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Nasty Flu
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Facebook Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   3/10/2008 3:46:53 AM
To all of my customers, I'm very sorry if you're waiting to hear back from me on any email you might have sent in (personal, customer service, technical help, etc.). I've been terribly sick with the flu for the past 2 weeks. I'm going to try to get back to some of your email today (Monday) and the rest of this week, but please bear with me.

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Comment from Richard Rost @ 3/25/2008
If money were no object, I'd go see my chiropractor every week. Unfortunately, my health plan doesn't cover chiro. and visits are $35 a pop (no pun intended). Generally, I feel really good if I go once every 6 to 8 weeks. It's been 3 or 4 months now and I'm starting to feel it. Time to call Dr. Tom.
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Comment from Donald E. Davison @ 3/20/2008
I just want to suggest that your see the chiropractor once a week. I go once a week and I can say it really helps. I have been going to the chiropractor for at least 30 years.
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Comment from Richard Rost @ 3/19/2008
Thanks a lot. Actually, I've put ON a few pounds while I was sick... so I have some work to do to get rid of the extra weight as soon as the weather warms up. I love cycling outside. I really can't stand exercising indoors. :(
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Comment from LHylton @ 3/17/2008
I am glad you are getting better and WOW... losing all that weight... I am impressed.   I just wanted to stop by and say your videos are a life saver for me.   I am back in school and having to use Photoshop on a regular basis.....where would I be without your tutorials.... Thanks a million!

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Comment from Richard Rost @ 3/13/2008
Al, thank you for the reply. I've read about EFT a little bit before, and from what I've seen it appears to be a sensible system. I'll save that link and peruse the site more when I have some time.

I got sick for a few reasons:

1. I haven't been eating right - too many "quick" meals and indulgences these past few months. For most of my adult life, I weighed 340+ pounds. Then after researching and learning the "correct" way to lose weight through proper diet and exercise, I lost 150 pounds. I kept it off for a while, but over this past year I've gotten lazy - a pizza here, a little fast food there, a missed workout or two... and I've put about 40 pounds back on. I've chronicled my experience at

2. I haven't been exercising. I find it VERY difficult to get motivated to work out in the winter. I live in Buffalo NY and winters here are cold, long, and gray. Very depressing. I love being outdoors. In the summer, I bike over 100 miles a week. I kayak. I love to walk places. In the winter, I just want to stay indoors. I find even weightlifting to be a chore. Come springtime and sunshine, the weight should come right back off.

3. I haven't been getting enough sleep. This will always wear you down.

4. I haven't been in for a routine chiropractic adjustment in a while. I'm a big proponent of chiropractic - even just for a once-a-quarter routine adjustment. I haven't been to see "Doctor Tom" in several months now, and I can feel it.

5. I've been stressed out! Too much work to do, and not enough time. Yes, I could hire more staff, but honestly I've been there. My last business dealt primarily with computer sales and service back in the 1990s. At one point I had 12 employees, and I realized I'm not a manager. After that business folded, I said to myself I will never be an "employer" again. I'm not cut out for it. If I can't do it myself (or with a little help from my family) I won't do it. I subcontract some things out (like having my manuals written) and I do on occasion have a friend of mine staff my customer service chat room, but I don't have any full-time employees. Too much of a headache for me.

And of course...

6. I came in contact with the FLU virus. My son was sick a week before I was. I'm sure he picked it up in school. Normally, when I'm "living healthy" my immune system is pretty strong and knocks it out in a day or so... but all of these factors add up.

I don't normally get sick. I haven't been SERIOUSLY sick like this in several years (a light cold here and there, but nothing that takes me down for 2 weeks). Now that spring is just around the corner, I should be able to get on the bike and hit the weights again... and start eating right.

One thing I've learned is that life is all about cycles. We have ups and downs. Look at nature... or even professional athletes... they have an on-season and and off-season. I just need to keep my on-season strong, and not get SO lazy in my off-season.

Again, thanks for the comments.
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Comment from al rodee @ 3/13/2008

You got the flu for a reason. I teach and practice a new, gentle healing technique ( that would have helped you prevent the flu in the first place (how much did it cost you to be out sick for 2 weeks?).

I have little use for computer software lessons at this time but continue to receive your emails because I think you are one of the real people out there trying to make a go of it. I like your approach to customer service. Like me you seem to care about your client but want to do everything yourself.

I recommend 2 things that have helped me tremendously in business and life.

- E-Myth Mastery. Michael Gerber’s business training. I am in no way affiliated but am a big fan

- Emotional Freedom Techniques. I will give you a free overview if you can find an hour to get on the phone with me. It has improved my life in ways I can’t tell you.

Regards and good luck with your business.

al rodee
eft atlantic
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