Exercise Is The Only Investment That Guarantees A Positive ROI


 

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

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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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.************

Weight Comes Off — As Weight Comes Off


During this relapse, I am often asked what my goals are for weight loss.  Those of you who have been following my blog and YouTube channel are aware my focus is

English: Public weight scale no more on duty a...

English: Public weight scale no more on duty as ornamental element at Néfiach (France) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

primarily on improving overall fitness levels.  However, yes I want to drop weight, but improving my health is the overriding desire.  Body weight, body fat, clothing size and body habitus are tools utilized in monitoring that improvement.

I do have a goal weight; it may change the closer I get to it, depending on how I feel, how clothing fits, etc… I use the target weight to assist me in achieving my overall intention.

The next question I usually get asked is “When do you want to reach that goal?” My answer is always the same,                                   

                            “Whenever I get there.”

I receive many other questions, but for the most part, people don’t believe that I don’t have a set date by which to lose weight.  I further explain that having a set date is pointless, because my overall goal isn’t simply the number on the scale.  However, I elaborate, clarifying that when people set a date or an event, to reach their goal, what usually occurs is a letdown, sometimes brief, other times so bad that it leads to rebounding and recidivism.

I have also been accused of losing weight too fast at certain times.  I give a perplexed look and then I ask a simple question, “Why?”  The answer back is always the same, “Because they say you shouldn’t lose weight too fast.” If you have read either edition of my book, you will know how I feel about them, but I won’t go there today.

English: Blueberries.

English: Blueberries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Simply put, I do nothing drastically differently when I am dropping weight compared to when I am maintaining.  I don’t starve myself, I don’t sit endlessly in a sauna and I don’t work out any differently.  I eat my meals, which usually are between four and six feedings a day, I jog, skip rope, do sprints and lift weights in some combination every day, regardless of my body weight.  The only slight alteration in my diet is that I add back in some fruit as I near my target weight, and when I am maintaining, I add a little additional fruit and some naturally occurring, unprocessed starches like a sweet potato or yam.  The only changes in my exercise may be a little more distance, heavier weights and quicker and longer sessions — but that is simply because I am in better physical condition, it is part of the process of getting in shape, once you’re there, the body adapts by being able to do more work.

Since the overall objective is improved fitness, to improve health, to live a better life —  don’t get wrapped up on  a set date or some event —  get focused on a lifetime change and remember weight loss is a side effect of fitness; fitness is not the end result of weight loss.

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

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************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.************

July 2013 Was Make or Break


The below YouTube posting is from July of 2013, I weighed 292 pounds. It was a make or break time for me. To say I am glad I didn’t break, would be a grand understatement.

This morning I weighed in at 231.

61 pounds of health robbing fat are now gone, but I don’t rest on that, I can’t. I am moving forward everyday, keeping my progress on the path to health, fitness and wellness.

The series of books I mention in the video melded into “Sometimes The Bastard Returns — A true life account of obesity relapse.” The relapse was both a humbling and a confidence building experience.

Humbling, because I now realize, I can fall back to the obese state.

Confidence, because I went back to my first book “Obesity Undone,” and implemented the step by step plan I outline, and it worked again!

Yet, while the weight loss is great, it is nothing more than a side effect of fitness. Fitness, leading to better health is the ultimate goal.

Thank you everyone for all your support and encouragement.

 

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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/1492763365Kindle: 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.comhttp://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition/dp/1477624333http://www.amazon.com/Obesity-Undone-Beyond-Weight-Edition-ebook/dp/B008R8KA1Q and on Create Space https://www.createspace.com/3903024

 

 

 

Rest Doesn’t Equal Inactivity


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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

Lose weight with Dr. Joe Leonardi


http://www.spreaker.com/user/strippedradio/lose-weight-with-dr-joe-leonardi

I had a fantastic time, click the On Air

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My latest interview with Barbie and Michelle of

“Stripped” Real, Raw, Radio


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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 #22


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US Navy 050507-N-3289C-028 Gunners Mate 2nd Class Matthew Maple, from Pittsburgh, Pa., takes time out to stay physically fit by training on a stationary bike aboard the costal patrol ship USS Sirocco (PC 6) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday 12/10/2013 — 242lbs ** Stadium is locked, so no jog.  Shoulders/Arms at the gym, another great workout, and I did 2.5 miles on the stationary bike.  I have a feeling if snow/ice keeps coming the stationary bike will become my new endurance work.  I used to try and jog on the treadmill, but the belt stuck and I almost destroyed my knee.  There are no complaints, just obstacles and we have to find the alternatives to reach and maintain our fitness goals.    **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 12/11/2013 — 242lbs **   LEG DAY and it was a great workout. Abs after legs. I decided to hop on the stationary bike after my leg workout and did 3.3 miles. **Diet right on the money.

Thursday 12/12/2013 — 239lbs ** weight is back to Thanksgiving Day, pre-multi-day over-splurge weight.  So, it took about about 10 days to get back there, it probably would have been sooner if I kept my splurge to the planned 2 and not 4 days as I discussed on YouTube, but what the hell.  Was it worth it? Absolutely! I enjoyed some great food, and not simply for the taste, but because of the love that it was prepared with by my girlfriend. And, yes the weight loss is important to me, but please remember, my primary goal is improved fitness and overall health and wellness, which I am still working hard to achieve, and no matter what the scale says, it is going pretty dam good! **I had a   great chest/back workout, the stadium remains locked so it was 3.3 miles on the stationary bike at the gym.  **  Diet right on the money.
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Friday 12/13/2013 — 239lbs **Stadium is still locked, so went directly to the gym for a great shoulder/arm workout and then did 4.3 miles on the staionary bike. I usually despise the stationary bike but Danko’s has these Expresso bikes, and I really like them. They give a course option, and my following the course I feel more involved and focused, not just mindlessly pedaling or worse, trying to distract myself watching the tv sets. . **Diet right on the money.

Saturday 12/14/2013 — 239lbs** Snow is starting to fall, and I am hanging at my girlfriend’s this w/e.  She lives in a very hilly area and as the snow is just starting to fall I’m opting to stay in, not knowing what it will be like when I get back from the gym.  Depending on the road conditions tomorrow, I will either have a rare Sunday workout at the gym, or just give the body a couple days of rest. **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 12/15/2013 — 239lbs.   I wasn’t able to make the gym, but I did have 2 full body, functional workouts

1- shoveling out 2 cars.

2- taking my girlfriend’s very large, and very heavy Christmas tree up about a dozen steps.  

**Diet right on the money!

Monday 12/16/2013 — 239lbs. Great chest/back workout at the gym.  Of course with the snow here in NEPA the stadium remains locked, so I was unable to jog, but I did 4 miles on the stationary bike.   **Diet right on the money!

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

 Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************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.************

Low Carb Eating Didn’t Fail Me


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One of my favorite emails I received lately gave me a written lashing at how the low carb diet I followed failed me.

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low carb (Photo credit: daBinsi)

I find that very interesting, and I guess that if I had been following a low carb diet consistently the last 8 to 10 months, as I had done the previous 3 1/2 years, I would agree.  However, the simple fact is that the diet did not fail me; I failed the diet and even worse I failed myself.  Yes, I know many of you don’t like when I say that I failed.  However, I see nothing wrong with admitting failure.  I am have no problem with critiquing myself, or others critiquing me for that matter.  It comes down to honest self-assessment.  If we cannot be honest with ourselves, how the hell can we ever be honest with others.

When I followed my low carb, as close to nature as possible diet,  I had no problems with my weight management, my fitness levels or positive mental energy.  And, yes I use the word diet.  Can we get over the  attitude that the word diet is self-defeating.

Diet is what we consume, period.

When my health was good for those three plus years —- I was not on a low carb diet; I ate a low carb diet.  The sad truth is that when I gave in to my carb-addiction, and mentally caved in to the stressors of my life — I gained weight and got out of shape, resulting in a decline of my fitness and overall health.

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So when people start to proclaim that low carb diets don’t work, they don’t have a complete understanding of the diet.  The truth is most, of course not all who have failed, haven’t maintained a low carb diet — or worse, they go on and off the diet, because their attitude is that low carb is only useful for losing weight; when in fact it is optimal for maintaining not only

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Failure_Freeway (Photo credit: StormKatt)

weight loss, but good health.

Of all the diet paradigms around, a pure low carb diet is the easiest to maintain.  You can eat virtually anywhere; fast food burgers, yes I know they are not the optimal choice, can be consumed without the bun, most eateries have some type of salad available  and last I checked, all have unsweetened iced tea.

What happened to me is that I was mentally weak.  I allowed outside influences to undermined my desire, determination and discipline. I was no longer vigilant about good  eating.  I was no longer devoted to consistent physical exercise.  And, I didn’t keep positive mental energy.

Simply put,  the diet did not fail me — I failed the diet; as well as every part of my healthy lifestyle.

Because of me, not the diet, the bastard obesity once again gained the upper hand — but not for long!

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

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************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.************

More On Splurges While Eating Low Carbohydrate


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

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************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 #21


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Tuesday 12/03/2013 — 248lbs ** FINALLY BACK TO WORKING OUT. I know it was only 4 days, but

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English: Genetics, Diet, Disease Risk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

it felt like 5.   I managed  1 mile jog, no sprints. Once in the gym, after my lackluster jog I had low expectations for my workout.  But once I gripped the cold iron bar — my gear shifted into overdrive and I had a great shoulder/arm workout at the gym.    **Diet right on the money. 

Wednesday 12/04/2013 — 247lbs **   I had a great LEG workout and added 4 more sets to my routine. Abs after legs. **Diet right on the money.

Thursday 12/05/2013 — 245lbs ** Up nice and early and had a good 1 1/2 mile jog at the track.  The temperature was an unseasonably warm 50 degrees, and I was able to get out in shorts and a sweatshirt.  I didn’t do any sprints, not sure why, I think I simply forgot.  Got to the gym and blasted a great chest/back workout.  Diet right on the money.

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Physical Exercise (Photo credit: San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives)

Friday 12/06/2013 — 244lbs **Jog was rained out this morning, it was coming down heavy by the time I got to the track, which it wasn’t when I left without my rain-gear.  Hit the gym for a great shoulder/arm workout. **Diet right on the money.

Saturday 12/07/2013 — 243lbs** Awoke to a little bit of snow on the ground and cold chill in the air.  Sometimes I squeeze in a short, easy jog on leg day — not today.  Hit the gym for a great leg/ab workout.  The garbage food has finally worked its way out of my system and I feel fantastic.  The bloat and water weight retention from my extended Thanksgiving day splurge is just about completely gone.  When we put the focus on fitness over  weight loss, everything just flows so much easier.  **Diet right on the money. 

Sunday 12/08/2013 — 243lbs. It was in the low 20′s when I woke up and I really didn’t want to layer up and head out for a jog, but even more than the cold, I ate doing any type of endurance work indoors.  I don’t like treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, etc…. So, after some hot coffee, I put on several layers of winter gear and headed out.  When I arrived at the stadium, the track was snow covered and the gates locked.  After taking all that time to layer up, I was not just going to give up, so I ended up doing a few passes around the school parking lot, estimated to have jogged about 2 miles.   **Diet right on the money!

Monday 12/09/2013 — 243lbs. Up at 4am to untreated ice covered roads.  I’ll drive in snow, but I don’t like to take chances with ice, so unfortunately, there was no workout today.  **Diet right on the money!

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

 Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

************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.************