Archives for October 2012
Mike Winslow Success Story
Looking back at this photo from 2008 I think I look pretty frumpy. I didn’t feel self conscious because just about everyone you see is carrying around a few extra pounds.
But it bothered me on occasion, especially when I had to buy larger pants and I knew deep down that 30 extra pounds might have a detrimental effect on my health long term.
During the winter of 2010 I decided to do something about it after connecting with my health coach Dee. She got me started on the right path and held me accountable. I found the program easy to follow and do. And maybe it’s just vanity, but I feel good about the way 32” pants fit me. I’ve maintained my weight going on 2 years by practicing the habits of health I learned in the program. This excellent experience was the primary influence my decision to become a health coach.
What do you want now? What do you want most?
Success for me boils down to making the small daily choices based on what I want most. And what I want most is the best quality of life my body has to offer so I can enjoy my family and friends, be of service to the community and finish my course with dignity.
Weight Loss Success – Joshua
“Four years ago I wanted to enlist in the Air Force but there was one problem: I was overweight. I was given 6 weeks to lose it or I would be disqualified. My mom and
dad enjoyed good success on a their weight-loss/health program, so I decided to give it a shot. After the first week I was down 11 pounds! I knew this was the answer I was looking for. It was so easy to do and the funny thing was, I didn’t get hungry. As the weeks progressed, the fat melted away but my muscle stayed intact which was very important to me since I was a fire fighter at the time. I ended up losing 30 pounds in 4 weeks and today, 4 years later I’m still serving in the Air Force and have been able to maintain my healthy weight.”
You’re better than that…
is a 60 second Rocky style butt kickin’ visually enhanced pep talk guaranteed to fire up your Friday. Be Inspired!
The economy stinks, terrorists lurk in dark corners and our “collective wellness” is deteriorating.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, most U.S. residents will Be obese by 2030.
I have a solution. Pray for the politicians and vote responsibly. Pay taxes to finance the war on terror. Be proactive by making good health a top priority for yourself and those you can influence (family and friends).
The competition for your attention (and dollars) in the health arena is stiff. Publications (books and magazines) want your readership. Food companies have stock holders to satisfy often relegating nutrition to the back burner betting that the uninformed general public won’t read the labels anyway. And the sick care industry relies on sick people to keep the doors open.
Please don’t think me cynical of the medical community. I’ve required their services a couple of times. Once, I had a double fracture in my left arm in first grade. Could it have been prevented? Yes! I shouldn’t have been acting like a monkey on the swing set.
The sick care I speak of is life-style induced. It’s continually making poor choices for weeks, months and years. By now, all of us realize that tobacco is harmful. My experience was primarily with the smokeless variety. The manufacturers of these products realize they are harmful, but as long as someone will purchase their products they will continue to manufacture because they exist to make a profit, not care for your health. I won’t say it was easy, but I quit in 1999.
These days it’s o.k. and legal to banish the smokers to the out-of-doors so that their habit doesn’t kill the rest of us. But there is “growing” segment of the population whose condition has been shown to shorten life as well. I’m speaking of the obesity epidemic. Like tobacco formerly was, obesity has become an accepted norm and even a protected class in our culture. Once again I’d just like to state that the food companies and medical services industry don’t exist to protect your health, they exist to make a profit.
I believe that American culture needs to evolve otherwise we might be headed for extinction (figuratively speaking). Prosperity, technology and science had made food products abundant and cheap but to our own demise.
I believe it’s time for a change. What do you believe?
At the end of this one-minute video the editor suggests that life equals risk. I would infer that if you don’t take risks, that you might not be living. I realize that there are some very conservative people who are happy with life. But if you are an entrepreneur you’ve probably experienced failure. If you’ve tried to lose weight you’ve probably experienced failure. If you’ve aspired to greater heights, undoubtedly you have experience failure. Failure is a hard teacher, but life’s lesson is don’t give up.
The Don’t Quit Poem
It was the 1970s the first time I heard this poem. I thought by now life would have finished testing me. Don’t quit is a message appreciated by everyone; especially entrepreneurs and dreamers. Take a deep breath, sit back in you chair for a mere 2 minutes and allow the music and words strengthen your resolve.
In the first installment, Get Mad About Obesity focused on the impact of obesity on the community – looking at the burden on health care system, cost of insurance and what is in store for the United States if the current trajectory is not altered.
Part 2 is meant to be unsettling as a consideration of the unhappy ending in store for our obese friends and family who don’t make the change to get their health back.
In a recent lecture, Dr. Juan Alvarez (St. Louis) made the comment that most of his smoking patients have died and the biggest problem he sees now is obesity. Obesity has been shown to contribute to coronary disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. He also observes that rather than make lifestyle changes in the diet and exercise that could mitigate these conditions; too many patients prefer medicine to treat their symptom(s).
Stress may be the largest single reason (excuse) that people opt for the short term solution of pharmaceutical intervention. Culturally, we live in a stressful society. It’s easy to resign ones self to being a “stress eater”, “junk food junkie” or “couch potato” rather than take responsibility (for the future) by making health a top priority. It’s easy because it has become culturally acceptable to be overweight, obese and dependent on drugs.
Facts rarely sway opinion, but a glance into the crystal ball may influence a person to consider change. Obese and overweight doesn’t guarantee prolonged illness and lower quality of life preceding death, but greatly increases the risk. The state of West Virginia Health and Human Resources website offers these facts. “Obesity contributes to numerous and varied comorbid (obesity + fill in the blank) conditions. Complications can occur in many organ systems, ranging from cardiovascular to respiratory to orthopedic and even ophthalmologic. Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and other breathing problems, and some cancers (uterine, breast, colorectal, kidney, and gallbladder). In addition, obesity is associated with pregnancy complications, high blood cholesterol, menstrual irregularities, hirsutism (excessive hair growth), stress incontinence, psychological disorders, and increased surgical risk. Social discrimination against obese persons has a strong negative effect on their quality of life.”
Quality of Life – Dignified Death
There is no guarantee that if you make a commitment to your health, discipline your diet and exercise your right to exercise that you’ll enjoy a long healthy life, but making these decisions and taking these actions would certainly get the odds in your favor. There is no guarantee that if you make the personal sacrifice to forgo tasty treats and sugary beverages and unrestrained dining that you won’t have to endure years of chronic disease preceding death, but taking these steps would certainly reduce the risk.
Why get mad about obesity on a personal level? Because of the devastation (loss of quality of life especially in later years, impact on finances, effect on close friends and family) it is likely to bring in the future. Get mad that pharmaceutical companies profit from the plight. Get mad that giant agriculture feeds itself by marketing and producing food products that don’t nourish.
Get mad and then take personal responsibility first for yourself. After that, use your experience to positively and lovingly influence those in your sphere of influence. Don’t let America evolve to the place where an enemy army could march in and take over because everyone is to fat to fight. Don’t miss out on what life will offer in the future because of myopic thinking today. This is a cause is worth the fight first of all for yourself, then for your children, family and friends.