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See Your Dreams Come to Life Pt. 1


Why is it that most of us don’t see our health and wellness dreams fulfilled? Too often we sell ourselves short by simply doing what we’ve always done. As a result we always get what we’ve always gotten in the past.  We all want to see our dreams fulfilled, but unfortunately we stop short of taking action on those dreams.  The truth is our dreams don’t work unless we do!

Goal setting is a powerful process for taking baby steps to our dreams.  They are key to shaping our ideal future, and for motivating ourselves to turn our vision of the future into reality.  The practice of setting goals is used by top-level athletes, successful business people and leaders in all fields. They give us long term vision and short term motivation. They focus our knowledge and help us organize our time and our resources so that we can make the very most of our lives.


  • Write your health goals down: What does not get written down does not get done. This crystallizes our goals and gives them more force.
  • Set priorities: When we have several goals, prioritize them. This helps us avoid feeling overwhelmed by too many goals, and helps to direct our attention to the most important ones.
  • State each goal as a positive statement: Express your goals positively. “I want lower my body fat so that I can feel better and more energetic” is a much better goal than “I’ve got to lose all this weight somehow.”
  • Set realistic goals: When we set goals that are not realistic, or too high, we may not anticipate the skill needed. This in turn may cause us to want to give up, so we must make sure our goals are reasonable.  Make sure to keep the goals small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that we are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.  We should take care to set goals that are manageable. There is nothing more dispiriting than failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond our control.
  • Be precise: Set a precise goal, putting in dates and times so that you can measure achievement. If we do this, we will know exactly when we have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having accomplished it.

It’s time for us to pull out our biggest dreams and make a decision to go for it with all we’ve got! What do we have to lose? It amazes me the miraculous transformation that happens in our lives when we are willing to dream.

Let’s be thinking about some health and wellness dreams for the future, and in the next blog we will look at the plan to see these come to life.  It’s all in a state of mind.  Remember, to change your life you must change your mind!

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A Tribute to Jack LaLanne, A LEGACY OF HEALTH

Jack LaLanne, a forefather of health and fitness, passed away yesterday at his home in Morro Bay, California.  He was 96 years of age.

As I think of the impact that he has made over the years, I think of a two words: LEGEND and LEGACY.   He was legendary in embracing the idea that Americans should work out and eat right to retain their youthfulness and energy.  Jack LaLanne found ways to motivate Americans to get off their couches and into the gym way before it was cool.  And he was still pumping iron and pushing fruits and vegetables decades after most people retire.

Mr. LaLanne believed that eating well and exercise were the two absolutes to feeling great and looking young — and he made it his mission to help people attain that lifestyle.

According to the LA Times LaLanne was the spiritual father of the current health movement, opening what is commonly believed to be the nation’s first health club, in Oakland in 1936.  This blossomed into a national craze of weight rooms, exercise classes and sports clubs creating a positive environment for health.

In the 1950s, he launched an early-morning televised exercise program tailored to housewives. He and his dog happy encouraged kids to go get their moms out of bed and exercise in front of the TV.  He proposed the then-radical idea that women, the elderly, and even the disabled should work out to retain strength.

Full of passion and exuberance LaLanne saw himself as a cheerleader, motivator and in some cases a life saver when it came to helping people be healthy, feel younger, and live longer.

What a man!  We will miss his strength and enthusiasm.  He leaves each of us a legacy of health to carry on in an age where obesity is winning the fight.

In spite of big shoes to fill and the challenges before us, I’ll be the first to say count me in!  The question is: Who will join me in my quest in helping people be FIT FOREVER one day at a time?  If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?

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HealthyTips for the Next Generation

“The early years of life can lead kids toward or away from
good health.”


Following these ten tips will help kids stay healthy and happy.

1. Food is Fun… Enjoy your food

Eating is a good thing.  It gives you fuel like putting gas in a car.  Food gives you the fuel and energy you need to go!  If you don’t eat your mind and body can’t go fast like they were intended to.

2. Breakfast is a very important meal

Our bodies always need energy; and after a night’s sleep, energy levels are low. So, when you are off to school, if you don’t eat your body will stay sleepy and tired.  Start the day with breakfast. Plenty of carbohydrates is just the ticket.  Try cereal with skimmed milk, oatmeal, fruit or yogurt, toast or bread.

3. Eat lots of different kinds of foods every day, not just candy and sweets.

You need over 40 different kinds of vitamins and minerals every day for good health. Since there is no single food that contains them all, it is important to balance your daily choices.  You do not need to miss out on the foods you enjoy. The best way to make sure you get the right balance is to eat a wide variety of foods each day.

4. Don’t forget your daily  vitamins

Vitamins are important if our body is to be healthy and strong. They are absolutely necessary for our growth.  Make sure to take a daily vitamin in the morning with your breakfast.

5. Eat fruits and vegetables with your meals and as tasty snacks!

Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fiber. We should all try to eat 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and banana as snacks and two vegetables at meal times.

6. Too much fat is not good for your health

Eating too many of those tasty, fatty foods (such as butter, spreads, fried meats and sausages, pies and pastries) might not always be so good for your body. Although we need some fats to get all the nutrients we need, it is better for our health if we don’t eat too much of these foods and get knocked off-balance.

7. Snack Smart! Eat regularly and choose healthy snacks

Even if you eat regular meals during the day, there will still be times in between that you feel hungry, especially if you have been very active. Snacks can fill the gap, but should not be eaten in place of meals, only as an extra. There are lots of different snacks available. Your choice may be nuts, raisins, fresh or dried fruits, yogurt, or sticks of vegetables like carrots and celery.

8. Quench your thirst. Drink plenty of water.

Did you know that more than half of your weight is just water? So as well as giving your body all the food it needs each day to keep healthy, you need at least 5 glasses of water a day. Plain tap water, bottled water, fruit juices, Crystal Light, and low-fat milk are all acceptable.

9. Care for those teeth! Brush your teeth at least twice a day

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Eating foods high in sugar or starches too often during the day can play a part in tooth decay. So don’t nibble foods and sip drinks all day long! However, the best way to keep a nice smile is to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Also, after brushing your teeth at bedtime, don’t eat any food, or drink anything but water!

10. Get moving! Be active every day

Just like a bike may become rusty if it is not used for some time, our muscles and bones need to be kept moving too.  Activity is needed to keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. It can also be good fun. Try to include some form of activity every day: it may be just playing outside, walking around the neighborhood and running up the stairs. Outdoor games like  kickball, football at break times are good for giving the body a workout.

Parents, make sure to limit TV, video game and computer time. These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle which increases risks for obesity and cardiovascular disease.  Encourage physical activities that children really enjoy. They’ll stick with it longer if they love it. Focus on the positive instead of the negative. Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image.

Help them set specific goals and limits, such as one hour of physical activity a day or two desserts per week. It’s true that when goals are too vague the chance for success decreases.  Rewarding children with candy and unhealthy snacks encourage bad habits. Find other ways to celebrate good behavior.

Let’s make a difference in the lives of our kids. Teaching tomorrow’s generation to live a healthy life is the key to helping change our world.

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Healthy Kids Make for a Healthier America

Considering one-third of the children in America is considered overweight or obese most of us would agree that something needs to change.  But where do we start?

First, we must put our finger on the pulse of America’s health. Due to our fast food lifestyles more than twenty-five million children are showing signs of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.

That’s more than ever before. A recent study by the Ontario Medical Association found that three-quarters of obese kids will likely grow up to be obese adults and face heart trouble, diabetes, and other related medical conditions.

The U.S. spends $150 billion a year dealing with the issues of obesity that I have already mentioned.  Health-care premiums have risen more than three times faster than wages, largely because of the unhealthy choices of today’s society. We are one of the most intelligent civilizations ever, and yet we are blowing it when it comes to our health.

Unfortunately these problems won’t fix themselves.  They will continue to plague us until we find a way to change the patterns of “fast food” America.  These toxic habits and lifestyles will only continue to follow on to future generations if something is not done soon.

I agree with Dr. Sasson Moulavi, of Smart For Life Weight Management Centers. He said: “My worry is some parents will sit back and wait for the government to come up with a magic plan. It is not going to happen. Parents need to realize they must take the initiative now. They have to stop waiting for a solution to fall from the sky. That’s just magical thinking.”

He could not be more right.  It’s up to America’s families to “pass the torch” of health to the next generation. Bottom line: it’s time for someone to take the responsibility to make a difference.

Parents and Community Leaders, let’s get started!

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The latest favorite Fair food


And we wonder why we’re  one of the unhealthiest nations in the world…


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Daily Motivational Study from my newly released book: FIT FOREVER, The Next Step

“Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”   Frank Gillette Burgess
It’s true, we get but one body in life. It is a gift for us to manage for a lifetime.

So, what is the pulse of our country’s health? By any measure America’s health is failing miserably.  We spend far more on health care than anyone in the world and we are one of the least healthy nations in the world.  More than two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and more than 15 million of us have diabetes.

We fall prey to heart disease and cancer at a higher rate than any country in the world largely due to our unhealthy lifestyle choices.  Almost half of our people walking the streets of America are prime candidates for heart disease, stroke or some form of cancer.

What is heartbreaking is that America’s kids are the first generation in history whose life span is ten years less than their parents due to our fast food habits and lack of exercise.

It’s time for us to embrace a healthy lifestyle!

Remember, your body is a priceless gift! You only get one for a lifetime.  It’s unique, it’s one of a kind, and it’s yours to take care of the rest of your life.

Bottom line – only one person is accountable for making the necessary changes, and that someone is YOU.  Join me in a movement to make America FIT FOREVER one person at a time!

(I’d love to hear your comments and feedback as to how we can make a difference!)


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Even Thomas Edison knew about health…

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”                       Thomas Edison

We may not think of eating smart as a way of preventing disease.  But this is exactly the case.

For example, Japanese culture has a very low incidence of cancer while they live in their home country.  But when they come to our country and begin to live our fast food lifestyle they develop the same rate of cancer that we do in the United States.

The message is this: We have to be careful about what we put into our bodies.  The way that we eat will drastically affect our health in the future as well as how we feel on a daily basis.

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