August 25, 2020

Death by a Thousand Bites

I imagine you’ve heard the idiom “death by a thousand cuts”.  It’s used to explain the demise or termination of something as a result of numerous problems, each insignificant in itself.  But do you know where it came from? It comes from the Chinese word lingchi.  It’s translated variously as the slow process, the slow death, or slow slicing.  It was used as a form of punishment and execution used in China from 900 B.C. until 1905. At this point, you may be thinking, “Why […]
March 6, 2019

The Pen Is Mightier Than the . . . Dumbbell?!

(I’ve tried to limit my recent posts to 500-700 words.  This one is double that.  But it’s only because I needed most of these words to explain this invaluable success tool!) A new tool I’ve recently placed in my toolbox is the Advantages Response Card.  It’s something I learned about while reading the Beck DIET solution by Dr. Judith Beck, Ph.D.*, a book I highly recommend.  It’s been an essential tool that has help her clients change their mindset and overcome the [the inevitable] sabotaging […]
January 9, 2019

The Sleepaway Pill: Lose Fat While You Sleep . . . Kinda

If I had a pill that would help you lose fat while you slept, would you take it?  Here’s how it works. You take one tablet every night right before going to bed.  That’s it. Although modifying your diet and beginning an exercise program will expedite fat loss, you don’t have to do either.  But, for the pill to work, you must take it on a completely empty stomach.  To ensure the tablet’s efficacy, you mustn’t eat three hours before taking the pill.  If you […]
August 29, 2018

Hara Hachi Bu and You!

Although what you eat is important to losing fat, how you eat is equally, if not more, important. In The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Eating, the first habit is “eat slowly to 80% full”.  If you apply these two “anchor” habits—regardless of where you’re eating, what you’re eating, or whomever you’re eating with—you can have fat-loss success.  I cover eating slowly here.  This article is focused on the latter of the two—eating to 80% full.  (Note: until you’ve developed some level of mastery with […]
July 20, 2017

Wanna Lose Fat? Why Weight?!

I met with a client recently.  I guess, technically, I’ve met with a lot of clients recently, but I’m thinking about this particular client.  He and I met a little over two months ago.  We spent a couple of hours discussing what needed to be done to lose weight.  The first hour was spent discussing nutrition strategies.  The second hour was spent going over the weight training program I designed for him.  At the end of our session, we scheduled our next appointment, which brings us to […]
June 27, 2017

Fame and Fat Loss: Good and Bad

Fame has now become a career choice.  Gone are the days of children dreaming of becoming teachers, police officers, doctors, astronauts, or actors.  Then now dream of becoming famous. My earliest memory of what I wanted to be when I grew up was being a professional athlete.  First it was basketball, then golf (and secretly still is).  When I reached middle school, I wanted to be a veterinarian.  In high school, a dentist.  I entered college wanting to build buildings.  I now build bodies. Admittedly, […]