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You’re the “Secret Sauce”

Posted: March 30, 2016

Health and fitness do not come in a bottle, no matter how good a bottle it happens to be; or how good the stuff inside it is. It might be beneficial; maybe even very beneficial, but there is no “secret sauce” in there. YOU are the secret sauce!

Health and fitness come because of a decision you make. Several decisions, really. The decision to start; the decision to stick, and the decision to start over, when you need to. And you usually need to. 

Without these three things, no program will work for you, no matter how great their ingredients are. Some programs make it easier to plan meals. Others make it easier to get the right nutrition. Some seem to be easier to stick with. But the one thing they all have in common is you.


Self Defense in Today’s Society (Part 8)

Posted: March 27, 2016

In this last of eight articles about self defense, I’d like to finish by focusing on some other killers: High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, and Diabetes. Many people are facing these diseases today, especially in connection with obesity. 

Over the years, I’ve met hundreds of people who have let their weight get away from them. I’ve done it too. Now being overweight doesn’t guarantee you’ll have other health issues. But if you’re obese AND have a family history of heart disease, or diabetes, you’re much more likely to develop a problem yourself.

Once afflicted, it’s much harder to turn things around. It becomes more difficult to be active, so calorie burning gets harder. That creates a vicious cycle that’s hard to escape from. You end up fighting your own body. Like the old saying goes, “We have seen the enemy, and he is us!”


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