Everything your doctors have been telling you for the last dozen years was absolutely correct...
They told you you have to eat more fruits and vegetables, right? Absolutely correct! They told you you needed to walk a minimum of 30 minutes, daily? Absolutely correct! They told you to stop drinking soda, no more alcohol, and no more cigarettes? True, true, true...all true! They told you to get sleep tested for sleep apnea? On the money! They told you to work fewer hours and get more sleep? No question about it! They told you every single visit, you need to lose some weight? They couldn't be more right!
Diabetes is not a disease of "carbs". Diabetes is a disease of chronic, unrelenting inflammation. All of those recommendations, above, have little to do with "carbs" and have everything to do with reducing inflammation.
You say any help would be sincerely appreciated? OK, here's my advice: Listen to your doctors. View Thread
Rich Weil was not only expert on all matters relating to fitness and exercise, he was the consummate professional in addressing each and every question posed to him in a timely and thoroughly comprehensive manner. If you asked a question on a Tuesday, you got a beauty of a response either Wednesday or Thursday at the latest...
Yes, Rich was outstanding (& Amelia, too). Although he left a long time ago, I'm glad his picture and bio remain to remind me there are people among us that still care and know how to treat others with kindness.View Thread
When you gain weight, your body is reacting to your "lifestyle", seeking an equilibrium point where your weight (health) becomes stable. If you continue to go up in weight, you know your body can't adjust to your particular "lifestyle" and your health is in a continual state of deterioration. Once you're reached this point, your immune system is seriously compromised. That's when "other" conditions arrive at the scene. Hypothyroid. Gout. IBS. PCOS. Cardiovascular disease. Interstitial Cystitis. Osteoporosis. It's this "party" of multiple conditions coupled with the weight gain that make it so very hard to recapture your health and, in turn, lose weight.
Losing weight is a result of becoming "healthier" through changes in lifestyle. Reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption is a great example. Getting more rest is another. Using a Cpap at night can make a world of difference in your overall health. Exercise and eating more fruits and vegetables are the best examples of all. Curbing your temper and finding effective means to relieving stress & frustration is crucial, imo.
Don't be a blockhead. Blockheads go on diets. Blockheads go hungry. Blockheads take weight loss supplements and other similar quick fixes that help them "lose weight" but don't improve their health one iota. Guess what happens when they stop taking the pills? (Note:Only blockheads would not know the answer to that!)
Weight loss is the direct result of positive changes in lifestyle. "Smarties" make small, healthy adjustments to their daily routine and only weigh themselves to confirm what they already know. Improved help means a lower equilibrium weight. It's automatic. Smarties know everyday's a cheat day as long as they continuously improve their lifestyle...
"The possession of anything begins in the mind." Bruce Lee
Read your post, again. Your goal is too huge and vague. Plus, it's littered with negatives and doubt (I've never...I have no money...I'm embarrassed...). You mention no visualization, no evidence of preparation. Why bother? What's the point? From what I've read, the only thing you've prepared yourself for is failure.
Start with small victories, first. Commit to a goal, completely. Leave all doubt or excuses outside your head. Don't begin till you know precisely what a successful outcome looks like in every detail. Prepare and execute. The mental process of preparing for success is the most important step, imo. It's called visualization.
Make today's goal a one mile walk or no processed (pre-made) food "Possess" it in your mind. Get your equipment ready. Find your dog's leash. Step outside at exactly the time you envisioned this activity to take place. Leave your cell phone behind. No interruptions, no distractions. Only your goal. Then, do it. Be sure, to take a moment to acknowledge the "feelings" of your achievement and take pride. This is how character is built!
PS: Please take your mom or dad with you for that walk. Show them what you are learning. Then, maybe, they can learn something themselves.View Thread
4am. The air quality is best. No sound, no people, no cell phones, no traffic. Just stray cats, possum, raccoons, hoot owls and an occasional coyote (hunting for the cats and coons). The reason why exercise is hard for most people is because they try to do it while distracted. Exercise becomes truly enjoyable when it becomes a means to "escape" from life. I know what I do is golden because my dogs and I can't wait for that cold early morning chill on our faces. I use hand weights and a weight jacket when I walk. Training for Mt. Whitney, again, in 2015. I'm 59.View Thread
There's a lot of guilt being a parent these days, especially, when you had two great parents of your own. So because you don't want to be on CNN because your kid committed some disaster that destroyed and decimated other people's lives, you end up burning both ends of the candle, pushing day and night to be a great mom or dad...You try but you can't because the more responsible and loving you are to your family, the more guilt gets heaped onto your shoulders. Ivy league schools, rental properties, private course golf, obnoxious cars, salmon fishing in Alaska. Living the dream!...and choking on it at the same time!
To make a long story short, you either have the good common sense to realize that you were sold a "bill of goods" from the very first day in Kindergarden or you stay on the hamster wheel and keep running to your early demise. In other words, unless you have Bill Gates for a dad, the American dream has morphed into an obsene impossibility. I thinks it helps if you travel without travel guides. If you do, you'll quickly see that 90% of the world does just fine driving from pt A to pt B in cars that can't go from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds. And, entire families can live and thrive in a 1000 sq ft vs 4000. And, once you see kids graduate from top-line universities with Masters and Doctors degrees and can't stop a runny toilet, fill their tires with air and think eating healthy is take-out from Panera or Rubios fish tacos, then, everything becomes crystal clear... "Ahhhh...Now, I see why everybody is such a suckky mood!"
I use to be a "very busy person over 50". Then, I finally asked myself...Why? At what cost? For who(m)?
There's is no "trick" to better health. It takes work and it takes time to become and remain healthy. So, my answer to you is: Make room for you. In other words, the road to long term good health means you get less busy, not more. Not the kind of answer you want to hear but, whatever, it's yo baby! lolView Thread
Do you drink antifreeze? Do you scour the garden for snail pellets? Do you find old food on the street then take a bite? The reason I don't is because I know these things are unhealthy. What's your reason?
I wrote a post the other day on food quality served at restaurants, now. As utility & energy prices have soared, food prices have just as quickly gone up, too. The problem is, restaurants are much more hesitant to raise prices because not only is food business so cut-throat competitive, people will just not show up if menu prices rise too abruptly. The result? Service is failing and food quantity and quality are noticeably affected.
This weeks cover for TIME magazine? How To Eat Now:The Truth About Home Cooking by Mark Bittman
"...whether it's because we're scared or lazy or time-pressed, or simply that we think the food we cook won't taste as good as the junk we buy, we have allowed others to feed us, rather than to take charge of feeding ourselves. For the sake or our health, our well-being, our palates and the environment, that has to change..."
1. Deep, Uninterrupted Sleep: Do not drink anything after 8pm (so you can sleep throughout the night w/o waking) 2. Stretch: I've been stretching for many, many years. Hamstrings, Back, Shoulders, Hip Flexors...exercise without range of motion is rather pointless, imo, because without flexibility, people get injured. 3. Water, Water and More Water: First thing I do when I wake, is drink a liter of water. It's not easy. Then, I workout for 45 mins. Then, I drink 1/2 liter of water, more. Finally, I drink a couple cups of black coffee while I read and answer mail. Can you guess what happens, next? If you said "off to the bathroom" (for the next 90 mins), you are right. The water lubricates and protects all of the joints when I exercise and the coffee flushes my system of all the water I drank earlier. What purpose does this serve? Why would anybody do such a thing? What has this got to do weight loss? View Thread