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Seek the Change Within You

You’ve seen it happen before, especially after the new year when half of our country proudly proclaim they’re going to get back in shape, but all they’ll end up getting are Facebook “likes” instead. Are those the type of results you’re willing to settle for, too? Talk is cheap, plus, don’t leave your friends waiting for that new selfie pic you promised them – that’s not cool.

It’s no secret that quality exercise helps us look good naked, reduces stress – the number one killer in America – and improves the overall quality of life. But if that’s truly the case, then why do 50% of all new health club members who attempt to get back in shape quit within the first six months of signing up?


Just because you had a “problem” keeping your shoes tied as a kid in gym class, that doesn’t mean you’re incapable of figuring out how to tie a double knot these days. You need to get to the bottom of your excuse(s) in order to move forward with your plans.

Do you lack time and money to invest into your wellness?

According to the IHRSA, the majority of gyms and fitness professionals advise that shorter workouts of 30 minutes or less can be just as effective as longer ones.

Even if you challenge yourself to a blood pumping workout only twice a week, you can still see results. Just don’t over do it.

If you spend money on your fitness now, you’ll save yourself from a higher medical bill later.

Considering the fact that 60 percent of bankruptcies in the U.S. are due to expensive medical bills, it’s more important now than ever before to get off your couch, put down the Cheeze-It’s box, and start working out.

Bonus Points: You can’t just inherently trust doctor-prescribed medicine, either. Counter being a part of another recalled drug experiment as best as you can by starting an exercise regimen that’s right for you.

A lot of people who sign up for a new gym membership quit because their workout consists of walking or running on a treadmill. These unchallenging workouts give exercise a bad name, especially when it’s all you do.

Don’t be afraid to try something you’ve never tried before.Courtesy Photo of Crossfit Wilmington

Perhaps you’re unsure how to perform a particular movement correctly, and don’t want to be caught on camera, like this guy. →

Don’t be foolish. At least he still tried!

Hopefully that ill informed lad sought out the proper help, and appears on the next episode of Tosh.0 to redeem himself – but until then, if you don’t know how to do an exercise, ask somebody who does.

Now that you’ve found the reasoning behind all your excuses, it’s time throw them out the door like Jazzy Jeff and move forward.

Alan Young Chubbs
A Young and Chubby Me

As for me, I’ve been struggling with weight my whole life, and I’ve tried everything.

I’ve experimented with diet pills, unchallenging workouts, unhealthy diet fads, you name it. And every time, I expect and hope for results.

Last year, my total cholesterol was 305 and my doctor wanted me to take statins. Overwhelmed with my chubbiness and recent lab results, I knew I had to make a change.

I got a second opinion from another doctor, Dr. Chris Stepien, and he advised me not to take statins. Instead, as a suggestion to improve my overall health, he asked me to give his fitness facility, Heroes Journey Crossfit, located in Lake Parsippany, a chance. Furthermore, he advised me to eliminate grain and dairy from my diet. Dr. Stepien asserted that I would reach my target weight and reduce my total cholesterol within a year.

I did a little more research, then decided to give Heroes Journey a shot. Almost at once, I realized it was one of the best decisions I’d ever made in my life.

I started having fun working out for a change. I sacrificed an average of 3 hours a week, and saw immediate results.

I learned new exercises and movements I thought I could never learn, met great people in the process, and changed my rigid and unhealthy way of thinking.http---makeagif.com--media-3-15-2014-it6vQc

“The very things that we affirm and absolutely believe we can or can’t do – we typically demonstrate them in our affirmations and denials.”

(Bandler and Grinder, Mind-Lines p. 135)

After a year of training at Heroes Journey Crossfit in Parsippany NJ, I lost 42 pounds and my total cholesterol has dropped to 270.

I feel better now than I I ever have in my entire life. I think I finally understand what Rocky meant after he beat up Captain Ivan Drago at the end of Rocky IV, when he says,Rocky everybody cna change



“If I can change, and you can change….”

Seek the change within you at Heroes Journey Crossfit, in Parsippany New Jersey. Sign up for a free trial to see if their facility could work for you.

For more information on Heroes Journey, go to www.heroesjourney.com, or check out my latest interview with them here.



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Are you tired of eating healthy food? Would you like to pay little to get less? Well if you do, you have come to the right place. McDonald’s and other fast food industries will go so low as to serve grade F meat to their customers. Ingeniously, we all go running back for more. Whether or not a child smiles or an extra dollar is saved, fast food industries market their products with deceit, with no regard to the wellness of mankind.

Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation reveals shocking truths about fast food industries and the stranglehold they have on our nation’s diet. To some unfortunate souls, eating at McDonald’s has become so routine that eating else where would be considered a crime. McDonald’s and other fast food industries are responsible for deflating minimum wage, increasing the gap between rich and poor, and spreading one of the most dangerous diseases out there: obesity. What initially originated as a local harmless business dedicated to serving individuals in a timely fashion,eventually gave way to a conglomerate corporation with greedy intentions. Eric shed a lot of sweat digging up all the information he did to help people become aware. He is trying to save the world by explaining that fast food industries are out there to obtain money in any way, shape, or form, and the rest that aren’t in on it receive the negative consequences.

Since brand names offer feelings of reassurance, it’s no revelation that an emblematic American eats three hamburgers accompanied with four fries a week. Just like the world likes athletes, the world likes Nike. I don’t like Pepsi but if Brittany Spears does, maybe I will try it. Ray A. Kroc, a dropout, a genius, a man who once said he would put a hose in the mouths of his business rivals if they were drowning, would like to be your acquaintance. President Nixon said the Big Mac “was the number one best buy in America.” (A pg. 27) Ray A. Kroc was one of the first men who advertised the way people do now. When Ronald McDonald was created, a new best friend was in town. Ronald McDonald is right behind Santa Clause as one of the most popular fantasy icons around the world. His big red hair matches his crimson boots and bright yellow-striped wardrobe to get the masses’ attention, especially our children. That was Ray’s brilliant target. Ronald McDonald and friends are always there for you, convincing children they will play all day and meet new friends. In reality, Ronald McDonald seldom showed his face in public. Every happy meal purchased comes with a toy inside; a toy that is part of a complete set and a toy that just so happens to be a great marketing device. Ray A. Kroc stated, “A child who loves our TV commercials will bring in his or her grandparents, giving us two more purchases.” (A pg.41) Targeting children at such an early age is dangerous because it trains minds to become comfortable with fast food products. Eventually, twenty thousand playground centers were built in various McDonald’s restaurants worldwide.

“What we eat has changed more in the last 40 years than the previous forty thousand.” (A.pg7)Unfortunately, Jason of San Francisco was one of many victims who dealt with the harmful effects of fast food. Unaware of refined foods and their ill effects, Jason was always a fan of McDonalds; he also worked there for a couple of months. He didn’t catch E. coli, a disease found in processed meats. However, he did manage to work his way up to two hundred and fifty-five pounds, at five feet six inches tall. While fast food industries were raking in the cash, Jason’s health was deteriorating and he“wasn’t loving it.” When coming to the realization that he was eighty pounds over weight,Jason became curious as to why he turned into a big boy. In 1999, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey discovered that 64 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese. (C) Men all over the world with weight problems tend to blame themselves. They feel their metabolism may be to slow and tend to blame their genes.

Jason was a victim of fast food and admits to eating lots of unhealthy foods four to five times a week. He claimed it was difficult to find out the nutrition to menu items at fast-food restaurants. Furthermore, he was becoming a product of his environment all too easily. If Jason had to do it all over again he wouldn’t have worked at McDonald’s Jason was one of many kids influenced by Ronald McDonald as a child.

“No other industry in the United States has a workforce so dominated by adolescents.” (A pg.68) To many, a job at a fast-food restaurant felt like a requirement needed in order to move on to bigger and better things. These unskilled workers were purposely taught with “zero training” methods. (A. Pg 72) Fast food owners have been trying to spend more money on technology and research to eliminate employee training. Ironically, the federal subsidy program, Work Opportunity Tax Credit paid fast-food restaurants 2400$ to train every new part time employer.“These federal subsidy programs were created to reward American companies that gave job training to the poor.” (A. pg 72) All an employee had to do was to work for a hundred hours, and the money was paid by the tax creditors. Defending these government subsidies was a man named Bill signer. Bill claimed there is nothing wrong with creating low-paying, low-skilled jobs to the poor, “They’ve got to crawl before they can walk.” (A pg. 72) The fast-food industry now has a turnover rate of 400 percent, and the National Restaurant Association still resists increasing the minimum wage at the “federal, state, or local level.” (A pg. 73) While restaurant workers were getting decreased payments for the last thirty years, restaurant company managers were getting rich.

Throw a bone to a dog and certainly enough the dog will catch it. The ideologies fast food industries obtain aren’t too different. Money makes the world go around, and a good percentage of people will walk over the next stranger if they had to. Rob Walker of the New York Times Journal reviews Fast Food Nation as a wake-up call for Americans. He elucidates Eric’s hard work to reveal the economy and their money-making schemes. Eric explains that these fast food industries can’t be ignored and continues to open the eyes of his readers.(B) McDonald’s is the leading corporation of America for all the wrong reasons, hopefully by reading Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation various truths about health, business, trends, and greed will be unveiled for our own well-being.


Schlosser, Eric. (2001). Fast Food Nation. Houghton Mifflin Company.Boston: NewYork

Walker, Rob (January 21, 2001).”The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.”Journal-Online. Available from       http://www.robwalker.net/html_docs/fnation.html.

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