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How I Lost 50 Pounds Avoiding 4 Foods

A while back, I let myself go. I ate like garbage, looked garbage, and felt like garbage. I've always thought the word DIET was such an ugly word, so instead of striking off on a diet (starving myself and thinking about food 24/7), I went online to learn about foods that might be preventing me from losing weight.

Depending on your body type and daily exercise, here are the foods that kept coming up as hindrances to weight loss. So, I decided to cut out these foods until I got to my desired weight.

Getting on the scale

Important caveat: I replaced these foods with smarter choices, including more veggies – walked more - and dropped 50 lbs in 12 months. YOU might be different. As always, check with your doctor before starting any weight loss effort, and discuss what's right for you. But THIS worked for me. I ate good, tasty foods and NEVER starved myself.

Grains

Bread – Tragic, but true. The more you eat, the more you crave. It's the carbs, and carbs that aren't burned turn to sugar. Starchy ingredients, gluten and wheat are hard to pass through the digestive system and cause you to feel bloated. I know this sounds brutal, but you can add it back in later on.

Soda: Regular & Diet – A 12 oz can of cola has 39 grams of sugar which equals 10 teaspoons, and anything “artificial” doesn't belong in your body. If I could switch to seltzer, you can too.

Pasta – I'm half Italian and giving up pasta and bread was like torture. Not that pasta is terrible for you, but if you eat a lot of it - there's 42 grams of carbs per serving before you load it up with sauce, cheese, etc. Again, I added it back in later on.

Salted Processed Snacks – Pretty much a no brainer.

Now, I ate a lot of these 4 and dropping them cold turkey wasn't easy. But they say it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Well, after 3 weeks this actually became easy, the pounds began to come off, and I now eat bread and pasta in moderation. While this worked for me, check with an expert to find out what's best for you.


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Are you Ready to Laugh?

You slither into the car on a Monday morning while forcing your body and your brain to gear up for the workday we all dread. While slurping on your coffee and shoveling a bagel down your pie hole, you've got your choice: music or talk radio. Well, I did something a couple of years ago that not only changed how I approached my work week, it's had an amazing impact on how I feel every day.

Laughable

I got satellite radio for my car, and the choice of music and talk is overwhelming. But when rummaging through the dial, I landed on a comedy channel – comedians doing short bits, 24/7. Before you knew it, I did indeed start laughing regularly and it felt great. There's several comedy channels and I switch back and forth with some music and talk in between, and I swear to you that laughing on a regular basis changes your outlook and it's VERY noticeable.

Forever you've heard the term, “Laughter is the best medicine”, but what's crazy is, for so many of us, laughing just might be a better cure than any pharmaceutical company can charge for. Scientific studies have shown proven evidence that laughing has a profound and positive effect on both the body and the mind. The first thing it does is shift our thoughts away from negativity, releasing endorphins that relieve stress and relax your muscles. In fact, it actually increases your body's immune cells while decreasing stress hormones within. On the Mayo Clinic website, they say, “Positive thoughts can actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses” and, “laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.”

Laughable

Guys, this is no joke, yucking it up might be one of the most natural forms of healthcare there is. But, just be careful if you're actually laughing your @$$ off, because you'll end up sitting funny and people will start to talk.


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Protein Packed Chili Recipe

When you talk about comfort foods, a mouthwatering, tangy bowl of chili has to be right up near the top of the list. And, if you look at the ingredients, there are some nice health benefits, too - it's low in saturated fat while it packs a ton of protein and iron. When you add beans, that adds a nice amount of dietary fiber and potassium. A big bowl of chili (2 cups) can have up to 32 grams of protein and 16.8 grams of fiber.

So, here's the recipe that I've been making for years that the family goes nuts over...

Bowl of chili

Ingredients: 2 lbs of grass-fed beef, 85-15 ratio • 2 tbls olive oil • 1 large diced onion • 4 minced garlic cloves • 2 cans of diced tomato 15 oz • 1 can of tomato sauce 15 oz • 2 tbls of chili powder • 2 tspns of cocoa powder • 2 cans of red kidney beans 15 oz

Instructions: You'll need a large pot and pan. Pour the olive oil in the pot over a low flame. Add in the minced garlic, and diced onion cooking it down for about 2 minutes. In your large frying pan, add your beef and cook until it's about 80% done. Drain the grease and add the meat into the pot. Then add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes stirring it all in. Next add chili and cocoa powder, stirring it again. Cook on low heat for 15 minutes and then stir in kidney beans. Put your flame on simmer for another hour and 15 minutes, leaving the lid on the pot about a quarter inch open. When you hear it bubble, give it a good stir.

Bowl of chili

Suggested toppings: Shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack, sour cream, hot sauce, diced scallions, crispy fried canned onions, squeeze in fresh lime juice, and tortilla chips for dipping if you like! I'm ready to eat my computer screen, so, it's off to the kitchen I go for some amazing homemade chili!


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Stand All Day at Work? You Really Need to See This...

Calling all people who stand all day for a living...those in retail, construction workers, teachers, first responders, pharmacists, waiters and waitresses, cooks, mothers, medical, those in the military, and so many countless others. You guys are well-aware of the aches, pains, and physical exhaustion that standing can cause. We're here to tell you that there are several forms of relief (other than popping pain relievers all day) that can really make a difference in feeling better.

Standing all day on the job
  • REALLY Good Shoes – This may seem obvious, but we can't stress enough, that above all, investing in shoes with excellent support is paramount – in other words: DO NOT cheap out! The last thing you want is plantar fasciitis – and if you've experienced the horrific pain, you know how crucial good support is. And seriously, ditch the flats, heels, and flip flops – they are causing you a lot of unneeded pain.
  • Work on Your Posture – Stand up straight and tall with your stomach tucked in, head up, and shoulders pulled back. Good posture REALLY makes a difference in how your body feels.
  • Orthotics – Good orthotics for your shoes can make an amazing difference in your overall body feeling good. They can actually help your posture, keeping things aligned which relieves stress on muscles and joints.
  • Stretching During the Day – Hamstring, calf, glute, and lower back stretches helps to circulate the blood and keep you loose. Just a few times a day can help tremendously.
  • Wearing Compression GarmentsCompression sleeves (knees, elbows and ankles), socks, and back braces have been shown to help provide circulatory support for muscle stiffness, soreness and pain – reduce recovery time for aching muscles – and reduce strain and fatigue by keeping muscles warm.
Standing all day on the job

Of course, there's other things like staying hydrated (to reduce lactic acid build-up) and getting proper rest – all of which can help you feel good while performing your best. Now get back to work!


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Think Age Can Stop You? Ha – Time to Think Again!

I was a heck of a hockey player when I was 20. My team was the US National champions - yeah, I was THAT good. Jump ahead two decades and I'm playing in a men's league against guys half my age. I did pretty well and enjoyed it for few years. But as the seasons went by, the players got a little younger and faster, and I got a little older and slower. It was really hard to deal with and upset me terribly – that is, until I had a much-needed shift in my mindset and approach. I refused to give up playing, so, I joined an over 40 league and guess what... I was awesome - actually, one of the best players out there! Damn, it was so much fun again!

Hockey injury

This was one heck of cathartic experience - even though I can't stop getting older, that can't possibly stop me from enjoying my life. I love to go on hikes, play golf, attend rock concerts, travel, walk my two rescue pitbulls, along with landscaping and DYI projects at home. No way was my age going to stop me from enjoying things, so, once again, I had to change my mindset and my approach. I started making little changes that were easy, like cutting down on processed foods and sugar, drinking more water, taking supplements, and wearing light-weight compression garments when active. Most importantly, I started working on my mental attitude and not letting the stupid stuff bother me, because it's almost all stupid, and SO not worth it.

Dogs

Such simple changes were easy to implement and have made a monumental difference in doing what I enjoy and feeling my best every day. Yeah, I can still do all the things I love - and I can do them at MY pace (well, sometimes at my dog's pace). Living Limitless and loving it.


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5 Top Sports Movie Quotes That Move Us

While there's so many epic sports films with characters that have thrilled us throughout the years, getting it down to just 5 quotes was pretty tough! We'd love you to SHARE this on your social pages and tell us YOUR all-time favorite sports quotes!

Movie: Rocky BalboaRocky lays it on the line to his son in this epic inspiring speech...

“The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it'll beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!” – Sylvester Stallone as Rocky

Movie: Rudy – Rudy's decided to give it all up, but thankfully, Fortune talks some sense into him...

“You're 5-foot nothin', 100 and nothin', and you have barely a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football team in the land for 2 years. And, you're gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this life, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody but yourself. And, after what you've gone through, if you haven't done that by now, it ain't gonna never happen. Now go on back.” – Charles S. Dutton as Fortune

Movie: A League of Their OwnCoach Dugan rips into Evelyn for committing the unwritten rule...

“ARE YOU CRYING?! There's no crying... there's no crying in baseball! Rogers Hornsby was my manager and he called me a talking pile of pig $#@&, and that was when my parents drove all the way down from Michigan... and did I cry? No... NO! And you know why? Because there's no crying in baseball!” — Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan


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Kurt Russel QuoteBill Murray Quote

You Want Me To Walk HOW MANY Steps a Day... Are You Crazy?!

I sit all day behind a desk-top and write stuff for a living. I put in some long days, planting my rump in a chair for up to 12 hours. Yeah, I know, being sedentary isn't healthy, but I'm good at what I do and I'm not about to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing in the NHL.

Now, walking is good for the body and it's easy, so I bought a pedometer and I see I'm doing 3,000 steps, (which is roughly a mile and a half) which I thought sounded pretty good... Until I searched the web, finding numerous articles claiming that the magical number is 10,000 steps a day - which garnered the response, “What chu tawkin' bout Willis?!” That's close to 5 miles, how am I supposed to perform THAT little miracle?” That would intimidate a whole lot of people who would stop before even starting.

Dog

So, upon doing a bit more research, the real goal should be this: If you're not doing anything at all, then start small. If you're doing a little, push to do a little more. So, I challenged myself to see how many steps I can increase daily. I'm doing the things you've always heard like parking farther away, taking the stairs instead of an elevator, and while I don't have a dog, I started walking with my neighbor while he walks his dog, although the tinkle and poop breaks get a little tiresome – the dog, not me.

Couple walking

Being fairly sedentary for so long, my calves and ankles were sore, so I started wearing good compression socks which helped relieve the achiness a ton. And, before you know it, I'm up to 6,000 steps a day and I swear, I really do feel much better. You know the saying, Just Do It? That's right.


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Heat vs Ice for Pain? – Let's Settle This Mystery

The world is full of great mysteries perplexing us for eons... the lost city of Atlantis, the great pyramids, the infield fly rule... and will someone finally please tell me “Who's on first”? But one of the biggest mysteries of all is whether to use heat or ice for pain. It's an important topic because so many people get it wrong, which does a lot more harm than good. So, we're here to break it down simply...

Pain relief with heat/ice

HEAT is for non-inflammatory pain – NEVER for fresh injuries or inflammation. (Think of it this way - what do you think happens when you put something hot on top of something inflamed? Ouch.) Heat is for relieving stiffness, soreness, aching, muscle knots, spasms, and tightness - it increases circulation and blood-flow to the muscles. This is why a hot shower or bath can do wonders. It's also good to warm muscles before stretching and activity. (Note: Well-made compression garments keep muscles and joints warm, helping to prevent pain during and after physical activity.)

ICE is for reducing inflammation, swelling and pain from fresh injuries – NEVER for general muscle soreness, achiness, or tightness. Icing (cryotherapy for the science nerds) is used for new injuries, ligament sprains, tendonitis, strained, pulled, or torn muscles. It reduces blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation and relieving pain. You can ice for several days with swelling (generally for 10 minutes at a clip, once an hour). But once the swelling subsides, it's recommended to then apply moist heat that gets into the muscles to loosen them once again.

Pain relief with ice

This is a simple explanation of a longtime conundrum, that we hope can be put to rest. There's a lot of great articles online that break it down further, but hopefully we solved this great mystery. But for heaven's sake, man, can somebody, anybody, please just tell me Who's on first?


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Ask Copper Fit: Is ”No Pain, No Gain” Actually Damaging Me?

It was the exercise mantra of the early 1980's for testosterone-laden muscle-bound monsters and aerobic workout maniacs. “No Pain, No Gain” or “Feel the Burn” could be heard throughout gyms everywhere, (like it was some kind of badge of honor) accompanied by primordial grunts, blood-curdling screams, along with some seriously salty language. But it's the year 2019 and we know better. We know that living with pain is downright awful and to suggest that you won't have any gain without it is beyond absurd.

No pain

Pain is a warning signal, it's your body's way of telling you that something is wrong, and you need to either slow down or shut it down all together. The old-school macho bs that told you to push through the pain, to push yourself beyond your physical limits was, well, pretty-damned stupid. Now, discomfort or achiness is one thing, lactic acid is forming in the muscles and you're tired and sore. But if you start to feel acute pain and you keep going, there might be some serious or even permanent damage taking place.

In an August 2014, Women's Health Magazine article entitled, “Why No Pain, No Gain is a Bad Idea”, Michael Boyle, owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, Massachusetts says, “Discomfort as a result of exercise should be limited to your working muscles alone. You need to gauge when and where pain occurs during an exercise. The reality is, you shouldn't have any discomfort except for muscle fatigue.”

Knee pain

Of course, warming up, proper stretching, and staying hydrated is a given, and with the recent popularity of technologically advanced compression sleeves, muscles and joints stay warm, and healthy. So, I hope I made things “painfully” clear, that No Pain, No Gain is a horribly flawed fallacy that will never hold true.


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Recipe: Berry-Banana Blast Smoothie – Delicious Fuel for the Body & Mind

Sometimes you wanna go healthy, and sometimes you just want flat-out delicious. Well, how about today we give you both! This recipe is crazy-easy to make, with so much flavor, loaded with antioxidants, and designed to give you the burst of energy you need.

Berry-Banana Smoothie

This colorful blast of fruit smoothie goodness is great for breakfast, pre-workout, or a delicious snack for the kids (just don't tell them it's good for them, if you know what I mean).

Ingredients You'll Need...

  • Red Ripe Strawberries: 1 cup sliced
  • Sweet Blueberries: 1 cup
  • Banana: 1 sliced
  • Vanilla or Plain Yogurt: 1 cup
  • Raw Local Honey: 1 tablespoon
  • Ice Cubes: 4
  • Note: If you want to get crazy and add raspberries or black berries, nobody here is going to stop you.
  • (And, if you really want to fill up, you can add some protein powder as well.)

3 Easy Steps to Prepare...

  1. Place ingredients in blender starting with the yogurt, then honey, ice, then the berries.
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth, 2 minutes or more if needed.
  3. Pour into a glass and down that wickedly tasty bad boy.
Berry-Banana Smoothie

Now excuse me while I go take on the world...


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