Take Care of Your Vehicle

How many vehicles will you own in your lifetime? 1,2,3, or more. And will you take care of your vehicles? Of course you will. You will get the oil changed, rotate the tires, check the transmission, and keep the interior spiffy and smelling good. How about your life’s vehicle? How do you treat it?

When I say life’s vehicle, I don’t mean your car. I am talking about the one thing that will always be with you wherever you go, for the rest of your vida. It takes you everywhere. It is your body. That is your true life’s vehicle. You don’t believe me that it will always be with you? Go to your fancy phone pronto, and look at your selfies and any other pictures you are in. Guess what is in every picture? Great guess! Your body is in every picture. Friends will come and go,  family will come and go, money will come and go fo sho (fo sho means for sure), and material things will come and go too, but you will always be with you. And that is a good enough reason to take care of your life’s vehicle, your body. Last time I checked, you only get one. Avatar is just a movie.

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When I do a consultation for weight loss, I always try to help my prospective clients find a reason for them to eat less and move more. I have learned that if people don’t have a strong enough reason to lose weight, success will be tough to come by. Like I said before, a good reason to live a healthy lifestyle is because you will only be issued one body in your lifetime.

Now the above reason to lose weight is not the only valid one. I have had clients tell me that they want to lose weight so they can enjoy their senior years with their spouses or partners in good health. That is a great weight loss motivator. I have had others tell me that they want to lose weight for their children. They want their children to have healthy parents, and hopefully their children will emulate their healthy lifestyles. That’s another great reason. But the best reason to lose weight and get healthier is for you, and not for your spouse, your career, or your children. Besides, if you do lose weight, your spouse, your career, and your children will benefit, trust me.

So next time your car engine light comes on, and you rush to your car dealership or reliable mechanic to get your engine checked out, realize that your body has an engine light too. It is called your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, joint pain, muscle pain, foot pain, sleeping patterns, and sugar levels (diabetes). Being overweight can throw these measurable levels out of whack. How do I know? Because my overweight clients, and statistics tell me so. As an overweight person loses weight, blood profiles improve, and some of life’s little physical discomforts improve or even disappear. I have had clients lose weight, and they are amazed at how much better their at one time “constantly achy back” feels because they are lighter. Remember, the heavier anyone is, the harder the heart, lungs, and muscles have to work to get the body from point A to point B, and beyond. Ok, enough of that. I am sure you get the point.

Now about my first vehicle. It was a burgundy 1978 Monte Carlo, but I bought it in the summer of 1989, when I was about to enter my senior year in high school. It cost me like 375 bucks, no lie! I saved my summer tomato picking money for my first car. I was so proud. I was proud that I had saved up, but not of the car I bought. It was raggedy as hell. It was a true hooptee. (Hooptee: a car, usually old and funky) Yep, that was my Monte. It looked something like this. Actually, a lot like this.

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The paint job was old and faded. I tried to wax it one day, and instead of the paint getting shinier, it started to come off. It had vinyl seats that got hot as hell in the Stockton, California summers, and the steering wheel was beige. The horn was super loud, so I never honked it when girls were around. The tires were all different in brand name and size too. So if I filled them all up to their proper individual tire pressure, my car sat crooked as hell. It felt as if one side was up on a curb or something. So in order for the car to level out, I would park the car at a gas station and have my little brother fill up each tire while I stood about 10 feet away to determine when the car looked level. Well, level to me, but not using a construction level or anything, just my eyeballs. One tire was like 40 psi, another was 33 psi, and the rear ones were like 25 psi, to give it that low rider look. But I think the car had been crashed in its previous lifetime because in order for the car to drive in a straight line, the front of the car had to point off to the left, but just slightly. And when I stepped on the brakes, the steering wheel would shake like some of those modern video game controllers. Wait, it gets better. Or is that worse?

I had two big ass 15 inch woofers in the back. I even took out the back seat to expose the woofers, and I am sure blow my eardrums out, as I cruised through Stockton playing rap music loud as hell. Back then, in 1989, rap music was rebellious and in its infancy. N.W.A., Too Short, and 2 Live Crew blasted out of my car daily. My steering wheel and rear view mirror would occasionally rattle, but not from the bass coming out the speakers, but from the jacked up suspension and alignment.

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Cruising the city was easy and fun, but if I hopped on the highway, which I rarely did, I had to keep it under 55 mph. If I went over 55, my seat would start to shake, like one of those electric chairs at the mall that gives you a full body massage. And if I tried to do 70 mph, which I did just once, the whole car would shake violently, even the steering wheel. It felt like the asymmetrical rims would fly off at any moment, but they never did. But one time when I did like 65 on the highway, as I was exiting, I looked in the rear view mirror and I saw one of my shiny silver hub caps had come off and it was chasing me on the off ramp. I stopped my car, got out, and retrieved my shiny hub cap.

My Monte Carlo is long gone now, but my one and only life’s vehicle is still with me. Wait, let me make sure. Yep, just ran to the mirror and looked, my body is still there. And guess what has happened since 1989? Friends have come and gone, family has come and gone, money has come and gone, cars have come and gone, but my life’s vehicle remains.

Damn I almost forgot! My real first vehicle was my Haro FST BMX bicycle. My father bought it for me in 1986 with wages of like two weeks work for him at the time. Thanks dad! I rode that bike endlessly, trying tricks and stunts and everything in between. This is my bike and me, back in the day. Please excuse the quality of the picture.

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Weight Loss Starts With This…

Calories, yes, calories. Weight loss is all about calorie consumption. I don’t care if you’re doing the Mediterranean Diet, the Zone Diet, the Brazilian Butt Lift Diet, the Wealthy I can buy any food I want diet, the broke as hell I get all my food from the liquor store diet, or the Paleo Diet. If you eat too many calories for your desired weight and activity levels, you will not lose weight.

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You can cry about that calorie fact, but what good would that do? Well crying does make humans feel better, that’s why babies sleep sound after a good cry. So if you must, go ahead and cry. Now back to the weight loss. If you are trying to lose weight, you weigh over 200 pounds, and you are not very active, like moving 1 hour or more a day, than you probably shouldn’t consume over 2,000 calories per day. Now you’re probably thinking “How much is 2,000 calories of food anyways?” And that my dear weight loss friend is your job. It is your duty  to find out the calorie count of the different foods you consume. It is much easier to calorie count now because of all the apps that can do it for you. The unfortunate fact about the app revolution is that apps can’t exercise for you or tell you when to stop eating. Only you can do that. And no, Googling, texting, Tweeting, and Facebooking is not exercise. If it was, people would be in great shape. But if the Olympics ever adds an event that calls for extreme thumb dexterity, we have a generation of gold medal winners in training everyday. They even train while they drive.

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It is imperative that you learn to count calories and have a better than rough idea about the amount of calories you consume daily for you to succeed in the battle of the bulge. Eating a salad for lunch, drinking water, and walking 5 flights of steps at work is not enough information and activity for weight loss. You must assess your overall activity level and calorie intake necessary for your activity levels and desired weight. Paul Chek often says “If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing.” And guess what people do when they guess how many calories a food has, how many calories they ate that day, or how much they moved in a week? If you guessed that they guess less on calories and guess more on movement, you are correct! Weight loss and guessing how to do it will not work.

But I do have good news for you if you weigh over 200 pounds and you’re trying to lose weight. Once you learn how much 2,000 calories looks like when it comes to food, and you do consume 2,000 calories a day or less, everyday, week after week, and month after month, you will lose weight.  What this means is that you can start to lose weight without any extra physical activity.  You can actually lose weight by not doing something. The thing not to do is eat over the calorie amount that is correct for your desired weight.

Of course the “2,000 calories for an over 200 pound person” is just a guesstimate on my part, but it’s a good one. I am sure of it. This formula works so well that I recently convinced a young woman trying to lose weight to only consume 2,000 calories a day for 1 week straight. I told her that if she didn’t lose about 3 to 5 pounds that week, I would giver her her money back for my advice and training services. Keep in mind that when it comes to money, I don’t kid. Seven days passed by. She ate 2,000 calories a day, or less, for that whole week. I will not tell you how much she lost, but I will tell you she exceeded my expectations. Because woman are clever and inquisitive, it’s a good trait to have ladies, she asked me if that meant she would lose x amount of pounds a week, every week, by consuming 2,000 calories a day. I said to her what I will also say to you if you weigh more than 200 pounds and you’re trying to lose weight. “I cannot promise nor predict how much weight you will lose by consuming no more than 2,000 calories per day. Weight loss is not linear. But what I can do is assure you that if you stay true to your 2,000 calorie a day limit, you will lose weight.”

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Waffle Tacos and Rappers

What should you do if you enjoy waffles, eggs, and sausage for breakfast, but you don’t want to cook your breakfast, or you just don’t have any time? No problem. Starting on March 27th, Taco Bell will start selling the Waffle Taco for breakfast, nationwide. taco-bell-breakfast-waffle

Those of you that know me well know that I rather not eat, than eat fast food. Better call it blast food instead of fast food, because that’s what it does to your rear end. Even if I have been working all day, training clients, doing boot-camps, and I have not eaten for hours, I rather wait and eat at home than eat fast food. Because I am not a fan of fast food, the Waffle Taco looks disgusting. It should be sold with toilet paper because it looks like you will need it a few hours after its consumption. I have a simple theory: If you eat grease you will poop grease. And if you are one of those folks that believes Mexican food gives you gas, the shits, and it’s fattening, you are correct in your assumption if Taco Bell is what you consider genuine Mexican Food. But aren’t those XXL Steak Nachos from Taco Bell so yummy?

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They might be yummy, but even if you share them with a friend, that’s still 600 calories a piece, and I guarantee you will be on the toilet complaining “Mexican food shreds my guts and butt every time!” Yes it does make your guts rumble, because it’s from Taco Bell. Just think about the quality or lack there of, of the meat and cheese they must be using to sell food for so cheap.

My fast food beef, pun very much intended, is with those of you trying to lose weight, who have the financial means to eat healthier, but you refuse to do so. Fast food is not going to help your weight loss efforts, no matter if you’re rich, poor, or anywhere in between. You will only lose weight on a fast food diet if you consume less than 2,000 calories a day total, from it and other foods. And please don’t believe that it is mostly those in poverty that eat fast food. That is B.S! How do I know? Because sometimes for shits and giggles I will sit by a McDonald’s drive through to see the types of cars that visit the golden arches. And guess what I see? Yep, you guessed right. I see cars that describe the opposite of poverty, driven by moms wearing expensive glasses, and teenagers in the front and back seats of those cars wearing Beats By Dre plugged into their i phone 7, 8, 9, or whatever number they are currently on. Aren’t those headphones like 300 bucks or something? Damn!! You go Dre.

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Above, that is Dr. Dre, yes, the Beats Headphones guy, wearing the blue L.A. Dodger hat, and that is Ice Cube on the far left wearing an N.W.A. jacket. This is the group that started gangster rap. The group came together around 1988. That’s so long ago that Drake the rapper was about 2 years old and Nicki Minaj was about 6. Does anyone know what N.W.A. stands for? Just kidding. If you don’t know what N.W.A. stands for, go check it out.

Do you want to know why I believe that anyone can lose weight? Because if Dr. Dre can go from producing songs for N.W.A in the late 1980’s, and selling albums with zero radio play, to currently convincing America and the world that adults and their children need 300 dollar headphones, anything is possible.

And if you think those dudes in the picture above look pissed, you should go listen to their music from back then. Facial expression and rap lyrics match to a T. After you go to Taco Bell today or tomorrow and you bust a grub and poop, go to You Tube and look up “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A. The first rapper to rap on that song is Ice Cube. Yes that Ice Cube. The one from the “Friday” movies and Coors commercials. He was angry in his N.W.A. days, but he has chilled out considerably. I think success and money quenches anger flames, just a tad.

The first time I heard the N-word blaring out of my boombox speakers, it was from N.W.A. I couldn’t believe my ears and I had to rewind the cassette tape, yes cassette tape, over and over to make sure I was hearing what I thought I was hearing.

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And sure enough I was hearing the N-Word. I was amazed by N.W.A.’s ability to express their inner city frustrations through beats and rap lyrics. I was even inspired. My boombox had the ability to record so I recorded myself rapping. My rap went something like this (try not to laugh, I was just a teenager) “My favorite cartoon is Scooby Doo, my favorite color is blue, watchagonna do?” After I played my rap back for my own self critique, I quit. LOL. Well I kept on writing raps that morphed into poems. Then those poems morphed into short stories. And now those short stories have morphed into a collection of stories from my teenage years that somehow is turning into a novel. It’s coming along great. My book is about 70% complete, so stay tuned. Thanks N.W.A. In a strange way you inspired me to write, and even blog.

Hopefully I can inspire my weight loss nation to cut back on fast food. But it has been a challenge to do so. I have learned that humans have a difficult time changing their habits, even if it is for health benefits. Unless they get a health scare, like diabetes, fatty liver disease, or some smoking related illness, most humans resist lifestyle change.

Oh, before I forget. I saw another food the other day that made me say WTF!

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What ever happened to the days of eating potato chips because they taste like potato chips? What’s next, Oreo cookie flavored hot dogs? Or how about Rocky Road flavored pizza? Don’t laugh, that’s the direction we are headed in.

Should You Eat Less Or Move More?

If you could only do one, eat less or exercise, which one would you pick for weight loss? Your answer should be to eat less.

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Remember, you cannot out walk, jog, run, sprint, or out weight-lift a bad diet. But you can counter inactivity with eating less. Of course, moving more and eating less is the optimal way to lose weight. But if you had to choose only one, eating less is the way to go.

The following is for all you 30 and over folks. You know when you get together with a group of friends over food and drink and the subject of weight loss comes up and someone inevitably says “Wasn’t it so much easier in your teens and twenties to stay thin?” as they devour their sixth chicken wing slathered in creamy high calorie sauce. Well was it really easier to stay thin in your youth? Things are changing.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18% of 6-11 year olds in the U.S. are obese, not overweight, but obese. And 18.4% of 12-19 year olds are obese, again, not overweight, but obese. So what happened to our theory that when someone is younger it is so much easier to keep the weight off?  What is happening to 1/5 of our youth that they can’t keep the weight off? The following is my opinion. I don’t think it’s that our youth can’t keep the weight off as much as that as the years pass, they eat more and more and gain weight.

When you look back and remember a thinner you, you are probably remembering someone who ate less food, drank less sugar, and was more active. You were also in the process of gaining weight and didn’t really notice it because weight gain is gradual. No one wakes up one day and is like “Holy shit, I gained 50 pounds overnight!” It might feel like you gain weight overnight, but you don’t.

69% of people 20 and over in the U.S. are overweight. That’s almost 7 out of 10! And no matter how you slice that pie, our nation is gaining weight in all demographics. Little by little, the good old days of younger people being thin are disappearing. Why? Because as Americans, we eat more and more everyday. But because people aren’t very accurate/honest when it comes to food consumption, it is difficult to calculate how much more we are eating as a society now. Some estimates have the calorie increase as low as 500 per day now day in the 1970’s, and other estimates have us consuming as much as 1,000 additional calories per person, per day, now than in 1970. Who knows what the truth is, but what we do know is that collectively we do eat more.

And boy do we love sugar. Check out the following.

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And this is how you burn it off.

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Notice that in order to burn off those extra calories there was no mention of sitting in front of a TV, your tablet, or your Intelligent Phone. You gotta move! And Tweeting, texting, sexting (if you’re into that), Face Booking, and playing Call of Duty is not exercise. Walking the mall is not exercise either. That is life, and so is walking the dog and washing your car.

This one just blew my mind. Since I am not a sugar drinker myself, it really blew my mind. Like WTF!!!!!!!

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Really America! We are consuming almost 40 pounds of added sugar from sugar drinks per year, per person. Que La Chingada! That’s WTF in Spanish. If you are trying to lose weight and want to lose weight, p-u-t t-h-e s-u-g-a-r d-r-i-n-k-s d-o-w-n. If you’re thin, not diabetic or pre-diabetic, then you can probably enjoy your Coke with a smile.

And for those of you who are thinking “Sugar drinks are fine, they won’t affect my health”, think again. Check this out.

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Yep, sugar drinks mess with your health too. And if you are always drinking carbonated sugar drinks and your stomach is so jacked up that you’re always reaching for antacids, give those sugar drinks and your intestinal track a break.

So there you have it my Weight Loss Nation. If you want to lose weight you should focus on your eating habits and definitely replace sugar drinks with water. If you’re having a hard time putting the sugar drinks down, ask yourself the following question “What is more important, my health and weight loss or drinking sugar?” Your answer to that question will let you know how serious you are about your weight loss. And how serious you are about your weight loss will determine how much weight you lose.

And don’t let anyone convince you that because you like or enjoy something, like sugar, you are addicted to it. Man up, or woman up, and just admit that you like sugar so much that at times your rather have a soda than drink water. Once you have it in your head that you are the one that makes that soda drinking choice, and not some uncontrollable sugar hungry demon in your soul, it will be easier to let that sugar urge go. Be accountable for your health. You are in control of your body.

Two last things. Ladies, if you eat and drink like a man, you will weigh what a man weighs. And, I was talking to a woman once, I think she is in her forties. She has two kids and has always maintained a healthy weight. I asked her what she did to stay trim? She said “If I start to gain weight, I cut back on my food.” BRILLIANT!! No apps or fancy electric bracelets needed. She just cuts back on food.

 

The “F” Word

Let’s talk about the F word. No, not the 4 letter one that you say when you stub your toe, hit traffic on your way to an event you were supposed to be early for, or when your favorite team loses the SuperBowl. Sorry about that Denver Bronco fans. I’m talking about the three-letter one, as in F-A-T. Oh, that F word.

What is fat? Fat is just energy for use by the body. So if I eat a bacon-avocado double cheeseburger, which will be loaded with fat, I will  be consuming plenty of energy.

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And here’s where shit goes crazy. If you don’t use the burger above, that looks like it easily goes over 1,000 calories, for energy by moving, it will be stored as fat on your body for future use. Your body doesn’t know that you live in a time where food is everywhere and available all da time? It probably still thinks you’re a hunter gatherer, so it stores energy on your body as fat, for times of little or no food. I believe this is called scarcity.

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Look at the bear above. He will fatten up on salmon because he will go with no food for months during his hibernation. But we are not bears, despite the fact that I have eaten like one on several occasions. We do not hibernate either, as much as some of us would like too. And we absolutely do not need to fatten up, for health purposes.

And for all you vegetarians out there, please know that you can gain weight without eating meat. Anyone who consumes pasta, bread, cookies, home-made fruit juices, and sodas, and doesn’t burn those calories/energy off through movement, will also gain weight in the form of fat.

Now that does not mean that a calorie is just a calorie either. A slice of your favorite pie and a piece of chicken do not have the same effect on your body. Chicken is loaded with amino acids for muscle repair and most pies are loaded with sugar. If a calorie is just a calorie, then why can diabetics eat certain foods but are advised to reduce or eliminate others? Different foods effect our bodies in different ways.

But no matter the food, whether carbohydrate, protein, or fat, if your body does not use it as energy, it unfortunately will not poop it out. It will be stored as fat on your body. Any of you who own pets know this is also true with them. Give your pet too much food and not enough exercise, and he will gain weight. By the way, if you take super care of your dog, do the same for yourself too. You and your dog will be grateful.

Lean Boxer.

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And not so lean Boxer.

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The not so lean Boxer above does not have a thyroid issue either. Do dogs even have thyroid glands? Wait, just Googled it. They do have thyroid glands.

So if you are trying to lose weight, try to view the excess weight on your body as excess energy and not the defeating F word. That excess energy is waiting to be burned off. The best way to do that is to reduce your calories so your body can feed itself with its own fat, and to move, so it can further feed itself the energy it needs to accomplish your exercise activity of choice.

When people say “We need to burn the fat off” what they are really saying is “We need to move and reduce our calorie intake so that our bodies can feed on its own fat like a hibernating bear in Alaska”.

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I know we all have different reasons for consuming food. One of the worst reasons is for the hell of it. Our body needs food for the same reasons animals do, to survive. Nature hardwired us that way. What nature didn’t do is equip us with a mechanism that lets us know when we are full and should stop eating. That would be great, wouldn’t it? If while you were eating pizza and chicken wings slathered in some dipping sauce, and you reached your calorie allotment for the day a big DING! sound would go off in your brain telling you that you are full and you should stop eating. And there’s not even an app for that. There are apps to help you track your calorie intake, but only you can tell you when to stop eating.

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To Lose Weight, Drink This

The best weight loss supplement is…drum roll por favor…WATER! Sorry, you were probably waiting, or even hoping, for me to tell you about the newest herb found in the mountains of Peru, or deep in the Amazon, that you take with your food and presto, weight gone. Nope, that doesn’t exist, no matter what health magazines and Dr. Oz tell you.

In reality, water is not a supplement, it’s a necessity. Last I checked, humans need water to survive. But in our current times, we can hydrate many ways. Soda, fruit juice, Gatorade, Vitamin water, flavored waters, Iced Tea, and other junk juices can also keep us hydrated. But the problems with junk juices is that many are loaded with calories.

Proposed California Recycling Law Would Increase Bottle DepositsWeight loss nation, I advise you to remember the following. Sugar beverage companies DO NOT care about your health. They do not care about your weight gain. They do care about their weight gain though, their pocket’s weight gain that is.

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The same goes for children trying to lose weight. They should drink water only. Don’t believe these money hungry beverage companies when they tell you that your children need electrolytes in their fluorescent blue drinks because they might dehydrate during physical activities. Please, sports drink companies trying to get our children’s attention, don’t make me laugh. It takes a whole lot of exercise to dehydrate, and for our muscles to cramp, because of dehydration. I am 41 years old and have been exercising, working out, and playing outdoors since I was…well…always, and I have only had muscle cramps, real muscle cramps, twice in my life. Once in the Marines, when we did a Battalion run, and that’s exactly what it sounds like it is, the whole Battalion goes for a long ass early morning run, and on an EMPTY STOMACH! And last summer I cramped up because after a night of “adult drinks”, I decided to get up with the sun the next day, on an empty stomach, and ride my bike for about 18 miles in the Florida, July heat. And as you can tell, I survived to tell about it. photo(30)

Above, that is my shadow being cast by the morning sun down by Clear Water beach in Florida. On that bridge is where my legs cramped. Ok, enough about me, and back to  you and drinking water.

When I say drink water only it means DRINK WATER ONLY. It means drink water with your lunch, dinner, snacks, when you’re thirsty, at the movies, at the State Fair, at the mall, in your house, in front of the TV, at work, and anywhere else you may find yourself with thirst.(Milk is allowed with breakfast because water and cereal sucks, and so does waffles and water).

Here is more on DRINK WATER ONLY. I have had friends, family, and friends of friends (the transitive property does not apply to friendship. A friend of a friend does not  necessarily equal your friend. They are just someone you met. Hence, they are only friends of friends) swear to me that all they drink is water, as they sip on a beer or some other adult beverage at a social function. QLC! QLC stands for Que La Chingada. It is like the Spanish version of WTF!

People! adult people! alcohol is also included in what not to drink if you are trying to lose weight. If you tell me you drink only water, that does not mean that Monday through Friday afternoon you drink only water, and then Friday afternoon through Sunday night you drink alcohol like a beer thirsty soldier who just got back from serving six months on foreign soil.

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Why drink water only? Because you eliminate a bunch of excess calories from your diet, that’s why. And excess calories equals weight gain for most and many. Some math can be complicated, but calorie math is quite simple and not fuzzy. If you consume calories and you don’t burn them off, your body will store them for future use. The messed up part is that these excess calories are stored as fat, and not gold or diamonds. I know, it’s not fair, but who said life would be.

Oh, before I forget. Those 5 dollar Frappa-shit load of calories-chinos are one of the worst ways to start off your day if you are trying to lose weight. Sure, some of them only have about 160 calories, which still isn’t good because you would have to walk over a mile to burn that off. But some pack close to 500 calories, and that’s not including the innocent looking 300 calorie pastry you might also have with your Frappa-calorie-chino. Now your total is about 800 calories. To burn off 800 calories, you would have to walk about 7 miles. And it would take you over 2 hours, at a 3mph pace, to walk 7 miles. Long story short, just drink water.

BUT, if you MUST, here are some other options. I can’t believe I am going to write the following. You can have artificially sweetened juices or even sports drinks, but make sure they have 10 calories or less. Better yet, let’s make it zero calories. Let me make it clear, I prefer you drink water, but I understand some of you can’t bear the thought of drinking an odorless, healthy, calorie-less liquid, so I gave you options. (If you have digestive issues like burping last nights food this morning, constant burping, farts, stomach bloat, and other stomach discomfort, ditch the carbonation and chemicals in your favorite soda beverage and drink water. Your stomach will thank you for it).  Check out the following ingredients in Coke.

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According to flatulencecures.com (yes, that is a real website), “short of drinking STRAIGHT VINEGAR, Cola is the most acidic thing you can buy to drink”. It goes on to talk about how ingredients in some sodas jack your stomach up. So if you are a soda drinker, diet or not, and you are constantly reaching for the Zantac, Prilosec, and other antacids, because you feel full, belch, and pass gas more than is normal, you might want to give up soda for a while. On a side note, I had no idea soda was so acidic until I read about it today. From this day on, no more soda with my tequila, just straight tequila…Yahooo…TGIF! (Tequila Gives Instant Friends)

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Inspiration for Weight Loss

Question, how’s your New Year’s Re-solution to lose weight coming along? Remember, you can’t continue last year’s eating and movement habits and expect to lose weight. You must move more and eat less. I have faith in you, but more importante, you must have faith in yourself. I know losing weight is a challenge, but think about it this way. If pyramids could be built way back in the day…

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and we could put a man on the moon…

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and if as an adolescent, Liz Murray could survive having cocaine and heroin addicts for parents, who both eventually died of aids, and she could endure scavenging the streets of the Bronx as a teenager, with her sister, and sharing with her sister ice cubes and toothpaste for dinner, so they could feel like they were eating something, and if the super-strong and inspirational Liz Murray could overcome all the above and more, and be accepted to Harvard, and graduate…

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you can lose weight.

I know, often we are told to “dig deep within ourselves to find strength, will, and discipline” to accomplish something, but sometimes that’s a challenge. During those challenging times, when we mentally beat ourselves up for not doing what we promised ourselves we would do (or is that just me), we must look around us for inspiration. Believe it or not, there is positivity in the world.

Don’t let the news get to you with their bombardment of negative headlines, images, and stories. Try to stay positive, especially about you. There are inspirational stories and real life humans behind them everywhere. You probably have inspirational people in your neighborhood or in your family. People accomplish amazing things everyday. Just sit back, observe, and admire the inner strength that some display, and channel that admiration into inspiration for whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish. Let others strength be your strength. Remember, you need concrete personal reasons to lose weight, and those reasons may need inspiration kicking them in the ass to get the ball rolling. Got it? Ok, you want one more inspirational person. How about Jim Abbott…Yankees Jim Abbott after pitching no hitter. 9/4/93

Abbott was born with only one hand, but he didn’t feel sorry for himself. He played baseball, and PRO BASEBALL at that. Abbott played in the MLB for about 10 years. In 1993, Abbott pitched a NO HITTER for the Yankees. WTF! WTF, in Jim’s case stands for “With The Fastball”. Oh, and don’t go telling Jim that he can’t or couldn’t hit. In 1999 he had two hits for the Brewers. Abbott could even bunt!

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Inspiration is everywhere, just take a look. You want to know something pretty neat? If you lose some weight, you will be someone’s inspiration to lose weight. The more you lose, the more you will inspire. I see it happen all the time.