Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Tracking tool I am using: Garmin 910XT Triathlon Watch This week a fellow Aligned Life'er generously gifted me with a way to track my progress towards my exercise goals in the form of a triathlon watch (Thanks Kevin!).  By tracking a number of statistics I am hoping to gain insight as to how to improve my aerobic capacity and accordingly improve my times for each of the three disciplines of triathlon.  I am curious if there are areas of YOUR life that you are looking to improve that could benefit from tracking your results?  If so, could you use a technology or strategy to give your real time data that would change your outcome?  If so, take action this week to acquire that tool and work on implementing the use of it to help you get further, faster!  Remember, "what gets tracked gets measured and what gets measured gets done!" Book I am reading: Daniel's Running Formula Asking the right questions when it comes to looking at data makes all the difference in helping to get towards your goals.  This book has helped me determine what are the right questions to ask in regards to running.  Concepts such as VO2 MAX, cadence and many more are critical in understanding how your body is responding to the stress of running over time.  If you are curious about how to set up a program for yourself in order to accomplish a certain running distance (1 mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, etc.) this book is a fantastic reference! Quote I am repeating: "If winning is the only thing that rescues athletes from "wasting their time training," then there are a lot of unhappy people wasting their time running. " ~ Jack Daniels PhD A lot of people have asked why I am putting energy towards triathlon knowing that I am unlikely to "win" and far more likely to cause suffering during training and races.  My answer is that I am looking to change my mind.  I desire to learn patience, discipline and how to use metrics to drive performance.  I would then like to use those same traits and translate them into all the other areas of my life; finances, relationships, business, spirituality, etc.  My hope is that I can use my body as a teaching tool.  I believe that this is one of the foundational reasons why our spirits were given a physical body to experience

Talk I am giving: "4 Steps To Working From Home Without Pain" After months of hearing from you in the office that you guys are having more pain than ever before due to working from home I am offering a workshop specifically on this topic.  This class is offered for free to any group you believe would benefit from hearing the content.  I will focus on home workspace ergonomics, exercises for avoiding chronic pain due to poor posture, tips on technology for making a successful workstation and how to create a culture of great health in a business environment.  If this sounds like something your company needs to hear, please reach out to me at drdevinshea@gmail.com.  Thanks so much for your referrals and for helping to spread a message of health and wellness to the community! Video I am recommending: "Working From Home At Your Kitchen Table" If you are working from home or your kids are going to school virtually and the majority of your day is spent at the kitchen table, this is a MUST WATCH video.  Click on the link above for 4 powerful exercises to help you avoid forward head posture, radiating arm pain, upper back stiffness and headaches. Quote I am pondering: "Posture is the window to the spine and nervous system" If you are ever curious as to the health of a person's spine and spinal cord, all you need to do is look at a person with a few things in mind to get a good idea. When looking at the body from the front we should see symmetry in the following areas: the heights of both ears, shoulders, hips, knees and feet.  Looking at the body from the side, we should be able to draw a straight line from the hole in the ear, to the middle of shoulder, middle of the hip, middle of the knee, and ankle bone.  Remember, where the spine goes, so does the spinal cord.  If the posture is poor, the spinal cord is under stress.  If the spinal cord is under stress, the signals moving between the brain and body are jumbled.  Jumbled signals lead to lowered levels of health and sometimes pain. --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Documentary I am watching: "A Better Way" Have you ever felt in your gut that taking drugs to silence your body's signals (symptoms) is not really getting you healthy?  Have you ever been recommended to take a second or third drug to help you with the side effects of the first drug you were taking?  If so, please give this documentary a watch.  There is "A Better Way" to get and stay healthy.  Drugs and surgery are designed for crisis intervention only.  Not for problems that arise due to suicidal lifestyle choices.  If you need a push to get your health on track and you want to do it the right way, this may be the jumpstart you need! Financial software I am using: TurboTax It's tax time!  Haha.  I was trying to make that sound exciting.  If you are like me, and you are not a big fan of this yearly challenge, then I recommend using TurboTax to make it a bit easier to tolerate.  If you are a do-it-yourself type of person and you don't have a wide variety of income sources, expenses and distributions, this cost effective and user friendly software comes in handy.  This program can run you anywhere from $0 all the way up to $120 if you own your own business.  My wife and I have done our personal taxes using TurboTax for the last seven years and have had a positive experience.  Take a breath, get a big ass cup of coffee and get'er done! Quote I am loving: "Time is an emotion." Have you ever been immersed in a project, looked up at the clock and could not believe that hours had flown by?  Conversely, have you ever been at the end of a tough workout on the last lap of a run and every second feels like an eternity?  If so, you will understand that time is not linear like you may have once believed.  Instead, time can become vertical based upon your ability to stay in  the present.  Lately, I have been deliberately seeking out activities that force me into the present moment.  Examples include; things that spike your adrenaline, being with a loved one, tackling a challenging house project, exercise, reading a great book and so many more.  You'll know when you find these powerful activities when you become tunnel visioned on the task/moment at hand and stop worrying about things from your past or future.  Choose your

Food I am eating: Barney Almond Butter Are you like me?  Do you find yourself putting almond butter on everything?  Bananas, celery, apples, smoothies, and so much more are all great options for adding almond butter.  I recently came across this brand and have made a complete switch from my previous choice called Justin's.  Barney Butter is the smoothest almond butter I have ever had.  Pick up a bottle of this stuff, you will not regret it! Creamer I am devouring: Laird's Superfood Creamer If you are looking to add some good nutrition into your daily routine and you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, using this creamer is a great way to do it.  Not only is it a non-dairy creamer, but it also has a few amazing superfoods such as functional mushrooms and aquamin.  The best part is that it tastes amazing!  I had previously written about this product when it came in a powder form, however now that they are offering a liquid version, this product has been taken to the next level. Quote I am repeating: "Your next level of success will be achieved through creating internal peace and loving yourself, NOT through hard work." ~ Dr. Fred DiDomenico I believe that it is easy to get caught up in trying to do more.  More work, more time, more efficiency, more effort.  However, I have found lately that honoring myself and attempting to be completely present in every moment has been significantly more effective in creating the results I want.  I believe that if you implement the same strategy, it will be effective for you as well! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC