A Gallon A Day – Kill The Gallon Challenge

killthegallonSo I recently had one of my awesome friends (Heather Paris) post a picture on my Facebook wall (I think she was actually kind of throwing down a challenge ūüėČ ) of a challenge that her and her husband (Another awesome friend, Thad Paris), are doing. They are doing a challenge to drink a gallon of water a day. ¬†But that’s not the funny part. The funny part is they used pun on my “Killing A Fat Guy” idea and called the challenge “Kill The Gallon! ¬†What a great idea!

So I decided to turn it into an actual challenge for my readers and followers. The idea is simple. Drink a whole 1 gallon jug of water every day! But more than that, I want you to pay attention to what this does to your body. Pay attention to who you feel before hand and how you feel 1 week in, 2 weeks, a month, 3 months… and so on. Keep a “Kill The Gallon” log.

Why? ¬†Because a MAJOR contributing factor to obesity, ironically, is dehydration. ¬†We simply don’t drink enough water through the day. If you challenge yourself to drink a gallon every day, you’re going to see some amazing results.

In fact, the Huffington Post recently published an article on the 10 benefits of drinking more water.  What were some of the findings?

  • Beter complexion
  • Smoother digestion
  • Prevent over snacking
  • More endurance
  • More strength
  • and many more!

So take the challenge! ¬†And definitely post to my Facebook (KillingAFatGuy), I’d love to hear your stories and your successes.

By the way thanks Heather and Thad Paris. ¬†For those who don’t know who Heather Paris is, check out her book on Amazon!

The Key To Losing Weight in 2015

new-year-resolutionCan you believe it? ¬†2015 is almost here. ¬†We’re just five short years away from 2020 and ten years from 2030 (and the iPhone 22 – LOL). Of course this is also the time of year that millions of people begin thinking about writing their News Year’s Resolutions. And what do you think is the #1 resolution that most people make each and every single year? ¬†You said “lose weight”, you’d be absolutely correct! The most common resolution is almost always to “lose weight”, “get healthy”, “eat better”, “begin regular exercise” or some iteration thereof.

Every year millions of people make this resolution and hundreds of thousands join a gym. ¬†In fact gym memberships typically swell during the month of December and into January by as much as 40%. ¬†Think about that for a second. If a gym has 1000 members, their membership numbers will grow to as much as 1400 members in a single month! According to StatisticBrain.Com, there are an estimated 58 million gym memberships in the US, nearly 18% of the country. That’s a pretty impressive statistic. If the numbers hold, then an up to additional 23 million are likely to sign up each year.

But here’s the rub. Approximately 67% of those memberships, more than 2/3, go UNUSED! ¬†That means that with an average monthly membership cost of $58, Americans are WASTING $2,253,880,000 PER MONTH! ¬†That’s $27,046,560,000 per year that is wasted on gym memberships. That’s just crazy! And so, year after year, Americans resolve to lose weight… AGAIN.. and they waste BILLIONS of dollars “trying” to do it. But why?

There are three keys to losing weight, plain and simple. They are Mindset, nutrition, and training.

You mindset is what’s going on in your head. ¬†The secret to the mindset of weight loss is actually very simple. Stop “trying” to “lose weight”. Instead come an understanding that weight loss is not actually your goal. You goal is to live a fit, healthy lifestyle. ¬†You goal is to increase your chances of living a longer, higher quality life by loving yourself enough to take good care of your body. ¬†It’s the only one you have.

Your nutrition is what you’re putting into your body. Fast food, candy, chips, colas, frozen meals, none of these are going to give you the nutrition your body needs in order to not only sustain you, but give you more vitality, better health, better immune response, better sex, and better EVERYTHING that makes life what it is. The food that you eat says a LOT about how you feel about yourself. Eating foods that are high in the nutrients you need, at the times when the body needs it, is the key to nutrition.

And finally, there’s training. Notice the order of these three things. Mindset comes first. Nutrition comes second. And Training comes third. It’s an important step in the process, certainly. But, as the statistics show, most people only focus on the training aspect, see some quick results, then they plateau, get discouraged, and eventually quit. It takes ALL THREE of these areas to really losing weight. If you focus on training, but ignore your mindset and your nutrition, you’re then 2015 is going to be another frustrating year of failure.

So the key to losing weight is to begin with your mindset, learn about proper nutrition and put it into practice, and then do some form of physical exercise. That’s it! ¬†There are no magic pills. There is no magic exercise program that, alone, will give you the six pack abs you’re looking for. You can’t do it simply by going to a meeting and stepping on a scale. It takes all three key components to make it happen.

So make 2015 the year you finally stop trying to lose weight and you start living a healthy life. You got this!


If At First You Don’t Succeed… QUIT!

Thomas-Edison-QuotesHave you ever heard the phrase “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”? ¬†I think the idea behind this statement is fundamentally flawed. We grow up hearing things like this and we feel like “OK, it didn’t work this time, but if I try it again, it may work next time.” ¬†The problem with this idea is that it becomes engrained in our minds and we keep doing the same things over and over again, hoping for success, and expecting different results.

You see, in our culture we have this idea that success is something that you attain. It’s like an apex that you reach at some point after doing something over and over again. Contrast that with what we think about failure. We think that failure is something bad, evil, to be avoided at all costs. We even go so far as to label individual people as success or failure. “Wow, she’s so successful, she’s a success”. “Look at that guy, he’s such a failure.”. ¬†We personalize these abstract concepts and make them part of our identity. As if I actually AM success or failure.

But what if failure is just a result? ¬†What if we take all of the negative connotations and meanings out of it and make it what it actually is; a way that didn’t work. We’ve all heard the stories of Edison and the light bulb (or maybe you haven’t), where he “tries” over 10,000 different ideas before he came to the one the worked and eureka! Let there be light! Does that mean that he was a failure? ¬†I mean the man “tried” over 10,000 times and failed to get the end result. ¬†Success eluded him all along the way.

No, of course not. But here’s the thing. Edison didn’t “try” anything. He actually DID something. ¬†He experimented with different ideas and concepts. ¬†He played around with different materials and configuration. You see, he wasn’t “trying”. ¬†He worked with one set of parameters and when he learned that it wouldn’t work, what did he do? He quit. Yes folks, that’s right. Thomas Edison was a QUITTER!

What do I mean by he quit? ¬†I mean he didn’t continue to do the same things over and over again in the same way. When he found a way that didn’t work, he didn’t continue to try and make it work. He quit doing it that way and went on to experiment with another method.

Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. It’s the “try, try again” that becomes the insanity. If at first you don’t succeed in your objective; losing weight, making more money, living a happier life, having better relationships, then quit doing what you’re doing and do something else! ¬†I don’t mean that you quit working towards your goal, but rather that you recognize that what you’re doing isn’t working. ¬†You’ve discovered a great secret. You’ve discovered a failure, which is really nothing more than a result. ¬†It’s an indication that your formula isn’t quite right… yet.

So if at first you don’t succeed, then recognize the failure, the result of what isn’t working, and change your approach.¬†Success is not something you attain. Success is what you attract by the person you become in the process. Be bold. ¬†Be courageous. Make the change and live your dream.

A Look At Obesity

This is me in October of 2008.

This is me in October of 2008.

If you thought being obese is being the target of jokes and being made fun of, you’re missing a whole part of the story. Obesity brings about a host of health dangers and predicaments. Obesity is not just about being overweight. To quote the American Obesity Association’s words, “It is now recognized that obesity is a serious, chronic disease. No human condition; not race, religion, gender, ethnicity or disease state compares to obesity in prevalence and prejudice, mortality and morbidity, sickness and stigma.”

It’s a trojan horse that brings with it a battalion of ailments, which are detrimental to your health. Here are just a few of the complications that can arise from being obese:

1. Hypertension

2. Diabetes (Type-2)

3. Coronary heart disease

4. Stroke

5. Gallbladder disease

6. Osteoarthritis

7. Asthma

8. Sleep apnea and respiratory problems

9. Some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon)

10.High levels of cholesterol

This is a pretty scary and an unending list. What’s worse it that each of the above ailments are capable of creating other complications, where no medication without side effect, could be comfortably used. So it seems to me that old adage “An ounce of prevention if worth a pound of cure” may be in order. So what can you do to prevent it?

Shake Your Head

I heard a story of a doctor who once told an obese person that it is actually very easy to lose weight. The person became very interested and asked him to suggest a way. The doctor calmly replied “Just shake your head from left to right, maybe ten times a day!” They became curious and asked “What is the idea behind this?” Doctor calmly replied, “Whenever anyone offers you something to eat, shake your head from left to right”. Simple, isn’t it? It is simple, but it requires discipline, which is not simple. But then, habit makes discipline. Avoiding junk food and fast food must be done with a discipline.

Is Being Overweight Obesity

Obesity is not just due to eating disorder unlike being overweight. Obesity can be hereditary. In fact many people in my own family have been obese and morbidly obese, but that doesn’t mean I have to be.

What Causes Obesity

There are more reasons than one. Having an obsession to eat more calories than you can burn off, how active or inactive are you, what kinds of foods you eat, what time of day you eat, and whether or not you have an inherited streak in your genes, all these determine your chances of becoming obese. Whatever the case, obesity is really due to the over accumulation of fats.

Is There An Anti-Obesity Plan?

There are many quick-fix plans being promoted by the so called dietitians which are not regulated by FDA. However, changing your mindset to no longer accept that being obese is just how it’s going to be for you, training in order to ¬†burn excess fat by increasing physical activity, and changing your lifestyle and eating habits, so that you are eating healthier foods in the right amounts, at the right times of the day will all work in concert to help you stem and even reverse the tendency to becoming obese.

In the end it comes down to the three mantras I’m always talking about: Mindset | Nutrition | Training. Get those three ideas to align, and you’ll not only stop obesity, you’ll begin to live a happier, healthier life.