The Secret of Change

change 7I was sitting in my office with a patient of mine the other day having a conversation I find myself having frequently.  She was a long time smoker who I had diagnosed with severe COPD (the lung disease caused by damage from smoking).  She had been hospitalized and was close to needing oxygen.  Yet, in spite of my warnings and castigations, she had broken her brief period of abstinence and was back up to “only a half pack a day”.  She was staring at the floor unable to look me in the eye like a child caught misbehaving by their parents. Continue reading

Your weight is not your fault

 

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But what about my genetics?’ she asked me somewhat exasperated.  This was towards the end of a discussion I was having with a young overweight lady who had a long, frustrating, and typical experience with yo-yo dietieng, fads, gimmicks, and an overall unsuccessful dieting history.  She was fed up, frustrated, and tired.  This was understandable so.  She wanted to know my opinion on the cause of her struggles.  Why is it so hard for her to lose weight when many of her friends have no issue at all. Continue reading

Spicy Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Italian-Zucchini-Boats3It’s been a while since I posted a recipe I like from out in cyberspace.  I decided to find a recipe using zucchini boats.  This recipe is a great example of using healthy food as a foundation for flavor.   Too often, heavy carbs are used to support a dish – pasta, breads, etc.  This adds unncessary calories and all the carb heavy diet drawbacks.  Using zucchini or squash or other bulky vegetables as the foundation you get the bulk you need to feel full without losing any of the flavor.  Enjoy!

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Don’t Destroy Your Legacy

thumbnail_top-10-reasons-why-people-need-long-term-care-acsia-infographicI was playing with my youngest son the other day and I couldn’t help but worry about the world into which he’ll grow.  Will it be safe?  Will it be healthy?  Will he be able to afford all of the wonderful comforts that I am blessed with?  I was watching him play with such an innocence built upon having not a clue about what may or may not be.  I felt a heavy responsibilty at that moment to do my very best to build a financial future that I can give over to him and his sisters to help them get a little boost in the difficult task of charting the seas of adulthood.

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The Key To Success With Exercise

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Recently I made an attempt to create a four week workout program for the staff at the hospital where I work.  I called it the 4×4 fitness challenge (you can check it out by clicking here) because it was four workouts each week for four weeks – clever, huh?  The reason for the challenge was to emphasize  the importance of setting clear goals that are measurable in order to be successful with exercise. I have gone into more detail about this in a prior post that you should check out called The Importance of Measuring.  I think that my experience with this challenge illustrates why having clear, measurable goals is so important. Continue reading

Not losing weight with exercise?

You can't out exercise a bad dietHopefully, many of you have embarked on my 4×4 fitness challenge as many at my work have (shout out to Erika D.  for being the Carroll Hospital leader so far!).  If you haven’t , it’s not too late – click here.  People have already started to see improvements in their fitness levels.  Many can now pound out pushups and burpees in week 3 which they couldn’t do so well in week 1.  In spite of their hard work there is a recurring issue that people bring up to me all the time with respect to exercise and weight loss.  People often complain that, in spite of exercising regularly, they are unable to lose weight.  The root of this problem lies in the way that exercise affects appetite. Continue reading

The 4×4 Fitness Challenge Update

measure successI am now through week one of the 4×4 fitness challenge and have done pretty well so far, but as designed, the real test (and the real benefit) comes in weeks 2-4 where I will try to improve my time.  Not only am I through week one, but a great deal of the staff at the hospital where I work.  There are tons of nurses, clerks, pharmacists, social workers, and many other have taken the challenge.  Everybody is competeing hard but not against each other.  The only person you compete against with this challenge is yourself.   Continue reading