Must Exercise Be Fun?


“…. to go into a cold gym takes a lot of discipline, boy, I’ll tell ya. … I never liked to exercise, but I like results.”   Jack LaLanne

 

 “One can exist for an indefinite period without exercise, but one cannot really and truly live without it.” Bernarr MacFadden

 

I was reading on one of the many Facebook pages I belong to and someone was asking about not feeling up to a workout.  Some of the responses suggested that workouts must be fun.  As I read them I had to ask myself two questions:

Are my workouts fun? Do they need to be?

My exercise routine is spit into two portions:

Strength training, in which I use weight lifting.

Endurance training, in which I use a combination of jogging, sprints and rope skipping.

Yes, I will admit that there is something exhilarating about pitting myself against cold, unyielding iron.  I look forward to my mornings in the gym.  If I am pressed for time, I always get in some sort of weight training. While I do relish weightlifting, I’m not sure if the word fun would be an apt descriptor.

When it comes to jogging; I like the the time alone {except for the bats circling overhead}, free from distractions, outside enjoying the weather — but do I have fun?

No, not really. I am not even sure I even enjoy the activity itself.  I am not really built for running, either physically or mentally, but because of the results I attain —  I get out there and I do it.

I am not sure if fun should be part of the criteria for going out and exercising or even in  the choice of a particular exercise.  I pick and chose my routine for the results I desire to achieve.  When I am bulking up and adding strength, my weight training is slower and the weights I use are much heavier.  I still jog, but I cover less distance and I do it at a much slower pace.  When I a leaning out, I decrease the poundages and I move much quicker.  I cover more distance when I jog, I do it at a faster pace and I include rope skipping and sprints.

No matter what my particular goal is, I always include both progressive resistance and endurance training.  They both contribute to the overall result I desire to achieve.

Is fun important?  I guess it could be, but it isn’t a requirement.  Exercise should be done to improve the overall quality of life.  While I don’t really consider my exercise routine fun, it makes much of the other activities that I engage in much more fun.  When I was in Chiropractic school I spent hours upon hours studying for classes, quizzes, exams and boards.  Did I have fun during all that study time? I would have to say no, but it was necessary to achieve my goal.  I look at exercise much the same way.  My goal in regards to exercise is not to have fun during my exercise time; it is to achieve an improved level of fitness. The fun is in the results —

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-because I am fit, I am able to hike longer and more difficult trails.

-because I am fit, I am able to participate more actively in beach and ocean activities

-because I am fit, I am able to live every aspect of my life much fuller and with much greater joy.

So, is fun a requirement when it comes to choosing an exercise routine? Perhaps to some, but it wasn’t to Jack LaLanne and it really isn’t to me.

I am much more concerned with the results of the exercises I pick.  Taking into account travel to the track, then to the gym, showering and dressing — only about ninety minutes of my day is focused on exercise.  While fun is nice; I prefer effectiveness, which in turn  improves the quality of  the remaining twenty-two and a half  hours (and, yes, I sleep better because of exercise) of my day.

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

 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

 

Joe

 

6 months!

 

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Doc Joe Leonardi is the author of two books on weight loss and fitness.  Obesity Undone and Sometimes the Bastard Returns.  Both available on CreatSpace.com and Amazon.com.

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Obesity Undone,  is the 2nd edition of the life changing book Fat Then Fit Now.  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.

In Sometimes The Bastard Returns Doc Joe Leonardi discusses the very real stbr frontproblem of obesity relapse. How it happened to him, and how on the verge of giving up,he reclaimed his health, wellness and fitness.

 

 

Doc Joe is also available to speak to your group, and for interviews.  You may reach him at FatThenFitNow39@gmail.com

 

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

Is There One Eating Plan For All Dietary Paradigms? Yes!


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I am reprinting here a column I wrote about 2 years ago for NaturallySavvy.com. I hope you enjoy.

 

 

The recent headlines and talking heads in the media have been screaming the latest news:

  • We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic
  • By 2030 42% of the U.S. population will be obese
  • There will soon be more morbidly obese people, than those simply obese
  • Health care costs related to obesity are soaring

What does it all mean? Okay, I think that answer is obvious — we have a problem, a very serious health problem.  So, what will people do?  They will look for a diet solution to drop pounds and either get themselves off of the obesity train, or stop themselves from ever getting onboard.  Unfortunately my friends, this becomes a contributing factor to the obesity problem.

When discussing our health, the priority is to define the word diet.  I am sure any dictionary will give you plenty of definitions. I will give you mine:

Diet:  Whatever a person shoves into their mouth and swallows into their stomach.

You can have a good diet.

You can have a bad diet.

I guess you can even have no diet.

A diet is not something you go on or off.  A diet is a way of life, and right now many are consuming a diet that is fueling the ever expanding obesity epidemic.

When I decided to take control and be responsible for my health and wellness, I chose a low carbohydrate diet.  I chose this option because my father was a Type II diabetic, as was my maternal grandmother.  Considering the way I was destroying my health, I was sure I was going to be a prime candidate for sticking the insulin needle into my body each day.  So, I used my knowledge of physiology to choose this particular diet plan. I utilized some of the low carbohydrate, pre-packaged products, going so far as to recommend them in the first edition of my book.

However, as I progressed over the last several years, I began steering clear of pre-packaged foods all together.  I started eating foods from only natural sources.  I later discovered that there was a name for this type of diet; actually several:

  • Paleolithic
  • Primal
  • Caveman

There are communities all over the internet devoted to this type of diet, all proclaiming that this is the diet for good health — with which I agree.  After taking some time to think about it, I realized in the world of different diets for health, this model can work for every diet out there.  Just take a moment to think about it.

If you choose a low fat diet: eat lean grass-fed meats, poultry, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, all from good natural sources. Stay away from fattier meats and cage raised chicken eggs.

If you choose a low carbohydrate approach: eat any meats, eggs, vegetables and certain fruits, again all from natural sources.

If you choose calorie or portion control: the above applies as well.

If you are a vegetarian:  eliminate animal products and eat locally grown or organic produce.

Perhaps, when it comes to your own diet for health, instead of worrying about labels — you should simply be — Naturally Savvy.

 

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6 months!

 

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

 

Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

 

Joe

www.ObesityUndone.com

 

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

Beer, Wine And Booze In A Healthy Lifestyle?


***THIS IS A RE-POSTING OF AN EARLIER BLOG POST***

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I received a phone call from one of my weight loss clients a few months back. She was irate about local talk show host Steve Corbett going on and on about consuming beer and wine and then having the nerve to talk about how healthy he eats and his current fitness level. She also complained vehemently about the weekly beer party, known as the Friday Beer Buzz and its endless promotion. I didn’t hear the Corbett Comedy show, actually I haven’t listened to the show in months, but I have heard him make similar comments in the past.  Just for full disclosure, I happened to receive an email from Steve taking me to task about criticizing his negativity based talk show.  He made some comments which demonstrated that either he didn’t read the entire posting(s) or Steve the writer and the master of single sentence paragraphs, has difficulty  comprehending fully composed paragraphs.

 

webster and nancyAs far as the Friday drunk fest, I turn WILK off whenever the morning show veers off in that direction.  Honestly, how silly is to hear adults get excited about boozing and  yell like college kids at a frat party?

But, I digress.

This particular client has encouraged me to write about alcohol consumption in the past.  She has been upset by various programing that glorifies drinking while ignoring the deleterious effects of spirits on the human body.  It is a topic that I always intend to write about, but other topics jump ahead to my attention.  I apologize for the delay.

 

When it comes to weight loss and/or a fit and healthy life, alcohol has no place.  There I said it!   

 

However, no matter how factual my statement is, I live in the real world and realize that, for whatever reason, people like to consume wine, beer or the harder stuff.  When I make the statement I get the following questions:

-  Do you drink?  Yes, I do, on very rare occasion.  I think in the last year I may have had two mixed drinks, perhaps six or so beers and a few glasses of wine.

-What do you drink when you’re out?  I usually have either unsweetened iced tea or water.  I used to drink diet soda, but I have gotten away from artificial sweeteners.  (More on that topic another posting.)

-What about the studies that claim alcohol has preventative properties?  There is some research that infers that a glass of wine or a beer may be healthful, but in general, the negative effects far outweigh any possible benefit.

When people come to me for help I vigorously discourage any alcohol consumption for the first month or so.  Alcohol is a system wide depressant.  When you are trying to drop weight and get fit, one of your desires is to increase your metabolic rate.  Well, isn’t it counterproductive to do all that work and put in all that effort just to counteract the effect by slowing your system with a drug?  Don’t you want to shed sluggish feelings?  If so, then simply stay away from booze. As far as someone who has survived cancer, alcoholic drinks tax the liver.  Because it is a primary detox organ of the human body beer and wine increase the work of the liver, not only must it work on the alcohol, but it must also give attention to processing, converting and storing the sugars that make up beer and wine.  Additionally, one of the primary sites of metastasis for many cancers is the liver.  So, in striving for a healthful life and caring for a body that has been invaded by cancer and beaten by cancer treatments, common sense would dictate that we protect ourselves by avoiding toxic substances.  Also, let’s not forget, that the liver was subjected to a great deal of stress if chemotherapy was a treatment — so why stress it any more?

Wine and beer are broken down into simple sugars.  On a low carbohydrate eating regime what is the point of avoiding starchy foods if you are simply going to drink them?  The other issue, especially when it comes to wine, is that few people ever has a single serving.  I have heard the outrage. What do you mean?  I only have a glass of wine each night?  To that I answer; an average serving of wine is about four to five ounces, not a balloon goblet filled to the rim.

Your best bet is to avoid alcohol as part of your daily regime.  Liquor is nutrient deficient, clouds the mind, makes one sluggish and will do nothing but hold you back from achieving your full fitness potential.

Another good bet would be to avoid WILK NewsRadio as part of your radio listening habit.

 

I have recently removed the channel from my radio presets, and this more than likely, will be the last time I ever mention the merchants of melancholy ever again.   They, the entertainers, care not for you or your health, and aside from the promotion of unhealthy lifestyle choices, the station is full of anger, bickering, negativity and depressive talk — all of which, may lead to the morose state of hopelessness that those on air project.

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Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” 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, Bounce Back to Your Brilliance w/Angel Tyree, What’s Weighing You Downw/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 fatthenfitnow39@gmail.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.************

 

Lift Things Up And Put Them Down


Originally Posted June 2011

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Exercising with weights is a simple as lifting things up and putting them down. I am not kidding, yet, we as human beings tend to CAM00364complicate everything.  I have to chuckle when I am in the gym and I watch every day folks doing advanced training techniques they read about in a magazine or someone told them about.  However, I am not laughing at them, I admire the fact that they are in the gym; working out, trying to improve their health and fitness, but I notice that in the years they have been going in, they haven’t altered themselves very much.

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Exercising is not complicated.  You literally do something over and over again. The biggest key is consistency.  Advanced training techniques can be fun once in awhile, but they aren’t for the every day person, whose goal is to simply improve their health.  For one, those that utilize the advanced techniques are athletes by profession; they are working out several hours a day and have the free time to allow themselves to recuperate from grueling workouts.  Most of us have jobs and after the time we have in the gym, we have jobs to do, families to attend to and other responsibilities that take not only our time, but our energy.

But, for some reason, people think complicated is better.  For endurance exercise they take various classes to keep themselves from getting bored.  They will spend up to ninety minutes trying to burn off body fat, when in essence because of excess carbohydrate consumption, about an hour of that time is wasted burning carbs that they should not have ingested in the first place.

SWEAT AND SWEETEndurance, strength and fitness are easy to build.  You pick an exercise, you repeat it and most importantly; be consistent.  I am not saying you should never mix it up a bit, but your core exercises should have consistency, especially for the beginner. I watch as a new person enters the gym and every six to eight weeks they are completely changing their routines.  They haven’t laid the foundation of consistency, so they don’t get the resulsts they expect and you know what happens?  They quit. The solution to boredom is NOT always chaning things up, the real solution is getting results.  The best way to get results is to remain consistent.

In the realm of progressive resistance exercises, weight training is nothing more than lifting things up and putting them down.  It is that simple.  If you are morbidly obese, completely out of shape or a novice, as in my book, I recommend two months of pre-training. You need to get your body ready to actually work out.  Jumping right into hardcore workouts will only result in fatigue, excessive soreness or worse; injury.  Take the time to get your body ready for a workout.  However, even the workouts outlined in my book, build from the pre-training phase.  You want to be progressive in your resistance, but you also want to be consistent.

When it comes to endurance, as I stated above, most people waste plenty of their valuable time because of poor eating choices.  If you want to burn stored body fat for energy, restrict cant-build-muscle-31ayour carbohydrate intake. Does it make sense to give your body an alternate fuel to burn when you are trying to burn something else?  Also, get away from the timed exercises.  I never understood that one.  If you are new to working out; go outside and walk around the block a few times and yes time yourself.  Not so that you walk for the same time on your next walk, but so that on your next walk you try to complete the same distance faster.  Slowly increase your distance and speed until you are pushing yourself and burning body fat. Another happening in the gym, or the track or along the levy system that makes me smile is the people who spend all this time doing “cardio” all the while they are carrying on a conversation.  If you
can carry on a conversation, you aren’t working hard enough.  The football coach at my high school would always yell; if you can talk, you aren’t working hard enough.

As always, when embarking on an exercise program get a medical check up.  It is important to take care of ourselves, but we must be sure we are healthy enough not to cause more harm than good.

Keep the complexity out of your workout.  Keep it simple, keep it consistent and you will get the results you are seeking.

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6 months!

 

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

The Calories In/Calories Out Paradigm — The Key To Long Term Weight Management FAILURE!


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ORIGINALLY POSTED JANUARY 2012

 

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****The following is NOT and in depth explanation, it simply scratches the surface to get folks thinking and talking.  Joe****

The mythical calories in/calories out ideology has been perhaps one of the biggest obstacles in successfully managing obesity and very well maybe one of the direct causes of the current obesity crisis.  I am sure you have heard that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in.  The correlation can, on the surface, appear to make sense — however, in reality it doesn’t.  It may help you lose weight, regardless if it is fat or muscle or fluid.  Calorie restriction can negatively effect body mass.  How many of those who follow calorie restriction, no matter how they exercise, are skinny/fat?  Yes, it will work in the short term, but can you basically starve yourself for long term obesity management?  Following this theory, your weight should dramatically fluctuate from day-to-day, week to week and month to month, based on how much more activity you either put out or how much more or less food you consume.  Human physiology does NOT work that way.

The simple fact is — a calories is NOT a calorie.  Basic physiology will tell us that the human body will process different foods in different ways. The processing of different foods is heavily influenced by the release of hormones, one in particular is insulin.  This is the reason why low carbohydrate eating is such an effective means of not only losing weight, but keeping it off — permanently.

Those that espouse the calorie model of weight management will try to convince you that it doesn’t matter what you eat, just so long as you restrict the number of calories you consume.  So you can eat, say 1,500 calories a day.  To the advocates of caloric restriction it doesn’t matter if you eat 1,500 calories of ice cream, steak, bread, potatoes, chicken, fish, candy,… okay, you get the idea.  Just as long as you restrict caloric intake, you will lose weight.

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You want to know something, this may work, to a point.  However, for a large majority of folks, it will not work in the long-term, and it will definitely not help improve your overall health.  If you are consuming 1,500 calories of sugar, every day, your pancreas is secreting large amounts of insulin, eventually, potentially, leading to insulin related issues including weight gain, obesity and, as Paula Deen was recently diagnosed with, type II diabetes.Grain products are often baked, and are rich s...

The body does not process carbohydrates, proteins and fats the same way.  It is pretty obvious that simple carbohydrates and to a large extent, complex carbohydrates, have a negative effect on the human body.  All carbohydrate, with the exception of fiber is eventually broken down into a simply sugar — so, all those complex carbs you have been dutifully consuming all become either glucose, fructose or galactose.  They will all cause insulin to be released, and if not utilized almost immediately, the excess energy will be stored as fat in the body.

It does matter where your calories come from, it does matter in which form you consume them and it does matter to your overall health what you eat.

I am an advocate of low carbohydrate eating.  Not simply restricting carbohydrates, but eating foods that are not processed and do not contain large amounts of non-fibrous carbohydrate.  I eat foods in as close to the natural state as possible, so I am also an advocate of paleolithic and primal eating.  By combining these two approaches, I have kept my weight in check for the last two years.  Most importantly, the long term benefits are an active, fit and healthy quality of life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 months!

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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

Obesity, Willpower & Personal Responsibility


Originally posted May 2012

 

Obesity, Willpower & Personal Responsibility

Chiropractor Doc Joe Leonardi discusses the importance of choice and willpower in battling obesity.

6 months!

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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

Why Accept Obesity, When We Have The Power Of Self?


 

I have taken the week of from posting and YouTubing, but I wanted to share a post I have written in the past:

 

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{When it comes to anything I write, I do not have cowardly policies as Dr. Melina Jampolis and others may have.  If you disagree, or even dislike anything I write, feel free to comment here or on my Facebook page.  All I ask is that you don’t use vulgarity, nor insult or attack anyone else.  If you would like to insult me, go ahead.  I can take it, unlike other so-called experts I am not thin skinned.  Joe Leonardi, D.C. }

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

That is a very valid question.

One that deserves a response.

There isn’t any problem.

I don’t like or dislike someone based upon their weight or appearance.  Overweight, large or obese people were not the subject, nor enemies of the state of good health.  The “enemy” was the organization and others like it.

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

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

Well, that is the problem and that is my main issue.  The Fat Acceptance Movement wants the world to change for them and in turn promote an unhealthy life.  And despite some exceptions, most people who are obese are NOT healthy.

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

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

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

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

Was I fit because I was strong?

Was I healthy because my lab work was all good?

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

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

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

340lbs 3/1/2008

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

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

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

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

I have been accused of being harsh.

I have been accused of being unyielding.

I have been accused of being unsympathetic.

Well, let me tell you a few things:

200lbs 3/6/2009

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

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

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

It is my life’s mission, to help those who wish to take control of their poor eating and exercise habits. It is my desire that through fitness, everyone enjoy an improved quality of life.

And, if I am lucky, I will save a life or two along the way.

6 months!

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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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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.

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