September 2, 2014 - 0 Comments »
For those of you with no children at home: You are still affected…school buses add on to your commute.
For those of you with children at home: Huge changes in your schedule: Preparing lunches, perhaps transporting, ensuring they have everything they need, quick breakfast, etc.
In short, the start of school does nothing to help your weight control efforts, but on the contrary, makes your journey more difficult.
The loss of weight and maintenance of weight loss requires focus on yourself, and anything/anyone that takes this focus away will result in more challenges. Having said that (and for those of you that read these consistently, I rag on myself and anyone else that writes “having said that” because no matter what you first wrote/said, that becomes meaningless because it is the second thing that really counts) there still is a way to confront the school-related obstacles and succeed.
Get up a bit earlier to prepare the breakfast/lunches. Also, if there is an alternative to you driving your child to school, (carpool? enlist the aid of your spouse?) try to lessen the amount of times you are caught in this situation of driving with traffic. Make gtreat use of the weekends for exercise and meal planning for the week.
Barriers will appear at every turn in your journey to better health and happiness. But just liek the Olympian high jumper, you can win the gold medal.
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September 1, 2014 - 0 Comments »
I guess the combination of my daughter’s wedding this weekend and Labor Day bringing back many memories of the “day before school” angst, I started thinking more about the fleeting nature of life. For those of you old enough to remember Frank Sinatra songs, there was one particular song called ‘It Was a Very Good Year”. The song was about the aging process, comparing the different ages to the seasons of the year.
Early autumn? Still warm, still green, but there is a crispness developing with shorter days. By late fall, leaves turn and start falling, darkness earlier. Winter? Days are very short, cold and nothing green at all. Analogy to life? For us boomers in our 50s-60s, this is clearly mid-late autumn. The way time slips by us so quickly, it will not be long before our winters are here.
You have control to a large extent as to how fast your life heads from autumn to winter. Being healthy will slow down the progression. How much more fun will the later phases of our lives be without the burden of chronic medical problems, pain, etc?
Stay steadfast and vigilant in your efforts to lose the weight and keep it off. Delay your winter as best as possible. Keep things green, vibrant and alive. The work you do now on this will keep you in a beautiful autumn, almost like and Indian summer.
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August 31, 2014 - 0 Comments »
Young people tend to have no fear of health issues. Personally, I was so much less risk-averse when I was in my teens, 20′s and 30′s than I am now. More extreme sports, braving the elements….these and more were never even thought about when I was much younger.
Perhaps parenthood changes that for most. Now, not only are we responsible for ourselves, but also for our children. We need to be safe, healthy and financially viable to support their needs. Placing ourselves in potentially harmful situations becomes more concerning.
The dangerous part of the increasing prevalence of childhood (teen and early adult) obesity/diabetes is that this same demographic is the one the is worried about these issues the least. Therefore, there is much less sense of feeling “compelled” to do something about it. Studies have clearly shown that childhood obesity leads to a much higher chance of adult obesity and with this comes the associated co-morbidities.
We, as the adults/parents/grandparents need to instill some sense of urgency to our younger generations. If they are not scared of it, they will not do anything about it. Pressure on us to be role models? For sure.
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August 30, 2014 - 0 Comments »
A day like this bring lots of reflection for me. My daughter Kym is getting married and I get the wonderful chance to see my beautiful gal smile, watch her glow in the spotlight and I will make a speech at one of the most significant days in her life. I am so grateful that I feel healthy, strong and have been blessed with the great fortune to be a part of her life. For those patients that have seen Kym in your followup visits, you have first hand seen that she is probably the most adept person at making others feel good about themselves.
Like the scene from the movie Parenthood when Steve Martin is shooting baskets with his soon to be married daughter and he sees for a few seconds her as a little child shooting baskets with him, I reflect on how quick life truly is. For those of you that have been at your children’s weddings, birth of your grandchildren, parties, gatherings and family reunions, the happiness and warmth you feel makes everything you have done in life feel so worthwhile.
To my patients: Please stay healthy to enjoy all of the events life will offer up to you that will make you feel as happy as I do today.
To Kym: Quoting from the Martina McBride Song, In My Daughters Eyes: “In my daughter’s eyes, I am a hero, I am strong and wise, and I know no fear, but the truth is plain to see, she was sent to rescue me, I see who I want to be, in my daughter’s eyes.”
I love you
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August 29, 2014 - 0 Comments »
Last night we were at Barnes and Nobles in Springfield. The place may as well have been a museum, because in a few more years I believe that book stores will not exist. The place is wonderful….books about anything/everything. Nooks and corners to just hang out, pull a book off the shelve and read it before deciding to buy. DVDs and CDs as well. A Starbucks there to order your favorite coffee. Serene, quiet and a thoughtful place. All being put to death by the internet., except for the Starbucks of course.
I wandered over to the section about health and wellness and there were many, many books about weight control. Most of them carried some slick name that caught my attention. And almost all had the word: “DIET” on them. I wrote a book about losing weight but it wasn’t on the shelf. Nope, not because it sold out (I wish), but rather, because it was never there in the first place. We self-published the book (anyone can do this of course) and pretty much kept it in our office to sell to our patients and brought them to lectures I gave to conventions and physician meetings. Had I put it out there for critical acclaim and to be a NY Times “Best Seller”, I would have failed miserably in my efforts. Very few people would have bought it and even my extended family members may have gotten a copy and then not read it.
Why? Because the book had no “secrets”, “miracle solutions” or in any other way, provide some incredibly new insight(s) to losing weight. It was entitled “The Serotonin Solution to Never Dieting Again”. The book was a reality based manual that very carefully explained that losing weight and maintaining that weight loss has no secrets, no miracles and cannot include the mental notion of “going on a diet”. Rather, it is all about behavioral changes and life style modifications to change the admixture of proteins, fruits, carbs, vegetables, fats etc. Ho, hum boring!!!
But, you know something? Last night as I pulled off the shelves “DIET” book after “DIET” book, I realized just how proud I am of the book I wrote because mine was not BS with a fancy cover. I know people with weight control issues are searching for a solution where the light bulb goes on in the head, an “Ah, ha” moment occurs and the weight issue is solved forever and ever. Sorry to burst everyone’s bubble, but it just does not work that way, and buying a 20% off book with a “Diet” name ain’t gonna change that.
Your successful weight control efforts require you to roll your sleeves up and work at it. Plan meals, reduce carbs, cut back alcohol, get those snacks in, ensure plenty of protein and stay focused. Simple? No Achievable? Absolutely.
P.S. I cannot sell you my book anymore. It has been sold out. But, with these 1600 archived blog entries, you never know when we may be having some nice wine (small amount) and cheese (very low fat) function to launch a new book. But do not expect the word “Diet” to appear, unless it says something about “Never dieting” again!
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