Maximum Energy for Life: A 21-Day Strategic Plan to Feel Great, Reverse the Aging Process, and Optimize Your Healthby Mackie Shilstone
FEEL BETTER. LOOK BETTER. LIVE BETTER.
Maximum Energy for Life is a revolutionary game plan for achieving optimum health and fitness that will make you look and feel better than ever before. In just twenty-one days, you’ll have more energy, reduce your body fat, and manage stress and fatigue better than ever before. Mackie Shilstone’s Maximum Energy for… See more details below
FEEL BETTER. LOOK BETTER. LIVE BETTER.
Maximum Energy for Life is a revolutionary game plan for achieving optimum health and fitness that will make you look and feel better than ever before. In just twenty-one days, you’ll have more energy, reduce your body fat, and manage stress and fatigue better than ever before. Mackie Shilstone’s Maximum Energy for Life program has worked wonders for top athletes and busy professionals alike–and it will work wonders for you, too!
"The ultimate book for helping you identify where you want to go and how best to achieve your performance goals."
"Mackie’s program . . . significantly prolonged my baseball career and enhanced the quality of my life. In fact, it helped me reach the Baseball Hall of Fame."
Retired all-star shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals, 2002 Hall of Fame inductee
"Mackie Shilstone’s concepts in Maximum Energy for Life are truly exceptional. As a busy network executive, I know how important it is to assume ownership of one’s health in being successful in business and in one’s personal life. Mackie’s program is the best. It has consistently worked with world-class athletes and everyday executives like me."
Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, HBO Sports
"Mackie is the man! [His] program helped give me the strength and motivation that I needed to succeed at the highest level. After my bout with cancer, his personal touch helped me to regain my ability to play–and the health to live a quality life."
Former center fielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
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MACKIE SHILSTONE is a special advisor to the United States Olympic Committee on Sports Nutrition, a consultant to the Umpire Medical Services division of Major League Baseball, the Ochsner Clinic Foundation’s Performance Enhancement Expert at Elmwood Fitness Center, and Director of Health and Fitness for the Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute. He has appeared on the Today show, Good Morning America, and HBO, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and USA Today. He hosts two daily features on WWL radio, a 50,000-watt station broadcasting out of New Orleans, and owns four GNC franchises in Louisiana.
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Maximum Energy for LifeA 21-Day Strategic Plan to Feel Great, Reverse the Aging Process, and Optimize Your Health
By Mackie Shilstone
John Wiley & SonsISBN: 0-471-23537-7
Chapter OneDiscover the Art of Maximum Performance
Are You a Prospect or a Suspect?
In sports, a talented player who is just starting out in the game is known as a "prospect," someone who is on the verge of accomplishing great things for his team. But if he doesn't live up to his promise on the playing field, he soon becomes "suspect," a person who is failing to live up to his potential. When this happens, his performance must improve or he is off the team.
I watched this happen with J.J. McCleskey when he was a seven-year veteran with the Arizona Cardinals. When the tremendously talented J.J. was unable to complete the season four years in a row due to nagging injuries, he became suspect. His coach told him, "I don't know what you're doing in the off-season to get ready for the game, but whatever it is, you need to change it or you will have to start looking for another team." I discovered that J.J.'s problem was repetitive hamstring pulls due to overstriding and improper training practices. After working with me during the off-season, J.J. was able to play the entire sixteen-game season. In fact, he was better in the last four games than most guys were in the first games of the season, and he ended up being a Pro Bowl alternate that year.
We all start out in lifeas a prospect, with a balanced physical, emotional, and mental system. As we age, however, our experiences tend to throw us off balance to varying degrees if we don't learn to compensate. As the stresses of life and work add up, our health and stamina tend to decrease and we begin to lose the focus necessary for maximum performance levels. Even when we have tremendous experience and knowledge, we can still become suspect.
The following Performance Assessment Questionnaire serves as a tool to help you evaluate where you are now. Read each statement and check "never," "sometimes," or "always," depending on how accurately the statement matches your current lifestyle performance levels. The eventual goal is to check off "always" for most questions. The areas where you check "never" or "sometimes" are the ones that need attention. Make a note of these areas and use the tools I offer in this book to improve them.
Performance Assessment Questionnaire
Psychological, Emotional, and Spiritual Performance
Some- Never times Always
1. I spend at least fifteen minutes a day in meditation.
2. I am able to manage all my emotions well.
3. I have no addictions or self-destructive compulsive behaviors.
4. I have an intuitive sense of my purpose and I am living it now.
5. I have a close friend to whom I talk on an emotional level.
6. I am someone who is willing to constantly increase my knowledge.
7. My actions are in alignment with my personal standards.
8. I invest time, money, and energy in improving my spiritual and emotional well-being.
9. I regularly have time for my hobbies and fun activities.
10. I laugh a lot.
11. My home is a place of relaxation and safety.
12. My career environment is healthy and life giving.
13. I am comfortable and happy in the neighborhood where I live.
14. My home has lots of natural light and plants.
15. My bedroom allows me to sleep comfortably.
16. The air quality of my home and work _ _ _ environment is good.
17. My papers and files are neatly organized.
18. I consistently get rid of anything that I have not used in a year (e.g., clothes, tools, books, and furniture).
19. All my electronic equipment works well and does not need repair.
20. My home and work environments are neat and clean.
21. I consistently fuel my body with healthful foods and drink purified water.
22. I exercise regularly.
23. I am treating all my physical problems.
24. I have yearly physicals.
25. I take vitamin supplements daily.
26. My alcohol and/or sugar intake is minimal.
27. I get enough sleep on a regular basis.
28. I rarely need to function on adrenaline.
29. I have many healthy ways to help me relax and rejuvenate.
30. I am content with my present weight.
31. I have no unfinished business in any of my past relationships.
32. I set good boundaries with people who drain my energy.
33. I spend more than enough quality time with my family.
34. I have surrounded myself with a community that gives me a sense of love and belonging.
35. I have a mentor.
36. I communicate my needs and desires honestly and directly.
37. I do not talk about other people in a negative manner.
38. I am very respectful of the people in my life.
39. I have a good balance between nurturing my relationships and completing my tasks, jobs, and responsibilities.
40. When I realize that I have harmed someone, I easily admit my mistake and apologize sincerely.
41. My financial assets to financial debt ratio is at least 2:1.
42. My taxes are up-to-date.
43. I have a completed will that is accurate and updated.
44. I save 10 percent of my income.
45. I pay my bills in a timely manner.
46. My credit cards are paid out each month.
47. I am well insured.
48. I live within my present income and not on future expectations.
49. I have six months of living expenses saved in a bank account.
50. I have a written financial plan for the next year.
Add up the number of responses in each category and fill in the blanks below.
Peak Performance (Always)___ Improvement Needed (Sometimes, Never)___
As you work your way through this book, you can come back to this questionnaire again and again to reassess your progress.
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