An Important Week — Follow-up #38


vaca 2014 zuma panorama 6 months! Tuesday 04/01/2014 — 225lbs. Had a great workout, the best since I had the upper respiratory tract infection.  Weights were all good and moved from exercise to exercise with little rest. I felt fantastic!   No stationary bike, I am hoping that if the lows stay above freezing to return to jogging prior to going to the gym tomorrow. *Diet right on the money.

Wednesday 04/02/2014 — 223lbs  **1 mile jog this morning, just me and the bats at the track, and then hit the gym for a great leg and ab workout.  Feeling fantastic, although my weight is still over 220, my clothes are fitting better, and I feel fantastic.  It isn’t all about the numbers on the scale. **Diet right on the money. 

Thursday 04/03/2014 — 223lbs **2 mile jog this morning, I still need to get up a little earlier because I want to jog 2.5-3 miles and get in between 2 and 4 100 yard sprints.  **I had a great chest and back workout at the gym.  I had to shave off 5 sets of chest and 5 sets of back because jogging eats into my time, but no worries, I am still keeping my combination of high volume and high intensity up, instead of 40 sets of chest/back I do 30 sets, but I increased the weights.  ** 2 minutes of rope skipping post workout, time to build up to 5, 7, 9, 11 and then 15 minutes, also I need to bring my weighted rope into the gym, I don’t care for the light weight ropes that are available.  ** I’m feeling fantastic, although my weight is starting to hold steady, my pants size is dropping and suits that didn’t fit 2 weeks ago are starting to fit, as well as my athletic fit dress shirts.  **Diet right on the money.

Friday 004/04/2014 — 221lbs *** Jogged 2 miles, then did 2 100 yard sprints over a 1/4 mile.  I need to wake up just a little earlier to get a little more distance and at least 1 more lap of sprints.  **Shoulders and arms at the gym and I had another great workout.  I was moving between each superset with very little rest and increased all the weights.  I felt fantastic after my workout, it never amazes me that when the weather turns and I can jog outside in the morning, it influences my entire day.  **Diet right on the money.

Saturday 04/05/2014 — 219lbs.   **Interval goal of 75lbs gone reached this morning.   Another 9 pounds to final goal of 210, which I have decided will be my final goal.  **Ran an easy mile today before heading for the gym.  **LEG day and abs at the gym.  Because of jogging now, I have had to decrease my sets by 5 on thighs and 5 on calves, so only doing 30 sets total.  I increased both the weight and the speed of the workout.  It was another great workout.  **Diet right on the money!

Sunday 04/06/2014 — 219lbs. **A little on the chilly side this morning, but I didn’t let that stop me from getting outside for my workout today.  Did a 3 mile jog, in the non-landspeed record setting time of 43:24, and then I did 4 100 yard sprints over 1/2 mile and then 1 minute of rope skipping.  **Diet right on the money.

Monday 04/07/2014 — 219lbs.** 2 mile jog – 27:19 followed by 2 1oo yard sprints over 1/4 mile.  **I had a great chest and back workout at the gym.  My total sets are now 30 15 chest, 15 back and I completed the workout in about 40 minutes. **After the weights 3 minutes of rope skipping.    ** Diet right on the money. 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-

20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_ http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 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. **************The information, advice and opinions 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.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024 ************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.************

Cravings! What To Do?


 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-

20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 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. **************The information, advice and opinions 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.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024************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.************

Adding Carbohydrates And Maintaining A Low Carb Lifestyle


 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-

20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 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. **************The information, advice and opinions 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.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024************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.************

Book Review: Robert Lustig’s, “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease “


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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-

20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 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. **************The information, advice and opinions 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.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024************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.************

An Important Week — Follow-up #37


vaca 2014 zuma panorama 6 months! Tuesday 03/25/2014 — 220lbs. A pretty good workout, still recovering for this respiratory tract infection, it is almost gone, but still in the lungs a little, so makes breathing difficult when I am exerting myself with the weights.  Managed 3.3 on the stationary bike  and a few minutes in the sauna!   *Diet right on the money.

Wednesday 03/26/2014 — 220lbs  **While at rest I feel great, there is still a little bit of this infection in the lungs. I had a good leg/ab workout, still only doing partial workout, hoping to be back to full workout tomorrow, but I will play it by ear.  Skipped rope for about 2 minutes.  **Diet right on the money. 

Thursday 03/27/2014 — 220lbs **Had a pretty good chest/back workout and did about 2.3 miles on the stationary bike.  Still a little residual in the chest, but feeling almost 100%, and may be able to get out and jog soon if the weather cooperates. **Diet right on the money.

Friday 03/28/2014 — 220lbs *** I can honestly say, that today was the first time in my life that I had a bad workout.  I always say there are on 3 types of workout, good, great and missed, but today, I just didn’t have it in the tank.  I did a few sets to see if I would get in the groove, but I just didn’t.  I’m not sure if it is some residual from being ill or what.  But, I packed it in, did the steam and then the sauna and headed out.  Tomorrow is another day to attack the workout.  **Diet right on the money.

Saturday 03/29/2014 — 220lbs.   ** 40 degrees outside, woohoo, headed out and got in a one mile jog before heading to the gym for a pretty good leg and ab workout.   **Diet right on the money!

Sunday 03/30/2014 — 220lbs. **Another 40 degree day allowed me to get in a jog at the track.  

I got in 2 miles and then did 2 100 yard sprints over a 1/4 mile.     **Sticking point, splurge meal. 

Monday 03/31/2014 — 227lbs. I can’t believe it, I got snowed, actually iced in this morning.  What was foretasted as light snow showers, turned into one hell of an icing on the roads here in NEPA.  By the time the plows finally came by, it was too late to get to the gym.  On a brighter note, it looks like the lows aren’t going to be too bad starting tomorrow night, so I may be able to get out for morning jogs on a regular basis.   ** Diet right on the money. 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-

20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_ http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 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. **************The information, advice and opinions 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.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024 ************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.************

Weakness Is A Crime – Some Days I Am Weak & I Don’t Like It!


frj1951-1241280716I can’t tell you in any great detail the whys, but my business life continues to collapse around me.  I have tried everything I can think of, and pissed some good money down the drain on marketing to try and bring my business back from the brink.

I love practicing, which is why I have been fighting so very hard to hang on, working and hoping that the business will recover.  However, I’m just no longer sure I can make it happen.  There is a point of diminishing returns and the stress has had me burying my head in the sand in regards to many issues.  It is not a way I like to live my life, but the weight of the world can be more than burdensome, it can be down right crushing.  More than crushing, it can be, and often has been, frightening.

I spent much of my youth as a quitter.  No matter what I went out for or clubs/groups I joined, inevitably I would tire of it and simply give it up.  It was a quality I spent much of my adult life trying to improve upon, however, sometimes we can go too far in the opposite direction.

One example, and perhaps the most detrimental of my decisions, happened when I ran for congress.  I developed an illness and had a very serious post operative infection.  I should have dropped out of the race, but I was determined not to quit.  That decision, helped hasten the financial hole I was digging for myself —- but I did not, I would not, I could not quit.

340lbs March 1, 2008

340lbs March 1, 2008

Pride can be a double edged sword.  Pride can encourage us to be the very best we can, but it can also allow us to make incorrect decisions based upon not only pride, but vanity as well. Perhaps, in addition to, if not great than, was the negative impact on my health.  After literally fighting for my life, I allowed my health to fall apart.  Because of the illness I was unable to eat anything other than ice cream for several months, and after the surgery, I couldn’t even eat that.  My health deteriorated and I lost weight and muscle eventually dropping under 175 pounds.  But once I was correctly diagnosed and treated, I was able to eat again, and boy did I.  I went from gaunt and drawn to soft and round in a matter of months. The stress of trying to recover and run for office led me to eat and eat and eat and eat, and eventually to start drinking every night. My business was in shambles, my marriage was over and I weighed more than 300 pounds and was still climbing.  In retrospect, that was a time I should have quit. I should have put my focus on recovering from septicemia and saving my business.  But not only would I have quit, I would have quit in a very public manner.  This wasn’t just a few of my family members and friends, this was an entire congressional district that would have seen that Joe Leonardi was a quitter.

294lbs July 2013

294lbs July 2013

Perhaps pride is the wrong word, I’m thinking stupid is a more apt descriptor.

Now, I am in similar circumstances.  I battled back hard from this obesity relapse.  I am fit, I am healthy and physically, I feel fantastic. Yes, it is great to have my health, but these same stressors that led to my obesity, and relapse, are still present, and even more intense.  I have some serious decisions to make about my future.  There are days I feel like quitting, not just business, not just my healthy lifestyle, but life itself.  I feel like simply dropping out, going from just having my head in the sand, but the entirety of my being. I have to take my experiences and learn from them. Learn that there may be a time to re-evaluate and in fact it may be okay to quit, or perhaps more correctly, a time to start anew.

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Being fit is what gets me through each day.

Waking up at 4:00am and starting my day pursuing physical fitness gives me something to look forward to each day.

Having my health gives me something to be thankful each and every day.

Is it time to leave behind practice and move into full time advocacy for fitness and wellness?

Is it time to leave behind the dank, dreary, darkness and hopelessness of Northeast PA?

I’m not sure what my future holds.  I’m yet unsure of what decisions I will make.

I am 100% sure that through it all, I will never give in to the demonic duo of alcohol and food, nor will I ever quit my healthy, fit lifestyle.

 


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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-

20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 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. **************The information, advice and opinions 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.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024************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.************

 

Along With Sugar, Alcohol Is Unnecessary In A Healthy, Fit Lifestyle


 

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Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.  

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

full color cover

Sometimes The Bastard Returns is available on Amazon.com Paperback: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-

20/detail/1492763365

 

Kindle: http://astore.amazon.com/fathfinobl-20/detail/B00HGVPCXG Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com51tXIOPTNwL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 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. **************The information, advice and opinions 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.*********** Obesity Undone, is available in both paperback and kindle versions at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333 http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024************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.************