Striking out

“Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”

Babe Ruth

How far can one go worrying about failure?

Obese People Twice as Likely to Lose Sight

Since the early 80′s obesity has sky-rocketed.? The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age or older.? Sinced 1980 the percentage of young people aged 6 – 19, who are over-weight?has more than tripled.? Unfortunately current data indicates the obesity epidemic is still worsening.

Being overweight or obese inceases the risk of many diseases and conditions including:? hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovescular disease, heart and brain attack, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, some cancers, and the list goes on.? Well, you can add blindness.? Obese people have an increased risk of three major causes of sight loss according to Britain’s Royal National Institute of the Blind.

New Year’s approaches

The New Year will be here before you know it.? Many?people are already thinking about possible resolutions.? Unfortunately, many do not follow through?with their resolutions.??A big contributor to failure is a lack of knowledge.??The vast majority of?people who?join a gym do not have the tools necessary to stay on track.

Equally important, and?Perhaps more important than the workout itself, are the following guidelines:

1. There is no “off season”
Understand that getting into shape has no down time. Losing body fat, gaining muscle or just wanting to be healthy must be a lifestyle. If you don’t make changes in your lifestyle, you are destined for failure.

2. Visualize your ultimate goal
Your mind can be your greatest ally on the road to success.

3. Big Goals, Little Goals
To reach your big goals, you must set small goals. These small goals must be made daily and weekly. Simply establish your nutrition and workout goals for each day and each week. Take your big goals and segment them into smaller, more attainable goals.

4. Keep a Journal?
In your road to fitness, you must track your successes and failures and constantly monitor your progress.

This goal setting process is essential if one wishes to attain?their fitness goals.? With the above guidelines, your chance of success is greatly improved.? Without them, you are doomed.

Soy = Toxin

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Poisonous Plant Database contains references to scientific literature describing studies of the toxic properties of plants and plant parts.? Under the term soy, 288 records were found.? To put this into perspective:? broccoli had 24 records, green beans had 3, cauliflower had 30, brussel sprouts had 17, and tomatoes had 2.

Just 25g of soy per day, which is not difficult to attain with soy being in everything, has been shown to inhibit proper thyroid function. Hypothyroidism has become an epidemic in this country coinciding with the increase in the use of soy in our food supply.

Q & A 2006

Persistence

“Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is perisistence.? They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to perservere in the face of many difficult odds.? There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they’re willing to spend on?it.”

Dr. Joyce Brothers

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