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6 Unhealthy Excuses

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Excuses, excuses, excuses!

It seems so many people have excuses which ends in unpleasant situations…

  • Doctor offices
  • Hospitals
  • or Morgues

I’m sorry to be so blunt, but sometimes blunt is the only way to get the attention of humans.

You see, I am talking about excuses people make to not eat right, not exercise and to not keep in healthy shape.

Here are 6 unhealthy excuses that you should stop making and get yourself in a healthy state of life.

#1 Unhealthy Excuses: Obesity Is In My Genes

This is one of the top excuses I have heard people use to explain their own obesity. Just because Grandpa Joe, Aunt Louise and 2nd Cousin Alice are all overweight does not mean they passed the trait to you.

Actually, they probably passed the blueberry pie with whipped cream along with other fat-causing recipes.

Now I suggest you take another look at the family and focus on those who are not obese. How come the gene didn’t pass to them?

It’s time to throw away the genetic excuse along with the pie recipe.

#2 Unhealthy Excuses: I’m Too Tired After Work To Exercise

Okay… You are too tired after work, so why not before work?

Will I now hear a new excuse? It will make me tired for work.

Sorry, but I won’t buy into that. You see, several studies have determined that physical activity will give you more energy.

I just debunked your second excuse, so set your alarm clock earlier and get up and exercise.

#3 Unhealthy Excuses: I Don’t Have Time To Exercise

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Let me ask you a question, how much television did you watch this past week? How much Facebook did you do? Or did you play some video games?

If you found time to do any of those things, you can surely find 20 minutes to 1 hour to exercise each day.

#4 Unhealthy Excuses: Because It Is Thanksgiving, A Birthday, St Patrick’s Day Or The Anniversary Of My Great, Great Grandparent’s Wedding

There always seems to be some kind of holiday excuse to eat the wrong stuff. C’mon, just admit you ate that glazed doughnut because your willpower was weak.

Now take a look in the mirror and quit lying to yourself.

You are a beautiful person who needs to lose some weight; and believe me, you look great the way you are, but that obesity is damaging your health.

Please… Please, please realize that all of us want you healthy. So just say no to the brownie and eat some of the carrots and celery instead.

#5 Unhealthy Excuses: I Already Screwed Up, So I’ll Just Go All The Way

I wonder how many times people who are trying to lose weight take that piece of cake, eat one bite and realize, “Hey, I’m on a diet.”

They then say to themselves, “Well, I screwed up! I may as well eat the whole thing.”

Why allow the snowball to roll down the mountain and become an avalanche? Sure, you made one mistake, but you caught it before too much damage is caused. Don’t allow small slips to become major issues.

#6 Unhealthy Excuses: The Scale Must Be Broken

No, the scale is just fine. You just need to get back on track and stop making excuses.

Conclusion

I believe you should see my point by now. The excuses need to stop!

If you slip, just pick yourself up and admit you are only human and get back on the “healthy you bus.”

If you need help… If you need another set of ears to hear and a mouth to keep you moving forward, I would be happy to be your coach. But mind you, I don’t fall for excuses.

Just contact me by clicking here and we will get you set on a path of healthiness.

Thank you for visiting and have a healthy day!

7 Foods To Stay Away From If You Don’t Want To Get Fat

Obesity… It is a great problem in the United States.

I have made it a lifelong goal to help rid America of obesity. And many food manufacturers as well as eating establishments have made it a difficult task. But I do notice people are starting to awaken to the fact that they don’t want to get fat.

While there are various reasons people gain weight, the top one is the foods they are ingesting.

I have decided to make a list of 7 foods you may want to stay away from if your don’t want to get fat.

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Now, I don’t want to seem like the “food Grinch,” but many of these items have no nutritional value and they may seem fun until you look in a mirror and wonder how you gained so much weight

So, let’s look at these 7 obesity makers…

#1 Foods To Stay Away From: Soda

Some call it soda, others call it pop and still others call all flavors the name of one brand, coke. No matter what you call it, it is no good. It is non-nutritious, full of sugars and really does not quench your thirst as many think it does.

Soda will make you fat!

There are many alternatives that are much better for you with the top spot going to the best thirst quencher of all, water.

#2 Foods To Stay Away From: Chicken Fried Steak With Gravy

This is a meal made in many of America’s restaurants and it is a sure fire way to get fat.

Not that the flattened steak is all that fattening, but when you add all that breading and the gravy concoction on top, you are filling yourself with a load of obesity.

If you must have this meal, I suggest you split one portion between 3 or 4 people.

#3 Foods To Stay Away From: French Fries

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Potatoes on their own are a starch that once eaten and digested, turns to a sugar in your body. An occasional baked potato is not terribly bad for you, but when you cut that potato in pieces and deep fat fry them, you are setting yourself up for weight gain. Not to mention, that grease is not very good for your arteries.

#4 Foods To Stay Away From: Double, Single… Quadruple Burgers

It seems some eating establishments are getting carried away.

It saddens me whenever I see one of those eating television series and watch a man who must weigh 300 pounds wrapping his jaws around a massive amount of hamburger, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion; and topped with bacon or chili.

He weighed 300 going in and 320 going out…

Sad!

If someone dares you to do it, dare them to jump off the Statue of Liberty because they are daring you to die younger than you should.

#5 Foods To Stay Away From: Monstrous Hot Dogs

Nearby in Connecticut, there is a huge love for what they call the 2 foot hot dog…

First thing is, do you have any idea where the meat from a hot dog comes from?

Secondly, they wrap these things in monstrous buns and add all kinds of items on top that just screams fat!

How about a carrot instead?

#6 Foods To Stay Away From: Frozen Pizza

Pizza in general can be fattening, but those frozen things you can get at supermarkets takes fattening to an even higher level.

They are a carb-fest. And I have told you before how carbs will take over your bodies energy manufacturing and if you have too many carbohydrates going in, your body will not burn the fat. The result is weight gain.

#7 Foods To Stay Away From: Whites

The last on this list may be confusing… Whites???

Yes, white rice, white bread, and pasta that is normally an off-white.

These are another line of foods that are high in carbohydrates and go right along with what I told you in #6.

Conclusion

It’s just a small list… I could name many more, but I believe you are getting the idea…

Remember, fruits, vegetables, nuts and grass raised meats are your best friends.

Let’s get the weight gain down and life will be more fun.

If you have any questions, or want to know if a certain food is fattening, just post your comment below.

And while you are at it, get a copy of my book:

Thanks and have a great day!

Sleep … Myths And Facts

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Over the years, many myths have come into existence about sleep. Some of them are actually believable, so I want to debunk them in today’s post. And, there are facts about sleep too that people tend not to believe. I also want to help educate people about those.

The very first thing I have to point out is, humans must sleep. For those of you who think you can manage life, business and all other things in between on little sleep, you are fooling yourself.

I implore you to read and learn. Share this post with others because sleep is a part of living a long and wonderful life.

Sleep Myth: Snoring Is Not Dangerous

Snoring has been going on for years upon years. Many people have just accepted it as the norm. But studies have discovered that a large percentage of snorers suffer from sleep apnea. What is actually happening is, that person is just not able to properly breathe while sleeping. They actually will pause breathing while sleeping and when you pause your breathing, you are reducing oxygen to your blood supply.

This all can put a heavy strain on your heart.

If you snore, I recommend you do take a test to see if you have sleep apnea. There are many centers around the country to do so; just ask your Doctor.

Sleep Fact: Lack Of Sleep Can Lead To Diabetes

While it is true that over-indulging in sugar is a leading cause of diabetes, having too little of sleep is another huge cause of this dreadful disease.

Why?

Research indicates that insufficient sleep impairs the body’s ability to use insulin, which can lead to the onset of diabetes.

Sleep Myth: The More Sleep, The Better

Studies have found that the optimum sleep amount is 7 ½ hours. But some people have this thought pattern that even more can be better.

Not true!

That can be nearly as bad as getting too little sleep. Usually, if a person goes past the 9 hour mark on sleep, there must be a problem with the quality of sleep. Maybe light, noise, mattress and pillow need to be examined.

Sleep Fact: You Can Go Longer Without Food Than You Can Deprive Yourself Of Sleep

The longest recorded time a person went without sleeping is 11 days. Some people have actually died doing the same. People have went without food 30 days or more.

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend doing either. But sleep deprivation will kill you quicker than food deprivation.

Sleep Myth: If You Die In A Dream, You Will “Probably” Wake Up

I believe every child is told this myth at some point in their lives. And while nightmares are terrible; especially the ones where we die, it doesn’t mean we will not wake up.

Usually nightmares like those come as a natural way to prepare you for a stressful situation you are facing.

Sleep Fact: Our Brain Never Sleeps

I know… Oh yes, I know.

Some people seem to have brains that are on eternal sleep. Just take a drive through New York City on Friday at 4 PM…

But in all reality, even when we are asleep, our brains continue to work. It must make sure all body functions are still working.

If our brain goes to sleep, we are dead.

Sleep Myth: People That Take Naps Are Lazy

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Depending where you are in the world, napping can have some rather rash judgment calls. But studies have found that a 25 – 30 minute nap often helps people focus better in the second half of the day.

Some countries take a quite favorable look on napping though…

  • The Spanish Siesta helps workers work longer shifts
  • The Chinese workers often lay there heads down for about an hour after lunch
  • In Italy, it is known as Riposo and businesses lock their doors so employees can nap

Conclusion

Did you learn anything new?

Just know that like exercise and eating properly, sleep is extremely important.

Get that good sleep you need. If you wake up easily in the middle of the night, try getting up for 10-20 minutes and do something relaxing; no, not the smartphone or television because the light from these promote the waking mechanisms in your body.

Do you have any questions or comments?

Feel free to post them below.

Now with all this talk about sleep, I think I need a nap.

Have a great day!

7 Tips For Staying In Shape When Traveling

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It is a question that pops up quite often… Because I know many business persons who are traveling on a consistent basis.

How can I maintain a steady exercise routine while traveling? How do I stay in shape when 1 week I am in Hong Kong, the next week Sydney and home to Newark for 3 days and out again to Singapore?

It isn’t easy! But it can be done.

Here are 7 tips for staying in shape when traveling.

Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #1: Make Your Fitness Your Passion

When traveling, it is easier than ever to procrastinate on personal fitness. After all, you don’t have a gym, you are having to eat out all the time and your exercise partner probably isn’t along for the ride.

How important is your physical fitness?

If you have a passion to stay in shape, you will make it happen no matter the circumstances. But if fitness is just a hobby, procrastination is likely to win.

Grab the passion! Make it a priority!

Set goals and tell them to an accountability partner:

  • I will lose so many pounds in __ time.

  • I will gain __ muscle mass.

  • Etc…

Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #2: Gas Pump

I can’t take credit for this idea, it came from Melanie Kaplan writing for the Washington Post online edition here. And I think it is ingenious.

Most of us know how monotonous and back-breaking a long car trip can be.

And exercise is usually the last thing on your mind. Try this…

Every time you stop to fill the gas tank, pump out the same amount of push ups as was the dollar amount you spent… $30 worth of gas, 30 push ups.

No running out to buy a motorcycle to cheat.

Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #3: The Fake Jump Rope

Maybe you don’t have room to pack your jump rope; it’s okay!

Just fake it.

Do the jump rope motions without the rope. You get the same workout.

Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #4: Skip Elevators And Escalators

Technology has made us lazy and obese in many ways. Take the extra time and skip some of that technology like escalators, elevators, etc., and just use your feet and legs.

Walking stairways is a great exercise four your legs and glutes.

Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #5: Be Wise When Eating That Hotel Continental Breakfast

While I do believe in eating a good breakfast, I also suggest that when you “dive in” to that continental breakfast they have at many hotels, consider how healthy the stuff is you are eating. Sugar filled pastries and a heavy mix of processed foods are on the menu.

I suggest loading up on the fresh fruits and fruit juices. A small portion of oatmeal should be fine too.

Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #6: The Anywhere Exercises

There are 3 basic exercises that can be done nearly anywhere:

  1. Squats

  2. Push Ups

  3. Pull Ups

Okay, maybe pull ups are not possible everywhere, but if you use your creativity, you can usually find something like a tree branch.

In most locations you travel to, there is normally a playground/park in the vicinity. These are usually great places to find creative ways to exercise.

Squats, push ups and pull ups work your primary muscles, so if nothing, at least do these.

Staying In Shape When Traveling Tip #7: BikeShare

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Bicycling is another great way to get some exercise when you travel.

But you didn’t pack your bike? No problem.

I found an excellent website that will help you find a bikeshare system wherever you are traveling to. Visit this link and see.

Conclusion

If you have just a little creativity, you can find ways to exercise no matter where you are.

It all falls back on… Do you want to? Do you have the passion and desire to stay in shape?

Get up and move… Jog to your connecting flight, swim laps in the hotel pool, walk, just move and keep your head held high because you care about yourself and you CAN do it!

Do you have any questions or comments? Just post them below. Thanks and happy travels!

Practice Ikigai And Live A Long Life

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When we take a close look at Japan, we realize people generally live longer. And when we travel South to the island of Okinawa, the longevity figures rise even higher.

So what is it that they are doing different to live longer?

The question was put to this pop band… You will see why when you watch this video…

All of these band members are over 80 years old. And I truly believe they have the answer to longer life cycles. It is…

Ikigai

Ikigai stands for Sense Of Life.

This tells me that much of our ability to live longer is our mindset. It is believing that we can no matter our age or condition, and then “going for it!”

The women in KBG84 are not concerned as to what others think. They dance and sing and have Ikigai.

No matter how old, they do… they move… they have a sense of life.

And You Can Too!

Fitness and activity has been proven to fight off dementia. A study in the medical journal Neurology suggested that high stamina, compared with medium, can decrease dementia risk by 88%.

You know, Okinawa has many Centenarians that are healthy and fit.

Dr. Makoto Suzuki established a research group. The Okinawa Centenarian Study Group collects data on both the genes and lifestyles of aged Okinawans.

Some attribute the longevity to advances in medicine but I disagree. I attribute it to the mind and the Sense Of Life… Ikigai.

We Need To Learn From Our Elders

Less stress, more dancing, singing and physical activity.

And we cannot expect our elderly population to just retire and sit in an easy chair and wait to die. They need to be a part of society. And they can be, so let’s allow them to be.

I applaud companies who are hiring retired people so they can keep moving. And I ask that local areas look for ways they can allow elderly people to give their talents.

Volunteering at hospitals… Helping at child care centers… Participating in school activities.

These are all ways that the aged can help both the community and their own longevity.

So don’t discourage… ENCOURAGE them!

Let the live Ikigai.

And I also suggest we all try some of the food Okinawans eat regularly… There must be something to that too!

How The Okinawans Eat

Okinawans consume about 30 percent less sugar and 15 percent fewer grains than folks in the rest of Japan.

Their diets are heavy in yellow, orange and green vegetables. Meat is eaten in small quantities as is dairy products.

And most important of all… Along with Ikigai, the Okinawa natives practice Hara Hachi Bu. This is a practice we all should use. It is not eating until you are full. You eat until you are about 75% full. So they consume less calories and more nutrients than the majority of other humans.

Learn more about the Okinawan diet here.

Conclusion

You don’t have to move to Japan to live longer, but it will help if you learn how the Okinawans do it.

Ikigai and Hara Hachi Bu.

Practice them and live longer.

Do you have any questions or comments? Please leave them below. And now, as they would say in Okinawa…

お越し頂きありがとうございます

Okoshi itadaki arigatōgozaimasu

Thank you for visiting!