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Excuses are for Slackers

If we think hard enough each of us can come up with excuses for not being as healthy as we should be.

Excuses are weak.  They merely hamper our ability to overcome the obstacles before us.  They point the finger to other people or circumstances and keep us from taking the vital steps to change our lives for the better.  At times all of us can throw the pity party and play the excuse game.  Last time I threw a pity party nobody showed up but me!

It’s time to make a decision once and for all to take care of our body.  It deserves the best of our care all of the time, not just when we feel like it.  It’s a good thing we don’t just show up to work when we feel like it, or pay bills when we feel like it.

How many times have you thought about skipping a workout because you were “too tired” to exercise, but when you have gone despite your fatigue, you have felt much more awake and energized afterward?  Whether we feel like exercising or not, when we go ahead and do it we always reap the benefits.

It is a proven fact that people who exercise regularly have more energy, a sharper mind, as well as strength and endurance to get through their day.  When your body is working at peak efficiency, your energy levels soar!  So let’s get rid of those excuses and take care of our bodies like we should.

Next time you are tempted to go down the road of excuses just remember that they are for slackers.  And that’s not you!

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Every man is the builder of a temple called his body -Henry David Thoreau

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We must take responsibility as builders for the temple that we call our body.  Day by day we are adding brick and mortar or taking the wrecking ball to this sacred place.

It’s not up to anyone else to do the building.  If our body is going to be healthy we must be the one to make the right daily choices to see it happen.

The decision to find balance with eating smart and exercise is up to you. This doesn’t have to be taken to the extreme.  Carve out a little time today and go for a walk. Eat some fruit instead of a candy bar. Get enough sleep for a change (8 hours a night).  Make a mindful decision to build up and not tear down this magnificent temple called your body.    For some more health tips check out  http://wp.me/pGpee-2W

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The Healthy Drug


“The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.”                   -John Redman Coxe  (written in 1800)

I can’t think of a more true statement that fits our 21st century than what Mr. Coxe penned over 200 years ago. He’s not saying that prescription medications are not necessary at times.  He’s merely reminding us that prescription drugs are reactive – designed to treat sickness after the body is in an unhealthy state.

On the other hand, making a decision to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising is PROactive and will keep us well. This will help prevent sickness, enhance wellness, youthfulness, and bolster the immune system.  Who wouldn’t want to get strong, lose body fat, boost confidence and reduce the risk of injuries?

Keep in mind we will never find health in the form of a pill.  However, getting proper sleep, adequate exercise, and eating a balance of proteins, fruits and veggies is the “healthy drug” that we need.  Here’s to being well, living well, and staying well!

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Walk More, Live Longer

“Being healthy allows you to feel that now is the best time of your life.”

-Tom Hopkins

Living more healthy can be as simple as just taking more steps in the course of your day. About every 30 steps you take is one calorie burned.  That is great news, as most of us are looking to burn as many calories as we can on a daily basis.

Think of ways you can take more steps: walk around during phone calls, while you’re reading, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to the store, window shop at the mall, leave your desk and visit your co-workers instead of sending them an email, walk as you text your spouse or friends.  The opportunities are there if you will look for them.

The American Counsel of Exercise performed an eight-year study with over 13,000 people who walked 30 minutes daily.  Results showed that they had a significantly reduced chance of premature death compared with those who rarely exercised.

So walk more and live longer, enjoy more energy and feel younger!  Here’s to a healthier YOU!

If you want to know more, check out USA Today.

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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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The New Drew Carey 70 Pounds Lighter

Check out the new improved Drew Carey!

For newly slim, Drew Carey losing weight was a heavy decision.

“I always thought I was going to die before I was 60,” the comedian, 52, tells Parade Magazine this week. “My father died of a heart attack in his 40s. I’m not an idiot. The writing was on the wall.”

Not wanting to fall victim to the heart disease that runs in his family, the Price Is Right host traded his “daily hamburger” for a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition, daily exercise and willpower.

Dropping more than 70 lbs. since November, Carey now weighs in at 182 and is still working towards his goal – weighing 170 lbs. by Oct. 31.

“The hardest diet I was ever on was the one when I was fat,” says Carey of his once 262-lbs. frame, “You can only wear fat clothes, you don’t feel good, your sex life gets damaged, you don’t have energy for anything. It’s horrible.”

Another reason for Carey’s transformation was inspired by his fiancée, Nicole Jaracz’s 5-year-old son, Connor. Feeling winded after only a few minutes of playtime, he simply couldn’t keep up with the boy.
Carey said, “I’d be like, ‘Connor, I can’t,’ and he’d say, ‘C’mon!’ That was a terrible feeling. I thought, I’m never going to see him graduate high school.”

Carey is now committed to staying healthy.
“Eating crappy food is not a reward – it’s a punishment.” He adds, “I look in the mirror and I feel like I’m in my 20s again. “I feel like I have my whole life back. I could live to be 100 now.”

Today can be the first step to a new you!

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


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