No, It is Not a Diet – It is a Lifestyle!

Hello again. It’s me. You know how much I love to talk and write about healthy living. It’s my passion to teach you the things that I have learned and incorporated into my life over the past thirty plus years.

No matter how much is written on this topic, it seems as though so many of you are still struggling to lose weight. Being too heavy is a problem that is not going away.  Over two thirds of all Americans are overweight. And the number is increasing. And if you are in a country outside of the United States, it’s getting bad for you as well. There is no longer an age or a gender barrier. Being overweight is an equal opportunity demon for all.

But it does not have to be this way. I swear to you it does not.

Listen. I feel your frustration. I really do. I see you as you are getting onto airplanes. Or as you are walking through the mall. Or waiting for a table at a restaurant. You are there and you have extra pounds that you do not need. It’s that simple.

Believe me, as a health writer and coach, I realize that if you could snap your fingers or wave a magic wand and be thinner right at this very moment, you would do so. You do not enjoy carrying around the extra weight. You know that others are watching and it makes you feel uncomfortable.

You know that the extra pounds are taking a toll on your heart, your bones, your joints, your nervous system, your glands, your skin, your lungs, your blood… I could go on and on because just about every part of you is resenting this extra weight.

But you continue to do the same things day in and day out. That’s why you don’t see any change. Or maybe you do see some change, but it is your weight going in the wrong direction.

I see you posting on Facebook that you are starting a diet tomorrow to lose ten pounds. Or that you are going to join the gym because none of your clothes fit any more. Or that you can’t fit comfortably in a seat on the airplane. Yeah, I see it all.

Let me tell you something my friend (and I can call you my friend because that’s what you are). None of the quick fixes work. You MUST trust me on this. There is no quick fix to lose your weight and to be healthy again. Sure you can lose ten pounds in a week on a crash diet or some whacked out eating program. I don’t recommend it. But you certainly can do it. The bad news is that it will not last. Again, please trust me.

I am going to fill you in on the only way to lose weight. I have told you this before but it is so important, I feel the need to emphasize this like crazy. Please read the following sentences:

The only way to lose weight is to eat less. And the best way to eat less is to simply control your portions.

That’s it. That’s all you need to do.

Put those words on your refrigerator. Say them every day.

Stop counting calories. Stop depriving yourself of certain foods. Stop it with the low carb diets. Stop it with the low fat diets. Stop it with the high protein diets. Or the low protein diets. Or the juice diets. Stop all of that crap!

Just eat less by cutting down on your portions.

If you are an average person in the U.S., you eat about twice as much as you probably need to. True. Just look at what they serve you in a restaurant. One meal will serve two or three people.

When my wife and I go out to eat, we split one meal between the two of us. And believe it or not, we oftentimes have leftovers even after doing so that we bring home. Waitresses hate us because they think we are cheap. After all, no one splits meals in a restaurant. It is not the macho thing to do. Sometimes I swear I think that many feel it is “very cool” to eat a lot of food. I mean, after all, the waiter or waitress makes you feel guilty if you don’t order appetizers, plenty of side dishes and dessert with your meal.

But the waiter or waitress does not come home with you and look at you standing there naked in the mirror noticing that things are not looking so pretty anymore. And the waiter or waitress is not paying your medical bills, are they?

Please forget about disappointing the waitresses. Just give them a good tip and they’ll stay off your back! And don’t give into social pressure when your friends ask you to eat more and more. I want you to be the one who looks in the mirror at yourself when you are completely naked and says “Wow, I look damn good!”

Eating less is not easy at first. It takes discipline and practice. Sure, there are times when you will feel hungry. Your body will tell you to keep shoveling food into it. That’s only because your body is used to it. Don’t give in.

It will take about six months for your body to reprogram itself. At that point, you will be eating the right amount of food. Looking at large plates of food will actually make you feel sick. When I see someone eating a three egg omelet with cheese and bacon and all kinds of other junk on their plates such as mounds of potatoes and multiple slices of toast, it makes me sad. You just don’t need it. If you are curious, an example of a perfect breakfast for me is one or two eggs, one slice of toast, a small glass of juice and perhaps a small yogurt. And I emphasize the word small. Normally portions are too large and I want you to start thinking small.

Please give this new way of eating a try. Less is better. Eat your meals but just eat less! And don’t let me hear the word diet anymore. This is not a diet that you are on. It’s a lifestyle.

Here’s to you being thinner!



I Am So Glad We Found Each Other!

First of all, let me start today by thanking my readers. Whether you have been following me for a long time or you are a new reader, I would like to congratulate you for finding the perfect place to learn exactly how to have the healthiest lifestyle possible. There have been a lot of new readers lately who have been asking some great questions by email. I respond to all email personally so if there is anything you are not sure about, please let me know. Another way is to simply ask a question at the bottom of each article and I will answer you there! This blog has been getting an incredible number of views lately (thanks to all of you) so if I do not answer immediately, please do not worry. I will get to you! As you can tell, this is a passion of mine. I have figured out how to live the healthiest life ever and all I want to do is pass it on to you!

Sure there are lots of famous people on TV and magazines that are giving people like you advice every day. You could listen to them if you like. But there is a big difference between them and me. First of all, many of these “famous” people are just figureheads, and they really do not practice exactly what they preach. They are simply TV stars. Sad.

Secondly, if you ever have a question for one of these “stars,” good luck trying to contact one of them. It is extremely unlikely that you would ever get a response. You know how their lives work? As soon as the cameras are turned off, they are going about living their busy lives trying to get their next gig to make more money. A vicious cycle.

Fortunately for you I am not so famous! I am a regular guy who has figured out the secret of living the healthiest life EVER! So I have time to become your “personal” coach. I am interested in YOU as a person. I will answer your questions. It’s you and me and that’s all that counts.

And I have personally done and continue to do everything I write about. This is not a fad for me. I don’t simply jump into something, do it intensely for a year, and then either quit or move onto the next thing. I have been practicing my healthy lifestyle for over thirty years now. I am 55 years old as I write this article. Some people would call me old. That’s quite OK. Because if you ever met me in person (which I hope you do one day), you would not believe I am 55. You may say I look like I am in my thirties. Or forties. But certainly not 55.

It is because I simply do certain things every day. I do them correctly. I am not a fanatic on some crazy diet. I have learned how to eat regular everyday foods the correct way. And I have learned how to incorporate exercise into my life to make it fun and not an obstacle to good health. I am convinced that you can do this. I am 100% sure you can. You just have to want to. Once you decide you want to finally live healthier, put me in charge. I can help you!

I urge you to go back now and read my past articles to get a sense of what I am talking about. And read the electronic version of my book here for free. This is a free site. I do not charge anyone (and never will) to come to my site and learn how to be healthy. As I have said in the past, I love what I do for a living. I cannot tell the difference between my work and my play because I love what I do every single day. This is part of the big picture. The good news is that I can definitely get you there.

Please keep following my blog here. And if you know of anyone that is looking for a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle, please feel free to share this page with them as well. My philosophy is that we all share things in life. If you know of someone who could use help, don’t keep this page a secret just for you. Send your friend or relative the karma. Send them the love. You will feel better when you help someone!

We have a lot to talk about and we’re just getting started!

Waddle on.


Change is Good

I’m looking at the calendar and I cannot believe that it’s November already. Ski season is just around the corner. And those of you that have been following me for a while know what that means to me. Every January I head out to Breckenridge, Colorado and spend about a month there working and skiing. I am very fortunate to have the capability of being able to work from wherever I am in the world as long as I have my MacBook and an internet connection!

Mixing up the exercise routines is good for the body and spirit. Doing the same routine year in and year out causes burn out. My favorite outdoor exercises are running, walking, backpacking, hiking, and of course skiing. And depending on the season of course, it is easier to do some activities as opposed to others.

I am looking outside my window as I am writing this and noticing the leaves that are still left on the trees are beautiful. Most are gone however. It is getting chilly here in Maryland. But today is a beautiful day for a walk or a run. I think I will work in a nice run and a little workout in my home gym before I dash off to a dinner meeting later this evening.

My mind is always working – and a big part of my life is staying current with my exercise. This is how I stay young and thin. As I have said in the past, I am not a fast runner. But I am a steady runner. Been doing it for thirty some years now and I will not stop. My mom always told me that running is not good. Hey mom, look at me now!!!

Waddle on!

The Salty Truth – Runners Take Notice!

So I went out and ran ten miles yesterday. Was my first double digit run since The Chicago Marathon (10/10/10). If you read my previous article, you probably remember the problems that I had during the marathon which necessitated my dropping out at mile 21.

Well yesterday, even though it is still October here, it was a beautiful warm day. The run was no problem, but I was sweating quite a bit. Of course I drank plenty of Vitalyte during the run as well as carried and consumed plenty of gel.

But at the end of my run, as I was walking up my driveway, I noticed that I was covered in white crystals. Yes, you guessed it correctly, it was all of the salt that I had been losing from my sweat. Since this was only a ten miler, I did not have any real problem develop, but my guess is that if I would have turned this into a much longer run, I could have repeated the problem I had during the marathon.

When I got back in my house, I pulled a bottle of salt tablets (that I had bought many years ago for hiking in Grand Canyon) off of my shelf. I swallowed a 1 gram tablet with some water and almost immediately felt as good as new. I am starting to think that as much electrolytes as I try to consume on long runs, I sweat an awful lot and perhaps the only way to replenish my salts that I am losing is to do it with actual salt tablets!

Everyone is different and I know some of you have no problem, but sweating and hot weather for me have always been potential problems lurking during long runs and Grand Canyon hiking. So I may be back to some experimentation with my old friend, the little white salt pill!

Waddle on!

No Excuses!

I am getting ready to go on the road for the rest of the week. I will be traveling through Houston, St. Louis and Nashville before I return home on Friday evening. Now it’s easy when traveling not to do the normal routine, but remember, it is a lifestyle.

So I am taking my running shoes and running clothes. If I go into the gym, I will be prepared with the proper attire as well. The idea is to keep moving. Travel or no travel, work or no work, keep it going. It does not have to be extreme. Just do something. A short walk is better than sleeping in!

Oh, and one more thing. Small portions when eating! Always! No pigging out. Restaurants want us to eat about twice or three times as much as we should eat. Don’t succumb!

If you just do the above and stay away from tobacco, you will be heading in the right direction.

Rock on!

I am in Chicago for the Marathon and it is HOTTTTTT!

Dear Friends and Readers,

I arrived in Chicago yesterday morning and I have been doing all of the things I love to do in one of my favorites cities on the planet! Breakfast at The West Egg this morning with Evan, Keria, Stephen, Yoko, Bernie and Jessie was amazing as usual. Everyone is excited about tomorrow’s run. The only thing that is not in our favor is the weather. It is supposed to be 61 at the start and creep up into the 80’s as the day goes on. Way too hot for a 26.2 mile run.

But I should be OK. As you know if you have been a reader for a while is that I am not fast. I am a back of the pack runner and I love every minute of it. That’s why I have been able to be runner for well over 30 years now. I just keep going without wearing my body out.

I feel GREAT and I plan on running slow tomorrow and smiling at every one of the 1.7 million spectators that are expected to line the course. Talk about energy, you can’t get much more energy than the crowds in Chicago that come out to root us on. I thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart. It’s going to be a tough one tomorrow and your energy will help pull us through.

Tonight I am getting an early dinner. We have a 4PM reservation at Rosebud on Rush where I will load up on some good food and make sure my energy stores are full for what I am going to put my body through tomorrow. I love that place! I am sure there will be lots of runners there.

One thing I ask of you. Don’t ask me what my time was after the race tomorrow. I am slow and my goal is to finish comfortably. I do not run for time. As the back of my shirt will read tomorrow…

“The Rewards of the Marathon Cannot be Measured With a Stopwatch.”

Waddle on my friends!

Suggestion from Dave – Do This at Least Once in Your Life!

Well friends, last month I made my annual trek out to one of my favorite cities in the world to run the Bay to Breakers 12K. This crazy road race starts at The Embarcadero at the San Francisco Bay, and goes about seven and a half miles until the finish line at Ocean Beach! As you probably know, my life is made up of a series of cool events. From skiing the Rockies, backpacking Grand Canyon, running Chicago Marathon, or hiking the Billy Goat Trail (Great Falls, Maryland), I am not one to sit around on the couch and watch sports or play cards with the guys. That would just make me fat. Besides, that stuff is WAY too boring for me. The lifestyle that I have chosen keeps me thin, feeling good about myself, and strong. I am 55 years old now and feel like 35!

OK, back to the topic at hand. The Bay to Breakers 12K. It’s kind of hard to explain this race. It’s not necessarily a competitive race. Well, it can be if you want it to be. But many of the runners (100,000 of them), including yours truly, do it for the fun, the exercise and the scenery. And by scenery, I am not only talking about the streets, homes, hills, parks, ocean, etc. I am talking about the costumes, the craziness, the bands lining the course, and one more thing – the naked runners! That’s right, there are people that run this race TOTALLY nude. It’s a Bay to Breakers tradition that the city actually allows!

If you are having a tough time visualizing this party of a road race, I have prepared a little video that I personally took while running last month. You can view it by clicking HERE. Caution – there is some nudity (naked runners).

Next May will be the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers 12K. They say it will be the best yet. No holds will be barred. I will be there. Want to run with me? Let’s do it. By the way, you don’t have to run. You can walk the course. There are tons of walkers enjoying this race.  Put down the remote control. Forget the card game. No more messing with video games. Let’s get active. Your body will love you for it.

UPDATE – This year’s race will be May 15, 2011. Will I see you there?

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Is it REALLY Possible to Look and Feel Better in SEVEN DAYS???

Hello my new friend. Welcome to this site. I am so glad that you found it!

For over thirty years now I have been living what I think is an extremely healthy lifestyle. I am just about 55 years old as of this writing and i gotta tell you, I feel better than when I was 25. I swear! At an age where most people start “winding down,” I seem to be doing more than ever. I spend a month at a time in Breckenridge, Colorado and ski all day long. I do multi-day backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon. I just ran the Chicago Marathon this past October and plan to do so again this year! I basically am having a lot of fun with my life.

I am not telling you any of this stuff to brag. As a matter of fact, those who know me say I am actually a very humble person. The reason I am telling you this is because I feel there is really nothing special about me. I was never a gifted athlete. I was always very average in sports. In grade school, when they were picking people to be on teams, I was never among the first to be picked. I just kind of hung out in the background. I was never in great shape.

But as I started getting a little older, actually when I was in college, I always wondered why I didn’t look so great and why I was always so damn tired. A twenty-something kid in the prime of his life should not feel so out of shape. What was going on here?

Let’s just say, that was the point of my life that was perhaps the lowest.

That is when I took up running. Or I should say “tried to run!” It was a real mess! You should have seen me. I would change into my running shorts after school and attempt to run around the block.  I would get so winded after a short time. But I persisted. I never quit. Running around the block eventually turned into running a few times around the track at school. Then I entered a 5K and finished. Wow did that feel good!

I entered some longer races and finished them as well. And then about two years later I entered the Baltimore Marathon and finished. It was not a pretty site, but yes I did finish it!

I noticed that a lot of the things that I was doing in my life were actually making me look and feel much better about myself. I am not talking only about exercise. I noticed if I ate certain foods in certain ways, I would actually lose weight. I began making notes of everything I was doing.

Fast forward to two years ago.I was now in my fifties and felt better than ever. I knew I was on to something!

I took all of my notes and compiled everything that I had been doing over the years and actually wrote a book. That would surprise my college English teacher who almost flunked me out of school due to my poor English grades.

The name of my book is “Impress the World With Your Body in SEVEN Days!” Quite a title, huh?

Is it really possible to change in seven days? Well, it is certainly possible to start! What the title means is that there are SEVEN things that you need to know. One for each day of the week if you want to look at it like that. Once you know all seven and begin incorporating them into your lifestyle, you will notice BIG changes!

I want to stress that you do not have to be an athlete. You do not have to run marathons. I do them but I am not even so sure they are good for the human body! The stuff I teach is simple. You just have to know what it is and do it!

Please feel free to check out my site here. If you click on the tabs at the top (Day 1, Day 2, etc.), you will get an idea of what the SEVEN DAYS are all about. Just to let you know, my book has been available only in hardback up until now. But I am actually getting ready to release a brand new updated version as an e-Book. So my advice to you is if you are thinking about purchasing ‘SEVEN DAYS,” wait until the new version comes out. It will be worth the wait.

Please check back here often because I will have lots of cool free health tips for you. Thanks for joining me! Here’s to our health!