If You Say Can’t; You Won’t


{What I am about to write does not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.}

I just had an interesting conversation with someone who was asking me about body remodeling. To every suggestion the response was, “I can’t.” What surprised me the most was that this was someone who only wanted to lose 5 or 10 pounds and in my honest opinion did not need to lose that. The individual is driven, successful and hard working; so I was stunned at the “I can’t” reply.

I kindly told her that without a change in attitude there was nothing that would help her lose any weight.

Excuses not to succeed are abundant, however genuine reasons are far and few between. Medical problems are genuine reasons. Family health problems are genuine reasons. Scheduling conflicts are not, at least they are not when you want to change your life for the better.

The key to weight management and body remodeling is three fold.

It is 100% mental.

It is 100% diet.

It is 100% exercise.

Nothing can be lacking if one truly wants to reach their goal.

If you have fallen into the “I can’t” pitfall I highly suggest you read the following column I wrote last year:

http://fatthenfitnow.com/Inspiration.html

When you tell others you can’t, you probably won’t. When you tell yourself you can’t you definitely won’t.

I have said before — gaining weight was the easiest thing I have ever done and losing weight was just as easy. Living obese was a struggle and a chore, living fit is fulfilling, fantastic and fun.

I sacrificed nothing to become fit, I sacrificed everything being obese.

Joe Leonardi

Low Carb Thanksgiving or Planned Splurge


{What I am about to write does not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.}

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The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us.  The diet experts will have been all over the place, having reared their lollipop like  heads, sitting atop their scrawny stick bodies, telling us how to diet through the holiday.

A client me asked what I was going to eat on Thanksgiving.  I told her the same things she should —- whatever I like.  I rarely use the word diet.  I eat what I eat. Generally, that means low carbohydrate and as many whole foods as possible.  Days that I don’t follow my usual feeding habits I consider open eating days.

In my book, Fat Then Fit Now; A life beyond weight loss, I have outlined what, internet, low carb guru, Jimmy Moore coined,  “planned splurges.”  These are days when you predetermine to not be strict. The holidays can, and in my opinion should, be planned splurges.

Partaking, one day, every few weeks is not going to sabotage all your hard work.  We are the master’s of our meals.  Being the masters, we must be disciplined and plan.  Not for the holiday, but the day after.

1- Get rid of leftovers that are not part of your regular eating regiment. I know it is wasteful, but if you are a low carber like me, the potatoes, stuffing, pie and the like go in the trash.  If the bad stuff isn’t there, neither is the temptation.  If your family members aren’t watching what they eat and want the leftovers, have them take the food with them.  If they live with you? Tough, they don’t get them either, toss them in the trash!!!

2- Plan the next day’s meals and snacks ahead of time.  After a day of cooking, setting-up, feasting and cleaning, you many not be in the mood to prepare proper foods.  To alleviate this potential problem, have your foods  ready and in the fridge.

3- Weigh yourself the next day. Don’t get too hung up on the number because it will be up.  Yet, get on the scale.  The increased reading will keep you from making a one day splurge into a four-day food fest.

4- Exercise.  I make sure to work out Thanksgiving morning before everyone gets up and then I make sure to exercise first thing Friday morning.  It is important to maintain our exercise routine. No excuses! No carbohydrate loaded laziness! Get off your butt and move.

Holidays are very food centric events.  The so-called experts will have you believe that you should not partake.  Here is the dirty little secret, you won’t be good.  Part of being human is enjoying food and company. In the U.S. this often goes hand in hand.  So, if you listen to the “experts”, when you overindulge, instead of  simply eating bad one day, you are now over-loaded with both food and guilt.

Remember, when you prepare ahead of time for the splurge and the day after, you will enjoy a guilt free holiday and most importantly, still get to shout; I was FAT THEN but I am FIT NOW.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Chiropractor, Doc Joe Leonardi


Podcast #16 Thanksgiving, No Diet Day


In this podcast we will discuss how to eat properly on the Thanksgiving holiday.  You may be surprised.

Please click the below link to listen:

Podcast #16 Thanksgiving Eating

A Snowblower Wintervention? The epitome of lazy!


{What I am about to write does not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.}

I recently heard a commercial on the radio using a take off of the word intervention, a wintervention, to promote a product.  In the spot, different parts of a man’s body were encouraging him to go easy on them and use a snowblower instead of shoveling snow this winter.   The feet were whining, the back was complaining and the brain was insisting it was wise to be indolent.

The first time I heard it, I chuckled.

The second time I heard it, I cringed.

The third time I heard it, I yelled at the radio.

The people in the car stopped beside me looked over like I lost my mind, and for a second, I did. My ire was on fire because, once again, the laziness of our citizenry is being extolled, encourage and exploited.

I have to ask:

Are we really that afraid of a little hard  work?

When did it become better to avoid activity?

What can the results of this attitude be?

We are already experiencing the answer to the last question — obesity and a lack of good health.

What is wrong, if one does not have a medical condition, with shoveling a little bit of snow?

If you are like me, and don’t appreciate winter, then approach it as exercise and make it an adjunct to your work-out program.

Be sure to take proper precautions just like exercise: warm-up, stretch and take breaks.  Ensure that your health is up to the task; get a check up prior to winter and attain clearance from your physician.  Make sure you use proper technique, dress appropriately and if you feel something is amiss, STOP!

Regarding snowblowers, I am not saying these devices do not have their place.  If you are not physically able, a snowblower is a must.   If you have to remove snow in either large amounts or over large areas, they may be very necessary.  However, for the average sized walkway or driveway, it is my opinion that one should clear the white stuff via the power of their own steam.

We must take care of our bodies by encouraging movement.  We must take care of our health my improving our capacity to do work.  It is imperative that we halt the search for the path of least resistance.  Let us all take up the challenge and push ourselves, within our reasonable limits, to do more.  Through hard work, we are all able to improve our mind, body and spirit.

Say NO to those who wish to entrap us in and the exploit weak, unfit bodies. Take control of your health, improve your fitness and allow the power of your own body to do the work!

Enemies of the State of Good Health 11/19/10


Chiropractor and Author Doc Joe Leonardi presents

 

This week’s Enemies of the State of Good Health!


A list some people, entities, groups, and  organizations that I believe are a detriment to the battle against obesity.

You may agree, you may disagree.  Please feel free to comment.


 

 

Rachael Ray

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From her talk show, to her food network show, Rachel Ray is a definite detriment to our country’s good health.

I have written previously about the weight loss story being played out on the RR show.  It is a sad state of affairs that one person would exploit the struggles of a teenager for ratings.  But what makes it even worse?  —- This line from the RR website; “Join us for the start of an inspirational journey as we follow one overweight teen’s struggle to take control of her life and finally reach a place where she can love and accept herself.” I am a strong advocate for a healthier life.  I want everyone to strive for a more fit physique.  However, in all of my writings, in all of my speeches, I have never had anyone question self-love and self acceptance.  What a horrible implication! Then, to make matters even worse, is the whole “event” goal mentality that will surely set someone up for failure.

Rachael reinforces her position on my list with her Food Network show, 30 Minute Meals.  Her continued use of over-processed, over-refined, carbohydrate laden ingredients makes my waist bulge just watching it.

What saddens me the most about placing Rachael Ray on my list is that I am a fan of hers.  She took an opportunity and made the most of it. She is now in a position that she could continue her ratings success and use her multiple platforms to make a positive impact on the State of Good Health, yet she choses not to.

 

Bariatric Butchers

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I am aware that there are success stories in the bariatric surgery field, however the emerging overuse of this technique is taking away the any potential positives. The various operating room procedures that are used to help people lose weight all pose significant risks. Risks, that in my opinion, may not always necessary. We don’t take the time to educate people about proper eating and exercise.  Instead, many accept the prevailing surgical mantra, “A chance to cut is a chance to cure,” and ignore the underlying problem.

The underlying problem is NOT a stretched out stomach that requires a reduction in volume.  The underlying problem is often times a lack of understanding of the obese mindset.  Via techniques that  simply by-pass the stomach, the mind is ignored.  It is much more effective, less invasive and risky, to change the mindset than it is to change the anatomical structure.

Besides the risk associated with the surgery, there are post operative problems, the change in the physiology of digestion, potential malabsorption syndromes and the potential failure of the individual to maintain the sparse diet required.

All in all, bariatric surgical practitioners are a detriment to good health.

President Barack Obama

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President Obama’s push to change health care in this country has left completely ignored the more important part of the phrase health care, HEALTH.   By continuing to perpetuate an illness based system, the president has neglected the true problem in our country — our lack of good health.

Other accomplishments that assisted President Obama onto my list are:

-He took almost one year to appoint a  President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition

-He appointed an overweight Surgeon General in a time when obesity is becoming a leading health concern in the Untied States.

-He has done very little to help change the food pyramid, the supposed proper eating plan, put out by the U.S. Government.

-He has done very little to demonstrate that he takes care of his own health with exercise or good eating choices. Playing golf and eating at burger joints are not leading by example.

Barack Obama, President of the Untied States, “leader of the free world,” will lead the country further down it’s unfit, obese path.

 

 

Podcast #15 Clearer nutrition labels are NOT the answer


Kathleen Sebelius

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has informed us that clearer nutrition labels will help us in our battle with obesity. Really? Click on the link and listen to why she is wrong and what should be done…

Click the link below.…….. and you may want to turn the volume down around 3 1/2 minute mark. I get “slightly” worked up…

Podcast #15 Clearer Nutrition Labels are NOT the answer

Do I diet on Thanksgiving? — HELL NO!!!!


{What I am about to write does not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss andfitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.}

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The Thanksgiving holiday is just over one week away. The diet experts will begin to rear their lollipop heads, sitting atop their scrawny stick bodies, telling us how to diet through the holiday.

A client me asked what I was going to eat on Thanksgiving.  I told her, the same things she should —- whatever I like.  I rarely use the word diet.  I eat what I eat. Generally, that means low carbohydrate and as many whole foods as possible.  Days that I don’t follow my usual feeding habits I consider open eating days.

In my book, Fat Then Fit Now; A life beyond weight loss, I have outlined what Jimmy Moore coined,  “planned splurges.”  These are days that you predetermine to not be strict.  I make the holidays planned splurges.

Partaking, one day, every few weeks is not going to sabotage all your hard work.  We are the master’s of our meals.  Being the masters, we must be disciplined and plan.  Not for the holiday, but the day after.

1- Get rid of left-overs that are not part of your regular eating regiment. I know it is wasteful, but if you are a low carber like me, the potatoes, stuffing, pie and the like go in the trash.  If the bad stuff isn’t there, neither is the temptation.  If your family members aren’t watching what they eat and want the left overs, have them take the food with them.  If they live with you? Tough, they don’t get them either, toss them in the trash!!!

2- Plan the next days meals and snacks ahead of time. After a day of cooking, setting-up, feasting and cleaning, you many not be in the mood to prepare proper foods.  To alleviate this potential problem, have your foods  ready and in the fridge.

3- Weigh yourself the next day. Don’t get too hung up on the number because it will be up.  Yet, get on the scale.  The increased reading will keep you from making a one day splurge into a four-day food fest.

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4. Exercise.  I make sure to work out Thanksgiving morning before everyone gets up and then I make sure to exercise first thing Friday morning.  It is important to maintain our exercise routine. No excuses! No carbohydrate loaded laziness! Get off your butt and move.

Holidays are very food centric events.  The so-called experts will have you believe that you should not partake.  Here is the dirty little secret, you won’t be good.  Part of being human is enjoying food and company. In the U.S. this often goes hand in hand.  So, when you over-indulge, instead of  simply eating bad one day, you are now over-loaded with both food and guilt.

Remember, when you prepare ahead of time for the splurge and the day after, you will enjoy a guilt free holiday and most importantly, still get to shout; I was FAT THEN but I am FIT NOW.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Chiropractor, Doc Joe Leonardi

Podcast #14 Don’t Do Diet Drugs


In this podcast we will discuss some the news that the FDA has denied another obesity drug. It is time to stop looking to big pharma for the solution that is within yourself!

Please click the below link to listen:

Podcast #12 Don’t Do Diet Drugs

Fat Acceptance Movement II


{What I am about to write does not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss andfitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.}

In regards to my initial Enemies of the State of Good Health posting, I was sent a message from one of my readers asking me, in reagards to the Fat Acceptance Movement being included,  what is wrong with the acceptance of larger people?

That is a very valid question.  One that deserves a response.  There isn’t any problem.  I don’t like or dislike someone based upon their weight or appearance.  Overweight, large or obese people were not the subject, nor enemies of the state of good health.  The “enemy” was the entity itself.

My dislike for the Fat Acceptance Movement has nothing to do with individuals who are struggling with weight issues.  My dislike for the movement,  stems from having been morbidly obese at one time and having thought that the world should accommodate my girth because of my lack of self-control and self-discipline.  The Fat Acceptance Movement promotes an almost civil rights tone, pushing for obese people to be treated like a minority.  I simply disagree.  As I have stated many times, in the absence of an underlying condition, being overweight, fat or obese is a choice.  It may not be a conscious choice, but it is a choice.

My former incarnation, Joe.340, thought as what I have read are the beliefs which the Fat Acceptance Movement promotes.  I was appalled that booths in restaurants were not more spacious.  I genuinely believed that movie theater seats should be roomier.   Also, why couldn’t they have less seats on an airplane and make them all as big as first class?  It was my belief that others should conform and adapt to me.

Well, that is the problem and that is my main issue.  The Fat Acceptance Movement wants the world to change for them and in turn promote an unhealthy life.

I never suggest to a person that they should lose weight.  I was recently emailed someone’s height and weight and asked whether or not I thought they should lose weight.  I responded to the person that I help those who want to lose weight and recapture their health.   I do not decide for someone if they need to lose weight, even if it the answer is obvious.  It is up to an individual to decide, not only if they need to lose weight, but more importantly, that they want to lose weight.

I live by the mantra that weight loss is a side effect of fitness.  The primary goal of what I do is to get people to embrace fitness and good health.  People who have read or heard about me seek me out to lose weight and I help them do that, yet I don’t make the weight loss the only motivation nor the only goal.  The numbers on the scale are a useful feedback tool to reach the most important goal; improvement of their overall health.

Most people who are overweight or obese are not in an optimal state of health and fitness. Yes, I am aware that there are exceptions to the rule, but I am not even sure about those exceptions. Additionally, I am by no means saying that if you are not overweight, you are fit.  There are plenty of folks who do not have a weight problem that are pure physical wrecks.  I am willing to help them as well.  However, I can only relate personal experiences and that is what I try to share.

Back to being overweight, yet fit. Years ago, before I had gotten up to three hundred and forty pounds, I may have fallen,  kind of — sort of,  into that category.  I was in the gym religiously, focusing mostly on strength training doing very little endurance exercises.  I was stronger than I had been in my entire life.  I weighed about two hundred and eighty pounds, I was carrying around excess fat, but muscular development was obvious.  The joke at the gym where I trained was, I could lift the entire gym… I just could not walk around it.

Was I fit because I was strong?

Was I fit because my vital signs fell within normal ranges?

You better believe that I was convinced I was fit.  In my delusional mind, I didn’t need to lose weight.  I could not have been more wrong.  That excuse-making, rationalizing mindset was a direct factor in the birth of Joe.340.

I am also not saying we should judge anyone based upon appearance.   What I AM saying is that I do not believe that we should accept our own self-imposed limitations.  We have the power to improve our health and we should not allow a group, no matter how well intentioned,  to dis-empower us.

When I was obese, I could not tie my own shoes.

When I was obese, I could not rise out of a chair without pushing off the arm rests.

When I was obese, I could not get up out of a low couch without rolling over on my stomach, placing my knees on the floor and pushing myself to a standing position.

Were any of the above examples really acceptable?  Unfortunately, for me, they were —- for far too long.

I have been accused of being harsh.

I have been accused of being unyielding.

I have been accused of being unsympathetic.

Let me tell you a few things:

I am harsh!  I wish someone was harsher with me. I don’t want someone to have to be sitting in the emergency room with chest pains, as I was, to realize they need to do something now.

I am unyielding!  I have heard all the excuses, I have used most of them, giving in to the excuses will only make the situation worse.

I am NOT unsympathetic!  Trust me, I was there, I am very sympathetic.  However, I don’t express my sympathy by encouraging lackadaisical behaviors.  I show my sympathy by assisting those who seek my help to reach their goals.

It is my life’s mission, to help those who wish to take control of their poor eating and exercise habits. It is my desire that everyone enjoy an improved quality of life through fitness. And, if I am lucky, I will save a life or two along the way.

Enemies of the State of Health and Fitness


Over the next several Fridays I am going to list some people, entities, groups, organizations, etc. that I believe are a detriment to the battle against obesity.  You may agree, you may disagree. Please feel free to comment.

Thanks,

Joe

So without further adieu here are this weeks:

ENEMIES OF THE STATE OF HEALTH AND FITNESS

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh at CPAC in February 2009.

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Obviously I listen to the show and I have for years. I have a lot of respect for his accomplishment in the realm of radio. Rush Limbaugh, single-handedly saved AM radio. Like him or not, he is the reason talk radio, and talk television for that matter, exists and everyone who works in the industry owes him. With that said, Rush’s lazy mentality, when it comes to his health and fitness, is a detriment and a disservice to all who listen to him.

Rush’s weak will has been demonstrated time and again over the years. His weight has bounced up and down and he has had other issues. When he discusses weight loss he is way out of his realm. He claims to want to stir the pot. However, in a nation where obesity is on the rise at an alarming rate, wouldn’t it be better if one who has the media presence of Rush were to use it to actually help others. Limbaugh decries celebrities who use their status to push certain issues, yet he uses his celebrity and his long reach to spread health related misinformation.

I will tell you what El Rushbo, I will take a year off and exclusively whip you into shape. After one year, you will be talking a different tune.

L.A. Tarone

While on the talk radio genre I thought I would mention a local media personality. L.A. Tarone is a former newspaper writer, current  T.V. host at station WYLN and a fill in host at WILK news radio here in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market.

I have met L.A. on an occasion or two. He interviewed me when I ran for congress.  I think he is a nice guy and he was an extremely fair interviewer.

After saying all those nice things you must be asking, why is he on the list? Well, today he was filling in for Sue Henry and blew his lid ranting about a possible new rule in Pennsylvania.  It seems the Board of Education is considering new rules that would limit parents to a single sweet treat at school parties and allow classrooms one birthday celebration per month.

Look, I don’t like the state getting involved in our day-to-day lives, but children are in schools about seven hours a day. It is the purpose of the schools to educate our children. So, what is the problem with teaching them how to eat properly? What is the problem with maybe instilling in them a little self-control?

Our education system has failed our children terribly when it comes to health and fitness. Gym classes have been reduced or cut, recess is out the window and school lunches are refined carbohydrate laden piles of slop.  Now the board of ed. actually steps up to the plate and attempts something positive and they are going to be dragged over the coals?

Tarone is a nice person, but he is a  scrawny, skinny little guy. He probably still fits into the same sized clothing he wore when he was a young man. Hell from what I have seen, it appears he is still wearing those same clothes.

L.A. Tarone is very knowledgeable on many subjects, but this isn’t one of them. Considering rise in the rate of childhood obesity — something needs to be done. We live in a country where young, preteen children are developing type II, adult onset, diabetes and hypertension.  If we don’t educate them in school, then where do we educate them?

L.A. if you would like to have a serious discussion on this topic please feel free to email me at FatThenFitNow@me.com.  I will be more than happy to come on any of your shows. I will be free in January.

The Fat Acceptance Movement

I have written previously about this misguided group. I am sorry, no not really,  but any group whose purpose is to change societal attitudes towards overweight or obese people is an enemy of the state of health and fitness. I do not believe that overweight people should be singled out for ridicule or discrimination, yet I don’t believe that we should discourage people from getting healthy and fit. That is exactly what this movement does!

It is of paramount importance that we act today to change the lifestyle habits of those who are obese.  Not solely  because of the burden on our health care system, but to give those people a better quality of life. There is no reason, as long as there is not an underlying condition, for anyone to be obese. It is a detriment to the person and it sets a bad example for our youth. Unfortunately, our youth are emulating the obese and they are on the way to a life limited by obesity.

There is a real possibility that for the first time life expectancy may actually decrease.

Is this really something we want to promote?

I don’t!

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Who will be added to this undesirable  list? Log on next week to find out who are The Enemies of the State of Health and Fitness.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond wight loss.

He is available to speak  to any school, association or group. He will make himself available to any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; 94.3 FM’s Tough Talk With Joe Peters; Lisa Davis’ Your health radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast.

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