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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…

Obese Children Are Not an Uncommon Sight Anymore

September 21st, 2011
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It’s not a big deal anymore for us to see and be overweight in America. It’s become old hat to see big over weight, and out of shape people. It’s become rather normal to see fat obese people walking around, or should I say struggling to walk around.

During this past summer, my wife and I went into get an ice cream at a famous ice cream shop, and as we sat down to enjoy one of my favorite summertime treats, it caught my attention that everyone in that place were overweight, including us. We were talking about the coupon that we found, and how proud we were that we got one of our ice cream treats for free. Proud to save money while we think nothing of stuffing ourselves with ice cream. I look back at that now and don’t find anything to be proud of at all.

But the one picture that I will never get used to seeing, is when I see a five or six-year-old child struggling to get in or out of the car because they are not just overweight, they are obese.

Fast Food is killing our kids

Obesity in America is growing into a major health problem, but obesity in our children is growing at an alarming rate. Studies show that children who struggle with obesity in their youth, will grow into adults with major health risks. Heart decease, high cholesterol, hypertension, respiratory ailments, orthopedic problems, depression and type 2 diabetes. The hospital costs alone associated with childhood obesity were estimated at $127 million during 1997–1999, up from $35 million during 1979–1981. In 2000, the total cost of obesity for children and adults in the United States was estimated to be $117 billion. Yes ladies and gentlemen, that’s billion with a B and every year it goes up.

You want to talk about fixing the health care system in this country, you might want to start looking at our children and the almost 80% of all Americans that are obese today.

Think about that word obese for a minute. I’m not just talking about fat or overweight people, I’m talking about being obese…80% of all Americans are obese. A whole society that has a completely nonchalant attitude about food and what they put into their mouths and it’s being passed down to our children. The national debt and our eating habits are going to kill this country if we don’t start doing something very soon.

The two biggest reasons for this growing obesity problem in America is eating to much of the wrong things, and not getting enough exercise. Now It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out, but we spend millions of dollars every year to find a solution to this crisis when the answer is simple and right under our noses.

We are eating ourselves to death and there are children on the other side of the globe that are starving to death. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Instead of talking about it, lets start doing something about it.

Now I’m not talking about starting a new diet that everyone needs to get on, God knows we don’t need another one of those, but we do need to educate ourselves on some very simple and basic information, and then get off our butts and just do it.

1. Eating the Right Things

Lets see, french fries, ice cream, and cheeseburgers are not the right things. Jillian Michaels, from the TV hit series, “Biggest Loser”, says that kind of food is poison to your body. Would you eat arsenic…noooo, so why would you eat something that is just as harmful? These foods may not kill you in ten minutes, but it will eventually kill you down the road. Don’t you want to be around to see your grand children and great grand children? Than start giving some thought to what you’re eating.

My wife and I started a health transformation challenge, and no I can’t stop talking about it, because it has forever changed the way I look at eating. I watch what I put into my mouth now. I still love to snack, but I snack now on fruits and things that are nutritionally good for my body.

The chemicals that we put in our foods to preserve the shelf life and make it taste better, are killing us! My grand-mother cooked with real butter and used salt and had her own garden of vegetables that she used in her cooking everyday…NO CHEMICALS, all fresh. She drank coffee, not de-caf, didn’t smoke, and drank alcohol only for medicinal purposes, and she lived to be 98 years old.

Now I love ice cream, and my wife and I will reward our selves with a treat on occasion, but what I’m starting to see happening is our taste for that kind of stuff is diminishing. I never thought I would see the day when I would say, “I can skip the ice cream”. It takes a little discipline, but your body will eventually start to loose its craving for those kinds of things.

I’m 58 years old. I’ve lost twelve pounds and I’m well on my way to my goal of dropping 40. I’m exercising and toning up and It’s exciting to be feeling awesome once again.

Watch what you put into your mouth!

2. Start to Get Out and Move Again

I’ve always been active in my life, played sports and was always out doing something, but it doesn’t take long to get used to sitting in front of that TV or video game and just do nothing. If that’s you…BREAK THAT HABIT RIGHT NOW, and a habit is all it is. Habits just start by doing the same thing over and over, again and again, until it becomes something that you do all the time without thinking.

Just like you develop bad habits, start bringing in new ones. Get off the couch and get moving. Start slow at first by taking a little walk. Just get in the habit of moving. Now you may experience some soreness at first, but remember, no pain…no gain. It’s the act of starting that’s the hardest thing to do.

I started walking a little on the treadmill and doing push ups every day. I can do 45 push-ups right now at one sitting, and walk a couple of miles a day. Now when I say push-ups, I don’t mean those girl push-ups. I used to be able to do 100 at a time back in the day, and I would like to get back to that point again, and you know what…I will.

If you have young children, get them outside and away from the TV and computer. Sign them up for Volleyball, baseball, basketball, or track, and go to every game they have. Show them that you’re interested in what they are doing.

Exercise as a family. Ride your bikes together, go for hikes, get out and have a family fun day where you all get outside and do something together. You’ll not only be building strong healthy children, but you’ll be building strong healthy relationships and memories that will last a life time.

3. Plan Your Diet

Last of all take some time to plan your meals for your family. Get some education on good nutritional foods and snacks for your kids. It doesn’t have to be dull and bland to taste good and be good for you.

Lets turn this ………………………………………into this.

 

You and I can make a big difference on our children, our grand children, their future and the future of America. We can Do it! Lets Start Today…Right Now!

Get Up and Start Moving! Invest in your children and the future of America.

Your Brain Can Be Used To Increase Your Willpower

September 17th, 2011
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Now I know that I will be dating myself here, but remember the very famous phrase that comedian Flip Wilson brought to light, back in the 70′s; “the devil made me do it.” Maybe some of you have tried to use that one before, trying to get out of some sticky situation that you got yourself into, I know I have, but there is another one that you can use that might not be to far from the truth…my brain made me do it.

If you started to use that one, you might be right on the mark. The brain controls many more actions and reactions that we have to an immense array of didn’t situations that come into our lives, than we give it credit for.

Scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface of the incredible complex computer that is our brains. Our brain is the center of our nervous system. It controls the functions of all the other organs in our bodies. From this elaborate and sophisticated organ, come all of our thoughts, feelings, and actions that we take with us every day.

There are centers in the brain that are responsible for focus, judgment, and impulse control. There is also a pleasure and motivation center which is the main driver for all our behaviors. This is where emotional memory centers store up past experiences that trigger impulses to our behavior.

According to addiction specialist, Mark Laaser, Ph.D., “the arousal template in the emotional memory centers underlies many behaviors that get out of control.

When I was a kid, I had a sweet craving like no one else, and to help me curb these harmful cravings my parents gave me and my brother one day of the week, that we could indulge ourselves. Every Saturday was called, “Candy Day” at our house. That was the day that we were able to go and get some candy to enjoy and fill those cravings that our brains were demanding. Now we were not allowed to eat candy all day long, but we were allowed to get one or two treats to enjoy.

As much as my parents were trying to do the right thing, they only made the situation worse. Candy now became a bigger taste of reward and pleasure to me. Every time I did something that was good, the pleasure and comfort of some nice soothing chocolate melting in my mouth, was something that I always looked forward to.

This can be some of the problem that we see when people over eat, and use food as a comforting response to something that we achieved or didn’t like doing. Food than becomes the reward, comfort, or safety net that we use. It’s a place to hide, or a form of release that takes us away from whatever we don’t want to face or go through.

The first experience gets locked into our brains, and when you get older, you seek to repeat that experience because it was the way you had the first arousal or pleasurable experience. Understanding the triggers for emotional eating can be very helpful to breaking addictions. And this is the same for any type of emotional addictions, such as sex, drugs, drinking, gambling, or smoking etc.

Your brain can be used to increase your willpower

Now I know that there maybe other factors that come into play, and this is a topic that could go on and on, but if you are struggling to lose weight and you’ve tried every kind of diet there is, you might want to take an inventory of your life. Sit down and think if there is something that you can connect the dots too, that maybe triggering the emotional responses that you’re having problems with today. Something that maybe tied to the pleasure of eating.

I know this is not an easy thing to do, but I know for me, the answers were right under my nose, but I just didn’t want to look at them. I thought if I ignored them long enough, they would just go away by themselves, but they never do. They only get bigger and intensify and also will eventually infect others around us. People that we love will get hurt by them.

Sometimes we just need a little bit of help, because we might not be able to see them from all the different in’s and outs that life can bring. Check with your doctor to see if you maybe suffering from some experience in the past that is triggering why you just can’t lose that weight, or why you just can’t stop doing that bad habit that is hurting you and your family.

Our brains are very complex, but just like the old computer saying goes; “garbage in, garbage out.” When was the last time that you took some time for yourself? Take a day or a weekend for you or with your spouse, just relax and reflect on your past. Leave the cell off, and the computer behind, and just spend some time reminiscing.Talk and listen to one another.

If you would like more information on how to use your brain to get and keep the body you’ve always wanted, you may purchase a copy of the book that inspired this article. “Change Your Brain – Change Your Body” by Daniel G. Amen, Clicking on the book to the right of you will take you to the Amazon link. This book was on the New York Times bestseller list. It’s an easy read and very informative.

Your brain can be used to increase your willpower

Hold the mirror up to your face. Who do you see? I bet if you look long enough, you will see a wonderful person who is full of life. I bet there is a person in that mirror that you may not have seen for a long time. Someone that people love to be around because of the positive energy that flows from you.

Get rid of that garbage and start to download to your computer brain, you know the one that’s at the center of your nervous system and controls the rest of your body, the kind of stuff that will bring about the behavior that you want.

Remember, if you don’t take control of yourself, everyone else will.

Get a Brand New Healthy Life Without Diets

July 20th, 2011
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Diets and dieting is all I ever hear people talking about these days. I see it on the TV and when I get together with family and friends, the topic will always somehow turn to a new diet they are going to get on, or the gym that they just signed up for, it never ends.

Some where someplace there are people who are not happy about the way they look and feel and they want to do something about it. It’s just crazy, some of the wild things that people will try to lose some weight and start to look better.

It’s really not surprising with obesity at epidemic proportions in America today, especially among our young people. With computers and video games, young people just don’t get out and get active anymore, they just sit and move there fingers more than any other part of their body.

I think my wife and my daughter have personally tried ever diet that has ever been made. If it’s out there, they’ve done it, and all of them have failed. None of them have come through with the benefits that they claimed.

Now with anything you have to be a person who is dedicated and disciplined to make the diet perform the way it’s supposed too. You must have these two qualities to succeed in any endeavor that you take on, so we can’t always blame the diets for not working, sometimes it’s the people who don’t want to work.

My wife and I have officially started our 90 Day Challenge today, July 20, 2011. Not a diet but a challenge to get ourselves on a brand new road of health and vitality. Now losing weight is a part of this challenge, but it is just the beginning.

When you speak of a diet, you are always talking about something that you are going to start and at some point, when you reach your goals, you will end it and most of the time, go back to eating the way you did before you started the diet. That never works!

The 90 Day Challenge is not a diet, it’s a complete life change. We are going to change our lifestyle to a healthy one. We are going to change the way we look at food and eating, and learn how to eat to live, and not live to eat. This is, I believe, the difference between success and failure. We must do a complete attitude adjustment about the way we look at life and live it every day.

The 90 Day Challenge is sweeping the nation, and thousands of people are changing their lives forever. Achieving renewed energy, being able to keep up with friends and family or grand kids, looking in the mirror and being happy with the person who’s looking back at you.

Many pro athletes and celebrities are joining the force, Hulk Hogan and his entire family, Steve Harvey, just to name a couple, but don’t take the challenge because some famous person is doing it…take it for you. You deserve it.

Are you tired when you go to sleep and tired when you wake up? Do you cringe when you get on the scale or do you get on the scale at all? Do you stand back and say, “what have I become?”, when you look in the mirror? Are you having a hard time getting on the floor and playing with your kids or grand kids?

I am a fat roly-poly caterpillar going into his cocoon, and in 90 days I will be emerging a healthy and fit, beautiful butterfly, with a completely brand new outlook on life.

I'm just a fat roly-poly caterpillar

Get a brand new healthy life without diets. Take the challenge and get started today with a new way of looking at food and eating. Take the 90 Day Challenge…you have everything to lose and so much more to gain.

I will be emerging a healthy and fit beautiful butterfly

Get more information on your 90 Day Challenge right here, and get “7 Fast & Free Slimming Secrets” for FREE!

America – You Are Fat and You Need To Lose Some Weight

July 5th, 2011
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My wife and I were at a family reunion and one of my elderly aunts, (she’s ninety years old and looks great), saw me from the distance. I walked up to her to say hello and the first thing that came out of her mouth was, “Brian, your fat”. Well I was left for a loss for words, I mean what do you say to someone who has just announced to you and anyone who is standing near by, that you’re fat. I just said thank you and walked away. My wife felt bad for me, but you know what…she was right.

I am about forty to forty-five pounds over weight and that puts me in the obese category. Obese…me. I never thought that I would be saying that. I’m 5 foot eight inches tall and weigh about 210 pounds. That makes me obese. Take the test for yourself.

Next to this article, to your right, is a box with the title, “Are you overweight?” Fill in your information to see where you rank. You might be surprised, as I was.

It is especially surprising to me because I have always been athletic and played sports. I would train and discipline myself so that I could compete at the level I wanted too.

When my aunt said that she was shooting an arrow right in my heart, but it was something that I needed to hear. She woke me up to see the truth as to what I had become.

I don’t know how many of you watch the TV series, “The Biggest Loser”, but the past series had Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Rulon Gardner on it.

Rulon Gardner at the Olympics

In the year 2000, Rulon Gardner won the Olympic gold medal as a 286-pound class wrestler. Over ten years later, he weighs in at 474 pounds. That’s almost a 200 pound weight gain. When I saw him on the program, I didn’t even recognize him.

Rulon Gardner at his weigh in on "The Biggest Loser"

 

How do you go from Olympic gold metal winner, a star and the talk of the town, to weighing in at almost 500 pounds. The same way I put on my weight and the same way you put on yours. We eat to much and don’t get of off our derriere enough to exercise some of those calories away.

A few years back, my wife started a diet called the “Prism Diet”. With it she lost about 45 pounds and I lost about 15, just eating what she put in front of me. It worked great but it was a lot of work.

You had to measure and weigh every thing, and you had to buy certain vegetables, and it was a major effort to get dinner on the table. That was to much work for me.

Weather you want to admit it or not, food, weight gain, looking and feeling good, are very emotional things to all of us. Some more than others, but it touches all of us right in the emotional heart.

Rulon Gardner, after his first weigh in on “The Biggest Loser”, gave a very emotional and apologetic statement to everyone. He said, “Being an athlete and winning the Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling to… World Champion… to Olympic Bronze medal to… to this… is a shame, it’s tragedy. It’s horrifying for me and my family.” That’s touching the emotions.

My wife, after losing all that weight, saw her mom die of pancreatic cancer. It was a long and slow process that took a lot out of her, and because she has said herself, “I am an emotional eater”, she gained it all back and more.

We have found something that is working for thousands of other people, and  we are going to get on it and have it work for us. It’s called, “The 90 Day Challenge“.

This is the first of a series of articles, about our walk through “The 90 Day Challenge”, that I will be writing. Follow this series and see pictures and weigh-ins to see how much and how we do with our challenge.

This is going to be challenging and fun and I am excited about doing this with my wife, a few of our friends and family members as well.

If you’re interested in taking the challenge with us, just click on the “Join the Challenge’ button below for more information.

What do you have to lose but some weight, but think about what you will gain?

Here’s to your health.