Obesity Undone, Uncomplicates Weight loss and fitness


 

Obesity Undone
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Obesity Undone

 

Fat Then Fit Now; A Life Beyond Weight Loss, Edition 2

Authored by Dr. Joe Leonardi

Obesity undone is weight loss and fitness uncomplicated. On March 1, 2008, Physical Culturist and Chiropractor Doc Joe weighed a ponderous, pachydermian and unhealthy 340 pounds.

One year later he weighed in at 210 pounds. He not only lost weight — he regained his health, fitness and wellness.

Follow the Doc as he imparts upon you his story. It is from the heart and he shares the good and the bad. It is at times tough, at other times funny, but most importantly he will show you hw he got results.

Weight loss is a side effect of fitness — fitness is not the end result of weight loss. Undo obesity and don’t simply lose weight — gain health.

 

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Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting that I write do 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.************

Morbid Obesity


The following column appeared on NaturallySavvy.com

I am honored to be contributing to NaturallySavvy.com. Since many of you may not know me, I would like to share with you how and why I came to write and speak motivationally about weight loss and fitness.

To paraphrase a very famous author; August of 2005 was the best of times. My wife and I were overcoming what had been a rocky start to our marriage, my practice was doing quite well and I recently announced my candidacy for congress.

During dinner, at a quaint Italian restaurant, a piece of food stuck in my throat. I panicked, ran out to the parking lot and after what seemed an eternity of forceful coughing; the chunk finally dislodged and so began an ordeal that forever changed my life, ushering in the worst of times.

I continued to have difficulty swallowing. I went to doctor after doctor who gave one misdiagnosis after another.  It was frustrating and frightening. Because any other food type simply would not go down my throat, I was subsisting solely on ice cream.  Exasperated, I took control of my situation and ordered an MRI that revealed a case of unilateral tonsillitis, which had progressed to the point that the opening in my throat was a mere seven millimeters. A tonsillectomy was soon scheduled and I was hoping that my medical nightmare was over.

After the surgery, I was still unable to eat. I continued to lose weight and my health rapidly declined. What was supposed to be a few days out of my office soon became a few weeks.  After two months I was diagnosed by a good friend with septicemia. He got me on the right medication and within a week I was finally, for the first time in seven months, eating solid food.

To say my practice suffered would be an understatement, being in and out of my office for such a period of time left my business life in shambles. Trying to split my time between my office and the campaign trail left little time for exercise. That lack of exercise, combined with garbage eating habits, packed on gobs of unhealthy fat pounds.

I lost the election, my business continued to decline, both my parents passed away and my marriage faltered and failed.

I turned to the comforts of the demonic duo — food and alcohol.

I followed a diet of carbohydrate crammed, over-processed, and highly refined junk food.  To get through my days I relied on the high that sugar induced and to sleep through the nights, I depended on on the numbing effect of alcohol. Like most substances that artificially influence the mind, increasing amounts were required to continue attaining the desire effects.

I was subsisting on some form of sugar at every meal or snack, additionally I was downing a fifth of the hard stuff each night.

On Friday, October 19th 2007, to get me through the weekend I purchased three bottles of Tennessee whiskey.  The following Saturday is one I will never forget.  I woke up some time around noon, went into the living room and saw two bottles completely empty. I fell heavy into a chair unable to believe I was still alive. I took the remaining bottle, poured it down the sink and set it atop my refrigerator — where it still sits today.  I can count on two hands the number of drinks I have had since that day.

Unfortunately, I did not have the same revelation about my weight — yet. That day came four months later.

In March of 2008, after years of avoiding it, I hopped upon my dust covered scale.  I sucked in my gut just to see the dial.  I couldn’t believe the number the pointer stopped on.  Those numbers were 3 4 0.  I weighed a ponderous, pachydermian three hundred and forty pounds.  I was not simply overweight. I was morbidly obese.

It is funny how the human mind can choose to not accept reality.  Even with those numbers starring me in the face, I did not admit that I was that far out of shape.  I went to my office and had my office manager snap two pictures, one from the front and one from the side.  I downloaded them to my computer and that is when reality set in.  I expected to see a large, powerlifting type physique in those photos — what I saw was a pin sized head atop a soft, rotund, pear shaped body. For that moment — it was too much.  Filled with self-pity, I locked my door and sobbed.

After about an hour, I pulled myself together and decided enough was enough.  It was my poor choices that led to this state,it was my reaction to adversity that put me here, so it was going to be up to me to change.

Utilizing my education and experience:

I took out a sheet of paper and outlined a low carbohydrate eating plan.

I took out another sheet of paper and designed an exercise program.

Finally, on another sheet of paper, I jotted down eight strategies to stay focused.

I had recently had a complete workup including a stress test, so even though I wasn’t in shape, I was healthy enough to get in shape.  That day I reactivated my long dormant gym membership and the next day I went to work on recapturing my fitness, health and wellness.

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ImagePhysical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting that I write do 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.************

Exercise and Mental Decline


Today Physical Culturists and Chiropractor Doc Joe Leonadi discusses a recent report concerning how exercise can help slow or prevent mental decline as we age.
Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting that I write do 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.************

Dr. Robert Lustig


I have been a fan of Dr. Robert Lustig’s work since his presentation, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, went viral.  Yet, as often happens, the more Dr. Lustig spoke, the more I questioned.   As I followed his interviews and presentations, the more I started to not only question, but to disagree — not with his hypothesis, not with his science, not with his identification of the problem, but with his solutions.  Those who have followed my blog or YouTube videos are aware that I am strong proponent of self-reliance and responsibility as keys to defeating obesity,  whereas Dr. Lustig supports some type of government intervention.  These are differing opinions, and while I disagree, I respect his right to his conclusions.

What as spurred me to write was his appearance on WNYC’s  “Here’s The Thing,” hosted by Alec Baldwin.

One of the factors that has always concerned me about Dr. Lustig, is that he is apparently pretty overweight.   Since no one ever mentioned it,  I often thought it was just the way his clothes fit, the camera angle or the way he was positioned.  But, for the first time that I have heard, he admitted to having a weight problem, which unto itself isn’t an issue.  He made no mention of an underlying medical condition, nor, although he gave high praise for physical exercise, did he mention his exercise routine, if any.

How can a person, who is becoming a leading expert on obesity awareness, a person who claims that exercise in is the most important activity to improve quality of life, not lead by example?  It is simply astonishing.

Dr. Lustig fell back to one of the tried and true excuses that many of us, including me, have used at one point or another — lack of time.

Make no mistake, it is an excuse — plain and simple.

It is an excuse that can be negated by proper planning and commitment.  The Dr. went on to say that he carries around a “few extra pounds,”  and that he is not happy about it.  Well, if you aren’t happy about it, then do something about it.  I wrote about this excuse in my posting; How Deep Is Your Desire To Beat Back Obesity?  In that posting I gave a detailed account of one of my typical days. (It appears at the end of this posting.)

I remember hearing Dr. Lustig state that he was caught off guard when the video went viral and he was thrust into the obesity spotlight.  Since then, he has embraced his position giving numerous interviews; however what can be disconcerting is that he doesn’t embrace living a fit and healthful lifestyle.

His admitted weight problem and, even though he doesn’t eat sugar per se, described diet are the proof and root of a problem.  That problem is when the “experts” don’t live the healthful lifestyle they extoll — then the question must,  at the very least, be asked: Should they be the ones to whom we turn to for answers?
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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.

He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting that I write do 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.************

This day was Wednesday 9/14/11.  By the way, Wednesday’s is the day of the week my office is closed, you know — my day off .

  • 4:08am — Alarm sounds.  I hit the off button and say to myself several time, “Get up, get up, get up…!” I pause in the sitting position at the edge of my bed and consider laying back down.  I grab a picture of myself at 340 pounds and only need to glance at it for a moment before I spring up to my feet and head to the kitchen for coffee.
  • 4:20am — Finish up my coffee, brush my teeth, shave, double-check my gear that I packed the night before, update Facebook for weight loss clients following me, get dressed and leave for the gym.
  • 4:45am — Arrive at the gym.  Do my leg work out; 40 sets in just under 50 minutes, then go upstairs and do my abdominal workout.
  • 6:00am — Shower, change for the day and leave the gym.
  • 6:30am — Stop by my office.  Check and answer emails from Fat Then Fit Now clients, friends and students.
  • 6:50am — Leave my office.
  • 7:00am — Arrive for breakfast at Tony’s Diner in Kingston, had the best sausage and cheese omelet.
  • 7:30am — Depart Tony’s and head to the college.
  • 7:50am — Arrive at the college and get ready to teach my first class.
  • 8:55am — Class dismissed; off to the office (you know, the one that is closed for the day.)
  • 9:30am — Arrive at the office.  Write and publish blog post.  Answer more emails and Facebook inquires for people interested in my book.  Look over new info for the second edition of Fat Then Fit Now; A Life Beyond Weight Loss.
  • 10:30am — Have a snack of mixed nuts and unsweetened iced tea.
  • 10:45am — Get on Skype with the one and only Jimmy Moore and record a brief segment commemorating his 500th podcast episode.
  • 11:00am — Treat two emergency patients. Ordered lunch.
  • 11:30am — Stop at Leo’s Pizza where a grilled chicken salad w/blue cheese dressing is waiting for me. After lunch I head back up to the college.
  • 12:15pm — Arrive at the college and teach my second class of the day.
  • 1:15pm — Class dismissed.  Off to the lounge. Mix up a protein pudding (just enough water added to protein powder to give it a pudding like consistency), eat it while I enter quiz grades and do some class prep work.  Take a few moments to “discuss” politics with a colleague.
  • 2:30pm — Teach third class of the day.
  • 3:55pm — Class dismissed.
  • 4:00pm — Teach fourth class of the day.
  • 5:50pm — Class dismissed, run to lounge and warm up chicken breast stuffed with artichoke, spinach and cheese that I prepared earlier in the week. Scarfed down dinner.
  • 6:00pm — Teach fifth class of the day.
  • 8:45pm — Class dismissed.
  • 9:15pm — Stop to see my girlfriend for a visit.
  • 10:00pm — Prepare gear, clothes and choose one the already prepared meals to pack for the next day, set up the coffee maker and the timer for 5:08am (I sleep in on Tues/Thursday), put clothes in the washing machine and then finally sit down and unwind with a little television.
  • 10:45pm — Go to bed, check to make sure alarm is set for 5:18am (I need to give the coffee time to brew), read until I fall asleep.

Letter to the Editor; Mayor Michael Bloomberg Soda Size Ban


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Dear Editor,

Below is the letter I sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg dated 6/4/12.  It has been over a month
and I have not received even an acknowledgement my letter was received.  I understand the
Mayor is a very busy person, within the last month he has been present to kick off national
doughnut day and the hot dog eating contest at Coney Island, so I can understand how, amidst
all the gluttony, genuine and effective obesity awareness may have slipped his mind.
Even with the preceding sarcasm, I do keep my offer to the Mayor open and hopefully will hear
from him soon.  The obesity epidemic, with which he so obviously is concerned, will not go away
anytime soon.
Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi
Monday, June 04, 2012
Attention: The Honorable Mayor Michael Bloomberg
                c/o Shea Fink
Dear Mr. Mayor,
                I have read about the City’s possible ban on extremely large soft drinks. I have heard it proposed
that this may be an effective means to combat the growing obesity issue — an issue that is a very real threat
to not only your City, but the Nation as a whole.
                I believe that the intentions of the ban are well meaning, however, in my opinion as a health care
provider, educator, weight loss motivational speaker and most importantly; someone who has lost one hundred
and forty pounds and kept it off — the ban will be completely ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst.
                I would like to offer my services to you and New York City.  I will give up my practice in Pennsylvania,
relocate to New York and along with you and members of your staff, give my full attention to developing and
implementing effective measures to not only raise awareness, but to help those presently afflicted and prevent
others from falling down a path with which I am all too familiar.
Thank you for your time and attention.  It is my desire that I may have an appointment to discuss this matter
with you in person and join you on the crusade to end the life limiting obesity problem so many people face.
Sincerely,
Dr. Joseph F. Leonardi

Gary Taubes Correct On Diet; Not So Correct On Exercise


Be sure to get a complete medical exam prior to beginning any exercise program!

Chiropractor Doc Joe Leonard discusses the importance of exercise on sustaining weight loss and how he can agree with Gary Taubes on one topic and disagree on another.
———————————————————————————Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss. [[ASIN:1453793755 Fat Then Fit Now: A Life Beyond Weight Loss]] and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com. http://www.naturallysavvy.com/savvy-contributors/dr-joe-leonardi-dc He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.
He has appeared on What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting that I write do 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.************