Tag: fat loss

Feature in Dr. Jason R. Karp’s “Run Your Fat Off” Book

A number months back, I got contacted by Dr. Jason Karp — aka “The Running Doctor” — asking if I wanted to share a little bit about my story on a running weight-loss book he was writing. And, of course I said that I would love to. I’m always willing and wanting to share my story, because I don’t know who I will inspire or motivate. If it wasn’t for others that inspired me — I am not sure what direction my life would be in. I want to pay it forward the best I can, whenever I have a chance.

After a few interviews and email exchanges, including the selection of ‘BEFORE’ and ‘AFTER’ pictures with Dr. Karp, I just waited for the book to be released. And, well — it arrived yesterday in the mail! Dr. Karp was nice enough to send me a personally signed copy.

I thumbed through the pages looking for my story and picture and was quite surprised to find it on page 18 of the book. I was one of the first stories he shared. But, I kind of forgot what I had shared with Dr. Karp and it was fun to go over the content of the interview again.

I loved the piece of advice I shared for new and aspiring runners …

“It doesn’t matter what your size, experience l, or fitness level; just get out and run. No one cares how you look running, because everyone looks ridiculous running. Have you ever looked at race photos? Don’t worry about it. Be out on the road or trail for the right reasons. For you.”

I’m glad I was able to share a small part of my journey in Dr. Karp’s book and it also further motivated me to continue to work on my book. A book that has always seemed like it’s been a work in progress. Because — well — it has. It’s something I wanted to start back in 2010 after I lost 100lbs and it’s kind of morphed into something else, because my story has grown, progressed and evolved since then.

I’m learning that it is less about my life changing as it is me living life more and more.

So, I continue to write a little bit more and more each day. And, when the time comes I’ll reveal and share more on my writing projects. I just don’t know if now is the time to share all of that.

Whatever your fitness running goals are check out Dr. Karp’s new book “Run Your Fat Off” you can find it pretty much anywhere online and I am sure if you’re into those things called bookstores they’re there as well.

But, I must publicly thank Dr. Karp for allowing me share that small part of my story in his new book. It really means a lot and I hope someone out there reads it and finds that motivation and inspiration to live a life they never dreamed.

Fight4Phat — Streaking and Reaching for New Goals now and in 2016

fight4phatThere are a few things I love in life — well quite a bit actually — my mom, bananas, a warm shower, Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter and hypoallergenic kittens. Just to name a few. But, for me life is good when I am busy, undertaking a new project and involved in something I believe in.

And, right now — I am in the middle of a number of projects

So I have to apologize for the “lack” of effort I put into this week’s post. I had big plans for it. I wanted to show off and talk about my exercise regime and share a couple stories. But, that’s going to have to wait until next week.

Depressing, I know.

I could share my exercise regime, but I wanted to put it on a lovely snazzy graphic with color and bling — so I am holding off on it. Just know it’s basically a lot of running and body weight training. Little to do with weights. I can’t wait to delve into it more.

But, there is one thing about my busy week that I think is good to talk about here — keeping active and sane while EXTREMELY busy. It happens to pretty much to all of us.

It’s a mixture of being extremely busy and stress. I don’t mind being busy — in fact I love it. But, during these times fitness is probably more important than ever, because it’s pretty easy to push it aside.

But, from my experience that’s a bad idea. The stress builds up and effects your whole body. From the way you function throughout the day, sleep at night and what your body craves as nourishment.

And, it’s proven when the body is stressed from a lack of sleep and other triggers — it craves the fats, sugars and carbs that will — well — make you fat. Interesting how it’s all intertwined, eh?

One thing I’ve loved about doing my run streak this past week is that it is kinda forcing me to confront the stress in a healthy manner. I can easily dismiss myself from a run — but I can’t. For the sake of my streak and overall health. This is the season of sickness and I know I am more susceptible to colds during this time of the year when I don’t workout and feed my body right. I think we’re all kinda like that, right?

Besides keeping my running up — I am also focusing on staying hydrated, my sugar intake and making sure I get my steps in on the FitBit. I have a goal of 10,000 steps — or 5 miles a day. I just make it happen. Doesn’t matter how I get it in — walking or running — I just gotta do it.

But, I promise I will have more next week and share more in depth details. But, make sure to check out the items below including the fundraising gala tomorrow night in Bountiful. This is a really cool organization I am involved with — and I know you will all love it.

Anyways — I’m out like a scout.


O.U.R. FUNDRAISING GALA — THIS FRIDAY!

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I have posted a few things about this event on my Facebook, but I need to spread it more, especially here on the blog. I am involved with helping to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad aka O.U.R. — here in Bountiful.

There is a FREE event on Friday, December 4th at the Bountiful High auditorium featuring O.U.R. founder Tim Ballard, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and the One Voice Children’s Choir. It’s going to be a HUGE event!

Our little team (though growing every week) in Bountiful is trying to raise $75,000 for O.U.R. That money will help fund three rescue missions. That includes any administration costs needed, the operation and rehabilitation for the children as well.

I am involved in this for many, many reasons. But, the number one reason — is that it sickens me. It sickens me these children are sold or kidnapped into the sex slave industry — no freedom, no safety and absolutely no life.

For what? Someone else’s perversion.

It’s gotta stop and it will — and, I love that O.U.R. has set out to do just that.


RUN UNITED 5K BENEFITTING O.U.R.

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As part of our fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad we’re also holding a 5K this Saturday at 9am. If you are familiar with the Bountiful area — we’re basically starting where the Five Points Mall once stood. The 5K is $30 for 18 and over, $15 for 18 and under and FREE for kids under the age of 5 — and the proceeds will go to O.U.R. to help fund their rescue missions. So bring your kids, strollers, bikes or — even rollerblades.

Just come!

You can register HERE via Active.com — registration does include a Run United t-shirt. Pretty nifty, eh?

If you would like more information and up to the minute updates about the race there is a Facebook event page for your convenience. Make sure to check it regularly. So far the forecast looks good. It’ll be cold, but no snow!

So please come run with us!


12 WEEK STATISTICS

The following is the progress of my 12 week program. During weeks 1-4 I am following my ‘fat flush’ plan that I wrote about earlier. I will discuss my plans for the remaining weeks in a couple of weeks. I am still formulating the plan with my trainer.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT – 273.8 / 272.00 = -1.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2 / 24.0 = -6.2
BMI – 32.7 / 32.2 = -0.5
WAIST – 47.25″ / 46.5″ = 0.75″
ARMS – 18″ / 16.75″ = -1.25″
THIGHS – 27″ / 27″ = 0.00
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK FOUR (NOVEMBER 5)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK FIVE (NOVEMBER 12)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK SIX (NOVEMBER 19)
WEIGHT – 270.6
BODY FAT % – 23.2
BMI – 32.6
WAIST – 45.75″
ARMS – 16.25″
THIGHS – 26.3″
WEEK SEVEN (NOVEMBER 26)
WEIGHT – 271.4
BODY FAT % – 23.8
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 45.9″
ARMS – 16.3″
THIGHS – 26.2″
WEEK EIGHT (DECEMBER 3)
WEIGHT – 271.0
BODY FAT % – 23.5
BMI – 32.6
WAIST – 45.4″
ARMS – 16.2″
THIGHS – 26.3″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

There are LOTS of numbers above, for me I like the simplicity of just seeing the progressive simply from week to week.

Here’s my weight-loss from week to week …

10/12/15 – 277.8 (N/A)
10/14/15 – 273.8 (-04.0)
10/21/15 – 272.0 (-05.8)
10/28/15 – 272.8 (-05.0)
11/05/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/12/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/19/15 – 270.6 (-07.2)
11/26/15 – 271.4 (-06.6)
12/03/15 – 271.0 (-07.0)
12/10/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/17/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/24/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/31/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)

FAT JOSH PICTURES

No matter how far you are in the journey, it’s always good/fun/inspiring to look back at how far you’ve come.

Here are some classic pictures of Fat Josh from the past — including one from that fateful photo shoot I took back in 2009 for my graduation announcements — oy!

Enjoy … ?!?

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I miss my Aunt Diane dearly — but this picture of me is #totesawks
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So much effort, so little (meaning none) gains. The face says it all — right?
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I’m so gangster, I’m so thug — how come I don’t have my rap video yet? THANKS OBAMA!
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I think I am trying to suck in? Is it working — like — at all?
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Yes, Big Josh had great influences on small children — they’re called NIGHTMARES.

 


A LITTLE FITNESS MOTIVATION

Fight4Phat: Climbing up metaphorical and real-life mountains

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This past week has been rather life changing — not to mention very rewarding. Completing my first ultra marathon has been something that has not only given me a tremendous amount of accomplishment, but a lot of retrospective and excitement for the future.

I’ve gone back to my FitBit occasionally to last Saturday and just stared at my numbers — 33.33 miles, 65,155 steps, 590 minutes of activity and 8,344 calories burned. Associating all of that with my experience is just — surreal. The numbers are just crazy. But, I did it. I actually ran an ULTRA marathon!

I’m an ultra marathoner!

And, the thing is — I’m still on somewhat of a high. I remember after my first half and full marathons feeling I really didn’t have that feeling. It was kinda like — I did that — meh. And, I know I am not the only one to experience that same feeling.

Having gone through a lot of ups and downs with my thyroid/testosterone this past year — year and half — I needed this. I needed this moment — this race — to give me the reassurance and feeling that I am still moving forward despite the setbacks.

It’s been tough.

But, despite the setbacks and problems that I’ve ran into — I have to keep fighting. The only other option is regression by doing nothing. And, that’s something I am not willing or going to do. I’ve fought for over six years to reclaim my health.

Saturday’s race was a fight — and in many ways it was the “physical” fight I need between me and my body. My body wanted to die numerous times during the race — especially on that $%#* hill towards the second aid station. But, no matter what the body told me to do — I yelled back what it was going to do.

And, that was to move one step at a time — until I got to the aid station. I knew the moment would pass — especially once I refueled and rested for a bit. And, I won. I beat that $%^# hill!

Moving forward there are going to be many more mountains and hills for me to conquer. I mean, my thyroid and testosterone is definitely one of those mountains. Step by step I will conquer it — I cannot stop, nor regress and go the other way.

And, I won’t.

I can’t.

So I just take it one step at a step, because I know I’ll get past this $&*# mountain.


SPECIAL OFFER: FREEDOM2MOVE

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This past summer, your’s truly, made his cinematic debut. Well, okay — I was once an extra in a film and I’ve photobombed news camera numerous of times — so I don’t know if I can count it as my “DEBUT.”

But, it was definitely my debut as a fitness model. Yes, you read that right — fitness model. It’s just one of the many titles of man of my prestige holds (I kid, I kid).

I was a fitness model for a fitness video called, “Freedom2Move” — it’s a locally owned DVD series of workouts that are tailored towards every and any fitness ability. This includes ability levels because of age, mobility or fitness level. It’s tailored to YOU.

There are three volumes to the workout series — and I’m in the third volume which focuses on the abs, back and pecs. Intrigued aren’t you?

Now, here’s the deal — I have a discount code for you. When you buy any of the volumes — or the complete set you can use code OUR10 to get 10% off your order. Just make sure you apply the code at checkout (and not in the non-profit purchase code field on the product page)

That’s not all though — Freedom2Move will also donate 10% from each order to the Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.)They are an organization that helps rescue, free and rehabilitate children that have been kidnapped into the sex trade industry. A very worthy cause and non-profit organization.

So what are you waiting for? Get fit, make a difference and see me in my fitness model acting debut — and if you’re lucky I’ll even sign it for you!

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Use code OUR10 to get 10% off your order. Additionally 10% of your order will be donated by Freedom2Move to Operation Undergound Railroad.

12 WEEK STATISTICS

The following is the progress of my 12 week program. During weeks 1-4 I am following my ‘fat flush’ plan that I wrote about earlier. I will discuss my plans for the remaining weeks in a couple of weeks. I am still formulating the plan with my trainer.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT – 273.8 / 272.00 = -1.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2 / 24.0 = -6.2
BMI – 32.7 / 32.2 = -0.5
WAIST – 47.25″ / 46.5″ = 0.75″
ARMS – 18″ / 16.75″ = -1.25″
THIGHS – 27″ / 27″ = 0.00
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK FOUR (NOVEMBER 5)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK FIVE (NOVEMBER 12)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK FIVE (NOVEMBER 19)
WEIGHT – 270.6
BODY FAT % – 23.2
BMI – 32.6
WAIST – 45.75″
ARMS – 16.25″
THIGHS – 26.3″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

There are LOTS of numbers above, for me I like the simplicity of just seeing the progressive simply from week to week.

Here’s my weight-loss from week to week …

10/12/15 – 277.8 (N/A)
10/14/15 – 273.8 (-04.0)
10/21/15 – 272.0 (-05.8)
10/28/15 – 272.8 (-05.0)
11/05/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/12/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/19/15 – 270.6 (-07.2)
11/26/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/03/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/10/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/17/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/24/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/31/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)

FAT PICTURES OF JOSH

No matter how far you are in the journey, it’s always good/fun/inspiring to look back at how far you’ve come.

Here are some classic pictures of Fat Josh, especially first one of me doing a — jumping jack? Oy vey! Why did I think that was a good picture to take?

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THURSDAY’S FITNESS MOTIVATION

Fight4Phat: Looking torward the bigger picture

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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks since I started my 12 week program. It’s been empowering, enriching and needed on one hand — but frustrating and hella tough on the other. But, more frustrating then anything.

I’ve given 100% of my effort to the program and seen little progress over the past four weeks.It’s not like I am working out and then refueling with cheeseburgers and milkshakes. I’m putting forth the effort, eating what my diet calls for and — nothing to show for it.

Well, I shouldn’t say nothing — but minimal results. This has been the case pretty much for the past year — year and a half — with my health. It’s something I wish I had a clear cut answer for — because what should be a very simple solution (calories in + calories out = results) has turned into a complicated algebra equation. And, of course the variable is an unknown invisible number.

I hate those invisible unknown numbers. And, I was a “C” average math student — so that doesn’t help either.

Despite all of that — I am trying to stay positive. I am doing what I need to do — or know what I should be doing. And, hopefully, that will get me to where I want to be physically with my health and running.

While talking all of this out with a friend the other day — I got hit by an epiphany. Okay with an epiphany — when I say “hit” it makes it sound like I got injured or something. Sorry, I divert my point (something way to frequent). But, I got an epiphany that I need to look at the bigger picture. Not just the 12 week picture, but beyond those 12 weeks — to 4-6 months.

Why?

Well, for one — my body has been proving to be a stubborn S.O.B. and it could very well mean the 35-40lbs. I want to lose will take about six months.

But, it was also pointed out to me that this would allow me to break up my goal into smaller — more manageable goals. Now — this hasn’t been the first time this dawned on me as a good idea, but when I heard my friend talk about it — I was like — duh! It made total sense.

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And, the thing is — I’ve done it before. I did it when I first lost my weight. But, I think I kind of forgot about that aspect of my weight loss, because I want the stuff I gained to be gone — quickly.

Science doesn’t work that way — well unless you staple your stomach, swallow a water balloon or go on a hunger strike. All not your best option in getting healthy the right way — for long term results.

So — I’ve decided to take that approach — my plan is two fold actually. First, I want to finish out my 12 week program. Realistically, my goal is to lose 10-15lbs. — well, as of today 12lbs. I just want to be under 260.

But, beyond that — I want to give myself six months to hit my goal of 230lbs. Well, specifically — June 11th. Why June 11th — because that’s the day of the Drop 13 Half down Big Cottonwood Canyon. And, to help with that goal — I want to also run that race sub-2:30.

Doable goals, right?

That basically means — that I would need to loose 5lbs. a month. VERY DOABLE. And, in fact, I might hit that goal of 230 much earlier. If I do — good on me. But, I’m not going to over do it — and expect more than that 5lbs. per month.

But, again — if it’s more — I’ll run with (quite literally).

I think stretching out the goal onto a bigger picture does a couple other things for me. One, it allows to me to continue to figure out what’s going on with my testosterone, thyroid, etc. — and — two, it takes the stress and anxiety that I’ve felt in getting it off.

I need to know that it takes time — by doing it that way. I am not a spring chicken anymore. I’m a mid-30 something that’s graying and starting to yell at kids from my front porch — so the aging process is in full affect.

So, yeah, that’s my mentality at this moment.

And, by next week I’ll make this into a graph and spread sheet — because I’m kinda OCD like that.

Also, next week I’ll be sharing my revised program now that my first four weeks are done of the 12 week program. It’ll be similar with a few changes.

Anyways — happy fitness!


12 WEEK STATISTICS

The following is the progress of my 12 week program. During weeks 1-4 I am following my ‘fat flush’ plan that I wrote about earlier. I will discuss my plans for the remaining weeks in a couple of weeks. I am still formulating the plan with my trainer.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT – 273.8 / 272.00 = -1.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2 / 24.0 = -6.2
BMI – 32.7 / 32.2 = -0.5
WAIST – 47.25″ / 46.5″ = 0.75″
ARMS – 18″ / 16.75″ = -1.25″
THIGHS – 27″ / 27″ = 0.00
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK FOUR (NOVEMBER 5)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

There are LOTS of numbers above, for me I like the simplicity of just seeing the progressive simply from week to week. Here’s my weight-loss from week to week …

10/12/15 – 277.8 (N/A)
10/14/15 – 273.8 (-04.0)
10/21/15 – 272.0 (-05.8)
10/28/15 – 272.8 (-05.0)
11/05/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/12/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/19/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
11/26/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/03/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/10/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/17/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/24/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/31/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)

FAT PICTURES OF JOSH

No matter how far you are in the journey, it’s always good/fun/inspiring to look back at how far you’ve come.

Here are some classic pictures of Fat Josh —

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FAT JOSH STORIES:
BEING HEALTHY IS RELATIVE

When I hit my highest weight in college — I knew I had to make a change. I knew I had to make a change even before the scale hit 400lbs. I had been rapidly gaining weight for over two years and I needed it to stop.

I felt like crap — emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically.

Basically, every aspect of my life sucked. I really don’t think there’s another way to say that?

Since I had lost nearly 60lbs. while on my mission, I knew I could do it. I had to put in less than what I was putting out. I knew I had to change my eating habits. This included trading in my Arby’s 5 for $5 meal for something more sensible — like a salad or a homemade meal.

So, mid-way through my senior year of college I started making those changes. I swapped perceived non-diet foods for diet foods. This included fruits and vegetables I liked, Healthy Choice TV dinners and more homemade meals.

Problem was — I wasn’t really controlling what I ate.

I ate grapes and berries — but, I could eat a whole bag of grapes within a day. No joke — let’s not talk about what this did to my digestive system. Sure, it was fruit, but loaded with (natural) sugar.

Healthy Choice TV dinners NEVER filled me up (and for the record — they still don’t). So I would either eat two or supplement it with something else from the kitchen. Sometimes Ramen or a couple of eggs.

And, well, homemade meals really was just a way for me to save money compared to eating fastfood. In fact, when of my go to meals was a Ramen noodle omelet “thing” I would make with loads of cheese and Ranch dressing — for taste.

Oh and my workouts were basically 30 minutes on the elliptical at a pace that would disturb my TV watching. Not ideal — or effective. Certainly not enough to burn of a Ramen noodle omelet with Ranch and cheese.

Though I convinced myself that I was BEING healthy — I really wasn’t. If anything I maybe neutralized my weight — but not by much.

That’s why today — over six years later, I make sure I am accountable about what’s going into my body. I don’t drink soda and rarely do I eat something that is labeled “fat-free” or “diet.” I go for what’s real. And, if I want a treat — I go for the real thing.

All within reason.

And, with view of a larger picture. A picture that shows my overall health and direction. One that isn’t just a bunch of smokes and screens giving me the illusion that I am “healthy.”

Because, really, health is relative in our approach and if we’re going to make real change — we have to be honest with ourselves. Something now — more than ever — I ask myself continually.


THURSDAY’S FITNESS MOTIVATION