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The YMCA Wellness Challenge Works!

Back in April of 2012, I was in my first Wellness Challenge at the YMCA in Torrington. I had already started to lose weight... I was 299 pounds at the start of the challenge, which was actually down from 345 pounds in November of 2011. After losing 45 pounds, my weight loss had slowed down. I decided to try the Wellness Challenge and figured it might kick start the weight loss again, as I still had a long way to go in order to get to a healthy weight.

The kickoff meeting at the first challenge changed my lifestyle completely. After that, I followed the guidelines that I learned and still follow many of the guidelines. As they say, it's about a lifestyle change more than it is about a temporary reduction in weight.

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New York Takes A Huge Step Towards Ending Obesity

New York Takes A Huge Step Towards Ending Obesity

I would like to congratulate New York on a new law I wasn't aware of until today. New York now has a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription plan. This means that New York now acknowledges that fruits and vegetables have the power to cure disease, something the FDA doesn't exactly agree with.

A doctor in New York can now prescribe "Healthy Bucks" to those who are obese, and they in turn can use them to get fresh fruit from the farmer's markets there. I think it's so cool that New York acknowledged the health benefits of vegetables. It's like a big advertising campaign to wake up the obese people to start eating better. The idea might be slightly over the top, but it's a step in the right direction. It's refreshing to hear of doctors not writing prescriptions for drugs for a change.

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Update: 10,000 Steps A Day

Update: 10,000 Steps A Day

Three months ago, I wrote about how I got 10,000 steps a day since April of 2012. I'm still getting the steps in and three months later, I figure I have walked approximately 990,000 steps since April of this year. When combining the steps with last year, I have walked a total of 4,640,000 steps. That converts to approximately 2,197 miles, almost as many miles to get to Los Angeles from Connecticut. That's a lot of steps!

It's not that hard to get the steps in. I still use the treadmill 5 days a week, but less time on it. However, I did set a new record with the treadmill. I am now able to do a 5K on there in less than 25 minutes. When I first started the treadmill, I couldn't go faster than 4 MPH. Now I average about 7.5 MPH. The treadmill gets me about 4,000 steps. The other steps come from walking my dog, going to store, etc. The steps really do add up.

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Eating Disorders Are All Too Common

Eating Disorders Are All Too Common

On Monday, my older sister Anne would be celebrating her birthday. She succumbed to the anorexia that plagued her life for nearly 25 years.

Did you know that 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from some form of eating disorder in the United States? Many times cases go undetected. Often times families don't know where to turn for help. There might not be a specialist that's close by and many families may have to send their child several miles away to get treatment. Also, the victims may refuse the help as they refuse to admit that they are sick.

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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

It has been so hot in Connecticut, I'm sure I don't need to remind you that you need to drink more to cool off. The heat causes us to sweat more and we lose a lot of water in this heat.

But how much of what you're drinking is actually water? Soda and beer do not count. It's best not to get your calories from your drinks. There is so much empty calories in soda, it can really pack on the pounds. Diet soda isn't much better… some research shows that diet soda drinkers might actually hurt their metabolism and increase risk of obesity and diabetes.

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Recent Comments
Scott Sulkazi
Wow, that's a lot of water Rich! Most days I average maybe 50-80 oz and I thought that was a lot. I had no idea what the current... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:07
Scott Sulkazi
With my particular weight-loss strategy I was told to drink about half of my bodyweight in ounces. So my water consumption will s... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:18
Rich H.
I know it's not always easy to get the recommended amount. You have to take into account the food you eat too, as that has water i... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:20