Entries from blogs tagged with “Health and Fitness”

Battling Leukemia & Lymphoma

I've known Hannah for a long time, ever since she was the AmeriCorps member at the Douglas County Dental Clinic. This is a woman that truly has a heart of gold and she wants to take part in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team. In order to do this, Hannah needs to raise $3200 from generous donors like you!

Please visit her fundraising page and help her reach her goal!

This is Hannah's first marathon and she is determined to do this thing! Let's all gather 'round and support her and this great cause!



The Big Hipstamatic Show


The name of the photo is "Four Leaf Clover" and it's my first entry into the Big Hipstamatic Show contest. If you like the photo, please vote for it!


Now a little bit about Hipstamatic... it's an app for the iPhone that turns your iPhone into a top notch "old timey" camera like the plastic toy cameras from the past. The application itself is only $1.99 and you can even buy add-on films, lenses, flashes, etc. If you're into photography and you own an iPhone, you owe it to yourself to check out this app in the AppStore!


How I Lost A 12-Year Old

It all started around my 32nd birthday on April 15, 2009. My 5-year old flat out asked me, "Daddy... why are you fat? Why do you want to be unhealthy?" I weighed 285 pounds and was in the worst shape of my life. His words hit me like a sledge hammer and I got to thinking, "This kid is right! I'm going to die before I'm 60 if I keep this up!"

You see, I've been fat all my life. I weighed 255 my junior year of high school and then lost 100 pounds my senior year. I gained it all back and weighed 270 by the time I graduated from college and then lost another 100 pounds. But guess what... I gained it all back, and then some, and by the time I turned 32 I weighed in at a whopping 285 pounds and was getting lectured by a 5-year old on being obese!

On May 5, 2009 I joined a website called SparkPeople and decided I was going to lose weight for good. I signed up for a gym membership at Lawrence Athletic Club and procured the services of a great personal trainer, Kendall Bradley. Kendall introduced me to a variety of exercises that would not only help me lose weight, but also keep me interested in fitness because he changed things up constantly. I also went on a 2,000 calorie a day diet and ate 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates, and 20% fat. Everything was being logged on SparkPeople and by the end of May I had lost 10 pounds.

After a while I decided that becoming a certified personal trainer would allow me to help others like myself that were having problems with their weight, and it would also keep me in shape by helping me learn all that I could about diet and exercise. This was one of the best things I ever did for myself! By January I was a certified fitness trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association and was down to 220 pounds. My goal was to get down to 200 pounds by my 33rd birthday, and I was well on my way.

So now it's 3 days before my birthday and I've officially made it to 200 pounds. I've gone from 44% body fat to 25% body fat and hope to get down to below 20% within the next few months. I feel better than I ever have because not only am I losing weight, but I'm also building lean body mass, which is something I never did with my previous dieting episodes. I'm done with all the "diet of the month" gimmicks and now it's just become a nice, healthy lifestyle that I can live with!


April Fools From Medicaid! OK… Not Really…

So I logged on to KMAP (Kansas Medical Assistance Program) this morning to bill some dental claims (my "real" job when I'm not doing personal training) and this is the message that was on their website.


Too bad THAT'S not an April Fool's joke! But it sure does look like one, huh? :)


Diet and Exercise Not Needed To Keep Fit

Associated Press

April 1, 2010, 7:41 a.m. Updated April 1, 2010, 8:09 a.m.

A 25-year study has determined that diet and exercise are not key factors in helping people stay in shape. The study followed 4500 individuals and determined that body weight and general fitness were not affected by diet or exercise, and in fact being a couch potato proved the most efficient way to keep the pounds off. President Obama was shocked by the findings and decided to call off all health care reform efforts stating, "Scientists just don't seem to know jack squat these days!"

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Top 10 Reasons I LOVE Baseball

1) I love the idea of someone throwing a 96mph fastball and being able to maneuver it just to the edge of the strike zone. Watching Josh Beckett and Johnathan Papelbon pitch is an amazing experience.

2) I love how a pitcher like Zack Greinke can play for one of the worst teams in the major leagues but still win the Cy Young Award!

3) Baseball is still America's Pastime, even if it's just a phrase that has been attached to it from a bygone era. 78.5 million Americans went to an MLB game in 2008 vs. just over 17 million Americans that went to an NFL game.

4) Baseball is not a redneck sport at all, but a sport that is enjoyed from Boston to Los Angeles and everywhere in between!

5) Pete Rose!


6) Theo Epstein. Theo Nathan Epstein (born December 29, 1973 in New York City) is the Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Boston Red Sox. On November 25, 2002, the Red Sox made him the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball by hiring him at the age of 28. In 2004, he was general manager of the club that won the first World Series championship by the Red Sox in 86 years and was in the position when the team won a second in the 2007 season. Epstein resigned in October 2005, but was rehired as GM and Executive Vice President on January 24, 2006.

7) Charlie Sheen. "Major League." 'Nuff said!

8) "Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical." - Yogi Berra

9) Just because Mickey Mantle was a jerk doesn't mean all MLB players are! Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox has a charity called Hits for Kids that focuses on the health and well being of children. Many other players in MLB have their own charity organizations as well.

10) The Boston Red Sox... just in case you couldn't tell! ;)


I Vant To Drink Your Blood…

I thought I had seen it all when it came to supplements, energy drinks, etc. But this takes the cake! I found this over at Hastings today...


It claims to have similar nutrients found in real blood AND it has a "fangtastic fruit punch flavor." They even manage to pump it full of electrolytes and 10mg of iron...


Howard Stern vs. Gabourey Sidibe


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Oh Howard Stern... how some love you and a great many loathe you! On Monday, Howard Stern was recapping the Oscars when he started making comments about Gabourey Sidibe from the movie Precious. As we all know, Gabourey is very overweight and Howard's comments are stirring up a frenzy on the Internet because of quotes such as, "You feel bad because everyone pretends that she’s part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie... What movie is she going to be in? ‘Blind Side 2,’ she could be the football player.”


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While Howard's comments are his usual "shock jock" shtick, he also went on to say, "You just want to say to her, listen, honey, now that you’ve got a little money in the bank go get yourself thin, because you’re going to die in three years." This is where I personally think Howard went from asinine commentary to telling the truth, even though it hurts.

I have personally battled weight problems on and off for years. I've weighed as much as 285 pounds and know what it's like to suffer the consequences of being overweight. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, I've been through it all. It wasn't until my own little "shock jock," in this case my 5-year old son, told me the hurtful truth about my weight that I decided to do something about it. I hope that Howard Stern's hurtful truth will make Gabourey Sidibe realize that she's jeopardizing her health by being morbidly obese and that she will finally do something about it, if not for her own sake, then for the sake of those who love her!

What do you think about Howard Stern's comments? Should morbidly obese people be called out in hopes that they will change their lifestyle to help their health? Or is this just mean and cruel?


Zig-Zagging Your Calories For Weight Loss

You've been dieting and exercising and you've had some success in losing weight! Congratulations! But what happens when you hit a plateau and just can't seem to lose another pound? You might want to try the "zig-zag" approach to dieting. Cycling your calories can help boost your metabolism without having to add more exercise to the mix.

A typical 1-2 pound per week weight loss cycle might look something like this for a 32 year old man that's 5'9" , weighs 200 pounds, and exercises 3x a week:

Sunday - 2,035 calories Monday - 1,628 calories Tuesday - 2,442 calories Wednesday - 2,035 calories Thursday - 1,831 calories Friday - 2,238 calories Saturday - 2,035 calories

A good rule of thumb to follow is to get 40% of your calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat. I personally prefer getting 40% of my calories from carbohydrates, 40% from protein, and 20% from fat. This method has allowed me to lose 73 pounds since May 2009 without feeling like I'm even dieting!

The calorie calculator at http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm makes it easy to calculate your caloric needs and I highly recommend it for anyone that's serious about weight loss.

While dieting is an important factor for weight loss, don't forget about exercise! Try to get in at least 3 days of cardio and 3 days of strength training in per week and you'll be well on your way to being fit and healthy!


American Airlines Flight 1592

I saw my life flash before my eyes yesterday on what was supposed to be a relaxing trip from KCI to Corpus Christi, TX. My 5 year old son and I were about 10,000 feet up in the air when the pilot came on and announced that there was smoke in the cockpit and that we needed to prepare for an emergency landing and "brace for a hard impact." We finally made it back to KCI, and needless to say we are safe and sound, but we had to cancel our trip to Texas because there were no other flights available within the time-frame we needed. It turns out the same exact flight had to turn around the day before because of similar problems! We got our money back from the airline but KCI still made us pay for parking even though we never did reach our destination! Have any of you had any "close calls" up in the air? Has it changed the way you travel?


I Lost 100 Pounds Twice…


My road on the way to becoming a personal trainer is a unique one. I was fat all my life. I was the kid that wore husky pants in elementary school and by my junior year of high school I had ballooned up to 250 pounds!

I went on my first "hard core" diet right before my senior year of high school and lost 100 pounds in 3 months. I practically starved myself, eating only 1,000 calories a day. Playing the drums in the marching band was my cardio workout and boy was it intense! At the time, I thought that it was easy to lose weight and keep it off. I felt that I could be skinny forever and not ever have to think about being a fat kid again.

Fast forward a few years to my senior year of college. I'd gained all the weight back, and then some. I was up to 270 pounds and miserable. I decided it was time to get back in shape and this time I went on one of those diets you hear about on TV and started working out to exercise videos. I lost 100 pounds again, this time in a year and a half, and my confidence levels had never been higher. I had a degree in business management, owned a technology consulting business, and was on top of the world. This time the weight would stay off for good, right?

Well, in a word, no. It's funny how sitting at a computer for 8 hours a day and going back to bad eating and exercise habits will make you gain weight! This time I was up to 285 and my 5 year old son, Brenan, asked me, "Daddy... how come you're not healthy? How come you're fat?" There's nothing like a 5 year old lecturing you on health and fitness to get you thinking. I was 32 years old and in the worst shape of my life. I was huffing and puffing just going up a flight of stairs and was now suffering from other effects of being obese, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

This time I was determined to change the way I lived my life rather than go on a diet to lose weight. I joined a gym and changed the way I ate. Then I started training with a personal trainer and read everything about exercise, fitness, and nutrition I could get my hands on. I lost 60 pounds in 6 months, earned my fitness trainer certification through the International Sports Sciences Association, and now here I am. I am determined to help other people like myself that have always struggled with their weight. I will be posting regular blog entries here on the LJWorld website about health and fitness, and maybe, just maybe, those entries will help others that are fighting the good fight against obesity!