Documenting my my life process.

Preparedness Mission Statement

A mission statement is not something you write overnight… But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.
Stephen Covey


Real and true efforts have a Mission Statement.  If preparedness is going to be a facet of your life it should be defined.

My preparedness mission statement is:

I am prepping for my my daughter wife and I to survive events from most likely to least likely to happen in the Los Angeles area.

With Hurricane Harvey and Irma causing so much damage being prepared for a disaster has come back in to fashion for me.

According to the CDC the top 10 leading causes of death are

  • Heart disease: 611,105
  • Cancer: 584,881
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
  • Diabetes: 75,578
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149

These events are what I am prepping for.

#1 Prep is your physical fitness.   Eight out of 10 leading causes of death are due to health.   Although Alzheimers and Cancer are partially the luck of the draw, I try to do something every day.  Something, push ups, sit-ups, burpies, I have to do something.  Taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu three times a week helps to keep me trim.    My next challenge will be giving up fried foods, for good.

#2 Prep is Have your basics together.   Is your Home insurance current?  Does it cover the most likely dangers.  I for one, know my home insurance is up to date but, I don’t have earthquake insurance.  I need earthquake insurance.  This is high on my list for 2017/2018.

Another commonly overlooked basic part of prepping is “prepping your car” and making sure that it is always in working order and never has less than one-half a tank in it.  Do you have a change of clothes and supplies in your car to help  you get home in case you have walk home?  I live in Pasadena and work in Los Angeles, I know for a fact that there are at least 4 bridges that would have to be intact for me to even walk home.

#3 Prep is having a basic disaster preparedness supplies handy.     These are the Go-Bags for everyone in your family and  having backups for all of your most important information.  Even if you have paid up all of your insurance do you know where the paperwork is?  Do you even know the name of the insurance company?  Have you digitized all of your most important document and pictures,  when its time to leave pictures and documents are the last thinks I want to be looking for.  Make list and check it twice, make sure you have enough in you Go-Bag to work.

The Morning Workout

Fitness tools

When I’m on point the appointed wake up time is 4:30 am.  Everyone in the house is asleep and doesn’t need to get up for at least an hour and a half.  Its a wonderful time of the day, it feels like the whole rest of the neighborhood is asleep.  I try to get up every day, but in reality at least  4 out of 7 days.

Its more than a morning workout, its my meditation time.  A little piece of the day that is only for me.

My workout changes from day to day, it depends on how I feel and what is on that days agenda.  I tend to go a little lighter on non Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu days.

If time permits ( which is never ), I could meander around my garage doing exercises for hours, but the 1 hour that time permits only allows me to work on.

I only get to to a subset of this list.  Foam Rolling, Mobility, Jump Rope and Burpees have to get done every day.  The rest not depends on time.

Really, ,y greatest challenge is just getting on to the mat in the morning.  My foil has been my propensity to look at my phone when i get up.  Jesus its such a time waster.    Once I open Instagram or face book in the morning I swear 20 minutes is wasted.

Getting after it in the morning sets my agenda for the whole day.  It makes a big difference.

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