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

 

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

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...

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

Who Do I Blame Because I’m Fat?


Who do I blame because I’m fat? That is the question I get frequently. I have received this question in messages, emails, phone calls and from clients  in my office. It seems that we are all looking to place blame.

Unless you suffer from an underlying medical or hormonal condition, the onus is on ourselves.

In the last chapter of my book, I trace back to where my emotional reliance on food began.  Though I traced it back to my childhood, it was not a valid excuse. Some day, as much as we may not want to, we must all mature and accept responsibility for ourselves.

I alone was responsible for my morbid obesity.

Which brings me to the following; I received an email from a client, who was especially upset about WILK  radio talk show entertainer, Steve Corbett, who has endorsed businesses in which the food consumed can lead to obesity. This friend was ripping, not because of the commercial, but because the pious and self-righteous Steve Corbett,  constantly preaches against many unhealthy activities. The great unkempt one even goes so far as to rail against smoking, proclaiming an extreme view, that all tobacco CEO’s should be locked up.  My client one time followed a vegetarian diet solely because this radio host proclaimed it as a healthy lifestyle choice.

picture of food on a shelf

It amazes me at how much sway an entertainer can have over some people, but that is the nature of advertising. It is the reason that sponsors will pay exorbitant fees to have someone endorse their product.

However, the point being that no matter the hypocrisy, my client reasoned that if Corbett who portends to be all knowing  preaches other healthy habits, he must know what he is talking about. He began stopping by this establishment regularly. He had so much faith in what the host was saying, that he took all of the education he had received through our meetings and tossed it aside. Much of the gains in his health that he had made fell by the way side as his old habits reared their ugly heads.

Finally, after regaining about twenty-five pounds and feeling so cruddy because he hadn’t been in the gym in almost one month, he sent me an email. He asked for an appointment to get back on track.

Once back in my office, before he even sat down, he began assigning blame. I genuinely could not believe what I was hearing.

I stopped him mid-sentence. I repeated back to him what he was saying. After I repeated myself a few times he understood what had happened. He utilized his faith and trust in another person to justify HIS falling back into bad habits. It was easy, because someone he respected, someone in whom he had put trust, was, via a paid endorsement, implying that  it was okay to eat sugar laden junk food.

After a few weeks my client was back on track. He would soon go from fat to fit.  It only took him two weeks to take off half the weight he had regained and he is back into healthy activities in the gym.

He learned the hard way that entertainers who are paid spokespeople aren’t always correct.

 

 

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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 podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared onWYLN 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; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill 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 web site www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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

How I Went From Fat To Fit


If you have lost weight, tried to lose weight or are just thinking about losing weight you have undoubtedly been inundated by advertising.

Be it television, radio, spam, billboards,  hell even folks walking the streets with sandwich boards… you are hit by a plethora of quick fix weight loss promising products..

Drink this in place of a meal and you will lose weight.

Order pre-packaged food and you will lose weight.

Take this “natural” pill and you will lose weight.

I’ve been exposed to them all, I’ve even tried more than a few. Everything from fasting, juicing, fruit only, to  vegetable only diets all promise rapid weight loss without effort.

I am always skeptical of the fast, fat-loss fads that claim to bring forth  miracles that are too good to be true. Why? Because they are too good to be true.Anyone who knows me, has heard me on the radio, podcasts, seen me on television,  has read my book or this blog is aware that I am an avid low carbohydrate follower. They also understand that I am more than just about a diet.  I am a firm believer in the power and benefits of exercise and fitness and weight loss is simply a side effect of fitness. I work out seven days a week.

The most effective way to lose weight and get in shape is following my plan. Okay, I’m a little biased. However, if you follow and apply the 3 D’s and the 3 E’s you have no option but to gain renewed health.

Desire to get in shape

Determine that you will do it.

Fitness

Have the discipline to get it done.

Eat a diet low in carbohydrates, as close to nature and as unprocessed as possible

Members of the Air Force Academy football team...Exercise seven days a week. Include endurance, cardiovascular training along with progressive resistance workouts.

Posses positive mental energy knowing that you will accomplish your goals and recapture your health.

Be consistent!

Strive for excellence!

Make your health a priority!

You won’t get there with haphazard plans or habits. You must work at it, there are no shortcuts, there is no free pass.

The results will be a fit new you, a healthy individual brimming with confidence and beaming with pride.

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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 and CarbSmart.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 contained herin 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.************

 

How Will You CHOOSE To Respond To Adversity?


After all I have been through life continues throwing me some heavy-duty, rib-breaking, Rocky Balboa type body blows. Compared to many I am blessed, but on occasion — I don’t feel that way. The reality of owning a business in these current economic times can weigh heavy upon one’s psyche.  Very real pressure can crush even the strongest and broadest shoulders.  Some days, I feel much like I did a few years ago. Similar situations caused apathy, which in turn led to laziness. The result was that my weight ballooned to a ponderous, pachydermian three hundred and forty pounds and my fitness levels plummeted to previously unforeseen depths.

On a morning a few days back, when the alarm clock sounded, for the first time in a long time, I had the desire to unplug the chronograph, roll back over and continue my slumber. Reawakened by my current situation, my inner demons reared their ugly heads.

Visions of carbohydrate crammed foods danced in  my head.  Pancakes, home fries, doughnuts and waffles for breakfast started bubbling to the forefront of my brain. Later, I could go for a pizza and a nice pot of macaroni. Then, in the evening, maybe a pie and a pint or two of ice cream.  Ah yes, the comfort foods would work their soothing magic.

The demons screamed into my skull:

Why exercise?
Why eat right?

What is the point?
Think of how nice it would be to sleep, on a full belly, an extra few hours each and every morning.

I knew that the combination of sloth and gluttony would once again isolate me from the outside world. The calming influences of empty calorie, nutrient devoid foods would help me sleep. The lack of exercise would convert the excess consumption into a protective lard layer and I would once again be isolated from the rest of the human race.Dante and Virgil in Hell

I felt like I was being held from Hell’s fires by a proverbial rope.  I glanced up and studied the rope that has kept me afloat in even the worse situations. I noticed that the repair jobs from the previous occasions in which life almost took me down, were once again frayed. The gremlins and graveling, which are busily hacking away at the rope, are now more than half way through.

As my gazed remain fixed; I pondered a few thoughts: Will the rope give all together? Will my life and future plummet into a great abyss? It very well might. When it desires, life can be a cold and heartless bastard. The big question is:

Will I embrace my inner demons  and willingly hasten my demise?

I stayed in bed and wondered what it would be like to have had a charmed life. I asked myself more questions.

How different would it have been if my father hadn’t been forced onto disability by a life altering injury?

How would it have been if my parents could have afforded to send me straight to college out of high school?

Was my judgment to enter the Navy, to alleviate the burden of at least one child to care for, the correct decision?

Yes, the self-doubt and self-pity of despair were being cheered on by the demons. Much like the negative focused naysayers, my inner mischievous sprites are acting as the harbingers of doom — joyfully, fanning my flames of despair, discontent, doubt and disillusionment.

How easy would it be to embrace their self-destructive message!
How simple would it be to return back to my former indolence!
How effortless would it be to add a hefty burden to the rope!

As these thoughts ran through my head, a truck driver outside my window slammed on the brakes. As the tractor-trailer came to a very loud halt, its cargo violently shifted and I was jarred by a thunderous clang. My still sleeping brain interpreted the clamor into the clang of iron plates being dropped onto the gym floor.

Thoughts of clanging and banging iron sent a familiar shiver through my body.

I jumped from my bed.  The demons hid in terror.  I would not give into their cursed cheering.

There is no time for self-pity.
There is no time for self-sorrow.
There is no time for self-destruction.

The rope is starting to show threads and I am not sure how long it will hold out. However, I will not increase its burden by adding weight to my frame.

As much as we tend to think otherwise, there is very little in our lives over which we have control.

Well run businesses fail.
Bad, at times awful, things happen to good people.
Politicians pass laws regardless of the actual outcomes.
Hard working, loyal employees often find themselves without a job.

Is adversity a setback or an opportunity?

It is all in  how we choose to view it. We can allow bad luck, bad decisions and just flat out bad situations dominate, control and beat us down, or  —  we can choose how we respond.Fallen angels in Hell

You see, I choose how I respond. I choose not to allow those demons that are screaming effect me.  And, I choose to tell those demons to go straight back to hell!

The one thing we can control is ourselves.

We can control our mental attitude.
We can control our fitness level.
We can control what we eat.

In spite of Gary Taubes’s anti exercise writings, I continue my endeavors in exercise. I am confident that by being physically fit and strong, if that rope does give out, I will be powerful enough to reach up, grab the remaining end and support myself

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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 and CarbSmart.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.
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