A Heart of Gratitude

February 15th, 2012
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We live in a very ungrateful society today. This all breeds the negativism that we see all to well, every day and every where.

There have been some very interesting scientific studies done in recent past, on this very subject. These are scientific proofs, that negativism, and all the other bad stuff that are associated with it, are detrimental to your health.

You want to grow up into a mean old person, barking out negativity and sarcasm, wherever you go, not having any friends or family members that want to be around you, and shortening your life, then continue on the road you’re traveling. Stop reading this blog post right now, and go out and yell and complain to someone. Sit alone in your house tonight, watching some old movie on the TV, waiting by your phone…that never rings, because nobody wants to talk to you.

This is going to be short and straight to the point.

A Heart of Gratitude

Studies have shown,(Emmons & McCullough, 2003), that if you list and journal five things that you are grateful for, every single morning, before any negativism has a chance to creep into you, you will live longer and your life will be more fruitful by a whooping 25%. That’s one-quarter longer to live, just for feeling and expressing gratitude.

There has been a lot of interest and study in the psychology of gratitude. Just think, that adopting the attitude and mindset of a grateful heart can actually add good years of health and prosperity to your life. That operates totally against the main stream of our society today. That is definitely swimming up-stream and against the current of the way most people live.

Most people are always on the go and live life at a very fast pace in order to keep up with the rest of the world, and if you’re trying to get ahead, well you just better be going at a breakneck speed in order to accomplish that.

The psychology of gratitude is a very new study. Real serious studies only began around the year 2000. This very fact just proves, that even in research and scientific study , we were more apt to study the negative of distress and human discouragement, rather than the positive of good feelings and emotions brought on by gratitude.

The psychology of gratitude is looked at as a viable means of treatment now, for people who are suffering with depression, and other psychological disorders.

Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. They also have more control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self acceptance.

They have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in their lives, being more likely to seek support from other people,  and grow from their experience, rather than be overwhelmed by the experience.

Grateful people also have more positive coping strategies, and are less likely to try to avoid the problem, deny there is a problem, or blame themselves or someone else.

Grateful people sleep better, and this seems to be because they think less negative and more positive thoughts.

All in all the person who has developed a grateful heart through practice, and life’s everyday experiences, has a tremendous edge over everyone else. There is proven scientific evidence now, that verifies this, and I would definitely encourage you to institute this into your everyday life. It’s good for you and you will live longer.

Take the test. Start to journal your five things that you are grateful for every single day, and see if your life and your health doesn’t improve.

 

My Journey to Health

February 10th, 2012
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Born on August 6, 1953, in the city of Detroit Michigan, I was almost a ten pound baby with lots of hair. I still have most of my hair today, but it’s a whole lot grayer then it was before.

I grew up in Redford Michigan, and have spent my entire life in this beautiful state. I enjoy the different seasons and the many changes in the weather. Many people don’t like our winter months here, but I probably enjoy this season most of all, because of Christmas, the outdoors, and hockey. I was introduced to hockey at a young age and I fell in love with the sport. I loved all sports, but hockey was my favorite.

Every year, we would make our outdoor rinks, or just find a pond somewhere that had frozen over, and we would play hockey all day, and well into the night. We would come home battled, bruised, and bloody, but we all had a smile on our face.

Backyard Hockey Rink

I wasn’t a very big kid so I had to rely on the one thing that I was good at, and that was my speed. I was fast, and I learned early in life, that you need to utilize your strengths, and down play your weaknesses.

I grew up, got married, had a family of my own, and thirty-five successful years, at Ford Motor Company. God has given me a wonderful wife, five beautiful children, and thirteen grand-children.

I have never been an easy learner, and life has had to take me around the block a couple of times before things finally start to sink in. Yes, I am a graduate of the school of hard knocks.

The last couple of years that I spent at Ford Motor Company, I started to put on some weight. I wasn’t playing any kind of sports, I wasn’t working out, I was eating whatever I wanted to eat, and it started to show. People that knew me started to make comments, because this was not like me. I was always fit and active, and now I was getting fat and lazy. I would always have a donut or two every morning with my coffee. It started to get a little embarrassing after a while.

The defining moments happened when my aunt came up to me at a family reunion, and told me with a loud voice, that I was fat. She said it very loudly, and anyone that was close by, heard her. Another embarrassing situation.

The next one was when my doctor sat down with me and explained that, even though I was in relatively good health, I was traveling down a path of destruction, and maybe even an early death, if I didn’t start to make some changes in my life, and make them soon.

I realized that years were starting to go by me as fast as months used to, and before I knew it, time would be nipping right at my heals. I needed to do something and I needed to act sooner rather than later.

My wife had introduced us to a diet that she was doing, and doing with a good amount of success. She lost 45 pounds on it, and I lost ten, even though I really wasn’t trying. I simply just ate the food that she put out in front of me, but one draw back to this diet, was all the preparation, measuring and weighing, that she had to go through to get dinner on the table. It was a lot of work, that she just didn’t have the time for.

Along comes Visalus Sciences, 90 Day Health Transformation. Notice I didn’t say diet because this is not a diet, it’s a transformation. As with any transformation in your life, there has to be a mindset that goes along with it. Products are products, but you are still the one that has to perform the actions.

What the 90 Day Challenge can do.

Weather your trying to quit smoking, or losing weight, you have got to wrap your mind around what you’re attempting to do, or you will fail. Having the right mindset has to be in place, to reach your goal. Simply put, success will only come when you have the want to, to succeed.

Everyone who fails, always does it at this point, and then they are always looking for excuses. The products are no good, or there’s people to blame, as to why they couldn’t lose the weight, or quit smoking. All that is, is one big fat excuse! It’s not having the real drive and mindset, that will trip  you up, not the product, or any other person.

I was done making excuses and I knew that I had to do this right now, and I was ready to wrap my whole mind, body, and soul around reaching my goal of losing 40 pounds.

I have joined the Challenge, and I have lost twenty pounds so far. I will be posting my progress as my journey continues.

Why do I love Visalus shakes?

  • It’s easy to mix a shake every morning. (Takes two minutes.)
  • It’s saves me money on my grocery bill every single week. (Each shake is under two dollars.)
  • I am losing weight. (20 gone so far)
  • My life transformation has begun.

In my next post, I will be talking about my routine, and what I’m doing to reach my goal of losing 40 pounds, and what I’ve done to have already dropped 20 pounds.

Watch my short video here.

Stay tuned…

Sleep – Wonderful Sleep

February 6th, 2012
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Isn’t it the greatest feeling in the world to jump out of bed in the morning refreshed, energetic, and ready to tackle the world? Nothing does that better than a good nights sleep, sleep, wonderful sleep. It’s great!

Sleep - Wonderful sleep

Unfortunately , most Americans don’t get enough sleep. We are a sleep depraved nation, and many people have the wrong information when it comes to sleep and rest.

For example, I hear people say, “I only need four hours of sleep a night.”" I’ve been living on 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night for years.”"I can’t sleep anymore than four hours.” That’s because they don’t know what it’s like to get a good nights sleep.

One third of our lives is spent sleeping. Our bodies must have sleep and rest to, heal, restore, and protect our many organs and the very intricate processes that are constantly working to keep us healthy and alive. Sleep also helps to fight stress, maintain a healthy weight, and recharge your battery.

Yes, I said maintain a healthy weight. Getting the proper amount of sleep will actually help you to control your weight. People have a tendency to over eat, and eat all the wrong things, when they’re tired and lack better judgement. We’ve all been there.

You’re tired so you simply eat the first thing that’s placed in front of you. Rummaging through the cupboard, late at night, you find that bag of cookies, and you eat, not just one, but many.

Every one of us should be getting 7 hours of sleep per night. Getting the proper amount of sleep helps our physical and mental state, it helps you look and feel younger, improves circulation, lowers your blood pressure, reduces levels of stress and inflammation, strengthens your immune system, and improves your memory.

It’s also important to get your sleep at the right time. The deepest and most healing part of our sleep comes between the hours of 10pm and 2am. If your missing this very deep part of your sleep, you are probably waking up the next morning feeling tired and fatigued.

There is actually a little internal time clock in your brain that regulates your sleep. When the sun goes down and the darkness sets in, an antioxidant called, melatonin is released. It, along with other antioxidants, that are naturally produced by your body, are released after you are asleep. Their job is to remove the effects from the free radicals, that have been doing their damage in us through out the day. This clean up crew cannot do its work until we are asleep.

If we stay awake past 10pm, we interrupt this process, and can do lots of damage to our health. It will also take you longer to fall asleep, and your sleep will not be the deep restful sleep that you need. You might even wake up during the night a couple of times, and you will be tired in the morning. Because people wake up during the night, they are thinking that they must not have been as tired as they thought, and they think that they really don’t need more than four hours of sleep. They are wrong.

Try changing your bedtime by one hour. Get up 15 to 30 minutes earlier in the morning, so that you will be tired by the time 10pm rolls around. Simply going to bed an extra 30 minutes earlier every night, will make a huge difference in how restful you feel in the morning.

Many people think that watching TV after they go to bed will make them tired and fall asleep. Wrong, TV is a stimulant for the brain and will just keep you awake and prevent your bodies natural healing process to take place.

Keep your room dark and avoid as mush light as you can. Remember the dark helps produce the melatonin, and the other good guys that are ready to clean your house while you’re asleep.

Don’t drink caffeine late at night. Caffeine disrupts your natural sleep cycle.

Don’t eat anything three hours before you go to bed. The digestive system actually slows down as the day goes by, so when we eat that late night snack, we are making the body have to work at digesting our food, while it should be getting ready to send the clean up crew out.

Sleep is extremely important to the health and well-being of our bodies and it’s processes. Give your body all the resources that it needs to keep you healthy, happy, and living a long and prosperous life.

This is your wake-up call. It’s time to make the lifestyle and diet changes necessary for your best night’s sleep – wonderful sleep.

 

5 Things You Must Have to be Happy

February 1st, 2012
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The elusive dream that we all chase after, how different it is for each and every one of us….to be happy. What does that really mean and how does one go about to bring real happiness into our lives.

Are You Happy?

Because we are all wired differently, happiness has different meanings for all of us. I’m from Detroit, Michigan, and for so many of us here, happiness would be seeing the Detroit Lions win a Superbowl, that would be real happiness.

To others, happiness would mean meeting that right person to settle down with, getting that big break on American Idol, or landing that big contract that sets you up financially for the rest of your life.

What is happiness to you? I want you to take a couple of minutes right now, and really give that some thought. What would really make you happy? What would really make your life complete?

I want to give you 5 things that you must have to be happy. Five absolutely essential ingredients you must have before your life can ever experience real happiness.

These are five elements that aren’t very easy to find. They are not just out there for anyone to pick up. They are elements that you have to search for, and they are character qualities that you must possess and then give away before you can ever have any real true happiness.

We have it all wrong in our society today. We go out and we try to find people who have these elements, and are willing to give them away to us before we ever even consider anything else.

1. Do You Want to Be Happy?

Be Happy!

Some people are content just doing what they are doing, and if happiness comes, great, but if it doesn’t, that’s alright with them. Happiness is not on the top of their agenda.

I know some people who are miserable, and full of negativity. You could give them a million dollars and they would complain that the bills were to stiff. They seem to enjoy that place that they hold all by their lonesome, because not to many people want to be around them.

You have to find out, if the pursuit of happiness is what you really want in your life, and than go out and make it happen.

2. Truth

Truth must be at the heart and core of any real pursuit of happiness, because without it you will wander aimlessly for the rest of your life, maybe touching the hem of the happiness garment, without ever really getting into it.

Truth is something that is not very easy to find in our world today. Nobody tells the truth anymore and no one really cares. We lie to the police when we get pulled over, we lie on our taxes, we lie to our spouses, bosses, and on and on it goes.

I don’t care if it’s a relationship with your spouse, a relationship with your boss, your kids, your friends, if it’s not based on truth you have nothing. Truth has got to be there. Find a man or women of integrity, and you’ve found a very rare person.

3. Trust

Trust goes along with truth. Without truth, you will never have trust. They go hand in hand. You can’t have one with out the other. It’s so important to build your relationships around these two elements, but be careful, because if you lose one of them, you will lose them both, and they are very hard to get back.

The story goes of a man who, after a year of dating his girlfriend, decided he was going to ask her to marry him at this years Superbowl game. He spent over $8000 for tickets and everything, when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. When his girlfriend found out…she dumped him. Come to find out, that his cancer was not terminal, and he should have a full recovery.

I guess you could say that his cancer not only saved his life, but also saved him from making the biggest mistake in his pursuit of real happiness. There was certainly no truth or trust, and not very much love either.

4. Give

I hear so many people today that think they are in this relationship for what you can give to me. The, “What Have You Done For Me Lately”, song by Janet Jackson is their favorite song.

I read people on Twitter say, “this is the way I am, and you better take me the way I am. I don’t give a **** what you think”. If you are dating or are friends to a person with this kind of attitude, run as fast and as far away from them as you can.

There are chemicals that are released in our bodies whenever we give or do something good for someone else, without expecting anything in return. This chemical called, endorphins that are released make us feel good, and they are good for us.

Maybe you’ve already experienced this, when you helped someone out, or picked something up for them, or were just there to do good for no reason at all. Didn’t you feel great afterwards? It’s a very special feeling. Learn how to give.

5. Take

This might sound weird being on the list to make you happy, but it has a very important role for us. I don’t mean to take for selfish reasons and with the idea of hurting someone else, what I mean is to learn the humbleness of allowing to receive what someone else is giving.

My wife is a very loving and giving person. She will always go above and beyond what anyone is expecting, and she will never ever, accept anything in return. She is always there to help anyone who is in need.

When her mother passed away a few years ago, it was a very hard time for her. She was very close with her mother, and she was struggling. Well we had friends and family that came along side and were helping out with everything, but as it is with my wife, she just naturally got up and started doing her thing.

One of our friends came alongside her and almost had to nail her to her chair, and told her that this was her time to take. Let her friends have the blessing of giving to her during a time that they knew she really needed it. My wife right then and there, had to learn how to take.

All these elements are not going to be easy to find, but they must be there for you or I to ever find happiness. I’ll give you a hint on where you can start your search. They’re not out there, the first place that you must look is right inside of you. If you don’t find them there, you won’t find them anywhere.

You see the 5 things that you must have to be happy are found in your heart. They must be in you first before you can even start to look for them in others.

Happiness affects every part of your being. When you’re happy, you’re healthy, and when you’re happy and healthy it starts to spill over onto everyone around you.

Start spilling over onto other people around you…they won’t mind.

 

 

 

 

 

Drink Your Way to a Healthy New You

January 29th, 2012
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I know what you’re thinking. You thought I was going to give you some new Martini mix or an alcohol drink that will magically burn fat and get you fit again…not going to happen, because that’s impossible to do. Alcohol is not going to get you fit, but drinking something else will.

Everyone loves a chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla shake, but what if you could drink one everyday and lose weight? What if you could change your life forever, by drinking a shake everyday? Someone pinch me…I must be dreaming. Drink a shake a day, lose weight, and get back that shape that you once had from a long time ago? Yes you can!

Drink One Everyday For Your Health

Last summer, I was in my doctor’s office, and he told me that I was obese. I was at a family reunion, and I had my aunt come up to me and directly tell me to my face, that I was fat.

Now I always prided my self to be athletic and in good shape, so when people come up to you and say your fat and your obese, it made me stop and really think about all this.

I wasn’t working out, and I was not really watching what I was eating so I had put on some weight. I’m 5′ 8″ and I was weighing in at about 210 pounds. That’s not to bad…right? Wrong!

My doctor told me that I was on the road to having some serious health issues if I didn’t seriously consider a change in my lifestyle. He stressed walking everyday, and changing what I was putting into my mouth.

I was ready to get started, but what do I do? There are an endless supply of diets and different ways to go about this, and I was confused.

A friend of mine told me about a new company that he was getting involved in, and he wanted me to take a look at it. He was looking at this for the business side of it, and when I saw it, I saw it as the way that I could lose my weight, and get back that shape, not to mention making some money with it as well.

I got started, and I weighted in at almost 210 pounds. Drinking a delicious shake every morning for breakfast, a light lunch, and a good healthy dinner. This is not work at all, it’s fun, and I’m never hungry, but when I am, I have learned to eat good things. Grab an apple, orange, a handful of nuts, not a cookie, or a cupcake. (which is not always easy to do, because my wife runs her own business, “Lori Jeans Creative Cakes“, and there is always cupcakes that are easily accessible to all.) Willpower is needed!

I walk a little over a mile everyday. I drink lots more water than I ever did before, which I find to be very important and instrumental in me being where I am today.We Americans don’t drink enough water.

I have invented different kinds of shakes, my favorite one is the banana peanut butter shake, that I call, the “Elvis Shake,” because Elvis loved a peanut butter sandwich with a banana on it.

I also love the “Mixed Berry Shake”. I love blueberries, and strawberries, which are also high in antioxidants, and the berry flavor is delicious.

Elvis Shake

  1. Two scoops of Body By Vi shake mix
  2. Eight ounces of no-fat milk
  3. One Tbsp of peanut butter (I like crunchy, but it doesn’t matter)
  4. One medium-sized banana
  5. One packet of Chocolate Cardia Health Flavor mix-in
  6. Three to five ice cubes if you want a thicker shake
  7. Mix in a blender for about one minute

Just think that you can drink this everyday, and you can lose weight also. I weighted in at 189.5 pounds this morning. I reached a small milestone for me, and that was to first break the 200 pound barrier, and today I broke the 190 pound barrier. I’ve lost over twenty pounds, and people are starting to notice it, and that makes me feel great.

Drink an awesome tasting shake, lose weight, and if you know of other people who might want to do the same thing, you could make some money with it as well. What else could you possibly need?

Have the best of both worlds and get healthy while you’re at it.

 

 

Eat Fruits and Vegetables and Lose Weight

January 28th, 2012
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Eat all your vegetables!

I can still remember my mom saying that to me as if it were yesterday, but you know what…she was absolutely right. 83% of all adults don’t eat enough fruit everyday and 72% don’t eat enough vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables provide us with healthy antioxidants and fiber, and they are low in calories. It’s the one thing that you can eat more of, without worrying about putting on anymore weight. As a matter of fact, fruits and vegetables are essential to your health, and mandatory if you are trying to lose weight. Eat fruits and vegetables and lose weight.

Eat More Fruit

I’ve heard the notion, that eating fruit is eating more sugar, because fruit has sugar in it. Sugar feeds every cell in your body. Your body needs glucose, or simple sugar, for energy. Weather you get sugar from fruit or other things, the process of turning that sugar into insulin, is what can be bad for you if too much of it is produced.

If you eat sugar with some protein, some fat, or some fiber, your body won’t produce as much insulin. Eating this with other food helps your body process sugar more slowly, and this means that your body does not overproduce insulin. In short, protein, fat, and fiber help your body process sugar in a more healthful way.

Weather you eat an orange or a chocolate chip cookie, you are going to put sugar into your system, and sugar produces insulin, and insulin feeds the growth of cells, both good and bad. The only difference is that a chocolate chip cookie is going to give you 100% sugar, where as the orange is also going to give you fiber and protein as well. Protein, fat, and fiber, when taken together with even the simplest sugars, these three items help the body to make less insulin in response to simple sugar.

Sugar is a breeding ground for cancer and other bad cells, but you do need it for growing the good cells that are in your body, the big difference is where you get them from and what you mix them with.

Get off the soda pop, chocolate candies, cookies, and donuts, and start to get your sugar from eating more fruits. Remember that integrating protein, fat, and fiber, into your diet, will help balance your body’s production of insulin. You can do all that by enjoying more of the sweet luscious taste of good ripe fruit.

So listen to your mom, and eat fruits and vegetables and lose weight.

Have You Caught The Water Habit?

January 21st, 2012
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70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water, and that isn’t counting the water vapors in the air. We have lots of water around us, but I just wonder, have you caught the water habit?

We all know that water is good for us, but do we really take enough of it into our bodies, to do us any good? If you’re like me, there are a lot of things that we know we should do, but never take any action on. Never applying what we learn, has been the biggest stumbling block to human growth in the world. If I applied just 1% of the things that I know, to my life, I would definitely be a more complete and solid person.

I’m a coffee drinker. I like my coffee, but when they say to drink more liquids, they don’t mean coffee, soda, or tea, they mean water. Good old H2O.

There are a tremendous amount of health benefits to drinking more water. As I began to research for this article post, I was totally taken back by how this simple little change, of drinking more water, can make a major change to your over all health. As a matter of fact, drinking more water is absolutely vital to your over all health.

What does water actually do for the health and preservation of our bodies?

Our bodies are almost 80% water. I mean that our brains and organs, muscle and tissue, and even our bones, all put together, need water to function properly. Water…

  • Transports nutrients and oxygen into cells
  • Moisturizes the air in our lungs
  • Helps with metabolism
  • Protects our vital organs
  • Helps our organs to absorb nutrients better
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Detoxifies
  • Protects and moisturizes our joints

When I used to work at Ford Motor Company, I worked in the paint department for a few years. I worked near the ovens that baked the paint into the metal bodies of the cars. The temperatures around those ovens would exceed 100 degrees on a daily basis, and we would have to constantly work at keeping ourselves hydrated, or you paid the price. It was not unusual to see a newbie, pass out from the heat, because he was not drinking enough fluids.

You didn’t wait until you were thirsty before you started to drink water, you did it all the time, because by the time you were thirsty, it was too late.

Signs of dehydration;

  • Dark yellow or even an orange kind of color, to your urine, and a strong urine odor as well.
  • Dry skin is another one. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it needs lots of water.
  • Hunger can be attributed to the need of more water in our system, rather than more food. Drink water before you eat.
  • Fatigue can really mean your just thirsty. Water is a great source of energy and can give you a boast after you drink it.
  • Thirst means you should have drank some water a long time ago. When your body starts to feels dry, you have already started on the  dehydration road and need to drink some water right now.

How much water should you drink each day?

Most agree that this will depend on your activity level, the climate that you live in, and your body size and frame, but the consensus is, 8, eight ounce glasses of water should be consumed daily. Each one of us is different, so make the adjustments for yourself, but by all means, start drinking more water today.

Sure, you will be running into the bathroom more, but the health benefits well definitely out weigh any inconvenience that you have to go through. Your body will eventually adjust to this as well.

If you are trying to lose weight, or are on the 90 Day Body By Vi Challenge, this is an absolute must for you. You must keep yourself hydrated to help yourself to lose weight.

Have you caught the water habit yet? If you haven’t, you need too. This simple little adjustment to your life today, will pay out its dividends to your health for years to come.

“That’s what I call quality H2O.” Adam Sandler from the movie, “Waterboy”

 

 

Commitment is Required in Anything You Do

January 20th, 2012
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A word that has dramatically faded in the mist of our society today is the word commitment. You just don’t hear it spoken much anymore, and you definitely don’t see it being played out in the world very much either.

According to the dictionary, the word commit means; “to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.”

To be committed to a course of action, that’s what commitment means, and that holds true to anything we do in life.

There are many things that we commit ourselves to all the time, but seeing it all the way to the end is another subject.

Are you married? Are you committed to your spouse and your marriage today, as much as you were when you first came into this union with your lifelong partner? I think this is why there are so many divorces today, because we lack commitment to the ones that we pledged our love and devotion too when we said I do.

I think that’s why there are so many people won’t go down the path of “Holy Matrimony” anymore, because they’re so afraid of commitment to only one person. It’s really a very selfish act, when you think about it.

Successful people are committed people, whether it’s in marriage, business, sports, or any other road that you decide to travel. If you are not committed to seeing it all the way to the end, to its completion, you will fail! Not maybe, or if…you will fail! That is 100% true all the time!

Why?

Because non committed people are quitters, and a quitter will never, ever win.

People who don’t want too, or are unable to commit, are really giving themselves a way out, that some day down the road, they may want to end this endeavor, and without a commitment, they leave themselves an open door to exit whenever they want too.

When we are totally lacking commitment in anything, we are setting our selves up for failure. We are really saying that, I’m in this as long as I’m comfortable and things are going my way, but the minute we hit rough waters, and the waves start to splash in over the side, I’m bailing out.

There are countless stories of committed people who overcame tremendous odds to come out a winner in the end. They never gave up on a dream, a person, or a business, and despite being that fish swimming up-stream, they pursued their commitment to a successful end.

  1. Thomas Edison tried over ten thousand times before he came up with the incandescent light bulb.
  2. The “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series, by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, was rejected by 123 publishers. There are now 70 million copies in print today, and in 58 different countries.
  3. Dewy Bozella, wrongly convicted and imprisoned for almost 32 years of his life, for a crime he didn’t commit,  earned his freedom, and was the recipient of the 2011 “Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.” Read his incredible story Here.
    These are just three stories of the courage, and perseverance of commitment. The one thread that runs through all three of these stories is exactly the same.  They were all committed till the end, and the end for all of them was victory and success, and they would not stop until this was accomplished and completed…nothing else would do, and nothing else would bring them any kind of satisfaction.I don’t care if it’s in your marriage, your business, or losing weight, you will never accomplish anything until you are truly committed. Committed to a course of action, and stay committed until you reach your goal and win the prize.

    “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
    Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
    So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.  But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-26

    Think before you commit, but once you commit, stay committed all the way to the end… and you will win the prize.

    You can do it!

     

     

Obesity is a Disease!

January 16th, 2012
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My name is Brian Gosur, and I am an alcoholic. Alcoholism is a disease. It’s a disease that slowly creeps into your life and makes its claim on you. It takes over everything, and becomes the desire, the drive, and the motivation for your life. It kills, not only on a physical level, but on an emotional, and spiritual level as well. It destroys your family, your finances, and your friends. You will die a very slow and agonizing death, while everyone who loves you, can only sit back and watch this horrible tragedy take place.

The real sad thing about this type of decease is you, and only you, hold the key to turning this whole thing around. Your family and your friends can try to encourage you and support you with everything that they have in them, but only you can make the decision to quit, and change the course of your life forever.

So it is with obesity. Obesity is a disease, and 67% of Americans have it. Like alcohol the first thing you do is never admit that you have a problem.

You say, you can stop whenever you want. You say, you just reward yourself for working real hard all week. No big deal…yea you kinda over eat at that holiday party, but it was Christmas…You just couldn’t say no and hurt their feelings…besides, everyone else was doing it…right? You tell yourself that, after the holidays, you’re going to start that diet and do those exercises, and you will get back that shape that you once had.

Is This You?

Any of those excuses sound familiar? They do to me, because as an alcoholic, I used every one of them over and over again. They didn’t mean a thing to me because I knew,  I never had any intention of ever doing or keeping any of them. They were just empty words that I used all the time, but they had no real meaning for me, and all the people who loved me knew that as well.

People will eventually begin to give up on you, and you will find yourself drifting further and further away from your home, and from those that love you and depend on you.

I know that I can never ever have a drink again, and I don’t miss it one single bit. It has been almost twelve years of sobriety for me, and I thank God, and my wonderful wife, for bringing me through this journey. It was not easy. It was hard, but it was worth every step that I took to get to where I am today.

As I contemplated writing this article, I realized that there are a lot of similarities between the decease of alcoholism and the disease of obesity. I wanted to use my experience and my struggle with my disease, to help those of you in your struggle with your disease of obesity, and even those of you who may be just at the start, of your unhealthy life of being over weight and over eating.

Here are five steps that you must come to grips with before you can ever hope of getting healthy again.

1. Houston…We Have a Problem

The first thing, and the hardest thing for me to admit was that I had a drinking problem. This is the hardest step for anyone to take. I thought that if I only drank on the weekend and got drunk on the weekend, I was OK, but my friend told me that it just meant that I was a weekend alcoholic, but an alcoholic none the less.

Is your scale trying to tell you something?

Food will slowly start to creep into your life just like that. It tastes good and you like to eat it, and you never give a thought to what your eating or if it’s good for you. Before you know it your eating more of it all the time, and at all hours of the day and night. You maybe even sneaking it into your house or bedroom, and the pounds start to slowly add-on.

You have to realize the truth and see, that for you, food is no longer just for living, but you are living for your food.

2. Never Walk Alone

The second thing that I came to realize, was that I could not win this battle by myself. That’s a very hard thing to admit when you’re an, “I can do that,” kind of person. You know the kind that never asks for directions when he gets lost…that’s me.

Look for those people who love you and care about, and want to help you win this battle, and then cling to them and learn to lean an them, it will make all those bumps in the road, a lot easier to take.

I do promote the Body By Vi 90 Day Challenge, because it works and you will never walk this road alone. We encourage you to get three people to join you on your challenge, not only because the product works, but because statistics show that when people take on a challenge for anything, their success lies in the encouragement and support of their family and friends. Plus, when you get three people to join you, your product is free. Lose weight, and get healthy for free.

3. Find The Right Plan For You

There are a ton of weight loss products and programs out there. Find the one that works for you. Check them out and see if it’s right for you, because if it’s not, you will not see results and after a couple of weeks of struggling for results… you will quit.

Take the time and do the research and find the right product and plan your road to a new healthy you.

4. Exercise has To Be A Part of The Plan

People still walk the malls.


No if, ands, or buts about it, you must get off the couch and get some physical exercise. That’s part of the reason why you’re in this situation in the first place. Eating too much, eating all the wrong things, and never getting any exercise.

I think that exercise is the first thing to go. You get a little bit older and you get a little bit busier, and then you lose the contact with your friends that you used to play basketball, tennis, and  golf with, and you learn a new activity…how to veg out on the couch with your chips, beer and pizza.

Start to integrate an exercise plan in along with your new eating plan. Take a shake in the morning, a light lunch, and a good healthy dinner, and then a walk or a run to close the day out. You will feel better and best of all, you will see those pounds start to fall off. Believe me…it’s a great feeling.

5. Do It Today – Start Right Now!

As my friend Cedrick Harris always says, “don’t be a member of the biggest nation on the planet, called Procrastination. I use to live there, and I didn’t like it one single bit. Nothing gets moving in that nation, and there are no success stories coming out of that country.

How many times have you said, “you got a point there Brian, I’m going to take a good look at it later,” “I’m pretty busy right now, but I will check it out,” “I know I need to do something, I’m going to get started someday.” Someday becomes next month, and next month becomes next year, and in the mean time you’re getting fatter, and your heart is working harder, and you’re blood pressure is getting higher, and eventually your walking time bomb…EXPLODES…and you die.

My doctor tried to tell me this years ago, until one day he sat me down and just hit me between the eyes with the truth. My alcoholism was going to kill me. He said you are going to die, if you don’t change your life around right now…today!

Obesity is a disease, you and only you can decide whether you’re going to be another statistic, or another success story that will reach out and save someone elses life. But you need to start today…right now.

When We See Clearly…

January 11th, 2012
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Have you ever been in a situation or a circumstance, when everybody can see what’s really going on, but you? You’re scratching your head and you’re straining to put it all together, while everyone else is giving you that look that says, “you can’t see that?’

I hate playing cards or board games, because I’m always the last one, to figure out how to play, and by the time I do, I’ve lost the game for me and anyone who’s on my team. When we see clearly and the fog is lifted, then we have that, “Oh, I get it now,” moment.

You’ve been there? You know what I mean? I’ve been there a lot in my life. It takes me a little while, but I will eventually figure it out. I’m a slow learner, but once I get it, I don’t forget it.

You don’t want to be playing this kind of game when it comes to your health though. You don’t want to figure it out when its way to late to make any significant changes.

2012 is here and over half of all Americans are over weight and obese. That maybe you and you’ve thought about taking some steps to lose some weight and get back that shape you once had, but your busy, you’re young and there is time to kill today, and you’ll get to it when the kids are older and you have more time. After all, you play tennis, you golf, go for walks once in a while, that’s exercise… right?

Wrong. If it’s not elevating your heart rate, it’s not exercise. Playing a video golf game is not exercise. Even a WI video game is not real exercise. Not the kind you would be getting if you were playing and walking nine or even eighteen holes on a real course.

I know a couple that’s in their eighties, and they will go out and play thirty-six holes and they walk…now that’s exercise.

My point is this…when we really look at a situation and see what’s really going on, see the real truth of the matter, that’s when we will get serious about doing something to change the results.

We are the worst country on God’s green earth, when it comes to eating healthy. We have a healthcare system that is getting so expensive to run, because of over weight Americans that won’t take their health seriously. We have our children that can’t walk across the street without getting out of breath, because they eat fast food and don’t exercise.

It’s time to look in the mirror America and see things the way they really are. Do you want to die at fifty years old, of a massive heart attack? Do you want to put your children through the stresses of diabetes, hyper-tension, and heart disease? Do you want to watch your grandchildren playing soccer from a wheel chair, with an oxygen tank at your side?

These and more are waiting for you in the path of life that you’re on right now, unless you start taking your health and you’re weight seriously…right now! Not tomorrow and not next week…right now!

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The Body By Vi Challenge has more than 80,000 people a month joining in because it works! Thousands of people with thousands of testimonies of how they are losing weight and getting healthy again is real and it’s out there for all to see.

I have lost fifteen pounds, well on my way to my goal of dropping forty. I feel great, I exercise, and I have more energy now, then I’ve had in years, plus I’m helping others to get back on the road to health, wealth, and prosperity.

Open your eyes to the truth and to what’s really going on in your life. Are you happy where you’re at in your life concerning your health and your weight? If you’re not, then why not check out a meal replacement shake that is changing people’s lives all over the country.

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Remember, when we see clearly the way things really are, it gives you the power and the ability to make a wise decision and the right choice for your health, your family and for you.

Think about it…in just 90 days you can have a new you looking back at you in the mirror! That would be an incredible feeling and an awesome day for you, to reach that goal. I know how that feels because I’m seeing it happen to me right now, along with thousands of others around the country.

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See you at the scale.