Thursday, June 26, 2014

Portion Control is Key!

     Sometimes the answer is smacking us right in the face! We all ignore it though. We shake our fist at the sky and ask passionately, "Why am I putting on weight?!" Then that little voice inside says, "Maybe you should not have gone for that 3rd plate!!"Now if you do not have that voice then you need help right now! Portion control is not something we should tackle alone. Ever. Having an accountability partner is so important. Step one is realizing there is no magic pill that is going to make your weight go away. Getting a free Health Coach with Take Shape For Life was exactly what I needed to beat the beast we call portion control!

     There is a huge difference in knowing what we WANT and realizing what our body NEEDS. How do we find out? Our body needs to detox for 2 weeks. We need to drink at least 64oz of water a day, limit our coffee intake, eliminate processed foods, carbs, and also cut out dairy. Then we need to introduce a daily regimen of 5 pre-portioned meals and one meal that includes a lean protein and fresh non-starchy vegetables. At first you will look at it and think it is not enough. Once you have a plan and get going you will then realize, "Holy cow! I have been over-eating all this time!"

     Now is the time to set some goals. Put them in front of you. Maybe a few of your goals really hit home. Things like grow old with my wife, be around for my kids when they have big life events, meet my grand kids, have a healthy heart, run a 5k, run a 10k, or run a marathon! Now take a long look at the dollar menu at your favorite fast food joint, or the long line at the local hot coffee spot, or that sweet all you can eat buffet. Before you order that large mocha chino camel shaken bumpy road iced late, ask yourself one question. "How will this help me meet my goals?" It won't. In that moment of weakness this is when you call your health coach and ask for guidance. Your coach is there to cheer you on and to help you over those rough patches of temptation!

     Are you ready to change your life forever? Ready to rock and roll with a free health coach? Want me as your coach? Follow this link and we can schedule some time to talk about the program and how we can get you on the road to being and living healthy! Cheers to you and here is to a happy and healthy life.

Wishing you all the best!

Mike

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It is time to start your own success story!

     Every day we all see stories. Each person involved had a choice. They could take charge of their health and change their life and the lives of those around them in a positive way, or they could ignore that voice inside of them begging for healthy change. Some times people wait too long, and by the time they do something the damage is done and its too late.

     "Mexican Man Once Listed As World's Heaviest Dies at age 48" Manuel Uribe weighed 1,230 pounds in 2006, landing him into the Guinness Book of World Records. Before his death, Uribe had slimmed down to 876 pounds. What I find sad in this story is the fact that he started working hard at bringing health to his life, but the damage caused by the massive amounts of weight on his body had taken it's toll. It was too late. When you read about his story and the time he was stuck in his bed, you see that his family was feeding him, washing him, and dressing him. At 420 pounds I was not too far from living that life myself.

     Back in 2003 I had a checkup with my new doctor, and when I got on that scale it read 420 pounds. Then began my journey with failed diet after failed diet. Between 2003 to 2011 I had gone below and above the 400 mark many times. At one point both me and my friend Greg had heart attack scares. Thankfully it was not a heart attack! I had a thought around this time, and I know I have shared this before. "Maybe I am just supposed to be fat?" That thought swam around in my brain for a little bit. While my brian was stuck on that thought my family was in the background encouraging me to look into different programs I had already tried, and they had failed for me. Then there was that day when my mom chose to bring health into her life in a safe, and healthy way.

     Every day you hear about people hopping onto the next big thing in weight loss. Most times it either does not work, or does some serious damage to your body. Even surgery can leave you with some serious problems. As I have mentioned in previous posts, my mom discovered a program that has been tested in the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and proven to work. Since 1980 over 20,000 doctors have recommended this meal replacement program to their patients. Take Shape For Life uses Medifast meal replacements as a tool to get the weight down in a healthy and safe way as quickly has possible. Sticking to the plan my health coach set for me I lost over 110 pounds in under a year! Since stopping the program I have been able to apply the Habits of Health to my life and have been able to maintain the health that I have lost. So now it is your turn.

     You are at the crossroads. The ill effects of weight are taking its toll on your body and you may be finding it tough to get around, or even climb a flight of stairs. Do you wait and see what happens? Or do you make a stand and fight for health in your life? In the end it is up to you how your story is written. I urge you to join me on this road to living healthy and giving the people you love the most, the inspiration they need to living a healthy life for years to come!

Lets get healthy!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Here is to a New Year!

       So as many of you know, I made some big health changes in 2013. I went from 360lbs to 225lbs. I am still working at my ultimate goal of weighing 190lbs. Sure there are times when it is tough, but I have been armed with knowledge! The folks at Take Shape For Life have helped me, and taught me how to view food differently. On my journey I became a health coach helping others discover Optimal Health and how to survive the holiday season. One comment I get a lot is, "Oh it has got to be tough." I tend to just smile and nod, sure it is a challenge, but Take Shape For Life really makes the planning of a meal day extremely easy! How easy is it? Take a look at the chart below.



       
       One thing people don't realize at first is that you will not be going to your favorite Coffee establishment any more. Well at least while you are on plan. You will not be going out to eat until you understand what a "Lean & Green" meal is. As a health coach I am here to guide you and give you the resources you need to start your journey to health. It is up to you to want it! You have to make the decision that you are worth investing in! Which leads me to the next comment I get often, "I wish I could afford it."

       When I was starting out looking for options, I was introduced to TSFL and my initial reaction was "Oh that costs too much!" As the months passed I was on my 3rd failed free diet plan and I was on my way back to weighing 400lbs, while the person who had introduced to Take Shape For Life was nearing 70lbs lost! I sat down and took a look at what was preventing me from affording TSFL. First thing on the list was our TV service. Did we like it? Sure we did, but did we need it to be healthy and survive? No we didn't, so we cut our TV service and hooked some rabbit ears up to our TV. Second on my list was my internet gaming services. Did I like it? You bet your pants I did! Was it promoting health in my life? No it wasn't. So I cut those. Half way there! What else needed to change? My vending machine habits. I spent close to $125.00 a month on soda and snacks!!! So that had to go. Then came our groceries. Since we did not have to buy much for me to eat any more, we were able to take that savings and put it towards me getting healthy. 

     Now is the best time to look at what you are doing, and how is it impacting your health and the health of those you love. Be honest with yourself. Evaluate the things you are spending your money on, and stop doing the things that prevent you from reaching your health goals. I don't know about you but sitting on the couch or at my computer never got me closer to my health goals.....or washboard ab's. You are worth the investment!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Don't go it alone!

     Wow has it been one year already?! Well I did say that I would post some pictures here of my progress. I am not however ready to post any silly shirtless pictures! Sorry ladies. I am not done yet but have come a very long way. When I started really thinking about losing weight I was at 420lbs. I may have been bigger at some point but I do not know for sure, lets just say I couldn't find a scale outside a doctor's office that could measure my weight. On my own I may have gotten down to 340lbs but last year at the Dr's office I was on my way back up weighing in at 360lbs. What I was doing on my own was just not working, and I was only 40lbs away from breaking the 400lbs mark..... Again. I needed help.

Andrew Schwab of Project 86 and me. — in Nashville, TN.
     I was just popping stuff in my mouth, not giving a care about calories or what it would do to my body. The picture I have to the right is of me and the front man for Project 86, Andrew Schwab. In this picture I was probably over 420lbs. Some of you know this about me, and some do not. I work in broadcasting, and like most office jobs I am stuck at a desk, meeting, or console for 8+ hours a day. One thing I would do is go through the office and raid candy jars that people put out to share and just munch on these snacks to help pass the time. When I look back at this I just shake my head. I did not see what I was doing to myself. People would buy me exercise books or video's for birthday's or Christmas. People would try talking to me about joining a gym or training to run. I did not want to talk about it and I wanted to get there on my own! Yes I am doing the face palm right now, because I would either shrug off the advice or just toss out the books and video's I was given. Looking back I really wish I still had some of those! What was my problem? In short food addiction. I did not want to admit that I had a problem. I love food, and at that time I really loved sitting down an destroying an entire can of cashews. That doctors visit last year was the tipping point. I needed help, and I should not be doing this alone.

I went from wearing a size 50 to a size 40 in under a year!
     My mom had been bugging me. She would call and say, "You really need to call my health coach with Take Shape For Life! The food is awesome and I think you would really enjoy talking to my coach." I would reply, "Yeah ma, I'm all set. Maybe some day." Did I mention she called me almost every day from when she started the program? What did I learn here? Even if you are 34 and have a family of your own you should still listen to your mother......Some times.....Ha! If you have been here since day one then you know that I am very happy with the results I have had with Take Shape For Life! The picture to the left is me after losing 114lbs in under a year! I started September 1, 2012 and this picture was taken end of July beginning of August 2013. My coach had been there. He was a guy who was overweight and was having strokes and other health complications. So we connected right off the bat. He guided me every step of the way and was available to me when ever I needed him for support. I started right before the holidays and with out his support I could not have done it! Finding a plan that works for you is part of the process, but admitting that you have a problem and getting a valid support system in place are the two most important steps you must take before going down this road. So if you are starting down your own road to weigh loss make sure these steps are taken first.

  1. Admit that you have a problem
  2. Make sure you have a valid and concrete support system. (I recommend a health coach from TSFL who has been in your shoes)
  3. Be committed to reaching your goal 100%
  4. Make a list of things you want to do at a healthy weight. Then do them!
  5. Have fun with it, and share your joy and success with others!
     As some of you already know I too have become a health coach with Take Shape For Life. If you would like to join me on this road to weight loss please feel free to schedule a time to chat with me. I have been there and can help you on your journey to a healthy you! Don't go it alone! Together we can rock this thing!

Peace and good vibes,

Mike

*Results vary. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

September 12th is National Discover Your Optimal Health Day!


     September 12th is National Discover Your Optimal Health Day! I have set some time aside to talk to any of you, one on one, who are interested in learning more about Take Shape For Life. 
I can make a phone call, or we can do FaceTime, Skype, I can even come to anyone who is within driving distance of me. This is a great time of year to learn how to eat healthy and not be hungry, and how to survive through the holiday season without destroying all of your hard work! Step one is connecting with a health coach who can help guide you along the way so that you may find your way to optimal health! Send me a message or give me a call and together we will discover the healthy you!

*Results vary. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Finding what inspires you.

     Everyone has that moment where they are hit with the reality that they need a goal and they need to reach it no matter what. For the past few weeks I have been thinking of my goal of getting down to 190lbs. Can I reach this goal, should I reach this goal? Well the answer is yes and YES! When you enter a race you sign up to finish! You don't get half way and say, "Well that's good enough." That coach inside you is screaming, "You can't stop now! There is much more in you and now is the time to give it all you've got and finish this thing!"
My buddy Greg after the Spartan Race.

     This past weekend my buddy Greg volunteered and ran in a Spartan race. In this same race there was a team with a few members who were multiple amputees. Below is a video of them completing one of the obstacles. I personally have never been faced with the type of challenge they are faced with, not just in the race but also this thing we call life. Watching them complete the challenges of that race and finish has inspired me to not just meet my weight goal but also continue to train so that I can complete one of those races! One thing to keep in mind is you must absolutely have a support system of people who will add giant amounts of positive support in your direction. Its hard at first but it is important to limit the amount of time you spend with people who say that you can't do something. If you have the mindset that you can and you have proper support then there is no doubt that you will!

     Now is the time to make some goals for yourself. Don't wait till New Years Eve to come up with a list. Make one now. What better time than now to get fit? Schedule an appointment with your Doctor and ask them what they think is a good plan of action for you. Have a list of programs with you and ask them their opinion on it. Last year I asked my Doctor about Take Shape For Life fueled by Medifast and he had nothing but positive things to say about the program and highly encouraged me to start on it, "ASAP!" So I did and you folks have been reading my blog ever since I started. This coming Sunday will be the 1 year mark for me and so far I have lost over 114lbs with Take Shape For Life.

     I know you can do it, no matter what path you pick! Just like you all I needed was that inspiration and a good dose of positive mojo. Just pick your head up, dust yourself off, and lets rock this thing!

All the best,

Mike

http://myroadtoweightloss.tsfl.com/explore

*Results vary. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Reaching those goals!

     When I first started out on this road to weight loss I was not too sure I would be able to do it. Sure I had some lofty goals, but in the beginning they seemed so distant and out of reach. Right now I am at 112lbs lost in under a year and have gone down 10 pants sizes! Oh did I mention that I just ran in a 5k event here in Maryland? Did I also mention that I ran the entire thing in under 38 minutes?!? My official time was 00:37:50.3 that is right, my fastest time ever! Last year on this date it was still sinking in that I was 360lbs and only 40lbs away from being 400lbs again. I knew I had to do something, and I could NOT afford not to!

     This past weekend was the River Valley Ranch 5k & 10k Trail Run. My friend Greg and I had set a goal last year of running the 5k race. I am looking forward to being able to do the 10k trail race next year. As we were finding our place at the starting line, with the 10min per mile group. We noticed a big guy come walking up getting in line behind our group. As he was walking past us we could not help but hear him complain about how far he had to walk from his car to the starting line. He went on about how his walk was basically 5k already. I really hope he was kidding because it was only a few hundred feet at best. I looked at Greg, shrugged and thought to my self, "I bet you $20 we do not see him cross the finnish line." Both Greg and I were watching for him but he never showed up again. Then it hit me. Last year that was us. Both Greg and myself could not walk up the stairs from my basement without getting winded. Now we are running or walking 5k several times a week, and Greg is training for a half marathon!

Greg and I before the race. Me on the left. Greg on the right.

We had just left the starting line!


     I know what you are thinking. Right now you are saying to yourself, "I have got to get out and start running!" Well sure you could do that, but what you should really do first is take a good hard look at what you are eating and drinking. This is why I went with Take Shape For Life fueled by Medifast. Yes just like any other health program there is a cost, but this is the only one where I saw awesome results personally. All of my meals are provided and measured for me by Medifast, and the only meals I have to make are my Lean and Green meals. I am not buying groceries for myself, I am not spending money to go out to eat. In fact we are saving money with this meal plan! I needed a program that forced me to start thinking about what I was eating and how much. I used to just love eating fried chicken, and now just the sight of it makes me sick. The old me would go to a KFC and order a 6 piece meal and 2 extra biscuits with a large rootbeer and potato wedges. The new me would slap that out of my hands and pull me along by the ears!

     I strongly recommend finding someone who has been where you have been. This is why the free Health Coach from TSFL was worth it to me, a person that went through the program before me who could properly guide me along the way. Which is why I became a Health Coach myself! I want to help others, and I firmly believe in the TSFL program! No it is not the only one out there but it is the one that worked for me. I just have 58lbs till I get to my goal weight. So what is stopping you from starting down your own road to weight loss? For me I had to face the facts and stop looking for excuses. It is as easy as saying, "I want to do this, and I AM going to do this!" I am here and I can help you find the way to the path that I found last year, with some much needed help.

These are size 50 pants that fit me perfectly last year! I am now down to a size 40.
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*Results vary. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first two weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.