Focused On Fitness - June 7, 2007

   I am blessed to be able to talk to people every day about fitness and wellness and often the subject shifts to weight loss and invariably whether the person drinks sugared drinks or not. Although I never drink soda or any other sweetened drinks or eat any sugary snacks or desserts, I know that I am very much the exception. In the first featured article, "6 Foods with Hidden Sugar", it states that Americans consume about 160 pounds of sugar a year. Wow, no wonder we are so overweight and obese - sugar has the least nutritive value and adds a lot of calories to our diet, in fact being more than 10% of the total of 1500 pounds of food that we eat in a year. Did you know that if you eliminate 100 calories from your diet per day, you can lose 10 pounds in a year? Wouldn't it make sense to cut out 100 empty calories from sugar! And while we are on the subject of weight loss, be sure to check out "Just Eat This: A Diet for Weight Loss" which has an eating plan for the entire day which will help you get to and be at your ideal weight. Finally, while dieting, you will consume fewer calories, but only exercise can take care of the ones you've already eaten. You can get some great ideas in the article "Burn, Baby, Burn" and know the differences between the sexes when it comes to calorie burning with "He Eats, She Eat".

Featured Articles 
   6 Foods with Hidden Sugar - The average American eats approximately 1,500 pounds of food every year. Of that, 160 pounds are primarily sugar. Of course, sugar is delicious, and I know I'm the happier for its existence, but of all the things we consume, it has the least nutritive value. In fact, except for the energy in its calories, there's not much to recommend about sugar. It's a prime source of empty calories, and for those of us who are trying to lose weight, sugar's the first thing we should start trimming from our diets. Continued...
   Just Eat This - A Diet for Weight Loss - The initial stages of a weight loss program are the most difficult. Since I eat fairly healthy most of the time, my first step is to enact a few rules that still allow me to eat but that point my eating in the direction I want it to be going. As long as you're exercising, you don't need to vastly reduce your calories unless you're on some type of time-induced crash program. Slow and steady is generally more doable, more fun, and healthier. Continued...
   Test Your Sugar IQ! - See how much you know about the differences between sugars, whether sugar makes kids bounce off the walls and the bonus question, who played Sugar Kane in the 1959 movie, "Some Like It Hot"? Continued...

Health News Headlines 
    Many Americans do maintain weight loss - Though dieters often see their weight "yo-yo," a new national survey suggests that many Americans do fairly well at keeping the pounds off. Government researchers found that of 1,310 U.S. adults who'd ever lost a substantial amount of weight, the majority had managed to keep at least some of the weight off.
    Sedentary summer undoes school-year fitness gains - A lazy summer vacation can wipe out all the benefits of school-based fitness programs for obese adolescents, a new study shows. While obese middle school students boosted their cardiovascular fitness and pared down their body fat percentage after 9 months of lifestyle-focused fitness classes, these gains had been lost when the school year rolled around again.
    Study backs up warnings over second hand smoke - Even small amounts of secondhand tobacco smoke can damage a child's arteries, researchers reported on Monday, adding to the growing body of evidence on the harmful affects of exposure to smoking. The Finnish study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation looked at the affect of smoking on children between the ages of 8 and 11.
    Omega-3 fatty acids reduce blood pressure - A diet with liberal servings of fish, nuts and seeds rich in nutrients called omega-3 fatty acids can help lower a person's blood pressure, according to a study released on Monday.
    Long workouts best for raising good cholesterol - People who want to boost their "good" HDL cholesterol levels with exercise will have to put in at least two hours of physical activity each week, an analysis of 25 studies shows. And the longer each exercise session, the greater the effect, Dr. Satoru Kodama of Ochanomizu University in Tokyo and colleagues found.
    Entertaining TV programs make you eat, study finds - People eat more when they are glued to the television, and the more entertaining the program, the more they eat, according to research presented on Saturday. It seems that distracted brains do not notice what the mouth is doing, said Dr. Alan Hirsch, neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.
    Doctors say Medicare cuts will hurt patients - Medicare patients will likely have a harder time seeing a doctor if proposed cuts to the program are implemented, according to a survey of doctors released by the American Medical Association on Monday.
    Chinese schoolchildren ordered to come dancing - Dancing will be compulsory from now on for Chinese schoolchildren, who have shown alarming levels of obesity in recent years, state media said on Tuesday.
    Indoor pools may harm infants' lungs - Infant swimming lessons in an indoor pool may have the unintended effect of raising some children's risk of asthma later on, new research findings suggest.
    If it's not tennis elbow, it may be "Wiiitis" - When Dr. Julio Bonis awoke one Sunday morning with a sore shoulder, he could not figure out what he had done. It felt like a sports injury, but he had been a bit of a couch potato lately. Then he remembered his new Wii. Bonis, 29, had spent hours playing Nintendo's new video game in which players simulate real movements. Bonis had been playing simulated tennis.

Inspirational Quotes - Action and Adventure 
"Don't wait for mentors to seek you out. Don't ever wait for your phone calls to be returned, your letters to be answered, your faxes to be responded to. Keep going out and asking questions." -- Denis Waitley
"Success is dependent upon the glands--sweat glands." -- Zig Ziglar
"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." -- Benjamin Disraeli
"Without constant activity, the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values." -- Jim Rohn
"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller
"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end." -- Ursula Le Guin
"Never forget that life can only be noble inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle." -- Annie Besant
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." -- Albert Einstein

On the Homefront 
   It is amazing how good life can be when you focus on giving instead of receiving. We can get so caught up in how much money we make or have to make and what we need to buy or want to buy that we can forget how rewarding it feels to help someone else. Christy and I have totally immersed ourselves in helping others achieve their health and fitness goals and we find that a lot of others things become much less important. I got an old TV out of storage and put it into our "two kid garage" that also serves as our workout room. When I found out that it had no sound, I went to Radio Shack and spent $6.95 on a cable to go from a DVD player to a 25 year old amp that I had (I don't like throwing things away) and now we have sound for our beloved P90X workout program and Grace's favorite DVD movies. A little bit of sweat and a trip to Radio Shack and we feel like we have the ultimate "playroom". It also means that we can have more time to email friends and talk to our neighbors about how important fitness is to us and how life changing it can be for them. We can show them, too, how much fun it is by inviting them to work out with us in our gym. No, not our two kid garage/gym but rather the virtual WOWY "gym" that we both work out in five days a week. All they have to do, or you for that matter, is to enter the Million Dollar Body game for free and then log into the WOWY "gym" and see why we love it so much. At 6:30 this morning, there were 97 people of all shapes and sizes working out to improve their fitness and their quality of life and you can workout with someone literally at any time of the day or night doing whatever activity you want - P90X, Hip Hop Abs, walking, running, swimming, riding a bike - you name it, and you become part of this virtual fitness community. And, of course, if you have entered the contest and logged into WOWY, you are eligible to win the prize for that day (it could be $300.00, a DVD player, an iPod, etc.). Personally, my greatest reward in working out is having the body and energy of a 30 year old, but if you are entering for free and you win something, that's actually pretty cool!
So if you ever want to join us for a workout, join Christy in the "gym" from 5:30 to 6:30 am or join me in the "gym" from 5:00 to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday - it is free, fun, motivating and rewarding and we would love to see you there!

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Be fit, be healthy and get in the game!
    Richard Dafter