Archives for June 2014

60 The New 50

The New Healthy 60“I’m sixty years of age. That’s 16 Celsius.”
– George Carlin

“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”
– Chili Davis

60 The New 50

I’ve been told by some generous people that I don’t look 59 (soon to be 60). When they ask my secret I explain that I’ve spent half my money and time on women and booze. When they ask what I did with the other half I have to confess that I just wasted it — just kiddin’.

Candidly speaking, I’ve been agonizing over this milestone. I honestly don’t know how I got here or where the time has gone and I feel like there is so much more left to accomplish. After wrestling with this inescapable fact for quite some time I’ve changed my mind and decided to embrace the fact that I’ll be turning 60 next Monday. But that doesn’t mean that I plan to grow up.

Medicine Bow Peak

Medicine Bow Peak

I am planning to celebrate by meeting my son in Wyoming and see if I can still cover the 2000 vertical feet to the summit of Medicine Bow Peak (12,013 above sea level) in about 2 hours.

I’ve already gone to the doctor for my 60 (thousand mile) checkup. He asked me the secret to my youthful appearance. You already know the answer. I got the blood work done even though I’m very skittish around needles but worth it to find out “all systems are go”.

I’m going to treat myself too, by getting my bicycle tuned up, scheduling a massage, playing volleyball once or twice a week and hanging out with family and friends

One treat you won’t find at this celebration is cake and ice cream. Sorry that’s two things, and sorry – I know I’m flying in the face of everything that’s patriotic and traditional. I won’t eat it and would feel bad contributing to the delinquency of your diet. As a coach, I know that too much sugar (or anything for that matter) is bad for us. “The average person consumes 150 pounds of sugar per year–compared to just 7 ½ pounds consumed on average in the year 1700. That’s 20 times as much!” –  Dr. Oz. I know some will take exception to my remarks (bakery owners, stock holders in sugar and food companies and some other thick headed folks) but my answer to them is a statement made by the 15th century physician Paracelsus, “The dose makes the poison”. The poison in this case contributes to metabolic syndrome (read cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc) which will put you under.

Since I have feel like I have so much left to accomplish before I depart this planet I’m going to treat my body like the temple that it is in order to get the most out of the time I have left (however long it may be), and do my best to make 60 the new 50.

I personally want to thank you for taking your precious time to read my blog. Hopefully you’ll take away some inspiration or insight. I’d love to see your comments at if you care to leave them at the bottom of this page. I’ve got to stop writing for now because I have to make an appointment for my colonoscopy. Oh boy…

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Working Out is Not the Answer

158-point-8“At the end of the day, at the end of the week, I’ll only regret what I ate – not what I didn’t eat.” — Linda Glein

Working Out Is Not The Answer

Patty’s story – “Yikes! That was my reaction after stepping on the scale one April morning and saw my number  back up again, 180.6, a number that puts my body back to a borderline diabetic! I was also having that feeling in my throat that feels like you can’t swallow, the side effect from G.E.R.D.’s. My weight was not improving in spite of how much time I was working out; Zumba 3X a week, Line Dancing 3X’s a week, Step class 1 day a week plus a core class two days week, my weight just wouldn’t budge….  I was feeling very frustrated with myself. I had been on weight watchers for the past couple of years, but wasn’t inspired to log in. I wanted a change on so many levels, health, appearance, energy etc. so I was seeking an answer.

Like a lot of Americans that quick jump start/quick fix magic bullet 24-Hour Metabolism Boosting Weight Loss pill that one hears about on the radio all the time sounded appetizing…

Thankfully before I wasted my money on a magic pill I met a gentleman named Mike. I learned in the course of our conversation that he was a health coach. Open to anything that might help, I decided to have a meeting with Coach Mike and learn about his program. At the end of our meeting, he invited me to try it for a month just to see if it was for me or not. I agreed.

I’ve never really stuck with any weight loss program in the past so of course of was a little skeptical. But this time was different because it is a “create health” program rather than a weight loss program. The idea of a coach for insight, inspiration and influence, (accountability) sounded really good to me too.

I started the plan on May 5th. My commitment to improving my health along with Mike’s coaching has empowered me to succeed in spite of the challenges, which are significant. I’ve been at my job for 35 years and my company was recently bought out. It’s doubtful I’ll have a job at Christmas time. Needless to say it’s slightly stressful, on top of the everyday stuff.

To my surprise I haven’t felt hungry and found the plan easy to follow. I have my share of challenges, business lunches, social engagements and family gatherings. But I’ve “stayed the course”. Every week when Coach Mike asks for my numbers, I step on the scale, take a picture of the number on scale and forward it on, that keeps me honest! No shaving the numbers… lol…

I just finished, my 5th week and I’m down 21.8 lbs and feel great at 158.8. Right now I’m dancing around as I haven’t seen this number in decades! I feel so much better, dropped two dress sizes and loving it.  I’m going to continue on this journey with the support of my coach. Thanks Coach Mike”

You are welcome and thank you Patty for your kind words and I celebrate your success! I also commend your courage not to “cave in” in spite of your stressful circumstances.

You, like so many other professionals concerned about their health and appearance have been sold a bill of goods that you could exercise off excess fat. Working out is not the answer as you have discovered.

Dr. Robert Lustig, M.D. has written that “your body fat is your biggest long term risk for infirmity. Nothing correlates with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer better than your fat.”

Patty has already come a long way in lowering her risk for these ugly maladies. If you or someone you know wants to do the same the first step is to fill out the form below for a free initial consultation.

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USA Leads the World in Obesity

05-29-US-leads-obesity“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

– Maya Angelou 1928-2014

USA Leads the World in Obesity.

I am wondering two things. No, three.

1.) Is this really news? I thought it was common knowledge.

2.) Does anybody really care? Who does this really affect?

3.) The study out of the University of Washington Seattle confirms the obvious but by design did not include an examination for the cause. Why not?

The government, the health insurers, the thin people and most of the medical community would like you to believe it’s gluttony (eating too much) and sloth (exercising too little). It is a personal choice.

I believe it’s more complex than that.

Case in point — what 6 year child would choose to be obese?

The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. CDC

I guess we’ll next have to point a finger at the parents – provided the family is still intact (so it’s a societal issue), maybe.  Could be too many computer games and too much TV and not enough exercise.

Maybe it’s cultural. Now that 55-60% of the population is over weight or obese being so doesn’t come with the stigma that it did 30-40 years ago. Now it’s OK to be fat (and it’s against the law to discriminate in the work place regardless of insurance costs and productivity issues). Consider Mike and Molly on CBS. They both look obese to me and yet project normalcy to the viewing audience (not me) and they are funny too.

What intelligent adult would choose to be obese? None that I’ve interviewed or coached. In fact most of my clients say they hate the way they look and feel.  Personal choice and responsibility are part of the cause. However biochemistry, physiology, environment, education, economic factors and stress all play a part. And let’s not forget the outside forces working against us with marketing, merchandising and food science preying on the ancient human programing to crave calories that allowed the species to survive the hunter gatherer age of our presence on this planet.

This pandemic in which the good ole USA leads the world in obesity is a complex issue that needs to be addressed by political, spiritual and industrial leaders across the nation before it puts too many people in an early grave and drags our health care system into bankruptcy.

If you are ready to take personal responsibility for your own health consider contacting me, Coach Mike, for a free consultation. My coaching can help you facilitate a healthy transformation through insight, inspiration and influence.

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