Weight Management Still the Heavyweight Health Problem

Health professionals have long debated the best approach to maintain an ideal weight. And it is safe to say that most agree you need to find the right balance of calories and activity to stay at a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight will not only help you look great all year long, it will also go a long way to offset the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diet-related conditions. The number of calories you need to maintain a weight that is right for you depends on several factors. Before we get into those factors, it is important to note that … [Read more...]

The Journey: Forever Profoundly Satisfying

As I veered left onto Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica toward the finish line at the recent Los Angeles Marathon, I began to experience a vast array of emotions probably triggered by the extreme endorphin overload I was experiencing. You'd think this would be getting old by now. I was just about to complete my 93rd marathon. I had completed close to 150 triathlons and numerous other crazy endurance events (not many have swam from Alcatraz to the mainland). But my constant fascination with the finish line in endurance events continues to be as uplifting as ever. What goes through my mind? Well, … [Read more...]

Goal Setting: Limiting or Realizing Success

I know this is February. My timing is a little off. Articles about goal setting, which dovetail perfectly with New Year’s resolutions, should have been written for December or January issues. But I felt compelled to write an article on goal setting because it has had a significant impact on what I’ve accomplished over the years. There are naysayers that believe goal setting has limiting effects. I’m not one of those people. All of my life, I’ve always set goals and have had an unwavering commitment to obtain them and then some. I remember when I was in grade school (K- 8th grade), I wanted … [Read more...]

Exercise and Digestion: Partners in Health

I truly became cognizant of health and wellness when I was 22 years old. In October of 1982, I saw a world-class triathlete by the name of Julie Moss stagger to the finish line in the 1982 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. I had never witnessed, such determination, drive and a will to succeed. She would not be denied. She changed my world forever. So, I began to exercise, eat right and supplement. However, it wasn't until 20 years later (yes - 20 years!) that I discovered the foundation for health and wellness - digestive health! I have had numerous well respected … [Read more...]

Let’s Reverse the Ugly Obesity Trend

As I prepare for my next endurance event, the Carlsbad Marathon, I think about how it all started – my insatiable appetite to be fit and healthy. For all of those that have ever experienced running a marathon or participating in a triathlon, the “high” you get from successfully completing these events is undeniable. I can’t get enough of it. Why do I do what I do? I think about my youth and what has shaped me over the years. When I was in grade school, I always struggled with weight. I wasn’t obese, but I spent much of this time 20-30 pounds overweight. I’m not sure what my thought process … [Read more...]