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Don’t Join the Exercise Resolution Crowd, Make it a Lifestyle

I noticed the crowds at Urban Active and Louisville Athletic Club are picking up, as they do every year, with newly-resolutioned people vowing that this is the year they’ll stick with it, lose the weight, quit smoking, eat right, etc. And most, of course, won’t stick with it, and about March they’ll be back to their old lifestyle. That’s right, it’s a lifestyle. I’ve been struggling a bit lately because of a knee injury, and considering how I might replace the fitness and mental boost I get from playing racquetball 3-4 times a week. For the last several weeks, I’ve…


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Losing Weight – A Matter of “Just One!”

Twenty-five years ago I started a weight loss company with a single thought in mind; if I could help just one. As I wrote down my mission on a piece of paper and thought; if I could encourage others and hold them responsible for their behaviors I could just possible help another live a healthier life and might save one in the process. From the beginning I realized it would not be easy, I knew most would resist the idea, but what I did not realize until years later is how much pride, denial and laziness people really had inside…


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Dehydration, Desperation and Dry as a Bone- Handling the Heat!

Last Thursday morning I awoke in a state of shock, not from a bad dream, but what turned out as a serious case of dehydration and electrolyte deficiency. My body had shut down and was on the verge of needing hospital attention. Thankfully I have friends in medicine that makes  house calls during the wee hours of the morning! Needless to say, this scared the you know what out of me. I’m the fitness guru, this stuff isn’t suppose to happen to me, I should know better; these were the first things that came to mind. However, I just didn’t…


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Is Your Shampoo Making You Fat?

Louisville ranks one the best cities in the country for its filtration system. The air might not be the greatest, but the water sure is clean and refreshing. However, what they didn’t take in consideration is what apparently ranks, “Head and Shoulders” above the water that is contributing to being over weight! I thought I heard it all until… Paula Baillie-Hamilton, an expert on metabolism and environmental toxins, was one of the first to make a link between the obesity epidemic and the increase in environmental chemicals. Baillie-Hamilton argued that exposure to chemicals can damage your body’s natural weight-control mechanisms….


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Fun and fitness for a cause

Got plans tonight? Here are two ways to get out and have fun and support Susan G Komen and Kosair Charities: Tonight is the launch party for the 2011 Pink Lounge starting at 6 at the Dressing Room, 2836 Frankfort Avenue. Event tickets will be sold at a special discounted price for this evening only. Purchase your lounge tickets & also receive 25% off any item of your choice at Dressing Room Boutique! The Pink Tie Lounge benefits Susan G Komen for the Cure. The signature cocktail of the Pink Lounge will be served, known as the ‘Fleur de Pink’! Not sure…


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Fixing Kentucky’s Obesity Problem – “FOOD” Stamps! REALLY?

Americans love fast food. (We spent $165 billion on it in 2010.) But we don’t all love it equally. Like the obesity rate, fast-food consumption varies widely by region. Residents of some states disproportionately choose fast food over other options when they go out to eat, with consequences for the state’s collective health. Using government data on the percentage of restaurants in each state that serve fast food and the percentage of dining-out dollars the average resident spends in them each year, Health.com identified the 10 states where fast-food consumption is most prevalent. Kentucky is in the top five! Colonel…


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Being Healthy Starts on the Inside – Where Has All the Laughter Gone?

I love to watch people at airports, malls, parks and church. I wonder what they had done to get them here? What attracted  two people to be together at this time? What makes that one tick or that one over there work so hard? And sadly, I wonder with most of them where has all the laughter gone? Studies show that children laugh approximately 400 times per day while adults laugh as little as 15 times a day. Studies also show that laughter helps lower blood pressure, strengthens immune systems, and helps lower stress hormones. There are no known studies…


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Exercising Smart Not Hard- The Pulse of Getting in Better Shape!

I will be the first to tell you I did not become a professional athlete at a very young age because of my G.P.A. (even though it was 3.8) but from something I discovered outside the walls of institutional education; you class room elites just have to grin and bare this one. I became great at my craft not for my ability to pronounce a Latin word like Latissimus Dorsi, but for my keen sense of exercising smart; I incorporated some common sense into it all. I want to share with you the smartest thing I have ever done over…


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Diabetes Prevention – The “Silent” Killer!

Diabetes will be the next health epidemic in the United States. In some populations, it already is. Some call it the “Silent Killer.” Why? Diabetes is similar to cancer in the fact that you can’t see it. It sneaks up on you, and by the time you find out you have it, it’s almost too late to do anything about it. Diabetes is hereditary, but it is mostly behavior induced. We can blame it on our grandma or great aunt, but at the end of the day, it’s really on us. There are different levels of diabetes, but the worst case is extremity amputations;…


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Diabetes and Obesity Prevention – Denial to Desire!

A few days ago I shared with you how Kentucky and Louisville ranked in obesity and it wasn’t pretty. Now I want to follow that up with what I have experienced over my twenty five year career of one reason why the numbers are what they are here! I don’t argue with people, especially if they are potential clients of mine. However, a lady yesterday tested my resolve. Susan stepped into my office, for what reason I’m not sure, but I learned very quickly that she was delirious with denial. A good one hundred pounds overweight and a family history full of diabetes,…