Month: November 2015

First Goal Met!

This morning I weighed in and realized I beat my first goal! Next week is Thanksgiving and I will splurge a little but still be mindful of what I am consuming. I will also still log everything I eat to keep myself mindful. I have been struggling with my weight for several years now and have tried different strategies. My most successful is always counting calories. Just being mindful of what I am eating and drinking, knowing and thinking about what I am consuming. I try to avoid foods that are not healthy and go for foods that will help with my weight loss. Last month I decided to try the app LoseIt to help me monitor my food. I purchased the premium service after thinking about the comparison to other weight loss programs I have tried and paid for. I have the LoseIt app on my phone and connected with my Fitbit. Before I signed up for LoseIt I also decided to increase my walking and work on reaching my step goal. Lunchtime at work invovles a light lunch and a walk. I walk with a group of people and we are averaging 2 miles each day. The walk is not slow but not speed walking, we can talk but still walk briskly. We have some inclines to make us work and the group keeps us all going...

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DEA 360 Strategy

The fact that the DEA has selected Pittsburgh for the pilot of the 360 Strategy speaks volumes to the epidemic that we are in. This health crisis is throughout our country and right in our own backyard. The war on drugs is not working and did not work. We need to have a new strategy and I am anxious to see how the DEA implements the new 360 model. I have spoken before about my goals as it relates to this horrible crisis and shared my story of loss. Losing Amber is something I have to live with every day, I think of her constantly and miss our conversations and laughter. My goals are: End the stigma with addiction and overdose Educate people on the epidemic and this health crisis Celebrate recovery “The 360 strategy brings together for the first time, the agencies that have dealt with this problem separately, into a comprehensive and sustained effort to not only fight drug traffickers but also to make communities resilient to their return.” Read more at http://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2015/hq111015.shtml I have partnered with newly found friends from Sage’s Army and Not One More Pittsburgh Chapter to progress my goals forward. I am in regular contact with them as well as friends at Candle, Inc for their Reality Tour program. Each of these non-profits offer creative resources to the public and I recommend you...

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Trying Again #LouLoss

Changing your lifestyle is very hard, it takes a lot of commitment and continual review. I have been trying to lose weight like many other people for a long time. Over the past month I begin to log my food again, this time using LoseIt. The web app and phone app are both very easy to use and provide great information about what you are doing. I will talk more about the tool in a later post, but I did pay for the premium edition for year. I like to log my food and monitor my calories and what I eat. This keeps me mindful of what I am putting into my system and also keep me accountable to myself. I can see what I am doing wrong, what my weak points are and work on developing them. I have owned a Fitbit since 2011 and have worn it and joked that it shows me how lazy I am. Since I restarted my goal to get healthy I have increased my activity level, trying very hard to meet my 7,000 step goal every day and trying to make it to 10,000 a day. Achieving 10,000 a day is hard with my having a job where I sit all day, but I go out and walk at lunch almost every day and try to walk a lot. Below is the...

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It Can Happen To Anyone

I know personally that it could happen to anyone and I also know the horrible pain the accompanies addiction. Addiction is a family disease, it grips a person and controls their thoughts and soul. It affects everyone that loves a person who is addicted. We have tried the war on drugs for decades now, it has not worked. I watched a show this week titled “Pittsburgh Smack“, it details how this health crisis is so close to home. When I say Pittsburgh, I mean the Greater Pittsburgh Area, not just the city. This is not an inner city problem, addiction is in suburbs and rural America also. Addiction does NOT discriminate, it doesn’t care what your race or social status is. It doesn’t care about your finances. It will grip you and hold you tight. Seeing how the dealers think and have no regard the lifes affected is horrible. Seeing how the addicts life revolves around drugs and the sickness they suffer without that drug is so sad. I also watched Chris Christie speak about addiction and how we treat it. Below is the video of his speach, please watch it I feel it is very informative and hits home. This is not an endorsement for him as president, just that I felt his speech was very true on this topic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKkw4ZuCuvw Together we can help fight addiction, below...

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All Day Breakfast

All Day Breakfast isn’t something new, but last Month it became part of the McDonald’s menu. You can now order your Egg McMuffins any time of day and it will be served up to you. My wife and I received an invitation to an event that took us behind the counter at a local Pittsburgh McDonald’s. We toured the restaurant while it was open and serving food. Witnessing first hand the stringent rules in regards to cleanliness that McDonald’s mandates for their employees. Working with food we expect that washing hands is happening and McDonald’s does also. So, Egg McMuffin… The Egg McMuffin was introducing through McDonald’s in 1972 and was a huge success. During the tour, one thing stood out to me and I don’t know if it is just me but I was shocked when I saw cases of real eggs! I didn’t expect to see real eggs in McDonald’s but that is how they make Egg McMuffins, they start with a real egg. We watched, well really one of us actually made the Egg McMuffin. The egg was cracked into a special grill with six circle cylinders, the yolk was pinched and grill closed. Water was poured on in a container built into the grill to help poach the egg. Two minutes later a perfectly formed round egg was ready for building an Egg McMuffin. McDonald’s...

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