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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.

You’re Fat! – You’re New Years Resolution – To Lose Weight

December 28th, 2011
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The time is here for your New Years Resolution. Lots of people don’t bother with New Years Resolutions. I myself usually don’t bother with them either, because we just don’t ever keep them, but I do set goals, and I guess that might be considered a resolution.

Guess what the number one resolution is? ….give up?…it’s spending more time with family and loved ones, and I guess that is always a popular one right after you just spent your Christmas with all of your family and friends.

Guess which one comes in second place?…yes it’s that very familiar…I’m going to lose weight one. That is by far the ultimate, most popular resolution of all time. We’ve all been their, and we can all relate to the ridiculous assumption, that we are actually going to get on the road to a healthy and fit me, by losing some weight. We are all very good at talking about it, but not very good about doing it.

Lets do what Nike says…just do it! Do you want to get really motivated? Click on the picture that says, “Do It”.

Let’s get real serious here for a moment. Are you struggling to get back that shape? Are you always starting out with good intentions, and a strong motivation to succeed, but somehow there is always that something that derails your progress and inhibits your race to the finish-line?

Why is it so hard to… just do it, when it comes to getting healthy and losing weight? Why do we struggle so much when it comes to shedding those unwanted pounds. Why can’t i lose weight?

Accountability

The first reason that most people struggle is accountability. Statistics show, that people who have partners that they are accountable too, are one hundred times more likely to succeed than those that under take their task all by themselves. Never go it alone. We are born to be social creatures, we are not born to roam this earth alone.

I think women are a lot better at this than men are. Men don’t want to stop and ask for directions, and they don’t want everyone to think that they can’t figure out how to do this. Men, it’s not that your ignorant or stupid, it’s just that there is strength in numbers. Don’t buck against what works, just do it!

Get Results

You must have a system or a product that gets you results. There are a million different products and systems out there that promise you will lose weight, but you must find the right one that works for you. If you’re not comfortable with it, and it doesn’t fit into your schedule, it won’t produce the results that you’re looking for, and if it doesn’t produce results, you’re going to quit. It’s just that simple.

That’s why thousands and thousands of people, make resolutions to lose weight, every year, and six weeks down the road they have quit and jumped off the wagon. Don’t follow all the hype, follow the one that gets results and just do it!

If your new years resolution is to lose weight, I’m going to give you the answer to all of what you’re searching for. The solution to your unending quest for something that will get you the results you need, and give you the accountability that will guarantee you the success that you’ve always wanted, but could never attain. Here it is.

  • No more measuring and weighing food. That’s so boring and time-consuming.
  • No more spending hours and lots of money, in those specialty stores, so you can buy only fruits and vegetables that are grown in some remote parts of the jungle, because they’re good for you. As a matter of fact, my system will save you money each week on your grocery bill. Your grocery bill will start to shrink, and so will your waistline.
  • Every month over 50,000 people are joining this system. Talk about accountability? There is a chatline where you can share, encourage, and see the results that others are having, as together you walk toward the goal of a new slimmer and healthier you.
  • Every year the company gives out over 10 million dollars in free products, prizes, and vacations, to those people who attain their goals of losing weight.
  • This company was featured on the cover of “Success From Home” magazine, twice in the past twelve months.
  • On top of saving money on food bills, they have a program called Refer 3, get your product next month for Free! Simply refer three others to the same thing that you’re doing, and they’ll ship your product for free! Maintain 3, and your products are always FREE! Accountability!
  • Who do you know right now that may want to lose a few pounds, or maybe just focus on their health with you for 90 days? I bet you know more than 3… so you can earn your product for FREE! Everyone wants to lose weight!

That’s my system, and I’ve lost fifteen pounds already. It works, saves me money on my grocery bill each week, and I have lots of accountability. Lots of people are attaining their goals and discovering that new slimmer and healthy person inside.

Don’t just make another half-hearted, just going through the motions, new years resolution again this year. Let this be the year that you take your health and your life seriously. Get back that vibrant, healthy, active person you once were, and if you never were that person before, you can create that person now. You are never to old to get back that shape.

Get healthy, lose weight, and do it for free!

Watch this very emotional story of Eric Rose. He was 600 pounds and was just giving up on life, until he heard about “The Challenge”. Eric lost 124 pounds in 90 days without exercise or pills. Watch his story right here

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To Fix the Healthcare System in This Country – Americans Need To Lose Some Weight

October 16th, 2011
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I know that I’ve been harping on this subject for a while, and I will keep harping on it till we all start getting off our butts and do something about it.

Americans are fat and getting fatter, our healthcare system is way out of whack, and we need to do something about it, and do it now before it’s to late. By that time we will all lose and it won’t be weight that we will be losing, it will be our very lives and the lifestyles that we enjoy.

They say if you do something for 21 days in a row in will become a habit. Americans have developed a very bad habit of having what we want and having it right now. We can’t wait for nothing. Everyone is in hurry to get to no where fast, so we stop eating good healthy nutritional foods and we go to the…fast food, because we can’t wait. Fast food is killing us and killing our children.

Poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.  The annual cost to society for obesity is estimated at nearly $100 billion. The bad habit of eating unhealthy diets and the lack of exercise, that we teach our children, is something we can’t afford to give our kids anymore. Watching kids that can’t even walk down the street because they are out of breath is the most troubling thing to observe.

When I was young and in school, we had to go to gym class everyday, and we had to do calisthenics. I can still remember doing those jumping jacks, pushups, squat thrusts, climbing the pegboard, and then running around the gym, sometimes for the whole hour. That physical activity was developing good habits in us, and many of us went on to continue actively playing sports.

Today , kids spend hours sitting on their butts in front of a TV watching or playing video games. My grandson was over and he was sitting on the coach watching TV when all the other kids were outside on a beautiful summer day. I turned the TV off and made him go outside.

My mom had to send my brothers out to find us and make us come home and eat. We didn’t want to come inside, it didn’t matter if it was summer or winter, we were always outside.

Just think if all of us were eating good healthy nutritious diets. What if we were all active from our youth, and even when we got into our older years we were still playing tennis, walking, swimming, how do you think that would enhance your life and mine? Our families wouldn’t be getting as sick as we do today, and we would live longer and more fruitful lives.

Do you think that just might have an effect on our healthcare system, our economy, and the strength of America today?

I saw a man who was in his nineties and he loved to play golf. He’s been doing it since he was a teenager and loves it, and he is still very good. You might want to get him on your foursome the next time you go out.

I have been working at getting my life back to exercise and eating right. I have lost fourteen pounds as I write this article, and lost an inch off my waist. My goal is to lose forty pounds. One of the greatest feelings is to put your pants on and find that they are loose. You find that you have to take that belt up a notch, that you don’t have to hold your breath when you bend down to tie your shoes. That is the greatest feeling in the world…to know that you are moving toward your goal of health, hope, and happiness.

People who are healthy are happier, they work better, have better sex, and they’re wealthier. Wouldn’t it be nice to have America on this road? Might make a world of difference from where we are today in this country. I know one thing…it can’t hurt.

Are you happy where you are with your weight? Are you happy where your health is? Would you like to see, not only yourself, but your family, maybe some friends or neighbors, get their lives back on the road to a healthy lifestyle?

Let it start with you. You be the catalyst and the motivation that they can see and talk too about how you did it. You be the driving force that they need to get started and take them all the way to their goal. Together as a team we all can get there.

Playing on a team took everyone to, encouraging, and motivating each other, even when some of us were struggling and down. The team would rally around them and lift them up. We could never do it alone and neither can you.

Join the team and do it, and be the motivation for your kids, your wife, and your family. Take the challenge. It will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. It will change your life and you will never be the same again.

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.

What Are We Having For Dinner Tonight?

September 2nd, 2011
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How many times have you heard that one before, or how many times have you said that before?

Weather we like it or not, or whether we want to admit it or not, food is a huge part of our everyday lives. The people around us and the atmosphere that we live in, will have a very direct effect on what we eat.

I think this goes why back to our ancestors, but because of the space allowed me here in this blog, I will just go back as far as grandma.

Did you used to go to grandma’s house when you were a kid, visit the family, see the aunts and uncles, cousins, and….eat? Yes you ate food and you ate lots of it because, that was the one thing grandma lived for, to see her whole family at her house, happy, talking, laughing, and …yes eating.

I can still remember those days. They were good times with lots of grandma’s home cooked Polish food.

kielbasa, kuposta, and some pierogis. Good Polish food.

My ancestors were from Poland, and like most people, we got around together and we ate. Kielbasa, ham, pierogi, stuffed cabbage, and not to mention the deserts, they were all so good, but the one thing they had in common…they were full of fat, calories, and other stuff that was not good for you.

Food is a gathering point for most Americans today. Before we finish one meal we are already trying to decide what we are going to eat for the next.

There is a difference between how we eat and what we eat today, and that has a lot to do with our very busy schedules. When we went to grandma’s house, we had all day and most of the evening to eat all that food. There was always time for a cup of coffee and another slice of homemade pie, before we hit the road for that long drive home.

Today we don’t have all that much time, so we go to places that can prepare our food fast and cheap…that’s where we get the name fast food. The one thing about fast food is that it’s made cheaply and to be eaten fast, so there is not a lot of thought put in about nutrition or healthy food.

Good old American favorite, cheeseburger

Is it any wonder why 80% of all Americans are obese? Is it any wonder why our children are going into grade school over weight and out of shape?

I hear about, and I have participated in some different kinds of weight loss movements in the past, but as most of us have done, I’ve failed. I think the reason why we’ve failed in this so badly, is because we don’t realize how much of an emotional attachment we have to food.

I just mentioned one, with our trips to grandma’s house, but I know that there are hundreds of others that we could share.

My wife was raised in a verbally abusive home, and part of the reward she would get after being pelted with a barrage of very hurtful words, was food. Some sort of treat or guilt offering was given to her and to this day, when she gets upset over certain things, she will eat. Those same emotions, when stirred today, will draw out the very same responses that they did so many years ago.

We need to change all that. I don’t mean to change our emotional attachment to our food, I don’t think we will ever be able to do that, but we can train ourselves on what kinds of foods we are attached too.

Instead of running to the chocolate peanut butter ice cream, (my personal favorite),  when I get upset, try eating an orange, or some other type of food that you like. Make it a pleasurable food, not something that you don’t like but that’s good for you.

Next, work on those emotional triggers that get your chocolate ice cream emotions flowing. 90% of who we are comes from the environment that we are in. Change your environment if you can, and your eating habits will follow.

Now I’m not saying run out and get divorced because you can’t stand your husband, or sell your kids because they are driving you nuts, but get plugged into people and friends that lift you up. Laugh together, get out and join a bowling league, or golf club, play racket ball, do something physical that will get your blood moving. It’s a great way to relieve stress.

Stay strong and don’t get caught up into putting bad things into your mouth. Learn and practice to eat good food, and don’t use food as a stress reliever. Learn to use exercise, and some sort of physical activity, to do that.

Don’t forget to exercise your mind. With the advent of internet and computer games, we have become coach potatoes. Our kids can brag about how far they went on a certain computer game, but they can’t pick up a book and read a sentence without stumbling on a word.

Read and exercise your mind. Books can take you into a totally different world, and you can be someone or do something very special that you always dreamed about. Reading expands your mind and your horizons, and when you come back to earth, you will be better able to handle that stress that leads you to using food in a very unnatural way.

You see, food is given to us so that we can live, not the other way around.

Well, I have to go now. I smell something coming from the kitchen. I wonder what we are having for dinner tonight?

Breaking The “200″ Barrier

August 5th, 2011
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Today I broke the 200 pound barrier. When I say 200 pound barrier, I mean that I got on the scale this morning and it said, “199.5″ pounds. I know that it’s only by one half pound, but when you cross over the line, I don’t care by how much you cross over the line, you’ve just scored, and I’m excited about that.

Breaking the 200 Barrier

You see, I haven’t weighed under 200 pounds since…well it’s been over ten years ago.

The 200 pound barrier is like the magic line for me, if I could only reach that point, it will be all down hill from there. I guess it’s a mental line for me. You know that measuring point that you put in your mind for the task at hand. Little points that we put along the road to measure where we are at and how far we’ve come. This is something that we should do in any goal that we have set for ourselves in life. The 200 pound mark is mine.

My goal is to lose forty pounds on my 90 day health challenge, and I am at 199.5 pounds. Just 33.5 pounds to go!

I know that’s just a tip of the iceberg, and it’s only 6.5 pounds, but remember that I just broke the wall of 200 pounds, and conquering that mental hurdle is huge.

Don’t take lightly those little hurdle points you have set for yourself. They are big and once you get through them, the next one is right around the corner, and as the momentum builds, you can see that this goal is attainable and you can do it.

Pat yourself on the back! You did it and then move onto the next one. Dropping that big number two from that scale is huge for me. 6.5 pounds is big for me.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought either. Just getting into the new regiment was the hardest part, and that took about one week, after that it’s just one shake in the morning, with my vi pack. Then I eat a good healthy lunch and dinner, and if I get hunger during the day, I will snack on fruit or drink my Neuro drink to give me a little boast of energy.

I will be starting on my exercise plan in the following week. I took the first week or two to get me acclimated to my new healthy way of eating, and now I want to integrate an exercise plan. I will be walking for thirty minutes every morning, and later I will be bringing in other free weight exercises.

Two things that have been so different with the 90 Day Challenge, as opposed with other systems, is I have seen instant results. The first week I lost 3.5 pounds and that got me excited.

On any system, if you don’t see some kind of results within the first week or two, you will drop off. The other thing with the 90 Day Challenge, is the accountability. I am doing this with other people and we are sharing our results and encouraging one another. That is extremely important to the success of this program.

I will have more installments on my progress, and I hope you will continue to follow me as I move forward to crossing my goal of losing 40 pounds.

If you are interested in joining me on this challenge, or if you have tried and never come all the way over that goal of losing those unwanted pounds and you want to lose, and get back on the road to a healthy lifestyle, click on the “Life, Health, Prosperity”, banner below.

Here’s to your Health!

To Eat The Chocolate Cake or Not To Eat The Chocolate Cake – That is The Question

August 1st, 2011
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My wife is a cake decorator, and I’ve watched her do her magic with cakes over the years. There are left overs and scraps that she has from her cakes that I, my grand kids and whoever else is around, get to eat. Sometimes she will even make some cup cakes or another cake for us, with the extra batter that she has left.

When you live in this kind of environment, it’s very easy to put on some extra pounds. After all, somebody needs to taste test all these cakes.

My wife and I have joined the thousands of other people that are taking the 90 day health challenge. Not a diet, but a challenge to completely change the way we look at food, eating, and weight loss. We started on July 24, 2011, and I’ve lost 4 pounds already.

I’m starting an exercise regiment and I’m being very careful at what I put into my mouth. I look at labels now and read what I’m eating and buying. How much sugar does it have, or how many calories am I going to be taking in?

When I think of all those times I would just eat something because of the way it looked and tasted, and never ounce giving a thought as to it’s nutritional value or, how bad that was to my body, and how many years I was taking away from my life, it was scary.

A real test came to me the other day as I saw a chocolate cake, that my wife had made, sitting in the fridge. It was a small tiny cake and I asked her if she needed it for someone, and she said that she did not. All I had to do is get the chocolate frosting out and frost the cake and than I could have a piece of chocolate cake. I’ve done it before, but this time was different.

To eat the chocolate cake or not to eat the chocolate cake - that is the question.

To eat the chocolate cake or not to eat the chocolate cake, that is the question. To have all that sugar and calories clogging up my arteries, and than to have it change into fat and put those four pounds back on, and than some, that I had already worked so hard to take off…why would I want to do that? I was faced with a decision.

No! I want you to know that I did have the will power to say no to that chocolate cake, and I didn’t frost it or eat it, and I felt very good about the choice that I had just made.

You see ladies and gentleman, this is where challenges are won and lost. This is where victory or defeat comes from. It’s a series of small little victories, like this , that will lead us to the end goal that we wish to achieve. It’s the culmination of all these small victories that will add up to the new healthy lifestyle, that is my goal, which will give me the new slim and trim body that I’ve always wanted.

Had I eaten that chocolate cake, would my quest have been over? Absolutely not. It would have been a minor set back, but you get up and get back in the batters box. You don’t quit, and the war is not over.

This is where your team comes in to encourage you, and pick you back up. It’s why I love taking the 90 day health challenge with other people. We are doing it together as a team and we are helping each other to achieve our goals. Never ride alone, it’s always better to go with someone.

If you would be interested in taking your 90 day challenge, we would love to have you on our team. We’ll do it together, and you won’t be alone.

So when you feel like eating that piece of chocolate cake, think about your challenge, your goals, and think about your team. Were all in it together.

Are You Living to Eat or Are You Eating to Live?

July 25th, 2011
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Maybe you’ve heard that question before, I know I’ve asked that question of myself before. As much as I would like to answer it the right way, I have to say that I am living to eat. I love to eat. I love to eat good food, and when I say good food, I mean good tasting food, not food that’s good for you.

Paula Deen and her fried chicken

I can’t believe how many cooking programs that are on TV today. My wife loves watching them, especially Paula Deen. We’ve tried some of those delicious foods that they prepare on those shows, and they taste very good, but most of them are not very nutritious.

Do you like to eat out? I love to go out to eat. It’s getting kind of expensive though to go out and eat all the time, and we don’t do it as much as we used to, but one thing that my wife and I do now when we do go out, is share a meal. We order one meal and ask for two plates, because they always give you so darn much to eat.

Part of what’s happening in America today is that we eat way to much food.

I remember the days of going over to grandmas house for Sunday dinner, and she would have a ten course meal prepared, and three or four deserts, and we were still all taking home plates of food to have as leftovers for the next day.

I couldn’t eat another bite and grandma was still trying to talk all of us into having another piece of pie.

We have been programmed to over eat. From grandmas to restaurants filling our bellies till they almost bust, and as a country with plenty, we have abused our privileges and our bounty to stuff ourselves.

Not only are we over eating but we don’t always eat the best things nor do we prepare our foods in the right ways. Fried chicken, french fries, and fast food is sending us on a fast road to a heart attack, heart decease, and a number of other illnesses that we don’t have to go through.

Not only are 80% of all Americans obese, but our young people today are sitting in front of a TV or video game and they are eating themselves into a fast death. They don’t exercise or move very much, and stats show that even if a child grows and loses his weight, his body will have already established a foundation of illness as he grows older.

It’s not to late! I don’t care where you are or what you’ve done, you can start today! You can start eating to live instead of living to eat and you can change your life and the lives of your children and family forever. Are you ready? Are you ready to take the challenge?

My wife and I started our challenge almost a week ago, and I have lost three pounds already, but there is something that is going on inside of me.

I don’t have that stuffed feeling all the time like, I used to have when I left grandmas house. You know that feeling like you were going to burst, and could hardly bend down to tie your shoes? I hated that feeling. I don’t have that anymore.

I had a Pepsi the other day and it tasted so sweet to me that I couldn’t finish it, and I’ve only been doing this for just about a week. You have to ween your bodies off the things that you have been putting into them for so long and it’s like going through withdrawals, but once you overcome, you are on your way.

Everyone will go through these things at a different pace, depending on your metabolism, how much weight you want to lose, and how bad you’ve abused your body over the years.

My wife and I have decided to reward ourselves one day a week with something that we like. Maybe a cup of ice cream, (I love ice cream, especially chocolate peanut butter), or a piece of pie.

I’ve learned over the years of training and watching my weight, to never go cold turkey. Reward yourself once in awhile or else you will find yourself going crazy and eating the whole pie instead of just one piece. Remember just one piece.

I was a huge fan of Cory Everson and Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the day. Cory Everson was Ms Olympia six years in a row, from 1984 to 1989, and she would always reward herself with a Snickers bar once a week. It was part of her training.

2007 Arnold Classic being presented to Cory Everson.

Now I love Snickers and when I heard her say that, I started to implement that into my work outs as well.

I love this challenge and I love being on the road to living a healthy lifestyle once again. I want to be around for as long as I can, and I want to run and play with my grand kids, not video games but football, baseball, and going for long walks.

You can start your challenge today, right now! Lose weight, and get healthy again. Look good and feel great. Isn’t that the way you want to live your life? Isn’t that the legacy you want to leave for your children? Are you living to eat or eating to live? You have to decide.

Can Your Business Grow With a Disappearing Auto-Ship? – It Can Grow To Heights You Would Not Believe

July 15th, 2011
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If you are a network marketer and you have a network marketing business, you know the importance of auto-ship.

Auto-ship is the monthly purchase of your products that you and your distributors must be on to maintain your activity in your business and it keeps you open to receive the full benefits from your companies compensation plan.

Everyone knows this, but what if you stopped your auto-ship? What would happen to your checks and your money flow? What would happen to your down-line? This would not be a very good picture…right? Wrong!

What if I showed you a company where you would thrive without an auto-ship? Can your business grow with a disappearing auto-ship? It can grow to heights you would not believe, at least it could in Visalus.

Your business can grow to heights you would not believe

The simplest way to explain how this works is, if you get three people to join you in the same products, or better, than you receive yours absolutely free. That’s it! Your auto-ship is now free.

Visalus is offering the 90 Day Challenge. The 90 Day Challenge is a weight loss challenge and getting you back on the road to health and wellness. Getting America back to health and wellness is a priority for Visalus.

80% of all Americans are over weight, and almost 500 million people are considered obese, and if that’s not enough for you, over 22 million children under the age of five are considered obese. Our children are growing up fat and over weight, and this leads to other deceases and depression, which leads to a maze of problems.

Is it any wonder why the suicide rate in our young people continues to rise year after year. It’s time we all wake up to this growing epidemic and put a stop to it right now!

So I can get on a system where I will start losing weight, and get back to a healthy lifestyle, and If I help three other people to do the same thing, my products are free. Lose weight, get healthy, help others, and it’s free? The disappearing auto-ship, and the reason people jump off your organization, is now gone!

I hate this word, but I’m going to say it anyway…dah…no brainer!

But wait a minute, here comes the really good part… if I lose the weight and my friends lose the weight, do you think that they just might be a little bit excited? Do you think that they will want to stay on and maybe even do the business side of Visalus. I mean if I can do this and help others do this, why not get paid for it as well and help others to also?

Maybe that’s why Visalus is a rapidly growing company with a 1000 people joining in the 90 Day Challenge every week.

Did I mention the BMW program that they have? Yes you can qualify your way to the BMW club. Think that just might be out of your reach? Think again, because every week ten people qualify for a new BMW. That is phenomenal!

There is another company that I’m involved with, and they also have a BMW qualification program, only thing is, only two people have qualified for a BMW with them. Two in two years, and Visalus has about ten people every week.

Despite all these incredible positives about getting involved with Visalus;

  1. Lose weight
  2. Make Money (and a BMW)
  3. Help Others Do The Same

But one of the biggest is…how many people do you know that just might want to shed a few pounds or maybe even a lot of pounds? How many people do you know that want to start eating better and get on the road to health and vitality? Just about everyone you meet, right?

How many times are you in a conversation with someone and the topic of weight loss, or gain, exercise or gym, eating better or getting fit, doesn’t come up in the conversation? I know…a lot.

This is not a hard topic or a hard product to market. It just comes naturally.

Try it yourself. Get on the 90 Day Challenge. Get your spouse to join you and get three friends to climb on board with you and your product will be free, but you will also have the accountability and support of a group of friends. This is so important and the success of your challenge will be that much more attainable, because of the support you have. Don’t forget your Visalus team support too.

 

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.