in Mindset on August 13, 2009 by Optimistic

“Eating a healthy breakfast is the best way to a great day.”  How many times have you heard this before? And don’t get me wrong, I agree that a balanced breakfast is very important, but I think it starts before that.

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing is going your way? When the guy is on his cell phone and makes you miss the green light. When your local coffee shop just so happens to be out of Caramel. The time you ran out of gas on the way to a job interview. One of those days when from the time you got out of bed, things just went wrong.

Why does this happen? I’m going to tell you why, and you may not believe me. Well that’s just fine because what I’m going to tell you has been proved. So hold on to your reality cap cause I’m about to blow you away. Science has proved that all matter in this Universe is created of Sub-Atomic Particles called Quanta. Any first year physics student knows this. These Sub-Atomic Particles are actually bundles of energy that are able to make intelligent decisions based on input from other sources of energy, You! When you wake up and feel resignation, doubt, fear, guilt, worry about the bills, and other negative thought waves, you cause these sub-atomic particles to be negative with you.

Now, I’m not a physicist, nor am I claiming to be a professional on this matter. One thing I can promise you is this is for real! I have studied many hours of literature, audio, and so on about positive thinking, deliberate creation, creating wealth and so on. Each of the publications have had one thing in common. The variable is YOU!

Try this. Go out to your local river bank, park, beach, thrift store, antique shop or wherever you feel will serve the purpose, and find yourself a small object that makes you smile. I use a shell I found on the beach while walking with my girlfriend. Now, set this object right next to your alarm clock. As soon as you see this object, touch it, remember its there, think about it, or any other relation with it, I want you to think of something that makes you very happy. This could be a person, an event your grateful for, a time period of life or one certain day. Whatever it is, think about it for 20 seconds, then continue with your day. Carry the object with you if you’d like, or set it on your dash board, desk at work, whatever it takes. What you will soon realize is just by having something to remind you to vibrate positive energy, great things will start to happen to you and around you. Traffic lights will be green, the guy on his cell phone pulls of the road, the coffee shop has a sale on your favorite treat.  The Universe wants to be just like you!

For the next few days, as soon as you wake up in the morning, develop a habbit. I want you to think of something your greatful for and think about it until your finished stretching, walking to start the coffee pot, brushing your teeth, think about it until your glowing. Then, any time during the day you realize your vibrating negative energy, I want you to remember that object in your pocket, remember that thing your so greatful for, look forward to all the amazing things you have coming to you, and be happy now.

So the next time things aren’t going your way, ask yourself this, “which side of the bed did I wake up on?” If this article gives you just one day better than you would have had, I have done my part. Talk to you soon, make it a great day!

Taking the first step.

Posted in Mindset on August 8, 2009 by Optimistic

I want to talk to you a little about taking the first step. The first move in a game of chess, the first lap of the Daytona 500, the first time you tried sushi, the first time you drove a car…

Getting up the courage to venture out into business is not always easy. I know how it feels to “think” you have job security. Time and time again, I remember saying, “Well, its not what I really want to do, but I get a check every week and I’m getting by just fine.” I can only promise you that building your own income feels a thousand times more secure!

Today, we are so afraid to do what no one else does. We are told from the time we’re 12 years old to go to school, get an education, find a great job and stay with it. Why? So we can be $50-$80k in debt, still have trouble finding a good job, then if we do make it up the corporate ladder only to get replaced by someone that demands a lesser salary. Ask yourself this. Do you know anyone that has comfortably retired before the age of 129, that did not work for themselves? Probably not!

So what can you do to break out of that comfort zone? Well, here is some advise for start. If you work a regular 8 to 5 and just can’t seem to take the “risk”, think of it this way. If you start something part time, what’s the risk? The fact that you truly don’t have to quit your job or change the way you live to give it a shot, means the risk is not really a risk at all. The real “risk” here is that you’ll do well and then you’ll have to actually quit your day job and go full time. Hmmm how nice would that be. Wake up one day and be getting paid more from doing nothing than you would if you punch in to your job for the day.

If you research the most successful people on the planet, you’ll soon realize the one thing they have in common is they all failed. Some several times, but they all kept trying. No one will ever be free until they work for themselves and learn to “Leverage.”

So whether there is a hobby of yours that is just burning inside you to start something, or you would like to get involved in network marketing, just remember this. Enjoying life and having time to be with family and friends is worth more than any dollar amount. You don’t have to make millions of dollars a month to feel success. Do your research, find your niche market, start part time- but whatever you do, Take that First Step.

Hello world!

Posted in About Charles R. Holmes III on July 31, 2009 by Optimistic

Hello and thanks again for taking some time to get to know me, Charles R. Holmes III. I hope you have read my Bio and have an idea of who I am and where I came from.

So, why am I here? Not too long ago, I made a decision. I decided that I would no longer go against my own knowing. Waking up every morning to go to work for someone else, helping there dream become a reality, when I benefit very little from my effort. I decided I am worth more than that, and YOU are as well.

My goal for the rest of my time on this planet is to help as many people as I can become financially independent,  so that they may enjoy their lives the way we are meant to live. Free from the daily stress and struggles that bills, health problems, negative mindsets, and all other common problems that 95% of us face in life.  I will dedicate my time to sharing valuable information on Life, “The Secret” / Law of Attraction, Positive Thinking, Travel, Health & Fitness, and so much more…

I look forward to this and please feel free to contact me anytime for anything. I truly believe that together we can make this thing happen in a Big Way!

To your massive success,

Charles Holmes III

Life Coach/Leader/Team Builder/Motivator/Mentor/Friend