2009 has been a year of ‘shifts’ for most of us. Many of the ‘shifts’ were uncontrollable or unforeseen. Others have been avoided or postponed. In fact every time I sat down to write this newsletter the ‘shifts’ in the world took precedence. New products, new financial issues, world-wide crisis intervention, death of icons and heroes, and constant political, social, and technological ‘shifts’ all created an infrastructure that was difficult to coordinate.
Now I feel that the stars have begun to harmonize indicating that even if a vigorous recovery is not in our near future, at least, I think, things are not going to get much worse. That’s not to say that I don’t see that those displaced workers from GM, Chrysler, etc. and their suppliers won’t create additional defaults, delinquencies, and foreclosures. I believe most of the financial organizations have planned on that occurrence and it will not take them by surprise.
Is it safe to open your eyes? Well, for the past 12 months I like most of you have been amazed at what took place since Lehman Brothers went under, Bank of America swallowed Merrill Lynch and retail and real estate all but collapsed. I marvel at the success of the IPHONE during a time when every consumer evaluates wants versus needs. I am amazed at the velocity of social media participation and how reality TV has taken over the airways. So while it’s not quite the time to celebrate there are holidays coming up and it will be a time of reflecting and thanks. And perhaps, in some small way I can help take some of the weight off your shoulders in 2010.
Today I would like to remind you that we could all control some of our personal ‘shifts’ if we really take the time to evaluate our goals. Rather than a discussion of the economy I felt it was time to respond to the many requests about how I created my own personal ‘shifts’ to create better health and weight loss.
For years medical studies have been conducted regarding our most prevalent disease: overweight. I would like to suggest that you consider the long-term impact of those extra pounds, the third helping of dressing, or the tailgate party munchies that often contain little nutritional value.
“A 2005 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that only about 40% of obese people are actually advised by their healthcare professional to lose weight.”
“A National Consumers League survey conducted by Harris Interactive in 2007 found that adults consistently identify themselves as being less severely overweight than they actually are. Eighty-two percent of obese people surveyed considered themselves to be simply overweight; among those who were in fact only overweight, close to 1 in 3 believed that they were normal weight.”
“In a study published in June 2009, researchers at Johns Hopkins University questioned nearly 450 students in grades 5 to 8 about their weight. Sixty-two percent of the overweight boys and nearly one-third of the overweight girls thought of themselves as normal or even underweight.”
Personally I have been overweight for most of my life. However, after failing a stress test and being advised that I was a ‘textbook case of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol that could result in amputation or blindness I changed my eating habits and started my own ‘waist management.’
Losing weight is a difficult thing to do. But the first step in the process is actually quite easy. It doesn’t involve anything as complicated as counting carbohydrates, or grams of fat or as vigorous as a 4-mile run. All that it requires are an accurate scale, a tape measure and, depending on your math skills, a calculator.
Every Monday I weigh myself, every first Monday of the month I measure myself, and calculate the different changes. Often I have not lost weight but measurements change. In other instances I lose weight but the measurements don’t reflect those changes. However over 30 days changes should take place in both weight reduction and measurements.
As I loose weight I have the clothes altered. When they can no longer be altered I give they away. I have not kept my ‘fat’ clothes except one pair of pants. I use it as a reminder of what I wore when I started on this journey. The other fun thing I do is wait for sales and purchase a suit or jacket one size smaller than what I am wearing today. I hang it in my closet and try it on in order to gauge my ‘waist management’ progress. To date I have lost over 26” from my waist and dropped 11 suit sizes and 6 shirt sizes. What has been remarkable to me is that my shoe and hat size also were reduced. It proves my theory: Shift Happens!®
As the ‘waist management’ has taken place many people have asked my ‘secret’ or ‘magic pill.’ And what is amazing to me is that most inquiries have no reservation to ask if I had surgery, psychiatric intervention, etc. I find this annoying and disrespectful.
If I were a woman with a great figure or alabaster facial skin would a stranger be empowered to ask if she had implants or lipo or Botox? If someone is blind or deaf do passersby ask how this disability occurred and expect answers?
Then why do many people feel empowered to ask about my weight loss? It’s because being overweight, dissimilar to other illnesses weight can be controlled and the average person is not empathic to this sickness. Unlike alcoholism, drugs, or depression the questions are asked and expected to be answered.
So in response to the ‘solution request’ here they are for your edification. Fixing these common mistakes will help many people be healthier but more importantly they are easy to follow and will provide results that less invasive or disruptive than other possible choices.
In addition I have provided links to a wonderful product line that you may find easy to use that will assist you in getting fruit, vegetables, protein, and cleanse. It’s not a sales pitch, it’s a resource. helps to revitalize the body’s systems, leading to vibrant good health.
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So let’s get started. My comments are based on personal experience and should not be considered as medical advice. Always consult your physician before starting any exercise or nutrition changes. Here’s what I have learned:
Stop Skipping Breakfast
One recent study showed that obese dieters who had a 600-calorie breakfast with healthy proteins and carbohydrates — such as scrambled eggs, diced turkey, fruit and whole-wheat toast or oatmeal — lost significantly more weight than those who ate only half as much. They also ate less at other meals and had fewer junk food cravings. Every morning I have an Isalean shake and I add either the Isafruits or Isagreens.
Stop Skipping Fruit
Eat fruit at least twice a day. On average, one serving is a half-cup of chopped fruit, a baseball-size apple or orange, half a banana or 10 grapes.
Stop Skipping Veggies
The goal for fruit and veggies should be a minimum of five servings a day; nine is ideal. Aim to have vegetables cover at least a third of your dinner plate.
Stop the Extreme Dieting
Pick one bad eating pattern to tackle each week, not all of them at once. You’re more likely to have long-term success. For me it was late afternoon snacks. I have found that a few raw almonds, some soy chips, or cutup fruit curbs my cravings. I set my goals at 5 pounds not 50. Anyone can see themselves 5 pounds lighter. And once you lose 5 pounds then do it again…and again.
Start Reading Labels To Discover Hidden Sugar
Juices, meal bars, low-fiber cereals and snack foods often are more sugary than people think. Read labels and try to limit your daily intake to 100 grams. I carry these meal replacement bars with me at all times. I usually have one for lunch.
Start Reading Labels To Discover Hidden Transfat
Any food with “partially hydrogenated oil” on its ingredient list contains these unhealthy fats. Even if the label says zero grams of trans fat, there may still be some because companies can round down if there’s less than half a gram. As little as 2 grams a day is harmful. My personal ‘addiction’ was afternoon snacks like potato chips or a sweet. You need to find something like raw nuts, cut up vegetables or some other healthy alternative snack. I have replaced that craving with low fat, heart-healthy Oatmeal Berry Slimcakes or great tasting Snacks that contain a perfect balance of proteins, carbohydrates and healthy fat to nourish your body. Or decadent chocolate treats that are perfect every day and will help you remain strong to your commitment to healthy eating.
Start Reading Labels To Discover Hidden Saturated Fat
Limit full-fat dairy products, high-fat meats — especially beef and pork — and foods cooked with butter or cream. Go for broth-based soups, for example.
So here it is. The ‘magic’ formula. The secret to my success.
My magic pill is 60-60-60.
60oz of water daily
60 minutes of exercise daily.
60 grams of protein daily.
I have at least two meal replacements using shakes or bars. I snack on raw nuts, Isagenix snacks, chocolate, and slim cakes. I always have popcorn nearby for the crunch or need for a salty snack. I flavor my water with sugar free lemon powers or squeeze a lemon and add Equal or Sweet N Low to make me feel that I am drinking lemonade. I do not consume diet sodas of any kind.
Lastly you should consider some form of nutritional cleansing which accelerates the removal of impurities from the body and nourishes the body with vital nutrients to rapidly revive health. A cleansed and revitalized body is stronger, resists illness better, is more efficient and performs at a higher level than one that is filled with impurities. Many people notice an ability to reach and maintain their ideal weight.
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Well that’s it. Now you know my ‘magic pills’ that have assisted me in my continual waist management. In case you did not see me before and after here’s photo.
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