Don’t Put Your Hands There!

Friday, 20 April 2012

How many times did you get that order from your mom when you were a kid, huh?  Or how many times have you given the same order…to your kids!  Oh, we’re a germ-obsessed nation.  Obsessed at avoidingthem, that is.  Well, good!  But did you know?  Germs lurk in some of the places you might least expect.

There are things you can do to make the items you touch at work or at home everyday more germ-free.

Of course, everyone thinks of the bathroom as one of germ’s favorite hiding places.  But you’re just as likely to pick up germs, leading to a cold or flu going about your daily life as you  touch all kinds of things you may not even think about.  Truth is, germs are everywhere and we can’t get away from them all the time.  But there are things you can do to make the items you touch at work or at home everyday more germ- free.  Here are a few examples.

Handbags.  How much does your purse weigh, ladies?  Some women look like they have a few large bouldersin their purses.  LOL!  I’ve seen some of you go through your handbags  and I’m amazed at some of the stuff you keep in there.  But did you know that purses love to collect bacteria?  25% of pocketbooks harbor the E. coli virus.  You’ve probably heard of it.  E. coli can lead to a number of uncomfortable conditions such as nausea or cramps.  And your handbags touch so many unsanitary surfaces during the day.  I mean, just think about some of the places you may innnocently lay your purse.  Be smart.  Use sanitary wipes once a day to wipe down your handbags and, in the future, be more aware of where you lay them.

Your desk at work can hostmillions of bacteria.

Desk Tops.  Your desk at work can host, get this…millions of bacteria.  (That’s more than you’ll find in most bathrooms!)  Now think about this.  Everyday at work, millions of people eat at their desks.  At home, we keep our dining tables extra clean and, if you’re like me, I Windex my kitchen table after every meal.  But at work, 75% of office workers admit they never clean their desktops.  (Are you one of them?)  Take as much care cleaning your desk as you do your dining room table at home.  Especially if you’re one of those people who likes to have lunch at your desk.  Hey, your healthy salad deserves a healthy place for you to enjoy it.

Two states are introducing legislation to ensure cleaner shopping carts to help minimize the spread of harmful bacteria.

Shopping Carts.  Oh, this one should be a no-brainer.  I wonder how many pairs of hands the average shopping cart is rolled around by everyday?  And was there a leaky diaper sitting where you’re now placing your fresh head of lettuce?  (Oh, my!)  Two states are actually introducing legislation to ensure cleaner shopping carts to help minimize the spread of harmful bacteria.  Keep a box of santiary wipes in that big-old purse of yours.  (You’ve got room!  LOL.)  But seriously,be sure to wipe down that part of the grocery cart where you’ll place your meats and fresh produce.

Look, like I said, germs are everywhere.  No, they’re not all going to give you some major illness.  But you can minimize the risk of picking up some little bug by taking extra care to scare those germs away!

Love,






Hello… Hello? H-E-L-L-L-O-O…

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Did you hear me that last time?  Yeah, it’s me!  No, no, no, don’t panic.  You’re not hearing things.  Well youare hearing things and you’re probably wondering where this voice is coming from, aren’t you?  Okay, got a full-length mirror nearby?  Good.  Now, go stand there and take a look…

It’s ME…your body!  Guess you didn’t know I can actually talk to you, huh?

See?  It’s ME…your body!  Guess you didn’t know I can actually talk to you, huh?  Well, I can!  Only usually, I don’t talk to you out loud like this.  But I thought today I’d do things a little differently.

I feel a little tired and lethargic sometimes and I wanted to talk to you about it.  See, I’ve got these two arms, these two legs and I’m filled with muscles from head to toe.  I do everything for you but, you know what?  Sometimes you take me for granted and, I’ve gotta tell you, it really hurts.

God gave me to you for you to use.  And how do you use me?  Well, last night, you had me sitting in front of the TV watching Glee while you blindy but, well…gleefully stuffed one handful after another of cashews into me.  And that litre of Pepsi?  I would have preferred water, thank you!

I was at work all day yesterday with you and, even though I felt a little drained, I got you through the day, didn’t I?  But instead of us coming home and you giving me a good hour-long workout, what did you give me instead?  That’s right, you felt like taking a little nap, right before dinner, even!  Now come on, tell me, is that any way to treat your body!

I can be here with you, alive, fit, healthy and happy for many years to come.

I’m sorry for coming to you this way, dropping all of my feelings on you without warning this morning.  But I simply thought it was time for us to have this little talk.  Look, I can be here with you, alive, fit, healthyand happy for many years to come.  But I’m gonna have to ask for a little respect from you.  I want you to give me better foods.  I want you to give me a good hour of exercise everyday. 

As I reminded you before, I work hard for you.  But, if we’re going to be together for a long time, I’m gonna need you to show me how much you love me.  That is, show me how much you love…yourself.  

Okay, I’m done.  You can start your day now.  Just remember, if you don’t start taking better care of me, we could end up somewhere else, like in a doctor’s office because I won’t be feeling so great.  Now you know we don’t want that!  Hello, hello…can you hear me now?!

(This message came to you today from your body…not from me.)

Love,
 






The Happiest Place On Earth!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Any of you who’ve ever visited Disneyland here in Southern California are probably familiar with those words.  There’s a big sign outside the park making that declaration: Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth!

And oh boy, do I ever have some happy memories of Disneyland.  My parents took by brother, Lenny and I there not long after the park opened.  I was so happy being at Disneyland that I slipped away from my parents and tried to stay there!  Dang!  If only that security guard hadn’t found me and brought me back to my mother and father.  I’d probably still be living in The Magic Kingdom to this day!  LOL.

On most days, just how happy…are you?

I bring up the Happiest Place on Earth today because, I’m wondering, on most days, just how happy…are you?  Oh sure, happiness is just one of our emotions and, it’s simply human nature, we can’t be happyall the time.  But the bottom line is that too many of us spend our time not enjoying the emotion ofhappiness.  How many of you devote more of your waking hours to being sad, angry, or depressed?  Well, may I tell you something?  Those emotions are okay and there are times when we need to go through the tough times that usually bring them on.  But it’s when we dwell on being sad and blue all the time that we get ourselves into a constantly bad emotional state of mind.


But my favorite emotion is happiness!  And get this, researchers at the University of Illinois have found there is solid evidence that happy people tend to live longer and are generally healthier than people who spend their days feeling down.  So, where do you fit in?

I’m willing to bet, you have more things to be happy about than you realize.

I’m willing to bet, you have more things to be happy about than you realize.  You just need to sit back, look at your life and see how many reasons you have to smile and be happy everyday.  Here are a few pointers to help you do just that. 

-Make a list of the new items you can be grateful for everyday.
-Look for ways to show gratitude to each person who helps make you happy in some way.
-Learn not to hold grudges—(an important part of being happy).
-Invest more time and energy in your family and friends.
-Try to smile and laugh more…they’re both great for your attitude and good health
-Speaking of health, work at improving your good health.  Including an hour of daily sweatin’ in your day is the perfect way to do it.

Spend less time moping and more time coping!

Feeling better?  Believe me, you’ve got reasons to!  Spend less time moping and more time coping!  Your happiness depends on it.  And, God knows, I want you to be…one of the happiest people on earth!

Love,








Popcorn is not only a tasty snack, but it’s a smart snack to have, too.

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Popcorn is not only a tasty snack, but it’s a smart snack to have, too.

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Pop! Pop … pop! Pop, pop, pop …

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Oh, hello there.  Looks like you came in while I was making myself a bowl of popcorn to snack on.  I’ve always been a big fan of popcorn and it’s one of my favorite snacks.  In fact, I can’t think of anyone who’ll say no to those fluffy white kernels.

Popcorn is not only a tasty snack but it’s a smart snack to have, too.

Well, as it turns out, popcorn is not only a tasty snack but it’s a smart snack to have, too.  I’ve been reading a few articles lately about popcorn and one I read in Time magazine really caught my attention. Time reported that those little kernels of corn are full of fiber.  Well, I knew that, but there’s even more good news about popcorn.

See, it’s packed with polyphenols, too.  (I’ve mentioned them to you before.)  Polyphenols are antioxidants that can actually neutralize cancer-causing free radicals in your body.  About 1.5% of air-popped popcorn is polyphenols.  Now that may not sound like much but consider this.  It’s more than what’s found in similar amounts of fruits and vegetables.  That news, by itself, makes popcorn a healthy and smart snack choice.  Just remember, you’ve got to keep it healthy by not adding butter and too much salt.

See, one thing I want you to be careful of, (and I’ve told you this before too), is that movie theater popcorn.  It’s popped in oil and when you pump that stuff they call “butter” on top of it, you’ve just turned that good-for-you light snack into a calorie and fat-loaded no-no!

Popcorn is also a great source of some of the minerals your body needs.

Besides being fiber-rich, popcorn is also a great source of some of the minerals your body needs like magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorous.  Hey, who knew such a fun-to-eat snack food could be so good for you?

Now, as with all foods, don’t go overboard with your popcorn snacking.  Using my FoodMover, you should close 1 starch window for your serving of popcorn.  But hey, that equals 3 cups of air-popped popcorn!  You can also have one cup of popcorn and count it as an Extra on the Foodmover.  One cup will equal only about 30 calories.  So, if you want a healthy snack that you don’t have to feel guilty about eating, have yourself a fluffy bowl of air-popped popcorn.

Hey, it’s gotten quiet in there.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to, uh, POP back into the kitchen…my popcorn’s ready!

Love,






The In Crowd

Monday, 16 April 2012

Oh, they were always the coolest kids in school.  Everybody wanted to be part of their little clique.  I mean, after all, they were the hippest students on campus, remember?  And, as it turns out, you weren’t welcome in their little group.  Nope, you just never fit into…The In Crowd!

When I was in school and overweight, I wasn’t asked to join my classmates on their little weekend escapades.

Hey, I know what it feels like.  When I was in high school and overweight, I wasn’t picked for a lot of things or asked to join my classmates on their little weekend escapades.  And how did I deal with it?  Well, the way a lot of us did.  I created my own little “in crowd.”  That is, between myself and…food.

Hey, who needed those other kids on Friday nights, anyway?  I could find just as much pleasure getting myself a shrimp or oyster po-boy from Central Grocery in the French Quarter.  (Can you believe they’re still there after all these years?)

But while I may have been happy with my po-boy, fries and bottle of Barq’s root beer, I sure wasn’t happy about what all of that overeating was doing to my body.  And the more weight I gained, the more left out of the In Crowd I found myself.

Has your weight made you so solitary that you don’t even make an effort to mix with others?

How about you?  Has food taken the place of social interaction between you and the people you work with?  Or has your weight made you so solitary that you don’t even make an effort to mix with others?  Well, let me tell you, not only is that an unhealthy relationship you have with the food.  But you’re creating an isolated and unhealthy social relationship between yourself and others at the same time.

Are memories of being left out of the In Crowd a reason you made food one of your best friends?  Hey, I’m not only asking you that question but I’ll ask it of myself.  And, (as you can see from my personal story), my answer would have to be yes!  See, back in school, I felt so left out that I made food my BFF.  But after so many years of turning to food, I turned my body into 268 pounds of unhappiness.  That happen to you?  Or…are you headed in the same direction today?  If you are…stop it!

Don’t cut yourself off from others because you feel like you don’t “fit in.”  I’m telling you, it’s mostly in your head anyway.  Did you ever stop to think you don’t feel like part of the In Crowd because you’ve put up a wall up around yourself and won’t let other people IN-to your world?

I’m not asking you to try and win some kind of popularity contest.

Look, I’m not asking you to try and win some kind of popularity contest.  But when it comes to how people treat you, remember, it’s a two-way street.  You get back from a potential relationship or friendship…what you put into it!

Wanna be in with the In Crowd?  Well, start by being more sociable.  Start showing off what a truly nice person you are.  And, believe me, it won’t be long before…The In-Crowdwants to be INwith you!

Love,






That Look

Sunday, 15 April 2012

I read hundreds of e-mails everyday.  And I have to tell you, every now and then one of them really tugs at my heart.  Just the other day, I read an e-mail that brought a tear to my eye.  Let me share it with you.

"If I keep eating the way I do, I won’t live to see my baby grow up."

Dear Richard: I just have to tell you what happened to me last night.  I was getting my one year-old daughter ready for bed and as I was putting on her pajamas, a thought hit me hard.  I was dressing my little angel and she was just so cute.  I took a good look at her and thought to myself, “You know, if I keep eating the way I do, I won’t live to see my baby grow up.”

I’d never thought like that before, Richard.  And the thought really scared me!  You need to know, I’m 5’6”, weigh 320 pounds and might as well admit, I think I’m addicted to food!  As I continued dressing my daughter, I began crying, thinking about how my weight could lead to my missing out on seeing her grow up.  My baby, barely a toddler, seemed to sense something was wrong.  She looked at me, hugged me and held me so tight.  Her lip even began quivering as she hugged me even tighter.  She was about to start crying watching me cry!  I’m telling you, that look in her eyes, it just did something to me!

At that very moment, I decided I had to do something about my weight.

Richard, at that very moment, I decided I had to do something about my weight.  I need to try harder than ever before to lose over 100 pounds.  Not for me…but for her, my darling baby girl.  In the morning, I intend to begin a new chapter in my life.  The chapter where I end up becoming a new man, a healthier man who’ll live a long time!

Now, like me, you probably thought this letter would end with it being from the little girl’s mother.  But when I got to the end and saw that a man had written me with those thoughtful words, it made me want to cry!  God bless him!

Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you have young children, I’m sure you can relate to this e-mail.  I wrote this wonderful father back and told him how much his letter had touched me.  But there was one thing I had to make clear.  And that is, yes, he should lose this weight for the sake of his beautiful daughter.  But…it was okay to lose this weight for himself, too!  Because the good news is that by losing the weight, period…he would be doing it for both of them!

I want you to think about this father and his words.

If you’re not working to lose the weight you need, as you go about your day, I want you to think about this father and his words.  Then I want you to pose a question to yourself: Have you seen that look in the eyes of someone you love?

Love,








Check your grocery list twice, and stick to bringing the healthiest of foods home for you and your families!

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Check your grocery list twice, and stick to bringing the healthiest of foods home for you and your families!

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Checking it Twice!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Okay, so you’re probably wondering just what I’m checking, twice.  Well, it’s my grocery list!  Oh yes, I’m one of those people who makes a list of the things I’ll buy before heading to the grocery store.  And you know what?  I stick to that list.  I’m not one of those victims of the “impulse buy.”

Last Monday in my Clubhouse chat, we talked about making shopping lists for all of the healthy foods we should pick up the next time we’re at the supermarket.

You know what I’m talking about.  And, believe me, those supermarkets are out to tempt you into making one of those impulse buys.  For instance, they put up a big display of some new breakfast cereal and they’ve arranged it so pretty.  The colors on the box just jump out at you and oh, the price.  It’s on sale.  Hey, put that box down!  It wasn’t one of the items on your list.  Was it?

Last Monday night in my Clubhouse chat, we talked about making shopping lists for all of the healthy foods we should pick up the next time we’re at the supermarket.  And even though I put the emphasis on healthy foods, I also asked my members if they would eat those healthy foods in the right-size portions.  See, even when we eat too much of the foods that are good for us, we can still end up gaining weight.  I want you to remember that when you bring those healthier foods into your homes.

We talked about some of the foods everybody should have in their kitchens.  Here are some of the healthy foods my Clubhouse members said they bring home from the supermarket.  Blueberries, spinach, various kinds of beans, chicken, whole wheat pasta and ground turkey.  (One of my favorites so I can make my tasty turkey burgers).  But wait, I’m not finished.  Apples and even apple sauce made their lists, along with bananas, oranges and other fruits.  I’d suggest you add tuna, cherry tomatoes and oatmeal to your list, too.  (I do.)

Unless you learn how, what and how much to eat, when it comes to losing weight, you’re setting yourself up for defeat.

But whatever healthy foods you add to your list, remember what I said about portion sizes.  Unless you learn how, what and how much to eat, when it comes to losing weight, you’re setting yourself up for defeat. My FoodMover is the perfect tool to help you control those portion sizes and make the right choices when you head for the supermarket with your list in hand!

Today is Saturday.  Many of you may be headed for the supermarket this afternoon.  Okay, got your lists in hand?  Well, check it twice and stick to bringing the healthiest of foods home for you and your families!

Love,






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Stop putting yourself down about what you weigh.
While you’re at it, don’t let others do it to you either.

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Stop putting yourself down about what you weigh.

While you’re at it, don’t let others do it to you either.

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