Cookies and Stress A Terrible Combination

Frog and Toad Cookies - no cookiesA recent article from Jillian Michaels pointed out that when we have a very stressful situation we go into “Fight or flight” and the hormones released stop us from feeling hungry (which makes sense) but the problem is this happens even when we are not being chased by a bear. According to her article, “The trouble is, it occurs in response to all stressors, including the deadlines pummeling you at work and the traffic that drives you crazy. When stress is always present, your body can’t get rid of the excess cortisol built up in the blood. That cortisol just hangs around, causing lots of trouble: It turns young fat cells into mature fat cells that stick with you forever, and increases your cravings for high-fat, high-carb foods.”

So the stress of the holidays compounded by mountains of cookies is not a good thing.

We have to learn to deal with stress. Not only during the holidays but every day.

Test Drive Your Post Weight Loss Surgery Lifestyle

sick_puppyI have a friend of mine who is planning on having weight loss surgery. It doesn’t matter what kind, but in the end it is probably not going to work.

Why? Because her weight is not the problem. It is a symptom. Numerous people have had surgery and found ways around the shrunken stomachs to eat themselves fat. Why? Because their weight was a symptom. A symptom of a problem. What problem? I don’t know, but THAT is what they need surgery on. They should be in therapy for that, not under a knife to remove half their stomach.

vomitWhen Was the Last Time You Vomited?

I think my friend is under estimating the discomfort of vomiting. She explain that if she eats to much she will vomit. I don’t know about you, but if I can do ANYTHING to avoid vomiting I will. Don’t forget the extra expense of the bills for paying for the surgery. Don’t forget that in some cases you end up with a body that can’t process nutrients anymore. See the story from NBC.

Take Your New “Healthy” Lifestyle for a Test Drive

My friend says she can’t eat “Crap anymore.” So let’s do that. Don’t eat crap. Try vegetables and fruits for snacks. Don’t eat pizza and if you do limit it to one piece. Track your calories RELIGIOUSLY, and if you DO go over, find something that is REALLY PHYSICALLY UNCOMFORTABLE to do (for me it might be eating liver). Do something you don’t want to do. Why? Because after your surgery and your body is telling you “You better get to a bathroom RIGHT NOW,” I’m pretty sure you’re not going to want to do that either.

Fix the Problem – Not the Symptom

There are so many things that cause us to go for the refrigerator. There is stress, emotional issues, job, family ,friends, etc. All of these are typical. These are the problem. We USE FOOD to dull the problem. We USE FOOD to dull the pain. If you’re are not hungry FOOD IS NOT THE SOLUTION.

It’s simple, but its not easy. In fact, its very , very, hard.

My friend pointed out that doing a podcast about weight loss hasn’t helped me. I admitted I know what to do, but I don’t do it. So now I’m motivated to do the right thing to help her see if you do the right stuff you CAN Lose weight.


Discipline or Disappointment – Your Choice

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. -Budda

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn

We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. – Jim Rohn

Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference. Lou Holtz

I value self-discipline, but creating systems that make it next to impossible to misbehave is more reliable than self-control. Tim Ferriss

Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. Mike Ditka

It’s Not an Age Thing

Discipline1) Helen Keller, at the age of 19 months, became deaf and blind. But that didn’t stop her. She was the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
2) Mozart was already competent on keyboard and violin; he composed from the age of 5.
3) Shirley Temple was 6 when she became a movie star on “Bright Eyes.”
4) Anne Frank was 12 when she wrote the diary of Anne Frank.
5) Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster at the age of 13.
6) Nadia Com?neci was a gymnast from Romania that scored seven perfect 10.0 and won three gold medals at the Olympics at age 14.
7) Tenzin Gyatso was formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama in November 1950, at the age of 15.
8) Pele, a soccer superstar, was 17 years old when he won the world cup in 1958 with Brazil.
9) Elvis was a superstar by age 19.
10) John Lennon was 20 years and Paul Mcartney was 18 when the Beatles had their first concert in 1961.
11) Jesse Owens was 22 when he won 4 gold medals in Berlin 1936.
12) Beethoven was a piano virtuoso by age 23
13) Issac Newton wrote Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica at age 24
14) Roger Bannister was 25 when he broke the 4 minute mile record
15) Albert Einstein was 26 when he wrote the theory of relativity
16) Lance E. Armstrong was 27 when he won the tour de France
17) Michelangelo created two of the greatest sculptures “David” and “Pieta” by age 28
18) Alexander the Great, by age 29, had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world
19) J.K. Rowling was 30 years old when she finished the first manuscript of Harry Potter
20) Amelia Earhart was 31 years old when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean
21) Oprah was 32 when she started her talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind
22) Edmund Hillary was 33 when he became the first man to reach Mount Everest
23) Martin Luther King Jr. was 34 when he wrote the speech “I Have a Dream.”
24) Marie Curie was 35 years old when she got nominated for a Nobel Prize in Physics
25) The Wright brothers, Orville (32) and Wilbur (36) invented and built the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
26) Vincent Van Gogh was 37 when he died virtually unknown, yet his paintings today are worth millions.
27) Neil Armstrong was 38 when he became the first man to set foot on the moon.
28) Mark Twain was 40 when he wrote “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, and 49 years old when he wrote “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
29) Christopher Columbus was 41 when he discovered the Americas
30) Rosa Parks was 42 when she refused to obey the bus driver’s order to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger
31) John F. Kennedy was 43 years old when he became President of the United States
32) Henry Ford Was 45 when the Ford T came out.
33) Suzanne Collins was 46 when she wrote “The Hunger Games”
34) Charles Darwin was 50 years old when his book On the Origin of Species came out.
35) Leonardo Da Vinci was 51 years old when he painted the Mona Lisa.
36) Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became president.
37) Ray Kroc Was 53 when he bought the McDonalds Franchise and took it to unprecedented levels.
38) Dr. Seuss was 54 when he wrote “The Cat in the Hat”.
40) Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was 57 years old when he successfully ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009. All of the 155 passengers aboard the aircraft survived
41) Colonel Harland Sanders was 61 when he started the KFC Franchise
42) J.R.R Tolkien was 62 when the Lord of the Ring books came out
43) Ronald Reagan was 69 when he became President of the US
44) Jack Lalane at age 70 handcuffed, shackled, towed 70 rowboats