Boston Strong: Bravado, Defiance, Swag…Bostonians Demonstrate It Is NOT An Act


I wrote what follows, with a few minor changes today, last year, after the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon.  It was inspired by Steve Corbett’s insulting the memories of those who died, and the struggles of those who survived:

Bravado, defiance, swag,  call it whatever you would like, but positive, strong attitudes can help get us through the worst of times.

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Small market radio talk show entertainer, Steve Corbett, intimated  with smug disdain, that those in Boston were putting forward a false front of toughness — trying to show they weren’t hurt by what happened at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.  He used the analogy of the boxer who takes a hard hit, but smiles and claims he or she isn’t injured —  and how he, Steve Corbett, didn’t like it.

Steve Corbett is small market, radio entertainer and his whole shtick is based upon pseudo-machismo. From yelling at callers, to demeaning nicknames for candidates and politicians, to banning Facebook posters, to not allowing comments on his blog postings,  to his snarling picture with his fists up in a boxing stance, all the way to his scowling catch phrase “you better listen” — Steve Corbett is the embodiment of an insecure man putting on an over-the-top tough guy act, all the while hoping no one will call him out on it.

The difference between his act,  and those in Boston, is that Bostonians are not acting —  they are tough and more importantly, they are strong.  Boston is a metropolitan area made up of a folks from a working class background, and while they may be smiling and shaking their heads, none are claiming they are not hurt.  They, better than those who have been observing, know they have been both physically and emotionally damaged.  What they are demonstrating to the world is that they are wobbled, but not knocked down —  that they took a potentially debilitating hit, but they aren’t going to let it collapse them — that they will not allow an act of terrorism to cause them tremble.

Boston Strong

Boston Strong (Photo credit: Dillsnufus)

It amazes me that in the face of tragedy, when one, or in this case a region, stands firm, there will be someone who wants to turn their strength into weakness.  That there will be a person, or people, who desire to derail their positive energy with negative commentary.  That there are those who actually yearn for them to stay beaten down, stay afraid, to cower and beg for help because the Steve Corbetts of the world can’t understand true strength, factual fortitude and genuine resolve.

I pray for those affected by this tragedy, and I also admire those who continue to move forward, who won’t go down, who won’t allow terrorism to make them cower in fear, and who would laugh at the hyperbole of people who do nothing  more than talk, but never take action.

After watching the specials leading up to the 2014 Boston Marathon, I understand now, more than I did when I originally wrote this, that those who are genuinely victimized, yet chose not to be victims, both earn and deserve our respect.

I respect those who are Boston Strong!

Exercise Is The Only Investment That Guarantees A Positive ROI


 

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Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Don’t Rely On The Healthcare System — Rely On Preventative Self-Care


With the issues surrounding the roll out of the ObamaCare website, talk is turning back toward single payer,  national health care.  Those debates can get pretty heated, and misinformation runs rampant on both sides of the argument.  However, I am not going to discuss politics or the pros and cons of ObamaCare, The Affordable Care Act, or single payer, universal health care.  That is out of everyone’s control.  Besides, our system really isn’t about healthcare, it is about sickcare and in the United States, we do it better than anyone — that is both getting sick and treating the sickness.

What I would like to discuss is one of the major risk factors to our health, one major risk that we, ourselves, can actually control – obesity.

I heard on the news that obesity (I believe they stated specifically childhood obesity) was a complex problem, one that does not have simple solutions.

Obesity Campaign Poster

Obesity Campaign Poster (Photo credit: Pressbound)

Okay, let’s examine this ludicrous statement. Generally speaking, unless a person has an underlying medical or hormonal condition, there is no reason for one to be overweight or obese.  I am sorry to burst many people’s excuse-seeking bubbles but that is a fact.

We control our bodies.

We control what goes in.

We control the amount of exercise we put out.

The problem is not complex: it is too much sugar, too much high fructose corn syrup, too much processed fast foods, not enough lean proteins, not enough fresh raw vegetables and not enough getting from behind the computer and moving.

The solution itself is also simple: cut the sugar, cut out the high fructose corn syrup, get rid of the highly processed refined garbage Americans are shoveling down their gullets and replace them with lean proteins, raw fresh vegetables, healthy fats, low glycemic fruits and get up and get moving.

Today we have more obese people in the United States than those who are simply overweight.

This is a real problem

This problem will lead to real diseases.

The morbidly obese are going to stress the U.S. health care system to a degree that not all the private or public health insurance money will be able to handle.

A local school district was given a grant from the State Education Department to fight childhood obesity. I don’t know why they needed $5,000. I will tell them how to do it for half that. Has anyone ever seen school menus today? While healthy options are available, there is still plenty of sugar laden and processed junk on the menu. Side note: if your school still has soda machines, get ’em out.

Physical education must be a five-day-a-week class and a regimented exercise program is a necessity. We need to teach children fitness as a lifestyle from their earliest and most formative years. I will even come in and design it.

My good friend, the Yonk, at his highly influential blog The Lu Lac Political Letter, mentioned how a company had an incentive program for its employees. The employees were paid for taking steps to be responsible for their own wellness. Sounds like a good plan, but what passes for dietary guidelines and exercise plans really do very little for the morbidly obese. Again, I can design the program and then I will make sure people stick to it. If you want to pay people to take care of themselves okay, but give them the guidance and the accountability to stick to it.

I remember in the mid 1980′s when HMOs and PPOs first started, one of the great parts about my plan was that my gym membership was paid in full by the health insurance company. I used that membership. However, I knew many who joined, but then were out of the gym within a month. The result was that the good intentions of helping their insured get fit, ended up just costing the insurance company more money than it saved and they changed the benefit to a discount and then eventually did away with it.

English: U.S. Health Insurance Status (Under 65)

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In the United States, we are focused on our healthcare crisis. We are trying to figure out how to pay for care. The reality is that we must stop focusing solely on the “care” part of health care and start putting an emphasis on “health.”

Unless we act today, for some, tomorrow may be very bleak.

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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Getting Older Does NOT Equal Getting Fatter


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI thought about this posting I wrote back in 2011 as I am now well on my way to regaining my fitness. For those of you who don’t know, I turned 49 in September; in July of this past year I weighed 294lbs, today I weighed in at 240lbs…. I still have 30 more pounds to drop to get back to my comfortable weight of 210lbs, and as I am losing;  it is no more difficult now than it has been in the past — that is to say, it was easy then and it is easy now.  This bullshit about getting older equating to weight gain is perhaps one of the greatest, most exploited, excuses of all time.

Today on the radio I heard a commercial for yet another weight loss without effort product. Accuracy be dammed — the commercial was full of standard pseudo-scientific hokum designed to separate one from their cash which I typically ignore.

However, there was one quote that got my attention.

One quote that preyed upon the fears of many people.
One quote that I know to be patently absurd, but I also know people do believe.
One quote that many use as an excuse for allowing their bodies to degrade and become burden’s on our nation’s health-care system.

What is that quote?

“The older you get the fatter you get.”

My attention was caught.
My concentration was brought to the radio.
My Sicilian blood boiled as anger fueled my seething rage.

This load of garbage was being affirmed as if it were fact.

This myth was being utilized to sell hopeful, distraught persons a magical cure to the current epidemic of obesity.

This old wives tale was being broadcast over, as WILK pitchman  Steve Corbett calls them,  the trusted public airwaves with the intent to exploit a gullible and desperate listening audience.

“The older you get, the fatter you get” is a simply stupid statement. Perhaps a more accurate proclamation might be the lazier you get the fatter you get.

As I have written in the past, unless there is an underlying medical cause, there is no reason, aging or any other, for one to become obese. Obesity is a result of poor eating habits and lack of proper exercise.

My experience has been, the older I am  the fitter I am. The truth is that people who follow my plan don’t believe any of the standard drivel that is being propagated. They are living proof that if you follow the ObesityUndone.com plan getting fatter is not an option.

The problem with most of these weight reduction programs and products is that they are pushing the much desired fable of weight loss without effort. They will use the lazy desire to drop weight without changing eating or exercise habits to enhance their profits.

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If we were to believe their hype then we could eat to our heart’s content and have the body of Adonis or Athena. Well, I myself, at one time or another, had tried almost every plan on the market. I am well aware that this is not the case. The only weight I did lose was in my wallet and bank account. The net effect, without embracing a fit lifestyle, was a rebound in weight and a more miserable existence.

Those who follow the ObesityUndone.com understand that well-being is much more than just about the numbers on the scale. It is about overall good health and weight loss is a side effect of fitness.

To develop a good physique, drop ugly disgusting body fat and to enjoy better health takes an investment. It is a combination of the threes.

The three D’s:

Desire

Discipline

Determination

And the three E’s:

Eating

Energy

Exercise

Don’t fall victim to the hype.

Don’t throw away hard-earned money.

Don’t ignore the old adage; “if it is too good to be true, it isn’t.”

I took control of my life, I can help others take control of theirs. I went from a disgusting 340 pound amorphous blob, to now possessing a fit physique. I exercise daily. I no longer fear an out-of-order elevator; I no longer walk by the booth at my favorite diner and I don’t need the seat-belt extender when I fly.

I, once again, shout loud and proud — I WAS FAT THEN, BUT I’M FIT NOW! !

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.
You can follow my blog http://www.fattheniftnow.wordpress.com

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RE-LAUNCH of ObesityUndone.com


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow that I have achieved my 2nd interval goal of 244lbs, which is a 50lb drop in weight, I am re-launching the online version of Obesity Undone.

http://www.obesityundone.com/

Subscribers will have access to:

-Weekly motivational videos
-Weekly Video Replies to Emailed Questions
-Weekly Exercise/Eating Spotlight 

-Videos about 3 E’s

-The EATING
-The EXERCISES
-The mental ENERGY

Private Email 

All of this is available for a monthly $10.00 subscription, which will billed each month to your credit, debit or PayPal account.

The Genuine HEALTHcare Crisis Isn’t About Funding or Coverage


My friend Dave, over at the LuLac Political Letter has been going on and on and on for the last couple of years defending the healthcare reform bill.  I think he has probably written more about it than he has about the tearing down of his beloved St. John the Baptist.  It is time to realize that the battle concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), informally referred to as Obamacare, is officially over — even if there are those who simply won’t accept this.

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English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are for it celebrate.  If you oppose it — get over it.  Any person with even a passing knowledge of U.S. politics understands that once a bill is passed, signed into law and then upheld by the Supreme Court there is nothing left to do.

I know there are republicans who are vowing to defund or unfund, or not fund or whatever bull$#!t they are being directed by Rush Limbaugh to spew this week — please, get real.

There isn’t a spine in the U.S. Congress, especially on the republican side.  This is a big financial boon to large insurance companies who contribute wads of cash to both parties, not a single politician on either side is going to rock that boat.

The most disturbing fact is that whether this reform stands, is unlikely de-funded, or is replaced with a national universal plan, the cost of healthcare will continue to escalate exponentially and eventually bankrupt any system.

Why?

Because, what gets lost in all of the debate is the reality that today’s medical doctor spends relatively little time curing disease.  Many of the conditions that are crippling the American system are not caused by infectious agents.  The bulk of what the modern medicine man and woman takes care of are the result of poor lifestyle choices, and until that is addressed,

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

the cost will continue to rise — no matter the yarn any Limbaugh inspired politician or pundit attempts to spin.

A plethora of chronic diseases in this country can be attributed to tobacco, alcohol or obesity. Either alone or combined, these three controllable variables are primary factors driving up the cost of healthcare.  No matter what rhetoric anyone uses to pretty it up, until these three issues are given their due consideration, the costs will continue to climb.  When it comes to controlling spending, the Affordable Care Act is as stupid as, and even less effective than, placing a bandage on a gunshot wound to the heart. We have learned over time, that no matter how much information exists, people will continue health destroying lifestyle choices — now, the result of these choices will be covered regardless of the lack any self-intervention done by us.

The information on smoking has been out there for decades, yet  for some reason beyond any explanation, people continue the activity.

Alcohol consumption is pushed at every level of media, from sports events to our local, supposedly serious, NewsTalk Station — getting buzzed is sold as an activity in which we should regularly engage. I discuss alcohol from time to time, because it can go hand in hand the topic with which I am very familiar — obesity.

Obesity is the big one.  It is a growing problem, not only in the United States, but worldwide. Last year I was interviewed by author of The Gentle Path To Definitive Weight Loss, Rachel Norwood, whose is based out of France. I have contributed to an international website on the topics of obesity, health, wellness and fitness and I am often asked to give interviews on the same topics.  The problem is not complex, but it is difficult for many people because:

-      The U.S. government has had a food policy that for decades has encouraged the production and consumption of the very foods that make us obese.

-      Dr. Ancel Keys’ silly conclusions influenced Senator George McGovern’s panel which eventually led to the starch-laden food pyramid, that in turn gave rise to numerous low fat, fake food substances, which instead of lowering heart disease has increased it.

-      The U.S. government has given erroneous information about obesity management.

-      It is not all government, the media has helped; everyone from the pudgy purveyors of food pornography at the food network to local beer hawkers at WILK, promote the purchase and consumption of waist widening and health destroying products.

-     And now, Obama-care will offer even more incentive for us to rely on drugs and surgery and not ourselves.

There is much more, but perhaps the most important is the shunning of self-responsibility.  No matter what the influences are, the fact is that we control the type and amount of food we shove down are gullets, and the amount of exercise we put out.  Unless there is an underlying medical condition, obesity should not be having the impact it is on today’s population.  We live in a country in which children as young as eleven are now type II diabetics. That is not only unbelievable, it should be unacceptable.   Obesity and obesity related issues will cost upwards of 300 BILLION dollars and that figure is only going to grow larger.

Unless the epidemic of obesity is addressed and conquered, all the reform in the world is not going to do a damn thing.  As it stands now, doctors are being transformed from professionals who treat disease into nannies who simply give a spoonful of medicine in an attempt to manage the self-inflicted chronic diseases that ail their patients.  Is there some fantasy world where a government reform act is going to stop this?  Not likely.  Even Mayor Bloomberg’s silly soda size ban, if ever put into effect, will have zero impact. It is up to us to educate and be responsible for ourselves.

All of this effort has been applied to the wrong portion of healthcare.  It is time to stop focusing solely on care, and put the emphasis on health, if we want to do anything meaningful for our fellow citizens.

************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos 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 No guarantees are made or to be implied.************