The Skinny on Steve

You’ve followed him, wished him well, and hoped that he’d be successful in his quest towards optimal health. Our Unhealthiest American has had his ups and downs and because of this, you may have thought, “Hey, that guy is like me...Go, Steve, Go!” However, on his last update you saw that Steve is moving slower than we’d hoped or planned.

You’ve followed him, wished him well, and hoped that he’d be successful in his quest towards optimal health.  Our Unhealthiest American has had his ups and downs and because of this, you may have thought, “Hey, that guy is like me...Go, Steve, Go!” However, on his last update you saw that Steve is moving slower than we’d hoped or planned. 

Well, I’m happy to report that Steve is back on track. Although he has been smoke-free for 5 months now (a HUGE accomplishment) his weight loss and exercise goals have not yet been met. Steve and I are going to jumpstart his eating habits again and I know that when the second season of The Dr. Oz Show airs next fall, Steve will (physically) be fraction of his former self.


See…the issue lies in admitting that you’ve struggled and then getting back on track. Many of us don’t admit we’ve fallen off the wagon; it’s simply easier to make an excuse about why it happened. And it’s usually never our fault, is it? That, in turn makes it easy to continue unhealthy habits. It’s not your husband’s fault, sister’s fault, boss’s fault, etc. It has to come back to YOU because at the end of the day it is YOU that must make the change and it is YOU that has to live with your health. Look deep within yourself – stop making excuses and start making steps! Steve had over 10,000 the other day...Go, Steve, Go!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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