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Now He’s Lost over 340 pounds!

Sky Fitness member Scot Underwood is the man! He has lost over 340 pounds over the course of the last few years. No, he didn’t take any short cuts, magic pills, lotions or potions.  He has lost every single pound the healthy way.  His journey has been one of proper balance in eating right and exercise, along with his determination to be FIT FOREVER.

So how does a person lose over 340 lbs?  How do they go from wearing 9X shirts and size 80 overalls to wearing regular sized clothes?

Scot Underwood says, “I knew that if I told myself I needed to lose over 300 lbs that it would be overwhelming.  So I set a goal of just losing a couple of pounds the healthy way; simply burning more calories a day than I consumed.  I continued to lose those couple of pounds 150 times over a two-year period.  This has been an amazing journey; one that has literally saved my life.”

The key is finding proper balance with what we eat and how active we need to be for optimal health.

Health is feeling positive and energetic, and the ability to put in a good day’s work on the job, and still have energy when we get home at night.  It means taking control of our schedules and making time for our priorities.  It’s realizing the importance of living long enough to see our children, our grandchildren, and our great-grandchildren grow up to lead long, happy lives.  Healthy living is no short-term venture.  It is a lifestyle that we must embrace every day of our journey.

The truth is, most Americans live inactive lifestyles.  That is why 120 million people – over 50% of us – are overweight.  The reason that most people have become overweight is fairly clear cut – they take in more calories and fat than they burn throughout the day.  Simply put: if we want to lose weight, we must find a way to burn more calories and fat than we take in.

The good news is that by taking more steps in the course of our day we can add consistent calorie burning which increases our metabolism, helping us to lose weight.  Weight loss is all about how many calories we burn in a day, what we eat, and how much we eat (portion control).  Without some help to know those equations our weight loss is left to happenstance.

Decide to live an active lifestyle.

We must take the time and energy to be more active.  Start today by walking more.  Instead of taking the elevator to the second, third, or even fourth floor, search out the stairway and get a little exercise.  Take opportunities to walk during the lunch hour or around the neighborhood after work.  Just keeping our body in motion by walking an extra 20 minutes a day will burn a surprising amount of calories.

Schedule an hour of exercise three times a week, setting aside twenty minutes of that hour for cardiovascular exercise like walking, running, riding a bike or jumping rope.  During the last forty minutes of that hour do some kind of strength training such as push-ups, sit ups, or lifting weights.

One thing that may be helpful to understand about exercise is that it not only burns fat but also actually speeds up our body’s metabolism.   To speed up our metabolism we need to increase our activity and our aerobic exercise. As a rule we strive to burn as many calories as we can during exercise.  That is beneficial to weight loss.  But interestingly enough, it is after exercise that the metabolism speeds up, burning off even more calories and unnecessary body fat.

We need to realize that it’s time to change some things that are long overdue concerning our health.

NOW is the time to change.  Much like Scot Underwood with his 340 lb. weight loss, you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to do. Good luck on your FIT FOREVER journey!

Check  out the latest news on Scot in the Tulsa World Article.


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Little did Nolan Ryan know that he was speaking Texas Rangers destiny…

Years ago Nolan Ryan said, “One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.”

The Texas Rangers sure proved something when they recently beat the defending champion New York Yankees landing them in the World Series for the first time ever.

I have been following the Rangers faithfully since 1980 when I made the move to Houston, Texas.   All I can say is,  it’s been a long time coming!  They are now making a World Series appearance for the first time in their 38 years in Arlington and their 50 years as a big league franchise.

What is the key to the Rangers making history after all these years?   Team player and MVP, Josh Hamilton puts it this way, “This group is here because they don’t know how to fail.”

Hamilton, a devout Christian who was featured on the I Am Second video movement, was more interested in sharing the success than taking any individual glory.  He said “I don’t want to talk about myself. I want to talk about the team…”  Their unity spoke volumes as they showed great respect for Josh Hamilton’s former substance abuse by dousing him with ginger ale instead of the traditional champagne spray.

“I love my teammates, I love them so much,” Hamilton said during the on-field MVP ceremony.

We can learn some valuable lessons from Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers organization. 

Determination, unselfishness, and team unity will take us farther than we can ever realize.  Maybe even to a World Series Championship!

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The Oprah Show Was Awesome!

We all have things in life that we have to overcome.  Some of us have challenges that have plagued us for years.  Mine landed me on stage at the Oprah Show.

Since the age of 4, I have had a sleep related eating disorder known as NS-RED, Nocturnal Sleep Related Eating Disorder.  That’s right, while the majority of you are sleeping and dreaming at night, I am eating in my sleep. And I’m totally unaware that I’m doing it. Two to three nights a week I consume as much as 1000 calories, eating all the stuff that I try so hard to stay away from during the day.

Talk about frustrating!  In the night I eat pizza, ice cream, cakes, and Twinkies; and afterward I don’t even remember how good it tastes.  Bummer!  Once I even ate half of a pie that my wife had baked for a women’s group the next day. Not good for marital bliss…

How funny is that?  I’m a health conscious fitness consultant who eats all kinds of sweets in his sleep? Welcome to my world!  Believe me; I can pack on mega pounds if I don’t make adjustments with what I eat and how much I exercise. On a positive note, at least I know how much cardio it’s going to take to burn off the Little Debbies that I ate last night.

This is what the experts from Mayo Clinic say about those of us with NS-RED:

“These people are not conscious during episodes of NS-RED. They are not aware that they are eating in their sleep. They have no memories of having done so when they wake. Episodes seem to occur in a state somewhere between wakefulness and sleep. Food consumed during NS-RED episodes tends to be high-fat, high-sugar comfort food that people deny themselves while awake.”

Oprah’s show focused on the topic of sleep eating, something many people have never even heard of. She invited me to be a guest on that show since I was one of the few men in America with the disorder. Lucky me, right?

The Oprah show gave me a chance to know more about the disorder and learn that there are others who share the same struggles that I do. On the show I, along with three ladies with NS-RED, met with some physicians who were experts on sleep disorders. They didn’t cure me of my sleep eating disorder, but helped me to learn how to better manage my situation. Oprah told us that with all of her weight issues that she is thankful that she doesn’t have a sleep eating disorder to deal with.

Just for the record, Oprah was awesome! The show was tastefully done and a great experience. My wife and I had an amazing getaway at Chicago’s Omni Hotel, complete with fine dining and limo service. All I had to do was tell my biggest secret ever in front of 100 million viewers!

The truth is we all have challenges and obstacles that could keep us from reaching our goals. Some things we can change, some things we can’t. But whatever our given situation, we need to stop making excuses and get started taking positive steps toward being fit forever.  If I can do it with all of my quirks, then so can you!

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Obstacles or stepping stones? You decide…

My new book, FIT FOREVER The Next Step comes out June 1.  The following excerpt is one of the daily motivations included in the book.

“An obstacle is often a stepping stone if we look a bit closer.”

Obstacles are really a matter of perception.  At a distance we may see an obstacle as some frustrating blockade keeping us from success.  But as we look closer and focus our attention forward, that obstacle may be the very thing needed to move us toward victory.

History doesn’t lie.  It has shown us that many of the greatest people of all time encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they tasted victory. In the end they won because they refused to be defined by their defeats.

A perfect example is Jim Stovall, the person who wrote the forward for this book. Jim has taken the number one challenge in his life – blindness, and found a way to inspire others.

In the midst of his visual obstacles, Jim is founder and president of the Emmy award-winning Narrative Television Network. Although originally designed for those who have difficulty with their vision, over 60% of NTN’s nationwide audience is comprised of fully sighted people who simply enjoy the programming.  He has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, and is a highly sought after writer and speaker.  Jim is the author of the best-selling book, The Ultimate Gift, which has subsequently been made into a major motion picture with big name stars like James Garner and Abigail Breslin. For his work in making television accessible to our nation’s 13 million blind and visually impaired people, the President’s Committee on Equal Opportunity selected Jim Stovall as the Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997.  He was also chosen as the International Humanitarian of the Year in 2000, joining Jimmy Carter, Nancy Reagan, and Mother Teresa who were also former recipients of this honor. Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine has referred to Jim Stovall as “one of the most extraordinary men of our era.”

I’m with Lou Holtz, the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, who said, “show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”  I think Jim Stovall has certainly turned his obstacles into stepping-stones.  If Jim can be successful without his sight, the possibilities are endless for those of us with perfect vision.

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Strength Through Adversity

“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”
Albert Schweitzer

Some time ago a friend of mine, Jim Barnes, contracted a massive infection causing him to lie in the hospital for 143 days. This infection literally invaded his body and spinal cord leaving him a quadriplegic.

Showing tremendous strength, incredible courage, and huge faith, he never gave up. His comeback has been nothing short of miraculous! Over a period of two years with God’s help, he has re-learned everything from swallowing, to sitting up, to walking, and now works out several times a week.

In the last couple of years he has shown up almost every day to do physical therapy and training at Sky Fitness. He refers to his workouts as his “time at the office,” realizing that this lifestyle would become his full-time job if he wanted a complete recovery.

His hard work and persistence has paid off and he is almost as good as new. To look at Jim you would never know that he was once a quadriplegic. This is the stuff that miracles are made of; and man, does he have a miracle or what?!

Do you know someone like Jim who has proven that adversity CAN be overcome?

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