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!

WILK’s Steve Corbett — Pessimism Personified


********************************************************************************* Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.   Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,

Joe

 

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A Negative Attitude Produces Negative Results


Mal humor amarillo

Mal humor amarillo (Photo credit: Xpectro)

Sometime within the last year, my friends began to notice a definite change in my end of day mood.  Most days, I was up at 4 a.m. and I am in the gym by 5.  After my workout, I would teach and then it was off to my practice, where I worked until 7 p.m. most nights.  I just assumed that the long days were getting to me, but then I remembered what I had been doing differently — I was listening to local talk radio and reading plenty of hate filled, depressing websites and blogs.

Since I am between my office and patients during practice hours,  I usually hear good portions of the various shows and I am on and off the web with some frequency.  Hours of listening to,  or reading about, how awful the world is, how bad people are, and how sorry our lot in life is, can drain even the most positive attitude.

As many times as I have discussed with people, or have done it myself, it never ceases to amaze me the power of cutting negative influences from our lives.  It really should be a no brainer.  Negativity begets negativity, producing overall negative results.

I have advised people to get negative people out of their lives.  However, that is not always easily accomplished in personal relationships — but it is easy when it comes to negative people whom we invite into our lives via the airwaves or our personal computers  — change the station, close the web window or switch off the device.

On my web site Fat Then Fit Now, and in my writings, I mention the 3′s: 

The 3 D’s — DesireDetermination and Discipline as the keys to remodeling one’s body and recapturing one’s health.

The 3 E’s — Three E’sEatingExercise and Energy. The Energy component being mental energy.

Together, these two triads are the keys to success in becoming a physically fit and healthy individual.

The D’s and E’s must be given equal effort to achieve our goals. While none of the 3′s are more essential than the other, a lack of positive mental energy can cause you to falter and interfere with the triads of support.

Energy is about our mindset. Our mental energy allows every other aspect to fall into place. If  mental energy is off kilter, it can adversely impact the other legs of the triangle, causing a complete, catastrophic collapse.

There are only two types of energy; positive and negative. Each usually gives rise to one of two outcomes — positive energy produces positive results and negative energy gives negative results.

The rigors of  daily life can get in our way, and before we know it, our mental energy is being thrown out of balance. We may be doing everything else correctly, but our results aren’t what we expect.

What is going on?

What are we doing wrong?

It is then we must recall that all three must be equal to achieve the desired outcomes.

Recently, my mind and body were both tired and drained — I just didn’t know it. And next thing I knew, my eating and exercise faltered and fell by the wayside, and I was not being as productive as I should  have been.

Key West (Southernmost Point) at sunset, 2007

beach in Key West

I am often reminded of the battle between positive versus negative energy when I have taken long weekends in the past to either The Florida Keys, or Southern California.

Five days of no news, no talk radio, no internet, no business worries and in general no negative influences really recharged my mental batteries.

Florida Keys - Sunset

Florida Keys – Sunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Additionally, just being in Southern California or Florida, compared

English: Photo of a sunset on the Beach in Ven...

English: Photo of a sunset on the Beach in Venice, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to Northeast Pennsylvania, there is a palpable difference in attitude. The sunshine, warm temperatures and proximity to the ocean allow a variety of outdoor activities. It was my experience and conclusion that people there, even in tough economic times, have a much more positive outlook on life. That positive vibe rubs off on everyone who is there.

When I return to Pennsylvania, this renewed energy translated into some incredible  workouts.  I attacked the weights with vim and vigor, relishing the feel of cold iron in the palms of my hands.

The exercises are the same, but the poundages are a little heavier and the pace a little quicker and the results — exponentially superior.

This simple, yet noticeable, difference in my workouts, are what me re-aware of the influence of energy. I have taken steps to ensure that my energy remains positive.

  • I make sure to start my day with a smile.
  • I have resolved to no longer to complain.
  • I shrug off the mundane, minor, minuscule annoyances that tend to degrade my disposition.

I have also stopped listening to so much talk radio, visiting certain web blogs/sites and reading too in-depth into the news. I scan the paper, and if I feel something is important, I will delve deeper into the subject.  I am no longer obsessed with each bit of minutia that is being reported. I discovered on my long weekends, that by not reading the paper, not watching the news, not being connected to the web, and not listening to talk radio — nothing changed. My being aware had absolutely zero influence.

We should always strive to make each day full of positive energy.  When someone complains,  smile and make an excuse to remove ourselves from the conversation. If negative thoughts enter our heads, we should think about all we have that is good. In my case, if I start to feel sorry for myself, I remember my trips to places like the Philippines, were I saw some of the worst poverty I have ever witness, and force myself to realize that no matter how bad it seems, my life is pretty dam good.

Energy must be positive. I am not saying we are never going to get down. I am not saying we should never get upset. There are real life issues that will influence our mood. However, we can change so much just by changing our attitude and outlook. It takes just as much effort to smile and say hello, as it does to look away and grunt. But the result of a smile is much more positive, not only for one’s self, but for the person on the receiving end.

We must ask ourselves:

  • Will worrying about something change it?
  • Will losing sleep change it?
  • Will not working out change it?
  • Will overeating change it?

In all likelihood, all of the above will only be more deleterious to the situation and our health.

When possible, cut out negative influences, don’t become obsessed and worried about that which we have little control over. When it comes to controlling elements around us, we really can’t.

We can’t control the weather, world affairs or other people, however, we can control how we react. We can choose the manner in which we respond.

I tell all of  my clients — the only thing we can control is what we put into their bodies and the amount of exercise we put out. I also tell them the only person we can control is the one that stares back at us from the mirror.

We can be positive or we can be negative — the choice is ours —  the results are obvious.

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

Bravado, Defiance, Swag…. Bostonians Demonstrate It Is Not An Act


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 whathappened at the Boston Marathon on April 15th.  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 an entertainer and his whole radio 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.

The difference between his act,  and those in Boston, is that Bostonians are not simply acting —  they are tough and more importantly they are strong.  Boston is a metropolitan area made up of 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 they should 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.

I respect those who are Boston Strong!

My Apperance on The David Madeira Show


I would like to thank David J Madeira and everyone one at The Talker 94.3. 

I had a great time being interviewed on his show today. We had fun discussing an important topic; obesity. Here is a link.

 

http://thedavidmadeirashow.com/2012/08/the-dms-episode-45-hour-3/

 

 

 

 

 

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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, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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************The information 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.************

 

 

 My latest interview on Health Demystified with Eric Wang


My latest interview with Eric Wang of Health Demystified.

Below is from Eric’s blog:

How Dr. Joe Leonardi lost 130 lbs and kept it off, and how you can too!

 This is one of my favorite interviews so far in the Health Demystified Experts Interview Series. It is my honor to share my interview with Dr. Joe Leonardi with you.

In this podcast, Dr. Joe Leonardi shares some tips on he lost 130 pounds and how you can too.

Dr. Joe Leonardi shares:

1. How he overcame the “demonic duo” of alcohol and food.

2. How “Joe 3-4-0″ moved from blaming others to taking personal responsibility of his weight and his life.

3. How he keeps motivated every day.

4. The unique exercise he used to build self-control and overcome temptations.  

5. How he deals with feelings of failure and busts through those.

6. 4 tips how you can kickstart your journey to weight loss and health

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE INTERVIEW: http://healthdemystified.podbean.com/mf/web/keq6u5/VN521397.mp3

Rush Limbaugh Apologizes and He Should Aplogoize For More


English: Rush Limbaugh at CPAC in February 2009.Rush Limbaugh, Not a Health and Fitness Expert, he should apologize for playing one on the radio!

I listen to Rush Limbaugh daily.  I respect his success as a broadcast entertainer — in that realm he is without peer.  He is the most listened to and highest paid radio entertainer today.  Before Rush came along, AM radio was on death’s doorstep. His innovative approach; combining the persona of an FM disc jockey with political punditry saved the AM band and paved the way for every high and low paid radio talker today.

Now that the niceties are out-of-the-way, when it comes to health, fitness and wellness he don’t know Jack!

Rush Limbaugh’s comments concerning Jack LaLanne demonstrate his complete lack of intellectual or common sense insight.  Those of us who promote healthy living are not impressed that Jack LaLanne existed until he was 96 years old.  What is impressive is that he LIVED until he was 96 years old — a distinction that must be understood to be appreciated.

A few years ago, I wrote  a newspaper column concerning my battle with obesity.  I closed out the column with the following sentences:

I was asked recently that if now that I lost the weight, I thought I was going to live longer. For a moment I pondered the question then

Jack LaLanne receives a Lifetime Achievement A...

Image via Wikipedia

answered, “I honestly don’t know, however I do know one thing, I am living better.”

Since that column appeared, in any radio, television, newspaper or internet interview I have given,  I am asked about those two sentences.  It is those two sentences that Rush Limbaugh just doesn’t understand.

I don’t know Rush Limbaugh any deeper than what he allows us to glimpse.  However, from the

glimpses he gives, he is a man of excesses and lacks self-control.  He eats to excess, he smokes to excess (formerly cigarettes, now cigars) and that excessive personality led to an unfortunate drug dependency.

His lack of self-control continues to be an impediment to truly enjoying his incredible success and wealth.

How could I make such a claim of someone I do not know?  Two factors lead me to that conclusion.

One, I, as Rush Limbaugh is, was morbidly obese and two, he continues to try to lose weight.

If he were happy being obese, he would have stopped trying.  The reason for Rush’s continued failure in taking care of his health, is that he does NOT embrace fitness.  Everyone who has ever met me, or whom I have ever motivated has heard me say, WEIGHT  LOSS IS A SIDE EFFECT OF FITNESS.

When Jack LaLanne was Rush Limbaugh’s age, he swam the length of the Golden Gate Bridge — under water — towing one thousand pounds. By the way, he was handcuffed.  What does Rush do at the age of sixty?  He gets winded walking from a golf cart to his golf ball a few yards away.

Here is a simple truth of life;  all living things die! There is no escaping that fate.  It is how well you live that genuinely matters.

If Rush Limbaugh would like, I will take one year off from my practice and enter his employ.  I will move to Florida, I will monitor his eating, I will take him through proper exercise and I will motivate him.  After that year, I will have given him the greatest value for his money any person as ever received.  Rather than an existence, I will give him an active, living life!

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

He has appeared on BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder.  The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************